Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Layout That Shines With Love

I'm up on the ScraPerfect blog today with this layout that is all about love.
Here is a link to that post: 


Scrap On!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

How To Make Beautiful Accordion Medallions

Beautiful accordion medallions are a snap to make. I discovered this trick a few years back, but it's time to share it again. This time I have found a nifty tool that simplifies the process, Rinea's Stars N More Templates. This banner spells out SPRING with pleated paper to frame each letter as well as birds and feathers to give it wings. Rinea's Pastel Foiled Paper Variety Pack in Spring colors was perfect for this project. 
Step 1:Cut a 5” circle. Cut a 1.75” circle from the center, set this aside for final step.
Step 2: Fold circle in half, lining up outer and inner edges. This will mark the center line and give you a guide for the following folds.
Step 3: Place #6 Template on circle, lining up existing creases.
Step 4: Score remaining six lines. Fold circle at each of these score marks.
Step 5:Fold circle in half at one set of score marks. This will give you a half circle with four creased sections. Fold one section in half to create a crease for the next set of sections.

Step 6:Place #6 Template on circle, over new crease. Score remaining 7 lines. Fold circle at each score mark. 
Step 7:Refold sections so that every other crease is up.
The finished medallion has 16 creases. The banner medallions have 32 creases.

Step 8:Repeat steps 5 and 6 until your medallion has the desired number of creases.  
Step 9:Spread glue on reserved center circle. Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect holds the foiled papers together. Spread evenly and allow to partially dry.
  Step 10:Place accordion fold medallion on center circle. Hold in place till secure. Leave to dry completely.
The birds and feathers are die cut from the Spring variety pack. Embossing the birds gives them an additional spark of originality. I added different feather lengths to the banner pieces, but kept with the pastel color theme.
Paper:Bo Bunny
Foiled Paper and Template:Rinea
Ink:Close To My Heart
Bird Dies:Momenta
Feather Dies:X-cut
Alpha:We R Memory Keepers Punch Board

Scrap On


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hearts, Love and a Cat Layout

This month’s Scrappy Friends Challenge is all about love and heart shapes. I chose a photo of the gentlest expression of love, a hug! Here my daughter snuggles our kitty and he wraps his fuzzy paws around her in return.
~ Love ~

To give the layers on this layout loft I used craft foam. Best Glue Ever holds it all together with a squiggle here and a squeeze there.
The heart shapes, whether they are these open wood shapes from Peachy Cheap or solid cork shapes from SpiegelMom Scraps get a dribble of the same glue and are secured permanently. 
I chose Prima flowers in the same shade of aqua as my accent papers. They needed a little something to help them stand out. I punched petals from Rinea Fuchsia/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper.

 They attached with ease using a drop of ScraPerfect’s BGE. The flower stays where I want it with a blob of BGE.

The Fuschia/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper is amazing as a photo mat and flower ring. Since you can’t have too much foiled paper on a project I just kept adding. A rectangle frame cut with a Carfter’s Companion die slips under the aqua grid paper.

 A heart frame above the title is backed by layers of heart embossed Fuschia/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper flipped to the Gold side. The same embossing folder from Darice was used on the pennant shape. Finally a heart shaped corner punch shows a bit more of the foiled paper photo mat.
For Rochelle's Challenge I needed to use the sketch and heart paper. 
I enjoyed finding diecut papers that coordinated with the many layers and colors of patterned papers. This piece of Bella Blvd with a tiny rainbow of hearts fulfills that requirement for heart paper nicely.
I chose #1 for Brenda's "This Month In History" Challenge. That requirement was to add gold. The flip side of the Fuschia/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper is perfect. 

I sent it through my hand crank embossing machine a couple times with extra pressure. This popped the heart shapes right out.
The title describes these two sweeties perfectly. An open shape rose and leaves add the crowning touch. The best part though, is the way this photo makes me feel...all warm and happy inside!

Cardstock:Bella Blvd, Craftsmith
Diecut paper:Recollections, DCWV
Wood Shapes:Peachy Cheap
Foiled Paper:Rinea
Cork Hearts:Spiegelmom Scraps
Leaf Punch:Punch Bunch
Border Punch:EK Success
Corner Punch:Kreaxions
Embossing Folder:Darice

Scrap On

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

How To Make a Beautiful,Textured Card

Here's a few tips for making a beautiful textured card from scraps. Just like every other paper crafter, I have a scraps in every color, texture, and size. How does one combine those into a quick card that isn't to garish or confusing to look at?
This card is made entirely from left-overs. To keep it simple and to help the design flow I used layers of rectangles in different sizes. I used a rounded diecut and ornate red frame to contrast the pastel colors and straight lines that dominate this design.
ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever works on multiple surfaces. With everything I had going on here it was the only choice! I had to have a fine tipped applicator for the detail pieces. The NO-Clog Writing Cap, also by ScraPerfect, saved the day.

