Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A blog hop project for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and Graphic 45


Hi everyone, Mou here on Day 2 of our blog hop with Graphic 45!

This week we're so excited to be hopping with Graphic 45! Stop by our blog every day this week to see craft inspirations! Don't forget to leave a comment on the posts to be entered in our giveaway!
Graphic 45 will also have crafts up on their blog so don't forget to stop by their sites-
Blog: http://g45papers.typepad.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Graphic45
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/graphic45/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/graphic45/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/graphic45


For today's hop project, I decorated an ATC Book Box with various Design Memory Craft products and Graphic 45 embellishments. I have to say the two sets of products work together like peanut butter and jelly! I had SO MUCH FUN. Let me walk you through the steps.
Start by painting the ATC Book Box and the tags with Chalkboard Paint.
Once dry, color the surfaces with Gelatos® colors from the Metallic and Steampunk set. Blend the colors dry with the blending tools from Gelatos Tool set. To add some extra shin, apply a coat of Glaze. Let dry.
Apply Whipped Spackle through stencil on the tags as shown.
When dry, add some more colors with Gelatos® colors and Stamper's Big Brush pen, blending with a wet brush.
Ink up the selected stamps with Stamper's Big Brush pens and stamp randomly around the box and tags.

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Next, cut out images from the Inscribe patterned paper and attach to the box and tags with Gel Medium. Also add selected words cut out of old book paper.

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Punch a hole on the top of the ATC Book Box and insert the Lion Head Door Knocker. Screw it in place with the provided hardware to create a handle for your box.
Once the tags are thoroughly dry, put them together with the binder ring. Best part is that it can be an ongoing project as you can add more tags as you go!
Hope you enjoyed today's project and be sure to stop by tomorrow for more inspiration.

Supplies:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and Tools: Chalkboard Paint, Gel Medium, Glaze, Whipped Spackle, Gelatos Tool set, Stencils 10ct 101 Collection
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®: Metallic, Steampunk
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pens: Black, Red set
Graphic 45
Item # 4500845 ATC Book Box Kraft
Item #  4501028  Antique Brass Lion Head Door Knockers    
Item # 4500070 Typography 12 x 12 paper Inscribe
Item # K0283 Cling stamp set Typography 2
Others: Crop-a-dile, old book paper

Monday, July 27, 2015

A summer challenge continued

 
Check out the October Afternoon blog to see how my summer of 2015 album is coming along using Daily Flash pocket pages with photos from my Instagram album #oursummerof2015.

Monday, July 20, 2015

An art journal page

Hi everyone, Mou here today with an art journal page.
Summer is a time for going camping or RV-ing for many. My page is inspired by a camping staple: a lantern.

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On this project, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools: Gesso, Gel Medium
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Buttercream (YELLOW set), Green Tea, Lime (GREEN set), Iced Coffee, Black Cherry (STEAMPUNK set)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pen: WARM GREY IV (NEUTRAL set), SCARLET RED (RED set)
Others: Sizzix Die Rustic Lantern; die-cutting system; art journal, old book paper, patterned paper 

And here are the steps.

With Gel Medium, attach some old book papers to your journal page. Attach a patterned paper block at the center. Color the page with Gelatos colors. Ink up stamp with Warm Grey Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp around the page. Add some gesso on parts of the page and blend it in.

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Layer the diecut lantern on the page with Gel Medium. Color the lantern with Scarlet Red Stamper's Big Brush pen and add shadowing with Black Cherry Gelatos color and highlights with Gesso. Add shadowing around the lantern using Warm Grey Stamper's Big Brush pen.

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Cut text out of old book paper and attach it to the lantern. Draw a frame around it with pencil to finish.
Hope you enjoyed today's post and have fun creating with all the fun Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products this summer!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nursery decor with Sizzix

 
Check out all the details on the Sizzix blog.
 

