Saturday, November 30, 2013

Advent Calender

t is December. Less than a month to Christmas. Wow.. this year just flew by in a blur of motion and I am still not organised for Christmas.... oh well, so it will be - again. 
When my kids were little there was lots of excitement around Advent calenders. As they grew older they each developed their own take on an Advent Calender. The oldest would take it and eat all the treats on the first day. The second one left it till the 24th and then ate all the treats. The third one left it all till February before eating all the treats - gleefully in front of her brothers. She gets her payback - sometimes.
My first project for this month is an Advent Calender that I made. I had so much fun making this project!! All the products used in this project except for the patterned paper are available from the Scrapbook Studio.
To make this calender I used my trusty Silhouette to cut the calender as well as all the little bits of paper. The calender is a pattern I got from an online store called SVG Cuts. They have pretty awesome projects for various cutting machines. The front, back as well as the inserts were cut from white card stock. After they were cut the inserts and the front were inked with Walnut stain Distress ink and splattered with water.
The back page was coloured with some distress stain. This is the bit of the back you will see when you open the little door.
After this all the little inserts were inked, folded and glued together.
.....and then all the gluing started. Sorry for the bad photo but it was night time and I could not stop working, I was having way too much fun!!
The seam binding that forms the bow were coloured with some distress ink stain and attached to the side pieces with a stapler. The side pieces were then glued into place and the back was glued down. The front pieces of the calender was then attached in place. For the front I used some really old Kaisercraft Christmas paper 'Tis is the season collection from my stash as well as some leftover card stock. 
The background of number 5 was stamped with watermark ink and then some gold perfect pearls were brushed over it. 
I used some Cuttlebug embossing folders to add texture to some of the front pieces and brushed some more perfect pearls over it.
Number 21 was stamped with a Christmas stamp and some Walnut Stain distress ink.  
This picture shows the piece of the background paper visible when the little door is open.
Thanks for stopping by. Good luck to all of your preparations and planning for a wonderful Christmas time. If you are in doubt as to what to give a loved one why not get them a gift voucher from Scrapbook Studio? To all of you traveling on our roads please be safe, to those staying home..... Happy Scrapping!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Marion Smith Designs is coming to Jeffreys Bay, South Africa!
Scrapbook Studio JBay is VERY proud and excited to announce our first International Scrapbook Event taking place in Jeffreys Bay! We are already 50% sold out so Book your seat NOW!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Playing with Cards

