Feb 24, 2020

Katzelkraft Steampunk Mixed Media Bird Tag

Hi friends!  I have a deliciously grungy tutorial to share with you over on the Topflight Stamps blog today.  I had so much fun making this tag from the Katzelkraft Carte Postale stamp set and hope you will head over for the details.

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Feb 10, 2020

Sara Naumann Valentine Cards with PaperArtsy Infusions

Hello lovelies!  I'm so happy to be sharing a new post on the Topflight Stamps blog today featuring some of my favorite PaperArtsy stamps designed by the very talented Sara Naumann.  I've used yummy Infusions powders to create my backgrounds.  Please hop on over and check out the details...

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Feb 1, 2020

Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Valentine Mini Album Tutorial

Today we begin a new challenge at Mini Album Makers.  We would love to have you join us with your own book creations.  I have made a Valentine's "junk journal" from various packets of Tim Holtz cabinet cards, baseboard frames and ephemera.  This December my friend @carolinasweetlee and I started Christmas albums along the same design, but much larger.  Sadly I became overwhelmed and never finished mine.  But the thought kept tugging at me, especially after seeing @shabbysoul's amazing canvas journal from Creativation.  So I pulled out the leftover cards from my stash and tried again, only this time in a much smaller format.  My finished journal is shy of 4x6".  I will share a flip through video on Instagram @sewpaperpaint and on my YouTube channel soon. 

I distressed all of my paper with sandpaper and cumpling and let my pages be as thick as I wanted, resulting in a true junk journal look...

I always like to pick out the elements and embellishments that I might like to use and display them all over my table and pick and choose like a crafty buffet!  LOL!  This method helps me to "try things on" for size and make the best collages.  Here I layered with the Lady Rose stamp set, similar to the Ladies and Gentlemen images only larger.  

Basically, to make this type of album you need to collect five or more cards to form your collages, the fun is in adding the flaps and utilizing the windows to showcase elements on the pages before and after.  Decide where to put your holes and punch them as you go along.  In the end, tie with twine or attach with jump rings.  The 14 page was stamped with Distress Oxide using the Ornate & Lace stamp set, with embossing from the Numeric set.

I only added a little true vintage ephemera, but these buttons from Carol had to find their home here!  <3

This is the first time I've used Tim's Transparent Wings, but I knew they would be perfect for my windows.  I made this page with inky paper and Tim's Stacked Baroque dies.

My dear friend Bonnie shared some vintage tatting with me and I added a snippet here, along with Tim's Lace Baseboard (my favorite set) and his Ribbons & Bows Adornments

It's been a while since any Photo Booth or Paper Doll characters came to play in my crafting, but these images just scream dreamy Valentines...

This page is my favorite.  This happy gal reminds me of someone.  :)

The paper for this book comes from Tim's Etcetera collection.  Oh how I wish Tim would release a new 12x12 pad!!! 

Find my tutorial for these cracked glass enamel hearts HERE.   The enamel cracks after it sets if you bend it, but you can certainly leave it smooth. 

The heart below is from a DecoArts 3 step crackle process Sara Emily showed me at the beach the other year.  I have hoarded that paper we made all this time.  

I used the rest of the panel to make the back cover for my book.  The texture is incredible!  I tied more vintage trims onto Tim's gorgeous twine.

The front cover of my book features Tim's Cathedral Window, embossed with chunky gold EP.  I tucked a Tattered Floral behind the happy couple.  The idea of a romantic Valentine's wedding...  Oh how delightful!  I really hope this book has inspired you to make your own dreamy Valentine album.  We would love for you to share in our challenge at Mini Album Makers this month.  Big hugs, Autumn

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Jan 29, 2020

Tim Holtz Typewriter Stamp & Heartfelt Die Card

Oh what a lovely time of year!  Have you ever thought of what a blessing it is to have a long month in January, after such a crazy holiday season?  And this year February will be even longer with it being a leap year!  I am feeling so much better after having been sick since Christmas Day and am getting around to posting some projects I have been working on.  Today's card is a mixed media Tim Holtz Valentine with lots of background work and stamping fun. 

I have been very interested for some time in repeat stamping with my Stamp Platform.  Here I used Black Soot Distress Oxide for the first two impressions of Tim's Inventor 1 stamp set, misting the stamp lightly before pressing, then cleaned it and tried again with Fired Brick Distress Oxide, to see how the red would play with the black.  The result is subtle, but I love how it looks almost burnt into the paper. 

I used an craft knife to cut a slit and insert a stamped sentiment from Tim's Saying Stuff set and layered with a die from the Valentine Sidekick die set.  I wrapped some red thread and attached an Ideaology key.  I added more layers with dies cut from Tim's Heartfelt Bigz die, inked and embossed with Ultra Thick Gold EP.  It was really fun to let go and get messy with this one!  I hope you like it and are inspired to play today.  <3

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