Sunday, May 21, 2017

My Boys - Terry Nelson - USA

I made up another lay out for CSI: ( Color, Stories, Inspiration)
This one is for the second Case File of the month No. 230 


These are my two sons at my oldest sons wedding.  I just love this photo of them all dressed up in front of the fabulous view.  They are grown men now but forever they will be my boys.  😊



Here is how I solved the case...

Scheme: All the colors, 
lavender, off-white, light sage green, gray, light blue, sort of a cadet blue ...Check
Evidence :
I have Flowers, stars, metal and rhinestones. ...Check

Testimony / Topic:

Journal about a road trip or a group gathering.  and I tucked my journaling tag behind the layers of the center (photo)
...Check! 

I really wanted to use this photo, even though the lavender color isn't usually considered masculine.  So I minimized the lavender.  But I like how the small touches of it look on the page. 
I have used Maja Designs "Vintage Summer Basics" papers, Prima "Craftsman" papers, and even a piece of Anna Griffin paper (The lavender piece in the layers at the photo).
I punched spots of the background paper with a matha stewart punch.  Distressed all the paper edges even the photo.  I have painted and textured chipboard (the circle frame, gears and stars).  I have some metal gears.   I muted the colors of the flowers with gesso. Mixed up a bunch of different beads and some old rhinestone beads.  Added silver micro beads
To me it has a masculine feel but the light colors accent the spacious openness of the view behind my boys. 
It's fun to work with the CSI challenges, and get my pictures on some lay outs for a change.


Thank you for taking a look! ❤️
~ Terry


Friday, May 12, 2017

Fun in the water - Terry Nelson - USA

Here is the lay out I created for CSI: ( Color, Stories, Inspiration)
Major Case File No. 229  May Challenge


These pictures are of my grandson playing in the water with his grandpa.
They are a couple of years old, taken in 2014.




Here is how I solved the case...

Scheme: All the colors...Check
Evidence :
I have Stripes, Flowers, and Something loopy. ...Check


Testimony / Topic:

"Liam
Fun in the water
.

Pemigewasset river,
Hobbit Hill Farm"
...Check! 
I used Maja Designs "Crea Diem" for background papers.  

I gessoed some circles by actually banging the almost empty gesso bottle on the paper.  I was trying to get more out and it looked cool so I just banged it here there and every where. 
Then I used modeling paste, stamps.  I die cut the flourishes in teal and white then used clear embossing powder on them.  They are supposed to look like splashes. 
I painted the wooden fish gray, and added some detail.
The topic was created in photo shop and printed from my computer.


So happy with the way it turned out. ❤️
Thank you for taking a look
-Terry


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Queen of The Forest - Terry Nelson - USA

I thought I'd try one of the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenges.  
It was just what I needed to get my mojo moving on scraping some photo's in layouts for a change.   


Major Case File No. 227


Here is how I solved the case...

Scheme: All the colors...Check
Evidence :
I have flowers, wood, and cheese cloth as fabric. ...Check


 Testimony:

"Kitty has walked in the woods with
us since she was a kitten.
Usually trailing along behind, last in line. 
Every once in a while, 

In a mad Kitty dash she unexpectedly
grabs a leg then climbs up a tree."

...Check! 
 I just realized it might sound like Kitty grabs a leg and takes it with her up a tree...lol  But actually she just grabs, lets go, then climbs up a tree. 😜

I picked out 2 pictures of my Kitty.  Yep, her name is actually "Kitty".   I used some leftover Pion Design's "The Songbird's Secret" papers.

I used texture paste and a stencils.  I colored some texture paste with vintage photo ink and used a Loin King stencil to get the little foot prints.

I created the title and the journaling text in photo shop, printing them out and then die cut "Queen". Inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
I used an embossing folder on the green paper in the center.

I sprayed with Lindy's "Aloha Avocado". It was the closest color I had to pale olive green.   I splattered with orange acrylic paint.



I have a wood crown from Prima, and a round wood compass from Kisercraft






I really like how it came out.  I'll defiantly be trying out some more new case files. 
Thank you for stopping by!!!  ❤️
~ Terry

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Altered wood train for Easter. "Easter Express"

Sharing the little Easter Express engine I altered for my grandson who looooves trains. I bought a wood engine for about $3 at Walmart. Used some paper clay to sculpt the face right on to the front. Made some ears from felt. Painted with metallic blue acrylic paint, added details with white and black paint. Made up the "Easter Express" sign and the egg border in photo shop to stick on the side. Finished off with a pompom tail. I don't know how long it will last with rough play, but I hope it is a cute surprise for him.






