Saturday, August 30, 2014

Insta Album

Hello everyone!

I hope you all nice and well!

Sandra here with a mini album using 'Posh' and 'Romance Novel'

This time I decided to make a mini album with some of my instagram photos, here's the link to my profile if you fancy more: link.

here's the album:

Did I say how much I love both of the collections?

they fit my projects perfectly, just a little bit of paint and stamps and live is full of colours!

Instagram photos are perfect for printing, as they all square, so they make my life easier! 

adding a little bit of pages from book/newspapers you can give a nice finish with gesso on the top!

always trying to match the colours of my picture with the materials I use.

Products Used:

have a Lovey day!

Can't wait to share with you my next project, hmmm, what can it be?

stay tuned!


Friday, August 29, 2014

How to make a Masculine Birthday card with MSD by: Aneta and Challenge nr.1

Hello my friends and thank you for visiting me today.

I have a special challenge for you today where you can win 
an amazing MSD bundle. Isn't that exciting?? :)

But that comes later, now I would like to present 
my second: "HOW TO..." tutorial.

This time the difficulty level is 2 and it's Masculine Birthday Card.
I made this for my husband on his 30th birthday.

If you feel like to check out my first tutorial

And now, here it comes:

Step 1: gather your supplies.

Step 2: use some black ink to shadow all edges,

Step 3, 4 and 5 : use some distress ink for a more vintage look
and start to arrange all the layers on your card, 

Step 6 and 7: Use some pop dots 
for 3D effect on some of the last layers, 

Step 8: I cut out HAPPY BIRTHDAY in my cameo
and used pop dots for 3d effect,

Step 9: Finally, attach some flowers and leaves...

Step 10:... and use some liquid pearls for the final touch.

I hope you're ready to have some fun.
I prepared some challenge for you and I hope you'll like it.

The rules are very simple:

1. Use a color palette or a sketch below to start your project. 
You can choose colors, sketch or both if you feel like it.

2. This is our first challenge and this time NO Marion Smith products required
but I would love to see some of your fantastic projects 
made with our fantastic products :)

3. When your project is ready just write a post on your blog 
and link it HERE. You'll find the tool in the end of the post on MY BLOG.
 (please add link directly to the post you want us to visit,
not to the entire blog)

4. This challenge is open till 21st of September.

5. Winner will be drawn out by the Random Numbers Generator
and announced 26th of September in my next: "HOW TO..." post.

And now our prize, sponsored by MSD and me:

Prize includes:
- 14 MSD tags
- 5 sheets 15x15 MSD papers
- 6 handmade flowers made by me:)
- 10 vintage roses
- 1 crocked doily 
- 20cm black lace
- 4 vintage ribbons
- 1 MSD resin rose
- 2 packages of MSD Junque & Gems
( 2 necklaces and 2 photo cameras )

I'll cover shipping of the main prize to the lucky winner :)

So, who is ready to be a lucky winner and have some crafty fun?

You'll find the linking tool  ON MY BLOG :)

Thank you for visiting us and good luck everybody!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Altered Picnic Basket

Hello friends!

I'm in today to share a small altered project I created for Marion Smith Designs. Usually altered stuff are not my thing but MSD products are so suitable for them, I had a lot of fun making this picnic basket.

What better collection to use than the Mad Tea Party eh? I used the papers and metal embellishments from this line, together with some bits from the Garment District 6x6 paper pad. 

Some closeups: 

Handmade flowers with the Bloom Impressions Tool and an altered metal butterfly from Junque and Gems.

Floral sprays made from MSD flower stamens. Love that they come in teal!

And here's a video of how I put the whole project together. Sit back and enjoy!

Marion Smith Designs products used:


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Garment District altered Matchbox by Keri Sallee

Good Morning Lovelies!

Keri Sallee with you this morning.

Today I am combining two of my FAVORITE companies: Marion Smith Designs and Graphic 45.

I LOVE all of Graphic 45's "Staples" and I wanted to make one of their Matchboxes FABULOUS with some Marion Smith Goodies.

Here's What I used:

Marion Smith Garment District Papers (6x6 size)

Graphic 45 Small Sliding Matchbox

Marion Smith Junque and Gems

Marion Smith Alphabet Stamps

Ivory Acrylic Paint
Folk Art Antique Gold Acrylic Paint
Deco Art 1-Step Crackle Finish
Washi Tape
Liquid Adhesive
Dimensional Tape 
Archival Ink in Jet Black (Ranger)
Paper Flower (Michael's)

For my cover, I fussy cut some fun shapes from the "Garment District", as well as a stamped butterfly from the "Curious" stamp set. I layered these with some Junque and Gems and a paper flower. 

To make my finish I did the following:

(1) Painted my matchbox with ivory acrylic paint.

(2) applied a thick coat of Deco Art 1-Step Crackle. Allow it to dry completely (can take 2-4 hours.) This is not a step you want to rush with a heat gun. I find you get much better crackle allowing it to dry naturally.

(3) Once your crackle is dry, with your fingers, lightly rub your antique gold paint over one side at a time. Wipe away excess with a paper towel.

Once that was dry, I stamped my box with the same butterfly stamp using Archival Ink and then set them with my heat gun. 

The hidden fun of this project is a fun accordion album!! I simply cut 4 pieces of "Garment District" paper to fit my box, used washi tape to attach them together (leave a small gab between them to allow them to fold) and folded them accordion style. The last one is adhered to the back of my box to allow the album to be permanently attached and not get lost. 

My title was made by simply stamping Marion's Alphabet stamp on a scrap piece of "Garment District" paper and adhereing them down. (Tweezers work well for this since they are so small!)

So there you go!

I hope you enjoyed my project today and are inspired to bring together your favorite companies.

Until next time, remember...make your art intentional in your life...not an after thought.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Reasons to Smile Card by Erica Houghton

Hi! Today is my first post for Marion Smith Designs and I'm sharing a card I created using the Nirvana Collectionas well as a step by step tutorial showing you how I created my card. 

Step 1: Distress and adhere Nirvana pattern papers to card base

Step 2: Distress and adhere Nirvana pattern papers to card base

Step 3: Adhere sentiment

Step 4: Adhere flowers

Step 5: Attach Junque & Gems

Marion Smith Designs, Nirvana

Marion Smith Designs, Junque & Gems – Geared Up

Manor House Creations, Petaloo & Prima Marketing – flowers
Bead Landing – metal chain, jump rings
Celebrate It – ribbon
Wilton – doilies

MyStik® Permanent Strips
Crafty Foam Tape – White

Tim Holtz – distress ink 

Thanks for joining me today!