Monday, May 27, 2013

Art Frame DIY part II

In the last post,I showed you how to make your own awesome Art Frame without any wood,nails or  other heavy duty tools. This post is a follow up :)
Another frame,same materials with slightly different result
Second option with Canvas Flowers Stickers-you decide what you like best :)

You'll need-
A postcard 
Foam Board
Soft Pastels 
Posca Markers
Strong Glue 

You start the same-tracing your postcard  around it's perimeter and then adding 1 to 1.5" all around to create the frame.
Cut out the middle and set the frame aside 
 Now we shall prepare the decorative coating of the frame
Set your Creatopia Machine with the embosser roller-I use DOTS pattern for this project
 Emboss the Cardstock 
 Very,Very cool ,ye
 Now sand the Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock  to reveal the core

 Now run the embossed /sanded paper through Creatopia again ,but this time with the permanent adhesive cartridge inside
 Glue the patterned paper on top of the already cut foam board frame 
 Fold the margins onto the foam board as if you are wrapping a gift :)
 Cut diagonal triangles inside 
 Fold them on top  to cover the ugly sides of the foam  

Cut the extra triangles and use them to glue the postcard inside the frame
 The frame is ready for decorations 
 Draw extensions to the flowers in the postcard-use same colours  and media if possible
 Add steams with ultra fine marker-I use PC-1MR Posca marker
 To add some additional  3D effect ,I use Little Yellow Bicycles -Naturals Stick Pins  -Wood Words
They are too precious to pass on
 Just pushing them inside the foam board (not something you would do easily if you were to use a wooden frame)
 Admiring the results :)

GORGEOUS Art Postcard by Anne Julie Aubry  " Girl at Poppies" 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Art Frame DIY

You all know that I LOVE collecting Art Postcards from my favorite worldwide illustrators !
Some I buy...some I win in various blog giveaways and some I receive from my artists friends :)
I surely posted quite a lot of Art Frame projects where I showed you my own contribution to the beautiful art postcards and prints  I've collected through the years and this post is one of them yet again, but this time it's a DIY tutorial as well -YEY
To make your own Art Frame like this lovely shown here
Art Postcard by Minasmoke 
 you'll need-
A postcard 
Foam Board
Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock
Soft Pastels 
Posca Markers
Gel-a-Tins Stamps
Strong Glue 

To begin with replace the cartridge in your Creatopia Machine with an Embossing rollers in the pattern of your choice -I choose the Hearts pattern for this project because the flowers in the postcard have a heart shape to them :)
Now run your cardstock through Creatopia 
 AWESOME  already and I haven't done anything special yet ;)

Now take your sandpaper and rub it on the Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock to reveal the core 

 See how the core is now revealed-really cool feature of these speciality cardstocks

O.K, after finishing the cardstock treatment,we are ready to cut the frame out of the foam board
Just place your postcard on the board, trace it and cut the desired height and width  of the frame

I cut the foam board with my roller knife-I don't mind if the edges won't come out straight and neat as we are going to glue our heart embossed cardstock on top anyway

Now you need to change back from the embosser rollers to your adhesive cartridge and run the cardstock through Creatopia
Place the cardstock  glue side up and the foam board on top
Fold the excess cardstock inwards onto the frame
Do it for all the sides
Now we have a ready frame with glue in the middle to put our postcard in

I also cut 4 narrow strips from the same cardstock and glued them inside to cover the sides of the foam board
And now the artistic part of the Art Frame begins :)
Grab your pastels and start colour  the embossed hearts to create flowers replicas 

When you finish drawing flowers ,add some shading like in the original postcard and some hand drawn  lineart poppies 
And if you have some stamps you think will  work great with the theme of the postcard,don't be afraid to use them as well :)
I have the sweetest Honey Bear set by Gel-a-Tins  which worked fabulous with my art frame-
I used the Butterfly,Bees and Daisies seen on the bottom right corner to compliment my hand drawn flowers

To finish the frame,you'll need a thingy to hang the frame from on the wall
I used the opening tab from a Soft Drink can as my hanger device ;D 
Glued it in place and TA DA
(How awesome is the back of the frame haaa )

 You have a ready to  hang frame  

On the wall with it's friends:)


BoBunny & XYRON Blog Hop Scrapbook Page layout DIY

On April 2010, me, hubby and our oldest daughter ,Sierra (3 at that time) came to visit our family in the US and attend  a wedding of my husband's relatives .

