Monday, July 30, 2012

Winter Thank You card - Ruby Rock-it

A simple card with some scraps from the Ruby Rock-it Bella! Fusion line, just released at CHA.

A couple of dies and punches made this card come together super fast.  I used Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots (under the snow flake) and Zap Dots (under the circle) for a bit of lift.

I added "Picket Fence" Distress Stickles for a bit of a wintry snow effect.

Supplies (Ruby Rock-it):
Bella! Fusion paper "Chain"
Bella! Fusion paper "Floral"Bella! Sugar Candy cardstock "Cool Mint"
sentiment sticker - Fundamentals

Other Supplies:
Distress Stickles (Picket Fence), Distress Stain (Chipped Sapphire) - Ranger
marker - Staedtler

Friday, July 27, 2012

Art Journal page with Faber-Castell PITT Pastels & Helmar - and a GIVEAWAY

This month the Helmar team did a cross promotion with Faber-Castell, so I got to play with some fun products and made a page for my art journal.  

 Using a stencil, I traced my design with a Faber-Castell PITT pen (black, superfine).  Then I coloured it with the PITT Pastel pencils, and blended with a blending stump.  Then I sprayed with Helmar Crystal Kote Fixative, to set the pastels.

I then used the large brush PITT markers and did some stamping.  These markers are awesome for stamps - just rub it over the stamp, and away you go.

Next, I adhered strips of book text, with the Helmar Decoupage:

And added some words using the PITT Brush tip and superfine tip markers:

Now, the fun part for you!  There was a bit of shipping confusion with my parcel from Faber-Castell, and I ended up getting 2 kits instead of just 1, so I'm giving away the second kit:

To win, just leave a comment on this post before next Friday morning (Aug 3). Open to everyone.  Don't forget to come back next week to see if you've won!

Helmar Products used:
Crystal Kote Fixative

Faber-Castell Products used:
PITT Pastel pencils
PITT Brush pens
PITT pens (superfine)

Other supplies:
gesso - Liquitex
stencil - Dylusions by Ranger
book paper, art journal

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My 2 Ninjas - scrapbook layout with Love My Tapes washi tape.

A little early for fall pages?  Maybe...  but my guys play dress-up year round, so it doesn't seem strange to me.  :)   If you were at CHA this month you might have seen this page at the Love My Tapes booth *wink*.

The washi tapes pair well with book paper. The tag seen here is one of my 'mop up the leftover mists' tags. I keep them in a little box on my scrap table and if they work with a project - awesome!

I die-cut a few leaves from paper scraps, book paper, and product packaging.  I needed a little more black in this corner, so I added the chipboard triangle.  Then it seemed like too much black, and in came the wood asterisk... ha!

In this shot you can see a little bit of the misting I added to the background with a Crafters Workshop stencil and glimmer mist.  And Distress Stain splats - I'm kinda in love with them lately.

Supplies (Love My Tapes):
Washi tapes - black loop (#916), measuring tape (#618), numbers

Other supplies:
pp background - Basic Grey
letters - October Afternoon (small), Doodlebug (large)
mist - Tattered Angels
distress stain - Ranger
stencil - The Crafters Workshop
wood - Studio Calico
black chipboard - American Crafts
other - book paper, product packaging, office supply tag, paper scraps

Monday, July 23, 2012

"She's Got Style" - scrapbook layout with Ruby Rock-it

Brandy-new Ruby Rock-it  Bella! Fusion line. If you were at CHA, you might have spied this at their booth. :)  They have four colour-ways in the Fusion line, each with their own patterns.  You can mix & match, or go completely monochromatic (which can really make your photos POP).

With the help of a die-cutter, I made these cute flowers from the paper scraps:

I added a few bits of Sugar Candy cardstock (the grey pieces you see here) for a little contrast.

So - do you like working with monochromatic lines? 

