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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!


Focus on Patterned Paper

 

Hello Crafty friends!

I hope you all are doing great, now that the weather is starting to change!

Today, I am popping here with a new tutorial (my Cameo is taking a rest this time!) that showcases the patterns in the new Pinkfresh Studio collection “DREAM ON”.      In case you haven’t seen the collection, just click here to be directed to the store (I hope there is still some of the collection left, as it is beautiful!).  The patterns on the papers are just very modern, and unique, plus the colors are just Spring”y” .

 

 

This layout took exactly 30 minutes to come together.  The inspiration for this page was the patterns on the paper, especially the large phrase paper ( Aspire ).  So i set to cut out the last sentence group on the page,  “SMILE Life is Beautiful.  REMEMBER Who Loves You”.  I used my detailing scissors, and exacto knife to fussy cut the letters.

 

 

This picture of my mom and nephew is a favorite of ours, and the perfect image to accompany the title.   Using the “Day” paper as a base (the paper has a lovely subtle grid design), I attached the picture and  laid the title (using foam tape) around the picture.  Since the title is so large, a few small pieces from the collection embellishments was all it was needed to frame the picture.

 

 

Since the picture and title are anchoring the page in the center.  I fussy cut four rows of circles from the “WISH” paper, and machine stitched them on the page along the horizontal edges of the  page.

 

 

This collection is filled with interesting patterns that repeat through the collection, so I picked a mixture of pieces that from the embellishments that resemble the triangles, and circles  in the papers’s patterns.  These were clustered at opposite corners (diagonally) on the page.

 

 

A few lines of journal complete the page.   Here is a quick video on how this page came together (please forgive the light in the video… we are working on setting a new light system that works for me!)…

 

 

Did you see the lighting issues?  My tech savvy son and hubby are working on fixing it.    Back to the layout, now!… The  patterns in the papers in this collection is what inspire this layout, as I always  build backgrounds before adding a picture to it.  Like I mentioned, the  large sentence paper is what brought this page together.  So next time, take a closer look at the patterns in your papers, you will be amazed at what they can inspire!

As always let me know if you have any questions on how any of this came together.

See you all soon!

 

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Foiling, happy birthday card

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Hello SN friends,
I’ve got some masculine inspiration for you today using some Therm-o-web Deco Foil.
I die-cut the start from some Toner Paper so I could add foil to the top using a laminator machine.

Sunday card share - Deco Foil, stars, masculine birthday card

The stars were cut again out of some black cardstock so I could use the leftover/negative piece leftover. I stamped the panel with a background stamp before backing it with blue cardstock.  I glued the foiled stars back into their spots and then glue the sentiment in the bottom right.
Foiling, happy birthday card, deco foil

The foiled stars are not perfectly covered in foil, I like that somewhat distressed look.
I hope this inspired to a little today, thank you for stopping by the SN blog.
If you have any questions please let me know in your comment.

Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com

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Cathy’s Friday Review

Cathy @ scrapbooknerd.com

This week I created layouts with Crate Paper’s – Cute Girl Collection . This collection is for     girl’s of all ages! The papers are a good mix of subtle and bold patterns, geometrical, floral, pocket cards, and some black and white patterns. The embellishments in the collection are adorable, a large selection of stickers , resin hearts (I loved these!) and some larger 2 dimensional wood veneer.

For my first two layouts, I started out with a sketch from SN and made a Dance layout for each of my daughters.

 

Next I cut up the pocket card sheet and used it to embellish a layout of my sisters and I attending a nephew’s first art showing! I even made us into art by placing a frame surrounding us!

For this layout I started with a bold large floral paper, and then used a subtle geometrical pattern in a pink to accent with the floral colour. I fussy cut a few banners from the black and white papers to coordinate with the main colour in the photo’s.

I cut the top background papers on the bais, layered some black and white word and patterned papers behind the photo’s and used some for a border across the bottom.

