Saturday, February 13, 2016

Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I am here with the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to Ginny's Blog next! 

Here is a peeky at the RRR February Ribbon Club Assortment. This one is called Gorgeously Green, and it is coming to you just in time for St. Patrick's Day cards and projects!

I admit that green is one of those colors I always find hard to work with. Don't ask me why. One of my children LOVES green, and my one older brother loves green so much that his whole house is green - green walls, green carpet, green tile, green counters...all shades of green! His mascot is Jiminy Cricket...because Jiminy is green! I can work with green! Nothing makes me rise to the challenge more than, well, a challenge! 

I had Graphic 45 Children's Hour on my desk, and decided to use the March papers from that collection, along with the March papers from Time to Flourish. I wanted to make another 8" x 8" card, only this time, I thought I would make more of a scrapbook folder posing as a card! I used several shades of green ribbon and paper, mixed with some pretty purple! 

I used the Apple Green Swiss Mini Dots Satin ribbon to make a loopy bow, which I hot glued to the card. I then made another bow with the Mixed Green Vertical Striped Satin ribbon. I tied a few charms to the striped bow with Iridescent White Metallic String (out of stock). I then glued the second bow on top of the first. Lots of bow yummy-ness! 

Once you open the "card" you actually get a scrapbook folder! I saw Kathy Orta's A Year in Review album and loved her use of Graphic 45 paper, and the folders that she used inside the album! (To purchase the directions for the folders, go to Kathy's site HERE. I used the folder directions included in Foto Folio 2, Style 5.) I decided to flip the folder upside down, change the measurements a bit, and turn it into one of my 8" x 8" cards!

The top section of the inside has two flaps. The March flap is a good space for some journaling. I used a bit of the Apple Green Swiss Mini Dots Satin ribbon as a "belly band" to hold some tags. That fabby horseshoe is from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!

Open the flap and find space for a 6" x 4" photo. You can see another photo mat/journaling spot that I made from the Time to Flourish papers. I love that the two calendar collections match well together! 

The second flap opens as well. Both the flaps are a bit larger than 4" x 6".

The main section is perfect for a large photo, which can slip under the little post card image at the bottom.

The bottom section has a large pocket, perfect for tucking in photos or journaling tags. I used the Children's Hour Calendar Pad for the March pocket title. 

There is a photo mat that is slightly smaller than 6" x 8" tucked into the pocket. 

I covered goth sides of the mat with paper. 

Even the back of the card/folder is decorated! The purple print is the B-side of the March calendar page! 

I simply love how the green ribbon complements my green and purple scrapbook folder card! 

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog next!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon ClubIridescent White Metallic String (out of stock)
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black, Forest Green, Deep Lovely Lilac
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Children's Hour (March Collective, March Montage, 12x12 Calendar Pad), Time to Flourish (March Cut Apart, March Flourish,   
Chipboard: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Feeling Lucky Charm Set, Feeling Lucky Shape Set 
Ink: Colorbox Pigment Black, Moss Green, Turtle
Tools: hot glue gun, scoring board and bone folder
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares, hot glue

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Altered Valentine Tag

Hello everyone! I am back again with another Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts tutorial. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so I decided to create a large Valentine tag to share with you today. 

This tag is 8" x 4" and perfect to tie to a gift bag or attach to a box of chocolates. It is all pink and pretty! Perfect for saying, "I love you!"

To make this tag, gather up all things pink (see the supply list at the end of the post), and let's get started!

The tag is from the Tags in a Box Extra Tag Set. There are six large tags in the set and they match the Tags in a Box Display (which also comes with six tags). Select a tag and paint the edges with Ranger Picked Raspberry Distress Paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Trim text paper slightly smaller than the tag by trimming the paper to 7 7/8" x 3 7/8" and then using the top of the tag as a guide for trimming the tag shape. Use a hole punch to punch a hole at the top of the paper. Sponge edges with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.

