Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Bubble Background ATC

I love making ATC’s.  Not only are these trading card sized beauties fun to trade with other artists, but I use them on cards as well.  It makes it simple to make a card quickly when you already have the focal point done.

In making this ATC for Globecraft & Piccolo I used the following products:
Embossing Enamel in Mermaid Tears & Royal Sterling
ATC Bubble Background,LB101 (keep the pop out pieces!)
Distress Paint & Distress Marker in Seedless Preserves
Purple Pre-Made ATC card
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Stamp Set, CMS155
Scrap Piece of Complimentary Color Paper

First, I covered the ATC Bubble Background with Embossing Fluid and embossed it with Mermaid Tears. 
Embossed and Raw ATC Bubble Background

Close up, embossed w/ Mermaids Tears
I embossed the background a few times to get the coverage I wanted. Then I chose a few of the leftover pieces I had popped out of the Bubble Background and covered them in Embossing Fluid and embossed them with Royal Sterling (HINT: mark the piece on the correct side so when you emboss the piece it will fit correctly– ask me why I suggest this!).

Once everything was embossed, I fit the pop out pieces into the Bubble Frame and glued them in.  I did this by turning the Bubble Frame over and I spread some glue over the piece and the frame.  Since I knew I was going to attach this to an ATC I wasn’t too worried about the pieces falling out.  Once they dried, I just chose some areas on the Bubble Frame, dotted some glue and glued it onto the ATC card.  I also glued my ATC card to some left over cardboard to make it a bit more sturdy and then inked around the edges with the Seedless Preserves Distress Paint & filled in any gaps with the Seedless Preserves Distress Marker.

I inked my sentiment in the Jet Black ink, stamped it on a coordinating piece of scrap paper and trimmed it down.  I glued my sentiment to my ATC and I was done! Now I am all ready to pop this on a card when I want to remind someone I’m thinking of him or her.

This picture really shows the sparkle!
Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to check out the daily posts on the Globecraft & Piccolo Blog, and my blog, Art Without Anxiety.  Hope you & yours have a GREAT week! Christi

NO Designer Paper!!!

Wow no designer paper this week!!!  So I used a cuttlebug for the background and then added a pretty Marianne frame and I left it in the die and sponged some red around it and then edged it in gold leaf.   This beautiful Blossoms image was stamped and colored with copics and I added some gems to the center of the flowers.  The Cheery Lynn flourish leaf strip and daisy strip was used to make the flower and leaves.  Thank you so much for this honor this month. It's been so much fun and the images and dies are so wonderful to work with.  

Friday, May 30, 2014

Butterfly Dreaming

Hello my darlings! Aimee here with a new project to show you... Hope you're in the mood for butterflies!

Today's project is a tag ad features two new Enamel Powder colors- Girl's Night Out (shown on the butterfly above) and Enchanted Aubergine. Both are awesome but I have to say, I'm in love with Girl's Night Out!!

So gather up some goodies:
Tag, card, whatever ya want to work on, patterned paper, adhesive, inks, sprays (I used Smooch Spritz), white acrylic paint or gesso, heat gun, embellishments, quote sticker, stencil or stamp.
Piccolos butterflies in two sizes, Enamel Adhesive Fluid, enamel powders (Girl's Night Out & Enchanted Aubergine), Metallic Copper Enamel Gel

Get your tag out and start coloring the surface, I used a few Distress inks & Smooch Spritz. Be sure to dry with your heat tool. 

Add some patterned paper and more ink.

Use a stencil and ink/spray your tag with a few different colors (or use a background stamp). 

Cool, huh!! 

Repeat using Enamel Adhesive Fluid and Girl's Night Out powder. Heat that baby up! 

Now coat one large butterfly with Girl's Night Out, and toe smaller butterflies with Enchanted Aubergine. Add some card stock behind the large butterfly and trim.

Now use your finger and lightly edge the tag with acrylic paint or gesso. Slap some in the lower right corner and add your quote over it. Now embellish! :) 
Add butterflies as shown and for the Copper Enamel Gel on the tag. Set aside to dry and there ya go.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

i can empowering wearable message

Good morning friends. Today's fun project is so easy, I almost hesitate to call this a tutorial. I do a LOT of spoon collage pendants - ornaments - charms. The Piccolos from Globecraft are PERFECT for my application. I've stocked up on several to use on some new ones I'm making. Here is the process for completing these.

Shopping list 

3d Enamel Gel in your favorite color combo (I used titanium white, honey mustard, and orange to make these lantana looking flowers. 

Stacey's Stacking Flowers  (i used the tiny ones)

gloss Glastique

spoon or pendant blank

Now here we go.

First color your Flowers with the 3D gel -- and let that dry.

Decide your layout for you collage. Add a dot of Glastique to secure the piccolo in place. Let this dry.

Clip your word or phrase and adhere that using more of the Glastique. Again let it dry

Now - add a layer of the Glastique in and around all of you elements.

The glastique is milky white out of the bottle, but dries to a clear finish.

Once this is dry, add your jewelry findings and a chain --- ready to wear.

Aside  from drying times, this project took me about 10 minutes to complete.

