8/20/14

Back to School Purse

Hi everyone  Scor-Pal is celebrating the upcoming school year with lots of fun back to school projects.

Today I'm sharing a project I think any girl would love to use for school.   Add a post it note pad inside with a pen or pencil and note taking is now a breeze.





Using a template I created, I cut the cardstock and the coordinating pattern paper.
Score 3 lines in the center of the cardstock and then mountain/valley fold.




Cut the pattern paper into 2 pieces.
Fussy cut the pattern paper so it is slightly smaller than the cardstock.
Adhere it to the cardstock.




Create the handles from a 12" x 1 3/4" piece of cardstock.
Score the length and fold in half.
Add Scor tape down the center and adhere together.



Add Scor tape along the back edge and add the handles to the purse. 
Create a front panel and adhere it to the inside back on top of the handles. 


Add pattern paper inside to cover the added panel.
Punch along the bottom edge for some visual interest.


Add a button to the flap and you are done.  Just adhere the post it note stack inside.

 
And another view.



I'm thinking this would be a fun gift for a teacher - I think she'd love it, don't you?

 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today.
 
Steph
 

I Love you Bear

Hi everyone.  It's Wednesday and that means its time for a new challenge at Mark's Finest Papers &  Stamps.   This week's Simple Salutations Challenge #111 is about bears.



I die cut the little guy using my Cricut.
The sentiment is from the Roses 2014 stamp set - so many stamps to work with.


Because  I was using a premade card, I needed little embellishing.


Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph

8/19/14

Flowers and more flowers

Hi everyone, this month the Robin's Nest design team is  working with flowers.


Hello Friend starts with a Sizzix die which cut the base card from red cardstock.  With the included dies, I die cut all the other elements.

 
The paper I've used is the Tulip Wheels cardstock.  This lovely cardstock is double sided so I used both sides of the paper.  The flowers were used on the outside panel and the striped paper was used on the inside panel.

 
Sentiments were added and to bother sides of the flip.  I added a  few dew drops around the card.
 



 
The next card is an easel using the same Tulip Wheels Cardstock.  Loving the floral paper on the top of the easel and the striped for the base.  The colors work so well together. 
 
The image was colored to coordinate with the colors in the papers and May Arts ribbon was tied around the card.  Several dew drops were added for visual interest around the card.
 

 
Thanks for stopping by today
 
Steph
 

8/18/14

Air Mail Album

Last month I had this Air Mail Album on the   Basically Bare blog.  I love this Artful Binder.  These binders come in assorted sizes and I’m working with the 8″ x 8″ one today.  This chipboard binder is heavy quality and  comes with 4 assorted pages.




I wanted to allow the raw edges of the binder to show, so I cut cardstock and pattern paper smaller than the binder.  After adding the primary layer, I tied some coordinating May Arts ribbon around the album, then added assorted layers on top.





The interior of the album is covered simply with more coordinating papers in keeping with the travel theme.




The included pages consist of chipboard, corrugated board, canvas, acrylic and watercolor paper.  Each page is perfect for adding your own personal  touches.




The acrylic page is fun to add assorted elements on.  I chose to ink the edges and add several words.
 

A stencil or two plus some spray inks adds some visual interest on the canvas sheet.  Several added tags provide more journaling and photo opportunities.



This is a fun album to work with and has so many options.  Additional expansion packs are available to add more pages to your album.


Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Basically Bare Album
Clearsnap Ink and Art Screens
October Afternoon pattern paper
May Arts ribbon


Steph

8/17/14

My Butterfly Garden with stamps and inks

Hi everyone.  Last month I was fortunate to participate in a blog hop between Ann Butler Designs and Cool2Cast.

Cool2Cast is a product similar to Plaster of Paris that you just mix with water and pour into a mold.  However, it is much lighter than Plaster of Paris and has a nice porcelain finish when dry.  Mix with water in a Ziploc bag; pour and wait approximately one hour before removing from the mold and then let it dry completely before coloring.  The cold cast designs you can create are amazing - and you can use any flexible mold.

I was lucky enough to receive this wonderful butterfly.

 

Using Ann Butler's ColorBox Crafters Inks in Limelight, Tangelo, Berry and Lilac, I put some colors on a craft mat, spritzed them with water and then painted the butterfly. 


Using my finger, I painted Aquamarine Iridescents on the outer layer.


Using Unity's 2" Stripes, Dots and Hearts rubber stamps with Ann Butler's Aquamarine Crafter's Ink, I stamped around the exterior.  Because of the uneven surface, I used the stamp without a block. 

 
 
Now that it's finished, it's perfect for my yard.
 
 
I hung it on a garden stake.  And now it sits pretty in my garden.



What do you think?  I think I'm hooked on Cool2Cast and need to play some more.  I have lots of molds I can use.
 
Steph
 

8/16/14

Fancy Florals

Hi everyone, I've got a sweet card to share using the G023 Dahlia Bouquet from the Stamp Doctor in conjunction with some amazing Spellbinders dies.  I LOVE how this card turned out.

