Saturday, March 30, 2013

New Prima "Sunrise Sunset" Layouts

Hi, Everyone,
The new Prima Sunrise Sunset papers & vintage findings embellishments are out!  Papers that look like Altered Art backgrounds & metal nuts, bolts, & snaps . . . I'm in love!

Have a peek at the 3 inspirational layouts I created.

Be Kind . . .
to yourself & others

Be Resourceful . . .
& use what you have at hand

& most importantly Be Yourself . . .
no matter what others expect you to be

If creating makes you happy . . . make time to create.   
Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Altered Washboard

Hi, Everyone,

It’s Technique Tuesday!

Do you love antique watch faces, pocket watches, & watch parts but don’t have any idea what to do with them? Well . . . Treasured Memories is the place for you. They have lots of vintage watch faces, pocket watches, & watch parts & the store has beautiful altered art pieces on display to inspire that altered artist within you!

I decided to show you how to use some of those unique found treasures in your artwork by altering a vintage Washboard. Equally as important is knowing which adhesive to use & when to use it. Daryl’s unique found treasures in the Cabinet of Curiosities are tantalizing to say the least.

Let’s begin.


Glossy Accents - When creating with tiny watch parts you want a glue that will dry clear so you can see those intricate pieces. Spread a generous amount of Glossy Accents on the front of your pocket watch & place your watch parts in Glossy Accents & let them air dry. This will take several hours. If you add more Glossy Accents on top of your watch parts, they will look like they are encased in glass.

Crackle Accents - This product is very similar to Glossy Accents except when it is dry, it looks like Crackled or broken glass which adds quite a unique look to your project.

Fabri-tac - This is my absolute favourite product for gluing heavy metal trinkets to my projects. I have heavy metal embellishments glued to canvas & wood on several pieces I have created. Twelve years later they are still intact & hanging on my walls. On this washboard piece everything (except the tiny watch parts) is attached with Fabri-tac including the paper & all the embellishments. Love those watch faces . . . they are great embellishments!

Vials - Love watch parts? Then why not put them in a vial to enjoy, even create a “time” label for your vial to capture that specific moment in time.

Flower Centres - Now that’s a novel idea to glue watch parts to flower centres to make your project one-of-a-kind . . . very unique & very distinctive.

Add some vintage photos for nostalgia & there you have it . . . a stunning altered art piece!

Stay tuned for future postings featuring other techniques & what you can create with the vintage treasures, found curiosities, & unique ephemera . . . all of which can be found at Treasured Memories.

Have fun creating!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Yesterday's Mixed Media Paper Doll Class

Hi, Everyone,

What a whirlwind weekend that was! Here’s to all the wonderful ladies who came to create & have fun at the 2 classes at Treasured Memories this weekend. Thank you to the Tim Holtz Style Bolt Album ladies & thank you to the Mixed Media Paper Doll ladies!  Have a look around my blog & see some of the things I have created.  Hopefully I will inspire you to make creations of your own.

For the Paper Doll ladies, have a look in all the drawers of my bog - the Mixed Media Paper Dolls will be in the Altered Art drawer . . . and for the photos, here they are!

. . . and here are some Hair Styles for your Paper Dolls.  As I was telling you in class, the on-line class by Christy Tomlinson called She Art was great.  I really enjoyed it.  We can all make Paper Dolls.  We just need to develop our own style.

Have fun creating!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

G45 Secret Garden Layout

Hi, Everyone,

Have you gotten ahold of the new Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers yet?  The colours are soft, feminine and oh so pretty.  I created the 12x12" layout below.  I freehand cut a bracket shape to start with . . . corner punched the left top & bottom corners for visual interest . . . punched out some butterflies & curled the wings to make them fly . . . punched & layered flower petals . . . as well as creating my own flowers like we did oh so long ago by wrapping paper around the end of a pencil . . . & creating my own banners from the G45 bar codes.

What do you think!

Have fun creating!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ten Second Studio Foil Roses

Hi, Everyone,

It’s Technique Tuesday!

Tim Holtz has challenged everyone to use the Sizzix Alterations Tattered Florals Die to create an original piece of Art. So, being up to the challenge, I decided to show you how to make Roses out of Ten Second Studio Foil Sheets. We will be creating a vintage card showcasing our beautiful Foil Roses and featuring Prima’s Sunrise Sunset paper designed by Finnabair along with a sampling of Prima’s Tiny Junkyard Findings.


Let’s begin.

On the Tattered Florals Die there are 4 individual flower shapes on the die. I chose to use the 2nd largest flower only.

First, I cut the Foil Sheet into 2” squares using a paper trimmer. The Foil Sheets cut like butter. You can cut 20 flowers from one 8 ½ x 11” Foil Sheet.

I then embossed the Flowers with the Sizzix Alterations Dot Matrix Embossing Folder to give the petals a dot texture.

Next, I crumpled a 2” square Foil Sheet, straightened it out, then gently sanded the edges and the surface with an Idea-ology sanding block highlighting the wrinkles.

I then gently sanded the surface of the flower petals to reveal some of the silver foil. This creates a wonderful worn texture to the pieces.

Now to make the Roses, we cut apart the flower petals to create pieces having 1 petal, 2 petals, 3 petals, 4 petals, and 5 petals.

Starting with a 1 petal piece and using tweezers, curl the petal in on itself at the point creating a cone. Repeat this process with the 2 petal, 3 petal, 4 petal, and 5 petal pieces then gently curl the tips of the petals outwards with your finders.

Next, we stack the cones into each other creating the Rose. Dip the pointy end of the 1 petal cone into Fabri-tac and stack it inside the 2 petal cone.

Then we dip the pointy end of the 2 petal cone into Fabri-tac and stack it inside the 3 petal cone.

Then we dip the pointy end of the 3 petal cone into Fabri-tac and stack it inside the 4 petal cone.

Then we dip the pointy end of the 4 petal cone into Fabri-tac and stack it inside the 5 petal cone.

We have now created a 5 cone Rose.

To create the vintage card we will need a 5 cone Rose, a 4 cone Rose, and a 3 cone Rose.

To go with our beautiful Foil Roses I’ve pulled Prima’s new Sunrise Sunset paper designed by Finnabair along with some of Prima’s Tiny Junkyard Findings.

This is what the card looks like all put together!

Stop by and check out the Ten Second Studio Foil Sheets, Prima’s new papers and Tiny Junkyard Findings the next time you are at Treasured Memories.

Have fun creating!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Tim Holtz Style BOLT Album

Hi, Everyone,

...bolts, wooden rulers, clock keys, train tracks, book plates, vintage film plates ... Got your attention yet?

I've been busy creating this Past Journeys Tim Holtz Style BOLT Album.  Check it out!

Past Journeys
Tim Holtz Style - BOLT Album
Create this Unique Tim Holtz Style Display Album!
Complete with Bolts, Wooden Rulers, Clock Keys, Train Tracks,
 Book Plates & Vintage style Film plates

Join me at Treasured Memories
Saturday, March 23
5:30-9 p.m. $58
Phone to Reserve your Class spot or to Buy a Kit
Supplies:ScoreTape, Fabri-tac glue, Scotch Quick-Dry glue, Glossy Accents, Stapler, Crop-o-dile, Sandpaper, Paper Piercer, Scissors, Tweezers, Pliers, Ink Blending Tool, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
***(if you purchase a kit will will need to buy Embossing Ink & Aged Silver Embossing Powder)

Have fun creating!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Enamelled Foil Panels

Hi, Everyone,

It’s Technique Tuesday!

Today I would like to show you the “Enamelled Foil Panel” technique to create a manly card featuring a vintage photo in an Enamelled Foil Panel. The Foil Panels can be created using Ranger Foil Tape Sheets and Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers which are sold at Treasured Memories.

Let’s begin.

Peel the backing off the Foil Tape Sheet and attach it to a piece of black cardstock
 (creating a Foil Panel).
Emboss the Foil Panel through a Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Folder
 to create this beautiful design.
Next, we paint the embossed Foil Panel with a Copper Paint Dabber, let dry, and cool.
, we sand away most of the paint from the raised embossed areas and the edges
 using a Tim Holtz Idea-ology sanding block, exposing the foil for ink.
ink over the entire Foil Panel with Walnut Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
 Heat set with a heat tool.
Now to get the "Enamelled" part of our Foil Panel,
we pat Embossing Ink over the inked foil then sprinkle
Clear Embossing Powder
 & melt the embossing powder with a heat tool. Allow the foil to cool.
This is what the card looks like all put together!
Stop by and check out the Ranger Foil Tape Sheets, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sanding Block, and Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers the next time you are at the store.

Have fun creating!