Thursday, January 24, 2013

Let' Build A Snowman Challenge!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you so much for dropping by my blog today!  Today's post is a design challenge for Just-A-Scrappin.blogspot.com
I hope you will try your hand at building a snowman card/layout/or project and participate in this challenge!

OK, here is how I made by 'Cool Dude' snowman!  First I put drops of alcohol inks in Aqua & stream onto my mat and a small amount of Silver Mixatives onto my none stick craft mat, being careful not to let them touch, especial they silver as it will erase, so to speak, any color from your inks and make everything a puddle of silver!  Then I took some glossy photo paper and laid it down (glossy side down)  into the drops, picked it up, turned it clockwise then laid it down again, over and over until I had the front of the glossy paper is completely covered then set it aside to dry.  NOTE: have a few pieces of glossy photo paper as just these few drops will make at least 4 - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card fronts.

Once my alcohol inked card front was dry I stamped the light string pattern down each side using black StazOn ink.

To build the snowman, I took clear buttons and painted them with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze in Blue Oasis and dried them with my Ranger Heat It tool.  I added black gems for buttons and for 'shades' on his face.  I attached the buttons in a snowman pattern to my card front with Ranger Glossy Accents.  NOTE: Ranger Glossy Accents is the best adhesive for this job as it holds slick surfaces will and therefore attaches slick surfaces to other slick surfaces very well!

From the Silhouette I cut the Merry Christmas sentiment which I popped up on the card front and added an iridescent bow to complete the front.  I added the card front to a red card base and whala!  Finish Christmas card ready for sending out in about 10 months from now LOL!

Super simple but quick and pretty I think.  Make sure you check out all of the other design teams projects over at the Just-A-Scrappin Blog!



Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Snowflakes are falling

Hi Everyone!

I'm so glad that you stopped by my blog today!  Today's post is for the Just A Scrappin' Design Team Challenge!  The challenge is Snowflakes are falling!  Make a card, LO or project with lots of snowflakes.  Use Stickles, glitter or anything that's shiny! I've been challenging myself to do more scrapbooking and a wee bit less card making so here is my challenge entry!



I had some foam and chipboard snowflakes so the chipboard I covered with a layer of White Gesso to hide that grey look of chipboard, then I covered both the foam and now white chipboard with Stickles glitter glue!  I also dug through my embellishment stash (I'm sure you can all relate at getting lost for hours in our tons of embellishments) and found some small snowflake rivets from years-gone-by and figured this was a great challenge to help me get them used up so you can see I sprinkled them all over the layout.  I also found this great snowflake journal block as a print-and-cut image at the Silhouette Studio Store by Ginny Nilson.  I also purchased the 'Dashing through the snow' phrase by Loni Stevens, then just cut my own 'Blowing' from my computer.

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Year - New Technique!

Hi Everyone!

Today's post is for my Just A Scrappin' Design Team Challenge 'New Year - New Technique'!  The challenge is to challenge yourself to use a new to you technique!  I purchased the We Are Memory Keepers Sew Easy but hadn't been brave enough to tackle it yet so what better challenge to take you out of your comfort zone?!?!  I'm so glad that I used the Sew Easy as I found out it is So Easy!!  I cut the pieces for the tree & tree house using my Silhouette Cameo and an image from the Silhouette Studio Store by Samantha Walker Designs.  Once I had the pieces cut out I used the 'Scallop' sew easy to pierce the pattern around the inside edge of my tree then did the running back stitch, easiest stitch ever!, to sew in the pattern.  I think it added great texture to my tree to make it really stand out!  I hope you will challenge yourself to try a new-to-you technique and then enter the challenge at the Just A Scrappin' Blog!

Once I had my design cut I used the Sew Easy Scallop to pierce the holes around the edge of my tree shape.  It's important that you have their mat under your paper to prevent piercing things you don't want pierced :)


Once the holes are pierced cut a piece of embroidery floss, I use 36" long pieces at a time (I do this so that the thread doesn't become to entangled or twisted as you can't tug and pull at a knot on paper as you can on cloth), tape the end of the floss to the back of your paper then beginning the running back stitch.

I used two lengths of 36" on my project so when you come to the end of one piece of embroidery floss simply tape down the tail and begin another as above.

I think it added a very nice texture to my tree :)


And here is my finished layout about the many homes we have lived in!


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you enjoyed this challenge and don't forget to go try a new technique and enter the fun challenge at http://www.just-a-scrappin.blogspot.ca/

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog