Monday, November 28, 2011

Fabric Tape Christmas Tree - Love My Tapes

Here's another super-fast Christmas project. Grab some green and red fabric tapes from Love My Tapes and a styrofoam tree, and start taping! The self-adhesive nature of these tapes is what makes this a quick project.

I added a few buttons as 'ornaments' on the tree - a little Fabri-tac or a Glue Dot is all it takes.

I cut out a circle of green fabric from one of the fabric sheets, to give a clean finish to the top of the tree, and popped a Maya Road Star trinket pin on top.

I hope you'll give this a try - let me know if you do, I would love to see it. If you liked this Christmas idea, be sure to take a look at this tree I made last year. Full tutorial, because it's a little more complex, but worth the effort.

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies (Love My Tapes):
Fabric Tape - Polka Dots Jane (FT011), Polka Dots Emily (FT009), Red Stripe Royal (FT025)
Fabric Sheet - Green polka dot (FS023)
Other Supplies:
star pin - Maya Road
Other - styrofoam tree, buttons

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Blog Candy Winner!

We have a winner - picked comment #15:

Crystal said...

wow! i just found your blog through runs with scraps and am so glad i did. just love your work! such gorgeous layouts...which is what i love to see the most. and fab blog candy too...aren't you just a sweetie! hugs and blessings!

Congratulations Crystal (and welcome to my blog - always nice to meet new people!). Please send me an email with your mailing address: kilroy @ (no spaces).

Thanks everyone for your feedback - I really do appreciate it!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Card - Green Tara

These paper leftovers were kinda staring me down, so I decided to make them happy and give them a home in a Christmas card. ;) Of course, I used more Green Tara goodies to complete it.

This Satin trim begs to be used on greeting cards - it's perfect for cards that have to be mailed because it doesn't add a lot of bulk. (The shapes are pretty cute, too)

After using a bunch of the wire stars, I was looking for an opportunity to use the Wire Heart, and it fit perfectly with the sentiment on the die cut.

Supplies (Green Tara):
Wire Heart 3cm gold
Satin Xmas Shapes trim, red

Other Supplies:
PP - Canvas Corp, Harmonie, Jillibean Soup
die-cut sentiment - Authentique
ink - Ranger

Monday, November 21, 2011

Strong & Free

I like to scrapbook Canada Day photos, but it's not easy to find Canada papers that suit my style. (OK - not even close!) So I made my own. For this layout I used one stencil over and over, moving the position and varying the mist colours (Burnt Red, Indian Summer, Coffee Shop). It’s an easy way to create depth in your misted images. I then misted the entire background with Nougat and the edges with Tattered Leather glimmer mists.

The chipboard leaves were primed with gesso, then received multiple coats of Brick glimmer mist and/or Flirty glimmer glaze (depending on which leaf). I used a heat gun to make the gesso and glaze bubble while they were drying, to give more texture. (Stamps are from the Tattered Textures set).

Had fun with my new Fiskars border punch, too. :)

The layout needed a little pop of another colour, and the green wire was just the trick.

Supplies (Tattered Angels):
glimmer mist - Burnt Red, Indian Summer, Brick, Nougat, Tattered Leather, Coffee Shop
glimmer glaze - Firty
stamps - Tattered Textures

Other Supplies:
CS - Scenic Route
letters - American Crafts
chipboard - Scrap FX & Maya Road
gesso - Liquitex
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen
other - paper-wrapped wire
stencil - Creative Imaginations

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Easy Christmas Ornaments - Love My Tapes

Want a quick & easy Christmas ornament project? Something that your kids can do, too? Grab a few plain Christmas balls and some Love My Tapes fabric and lace tapes in festive colours, and have at it! What's fantastic about these (and why they work so well on the clear balls) is that the adhesive is clear, so they still look good even from the reverse. And truly - this is super easy, because it's like applying masking tape!

For this first ornament, I used the 17mm cream lace for the stripes, and the 15mm cream lace around the top to camouflage the base. I cut out some holly from the polka dot fabric sheets (also self-adhesive).

The second ornament showcases the fabric sheets again, but this time cut with a large Tim Holtz die. The base is wrapped with the 13mm white lace.

For these two, I used the fabric tapes, and wrapped the bases with the green 13mm lace tape.

All of the ornaments have coordinating 'strings' made from the fabric tapes folded over on themselves. This ornament features the Red Stripe fabric tape in 'Royal'.

And this one shows the Mini-checks fabric tape in 'Peppermint'.

I don't think these ornaments took more than 1/2 hour total - I hope you'll give it a try!

