Sunday, February 26, 2012

Graphic 45 Design Team 2012 Audition

I am in LOVE with Graphic 45 and I don't think that is a secret to anyone, lol!!

So after kicking myself for a year for not trying out for the team, I am sending in a submission for this year's tryout. Come what may they will always be one of my favorite manufacturer's!

Of course I have many, many more projects made with Graphic 45 happiness, but most of them I can't share because of publication or other concerns. 

Wish me luck!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Master Class for Papercraft Inspirations

I completely forgot to share a project from clear back in December from the January issue of Papercraft Inspirations. I had been asked to contribute some projects using metal foil techniques.

I loved the warm colors on this project, the alcohol inks dabbed onto the embossed metal look so luscious in real life, and the Memory Box die cuts add a beautiful sophistication. The other technique I shared can be found on 73 of the same issue.

Hoping everyone is having a delightful and very crafty weekend!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Winners from World Card Making Day Blog Hop Posted!

Hey All!!

Thanks for coming by to see who won a box goodies!!

Congrats to Calamity Jane who left comment #15!
Please contact me and let me know how I can get this to you  :o)

I also have the opportunity to give away a copy of the Paper Crafts March/April issue so...

Jeannie you were comment #84!!

get back to me and we can let Paper Crafts know where to send that!

Hope everyone has a very happy and creative Wednesday!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Just a quick share of a project I made with Bella Girl from Ruby Rock-It, starring Laurel.

I just love this picture and it was so fun to scrap it with this vibrant collection!

Little details and some Picket Fence Distress Stain keep this project pretty but simple.


Friday, February 17, 2012

World Card Making Day Winners Blog Hop With a Giveaway!

Hi and welcome to our blog hop!

I was so excited to win and be included with this very talented group of ladies, and loved the very generous box of product that the winners received from the sponsors of this contest. To pay it forward and share the love, I am packing up a lovely box of goodies and picking a winner from all of the people who leave a comment on this post by Monday the 20th and will pick a winner on Wednesday the 22nd. Even more exciting, is that all of the participants in the blog post are doing the same thing, so if you comment on every post your odds of winning increase substantially!

Your next stop on this celebratory hop is Carol Bloomberg's blog.

Happy Hopping!

Card was made with:
Lilly Bee: Head Over Heels (aqua and red dot), and Picket Fence (red gingham) and letter stickers all Designed by Julia Stainton
Picket Fence Distress Stain
Prima wood button
Maya Road flowers and kraft tag with distress stain on it
May Arts ribbon
Vintage sewing pattern paper gathered and distress stained, then adhered to back of circle
Zva Creative crystal swirl
Craft store doilie

p.s. sorry to all, set the timer, but it didn't cooperate. Thanks for the patience everyone!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Super Pooped!

Okay, so I am more than a little exhausted from a long day of working, but I loved the projects that I shared on my Ruby Rock-It post so much today that I just wanted to give a quick share here as well.

They are all made from the Bella! Wedding collection, and you should see the warm shimmer of that pink in person, delish!

Okay, off to bed so I can start all over again tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Graphic 45 Metal Butterflies and UTEE with Perfect Pearls Tutorial

The new metal butterflies that Graphic 45 just released this show are so darling! I have had a lot of fun bending, shaping and embellishing them, and thought it would be fun to share a tutorial on adding color using UTEE and Perfect Pearls.

I started with some basic supplies:

Perfect Pearls in a variety of colors
Perfect Medium Pens
Perfect Medium Brushes
Ranger Distress Embossing Ink
Heat It tool
Graphic 45 Metal (butterflies to be store soon!)
Of course this technique works beautifully on the other metal staples as well.

Start by applying the distress embossing ink lightly to the surface of the metal by placing a drop on and then smearing around with your finger. I bent the butterflies with round nose pliers before beginning, they can be bent after but the UTEE will crack. That is a great technique and look for a more vintage look, so don't think it is a bad thing and not try it down the road at some time.

Sprinkle a layer of UTEE onto the metal and then heat on a safe surface until completely melted with the Heat It tool.

Lay down lines with the Perfect Medium pen where you will want to add color. For this butterfly I started by going around the outside edges.

Apply the Perfect Pearl color of your choice with the puffy brush by lightly dabbing in the color tub and then   brushing and swirling the pearl into place. The medium will pick up the color and the brush will whisk away what doesn't stick so the pearl won't be where you don't want it.
Melt with the Heat It until the pearl blends with the UTEE.

Keep adding layers of pearl colors as desired.

You can also lightly and carefully sprinkle a little extra UTEE on while the piece is hot to "loosen up" the pearl if it feels to clumpy.

This is what the butterfly looks like when the lines from the pen are kept intact.

And this one I used the UTEE to loosen up the lines, but drew "eyes" on the butterfly's wings. The colors were inspired by those of a peacock and were fun to try and imitate.

This technique is really easy and quite fun to experiment with, the possibilities are limitless!

Have fun!!