Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 December Tag

I cannot believe that this is the 12th tag already and my first one of the year! I guess I have been pretty busy with restoring and shopping for Zippee, my vintage camper. It's funny because  I love seeing the tag each month and set out to make them but before I know it the month is gone : (
So here is my take on Tim Holtz December tag:

Here is the link to see Tim Holtz' original tag. He has great step by step directions and his tags are gorgeous.

When I was at Whimsodoodle I picked up some Frosted Sheets so I thought I would give the tag a try. In my neighborhood everyone is outside decorating their houses for the holidays so when I saw the window die I felt inspired.

I used the Pointsettia mover and shaper and the Festive Greenery dies also. The Frosted sheet was embossed through the Snowflake embossing folder.

To get the numbers to appear red on the brads I used Stickles, you can place a drop on the numbers and wait a little bit then take you finger and gently swipe across top of brad, the stickles is left behind in the debossed number.

I never used the Picket Fence Distress Marker before so when I started to outline the poinsettia and nothing appeared I was dissappointed but then a few seconds later I looked back at it and a wonderful soft, snowy color appeared. I love this marker!! I outlined all of the flower's edges and it gave such a lovely soft outline.

I had the Snowflake piece from a former Christmas Ideology set. It doesn't have a hole and I couldnt find my hole drill so I needed to make a bail myself. With some memory wire I created a spiral and flattened it out with some smoothing pliers. With some E600 I adhered it to the back and  "Voila!" I had a snowflake charm. A loop at the other end of the wire for a jump ring and it was attached to the hand-dyed ribbon.
We are streaming beginning at 10 am on Saturday, December 13th this project, it is perfect to house the Tim Holtz 12 tags! They hang down inside the Ice Shanty.
I will have the supply list up tomorrow and during the show I will teach you how to make it! There will be a free tutorial available up on our blog for Saturday only for your use, so make sure you grab it then. After that it will no longer be available because I will be teaching the class next year. Merry Christmas!

Ice Shanty Ustream Project
This was using the Hobby Lobby Pine St. Square but on the stream I will use the Carta Bella Warm and Cozy line
I hope you can join us at least for part we love drop ins, we tend to go for most of the day so I am sure we will still be on! Here is the link:  www.ustream.tv/channel/scrappycampersisters 
If you have never been to ustream you can create a free user name so you can join the chat, there is also a free Ustream APP so you can take us with you on your tablet or phone!

XX,J
PS If you wanna learn how to make the snowballs go to Paula Cheney's blog One Lucky Day. She has amazing tutorials and fun techniques to bring your projects up a notch.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Whimsodoodle and Paula Cheney

Check one off my bucket list! Friday and Saturday was spent at this wonderful store in St. Petersburg Florida. What a two days it was, I finally got to take classes with the notorious Paula Cheney!! I have been a big fan of her creations for such a long time and to sit and be able to take a class let alone 4 was a dream come true!

We started out making a lovely portfolio using the Tim Holtz large portfolio. I don't have a finished photo but here it is in progress: 
I was so glad when the woman next to me wanted to switch cabinet cards because she got the 2 girls and I was thinking I could use the portfolio for our next ScrappyCamperSisters adventure.  Aren't they sweet? They are out of the Found Relatives line from Tim Holtz. Paula told us she is working with him now, I was like what a great match!! 

Jill is a sweetie, the owner of Whimsodoodle, here is a pic of her and Paula:

The next class proved to be quite tedious for my liking, but I am glad I stuck it out because I loved the project and I would never had done it on my own, Darcie likes to alter things more than I do, so I was happy to have Ms. Cheney crack the whip. I love this little assemblage clock and the mermaid pearl technique made it all worth it! 

Friday, I had a lovely dinner at the Mexican restaurant around the corner with 3 ladies from class. One of them Lori invited me for breakfast the next morning at the Hilton, she comes over all the way from Miami just to take classes at this store!
Saturday we were up and at it early and got to work on the Christmas Configuration Box. I loved this project!!! May I say Paula's classes rock, she does all the hard work for you. You get to just assemble and learn cool techniques and the presentation on this was gorgeous, I can't believe that I didn't get a picture, I guess I was excited and just dug right in! I added my photo to the box when I got home, it is lovely in person.
The last class was working with the Worn Cover Album. We worked with one of these with Mr. Holtz when we went to Italy last year, this little mini is so cute not sure what I will put in it yet but it sure came out nice.
I was exhausted but totally inspired when I left and I did get to squeeze in a little shopping, not hard to do in that place!
So next time you find yourself anywhere near St. Petersburg or Central Florida take a stop in at Whimsodoodle and say Hi to Jill and the girls and give them a big hug from us!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Enjoying a Long Thanksgiving Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving y'all! This is Darcie.  When we went camping at the beginning of the month, we made a three part project celebrating the fall season.  A canvas by Johnna, a card by our friend and co-camper  JJ ( click here www.vintagejoyetc.com to go to her website to see how to make the card) and a fall leaf banner by me, which is stored behind the canvas.  It was so cold and windy during that trip that all we could do was the card inside one of our camper vans.  Johnna did a Ustream show of the canvas and I did....uh...nothing. Well I made the card, the canvas and the banner but didn't show it, so here are my instructions for the banner with some cool news at the end :-)


