Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"Unforgettable" -DT project for Discount Paper Crafts

When I received my Design Team kit this month from Discount Paper Crafts, I knew immediately what I wanted to create with it. I was sent the beautiful "Curiosity" collection by Kaisercraft. With it's rich colors in reds, greens, blacks, and golds, I knew that it was an assortment of papers and diecuts that would work very well for a vintage project. I lost both my parents within the last few years (my dad first and then my mom) and after my mom passed away I came across a box full of photos. As I began to look through each and every one, I found a black and white photo of my mom and dad taken when my mom was about the age of 14. They were married very young (mom was 14 and dad was 18). This photo was a gift to my heart and I knew I would treasure it always. I also knew that someday, I would find the very right design to emulate how I feel about my parents and that it would need to be a timeless portrayal of their love and my memories. I had found this metal charger plate (it measures about 12 inches in diameter) at an antique mall and I immediately bought it because the design around the perimeter looked like a doily. Totally vintage! At the time, I didn't know exactly what project I would use it on, but I was buying it! And I'm glad I did!! This plate was the perfect background for my project! I used a 3 step crackle technique with Plaid Crackle medium on the entire plate and for more background texture, I used The Crafters Workshop "Art Is" stencil with modeling paste, and some India Ink and a fan shaped paintbrush to add some splatter. I printed my parents photo on a transparency and backed it with some script paper by Prima (the Almanac collection). Of course, I used paper and diecuts from the Kaisercraft collection I was sent as well as some elements I cut from the Prima Romance Novel collection. Prima For embellishments, I used a ton of Prima: the Junkyard Findings collection (vintage faucet knobs, Resin floral hearts, clock face, clock hands, skeleton clock white heart gears) the "Audrey" flower collection, the Odette flowers in Almond, the XO wood icons, Shabby Chic Resin Treasures (bird), Shabby Chic Metal Treaures (the candalabra) and a couple of the Alencon crochet laces. I also had the privelege of using Blue Fern Chipboard (Manor Hinges) and a doily diecut from Cheery Lynn Designs (Sophie's heart). The wooden gates I used are from Kaisercraft as well. I distressed all the edges of my papers and diecuts with the Prima distress tool and used a sewing machine to sew around all the edges, including sewing the photo to the Almanac paper. I used Lindy's Stamp Gang shimmer sprays to add sparkle and for texture on the embellishments, I mixed acrylic paint with sand and used a pounce foam brush to apply it. If you look closely around the bottom perimeter of the plate, you may notice a scallop edged doily!  I cut the doily  in half and adhered it to the plate before I started assembling all the yummy embellishments! I  think it adds even more of a vintage feel to the design even though it is very subtle . After the pictures, you will find direct links to each of the products that are currently available that I used from Discount Paper Crafts! Here are the pictures:

Links to the Products I used:
Kaisercraft Curiosity 6.5x6.5 paper pad collection:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/161202277/kaisercraft-curiosity-65-x-65-paper-24?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Kaisercraft%2Bcuriosity
Kaisercraft Curiosity Diecuts: http://www.etsy.com/listing/161202741/kaisercraft-curiosity-collection?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Kaisercraft%2Bcuriosity
Prima Alencon Crochet Lace (545444): http://www.etsy.com/listing/150314060/prima-alencon-collection-crochet-lace-1?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Blace
Prima Alencon Crochet Lace (545420): http://www.etsy.com/listing/150316079/prima-alencon-collection-crochet-lace-1?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=prima%2Blace
Prima Junkyard Findings Vintage Tub Knobs: http://www.etsy.com/listing/161781437/prima-ingvild-bolme-junkyard-findings?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Prima%2BJunkyard%2BFindings
Prima Junkyard Findings Heart Gears:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/161781105/prima-ingvild-bolme-junkyard-findings?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Prima%2BJunkyard%2BFindings
Prima Junkyard Findings Flower Heart Resin with Corners: http://www.etsy.com/listing/161776761/prima-ingvild-bolme-flower-heart-resin?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Prima%2BJunkyard%2BFindings
XO Prima Wood Icons in a box:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/121635554/prima-wood-icons-in-a-box-xoxo?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Prima%2Bwood%2Bicons
Prima Resin Collection (Fly Away): http://www.etsy.com/listing/164514228/prima-resin-collection-fly-away-891480?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Prima%2Bresin
Prima Metal Treasures collection (Illume): http://www.etsy.com/listing/130376655/prima-metal-treasures-collection-illume?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Prima%2Bmetal
Prima Mechanicals Vintage Clock face: http://www.etsy.com/listing/121319509/prima-mechanicals-designed-finnabair?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Prima%2Bmetal
Prima (Audrey) Mixed flowers bunch: http://www.etsy.com/listing/161775525/prima-audrey-mixed-flowers-bunch-white?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Prima%2Bflowers
Prima (Odette) flowers in Almond: http://www.etsy.com/listing/150005706/prima-odette-collection-almond?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Prima%2Bflowers
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard (Manor Hinges): http://www.etsy.com/listing/153678608/blue-fern-studios-chipboard-manor-hinges?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=Blue%2BFern%2BManor%2Bhinges

Thanks for sharing your time with me!!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Love Beyond The Grave

Created thes Halloween project for our LSS (local scrapbook store). I was given G45 product (Steampunk Spells, Happy Haunting paper lines and the large slider box) to create this product. I decided that I didn't want to make the normal scary type project, but I wanted it to represent my usual type of design with a touch of shabby chic, a touch of romance, a few grunge type objects, and of course....a clock! I went with the story line of a woman who has passed away, but so totally in love with her man, that this love remains with her...beyond the grave!  To achieve the grunge type effect, I used black acrylic paint mixed with sand to paint the box and also used this to add texture to all my elements. To add shimmer, I used Lindys Stamp Gang shimmer sprays. I was able to add real clock gears and even a real clock pendulum to this project! How fun is that?!? I used tons of flowers, wood embellishments from SaCrafters zibbet store, Tim Holtz embellishments, and beautiful laces from Lavish Laces etsy store! And yes, I did use a Halloween embellishment or two from Micheals Craft store....such as the large skeleton hand that is holding up the clock! When I saw this it was perfect because the hand was protruding from a black flower! Too cool! I knew I could make it sort of romantic...believe it or not!! OK here's the pics! Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!!!