A Birthday Banner Tutorial

In this post some time back I mentioned showing you how I created part of a birthday banner for my son who is soon to be thirteen.

Life got in the way and somehow time slipped away from getting the post done.  Life is like that sometimes.

Anyhow – this next week is the special day so it was high time this got posted!

Birthday Banner Tutorial

Using  Industrial Collab from Viva Artistry and Studio Gypsy I printed off a couple of the awesome papers as well as one of banner templates from The Cutting Files which I had layered some more paper over.

Then all element pieces were adhered to some saved chipboard. After drying overnight I cut them out and inked up the edges.

I wanted to have loads of texture and grungy layers on this one so the handmade medallions added the extra height. These were made by a new technique discovered one night while craft blog surfing. It was bookmarked for reference but, not for the want of looking, I can’t find it. (Let me know if it was you as I would love to credit with a link!)

The medallion technique starts out like the usual way with a concertina folded strip of paper. For added grunge the edges of the paper have been pre-cut with a crinkly pair of scissors.

After folding it all up with the back side out two small notches are cut into either side of the pile.

Then I tied a loose weave twine around the middle, securing it tight on the top side where it would be visible.

Spread out the folds and adhere to edges to create this flatter type of medallion.  I like the way it looks and sits without needing a circle of cardstock behind. It seems more industrial and not so “girly”.

Then all the pieces were adhered to the banner template with hot glue. This helps get some height to the levels and is useful where there is only a slight edge to attach.The two number 13 strips were hole punched and added with a metal eyelet.

All the individual letters that make up the word thirteen on the banner are inked and added to a tag from the digital kit which is then layered over another banner template onto the bigger banner template which I enlarged slightly in photoshop.

Inking everything gave it that extra something. Real staples and metal pieces from Tim Holtz really brought the whole thing to life and gave it that wonderful added dimension of lifelike items.

Now lets hope he like it!


Boy Oh Boy!

Boy oh boy! What a week! Stay tuned at this week for some news on what I am up to.

This weeks Card Caravan hop over at The Digi Chick this week is Sweet Sunday Sketch #110.

This is the sketch.

which you can see I have flipped on it’s side.

It is very textured, grunged, inked, distressed and dimensional. Perfect for a male teenager!

Gotta love that banner popped up like that with little pop dots. So much dimension. Not to mention the Thickers!

The digital stamp and the kit are upcoming release from the fabulous designers over at The Digi Chic. Aren’t you lucky getting another sneak peak? You’ll need to stay tuned for more deets later in the week. 🙂


The Shabby Tea Room Turns One

The Shabby Tea Room is one of my favourite places to visit. Both for their fabulous challenges and the lovely inspirational cards that can be found there.

This week the Shabby Tea Room turns one and they are celebrating with a birthday bash. Which of course involves a challenge – to include something to do with a birthday.

To me that means a birthday cake, cupcakes, a gift, and of course some love – all wrapped up in that wonderful “shabbiness” we both find irresistible!

The birthday cake which has delicious glitter frosting appropriately includes just one pretty candle. It sits atop a glitz-ed and blinged cupcake that is as scrummy inside as it is outside.

Bite into that delectable cupcake by flipping the top up and you will find the …..

… perfect spot for a birthday gift card or tag. The little heart shining through pops out to the front to give a tiny hint of the love held inside.

Top it all off with some decorative stitching, inking and 3d embellishments and you have the perfect birthday celebration. Lot of luscious sweetness and love all wrapped up in one cute card.

Don’t forget to drop by the Shabby Tea Room birthday bash celebrations and join in on all the fun.

Made with Wish Big Digital Scrapbooking kit which is a collaboration from Sherwood Studio’s and Kimeric Kreations. Cupcake Card Template from Kelleigh Ratzlaff. The sentiment stamp is from Card Sentiment Digital Stamps by Arty Pants Digital Stamps. Card also includes, Making Memories Distressing Ink, Versa Colour Inks, Glitz, twill, Stampin up glitter, 3d Tape and Cotton DMC thread.

Circle Card #2

This card was fun to try although a bit involved.  Sometimes my idea’s for the end card don’t always take into account the effort to get there. It’s all good though.

The sketch is from the Waltzing Mouse sketch challenge #38

Here is my take on the sketch.

The thing that took me the longest was the cut out section at the bottom. Wanting it to have extra dimension I adhered the pretty overlay onto some chipboard and let it dry. Cutting out the background took forever! Really like the effect though.

Short and sweet tonight – it’s late. Pop on over to Waltzing Mouse for more great inspiration.

Credits to come…this is a sneak peak of a new digi kit kit being released on Thursday.

Card stock CM, Digital Sentiment from Arty Pants Digital Stamps, Kaiser Crafts Pearls, Stitching Cotton.

A Change in Place

Given the many things going on in my life this year and some long needed changes this blog is going to be migrated into another one. I really need to find some balance in some more area’s and this is one of them.

So for now till the change is made – and because this blog will disappear for a couple of days probably after the 16th while the transfer is done, and will then be elsewhere – please go over to AnAlteredLife.wordpress.com

Please bookmark me, sign up for my rss feed there or whatever else it is you do to keep tabs on my blog. I will be sharing projects over there for a bit and can keep you up to date as I make the changes.

Thanks so much for your understanding and patience during these moves.

Another Shabby Mojo Combo

This week the Shabby Tea Room challenge prompt is “Luck of the Irish” and the inspiration was to use green. With St Patricks day coming up and spring in the air it is no surprise this colour is making an appearance in a few challenges. Of course one of my favourite go to sketch challenges is Mojo Monday so I have combined them again this week using sketch 181 from Mojo Monday.

I’m not into combining too many challenges, and most often don’t, but these two seem to work well together and having the colour prompt gives a great jumping off point when searching for a digital kit or papers to work with for the sketch.

I chose LilyKate Digital Starter Kit from Basic Grey just for the beautiful greens and patterns with green in them. Adding in a variety of green shades with all the details on this card has really given it a fresh spring look.

The sentiment is also from the LilyKate digital kit and worked well with the little bird and birdcage which I stamped with Stamp it Dye Ink. The white paper is Cuttlebug embossed for extra texture. Green cardstock is CM. Pretty ribbon bunched up helped balance the sketch out. The flower has a corduroy button brad from CTMH added in the middle.  A little Versa Color “sage”  ink sponging, lots of stitching on my sewing machine and the Maya road Hat Pin finished it off.

Mojo Monday 181

Shabby Tearoom Luck of the Irish.