Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What day is it?

With my girls at Expo Costa Mesa

Wow, has it really been since January 5th that I posted last here? I don't even know what date it is today, lol. I've been a little busy for the last couple of weeks with Costa Mesa Expo with Tattered Angels, then the weekend after that with the CHA Supershow with Scrapbooks and Stickers, and then CHA. Whew! It was great to see so many of you at the shows. I don't get to see some of my scrappy friends but once a year at CHA so that is always fun. I'm going to share some CHA pics and products over the next few days so stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Calendar Project

Since it is a new year, I think a calendar project is just the thing to start off with! And I warned you, there would be more Twilight inspired projects to come, so it seems only fitting to make a "Twilight" calendar. Some of the images I am using for the calendar I found on google images, and some are from magazines. I hope to share a new page every month with you, and I will step out the process of each layout so you can try some new techniques(hopefully). I found this picture on google images, and thought I was going to die! So beautiful! There is some amazing digital talent out there. I just knew glimmer mist would be the perfect compliment to this dreamy photo, as well as the Tattered Angels large screen. I started out with the Karen Foster calendar that I have been hoarding for years, lol. I figured what better time to break it out!

I used the Autumn Leaves Messy Dates stamps to add the days, and dates to the calendar.

For the word January I sprayed white cardstock with Arctic Blue Glimmer Mist and cut out the letters using my QK Revolution and the Finale alphabet(my favorite). For the Title of the layout I used the QK Spicy Chicken alphabet (my 2nd favorite). So that is the calendar base. For the layout I used a sheet of 12x12 white cardstock. I sprayed it with Glacier, and Dew Drop Glimmer Mist to start with to give the whole page a light misting of color and sparkle.

I used a rubber brayer to work the color evenly into the paper and I left it wet so when I add my other colors they would blend better. Next I added the medium colors of Denim Blue, and Spring Violet Glimmer Mist. I sprayed the mist then blotted it with a paper towel to lift some of the color up.

Then I went in with my darker colors of Huckleberry and Moonlight Glimmer Mist, drying after these last colors were applied.

To create the dreamy cloud look that is around the photos I used Marshmallow Glimmer Mist. If you haven't tried this color yet, you must! It is an opaque glimmer mist, so it sprays white. I used several layers of this around the area where my photo would go, then dried it.
For the swirly piece on the bottom right corner with the journaling block I used the Garden Lattice large glimmer screen with Arctic blue glimmer mist. I used the stamping technique with the screen and transferred the image onto a separate piece of white cardstock and cut out the image.I cut the image out because I wanted some of the swirls to overlap my photo and I didn't want to cut my background page. You could skip this step if you aren't concerned about portions of the swirls being covered up. I also used the Tattered Angels Spooky Tree stamp from the halloween set to add small portions of the branches around the edges of the page.

I stamped around where the photo would go for a little definition, as I didn't want to use a photo mat. For the wings, they are Tattered Angels glimmer chips from the nature set. I sprayed them with Glacier Glimmer Mist and dried them. Then I inked the outside edges with Milled Lavendar, and Weathered Wood distress ink. They are self adhesive, so I just stuck them down and was done! Love that.

After that, I just adhered my title and a couple of stamped images for embellishments and voila, my first project of the new year is done! Hope you enjoy, and try some of the techniques I used.

New Year, New Possibilities

Well, the holidays are over, and the New Year is here. Let's hope it's a good one, I think we could all use a fresh new year. I always feel kind of sad when all the Christmas decorations come down and get packed up. The house feels sort of empty, so I decided to make a winter wall hanging as a little pick me up till the valentines day decorations come out. I got the inspiration for this little cutie from the Melissa Frances web site. I bought these little bottle brush trees from the Melissa Frances booth at the Ontario expo. They were one of those Oooh, I just have to have those. So I was browsing around the internet for decorating ideas with them, and ended up on the Melissa Frances site, wow, there are some fabulous things on there, you really must take a look. So, anywhoo, here is my take on the project. The little girl image is from Crafty Secrets, the winter phrase, keyhole, mica flakes, crepe paper and tree are from Melissa Frances, the Bingo card is from Apriles Attic(www.aprilesattic.com), the chipboard stars are Bazzill, the patterned paper is Cosmo Cricket, and the chipboard wreath and lantern are from Tattered Angels. I put all this together on a cheapo canvas frame from the dollar store. Oh, and the silver glittery scalloped paper is Doodlebugs sugar paper in white, and I sprayed it with silver glimmer mist to change it's color. Heres to new possibilities, and a happy new year!