Tutorial Tuesday with Brandi: Making a Mixed Media Card from Start to Finish!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hello fellow crafters!!!  I'm up on the Frosted Design's Blog today with a tutorial for a mixed media card!  Let's take a look, shall we?!?

I used this month's Garden of Abundance Kit which was designed by yours truly!  Here's my finished card (I used the current sketch #109 over at Cardabilities by the ever-so-talented Karen Gerber!):

Now, here's a look at how I made this cad in just a few simple steps!
 First, grab the papers you want to use and measure them to size (4.75x6.75 here to mount on 5x7 card base).  Add some texture using your favorite stencil and molding paste or something similar.  Ink the edges with the lighter ink in the kit, making sure to come in some on the actual card.  Finish the edges with black ink.  

Ink the edges of your outer piece, then use a distress tool around all the edges!  Grab some chipboard (flourish 18 used here from the Creative Embellishments Store) and color it with your favorite mediums! Layer it all on your card base and embellish as desired :-)

See how easy that is?!?  Here are some close-ups:

And here is another card I created this month's fabulous kit!  Details for this one can be found here!!!

Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

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Unique with Brenshevia!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hey, hey all it's Brenshevia once again sharing my latest Frosted Designs creation with you.  For this project I used our August Summer's End Kit.  It has such great colors for the Fall.  If you havent grabbed yours yet please do so before they run out!

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by!

You can find the Summer's End Kit in the Frosted Designs store HERE! 


Rummage & Ransack with Tamiko

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Howdy folks! It's Tamiko on the blog today and I am playing with the new KIT!

When I first saw this kit, I automatically thought, it looks like a travel on the go kit.  Everything fits in a small bag and you can.. literally.. get up and go and have a small adventure.

The book contains a list in the back which I copied and began scavenging my stash.  I found a lot of things right away and secured then inside my book on the pages with Washi Tape. lol  I even used washi tape as one of my items.  My book is thick and I don't mind!!  I like BIG BOOKs. ::giggles::

I decided when I use the book, I would have 1 scavenger item and at least 2 alterations.  I even made a game of it and let others choose my items to create a page with.

This week I let Sandee Setliff choose.  For my first page 
She gave me Scanvenge item #10 - a napkin
Alterations #129 add colored paper and #150 to combine

So I took the napkin I had already taped to my page, used only the first layer and used some matte medium to adhere it to the page, then I used my gelatos to *combine and extend the size of the napkin to a full page. I added the color paper as a boarder and and doodled with a white Signo gel pen.  Page is done and I have art in my book!

She also gave me a second page.. 
I got scavenged item #12- a post it note! (yikes)
Alterations -Make it a building (house) from one of the intro pages and #86 write and ode to this item (waves fist in air.. OH NO!! write???) 

I created a background for my page with gesso and 3 acrylic paints. I cut my post-it to the shape of a small house.  Believe it or not these items were already doodled on the post-it. (smiles)  I then glued it to my page with Helmars 450.  Wrote my version of an ode with the Identipen (included in the kit) and framed it; added some shading to the house with my charcoal pencil from the kit; and topped it all with some Signo white pen doodles.  Page is Done!  More artwork in my book!

My ode reads:
to the tune of ABC song

Filled with love and chocolate things
Coffee and small pastry bites
Craft filled table with delights

Music blasting in my ears,
Drowns out all the noise my dears.

how special and perfect you are to me
  It's not long.. but neither is my page! (laughs)

I think the hardest thing for me is to decide to commit to the items I have pre-chose and selected to include on my page. The whole thing has been fun and will continue to be fun.  There are over 70 items to scavenge and about 180 alterations!  Who could go bored with that?  

Anyway, that's it for me today! 
Don't forget to grab a Rummage & Ransack Kit.. for you and a friend!
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.. or post then in the Frosted Designs page!

Have a great week!!

You can pick up your kit HERE!


7 Dots Studio on SALE!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Happy Saturday morning! We have really good news for you!! All 7 Dots Studio Products are 30% off!! Yes… you heard that correctly! 30% off!! Stock up now! Click HERE to go to the store! 

