Saturday, September 20, 2014

Vintage Butterfly Mini album by Lisa Gregory


In some parts of the country, fall is in the air. Not here in Florida where I live, but I feel it in my heart. It is my favorite season. I adore the colors of this months color challenge. Warm, cozy colors, just like Autumn. I decided to create a small vintage like mini album. I would like to fill it with pictures of butterflies and Autumn images to remind me that summer is fleeting, and fall is on the way. Here is your Lindys Color Challenge Palette. Gorgeous huh??

  The entire mini is created from corrugated cardboard I saved from a heavy duty box. Save a tree!!! The cover and back were reinforced with chip board I saved from a paper pack at work.

For my cover, I chose to spray the flowers with Lindys Starburst spray in Fuzzy Navel Peach. The leaves were sprayed with Flat Fabios Danny Zukos Denim. The metal frame was heat embossed using Cleopatra's Copper embossing powder included in this months Limited Edition Color Challenge Mega Set. It gave my black metal a wonderful coppery sheen. Looks just like aged copper metal!

I used 2 small metal clips, that I heat embossed to match my metal frame, and used a chain to attach the clips to. It is the perfect closure for mini's. 

 For the inside pages, I mounted paper onto the cardboard I used Prima's Cartographer that was designed by my great friend Frank Garcia!! The neutral papers compliment the colors in this months Color Challenge. I heat embossed spots with a mask and Lindys Cleopatra Copper Embossing powder. The die cut frames were also heat embossed with the same color powder. I inked the die cut  cardboard with a walnut stain color before embossing. I sprayed the front and back with the Cowabunga Copper and edged each piece of the pages by painting on the same color using  a small brush.Then I gave each page a quick spritz of Gag Me With a Spoon Gray Starburst  Spray. That really gave the pages a fine metal like sheen.

The spine of the mini was created using Grunge paper. I sprayed it with Cowabunga Copper Starburst Spray. The seam binding was also sprayed with the Cowbunga Copper and Flat Fabios Danny Zukos Denim. I tied them to a ring on the spine.

The back of the mini was finished with a heat embossed die cut as well. I seemed like the perfect ending to my mini.

I wish you could see the sparkle and sheen the sprays gave each of the materials I used on my mini. The cardboard, the seam binding, the grunge board, the metal, to the fabric flowers. It is simply amazing what the sprays and embossing powders do to dress up a plain ordinary object. It turns it into something extraordinary. Thanks for coming by for  peek. Don't forget to join our September Color Challenge for  chance to win some great Lindys product!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Everythings Coming Up Roses...By Lisa Gregory

I hope you have all had a peek from Blue Fern Studios new paper line, Montage. Well, it is beautiful and  a must have collection for your paper stash. For today's post, each project was done with each of Blue Fern Studios paper Collections. This first layout was done with Blue Fern Garden using the Timeless sheet. I opted to take the pink color  from the flowers in the paper, and use Lindys Stamp Gang sprays to color the paper. It was also inspired by this months beautiful Sketch. Click on the sketch below to join the challenge!!

Here is my take on the sketch.

The piece of chipboard I used is from the  Blue Fern Studios Roman Clock Set - Large.  I used one of the smaller pieces and cut it out in a semicircle for the corner.

 I used one of the the larger circles from the Blue Fern Studios Roman Clock Set - Large.  to frame the photo. Both pieces of chipboard were textured with gesso, then sprayed with Lindys Starburst sprays in Sweet Violet Purple Teal and Bougainvillea Fuschia

I used the Blue Fern Studios Mixed Chains to dangle underneath the flower bud. I cut one to get 2 pieces.

The big rose was store bought in the floral section, the rolled roses were hand made from cardstock.
You can find my tutorial HERE.

Here is the file for the butterflies I have used on my layout. I sprayed Lindy's alpine Ice Rose Starburst Spray on the butterflies just to give it a  kiss of color with the gold undertones. This is one of my favorite colors. Simply gorgeous!! For the butterflies, just right click and save the file. Print out, cover with Rock Candy Stickles, and adorn as you wish. I used the spray for gold sparkle.

This next layout was created using Montage. I layered  Bouquet and Mercantile over  piece of corrugated cardboard.

I heat embossed Lindys embossing powder on the Quatrefoil Panel. 

 I used the Collage Frame to frame the photo.I primed it with white gesso, then heat embossed it using Lindys Embossing powder.