Supplies (Love My Tapes):
Lace Tape - LT2005 (17mm cream), LT2003 (15mm cream), LT1001 (13mm white), LT7023 (12mm green)
Fabric Tape - Mini checks "Peppermint" FT013, Red Stripe "Royal" FT025
Fabric sheets - FS021 (red), FS023 (green)

Other Supplies:
glass Christmas balls - DeSerres

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tissue Box cover - Ruby Rock-it

Today I wanted to share an altered tissue-box cover I made for my son's room. This features papers and die cuts from Ruby Rock-it, and was part of my design team application.

I started with mists and a little acrylic paint to get the base colour on the wood box, then I started layering a little bit of old book paper with patterned paper (using gel medium as an adhesive).

The die-cut borders from the Paper Boy collection made it easy to embellish the box. I also die-cut some of the patterned papers using a Spellbinders set of gears.

This project went together so quick that I want to do one for my daughter now. Thanks for visiting!

Supplies (Ruby Rock-it):
PP, die cut borders - Bella! Paper Boy collection

Other Supplies:
wooden tissue box cover - DeSerres
glimmer mist - Tattered Angels
acrylic paint - Decoart
gel medium - Liquitex
other - old book paper

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

You gonna eat that? - Sketchabilities

This is my take on this week's sketch over at Sketchabilities. Don't for get to hop on over and see what the rest of the team has created!

Here is the sketch, I hope you find a chance to play along - be sure to link up your page to Sketchabilities, we would love to see your take on it.

In this close-up, you can sorta see the thermo-glitter on the paper. That's right - Bo Bunny is one of the few companies that makes glitter that this glitter-phobe can deal with, ha ha!

I cut up a large Zva crystal flourish, to spread it around the page. I like how it looks combined with the stickers from this collection. I also outlined the stickers, like I usually do. It makes them pop a little more.

I love these wood snowflakes from Maya Road. I added glimmer glam in "Blizzard" for a little extra sparkle.

PP, stickers, letters - Bo Bunny
lace tape - Love My Tapes
wood snowflakes - Maya Road
crystals - Zva Creative
glimmer glam - Tattered Angels (Blizzard)
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen

Monday, November 14, 2011

How about another Give away?

I've been sorting through some of my supplies, and found a few things that need a new home. And since I've been having some pretty good scrappy luck lately, I thought I would offer these as blog candy.

To enter, just leave a comment telling me what your favorite kind of blog posts are. I do a bit of a mishmash, and I was curious as to what people like to see.

I'll leave the comments open for entries til November 25 at 11:59 pm, and I'll draw a name on Saturday Nov 26. Open to everyone. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Matching Christmas Pyjamas - Green Tara

Hi Everyone! I'm excited to be sharing my first project for Green Tara, an Australian company that specializes in flowers and trims. Pop by the design team blog to see what the rest of the team creates - there are some very talented artists on the team.

For this assignment I was asked to feature red and gold embellishments in a Christmas theme. I decided that they would really pop if I backed them with kraft papers - so that's what I did. I fell in love with the 38mm Mesh with the gold filaments - so easy to use for boy or girl pages:

I layered a few trims and embellishments here. The red 9mm Shimmer Threaded Ribbon added a little more colour, while the gold Xmas Bouquet a little extra dimension, without being 'in-your-face-shiny'.

I wasn't sure at first what I should do with the Bead Garland, then it hit me that it looks a lot like some of the crystal flourishes on the market these days - which led me to adhere it in flourish shapes using micro Glue Dots.

These Wire Stars are so unusual - I've never seen embellishments quite like these. I love them! They also come in other colours and in heart shape as well. I used Craft Glue Dots to adhere them, which worked like a charm. You can kinda see the Glue Dot in this close-up, but that's because it's larger than 'life-size'. When you look at the project as a whole, you really don't notice the adhesive.

Sometimes a page just needs *something* else, so I added a few stitches with twine.

I'm in love with this wood grain kraft paper from Harmonie. I might need to go buy a couple more sheets!

Supplies (Green Tara):
Wire Star 3cm gold
Xmas Bouquet gold 10cm
38mm Mesh gold
3mm Bead Garland red
9mm Shimmer Threaded Ribbon red

Other Supplies:
PP - Canvas Corp, Harmonie
letters - American Crafts, Authentique
ink - Ranger
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen
other - twine

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Easter card - Tattered Angels

Once I was finished my 3 layouts with the Tattered Angels Bold Brights Paint System , I decided I wanted to show one more quick project, showing off the pink side of this collection. I started with Bazzill resist cardstock and painted it with Pink Lipstick glimmer glam. I added the Shy Violet glimmer glaze to the edges and blended them together. The felt eggs were each coloured as well, using the Pink Lipstick glimmer glam, Meadow Green glimmer mist and Teal High Heel chalkboard. All worked beautifully on felt.