Paint the "you" heart from the Heart Words Set with Spun Sugar Distress Paint. Set aside to dry. Paint the "Love" word from the Words and Phrases 1 Set and a flourish from the Mini Flourishes Bella Set (not shown) with Picked Raspberry Distress Paint. Once the paint has dried on the word and flourish, cover the two items with Glossy Accents and allow to dry completely. 

Trim an image from decorative paper and mat with pink cardstock. Sponge the edges with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. Use foam adhesive to attach the image to the top center of the tag.
Glue the "Love" word to the bottom center of the image. Use foam adhesive to attach the heart to the lower right edge pf the image, as shown.

Tie a large bow from polka dot grosgrain ribbon and glue to the top of the tag. Trim a small heart doily from the Cardstock Doily Set - Intricates in half. Sponge the edges of the doily with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and tuck under the top left edge of the image. Glue a few pink flowers to the top of the doily.

Attach the mini Bella flourish to the right edge of the image and add pink flowers as shown.

Tie a bit of metallic string to a button and glue the button to the heart embellishment. Surround the heart with pink flowers as shown.

Give the tag to your favorite Valentine!

 Visit the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog HERE!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Products:
Tags in a Box Extra Tag Set
Heart Words Set 
Words and Phrases 1 Set 
Mini Flourishes Bella Set
Cardstock Doily Set - Intricates

Other Products:
Paper: Authentique Flourish (Cheer), Adore (Enhancements, Story)
Ink: Colorbox Pigment Orchid; Ranger Distress Picked Raspberry
Paint: Ranger Distress Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon Circus Dots Grosgrain Bright Pink, Iridescent White Metallic String
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Button: stash
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, Scotch 3M ATG tape, hot glue

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Graphic 45 January 2016 Project Sheet - Mon Amour

Hello, Readers and Graphic 45 Fans! I know that some of you have been waiting on pins and needles for the NEW 2016 Graphic 45 monthly project sheets to hit the blog! Well, the wait is over! I am sharing the January project sheets today! 

The January project set includes an altered Mixed Media box with matching mini album, plus three cards! The card program this year is designed for beginners, but takes advantage of left-over product from the mixed media class! 

To print the step-by-step directions for the Mixed Media Box and Mini Album, click HERE. The project sheet includes a full supply list, plus directions for the optional Metal Staples package! Each month, you will be able to create a mixed media project for an approximate retail cost of $30. The metal staples option will be about $10 more. The directions explain how to create the project, and then show you how to add the optional Metal Staples items! 

We will be using the Mon Amour Collection for the projects this month. The Metal Staples are the Shabby Chic Door Pull and the Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys.

The adorable Mixed Media Box is a fantastic project on its own! 

But, I have also included step-by-step, photo directions for creating a six-page mini album, constructed from the photo mat inserts which come with the box! The album fits into the box!

If that is not enough fun, there is a second project sheet for creating three cards from the left-over product! If you want to "add-on" the card class, the cost is under $5. If you wish to make ONLY the cards, the retail cost is around $20, depending on the Metal Staples you wish to use.

I am sharing the cards with metal keys attached, but you can make the cards without that extra product, if you wish! If you use the keys for the Mixed Media Box and Album, you will have three left-over for use on the cards.

The goal of the card class is to show beginners how to create cards with minimal product and without using a lot of special tools, plus to show experienced crafters how to use up the scraps and left-overs from the larger class.

I will be back in April with the March project sheets! For the February projects, check the Graphic 45 Blog in March, or check with Maria Cole, who is sharing the class duties with me this year!

Here is a sneaky peeky of what I am working on next....

Friday, February 05, 2016

Craft Hoarders February Blog Hop

Welcome to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous February 2016 Blog Hop! My blog is the first blog in the hop! After visiting me, hop over to Debbie Seyer's Blog next! For the full list of Bloggers, see the list at the end of this post! Keep an eye out for Bloggers who are giving away Blog Candy!

