Saturday, March 30, 2013

Prima Engraver and Twiddleybitz

For this layout I started with this lovely photo of my daughter. It's a timeless moment - she's caught between the innocence of childhood, with just a hint of the teenager she will become showing through. The colours in it are perfect for the new Prima Engraver range. All those lovely browns and creams - and it's easy enough for me to add in a bit of blue to match her eyes.

I began with a sheet of Black Leaf, which I distressed and then inked with some Tim Holtz Wild Honey Distress Ink. Then I cut out the middle section so I could use it on another layout. Over the hole I placed a sheet of Cessello, which was also distressed and inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink. For my photo matt I collected a selection of paper strips from Cartouche (the ruler sections), Bank Note (the script section) and Calligraphy (the 2 inked sections on the left and right and the grey section behind the photo) and arranged them until I was happy with how they looked behind the photo.


Most of the edges of the patterned papers are inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink. The section of Bank Note (the script) has Vintage Photo though, so as to provide a bit of a contrast. There's also a piece of Tim Holtz Ideal-ology Film Strip Ribbon tucked in front of the script paper.

This gorgeous little chipboard corner is actually half a Twiddlybitz Wrought Iron Mantle (WI004) - I simply snipped it along the middle. It's been inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink and then given a light spray of Iridescent Gold Glimmermist. It fills the empty space in the corner without being over-powering.

In the top right corner of the layout is an embellishment cluster made up of a distressed, inked strip of script paper (there are a number of different papers in the range you can use for that), a piece of Tim Holtz Ideal-ology Film Strip Ribbon, a segment of Twiddleybitz Fern Leaf Large (FER003), an Antique Bronze Clock charm , a brown rose from the Engraver Roses collection and a Glass Cabochon that I painted the underside of with some Blue Suede Shoes Glimmer Glam. The fern leaves were given a coat of Vintage Photo and a light spray of Iridescent Gold Glimmermist. You can just see the shimmer on the leaves in the photo.


On a couple of sections of Calligraphy I used my Vintage Photo Distress Stain to make a few ink splots.

From the Calligraphy sheet I cut out one of the watchfaces and popped it under the photo. It's partially hiding another of the Twiddlybitz Wrought Iron Mantle pieces - this time left in one piece.

In the bottom right corner of the layout is another embellishment cluster. I've tucked another strip of the Tim Holtz Ideal-ology Film Strip Ribbon, and a segment of Twiddleybitz Fern Leaf Large  under a Bronze Filagree Border.

The leaf has been cut out of the reverse side of Roulette and then inked with Weathered Wood Distress Ink and the flower is from the Engraver Roses collection. The heart cabochon is from my stash - it has been popped onto a bit of text from Calligraphy.

The embellishment cluster on the left side of the layout has most of the elements of the other clusters. There are several additions, including a Yellow and Antique Bronze Charming Pin, a flower head cut from the reverse side of Roulette , a resin flower from my stash, another hand-made cabochon and an Antique Bronze Clock with Bee Charm (oos).

Here's a close-up of the cluster so you can see all the detail in the various elements. To the left is another watchface cut out from the Calligraphy sheet and inked with Vintage Photo and Wild Honey Distress Ink.

The title - Timeless (WOR045) - has been inked with Weathered Wood Distress Ink and then splattered with a combination of All That Jazz Glimmer Glaze and Blue Suede Shoes Glimmer Glam. It's the perfect contrast to all that brown, cream and yellow.

So check out Tracy's range of Twiddleybitz chippy and see what takes your fancy. She's also got some Prima Engraver left and if you're fast, you might snag some of that. I hope everyone is enjoying a lovely Easter break - spending time with the family (and sneaking in some scrappy time as well) and avoiding all the choccy.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Prima Engraver Layouts

Prima Engraver Layouts

I am loving these papers - their versatility makes them suitable for both of the angels and at any age.
They are adaptable to shabby, vintage or grunge style layouts, as you can see below.

First up I sprayed a white scalloped felt frame with Guilded Gold Glimmer Mist, to tone down the white. 
I cut various pieces from Prima Engraver Cesello and adhered them to my Prima Engraver Cartouche so that they were off-centre and to the right and then added a couple of pieces at the top of the left hand side of frame.

