Saturday, August 29, 2015

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Friday, March 22, 2013

My Core'dinations Creative Frenzy!

"Simply Elegant"

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"Love Struck"

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Thank you for allowing me to try out for the Core'dinations 2013 Design Team!

Love Struck Brief Step Out

 This layout was easy breezy, and really a basic technique used on the Core'dinations card stock.

For the photo mat, I merely used an embossing folder that fit the theme of my lay out, and then once it was embossed, I tore the edges, lightly sanded the raised embossed image, and ran a light tea stain color of ink over it. A bit of black pigment ink around the edges for a bit of a masculine effect.

For the embellishment mats, I tore the correct sizes needed for each sticker, then crumpled them, flattened, and crumpled again. I repeated this one more time, then lightly sanded the card stock to let the yellow core show through just a bit.

For me, I often use pigment inks instead of dye based inks. I find they have a richer feel to them, and it translates into for texture in my projects. Here I used a brown pigment ink lightly applied to the creases and edges.

Add a few wraps with some light weight craft wire, and of course some bling. On this lay out, I used the iRock from Imaginisce.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Graphic 45 Design Team 2013 Audition

Glue guns down, cardstock to the edge of your desk... reminiscent of school days, ya? 
Well this my crafty peeps is the end of a long, long week.  I have been creating and compiling a selection to showcase...

Here is my Graphic 45 Design Team 2013 Audition:

"Congratulatory Wedding Card"
Graphic 45 "Secret Garden" 8 by 8 Paper Collection and Sentiment
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"Simply Elegant"
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"Ladies Personal Box"
Graphic 45 "Tropical Travel Lodge" Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Metal Butterflies
Graphic 45 Metal Buttons

Graphic 45 "A Ladies Diary" Tags

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Graphic 45 "French Country Collection", and "A Ladies Diary Collection" Papers
Graphic 45 "A Ladies Diary" Chipboard Tags

Other Products Used:

Misc flowers
ClearScraps XL Shapes
Martha Stewart Foiling
Tim Holtz Flower Ribbon
Technique Tuesday Stamps
Clearsnap and Ranger Inks


"Truth Card"
Misc Scraps, Fussy Cut and Stickled

"Heritage Plate"
Graphic 45 "Secret Garden" 8 by 8 Papers Collection
Graphic 45 "Secret Garden" Banners Collection

Graphic 45 "Secret Garden" Tags and Pockets Collection

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Thank you so very much for the opportunity to audition for the 
 2013 Graphic 45 Design Team!

"Heritage Plate" Brief Step Out

"Heritage Plate"
Graphic 45 "Secret Garden" 8 by 8 Papers Collection
Graphic 45 "Secret Garden" Banners Collection

Graphic 45 "Secret Garden" Tags and Pockets Collection

Starting with a Dollar Store Metal Plate, I applied Ranger Alcohol Inks and Sprayed with an acrylic matte coating.
Once all of the embellishments had been applied, I used Ice Resin to the tops of the banners, pocket, and the fussy cut rose. A bit of Stickles were added to the edges of the roses for a bit of bling.

"Congratulatory Wedding Card" Brief Step Out

Congratulatory Wedding Card

Graphic 45 "Secret Garden"
Cored'inations Cardstock
Misc flowers and ribbons
ATG Adhesive Gun
Spellbinders Emboss/Deboss Plate
Ranger Distress Ink in Tea Dye
Lock-tite Super Glue Gel

The Tea Dyed de-bossed mat for the sentiment was actually a piece of scrap that I
de-bossed and burnished with ink to give some texture and contrast to the front of the card.
A few dabs of stickles added to the flowers gave it a bit of femininity with out making it too girly.

"Simply Elegant" Brief Step Out

Simply Elegant Layout

Anna Griffin Flocked Back ground Paper
Black pigment ink
Dove of the East Ribbon
iTop Brad from Imaginisce
Cardstock from Stash and Cored'inations
Clearsnap Smooch
ATG Glue Gun

Using an embossing folder, I created some added texture, sanded, then tore the edges. Lastly, I applied gold Smooch to give the embellishment a bit of a gilded look. Adding the iTop brad that is covered with the same flocked paper as the background, provided a slightly monochromatic effect.