Wednesday, April 11

Recipe board with Ruby Rock-It

Today I am working with one of the new paper collections from Ruby Rock-It called Grandma's Kitchen. It is full of fun retro colours and images, and some fun little florals just begging to be fussy cut.
I started out with this cute little wooden board that I picked up somewhere long ago, 

Step 1:  Swipe Gesso sparingly across the middle of the board to ground the  design. 

Step 2: Sponge extra Gesso over the top to create a textured effect.

Step 3: To create a place for little recipe cards fold a piece of gingham paper from the collection around 4 inches high. Use  a border punch to add interest to the top, but also line it with white paper  to allow to punched design to stand out from the busy pattern. 

Step 4: Adhere the pocket to the board with a double layer of foam dots to create dimension. To the front of the pocket, adhere two journaling tags and a sentiment tag. 

Step 5: Fussy cut a bunch of florals, and shape with a stylus.  Adhere around the sentiment and the journaling tags using foam dots. 

Step 6:Take a large Bella! floral and cut in half and tuck under the opposite sides of the pocket. Take a smaller flower and adhere extra glue to the centre, then cinch tightly to form a full dimensional flower. Adhere this to the right side of the pocket. 

Step 7: Use a leaf punch, a die cut, or pre-made leaves and tuck in among all the floral clusters.  Apply dimensional paint dots in rows along the horizontal lines of the design. 

Supplies used:
Grandma's Kitchen paper collection
Bella! Florals- white

Saturday, March 17

You know the old story of the plumber with the worst pipes, and the chef who doesn't cook at home? Well I am the paper crafter who shows up to birthday parties without a card, because I am so busy making samples that get sent away to companies, that I never have suitable cards in my stash at home. Can you believe that little girl cards are the ones I never have. You'd think I would make a stack of those, but nope! So, today, I decided to do something about it. I have used brand new "Magic and Wonder" papers from Bella! to create some cute little girl cards. 

This range includes some subtle background papers, with bright stripes, and fun cutouts. It also includes a page of cute unicorns and rainbows which all little girls love. 

I used Fundamentals paper doiles to ground the design with some solid colour. 

 I also decided to offset the bright colours with black by using the sentiment, twine and black paint dots.

My second card uses all the same elements in a similar style.

if you look closely, you will also notice that the rainbow and unicorn have also been coated in some Crystaline glitter for some extra sparkle. I love this stuff. While the colours are all fun too, I love that you can add the crystalline to literally anything and it will maintain the original colour and style while adding a subtle hint of glitter.

Magic and Wonder patterned paper collection
Crystaline glitter glue
Fundamentals paper doilies
Fundamentals sentiment stickers

Sunday, February 25

Love and Cherish cards set with Alicia Barry

Today I have created a sweet card set using stackable labels, words and leaves from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. I started with some vintage style background papers from the same collection, but in two different colour schemes. This means that they will co-ordinate together, but each stands alone as a piece of art.

 I wanted to create layers and dimension on the cards along with some texture, so to create this I have treated each chipboard layer with a different technique. The first layer of the Stackable Labels Shape Set pieces are inked with brown distress ink. This creates a matt finish that is fairly subtle. (tip: if you want to create a more vibrant colour effect using ink, paint the piece with gesso first).

The next layer is the plain label centre. For this I covered the piece in the same patterned paper as the background. This helps to create a cohesive flow across the project.

The next layer is the word from the 10 Words set. For this I used dimensional pearlescent paint which I painted on directly using the nozzle to ensure complete coverage. I kept the paint fairly think, and by pushing it around with the nozzle, I was able to create a great textured finish, along with the shimmer of the paint.

 The final layer was the Skeleton Leaves. This set is great value, as you can use the leaves as a full branch as seen, or separate them for a bunch of individual leaves. These were done as  a combination of the other techniques. First I applied ink to give some background coverage. I then added dimensional paint in two different shades, except this time I swiped it on with my finger to achieve a more variegated look. Finally I added some clear glitter glue across the top, before slightly shaping each piece and adhering to the card.

You'll notice that the rest of the card design is deceptively simple allowing the eye to focus on the chipboard cluster which I created off centre to make interesting use of the residual negative space.

Supplies used:

Tuesday, February 13

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts tool caddy

If you could see my desk right now,  you would know just how badly I need this Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts tool caddy to get me organised. The things on my desk all have a place, but there are a handful of items that I use every single day, that are too useful to put away after a project. They are the things I need at hand all fo the time. This caddy is perfect for this as it small enough to be close by without getting in the way of my work, but big enough to hold the fact it holds a surprising number of items right in arms reach.

