Nov 10, 2018

PaperArtsy Tissue Stamping with ScrapCosy Mushrooms

Today I have the great honor of sharing a cozy little post with lots of fun techniques on the PaperArtsy blog for the current topic, Tissue Paper.  I've thoroughly enjoyed working with PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Scrapcosy} Collection (ESC05) and building this woodland scene.  I do hope you'll join me on the PaperArtsy blog for the details. 

Find Raquel's beautiful mushroom plate HERE.

Nov 8, 2018

Tim Holtz Christmas Side Order Spinner Card

I had so much fun designing this card for the second wave of Tim Holtz Christmas dies by Sizzix!  Please check out the video showcasing all of the incredible designs HERE.  Even though the dies are sized for making Christmas tags, I wanted to show how you can use them for a card, a spinner card to be exact!  It's really fun to see those darling images peek through as you spin.  I thought I'd share a tutorial in case you'd like to make one of your own.  So let's get started with assembly...

For the center panel, cut a piece of Tim's Christmas Paper Stash to 4 3/4 x 5 1/4".  Score three sides at 1/2" as shown above.  On the reverse of the 4 1/4" center panel, mark with a pencil diagonally to form an X, then pierce a hole at the center.

Now make a hole for your Christmas Side Order dies to show through.  I started by cutting the smallest Stitched Circle for the peek-a-boo hole and it was too small.  You will need to use the second smallest circle.  Temporarily adhere it to your panel with washi tape and adhere the second largest circle to the side (this is to access your spinning wheel).  Run through your machine.  

Next, cut the largest Stitched Circle die from red and white cardstock.  Carefully snip away the stitched edge from the white circle and adhere, lining up the design.  Now, mark with a pencil 3 evenly spaced marks as shown above.  This will help you place your images later.  Pierce a hole in the center of the circle.

On the back of the panel, put a piece of tape over the hole so it won't rip.  Mount a small square of foam tape above the center hole and pierce your chosen brad through the hole.  Don't remove the backing on the top of the foam tape, so it won't adhere to your circle and keep it from moving.  This just proves a little gap between the opening so your die cuts don't snag as the wheel turns.  (Alternately you could glue on a piece of fun foam.)

Attach your circle to the front panel with your brad.  Spin the circle until each pencil mark is centered within the hole and adhere your Christmas Side Order images over the mark.

Finally, you will attach strong tape to the side flaps and adhere the panel to your mat.  I used a red mat of 4 1/2" and a green mat of 4 5/8".  The finished card measures 5 7/8". 

I really hope you're inspired to try this project!  If you do, make sure to tag me or comment with a link on this post.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Hugs, Autumn

If you love making interactive cards, make sure to check out THIS card I posted last year.

Nov 1, 2018

Tim Holtz December Daily Eileen Hull Journal

Friends, it's time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and our hostess Sandy has chosen the theme Paper Stash.  She says, "I am sure we all have them, those endless bits of beautiful scrapbook papers we have hoarded over the years. Create a project of any kind using them in creative ways in our preferred vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles."  I have lots of leftover papers from the Tim Holtz seasonal Paper Stash pads from the last several years and decided to whittle away at the pile, while making a December Daily journal using the Eileen Hull Travelers Journal die. I cut my journal boards from black chipboard and used a glue stick to adhere the pieced papers. 

* Note: This is my second post today.  
See my post HERE with more inspiration for using your paper stash. * 

I didn't do much mixed media in this journal, because the purpose of December Daily is simplicity and daily journaling.  For today's post I'm just sharing the cover, but I hope to work in my journal throughout December and will share those pages down the road.  I sanded and dipped a Baseboard Frame in Frayed Burlap to grunge it up a little more.  I added one of Tim's new Christmas Adornments with string.  The ephemera is from the Christmas Snippets pack.  The black sentiment is from some the Paper Stash.

