Believe with Tamiko!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hey hey GOOD PEOPLE!!  It's Tamiko!!


Is to have .. a faith.. almost a knowledge, with or without any real proof.. that something is true.  I believe in fairies.  (smile)  I believe in their magical essence.  I think they are around us all the time, specifically, when I create.  When I play, I think fairies sit with me and push me to practice, practice, practice!  Who cares if you use the minimal supplies, as long as you use them?  Nothing beats a failure but a try, can we agree?

Any who.. let's get to what I want to show you today!!  It's from page twenty-five of your book, if you are following along with us!  This page was a little bit more difficult to do.. Of course my picture does not look like the page, because I drew it.  I am not the artist of the book.  ::giggles::   I took a lot of the same characteristics and the steps and from the page.

Oh and  I totally enjoyed using the FUDE BALL pen by Ranger that comes in the kit.  Although thicker that many roller ball pens, not nearly as fragile as I thought it might be!  It practically glided over the Dylusion inks and then layers of acrylic paints I used from the Deco Art Mixed Media Fluid line.  Here's my page..  and a few additional close ups...

The word *Believe* I did with a paint pen then I outlined with my Fude Ball pen, something I picked up reading the The Art of Whimsical Lettering, by Joanne Sharpe.  You can find that at Frosted Designs!  This allowed me to branch out and believing not only in my own ability to learn to draw fairies, but also my own handwriting. (smile)  Also added some accent white gel pen markings with my favorite gel pen, the Unibal Signo.  Note:  This has to be used on a completely dry page or you could possibly ruin your pen.  If you accidentally use it on a damp page, wipe off the pen nib immediately!

Again.. if you have the kit/book.. I would love to see what you are doing with the fairy pages!  If you don't want to share publicly.. Feel free to private message me a sneaky peek on Facebook!

 Oh, and thank you if you have purchased the kit or plan to soon!!  Sandee Setliff and I (Tamiko McCurry) are both available to you for any questions you may have about the kit. (smile)

Thank you for stopping by!!


The Deconstructed Layout - A Travel Book!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hi everyone, it's Anita here today with another Deconstructed Layout. 

I have used some more of the Capture The Moment kit- I love this kit!!
They are on sale in the shop right now- be sure to stop by and pick one up!

I decided I wanted to make a travel book, making one page for every trip the hubs and I  have ever
taken together. The problem is,, way back in the day we didn't have cameras like we do now! 
There are a lot of  trips where I have no photos, but I can Google with the best of them!

So I made a list of all the trips I have no photos for and started looking. 
I searched Google images and found some great graphics for most of 
the things I needed. 

Our very first trip was to Long Beach, CA to see the Spruce Goose and Queen Mary. 
I found some postcards (non-royalty) for my page! I printed them out on heavy cardstock and 
trimmed them to the size I needed.

The album I am using is 6x8- and I want to put a LOT of ages in it, so thin pages are a must.

To get the layers I like so much but still keep the page thin, I used several
of the tags from the Capture the Moment Kit and layered then behind my photos. 
I also added layers on top of my photos- here I used one of the Prima Lace Stickers.

On this photo I stamped right on top of it using the Elle's Studios Everyday Moments stamp set.
I stamped in white in first, then black ink to give it more depth.

Brads and die cut stickers round out the rest of the layout. by using these flat 
elements, I was able to pack a lot onto this little layout!

Be sure to stop by the store and see all the wonderful goodness that Barb has for offer!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful day!!


A Gorgeous Shadowbox by Rachelle!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hi there crafters! Rachelle here to share a project created using this month's "Enchanted" kit from Frosted Designs Store. Along with this project is a quick tutorial using the beautiful embellishments included in the kit!

I started by using this shadow box, placing flourishes and corners on it.These are wood laser cutouts from Unique Laser Designs. They are so awesome to work with. Next, I applied the Distress Crackle Paint that was included in the kit!!

Here you can see the effect you get after applying the crackle paint. I love that old vintage look. You must apply several thick layers of the paint going in the same direction then allow to dry. Finally, I applied clear gloss to give it a bit of shine.

Now, it's time to apply layers of cardstock and embellishments inside and outside of the box. Now that we have completed the box it's time to use those beautiful kit embellishments.


 This is the finished project. Let's see the process of beauty for this project.


 First I applied strips of cardstock around the outside of the box. Followed by placing the beautiful scroll to the top of the box. Next, I started filling in the inside of the box.


I applied layers of cardstock along with lace and fussy cutting pieces inside the box. I create the picture frame using this beautiful cardstock and metal corners. I so loved using the metal vintage trinkets and applied crystal flairs. I placed a butterfly and more fussy cut pieces near the top portion. Now I attached the layers to the back of the picture frame itself. I then applied sticky thumb foam stickers and glue around the picture frame so that it would free standing.


Once I filled the inside of the box it was time to work on the outside more metal trinkets, flourishes and those beautiful kit flowers. I loved those rich beautiful colors and the Prima resin clocks.


Here you can see more fussy cut pieces, paper punch edges, and more use of the trinkets. I love the vintage key on the side of door handle and lock. I really working with the resin pieces such as the clock. The kit contains metal cap trinkets which work perfectly with the clocks.


Now it's time for the title, "CHERISH." I painted the chipboard then inked and applied to the box. Almost completed!


"Create, Life, & Love"!
Next I created a tag by applying the Tim Holtz Remnant Rub-ons along with butterfly stamps. Then applied metal trinkets, Petaloo teal flowers, teal wire and fussy cut elements. I tried to use all kit elements because they were awesome to work with.

That's it! Now I have the perfect shadow box along with a matching tag to display on my living room table. Awesome!

I trust you have been inspired today by the beauty of this kit products used to create this shadow box and tag. Be sure to stop by the Frosted Designs Store
for all your craft needs.

Thanks for stopping by today! See ya soon!



An Enchanted Gift Box!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hi everyone! Michelle here with you today and I have shabby gift box created using this month's "Enchanted" kit from the Frosted Designs Store. The beautiful papers in this kit are perfect for altering projects. This is my first attempt at creating a gift box and I really enjoyed the whole process. Here is the cover of my gift box.

I started by priming all the edges and corners of the box with gesso. Once it dried I inked all the edges using the Teal Damask chalk ink from the kit. After measuring and cutting the papers I inked all the edges with the same ink, then adhered the papers to the box using mod podge. The teal rosette ribbon I used along the lid's edge is from my stash. I love layers so I made a couple tags from some of the scraps to tuck under the flower cluster I created using flowers from the kit along with a few from my stash. I fussy cut a clock element from the paper and tucked it under the tags. The Prima resin clock from the kit I lightly inked and placed in the cluster. I also tucked in the Maya Road vintage key, a Heidi Swapp Definition Sticker, and one of the Prima Sunrise Sunset Metal trinkets from the kit. I used a few of the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology rub-ons randomly on the cover and sides. Then to give it a bit more of a shabby feel I dabbed some gesso here and there using a small sea sponge. After that dried I went back and added some more texture using a stencil and modeling paste.

Here's a closeup of the front. To dress up the Maya Road Vintage frame I cut a scrap from the paper to fit in the frame, glued it in place then sealed it with Tim Holtz Distress Crackle paint in Rock Candy.

And here are closeups of the two sides. Aren't those Maya Road Vintage Scissors from the kit so cute?

And here's the back view. I used the other Maya Road vintage frame, doing the same technique.

Thanks so much for stopping in! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Products used from the Frosted Designs Store:


Moonlit Dreams

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hi everyone, are you ready for some magic? If you have your kit already then turn to page 19 so we can draw this beautiful fairy basking in the moon's glow!

I hope you enjoy the video and that it inspires you to draw a fairy. If you do, then please post it on the Frosted Designs Face Book page and put it in the July challenge folder in the photos section! I can't wait to see what you kit members come up with!

Sprinkle some magic fairy dust this week, you never know what might happen if you just believe!


Pretty Paper + Sketches = 8 FABULOUS cards!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hello everybody!
I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful team, and I am so excited to share my first project with you...

My name is Solange, but some of you may know me with my online name "Isbaha". I am a 36 years old stay-at-home mother to three boys (2-4-6 years old) and I live in a tiny French village.
I love everything with paper : mini albums, layouts, cards, tags, boxes... but if I had to choose only one, it might be anything that you can offer ! I enjoy everything homemade, especially embellishments, and I try to share what I know with tutorials.