For this layout , on a piece of darker pink cardstock I used a heart stencil and texture paste , a dry stiff brush with little paint, ink splats and dots to create a background to highlight my photo. A mix of floral, subtle geometrical, and a cute kitten face paper to create large corners. A black and white photo with layers of black and white behind. Lots of love and hearts on this one!

I hope this mix of photo’s and layouts shows you just how versatile this collection is . It really is for Cute Girls ! of any age!

Thanks for looking!………and Happy Crafting

Cathy

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Sunday Card Share

Sunday card share #74

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Hello crafty friends,
Sometimes I’m a bit behind on trying out new trends and that was true for the all of those sequins out there. I jumped in and I bought a few bags of Studio Katia sequins several weeks ago and I’ve been enjoying using them as embellishments and in some shaker cards.

Sunday Card Share - Shaker card with Studio Katia sequins and stitched circle die.

I used some watercolour paper for a bit of added texture and cut the Stitched Loops towards the left side of the cardstock panel. I used some double-sided foam tape on the back of the panel and in-between the circles to create the space to contain the sequins behind each circle.

Sunday Card Share

After adding the sequins and some seed beads I simply covered the back with a scrap piece of white cardstock, stamped the sentiment and then adhered the panel to the front of an A2 white card base (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″).

Thank you for stopping by the SN blog, I hope you got inspired.
Happy crafting!

Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com


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Paige’s March Friday Recap

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Hello All,

When I write these Friday recaps, I am aware of the passage of time. As winter has become spring (and then feels like winter again!), I notice that I am wrapping up scrapbooking my winter photos, and looking forward to the variety that comes with moving outdoors.

  1. Love You: This photo, taken at an outdoor winter carnival, was too busy initially with a lot of colour and background distraction. But when I cropped it and made it black and white, it was a great photo of my son that I wanted to use to express how I feel about him at this time.
  2. Roll all of your Windows Down: This layout was inspired by my favourite TV show, This is Us, and the advice of a character that I took to heart. I detailed the use of long titles in this layout and the next in my Tuesday Tutorial.

    Long Titles

  3. Love by Any Other Name: Another title-focussed layout, I used the cut file to frame all the nicknames my son has given our new dog.
  4. Let it Snow: I chose to use white, gold and black to document this winter hike. I also played with some mixed media as a background layer.
  5. Throwback Snowman Silliness: In this layout, I was inspired by the snowman paper in Snow and Cocoa, and reached back for a photo from years ago with my boys making a snowman.
    Well, I am looking forward to the next month of sharing layouts which will feature the new, fresh feel and colours of spring.
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Focus on Long Titles

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Hello Nerds!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get stumped by trying to come up with a title for my layout. And yet, for me, it is important to have a title on each of my layouts because I find that when I share them with people, most look only at the photos and the title. If they are not taking the time to read my journaling, then a title becomes even more important.

Then there are the times that a title almost becomes the focal point, or the inspiration for my layout.

For the past six months, I have been a devoted fan of the new TV show, This is Us. I watch each week, laughing and crying in equal proportion and falling more and more in love with the characters and their stories. One recent show touched millions of viewers and the next day, I followed the advice of one of the characters to “Roll all of your windows down. Crank up the music!” After a particularly difficult few months, this really did lift my spirits.

So I wanted to capture the moment and the feeling by making the title long, colourful and vibrant. I like to use all different fonts, sizes and forms of alpha stickers.

Long Titles

In this next layout, the inspiration was the story: how my son has created and used more than a dozen nicknames for our new puppy Wrigley. These two just adore one another, and the silliness of the names demonstrates Liam’s creativity and the playfulness they share.

I knew I would list all the crazy names and loved using the heart cut file to contain them. Then it took a while to come up with the title. At first, I was thinking “The many names of love”, but realized that was a phrase many faces of love. It took a bit, but finally the phrase “Love by any other name” came up – I think that it is from a book.

Again, I framed the photo with the title, and used the different colours of Thickers that occur in the papers backing the hearts.

Do you enjoy coming up with titles? I’d love to see some of your projects where you incorporate long titles.

Happy Scrapping!

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