You will need:
  • The PDF pattern HERE of the leaves.
  • 1/4 yd x 35-45" muslin or other lightweight cotton fabric.
  • 3-4 pieces of cardstock, any muted shade is fine.
  • 3-4 pieces of double-sided designer paper in various patterns. We used Carta Bella "A Perfect Autumn" and there was enough in the paper kit for all three of us. So cute!
  • 8 eyelets.
  • 2-3 yards of fiber, twine, ribbon or any combination to match your project.
  • 2' of ribbon, one or two colors. You may use 1" wide ribbon, seam binding, or any other ribbon that is matched to your project or can be colored. 
  • Embellishments - stickers, chipboard pieces, cut-outs from your paper line.
  • Items to make a charm - a small ornament, beaded charm, hanging doodads, etc
Tools and supplies:
  • Paint in autumn colors. I used TH Distress paints in Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon and Peeled Paint.
  • Water soluble sprays. I used Dylusions in Squeezed Orange and Lemon Zest and Lindy's Canna Lily Burnt Orange and Grab a Guy Gold for a shimmer.
  • Matte medium or Mod Podge. I used the Antique Matte one but it doesn't matter. Just has to be liquid and stay wet for a while. Gel will be too heavy. 
  • Ink pad. I used Distress Ink Vintage Photo.
  • Both fabric and paper scissors. 
  • Cropodile or hole punch and eyelet setter.
  • Paint brushes for the medium and the paints.
To make the leaves:
Cut eight leaves out of cardstock, two of each design.  


2) Paint the fabric: lay out the leaves on one single-thickness sheet of the fabric, leaving 2 -3 inches or so around each one to figure out how much you need.  Then remove the leaves and paint. Dab or brush the paint on the fabric in spots of color until it is all covered in colors of green, muted brown, orange, yellow and red. Spritz with a little water to spread the colors. Let it dry.


2) Cut eight leaves out of the patterned paper, being careful to choose patterns that won't be next to each other in the banner. Each leaf will be an alternating design, so line up your leaves and then select your paper, keeping in mind which side will be on the back of the leaf. THE LEAVES ARE NOT SYMMETRICAL to keep it interesting, so just work your way through one at a time until all your pattern paper leaves are alternating and facing the right direction. 


3) Once the fabric is dry, cut a section of the fabric 2-3 inches bigger than the cardstock leaf. Cover the leaf and the underside of the fabric with Mod Podge. Put a lot on because you want to be able to move the fabric around on the cardstock. 


4) Now, pinch the fabric in tiny folds and move around until you get the desired wrinkled effect. If the fabric lifts up, it means that it's getting dry underneath so you may have to add a little more medium under that spot. Go around the edges, lifting the bottom so you can see where the cardstock leaf is. Make sure the fabric is tightly adhered to the cardstock around all the edges.  Do each leaf this way and let dry.


5) Turn over and trim the excess fabric away from the leaf edges. You should have enough medium on the edges so the fabric won't fray but if not, add some to the edges at this time and let dry.

6) Hold your sprays very closely to the fabric top of each leaf and spray a couple of shots of color onto the leaf. Finish with a sparkly gold.


7)  When the leaves are completely dry, glue the patterned paper to the back of each leaf.

8) Lightly run your inkpad over the wrinkles in the top of the fabric to make veins and around all the edges, front and back. 


 9) Decorate the back with stickers, chipboard, pockets, tags, etc.

10) Place eyelets in the top center of each leaf, about 1/4" from the edge.


Make the banner:

11)  Take the fibers, tie a knot at one end and let two inches of fiber hang down making a tassel. String your leaves in an alternating pattern, working your way from the back to the front.

12) Tie the front end in a loop, tying a knot behind the first leaf to make the loop. You can use this to hang the banner or hold the mini album when it is pulled up.

13) Clip or tie a charm on the front and add a ribbon bow. You're done!


 14) You can drape the banner on a table, or hang from a hook as part of your holiday display. It would be cute on a door!



14) To pull up the banner into a mini album, simply pull the leaves tighter together until all of the fiber is hanging out the back. Wrap the fiber around the leaves, using the tassel on the end to tuck and hold in place.

Now for the surprise: you can use this same technique to make a Christmas Holly Banner-Mini Album! HERE is the pattern for the holly leaves and berries. The leaves are done the same way as the autumn ones only with shades of green paint. The berries are chipboard, painted red with added highlights and glitter and covered in gloss medium or Glossy Accents. I will be showing you how to make that one too. Stay tuned!


