Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My Favourite Things April Team Blog Hop

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You may have seen my recent post of the book I created for my parents.  While I was searching their house for some more photos to include in that project I discovered a drawer full of past portraits that they had been given of the grand children and great-grandchildren.  I know that my mother loves getting these photos but obviously has nowhere to put them.  This brought me to the following project.  The main reason I am including it as my Favourite Thing is because I LOVE IT!  I am so happy with how this turned out that I want to make one for myself too.  It is my favourite project for sure.
I started with a cabinet door that I found at the ReStore.  It cost me only $10.  It's very plain and simple which is what I was looking for.  I knew that I wanted to change the colour of the raised edge so that it looked like a frame so I started by sanding it down.

I couldn't decide what paper to use because I wanted it to be fairly neutral but also include some flowers.  I searched my retired products and found some of the Claire My Complements Canvas Shapes and the floral paper from the Pemberly kit.  I added some Cashmere cardstock that I embossed with the new Chevron Embossing folder.  These are a lot of fun.  This was my first project that I used the embossing folder on (I just bought a machine so I could finally use the folder).

Once I decided what products to use I had to figure out how I was going to layout the board.  I went through all of the How To Books until I settled on one.  I choose layout 01 from the Make It from Your Heart Volume 1.  I made a few modifications but I thought that I could make this layout work nicely for this type of changeable display.

 Now that I new the paper and colours I would be using I needed to figure out how to add colour to the frame part. I decided to try some Heidi Swapp colour shine. I started by pouring out a little and adding it with a sponge.  It seemed to work ok but I wasn't completely happy with the colour.

I tried spraying on some other colour shine but that left some blobs that I didn't like and it still wasn't the right colour.  I tried using some CTMH cashmere pigment ink.  That didn't work either.  I tried adding some re-inker to some Pearl Paint but that just turned pink!  In the end I washed all of it off (it left behind a little bit of a stain) and then started over.  

This time I used the brown Stazon ink pad and just rubbed the pad along the area. I can't believe how well it worked.  It acutally looks like melamine woodgrain!  I should have thought of this right from the start as I've used the ink before when I didn't like the colour of a picture frame.  In fact I'm really tempted to use it on some furniture that I have but I'm not convinced that it's really a good idea.

I cut out all of the flowers from the three CTMH Cricut Cartridges.  Did you know that for the month of April (2014) you can get a free CTMH Cricut Cartridge?  Just ask me how before the end of the month.

I added some bling to the flowers including adding one of my favourite accessories, the Sparkles Flourishes.  I really like to cut these or add them as is.  They add such a nice touch to anything. 

I used some older clips from my stash that I adhered with Liquid Glass, my favourite super heavy duty adhesive.  Now my mom can change out her pictures quick and easy.  Maybe we can even do that for her when we bring over any new pictures.  I can't wait to see this up on a wall in their new house!

The next stop on the Hop is Brae Montgomery. Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects from those that you have seen along the way. Join us again next month when we will feature "National Scrapbooking Month".

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Gift for my Parents

My parents recently moved after living in the same house for over 45 years.  I've been encouraging them to move closer to me for about 5 years now.  It's taken a long time and was a very hard thing for my parents but they came around and are very happy to have a new house now.  They moved in this past October and then headed down to Florida for the winter about a month later.  They haven't had much time to enjoy the house and get it set up yet but they are on their way home now and will be back at the end of the week.  I really wanted to make them some kind of keepsake and housewarming gift.  Since I have so much Heidi Swapp product I thought it would be a great opportunity to use lots of it and have some fun with Colour Shine.

I used one of the Heidi Swapp wooden albums which I covered in Colour Shine and some CTMH mini pigment ink.  I really do love how nicely the colour shine soaks into the album.  The photos just don't do justice to the lovely iridescent appearance.   I added some colour shine banners and a CTMH stamp for the cover. 

I had a lot of fun filling the inside of the album with all kinds of Heidi Swapp product with a little bit of CTMH product thrown in.  I used so many different product lines and it's great how they all work together so nicely.

I don't have a lot of feminine type paper but I do have the Sugar Chic paper pad and it was a lot of fun to finally be able to use some of it.  I'm not much for glitter most of the time either but it's nice to use little bits of it in something like this.

I used some of the photos that I got from my parents when they were cleaning up before they moved.  I'm hoping that they'll really enjoy looking at some of these old photos somewhere other than in a box or drawer.

This was the first project that I used Heidi's new stencil sets on.  They are fun to layer and spray with Colour Shine.  I also used her new background stamps which I love too.

I added in a few Dear Lizzy Thickers mainly because I wanted to use the one that says "This is my happy place".  Isn't it cute?

I had seen some of Heidi's trimmings sprayed with Colour Shine on someone else's site so I thought I'd give that a try also.  It was pretty easy and worked well.  I then heated it to give it some dimension.  Not sure that the flower came out the way I was hoping but I still kinda like it.

What do you think about the Trimmings flower?

I took lots of photos but that's what I like about Heidi's products.  You can fit so many photos and there are so many cute ways to add interactive elements.

I mixed things up a little bit here.  I had some other products that I'd been wanting to use including this fun corrugated black cardstock.

Notice how I just had to use my CTMH Artbooking cartridge?  I actually had this cut out for another project but it wasn't the right size so I was able to use it here instead.  It worked very well here and I was finally able to use my canvas Compliments that I still had left from my CTMH Stella kit.

I really hope that my parents like this book.  I think I might try to make a frame or box that it can be kept in.  I don't think that Michaels has anymore of Heidi's shadow boxes which probably would have been perfect.  I'll look next time I'm there though and maybe create one of my own.

Thanks for looking.  I'd love to hear what you think.  I think my next project will be some kind of display for my mom so that she can quickly and easily put all of the grandkids photos up somewhere instead of just sticking them in a drawer.