Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Grungy Monday - Tim Holtz Wearable Art

It has been some time since I've participated in the Grungy Monday Challenges over at Studio L3 but when I saw this week's subject - I just had to join in.  This week I will also post my piece on Simon Says Stamp And Show as their challenge this week is An Idea-Ology Bonanza.  It doesn't get any better than WEARABLE ART.  You will recognize the Tim Holtz things, the Game Spinners and the Wings (of fantasy). The rest is from some real pocket watches that were given to me by a friend.  I simply glued most of it together with e6000 and Glossy Accents, added a chain and it's time to party.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cascade Card Tutorial

I have had a few people ask me about the construction of the Cascade Card that I made for the G45 Audition.  I will do my best to explain it and show some photos and drawings I did on the computer.  You can see more examples and instructions on Splitcoaststampers.

Don't use your best paper for the first try.  I can almost guarantee you will end up throwing it in the trash.  So here goes.

Start with one 12 X 12 piece of cardstock-

Cut 2 pieces that are 12 X 5.5"

At one end make a mark at 3" and then cut from that mark to the corner.  It should look like this:  Cut both pieces exactly the same.
Next (on both pieces) make a lite pencil mark across the 12" length.  The line will be erased later. Begin on the 3" edge. The line will begin 1.25" from the bottom and end at a mark that is 2.75" from the bottom at the other end.  See below:
Next (on both pieces) make two score lines, one at 4" and the other at 8".  As shown below: The drawings are not to scale so please measure carefully before scoring.

So far both pieces should look the same but that changes now.

On the first piece cut from the bottom up to the center line at 2" and 10".  Next cut from the top down to the center line at 6".

On the second piece cut from the top down to the center line at 2" and 10".  Next cut from the bottom up the center line at 6".  See below:

If you've made it this far, it's all down hill from here.

Fold on the score lines.

Next slide the cuts together until the bottom is level.  It may feel a little awkward but all the cuts will slide together to make two closed sections.

It should fold flat for decorationg and mailing - have fun and good luck!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Graphic 45 Design Team 2012 Audition

Domestic Goddess Vintage Recipe Box

This little project is both cute and functional.  It looks adorable sitting on the counter and will prove useful too. When you are ready to use one of your recipes,  simply find the recipe you want and place it on the rolling pin which is on the front of the box. The recipe can now be referred to very easily. The box was finished off with a doilie, some eating utensils and of course a cupcake. 

I started out with a G45 Box and covered it with Domestic Goddess Paper, inside and out.

Inside I used a small file that was designed for coupons but works well as a recipe file. After covering all the dividers with G45 paper I simply added some embellishments and my recipes (vintage recipes from my mother-in-law).

Materials Used:
Graphic 45 Box
Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess Collection
Coupon File
Assorted Embellishments

 Steampunk Cascade Card

This card was shown on Splitcoaststampers awhile ago along with the instructions.  I really liked it and wanted to give it a try.  I used the G45 Steampunk Debutante Paper Line and added a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch on the front.

As you can see - it is actually a greeting card and folds flat for mailing.

Shown below is the construction.  Not as hard as it looks!
The main body is made from one 12 X 12 piece of cardstock.

Materials Used:
Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Collection
Graphic 45 Steampunk Stamp from Hampton Arts
Tim Holtz Pocket Watch & Pin Nib
Tim Holtz Mini Dress Form Die
Assorted Papers

A Day At The Circus

While shopping at Hobby Lobby one day I happened to find this cute little bare wood circus picture frame.  As soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect for the G45 Le Cirque Paper Collection.  I painted the entire thing red and started adding papers.  Using the Tim Holtz Rosette Die for the wheels (added some blue stars for the center) and topper all I had to do was cut out the Ring Master, embellish him and then add him to the wagon.  I couldn't help myself, I added a cute photo of my grand daughters and it is good to go. 

