A Challenge with Squigglefly October 30, 2012Posted by Danielle in Crafts.
Tags: Copic, Distress Stickles, TTCRD, Zig
First of all, thank you everyone who participated in Through the Craftroom Door‘s blog hop last week. It was a huge success, and hopefully everyone got some great inspiration for their next project.
This week’s challenge for TTCRD is Anything Goes, as always. I hope that if you’re not a subscriber, you got more of an idea of the types of things offered by the digital magazine. It is so full of ideas in every issue!
The sponsor for this week’s challenge is Squigglefly. The images that Squigglefly offers are so varied that you are sure to find something that appeals to you. Be sure to check them out if you haven’t visited their store before.
For this week’s challenge, I used a beautiful digital image called “The Beauty of Pine.” I really loved the simplicity of this image, so I decided to keep everything else more muted and let the beauty of the image speak for itself. The card base is a pre-embossed card blank from DCWV. The image itself is colored with a combination of Copic markers and Zig Markers. I used an opaque white pen (from Stampin’ Up) to put “snow” on the pine needles. The pine cones themselves have a combination of Rock Candy Distress Stickles and opaque white pen on them. I used my Nestabilities to cut out the oval and scalloped oval shapes.
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Through the Craftroom Door Holiday Edition Blog Hop October 23, 2012Posted by Danielle in Crafts.
Tags: Distress Stain, Liquitex, Mod Podge, photo transfer to wood, TTCRD
Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the Holiday Edition Blog Hop for Through the Craftroom Door! What a fun way to introduce the latest edition of the magazine — hope you’re as excited about it as we are!
Through The Craft Room Door 2012 Holiday issue is now available for viewing!! It is loaded with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards and holiday tutorials! Included are 4 free digital images and digital Christmas paper by Anne Fenton and Sandi Huggett which gives a grand total of 24 free digital images by various digital artist in the “Subscribers Only Area”
If you are not yet a subscriber you are really missing out! For $18.00 per year you receive an online bi-monthly magazine filled with awesome creations, tutorials and free digital images. So far the digital images available for download number 24 — with more added each issue. (That equals to 75 cents per digital image and the magazine is free!) You also have access to all the past issues. It doesn’t get any better than that!
You can go here to subscribe to the magazine.
My contribution to the blog hop is a tutorial on how to do photo transfers to wood. This is definitely a time-consuming project, so please be sure you leave enough time to complete the project to your satisfaction.
You will need the following items:
- smooth wooden surface
- Mod Podge
- Medium Gel Mat
- 0000 grit steel wool
- foam paintbrush
- photograph, printed using mirror image on a laser copier
- 400 grit waterproof sandpaper
- sponge (optional)
- bristle paintbrush (optional)
- acrylic paint (optional)
You will need to start with a smooth wooden surface. These wooden pieces can be purchased from Michaels or Joann, or you can sand your own. You may also need some fine grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges before you begin with your photograph. When choosing the wooden surface, try to choose one with an even coloring to it, or some of the wood grain may show beneath the photo itself after you have transferred the image.
This is one of the photos that I chose to transfer to wood. For this particular method, the photo does need to be printed with a laser printer. The photo must also be altered so that when it’s printed, it is a mirror image of the original image.
Use the foam brush to place a thin layer of Medium Gel Mat (I chose to use Liquitex) on the photo. In this case, less is more!
Place the photo, face down, on the wood surface. Smooth the surface so that there are no air bubbles and let it dry for 8 hours or overnight. I used an old hotel key card to smooth it out.
The next day, you will begin to remove the paper from the wood. Do this slowly and carefully if you are working with photographs! The lightest parts of the photo will be the easiest parts to remove from the wood — which also means that you can easily remove more than intended! Take this part of the process slowly. If you are looking for a more vintage look, you can get the paper damp (not wet) and then start removing the paper using your fingertips. Gently rub the paper and it will begin to come off. In my trial and error phase, using my fingers removed more of the photograph than I wanted. My next try was using a washcloth, but the paper gummed it up. My third try was using a cheap cellulose sponge. I rubbed it over the photo when it was damp, definitely not dripping wet. Again, less is more here. In between rubbing off the paper with the sponge, I let the paper dry completely. When I tried to rush this step, I wound up ruining the photos by removing more of the paper than intended and leaving blank spots in the transfer.
