Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wall Art Series - Number 1

I've made a project just for me and it will hang on the wall in my bedroom. I'm doing this because my kids asked me to make art for our walls. My daughter mentioned that I make all of these beautiful 'things' and then either give or send them away. I've never kept anything just for me. I've made projects for them, but never for our home generally. Smart one, that girl of mine!

I have a tendency toward perfectionism. When I make projects for me, I usually only see the mistakes I made when I am finished, and so I give everything away. For this project, it took about a week, and I worked in short spurts, and if I started to second guess myself about what I was doing, I immediately left it and came back later.

As I plan out projects, I tend to follow the same process each time. First, I pull out and start arranging die templates and I have done this for years - long before I was offered the privilege of joining the Spellbinders team. I must say that I really love my Basic Grey magnetic mat for arranging my dies. I use the magnets to hold dies when I am working on a layout, and they are useful when I am working out layers.

Next, I pulled out a palette. I would like to redecorate my bedroom, so I chose the palette we will work toward. I pulled out virtually everything that might work. This is when I start to plan the layers. The play of light, medium and dark tones are critical for the success of all the layers I use. I tend to use the same principles as I do when I teach quilting.

I do a lot of double checking when I create a project this large. My magnetic mat makes it easy, especially when I am using a lot of little bits that could get lost.

My 'personal best' for number of layers was 17, and it was a project I haven't shown on my blog yet, but Spellbinders has had for awhile now because it was on show at CHA last January. This project I just made will be tough to beat! There are 25 layers, and I don't think it looks unreasonable or over done.

This month, Spellbinders has released 2 sets of dies that, in my opinion, are invaluable. 6x6 Matting Basics A and 6x6 Matting Basics B. When I cut this many tight layers, it is very easy for the pieces to be out of alignment and not fit together well, which makes my work look imperfect, which drives me a little bonkers. Using the 6x6 Matting Basics A & B allows me to make cuts that are perfect every single time, which means all my layers fit together easily and beautifully and I don't go bonkers! It's a lovely thing.

I have repeated images several times to create unity in this piece. The die template I used the most here is the ornate square frame from Blooming Collection. Next, I used Victorian Accents a lot. They were the hardest pieces for me to place because they really affected the overall feel of the end configuration. Yes, I can be prone to overthinking my papercrafting! Anyhoo...

The butterfly is my favourite part. I stacked 4 butterflies to create this beauty and mounted them on Tag 1 from Victorian Tags, which has the round center. The new release Butterfly is the base, with butterfly 1 from Les Papillions (both the shadow and the cut layers of the same butterfly), topped with Butterfly 1 from Les Papillion 2 cut from vellum.

I edged most of the layers with an opaque silver paint pen, and added silver to the tips and edges of many of the other pieces, which adds to the appearance of many more layers. I love the wee shine it gives the piece. There is so much going on that I used pearls to embellish because I think rhinestone bling would have been just too much. Besides, pearls are my favourite! And this is all for me!

ink: pumice stone
paper; embossed blue, embossed ivory (anna griffin), denim, stone (american crafts), flintstone, walnut creme (bazzill), vellum (paper accents)
accessories; 6x6 matting basics a, 6x6 matting basics b, victorian tags, butterfly, les papillions, les papillion 2, victorian accents, blooming collection (spellbinders), silver paint pen (zig), pearls (melissa francis)

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Gilded Life - Urban Blooms card

Happy spring! I have a card with tutorial on the Spellbinders blog to create this soft and elegant card using dies and stunning embellishments from the A Gilded Life Collection. I am really looking forward to showing more of this collection because of the attention to every elegant detail that has been considered in the design of everything from the dies to texture plates to papers and accessories. Every part speaks to creating accessories for a beautiful life!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Devine Floral Spellbinders Blog Post

Today, I have this delicate coffee card on the Spellbinders blog. It was a fun little card to make, and the filagree card base it simply gorgeous!

There are full instructions to recreate this card on the Spellbinders Blog, including a link to a video by Becca Feeken to create hinged filagree cards.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Celtic Medallion Valentines Day Card

Today on the Spellbinders blog I have a tutorial for creating this masculine Valentines card. I will have a few cards posted using this die shortly, as I have a ridiculous number of ideas for it. I really enjoy this die and I think it has so very many uses and really, it's simply gorgeous!

I really love the look of the Celtic Medallion die template after applying Deco Arts' Metallic wax. I used this product for my Season of Giving blog post as well, and will be using it in several upcoming posts.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Day for Kindness

I truly enjoy colouring, but I don't have much time for it at the moment. This weekend, I set aside time to do a little bit for me. I printed a darling little image from A Day for Daisies that I have wanted to colour for ages.

I used some older Basic Grey papers for my colour inspiration. I wanted to make sure that the paper I chose was a little retro juvenile in appearance, and this paper from the Lucille collection was perfect.

This sentiment is from the Friendship Assortment stamp set from Stampendous - a fantastic set! I cut the sentiment using Labels 1, #1 die template (with #1 being the smallest die template). I found that die template #1 from 5x7 Matting Basics A fit this image perfectly, so I used it to cut and emboss. Accidental perfection, I assure you.

I used the following copics to colour the image:
   Hair: E41,71,74,77
   Skin: E11, 50, 51, R02
   Dress: YR01, 02, 61, E15
   Ladybugs: R46, T0, 2, 4, 5, 9
   Sky: B0000, 000, 00, 12, colorless blender
   Grass: YG91, 93, 95, 97

This little banner was created using the Enhanced Banner die template. After I cut the banner I did a reverse emboss using the polka dot die that come in the set by running it through upside down. Then, I sanded the embossed polka dots and sponged it using brown ink. The leaves here are from the Aster Create-a-Flower set.

I think I liked the darling image of the girl and ladybugs before I sponged it, but there was nothing to do for it once it was done except to sponge the entire rest of the the card, which I like the effect of.

Thank-you for stopping by, and I sincerely hope your week is blessed!

stamps; Ladybug Hello (a day for daisies), Friendship Assortment (Stampendous)
ink; pumice stone, frayed burlap, brushed corduroy distress ink (ranger), onyx black (tsukineko)
paper; mini skirt, betty (basic grey), bark, raven (bazzill), x-press it blending cardstock (copic), old olive (SU!)
accessories; S6-001 5x7 Matting Basics A, SCD-001 Enhanced Banner, S2-063 Aster create-a-flower, S4-161 Labels 1 (spellbinders), flower (petaloo), button (basic grey), twine (may arts)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Season's Givings Blog Hop winner

I have my winner from June, I will email you for your address and get your prize pack out to you! Congratulations and thank-you for participating.
Blogger snazzyjj said...
So elegant and love the layers.
January 3, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Heartfelt Creations blog hop winner

The winner for the Heartfelt Creations blog hop is Cathy Hanes! Congratualtions Cathy! You have 72 hours to contact Emma Lou at to claim your prize!

There are still 37 hours left to enter for the Season's Givings blog hop, so scroll down and leave your email address in my comments for your chance to win!