Supplies (Ruby Rock-it):
PP - Bella! Fusion
cardstock - Bella! Sugar Candy - Cool Mint
jewels - Bella! Bling
chipboard letters, letter stickers, flowers - Fundamentals

Other supplies:
adhesives - Helmar Premium Craft Glue, Helmar 450 Quick Dry
marker - Faber-Castell

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Green Tara is on Facebook

Hey - did you know that Green Tara is on Facebook?   Pop on over and 'like' their page - that way you won't miss anything.  Tell them I sent ya (no "So & So sent me" contest or anything, it would just be cool if you did).  :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A little Birdie told me - card with book page

No - I didn't colour in that image - I tore it out of an old children's book.  Yup - I defaced a book for the sake of a card.  (I'm learning to get over that issue).  The card came together quickly after that.

These nifty, self-adhesive leaves?  Green Tara, of course.  I just cut a few off the trim (which comes in a variety of colours).  Super easy, and I know they won't come off in the mail.  :)

PP - Echo Park
letters - Adornit
leaves - Green Tara
ink - Ranger
other - illustration from old book

Monday, July 16, 2012

Banner Day - Boy - Ruby Rock-it, denim & corrugated cardboard

With CHA just about upon us, I realized that I forgot to post a couple of projects I did for last CHA (winter 2012).  Then I edited the photos and remembered why I had 'forgotten'.  The photos suck, let's be honest here.  (I was in a rush, and it was December.  Crap lighting + packing for road trip = crap pictures.  Just sayin')

This was one of two banners I made for the Ruby Rock-it booth.  They had a whole bunch from the team, and all on display in a gazebo - looked very cool (from the pictures - I didn't get there myself).

I used the "Paper Boy" line - might still be available in some areas if you look around.

I used corrugated cardboard and scrap denim for all the banner sections. There's some upcycling for ya!

Canvas scraps helped to reinforce the cardboard, and large eyelets for all the holes.

Thanks for visiting - hope the questionable photos didn't put you off.  :)

PP, chipboard, felt, stickers, ribbon - Ruby Rock-it
other - corrugated cardboard, denim, eyelets
ink - Ranger

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Birthday card in a rush - let's see what's in the scrap bag?

Ever have one of those holy-crap-I-forgot-I-needed-a-birthday-card-for-today-and-I'm-1200kms-from-my-scrap-supplies moments?  Happens to me more often than I care to mention, and I'm not even joking about the 1200kms.  (This time around, the birthday gal was my 'tween niece).

When I visit my mom, I bring some scrappy stuff.  Turned out to be a good thing... On this particular trip, all I had with me were washi tapes, a couple sheets of letter stickers, a 12x12 ziplock of random scraps, and a 4x6 ziplock of random embellishments so old I didn't care if they got lost en route.  (OK - I'd also had a few sheets of BG cardstock, but I'd already used them).

Literally grabbed whatever in the bag matched and started on the card.  The old (very old) file folder was a happy find in the bag - I'm surprised it hadn't got purged before this.  Matched the Lily Bee scraps perfectly!  I luckily had a bunch of black embellishments (because they match everything!), and threw those on as well. 

Of course, now I owe Mom a new sewing machine needle, because I trashed one - it's never going to work on fabric at this point.  :P  (sorry Mom!)

PP, letters - Lily Bee
file folder - K & Co (I think - it's older than dirt)
random brads and doodads

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

You can't take the sky from me - art journal page with acrylic and PanPastel

I did this one a little while ago, just never got around to loading it.  The background was done with acrylic paint, and the circles were added with PanPastel (the smaller ones are on grungeboard.   This was so much more vibrant until I sprayed with fixative.  (This was before I started using Helmar).

journal - Canson
acrylic paint - Amsterdam
PanPastels - PanPastel
grungeboard - Tim Holtz
rubon letters - Luxe (see - old rub-ons can still be useful...)
gesso - Liquitex
stencils - The Crafters Workshop and punchinella
other - book paper, pen

Saturday, July 7, 2012

9 Months - baby girl scrapbook page with Green Tara and Helmar

When Scrapbook Centrale asked me to make a sample for the store with these papers, it was again another perfect opportunity to pair Authentique with Green Tara flowers and trims.  I very much like how well they work together.

