Thursday, July 24, 2014

Memory Book For Lisa

Hi Everyone!  It's Sue Lelli here today to share a memory book I made for a sweet friend who is moving.  I learned how to make this book in a Dina Wakely class I took recently (I KNOW, Lucky Me!)  Warning ~ LOTS of photos:

Front cover - All of the pages are made with Ranger watercolor paper.  The rose was made using the Prima Floral Rose Stencil ~ LOVE!  The gold dots are Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 metallic gold embossing paste.  The gold on the rose petals is Inka-Gold which I rubbed on with my finger.
If you look closely, you will see that I used Inksessentials sticky back over the tag that binds the book and I applied Dina Wakely Heavy Body acrylic paint with the stencil OVER the sticky back to make it disappear into the page.  I sewed the sticky back down just to make sure it would stick there forever - even in the Florida humidity!

On the first two pages I made circles with the Mini Ink blending tool.  It makes the perfect sized circles.  I also applied DW paint through the TCW Chevron Tiles Stencil with the mini blending tool.  I learned this works so much better than a paintbrush with paint because you can control the amount of paint and eliminate seepage I always get using a paintbrush.

 On these pages I applied the paint through the Dina Wakely Plastic Canvas Stencil to make a colorful border.  You can see the binding and half of an envelope peeking through the pages.
 Here the DW paint was applied through the TCW coffee splotch stencil.
Here I used the heart from the Dina Wakely Basic Masks stencil which is both a stencil and different masks!  Brilliant product!  There are actually 3 hearts but one is covered by the photo.

Here I used the TCW Chevron Tile stencil but this is the paint that was left on the stencil after I used it.  I pressed it onto the pages and brayered it to make the paint spread evenly.  The solid yellow circles were again made with the mini blending tool.  The open circles were made using the paint cap from a TH Distress Paint.

The border was just painted on and the heart was made with the DW basic mask stencil.  There is a heart on the page that was masked but when I put Lisa's photo on the page, the heart was covered.  So I made another heart to put on top.

The last two pages were stenciled with Wendy Vecchi's Add a Stencil.  The paint blobbed in a couple of places so I just added a dot of paint in the centers and made them look like mini flowers.  The stitching you see will be covered up with an envelope of personal notes written by her friends.

Another rose from the Prima Stencil and my FAVORITE of all time stencil EVER made by Wendy Vecchi - Barcode Stencil.  EVERYONE should own this FABULOUS stencil!  I'm thinking I am going to buy a second one for when I wear this one out!
Also do you see the hot pink dots on the back?  It is Art Anthology Dimensional Crystals in Peony.  LOVE the subtle texture and pop of colors it adds!

This is what the back and front of Lisa's book looks like when it is wide open.
A couple of process photos:
The tag that becomes the book binding stamped with text and painted through the TCW Chevron tile stencil.

What the stencil looked like after I used it over and over with the Dina Wakely paints!  FYI - I am a clean mixed media artist and a must have for me is the Inksessentials Craft Scrubbie!  It takes the paint right off.  I like clean stencils - I know - weird!  LOL!

Here is the tag that becomes the book binding.  Each folded watercolor paper page gets tied to the binding through two holes with waxed book binding thread.  I used different colors and will be hanging charms off the strings at a later date.

I also find I like using a smaller piece of a non stick craft sheet to put my paints on.  Yes I bought a second craft sheet and cut it up!  I clean this with my scrubbie, too!

I not only bought the mini blending tools but the replacement foams as well.  Dina gave us such a GREAT tip!  She said to just throw the foam in your paint water and when you go to wash them, the paint just comes out.  You can dry them and use them over and over!  No more dried up foam for me that I have to throw away because I just left them on my craft sheet!

Here are the pages (from the inside) all tied to the accordian manila tag.

Here's what the book looks like from the back all tied up BEFORE the sticky back is added.
WHEW!  Are you still with me?
I had so much FUN making this book!  It is going to be filled with photos and messages from Lisa's friends in our neighborhood.  I hope it brings back memories of all of the great times we had when she lived here!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Altered Bottle

Hey there! It's Bonnie here today with my take on the current ePlay Altered Bottle challenge. The bottle I chose is approximately 4" tall and 3" at its widest point. I decided to experiment with this challenge since the idea behind it is to push our boundaries.

I began by tearing remnants of melange Tissue Wrap into relatively small random pieces. I adhered these with Dina Wakley Gel Medium, overlapping and creasing/wrinkling it to create texture. This was left to dry thoroughly. The trick with adhering the tissue to the slick bottle was to put gel medium on both the bottle and the tissue and then tap more medium over the top rather than brushing it which just seemed to dislodge it.

Next two colours of Fresco Finish paint, Beach Hut and Antarctic, were sponged wet on wet using a piece of Cut n Dry foam over the tissue wrap still allowing the print and images from the tissue wrap to show through.

 Black Embossing paste was applied through TCW's Tiny Circles stencil in a few places on all sides. Once dry, the texture of the tissue and the embossing was accented with a layer of silver wax rubbed on with my finger.

