Monday, June 25, 2012

Picture for Avree

We have had this teddy bear picture for almost 30 years! It hung in our baby girl's nursery. At that time, the 15"x28" frame and the thin beveled mat were a rosy pink!

As time went by, our daughter's room of course underwent several changes, but she always wanted to keep that picture. So, over the years, her sweet daddy repainted the frame to match her "new" decor. The last color before this update, was a navy blue!

It hung in her room, even while she was away at college! But just before starting her final year, my husband was transfered with his job, and we had to get packed for the move. Jen decided it was time to store it away
(but she still didn't want to get rid of it). It went in storage for about 6 months and then up to the attic of our new home, where it's resided for the last 7 years!

Well now our baby girl is having her own baby girl, and my hubby decided it was time to pass this treasure on to our new granddaughter, Avree.
So... he had to update the color of the frame once again.... this time to a pretty shade of raspberry pink to match the "new" nursery.

There was just one BIG problem..... that rosy-pink thin beveled mat had turned to a horrible shade of brown! Oh what was I to do? It didn't match at all..... Well, I first carefully took apart the layered mats to reveal the color it used to be. Then I got out my CTMH ink pads and finger daubers, and proceeded to find a solution.... I thought I'd be able to get it back to some shade of pink that would look okay, but nothing even came close!

I was stumped! So it sat for several weeks in my scrapbook room. I had to walk past it with "blinders on", to avoid seeing my failure! LOL! The only thing I did know, was that my hubby wanted me to add Avree's name to it. So I finally decided that I'd at least tackle that portion!

I decided on chipboard letters that were plain because they were the right size. I just had to "make them over" into something that would at least coordinate with that "new" pink frame.....
..... they say hindsight's 20/20, and it is!... I should have done ALL the renovations FIRST, and then let my dh deal with finding a paint to match 
my final masterpiece, instead of the other way around! Oh well, at least he got to avoid the headaches! Anyhoo....

On the letters, I used CTMH Pearl Paint and Reinkers to make the color.
After several trial colors.... mixing, blending, etc...... I finally came up with this, which believe it or not, has several colors mixed in, including BLACK!... Two coats later, with added 3 Bitty Sparkles on each and the letters were done!  Then it was back to just sitting there.... waiting for me..... !!!

A couple days ago, I finally had an epiphany!... I would cover the beveled mat... with what?.... with FOIL..... Viola! .... I couldn't wait to get started!
I was pleasantly surprised that as I covered it with foil, the foil ended up with a crinkled-look to it, which brought out the bling of the Bitty Sparkles even more! Then I just had to decided to add more bling flourishes, which I had on hand, for the final touch!

I sure hope Avree will love it as much as her mom did! And I hope her mom doesn't mind the changes that we made!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

More Anniversary Easel Cards

Here's a few more of my Floral Impressions Anniversary Easel and
Twisted-Easel Cards that I'm making this year:

Grey Flannel base with the old Level 1 Kit matted on mirricard

Mirricard mats on Amethyst base

Level 1 Kit matted on Amethyst then put on Grey Flannel base

Mirricard mats on Olive base and ribbon inked in Gypsy

Floral Impressions is a retired CTMH paper pack, that coordinates with the CTMH colors of Amethyst, Olive, and Gray Flannel cardstock. Shiny mirricard is also used as mats on most of the cards. I used Magical Micas from Lindy's Stamp Gang to paint the flowers as always!

For more info on these, please see my other easel card posts both here
and here.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Suspension Card

Create a fun, interactive element for your cards by adding a suspending element! Beate from SCS shows an easy way to do just that:

Watch on YouTube: HERE

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Double-Dutch Fold Card

Create a unique card fold with just a few score lines. Beate from SCS shows the finished card in Christmas papers, but of course, you decorate it in whatever paper is to your liking!


Watch on YouTube: HERE

So quick and cute!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Book-Easel Card

I saw a gorgeous easel card on Pinterest recently, and I got permission from the designer to post it on my blog!

This is a book-easel card by a talented lady from Australia... Valita Reynolds. Visit her blog at Valita's Designs & Fresh Folds.

Isn't it wonderful?!!! She used the Spellbinders Nestibilties Labels 7 die to make this card. ... AND she made a video tutorial on how to make it!
You can watch it: HERE

The finished card on the video is stunning, too!.... see?
(see Valita's post here)

Valita is such a talented lady, that after seeing this card and looking around her blog for a bit, I signed up as a follower of her blog, subscribed to her YouTube channel, and followed some of her boards on Pinterest! (am I now a stalker? lol) Bet'cha if you take a look, you'll be hooked.... and do the same! :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Acetate Front Card

Another beautiful card idea from Christina of Card Making Magic....

......... an Acetate Front Card.

This provides not only a different look, but serves as protection for all those pretty embellishments you've slaved over, getting them just perfectly arranged on the front of the card!

Watch on YouTube: HERE

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Faux-Letterpress Embossing

Ink your embossing folder, before running the cardstock through the machine, for a rich, faux-letterpress look. This is also an easy technique brought to us by Beate from SCS....

Watch on YouTube: HERE

Just be careful not to move your cardstock once down
on the ink, or it will smear!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Easy Watercolor Backgrounds

Use water-based markers and a piece of acetate to create a watercolor wash background. This technique is so easy, that after taking the time to say what products/companies she's using, Beate from SCS, still shows the complete technique.... ALL in under 2 minutes!

Watch on YouTube: HERE

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Faux-Textured Paper

Bev from Scrappin' Thread has this great video on how to make
faux-textured paper from cardstock. She shows us that by using a couple
of different kinds of ink, you can create beautiful background papers. These 2 techniques are perfect for making scrapbook layouts and cards, as well as other embellishments to use in paper crafting.

Watch on YouTube: HERE

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