I used the organza butterfly trim on this one again - it's kinda capture my attention a lot lately.

I used one of the delicious new Camelia blooms on this page, and paired it with a couple of the Sakura blooms.  The loops of ribbon were created with the 3mm stitched grosgrain.

The self-adhesive Flower Garland sticks really well - I was pleased to realize I didn't need to add any glue to get it to stay on the textured paper.

I fussy cut a few butterflies from the patterned paper and popped them up with Liquid Scrap Dots - it's perfect for butterflies!.

Supplies (Green Tara):
flowers - Sakura 5cm coral (XF9221Cor), Sakura 5cm Ivory (XF9221Iv), Camellia 8cm Peach (XF9219Pe)
ribbon - 3mm Stitched Grosgrain - Ivory/Light Brown (RB244Iv/LB)
trim - 25mm Organza Butterfly on Wire - Off White (RB6764OW), 20mm Self Adhesive Flower Garland Ivory (RB797Iv)

Adhesives (Helmar):
Acid Free Glue
450 Quick Dry
Liquid Scrap Dots

Other Supplies:
PP, stickers, letters - Authentique
distress stain - Ranger
white pen - Marvy
other - corrugated cardboard, jute twine from packaging

Thursday, July 5, 2012

First Baby Doll - washi tape layout - Love My Tapes

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to share a quick layout I made for Love My Tapes.  A little mist, some unloved chipboard and a bunch of washi tape made for a layout that came together in a jiffy.   I used the washi tapes to cover the plain chipboard shapes:

I added a little lace tape for softness on this baby layout.  Helmar 450 Quick Dry was perfect for getting this lumpy wire-and-chipboard combo to stick.

The washi tape is a little flexible, so it's easy to wrap around the edges for a clean finish.

And a little acrylic heart, just because.

Supplies (Love My Tapes):
Lace Tape - white 17mm
Washi Tape - red argyle (#905), purple geometric (#005), mint grid, blue/green chevron

Adhesives (Helmar):
Premium Craft Glue
450 Quick Dry Adhesive

Other Supplies:
cs - Bazzill
plain chipboard - Little Yellow Bicycle (ornaments), Scenic Route (heart)
acrylic heart - Fancy Pants
wire dress form - Maya Road
mist - Tattered Angels
stencil - The Crafters Workshop
marker - Faber-Castell

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Helmar "Red, White, and Blue" blog hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the Helmar Red, White, and Blue Hop. We have a bunch of wonderful projects to share with all of you and wanted to celebrate the colors of our design team with you. Australia, Canada and America are shining brightly, so grab a glass of your favorite beverage and lets get hopping.

This layout features papers from the "Vintedge" collection by Ruby Rock-it.   This time for all the papers I used Helmar Premium Craft Glue.

I used 450 Quick Dry for the corrugated cardboard, and to tack down the twine in any places where the staples wouldn't reach.

The 450 quick dry was also a big help with the chipboard letters.

If you get lost along the way, you will find the order below. Make sure you leave your comments on every stop for your chance to win. We will select 1 Canadian, 1 American, and 1 Australian individual. So that is 3 prizes total. Now lets get hopping.

Helmar Blog
Grace Lauer
Michelle Wallace
Lisa Wilkinson
Sandie Edwards
Kate Vickers
Susan Weckesser
Rae Cooper
JJ Sobey <--- You are here
Amy Lynne Lassiter <--- Next stop on the blog
Cindy Royal
Jessica Morales
Erin Morehouse

Thanks for visiting!

Helmar Adhesives:
Premium Craft Glue
450 Quick Dry Adhesive

Supplies (Ruby Rock-it):
Bella! Sugar Candy embossed cardstock – Quatrefoil
Vintedge patterned cardstock “Flag it"
Vintedge patterned cardstock “Ratchet"
Vintedge patterned cardstock “Time"
Vintedge letter and phrase stickers
Vintedge twine
Fundamentals glitter chipboard letters – white
Other Supplies:
white pen - Marvy
markers - Staedtler
other - corrugated cardboard