Bird Crazy, now with Sizzix Thinlits dies by Tim Holtz

Hi everyone, here's a fun, not-so-little tag with the brand spanking new Bird Crazy Thinlits dies from Sizzix brought to you by THE one and only Tim Holtz :)
These new dies will cut out the crazy little birds from the Bird Crazy stamp set with all the neat and intricate details as well as let your birds pop in layers because you get eyes, beaks, and wings as separate dies... imagine the possibilities!!!
Here's a giant tag (size 12 measuring 5.125 inches X 10.5 inches) using the Bird Crazy stamp set and Bird Crazy Thinlits dies.
 
 
To create this tag, I worked in layers.
First, I created the base by attaching pieces of Idea-ology Postale Tissue Wrap and the Sizzix Frameworks Trellis diecuts and Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Next, I colored the tag base with Ranger Distress Paints. To add some texture, I used the Woodgrain and Lace stencils with Ranger Texture Paste in opaque finish.
I stamped each bird twice with Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink pad. To diecut the birds, I created the following Sizzix sandwich: lay a Standard Cutting Pad on the Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies. Lay the stamped cardstock, lay the bird die blade side down matching the stamped images and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the entire sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. Repeat with each bird, to diecut the birds, eyes, beaks and wings.
Using pop , I layered the die-cut pieces to assemble the die-cut birds and attached them to the tag as shown. Then I colored the birds using Ranger Distress Paints and added my sentiment/ journaling with Elementary Alpha Chips. Finally, I colored some Crinkle Ribbon with Distress Paints and tied it to my tag. 
Here are some close-ups of the birds.
 
 
Notice how neatly the Thinlits die cut the crest out? Imagine how long it would take to do that or cutting out those skinny little bird legs with scissors and/or craft knife!



 
The wings, beaks and eyes are all layered and match up with the base to make the layers really pop.

 
You will have FUN with this die set, I tell ya!
 
Supplies:
659431 Sizzix Frameworks Die - Trellis
657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue andTeal)
660522 Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint)
656499 Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Sizzix Thinlits die: Bird Crazy (JUST RELEASED)
Others: cardstock, Ranger (Distress Paints,  Multi Medium Matte, Texture Paste Opaque, Archival Jet Black Ink), palette knife, paint brush, Idea-ology (Crinkle Ribbon, Elementary Alpha Chip, Postale Tissue Wrap), Stampers Anonymous (Stencils- Lace & Woodgrain, Stamp- Bird Crazy) adhesive

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Christmas in July with Sizzix


Hi everyone, Mou here with a Christmas in July idea for you today. Whenever I can manage, I like to wrap the gifts I give... you know, to add a little personal touch. These days I'm inspired by chalkboards and burlaps as I see various lovely trendy ideas everywhere I go. I wanted to incorporate the texture of burlap and chalkboard along with some homemade gift toppers created with Sizzix dies. Let me tell you how I created this gift topper using Jen Long's Sizzix Thinlits Die set Christmas Ornament, Wreath and Vine and Embossing Folders set Christmas Lights and Holly.

First of all, cut 12 inches x 12 inches cream cardstock into four 6 inches x 6 inches pieces. Color each piece using any one shade of green Gelatos colors. You could use any kind of paint for this as long as you are using four different shades of green. Let the colors dry thoroughly. You could even use color cardstock for this. I use Gelatos colors because I love the painterly look. You will be using these pieces for die-cutting your Wreaths.

Cut another piece of cream cardstock to 4 inches x 5 inches and color it with red Gelatos color for the Ornament. You can use red cardstock for this as well.

Cut a piece of cream cardstock to 5 inches x 7 inches. Color it with Black Chalkboard paint. This will be the piece you will emboss. If you don't have chalkboard paint, you could also use white core black cardstock as a close substitute.

To die-cut a Wreath, create the following Sizzix sandwich: lay a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad on Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies. Lay one of the green colored cardstocks, cover it with a piece of wax paper for easier release, lay the Wreath die blade side down on the papers and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the entire sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. The strong magnets of the Magnetic Platform will hold the Thinlits die in place for a precise cut of the intricate design. Repeat with the other three green pieces of cardstock.

Now, die-cutting the Ornament is a two-step process because it has an embossing detail.

