Tuesday, 30 April 2013

April Video tutoriaL: First Love - A Mixed Media Layout

Hi all! Donna here for another video tutorial. Never mind the image above it say's Wednesday, lol! :D

Anyways, the project I created is still about this month's challenge, "Anything First."

The focus of my layout is about my very "first love" which is reading! :) Yep, a certified bookworm here! :)
My photo of a book with heart fold in the middle is actually a Dan Brown paperback I borrowed from a friend and made it myself, thought it's easy but nope, I had a hard time making that heart-shaped bookpage lol! :D The smaller photos were reading quotes I found over the net.
Thanks in advance for watching, enjoy!

Gesso - similar one you can find in the store -->>> Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso
double-sided tape and craft glue

Happy crafting!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Tutorial Monday: A Layout in the Making

Hi! Donna here sharing with you how I created one of my pages for this month of April.

Because my focal photos were not colorful, patterns and colors are what I had in mind when I created this page to make the photos stand out.

We'll layer colors and patterns and think how to make it work. I'v always love the chevron pattern, so that's where I started first.

Use glimmer mist on the background first. Wait for it to dry and then adhere your patter papers.

Start to play with patterns....
Then some colors and texture...
Lately, I love the fringed look and that's what I did in the pink patter paper. I bought my fringe scissors in a store for cooking utensils! I don't know why it's there, maybe for baking? I don't have any idea but I just bought it! :D
Then I added the yellow washi tapes in between the spaces as seen in the image.

Adhere the strips alternating colors and patterns...
Set your title at the top part of the photos. Recolor the thickers with yellow Prima ink to match the look of your page.
Add some chipboard and stickers for little details...
Let's not forget a journalling spot...
and after some more tweaks and re-arranging of embellishments, here's what you'll end up with.
Hope you liked my tutorial! Thanks for dropping by!

Materials used:
Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Commit patterned paper
Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Share patterned paper
Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Consistent patterned paper
Studio Calico here and there Savannah patterned paper
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Lavender Fields
American Crafts Precision Pen (black)
October Afternoon Sidewalks Chip 'n Stick

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Celebrate Everyday: Project Life with Marina

Hello dear crafty ladies!! Marina is here with some more Project Life.. 

I hope everyone is in a great spring mood and enjoying last days of good weather and even some occasional rain. My son and me are every day outside on our playground spending our afternoons with friends, running, riding bikes and crafting..

Here are my 2 weeks spreads. The second week spread is actually dedicated to the blessing day of our marriage in Catholic Church Jebel Ali. Very simple, romantic and magical ceremony. 

So here is the first spread: on the right side there is a picture of bird's nest hanging on our balcony and there is a little finch looking out from that nest. There is a story about him. He fell off the nest 2 weeks ago when he just hatched from the egg.. I picked him up from the floor using 2 spoons (not to pass on him any human smell - for mum-bird to accept him back). And I could not believe when I've seen 13 eggs in that tiny nest. He's grown up since that time and now learning to fly..

The second spread. Our renewal vows day in the church. Simple and magical time.. .. I loved so much pictures with my friends that I decided to dedicate entire page to them. All papers here are from Fancy Pants ParkBench Collection Kit.

Here is the handmade flower I made for my dress..

So that's it for today. I hope you would find some inspiration here for documenting your day-to-day life..
Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty happy week everyone,

Bye-bye, Marina.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Product Spotlight: Distress Stains

Good Morning, friends..

This is Shruti here, and I am here to talk about Distress Stains. Distress Strains are fluid water based dyes for papers and other porus surfaces. They can be used in multiple ways. Use them directly top down by pressing the nylon dabber on to the surface to create a beautiful background... It gives a very water color like effect on paper.

Another way of playing with them is by pouring some of the ink into a spray bottle and use as a mist. You can also dilute it with water to give it a lighter effect..

Use them to color in ribbons, laces, paper flowers and other such embellishments.. I even tried using them on canvas once and it worked just perfect..

Here is what I quickly put together using some of my distress stains.. 

Hope you enjoy the tutorial..

Step 1

I started off by heat embossing some clear embossing powder directly on to the Hero Hues folded card in Snow
Step 2:

I decided to color up my card with three different Distress Stains.. Picket Fence, Peacock Feathers and Broken China. You can either apply them by rubbing the nylon dabber directly on to the card.. or use your fingers to gently dab them like I did in the picture below. I wanted a very uneven water-color like effect to my background which is why I decided to use my fingers.

Step 3: I cut a small piece of watercolor paper and this time I rubbed all the three color directly on to the paper and colored it up.. I even stained a piece of sheer white ribbon with Broke China Distress Stain

Step 4: I then stamped and cut some cute images on a water color paper to ink them with some distress stains..