I wanted to focus on the beautiful Dahlias so I  colored them with Tombow Markers and then fussy cut them.  Once cut, I added them to die cut circles with the top layer on foam adhesives for dimension.




The card seemed very plain, so I used the Spellbinders S2-003 Fantastic Flourish 3 to create a wrought iron feeling for the background.  I die cut it 4 times and they fit perfectly on this 5 1/2" square card.  I just aligned the circles in the center of the card.

 
What do you think? 
 
Thanks for stopping by today.
 
Steph

8/15/14

Believe in Yourself

Hi everyone, I am loving the stamps I received from the Rubber Dance Art Stamps



Today, I'm working with the background  #BK1-4E: Vintage Script which has so many possibilities and the sentiment stamp from #SET2-M Think Again.  which is a fun collection of stamps.



A paper doily was placed behind the background and sentiment stamps.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please be sure to stop by the store and pick up some of these stamps today.

Steph

 

 

8/14/14

Blog Hopping with Clearsnap and Smoothfoam



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Welcome to the Clearsnap and Smoothfoam blog hop.  Hop along to each blog in the hop list to see inspiring ways to use Smoothfoam with Clearsnap's ink, created by teams of designers.  Be sure to comment on each blog in the hop, then use the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post to enter to win a prize pack of Smoothfoam and Clearsnap goodies.

Smoothfoam is styrofoam that has a smooth finish so it can be used for all kinds of projects.  Smoothfoam is definitely a fun product to work with because it  has endless possibilities.  I chose to use it as a base for a 3 dimensional mixed media layout.





To begin, I spritzed the 12" panel with ColorBox Spritzers in Lemon Drop, Putty, Mermaid, and Pumpkin Pie.





Using a baby wipe, I randomly mixed and moved  the colors around the foam.  I wanted some areas smooth and some  a little more blotchy.
 
 
 

Placing the ColorBox  Tropical Art Screen  on top, I added modeling paste through the screen to create 3 dimensional images in the corners.   The more modeling paste I added, the more dimentional the leaves became.  Once dry, I added color to the leaves using Guacamole Chalk Ink with an  art dauber.    Using Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink, I gently rolled the Wordwords Rollagraph Wheel across the foam in the corners opposite the stenciled leaves.  Using an art dauber, I then inked around the edges of the panel with a ColorBox 6 color ink pad in Farmhouse.






Using an art dauber, I added additional layers around the panel using the Tropical Art Screen with ColorBox Crafter's Ink by Ann Butler in Limelight; the Fun Flourish Rollagraph Wheel with ColorBox Crafter's Ink by Ann Butler in Aquamarine; and a Hampton Arts stamp with  ColorBox Crafter's Ink by Ann Butler in Aquamarine Ink.  Adding the different images and assorted colors added a nice collage effect.





I added some May Arts ribbon leaves around the right side of the panel and added some smaller strips of self adhesive gold ribbon around the panel. 




Using French Swirl Designer Adhesives with Goldmine Designer Foils added another layer of  dimension around the panel.   You will not get a complete image transfer because of all the inks used, but the bits that do adhere provide some real character to the panel.  I added the left over pieces of Designer Adhesives and Goldmine Designer Foils to the May Arts ribbon leaves.




Since I wanted the title to blend with the  colors I used, I inked white cardstock with the Fun Flourish Rollagraph Wheel and ColorBox Crafter's Ink in Aquamarine, then added the title above the photo.





To finish, I used an art dauber  to add more color around the edges, blending more color from the edges onto the panel. 
 
 
 
Then I used Ann Butler's stamps from KellyCraft to finish the sides of the panel with ColorBox Guacamole Chalk Ink.
 
Smoothfoam is an amazing surface for mixed media work.  The inks and spritzers do not dry immediately so you have time to create some fun effects.
 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Your next stop on the hop is  Carmen's blog.   Don't forget  to enter below to win a prize package

Hop List

Clearsnap Blog

Suzanne Austin - What's in a Lousyananut

Julie McGuffee - Life in the Craft Lane

Jennifer Priest - Hydrangea Hippo

Lisa Fulmer -  Lisa Liza Lou

Meihsia Liu - Simply Paper Crafts

Anita Scroggins - The Flamingo Chronicals  

Steph Ackerman - Live Laugh Scrap

Carmen Flores Tanis -  Flores Tanis Studio
 
Tami Sanders - tami sanders * paper crafter  
 

Beth Watson - Beth Watson  
 

Sabrina Alery - The Honor Roll
 

Marilyn Gossett - Marilyn Gossett Designs
 
Denise Hahn - In My Blue Room

 
Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph

Live Beautifully Canvas

Hi everyone, I have a fun canvas on the eClectic Paperie blog today.



I used tons of Art Anthology Paints and Colorations with an awesome Prima stencil.

Pop on over to the eP blog for complete instructions.

Steph