Friday, September 26, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - Halloween Pumpkins Altered Frame

Today I have a fun Halloween altered frame project. Need a bit of fall decor? This cute frame comes together in less than an hour...including dry time!

To make this frame, you'll need a few items from the G&P store:
Embossing Enamel Powder: Mossy Glen
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Mustard Seed

Other supplies:
misc. frame (this would be so cool in a Bubble Frame, too! Tune in next week - I actually use one!)
scrap of patterned paper
scrap of fuzzy fibers

Your first step: color the Accent pieces with the 3D gels. *Let dry.

*To add texture to the 'enameled' pieces: let dry until the pieces are tacky. Using a scrap piece of paper, gently dab the semi-wet surface, pulling off small amounts of the gel. Repeat until you like the texture. Let dry.

Using your finger (or a paintbrush) apply the Satin Gold 3D Gel to the raised parts of the frame. LOVE this subtle gilded look!

These carved pumpkins have hilarious faces! They would be even funnier with googley eyes!

When the frame and all of the pieces are dry, lay the house on the scrap piece, trace under the house. Ink up the area and emboss with Mossy Glen. 

Using a foam blender, add the moon using Mustard Seed. Attach all of the Accents and fiber using the Glastique.

That's it! 

Is it too early to start on Christmas cards?

Inky hugs,

Friday, September 19, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Mixed Media Card

 Welcome to the weekend! Are you looking forward to getting your crafty on?!

Today I have a mixed media card using embossing enamels and inks that results in fun and color!

To make this card, you will need a few items from the G&P shop:
Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid
Embossing Enamel Powders: Girls Night OutMicro GoldVintage Silver
Art Stencil Fancy Flowers AS46003
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Picked RaspberrySalty OceanSeedless PreservesShabby ShuttersSpiced MarmaladeSqueezed Lemonade

favorite stencil
spray bottle with water
stamps: Stampin' Up! Four Feathers and dies
sentiment stamp: 7Gypsies by Hampton Arts
watercolor paper
scraps of white cardstock and vellum cardstock
Tim Holtz Tiny Stapler

Let's get started!

If your stencil has a backside, flip it so the backside is facing up. (This is really important if you have numbers or letters that need to go a certain way.)

Dab the Distress Inks directly onto the stencil. I find it's better to start with the light colors, moving up to the darker ones. No rush here.

When you like the distribution of color, spritz with water, flip over onto the watercolor paper. Use a couple of napkins or a papertowel to press and dab the stencil. This prevents the water from pooling into open areas of your stencil.

This technique has varying results depending upon the amount of water you use. Do you want muted or defined?

I am so in love with feathers on cards!

Stamp your sentiment on the vellum and use the top photo for placement. That's it!

What will you make this weekend?

Inky hugs,

Monday, September 15, 2014

House of Cards Colour Palette - Every Day Moments

Some days I feel as if I am having a lot of 'moments'...senior moments, life lesson moments, practice patience you know what I mean?!

These last couple of weeks have been hectic with school starting back up, fall sports, work, etc. Getting back into the routine of life with kids - school time.

Thank Goodness for the creative challenges! This month at the House of Cards challenge we have a colour palette!

This definitely says, "Autumn!" I pulled a few colours for this card: gray, red, the oranges...especially for the embossed, spritzed, lightly distressed background. I'm not sure I'm lovin' the ribbon. It feels like it needs a little something more. Keepin' it real here. This card may need a makeover.

Have you ever designed a card you just don't love?

The dragonfly is embossed and the buttons were punched from cork.

Not a lot of chit chat today. There's a lot on the to-do list! Grab a cuppa and take a look at the other designs for this challenge - you'll be inspired!

Inky hugs,

Playing along with the following challenges:
Deconstructed Sketch #168

Creative Moments #51 - ATG/Fall Colours
Little Red Wagon #254 - Cork (buttons)
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background

Friday, September 12, 2014

Globecraft & PIccolo - Halloween "Believe" Pendant & Earrings

T.G.I.F. (Thank Goodness It's Fun day!)

The holiday season is coming up fast...before you know it Halloween will be here and we will be working our way through to Christmas and New Year's! 

Today I have a FUN jewelry set using a package of Piccolo Accents and a few Embossing Enamel Powders.

To make the earrings and pendant, you will need a few items from the G&P shop:
enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid
3D Enamel Gel: Mars Black
Glastique, Gloss

scrap of paper, copy/patterned/plain - your choice

The key to this project is to be patient when building the layers. You don't want finger prints or peaks in your melted enamels!

Begin by covering the peacock feathers with the Starry Sky. When cool, use a small paintbrush to to coat just the 'eye' portion of the feather. Using a small scoop (slushee straws work great for this!) add the Royal Sterling just to the middle. When cool, attach earring hoops and rings to connect the feathers.

The pendant was made by building several layers of Starry Sky (I did 3 layers.) Now add the Royal Sterling randomly, covering a majority of the circle. Don't worry if the Royal Sterling seems too solid after it melts. Just stick with me! Do NOT clip off the hanging circle, yet. It comes in handy as a handle when you are melting the powders and adding things. Clip it AFTER you are finished with the enamel powders. You're welcome.

When you add the Ultra Thick Clear, the magic will start to move the other colors around as you heat the powders. Keep repeating the layers until you are happy with the results.

When you are finished, write (or stamp) the sentiment on sticker paper, scrap of patterned paper, copy paper...whatever you prefer. Heat up the pendant and when it's warm, use the side of the tip of the tweezers to very gently push the sentiment into the melted enamel.  I LOVE how the paper turned transulcent.

Just for fun I used the Mars Black on the tiny bat (click on the picture for a better look!)

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to follow and 'like' the G&P Facebook page to stay up to date with new releases and design team inspiration!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - You Belong Art Journal Page

Happy Friday!
This week I had the chance to work with a few fabulous stencils from our sister company, Sweet Stamps. Pair those stencils up with Globecraft & Piccolo 3D gels, embossing enamels and accents we get an awesome art journal page!

(my page is inspired in part by Wildflowers by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.)

We know we can't have it all at one time, so use what you have and order G&P items when you can. The G&P embossing enamels and 3D gels go a long way. We know you'll love the products, too!

To make this page, you'll need a few items from the G&P shop:
Embossing Enamel Powder: Copper Kettle
Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid
3D Enamel Gels: Mars BlackSatin GoldTurquoise
Accents: LA117 Fancy Labels & RosesLA120 Dragonflies
Glastique, gloss

Stencils (from Sweet Stamps): AS46010 Aztec SunAS46015 Circle Pavers

Other Supplies:
various spray inks (Tattered Angels Glimmermist, Dylusions, Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Washes)
modeling paste
stamps: flowers, alphabet

Layer the spray inks. Be sure to not waste the ink! ;) After you spray through the stencil, flip it over and use the excess ink in the negative (like a stamp). Refer to the project picture above.

Use the 3D Gels on this project by adding small amounts of water to get the consistency you need: more water to use the gels like ink and less to paint and stamp with.

The picture above shows the drips of Satin Gold over the Aztec Sun stencil.

I stamped the 'dots' below using the gels and a cut up flip flop. seriously!

Copper Kettle is a gorgeous copper powder with bits of copper glitter. LOVE the texture and shine!

So many possibilities with these Fancy Labels and Dragonflies...

I used the Circle Pavers stencil with embossing paste and then stamped over it with the gel. I can't stop looking at the colors on top and under the paste!

That's it! Hope your weekend is fabulous and full of creating!

Inky hugs,

Playing along with the following challenges:
The Mirror Crack'd (brand spankin' new mixed media challenge!) - Anything Goes