Sunday, April 27, 2014

Magenta Spring 2014 Supplement Catalogue

Oh my goodness! Talk about scrumptious stamping and stencil goodness.  Check out the Magenta Spring 2014 Supplemental Catalogue.

These beauties just became available this week.  If your scrappy store carries Magenta, ask them to order your favs.  If not, you can order directly from the online store/boutique here.

Too many items that I loved from this release.  Can't wait to get to play with this collection. 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Kreative Koncepts Colour Challenge #23

When I saw the Colour Challenge #23 at Kreative Koncepts (formerly ScrapFriends) I knew I wanted to play along.

Supplies: patterned papers (Heidi Swapp and Pink Paislee), stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), gesso (Golden), foam and chipboard letter (American Crafts), felt flourish (Queen and Company), butterflies (Recollections), twine and glitter (Dollarama), pen (CTMH)

Such pretty colours with the on-trend gold.  I paired them with a past sketch (March 2014 Week #2) from Let's Get Sketchy that I thought would work with my photo and what I had in mind for products and elements.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Scrappy Weekend Sojourn

This weekend was the spring ScrapFest in Kitchener. A great annual two day event where I get to meet up with scrappy friends, make new ones, shop and create. I was doubly blessed as my daughter came along with me on the adventure for her first time.

I got to play with some Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush pens that I picked up in the marketplace area. It was all about mixed media for me as I shopped and created, having wanted to try some new mixed media techniques that go along with my use of Gelatos.

Today, I am sharing a card that I made. I went with a card as it was smaller and easier to try out than a full art journal page when "On the Go" as in Design Memory Craft's April Take the Challenge with Mou, and it worked for the design I had in mind that was inspired by Simon Says Stamp Monday's Challenge Blog theme of "Journey" for this week.

Supplies: cardstock (Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock), patterned papers and letter stickers (Crate Paper), gelatos and Stamper's Big Brush markers (Faber-Castell), stamps (CTMH, 7 Gypsies, Jillibean Soup), gesso and molding paste (Golden), ink and Multi Media Gel (Ranger), butterfly die (Memory Box), cloud stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), rub on letters (Royal and Langnickel), pen (Sharpie)

I decided on a spring time journey and what better way to portray this than the monarch butterflies' journey back north. I used Crate Paper's StoryTeller collection patterned papers.  The map paper was my background which I gessoed and gelatoed, followed by the addition of the molding paste clouds and stamping of "Spring" and the compass rose using a black Stamper's Big Brush.  The Big Brush was perfect for giving a lighter image, without having to second generation stamp, as it was a mid layer and not the focal sentiment on the card. I die cut some butterflies from the StoryTeller papers, glued them down and sealed the entire surface in preparation for the next layer and ink techniques.

Then I added dimension to the butterflies and edged the card with a variety of Stamper's Big Brush markers, using a quick finger smudging technique to colour areas prior to the ink drying.  Next, I went in with a fine marker to add definition detail.

Lastly, I applied letter stickers, letter rub-ons and word stamping for the sentiment.

There you have it. A journey themed card made while on a journey. LOL! Not too bad for a first try at a new-to-me product and technique.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hang In There Card

I am loving the Magenta Spring 2014 release.  I have had a great time playing with the new stamps and in this case the wood veneer hanger.

Supplies: patterned papers, brick background stamp and wood veneer hanger (Magenta), ink (Martha Stewart and Ranger), sentiment stamp (Studio G), twine (Iris), brads and jewels (Dollarama), lace (misc.)

I made this double entendre card which appeared in the Magenta Newsletter last week as a step by step how to.  The background is stamped with the new Brick Texture stamp.

This detail photo shows all the layers created using pop dots and distressing.  I braided the floss to make for a thicker swag for the hanger.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Easter Pillow Boxes for Magenta April Challenge

It is an Easter Challenge over at Magenta for April.  My DT take on it was to upcycle a paper towel roll and turn it into pillow boxes.  I cut it in half which made for 2 - 6 inch pillow boxes.  Perfect size for putting jellybeans, chocolate eggs and/or other Easter treats in.

I started by flattening the rolls, thoroughly gessoing them and scoring the end with a semi circle for the end flap.

Supplies: stamp, stencil, patterned paper (Magenta), gesso and molding paste (Golden), gelatos (Faber-Castell), multimedia gel (Ranger), alphabet die cutter (Tim Holtz - Sizzix), glitter (Doodlebug design and Recollections), jewels (Dollarama)

On this one, I then used a flower stencil from the first of the Spring Flowers Trio of stencils with molding paste and once dry, I coloured it with a Snow Cone gelato. I used Lime Gelato on the Tapestry patterned paper, covered it with gel medium and then die cut the letters using a Tim Holtz Alterations Typeset Sizzix die.  Once adhered, I covered the whole box with a thin layer of gel medium to seal it. The bunny was stamped on cardstock, glitter glued for the carrot, ears and tail and, once dry, fussy cut and adhered it to the box. Lastly, a little touch of bling added in the flower centres and it was complete.

Supplies: stencil, "Life is a Beautiful ride" sentiment stamp and "Adventurous Bird" sentiment stamp, chipboard (Magenta), gesso and molding paste (Golden), gelatos (Faber-Castell),  multimedia gel (Ranger), Baker's Twine (Maya Road), marker (Fibracolor)

For this one, I used the butterflies from the Nature's Elements stencil with molding paste.  When dry, I coloured it with Bubble Gum, Tangerine and Lemon gelatos. I blended and lightened the colours using a baby wipe. Then, I replaced the stencil back over top the butterflies and, again using a baby wipe, I removed the colour on the butterflies.  They were not as white as I wanted them so I added a light layer of gesso to whiten them up even more. To seal it all in, I brushed on a thin layer of gel medium.

For the sentiment "Easter Blessing", I actually used the font letters from two sentiment stamps.  Nothing like getting more uses out of your scrappy supplies! For "Easter", I markered up the letters that I needed from "Life is a Beautiful Ride" sentiment stamp.  For "Blessing", I used the "Adventurous Bird" sentiment stamp.  I cut the letters out in rectangular shapes and adhered them to the chipboard tag. Next I dragged the edge of the chipboard through a thin bit of gesso in its lid. Then when dry, I sanded it to distress it up. Lastly, I punched a second hole in the tag, strung it with Maya Road's Pink Lemonade Baker's Twine and tied it on to finish it off.

Fun crafty upcycling with great results. Can't wait to give these as gifts at Easter.

Note: You can use toilet paper rolls instead but they make a smaller 4 inch box.