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Friday, May 22, 2015

Frosted Designs Friday Challenge: String Art!!!

Hello everyone!!!  I know it' been a while since you've heard from me.  Most of you are aware that my mother passed away earlier this year and everything has really been hectic ever since! 
Any who, I'm on the blog today with an altered frame I made for my mother's best fried using last month's kit from Frosted Designs.  It features the Heidi Swapp "Wanderlust" collection :-)
Here's a look:
I covered the frame with some of the paper from the kit, then used trim, flowers and embellies from previous month's kit to beautify it ;-)
I added some flowers in the bottom left corner as well as a metal clock from Tim Holtz.
This challenge is "string art" which is to incorporate string in your project.  I used one of the wooden embellishments from the last month's kit, colored it with gold mist and a gelly roll pen, then added small bits of blue twine for detail!
I misted the color magic title pieces with gold and added them to the frame!
I finished the frame with some yummy Creative Embellishments chipboard.  The chipboard was misted with white spray, then I used a gold marker to add polka dots!
Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

CSI Case File 162 for Creative Embellishments!!!!!

Hello fellow crafters!!  Brandi here again with another layout created as guest designers from Creative Embellishments for CSI this month!  Here's a look at the case:

And here is my take (all evidence and testimony is in red):

This is a picture of the hubs and I on our one year wedding anniversary :-)  I used the Simple Stories "Homespun" collection which matched the scene perfectly!!!

I started with a textured solid white cardstock base and lightly splattered black distress ink across the page.  I used a circle stencil from the Crafters Workshop and distress markers to add circles in random areas.  

I mixed some molding paste with Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink in "Butterscotch" until I achieved my desired yellow color, I used the paste mixture over a Tim Holtz Sunburst layering stencil to the left of my photo!

I outlined all my papers with a thin black sharpie (one of my favorite techniques) to help the colors stand out against the all white background.  I used the Circle Bokeh Stamp and Versa Ink to clear emboss the pattern on my chipboard photo frame from the Together Frame Set. After heated, I used Ranger distress ink, Lindy's Flat Black Tornado, and Black Soot distress ink to color the piece. I dried it, then misted with homemade glimmer mist (made from water and perfect pearls) for some  shimmer :-)

I used the same black ink to color the "Love" title from the Everlasting Love title set (the smaller one) and various sticker letters from the collection to make my title (inspired by the "space" theme).  

I did my journaling in the "Q&A" format :-)  

I finished the page with some flowers by Prima and Petaloo, stickers, and die-cuts from the collection! 

Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Altered Tin with Heidi Swapp "Wanderlust" Collection for Frosted Designs!!!!

Hello everyone!!!  Brandi here today with an altered tin I made using this month's fabulous "Spring Gardens Kit"!

Here's a look:

My husband gave me a hot tea tin he had and I knew it would be a perfect project (so did he!!!). I wrapped the tin with the beautiful papers, then started to embellish!
I used the trim from the kit, one of the wooden frames, a quote from last month's kit, and one of the resin butterflies for the front!

Here's a close-up of the butterfly.  I used ink from a previous kit to add a small amount of color!

I used one of the wooden Kaisercraft balloons and several of the flowers for the top!  I also used ink from past kits to add some color to the all white flowers :-)

 As you can see, I wrapped the trim around the entire tin!

 Here's a view from the top!

Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Case File 160 for CSI: Creative Embellishments Guest Design Team!!!!

Hello everyone!!  Creative Embellishments is one of many sponsors this month over at CSI and this is my take on Case File 160!

Just a reminder, here are the details for the case:
(I highlighted all my "evidence" and "testimony" details in red! This is my VERY FIRST time playing along with CSI and it was quite enjoyable :-) )
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Here's a look at my page using last month's "Out of the Blue" Kit from Frosted Designs:

I started by creating a background to the bottom half of the frame (or decorative border, whichever you prefer!) using a mixture of Gelatos and Lindy's Magicals over a primed surface (gesso).  I did some second generation stamping using one of the Damask Stamps from the Damask Stamp Set, then added texture with glitter paste and a Tim Holtz Stencil :-)
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I used a transparent overlay for my pic and some paper ribbon to frame it with a circle!
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I used Tim Holtz "Forest Moss" Distress ink to edge my papers for the green color, then distressed slightly with my scissors.  I tucked my journaling behind my photo, documenting our trip to Jamaica and Grand Cayman aboard Carnival Cruise Lines! I also used a Prima metal "This Way" sign for the subtitle as shown in the sketch :-)
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I finished the page with a variety of flowers and a "Journey" flair piece (travel element) from the Nautical Set l Flair set in the CE Store!
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Here's a close-up of the second generation stamping behind my photo piece, and also the heart I added that was inspired from the picture scene!
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Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday with Frosted Designs: How to Create a Pocket Mini Album!!!