Hello All,
Making cards and tags is always a nice way to try out new techniques. If the technique doesn't work, you don’t have a whole 12 x12 page that lands up in file 13. I am not a tag person but love to make cards. If the background didn’t work out as planned I normally put it in a box and next time around use them to punch out embellishments for another project. Today I would like to share with you a couple of cards I made trying out some new techniques.
Card 1:  Distress Ink
To create the background, use some antique linen, vintage photo and walnut stain distress ink. Ink through some stencils using walnut stain distress ink. After this, splatter on some water and dry it with a heat gun. Normally the splatter of the water would be before using the stencils, but I forgot to do this so I just reversed the process, it still came out pretty cool. A splatter stamp and some Versafine brown ink was used to stamp the splatter image on the background. Stamp the typewriter twice and fussy cut to create a 3d embellishment, stamp the sentiment on the paper part of the top typewriter and ink it with some antique linen distress ink. Complete the typewriter using 3d tape. Punch out some flowers and inked them with worn lipstick, tattered rose and Victorian velvet distress ink as well as ink the edges with walnut stain distress ink. Use some diamante as the centres of the flowers. The seam binding was colored with the same brown and pink distress inks as used on the card. The matt for the background was coloured heavily with some worn lipstick distress ink, splattered with water, dried with a heat gun and then inked with some walnut stain ink. The card front was lightly inked with victorian rose and vintage photo as well as walnut stain distress ink. Complete the card by putting everything together and lastly tie the seam binding around the completed card.
Card 2:  Distress Stain
Dab some picket fence distress ink on a craft sheet, dab some stormy sky, evergreen bough and faded jeans distress ink around the picket fence distress ink. Spritz with water and drag the card background through the distress ink until you are happy with it. Dry with a heat gun and while drying spritz some water on the card to create some droplets. When the background is dry add a bit of wild honey distress ink to the background and ink around the edges with black soot distress ink.. Ink a background stamp with some picket fence distress stain and dry with a heat gun. Next stamp a frame image, as well as a sentiment on the background with black Versafine ink. Stamp the butterfly with black ink on an off-cut piece of paper. Ink the butterfly with some wild honey distress ink. Colour a few paper roses with shabby shutters and wild honey distress stains. The matt for the background was coloured with some black soot distress ink , spritzed with water and dried with a heat gun. The card was inked with some evergreen bough, and black soot distress ink. Attach the background to the matt and sew around the edge (machine or by hand). The film strip was attached with a tiny attacher. The staples were coloured with some alcohol ink to match the background of the card. Attach the roses and butterfly to the card. Use the snipped off stems of the roses, wrap them around a paper piercer and attach two of them behind the butterfly. Attach to the card and finish off with some diamanté.
Card 3:  Alcohol Inks
Dab the background was with some aqua alcohol ink on a piece of glossy card stock. Put some alcohol ink silver mixative on your craft sheet. Pick the mixative up with an ink applicator and some blending foam and gently dab through the stencil onto the background. Stamp some background images on the card, use first, second and third generation (I used a script stamp with Versa Magic Ocean Depth chalk ink, and a chicken wire stamp with some black Staz On ink) After this is done use an ink applicator with some felt, put some blending solution on the felt and dab around the card to sort of blur the background. Be careful not to put to much blending solution on the felt. You just want the edges to blur. Attach some washi tape to the left side of the back ground. Ink the edges with some Versa Magic Midnight Black chalk ink. With the background done use a dress form and stamp the image twice on the background, once with black Staz On Ink, and then with Versa Magic Ocean Depth chalk ink. Overlap the stamped images with each other. The third dress form was stamped on off cut white card-stock with Versa Magic Ocean Depth chalk ink, fussy cut it and lightly ink with peacock feathers distress ink as well as black soot around the edges. Embellish the dress form with some netting, ribbon and diamanté, and attach to the background overlapping the stamped dress form. The sentiment was stamped on off cut white card-stock with some Versa Magic Ocean Depth chalk ink. Lightly ink this with peacock feathers distress ink as well as ink the edges with some black soot distress ink. Attach to the background. Punch some flowers, ink the edges with some black soot distress ink, use some diamanté as flower centres. Attach these to the background. The card was lightly inked with peacock feathers and some black soot distress ink around the edges. Some grey polka dot washi tape was used as a frame before the background was attached to the card.
Card 4: Distress Paint Dabbers
Dab some distress paints on your craft sheet. I used wild honey, vintage photo, fired brick and some antique linen. Spritz the paints with water and drag the card through the paints until you are happy with the result. Spritz the card with water to make the paint react more and then dry with a heat gun. Dab some more distress paint on the craft sheet. With a distress ink applicator and some blending foam pick up bits of the distress paint and dab through various stencils onto the background. Cut half a circle from some off-cut patterned paper, ink with some vintage photo distress ink. The matt for the background was cut from dark brown card stock, and punched around two sides. Little circles were punched from a “flop” and used on the border. Attach the background to the matt. I used a sewing machine to create the rays of the sun as well as sew around the background and the half circle. The banner was cut from off cut white card-stock, inked with vintage photo distress ink and the sentiment was stamped onto it. This was attached to the card with some 3d squares. To complete the card attach some buttons. Attach this to a craft coloured card, which was inked with some vintage photo distress ink.
Remember, all the supplies I have used are available at the Scrapbook Studio
Happy scrapping