Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kimberly's Magic Mesh Reveal

This month I had the pleasure to work with Magic Mesh. I loved it! The colors are great and with different textures to choose from it can fit on just about any lay out.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Chalking Embossed Images and Creating Backgrounds

While I was browsing the web I ran across THIS You Tube video tutorial on using chalks to color dry embossed images.

Here's an example:

You can also create one of a kind backgounds just by using chalks and a cotton ball. Here I punched a small circle out of white paper and adhered it to my cardstock using repositionable adhesive. I then used chalks and cotton balls to rub color onto my cardstock in a circular motion. Once I was done, I sprayed my background with hair spray to set the chalks. I then removed my punched circle and stamped my image over the top. I really pleased with the way it turned out, but I think the card needs a little something else.....maybe some black cord and silver beads.

Anywho, here's my example.

I hope you enjoyed this months chalk techniques and I was somehow able to inspire you enough to pull out those old pastels and give them another try.

Note: I used chalks by Craf-T Products on my projects.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Naureen's DT Reveal Featuring Gel-a-Tins Clear Stamps

Here are my projects featuring the Gel-a-Tins Clear Stamps:

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Highlighting With Chalk

We're going into week #3 of chalk techniques over at the Cookin' Up Creations forum.  This week I chose to share a tip instead of a technique and I'm sure for most of you, this is nothing new, but for those just starting out might just appreciate it.  Did you know that you can use chalks instead of inks to highlight words and it's much more cost efficient because you can purchase a palette of colors for what a couple of ink pads would cost you!

Here's a couple of cards I created using chalks!  For this first card, I ran the sunflower cardstock from CTMH through the Cuttlebug using a Swiss Dots embossing folder and then sanded it lightly.  I also used my computer and printer for the quote.  And as you can see, I used my chalks to highlight certain words in the quote.

Deets: Cardstock: The Paper Co., Stampin' Up and Close To My Heart.  Stamp: Rubber Stampede.  Chalks: Craf-T Products. Ribbon: Offray.
I also used Spellbinder's large rectangle and large scallop rectangle nestabilities and a Making Memories metal clip.

For this next card, I used my computer and printer to create the words you see and my chalks to highlight the word, "friend"

Deets: Cardstock: Coredinations and Stampin' Up.  Pattern Paper: Basic Grey.  Chalks: Craf-T Products. Ribbon: Offray. Button: Foof-a-la.
I also used a EK Success heart punch.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Life Preservers Scrapbook Club

Life Preservers Scrapbook Club has generously provided us with the grand prize package for our Winter Wonderland of Embellishments Blog Hop currently going on....please make sure you check out the awesome kits that Von offers at a very reasonable price too! The grand prize winner will be receiving the November Featured Mega Kit.

**So don't forget to become a follower of the Cookin' up Creations Blog, make the blog hop (all 12 blogs), leaving a comment on each one, and completing all the challenges to be eligible for the grand prize!

Thank you Life Preservers!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Welcome to Cookin' Up Creation's Winter Wonderland of Embellishments Blog Hop. We're glad you stopped by. This is your first stop.

The embellishment I have picked is shaped brads. There are so many fun ones on the market right now and so many ways to use them. (Need ideas? Check out the Design Team's projects at Cookin' Up Creations). I used the little birds from Eyelet Outlet & Brads on my card. My challenge to you is to create a card or LO using shaped brads. And, because I love to see your work, please upload your creations in the Cookin' Up Creations gallery in the Embellishments Blog Hop Album (you will need to register for the gallery if you are not already registered). Don't forget to leave a comment here. Tell me about the most unusual way you have used brads and I will enter you name in a drawing for an assortment of shaped brads PLUS there will be two prizes awarded. One prize is for participating in the blog hop and becoming a follower of the Cookin’ up Creations blog . A Grand Prize, will be awarded to the person who has left comments at all 12 blogs, completed all the challenges and loaded them into the gallery, and become a follower of the Cookin' Up Creations blog. Both prizes will be Random Drawings! Thanks for stopping by. Next you want to hop on over to see Suzanne at http://oscrappyday.blogspot.com/ Have a fun week!
Here's a list of participating blogs in case you get sidetracked along the way!

Winter Wonderland of Embellishments Blog Hop

Just wanted to post a reminder that the Blog Hop officially starts tomorrow! Hope you'll come play along with us!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

May Arts Ribbon Creations

For this flower accent I just did a simple running stitch along one edge of this beautiful wide ribbon & gathered it up into a flower. Add a button center & voila.....a cute flower accent for your page. Just a simple addition on a journaling tag.

Loved this spidery looking black ribbon...matched my papers on this LO perfectly. My daughter also commented that this would be awesome on a Halloween layout.....looking like spider webs! What a fun idea!!

A quick & easy chipboard Valentine. I cut a heart out of chipboard & gave it a coat of modge podge, laid three lengths of this cool zebra print ribbon across it. When the modge podge dried, I trimmed the excess overhang from around the edges, added the little tile alphas & velvety rose. What a cute accent for a Vday card/layout or give it as is....just write a little note on the back & give it to your sweety!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

May Arts Ribbon Loop Birthday Card

Here is my May Arts Loop Ribbon Birthday card. My goals was to think outside the box and do something fun with this beautiful ribbon. So I found this May Arts video on Youtube.


This was my first try, so it's not perfect, but I had fun doing it! I hope you will give it a try too!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Poppin' Pastels and Chalkboard Technique......

This week I chose to share with you a really simple technique using a Versamark pad and your chalks!

First you want to stamp your image in Versamark.  Using a cotton ball or sponge dauber, apply your chalk color to your stamped image, blowing off the excess as you go.  When you're done, erase any undesired chalk residue with a white eraser.  You can spray a fixative to set the chalk or hairspray which is what I used! 

Here's a card using Versamark and Craf-T Products chalk.

Here's another card using the same basic technique as above, instead this time I used a white ink pad and black paper.

Here's a link to a video tutorial for the first card.
Poppin' Pastels Technique

And here's a link to a video tutorial for the second card.
Chalkboard Technique

Friday, January 8, 2010

How To Use Chalk Enhancer!

While I was browsing the web looking for a few chalk techniques I ran across this video on You Tube.

I gotta tell ya, I had never used chalk enhancer before so after watching the video I had to pull out my chalks and enhancer and play!

Here's a card using Stampin' Up cardstock, K & Co pattern paper and a stamp I purchased at Walmart or Michaels - can't remember which at the moment but in case you're wondering it is manufactured by Stampcraft.  I also used my Spellbinders large scallop rectangle nestabilitie to create the little scallop strip you see next to my stamped image.

Chalks and enhancer are by Craf-T Products who is sponsoring us here at Cookin' Up Creations this month!!!  Thank you so much Craf-T Products for my new set of chalks!  I now know how a child feels when he or she gets a new box of crayons!!!

Okay here's my card.
And here's another card using the same technique as above but this time I added Magic Mesh - who is also sponsoring us this month!  Thank you Magic Mesh!!! And no, I have never used this before either....shocker, I know!

For this card I used Stampin' Up cardstock and stamp from the Classic Convertibles set, Craf-T Products chalk and enhancer, Magic Mesh and eyelets from Making Memories.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

This week is all about BRADS! Our January sponsor, Eyelet Outlet & Brads, has a great selection of fun ones to work with. They are a quick way to add a little bit of whimsy to a page or make a quick altered project. Be sure to visit Eyelet Outlet & Brads site to see all of the great brads they have to offer. You can check out more fun projects using shaped brads at Cookin' Up Creations. http://www.cookinupcreations.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1858#p20492