Tuesday, July 31, 2012

7 Gyspsie- Trousseau

A few years ago we did a road trip. One of the highlights of our trip was a tour of the 'Winchester House' It is rumoured to be haunted by poor Sarah Winchester who was the widow of the riffle manufacturer.  It was so interesting. The story the guide tells, as you travel from room to room around blind corners and up deadend staircases centers around her eclectic superstitious way of life. I wanted to have some fun with this layout so I stamped the black hats on black cardstock then carefully cut them out. I also stamped and emboss over the photo after everything was assembled.                       
 Note: If you do this, be careful not to overheat your photo or it will bubble the finish.
If you accidentally get embossing power where you don't want it, just use a soft dry brush to remove the excess grains before you heat it.

All paper is 7 Gypsie Trouseau Collection
It has that vintage old wallpaper feel that matched the time
period of the Winchester House
I found Sarah on the paper and stamped by masking her
name then embossing the spider web around her name
to add a bit of interest. The Black sign say's Happy Haunting
Cling 1- this stamp coordinates with Graphic 45
'Happy Haunting' paper line

I used a watermark pen to outline the existing
signature and brought it up onto the mat then emboss it with Lindy's Stamp Gang

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Adventure

Happy Sunny Monday :-) 

Awhile back I had pictures of Maddie's grad taken in the park, this is one of the pages I made...

First I had to make flowers. I used the Tim Holtz die, Tattered Flower Garland, then used 3 of the Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays to make different colors for my petals.
Then I sprayed them with goosebumps so they looked rained on, while that dried....
I got my chipboard ready, I stamped it first using Archival ink. as long as it is waterproof ink that will work for the next step....
pretty flourish stamp,
now my plain chipboard is not so plain anymore.... there are lots of chipboard words to pick from!
take a distress stain, and cover the chipboard changing the color, in this case I used Pumice Stone to match my paper. The Archival ink doesn't bleed, and the black will show thru even the dark stains like Faded Jeans, ( I tried that one the other day )
Next I covered the chipboard with crackle accents, to give it a really kewl texture.
And I covered the brads with my favorite new technique, of heating the brad with a heat tool, and then dipping them in the embossing powder. The result looks an enamel polished brad, the shabby embossing powders have a great texture to them also, but the Lindy's look like enamel.
Here's all my papers ready to cut, this is the Authentique line, Carefree

My back piece I cut the center out so I could use that elsewhere, this makes my book lighter... and gives me extra pieces to work with where they will be seen, otherwise you will only see 1/4 inch of this beautiful paper. The edges are distressed and inked with Pumice Stone distress ink.
The second layer was cut 1/2 inch on 2 sides to make it 11.5 x 11.5 square. The edges on all pieces are distressed, and inked. Next the red piece was cut 11x 9 and then I cut out the pieces that would be covered by the photo mat so I could make matching tags. 

I used the Sew Easy Stamper randomly around the edge for a sewn stitch look.

I cut 2 gray mats 6x 4.5 and then using a border punch gave one edge a pretty finish.
The large flower strip was cut at 11x3 and tucked behind the red piece. Then the gray mat goes down, then a polka dot mat and finally the piece of red cut from behind for the final mat.
I glued down corners, making sure there was enuff space to slip a picture under it when I was done.
I made 2 photo mats the same, and now onto the finishing touches...
I used my Lucky 8 punch, which I love! I have found so many uses for this wonderous tool lately!

Cutting a piece of paper to 9x9 measurements, I was able to cut my design with the Lucky punch, then I trimmed off about 2/3 in and used that cut off piece as a pocket, 
I just flipped it sideways, and trimmed the edge, and by turning the paper to the other side, I have a nice contrast. 
Then I used the border punch again to give the pocket a pretty edge.
I glued it in place, and moved on to the next item.
I folded and curled my flowers to give them dimension, stacked them and held then together with a brad.

my butterfly got some stickles to make it sparkle, and then I rounded the wings and used pop dots to glue it down only behind the wings, that way they will never flatten in my book.
for the curlies I cut tiny strips of paper, and wound them around my paper peircer,
then I pulled on both sides, and gave it springy effect, these I spritzed with water AFTER they were curled, when they dry, they will be stiffer and stay truer to form in my album.
Voila.... my page finito! Hope you try it! Here are some closups....

The flourish is embossed with the antique taupe embossing powder.

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Supply List:

Authentique  - Carefree Line 
Bazzill - cardstock
Sizzix Dies - Tattered Floral Garden, Elegant Flourishes, Tag and Tie die, Mini Butterfly
Fab Scraps - chipboard pieces
Sew Easy - Stamper
Judikins - Elegant wood stamp
We are Memory Keepers - Lucky 8 punch
Stampendous - Aged Taupe
Lindy's Stamp Gang - sprays and embossing powders
Darice - Hemp
Border punch

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Happy Sunday Everyone!!

Today I have a tag to share with you.  I originally created this tag for a tag Tuesday event that was taught at the Calgary South Store.

I am still pretty new at the whole tag thing so this is a new beginning for me!!  Have a great day!  I now have to prepare for a 6 yr old birthday part for 11 girls all princessed up for a garden tea party!!  I am sure I will have great pictures to scrapbook and share:)


Saturday, July 28, 2012


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Friday, July 27, 2012

PPC77 - Sketch Time!

Hello everyone! As you read this, I will be enjoying San Francisco as a late 40th birthday celebration (where I will do everything to forget the "40" part)! In fact, my pal Jessi will have to put these finishing touches on this post since I am leaving straight after work on Thursday night. And it will be glorious...the first kid-free getaway since Charlotte was in utero (she's six and a half now).

I'll stop blathering about me and start blathering about my creation (giggle). Unlike some of my talented cohorts on this blog, I am not a real specialist with techniques. I like to find a sketch (or make one of my own!) and let all that paper goodness and embellishments I buy do the work for me. One day (or at least I keep telling myself), I will become proficient in mixed media, shabby chic and distressing techniques. Until then, what follows is how I approach my creations...

First, the sketch I created (and the one I hope you will try too!)...

This is the finished project where I used products from my favorite manufacturer: Basic Grey!
The background sheet is actually an old 12 x 12 sheet of Basic Grey's Olivia cut down to 7.75 x 7.75 and then adhered to an 8 x 8 sheet of Marrakech (my preferred scrap page size). From there I adhered a mix of What's Up? papers following the sketch design. (I told you I liked Basic Grey...I own almost every line from the past five years...shh!)

Working with my Silhouette, I created a title using the Calibri font (I wanted to mimic the font used in the Basic Grey sticker). I ran out of tape for my Xyron (sad face), so I pulled out the glue stick. Annoying but it did the job in a pinch. (BTW, the title reflects the fact that we celebrate Avery's half-birthday on June 25 since her Christmas birthday is always an afterthought!)

From there I worked with some Twinery twine and then just cut some simple pennants for my decoration across the top edge (a close-up pic follows).

Just to prove that I followed my own sketch, here is a scalloped edge from my layout that uses one of my several Martha Stewart punches. (Seriously though, Merlie, my DT sister owns the most punches of anyone I know!)

Whenever I buy a pad of paper (which are typically 6 x 6 since I make a lot of cards and smaller scrap pages), I always buy some complementary element or title stickers. Not one to skip a chance to include one, I added the following (even if I did deviate from the sketch a bit)...

As a finishing touch to the page (and since I own a billion), I added a couple of Hero Arts buttons to the edge. And see, we are done and we didn't do anything hard like all those techniques those other gals can do...scrapping is for everybody so long as you work with what you know!

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