I am so excited to be up on the BasicGrey blog today, sharing some cards featuring Kelly Purkey’s Second City collection. I have had so much fun playing with this adorable line. The bold colors and graphic prints are just up my alley, and I am smitten with the die cut transparency photo frames. I love them for scrapbook and pocket pages, but they are also wonderful for framing focal images on cards. I’ve used the frames several ways on my card projects, and today I am sharing the first of those cards with you here.
One of the great things about the Photo Frames pack is the variety of frames that you get in lots of different shapes and sizes, from small slide-mount frames, to tags, to larger Insta-frames. Some of the frames have clear transparencies, while others have fun printed images that are great for layering, and give you lots of design options. On my first card, I created a 3D city scape scene by adding one of the printed photo frames over a cardstock sticker, with a bit of foam adhesive between the layers.
I love the illusion of depth created by using pop dots between the frame and the background. And by layering a city scape on top of another city scape, you really emphasize that feeling of space.
You can see more of my Second City photo frames cards over on the BasicGrey blog. And if you are interested in more details on my projects today, I’ve got a full downloadable free project sheet for you there, too.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!
Posted in 2013-2014 BasicGrey Design Team, BasicGrey, Card Making, Design Team | Tagged card making instructions, free project sheet, Kelly Purkey, photo frames, Second City collection | Leave a Comment »
Hello, hello my friends! Happy Friday! Is everybody ready for the weekend? I’ve got a big smile on my face this morning. Pete is coming home today for the weekend. His precious baby computer was out for repairs when he left last week, and he’s been counting the days until he could come home and pick it up. Now, I know his excitement has nothing to do with seeing me….but I’ll take my boy any way I can get him! :)
So the other day I shared a mixed-media art plaque featuring Authentique’s new Faith collection that was filled with lots of vibrant color. And today I’ve got another project to share, showing Faith’s natural side.
Although Faith’s color palette is filled with very soft and muted neutrals, it does have a wide variation in color tone, which I tried to highlight here on my card. I love the combo of crisp white with warm cream and beige, with touches of pale yellow thrown in. The darker solid paper and stitching really help anchor the lighter papers, don’t you think?
I played up the softness of the design by adding one of my favorite accents, a layer of plush cotton batting. Rugged hemp and feminine florals finish off my shabby chic design.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
Posted in Authentique Paper, Card Making, Design Team, Sizzix | Tagged Authentique Paper, Faith collection, flowers, Petaloo, Sizzix, using neutrals with card making | 16 Comments »
Hiya Friends! Happy Wednesday! I’m back today with another mixed-media project. This time, a home decor altered plaque made with Authentique’s new inspirational collection, Faith.
I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness! Don’t you love that? Out of all the pieces of this gorgeous new collection, that sentiment spoke to me the most. So I decided to create an inspirational piece that I could set out in my home to remind me of this important fact every single day.
Part of my current path to happiness includes exploring my artistic side, so for this project I pulled out a variety of materials and mediums to play with, and got messy again with my paints and ink.
The result is this fun and vibrant art plaque, perfectly suited to my personal style, that shows a whole other side to this faith-based collection. I’ve got a full step-by-step tutorial on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more.
Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a wonderful day!
Posted in Authentique Paper, Design Team, Sizzix | Tagged Alterations, altered plaque, art plaque, Authentique Paper, Distress Ink tutorial, Faith collection, mixed media, Movers and Shapers Mini Butterflies die, Tim Holtz, Vintaj Patina | 18 Comments »
Hello, hello my friends, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am very pleased to report that not only did I survive this past weekend, I am actually doing quite well. Pete is officially settled into the dorms and is starting up his fall classes this morning. Although I don’t think this will ever be easy on me, it did my heart some good to see the happy reunion of Pete and his buddies, who were anxiously waiting in his room for us to arrive. Those boys are going to have a great year. Of that I am sure.
This week, I am excited to share with you a few fun mixed-media projects I’ve been working on recently, starting today with this pretty butterfly birthday card made with Tim Holtz’s amazing new Layered Butterfly die.
Tim’s new Layered Butterfly, Dragonfly, and Bee dies are so much fun to work with, as they are big and beautiful, and have so much amazing detail thanks to the matching embossing folders that come with the sets. For my project, I pulled out my inks, paint, and glitter to create a unique and eye catching background and distressed butterfly, and set it all off with a 3-D card base created with the Dimensional Cutting Pad.
The Dimensional Cutting Pad has a raised groove down the center, which when placed over dies will cut only the outer edges and not where the groove is. It’s perfect for dies like this butterfly, as it leaves the center body attached to the paper but allows you to bend up the wings.
I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more. And don’t forget, I have a special discount code for you all, good for 15% off of your regular priced purchase on Sizzix.com. This discount is good through the end of the year. Just use code SZ10B at checkout. (Sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time.)
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a fabulous day!
Posted in Authentique Paper, Card Making, Design Team, Sizzix | Tagged Alterations, Authentique Paper, Bigz Die and Texture Fades Layered Butterfly, Distress Ink, Harmony collection, Layered Butterfly, mixed media, Sizzix tutorial, Tim Holtz | 21 Comments »
Hiya Sweeties, and happy Wednesday to you! Finally waking up to a bit of sunshine today after about a week and a half of non-stop gloom and rain. Sure is doing my heart some good to see the sun again. Ahhh, summer is back! Perfect time for a little summery, beach project with Therm O Web and our product partners on the blog this week, Graphic45.
By the Sea altered collage box | Audrey Pettit
I just adore Graphic45’s By the Sea collection. So perfect for documenting all those happy summertime memories in a fun and artsy way. I thought a collage box would be a great way to display some of the seashells the little Missy tends to drag home from the beach every year. These shells here are from her big 16th birthday trip back in April. Definitely a special time for us, and one that I’m happy to preserve for her for all time.
I’ve had this adorable Maya Road 3D chipboard house collage box in my stash of things waiting to be altered for quite some time. I knew the box was just what I wanted, but then it struck me.. that when turned upside down, the house resembles a sailboat shape. A very funky junky sailboat shape, to be sure……..but that’s the fun of it, right?
So I embellished the roof of the house to resemble the hull of a boat, and added some banner flags on a wooden skewer to the top. I don’t think my boat would actually get too far, trying to navigate with those sails…. ;)
Graphic45 papers just scream for some fussy cutting, don’t they? I had fun choosing my beachy icons, and adding them into the collage. Different thicknesses of foam adhesive pop the images at different depths for lots of dimension and detail.
I’ve got a full, step-by-step tutorial on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.
The team is sharing lots of fun Graphic45 projects on the blog all week, and we’ve got an amazing giveaway for you, too, filled with Therm O Web adhesives and Graphic45’s By the Sea and Mother Goose collections. Stop by daily to increase your chances to win. Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!
Posted in Design Team, Therm O Web | Tagged altered, By the Sea collection, collage box, Graphic45, Maya Road, Therm O Web | 18 Comments »