Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tagged Treasures: Altered Book

Marion Smith did a class on Prima Live showing how to alter a book.  That was a FUN project.  I couldn't believe I did it.  My husband and I went to a  huge Flea Market in Hillsboro, VA the following weekend and there were some remarkable displays I wanted to rememver.  I also found toys I had when I was a child and took pictures of those.  They even had the old Boy Scout Canteen my brothers had that I was so jealous of when I was young.  I made a journal note card to add that information. I remember I finally got to use it when I went on my Brownie caming trip. The water tasted horrrible from it...LOL.  There were some really pretty views on the way up so I took pictures of those too. I still need to add my journaling and ribbons to my tags, but I am pretty pleased how it turned out.  It was a rare day where my husband and I woke at 5:00 AM, and spent the entire day together. 

To alter the book, I painted the entire cover with Gesson  Then painted and Glimmer misted the dickens out of it.  I made my own flowers with the Cricut Flower Shoppe cartridge.  Added some Prima Bling and a sizzix die cut heart locket and a Tim Holts key hole.  What you do is glue a bunch of pages together, then tear out enough where embellishments will fit so the book still closes the same way. It takes a little planning but it is doable. I glimmer misted each page in the colors I saw in the many quilts they had there. I took  so many photos I ended up making tags and pockets to fit all of the ones I wanted to remember.  I used Art Philosophy for most of the cuts and pockets and tags,.  Paper Lace was used a little bit too, If you ever get a hold of an old book, this is a great way to transform it, This one was full of childhood classics,. I kept the map and title of Treasure Island but covered the Island, 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happy Fall Ya'll

I have never sent a Fall card before, but really liked the design of this leaf.  I thought it would make a great Thank you card, or something.  It definitely puts me in the mood for sweaters and homemade soups.  I am looking forward to cooler weather.

I used Art Philosophy to make the card base and the leaf.  The prints were cut on my Imagine using the Elise Pattern cartridge by Cricut.  Can you guys tell I love the AP cartrige,....and my Imagine?  Money well spent I say.  They were definitely worth saving for.

Snow Angel

This is one of the whimsical looks you can get from the Snow Angel cartridge for the imagine.  They have a boy version too. However, for some reason, this girl reminded me of my cousin and this will be her card fro Christmas this year.  She is pure fun!

Yes, this is another Art Philosophy card base and matting. The girl came from Snow Angel and the stickles were in Diamond.  

It's time to get started on those Christmas Cards

This picture does not do this card justice. In person, it turned out quite pretty.  I got Cricut's Snow Angel late in the season last year and am looking forward to makeing a lot of my cards using this cartridge this year. It has both vintage and whimsy looking options.  So me!

I used Art Philosophy for the card base and mini roses, Snow Angel for the paper and die cut girl.  Stickles was applied to the girl in Diamond.  You can't tell too well in this  photo, but the front is die cut so the girl remains on the inside when you open it. I made an identical frame to go around her for the inside, to give that umph too.

Bird Card Cage

Building up my stock of blank cards. 

I used Lori's Garden for the paper and the cuts. Lori's Garden always calls for stickles. It really makes the muted colors pop and look even more special.  The card itself was cut from Close to My Heart's Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I have to tell you, that is the best cartrige I have bought in a long time.  I am using it constantly.  The card shape options are amazing.