Many of you may have heard of art journaling. If you have not, do a search on Pinterest to see many fine examples. I have never done art journaling, because I simply have ZERO artistic talent. I cannot paint or draw or sketch or watercolor or accomplish any other fine art technique! Recently I have been seeing another form of art journaling called Bible Journaling. I have been fascinated with this form of Bible study! Once again, I've never tried it because...saying I stink at art is just harsh! (For some wonderful examples of Bible Journaling, click HERE.) 

After speaking to my (very artistic and very smart) daughter about this, she gave me some tips about giving Bible Journaling a try...BEFORE diving in head first and spending a lot of money on supplies I may not need! Which brings us to the Hoarders portion of the show. I wanted to buy a NEW journaling Bible...but my daughter pointed out that I have quite a large collection of Bibles on hand already...and why not experiment with one of those FIRST?!  
I ended up choosing to use this devotional Bible that I purchased in 1997 (it has the date inscribed on the inside cover). I bought it for use in a Bible study, but I soon realized that I did not care for how the Bible was structured. It mostly sits on a shelf with all my other translations and commentaries and Bible study guides and the children's Bible, etc. and so on. I cannot throw it out. Which means I feel some warmth about using art journaling techniques with this Bible. (If you are squeamish about using a Bible, use a journal or a notebook or even an old commentary or study guide.) 

The next part of the Hoarders show is that I already have tons of art supplies: colored pencils, pens, markers, watercolor paints and pencils, gelatos, inks, and more. (My daughter said to "step away" from the "Bible journaling pen set that I had in my Amazon cart!) I have everything I need to start journaling...except the talent for drawing and hand-lettering.

But, do NOT despair! I also have a VAST collection of stamps, including an impressive hoard of Scripture stamps! I also have access to a computer where I can type up Scripture in cool fonts to trace or paste into my journal. If all else fails, there tons of things for free or to purchase online! Including this NEW line of stamps at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

My next hurdle was to pray about WHY I want to tackle Bible Journaling. If it is to have a pretty Bible...well, I should just buy an illustrated Bible and be done with it. If it is to color while I meditate, then THIS Bible with pre-printed line art may be more my speed. My main goal with this process is to memorize more Scripture. I am a very visual person, so perhaps, illustrating the verses may help me learn. I have a list of 52 verses I wish to learn. I am curious to see if Bible Journaling is the way to do it!

The first Scripture on my list is Isaiah 40:28. I looked it up in my "real" Bible to read and study. I then found the passage in my "journaling Bible" and marked it with some colored pencils. What I took away from the verse is that God is the Creator God...that He will hold up, not only us, but the whole of His Creation! If He can do THAT, why worry?! (Reflection on this one verse was a very rich time for verse! I know, God is good!)

I decided to illustrate the verse with the stamped image of the earth. I colored the image with pencils, just a very simple illustration. As a companion to the Isaiah verse, I love Psalm 46:10 - I love it so much that I have two stamps with that verse! I stamped the verse in blue ink next to the earth. One thing about the devotional Bible is that it has a lot of....devotions, meaning there is space for me to put art that does not obscure the Bible passages. 

I am not sure if you can see it, but I also stamped a cross over the earth, using a pale gray ink. To remind myself that God is in control of the WHOLE earth. He made it all.

The second verse I wanted to illustrate is Genesis 1:1. I die cut some clouds out of scrap paper to use as templates, and then I sponged around them with blue ink. I stamped the earth again with blue ink, and while the ink was still a bit damp, I smudged it with a illustrate that the earth was formless in the beginning.

Psalm 150:6 is a great companion to what I was feeling after studying Genesis 1:1, so I stamped that verse in pink. I used a PITT artist pen to trace over some of the letters.

For my last page, I turned to one of the devotions next to Psalm 30:4-5 and decided to do a color illustration of fruit and flowers. When I think of  God "rejoicing" I always think of his Divine Creation and how He must love us to give us such beauty to look at! 

