Monthly Archives: September 2012

Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary padfolio

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Hello to my little blogging family.  I have a very cool post for you today!  I made a very cute little padfolio using my September kit from Scrapn’ With Flair.  I contains papers from Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary and is gorgeous!!!  This padfolio was made following a YouTube video made by a wonderful lady by the name of Shannon Green.  You have to go and check out her video’s…..she makes the most amazing journals and has some of the best tips and tricks!!  Here’s a link to part one of the video for this padfolio:  Shannon Green.  You can find part two in her video listing.  Check it out!!

The pen slides through a little slot and this is what keeps the book closed!  Check out the I Am Roses roses that came with the kit along with the skeleton leaf (except for the gardenia which was included in the July kit).  And that wide eyelet lace along the bottom…..OMGoodness!!!  It is simply beautiful and also comes in the kit.  You’ll have to check out the YouTube video to see how I altered the pen to match the padfolio…..very cool.

Check out the two pockets on this page…..the one at the bottom and the triangle at the top is also a pocket!!  The sticker is from the kit along with the little I Am Roses cherry blossoms.  The sting of half-back pearls and the lace on the bottom pocket are from my own stash.  I included a piece of cardstock (8.5 x 11 folder in half) as one of the inside pages!

On this page I added the file tab from the sticker sheet included in the kit.  There is another pocket on the bottom of this page that’s been trimmed with lace from my stash along with the last of my half-back pearls from my July kit!

 This page has a diagonal pocket on it.  You can also see another file tab attached to this page.  The lace is again from my stash and I included one more of my I Am Roses cherry blossoms to this page.   You can also see another piece of my cardstock from my stash as a page insert in the second section of the padfolio. 

Here’s the last page of the folio.  It includes a pocket that has room to fit a note pad in it!  I also attached one of the chipboard diecuts included in the kit that has a piece of lace tied to it from my own stash.  There is also another strip of lace from my own stash along the top of this pocket.

So, there you have it!  My completed padfolio. 

Here’s my YouTube video of the whole project here:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=741SMcKaBOE&feature=plcp

I’m off to continue with the cleaning/organizing/purging of my craftroom where I’m trying to figure out why on earth I’ve kept and accumulated soooo much stuff!!!  As always, I love to hear what you think……till next time!!

Huggsss,

Yvonne  😉

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Cards, cards and more cards!!

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Hey there my blogging family!  I was at our cabin for a few days last week and decided it was time to make some cards again…..I had a blast!!  One of these days I’ll figure out how to do the delayed blog post thingy so a new post comes up every day or so……but ya, that’s not going to happen today, so I’ll just put them all into one post…..lol.  The paper and most of the embellishments used on these cards were all purchased from Leanne’s store called Scrapn’ With Flair…..check it out….she has great prices!!

Have I mentioned how much I love my I Am Roses roses???  I really like how this card turned out and love the shabbiness of it (is that even a word??  lol).  I used papers from the BoBunny Country Garden line and the Weathered design.  I love this paper line and had such a hard time cutting into it!!!  It’s so crazy, but I feel like I have this hoarding vault full of all my favorite stuff and I never want to use it…..soooo silly!!.  I used a strip off both sides of the paper for this card and covered the seam with a piece of lace I found at our local Thrift Store…….I LOVE that store!!  I’ve got so much stuff from there for just a few dollars, it’s crazy!!.  I distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz distress tool and then inked the edges with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Weathered Wood…..one of my favorite inks.  I attached a butterfly from a package from Close To My Heart and then grabbed my Gesso and randomly applied some to give the card an old weathered look.  It doesn’t show in the picture, but I applied some of my Close To My Heart Liquid Glass to the two colored butterflies on the paper……I really love how that stuff just adds to the dimension on a card!

So…….how ’bout this one…..very mixed media…..I really like it.  It’s not for everyone, but  I’m really having fun with the whole mixed media world lately.  For this card I started with a Kraft cardstock base and then layered on paper from the BoBunny Timepiece line and the Country Garden line.  I tore the layers and then distressed the edges with my fingernail and inked them with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo…..another one of my go-to favorites!  I used my Stampin’ Up! Scallop Trim Border punch, some burlap pieces and some jute twine.  The butterfly is from the 12 x 12 Chipboard add-on to the BoBunny Country Garden line and it has a bunch of very cute elements to be used!  I took my texture paste and randomly smeared it over the card and burlap and then added a bit of white Gesso to the top of it to give it more of a white look.  Once I was all done with the card I grabbed my Tsukineko Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray and gave the whole front of the card a spritz with it……it leaves a very cool raised texture to the card front once dry.  Along the left side of the card there is also half a doily pasted on that’s been spritzed with some of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabios (sooooo love these spritz’s!!!) in Caribbean Blue, Luscious Lime and Mango Mania.