The first few times you remove the paper, you will get bigger pieces of it coming off. As you get closer to the toner in the copy of the photograph, you will get less and less paper coming off at a time. You will need to continue gently removing the paper until you get a dry image that you’re happy with. If you look at the image while it is still damp and then start the Mod Podge step, when it dries, it will return to whatever it would have looked like when it air dried.
Once you are happy with the dry image, it is time to start layering on Mod Podge, again using a foam brush. Multiple thin layers work much better than fewer thick layers, by the way… Brush on the Mod Podge, let it dry completely, and then brush another layer on. Repeat a minimum of five coats of Mod Podge.
Once the layers of Mod Podge are complete, wet sand with 400 grit sandpaper until it is smooth. Wipe the surface dry.
Polish the surface with 0000 steel wool. This will remove any leftover ridges from the Mod Podge. Wipe with a damp cloth.
If you are happy with this as the end result, then you are finished! For my project, I then painted the sides and backs of the wood with acrylic paint. After that dried, I applied a coat of Tim Holtz’s Picket Fence Distress Stain to the edges. This is a photo of some of the 8×10 photos I transferred to wood. They are displayed on the dessert table of my parents’ 40th anniversary party.
Thanks for hopping along with us for the latest holiday edition of the magazine! Your next stop along the way will be Colleen’s blog.
So how does this work? Visit each blog and leave a comment. At the end, visit TTCRD magazine and leave your information in Inlinkz and you could win a grand prize of a 1 year subscription to the magazine. The Blog Hop will run for a full week so you will have lots of time to check out each of the Design Team members blogs.
Here is the list from start to finish, just in case you got lost somewhere along the way:
It’s Pumpkin Time… October 16, 2012Posted by Danielle in Crafts.
Tags: Adirondak Acrylic Paint, Crayola, Distress Stain, Sandi's Samples, TTCRD
Okay, so that’s not really the theme for this week’s Through the Craftroom Door challenge, but it’s definitely October and there is a chill in the air.
The September-October issue of Through The Craft Room Door online magazine has 90 + pages of fun tutorials and loads of inspiration with over 19 FREE Digi’s that are located in the “Subscribers Only Area”! You will also have access to all previous issues for this year with No advertisements. The new Holiday issue is coming soon, it also has some wonderful tutorials, holiday ideas and several new Digi’s making that well over 25 Free images.
For Challenge #40, we are doing an Anything Goes challenge, as always. Please join in on the fun, especially since you can use any project that you’re working on to play! This time around, we have a few awesome sponsors. Oozak is offering a $10 gift certificate, Paper Temptress is offering paper, and Sandi’s Samples is offering 4 digital images.
Here’s my project for the week. It uses one of Sandi’s beautiful Autumn images, and I just couldn’t resist it. The coloring for this image is done with Crayola colored pencils and Gamsol. It is layered on cardstock from my stash, and the middle layer was created using a combination of Adirondack Acrylic Paint in Terra Cotta and Tim Holtz’s Distress Stain in Wild Honey. The stamp I used for the background is a Hampton Art stamp, PS0617. I also used one of my favorite crafting tools called Perfect Layers to mat the card bases.
In case you’d like to be a Guest Designer for TTCRD, please see the main challenge page for more information and be sure to put the letters “GDT” behind your entry.
This card will be entered into the following challenges:
Just a Quick Post… October 8, 2012Posted by Danielle in Crafts.
Here are two of the cards I made this past weekend. Saturday, October 6 was World Cardmaking Day, and while I did get to create a couple cards, it’s taken me some extra time to get them posted!
