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Things With Wings Challenge at RRR

Hello, Friends!

It’s time for a new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon!  I am so excited to share today’s card for the Things With Wings Challenge, because I used some fun techniques to create my card, and I’m going to tell you how I did it!

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I super love the April Ribbon Club Collection from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Take a look!

April Ribbon ClubThese are the perfect color match for the April pages in Graphic 45’s “Time to Flourish” collection. It’s so exciting when ribbons and papers work together this beautifully!

Graphic 45 April Time to Flourish/Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

RRR Things with Wings Challenge/Kathy by Design

I sewed two of the patterned papers from the 6×6 pad together to make the base for my card.  I ran the top portion through my Grand Calibur with the new Spellbinder’s Doily M-Bossabilities folder.  The raised design was sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink to make it pop off the page.  Then I made a beautiful border by layering a strip of blue print paper with Tropic Checkerboard Satin Ribbon, Coral Rose Swiss Dots Grosgrain, and Theresa White Crochet Lace.

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 05I fussy cut the beautiful tulips from the 12×12 pages, and shaped them gently with my tool kit. These were adhered with foam dots to add some extra dimension, and then the centers of a few tulips were filled wtih seed beads.  I added a gorgeous bow made with Light Coral Diamond Satin Ribbon , White Iridescent metallic string, and a sweet vintage button from my stash.    I also scattered some seed beads randomly around the card…because I like them!  LOL

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 04Now, to the “Things with Wings” portion of this challenge.  I ran a Graphic 45 Staples Butterfly through my machine with a damask embossing folder to give it some really cool texture.  Next, I sponged it with a combination of Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Antique Linen Distress Paint.  I heated this gently with my heat tool (use tweezers!) and then when it was still warm, I shaped the wings.  I topped the whole thing off with a layer of Clear Distress Crackle paint, and then added half a Graphic Staples clothespin for the body.  I secured this to my card base with foam adhesive, and then tucked in a fussy cut sentiment from the same 12×12 page, topping it off with a sweet bow made from the Aqua Roses printed Grosgrain Ribbon.  This is the sweetest ribbon ever made, and I get a little weak in the knees every time I use it!

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 06Here’s a peeky at the inside of the card.  I stamped the ivory oval with one of the Time to Flourish Stamps and layered up some more sweet papers.  Doesn’t it feel like spring?

Now it’s your turn to get your craft on!  Create a project and link it up to the Things With Wings Challenge.  You’ll find all the details and links to the rest of the design team at the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!



Altered Art Journal: Simon Says Stamp Metal-Ology Challenge

Everything New is Old Again

The good folks at Simon Says Stamp issued a wonderful CHALLENGE this week: incorporate some metal into your project.  I love working with metallic foil, and have a storage case full of Ten Seconds Studio metal foil stashed away in the Closet of Shame.  Since another of my goals for 2013 is to use items from said closet, I decided to join in the challenge.  After some thought, I decided to alter a standard composition notebook using metal foil, Metallic Distress Inks, Tim Holtz idea-ology and some other wonderful metal pieces purchased from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I am also entering this album in The Funkie Junkie Sunday Share.

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Making the Medallion

Once I had decided to make an altered journal, I knew I wanted to make a big, bold medallion for the cover. I selected Ten Seconds Studio Big Daddy 10 mold and a piece of gorgeous chocolate colored metal.  Before there were embossing folders, there was Ten Seconds Studios, and I find there are still things that I can do with one of their molds, some metal, a paper stump and their awesome array of tools that you can’t achieve with a die cut machine.  Besides, I feel really artsy as I push that lovely soft metal into the mold and watch the image appear.  I used their tool sets to add detail and to antique the image.  Once I was happy with that, I used a combination of Espresso, Pesto and Copper alcohol inks to stain the metal and achieve a vintage look.  Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 002 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 007 (2) I love the depth of the embossing, and the way you can make art metal look really vintage with these tools.

Making the Cover: The Details Make the Difference!

I used papers from Graphic 45’s Renaissance Faire collection to cover the notebook, but before I added it, I sanded around the edges and then hit them with some Bronze Distress Stain.  I also used Copper Alcohol Ink to color the black spine of the notebook.   After stitching around the perimeter of the paper three times, I used a distressing tool to tear and rough up the edges.  The paper was glued down and the embellishments were added.  Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 004 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 003 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 008 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 007 (2) The cover was inked, stamped, embossed and I added metal hinges, using my Alterations Hardward Findings die.  These were adhered with Glossy Accents.  The large medallion was adhered with red line tape, which seems to work best on metal.  You can see that I took the time to distress each embellishment. It’s the details that make the difference!

It’s What’s Inside that Counts!

I really like to carry the whole vintage vibe on the interior of the notebook.  Both the front Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 014 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 009 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 010 (2) and the back pages were decorated and embellished.Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 023 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 020 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 021 (2) As you can see, pockets were added for photos, souvenirs or other ephemera.  These make wonderful travel journals, too!

The back of the notebook is also decorated, covered with vintage map paper. Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 015 (2) I aged this with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stitched around the perimeter.

Challenge YOURSELF!

There’s still time for you to enter either of the above challenges.  You don’t have to do anything as involved or elaborate as I’ve done here.  You can use metal buttons, or metallic embossing powder or even metallic pens to qualify for the Simon Says Stamp challenge.  I just like playing with art metal.  I’d love to hear about your experiences working in this medium, and if you have any questions, be sure to ask.  I may not have the answers, but we can explore the topic together.  That’s what it’s all about: sharing and learning and growing in our creativity.

Thanks again for reading my little blog.  I hope you will take the time to leave me a comment.  Your comments make me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.



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