Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fun Summer Layout

It looks like summer is here, finally.  
Today I have decided to share a layout with you that is cute and summery.

I have a few rulers that have different scalloped edges on them.  I believe they are from Fiskars.  I traced around the outside edges with one of them onto the background main paper.  I cut out along the pencil lines to give the scalloped edge.  I then drew small dots around the entire edge using my black journaling pen.  This gave the paper extra accent.
I then took a second patterned paper and cut it down to an 11" square.  I drew a broken line around the outer edges using a ruler and a black pen, again for extra accent.  This I adhered to the background paper, centering it.
I have a very old stencil  ( Hot Off The Press) which I traced out onto a third paper to get a scalloped frame which you see in the centre.  I drew small dots around the outside edges of this as well.
From scraps of paper I traced out free hand the clouds and cut them out.  I placed a broken line around the cloud outer edges.  The two top clouds were adhered down with pop dots. I then die cut the sun from a circle and a die that has a spiked edge which became the rays of the sun.  I tucked this just under the clouds.  Then I made a kite from some more scrap papers and a banner.  The tail of the kite is cording which I attached to the kite, then added the banner pieces to the same cording.  Added a couple of bows and wood butterflies which I also found in a "my little junk bin".  It pays not to throw anything out.  You never know when you might use it.  Here is a close-up of the kite .

And there you have it.  The dots and dashes lines added a lot of accent.  Try it.
Until next time,
this is Donna wishing you a great week.
"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, 
the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."

Monday, May 09, 2016

Crop, Classes, and New Product Information!

Welcome Spring !!!
The weather has been beautiful outside lately and we hope all the Mom's and Grandma's had a wonderful day with their loved ones.  Happy Mother's Day ladies!!

We have been busy planning our crop coming up on June 18th...thank you everyone who has signed up...we are looking forward to seeing you all again!!  The crop is now FULL...yay!!  Keep your eyes posted to our blog and Facebook page for any new information about the crop that may come up. 

Donna and Janet have their classes in works!  Here is a list of what they'll be offering that day (June 18th)

Vintage 6x6 Album
Join Donna to make this very vintage mini album with a ton of embellishments, fold out pages, lots of room for photos and special items.

Mixed Media Altered Shadowbox
Join Donna to make a shadowbox frame altered using mixed media techniques and embellishments.

Copic Card Class
Join Janet to make 6 copic coloured cards.  Perfect for all different occasions.

Altered Card Class
Join Janet to make 6 altered all occasion cards.  Pictures will be available soon.

All of our classes are now available online.  To book your spot, check out the times etc...go to our website below and click on the CROPS & CLASSES tab on the left hand side. 
Classes are open to the public as well so if you can't make the crop you can definitely book a class instead! 
There is a kit only option for most classes...online shoppers can also purchase these kits! 
Spaces are limited!

We do have some great new products arriving this week!
All the latest collection packs from Echo Park will be available. Here are just a few that will be arriving....

The summer collections will be available in May and we'll have them as soon as they start shipping :-)
Go directly to our website here:

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

"Beautiful" Layout

Today I would like to share with you a layout that I finally finished.  I have been very busy completing my projects that I am offering at our June all day crop.
Here is the layout.

The background paper is so pretty that I decided to keep it simple.
Using a stencil and pink textured paste, I applied some here and there but not too much.  I then did a very light spraying with a soft pink spray to accent around the picture.  Then a bit of splattering with white gesso.
The rest is as shown.  A paper collage for behind the picture, an embossed piece of diamond chipboard down the side of the picture, an embossed title accented with some pink spray, flowers, lace,  resin frame and some ivy chipboard was all it needed.  Of course some pretty little butterflies helped.  So simple.   I raised the picture up using pop dots to give it a 3-D look.   Letting the paper speak for itself was the best idea.
Close-up below.

I hope you enjoy.
Until next time,
"You know you are a scrapper if you can't find your kitchen table."