I added lots of texture with modeling paste and gesso.

The tag was created using Ombre Dreams Juliannas Dream. I did some spraying and masking on the tag before adding my embellishments.

I cut the smallest piece from the Roman Clock Set. I used the pieces in opposite corners.

I created  the quote in Photoshop, printed it out, then cut it up for the tag.I topped the tag with Seam binding that I colored with Lindys spray.

I hope you were inspired by my projects today.  Until next month, Visit the Blue Fern Studios Blog for daily inspiration! Step by steps and videos from our eduction team will keep your creativity flowing!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

You Got Framed by Lisa Gregory

I have a little mixed media layout for you using 3 of the August Color Challenge colors. I omitted the Hydrangea Blue in this project.  I started with a 12x12 sheet of patterned paper that I adhered to  piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard. (save those heavy duty boxes!!) I adhered some doilies in 2 different sizes and layered them. I spread some gesso randomly over the background using a palette knife, then sprayed it using Wild Honeysuckle Coral. Once it was dry, I did some stamping over the whole area. I wet the edges of the paper of layout and peeled it back from the base to expose the ridge part of the corrugated cardboard. I ripped and curled back the paper. Once it dried, I sprayed the exposed parts with  Wild Honeysuckle Coral.

 I took some creamy peachy colored flowers I purchased at Hobby Lobby, stripped them off of the stems, and spayed some Wild Honeysuckle Coral just in the middle. The color slowly spread through the flowers and created   faded look which came out fabulous. I created a tutorial of the smaller flowers for the  Lindys Stamp Gang News Letter. Sign up today and don't miss another issue. I used
Sweet Violet Purple Teal for them.

The die cut frames are  composed of 2 different Sizzix Dies. I primed them with Gesso. The 3 base frames were colored with  Whale Watch Blue. The top frame in the middle was colored with
Sweet Violet Purple Teal.

Instead of pop dots, I used bits of corrugated cardboard in between my layers. They are the perfect width. The stamped and fussy cut leaves were sprayed with Maidenhair Fern Green, then using  a paintbrush, I highlighted them with Wild Honeysuckle Coral.

The dragonfly was stamped onto white card stock. I stamped an extra set of wings to layer the dragonfly to give it dimension, then colored it with a paintbrush using Maidenhair Fern Green, Wild Honeysuckle Coral, and Sweet Violet Purple Teal.

Thank you for the visit to Lindy's!! Dont forget to pull out your Color Challenge colors and join us for a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang Store. Check it out the right HERE. Until next time, may you always dream in color!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team August Blog Hop.

 Welcome to this  months  Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop. I just love looking through my stash of Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies to get my mojo going. This month the color purple whispered in my ear. If you came here from the very talented Glenda Brooks Blog, you're on the right track!!

 For the flowers I used HCPC 3468 Tattered Blossoms PreCut Set. I die cut them with the Tattered Blossoms Die.  I sprayed them with Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Frenchy's Pink Pouf spray. Then painted on some Lindy's Moon Shadow mist in Fantom  Fusia.  I gave the middle of the flowers  a shot of Lindy's StarBurst Spray in California Golden Poppy then popped a half pearl in the middle and used some liquid pearls in gold around the half pearl.

I watered down some Lindys Magicals in Pop Rock Purple and washed it round my photos and flowers. I stamped HCPC 3323 Large Elegant Word over the painted areas.

Unfortunately the leaves I used are a retired stamp from Heartfelt Creations, Leafy Swirls.  To color them I used Lindy's Stamp Gang StarBurst spray in Maidenhair Fern Green with a bit of the California Golden Poppy that I painted on to highlight them. The die cut Sizzix Frames were primed with gesso, then sprayed with Lindy's Moon Shadow Mist in Peg Leg Pete Purple. (say that fast 5 times!!!)  I also painted on  a bit of Lindy's Magicals in Pop Rock Purple from the Under The Boardwalk set, then sprayed it again using a couple of layers for a washed color. 

I stamped HCPC 3469 Tattered Blossom Swirls Precut set stamps all round the layout. I painted the flowers with the Magicals as well.The corrugated cardboard that I adhered the Blue Fern Studios paper to was painted with Pop rock Purple, then sprayed with Peg Leg Pete Purple. I used a tiny bit of gesso around the very edges of the layout.

I took these photo's of my dear grandmother about year before she passed away. She was my Angel. She loooooved flowers!!

