Friday, July 13, 2018

... and the Sky is Grey - Suzanne's Tag Mini Album {5 x 7}

Hello Crafty Friends!

What's even better than Winter? A mini album to store your favourite winter memories!!
Join Suzanne as she creates a gorgeous tag mini album.... be sure to watch her youtube video.... it will have you pulling out your craft supplies and wanting to make this album NOW!

Hello everyone.  I'm happy to announce that Winter has finally arrived in South east Queensland and I am loving it.  I love the few weeks of cooler weather that we get in Queensland because for most of the rest of the year it is scorching hot.  Something else that I love is the gorgeous July kit from Aunty Vera.

For this project I decided to make a cute little tag mini album and it is super quick and simple.  I used the horizontal elements page from the Simple Stories 'sub zero' collection and some cream cardstock for the inside pages.  I simply cut across the page leaving the two horizontal 4 x 6 cards together on the 4 inch side.  I folded them in half.

I cut some cream cardstock the same size and placed them alternately in the mini album

I made the cover and spine with some heavy cardstock.  The covers measure 5 x 7 inches and the corner has been taken off at 1 inch on each side to form the tag shape.  I made the spine 5 x 1 3/4 inches with a 3/8 inch spine.  I covered these pieces with the sub zero paper.

This shows the inside and outside of the cover of the mini album.

I sewed the pages onto the spine and then decorated the pages with some of the cut aparts and some die cuts.

Below are some of the pages in the album.

To finish off the mini album, I put in two eyelets and used some of the ribbon from the kit as a closure for this cute little album.

Thank you so much for having a look at my mini album.  I hope you are enjoying all the projects from the Team this month.

You can watch the process video HERE.
You can buy the kit from Aunty Vera HERE.

Bye for now and stay warm.
Suzanne xoxo

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

... and the Sky is Grey - Tina's Winter Snow Globe

Hello Crafty Friends!
Nothing says 'winter' quite like a snow globe!
Today Tina create the cutest winter snow globe with her Tim Holtz Snow Globe die and the gorgeous papers from our July Kit....

Hello every one! Today I have a Snow Globe made with the July Kit from AVSC.
In this project I used just the papers from the kit and a few bits and pieces from my own collection.

To start off I cut three snow globes using the Sizzix Snow Globe # 2 Die. I cut two in cardstock and one in acetate.
I also cut two of the base (here the picture shows the green side but I ended up using the other side) and a strip of cardstock 1" wide and long enough to go around the outer side of the Snow Globe. I scored the long strip at 1/8'' on both sides and snipped both sides up to the score line all the way along the length of the strip.

Next I glued one side of the strip around the acetate. 

Then I cut out some of the little lodges from the papers, a few of the ski lifts and a little snowman and inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The little mounds were cut from the same die set.

The little cut outs were glued on to the base and I did these in layers with foam squares so that I had three different layers. I added glitter to the snow mounds and the snow on the rooftops.

I then attached the front of the Snow globe with the acetate to the back and used the other cardstock piece to cover the edges of the folded strip. I added a strip of matching paper from the kit around the edge and then some trim from my collection around the front of the Snow Globe to again hide the edges of the strip. Finally, I added the base and reinforced it with foam squares, adding the words "Lift Pass" that I cut from papers in the kit and a snowflake from my collection. The little Snow Globe is complete.

 I hope you enjoyed this little Snow Globe tutorial.
The July Kit can be purchased HERE
Thank You and Happy Crafting
Tina xxx

Monday, July 9, 2018

Nuvo Shimmer Powder - Amira's Quick Iridescent Backgrounds for Art Journal Pages & Cards

Hello Crafty Friends!

We have a Road Test and Project in one for you today!
Our July Kit "... and the Sky is Grey" features a gorgeous new product from Nuvo...... Shimmer Powder! I knew the Creative Team would have heaps of fun with it, 'cause it's shimmery!!! :) 
Today Amira tests out the powder and shows us the beautiful results you can achieve with it....

Hey Everyone,

If you saw my unboxing, you will know that I was a little stumped as to what this beautiful bottle of Nuvo Shimmer Powder could be.

I thought, at first, that it could be applied as a fine powder to make your projects shimmery - much like Perfect Pearls. 
But then, I added water!!
And I was pleasantly surprised.
Did you see Suzanne's Unboxing and how she tested it on her hand? 
She's awesome! Thats why she's on our design team.

So I started off by misting water color paper with water and then I sprinkled the Atlantis Burst on top and immediately I was hooked!

You can spend ALL DAY making beautiful shimmery backgrounds.

And there are different subtle colors mixed in with the powder- yellows and greens. It's just so pretty and two backgrounds can never be the same.

The look you get depends on the amount of water you spray. 

In the following picture, I misted, then sprinkled then kept on misting to dilute out the color.
See how dreamy and water-colour like an effect you can get.

For the bottom half, I misted then sprinkled and left it alone.
I do love the concentrated and speckled designs. 

This is what it looks like when it dries.

I misted over the bottom half and added another colour (Black from the Brushos line) and watched as the 2 colours mixed and married. 
So satisfying.

Notice how light that first application became when it dried. 
I wanted it to be more vibrant so I re-misted and sprinkled on some more Atlantis Burst.
Look at the pretty design!!

These would make excellent elements on cards and art journal layouts.
Just grab one of your dies and an interesting part of the background.

I wanted to capture the step by step magic that happens (also see the video- link at the end of the post).

Step 1

After misting with water, sprinkle shimmer powder.

Step 2

Watch the magic happen.
It's a beautiful symphony of capillary action and osmosis where pigment travels from places of high concentration to places of low concentration and along water tension marks.

Notice also the different colors- yellow, blue, green.

If the little concentrated clumps of pigment bother you, mist again and again and watch the waves of colour drown out your white space.

It is absolutely fascinating.

After hours of play, and when the children started begging to be fed and tucked into bed, I came back to create some cards with these beautiful backgrounds.

Card 1- Warmest wishes

Here I used a 4.5" x 5.5" water color paper panel and applied the Atlantis Burst in the centre and was careful to preserve some white space.

When it was dry, I stamped with Versamark Ink, sprinkled on some extra fine black embossing powder and heat set it.

This is a simple way to make a mixed media card.

Card 2- Add sequins and ribbon

Or, you can die-cut it and add it as an element to another card.
Here, I embellished with sequins from the Neat and Tangled Sequins Mix from the July Kit
and ribbon from the Santoro Gorjuss Ribbon Pack.

Card 3- Resist Technique

For this card, I stamped out a scene using Versamark and clear embossing powder and then I misted and sprinkled on the Atlantis Burst.

Serious magic happens there as the stamped scene emerges before your very eyes.

All you need to do is add some embellishments and a sentiment and this card is just beautiful!
I cant wait to get some more colours!
Does it come in pink???
Or purple?

Now the one thing these pictures CAN NOT show you is the AMAZING shimmer on the backgrounds when they dry.
Seriously FABULOUS!
And this is why they are a little higher on my list than the Colour Bursts - the shimmer, it's just gorgeous. You will be able to see the shimmer on my video which you can see HERE

Thank you so much for tuning in today.

Go get yourself some Shimmer Powder and have hours of fun in your craft room.


Friday, July 6, 2018

... and the Sky is Grey - Suzanne's Mixed Media Frame

Hello Crafty Friends!
I love winter! And I love the way Suzanne is celebrating the season with her beautiful mixed media frame! Isn't it just perfect?... saying the cold is here and I'm loving it!!

Hello everyone.  I hope you are all well and keeping warm and cosy in the cooler weather.

This month the July kit (...and the Sky is Grey)  is all about Winter and getting warm and cosy.  The beautiful papers from Simple Stories are called 'Sub Zero' and have some beautiful colours (greys and greens and creams) which are perfect for a winter mixed media project.  I have used one of the 4 x 6 horizontal elements, some of the small elements from the Just Chillin' page and the whole sheet of the Vertical Elements page (the B side) which is grey with cream snowflakes.  I die cut an assortment of leaves and greenery to add to the project.  I also used some shutters from Prima as the focal point with the sentiment from the Horizontal Elements.

I used a frame which I picked up at the second hand store.  It was meant for a round embroidery but I have used it for my mixed media project.  It was quite old and had some age marks on the cream mat board so I painted this with some cream paint to cover these marks.

I used the vetrtical elements page (B side) to cover the round area and painted the inner frame with some white paint that I had mixed with the Nuvo Shimmer Powder (Atlantis Burst) which is also in the July kit.

I made some flowers and coloured them with the Nuvo Shimmer Powder as well.

Here you can see one of the small elements from the Just Chillin' page and some of the greenery that I die cut from coordinating cardstock.

Here is the sentiment from the Horizontal Elements which I placed in the window frame and two small elements from the Just chillin' page that I placed on the shutters.

I added some ink from the Unicorn ink pad that come with the Hero Arts Ink cube (Winter) set (also in the July kit) so that it looked like snow on the tips of the leaves and other greenery.

Also from the July kit are some Prima Metal Trinkets (flowers and vines) and I used one of the metal flowers in the project.  I did change the colour of this piece using the Nuvo Shimmer Powder

I added some cheese cloth and my handmade flower to the project.  I coloured the cheesecloth with the Nuvo Shimmer Powder

This piece was coloured with citrus twist distress oxide ink

I used some of the sequins from the July Kit to add a bit of sparkle to the project.

I die cut some small snowflakes in a grey cardstock that matched the grey in the Simple Stories paper and gave them some shimmer with a wink of stella pen.  I also added a sequin to the middle of the largest snowflakes and some sequin snowflakes throughout the project.

This is the finished project. 

Thank you for having a look at my project.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Bye for now
Suzanne XOXO

You can get the July kit HERE.
You can watch the video of how I put this project together HERE.
You can watch the unboxing of the July kit HERE.

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