I stamped the image and then colored it with pencils. I love the look of the text peeking through the color. 

I still don't know if Bible Journaling is for me...or if I want to purchase a journaling Bible or just a notebook...but I did love working on Scripture memorization while playing with art supplies! My daughter cautioned me against getting hung up on the art and the process more than the Word. She knows me well, and her mature faith is wonderful to behold! 

Thanks for visiting this month! Now hop on to Debbie Seyer's Blog!

Make sure you visit all the ladies in the group. They have some AMAZING projects to share. A few of the gals may have Blog Candy to give away as well! 

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop List:
Gloria Stengel (you are here)
Debbie Seyer
Jacquie Southas
Tracey Sabella
Donna Idlet
Bonnie Garby
Wendi Robinson
Teresa Horner
Barbara Rankin
Karen Zueger-Brownell
Marisa Job

Colored pencils: Prisma
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Chalk Ice Blue, Colorbox Pigment Midnight, Cupid
Stamps: JustRite, Papertrey Ink, Verve, Our Daily Bread Design

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Graphic 45 Communique - Desk Top Card

My all-time favorite Graphic45 collection is Communique! You can imagine my joy when they decided to release a Deluxe Collection of this set of papers! Communique was the very first Graphic 45 collection that I purchased, way back in (dare I say) 2008 or 2009. It was the collection that inspired me to try out for the design team in 2010! Since today is my birthday...what a better gift than sharing my ALL TIME FAVORITE paper collection?!

Communique has everything I love: a black and red color scheme, typewriters, pens, vintage images, vintage postcards and handwriting, typography, and more! I have always felt that Graphic 45 created this collection specifically for me! 

I made an 8" x 8" desk-top home decor "card," making it both a card and a gift! This card is suitable for framing or standing on a desk or shelf. I loved this project so much that I had trouble putting it in a box and mailing it off to the office for display at CHA!

The 8" x 8" size is new for me. It is that perfect niche between a 6" x 6" card and a 12" x 12" layout, but it's neither! A friend of mine makes large-size cards as gifts and I decided to give it a try! (Thanks for the idea, Katrina!) I may become addicted!

I was happy to find some number brads in my stash to create "45" on one of the tags! I also de-hoarded my stash of Stamped Metal Brads.  

I created some "rusty" embellishments with my own custom mix embossing powder and chipboard shapes. I mixed the rusty keys with some G45 Ornate Metal Keys

I also discovered a faux clay postage cancellation embellishment with "Anaheim" stamped onto it! Perfect for a project on it's way to the Anaheim CHA show! And a project covered in rusty metal is not complete until I add a bunch of flowers! 

I did a bit of fussy cutting of the pen nibs and the postage images. Fussy cutting is NOT my strong suit, but I do what I can.

Here is the inside of the "card." That is 16" of real estate to cover with paper!

I wanted this card to be special, inside and out! If I were mailing this to someone, I'd add a gift card holder to the inside, or even give this card along with a suitable frame so the recipient could display the card.

I added more rusty gears and some of the collection images.

Thanks for joining me today! 

Graphic 45 Products:
Communique 12x12 paper: Pen in Hand, Society Page, Classy Correspondence, Typography, On the Dot, Postage, Party Line, Telegram

Other Products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Ink: Top Boss Watermark, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, VersaFine Onyx Black
Embossing powder: Tim Holtz Distress Black Soot, Vintage Photo; Stampendous Aged Bronze; Enchanted Cottage Malachite; Hampton Art various metallic
Metal embellishments: Creative Impressions brads; Tim Holtz game spinners, clock, number brads, clips, hinge fasteners, book plate
Die cut words: Papertrey Ink
Punches: Stampin' Up 3/4", 1 1/2" circles, Fiskars border punch, Creative Memories corner rounder
Stamps: Verve Framed Lilies
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape and foam tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares, Scor-tape, Ranger Glossy Accents, hot glue