February 28, 2013

Tuesday Tutorial Time #9

It's time for another Tuesday Tutorial Time!!  Don't worry - I already know what you're going to say.... "Hey, Tamara, it's not Tuesday, it's Thursday!".  This I know.  However, I had to switch my schedule up a little bit so... Surprise!  Your Tuesday Tutorial is in fact being published on Thursday.  I know you can handle it :)

Special note about this gorgeous double page layout, brought to us by design team member Melinda Miller - don't throw your scraps out!  Next week (on Tuesday!) we'll publish a follow up tutorial that Melinda designed useing some left over pieces from these products - this is a great way to really maximize your supplies!

This layout is in our store for your enjoyment - don't forget, we have free table time anytime we're not having a scheduled class, so feel free to come in and scrap with us!

Here's Melinda's Senior Pictures layout:


Paper Collection:    AUTHENTIQUE - Renew


Papers used from the collection:
·         Energize, Rejuvenate, Transform, Foundation One
·         Block numbers
·         Titles and Phrases
·         Puzzle pieces
·         Bazzill Cardstock in Black, Yellow, Lt Blue, and Sea Green
Other Supplies:
EK 3-D pop dots
BoBunny Blossoms
Scrappy Chic letters
Rhinestone flourishes
Assorted ribbons and buttons
Ranger Archival ink Tim Holtz distress ink – Antique Linen
Stampabilities pigment ink pad

1.  Layer 1: For this double page layout I used two 12 x 12 pieces of cardstock for the background.   Note:  You must work on both side by side so that your layers match up.

2.  The next layer is the "Energize Checkerboard".  The easiest way to add this layer would be to have 2 -12 x 12 pieces of the “Energize Checkerboard” pattern to use for the next layer, which you would cut to be 11 x 12” each.  However, I only had one piece so I had to improvise to make it look like one piece by cutting 2 pieces 4 x 12” and 2 pieces 1.5 x 12”. 
3. Layer 3: Cut 1 piece of the “Transform Polkadot” paper in half (6 x 12”).  Adhere down about 1.25” from the top of the Checkerboard paper.

4. Layer 4: Cut 2 sections of the soft Yellow “Bazzill” paper into a 2.5 x 12” pieces.  Adhere down to the center of the “Transform Polkadot”, again making sure that it lines up with the other page.

5. Using a die cutting machine, I cut out a 2 frames in an extra large size so that they mat each other.  The first piece which is used to mat the top piece is “Foundation One” and measures 11 x 11”.  The second piece is “Rejuvenate” and measures 10.5 x 10.5”.  Adhere them together centering the top piece.  Place across the middle of the two pages with about ¾ of the page on one side and ¼ on the other page.  Adhere down to in the center, lining it up with the right side of the left page and the left side of the right page.  (When the pages lay next to each other the design should look continuous). (Note from Tamara – If you don’t have a die cut machine for this step come into the store and we can help you find some other options … or, you could use cut squares of the sizes mentioned and use decorative corner punches or Martha Stewart punches to make it special…)

6. Now you are ready to lay down your photos and embellishments.  My photos are matted on “Bazzill” cardstock in a soft sea green. Photo sizes are 5 x 7 and 3 x 2.5”. 

7. I used the border from the “Puzzle pieces” to border to top side of the right page and scattered puzzle pieces.  On the left page I used the “Puzzle Pieces” as a border in the center of the pale yellow section.  I raised two of the pieces with pop-dots.


8. The pocket was made from the “Titles and Phrases” and was adhered to white cardstock to form the pocket.  The tag was made from white cardstock and stamped with a stamp from the “Tim Holtz – Visual Artistry” Collection using “Ranger Archival Ink”.  I inked the edges with ink in two colors and added ribbons and a button.

9. Other embellishments are from the “Titles and Phrases”, “Block Numbers” and “BoBunny Blossoms”.  The final embellishments added were the buttons and the rhinestone flourishes.

Here's the completed layout - isn't it beautiful?

Don't forget to save your leftovers - we'll be using them in next week's layout!

February 27, 2013

Jen Starr is coming to the store in March

We are excited to announce that Jen Starr will be teaching two fun classes in March!

Jen Starr is a Mixed Media Artist with a fine art background who has been in the Craft Industry as a Designer and Instructor for over 10 years.     Jen has designed several signature product lines and her projects have been featured in many publications in the US and Europe including the “Ink Essentials” book.  Jen works with many manufacturers including Ranger, Ten Seconds Studio, Faber Castell, Tattered Angels and Art Anthology.

Artful Anthology Flip Book
Wednesday March 13th at 2:00pm


This is a fun and creative mixed media 8x8 chipboard mini-book that is sure to get your mojo going!  It has a unique trifold design with interactive flipping pages that give each section a gate book effect.  You will be working with mists and sparkling paints plus my own line of Dimensional Crystals from Art Anthology to create gorgeous backgrounds and dimensional effects!

Wednesday March 13th at 6:00pm
Glazed Metal Effects

(for a non-scrappy version, just replace photos with vintage images, ephemera or stamped images)
You will create a unique and gorgeous 8x8 chunky canvas in this fast paced mixed media class...think gift ideas!!  The photo samples above are just two possibilities…color choices will be completely up to you and your unique style!
During the artistic process you will learn to take metal art to the next level by adding layers of gorgeous color. You will explore a variety of painting techniques with Ranger's Studio line of Acrylic Paints and learn to use some other multi-surface products to create some extremely COOL effects!  We will also focus on Ten Second Studios metal while you master the use of their molds and embossing tools effectively. We'll be embellishing with custom flowers made from Tim Holtz dies and use wire in a way that will truly have your creative juices flowing with all of the possibilities...You'll be amazed at how easy it can be to create stunning artistic effects!!!

February 26, 2013

Urban Graffiti

finally had some time to spare today to work on the sample for the upcoming Urban Graffiti class.

The Urban Graffiti Series Book 2

The Urban Graffiti series is based on inspiration from my recent trip to NYC.  Each book is different and unique, each one will be made with diverse bindings and techniques. You can use these journals/books to jot down quick notes or to a record a recent adventure, tuck in your favorite pictures or magazine clippings, clip random ephemera and much more.

February 25, 2013

a whole lot of Wendy Vecchi Goodness

arrived today, new stamps, new stencils and silver & gold embossing paste.

Laser-cut, heavy plastic stencils designed for use with all wet media. Ink them, paint them, use them again and again. Try them with Wendy's embossing paster to create texture and dimension!


So much FUN!!


February 24, 2013

Kaiser Craft Rules....

Hee Hee Hee... I'm so punny! 

We got in some brand new oohies and aaahhhies from Kaiser Craft, starting with this artsy funk line of background papers called "Base Coat":

 Can't you just feel all that texture?  And just look at some of the amazing projects the Kaiser Craft design team has come up with using this beautifully unique line:

Love that wood frame?  We've got it, along with a great assortment of other wood finds from Kaiser:

Also just in, great new selections in Kaiser Craft stamps:

What great stamps for a wide array of projects...

You know me - my favorite is.... ALL OF THEM!  Come in and see which one is your favorite!