Friday, October 31, 2014

Whimsodoodle and Debby Schuh

Here is a little video from our camping trip so far, I hope you enjoy! Debby Schuh is teaching 2 more classes tomorrow at Whimsodoodle in St. Petersburg Florida if you are anywhere near you have to stop in. This is a crafter's dream store, and we just loved getting to meet the lovely owner Jill. It is amazing and they are getting in a bunch of guest artists to teach classes in the next few months.
It is so windy tonight I brought alot of my stuff inside cause its really blowing. Zippee rocks from the wind gusts but it's kinda like a cradle while I am laying in my bed writing this. Temperature is supposed to go down to the 50's, which for you northern ladies is nothing, but for us thin blood Florida girls that's sweater and boot weather! But it's okay I have a nice thick down comforter in Zippee and it's quite cozy. Now the walk to the potty in the morning might be another story, I pray I don't have to go until the sun is at least up, cause it's a little bit of a walk and no fun in the dark alone. Amazing what sounds you here in the night, in the woods.
http://flipagram.com/f/LD9z5GPlvh #flipagram made with @flipagram ♫ Music: Taylor Swift - Out of the Woods
Join us for our remote ustream show tomorrow Saturday November 1 around 10 am if the tent isn't blown over. My tent making skill will definitely be tested tonight. 
Hmmm I hope my rug doesn't blow away, I better go see if it's still by my door.
♡♡J

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Zippee and I are off to the beach

I am laying in the bed with the camper windows cranked open just enjoying the cool breeze and the sound of crickets as I write this.

I am exhausted. It is not an easy chore to pack up for a camping trip I tell you. I need to think how I am going to stream line this. As I set up my campsite I can see I am not needing half the stuff I brought and realized I didn't bring the stuff I really needed. Like extra fuses, a longer hose, (who would have thought 25ft was so short, sure sounded long), another extension cord for the bug zapper. I am glad I froze a gallon water jug for my cooler though it kept everything ice cold all day and tomorrow I will use the water for drinking since it will be thawed out. It's a great hurricane prep tip. I learned alot back in 2004 when we got hit with 3 of them in one year.

Tomorrow, I will write more about my first day camping and the special people I am with, but for now it's lights out I am exhausted. Oh yeah I already said that, see I really am.

Lights out campers!
J XX

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tutorial - Gaffer's Tape Journal Binding and WeRMK Euro Power Punch

Hi, it's Darcie again. Thank you so much for joining us on our Ustream show last Saturday! Here is the vintage mask we altered to contain a mini-album.



It was so fun sharing childhood memories with you! We also enjoyed the pictures you posted on Twitter of you in your Halloween costumes :-) so cute! I showed you how to make a buckle binding with the WeRMK Euro Hole Power Punch and gaffers tape. It is a strong vinyl-coated fabric tape that can be used similarly to duct tape. I had it on hand and it was black, so there ya go.

 


 I came up with three different ways to bind albums with it and I am sure there are many others. The one we made on Saturday was a simple buckle binding using 1" wide rings made out of gaffers tape and Velcro.  It is lightweight, versatile and doesn't limit you to the size of the album you want to make.  You can use buttons, large brads or the bling I used. It will be pretty either way.  If you want to see the complete instructions for the Halloween version, check out our Ustream channel, ScrappyCamperSisters.




I also made two more styles for journals, a chipboard-covered one and a simple folded cover.   Here are pictures of what I was describing in this video. To make a chipboard cover, make a three part cover and line each piece with the paper of your choice. Tape the pieces together with the gaffers tape after punching the holes in the spine.  This is what the cover looks like inside when you are joining the cover pieces. You only place the tape up to the holes in the spine. Tape on both sides.


 Add the pages and wrap the gaffers tape "rings" through the spine. Isn't it purdy? You can use buttons, brads or bling like I did here.






 
For the folded cover journal below, I used several pieces of 8 1/2" x 11" colored card stock, folded each one in half on the long side and then punched with the Euro Power Punch as in the journal above. To make the cover, I cut a larger piece of card stock so that it was 1/4" wider to cover the pages and scored it down the middle. I then stacked my folded pages and fit them inside the cover.  I traced inside the hole on the pages with a pencil to mark the inside of the cover where the punch should go so that it would match the pages. Next, I folded the cover inside out and then punched, following my markings.



Here is the inside of this journal:




I folded it back and put the pages in.  Here is the outside. I used duct tape this time on the spine:



And here is the finished journal. These are all quick and easy - I hope you will try them!





Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gettin' Ready for Trick or Treat

Hello, campy people! This is Darcie, remembering fun times on Halloween. I used to love Halloween as a kid. We always dressed up and went trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Depending on how many children in the family there were that year, we may have pulled a little one in the wagon, but we always went together. My dad drove us sometimes because it could get cold in New England and I remember wearing leggings under my costume a time or two! I can't find pictures of me in my costumes, but I do have the memories.  My favorite costume was one my mom made of a Native American Princess. I was also a ballerina, a witch and a Medieval Princess.  I was a lot of princesses - hmmm, go figure!

So, as an ode to a more innocent time, not to mention grocery store costumes and those plastic masks that would make your face sweat, I offer you this Vintage Mask Wall Hanging.

What a fun way to decorate for Halloween and it would make a great gift. The mask is reinforced with paper mache inside and there is a pocket that can hold candy and a mini album.

This one is my fave Wonder Woman and we will be making a different one to give away on our show.  So, come join the fun when we broadcast on Ustream Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at 9 AM EDT. See you there!