Thursday, February 27, 2014

Graphic 45 Couture Postcards at the Scrapbook Zone!

Live in Kitsap County?  The Scrapbook Zone has some of my work on display. This card that I recently made with the Graphic 45 Couture Postcards is currently in the store. 
Check out what is happening at the store on Facebook HERE!

HERE is the link to my previous post 
on how I made the card.

Scrapbook Zone
9621 NW Mickelberry, Ste. 
106Silverdale, WA 98383
Store Hours Mon- Sat 11-6 * Sunday CLOSED

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Arnold Grummer's Personal Note Cards

Today I am sharing several personal note cards crated with some of my handmade papers.  Check out the full post HERE on the Arnold Grummer's Blog!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Two for Tuesday at Altered Pages

Be sure to stop by the Altered Pages Blog to see what each design team member created for Two for Tuesday!
I am in love with the images on the Graphic 45 Couture Papers which is the focal point of my tag today.

The Large White Tag was spritz with Shimmer Mist then tinted with Faber Castell Gelato lightly with the Niji Water Brush.  The black & white pattern paper was also tinted in the same manner. Once the tag was dry all the pieces came together nicely on my collage.   

Large White Tag
Pattern paper
Niji Water Brush
Faber Castell Gelato - Blue
Graphic 45 Couture images fussy cut-Mailbox Muse
Vintage Text
Altered Pages Paris Collage Sheet
Resin Blossom
Stickles - Stardust
Vintage Lace Tape
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Shimmer Mist

Be sure to stop by the Altered Pages Blog and see what all of the design team members created today!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Old Fashioned Valentines with Handmade Paper!

I shared this a couple of weeks ago on the Arnold Grummer's Blog, I thought I would share it here!  I know it is a little late for Valentines... but I love the paper cast flowers!
It is getting close to Valentine's Day!  Soon you will be sending a card, gift or both to loved ones.  Make an old fashioned Valentine with your own handmade papers to make it very special.
For the Valentines here I used the Arnold Grummer's Heart Template and the Envelope Template from the Cards and Tags Template Collection.
I stared with scraps of colored paper, if you are like me you have tons of scraps of paper.  For this project I used papers that were solid (nothing with a white core).  
Be sure to follow the directions in your kit or Basic Paper Making video!
Using the Papermill Complete Kit you can see the template for the heart card in the water ready for the pulp to be poured in. 
I also cast some flowers and birds in silicone molds I have. Check out what you might have around the house that you could use to cast your paper pulp in. Use the Arnold Grummer's Strainer to drain water.  The strainer is made to sit on a jar, bowl or the blender. Casting paper is fun!!! 

Once my paper was dry I used my Scor Buddy to get nice creases on the envelope template.
On the outside I used a doily and a fussy cut image from an Altere Pages collage sheet.
On the inside is another doily layered with another Altered Pages image and yellow paper cast flowers! 

Again I used my Scor Buddy, this time on the heart card to get a nice crease.
With a white pen, add dots around the edge of the card. Glue a white doily and layer with a red heart cut from a larger doily. Add a paper cast tea cup made with the Cup 'O Tea mold and red paper cast bird made with my silicone mold. The tea cup is painted with Pearlescent Watercolors, making sure not to get the brush too wet. TIP: When painting on cast paper I tap the wet brush on a paper towel before painting the cast paper!
Inside the card is an image from Altered Pages, "You suit me to a TEA Valentine!"
Tea cup and bird are paper cast!

I had a lot of fun making all my paper projects today.  My favorite part of the pour method is there is little waste. All the pulp I used was made into paper, what little left overs I had I cast!  Don’t pour water with fibers in it down your sink drain. This can impair, or even stop, sink drainage.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sunday Postcard Art!

I am entering this postcard in Sunday Postcard Art.  The theme this week is My Favorite Pet. 

This month the design teams at Yasumoto and Altered Pages cross promoted product, I got to use the Niji Waterbrush.  I must admit I was a bit reluctant to use it. Now that I have worked with the Niji waterbrush on a few projects this month, I am sold.  I really like my Niji and would will to have a few more in my tool box!
Today I decied to create on one of the new postcards available a Altered Pages!  Around the edge of the postcard I lightly applied my Gelatos.  With a damp Niji Waterbrush blend the Gelatos.  Spritz the postcard with Shimmer Mist to finish the background.  Age the My Style scrap from the Mailbox Muse Kit, with Gelaltos and Niji Waterbrush.
Fussy cut girl and cat from the Altered Pages Perfect Pets Collage Sheet glue to scrap from the Mailbox Muse Kit, adhere to card.  Add another piece to paper to anchor the card.  Give the girl a crown trimmed with Dew Drops. 
Stamp Dylusions hand image on text, fussy cut and adhere to the card.  Glue the string of pearls with Tacky Glue.  Write message:  "and you wanted me to play with doll... my kitty is more fun"

Leaky Shed Chipboard Crown
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
White string pearls
Tacky Glue
Glue stick
Shimmer Mist 

Hope this inspired you to try making your own postcard art! Join the challege each week at Sunday Postcard Art

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

More of Just Steampunk Vol 4

Page 19 of Just Steampunk Vol. 4
My necklace and top hat!