I find I tend to go simpler on cards than I do on layouts. How about you - do you work differently on cards than pages?

Supplies (Tattered Angels):
Bold Brights Paint System, also available individually:
Glimmer mist - Meadow Green
Chalkboard mist - Teal High Heel
Glimmer Glam - Pink Lipstick
Glimmer Glaze - Shy Violet

Other Supplies:
Glazed Cardstock - Bazzill
PP - Pink Paislee
lace - Love My Tapes (13mm - LT1001)
felt eggs - Dollarama
letters - Rose Moka

Sunday, November 6, 2011

La Magie des Lanterns - Tattered Angels

This is my third layout using the Bold Brights Paint System from Tattered Angels. This time, I wanted to show this bright paint system with brightly coloured photos.

I wanted to mist the background with the Teal High Heel chalkboard, but I didn’t want the intense opaque colour, so I misted the paper with water first, then gave it a good dose of the Chalkboard, and immediately blotted with a towel and brayer. The water allows the Chalkboard mist to ‘float’ briefly, allowing you to get this mottled effect if you blot right away.

I stamped the pink dots pattern using Pink Lipstick glimmer glam.

I painted these older Heidi Swapp resist letters with the Meadow Green glimmer mist. Even though there was already some black printing on the patterned paper, I added some stamping with the asian characters.

The Love My Tapes lace was misted with Meadow Green glimmer mist.

I forgot to photograph the journaling, but it simply states these photos were taken at the Montreal Botanical Gardens in 2009.

Supplies (Tattered Angels):
Bold Brights Paint System, also available individually:
Glimmer mist - Meadow Green
Chalkboard mist - Teal High Heel
Glimmer Glam - Pink Lipstick
Glimmer Glaze - Shy Violet

Other Supplies:
PP - Studio2mers, Pink Paislee
stamps - Kaisercraft, Pink Paislee
letters - Heidi Swapp, Lily Bee
lace - Love My Tapes (15mm LT2003)
ink - StazOn, Ranger
markers - Faber-Castell PITT pen, Staedtler pigment liner 0.05

Friday, November 4, 2011

Brave - Ruby Rock-it

Hi Everyone. I wanted to share with you all, one of my application projects for the Ruby Rock-it design team. I had a lot of fun with this paper collection - the papers are just so 'usable' for pictures of my son (he wears red a lot, and I find that a lot papers look funny with my pictures). These papers worked great with my photos.

I backed the title with one of the darker patterned papers, to make it a little more readable on my busy page. These letters are nice thick chipboard.

I am in love with these felt shapes. They are thick enough to not be fragile, but thin enough for layering. I like that they don't look to 'heavy' to use with other items on my page, which I find is sometimes the case with super thick felt.

The grey gears and arrows are from the die-cut borders. These are printed on a thick cardstock, making them easy to work with, but not too thick to layer. I apparently am a bit thick in the head lately though, because I didn't realize that these were self-adhesive, ha ha ha! I didn't peel the backing off - I just added my own glue. These are very thick for a sticker, so no worry of tearing them.

I used Spellbinders dies to make all the orange gears on the page. I traced around them to help define the edges.

Supplies (Ruby Rock-it):
PP, die cut borders, felt shapes, chipboard letters - "Bella! Paper Boy" collection

Other Supplies:
ink - Ranger
marker - Staedtler, Faber-Castell

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Where the 'Pushers' are - Art Journal Every Day

Another page in my watercolour journal (3.5"x5"). Still playing along with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Every Day. And yes, I see the "green apron cult" as my enablers. My name is JJ and I am a coffee addict.

journal - Strathmore Visual Journal (watercolour 90 lb)
water colour crayons - Caran d'Ache Neocolor II

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ruby Rock-it Design Team!

Hi Everyone! I was super excited to get the email inviting me to join the inaugural Ruby Rock-it Design team! I'm delighted to be working with this talented, international group of ladies:

Sandy Ang - Singapore
Sarah Hill - Indiana
Amanda Jones - UK
Rebecca Keppel - Arizona
Gina Lideros - California
Becky Olsen - Utah
Benedicte Raphalen - France
Debbie Sherman - Wyoming
JJ Sobey - Canada
Carrie Walz - Illinois
Erin Yamabe - California
Keely Yowler - Kentucky

I will be posting my application projects here soon - I want to show off these great products!

Blog Candy Winner! picked comment #3:

Hannah said...

"oooh can I have it?" Said Miss Hannah before she fell asleep!

(The little stinker didn't answer my 'survey' because she knows I already know where she found my blog)

Thanks so much for all the kind comments everyone - I really do appreciate it!! (And stay tuned - I have another box of blog candy ready to go, and will post it later this month).