A few shots of the progress:

Materials Used:
Circus Train Car
Graphic 45 Le Cirque Collection
Stickers from Jolee's
Personal Photo

A Proper Gentleman

I love to find stuff in the garage for my projects. One day I found a round thing-a-ma-jig that I'm told is for hanging ceiling fans.  Anyway, I decided that it needed rust.  I used a new product called Magic Metallic which worked great.  I used a real pocket watch but it is the exact size of the Tim Holtz Pocket Watch.

I put a picture of my Grandfather (at age 25) in the center of the watch and glued it on the fan thing-a-ma-jig and backed it with red cardstock.  I used the Tim Holtz Gadget Gears "on the edge" Die for the base and then added all the gears from the watch on the outside of the case.  Sort of an Inside Out Watch.  I was happy with it but it still needed something more.  Long story short, I found a small box at Hobby Lobby that had a drawer.  I covered it with Graphic 45 paper from their Proper Gentleman Line and placed the Inside Out Watch on top.  I decorated the front of the drawer with a piece of metal from Ten Second Studios that I cut with the Tim Holtz Bookplate Die.  The finishing touch was a knob from Graphic 45 Staples.

Marerials Used:
Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Collection
Graphic 45 Staples
Altered Wooden Display from Hobby Lobby
Hardware From My Garage
Old Pocket Watch
Tim Holtz On The Edge Die

A Gentleman's Travel Log

While visiting our local scrapbook store one afternoon I found a Suitcase Album made by Pine Cone Press.  It was a kit to make into your own.  I like the Proper Gentleman Collection and decided that a "Travel Log" was in order.  I covered the outside with some leather looking paper and the inside with the G45 Proper Gentleman.  The clasp is a G45 Staples Door plate that was bent over the edge of the suitcase and attached on the back with a G45 hinge so the album opens. I made the straps from some strong paper and then inked it with Distress Ink, Vintage Photo.  The buckles are made with two D Rings held in the strap with brads.  I hung a Tim Holtz key and a compass made with a 7 gypsies glass embellishment.

For the inside I used a few different lines of Graphic 45 because they all work so well together.  The binding is the "Stack The Deck" method shown on Laura Denison's blog.  I added a small Tim Holtz Ring Binder in the center and decorated each page to hold photos, tags and journaling.

Materials Used:
Graphic 45 Staples, Door Plate
& Hinge
Graphic 45 Paper Collections: Proper Gentleman, Transatlantique,
On The Boardwalk & Tropical Travelogue
Graphic 45 Policy Envelopes
7 gypsies Embellihment
Tim Holtz Stamps

Valentine Votive

Although Valentine's Day has passed I wanted to share this votive made from a G45 box.  I saw this idea on Laura Denison's blog where she made a Christmas Stocking Hanger.  I used the Tim Holtz Legs instead of a stocking holder and wrapped the box with ribbon and added a knob on top. 

After cutting out a section of the inner box I added 3 battery operated votive candles which gives off a soft glow.

Materials Used:
Graphic 45 Box
Tim Holtz Legs
Assorted Papers
Jewelry Findings (bird branch w/nest)
Battery Operated Votives

This is the end of my NEW PROJECTS designed for this audition -

Here are a few older posts that also feature Graphic 45

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Arizona!

Today is the 100th birthday of Arizona and to celebrate I have made a card depicting our flag using Honey Pop Paper from Inky Antics and YoYo Yellow & Brilliant Blue from Stampin Up.
On his post yesterday Tim Holtz  began a new adventure where he will be doing "a tag a month" for 2012 and of course I want to participate.  After die cutting the star and cutting it in half as shown on Tim's blog, I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist Copper. I thought it may not hold up with spray but all was ok in the end.  I inked the Tim Holtz Embossing Folder with Distress Ink, Barn Door, then ran it through the Big Shoot.  Then adding the blue paper at the bottom, glued the star on and then added a stick pin with red, white and blue beads and a banner cut from the Tim Holtz Tattered Banner Die.  I glued the entire card front to a piece of copper colored paper.

Happy Birthday Arizona!!!