Monday, September 15, 2014

Favorite Technique

This week over at Heart 2 Heart challenge blog we are sharing our favorite technique.  Anyone who knows me, or follows my blog can pretty much tell you what MY favorite technique is......I'll admit it....I am a distresser!!  In my creative mind a project is not finished unless it has been distressed somewhere!!  I went all out on this weeks project!
There are several distressing techniques on my layout.  Of course tearing the paper and inking the edges is a standard distressing technique. I always ink the edges with 2 colors of ink, Our new Flaxen ink is perfect for distressing,then I edge it off with some Cocoa ink.  On some of the pieces here I added black as a third color for a bit of contrast.  One of my other favorite distressing techniques is the scrunching up of the paper edge that you see on the left side of the layout.

Have you tried this?  Just spritz the edge of your paper with some water (it needs to be good and saturated) then scrunch it up with your fingers until you get the look you are after.  You will need to go back occasionally while its drying and scrunch some more since it relaxes a bit as it dries.  For a really aged look, ink the edges of you paper before you spritz it with water.  The ink will run into the paper that way.  You can go back after it's dry and add some more ink to sharpen the color if you'd like to.

Don't you just love this piece of paper?  It just screamed "Distress me" !!  It's from the Close To My Heart Yuletide Carol collection. I will be ordering up more of this collection before it's it!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Don't forget to share your Favorite Technique with us at H2H Challenges.  You have until the end of the month to post your projects.


Today's project brought to you by:
Close To My Heart
Yuletide Carol Paper Collection
Yuletide Carol Compliments
Bitty Sparkles
Sparkles Collection
Sparkles Chevron Shapes
Liquid Glass
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Heartfelt Sentiments Paper Focus - Scaredy Cat

Welcome to another month of our paper focus blog hop.  If you are coming from Melissa D's blog then you are definitely on the right track!  Scaredy Cat is the paper we are creating from this month, and although it is most certainly a Halloween themed paper packet, I thought I'd create a project that could be for any occasion, with just a slight Halloween reference.
My cute invitation is created completely from the Scaredy Cat paper packet with the addition of some Black Sparkles, Rosewood Mini Medley Accents and the new striped Twill ribbon.  The sentiment is cut from the piece in the packet that is a collage of Halloween sayings and images.  If you replace the sentiment with a typed one this invite could be used for any occasion.
Creating the pinwheel focal piece is  really quite easy.

Start out with 8 squares (4 each of two colors) that measure 1 1/4" square and 2 base pieces that measure 2 5/8" square
Begin by putting your two base pieces together as shown.
Start your first small square by placing it on the base as shown.  On this first piece only you will want to only tape the right side of the square
Continue adding your squares around the base alternating patterns.

When you get to the last piece, lift up the left corner of the first piece you added (untaped side) and tuck your last square underneath it.
Add a bit of adhesive to the untaped side of your first piece (I used a small glue dot) and you are done!
See how easy this is - but it looks like you spent some time slicing and piecing it together!

Now, hop on over to Sheila's blog to see what fabulous project she has created for you!!
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 1, 2014

My Favorite

This week at Heart to Heart Challenges we are starting a whole new month of challenges.  Today we are showcasing our favorite color combos in connection with our monthly scrapbook challenge.

I didn't think I really had a "favorite" color combo, but in looking back at my creations over the last few weeks I discovered that black, white and light blue seems to be my go-to color combination now.  I really like how the 3 colors contrast each other!
My layout this week has just a bit of the color combinations, but just enough to give the piece some contrast.  I added in a bit of cranberry red for added interest.   Can you spot the staples on the layout?  They are plain silver, but with just a few strokes of my ShinHan marker, I changed them to a blue color to match the layout! (Color the staples before you put them in the stapler) You'll note the absence of photo's on my layout - I'm "pre-designing" layouts to use when our new addition arrives this month.  

This layout is inspired by a photo my cousin took of his baby daughter and my mother.  
My plan is to take a picture of Me, Jess and my mom all holding Nicole in this blue rocker after she arrives later this month.

I think I have used this paper packet as much as I can...well maybe I'll use it for accent pieces, but now it's time to go on to a new favorite combo. What is your favorite color combo?  Please share your creations with us at H2H challenges!


Today's project is brought to you by:
Close To My Heart:
Snowhaven Paper Packet - X7188B
Artbooking Cricut Cartridge - Z1906
Handwritten Print Alphabet Stamp Set - E1030
Mini Stapler and staples - Z2027 & Z2097
ShinHan Markers - page180
Miscellaneous retired stamps
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