Here is the first card I made. This is the start of Birthday Season in the family, and they run pretty steadily from October through March… so this is the first of the birthday cards I’ve made. The bear is a digital image from Beccy’s Place. Isn’t the bear adorable? The background pink cardstock is from Archivers and is embossed using a Cuttlebug folder. The sentiment is from the Older & Wiser set (I believe it’s Stampin’ Up), and the die cuts it is on are from Spellbinders dies.
This is also a digital from Beccy’s Place – I have had it for a while, but this is the first time I’ve used it. Isn’t it great? The background paper is from the All Seasons II paper pack by The Paper Studio. The magical tag has some Black Soot Distress ink on the edges. I really liked how it brings the focus into the word “magical.” The die cut tag itself is from my stash. The digital image is mounted on purple Recollections cardstock and then on Lime Mica cardstock from The Paper Temptress. The cardstock is absolutely gorgeous in person… sorry that the photo didn’t pick more of the fine shimmer up!
If you’re into making cards, hopefully you had some time to create something fun this past weekend, too!
Time for the Next TTCRD Challenge October 2, 2012Posted by Danielle in Crafts.
Tags: Bugaboo, Cameo, Distress Ink, TTCRD
Well, it is time for our next challenge with Through the Craftroom Door. As you’ve probably seen, the new format is for Anything Goes, so have fun, get creative, and join in on the fun.
Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Digital Stamps, and they are generously offering our winner this week a prize of five digital images from their store. If, by chance, you are not familiar with Bugaboo’s images be sure to check them out. They have a huge selection, and everyone is sure to find something that appeals to them.
So without further ado, here is my project for this week’s challenge.
For this card, I started out with the Bugaboo silhouette image which can be found here. This has been such a fun image to work with… and a little different. I printed the silhouette out with my printer, and then I colored the background with Distress Inks in Black Soot, Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, Gathered Twigs, Mustard Seed, and Squeezed Lemonade. I also used my Cameo to cut out the graveyard frame, and that can be purchased from the Silhouette Store.
This card will be entered into the following challenges:
- Through the Craftroom Door – Challenge #37
- The Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge Blog – Challenge #4
- Hooked on Craft Challenges – Challenge #25
- My Grafico Challenge Blog – Challenge #137
- Oozak Challenge Blog – Challenge #7 Die Cuts
Anniversary Party October 1, 2012Posted by Danielle in Family Stuff.
Tags: 40th Anniversary, anniversary
Last month, we put together a collaborative 40th anniversary party for my parents… we being my brother, sister, parents, and myself. It was a success, and we all have some great memories of the celebration with family and friends.
Here’s Mom helping to put out Goldfish crackers as snacks for the guests.
This is also before guests began to arrive. Out on the deck, we set up a “Pick & Play” with the record player and a bunch of Dad’s old vinyl albums — how fun since the little kids had no clue what a record is! BUT…. They LOVED rocking out to The Animals. As you can see Jack and Julia are dancing away.
Guess I should post an updated photo of myself… Here’s one of Bill and me that Jessica took.
Here’s a photo of Aunt Kathy, Kathleen, Uncle Mike, and Barb. Kathleen & Barb are my dad’s cousins. If you look closely at the tables, you can see the favor holders I made for the party as well as the photos that I transferred to wood.
Here’s the dessert table as well. I had three larger photos that I transferred to wood on that table, two baby photos of Mom and Dad, as well as one of them both from (I think) the late 80′s.
Jessica’s boyfriend Mark did a great rendition of Rod Stewart’s Maggie May for the party. He even inspired Jack to rock out on the electric guitar afterward!
Some Halloween Cards September 23, 2012Posted by Danielle in Crafts.
