Monday, March 20, 2023

My Interview with TPC Magazine

This interview with TPC (The Paper Crafting) Magazine was fun to do. And the magazine is so awesome!! You really have to check it out. Paper crafting from around the globe!! 


Thursday, March 16, 2023

49 and Market. Vintage Artistry Everyday and Color Swatch Toast

 Hello Lovelies. I am excited to share with you, 2 of 49 and Markets new collections. Vintage Artistry Everywhere and the perfect match, Color Swatch Toast. The beauty with Toast is, it will go with EVERYTHING!!!! I used one of the papers as my base, and everything else just naturally followed. My granddaughter LOVES to explore. Even if it is in my own back yard. I have the perfect photos for the Everywhere collection. This explore and travel themed collection is extraordinary...

I started by machine sewing around the edges of the Toast Paper A. I used 2 colors that matched the colors in the layout. Then I mounted the paper into a 12x12 piece of corrugated cardboard using Mod Podge. I  inked the edges with distress ink.  Once I had the placement of my photomat and Filmstrips, I marked it with pencil, and used the Everywhere Rub On Transfer Set around the pencil lines, then worked my design inside of the rub ons. 

I designed the photo mat, by using the Ticket Essentials in Toast, and pasted them behind the photo reel from the Everyday Cluster kit. I used the frame from the same kit, adhered it to a small piece of corrugated cardboard and placed my photo in the middle, then placed the framed photo in the middle of the reel. I love the envelope pockets from the Everywhere Essential File Set. I put one together to tuck the reel into. I inked the edges with distress ink. I placed the  adorable banner under the photo. The staples look so real!!!

I chose the flowers, Garden Petals in Salmon and Royal Posies in Ocean Jade. They are the perfect match. I used the Everywhere Laser cuts to cluster on the left side of the layout. I also used the Essential Filmstrips in Toast and a strip of Everywhere Fabric Tape in the cluster.  I placed a small heart button from the Cluster Kit tied some single layer jute through it, and added a tiny flower. I topped it with a tiny Laser Cut butterfly in Toast. 

To the left of the layout, I layered Essential Filmstrip with an Everywhere Laser cut ticket strip. And in side of each space in the Filmstrip, I placed a photo from Charlottes adventure in the woods. I adhered a couple of word strips on the front of the Essential File, placing a small strip of chipboard underneath. 

Thank you for joining me today. I had so much fun creating this layout. I see a travel junk journal in my future using the Vintage Artistry Everywhere Collection. And adding toast is a must. PLUS there is another new Color Swatch collection. InkWell....The blue is gorgeous!!! Until next time!! Visit the 49 and Market Blog for more inspiration. 

49 and Market Products Used:

Color Swatch Toast Paper 4
Color Swatch Toast Essential Film Strips
Color Swatch Toast Ticket essentials 
Color Swatch Toast Laser Cut Elements
Vintage Artistry Everywhere Rub  On Transfer Set
Vintage Artistry Everywhere Ephemera Bits
Vintage Artistry Everywhere Essential File Set
Vintage Artistry Everywhere Laser Cut Elements
Vintage Artistry Everywhere Cluster Kit
Vintage Artistry Everywhere Repositionalable Fabric Tape Assortment
Garden Petals Salmon
Royal Posies Ocean Jade
Single Ply Jute

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Explosion Box featuring 49 and Market Vintage Artistry Tranquility Collection and Color Swatch Eucalyptus collection.

Hello Lovelies. Today I hope to inspire you to create something different. I created an explosion box that has a mini album inside. I love creating these boxes.  I used the brand new Vintage Artistry Tranquility Collection along with the perfectly color coordinated Eucalyptus collection. I just gathered all of the product from both collections, spread them out on my table and grabbed from different embellishments as I was building my box. For the base, I used  my We R Memory Makers explosion box score board, and I did the Xtra large box. I used a heavy duty white cardstock in white to form the base for the box and lid. I then used Tranquility papers to cover the box inside and out. Before I adhered  the pieces on the box, I did some machine sewing on each piece. I also added 4 wooden beads for the feet of the box. I thought about painting them, but love the look of the raw wood, so I left them unpainted. Once the all of the papers were adhered to the box and top, the fun began. Embellishing! 