Next I adhered my "dried" felt frame to the Prima Engraver Cartouche so that it was over my cut pieces.

I fussy-cut the two flowers on Prima Engraver Cesello, and adhered them to left side of the felt frame.

I sprayed some Guilded Gold Glimmer Mist to the Stemmed Flowers and Roses and tucked them amongst the fussy cut flowers.

On 2 corners I added a cream with red tips mulberry flower, Large Filigree Flower and a Cream and Wine Cherry Blossoms,

before adding a final spray of Guilded Gold Glimmer Mist and Marmalade Glimmer Mist over the completed layout.

For my second layout using the Prima Engraver Collection I went grungy.

My base pattern paper is Prima Engraver Calligraphy and the top paper is Prima Engraver Cartouche.
I scrunched up and distressed the paper and then used my sewing machine to create a stitched border.  Tucked in-between two ripped edges is a flat circle filigree cut in half and topped with a cut Twiddleybitz Flourish Corner. I embossed it with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Powder to give it some texture and a lovely black/gold look.

The next step was to adhere our black zig zag felt frame in the centre



It looks pretty crappy at this point, but ...

then I painted over the top with Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi-Medium,
waited for it to dry ... and then sprayed it with Tarnished Silver Glimmer Mist.
When dry, I attacked it with Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist
and then dry brushed Sandal Paint Dabber over random areas.  


For the title, I added a black embossed Twiddleybitz Me & You chipboard title covered with Mud Cake Sugar Beads.

Lastly, I gave it a spray with Guilded Gold Glimmer Mist, then added the photo.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Home Sweet Home Step by Steps

A customer, Carolyn D,  was over here the other day, and mention how much she loves my Key Card I made some time back, one that I didn't want to give away to my Uncle for his house warming, but they loved it so much they had it framed, so at least I know it was appreciated from the recipient as well.

  Anyhow, this gave me the idea of finally getting a set of photos I have in my MASSIVE pile, scrapped! and using the Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home

So lets start...

Grab a  Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home  and glue down a Antique Bronze Door and Key Charm just to the right of your little house on the chipboard frame.  Now completely paint the frame with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matt (including the charm).  Put aside to dry.

Cut out a piece of scrap chipboard the exact size of your Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home, and pop over to your charm collection and get all your keys charms you have.  (Need more key charms, we have a section especially for them here).  Also get your selection of "House and Home" charms and find a silver house charm and to add to the bottom.

Check our how I store mine,  that I picked up from KMart for $15.00 each then labelled them in categories with my Dymo.  (Looking at this photo they look a bit dull, might have to "fancy" them up ... STOP Tracy and concentrate on what you are doing at this moment!!!)

Now gently place your Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home over top of the cut chipboard and place your key charms around the words.  When happy with placement put your Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home aside to continue drying, and adhere your charms to the chipboard backing. 

To "stick" your charms down  I just moved the charms up or down slightly drop some dimensional magic down and slide the charm back into place.   Now I might add at this point this layout is for my son's album so the gluing doesn't have to be neat because this is going to be no "pretty" layout .  And there is a reason for all this fiddling around and finishing the chipboard pieces off separately.

When your key charms have adhered, cover the complete piece of chipboard and charms with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matt and put aside to dry.

Now back to your Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home. There are many options to colourise your frame.

You could lightly tape it down to some scrap paper, taping it down so the words don't rip from the frame.  Then either multi ink it, paint it, add stickles or liquid pearls, distress stain or emboss it but I am going to spray it with my favourite blue, Jack Frost Glimmer Mist

I am only using the one colour as I want it to stand out from the busy background of the key & chipboard backing, PLUS it will bring in the blue from the sky on the photos.  After spraying dab it with a tissue and give it another spray.

I always spray over acetate or in this case an empty packet from my Twiddleybitz alphas, so you can swirl your chipboard over the excess Glimmer Mist on the plastic, giving you extra coverage and colour depth in areas.

When you key chipboard are dry, spray with lighter colour of Glimmer Mist, I used Olive Vine to work with the green in my photos.  Charms and metal often need a direct hit and a second coat of Glimmer Mist.  Leave to dry before spraying it in random areas with a darker colour, and in this case I used Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist

and adhere your Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home to the centre,
then ta da one card finish

OR you could use it on a layout

While the chipboard and glimmer misting is drying,  carefully get your photos and "wet" backing chipboard and line them up on your pattern paper.  I have used Carta Bella Alphabet Junction Strawberry Ice/Bonnie Blue (THESE ARE GREAT PAPERS TO ADD A LITTLE TEXTURE AND PATTERN FOR YOUR BACKGROUNDS INSTEAD OF CARDSTOCK,which I find too bland at times) .  

