Nathalie’s April Review

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Hello everyone!

Spring is in full swing!, and i was inspired in the change of season (colors are starting to show, flowers are blooming, weather is warming up, and no more boots! -at least in my part of Canada-) to create colorful projects for my reveal week, this month.  Here is a review of what i was inspired to create:

  • PERFECT SMILE –  The beautiful triangle pattern in the Joy Parade collection -by Fancy Pants Designs- was the starting point for this layout.   The inky background, and the color combination were just a welcome compliment to a super fun picture of some of my family.

 

  • SPLASH –  Blog Post tutorial on Distress Oxides –   I love playing with different mediums to create backgrounds for my projects.  This time, I chose to use the new Ranger’s Distress Oxides to create the illusion of splashing water in a layout.  In case you missed it, there is a small video that shows how the background was created (just go to the previous post)

 

  • LOVE WHAT YOU DO –  For this layout, i chose a large hand stitched title, the new distress oxides, embellishments from Simple Stories Faith collection, and  papers from Echo Park’s Just Be You collection to document one of my favorite hobbies -photography-.

 

 

  • AMAZING –  In case you have never seen pictures of my family, we are in love with our 3rd baby, a 6 yr old Boston Terrier named Poochie.   Once I saw the doggie die cut piece in the Chit Chat Chowder collection by Jillibean Soup, I knew that i would be coming home to my desk.  Here is one of the layouts, I have created with this collection (and in case you have extra doggie die cut pieces you are not using,  I would love to add them to my stash!!!)

 

I really hope that this array of colors, textures and designs inspire you to visit the Scrapbook Nerd  store to check all the new collections that are always being added to their shelves.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on how any of these came together.

Keep on Craftin’!!

 

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Creating a background with Distress Oxides

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Hello there!

It finally looks like we have passed our Winter season!   Trees are starting to bloom, and soon everything will be once again full of light and color.

In fact this month’s reveals are inspired by color, and for this week’s tutorial, I want to invite you to discover Distress Oxides,

This new medium is so easy to work with, as it combines dye and pigment inks in one simple package.  The combination of the two creates a matte effect (due to the pigment) on the paper but allows the colors to shine on their own, and not to become muddled when mixed together.

Here is a small video on how the layout and background came together, so grab a seat, and ENJOY!

 

As you can see in the video,  I used a combination of Faded Jeans, and Cracked Pistachio  Distress Oxides to recreate the color of the water in the picture.   The colors, when layered, did not fade into a dark teal -which would have happened- had I used another medium.   I have played with some of the other hues and can say that you can create a multi-color background without muddling the effect by allowing the colors to dry a bit in between.  I will work a layout to show you in the near future.

Here are a few close-ups of the effect the Distress Oxides  look like once dried:

I love how the background looks like splattered water behind the picture and large title, and it was perfect to frame this picture of my daughter and niece enjoying our backyard pool. The colourful, and beautiful Bella Blvd. “Secrets of the Sea” collection was the ideal to complete this page.

Here is the final layout:

 

I hope you feel inspired to check the Scrapbook Nerd store for all the new colours of  Distress Oxides, as well as all the new collections available there.   You can always leave a comment if you have a question on how this came together.

See you all soon!

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Mixed media canvas

Mixed Media canvas

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Welcome back to the SN blog, today I’m sharing a 6″ x 6″ canvas project. This project is grungy and really textured, I hope you can see that in the photos.

Mixed media canvas

I started this off with some plain tissue paper, crumpled it up into a ball then used matte medium to adhere it to the canvas. I made sure to scrunch the tissue I was gluing it down for some deep wrinkles. After it dried completely I used molding paste, a palette knife, and several stencils to add even more texture.

Mixed media canvas

I cut some circles out of some book text, the circles are wonky because I hand cut them. I stuck the circle to the canvas making sure to wrap them over the edges. Using a permanent marker I drew the circles multiple times in a messy way around the text paper.
Mixed media canvas

I used one orange rusty colour for the entire canvas and applied it heavily around the circle so I could get some drip marks.

Creating the layers on this canvas were all done with stencils. I brought in 3 more paint colours; black, burgundy, and turquoise and used those with some more subtle stencil patterns.  
Mixed media canvas

The finishing touch on this grungy canvas was to add some white paint to lighten it up a bit. I used my fingers to rub the white paint across the surface, highlighting the texture even more.

