Saturday, February 16, 2013

Simple Pleasures Scrapbooking Store

This weekend is the 18th Anniversary of my local scrapbook store Simple Pleasures, in Colorado Springs.  Everything in the store was on sale all weekend, and even a couple of Make N Takes.  I participated in the Make N Take on Friday, using their new and exclusive Memory Box sets.  You can see a picture of the sets on their website or their Facebook page.  Of course I had to buy them both, because I couldn't make up my mind on just one.  But then I'm a sucker for flowers.  These are only available at Simple Pleasures, but if you would like to have them, they will ship to you, so you don't need to visit Colorado Springs.  :-)

On Saturday, I had to go back to the store.  My car had a flat tire Friday when I went to leave, and when my BF came to change it, we found out my spare was flat also.  It was too late to get either of them fixed Friday night so we had to leave my car at the store. Saturday morning we got my tire fixed, then back on my car.  While I was there getting my car, I just had to go inside and watch the demos of some of the Elizabeth Craft Designs products.  I'm so glad I did, because it gave me all kinds of ideas and inspiration on using some of their products that I have seen in the store, but wasn't sure how to use.  Like the Shimmer Sheets... they look interesting, but I wasn't sure what to do with them.  They can be embossed, die cut, cut with your electronic die cutter, and you can use alcohol inks on them, just to name a few.  Then there are the sticker sheets, again they looked cool, but wasn't sure what to use them for.  After watching the demo I of course, had to pick up some of each, after all they were on sale... so figured it was a great time to try them out.    You can see some pictures of the samples if you visit Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook page.    If you want to watch how to use some of these products, check out Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube channel.

I don't have any pictures to share with you, since I haven't had time to play with any of my goodies just yet.  But I wanted to get this posted so if you are interested in the exclusive Memory Box sets there is still a little bit of time to order them before their anniversary sale ends Sunday night.   They will be available all year long, but the sale is only good until Sunday Feb 17th and only on in stock merchandise. The store is going to be open this Sunday, so you still have time to give them a call and place your order.

Until next time... Enjoy the Journey.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Love is in the Air

I was looking through my files, the other day, and decided I wanted to make some of the 3D letters from SVGCuts  I had purchased them when they first came out, and never made any of them, so decided it was about time I used them. Once I decided on the letters, I used SCAL to resize them to 4 inches tall.  I love the way SVGCuts makes their files so that it is easy to resize all the parts to the same size with out having to guess at it.
The letters I choose were L O V E and here is a picture of them.
 The O is a little "off" but they said that the letters with curves are the hardest ones to make. For me the hardest part of making the letters was deciding on embellishments for them.  I cut out some patterned paper for the flower on the O and used a heart shaped brad to  hold them together.  I got the idea for the heart on the L from the Art Glitter  blog. But I couldn't think of anything for the other two letters.  Over the weekend I was watching some videos on YouTube, and one was from The Gentleman Crafter.  I love his videos, he is so fun to watch when he is making things.  He cut out a heart from Chipboard, and then decorated it.  That got me to thinking, I can cut chipboard with my Silver Bullet Electronic Die cutter, so I grabbed a piece of chipboard and started cutting. I created the heart file from a basic shape and just altered it a bit in SCAL and made different sizes. I started out putting gesso on them then painted them. Once they were dry I used different mediums like Glass Bead Gel and Modeling Paste. The inspiration for those came from the Creative Jump Start videos. I even played around with mixing my own color after taking Julie Fei-Fan Blazers Getting Started class, and made purple for one of the hearts (on the E).  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the extra hearts, but I will hold on to them for future projects.

Here is a closer look at the individual letters and some of the left over hearts.
I added some glitter and white paint to this heart.

 I stacked two of the chipboard hearts together, the bottom one is painted, the top heart I put some Heavy Gel Medium on it to give it some texture.  Not sure it shows up well in the picture.
 On this heart, I used a line of Glossy Accents around the bottom heart, and filled the top heart with Glossy Accents, before gluing them together.
 Here are a few of the other hearts I was making to show some of the different ways I painted them. The smaller ones just have a base coat of red on them for now.  The pink heart on the right has some Glass Bead gel on it... I think it needs something more, but not sure what just yet.  I will probably wait until I am ready to use it for something before I do anything more to it.
On this heart I started with modeling paste and added some pink paint to it, before putting it on the heart.  Then I covered it with the Glass Bead gel. I wanted to try some of my spray inks, and the color I choose did NOT look good, so I covered it all up with paint.   You can still see the texture of the beads on the heart, but not as much as before I painted it.

 I will be making more of the 3D letters from SVGCuts in the future, and I can't wait until I have more time to play with more of the different mediums.

I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by and I hope that you enjoy the journey.