Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fabulous Fall Wedding Signs

I created two signs and table numbers for a wedding.  This is what I came up with for the signature drinks sign.  It's 12x12 wooden frame which can be hung up or put on an easel.

I didn't like any of the "stains" for the picture frame.  First I tried to do cherry cobbler...but it just didn't look right.  So then I put the chocolate chip hue over the top.  That looked better but still didn't "pop."  So then I painted with a green shimmer paint over the top.  AND WOW!  WOW! WOW!  It really livened things up.  And the green paint was pulling out the ink of the cherry cobbler and chocolate chip to create this lovely bronze look.  I left the inside of the frame the stained cherry cobbler.  You can see by the order of the pictures what the steps were that went into doing just the frame.

The left side is the painted side
and the right side is just the two stains.
Here you can see the outside color and top color
before I painted over the outside. 
I laid everything out to see if I'd like it.  I really liked the cherry cobbler ribbon.  But it needed
something else.  Let's add a subtle background and mat the pictures.

Here you can see the leaves I heat embossed for the background.  I mixed early espresso & gold embossing powders with a little bit of gold glitter to get the "bronze" affect.  I really like embossing on the textured paper as it adds a little bit to the leaves as well.

You can also see how adding the mat really frames the sayings and adds that little touch of "importance."  Even though it's behind glass, you can tell the different layers really add dimension.

Here's the full view again...yes with a reflection but I wanted you to see the whole look with the frame and everything.  You can see all the little details as I explained above.  These are the little details that really make the project stand out.  The red inside of the frame with the matting of the signs go hand in hand.  And of course mimicking the leaves in the background and bringing the colorful ones to the foreground also brings out the color of the frame.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Frightful Wreath

Here's my version of the Frightful Wreath Simply Creative Kit.  I didn't purchase the stamp set that went along with the wreath so I did something a little different.

The kit is wonderful as it contains almost everything you need to complete this wreath.  Like I said before, they do have a stamp set that coordinates that you can purchase too.

 I just loved the hot glue that I got.  It's glittery!!!  Yes and if you know me, anything with glitter is awesome!  Too bad they only had 2 purple ones in each bag :(  But the gold, silver, green, and clear glittery ones will look awesome too.  I liked it so much that I used it across the black medallion as a background for my spider :)
 I skipped some steps here but you start with a bare foam wreath and wrap the black garland around it.  Then hot glue the web into place.  I found the easiest way was to lay the web on top of the garland and then slightly fold back the outside of the web.  I placed the hot glue on the backside of the web and then pressed down lightly.

The Tangelo Twist Satin Stripe Ribbon looks wonderful with the black and silver.  With the lines in the ribbon it draws your eyes downward too.

This is the completed wreath.  I forgot to take a picture of all the pieces for the spider before I assembled her.  The spider in the sample wreath was on the outer web but I moved it down since I changed the inside of the wreath too.  I love how it shines against the purple glitter background.

This is my finished product.  To see how it differs from the Stampin' Up! kit--- Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Scrap Booking for Columbus Parent Association!

You won't want to miss this very awesome event!  I just love the Scrappin' Events that I attend and host.  Each event offers something just a little different.  The event I host, is a semi-annual event.  We provide food, table space, doorprizes, and fun!  The cost is $40 and that whole thing goes to the Parent Association to help cover costs of field trips, recognition, and social events for our school system.

The Columbus Crop is on October 24th and 25th this fall.  The cost to attend is only $40!!!   WOW what a deal!  Please contact me for more information!

Elizabeth Giles  715-384-3710  gigs5liz@gmail.com

Friday, October 3, 2014

Blending a Birthday

DON'T YOU JUST LOVE THE BLENDABILITIES?!?!?  These awesome alcohol based markers definitely rock my world!  Besides the ease of use, the colors and shading are remarkable.  As you can see from this card, they come in a variety of colors!