So now, let's see my project for today... Here is a tutorial for creating a set of 8 cards from only 12 patterned papers (6x6) and 3 cardstocks (12x12)! Almost no leftovers here...
Need to have some greeting cards ahead (Christmas in July, anyone?) or maybe some all-occasions cards available? This tutorial also works great for making a set of cards to offer, and... You will finally use some of these cute 6x6 paper pads!

To show you how versatile this tutorial is, I made three sets of cards.
The first one uses the brand new Glitz paper pad "Brightside" and has a modern look:

 See larger pictures of the cards on Snapguide:

Don't you think that the flairs from the Lucky Charm collection match the color palette of the Glitz papers in a nice way?
And look at this stamp set by Elle's Studio: I bought it because of the sentiment (it looks really great on the cards), but my favorite stamps are the hearts, they look fabulous when layered (black ink for the outlined heart and colored ink for the solid heart)! 
I used pop dots for some of them. The sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder.

The second set of cards uses a Fancy Pants winter paper pad "Timbergrove" (and good news, it's on sale!), and the look is more traditionnal:

See larger pictures of the cards on Snapguide:

How to Create 8 Cards With 12 Papers (6*6): Set 2

For this set of cards, I wanted a more distressed look, so I decided to play with my brand new Magicals by Lindy's Stamp Gang.

These powders are supposed to be mixed with a medium before using them, but I plan to keep them in their powder form and to only mix the needed amount with different mediums when I want. This color palette is right up my alley, so I figured that I would have many uses for them!
So this time, I decided to mix my Magicals with my embossing powders.

First, I mixed some white embossing powder with clear embossing powder: it gives an interesting distressed look to the final result, because some of the pattern is white, and some is clear BUT it can't be colored because of the clear embossing, so you can see the color of the background.
(Note: mix only the needed amount of powder in case you don't like the look!)
Then, I added just a little of Time Travel Time Magicals powder and I mixed it carefully.

Even when heat embossing, there is not enough wet to make the Magicals react and color the embossing powder, but here is what I discovered: if you rub on the embossed stamping, then, the color appears, like by magic! You can use a very-very slightly wet wipe (be careful, the more wet you use, the more "painted" look you have!) or just your finger for a subtler look.

Finally, I added shadows with a brown pen, to highlight my sentiment. I am so excited to try my Magicals with other mediums and see what happens!
(For information, my sentiment means "Season's greetings" in french).

Finally, the last set of cards  uses leftovers of one of my all-time favorite 12x12 paper pack by Simple Stories: "Vintage Bliss" (this one is on sale too!), so I had to be a litlte more creative to make the cutting diagrams fit my leftovers, but it worked. 
Now, I can see more cards with my leftovers and this tutorial in my future!

See larger pictures of the cards on Snapguide:

Check out How to Create 8 Cards With 12 Papers (6*6): Set 1 by Solange Jacquet on Snapguide.

In my sample above, I used homemade paper bows to embellish most of my cards, and I cut them from the leftovers. See a tutorial for making these paper bows (without any die) here:

Or of course, you can use any other embellishments!


1. Choose 3 cardstocks (12x12) in neutral color and cut 8 cards (6x4). The remaining cardstock will be used to stamp the sentiments, add borders or make embellishments. Note that the card F also uses a (3-7/8 x 5-7/8) cardstock background.

2. Choose 12 patterned papers (6 patterns twice) from a 6x6 paper pad. See instructions about how to choose the patterns according to the cutting diagrams on the Snapguide.

3. Cut all the pieces following the cutting diagrams: don't forget to write the cardsketch letter on each piece (on the side you're not going to use)!

4. Gather all the patterned paper pieces for each sketch (looking at the letter on each piece) and put the cards together. Here are the sketches:

5. Using the remaining patterned paper, make your own embellishments and/or add embellishments from your stash.

6. The card F mainly uses paper strips onto a cardstock background (3-7/8 x 5-7/8), so leftovers are perfect for that, they are not included in the cutting diagrams.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and please, let me know if you used it!