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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! 🙂


Bee Happy August 22, 2015

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Hope that you are enjoying your weekend.  For my project today, I’m sharing a bright, happy card.


For today’s card, I started out with a base of an awesome, bright Lemon Yellow from the Treasures collection of cardstock.  This cardstock is great for adding some subtle texture and amazing color to your project.  I stamped the little bees from the My Sentiments Exactly Bee Happy stamp set on a strip of watercolor paper and colored them in using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.  Then, I added a little sparkle with a Zig Wink of Stella clear pen.  The black stripes are cut from Black Pearl Glossy Cardstock, which is absolutely gorgeous and difficult to photograph!

Prickles Says Hello June 18, 2015

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Okay, here’s my card for the From the Heart progressive challenge.  I must admit, when I first saw the title of the image, it had me confused… but I read it as “Pickles Says Hello” not “Prickles”.  However, regardless of the name, the image is a cute one!


For this card, I printed out the image on some Canson watercolor paper and colored it in using a combination of Spectrum Aqua and Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with these markers, and I love all the colors – particularly the bright ones.  Then, I used some rectangular dies to cut the image and background paper out.  I believe the background paper is from a DCWV paper pack; it is a denim design.  I used some green and white American Crafts baker’s twine for the bow, and I accented the banner, glasses, and butterfly using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.

Another Christmas Card May 27, 2014

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I’m back with another Christmas card for the Digistamps4Joy progressive challenge.


Here is a straight-on view of the card I created.  It’s difficult to see the image, but it’s one of the wise men and a camel.


A strange angle, but in this photo you can actually see the image much better.

I started out with some red cardstock from my stash and embossed it using Anna Griffin’s Juliet Lace embossing folder.  The image itself is printed onto Hammermill cardstock and then glittered over using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.  Then, I colored the image using a combination of Marvy, Zig, and Sharpie markers.  The “star” in the corner and the chevrons are leftover bits from the Tim Holtz Frameworks dies.  The star is glittered with Silk Microfine Glitter in Desert Gold, and the chevron pieces are colored using Hematite Inka Gold.  I had tried it in Lava Red first, but it blended in too much with the background.

Sparkly Card May 17, 2014

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend so far!


The image is the freebie for the on-going Progressive Challenge by From the Heart Stamps, and it is printed on Cryogen cardstock, then covered with Sookwang double-sided tape (I used two pieces of the 2″ tape), and then covered with Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter and colored with Zig markers.  Then, the image is layered onto text weight cardstock in Cryogen White, Jupiter Red, and Lapis Lazuli.  These are all part of the Patriotic Variety Package by Paper Temptress.



Pucker Up! May 16, 2014

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For today’s McMahon 5 Designs project, I’m sharing part of an adorable new set of digital images from Imagine That! digis by Kris called Parfait Delights.  These images just remind me of hot summer weather that’s on its way.

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For this card, I used the Lemon Granola Parfait and its matching sentiment.  They are printed out onto Cryogen cardstock, and then I used double-sided adhesive (2″ Sookwang tape) to cover the image.  I covered the entire image with Elizabeth Craft Designs Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and burnished it with my finger.  In case you are not familiar with the Silk Glitter, you have to burnish it to really bring out the shine.  Next, I colored the image using a combination of Zig and Marvy Uchida brush tip markers, and I blended the glass portion and the straw with my Prismacolor colorless blender.  The die cuts are Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Scalloped Circles Large, and Ribbon Tag Trio Two.  I used the Tim Holtz ink blending tool to add some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the tag sentiment before running some lime green scalloped grosgrain ribbon through it.  The brown cardstock is from the Best Occasions Scrap Pack, and the tropical background paper is from The Paper Studio’s All Seasons II paper pack.

Please feel free to check out the rest of the Design Team’s creations here if you have a chance!

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.

This card is being entered into the following challenges: