Sunday, February 22, 2015

It's a Boy Minialbum

Dear Scrappers,
Two post in one day, great, you can see that I gave up TV for lent ;-)
More time to create and to keep up with my blog :-))

I used this time as inspiration the challenge posted in:
Use your stuff:

Challenge #173 - Circles

 I made this book for my Mother in Law for her birthday, I am highlighting in it my son's first year:
 I used many cricut cuts and a minibook cutout I got long time ago.
I used some acrylic cutouts as embellishments and some rhinestones, inks and markers from CTMH and may many CIRCLES... the cardstock, I used as mats and for my cricut cuts , came in my first consultant kit  from 2007 (CTMH) and it was textured and had lighter backside.

I was fun using my older batch of supplies...
I hope you enjoyed my minialbum and make some comments,
have a wonderful weekend,

First Communion Favors and some Challenges

 Dear Scrappers,
I did some bookmarks for as little favors for my son and some of his friends for their first communion.

I used some challenges:
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4 Crafty Chicks:


and took some acrylic angels from Clear Scraps from mini books, I bought last year in CKC Houston and used them as my main idea;

 The second challenge, I used as inspirations was heart 2 heart challenges:


and used some scapulary, I bought from a catholic store, instead of twine or ribbon to hang from the bookmark. The shoulder bands are made out of entwined silk threads similar to the ones in baker twine...

 I used alcohol inks and used some techniques I learned as a teacher assistant to Susan from Clear Scraps to ink the head, winds, and dress from the angel:

 I used a silver leaving marker to highlight the edges of the angel's wings:

 For the prayer, I used some I found in some first communion cards at that catholic store and added my child information, printed them using my HP photosmart premium printer. I later cut the angels and the trapezoid prayers using my scan and cut from Brother.

I did have some problems cutting the angels (the scan'n cut didn't recognized all the angels printed in one page). Next time I will try my luck with my scan and cut function from my cricut explorer, however, this time I was in a time cramp and I had to do around 20 angels... Who knows, maybe I won't have the same problems using the explorer...

Here are some pictures from the front and back of the finished angels and from the finished favors:

 I used some Rock Candy glitter from Ranger to give some highlit to the wings in the back of the card and distressed the edges using my Slate ink from CTMH:

Some of the other materials and tools I used:

I hope you enjoyed this fun project and make some comments about my techniques ;-)

Have a wonderful week,


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Quick St. Valentine's Day favors for the teachers and aids...

Dear scrappers,
Some challenges online inspired me to use my imagination to alter some great and cute favors holder I got from CTMH:

I used for this project the Valentine treat kit from CTMH and embellished the treat holders differently and following these inspirations:

How I love thee from Craft Hoarders anonymous here

I used some stamps from my stash (Ctmh and graphic 45/Hampton arts) to express some gratitude and love sentiments for my children teachers and aids. I used some leftover felt hearts I bought last year and used for my Be My Valentine shadow box project.

And of course, I have to share my love for stamps, inks and CTMH papers and follow the Love CTMH Way challenge from heart 2 heart blog here

I stamped the sentiments using the Forever in my Heart and Cross stitch wishes (SOTM) from CTMH the Slate ink, I stamped the "happy valentine's day" in some scraps of slate cardstock using pixie ink and made some banners. I finished the banners by added some dazzles from paper wishes (again using my stash). I stamped my children's family name in the back of the banner to made them more personal.

I made some more treat holder using my leftover papers from the previous scrapbooking club layouts and a post it holder diecut from sizzix:

I really love how this ones turned out to be too:

 For the main teachers I used some cookies I learned to decorate from a Friend's class and used actually one of the ones she made (right side one) for my son's teacher.
 I added some purse charm/key chain I had bought for teachers to the inside of the treat bag:

 I fished this project very quickly and didn't have to carry to many tools either....
I love those new treat holder kits from CTMH, so versatile, so easy...
I hope you enjoy my project and get inspired by it and keep it simple from time to time...

Spoilers alert, for next project, I am getting inspired by a getting messy challenge ;-)
have a fun Mardy Grass weekend,

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Vicky Tovar

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Be my Valentine Shadow Box (Graphic 45) and some challenges

Dear Scrappers,
For this project I used 3 challenges as inspiration:

Simons say Stamp blog, Wednesday challenge: all things bright and beautiful:
For this challenge, I used tons of Rock Candy distress glitter from TH and blings from Queens and co... To make my project extra bright and beautiful ;-)

Next I used the inspiration from:
The crafty boots challenge: hearts and valentine:
By keeping my project very much Valentine's related with hearts and Cupid...

And finally I used the challenge from:
Mixed media think pink:
I used the paper collection from Graphic 45 "sweet sentiments" and kept my project in a pink mood, by using spun sugar distress paint (TH), felt pink heart, prickled raspberry spray ink, and pink blings...

And this is what I finally ended up doing:

I found this cute 4.5" x 4.5" wooden box at our local Scrapbooking store before they close, and after looking at Pinterest for ideas I found that the sweet sentiment papers from Graphic 45 were perfect and lucky me, I found them online and the Hampton Arts stamps to got with the idea...
When I saw the challenge this week, I got to work and put all the idea together into this cute shadow box.

I painted the whole box with gesso to give the acrylic paint something to grab on.

I painted the box with a mixture of white acrylic paint and prickled raspberry spray stain to make a cute tone of pink.

I sprayed the back of the box with the spray ink to see the effect:

But decided to use modeling paste instead for more a mixed media feeling.

I added a heart charm from TH (IdeOlogy).

This is a close up of the embossed Dollie.

I stamped a postcard image with a Dollie heart (using slate ink from CTMH) to give it some contrast as a background. I fussy cut a Cupid image with a Cello and added some edging lace (with is sticky back) and some rock candy distress glitter.
I finished the inside with some flowers I found at Jo Ann's attached them together with a wooden button from Michaels and baker twine, finishing the look with a flower bling.
The felt heart shape was stamped with "Love" using slate ink.
I added some more red lace as contrast in my final layer...

For the outside, I fussy cut some of the postage images adding some rock candy glitter to the edges, and added a veneer bird I had in my stash, painted it with spung sugar and added some rock candy distress glitter.

I added some more glitter to the fresh added modeling paste before it dried out, but it is a very delicate sparkle, difficult to get on camera...
I combined two of "Be my Valentine" sayings from the paper collection and added two blings to the sides. I added the TH charm to the center of the title using more baker twine.
Finally I stamped on the glass the "I love You" using claret StanzOn...

I hope you enjoy my project and leave me some feedback...
Have a very blessed week,

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Vicky Tovar

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Vicky Tovar