The frame is diecut from Rinea's Ruby/Ruby Starstruck Foiled Paper. The derigible and sentiment are diecut from Rinea's Turquoise/Turquoise Starstruck Foiled PaperI finished off the card with dots of glitter glue. They add another pop of color and frame the central diecut.
Cardstock and Corrugated paper: 7-gypsies
white Glitter Cardstock:Craftsmith
Foiled Paper:Rinea
Glitter Glue:Ranger
Derigible Die:Amazon
Sentiment Die:Peachy Cheap

Scrap On

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Valentines Tree Accessories With Canvas Corp Paper

String's of hearts and a heart topper get this cutie ready for Valentine's day. I love decorating a tree for any holiday. If I had room in my house we'd have one up year round. Since our space is small we'll stick to this little one. 
The kraft and pattered paper is from my recent Canvas Corp Brands design team kit. It came with paper and burlap scraps as well as all the Tattered Angels High Impact Paints I had ordered. Can't wait to use it all up so I can get another shipment!
The instructions for the Heart Topper and Strings are on the Canvas Corp Blog. Stop by and check it out.

Scrap On!


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Tailored Layout In Crisp Blue And White

Blue and white bring a crisp tailored look to any layout or paper craft project. Today's layout is a single photo feature with a white base and enough stars to light up the night sky. I have played along with two different challenges and hope you have time to participate with them as well.
This months White...with 1 color is Bayou Blue. It blends perfectly with Rinea Foiled Paper in Sapphire, glossy and starstruck as well as a nautical patterned paper from Canvas Corp Brands. Here is the prompt:
I also played along with January 15 sketch from Stuck Sketches by Laura Whitaker. I like the multiple layers and the stars. Stars are my favorite shape and are guaranteed to bait my creativity, catch my interest, and pull me in. You could say I drive right in, that I go for them, hook, line, and sinker! 😂 Okay, enough dumb jokes.
 To carry out the themes of the sketch and color challenges I used the Postcard, 5 Point Star, and Ticking patterned papers from Canvas Corp's Out To Sea Nautical collection.
Rough cut circles of Rinea Sapphire/Sapphire Starstruck Foiled Paper imitate the stitched circles in the upper left of the sketch. Under the photo mat a long rectangle of ticking patterned paper overlays a piece of Rinea Ebony/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper with star cutouts.
I inked the edges of the ticking paper with Color Snap pigment ink for greater contrast. Rinea Sapphire/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper is layered with more of the ticking pattern paper for a border at the bottom of the page. 
For larger embossed stars I ran pieces of the Rinea Sapphire/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper through my embossing machine with a Darice folder. I wanted the gold side to show, for a touch of warmth. 
 A layer of Rinea Ebony/Ebony Starstruck Foiled Paper is punched with a garland and stars pattern using a Fiskars' punch. I layered a strip of Sapphire/Gold glossy paper underneath to make the design more visible.
 Best Glue Ever, a pressure sensitive adhesive, holds it all together. Whether I am layering with glossy foiled paper or cardstock I reach for ScraPerfect's BGE. Just a little dab, a thin line of glue, and my project is secure. I have no wrinkles, no bleed through, and no hours of dry time.

My final addition were the stars. I used a Momenta die and embossing system for my shapes. Most of the stars I cut from the Ebony Glossy foiled paper I placed under the photo mat. The blue stars are cut from circles left over from the circle strands the Rinea team made for the photo booth at Creativation. I added the circles for good measure.
The photo is our little family in December of 2016. That boy is NOT so small anymore! The four of us together are still a Stellar Cast for any thing life might give us roles in.

Scrap On!


Friday, January 26, 2018

How To Make a Stunning Valentines Album

This stunning Valentines Album is made with a set of vintage flavored scrapbooking papers. Each of the pages is detailed with foiled papers from Rinea's Love Foiled Paper Variety Pack. I used Helmar Glue to stick it all together. Scroll down for a tips and tricks to accent your own album.
~ Valentines Album ~ 
Helmar Craft Glue is perfect for this type of project. It dries quickly so the pieces don't shift as you move on to the next page. 
To add shape to a butterfly wing or flower petal, roll the edge over a pencil or other cylinder. Rinea Foiled Paper holds its shape for beautiful details.
Layering Ruby Foiled Paper over Gold Foiled Paper makes luxurious flowers and is easy with Helmar Glue.
 I used natural wood accents throughout the album Helmar Glue held those down easily.
This close-up of the finished flowers shows the 3-D effect of rolled petals.
 These five pages feature the ruby and gold colors in Rinea's Love Foiled Paper Variety Pack.
Fuschia, blush, and gold colors of the Rinea Love Foiled Paper Variety Pack accent these pages of the photo album.
The album cover has all the colors in either a Starstruck or Glossy finish. Helmar Gemstone Glue was an excellent adhesive for the gems I added. It takes longer to dry and holds the gems securely.
Stop by the Rinea and Helmar blogs this month to see how these two products work together!
Foiled Paper:Rinea
Gems:Theresa Collins
Wood Shapes:Peachy Cheap
Dies:Spellbinders, Crafter's Companion,
Punches:Kreaxions, Fiskars

Scrap On!