Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's A Boy

Hi bloggers, today's post is both old and new.  I made another bookadex similar to the one I made for my Dad (shown in an older post) and the recipe holder I made for the Graphic 45 blog in July(also pictured below) but this time I used a baby theme.  This one is for a baby boy and I am working on one for a baby girl.    ENJOY!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Recycle, Reuse Tin and Mini Album

Another day, another project.  Only a couple more to go and then I will have to look for or make some new stuff to show.  I have a couple ideas cooking.

Since I long ago gave up cooking and my husband has taken over I have found some new uses for things that once contained food. I really liked the shape of this container that once had a meat rub in it and decided that a mini book was in order. I have always liked clocks and use them often in my paper crafting. This one just happen to be the perfect size to fit the Weathered Clock die from Tim Holtz.
For the lid I cut one clock out of Grunge Board and covered it with black embossing powder. I placed a
4.5 “ circle of red cardstock under the clock and then used the Graphic 45 Fashionista paper as the center piece. Since the size of the piece I wanted was on the edge of the paper I had to make some flowers for the side. I made them with vellum, some dye ink, Perfect Pearls and a brad. I added some leaves and pearl embellishments from Recollections around the edges.

For the mini book I decided that 5 pages were just enough. I cut 5 circles out of the Graphic 45 CORE Impressions. I gave them a light sanding and then glued a die cut ( from Grunge Paper and colored black) on each side to give them strength. I decorated each page and put them together with a long bolt, some washers and nuts from the garage. To create a handle and to cover the end of the bolt I got an old wooden knob from my stash, painted it black and added a clock face that was printed and cut with the Wishblade. The pages of the mini book open like a fan and the tags come out for a picture or journaling. One of the things I love about g45 papers is that all the collections can be interchanged. I used some of the clock images from Proper Gentleman with this project.
Graphic 45 papers: CORE Impressions, Fashionista, Proper Gentleman
Tim Holtz Weathered Clock Die, Grunge Board, Grunge Paper, Word Key, Baubles, Hitch Fastener, Keyhole & Foliage
Recollections - leaves and pearls
Perfect Pearls
Spice container
Bolts, washers and nuts from the garage

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Steampunk Clock

Well folks I'm back with another featured project from "my day in the sun" the Graphic 45 blog.  Hope you like this one.

Yes - It is a real clock!

Sometimes there are happy accidents. I was playing around with some die cuts one day and the Weathered Clock Die fell on top of the Vintage Cabinet Die and it looked like a real clock. The pictures tell the story.

Materials Used:
Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Paper Line
Tim Holtz: Weathered Clock Die, Vintage Cabinet Die
Black rhinestones from Recollections
Chip board

Friday, September 2, 2011

Magic of Oz Extreme Altered Book

We are home at last.  Although it is HOT, HOT, HOT here is Arizona I am happy to be here.  Our travels were lots of  fun but as they say (whoever "they" are), there is no place like home, which brings me to this post.  I hope you enjoy the Magic of Oz.  Over the next week or so I will be posting some of my projects with instructions that were featured on the Graphic 45 blog in July.   

When I started this project, I had an entirely different end result in mind but as most paper crafters know- some things just take on a life of its own. When I first saw the previews for the “Magic of Oz” I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I had my book, a dictionary from GoodWill, all ready to go before the paper ever reached my doorstep. When I first started cutting into the beautiful Graphic 45 paper (which is so hard to do) the vision started changing.
I will share a few pictures of what happened along the Yellow Brick Road. When I started on the book, I simply folded each page in half and tucked it into the center. Since I had lots of pages the book made a circle on its own. I then removed the book covers which made it look like a filter of some kind. I then divided the book into 4 sections and cut the pages down.
This was a very messy process.

I originally thought I would use a rod in the center and used an old paper towel holder which worked for holding it secure while working but later decided that was not the look I wanted. After searching around my kitchen for awhile I found this bowl and thought it was just right.

As you can see I just kept cutting and placing my images around the altered book until I was happy (and couldn’t fit any more in). I made the YELLOW BRICK ROAD from some yellow card stock (Stampin Up, Barely Banana). For the brick pattern I used the Tim Holtz Brick embossing folder that I first inked with Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy and then ran through my Big Kick. After gluing on the road, I poked the images in using the Tim Hold Memo Pins.

I cut out the cards that were on one sheet of the 12 X 12 paper and placed them around the sides and back of the book. They can be used for pictures or notes and pulled out and replaced at any time. There is almost no limit to how many can be added. A great way to display recent photos or use on your desk to hold notes and memos.