I used 2 different silk/sari ribbons and the Single Ply Jute to tie around the box top, then I adhered the Lacey Trim in cream, right under the rim of the lid. I adhered the tiny chipboard hearts on three sides of the top, over the ribbon. Using a bulb pin, I strung the laser cut lock and key and pinned it onto the ribbon in the front. 

When you lift the top of the explosion box, it reveals a tiny mini album that measures 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 and has 6  pages. This was so much fun to create. There is so much room in this explosion box for photos. There are tucks, tags, frames and pockets to save keepsakes, or photos. All from the Tranquility and Eucalyptus collections. The embellies are the best. There are so many to choose from. If you purchase all of the collection, you could be created for days! Endless possibilities. 

Here are different angles of the mini album. The front is adorned with 3 different flower collections, Lasercut elements, Rub ons, and Essential Film Strips. I created a 2 1/2 inch spine I made a hole on the top in the middle, placed an eyelet, and tied on some silk and sari ribbon. I created charms from some of the Chipboard pieces. I also created a small cabochon charm. I added beads to the chipboard word strips and sandwiched an eye pin in between the chipboard and backed with a scrap of Tranquility paper. Then I placed jump rings to the eye pins, and used a bulb pin to pin the dangles to the ribbon. I love dangles on mini albums. Its like jewelry. I used the same silk and sari ribbon for the closure and tied it in a bow. You can see the mini when it is open. I created 6 pages besides the front inside and back inside covers. 

Here are some closeups of some of the pages in the mini album.

On each flap of the box, I used the Eucalyptus frames to create pockets for the cards I created. I added a small strip of chipboard to 3 sides of the frame, leaving the top open. I adhered the frames to the flaps, and tucked in the cards. Each of the 4 cards open up to reveal a blank page that can be used for journaling, or photos. Journaling can also be done on the corner hearts. 

Here is a closeup of the box top. I used flowers, laser cut butterflies, chip board and essential Film Strips. Before I adhered  them all, I used some cheesecloth on the top of the lid. It adds a little shabby chic elegance to the box. With touches of ribbon, jute  and lace to finish it off. 

I hope that you are inspired to create an explosion box of your own. I think they are so much fun to make. Think of what you want to fill yours with. The mii album is so cute, and I enjoyed creating it. 

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

49 and Market ARToptions Rouge

 Hello Lovelies. Valentines has passed, but this is still the month of LOVE. So, to fit the mood, I created a layout using the new gorgeous ARToptions Rouge, I love pink!! And what better color to pair it with, than hues of green. The main design paper I used is Rouge, Sweet Nothings. The green paper underneath is from the fabulous Rouge Color Foundations collection. #4. I use to fret about finding the perfect colored cardstock to compliment  my projects, and now we have Foundations!! Perfectly coordinated. I cut a 1 inch border from the #4 paper, and saved the inner cutout for something else. I can't see wasting it behind the main paper. I cut 1/4 inch around the Sweet Nothings paper, and machine stitched around it. I then distressed the edges all around the outside the stitching. This created my base to build my design. 

These are a few of my favorite things!! If you haven't tried the fabric tape, then you must, There is so much you can do with it. The Washi stickers add an extra something to your projects. I love that you don't see the borders once you rub them into the paper. And the flowers....YUM!!! They are simply delicious!! I usually add a bit of jute somewhere in my projects. It is usually a finishing touch! 

Here, I used the jute to tie around the framed photo. Once the bow was tied, I adhered a tiny chipboard heart to the middle of the bow. I stacked the frames, starting with ARToptions Rouge, Filmstrip frames. There are many sizes in the pack. I adhered a bigger one to the background, then began to build the layers. I used 2 of the frames from the Color Swatch Blossom Frame Set. I backed both of the frames with the leftover piece of #4 Rouge Foundations paper. Using the Single Ply Jute, I tied 2 pieces around the photo. I used corrugated cardboard between each layer for height. I slipped the photo under the jute and onto the frame. I love these frames as the stitching looks so real! They are so sweet!

