Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Hi again.
I'm here today with a project using Fragments + a few new products from the CHA release.  My goal was to show how you can incorporate personal information into a project.  Now I know I have talked about Fragments before so I won't go into the how-to details I just hope you'll bear with me while I talk about some of the nuances of this piece.  (oh and there is a link below for the, "I need a Fragment refresh").
 I stated with the new Framed Panel.
If you are a follower of this blog, you know I use flat panels all the time for artwork.  But they never quite looked finished because there is no frame....and much to my dismay, there are no elves in my garage making me frames (or even cleaning my garage for that matter).

Problem solved.

The Framed Panel comes with a frame so when you're done with your artwork you can simple add the frame over the top.  EASY as that.
I started by adding linen from the Textile Surfaces pack onto the panel.  It does take more than one piece of linen to cover the background, although you can barely see the seam.  The Textile Surfaces are self-adhesive so there is no worry that glue might seep through the fabric.
I used a photo from the Photobooth strips but you could use a copy of a family photo if you want to make this more personal.
I glued Alpha Dice together and wrapped them in old book paper and string to create a simple element for the center.  The Alpha Dice have letters on all sides so there are 100's of combinations you can make from one package of twelve.

 The Mini Pocket Watch was a show favorite (you get two per package).  The watch comes with a back but in this case I decided I liked how it looked without the back so the light colored linen fabric could show through.  The 4 leaf clover is from the Adornments pack - Souvenir...I just clipped off the hanging loop at the top and colored it with Alcohol Ink.
To add some personal information to any piece (birth of a baby, wedding date, graduation, birthday), decide what information goes with the picture you have chosen.  Using Word or Pages, type the information into a text box that is the same size as the chosen fragment.  The information must be printed with a laser printer either at home or a local copy store.  If you need information on how to adhere paper to the Fragments - you can see that here.
I was interested in adding a date to the piece.  There is one particular Fragment that is an exact match to one of the 3 x 4" paper found at the back of the Dapper Paper Stash.
I cut out the correct numbers, taped them together so they were evenly spaced (I had to cut a bit of the black paper surrounding the 1 to make it fit).   Once it was glued onto the Fragment - it was like it was meant to be!
 As you can see, I added some old favorites like the Pen Nib, the Mirrored Star, Small Talk Stickers, and Vial Labels.  Notice what has showed up yet again? The Mini Plaquette (that's three projects in a row if you're counting)...I better stock up on those!
Hope you have enjoyed today's share and that you will think about what kind of Framed Panel you will make. The concept is easy to personalize and will let the receiver know how much you care about them.
Again, if you need a refresher on how to add paper or Alcohol Ink to the Fragments - you can check that out here.

now carry on,

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Be You

I had the opportunity to create a 12 x 12 layout for the recent show.  If you follow my blog, you know that is an anomaly for me.  So even though I know you don't come to this blog for 12 x 12" layout inspiration, I hope sharing it will give you some ideas to use the same products to create cards, journals or mixed media artwork.

I am using paper from the Dapper Paper Stash (don't you love the rulers?)  I chose an Instagram picture we took at the Remnants of the Past Antique Show, that matched the browns and blues of the Dapper paper line. 
The grey/blue ticking paper is a nice break from the tape measures.  It also gives me a smaller working area (which I wanted) yet still allows the tape measure paper to shine.
I cut 4" strips of Deco Tape to match the size of the photo, then used pinking shears to create the sawtooth edge.  The Deco Tape is self adhesive so once it was trimmed, it was easy to add it to the edge of the photo.  You can also see where I added Remnant Rubs - Gilded Accents below the photo.
A quote from the Pocket Cards (mounted on black Core'dinations cardstock) was used as journaling message.  For those of use who are not so confident in our handwriting, the pocket cards are an easy alternative.  I did mount the quote on foam squares to raise it up.
A cluster of new embellishments was added: A Cameo Frame, Mini Plaquette (that I talked about in my last post) and a Mirrored Heart.
Just a few words on the Cameo Frame...I colored the metal frame with a combo of Weathered Wood Distress Paint and Gold Alcohol Ink to tie it back to the glittery Deco Tape.  I used the Tim Holtz Oval Punch to punch a piece of Dapper paper for the center and added the words from an old book (because that just makes me happy).  You might notice there is a bit of sparkle on the oval.  I did that by adding a small amount of Mercury Glass Stickles Glitter Glue to the paper, THEN adding the epoxy over the top (the epoxy comes with the Cameo Frame).  When pressed into place, the epoxy disperses the Stickles creating this fun embellishment (don't tell anyone how easy it was to make).
I also added the some of the new Design Tape and Fastener to the top of the paper. 
For my title, I adhered a piece of metallic Core'dinations Cardstock (my favorite product of 2015) to a piece of chipboard and ran it through the Vagabond using the new alphabet Typo.  At first I had all upper case but it was just a bit tight on the layout.  I am VERY lucky that I own both upper and lower case Typo so I was able to mix them to create my title.  Lucky indeed. 
More often than not, I knock back the shine just a bit with fine grit steel wool.
As I said in the beginning of this post, I'm happy for the opportunity to do a layout.  The kids love looking through them and remembering good times...just like this day at the flea market.

Now carry on,