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A Challenge with Squigglefly October 30, 2012

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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.

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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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Time for the Next TTCRD Challenge October 2, 2012

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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:

 

Challenge #36 with Through the Craftroom Door September 18, 2012

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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:

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:

Christmas in July July 1, 2012

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Well, it’s time for another TTCRD challenge! This time, the challenge is to create a project with a Christmas theme. I know with temperatures in the upper 90’s and a heat index well into 100+, I’m wishing for some cooler weather…. although not for snow yet!  Through the Craftroom Door is a great crafting publication that is online for your convenience.  You can access all the great ideas digitally, so it can be at your fingertips whenever you want to browse for new ideas.  If you haven’t heard of it, check it out here.  This challenge is being sponsored by Patricia from Paper Temptress.  If you haven’t heard, she offers luscious paper at fantastic prices, and the winner of this challenge is going to get a $25 gift certificate to Patricia’s store!

  • No more than 3 projects allowed for each challenge per person
  • We will use the Inlinkz system for entries as well as the gallery uploads
  • Winners will be chosen by random.org.

For this card, I started with an embossed card base from DCWV.  Then, I used Recollections red cardstock and my Cuttlebug to emboss some Christmas ornaments.  I chose to use two columns of the ornaments, and I used the debossed side for this particular card.  The ornaments, coal chunks and writing are done with Spica pens.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC; at one time, it was offered as a free sentiment but now I believe it may be available in Paulette’s store.  The sentiment is matted on cardstock from my stash.  The adorable coal bin is a digital image offered by Dustin Pike.  It is colored with Tim Holtz’s Distress Markers.  I used a combination of direct-to-paper as well as water to get the effect on the coal and the coal bin.  The tag is punched using a Fiskars tag punch, and the writing on the tag is also done with a Spica pen.  The tag is tied with crochet thread that I dyed using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Summer Lovin’ June 18, 2012

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Here is my card for the latest Through the Craftroom Door challenge, Summer Lovin’.

For this challenge, Bugaboo is our sponsor, and you can win your choice of 7 digital images!

For this card, the base is from the DCWV Pocket Full of Posies Matstack, and the solid black cardstock is from Michaels.  The gorgeous silhouette is by Bugaboo Stamps, and it is a totally different style stamp for them.  Gorgeous, isn’t it?  I used Tim Holtz Distress inks to color the background with foam pads.  The ink colors I used are the Spring Limited Edition inks (Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, and Shaded Lilac) along with Worn Lipstick.  Then, I spritzed the card with Glimmer Mist in Pearl.  The butterfly is inked in Archival Black ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used a resist technique with Worn Lipstick and Mustard Seed Distress Inks to color it before fussy cutting around it.

Distressed Card June 1, 2012

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Here is my card for the latest Through the Craftroom Door challenge.  This time around, the challenge was to create a distressed card.  The sponsor is Guylou’s Inimintability, and she is offering up a $10 gift certificate to the winner!  Also, please don’t forget about Aletha sponsoring us on a monthly basis, $18 gift certificate to her store as well!

Well, first things first, distressing is …. distressing! It isn’t a technique I use very often, so this project was outside the box for me.  But it was a fun one to do, too, I must admit.  The background is a digital image from Digital Two for Tuesday that I just fell in love with.  As soon as Cora posted it, I knew it had to be part of this project somehow.  I printed it out and then used Old Paper, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Vintage Photo Distress inks on the paper, and then I used Tim Holtz’s flicking method to flick water onto the cardstock to create the splotches.  The adorable bear with the hat is one of Guylou’s creations.  I colored him using Crayola colored pencils and Gamsol for blending.  The pocketwatch is from Free Vintage Digital Stamps, and I thought it fit right into the card.  The ribbon is from the CTMH line, from the Blue Ribbon set.  The bottom layer and text are stamped using Vintage Photo Distress ink, the middle pinked circle was cut on my Cricut using the Art Philosophy cartridge and then stamped using Tea Dye Distress ink.  All three elements are raised up using 1/16″ pop dots.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:

Photo Inspiration at TTCRD May 15, 2012

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Here is my card for the TTCRD challenge #26.

The sponsors for this challenge are Anary from Gilli Stamps and Michelle from Michelle Perkett Studio.  One winner will receive a Gilli goodie bag, and one will receive a $10 gift certificate for Michelle’s Etsy store.

This image is one from Dustin Pike, and it’s his adorable Dudley Dragon.  I embossed the background using my Cuttlebug and some paper from my stash.  The image is also matted on paper from my stash.  The ribbon is from MSE.  Dudley has been colored using a combination of Crayola and Prismacolor pencils, using Gamsol to blend the pencils.  I actually made the card for my nephew Jack, who just lost his first tooth the first week in May.  He was very excited about it.