Hello again crafters!  It's Brandi here today with a quick and easy tutorial on making a simple pocket mini album using this month's "Spring Gardens" kit for your favorite photos, sayings, inspirational quotes, etc.

Here's a look at the completed album:

And here's the tutorial:

Well gang....  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Altered Frame using this Month's Out of the Blue Kit from Frosted Designs!!!!

Hello again crafters!!!  It's Brandi popping in from the Frosted Designs Blog with an altered frame using this month's beautiful kit!

Here's a look at the frame:

As most of you know, my mother passed away last month which has been the cause for my absence over the past few weeks.  I've decided to make some tribute frames for members of our family so I'm sure you'll be seeing her quite a bit in the upcoming months ;-)

I started by covering the frame with one of the beautiful papers from the kits after I painted the simple wooden frame white (Picked up the frame for $1.00 at my local craft store).  I added in my photo, covering it using the silver doily overlay from the add on kit!

I added flowers and embellies from the kit in adjacent corners to add some pizzazz!

I used some of the Ranger blue mist from a previous kit to dye my trim from this kit blue, then added it across the bottom for contrast against the white background!

I finished with a number of the wooden embellishments that were inked using distress ink, then I added a bit of the crackle accents from the kit for added shine!

Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Handmade Masculine Birthday Card for Creative Embellishments!

Hello there crafters! Just popping in today with a masculine birthday card I made for my dad this month using lots of Creative Embellishment goodies :-)

Here's a look:

I started my card base with my usual Tim Holtz papers as I do for almost any masculine card! I used some distress ink and the Distressed Checkered Stamp to add some accents to my background :-)

I am absolutely LOVING these Basic Alphas so I can spell out anything I like!!! I misted the chipboard black first, then used a white chalk marker to make a "grey-ish" effect.

I used one of the gears from the Steampunk Antique Bike Set to add as an accent behind my "clock"! It was misted with Lindy's and inked with distress ink for my desired effect :-)

I finished by adding some layers in the inside as well... I always go all out for my daddy ;-)

Well gang... Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday at Frosted Designs: Masculine Card!!!!

Hey there crafters!  I've been absent for a bit, I know.  My mother recently passed, unexpectedly, which has caused my entire life to turn upside down at the moment.  I am doing everything I can take it a day at a time, and sometimes, even a moment at a time.  But there's no doubt, this has been by far, the hardest thing I have ever gone through.  

I'm up on the Frosted Designs blog today with a masculine card tutorial.  I used this month's beautiful kit and some stamps from Creative Embellishments to make this wonderful card perfect for any occasion!

Here's a look at my card:

Here's the link to my Snap Guide Tutorial:

And some close-ups:

Here I used the Binary Stamp and Distressed Burlap Stamp from Creative Embellishments for my background, then used some molding paste over the Crocodile Stencil included in this month's kit from Frosted Designs :-)

I used some Lindy's Tornado black mist to color my Harlequin Lattice chipboard panel from CE and added some of the crackle accents included in this months kit :-)

Well gang... Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Designing with Creative Embellishments for Scrap Around the World!!!!!

Hey there folks!!!!  I have some very exciting news today:  Creative Embellishments is guest designing over at Scrap Around the World this month!!!!  Isn't that fabulous?!?!?!?!  

Here is this month's amazing mood board over at SATW:

I LOVE the colors and the overall theme of the board. I used several aspects to create the following page of my oldest daughter:

As you can see, I clearly was inspired by some of the colors (greens, browns, and whites!).  The bottom three pictures give me an overall "explore" feeling so I included that as my title, using the pattern of colors from the boat to color my actual title piece!  I used lots of flowers, drawing inspiration from the first photo, and a "wood" background from the bridge in the middle bottom row!

I used several CE goodies on my page, altering them in different ways!
I started by creating a background using black distress inks and the Binary , Distressed Burlap, and Distressed Checkered   Stamps from the store.

I drew some squares with water color pencils, adding small amounts of water to soften them out, then added a number of nesting Squares around the page, coloring them with different distress markers!

Using a stencil and molding paste, I added some texture to my page, stamping over top for more depth :-)

I used the Explore title from the Adventure Word Set, coloring it with distress markers, then adding a coat of crackle paint in rock candy for some texture!

I finished the page with a big heap of various flowers to throw in some color and girly-ness!!!!!

Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)