Sunday, September 9, 2018

Anniversary Gift for my Parents

My parents are celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary in a few weeks, and I wanted to make something that would store a lot of photos, thus today's project.

I used the largest of the Tim Holtz Vignette boxes and covered it with floral scrapbook paper and some of his washi tape around the edges.  Then I adhered the feet and the word "memories", the number 59 and the roses.  The top is just the panel that fits the largest vignette box, also covered with paper.  

I printed a photo of my parents and gave it a sephia finish in Picasa but then colored in the corsage with a yellow distress marker.  I cut around their image and mounted it inside the next largest of the vignette boxes with some foam mounting tape.  The knob on top is also a Tim Holtz product.

The bottom box was a book box I purchased at Hobby Lobby:

I covered it with the same floral scrapbook paper as the vignette boxes then painted on some Mod Podge to finish it off.  This book box holds some larger photos of my 6 brothers and sisters and their kids that my parents have never seen before:

This is on it's way to their house via the post office.  I know it's going to bring tears to their eyes as they love seeing photos of the family.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Use Your Wings

This is a card I made a few months ago but never got around to posting.

I used the Impression Obsession butterfly die and manually cut the backing for it.

The rose is an old Recollections flower on top of a frond punched out with a Martha Stewart punch.

The top layer background piece was embossed with the KaiserCraft roses embossing folder and the bottom layer was embossed using the Stampin' Up Square Lattice folder.  The layers were then cut out using a Tim Holtz die Stacked Deckle.  The chipboard Use Your Wings is also by Tim Holtz.

I haven't been posting much lately as I am working on several large mixed media projects and haven't made cards in months.  My latest project is an apothecary shadow box for my nephew, Zach, who is graduating in 2020 from WVU School of Pharmacy.   The first step of this project involves making tons of mini pharmacy textbooks to put on a shelf within the shadow box.  I'll post a tutorial for making mini books soon.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Altered Album for Ben

This is the inside cover of a 3 ring binder photo album from Hobby Lobby that I altered for my nephew, Ben, who is in his 3rd year of college.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the cover of the album in all the rush to get this in the mail to him.

I cut him out of this photo and sat him on a book stamp by Deep Red:

Since Ben is leaning toward a major in Psychology, I typed up page about his astrological sign, Libra, and how a Libra makes a good Teen Therapist due to his ability to listen and not discriminate, and other fun facts:

The inside of the back cover is more photos that I cut him out of and layered:

I filled the album with photos that Ben hadn't seen in print yet, along with all of the Christmas family portrait photos taken over the years.  This way he'd always have these photos of his own to share with future family members.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Trials and Errors

This is an 8.5" x 11" chipboard that I covered with a variety of paints, waxes, and inks.  I am extremely new to Mixed Media art, this only being my fifth project or so.  I'm still not used to what paints react with what inks, etc.

I painted the chipboard with white gesso and then did some stenciling with texture paste and added the gears and pieces from a cut up Foundry embossing page.  Then I sprayed on a variety of ink sprays only to find some were very dark and would not lighten even when diluted with water.  The pink area came out a bit darker than I like.

This collage reminds me of unicorns and fairies --- the colors, anyways.  It's the first attempt at making a Mixed Media collage that was intended for a female.  All my past projects were ones that I made for my nephews.

Guess I'll try to punch some holes in it and add it to a journal I want to start working in.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mixed Media Book Box

My nephew, Nicholas, just graduated from high school.  I had made a scrapbook for him years ago with all his baby pictures and wanted to make something with his more recent photos in it and a place to hide things, thus the book box.

I started off by using one of my husband's old college textbooks (with his permission, of course).  I cut a template measuring 5x7 for the book box portion and began cutting a few pages out of the book at a time, but leaving some pages in front of this to attach photos.  I wish I could have made the box part deeper but my hands were wreaking havoc on me already, and I had broken my good knife.

When the box part was done, I began working on the cover.  I wanted to leave the binding as is so when he puts this book on a shelf with other books, it would blend in.  To make the cover, I glued on a piece of wrinkled tissue paper and let that dry.  Then I painted it with black gesso and did some stenciling with texture paste.  When that was dry, I dry brushed some red Finnabair Art Alchemy wax and then rubbed on some metallic colors with my fingers,highlighting the raised areas.  

I adhered some Tim Holtz Idea-ology findings and some similar things from Hobby Lobby's brand, Spare Parts.  For the inside pages, I tried to use mixed media on as many as I could and designer scrapbook paper on others.  

How many of us know what day of the week and what time we were born?  I thought this would be something sentimental for Nick so I made a few pages with this information on them, along with his birth weight and height.

The rest of the album is a compilation of more recent photos and events Nick participated in.

This was a fun learning experience for me.  If I ever make another book box, I won't put as many pages ahead of the box part as they bulked up the book and made it difficult to keep closed.