I hope you found some inspiration in today’s post, thank you for stopping by the SN blog.
If you have any questions please post them in your comments. Happy crafting!

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shaker card

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Hello crafty friends,
Shaker cards are a fun way to create an interactive element for the recipient of your
handmade card creations.

Today’s share is a simple shaker with a pattern paper background. The shaker element was created using the Studio Katia Stitched Nested Squares die, white cardstock and double-foam tape.

Sunday Card share - shaker card, sequins and Studio Katia stamps & dies

Studio Katia sequins & seed beads were added to the inside of the shaker element and then white cardstock was added to the back to keep the contents enclosed.

The splatter pattern paper is from the Indigo Blue collection from Pinkfresh Studio and I  adhered it to the white card base. The last step was to stamp the greeting with some Archival black ink.

A list of products used to create this card is at the bottom of this post. shaker card

Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today. Happy crafting!

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Friday Review of Cathy’s Projects

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Collection Pack by Jillibean Soup – Chit Chat Chowder

With all 4 of my projects this week I tried to pick embellishment techniques that are super easy for everyone.

On project #1 the happy face has a pop dot used for added dimension. I also substituted a button for the letter O for added dimension as well as visual interest.

Project # 2 stencils with gelatos so super easy to do (see my below in the scrapbook nerd blog for more information)

Project # 3 has the look of splatter (I used a stamp!) it doesn’t get any easier.

This layout has…..paper ripped edges, sand paper edge, and inked edge. Another super easy technique is just to add pop dots or foam tape to die cuts (your own or pre packaged) as I did with the embellishments in the top left hand corner.

The papers in this collection are so easy to mix and match and suit so many occasions you really don’t have to work hard to make your photo’s stand out as special, some easy techniques are all  you will need!

Happy Crafting …….. CA

 

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Gelatos with a stencil? Yes!

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Stencils are my scrapbooking weakness, I just cannot resist them. So rather than fight it, I look for ways to use my stencils to justify my collection, and I have stumbled on yet another medium in which to use! Gelatos! and the best part this is so easy.

Items needed:   Crafting mat, Gelatos, sponge, stencil, and some tape.

Place and tape down your stencil on your paper. Begin by colouring the Gelato directly on the stencil. Pick up the colour from your stencil with your sponge and using a circular motion add the colour to your paper.

Continue until you are satisfied with your result. With this stencil I lightly shaded the yellow with a coral to reach the colour I was looking for.

I also added a second smaller stencil with a likeness to the first stencil design and used  a different colour of gelato using the same above procedure. Now I am ready to place my photo, paper and embellishments.

Here is my finished layout, I love the intensity of the colours by using the Gelatos, I will definitely be using this technique more often (I have plenty of stencils to try 🙂 from my collection)

Thanks for looking!

Happy Crafting……….Cathy

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Mixed media canvas project

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Hello Scrapbook Nerd friends,
I hope you had a nice Easter long weekend, I had a fun day with my family out in Port Elgin.
I’m already looking forward to the leftovers and turkey sandwiches. 😀

The mixed media share today is a 6×6 canvas board.
This canvas project has 3 layers; it starts with the script background, some tissuestock from Canvas Crop., some paint, and the final layer is the coffee cups & title.But First Coffee- mixed media canvas board projectI like the grungy background and it really makes those cups pop off the page. The ‘table’ the cups are sitting on was created with the Ornate stencil and some umber paint. The cups were die-cut from the Atwell 6×6 paper pad and two of the cups have some light stenciling on them for some added interest. I added a hand drawn border before adhering the words, I think it helps contains things and gives it a finished look.

Mixed Media canvas

I hope you found some inspiration today. If you have any questions please post them in your comment. Happy crafting!
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One Canoe Two Hazelwood Collection with Barb

Hello everyone. I hope you’ve all had a great week where you were able to find some time to get into your crafty zone and get creative. I have, and it’s felt good. This week I’ve been playing with the fabulous One Canoe Two Hazelwood collection. This is a new collaboration between One Canoe Two and American Crafts. You know only great things could come out of these two getting together!

