Friday, February 5, 2016

Tales of You and Me by Prima and Frank Garcia

Frank Garcia's new collection for Prima , Tales of You & Me collection, just exudes warmth, charm and vintage elegance. I decided to pull out a wooden cigar box I had been saving because this collection is prefect for a nice old cigar box.

If you keep on scrolling down, I provide step-by-step instructions for this project.  

So this is the original box.  It's rather large - 9in x 10in and is solid pine wood. 

Step 1. I took a gorgeous piece of paper,  and cut to fit  the top.  Then I added some inking to the edges using the Prima Chalk Edgers -  a blend of Teal Wall and Dark Rust.  

Step 2. I adhered the paper to the wood cigar box using Prima Finnabair Art Basics Soft Matte Gel.  
The wood surface is rough and I find that the Soft Matte Gel Medium gets in the wood grain better than glue and hold the paper in place so much better. 

Step 3. Cut strips for the edges of the box.  Ink and adhere with Soft Matte Gel. 

Step 4. Mist  Prima Memory Hardware by Frank Garcia - Grand Rosette Trim (990466) with Prima Color Blooms in Tea Stain and Cotton Candy.
Step 5.  Layer trims on the box. 

Step 6.  Cut the vintage image from Tales of You & Me paper (Notre Jardin Secret), accent with glitter. 
Step 7. Decorate with flowers, leaves, berries as desired. 

Step 8. Add accents with embellishments from Tales of You & Me collection -wood embellishments, brads and SIIC-crystals. 
Step 9.  Finishing touches  - Memory Hardware - by Franks Garcia Montmartre Latches (990336), some trims and gold cording.  The Memory Hardware Latches look like they were made just for this project!

 Here are some close ups. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  
990855 Prima Tales of You & Me paper - Notre Amour Sere a Jamais
990800 Prima Tales of You & Me paper - Notre Jardin Secret
990817 Prima Tales of You & Me paper - Contes de Toi et Moi
583798 Prima Tales of You & Me - Wood Embellishments
583873 Prima Tales of You & Me - Brads
584818 Prima Tales of You & Me - SIIC
586362 Prima Tales of You & Me - Flowers
990336 Memory Hardware - by Franks Garcia Montmartre Latches
961428 Prima Finnabair Art Basics -Soft Matte Gel.
961596 Prima Glitter Set - Luminous
573737 Prima Color Blooms - Cotton Candy
573836 Prima Color Blooms - Tea Stain
991043 Prima Memory Hardware -by Frank Garcia - Rocquencourt Doily Lace
990466 Prima Memory Hardware by Frank Garcia - Grand Rosette Trim
891268 Prima Chalk Edgers - Teak Wall
891015 Prima Chalk Edgers Dark Rust
583477 Prima Victorian Christmas by Frank Garcia - Red Stocking Flowers

Gold Braiding Trim

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Glimpse of My Mom

The February kit from the Flying Unicorn, featuring Riddersholm's Newport collection, provided me with the perfect inspiration for a vintage photo of my mom.   

I used some fabulous 2Crafty chipboard pieces to accent this layout.  As shown below, I used a title piece, "A Glimpse of You", "Chicken Wire Panel" and the "ATC Folk Hearts". (You can find 2Crafty chipboard at the Flying Unicorns right here)

The vintage photo is of my mom as a little girl with her Aunt Julia.  The photos were taken on Aunt Julia's farm where it was fun for the little kids to feed the chickens - thus the "chicken wire panel".  The title, "A Glimpse of You", is appropriate for any for any vintage photo .  It's a snippet of a moment in time into my mom's life back when...  The "ATC Folk Hearts", well they speak for themselves.  I also have such fond memories of this farm and our Sunday visits to see Aunt Julia and the rest of the family.  

To start the background work, I used this 6x6 Prima Stencil in  wood texture  along with some distress inks to add more texture to the page. 

So how did I finish my chipboard pieces? I inked them with distress inks, topped them with DecoArt Clear Crackle Glaze.    then sprinkled them with micro beads while the clear crackle medium was wet. 

Here is a close up of the "Glimpse of You".  I did not add micro beads to this, but I did coat in crackle medium.

