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Saturday, February 25, 2012

How I Used Faux Leather in the AMAZING Layout

1. Pencil off area of chipboard or paper where faux leather will be applied.
2. Tear a long strip of paper. 

3. Tear faux leather strip into small pieces. 

4. Apply glue to area to be covered. 

5. Place the small faux leather pieces onto the marked off area, overlapping each other. 



Supplies needed: 
     Brown paper grocery bag 
     Spray bottle filled with water
     Brown ink

1. Cut bag into two large pieces to be used one at a time. 

2. Spritz water over entire piece of paper bag.
3. Crumple bag into a ball. 

4. Smooth out paper. 
5. Repeat steps 2-4, ten to fifteen times.

6. Allow paper to dry flat. A heat embosser or hair dryer may be used to speed up this step. 
 I used Ranger Ink, Tea Dye, and the color  was perfect for achieving the desired look. 
6. Sweep the ink across the paper from side to side. 
 Continue in this manner until the entire piece of paper has been inked. 

The final product! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012


This is a Design Team Creation for The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas. I've been hoping to find the perfect paper to use for this photo of my son, Lee. BO BUNNY saved the day with their beautiful  "Weekend Market" Collection, and I could not be happier with the outcome. The jewel tones in this collection pick up the colors in Lee's sunglasses and lend themselves well to a masculine page. Check out the little MAYA ROAD Photo Corners used on the corrugated cardboard after painting it with MAKING MEMORIES Expresso, TATTERED ANGELS Golden Terracotta Glimmer Mist and RANGER'S  Adirondack Color Wash in Stream. Last, I splattered it with a bit of  Terra Cotta Alcohol Ink.
The brand new MAYA ROAD Chipboard Corner and Mini Tag Canvas Pieces worked well here. The technique used is inking, then applying Ranger Crackle Accents and sprinkling a mixture of colored beads from my stash, then adding more Glossy Accents. For the canvas tag I used a DYLUSIONS Quintessential Quote by Dyan Reaveley and STAYZON INK. Next, I sprayed it with a combination of Golden Terracotta GLIMMER MIST and more ADIRONDACK Color Wash in Stream. The Color Wash was also applied to the black and white checked ribbon, making it teal and black. Last, the edges of the canvas tag were frayed for a distressed effect. The chipboard title is by Thickers. 
You can see some of the TIM HOLTZ / RANGER products here, which are always a treat to play with and achieve a grungy masculine look. I used Adage Tickets and the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Weathered Clock die cut. The pocket watch has authentic watch parts from my stash, TIM HOLTZ Metal Foliage, and Spinners inside with a layer of RANGER Glossy Accents to keep everything in place. The patina that resulted from the reaction to the Glossy Accents is perfect for this project, as it brings in more teal to the color palette.  
The canvas flower was made by yours truly....I  cut a couple of strips of canvas cloth with pinking shears, spritzed them with Stream Color Wash  by RANGER and Golden Terracotta  Glimmer Mist  by TATTERED ANGELS . Before gathering the fabric, I inked a little of the dark blue by Color Box onto the edges, frayed them and coiled and glued them onto a circular chipboard disk. The center of the flower was treated the same way the as the Chipboard Corner by MAYA ROAD, then glued onto the flower. 
These little faux studs are by 7 GYPSIES.  I used  BAZZIL BASICS cardstock for lining some areas of the layout. 
Another technique that I used was machine stitching with my Singer Sewing Machine, using Coats and Clark black thread. 
One last technique to mention for this layout is the leather look behind the corrugated cardboard. Coming next on my blog will be a tutorial for this effective and inexpensive technique.

Friday, February 17, 2012


My sweet daughter, Elizabeth, came by after work to do the honors. Drumroll, please......
And the winner is.....All Amy! Congratulations!  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


It's hard to believe that I've been blogging for a whole year! To celebrate this anniversary, I will be giving away the above goodies to one lucky winner. All you have to do to get your name put into the pot is to leave a comment on this post. One winner will be drawn on Friday, February 17th. Please tell your friends to come join in the fun!

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I LOVE this little frame project that the design team for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER  was assigned!  For this little cutie, I used The Farmhouse Collection papers and stickers by OCTOBER AFTERNOON. The embellishments are mostly by MAYA ROAD, with a lovely little WEBSTER'S PAGES Flower. The chipboard frame is made from a diecut and was given to all DT members. 

Wouldn't this be a perfect gift for a family member?!!

            Antique Keys Mini Chipboard Set
            Gingham Point Blossoms Red and Black
            Kraft Journaling Tag, Decorative
            Kraft Library Cards w/Envelopes
            Love Mini Chipboard Set
            Love Words Mini Chipboard Set
            Small Organza Roses, Cream
            Ruffle Blossoms
            Satin Pleat Edging, Mauve
            Trinket Pins, Vintage and Heart
            Wood Bingo Calendar Numbers
            Farmhouse Collection,  paper
Farmhouse Collection, shape stickers
WEBSTER’S PAGES Country Estate Collection Florettes
From My Stash:
            Vintage Seam Binding Ribbon
Even the back of this little frame is covered on the back with pretty paper!