I found a pack of Tim's Trimmings at Tuesday Morning and wrapped a strip around my cover.  I sanded one of the new Christmas Quote Chips and layered with more of the Christmas Snippets Ephemera, adding an eyelet and twine to the "25". 

I attached the Christmas star from the Adornments pack to the center of my black and white twine, then tied two red jingle bells to each end, then looped it through the elastic insert covers to add some interest to the spine.

How fun to hear this jingle ever time I journal in December!  :)  I hope you've enjoyed this simple paper project and are inspired to pull out your Paper Stash for our current challenge

Graphic 45 Christmas Fabric Mini Album Tutorial

It's November!  WHAT!?  As you may have noticed by now, I am knee deep into holiday crafting, so when thinking of what to create for our November Mini Album Makers Challenge, I decided to use my hoarded 12 Days of Christmas paper stash by our sponsor, Graphic 45 and created a very traditional 8x6" Christmas album, perfect for storing 4x6" photos.  Now I have held onto this paper for years, but it has just been re-released as a Deluxe Collector's Edition set this year, so make sure to grab your pad HERE.

I'll share the steps below, but first a look at the spreads inside.  Grab a cuppa, it's gonna be a doozy of a post!  LOL!  For the opening layout, I used the exquisite Flourished Frame Connie by our sponsor Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I embossed it with Evergreen Tapestry EP by PSX.

All of the white photo mats allow a 4x6" photo to be slid inside for display.  Lots of flaps and folds for more photo storage.

I blended in a couple of sheets of Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland paper and a pack of Christmas embellishments I picked up at Tuesday Morning for a buck. 

The deer page features another gorgeous Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: Flourished Frame Karen.  I embossed it with Tinsel Red EP.  Oh I love it so!

For my last spread, I used the Tammy Tutterow Waterfall die set to create the little tag flipper.  It made the process so easy! 

I modeled this album after my Prima Amber Moon album I shared HERE.  Perhaps the combination of these two posts will give you some great ideas to get started.

Following the same principles, I cut my three heavy watercolor pages as shown above.  I used a 12x18" pad for the larger size required.

I wanted to really age the bases to blend in with the Christmas paper, so I tapped Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks onto my kraft mat and sprayed with water, then dipped my paper edges into the puddles.  I used a brush to paint the centers.

I picked out a coordinating piece of quilters cotton and tore it to the size of my covers.  I used very thin chipboard and cut the front and back to 6x8" and the spine to 1 3/4 x 8".  I left a gap between the spine and front and back covers, then wrapped the cotton around and glued on the inside, mitering the corners.  I did not use a batting this time.  I machine sewed around the front and back covers, close to the edges.  Honestly, I'm not sure I will do this again.  I would recommend following the tutorial I mentioned above for your covers and skip the stitching...  It did work out for me, but was difficult.  The bonus was being able to stitch down my fabric doilies and focal image on the cover before assembly.  :)

On the inside I glued the edges of a strip of the same cloth inward to make nice seams, then glued this piece extending over the inside spine.  I strengthened the process by adding athletic tape to cover the raw edges, then glued my designer paper (these and the lighter pieces are from the G45 Portrait of a Lady paper line) to the inside covers.  They were cut to 5 3/4 x 7 3/4".  Last, I glued the signatures to one another and from smallest to largest, then glued the largest to the inside of my spine.

Here are some closeups of the pages.  The designer paper was cut to 5 1/2 x 7 1/2" for each page.

This panel unties to a tri-fold folio for more photo storage.

This one lifts to conceal more photos.

This one folds out.

Like this.

Here I tucked a red envelope flap beneath the paper before adhering it to the base.

It opens to reveal a pocket for photos and ephemera.

I hope this album warms your heart and makes you think of the special photos you'd love to put inside.  Why not make your own?  Or another beautiful album for our current challenge?  We'd love to have you join us.  This month's random winner will receive a generous prize package from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!  As an added bonus, our DT is taking a break in December, so you will have two full months to link up your project!  Come and play along.  Thanks and hugs, Autumn

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