PS:  My workshops for our June all day crop will be posted this week.  
Have a great day!!            Donna

Friday, April 22, 2016

6 1/2" x 4 1/2" Mini Album

Good morning everyone!!
Today I am sharing with you a mini album that I created using up bits and pieces left over from a previous project.  
Below is the front cover.
I first removed the wire rings, then I painted my pre-made chipboard album with black gesso keeping the gesso around the outside edges of each page, front and back,  going in about 1".  Unfortunately you cannot see it, but I covered both the front and back covers (on the outside) with muslin to give it more texture.  I then painted the muslin with the black gesso.  I made a paper collage using various pieces of the paper that you see under the frame.  I placed a small doilie coming out from the right side of the paper collage.   Added flowers, wood key, wood butterfly and greenery.

The inside of the front cover is next.  The centre section I adhered with pop dots to give it a 3-D look.  Added a metal corner and metal flower to the bottom left and a metal circle with flower, greenery and a small heart made from polymer clay.  I love using polymer clay and making embellishments with it.  So I made a lot of different shapes and tucked them away for a rainy day.  I glued glass beads on the surface of the heart.

First Inside Page
This is a fold out page so I can place my pictures inside.
There is a paper piece on the left side of the centre fold out section.  I fussy cut this from one of  the paper pieces.

Back of First Page
This I kept simple and added a small metal decorative frame with a flower, die cut lattice piece and a loopy bow.  In the centre of the frame I placed a large sparkly gem.

Front of Second Page
Again, kept it simple.  I fussy cut a flower section, added a small piece of the die cut lattice, a bit of cheesecloth under the flower.

Back of Second Page
This is another fold out page.  I can add 4 pictures to the fold out section.
To make the fold out - score 1/4" in from the left side of your first piece of paper.  Fold it then wrap the fold around to the back of your second piece of paper and secure the 1/4" part only.  Do the same with the second piece of paper onto the third piece of paper.  The entire third piece of paper will be adhered down to the page.

Here is a look at the fold out section.

And lastly, the inside of the back cover.

I am so glad I kept my scraps from this paper.  It is one of my favourites.  
This album is a great gift idea for someone.
Until next time,
this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy weekend.
"Before credit cards, we always knew exactly how much we were broke."
Have a great day.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Working With Polymer Clay

Hello everyone!!
I am heading out on vacation tomorrow so I thought I would share with you a project I did using polymer clay.  I chose a 4 x 6 picture frame and created a floral design using polymer clay.  It was not that difficult to do, so I don't want you to think that I spent hours making it.
This is the completed project.

This is what you will need:  polymer clay or sculpey clay, picture frame, a solid piece for the backing (I removed and used the back of the frame), exacto knife, parchment paper, black paint or gesso, a rolling pin or brayer,  ruler and pencil, and cookie cutters or fondant cutters.

I took a piece of parchment paper and with a ruler and pencil I marked out a 4 x 6 rectangle.  I then rolled out a piece of the clay, very thinly, directly onto the parchment paper and covering the traced out rectangle going over the pencil lines.  Above you can see the start of covering the traced out section.  When I had the parchment paper section covered, I carefully turned the piece over and with an exacto knife and ruler I cut out the section along the pencil lines which you can see through the paper, cutting it through the clay.  I turned it back over and left the parchment paper on the clay.  With a stamp which had a diamond pattern on it. I stamped the entire surface to get some texture.
Now, the fun part.  For the flowers, try to keep the clay rolled out thinly.   With the lighter green clay, I pulled off small pieces and rolled it in my hands to make a thin strip which is the vine base.  I gently pressed them onto the background piece.  I then made my flowers using small fondant cutters:  purple flowers using a very small flower cutter and the leaves using a very small leaf cutter.  The yellow flowers are actually cut using the leaf cutter and arranging them as a flower.  The pink flower, I made by hand by cutting out circles and shaping them until I had them how I wanted  (it acually looks like a lily).  With blue clay I took very small pieces and rolled them into a tiny ball which I placed here and there around the vine. 