I used 2 more smaller frames and backed each one with the Rouge Fabric tape. I used the wide roll in the pack. They look like 2 framed  little master pieces of art. I then built my floral design using the Color Swatch Blossom - Acetate Leaves and a few of the flower collections in pink tones. Garden Petals, Royal Spray, and Royal Posies. I used a couple of ARToptions Rouge Laser cut butterflies to tuck in the flower clusters. 

The 12x12 Rouge Sentiments Rub-Ons are simply fabulous. I chose 4 different sentiments to scatter over the layout. I tucked some Rouge Laser Cuts into my floral clusters as well. I spattered some white acrylic paint, and some coordinated colored ink to finish the layout. I added some pink colored rhinestones from my own stash for bit of sparkle. 

I hope that you are inspired to create something with ARToptions Rouge. It really is a beautiful collection. Until next time, Happy Creating!! xo

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

49 and Market Vintage Artistry Tranquility

Hello Lovelies. Today I am sharing with you a layout done with Color Swatch Eucalyptus and Vintage Artistry Tranquility. There is so much to these collections. The possibilities to create are endless! You have to see the amount of ephemera that goes with the collections. Besides the papers, the embellishments are gorgeous!. I chose to start off with a 12x12 layout. To start, I adhered my paper to a piece of 12x12corrugated cardboard. I use Mod Podge because I like the way it comes away from the paper if you wet it. It makes it perfect, to distress our paper after it has been already mounted. After the paper dried onto the cardboard, I took a small glass plate, placed it on the paper, and using a scalpel (hey, I'm a nurse!) I cut/scored into the layer of paper all around. Using my finger dipped in water, I wet the cut lines, and tore back the paper a little revealing just a very small part pf the cardboard. There were spots where I didn't tear back the paper, and I used the single ply jute, to sew X's stitches, as if I were holding the paper together with stitches. I used some white gesso with touched of green into the slit parts of the  cardboard. This was my base for the layout. 

I created a vine using the Sugar Posey Flowers in Butterscotch. I had some floral wire, and created the vine with the flowers, leaves, and floral wire. The size of the sugar Posies was perfect for my piece. 

The 49 and Market Rub-Ons glide on your paper like butter!! And the beauty is they do NOT leave a glare or a border the way old rub ons use to. I used the 12x12 Vintage Artistry Tranquility Sentiments Rub-on transfers. I used the word ALWAYS, and cut the individual letters apart to make it easier to follow the design of the curves on the circle. I did the same with the smaller words. 

I love layers. For the photo mat, I cut apart a piece of paper from the Tranquility 6x8 papers. But hold on to the cut away scraps! I used those for parts of the papers in the layering in graduated sizes, using corrugated cardboard and chip board between layers. I love dimension in my layouts.  No paper is every pasted on my watch! I layered a Essentials 4x6 File Frames in the middle of my mat. I did a l little machine sewing on the frame before I adhered it to the mat. I distressed and inked the edge of the mat. I then used the scraps of the 6x8 paper, cut it down, distressed and inked the edges. In-between the pieces, I added tickets and an Essential Filmstrip in Eucalyptus. I added string the laser cut key, and I poked holes in the chipboard hearts and tied some single ply jute through the holes. To frame the photo, I used a smaller frame from the Eucalyptus Frame Set.  

Here you can see the dimension between the layers. The entire middle part of the layout is lifted off of the page. Of course you can leave the cardboard out from in between each layer. But I like it. 

Thank  you for joining me today. I hope you are inspired to start a project this week using the new Eucalyptus and the Vintage Artistry Serenity. I concentrated on the blues and green in the collection, but there is a lot of pink that I didn't use. Next time!!!

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