Here you can see that I used white embossing first.  I stamped the image in VersaMark and then heat embossed it in white.  If you would do this technique and use our regular water based markers, this technique would be called "Emboss Resist."  The water based markers would just smear right off of the white embossing powered.  This would make your paper colored and the white appear as though it wasn't touched at all.  Since we're using alcohol based BLENDABILITIES, the color just appears lighter.  I love this effect as it seems like you're shading but really you don't have to!

Since the BLENDABILITIES have two ends, one brush and one writing, it's very easy to get into smaller places.  I used the "writing" end to get the line on the banner and of course the brush ends to get into the roses and pedals.  Here I used Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry.

I love our Chevron ribbon.  I do find it kind of bulky when I want to tie it in a not so I like to use other thinner ribbons to help out.  I used the 1/8in Crushed Curry Taffeta Ribbon.  You can also see from this close up that I mimicked the background in the stamp with the Perfect Polka Dots Texture Embossing Folder.  Since the focal point of this card is so large, the nice subtle background really adds a lot of class to this card.

  I hope you enjoyed my card!

Thursday, October 2, 2014


I just love love making treat and creations at Halloween and other holidays!  I know everyone loves a little treat once in a while and these are perfect!

This wrap was inspired by the new Motley Monsters Designers Series Paper and the Fridge Scissors.  As you can see, I took the colors right out of the paper!  Smart idea right?!?!  I used the coordinating Freaky Friends Stamp Set for the different monsters :)

 I love how easy Stampin' Up! makes it for us to coordinate our colors!  Thanks for doing it all!

Here you can see how the fridge just adds some flare to the tops and sides of the candy wrap.  It's also a run little addition for some "MONSTER" hair!  The one tip I have for the fridge scissors is that if you have to cut a longer fringe, don't cut all the way through.  Cut slightly and then slide your scissors forward and cut all the way.  This will prevent you from snipping off some of the fringes.  I do like to cut a little at an angle if I have several of the fringes in a row like the top of the wrap.  You can see a couple in the bottom picture that are a little shorter than the rest.

The baker's twine adds just enough to make your eye separate the front from the fringe.  We have several colors of baker's twine.Baker's Twine

And what is in that wrap?  WELL POPCORN!   Who doesn't love to get some popcorn to pop at their convenience?  It's cheap and an easy gift.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

8th grade Graduation

If you read my blog yesteray, you'll understand that this is the second set of scrap pages for my Aunt Nancy.  This set if for Cassidy.  The last couple of years, I've made ice skating scrap pages for Cassidy but this year was her big moment, 8th grade Graduation from St. Joseph's Catholic School.

Nancy gave me the colors of her dress that she wore for graduation and I tried my best to use those colors on the scrap page.  As you can see, it's quite a variety.  I have Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Black, Island Indigo, Whisper White, and retired (but not forgotten) Concord Crush.

When I started these pages I really tried to go with the Graduation theme like on Jordyn's but I just couldn't come up with something that wasn't similar to the other set.  So I decided to drop the graduation theme all together and just go for fun.

The background for this one came on a whim.  I wanted to use that paper for the background but found that it was way too busy for the accessories and other colors.  So I just chopped it up and layered it.  I love it.  It adds just enough without overpowering the whole page.

Once again I made larger mat for the primary picture.  The ribbon is tied around so that a picture can easily be slid behind to go with the full mat.  On the side of the primary picture, is a small photo strip.  The wallet size pictures would fit best here.  I'm sure she took many pictures with friends!

On the second page I wanted to keep the fun collage look.  I like to use different size mats just so everything isn't so uniform looking.  That's also the reason I used so many different buttons and brads.  I wanted some variety, so we used buttons, glimmer brads, and medallions.

The contrast between the vintage look and the classic smooth lines with the geometric background give a unique look to these pages.

I needed something in this corner to balance the page.  I couldn't use a solid mat as it overwhelmed the corner.  I set out some of the leftover buttons, brads, and medallions and it created just enough color and pop to bring your eyes to the top of the page.

Crisp Cantaloupe is one of our In Colors.  The group of that Crisp Cantaloupe is in will retire in May.  Check out the whole group:  2013-2015 IN COLORS