 Using the ball end of a tool used for quilling, I pressed onto the blue balls of clay to make a centre.  I also put some very small balls of the clay in the centres of the purple and yellow flowers and for the leaves I scored some vein lines just on the surface.  I then took the same quilling tool and pressed onto the background in the diamond sections surrounding the vine.  Gently press each flower piece onto the vine and the background.   Now you will place the entire piece gently onto a cookie sheet, keeping the parchment paper on the back, and bake for 15-20 minutes at 250 degrees.  Believe it or not the flowers and vine will bake securely onto the background piece.  
When the piece was baked, I carefully removed the parchment paper and adhered the piece to the backing using a strong adhesive.
Lastly, and this is optional, I took black gesso and watered it down with water so I had a very thin black wash.  Using a paint brush I brushed the wash onto the entire piece in small sections and immediately wiped it back with a baby wipe or a wet paper towel.  I only wanted to accent the flowers and vine lightly.  When the wash was dry, I lightly dusted some perfect pearls (the pearl colour) around the vine and flowers to sparkle it up.  Put it in your frame and you are done. 
And there you have it. 
I can't wait to do a larger one in a larger frame or on a canvas. 
Below is a picture of the project without the black wash which is bright and colourful.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  It really is easy to do.  This is my first attempt at this, so if I can do it you can do it.  
Until next time,
this is Donna hoping you stay safe and happy.
"Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."

Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Finnabair" Inspired Canvas

Good morning everyone.
Today I would like to share with you, as promised, an 8 x 10 canvas that I created in the Finnabair style.  I've been wanting to do something like this for sometime but wasn't sure what to do exactly.  So I pulled out my canvas, black gesso, many, many wood embellishments from my stash and some metal pieces.  I decided to layer the embellishments and keep on layering them until I had the look I wanted.  Below is the finished canvas.

To start with, I applied modeling paste using a gear stencil from Crafter's Workshop.  When that was dry I applied a good coat of black gesso over the entire surface of the canvas.
I then cut pieces, in varying lengths, from pieces of chipboard borders that I had in my stash and adhered them to the canvas to give me a base.  I then painted the strips with black gesso.

From there I selected different wood pieces (gears, circles, etc.) and adhered them on top of the strips.  I tucked them under and on top of each other.  I had one very large gear that I cut into pieces and added them as well.

I added some other elements - buttons, metal gears, a large key.  Then I painted these items in black gesso.  The reason why I painted each layer was to ensure that everything was completely covered with the gesso.

The last layer was a 4" x 5 1/2" wood frame in the centre, with a small resin frame at the upper right corner.  A wood butterfly was next with a wood key and a small flower in the centre.  Again these were painted black.  I added a couple of glass stones in the centres of a couple of gears and at the top of the large key at the bottom and painted them black.

Now it is time for colour.  I layered a lot of colour directly onto the black gesso.  I dry-brushed most of the colours using Finnibair's opal magic paints, pink and turquoise shimmery paints, almost anything I had on hand that was shiny and glossy.  I just went for it and used my imagination.  I did also put white gesso here and there on a lot of the raised areas.  And at the very end I brushed on some gold metallic paint keeping it on the tips of some items as well as painting the glass stones in solid gold.  This really accented everything nicely.  Below is a close-up of the layers so you can see the colours that I used.

I was pleased with the result as this is my very first attempt at this type of canvas.  I hope you will try it.  After all, if you do not like the end result, you can paint the entire surface in black gesso and try again with your colours.  Start with 3 colours and add as you go.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a great week and
And to all you scrapbooking women, from the man in your life,
"My wife says I never listen to her - at least that's what I think she said."

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tag Layout

Hello everyone!!!
I don't know about you, but I sometimes have trouble creating a boy's layout.  I love the flowers, bling and all the prettiness you can create for the feminine layouts.  So I decided to come up with something a little different.  Below is a layout that I did for my grandson using tags.  I cut out various tags in different sizes from different papers and layered them across the top of the page and below the pictures.  It was quite easy and it gives a different look to a layout.

I also stamped a border stamp around the outside edge, added a few pieces of ephemera here and there as well as string in some of the tag holes.

Here is another layout that I used for another grandson.  For this one, I created a paper collage using various papers from my scrap box along with a piece of burlap that I used as a paper.  I did add a couple of rustic flowers (oops - couldn't resist) along with some metal pieces.  Again very simple.

I am currently working on a mixed media "Finnibair" inspired canvas.  It will be posted next week and will include a brief tutorial.
Until next time,
"Happy Crafting"
"My husband lets me have all the scrappin' (stampin') supplies I can hide."