We landed at Chicago,spent a week there. Then flew to Cancun ,Mexico for a week .
Got back to Chicago and flew to NY for another week
It was so much fun (even with a little kid on hand :D ) and we took like hundreds of pictures ,but when we return home,I have never found the time to even print all these amazing photos ,not until today :)

Thanks to the  XYRON & BoBunny Blog Hop Challenge I finally have the chance to make a scrapbook of our trip !
I went  through all the photos of our journey and while browsing and reminisce, a photo of Sierra with surfing boards at the background caught my attention ...I remembered seeing a similar backdrop and an overall feel of my photo in one of Bo Bunny's Back to Backs Reversible Heavy Weight Papers...
I went to check my stash and as I was going through the BEAUTIFUL BoBunny "Key Lime"  collection ,I saw this PERFECT page for my first scrapbook !!! A Key Lime  item #14501814
It's colours and the tropical feel of the page was all that I was looking for and so,I started to assemble a collage-I'll show you how I did it

You'll need a-
 Bo-Bunny 12x12 heavy weight cardstock from the keylime collection
Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock in Blue,Yellow and Jeans
Silhouette Cutter
Sanding paper
5 different Bo-Bunny NoteWorthy die cut journal pages #14513862
Key Lime Trinkets #14506853
XYRON Tape Runner
Key Lime Jewels #14507856
Imaginisce "childhood Memories" Sticker Stackers #400135
Naturals/ Little Yellow Bicycle  Canvas Alphas 
Your photo 

To begin with,choose the 12x12 you like best-consider similar colours or theme to your photo
I went with the   12x12" Key Lime 
I'm going to make this page according to the scrapbook layout kit #41249 by Silhouette
, but will tweak it a bit

I chosed a  Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock to construct my layouts with
First of I cut a 4.5X6.5"  Cardstock in blue to set the base
Then I add a 5.5X5.5"  yellow  Cardstock cut in folder shape from the silhouette kit above
See how all the cardstocks I use have a similar colour scheme to the chosen background sheet
3rd piece would be in Jeans colour ,hand torn  to 5X5"  rectangle  .
I wanted to give this last piece a bit of body and interests ,so I wrinkled  it good and then sanded it  to receive a wave like design-COOL !
Now it's time to glue them all in place...And there is no better way to do so than 
run the cardstocks through your trusty  Creatopia Machine
Glue all three one on top of the other and continue decorating with the Imaginisce sticker letters
I use my Aristo ruler to place the letters in straight line 
and another word made from the same Imaginisce sticker set  :)
 + canvas brackets  stickers from the Alphas set by Naturals 
I know the original layout I'm basing my page on, uses a different type of camera and the shape is available in the kit, but I had this adorable polaroid Sticker Stacker Camera by Imaginisce ,so I decided to use it instead 
 also added two arrows on the left side of the camera
Now lets not forget  that we are mostly girls in the family, so some bling is a MUST
The layout sketch shows us that  we need to stick some jewels in a half circle near the folder on it's left side...
For easy and accurate applying of the half a circle ,I'm using a round object I had on hand as a template and Bo Bunny's jewels stickers
Here you go :)
Looking lovely 
To decorate some more,I'm adding the journaling die cuts-
First off ,run the dies  through your XYRON Creatopia Machine to make a sticker out of them   
Then glue them in place
Some on the bottom of the page...and some on the top
I switched the heart from the sketch with a beach ball 
And the heart sketched on the  folder ,with  a cute little Key Lime Trinket which I glued on with my XYRON Tape Runner on top of the yellow folder  
The project is complete :)
Now you have yourself an AWESOME scrapbook page to glue your photo in
Sierra-3 yr. old- Cancun ,Mexico Apr. 2010