Friday, February 28, 2014

Scrapbook N' More Classes

Hello everyone! I can't believe how this month has flown by. Time moves so quickly! I'm off  to New Braunfels, Texas, today to teach at Scrapbook N' More. This is the first time for me to teach there and I am quite excited. If you are in the area stop by and visit me and Susan Brown the store owner. 
Since it's so close to St. Patrick's day I'm teaching this tag and charm Friday night utilizing techniques with Ranger's Alcohol Ink as well as Ice Resin.
On Saturday afternoon, I'm paying homage to the great state of Texas, as this is Texas Independence Week, and teaching techniques using tons of Ranger inky goodness, as well as using Wendy's Embossing Paste, and using Texana Stamps, on a wood panel and Artist Trading Block.
Think good thoughts for me please as I drive on to this new adventure!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Friday, February 21, 2014

An Inky Tutorial at Ranger

Howdy-Ho everyone! I've got an Archival Ink tutorial over on the Ranger Ink Blog today! I've managed to use all the regular Archival Ink colors on these five tags. I'm showing you lots of photos here, but click over to the Ranger Blog for the tut. Also, you might recognize the purple/pink hued tag, as it was on display at the CHA 2014 Mega Show.
I LOVE Archival Ink, and now that I use an Ink Blending Tool with it, it's much more versatile for me! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Friday, February 14, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - February (Plus Winners!)

Happy LOVE day everyone! I hope you score some chocolates, or flowers, or diamonds, or better yet Craft Supplies!!! I am loving all the blog posts on the items you all have been making for your loved inspiring! I know I have been slow to get to all of your posts, but I'm trying to speed it up.
Before I get to the lucky winners of the Craft Attitude, I'd like to share my February tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2014! I am so loving that Chalk Board technique!
I followed all of Tim's steps for the tag, but I added some script and flourishes to the background, and used a little Tattered Rose and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain as well.  Is it possible to be in love with a background? I had a hard time covering this one up! 
I also made a bunch of Valentine tags out of the original Masterboard that I made for the Craft Attitude Chocolate Box. Masterboards make things so easy.

AND NOW, for the winners of the Craft Attitude!!! Out of 37 comments (I am so surprised there was not more!?!)  the Random Number Generator has chosen...
#6 Sue who said "What a cool box re-do! And yes, please pass me a chocolate or twelve!"
#16 Redanne who said "Mirror setting? How clever are you! I love your beautiful altered box, the texture looks fabulous. Also love the gorgeous Clearly for Art flowers - stunning work! Anne xx"

Ladies, please email me your address, and I will get you your packs of Craft Attitude! Congratulations!


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Crafty Scrapper Weekend!

Several of you posted on my Facebook Page that you wanted to see the classes and demo items from my time at The Crafty Scrapper last weekend, so here is the link to all the details! If you haven't already 'liked' my page of Facebook, please do so and you will know what is going on in my crafty life! ;0)
AND...don't forget to leave a comment on my Valentine's Chocolate Box post to be in the running to win some Craft Attititude! The winners will be announced tomorrow!

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Valentine Classes This Weekend!

I'm headed to The Crafty Scrapper this weekend to teach two Valentine classes. If you are in the area, I hope you can join me.

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

A Craft Attitude Chocolate Box Valentine!!!

Imagine my surprise when Jonathan Fong of Craft Attitude, asked me to be a part of a Blog Hop using these wonderful printable sheets that should be in everyone's stash. Please visit all the other super talented designers in the Hop listed at the bottom of the post, and see their gorgeous Valentine makes, AND leave a comment for your chance to win some Craft Attitude!
There are eight types of the Inkjet printable sheets of Craft Attitude, and each type has different directions for transferring the images. There is Decor, Flower, Jewelry, Magnet, Quilt, Scrapbooking, Shoe, and Wood Attitude. Today I am using Decor Attitude to alter a cigar box.

I wanted to make a Masterboard so I could have a background ready to go to make lots of different projects, BUT the beauty of using Craft Attitude is that I can use the Masterboard over and over again. I just have to print it out...genius stuff I tell you! If you make a gorgeous Gelli Print, and want to use it over and over again, then this is the stuff for you.  I started by pouncing Ranger's Alcohol Ink on Specialty Stamping Paper.
I stamped a background image using Archival Ink and Tim Holtz's Stamper's Anonymous Valentine Seasonal Catalog.
More stamping and different colors of Archival Ink.
I used Cupid from the Love Struck set and stamped it using Gold Paint Dabber.  My Masterboard is complete.
I took the sharpest photo I could of the whole Masterboard, and printed it off on the Decor Craft Attitude using my Ink Jet Printer. Since I had writing on it, I had to print it in the Mirror Setting so that the writing could be read correctly. I printed several sheets so I could use these for other projects as well. Talk about a HUGE time saver!
I slattered Glue N Seal on Foil Cardstock from Ranger, and removed the backing from the Decor Attitude. I laid it on the Cardstock and smoothed out all the wrinkles. The Decor Attitude is transparent, so the foil shines through. I am in LOVE!
The colors came out just as bright as my original Masterboard. Have I mentioned I LOVE this stuff?!?
I just love cigar boxes to alter into something great.
I lined the inside of the box with a piece of the Decor Attitude, and used Tissue Tape for the edges.
I wanted texture on the outside of the box, so I dry embossed Tim's Swirls Texture Fade from Sizzix. I silver foil peeking through was wonderful. I love that this stuff is embossable.
I adhered the embossed Decor Attitude to the box, and lined it with Tissue Tape.
I used more of the Decor Attitude to make roses! I adhered it to Wendy Vecchi's Clearly For Art, and then die cut it with the 3D Flowers Bigz Die. I shaped them with my Heat Tool. These were so addicting! I made so many roses and rosettes. I LOVE this stuff! It made this so easy!
I added wooden feet, lace, and embellishments!

AND...I have a give away for two people who comment...Shoe and Jewelry Attitude. Check back on Valentine's Day, the 14th,  to see if you have won.


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!