Thursday, April 6, 2017

Graphic 45 Secret Garden Mini Album Tutorial

Graphic 45 Secret Garden Mini Album Reneabouquets Design Team Project

Hi crafty people!  I've made up a mini album using Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers from Reneabouquets.  

Isn't Renea's Sweet Vintage Flower Fairy Die Cut the cutest thing on the cover? 

Renea has a special offer for you! If you buy the Graphic 45 Secret Garden Deluxe Collector's Edition Pack you get a free Secret Garden key if you mention that your a "Terry's Subscriber". 



Renebouquets items add the extra "something special" to every project. 

  
I've also made up a tutorial so you can make a mini like this too!




Get a closer look at the album and all it's parts when you watch the video walk through.

Thank you all for stopping by !!! ❤️ 🤗 ❤️
 ~ Terry


 Embellishments available at Reneabouquets:

Graphic 45 Secret Garden Mini Album Tutorial



Materials list:
Graphic 45 Secret Garden Deluxe Collector's Edition Pack 12 x 12 - Buy it from Reneabouquets and get a free Secret Garden Key! Tell her your a "Terry's Subscriber"
17 pieces Bazzill 12 x 12 Cardstock Grasscloth Texture Guacamole

4 Pieces 8 1/4" x 6 1/4" Chipboard Heavy 52pt - I use Paper Accents Chipboard
2 Pieces 8 1/4" x 3 1/2" Chipboard Heavy 52pt
2 pieces Tyvek Cut 8 " x 2 " - I cut mine from mailing envelopes
4mm x 1mm Neodymium Disc Magnets - I find them on eBay
3 1/2 yards of 3/8" wide white ribbon
Acid free spray adhesive
1/4 inch Scor-Tape
Ranger Glossy Accents glue
Acid free glue - I use Sobo Premium Craft & Fabric Glue
Spellbinders Card Creator Borderabilities Dies Scalloped Borders One
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies Timeless Rectangle
Five 4" paper doilies.


Embellishments available
at Reneabouquets:

For punched flowers :
Pink cardstock - suggest Bazzill Basics Quartz
Purple cardstock - suggest Bazzill Basics Snapdragon
Blue cardstock - suggest Bazzill Basics Powder Blue
Yellow cardstock - suggest Bazzill Basics Daisy
Two or three flower punches - I used Martha Stewart Crafts Punch-Hydrangea (punches 1 " flowers) EK Success Mini Punch Set Daisy & Petunia (punches 5/8" flowers)One leaf punch. I used Martha Stewart Crafts Punch, Rose Leaf (punches 1" long leaf)
7mm white flat back pearl
4mm white flat back pearls
Flower Shaping Kit/ tools (I used Heartfelt Creations Flower shaping kit)
Flowers to Make:
White -6 Large -3 Half -14 Small
Blue - 6 Large - 13 Small
Yellow 7 Large - 1 Half - 14 Small
Purple 5 Large - 2 Half - 12 small
Pink 4 Large - 6 Small
Handy helpers :
Post-it-notes
cloths pins


Cut list For cutting the solid colored cardstock
Hinges
1 Piece 9 1/2" x 7 3/4"

Inside front cover
1 Piece 8" x 6"
1 Die cut frame (Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies Timeless Rectangle)

Page one
1 Piece 8" x 6"
1 Piece 4 1/2" x 6 1/2"
1 Piece 8" x 4 1/2" Scored 1/4" and 3/8" on one 8" side.
1 Piece 9 7/8" x 3 5/8" Scored 4 7/8" and 5" on one 3 5/8" side
1 Piece 1 1/2" x 5 1/8" Scored 1/2 on both 1 1/2" sides.
Page two
1 Piece 8" x 6"
1 Piece 4 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Page 3
1 Piece 8" x 6"
1 Piece 12" x 6 1/2" Scored 4 1/2" and 9 1/8" on one 6 1/2" side
Page 4
1 Piece 8" x 6"
1 Die cut frame (Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies Timeless Rectangle)
Page 5
1 Piece 11 1/4" x 8" Scored 6" and 6 1/4"
2 Pieces 6 1/2" x 4 1/2"
1 Piece 9 1/2" x 3 5/8" Scored at 4 3/4" on one 3 3/8" side
1 Piece 1" x 2" Scored at 1" on one 1" side.
1 Piece 4" x 6 " Scored 1/2" on both 4 inch sides Die cut one 6" side (see video) with the Spellbinders Card Creator Borderabilities Dies Scalloped Borders One.
Page 6
1 Piece 8" x 6"
1 Piece 12" x 4 1/2" Scored 6 1/2" and 6 3/4" on one 4 1/2" side. Die cut the 4 1/2" side / the short end after the score lines (see video) with the Spellbinders Card Creator Borderabilities Dies Scalloped Borders One
1 Piece 7" x 4 1/2" Scored 1/4" and 1/2" on one 4 1/2" side
1 Piece 6 3/4" x 4 1/2" Scored at 1/4" and 3/8" on one 4 1/2" side
1 Piece 5 1/2" x 3 1/8" Scored 1/2" on both 3 1/8 inch sides.
Page 7
1 Piece 8" x 6"
4 Pieces 4 1/4" x 4 3/4" Scored 1/2" on one 4 1/4" side.
Page 8
1 Piece 8" x 6"
1 Piece 5 3/4" x 4 1/2" Scored 1/2" on both 4 1/4 sides. Die cut one 5 3/4" side (see video) with the Spellbinders Card Creator Borderabilities Dies Scalloped Borders One.
1 Piece 4 1/2" x 7"
1 Piece 8" x 5 1/4" Score 1/4" and 1/2" on one 8 " side
1 Die cut frame (Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies Timeless Rectangle)
Inside back cover
1 Piece 8" x 6"
1 Piece 6 1/2" x 4 1/2"
1 Piece 7 1/2" x 5"
1 Piece 7" x 7 1/2" Scored 1/2" on both 7 1/2" sides Die cut one 7" side (see video) with the Spellbinders Card Creator Borderabilities Dies Scalloped Borders One
1 Piece 7" x 5 1/2" Scored 1/2" on both 5 1/2" sides Die cut one 7" side (see video) with the Spellbinders Card Creator Borderabilities Dies Scalloped Borders One






Sunday, March 12, 2017

Decorated Easter diorama fairy eggs and Tutorial

 I'm longing for spring and all the bright colors.  So I created these decorated eggs for Easter. 
I made my own paper mache eggs, (I tell you how I did it later in this post) and then decorated them with paint, beads, flowers, ribbons, mini plastic eggs, flocked bunnies, and some of Reneabouquets laces, trims, chunky glitter, A Summer Set Butterfly, and Renea's Sweet Vintage Flower Fairy Die Cut.























Then I hot glued the yellow one on to a glass candle stick and the pink one to a small cut glass bowl.  They are so bright and cheerful!  I love the Sweet Vintage Flower fairy peeking out from her magical egg.
They make me happy to look at them. 😀












I've done a picture tutorial on how I created my own paper mache eggs.

First I bought one of these...



I found it at Walmart, opened it at home and of course I ate the candy.




I have made lots of things with paper mache over the years, so it was natural for me to want to make my own eggs rather than buy ready made ones.  It's a lot less expensive too!  Even after you buy the plastic egg you are saving money.  The 4 inch paper mache eggs I had found cost about 4$ each, and they didn't come with a sweet treat.  The plastic egg with candy cost about $7.  I know that's a lot more than $4, but you can make hundreds of paper mache eggs with it.

I wrapped the egg in plastic wrap to make it easier to separate the plastic egg from the paper mache egg that I will create over the top of it.


I secured the ends of the plastic wrap with some tape.  I tapped the bulky ends to the yellow or bottom of the plastic egg.  The yellow side has a flat spot.  I wanted the back of my egg to be curved and egg shaped.  Plus I know I'm leaving one side open to create the diorama opening.  I'm putting the bulky taped ends of the plastic wrap over the flat spot on the yellow half of the plastic egg because I won't be covering that spot with paper.
Next I tore strips of regular printer paper.   I had lots of half sheets of this paper saved after cutting out shipping labels I had printed from my computer. So I used that, but any paper can be used, as long as it is about the same weight.   News paper is the traditional paper used for paper mache.




I put about a 1/4 cup of glue in a bowl, and added about a cup of water.  Mixed that together.  It looks like milk.
Put some of the torn paper strips in to the glue/water mix.  I like to use some dry strips after I get some layers of wet strips on.  So I didn't put all the paper in at the same time.  The dry strips absorb some of the water from the wet paper strips and helps things dry a bit faster.   More paper strips can always be added to the glue mix if needed.
I start layering the paper strips that have been soaked in glue over the egg, in different directions, covering evenly and smoothly till it's covered with 5 or 6 layers of paper.  I leave an oval shape uncovered on one side of the egg.  That will be the opening for the Fairy and Butterfly.
Cover the bowl of glue/water mix to save it for later.  Let the paper mache egg dry.  It can take 8 hours or more to dry.  I left mine standing up right over night. In the morning it was almost dry.  Just the bottom was still a bit wet.  I should have waited until that had also dried, but I didn't....


 I cut the paper in a straight line down the center of the bottom.  This is to be able to open the paper mache and get the plastic egg out.



 I did not cut a hole.  It just looks like that because the paper was still wet, so as I started to pull the paper open it all tore and squashed open like that.  If I had let it dry properly it would have been a nice straight cut.  I didn't worry because I knew I could fix it.

I carefully pulled the plastic wrap open and away from the plastic egg.  The point is to get the plastic egg out of the plastic wrap.  So I took off the tape and started to pull open the paper and plastic wrap and work out the yellow half of the plastic egg.  Carefully easing open the paper mache. 

Wala! I've separated the yellow half of the pastic egg from the clear half.

Next to get out the clear half.
I cut up the back/bottom some more to give it more room to open and pulled it out.  And also pulled out the plastic wrap.
 Now I'll repair the bottom with the left over glue/water mix and some more torn paper strips.
 Both inside and out.
                Looks Fab!! Let dry.
Clean up the opening so it's pretty.  I know I'm covering these edges with some trim so it doesn't have to be perfect.
Now get out the joint compound. We had this left over from work done on out house.  I just needed a little.  A little water too.

Using my finger I smeared on the joint compound.  Then with the same finger dipped in water I  smooth it out more.  I covered the whole outside of the egg like this.

Let it dry. A heat gun can speed the drying time, Then I sand it with 150 grit sand paper.  This fills in dips and edges, it smooths out the surface a lot more. Wipe the egg with a dry cloth to get off the excess dust from sanding.
 Then I painted it with yellow mixed with white.acrylic paint.






I got out the glitter and Mod Podge.  I used Reneabouquets Chunky Glitter- Diamond and Reneabouquets Shard Glitter Glass-Pearl. 

Coated the area to be glittered with Mod Podge and sprinkled on the glitter while the Mod Podge is still wet. Let that dry.
 After the glitter was dry I used Transparent 3d Gloss Gell. I patted it on with a spatula in random spots and sprinkled on some white beads.  Then I stuck some larger beads on here and there by hand.
I had originally painted the inside of the egg blue.  I changed my mind and decided to use torn pieces of old book pages.  I tore them into approximately 1 inch pieces.

I painted Mod Podge inside the egg in a spot just a bit bigger than one inch.

Using the brush I picked up a piece of the paper and stuck it in, then smoothing it out with the brush on to the Mod Podged spot and Mod Podged over the top....repeat in different spots until it was all covered inside.
Then I coated inside with more glitter. 
But you can decorate any way you like!






Items used from Reneabouquets shop
Sweet Vintage Flower Fairy Die Cuts
Reneabouquets Trim-Ivory Pleated Tulle
Renea Bouquets Chunky Glitter Diamond
Reneabouquets Shard Glitter Glass-Pearl
Reneabouquets Trim- 4.5 Inch Wide Floral Embroidered Lace In White

Reneabouquets Trim-Elegance Ivory & Gold Lace
Reneabouquets Shop-http://www.Reneabouquets.com
Reneabouquets Etsy Shop-https://www.etsy.com/shop/Reneabouquets
Reneabouquets Facebook Page-https://www.facebook.com/Reneabouquet




Thank you so much for stopping by!! Happy Crafting!! ❤️