Monday, 20 April 2015

He Rules the Roost, She Rules the Rooster!

Welcome to Crafty Secrets Hen Party Blog Hop. If you are coming from Diane's blog you are in the right place. We are all excited at Crafty Secrets about our new "Farm Chicks" digital art stamp set and to celebrate we are hosting this blog hop.

I've used six images from this fab set to make this side step card. I loved loved loved colouring the happy couple. Colouring has always been my favourite part of crafting and the detail on these images makes it easy to bring them to life with my favourite Copics. The attempt at humour in the title is just a line I printed off myself.

As you can see the happy couple have been busy and there are all kinds of cute little chicks hopping around. It is a single image I just shrank down reversing every other chick. If you look closely I fussy cut them leaving their feet attached for something to anchor them to the grass. Speaking of the grass, it is a Martha Stewart punch. To give the egg baskets more depth I took a stylus to the back of each egg. 

It would appear some feathers were lost when the hen objected to being fussy cut! The final touches were adding some red pops here and there.

Every good blog hop has a prize and ours is no exception. One lucky winner will receive their very own set of "Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps" and the digital "Chicken Farm Paper" as well. To win, simply visit every blog listed below and leave a nice comment. Then, finish up this hop on the Crafty Secrets BLOG and let us know that you've visited and commented on all the designers' blogs. The winner will be randomly chosen from one of the blog comments on one of the designer's blogs. How fun is that? Cluck cluck cluck...

Without further ado... put on your walking shoes and join the fowl couple in a funky chicken over to the next blog to visit Ginny.

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Sweet Tweets

As we continue on with our Crafty Secrets/Really Reasonable Ribbon cross promotion I made another project using Crafty Secrets "Sing for Joy" and Really Reasonable Ribbon "April Ribbon Club".

I started with an ecru 5x6.5" card base and aged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The floral paper is Graphics 45, the next layer is ecru cardstock embossed with swiss dot and inked with an aqua ink. Next is a Graphics 45 postcard again aged with Vintage Photo. I printed off two extra birds on branch images and fussy cut out the flower branch of those two plus the branch with the birds on it. Everything was coloured with copics and I added stickles to the sweet little birdies. Now they are really singing sweetly. Final touches were to add the pearls to the flowers and tie some pretty ribbon. The sentiment is also from "Sing for Joy", printed in brown. I forgot to mention everything is popped up on dimensionals.

Big thanks to Bonnie from RRR for generously supplying the design team at Crafty Secrets with some of her gorgeous ribbon.

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Monday, 6 April 2015


 Welcome to the April Linky Party

 I have been lucky enough to have gone to Paris 4 times and it is a wonderful experience in the springtime or any other. From the minute I saw this Crafty Secrets Eiffel Tower I knew I would love making it. It is easy to assemble and looks amazing. The stars kind of aligned for this project as a group I belong to decided to do a French progressive dinner and Really Reasonable Ribbon and Crafty Secrets partnered for a cross promotion this month. Our design team received this gorgeous ribbon and Crafty Secrets provided the RRR design team with some of our goodies. I used the aqua shade of the ribbon (3rd from the right) to do a black/aqua art deco colour scheme of the Eiffel Tower and placecards.

The package you see pictured below is the  April Club Assortment. It was a pleasure to work with and tied so perfectly. It would take days of shopping to find ribbon that coordinates so perfectly. You will be seeing a lot of this ribbon on my projects. I am so impressed with this company, the package you see here is a sampler package but if you fall in love with a ribbon you can buy either by the yard or the entire spool at a discount. This is perfect for hoarders like me! It nearly killed me to use every scrap of the aqua ribbon. You've got to check out the RRR site as they sell many more things than ribbon, and as a bonus they ship the same day or next day. 

The aqua shade was a perfect colour for this art deco period piece.

For my tutorial this month I would like to show you the adaptations I made to the tower and some tips for assemblage. Start by printing off four images of the tower. I maximized the paper and made my tower 12" tall so I could use it as a centre piece. The only adaptation I made was to 3D it even more by reworking the 2 decks. In the photo below you will see the image on the left has the deck cut off the sides while the image on the right has it still intact. Cut the deck off all 4 images.
Cut pieces of 2 sided tape (Sookwang) and place on all the tabs. The tower is very small at the top and it's tricky to get your fingers in the small space so attach the tabs at the top on all four images first and then work you way down the tower. It gets less fiddly as you move down the tower. I then printed off 4 towers slightly larger than the first set and cropped the two deck areas as shown below.
Cut these deck levels with tabs on the edge as shown. To make the decks score lines at the floor level of each deck then score a second line slightly below that. Mitre the edges of each piece as shown below
Now attach the four sides together so you have something which looks like this.
Now slide this onto the tower and when you have the placement correct tape it into place. Repeat this for the second deck. Now what I did is a little insane! I wanted the tower to sparkle so I took graphite coloured Stickles and traced every line on the tower. It could still use some more sparkle so I added rhinestones. Here's what I ended up with.
So now I have a gorgeous sparkly Eiffel Tower and I'm ready to decorate it with flowers, ribbon, and a banner and my husband, who likes it so much he shows it off to anyone who comes in the house says "Oh no don't mess it up with flowers". I decided to make the decorations detachable so I could change the colour scheme or downplay the "pretty" appearance for a more masculine group.
The banner starts at the top and reads "Springtime in Paris". The top spray of flowers and banner are glued to a detachable pick and it winds its way around the tower to the bottom which is also attached to a pick. 




I made all the flowers and fleur de lis for this project using a variety of sizzix and Memory Box dies.

When I finished the tower I thought I should also make some placecards so I printed eight much smaller Eiffel Towers and hand drew the art deco edge styled after an old menu from the era, actually a menu my Mom had saved from a steam ship my parents had travelled to England on. I fussy cut the towers and placed 3 tiny rhinestones on each one. I coloured them with H20's so there is a bit of a sparkle.

Now it's your turn to dazzle us with your creations! Please use Crafty Secret products in your project if you want to be eligible for the grand prize  and as the theme is "Anything Goes With Ribbon" use ribbon or trim. It doesn't have to be an RRR product. You can link your project up to both ours and RRR's blog. Our Linky Party's fun lasts until April 19, and RRR's fun lasts until April 11. If you don't have any Crafty Secret images we have a pretty paper and a seasonal image for you to download and use. The lucky winner of the $25 gift certificate will be announced on April 22.

Please visit the rest of the design team to see the beautiful projects they have created.

Kathy Clement, DT Leader
Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations
Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest
Ginny Nemchak, Polly’s Paper     https://pollyspaper.
Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life
Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s
Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker
Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink
Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography,

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