I hung a chain with some trinkets on it just for fun:  a graduation tassel and year charm, a red bottle I filled with red seed beads (his favorite color) and a key since Nick just bought his first car.

Now I get to begin working on a totally different project for my soon-to-be 17 year old niece.  

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Mixed Media Father's Day Frame

This is my gift to my father for Father's Day.  I used his Navy graduation photo, printed it in Picasa by adding a warm 1950's glow with shaded rounded corners.  It originally was a black and white photo.  I'll explain further below how it all came together.

  I am new to mixed media and all the different mediums and their purposes.  On my first attempt (below), I used a paste to adhere the embellishments that didn't dry transparent, and I also used a clear gesso that is supposedly made to go over photos but apparently not photos that are printed on an inkjet printer.   I also cut my chipboard too small for the frame and had to add the pipes (painted straws) at the top.   This is the one I am keeping for myself; the one with the red heart on it will go to my Dad.

To make the background, I started off with a piece of chipboard the size of the inside of the frame.  The embellishments on the chipboard are so dimensional that the glass to the frame doesn't fit back on, but that's the intention.

I first painted the entire front of the chipboard with black gesso.  Then, I applied some texture paste over the stencils, dried it all with a heat gun, and repainted everything again with black gesso:

This was also my first attempt at using texture paste and stencils, thus the imperfections.

I dried the gesso with a heat gun then rubbed on some Finnabair Art Alchemy waxes with my finger:

I also painted on some blue acrylic paint but spritzed it right away with water to lighten and loosen it up.

For the frame around my father's photo, I cut two of the Sizzix Ornate Frame #2 with chipboard and glued them on top of each other for more dimension.  Then I painted on some Finnabair metallic rust copper paint, dried it with a heat gun, and applied some Crackle Glossy Accents.  I let that dry overnight.

I cut the Sizzix Thinlits Treeline and colored it with Peeled Paint distress ink.  The trees represent nature and how my Dad loved taking us all camping every summer when we were little.

All of the embellishments (gears, anchor, straws painted to look like pipes, measuring stick, and the #7) were adhered with transparent Finnabair Heavy Body  Gel which I purchased at  It was also used to adhere the designed panel to the frame.  I rubbed on some of the Vintage Gold Art Alchemy wax around the front of the frame itself.

I used the straws / copper pipes as my father was always upgrading plumbing in the house or adding to it.  My 4 sisters and I were the lucky assistants who got to help him solder the pipes.  I say "lucky" because on a few occasions we'd get hot solder dripped on our hands.  The lucky part is my brothers -- they were born 11 and 13 years after me when all the plumbing jobs were already done.

I added the gears to represent everything my father has fixed over the years such as our bikes, toys, the car; pretty much anything that broke Dad was able to fix and still does.  I don't recall ever having a repairman coming to the house to fix anything, nor a plumber nor an electrician.  Dad did it all.

The black metal measuring tape (a Tim Holtz product) has two meanings to it:  it has the 35 on it which was the year my father was born, and when I was little I would play with his fanfolded measuring stick all the time until I broke it.  I've always felt terrible breaking his measuring stick but he still uses it today, even though some of the end numbers are gone.  This is what it used to look like:

Image result for fan fold measuring stick

So that's my story and how the design came about.  I am glad the first attempt didn't turn out perfectly so I am able to keep it for myself.  Now I just have to cross my fingers that the embellishments don't fall off during shipping in the mail.

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Ann

Home Sweet Home

One of my nieces is moving into a new house so I thought a card would be appropriate to welcome her to her new home.

The background was made using the Taylored Expressions Brick embossing folder with white cardstock which I then painted over with white gesso.  I ran the piece of paper through some Frayed Burlap and Faded Jeans distress inks that were watered down on my craft mat.

The Stampin' Up thinlits Butterfly was cut out of glossy photo paper that I inked up with a variety of alcohol inks for a metallic look.  The key is from Michaels.  I cut a blue heart to fill in the top of the key then adhered a diamond gem.  The stamp "Home Sweet Home" is from the Marianne Designs Collection COL1333.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Vintage Cup of Roses

I'm trying my hand at making cards that have more stamping and fewer die cuts.  I really like how the two look together.

Today's card features the Sizzix Bigz Tea Time cups die which I cut on chipboard.  I painted on some white gesso then stamped the Anna Griffin rose with distress inks.  The background Abandoned Coral layer is embossed with the Kaisercraft Tiny Roses embossing folder then highlighted with Vintage Photo distress ink using a finger dauber.

The roses are by Recollections and the leaves are from a variety of the Tim Holtz Funky Florals thinlits.  The oval is also a Tim Holtz thinlit called Stitched Ovals which I stamped with the French Script stamp by Impression Obsession and added some stenciling with distress inks.  I added half a doily and some shading beneath the cup.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann