April 18, 2011

ATCs - Beyond Trading: Vintage Fairy Images

I didn’t notice when I purchased the trim that one set of beads in the middle of the section was not firmly attached. When I took the beads out of the plastic bag, the droplet fell apart. Sometimes the unexpected enables the imagination to take a giant step, and the broken beads provided that inspiration. Until then, I hadn’t realized that one of the small turquoise beads was actually a heart. The largest bead, why that could be a lantern for a little boy in search of fairies. One bead left, and I knew I would find the perfect spot for it atop a vintage ornament featuring stamps from the Oxford Impressions Fairy Sweets plate.

2011 04 LRoberts ATCs Beyond Trading Believe Octagon Ornamental Box

The ornament box and the ATC below feature Archival™ Ink, Adirondack® Dye and Pigment inks, and lots of Tim Holtz™ products: Distress Ink Pads, Alcohol Inks, Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixatives, and Alcohol Blending Solution. The instructions may be found on pages 84 and 85 of the April 2011 issue of Crafts 'n things®.

2011 04 LRoberts ATCs Beyond Trading Sweet Fairy ATC

Exploring Image Transfers: Paint Glazes

There are times when I really wish that my photography skills were stronger, and this is one of them. The original butterfly photo was spectacular if I do say so myself, but my pictures of the butterfly card and the bird necklace don't begin to do the projects justice. Thank goodness the photographer at Crafts 'n things® doesn't share my limitations. You'll have to check out his much better pictures on pages 86 and 87 in the April 2011. First the butterfly card.

2011 04 LRoberts Exploring Image Transfers Paint Glazes Butterfly Card

The whimsical bird necklace uses the same technique, but what a different effect. Both projects use Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints and Gloss Multi Medium. While the butterfly was transferred to cardstock, the necklace is made with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Natural Sticky-Back Canvas. I rarely wear jewelry, but this will be an exception!

2011 04 LRoberts Exploring Image Transfers Paint Glazes Whimsical Bird Necklace for print

30 Minute Card Ideas: Butterfly Silhouette Tag

When I look at this tag, I feel like belting out a line from a Julie Andrus number in The Sound of Music: "These are a few of my favorite things." What could make it any better for a stamper than Tim Holtz™ Distress Inks and a great collage image? Only sparkle, and there's lots of it in this tag published on page 73 in the April 2011 issue of Crafts 'n things®. Black Sparkle embossing powder, Sparkle Sunflower Perfect Pearls™, Suze Weinberg's Beadazzles™, lots of Tim Holtz™ Distress™ inks, Stickles™ Glitter Glue, and of course Inkssentials™ Glossy Accents™.
2011 04 LRoberts 30 Minute Butterfly & Flowers Tag

As always, the instructions for 30 Minute projects are online. You can find the details here.

April 17, 2011

Better Backgrounds: A Twist on Bleach

I've always enjoyed working with bleach and never cease to be amazed at how two pieces of identical looking cardstock can produce completely different results. There's magic in the technique!
In these two cards, the magic was enhanced with the new Jenni Bowlin dye inks and Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Extra Time. You'll find all the details here in this April 2011 Crafts 'n things® bonus on-line project.
2011 04 LRoberts Better Backgrounds Twist on Bleach Dragonfly Card
2011 04 LRoberts Better Backgrounds Twist on Bleach Swallowtail Card