I began by coating everything in gesso. This gave me nice white edges on the narrow, visible surfaces. It also gives a nice finished look to the inside of the project.  Never just assume that those parts can't be seen. Always finish off every face.

Next, I traced the sides onto card stock, cut and glued in place. You can just glue on first, the cut, but I find it hard to get a nice clean edge that way using scissors. If you do prefer this method, use a craft knife to trim. Sometimes on projects like this, I like to sand the edges once glued to ensure a nice close finish on the edges.

Once the visible sides are all covered in paper, go ahead and assemble as shown. From there it was onto embellishing. I used some fussy cut florals as my base. Even though I knew I would cover a good amount of them,  I wanted to have the leafy foliage visible. I had some die cut off cuts that I tucked into my main cluster, then adhered some gauze tucked under the edges of the cluster. To finish off and add an elegant touch, I coated Feathery Flourishes Mini in gold acrylic paint, and adhered to each side of the cluster.

You can see that I mirrored the cluster with a second one on the diagonal corner of the project, along wth a tied ribbon bow. This is a slightly smaller cluster, to compliment the large cluster without competing with it for attention.

Supplies used:

Tuesday, February 6

One design, two cards.

 Every now and then, a card design really comes together. I really loved this first one that I made, so what I like to do is immediately repeat the design on a second card, but I like to substitute some of the main elements. What I ended up with is two cards that I love, that look quite different, but are actual the same design. The best part was the second one came together really quickly.

I started out with a 5x7 card base, and layered two co-ordinating patterned papers leaving a small border between them. The third layer is a journaling card from the same collection. I used foam dots on this layer to add dimension.

Both of my frames from the Filigree frames Shape Set were inked with grey ink, then randomly coated in metallic embossing powder. Some of it blew away as I heated (must need new glue), but I actually love the speckled effect that resulted from it. I backed each of the frames in a plain coloured paper to help ground them and create a base for the title.

The titles, butterflies and dragonflies have a coat of gold glitter embossing powder. These turned out even better than I imagined. I originally wanted a matt gold to mimick the gold foil in the paper, but this is what I have, and I love it. It has a really cool texture too.

The final additions were fussy cut flowers, paper roses and some gauze, along with some tiny drops of dimensional paint.

Supplies used:
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Sunday, January 14

Gymnastics with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

My daughter started gymnastics a little over a year ago, and she has already been moved up to the competition team. I'm excited about that of course, but I can see me spending a lot of money on the sport in the future. This Gymnastics Shape Set from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts is perfect for a gymnastics themed layout, and there are still heaps of pieces left over for more layouts in the future.

I started by layering some pretty papers along with the Flourished Frame Lisa. I covered it in metallic glittery paint to mirror the glittered elements in my papers. 

For my title block, I used some metallic paint again, but without the glitter and in a neutral tone. This allowed me to maintain the silhouette style of the piece, while creating a cohesive effect with my background papers.  I used this same paint on my Leafy Swirl piece

The Layered Border Victoria, beneath my title is a combination of the two paints one used on the other piece, with the copper colour grounding the more vibrant layer above it.

I used foam dots on all the chipboard pieces to create a shadow effect.

Supplies used:

Wednesday, December 27

A brand new year with Ruby Rock-It

So Christmas is over and it is time to look forward to a new year. In my house, I find that kids being kids, they get so excited about  what they want, that they don't always take the time to reflect on how lucky they are to have all the things in their life that maybe other people don't. 

This coming year, I want to change the focus in our house to being more aware of how fortunate we are, and to be grateful for that, so I have created this memory jar.  The idea is that as good things happen throughout the year, they write it on a piece of paper and add it to the jar. At the end of the year, they read about all the good things in their life and with a bit of luck, be grateful for what they have.

I started with a simple mason jar, and painted on some mod podge around the base. I sprinkled a combination of pink and white glitter, and also added in some pink micro beads.  I used a heat tool to make sure it was set. I also used the same method to add a coat of glitter around the edge of the lid.

I then created a label with some die cut shapes layered together. I used Ranger Distress Ink in Pickled Raspberry to lightly ink the edges. I used the same die cut on the top of the jar, and added a Fundamentals doily shape over the top. (I only had green left in my packet, so I glued it upside down to show to the white side.

I then added white ribbon, a small white flower and wood veneer stars to embellish.

Supplies used:
Francheville glitter