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2Crafty Chipboard "A Glimpse of You", "Chicken Wire Panel" and the "ATC Folk Hearts"
(You can find 2Crafty chipboard at the Flying Unicorns right here)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Chipped Sapphire, Ground Espresso
Hemp string
Petaloo Flowers 
13Arts Gold Microspheres Gold
DecoArt Clear Crackle Glaze

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Shake up February with a Shaker Card

Shaking up February   

I love shaker cards.  They are fun to make , fun to receive and even more fun to give away.   I used my February kit from the Flying Unicorn , featuring Riddersholm's Newport collection to help me shake it up.  

I also have some photo step-by-steps so you can see my process.  They are pretty simple once you have the hang of things.  

Here's How I Made this:
Step1.   I love to finish my edges with ink.  I like the way the ink makes a great soft edge on my projects.  I also love using pre-folded cards with envelopes because I am not the best at paper scoring to create my own cards.  Plus I find it frustrating to look for enveloped that match.  If I buy them as a set, I eliminate the search for envelopes. 

Step 2. The kit included some Prima Paintables 4x6 cards.  I used the printable card as a frame and cut the center out.  
Step 3. Time to add the window of the shaker card.  Easiest and cheapest way is to save your acrylic from packaging and recycle it for the cover of a shaker card.  

Save the acrylic from packages of flowers, embellishments, and any other product that you have.  

Now I must admit that mine came from a package of cookies or danish - not sure which.  I am wondering if I love shaker cards so much because subconsciously they make me think of cookies and delicious baked goods?  That could very well be.  

Step 4.  Do NOT glue the window onto the card yet.  We need to fill the window still with goodies.  I wanted to add some stamping to the inside of my window and a paper butterfly as well.   

Fun foam makes for a wonderful layer for the shaker card.  It's very inexpensive and cuts easily.  You want to make sure you use a material that doesn't let the shaker beads and sequins leak out.  Cardboard isn't the best to use because the corrugation on the cardboard makes for a lot of opportunity for beads to fall out.  

I tried using cardboard once and when I held up the card and gave it a shake, my micro beads tumbled to the floor.  YIKES.  

Step 5. Add shaker beads, sequins, and anything else you desire. Once the material of choice is added, you can close up and pop the top onto the card.  

Step  6.   Continue to decorate and embellish the card.  I added some flowers and ribbon here.  Not much else.  I wanted the shaker to be the main feature. 

It's just THAT easy!

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Supplies:Main Kit Includes : Papers—Riddersholm Design—Newport Collection , Petaloo Flowers, Prima Vintage Printables, Petaloo Forget-Me-Nots in Mauve, gold sequins

Monday, February 1, 2016

Creating your own Custom Colored Flowers for Cards and Projects

The February kit from the Flying Unicorn is the perfect blend of warmth, nature, earthy and nautical. The colors are like a gorgeous sunset over the ocean. Without further adieu, we offer you the February "Your Passion, Your Art" kit of the month.

Part of the fun of making cards and pages is to get that perfect custom colored embellishment.  It's always an experiment I must admit.  BUT if I am not satisfied, I keep adding color. The inspiration for my colors came from a little purple butterfly I printed on my computer.

I started out using the Petaloo Botanica flower that came in the kit.  The before and after photos are below.  The pink is pretty, the style  of the flower is perfect but  the soft pink was not the look I wanted. 

I grabbed some mists.  I started with  Prima Color Bloom in Pressed Petal.  Nope not quite the color I wanted.  Then I added some Iris mist and then Empress Gold to tone the purple/burgundy color a bit.    I did dry it with a heat gun.  I'm impatient and wanted to keep working. 

After the flower was dry, I painted some gold acrylic into the center of the flower.  

Great now that my big flower was perfect, I needed to address the small Petaloo Forget-me-nots.  I misted with Empress Gold, heat dried, and then painted some purple back into the center of the flower.  The reverse colors of the big flower.  

Here is the close up of the finished flowers.

Flying Unicorn Your Passion Your Art kit for February
Riddersholm Newport paper collection
Petaloo  Flowers - Botanica Pink 1102-101
Petaloo Flowers - Penny Lane Forget-me-not Antique Mauve
Prima Paintables 4x6 Pocket Cards - Secret Garden 814175
Prima Color Bloom Mists - Pressed Petal 573881
Prima Color Bloom Mists -Iris 573744
Prima Color Bloom Mists - Empress Gold 580315
Ayeeda Acrylic Paint - Old Gold Metallic Paint
Silk Acrylic Paints Periwinkle
Gold braid trim
kraft cardctock

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