“The Hazelwood collection showcases the simple comforts in life and is accented by sophisticated hand lettering. Create stunning paper projects with an assortment of versatile embellishments in a pleasing palette of delightful mint, honeycomb yellow, and pale pink. ”

If you love a subtle outdoorsy feel on your papers, then this is the collection for you!

Project One: Capture the Memory

When I saw this collection it made me feel like I was in a flower-filled meadow with the butterflies gently fluttering by.  I knew I had grab some photos of a trip that my husband and I took this past summer. It was a train trip in Northern Ontario through the Agawa Canyon.  At the end of the line, we got off and spent some time walking through this serene scene.

For this layout, I was inspired by both the beautiful florals and pretty butterflies in this collection. I simply used the ephemera and the cork shapes to embellish the page.

Project Two:  Boston Love

If you visited the blog earlier in the week, you saw this layout.  It was part of the tutorial this week on using the new Therm O Web Deco Foil Transfer Gel medium as a method of adding foil to your projects.  If you haven’t seen it, be sure to look back to check it out.  If you love foiling, you will LOVE this product!

Once again, the butterflies in the Hazelwood collection inspired me to pull out these photos of a girls’ trip we took to Boston.  We stayed in this gorgeous house, with a gorgeous yard that spilled out into a bay.  I love the cork shapes that come in this collection and used one of the words as part of my title. Once again, just adding some ephemera pieces and fussy cutting some flowers from one of the papers was all it took to finish this page off.

Project Three: Hey Little Lady

I’ve had these photos of my son and his grandmother on my agenda to do for a while now. He is 6’3″ and she is maybe 5′ now!

I love this large floral paper in this collection.  I decided to just fussy cut some of the flowers and just tuck them in behind the photos.  I loved the look and decided not to add too much more, as I didn’t want to take away from the beautiful paper, or the photos. Just adding in some gold words was perfect.

Those are my three projects for this week. Thank you for checking them out. If you haven’t added any of this collection to your stash, you really must do so. It is so gorgeous! You can find it all in the Scrapbook Nerd Store!


Foiling with the Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Hello everyone. It’s another Tuesday, and time for another tutorial. We have just received a large order from Therm-o-Web with new Deco Foil products. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this order to come so I could get my hands on the new Deco Foil Transfer Gel. This transfer gel allows you to create beautiful projects by adding foil using your stencils or screens. I decided to do a tutorial this week, on just how easy it is.


For this project I’ve used the One Canoe Two Hazelwood collection.
You will also need the following:
Deco Foil transfer gel
Deco foil (or similar type foils such as the Minc)
stencil
a laminator

How to:

I pre-planned where I was going to place my patterned paper and photos in order to determine where I wanted to place my stencil.

Once you decide where you are going to place your stencil, you will spread some of the transfer gel over top of the stencil, in the same way you would with texture paste, making sure to give a good, even coat.

Once you have added the gel, carefully lift off the stencil.
Allow some time (maybe 15 minutes or so) for the gel to dry before proceeding to the next step. You will know when the gel is dry as it will turn from white to clear.

Once the gel has dried, lay your foil over top and run through your laminator as per the instructions for your laminator (using either parchment paper or the laminator folders).

Peel off the foil and see the beautiful results!

Here’s a look at my completed layout. I love the look of the foil underneath the embellishment clusters and plan on doing this more often.

Thanks for visiting the blog today and for checking out the tutorial.
I hope you have a happy, crafty week!


Sunday Card Share - 3D star Congrats Card

Sunday card share #76

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Happy Sunday friends!
I have another masculine card for you today. I went through my stash and grabbed some
Crate Paper Boys Rule papers, some dies, and pop dots.
Sunday Card Share - 3D star Congrats Card
I used some paper scraps for some layering and before gluing things down, I inked the edges of all the papers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I cut three small stars and one large one large star as the focal image.

I created a dimensional look on the largest star by creasing the paper from all points on the star and using pop dots on the back in the center to keep it popped up. I stacked three layers of pop dots to do that.Sunday Card Share - 3D star Congrats CardMy nephew recently for excepted into Fanshawe College out in London, Ontario so my plan was to give this card to him. The congrats sentiment was die-cut using the Celebration Block Words die from Tim Hotlz.  That finished off this week’s card share, thank you for visiting the SN blog.

I hope you found some inspiration in today’s post. Happy crafting!
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