You can add buttons - bits of lace - all kinds of things using this method.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Beautiful Butterfly Bauble

  Happy Wednesday everyone! leslierahye here to share with you a a beautiful butterfly necklace. This large butterfly was transformed with targeted embossing. I embossed the edges of the butterfly first with the dark starry sky emboss enamel and then in the center with the GORGEOUS Deep Blue Sky enamel. I have a new favorite. This powder looks teal and then embosses to a gorgeous dark metallic blue...when it mixes with the Stary Sky you get that nifty flecked look. so pretty.
The charms from the butterfly earring set were simply embossed with the Deep Blue sky. The bodies on the butterflies were coated with Matte Finish Glastique. The butterflies were attached to the necklace with black jumprings through the accent holes. 

  I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Heart card

Morning all, Tracy here. 
I have been using my stencil technique again...original post can be found here 
This time i went for something slightly different and created a coloured base and then stuck the Filigree Heart Accents over the background and sprayed over the card using Black Dylusions and some mica spray.
I then used the Filigree hearts and arranged them on the card. 
What do you think ? 

This picture shows the sheen from the mica. 

Once it was all dry i mounted it onto some black Core'dinations and then onto a card blank. 
Happy crafting :) 

Challenge #171 No Designer Paper

Greetings from beautiful Idaho! 
I Hope you had time to enjoy family and friends this past Memorial Day weekend. 
This week's theme is...
NO Designer Paper
We'd love to see what you've created (cards, scrapbook pages, mixed media, ATCs, etc.), so come and join the fun! You could win a $20 shopping spree for goodies at's online store by playing along in our challenge! Click here for our complete Challenge Rules.

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Our Monthly Technique Challenge is Dryer Sheet Flowers and runs through June 14th. Come join us and check out what our DT Sweeties made! View ALL the monthly challenges here.

***Don't forget to check back later this week for more inspiration from our monthly Guest Designers!***

You may have noticed some "new" items on some of our DT's creations from Globecraft & Piccolo {a division of}. Click here to jump to the G&P blog to check out some of the G&P DT posts, they are a great addition to any crafting project!

Next week our theme is Ribbons, Buttons and/or Bows. 
Happy Stamping! 
Have a super sweet week!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Stellar Dressform Altered Pocket Notebook

Happy Monday!

Today I have a "Stellar" project to share with you. I am a list maker and always in need of another cute notebook to write the funny things my kids say, project ideas, my to-do list, etc. With a few Accents and some Embossing Enamel, you can have a fun notepad, too!

Here's what you'll need from the shop:

Globecraft & Piccolo supplies:
Vintage Dressforms Accents (A125) - dressform & large flourish

other supplies:
pocket notepad (3"x5")
word sticker (American Crafts)
ribbon, black
tulle, bits of white
script text patterned paper (Bo Bunny)

This is the before shot of the notepad. I love the black and white color scheme. The zebra pattern...not so much. Carefully bend both of the end wires, so you can 'unscrew' the coil from the paper. Hang onto the coil, if you want to use it again.

Trace the cover onto the back of your patterned paper. (I traced the holes and used the small hole on the Crop-a-dile to punch through the paper.) Randomly sprinkle Poodle Skirt and heat. Let cool.

Using the Enamel Powder Adhesive, 'ink' up your dressform and both flourishes. Sprinkle on Micro Black. Heat and repeat at least one more time. (I dipped and heated 3 times.)

Time to put it all together! Twist the coil back into place. Using Glastique, adhere all of the Accents. Adhere ribbon and tulle. Apply word sticker. Done!

These are so quick to make. I have a few more teacher gifts to make and you can be sure these notebooks will be included!

Inky hugs,

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Rodeo Accents

Here's a fun card for the cowboy in your life using the newly released Piccolo Rodeo Accents.  You get a total of 8 pieces of chipboard in this set.

I chose to use 3 of the smaller pieces, coloring them with Carmine Red 3D Stamp Paint.  This is such a quick project to complete.  I used a Sponge Dauber to apply the ink which gives it some nice texture. 

For my border accent, I used the new Piccolo Braided Border, you get 8 of them in the set.  It is a wonderful chunky border, perfect for that guy card.  Again, I colored it with my stamp paint.  Finished size is 6" square. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Anything Goes

Anything goes this week at Sweet Stamps.  I stamped and colored this beautiful Gold Finch with the pretty little flowers.  I used the pretty Polynesian sails frame behind the birds.   I added the pretty corner  Victorian Romance flourish. with the pretty daisy strip flower and rose leaf strip for both the cover and inside. It has been an honor to guest design for Sweet Stamps this month. Please check out the beautiful images and dies on the website. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Butterfly Art

Hello my lovelies! Aimee here, posting a little late! Today I have a fun little altered art piece to share using our Large Butterflies Piccolos.

You'll need the one butterfly, Micro White Enamel Powder, Adhesive Fluid, and other goodies.

Coat a large butterfly with adhesive fluid and micro white powder and heat it up. Don't worry if it's not perfect (actually the paints look better if this isn't perfect.)

Now start adding color. I used Silks in three colors but you could use all kinds of things- Alcohol inks, Copic or similar markers, etcetera... One color at a time, allowing to dry in between. 

I used a piece of corrugated cardboard for the base. Slapped some Silks on it and also some of my Enamel Powder mix ( dump all of my Enamel Powder left overs into a container). Add embellishments that you like, back the butterfly with card stock and add it to the piece. There ya go! You can put this on a little easel, or if you'd rather hang it, purchased our little stick on hangers (they are inexpensive and awesome!).