Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dare to Share Pumpkins

Hi Everyone,

I thought you could use some inspiration during your time indoors.  Luckily we have had some great customer shares this month.

Shar Hellie made three adorable pumpkins to share.  I like how she alternated the patterned papers on the pumpkins.

Here is a spooky pumpkin card from Diana Middleton.   She used versa mark and white embossing powder for her ghost and she made her pumpkins pop by putting a layer of Glossy Accents on top.

Michelle Whelan took apart a cardboard box and tore off the outer paper to reveal the corrugated paper.  She used a die to cut the leaves and some wire for some of the vine.

Helen Woodward  actually made the Tim Holtz pumpkin idea he had on his blog.  It is all sheets of embossed metal that she colored with alcohol ink.   Because the metal is reflective, I had a hard time taking a decent photo of this project.

Jackie Poor also made one of these metal covered pumpkins.  You really need to see these in person to appreciate how lovely they are.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Dare to Share Customer Video from Loretta Rodger

Hi Everyone,

One of our wonderful customers Loretta Rodger made a You Tube video of a bunch of our store samples.   I know that I will get lots of questions about the projects.  All of the stamps used on the stamp boards are either in stock or can be ordered.  Some of the mini albums are kits from the Button Farm that we do not sell or teach and some other mini albums were things we made at shows or previously taught as classes.

Loretta also created her first Art Journal and video of the Art Journal.  You can tell that she played with lots of different mediums and even stencils.  Enjoy watching her video and I hope you get some inspiration to play.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

November's Demo Day card

Hi everyone!  I know I have been MIA on the blog for a while but wanted to pop in to show you all my Demo Day card for November.  Please remember that we had to move Demo Day up a week early, so it is on Saturday 11/10/12 from 11 - 4 pm.  If you have never been to a Demo Day, this is a great opportunity to make some cards or layouts right on the spot, learn a new tip or trick, get to try some new product, and meet some of the great teachers we have at Photo Scraps.

We will be making a Winter or Christmas themed card at my table using some gorgeous silver mirror cardstock and great Hero Arts stamps.  I made my sample with the "Merry Christmas" sentiment but will have other sentiments on hand if you want to make it non-holiday.  This would be a great winter birthday or even a Happy New Year card.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Customer Blog Share - Lorie The Peddler

Hi Everyone,

It occured to me that our customers are often shy about sharing their creations with us.  When I was talking to Lorie about some of the cool things she makes, she mentioned her blog and I just had to get her permisson to share.  If you have a crafty blog that you think others would like to see, please let me know at tracy@photoscraps.net.

Here is a recent blog post from Lorie.

A Wintery Feel

Happy Hellos Everyone:
I hope you’re having one terrific Tuesday. Yesterday was such a beautiful. Hopefully, today will promise to be more of the same. Well, I hope you’re ready because as promised, I have another wonderful {okay…I’m a little bias} altered cigar box to share with you. I had a strong tie to this box instantly. I'm not sure whether it was the cool colors or the theme, but I know it will be difficult for me to let this one go.
When I created this box, I totally had cooler weather in mind. I love the feel of cool autumn days and cooler wintery evenings. If I were to keep this altered box, I would probably store hot cocoa and/or gourmet tea packets or perhaps even cool mint candies to share.
Take a look and be sure to share your thoughts.

I often select a wintery theme over a Christmas theme just because the wintery theme will run well over into the new year. In addition, I've come to learn everyone does not celebrate Christmas. Don't you just love the snowman's scraf? Everything appears to have blended perfectly... even the various patterns and the silver snowflakes.

 I thought the Tim Holtz's foundation worked well with this theme.

The original banding worked well with the color theme. I'm not certain whether you noticed the word in the center of the lid, but it reads 'Authentique.' I never thought to use the word printed at the bottom of the DP, but I will from now on. It wasn't my intention to advertise the brand name as it was to identify this altered box as being one of a kind.

This paper is black and white with a small hint of green. I didn't want to leave it at that, so I decided to distress the papers with one of the colors of winter.  Here, you're able to see the handle I created using buttons.

Distressing the edges just provides a cleaner look for a finish project.   Full inside view

I always make sure to stamp all my projects. Do you?

The die I used is from the Tim Holtz's collection.
I hope you like this altered box and perhaps you'll consider creating one of your own. As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon--like tomorrow ;)

Click here to go to Lorie's Blog.

Friday, October 12, 2012

New Card from Paulette Truslow

We always love our customer creations.  Paulette Truslow brought in a fun Halloween card for us to see. I like how she cut out the spiderweb from paper.  Mounting it on the orange card base really helped it pop.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

My October Demo Day card

Hi everyone!  Demo Day is Saturday October 20th this month and we have a wonderful variety of projects for you to make.  Since we are heading into the Fall season, we will be creating a lovely Autumn-colored card at my table.  My card uses a color combo that I love for Fall - teal, rust, brown, and off-white.  I can't seem to get enough of those colors right now.

I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Handmade Christmas Album by Gloria Clark

Hi Everyone,

We just love it when our customers bring in their creations.  Today, Gloria Clark brought in this amazing paper bag album that was inspired by Laura Dennison.  This is an older Graphic 45 collection so don't fall in love with the papers.   She has pockets hidden everywhere filled with tags.

The seam binding she used was white and she colored it with distress ink.
The candle die cut is by Cheery Lynn and Gloria pieced the different colors together to create this great textured candle.