First, die-cut the ornament by creating this Sizzix sandwich: lay a Standard Cutting Pad on the Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies. Lay the red colored cardstock, cover it with a piece of wax paper for easier release, lay the Ornament die blade side down on the papers and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the entire sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Second, to emboss the detail in the die-cut Ornament, leave the paper in the die and create another Sizzix sandwich: lay a Standard Cutting Pad on Tab 2 of Sizzix Accessory Extended Multipurpose Platform. Lay the Ornament die blade side up, lay the Sizzix Accessory Silicon Rubber on top and cover with the Sizzix Accessory Impressions Pad. Pass the entire sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. When you release the diecut Ornament, you will see the embossed detail. Enhance the detail with metallic dimensional paint. Let dry thoroughly before handling again.

To emboss the Holly design on the chalkboard paper, place the paper inside the Holly Embossing Folder and place the folder between a pair of Standard Cutting Pads. Lay the stack on Tab 2 of the Extended Multipurpose Platform. Pass the entire Sizzix sandwich through the Big Shot machine to emboss. Gently sand the raised design to accentuate it. Cut all around to your desired size.

To create the topper, all you need to do now is to stack all the above pieces together and staple them. Arrange the Wreaths in an uneven manner so you can you can see the variations in color. Place the Ornament near the top. Hold these pieces near the top edge of the chalkboard embossed Holly card and staple just in one spot while the other parts lay free. Write a Christmas word with dimensional metallic paint or use a chalk to write your recipient's name to finish.

Wrap your gift with burlap. Tie with ribbon. Attach the topper to the gift with adhesive to finish.
 
 
Here's a closer look at my gift topper.
Hope you enjoyed today's post and be sure to check out these fun dies and explore their creative possibilities beyond cards and layouts. 
Supplies:659001 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Christmas Ornament, Wreath & Vine
657978 Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Christmas Lights & Holly Set
657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue andTeal)
660522 Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint)
656499 Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
658992 Sizzix Accessory - Multipurpose Platform, Extended
655120 Sizzix Texturz Accessory - Impressions Pad
655121 Sizzix Texturz Accessory - Silicone Rubber
Others: cardstock, Gelatos colors, paint brush, sand paper, 3D metallic paint, stapler, ribbon, burlap, adhesive

PRIZES TO WIN...

Between July 24-31, you can enter each day with your email address on the Sizzix Facebook page and then pin to win a Big Shot Plus AND the Sizzix tools used to make all of the projects!

***If you share you get a bonus entry.***

If you are accessing the Facebook page from your mobile phones and maybe the embed code is better. I have added it to the right column here.
  
Good luck!

Monday, July 06, 2015

Take the Challenge with Mou, July 2015 at the Design Memory Craft blog

Hi everyone, Mou here with the seventh Take the Challenge of 2015.

If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
 
In July, let's take a color challenge. Create anything you like using mainly the color GREEN. Here's my art journal page.
 
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On this project, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools: Gesso, Gel MediumWhipped Spackle
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencils 201 collection: Keys
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Buttercream (YELLOW set), Green Tea, Lime (GREEN set), Metallic Mint, Metallic Blueberry (METALLIC set)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pen: WARM GREY IV (NEUTRAL set)
Others: Sizzix Die Globe; die-cutting system; art journal, old book paper, stickers
 
And here are the steps.
 
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With Gel Medium, attach some old book paper, stickers and diecut to your journal page.
 
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Apply a coat of Gesso. Ink up a script stamp with Warm Grey IV Stamper's Big Brush pen. Stamp randomly on the background to create a layer.
 
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Use Gelatos colors to add some green color to the background.
 
Add shadows with more Gelatos colors as well as Stamper's Big Brush pens.
 
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Lay the house key stencil from the Stencils 201 set and apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife. Lift stencil and let the medium dry.
 
Cut out words from old book paper and attach with Gel Medium.
 
This time, you'll have an extra week to work on this challenge... that's right! It's summer and it's busy. So you get three weeks instead of two to work on this challenge.
 
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Sunday, 7/26 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
 
The prize for this challenge is: One pack of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stencils 101 Collection.
 
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 7/27 to see if YOU won!
Good luck to all!