Get your Twiddleybitz Bricks template and place it where you want the bricks to show, then cover ares of template with texture magic (I use my fingers smudging and swirl the paste as I go), and then scrapping over the top with scrap chipboard, credit card or something that will smooth it out OR you could just leave it which I did as I liked the raised texture.  Continue this process in other areas until you are happy.  Make sure you clean the texture paste off the template as you go (I use baby wipes), so you don't transfer any excess paste in areas.

When paste is dry spray with Glimmer Mist, I used Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist


Stamp randomly with a brick stamp and Faded Jeans Distress Ink, over your pasted "bricks"

Next adhere your Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home to the top left of your cardstock.  And then your two photos mounted with brown cardstock down your cardstock.  Heat emboss Stampendous Aqua Aged Embossing Enamel to a Twiddleybitz cast Iron Gates (cut to make 2) and tuck in behind your two photos.

Added handcut clouds and a sun charm

I finished mine off with the address of our house (add flowers if you want but as it is for DS album obviously no flowers allowed) and was very handy dandy that we lived in unit 40 - so I used our Number 40 charm, which I lightly painted with Satchel Glimmer Glaze.  

Our large Silver Key Charm also got a light paint of Satchel Glimmer Glaze.

While I had my glimmer glazes out I also painted our sofa charm with Midnight Rendezvous Glimmer Glaze.  Added it to the bottom of my Twiddleybitz Home Sweet Home

Looking back at this layout I reckon I have broken all records of the amount of charms on one layout! LOL

And finished!!! One layout for my son to look back on, at a house he spent and majority of his childhood in.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Been to New Zealand lately?

Been to New Zealand lately?
Still not scrapped your photos?
my2angels have the answer for you ....

Limited Edition New Zealand Kit

In each kit you will receive 3 COMPLETED 12x12" layouts. 
We have done all the hard work for you so all you will have to do is add your photos. 

These are made to order, so please allow an additional day after payment is received for your kit to be posted.

Your cardstock based layouts will be glimmer misted with North Island, South Island and a Kiwi and layered with New Zealand Word Themed pattern paper.

Layouts are embellished with Twiddleybitz Destination Chipboard Title coated with Sugar Beads, Travel Charms, Bakers Twine, Maori Designed Ribbon, Ric Rac, Silver Fern, Paua and more ...

IN ADDITION, you will also receive 2x  A4 scanned and high quality laser printed sheets of pattern paper for future NZ projects, handmade NZ embellishment and 2 flags

With my photos on two of the layouts

There are only 10 kits available ...

Friday, March 15, 2013

Sugar Beads Tea Party

When we received the Twiddleybitz Ornate shelf, I knew it was perfect to display my Sugar Beads instore and at the shows.  I kept it pretty simple though - just painting it pink and then dry brushing white paint over it. Then I glued on some fabric, brought a tea set from Big W for $6.00 and whallah - here is what I came up with ...

My title was made from Twiddleybitz Alpha Squares - covered with Fairy Floss Sugar Beads and sealed with Glossy Accents (yip still wet but the light was fading fast!).

Coffee anyone?
Resting on the saucer is one of our large, silver spoon charms

Here's a yummy cupcake with Flamingo Liquid Pearls for the icing and sprinkles of Fairy Floss Sugar Beads

A Vial Bottle is used as a vase for our pink flowers and turquoise microbeads and hot glue gun for water

Looking down at our Creamy Latte Sugar Beads, Crushed Ice for sugar (with a small spoon charm) and white opal liquid pearls for milk.

The ornate shelf comes with 5 small holes underneath. I used 3 of them to hang 3 tea cups - out of which spill out our scrumptious sugar beads.

There are so many different uses for the ornate shelf. I'm tempted to make a jewellery holder for my DD, or to store my own personal jars of sugar beads (as the front panel of the shelf can be removed to expose 5 sections inside). I'm sure you can come up with many more.