Now head on to Mary Faus's Blog to continue on the Hop!! Make sure you finish the hop and leave comments. The winner receives a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations.
We will announce a winner at noon on Sat. August 30th. So check back.
Thanks for stopping by....Hope you were inspired!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pretty As A Picture

This months Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge colors have some of  the most beautiful jewel toned colors I have ever worked with. They are also some of my favorite colors. I love the violet and blues together.  Throw in  touch of green and you can't go wrong. Experimenting with mixing some of the colors together, gave me a variety of tones for the flowers. For the flowers I used Sweet Violet Purple Teal and Pretty in Pink Pink.

I just searched the internet for flowers in the blue family that would match the colors on the challenge. The photo of these morning Glorys were perfect! 

To create the base of my layout, I mounted a piece of white card stock onto  piece of thick corrugated cardboard with ModPodge. I coated the white cardstock with some gesso. This gave my base the feeling of canvas. When it was dry, I peeled back the paper and top layer of cardboard around the edges of the base, curled back some cutouts and wrinkled the corners. I sprayed it, used molding paste, then did some masking and  little stamping for added texture.

I fell in love with the little nests filled with Robins eggs that Gabrielle Pollacco  creates for her projects and had to give it  try. I used excelsior for the nest, and the eggs were rolled from Fimo Clay. I added Hydrangea Blue spray and  touch of Whale Watch to some gesso and created the robins egg blue to paint the eggs.  I used some black acrylic pint watered down a bit to speckle the eggs, Just glue them into the nest. They are adorable and easy to create.

The die cut leaves and the stamen in the flowers were sprayed with Maidenhair Fern Green.  I mounted the photo on  piece of corrugated cardboard that was primed with gesso, then spayed with Sweet Violet Purple Teal.

I coated the Blue Fern Studios Chipboard with white gesso, let it dry, then heat embossed it with  Hydrangea Blue Mauve embossing powder. Lindys embossing powder has a two/toned effect that is beautiful! When the light hits it, you can see a bit of violet in this blue color.

I really love this months Lindy's Color Challenge colors. I hope you join us this month with your own creations!! I know I would love to see what you do!! Grab  Lindy's Limited Edition August 2014 Challenge Mega Set to get the color party started!! Here re the colors in this months challenge. They are sure to become some of your "go to" colors.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bridal Shower Kraft Gift Bag Tutorial for BoBunny

BoBunny is continuing their feature on Kraft Gift Bags. For this feature I chose to create  a Bridal Shower Wishing Well project along with a tutorial. I think this would  be a fun project to do for any occasion. What a great way to share recipes, thoughts or good wishes. What could you use this idea for??
Here is my Recipe Card in Kraft Bag for Bridal Shower Wishing Well...

 To cover the Kraft bag, cut a piece of patterned paper just slightly smaller than the surface of the bag, ink the edges and adhere the paper to the flap side of the bag.

For the flap, I used a die which happens to be the perfect size for the flap on the bag. I also cut  the same shape using thin chipboard as well. This will give the flap some weight when adhered to the paper. Ink the edges attach the trimmed die cut to the flap of the bag.

Attach a flower to the middle of the die-cut flap.

This is the underside of the flap. Place a chipboard circle. behind the flower. This will give it additional weight to keep the flap down without the use of magnets. It also gives it a nice clean finish.

Using a hole punch, punch out a half circle in the top middle of the bag. Now trim a recipe card so that it slides in the bag with ease. The half circle punch out makes it easy to pull out the recipe card.

Now time to decorate the outside of the bag. Die cut a small tag and layer it. I placed some lined patterned paper to write a small sentiment on. Do some random stamping and add the letters to the side of the bag.

This is the finished Recipe in a Gift Bag, for a Bridal Shower Wishing Well. I think this is great idea to collect recipes for the bride to be. The concept could be applied to different themes. How about tips for new moms at a baby shower!!! The ideas are endless!!

This is the finished Recipe in a Gift Bag, for a Bridal Shower Wishing Well. I think this is great idea to collect recipes for the bride to be. The concept could be applied to different themes. How about tips for new moms at a baby shower!!! The ideas are endless!!

BoBunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Antique/The Avenues
Stamps: Distressed Textures Stamps
Kraft:  Kraft Gift Bag Plain
Misc Me: The Avenues Recipe Contents/The Avenues Notepaper
Blossoms: Natural Earth Zinnia