This is more of a traditional card I made for the Alphabet Challenge on SCS.  The letter for this week was C.  I used the BoBunny Timepiece paper and then took my stamps from a new set made by “darkroom door” called Tick Tock.  I stamped all three clocks onto cardstock using my Rich Cocoa Memento Ink, distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz distress tool and inking the edges with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  I also inked the entire edge of the card base with the Vintage Photo as well.  I added some of my Close To My Heart Liquid Glass to the edges of two of the clocks and to the swirls on the card front.  The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and the silver butterfly was from my stash as were the brown flat-back pearls. 

 

This is the last card I made….. 

 

The butterflies were stamped onto a piece of paper towel and then spritzed with my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabios in Caribbean Blue, Luscious Lime and Mango Mania.  I also took the other half of the doily I’d already spritzed and used it on the side of this card.  I added some lace that I died using the spritz’s and a lace bow.  I took my texture past and smeared quite a bit of it on the front of the card and then spritzed it as well.  I added some stickles to the wings of the butterflies and then traced around them with my white pen to make them pop.  I distressed the edges of the card with my Distress Tool and then inked them with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China.  I added three I Am Roses roses to the front.  These three roses were already inked with the black on the edges of the petals, so I took my spritz’s in the Caribbean Blue and the Mango Mania and gave them a couple of sprays to tie them into the card better.

That’s it for my very long post…….if you’ve stuck around this far, thank you!!!  As always I love to read your comments/feedback.  I’m off the see what else strikes my fancy……till next time!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

Tim Holtz Composition Box

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Hello to my blogging family!  We’re out at the cabin this week……I love fall at the lake!!  The colors are so beautiful.  As usual I packed up some crafting supplies and decided to work on one of my Tim Holtz Composition Boxes I have.  I had sooooo much fun putting this together……although, I think I had just as much fun looking for things to put into it!  I even did a You Tube video on it……so I won’t put a pile of pics into this post.  Here’s what I came up with!

 

 

Soooo…….what do you think??!!  Check out my You Tube video on it to get more details and close ups of each of the boxes.   It really was alot of fun to put together.  Here’s a link to my You Tube on this baby……

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePEVgn9J8Gw&feature=plcp

So, as always I want to tell you how much I truly appreciate your visit to my blog.  Thank you and please feel free to leave a comment!  I’m off……chao for now!

 

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

 

 

 

 

Altered Mouse Trap……and not a used one!!!

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Hey there my little blog family!!  I’m experiencing a lesson in total frustration right now as this is the second time I’m typing and uploading this post.  I had it all done……yup…..allll done and poof!!!  It disappeared……ugh!!!!  Soooo, here I go again.  🙂

A couple of weeks ago I saw a post on one of the blogs I follow called “florence and freddie” and Florence is so incredibly talented!! You need to check out her blog:  florence and freddie  She had these wonderful altered mouse traps on her blog and there’s a link to a group called Out of a Hat Creations you have to check out too…..a very talented group.  I fell in love with their mouse trap creations and had to try one for myself! I even did a YouTube tutorial as I made it so you’d see how I put it together.  I did however add the little cluster of flowers to the upper half after I was done videoing…..it just needed something more than just the key after I had it all done.  This was my first actual tutorial YouTube and I realized as I watched the playback that I say ummm alot!!!

I pulled out my JUNE KIT from Scrapn’ With Flair .  Leanne still has a couple of  kits left so run on over and check it out and grab one before they’re gone!!…..it’s a fabulous kit with a lot of yummy goodness in it.  Check this little cutie out!!

So??  What do you think?!!  Did you catch my warped sense of humor…..my little parody on the nursery rhyme ‘Hickory, Dickory, Dock……the mouse ran up the clock’?  Ya I know…..keep my day job…..lol.  But I’ll bet you giggled……just sayin’.  ;

Here’s a close up of those oh so cute little clocks and those rockin I Am Roses roses……oh! how I love those roses!!!

Here’s a link to the YouTube video I did on it…..

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyBcyemYf18&feature=channel&list=UL

I also did up a couple of cards using the papers from this kit.  I just love the grungy look of them!

Is that black lace not just to die for?!  It’s included in the kit!  Loving the lace paper too……it’s pop dotted off the front panel to add some depth to the card.  The glittery swirl is from my stash as are the black bling accents in the corners.  The little metal ‘Love’ embellishment is also from my stash and I came across it when I was going through some old packages of embellishments.  It was screaming to be used!

Now how about this black lace??  It’s not included in the kit but I did purchase it from Leanne’s store……soooooooo love it!!.  The bird sticker is included in the kit and the swirl bling is from my stash.  I really like the pop of red on the bottom of the card and it really makes the lace stand out.

