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Upcycled Mini Album August 25, 2015

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For anyone who regularly reads my posts, they are usually relatively short.  Just giving fair warning that this particular post will be a long one.  I am stepping out of my comfort zone and starting to make some new types of projects, and this upcycled mini album is one of them.  I am sharing the photos of the album since I am really happy with how it came out.  It was a lot of work, but I can see myself making more in the future.  The inspiration for the album came from Jen of Eve’s You Tube video.  You can see it here.


This is the cover of the album.  I don’t really want to put anything too dimensional on the cover because it may be stored on a bookshelf, and I don’t want it to be caught on anything.  The cover started out as a cracker box that was about the size of the envelopes I chose to use.  The envelopes were the non-sealing envelopes that were left over from my wedding invitations.  The cracker box is covered using what some cheap wrapping paper was wrapped around – it wasn’t a solid core of cardboard, it was this textured brown bag-type stuff.  I crumpled it up and distressed it using Vintage Photo distress ink, Weathered Wood distress stain, and some homemade shimmer spritz made from brown watercolor and some Dollar Tree eye shadow.


This is the inside cover and first page.  The cover has a kraft envelope, leftover from a set of note cards.  I decorated it with some chevrons left over from the die cut arrow piece that you will see later on.  Virtually all the patterned papers used in this album are from the Recollections Fashionably Chic paper pad.  I cut a strip from one of the scraps and I put some Viva Decor pearl pen on the ends.  I glued the ends down so that the envelope flap can be tucked inside.  The first page has a scalloped circle cut from Neenah textured cardstock and sprayed with my homemade glimmer mist.  The scalloped circles are actually left over from a project we did for my sister’s wedding last year.

All the envelopes were given more of an aged look by using watered down Vintage Photo distress ink.  Then, I ran all the edges of the envelopes through the ink and let them dry.


This is the first page with the insert pulled out.  I created a tag using a manila folder and a Spellbinders tag die.  It can be used to house some journaling or a small photo.  The tag is in a pocket that is attached using some eyelets.  The tabs are from Kaiser Krafts Decorative Rectangles die set.


Here is the next set of pages.  I know the beautiful flourish and edge dies got hidden, but you will see them in later photos.  The envelope is another addition that can be used for journaling or a photo.  I stamped it using some flower stamps from a Unity stamp set, mounted it on some scrap cardstock, and sprayed it with the brown shimmer spray.  Oops, I forgot to include the reverse side of the insert… it is embossed and then the embossing is colored using Scattered Straw distress stain.


Here is the flip side of the kraft envelope.  I decorated it using one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps called Many Petals.  I stamped it with white pigment ink and colored it using watercolor pencils.  The bees are from a MSE Bee Happy stamp set.  They are colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, and I can’t recall which stamp set the sentiment came from.  On the opposite side, the bird stamp is from the MSE Love set, and the beautiful corner die is by Anna Griffin.


This insert is, like the others, manila folder, and the arrows are more “trash” from t he arrow die cut that will be coming up.  As you can see, it was also sprayed with the brown shimmer mist.


For this page, I used another Anna Griffin die cut out of light green cardstock from my stash.  It is a little difficult to see in the photo, but it is pretty in real life, and it matches the light green outline of the geometric pattern on the patterned paper.  Once again, you see another version of the Hero Arts Many Petals flower.  I’m not sure if you can see it in the photo, but the flower is black heat embossed, painted with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and then covered with the clear Wink of Stella pen.  I added some quarter inch double sided tape and covered it with some pink shimmery Dollar Tree mica eye shadow.


For this page, I used one of the Spellbinders Card Creator dies to cut some fun foam using the Fancy Ribbon Threader die set.  I threaded some translucent silver ribbon through the die cut, and I added some lavender satin ribbon from my stash along the bottom.  The insert for this page is similar to the first insert as far as the creation of the tag and pocket.  This tag is stamped using a musical background stamp from Oriental Trading Company.  The scalloped circle is colored using Vintage Photo Distress ink and stain.


This insert is plain, just sprayed with the brown shimmer mist… and I used the Anna Griffin die to cut some blue cardstock from my stash to decorate the page.


Here is the Sizzix arrow die cut where I got the arrows and chevrons used on prior pages.  This is such an intricate die!  I used the Precision Base Plate to cut it with adhesive on the back of it, and it cut perfectly.  The insert is stamped using some flourish stamps from a Sizzix stamp and die set (For the Record #2).


The scalloped circle makes another appearance… I thought they would be good places to either put photos or journaling.  And here’s the last appearance that the Many Petals stamp shows up.  This is created the same as the last one, only using white embossing powder.