Idea-ology Remnant Rub words were applied to the bottle on each side. A layer of cheesecloth which had been tapped with Peacock Feathers Distress ink to add random colour was adhered with Glossy Accents to the center of the bottle front behind a silver Idea-ology button with a turquoise center from the Accoutrements Classic Collection..

Silver wire was wrapped around the neck of the bottle and blue Swarovski crystal beads and silver star beads were threaded onto the wire to embellish the front of the neck.

I love the way this turned out and would not hesitate to repeat the process on a larger bottle. Experiment a success! Thanks for visiting today. You still have a week to enter our Altered Bottle ePlay challenge. Hope to see you there!


Here are links to the eclectic Paperie store for some of the products used above:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Material Tag !

Hello! It's Sue C here and today I'm sharing a tag that has been created on fabric.

I started by cutting a jumbo tag from mount board and then covered it with fabric that has a tiny pattern on it. I've used Heat 'n' Bond to attach the fabric which you just use an iron to melt it which in turn sticks to the fabric.

I trimmed the fabric to the size of th tag and frayed the edges a little.

Then I used the Wendy Vecchi 2 Fancy Flowers stencil using Chalk Fresco Finish paint.

I then gave the whole tag a wash of watered down Chartreuse Fresco Finish. You can just about see the pattern of the fabric now. It was now that I realised that the stencil brush I used wasn't what you might call clean ! So the stencilled flowers have a slightly blue tinge !

I then used the Mini Retroburtst stencil with Seaweed Fresco Finish paint.

I wanted to add a splash of colour so I used the Mini Paradise stencil with Tango Fresco Finish, decided I didn't like it so I then used the Mini Onion Skin stencil using a mix of Green Olives and Seaweed Fresco Finish paint. Much better !

I then used the Wendy Vecchi Vintage Mesh and Dots and Dashes background stamps and stamped them using Fern Green but without using an acrylic block. I also stencilled across the bottom of the tag using the Wendy Vecchi Dots and Stripes stencil.

I stamped the 2 flourishes from the Wendy Vecchi Daisy Art set in Fern Green Archival ink. I then stamped the daisy from the same set directly on to the tag in black Archival ink. I stamped the flower again onto white card and cut out the flower head and leaves and painted them.

I used the border stamp from The Beauty of Art set and the little bird is from the Licence Plate Art set.

I stamped the text from the Art of Comforts set with black Archival ink, it hasn't shown up as well as I'd hoped sos I may change this. To finish I added a metal embellishment over the hole in the top of the tag.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project !

Monday, July 21, 2014

Altered Water Bottle - ePlay Challenge

Hello, everyone!  It's Broni here with you today and I'm going to show you what I created for this month's ePlay challenge - Altered Bottles.  It's an altered water bottle.

 When I alter items, I like for them to be useful as well as pleasing to look at!  The first "bottle" that came to mind for this project was a water bottle because….well, I was holding one in my hand at the time!! 

That made me think about how I use water a lot in my crafting: water coloring, filling my mini-mister bottles, wetting my chamois cloth that I use to clean ink from my stamps.  And usually when I need more water I get up and go to the kitchen for it.  But if I just kept an extra bottle of water on my craft table, I wouldn't have to!

Obviously a water bottle is plastic, so that narrowed down my choices of inks to use and I decided on my Adirondack alcohol inks.

To start I dripped ink onto the bottle, letting it dry completely between colors so the colors wouldn't become muddy-looking.  I used Stream, Lettuce and Wild Plum.

 Next I cut a flower and leaves (from Friends Til the End by Papertrey Ink) from a sheet of Studio 490 Clearly For Art, but didn't "punch" them from the sheet.  I left them attached in order to have better control over my stamping and coloring.  I stamped the images in Archival Jet Black ink.

 I used a paintbrush to apply some alcohol blending solution, which is clear, to the opposite side of the Clearly For Art sheet from the stamped image.  Then I dripped on some Lettuce ink.  The blending solution helps the ink flow on the sheet.

I did the same with the Wild Plum on the flower, only this time I only painted the blending solution on the flower petals so that the ink would not flow into the flower center.

I used my Copic markers to color the flower center after the Wild Plum ink was dry.

Next I popped the flower and leaves from the Clearly For Art sheet.

I wrapped the bottle with a strip of lime green felt.

BONUS TIP:  To evenly cut the felt, I laid it onto my Scor-Buddy and used my Tonic scissors to cut along one of the score grooves.

I adhered the felt, some textured ribbon and some hemp twine using 1" wide Scor-Tape.

Then I pulled out my Heat tool to warm the Clearly For Art flower and leaves until they were pliable, shaping them with my hands, then adhering them with Scor-Tape as well.

It was pretty hard to get photos of a clear bottle filled with water and the shiny and clear flower, but here it is again, along with a close-up and a photo of it sitting on the shelf above my desk.


That's it for me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my Altered Bottle.  Will you play along in our challenge?