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Double Page Layout with Connie and Mr Fox!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hi Everyone! Connie here and it is my turn on the blog.   I decided to do a 2 pager this month.  I was looking at my pictures and found some treasures. This was our last day at our Camp in 2013. I thought the Kaisercraft Mr Fox  collection was a perfect fit.

I love flowers and lace and I am not afraid to use them on a boys LO.  I may say I am making these pages for my kids but they are for me first. lol

Left page
The prints are busy but I added molding paste and a stencil. I lightly brushed them with ink to be able to see more of the pattern.

Right page
The flower clusters were added on both pages. They mirror each other.

Close up Small cluster and cut out from paper collection.

Close up Flower cluster

Thanks for looking I enjoyed creating this page. 

The following are items used from the Frosted Designs Store.


A Stunning "Garden of Abundance" Layout with Michelle!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hi everyone! Today I have a layout I created using the beautiful "Garden of Abundance" kit from the Frosted Designs store. This kit is such a pleasure to create with. The projects just come together so easily, with beautiful results. Here is my latest creation.

I started by randomly stamping the background with the Kaiser Craft script stamp from the kit. I love stamping on my backgrounds. It's such an easy way to add interest to your project. Next I added some stenciling with modeling paste, adding some pearls here and there to dress up the design a bit. Then I lightly distressed the edges and pleated the upper left corner. The "Creation" paper in the kit was perfect for cutting and creating plenty of layers for under the photo and tucking pieces under the corner pleating. I created a tag to tuck in the upper corner with one of the pieces, adding some of the trim from the kit and one of the metal bird charms. Here's a few close-ups of the details.
Thanks so much for coming by and letting me share with you today! Have a creative day!
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A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That with Solange!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hello everybody!
Today, I would like to share with you one of my favorite tip about paper: mixing two (and only two) collections together...
Okay, it's not new, but it's so fun! It's a great way to use favorite collections with a new look (or even to use scraps), and it's so much faster than to build up your own kit from many different manufacturers... And you still get this fresh look!

For my first layout, I wanted to use again my beloved "Persimmon" papers (Basic Grey), perfect for fall, and I decided to match them with some "Switchboard"papers (Pink Paislee).

For my second layout, I had very few "Vintage Bliss" leftovers (Simple Stories), but I loved this collection so much that I really wanted to use them... And I finally found that they matched beautifully with "RSVP" papers (Basic Grey)!
The yellow background, the pink border, the aqua and orange titles are all from the "RSVP" collection.

What to do with last year Holidays papers? Why not matching them with summer papers! Here, I used two Fancy Pants collections: the wintery "Timbergrove" (the grid and the red paper) and the summery "Nautical" (the blue and the woodgrain papers). I cut them with a heart die and I outlined each of them with a white pen.
Papers from the same manufacturer often match well!

Another tip is to start with a multicolored paper from one collection, and to look for matching papers from another collection (one color papers work better for this), like I did on this last layout with papers from "Brightside" (Glitz Design) and from "Hey kid" (Pink Paislee):

I also used my "Magicals" from Lindy Stamp's Gang on each of my layouts: the powder form is so versatile, you can use it to color any medium of your choice!

- I started by mixing the "Shabby Turbine Teal" color with some water in a mini mister, and I used it with a Heidi Swapp chevron stencil on my first layout.
- Then, I mixed the "Rusty Lantern Lime" color with some white Gesso, and I used it with a woodgrain stencil on my second layout. The effect is of course totally different!
- Next, I mixed the "Steel Shimmer" color (which is a beautiful and rich silver and not a black) with very VERY few water to create a silver paint, and I used it to color my title on my third layout.
-Finally, I mixed the "Steel Shimmer" color again with some white modeling paste, and I used it with a star stencil on my last layout.

I noticed that with both white gesso and white modeling paste, you get a lighter color, and if you want to keep all the wonderful shimmery look, you need to use water (spray ink or paint, depending on how much water you use).
Looking for stencils? Take a look at the Frosted Designs store!