Tags: Bonibleaux Designs Digis, Crayola, Create with TLC, DCWV, Hambo
For this card, I used an adorable Mummy digital image from Hambo Stamps. I thought this would be a really cute Halloween card. The mummy image is colored with the following Copic markers: E40, E42, E43, Y19, YR61, YR65, and YR68. The oval, scalloped background and tag were cut using Spellbinders dies; the purple cardstock is Recollections cardstock, and the yellow ribbon is from my stash. The three crystals are iRock gems, and the background paper is from the DCWV Linen Closet Matstack.
For this card, I used the Frankie Stein image from Bonibleaux Designs. I colored him with Crayola colored pencils and Gamsol. The Little Monsters sticker is one I got from a friend; the Dreaded Wheat sentiment is from TLC Creations. The background paper is from the Recollections Animal Kingdom paper pack.
Glittered Name September 23, 2012Posted by Danielle in Crafts.
Tags: Cuttlebug, Glimmer Mist, Stickles, Wow Embossing Glitter
Here’s my entry for Oozak’s challenge to add sparkle, with the additional challenge of doing something with your name.
For this card, I used Basis blue cardstock as the card base. The “A Note From” letters were cut using my Cuttlebug BabyFace dies out of white cardstock from my stash, and the letters for my name are from Tim Holtz’s Mixed Mini grungeboard set. I used VersaMark ink and Angel Wings Wow Embossing Glitter for my name. I also used Diamond Stickles on the white letters to give them more sparkle as well. The flower is a Kaiser Wood Flourish that I painted with Adirondack Brights acrylic paint in Mountain Rose and then spritzed with Glimmer Mist in Scarlet.
Congratulations to a Friend September 21, 2012Posted by Danielle in Crafts.
Tags: Cameo, Cuttlebug, Stickles
This card is for a friend of mine who just completed her college degree. She is rightfully proud of herself, and so am I!
For this card, I used my wonderful Cameo to cut the background file, which is from the Silhouette store. The cuts are on Recollections cardstock. Her favorite colors are hot pink and black, so that’s why I chose to use these colors for her graduation card. The “Congrats” sentiment is a manual die cut from a Cuttlebug die set. I cut it out of white cardstock and then used Diamond Stickles on it to give it a little extra sparkle!
I also cut a gift card holder to match, also using the Cameo and a file from the Silhouette store.
The gift card holder was cut using the same black and hot pink cardstock as the card. The die cut and stamp used on the gift card holder are by Stampin’ Up, and I thought they fit well considering the occasion and the style of the gift card holder.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Oozak – Challenge #6
Scrap It with a Song – Be True to Your School
Challenge #36 with Through the Craftroom Door September 18, 2012Posted by Danielle in Crafts.
Tags: Distress Ink, Michelle Perkett Studio, TTCRD
Thanks for stopping by for this week’s challenge with TTCRD. This week’s prize is going to be a great one for those who love the publication – or for someone who just wants to give it a try… it is a one year subscription to the digital magazine! The publication is chock full of crafting ideas as well as some awesome free digital images. And the challenge is Anything Goes, so get crafting whatever your heart desires and join in on the fun!
Currently Available: It is full of paper craft ideas, tutorials, cards and interviews with persons such as Gina K and Diana Crick (inventor of Scor-Pal). The latest issue has several tutorials including how to cut out your digital images using the Cameo, creating glittery lace background, product reviews and a whole lot more including video tutorial. Subscribers receive 6 bi-monthly issues, plus an additional holiday issue. The price per issue is $2.56, but get this – each issue has FREE DIGIS. Currently there are 13 digis at the magazines “subscribers only area” for a short time period and with each new issue new ones will be added. Whatcha waiting for? It’s a win, win!
Here is my project for this challenge. I used a beautiful image from Michelle Perkett Studio as my main focal point. The background is brown Wausau cardstock that I embossed using my Cuttlebug and a Sizzix embossing folder. The two panels are from cardstock from my stash. After coloring the flowery cupcake with Zig markers to match the Dazzlers Florettes, I cut it out using my Spellbinders dies and then inked it up with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
This card will be entered into the following challenges: