Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sew Cute Techniques with Best Creation Inc - Blog Hop!!!!

Today we have a fun blog hop with projects using thread! Visit each Best Creation Inc Design Team member blog listed below to find the secret FALL words! Once you have found the FALL words, email them to mel@bestcreation.us for a chance to win Best Creation Inc's new 12x12 Hello Fall collection kit:
Winners will be announced Tuesday, September 6th!
I got this great little tool from WRMK, the Sew Easy, and they recently came out with a banner, so I played around with that.  I ended up piercing the banner pattern on the back of the Best Creation Inc Glitter Cardstock and instead of going in a straight line I gave it a bit of a curve.  I stitched with floss, then taped the back with clear tape and then cut around the shaped.  It might have been better to cut out the shape and then stitch though....live and learn :)  I used the Rock Star line for my layout:

I popped up the banner with my Helmar ZapDots and added some cute buttons I made with my Epiphany Crafts Button Studio and a heart shape bubblecap from my Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio.
So...now its time to continue on your Hop to the other Design Team members, and dont forget you are looking for Fall words that will appear in just a few of the blogs.
Good luck everyone! And your next stop is Monique's Blog where she will share another great thread technique :)
If you get lost along the way be sure to go back to the Best Creation Blog where you will find all of the blog links.
Have a great hop!!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Altering the Glue Daddy Caddy Deluxe!

I just love to sit down to a fresh piece of wood that I am free to alter in anyway that I see fit :)  I ordered my Glue Daddy Caddy Deluxe as soon as they were available on etsy....why?  Because I had my Helmar glues propped upside down all over my scrap table in everything imaginable....quite the sight now that I think about it, and I should have taken a picture of that, lol!!
I took a step by step approach and  posted it on facebook about a month ago but I thought I would share here too for those that missed it.  So this is what I started with: (you can find yours HERE on etsy)
and let me tell you.....this is the perfect home for your Helmar glues!!!  I love the deluxe one for the little side pockets which are perfect for my Helmar Liquid ScrapDots and Adhesive Runners.  I decided I wanted to give it a shabby vintage look so I painted all of the edges a purty turquoise color:
my thought was to paint the edges a color and then paint the whole thing white so that I could sand through the white and have the turquoise show through on the edges:
I love the color combination of white, turquoise and black so I decided upon some papers from Lilybee Design - This & That, one of Helmar's preferred partners.  I applied a thin coat of Helmar Acid Free glue to the papers (after I measured and cut the pieces to fit the caddy) and smoothed them onto the caddy.  The good thing about the Acid Free Glue is that it doesnt warp the papers so it is perfect for an application like this:
Glue Central.....good one huh?  LOL!!!  To further along my vintage look I thought that using my Helmar Crackle Medium would be the perfect touch, rubbing with some ink to help the cracks show up:
And now that the base/background is in place its time to decorate/embellish!!!  I wanted some bling on my caddy because I am a bling queen so I added a string of pearls around the top edge....using my Helmar 450 Quick Dry:
and for the top I decided upon some diamond shape dew drops from another Helmar preferred partner, Robin's Nest, and the perfect adhesive for them is Helmar Gemstone Glue:
I wanted the embellishments to be as protected as possible because I know this is going to get alot of use so I gave the whole caddy a protective coating of Helmar Acrylic Sealer.  The final touch was to add some paper roses with the perfect contrasting color of yellow:
And the perfect adhesive for applying these babies to the caddy is Helmar Liquid ScrapDots!!!
And now may I present my Altered Glue Daddy Caddy Deluxe:
Well I have thouroughly enjoyed my Saturday morning sharing with you and I hope that you have a GREAT weekend.....and stay safe!
Julie Walton, Helmar Design Team Member

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sharing my Webster's Pages Digital layouts!!

Whew its been a busy summer!  I sure havent had much time to be creative with full time kiddos but one thing I can usually sneak in is digital layouts :)  Like I said a time and place for everything...as a comment about paper vs digital scrapping.

Webster's Pages released 5 new lines this summer...and while the collections have just begun shipping in the paper format the digital format of all of these collections are already available to purchase!!!  Check them out here!

This first layout uses the new collection Botanical Christmas:

And this one uses the new line Winter Fairy Tales - I blended two of the papers together to get the background here.....love how black and white goes with these bold yet soft colors!
Another layout using the new collection Winter Fairy Tales:
The Let's Celebrate line was introduced early....its perfect for celebration photos and non celebration photos:
This next layout is a lift of the GDT at Webster's Pages for August, Brit Sviggum, she has this great style of cutting out the subjects from the photos and creating a scene around them.  I used the new Botantical Christmas line here:
This last layout is very dear to my heart and goes back to using an old favorite collection of mine, Nature's Storybook.  My daughter recently graduated with high honors, cum laude, from Pepperdine University with her Bachelors in Business Management and this layout is for her significant other for his birthday, its being framed and embellished as we speak :)

And there you have it......Webster's Pages in digital format!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Anatomy of a Layout - August Sketch Challenge with Helmar

Hey all!  Good Saturday to you...or Sunday if you are abroad!  Julie here, and I wanted to share how my layout using the August Sketch by Lydell Quin came together!  Check out the post about the Adhere in August Sketch Challenge for more details and to see the fabulous layouts created by the Helmar DT and YOU!!!
So this is the sketch Lydell did:
Helmar sketch
One heck of a fantastic sketch I have to say..thanks Lydell!! So I went to my stash of Helmar preferred partners goodies and planned out this challenge.  I was feeling in a crackle mood and the Pink Paislee papers seemed to suit where I wanted to go with the layout.
I love using patterned paper as my background paper and with this paper I decided I didn't want to cover up much of it but did want something to ground my photos so I decided I would paint some of the background paper and while the paint was drying I cut out some graphics from another sheet of paper to use as the circles in the sketch:
I applied my Helmar Crackle Medium to the painted area (love that stuff):
While this was drying I got out my PSA Essential stamps, thought they would be perfect for the circles in the sketch as well...plus I had the Life's a Beach and Dare to Dream line and thats the topic of my layout...I love when things come together like that!
Once the Crackle Medium was totally dry I rubbed some ink onto the painted surface and then rubbed off with a paper towel, which left the ink in the cracks....I love to see those cracks...just so random!!
I thought butterflys would be a great embellishment so I punched some and also used the Crackle Medium and ink on them.
And then came the layering and stamping...and check out those butterflies, Helmar Liquid ScrapDots and perfect for butterflies!!
And there you have a beautiful layout, using a beautiful sketch all made possible by Helmar Adhesives and Helmar Preferred Partners, Pink Paislee, Robins Nest and  PSA Essentials!!
Some details:
Of course I used my Helmar favorites.....450 Quick Dry, Adhesive Runner and ZapDots!!!
I hope to see you participate this month in the Adhere in August Sketch Challenge....just 11 more days till the deadline ;)
Julie Walton, Helmar Design Team Member


Friday, August 12, 2011

Webster's Pages GroupOn Deal today only

This is an AMAZING Deal & different products from the recent warehouse sale. BUY NOW ~ only available for 1 DAY! ♥

$100 worth of product for $25 !!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

A 3 Scrappy Boys Challenge!

Hi all!
I just posted the August challenge with the Trio kit at 3 Scrappy Boys, thanks for sending that to me Heather....I am having a blast with it :) , just love the three main manufacturers this month, Echo Park, Jillibean and Cosmo Cricket!!!  As I was working with the kit I found that I was making alot of my own embellishments and thought it would be a great challenge, I love to see what others create!  I tend to make embellishments when I find a pattern in the paper that I can fussy cut and paper piece.  Today I will share with you the layout I did and the embellishment I made:
Its really not that crooked in real life...I just couldnt get a straight shot, lol!!  Anyway this is Trevor at his preschool graduation this last June.  And the title comes from the video they played at the graduation where they asked the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up, and Trevor's response was "I want to be a baker", we were all surprised to hear that, not that he would want to be one, but that he actually said it in response to the question.  I didnt want to forget that moment so I used it for a title!
So...on to the challenge, I made the embellishment in the top left corner by cutting the circle designs from the paper, layering them with my Helmar ZapDots, adding a button with bakers twine and tucking in the the journaling strips that I cut from the paper around the center.  My Challenge to you is to create your own embellishment!!  Here is a close up of  mine:
I hope that you will play along with me this month....I want to see the embellishments that you create!!!  And dont forget to check out the 3 Scrappy Boys Newsletter this month....I have another layout that I will be sharing with another embellishment that I made :)
Have a crafty day!
Julie Walton, Design Team Member for 3 Scrappy Boys