Picket Fence is a very useful stain, according to me.. I use it to mix with other colors to create different shades..

Like here.. I mixed it with Barn Door Distress Stain to create a light pink shade. Similarly, I mixed Barn Door, Picket Fence and Crushed Olive stains together to get shades of orange and yellow.. And that is what I used to color these flowers up.. :) How cool is that?!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Oh! yes.. the sentiment was cut using my Silhouette Cameo.. :)

Thank You!!

Supplies Used:
Hero Hues Snow Floded Cards
Hero Arts Bright White Water Color Paper
Hero Arts Zig Zag Cling Stamp
Zing Embossing Powder Clear
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Barn Door
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Peacock Feathers
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Broken China
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Crushed Olive
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Picket Fence
American Crafts - Pebbles - New Addition Girl Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamp
Silhouette Cameo Die Cutting Machine

Saturday, 20 April 2013

PPS First Birthday Blog Hop Winner

Hello! Thank you for all your kind comments on our blog candy and blog hop. 

It is time to announce the winner of our First Birthday Blog Hop Challenge. Of all the submissions we received, our favorite was Bhawna's card. We loved how she combined both Louella's card and my mini album to make a card of her own. 

Bhawna, you have won yourself  an AED 50 gift voucher. Please email ppsuae@gmail.com within 48 hours to claim your prize. 


Thursday, 18 April 2013

Celebrate Everyday: Project Life with Marina

Hello everyone, Marina is here with some more Project Life..

I hope everyone is in the great creative mood!! I had very busy week - school Easter holidays, my sister's birthday, my friend just got the baby-boy - so plenty to record.. For Easter memories I created 2 scrap pages in a spread as well as for my sister's birthday page to mark the fact that it is special to me..

I had ParkBench Paper pack by Fancy Pants with alpha's and stickers which are all coordinated and easy to use. I used as well Decorative Bags by Fancy Pants and Journaling Cards by Jenni Bowlin Studio for the message my friend sent me about getting new baby-boy. It is hidden yet still bag is transparent, so it gives some special touch to that message.

I used Amy Tangerine Rotary Phrase Stamp a lot.

For the Easter spread I used Designed Frames by Maggie Holmes plus Maya Road Vintage Edge Kraft Envelopes and loved it!! I added 2 big buttons from Dear Lizzy collection to the envelope for extra dimension. For the title I used Amy Tangerine Muse Thickers colored with red ink.

Next spread. I loved how my title card turned out with long sticker in the center and date under it. I used snapshop of my whether prediction app to mark the fact that there was a thunder storm. Easy created cards with papers and stickers from  ParkBench Paper pack by Fancy Pants. On the second left journaling card I used American Crafts chevron ribbon. On the right scrapbooking page dedicated my sister's birthday. Very simple indeed. I loved using Amy Tangerine Decorative Tags and Decorative Bags by Fancy Pants. And again Amy Tangerine Muse Thickers colored with red ink for a title.

So that is it for today, I hope you would get excited and inspired to document your daily life. And I will see you soon..

Happy crafting everyone,
thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Product Spotlight: Distress Ink Pads - Part 3

Since we are getting a lot of queries and response on our distress ink series.. we thought we'd go ahead and share with you all some more tips and techniques on what you could you with all your lovely distress ink pads.

Today I thought of putting together yet another card from scratch focusing mainly on distress inks..

I cut out some card stocks.. for the purpose of layering.

I decided to distress this yellow card stock with Rusty Hinge to match the shades of the other two brown cardstocks am using for this card..

Distress the edges of the cardstocks with a distressing tool.. In this case I used the rough part of my exacto knife.. You can also use a sand paper.

I tried the masking technique here. For this you need a white cardstock and different shades of distress inks

You also need either a masking tape, a sticky post or a simple card stock from your scraps, just like I did.. I cut a wavy shape on a scrap paper, free hand. and went ahead inking through the edges of it using my blending tool

I also tried the same technique with just one color too and this is how it turned out..

STEP 5: Heat embossing with a white embossing powder

Am just loving this new stamp set I got from PPS!! How pretty is that!!

Die cut a flower and leaves and clear emboss the flowers using any patterned stamp

This is how it will look once you have heat embossed the pattern..

Ink the flower with distress ink colors, this technique is called Emboss Resist.

I colored up the leaves by simply dabbing them onto the distress ink pad

STEP 10: Put them all together

Products used:
Disress inks
Hero Arts Leafy Vines Stamp Set
Zing Embossing Powder Clear
Zing Embossing Powder Opaque: White
Inkessential Non-stick Craft Sheet
Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
Ranger Inkessentials Ink Blending Tool Handle
Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Ribbon Value Pack
Silhouette Cameo Die-Cutting Machine