This page is also showing the ribbon marker on the very left-hand edge of the photo.  It can be used to mark any page.  Here is another beautiful Anna Griffin die cut on this page, as well as the insert for an orange-red envelope from my stash.  These elements are from a stamp set I’ve had in my stash for a really long time.  I’m not sure who made them; they are a clear stamp set.


This is the decorated part of the envelope, using stamps from that same stamp set.  The sentiment is one I printed out ages ago as well, although I’d hazard a guess that it was a free sentiment from Create for TLC.  The insert on this page is embossed using a notebook embossing folder, then sprayed with the brown shimmer mist and inked using Vintage Photo distress ink.


Here is a page showing the gorgeous Kaiser Kraft large flourish die.  It is really hard to pick up the sparkle on it, but I did brush the black cardstock with the clear Wink of Stella pen.  The insert has another scalloped circle as well as an Anna Griffin die cut.  I’m not really sure what the die cut is supposed to be, but I tend to think of it as a butterfly.


This page I decided to leave blank, other than the designer paper.  However, the insert for this page, rather than being from a manila folder, is a piece of cardstock that I used with my Gelli Plate.  I love the metallic sheen that some of the paints have on this particular piece.


For this page, I used a really old background stamp that I have – no clue who it’s by.  It is a bunch of small circles.  The floral stamps are from the Sweet Girl Sizzix stamp and die set.  The rectangle is one of the pieces of manila folder, sprayed and inked like the other pieces.  I added a doily cut from a Die-Versions die.  The shimmery strip is another piece of quarter inch double-sided tape covered with brown shimmer eye shadow.


Here is the next page, using the corner Anna Griffin die again.  The rest of the page is blank, other than the black washi tape at the bottom.  The insert in the envelope is stamped using a Heidi Grace clear stamp set, inked using Vintage Photo.  The envelope is from an old stationery set that I had used all the note paper from.


This is the reverse of the envelope, stamped with another flower stamp from the Heidi Grace stamp set.  For more details on the insert, you can see my post Mini Album Insert.


Here is the reverse side of the insert.  I used another Anna Griffin die, cut from the geometric patterned paper and inked with Vintage Photo.  The flourish is also an Anna Griffin die, and I thought it really fit perfectly below the little duck.  This stamp is another Unity stamp called Chick in the Rain.  I love this stamp!  I colored it using some really inexpensive Rose Art water-based markers and spritzed it with the Tim Holtz marker spritzer.  The edges are inked in – guess what? Distress Ink Vintage Photo!


Almost done…. This page has another Die-Versions die, Big Butterfly.  I love so many of the Whispers dies, as you can probably tell, since this is the third one used in this project.  The insert is lined using paper from the Fashionably Chic paper pad and the bow on top is made using Hug Snug seam binding, dyed with just Vintage Photo ink.


Last insert!  This is pretty simple, stamped with some butterflies (not sure which stamp set) and sprayed with the brown shimmer mist… and the black file folder is from my stash.  I think I got it in a mystery box from MSE, but I could be wrong.  I fussy cut the two blue flowers from the paper pad, and I also added a yellow flower on the inside of the file folder.


Whew!  Well, I congratulate you if you made it this far!  This is the end of the album, and I have just one final photo to share.


After completing the album, I decided that it needed a little something else.  The binding is strong.  I used really heavy watercolor paper for the stack the deck binding because I did not want to worry about it not holding up.  I inked the paper, but I wasn’t crazy about how it looked.  You may have noticed the seam binding in between all the pages as you looked at the photos; I took some more seam binding and cut a piece long enough to wrap in between each page.  I colored it using Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone, and Old Paper distress stains.

I gifted this album to my sister and brother-in-law, and they loved it. Yay! 🙂


Through the Craftroom Door Holiday Edition Blog Hop October 23, 2012

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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.

You should have reached me from Deonna’s blog.  If you have, then you are in the right place!  If you would like to start at the beginning, then please start at the TTCRD site.

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:

  1. TTCRD Challenge Blog
  2. Sandi Huggett
  3. Jo Ham
  4. Roxann Suits
  5. Anne Fenton
  6. Darlene Lyons
  7. Penny Mull
  8. Deonna Bemish
  9. Danielle Linton (You are here!)
  10. Colleen Holmes
  11. TTCRD Challenge Blog

It’s Pumpkin Time… October 16, 2012

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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.

