Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A New Sketch and 2 Layouts

Hello everyone!!!  I have a new sketch for you today. It is a Back to the Basics sketch and I have included two layouts following the sketch and using new papers that have arrived at the store.  The first layout is using Echo Park "The Story of My Family" which came in just before Christmas and the other is using Simple Stories "Let's Party" which came in just last week.
First the sketch.  Measurements are included.

The first layout is using the Echo Park paper with brown cardstock for the background.
The wood designed paper is #TSY92002 and the floral paper the same (on back).  The red dotted paper is #92012 and I cut out the word family from the back of this.  The orange word paper is #TSY92006 (behind picture) and I also used the reverse of this for the dotted papers.


I cut and adhered the strip of wood paper across the page, centering it and tucking the circles under the edges as shown.  I cut all the other pieces and distressed and inked the edges of all of them.  I then made my paper collage which I adhered to the page using pop dots as I wanted it to be lifted off the page.   I went into my stash and used a wood frame which I inked and mounted a piece of the word paper in behind.  Added some flowers and a loopy bow.   Next I cut out the word "family" and adhered it to the left side of the frame as shown.  And there you have it.  Very simple.  Here is a closeup of the flowers and frame.


The next layout I used the new Simple Stories paper.  I used #5309 Make A Wish paper, #5308 Hip Hip Hooray, #5304 It's Your Day,  #5306 HB2U as well as the reverse side of these papers.


I again cut the centre strip from the Make A Wish paper, tucked in my circles (which you can punch out from any of the papers).  I again made my paper collage and used pop dots to adhere it down.  I did do some fussy cutting from the papers.  Across the top I cut pieces of  the banners from the Hip Hip Hooray paper and adhered them across the top of the page.  Then from the remainder of the  Make A Wish paper I cut out several stars from the paper, added buttons to the centres of the larger ones and adhered them to the page using pop dots.  The smaller stars I adhered flat.  Now see the cute little boy and girl at the bottom right corner.  I cut them out from the It's Your Day paper.  Couldn't resist.  I also adhered them using pop dots.  I added some stickles to the balloons to give them a bit of a twinkle.  
And there you have it.  Very easy and colourful.  And a closeup.


Again, all these papers are now in stock.  If you order now I will include a copy of the sketch that you can keep for future use.  Until next time,
This is Donna wishing you a safe and happy week.
HAPPY CRAFTING
"A best friend knows exactly what you are saying, even if you're not talking."

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The No Plan Layout

Today I would like to share with you a mixed media layout that I did without any plan in mind.  I pulled a lot of product from my stash and selected a couple of my favourite stencils.  Flowers, metal, modeling paste, papers, chipboard, etc. were all random selections.  I did not use all of it but I liked to have
 a good selection ready to go.

I used my 12 x 12 stencil that you can see above first and applied the pattern onto my background paper using black paint.  Unfortunately the paint seeped under the stencil in a few spots.  Next time I will use either black ink or black gesso.  But I left it as it did not cause a large issue for me.
As I knew I was going to be using sprays and gesso on the background paper, I applied a coat of matte gel medium so that the sprays would not soak into the paper.  Next I white-washed watered-down white gesso into the areas around my picture.  Then I applied modeling paste using my favourite brick stencil.


I am still just applying things as I go.  After everything was nice and dry I sprayed the page with Prima Tea Stain spray, heavier on the brick sections and spread it around the bricks using a soft paint brush.  When the spray was dry I applied distress ink here and there onto the brick.  I then randomly stamped around the centre section with various stamps and brown archival ink.

The next step was my paper collage in the centre.  I selected several scrap papers and some ephemera pieces to make the collage making sure that they fit in with the heritage theme I decided to go for.


I added my picture using pop dots and placed my embellishments around the picture.  Flowers, burlap leaves, chipboard flourish a few metal gears and 3D flower stickers that I had left from another project.  At the very end I applied some white gesso here and there on the brick (not too much) and on the tips of the flowers for extra texture.
And here is the completed layout.

Until next time,
this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy weekend.
HAPPY CRAFTING
"COUNT YOUR LIFE BY SMILES, NOT TEARS. 
 COUNT YOUR AGE BY FRIENDS, NOT YEARS."

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Back To The Basics Layout Kits

Today I thought I would share with you one of our new "Back to the Basics" layout kits that will be added to our Make and Take Kits in the on-line store.  I decided to start these kits as there is a lot of mixed media techniques and layouts being done now and I felt that creating simple layouts that you can dress up or dress down will give you easier options.
I love doing sketches and have several to share with you in these kits.
You will be provided with one of my sketches that includes measurements for each piece of paper; picture of a completed layout; and a few embellishments items that you see on the layout picture that you can add to the layout; papers including your background cardstock.  Once the background is completed you can add the simple embellishments included or add your own.  Everything is very simple and easy but you can add your own touches where you like.
Below is a sketch of one of the designs.

Here is a completed layout based on the sketch.

 "Back to the Basics" kits will be added to our on-line store and will be available for ordering beginning  of next week.  This includes the one above.  
I do hope you will take advantage of these kits.  One new kit will be added each month and most will be themed. (Christmas, winter, spring, etc.)
Until next time, (which will be soon as I have several other projects to share with you)
this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy day.
"Happy Crafting"
Children are our future ...... treat them well or they'll remind you about it in your old age.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Newsletter February 2015

Well winter has definitely been elusive this year...from what I'm hearing, many of us are grateful for that.  However, if you are the type that got out this year and enjoyed, if only for a little while, the snowy weather and cold air we've had, then you're going to love the new products we got in last week.

Keep reading below for what's on special in the shop for February!

 
Now available online... 
Simple Stories-
Snow Patrol
Doodlebug Designs
Polar Pals
 Looking for some extras to make your layouts wintery...check out the Memorybox dies that are available...
 
Shimmering Snowflakes
 
 
Stitched Let It Snow circle
and from
Taylored Expressions...
Perfect for any wintery layout or card
 
We also got in the very popular Tim Holtz stamp Crazy Birds...we'll run out quickly so we've already re-ordered...if you're looking for this stamp, follow the link below.  Check out Stamps under Ranger :-)
 
February Specials!
All Take-n-make kits are 20% off!!
Home d├ęcor items are 15% off!
In our Coordinated Collections section...
Bella Blvd 25% off
Bo Bunny 25% off
Fancy Pants 35% off
October Afternoon 35% off
Studio Calico 40% off
Specials are valid February 1st to February 15th!
Sale prices effective on regular priced items only.  Clearance items excluded. 
Check out our CLEARANCE section in the shop.  We've added over 50 items at great prices...hurry...as stock is limited on most items!
Go directly to our website here:




Sincerely,
Joanne and Donna