Saturday, March 22, 2014

Splash Of Color + the LooLah 6x6 paper collection = a happy little mini album.

Happy Saturday my scrappy Divas  with a project to fuel your creativty. I love ATC cards, So when I looked through my wonderful stash of Splash Of Color goodies, I was delighted to find a 6x6 paper pack and an ATC collection pack from the IOD Loolah collection. The pinks, reds, and greens are a fave color combo of mine, and the very sweet lady bug design was perfect for a collection of pictures I have of my daughter when she was a toddler. I decided on creating a mini album.
I started with 8 pieces of 4x6 chipboard. For the front and back cover, I adhered canvas to the outsides of each piece. Using a mask, I painted through the mask with Primary Elements Artist Pigments in Pear Blossom and Spanish Moss  mixed with glossy gel medium to give the paint some body. Frank Garcia taught me the technique to bind this type of album. If you watch his La Vie album tutorial  this is the technique I used. Love the 4x6 size.

I used some Grunge Paper to create the spine and binding. I primed a piece of the Ranger Grunge paper with LuminArte Silks Acrylic Glaze in Oyster. Then I went over it with a mix of Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze in Guatemalen Green and African Jade.
For my cover title I used LuminArte Silks Acryic Glaze in Nutmeg to paint my Blue Fern Studios chipboard and when it dried I rubbed it with a little Viva Colour Metallic Rub in green for a patina look.
The flowers were created using  Ranger Glassine paper. I die cut them using my Sizzix Tattered Florals die , wrinkled the flowers and painted them using primary Elements in the same colors I used on my canvas cover. To color the brads, I rubbed more of the Viva Colour Metallic rub in green over them. I also used the metallic rub on the flowers.
You can see a few of the ATC cards I created sticking out of the top of the album..Let me show you how adorable they came out.
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I created the pages before I bound them together. I used the IOD Loolah 6x6 paper pad for the pages and the pockets, created on some of the pages. Then I die cut the bases of the ATC cards using my Sizzix ATC Card and corner die and thick white cardstock (110 pound), then cut the papers in the pad and adhered them to the white bases. This created a heavy ATC card to adorn with the IOD Loolah ATC Die Cut Cardstock Shapes.  The backs of the ATC cards were left intentionally white for future journaing. Here are a few photos of the inside of the album.
In addition to ATC cards, I also created little trifold folders to hold photo's or journaling.
Here is one of them opened up.
Here is another trifold card. I used Kraft paper for the base. Tied it with thin hemp cord  from Hemptique.
This is the trifold card tied, and tucked in a pocket.
The painted canvas flourish on the cover was taken from the Monarch Canvas Shapes pack. 
The silk ribbon is from a roll of ribbon I won from May Arts. I just sprayed the slightly water dampened ribbon with a little LuminArte Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist in Fern.
I hope you were inspired by my Loolah Mini today. I just love creating these little treasures.

OH!!! One more little teeny weeny tidbit. This idea popped in my head this morning while strolling the garden. And I still has time to edit my post!!! I saw a lady bug on my Azaleas. I thought to muself..Self, I make flowers!! How about lady bugs to go along with them..So I pulled out my Viva Dimensional Pearl Paint Pen “Red Pearl” and in Black Pearl. On my non stick craft mat, I placed a small red dot about the size of a real lady bug. Then I took the black pen and placed a smaller dot on one end of the red dot..When the dots were dry, I took a black Sharpie and very carefully drew a line down the middle to separate the wings and drew teeny weeny little dots on their backs...Lady Bugs!!!! To create a sense of scale, here is the smallest one shown on my fingertip.

Till next time, Color your World with a little Splash Of Color!!!!
xoxo Lisa

Friday, March 7, 2014

BoBunny Mini created with Happy Tails!!

When I opened up my Design Team box of the newest collections from BoBunny, I knew immediately what I wanted to do with the Happy Tails Collection. It is totally irresistibly adorable!!
With 2 kitties who live in our home, Willow and Bentley deserved a photo album of their own . The Happy Tails Collection was PURRRRRFECT for a kitty mini album!! This is the cover to the album. I created the base of the album using chipboard and covered it with the pattern paper. I added some of the  Happy Tails chipboard pieces and brads. I also added some of the BoBunny blossoms and adorned them with brads.

On the spine of the album, I punched a hole on top, placed a brad in the hole and used hand dyed ribbon to match the paper and I created jeweled dangles and also used the tags from the 12x12 chipboard set. The theme was anything cats loved. Butterflies, fish and other kitties.

This is the inside of the front cover. I lined the inside of the mini before I added my pages.

I created a waterfall flip card to hold lots of journaling and photos. This creates a lot of "realestate" on 1 page for your photo's and journaling.

 The smaller journaling cards were perfect to create the fillers on the flip cards. Some were used as frames and others were left blank intentionally for handwritten journaling.

Here is another page spread in the mini. Using bits and pieces of the Happy Tails chipboard helped to fill in small spaces and created great designs. Some of the journaled pieces can be altered. I placed the word "Cat' over a the word "Dog". No dogs allowed in this mini!!