So, my friends, that’s it for this post!  Thank you so much for popping in to take a peek…..I do truly appreciate all of you!!  I love to hear your thougths…..don’t be shy.  😉

Until next time……

Hugs,

Yvonne  😉

Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary altered notebook

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Hey my little blogging family…..two posts in one day??!!  Holy cow!  This was such a fun project I put together this evening.  I dug into my September kit from Scrapn’ With Flair and had me a great ole time….lol.  I love this kit so much I’m having a hard time cutting into the paper to use it!!!  I just want to hoard it and drool over it and touch it……man I hate it when I do that to the papers I love…..but man oh man it’s hard to use them! 

One of the girls I work with won a little 5×7 hardcover kraft notebook at a fun ladies golf night a couple of weeks ago.  It was a Horizon’s Fertilizer notebook and I took one look at its yummy kraft cover and instantly wanted to get my grubby little fingers on it!  Even the pen was covered in kraft paper.  It was seriously screaming at me to alter it!!!!!  I asked her if I could steal it from her and make it better…..well tonight I did just that!  I even covered the pen….lol.  Check this out ladies…….I just love it!

 

I used my Mod Podge to adhere all the elements to the front of the notebook.  I sanded the edges of the cover to even out the paper and make a seamless edge to the paper and the notebook cover.  I then inked the edges with my Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink to blend in the white edges of the paper.  I attached the double layer lace from my stash to the edge of the cover.  The title was made using a piece of the paper and some of the alpha stickers included in the kit.  It was distressed using my Tim Holtz distress tool and then inked with the Vintage Photo ink again.  The wonderful Victorian woman image was cut from one of the 8×8 papers, matted onto one of the pieces of paper from the collection on foam pop dots.  All the edges were distressed using my distress tool and inked with my Vintage Photo ink.  Did you check out that pen??  Pretty cool, isn’t it?!!  I Mod Podged a piece of the patterned paper onto it…..I couldn’t leave it a boring kraft color!!!

 

 

 

 

The little trinkets were attached to a piece of chain with some jump rings.  I’ve had these charms in my stash for a while now and they just needed to be used and find a new home!  I thought they added a nice little addition to the feel of the notebook and the papers.

 

 

 

Before I started to work on this notebook I had full intentions on taking a picture of it so I could do the whole ‘before and after’ shots……..ya, totally forgot to do that.  Oh well, you’ll just have to use your imaginations!!  😉

As always I love to hear from you and what you think.  Thanks so much once again for stopping by and taking a peek at my latest project.  I do soooo appreciate it!  ❤  Until next time……

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

Monday Night LIVE with Tracy Weinzapfel creation!!

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Hello my blogging family…..I’m back to the Mixed Media again!  I often spend my Monday evenings with the very talented Tracy Weinzapfel on her Ustream classes.  For the month of September she is taking us on a shared journey as we create and complete a wonderful canvas art journal that she sewed together for us.  This past Monday we worked on the front and back covers.  I don’t have my canvas journal yet so I played along on a piece of canvas I have.  If you’re looking for some Mixed Media inspiration, check out her channel here

As I started to work on this canvas I was actually glad I didn’t have my actual canvas journal yet!  Sometimes the creative process for me is a lesson in frustration and this was one of those times.  I don’t have a lot of stencils to choose from and the one I chose to use didn’t transfer well to  my canvas with the spray I chose to use.  So, out came the turquoise paint and a sponge instead.  Not bad, but still wasn’t happy with it……so out came the paint brush.  It didn’t cover the original sprayed transfer completely so I decided to use my white to outline the stencil pattern.  It was better…..sort of……lol.

This was my first choice for a flower.  It wasn’t quite working for me…..I don’t know if it was the blue color or what it was, but I just didn’t like it.  Back to my stash of silk flowers I went and came up with a much better choice I think!

So??…….what do you think?  I like the green flower better…..it’s bigger and I think just fits into the page better.  I’m still not happy with the background and wish it were more muted, but learning curve it was.  Now, hopefully I have all the kinks worked out by the time my canvas journal gets here and I do the real cover…..lol. 

I just love this flower.  I’ve had these beauties in my stash for a while now just waiting for the right project to put them on…..I think this fits the bill!!

Thanks once again for popping in……as always, let me know you stopped by.  I’m off to post a link to this on Tracy’s blog.

Till next time friends!!

Huggss…..

Yvonne  🙂

6 x 6 Mini Chipboard Album

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Hello my little blogging family!  I have another YouTube video to share with you using my July kit from Scrapn’ With Flair.  It’s full of fantastic paper and all sorts of goodies from Basic Grey’s Plumeria line.  I love the color pallette of this kit and it’s been so much fun to play with!  Getting this YouTube to download was a lesson in frustration once again…..lol.  I can honestly say though, that I think I may just have it all figured out now……maybe…..

So, check out my video and let me know what you think!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JApzcBKaHI&feature=plcp

Thanks for stopping by once again…..you know I love to hear from you……

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