I have a lot of fun going through all the gears and charms in my growing collection of things to create with to make this necklace for the magazine. 

This little top hat was made with Creative Paperclay®. This would make a great fascinator!

What next for Just Steampunk Vol. 5??

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Graphic 45 Couture Postcards

I am in love with anything Graphic 45! Do you buy a ton of Graphic 45 papers, just to hoard them, like I do.  I must have stacks of it that I haven't used.  I would be lying if I didn't say I have more than Graphic 45 in my hoards of paper... I am determined to pull out my stash of papers and start using it.  Like they say you can't take it with you! So I will be taking the challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous and using up my hoards!

I love creating with the postcard papers from Graphic 45.  For this project I used three different frames to create this card.
I choose three complementary postcards
and cut the centers out of two of them

Before adding the white foam squares I take a black marker to the sides to keep the white hidden. 

Graphic 45 Couture Postcards + other scraps
Graphic 45 3 cent postage from one of my MailBox Muse Kits
Peacock Feather (from a stash of feathers)
Shimmer Spritz
Resin flower
Black Marker
Foam Squares (preferably black)
 The feather is attached to the base postcard. 
 The 3 cent postage image is attached to the middle frame. 
Stickles was added to the hearts for a touch of bling.

I am entering this card in Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Papermaking Basics with Arnold Grummer's Papermill!

I shared this a couple of weeks ago on the Arnold Grummer's Blog, I thought I would share it here!  

I love working with hand made papers! I must confess, I have never made handmade paper before! So I am going to start at the very beginning. I highly recommend watching the video on BASIC PAPER MAKING tab at the top of the Arnold Grummer's BlogI thought paper making would be difficult... I think that is what put the fear of paper making in me. You will not believe how easy paper making is using the ARNOLD GRUMMER'S COMPLETE PAPER MAKING KIT. The design of the "hand mold" makes paper making so easy!!! With the kit you will receive a DVD with more information on how to create cast paper molds. 

Today I am sharing some of my paper cast molds.
To make my paper pulp I used papers out of the paper shredder. Added enough water to make pulp. A loose handful of paper and about 2-3 cups of water! A little pulp goes a long way!
Then I filled the Arnold Grummer's Paper Casting Strainer about half-full with paper pulp and let it drain over a bowl. 
When the water stopped dripping, I dumped the pulp on a ceramic cast, with my fingers I moved the pulp gently so it would fill all the crevices, then pressed the pulp on the cast with a sponge to remove water.  As the water is removed you can see the indentation of your cast. If you wish to remove more water use paper towels. The more water  removed the faster the cast paper will dry.  Set the molds aside to dry. As the paper dries it becomes stronger.  

Shown are clay casting molds available from Arnold Grummer's! I used Arnold Grummer's Snow Flake and Rycraft Casting Molds: TulipSongbirdCup'O TeaUS Air Force Emblem and Irish Claddagh. Also I had a large clay cookie mold that I am testing out. 
Once they are dry the cast should remove easily from the ceramic cast.   Be sure to test the edges first.  Don't get impatient! 
Here I experimented tinting the paper cast Irish Claddagh. I used some of my Pearl-Ex colors (I know a lot of you have some in your stash), the hand make paper held the Pearl-Ex nicely. Stickles added a bit of bling. 

This was so much fun. Try it I know you'll have a great time. Did I tell you that paper making is a great project to do with children??? It is non-toxic!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Very Steampunk Valentine Blog Hop!

Leslierahye is hosting another Steampunk Blog Hops today, be sure to visit all the sites linked below. You will have a chance to win a gift from Leslierahye!  Just comment on all the sites!

Steampunk Lovers!
Stamped Images and pen nib from Altered Pages 
Dew Drops from Robin's Nest
Frame from the thrift store
Stash - Key, Gears, flower and watch face 

 Monocle is a large Dew Drop from Robin's Nest