Sunday, November 29, 2009

Extended Spellbinder Dies

Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoyed spending time with your family and friends or some quiet alone reflection time for yourself. We have much for which to be THANKFUL.

For this latest creation all I can say is WOW! When I began with this card I had no idea it would transform into what it did.

After cutting the initial backing, I realized that if I wanted to mat that piece to a larger version I needed a bigger die. Then it occured to me that if I used my red rubber I could make that piece as large as I wanted it to be.


The picture to the left shows just how much I extended the square. The one just above shows the longer rectangle created from the square die.

That sequed into the idea to create 12 inch border strips for my scrapbook pages. Now, I am realizing an unlimited possibility for these dies. Maybe I will do an entire video devoted to that concept.

Here is the bare card placed on the extended large scalloped square die. In the video the card is turned the other direction and the black pearlized card covers the edges. I could have extended it width wise by using the same process.

The other thing I loved about this card was using the Pearl Ex Pigment Powders. I like how the interference shows up on the dark card. Again, use a fixative on this to prevent the powder from rubbing off onto other things.

Some people use the inexpensive hair spray, but I use the Blair matte fixative. It is low odor--there is a no odor version.

The Tim Holtz Distress Inks are incredible. I orginally stamped the tree using the distress inks and embossed with a tinsel powder also from Ranger. The look was really nice. Much softer than the one in the video. I am posting the picture I was playing around with for effect. You can definitely see the difference.

After returning to it a few times, I think I will try the Distress Inks again but maybe in blue for a wonderful winter scene with lots of snow on the ground and smaller trees in the background or peeking into the foreground around the edges. Truly a winter wonderland.
While I was having fun, I also created an oval version of the tree.

I am not sure about anyone else but I had the dickens of a time trying to keep the oval die from moving while embossing. Yes, I tried taping it down. I knew I should have purchased that magnetic spacer mat when I had the chance. Oh, well, next time.


Lab Equipment used:

Classic squares large (used the largest)
Classic scalloped square large (used the largest)
Classic oval large (used the largest)
Classic scalloped oval large (used the largest)

Flourish and Snowflake folder

Distress Inks:
Black Soot and Dusty Concord

Rubber Stampede Pine Tree

Watermark Cat's Eye

Cut and Dry Foam stamp pad

Pearl Ex Inteference Violet

Fine Glitter:
Pastel Party Mix/ Lavender

Silver tinsel embossing powder that I mixed myself.

Ribbon from Michaels

White card stock
Green card stock

Flower Soft:
Polar White

I am busy playing around with my HSN Cuttlebug holiday folders. That was to be my next series of videos, but this one happened to fall into place. All of the prep work has been done for the videos, I just simply need to film them. If my lovely son will allow it, I will start this week and see how far I can progress.

Thanks for stopping by and please keep inking in the name of love.
Until then.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

CARS Cricut cart

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by. I have had this Cars cart for awhile and finally decided to tackle one of the characters a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to start with something simple (or so I thought) and here are the results of one Lightening McQueen.

The cart warns you that some of the pieces are very small and they did not lie. Once I kinda got the hang of it all, I was able to pull it together. I discovered that this cart does not have a base feature for the body...only a shadow. I guess I could size down the shadow a bit and use that as the base. Beware the body cuts out in all of those intricate pieces. 

It was tough going getting everything cut and glued in the right place. My suggestion would be to remove and place the pieces as you take them off the mat. I will play with this cart more and share the results here.

Alas, there is no ink on this project. I was just too excited to get it put together. The pizazz and dazzle with have to come later. Keep cutting up those carts and piecing and inking in the name of love.

Until then.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

More Product Swap Make-n-Takes

Welcome back crafters and those who enjoy looking at crafts. Weren't those cards and mini albums great? I had a blast with the Halloween album. This gave me an opportunity to put those small G Studios stamps to good use.

The Tim Holtz distress inks were the perfect Halloween colors. Gotta love it when everything easily comes together. Here they are simply inked. Pics and other embellies will really bring it to life.

So then I gathered up some of those small stamps that I love collecting. I think I purchased EVERY single pattern available. Once I get myself organized I am certain that I will realize that I purchased doubles and will more than likely offer them here as a giveaway.

Here are two of the pages that I have started accenting. I will probably bring in my Sakura pens and a bit of distressed stickles.

This mini album reminded me of those coaster albums, but I was able to fashion my own thanks to Lynda. I am also thinking that you might be able to use the Spellbinder dies to make some unique decorative edges to the album. Here are pictures of the cover and one of the open pages.

Most times when I am crafting I feel like a runaway train. A plethora of ideas descend upon me at once. So many ideas and only one pair of hands and a few minutes to craft. Huge sigh. I am thankful for the time that I do have.

The irridescent glitter sheen on this card was like having a nice piece of pp. I almost did not want to use it. This Anna Griffin floral swirl stamp was the perfect accent for this card. I used her pink and green inks which are really soft and emboss very well.
Participating in this swap was a terrific learning opportunity. One swapper, Heather, said that it felt surreal to see me put her card together in that first video. That probably did feel like an out of body experience.
Thanks for returning to my blog to see what is going on. Keep crafting and Inking in the Name of Love.
Until then.