Wednesday, March 30, 2011

TCR#51: Happy

The Color Room's blog hop was really fun... Now the room is back to it's regular release. Here's my take on the given palette
Entry #51: Happy
I love the sweet hues, though it was a challenge for me because I seldom use this combination. For this layout I followed the sketch. Let me show you how I did it...
First, I selected the photo I want to work with. It's a 4"x6" (4R) photo that I measured and divided into three (3). Then I inked the edges that will be visible on the layout.
For the background, I brushed a mixture of acrylic paints and drops of red drawing ink that I used to work on my architectural design plates which I have kept for years (since most of the time it's the computer we use for drafting, now-a-days). I colored the paper doily, let dry, then adhered to the base.
I cut 2"x2" strips of assorted patterned papers. Five (5) of each.
I randomly glued each matching the given sketch, let the adhesive dry. Then, I worked on the edge of each strip by hand backstitching with the aid of tracing wheel use in sewing.
For the felt flower, I cut a strip with one side slanted or diagonal, similar to a trapezoid. Then made a shear stitching on the straight side and connected both ends. It will form as a swirl or spiral. For the accent, I added assorted beads on the core of the felt flower.
I was inspired to make my own paper flowers. Glad that I was able to find a tutorial from MagnoliaINK Magazine No.3 2010 (I was able to buy the magazine from a book sale shop). The tutorial is by Johanna. On the tutorial, you'll need double-sided cardstock or a regular cardstock, 3 different sizes of retro punches, brads, mini mister and a sharp object for making holes. However, in my case, I don't have these punches, luckily, I have my Slice machine and Basic 2 DC. I was able to make them since I can re-size a pattern in Slice. Same as the tutorial, I cut 3 small, 3 medium and 4 large flowers. Made holes on each and alternately assemble each piece from small to large flowers securing with a brad. Since I'm using a regular cardstock, I made the small ones facing the back/wrong side, so that when I fold them the patterns will show. Then I sprayed the flower with water using the mini mister until everything is wet enough to work with. I folded and pinch each petals towards the middle until forming a bud. Then, carefully, unfold each petals to form the flower. Let it dry before I decorated them.
The paper flowers will look like these after drying. Then I decorated each with glittered glues.
I love buttons and they are usually part of my layout. Here, I just added strings of crochet threads.
I cut the letters of the title using Slice machine and Basic 2 DC, each using patterned paper and a cardstock to stiffen each. Then I adhere the letters using foam tapes for volume.
For the final touch, I added stickers, twine, ricracks and glittered glues to frame the photo. Finally, the journal writing that says: "Happy to be with someone adore respect love".

TCR Palette #51
Thanks for viewing and have a great weekend! :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

TCR#50: Together

The Color Room is celebrating this week with the release of its 50th Palette. With this celebration everyone participating is invited to join a Blog Hop to see what the members of the design team have created for the palette. It was fun because we get the chance to know them better and that we've learned tips and techniques from them. The blog list of the design team members is posted on The Color Room's home page.
The design team willingly shared and encouraged the members to try the techniques they've used on their layouts.
I was so excited to make mine and try something new. Here's my layout... Below you'll see what I've tried and did for this layout 
TCR#50 Entry: Together
Title: The word "Together" using Slice Machine and Remember This Design Card. Then I inked the edges with markers and dab with Pebbles Pearlescent Chalk. For the word "Forever", I wrote it using white marker and glittered glue.
Paper flowers: I recolored each with marker and wet Perfect Pearls. Then, added assorted brads on the core of each.
Rope connecting the lace flowers and button: I did a little crochet to make the rope using simple chain stitch with a crochet hook and thread.
Background: It's my first time to use black as background. I made glimmer mist mixing water and Perfect Pearls, misted the background. Then, I splattered white paint, let dry and scrape a few so I can fill it with glittered glue (couldn't resist my favorite!). After drying, I sprayed a matte non-yellowing final fixative over the paper to seal the misting. Then added doodles of swirls, pavement and lamp post (this was inspired by the lamp post surrounding the Church where we got married.).
Frame: I also did distressing on the papers using water and markers. Made a few paper tearing and added colored staple wires to form the border. I added layers of folded lace and punched edge border.
Focal Frame: I cut a sized frame using patterned paper and Slice machine. Inked the edges and did faux stitches.
Flower Accent: I hand-stitched the same lace to create flowers and added beads and brads on the core of each. I also recolored the heart pendants with Kurecolor and glittered glues, then, sealed it with Diamond Glaze.
TCR Palette #50
Thanks for reading. I'm glad I was able to share what I've learned from The Color Room. :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Another Creative Endeavor

Yesterday, I received the complimentary copy of Craft Time Magazine's 8th issue, where my contribution article on how to make you own ribbon box organizer using recycled materials was featured. You may visit their site to learn more about Craft Time Magazine.
Thank you to Ms. Angela Parma and Craft Time for featuring my work and more power!
My complimentary copy
My contribution

TCR#49: Cherish

Entry #49: Cherish
I just thought it would be nice to make scrapbook pages for our pre-nup photos using the Color Room's palettes... Here is the first page for the album. I utilize the graphics on the paper by cutting a window to frame the photo and just added a few embellishments - fabric flowers, brads, hand-stamped images, trimmings, glittered glue and fabrics. I recolored some elements to match with the palette. Thanks for viewing and have a great weekend! :)
TCR #49 Palette

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

TCR#48: Love of my Life

Entry#48: Love of my Life
Materials: Slice Machine, Slice DC "Remember This", "Basic 2" and "Big Kids", BG Indian Summer Papers and Stickers, VersaMark watermark ink, Glittered Glue, Assorted trimmings, fabric and paper flowers, Assorted Buttons, Craft tools and adhesives
TCR Palette#48

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

TCR#47: Fun

It's a quick and easy layout for a week filled with so much things to do. Thanks for viewing and have a great weekend to everyone :)

TCR#47 Entry: Fun
TCR#47 Palette
Materials: Scrap patterned papers, Fabric and paper flowes, Glittered Glues, Assorted buttons, Zig journalling pen and Maped colored pens for the flower doodles and journal writing, Sakura souffle white pen for the faux stitches, Adhesives and Crafting Tools