  Here is another page. On the right side, I created more flip cards.

And here is a view of a couple of the flip cards on this page.

You can create as many flip cards  as will fit on the page.I created a total of 5.

Here is another page where there is room for more photos and journaling. 

 I cut apart and matted one of the larger journaling cards to create my page "I Love Cats" and added a chipboard flourish.

 Another double page spread.

 This is the last page and inside of the back cover. I thought I would end the mini with sleeping kitties.

This is the back cover.

 This is a view of the mini opened up for a backside view. I really enjoyed using all of the Bobunny embellishments to create this mini that will hold precious memories of our 2 little fur babies.

 Thanks for coming and taking  a peek today. If you have never made a mini before, and would love to get started, there are a few artists that I absolutely love when I need inspiration. Ginger of My Sisters ScrapperLaura of Follow the Paper Trail and Stephanie of Steffogal1. These 3 are all mini album queens in my book!!!

BoBunny Supplies:
Pattern Paper: Happy Tails/Bow Wow/Paw Prints/Cap Nap/Tails Spots/Fur Fashion/My Buddy
6x6 Paper Pad: Happy Tails
Jewels: Happy Tails
Buttons: Happy Tails
Noteworthy: Happy Tails
Layered Chipboard: Happy Tails
12x12 Chipboard: Happy Tails
Journaling Cards: Misc Me happy Tails
Blossoms: Wildberry Daisy
Brads: Happy Tails
Cardstock Sticker: Happy Tails

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Blue Fern Studios March Sketch Challenge

 March is here and looks like Blue Fern Studios has a new sketch Challenge!! It is your chance to get creative with a beautiful sketch to follow or inspire, and a chance to win an awesome Blue Fern Studios prize pack!!! With spring around the corner, I think Birds and butterflies and flowers!! Here is my take on the sketch.The new Blue Fern Garden papers are perfect for my layout!!
On this  layout I fussy cut a piece of the lattice in the Blue Fern Garden paper and used pop dots under it to give it depth. I also inked the edges slightly. The title word Heaven Sent is from the Spiritually Speaking set. I scanned a portion of the paper with the butterfly image so that I could make a file of the butterflies to match. I fussy cut them, finger painted them with Rock Candy Stickles and placed them randomly around the page.

Here is the wonderful sketch for the Blue Fern Garden Sketch Challenge to be inspired by this month!! 
   Here is a close up of the Heaven Sent words from the Spiritually Speaking set.
 I used the same variegated 2 toned paint technique for the Veranda Bird Cages and "hung" them from the lattice.  
 I chose to use the  Bordeaux Layered Frame without the base as I wanted an airy and lacy look. I will save the base for another time. I used white acrylic paint for the base. I  then painted a piece of plastic bag using 2 colors of LuminArte Acrylic Glaze and layed it on the chipboard paint side down while the paint was still wet, then peeled it off of the chipboard for a variegated look.

 Here is a close up of the frame. and the 2 different colors used on it for the variegated look.

 Just a little hint. I wanted more butterflies for my layout. And I wanted different sizes. So I scanned an image of a butterfly that was  part of one of my Blue Fern Garden papers and saved it to my computer. I then brought the photo into Photoshop, extracted the butterfly from the image and created different sizes in a file. Then I simply printed out the file, cut apart my butterflies, spread some Rock candy Stickles on them and I have extra butterflies for my layout. Perfect match for my layout!!

Please go visit the Blue Fern Studios Blog for more inspiration from the designers on how they interpreted the sketch. As always you will truly be inspired. And get the details on how to enter your project based on the sketch!!

Here is what you can win. 

Here is another layout I did for my March Post... I wanted to make a fun layout for a Halloween pic I have of my Daughter in law Ashley. She was Barbie last year. I fussy cut the picture and added it to my layout which is heavy in Barbie

I used the Chunky Heart panel and cut it apart in various places.

 I primed them with gesso and used Radiant Rain Spray mist in Grapefruit while the spray was till wet.

Here is a closeup of the cutout.

I decided to do something a little different for this post. I did a layout that I was completely satisfied with. I started to pull out Blue Fern Studios Chip board and thought I could just add to my already completed layout. And that is what I did. Just by adding a few pieces  using an additional color, it changed the whole layout. Now I love it even better. So if you think you love your layouts and projects now, try adding a few pieces of Blue Fern Studios chip board. You will be amazed at the difference!! 

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to frame my photo. I used a metallic rub for the base and an acrylic glaze for the top detailed layer.

I used the same acrylic glaze for the   Lace Heart Border  which I cut down and only used 2 hearts from the strip.

And once again I used the same acrylic glaze for my  Love Always chipboard. I did not base coat the chip board this time, just 2 coats of the glaze left a beautiful richness to the color over the chipboard.

Thanks for the visit today. I hope you check out Blue Fern Studios Blog to see all of the beautiful inspiring creations by our design team. They constantly amaze me with the use of each and every piece.