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Under the Sea July 15, 2012

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This time around for the Through the Craftroom Door challenge, we have a beautiful seascape as our inspriation.  As we make our way through this hot summer weather, isn’t it refreshing to think of being in an underwater paradise surrounded by amazing fish and beautiful coral?  If you are unfamiliar with Through the Craftroom Door, it is an online publication for crafters that is jam packed with great ideas and tips about crafting.  Since it is online, there are no bulky magazines to store, no need to flip through endless pages manually… Just get on your computer, open it up, and do a search for what you’re looking for!

For this challenge, we have two sponsors.  A Day for Daisies is offering a $12 gift certificate to the store.  If you are new to these images, they are beautifully drawn images.  From realistic to fanciful, there is something to suit everyone’s style.  Our second sponsor, Bugaboo, is an extremely well-known digital stamp shop with images in all sorts of styles from cutesy to snarky, from cartoony to realistic.  They are offering 7 free digital images to the winner.

Creating this card was a lot of fun.  It uses the wonderful image  called Four Times Lucky, which is from ADFD.  I shrank the image down to approximately 1″x1″, knowing that would leave me plenty of room to arrange them on the card base.   After printing out the images, I punched them out using a Stampin’ Up punch.  The Koi are colored with Copic markers (BG10, YR07, & YR09).  The first background layer is blue cardstock from my stash.  I punched it out with the same punch as I used with the fish, but then cut it so that the fancy edges would line up and it would give the illusion of a border.  Then, I mounted that onto origami paper from Hobby Lobby.  The teal cardstock is embossed using a Cuttlebug and an embossing folder with Koi on it, although what mostly shows through is the water ripples, which is what I really wanted for this card.  The other half of the card is white cardstock that I used a combination of Adirondak Stream acrylic paint dabber, Distress Stain in tumbled glass, and Tulip glitter paint in blue.  The blue satin ribbon is from Michaels, and the metallic colored “studs” are by Imaginisce, set with my iRock tool.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

An Old-Fashioned Boot May 17, 2012

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…makes a beautiful note card.  This image is from Sandi for the Outlawz CFC.

The background is on plain white cardstock.  Then, I used a background stamp by All Night Media and “inked” it up with Copper Adirondak Acrylic Paint.  After it dried, I went over it with Broken China Distresss Stain.  I love how the stain resists the paint.  The rosettes are by Basic Grey, and I thought the colors went well with the background.  The boot itself is colored with Crayola colored pencils and blended with Gamsol.  The “a little note…” is from Stampin’ Up’s You’re My Type stamp set and cut out with one of their punches.

A Couple Challenges April 2, 2012

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Well, since I’m home and not feeling all that well, I’ve been crafting on and off all day long.  And I have two more cards to add to my blog.

Sorry for the off-center picture, but that was the only way I could get the picture to come out without the sparkle from the Spica pens totally covering up the flowers.  These morning glories are from Anne’s Digital Art, a freebie generously donated for the Outlawz Creative Freebie Challenge.  For this card, the card base is DCWV embossed cardstock.  I matted the image onto Basis navy cardstock, and the image itself is colored with a combination of Crayola colored pencils and Gamsol.  Then, I went over the flower blossoms with a clear Spica pen.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

My second card is an adorable rabbit from Spectacular Printable.  The card base is cardstock from Archivers that I used the Tween Vines Sizzix Texturz Plate to emboss.  The second layer is a two-step process using Adirondak Gold Acrylic Paint and Broken China Distress Stain as well as a background stamp by All Night Media.  The image itself is matted on Basis Cardstock from Paper Temptress, and it is colored with a combination of Neopiko 2 and Copic markers.  The rabbit’s glasses buttons are colored with an American Crafts metallic marker in gold.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Christmas Card Boot Camp, Day 1 November 7, 2011

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Well, I signed up for the Boot Camp done by Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire.  No, I’m not getting anything out of promoting the class, other than letting people know how much I’ve been enjoying learning the new techniques.

So here is my first Christmas card.  It’s not an exact copy of the card Kristina did today, but it does use some of the same elements.  Front and center, I chose to use a copic-colored image from Designed 2 Delight.  You probably know from past posts that I love Faith’s images.  This is one that I already have, but it is also one she donated to CDAC’s progressive challenge this time around.  I love the polar bear, so I wanted him to be featured on a Christmas card this year.  I used B000, C1, C2, C8, G19, R29, and RV00 to color him in.  The Merry Christmas stamp in the corner is from MSE, and I matted the image on Core’dinations Silver Pearl cardstock.  The card base is Gina K, and I stamped it with the Hero Arts Dots background stamp, using Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Soft Leaf (this is definitely one of my new favorite inks to use!).  The green cardstock is from Archivers, and the lighter half has a layer of Picket Fence Distress Stain on it.  They both have faux stitching done with  a Uni-Ball white Signo pen.

This card is entered into the following challenges: