Thursday, February 28, 2013

tattered floral challenge

Have you seen this challenge?

create your own layered creation using the tattered floral die made from any kind of papers, materials, you name it.  use any kind of inks, sprays, paints, stamps, or stencils.  it can be any kind of project from a card, wearable, or mixed media…but it must use the tattered floral die. - See more at:

Tim Holtz posted this challenge on his blog and seeing as this tattered floral die is one of my favorites I had to play along.

I've had these photos for sitting in my to-scrap pile for a while now.  I made a mini album with pics from the event but I wanted layouts for my scrapbook as well.  The flowers I made are in the corners. 

The patterned papers are Simple Stories Documented, an older line, but the pinks pulled me in and I had to use them.  

I created the flowers by first taking plain white cardstock and layering washi tapes on them.  It doesn't photograph well here, and I guess I should have taken a photo of the paper before I started die cutting it.  I used washi tapes from Recollections and criss-crossed the tapes until most of the paper was covered.  Then I ran it through the die.

I layered in some old denim as well.  I tried to add color to the washi tapes with stains and Perfect Pearl mists but the surface of the tape wouldn't absorb the color.  I could have gone with alcohol inks but I wanted most of the design on the tapes to show through.  I cut the leaves from some felt.  I love layering flowers with this die, it is so versatile.  

Play along and see what you can create with Tim's Tattered Floral die.

Be happy, Get scrappy,


Thursday, February 21, 2013

playin' with washi

Washi tapes are all the rage right now, and you can find them in all kinds of colors, designs, and styles.  I recently decided to play with some of my washi tapes and created two fun projects with them.

First up is a tag I created:

I started with a basic manilla shipping tag that I covered in pieces of Bella Blvd washi tape in a zig-zag, chevon-esque design.  Then I stamped on the taped background with some Archival Ink in brown.

From there I added a couple of chipboard pieces from Michaels.  I spritzed them with Glimmer Mist and layered on some Pearl Dabber paint, as well as some Mr Huey's ink.  I cut a beaded oval and leaf stem out of scraps from Spellbinders dies.Next I made a bow from seam binding, added in some Petaloo flowers and "love" a metal word from my stash.  I love how it turned out.  

Next up is a little 3"x 3" gift card.  I started with a 6" x 6" paper pad and cut a piece in half.  Yet another use for those cute paper pads!  

I started by die-cutting a scalloped circle on the front side of the card.  I cut a piece of coordinating paper in a square to back the cut-out.  It needed to be coordinating because I knew the washi tapes would be translucent and the paper would show through.  I've made cards using iris folding and this is the idea I started with to create the cut-out panel.  Usually with iris folding you start from the outside and work in, here I started from the inside and worked out.  I simply laid down layers of washi tapes from three different designs, overlapping them to fill in the cut-out.  You can see the layers well in the polka-dotted washi tape.  I then took that same polka-dot washi tape and folded it in on itself and fashioned it into a rose.  I punched the greenery and butterfly from scraps to finish off the card.  "For You" is from a Stamps of Life set.  These washi tapes are all Recollections from Michaels.  

Be Happy, Get Scrappy!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

thursday again

Here it is Thursday again, time for another posting.  I have had these photos out, cropped and ready for scrapping for months now.  I even picked out the papers I wanted to use, I just never got around to getting them into my scrapbook.  I finally decided to play around with them this week.

These are Lily Bee Double Dutch papers.  They have such a summery, playful feel to them, perfect to scrap an annual, early summer fair held to benefit our local hospital.  While I didn't mix any other papers with them, Lily Bee's prints always seem perfect to mix into other lines.  Their prints are so versatile and I find I cannot resist buying them.  

I used some pennants and banners to pick up on the banners seen in the photos.  I took my granddaughter Eden as a treat since she was sleeping over and who better to join her than another 6 year old and my nephew Evan was the perfect companion.  I decided it would be one of those nights where they could try anything they wanted and the anit-gravity bounce, a bit of a splurge, was a hit.  They were both far more fearless than I thought they'd be and went on every thrill ride they were tall enough to ride alone.  No way I was getting on those.  :)

They played the carnival games and won prizes, ate pizza and ice cream and we finished off our day with a ferris wheel ride just in time to see the fire works from a great vantage point.  

The Bella Blvd washi tapes are perfectly matched with the colors here and I used Recollections Polaroid frame around a couple of the photos.  I played with embellishments, fashioning first some pinwheels, then layered flowers and finally decided on simple hearts.  Of course I've inked my papers with Peeled Paint Distress inks.  I love inks.  

Be happy, get scrappy!