April 12, 2017

Ivytree Studio: Seize The Day card

Hello

A very special friend of mine recently opened her second salon, in our brand new mall and I wanted to make a very special card for her.
The #171 Seize the Day range was the perfect paper for this card, as my friend has truly Seized the Day. Her wisdom and deep faith are an inspiration to me.



This card was very personal and each number, quote and word meant something to my friend.




Back of the card

Inside the front flaps
Stickles on the edges of the butterfly wings




Card making is not always my thing, but I really enjoyed making this one, it was some downtime in an otherwise crazy week.


The papers I used for this project

#171 Seize the Day

#171/16 - formed the base of the actual card
#171/4   - Elements
#171/5   - Wordy Delights
#171/7   - Calendar Cards
#171/8   - Mini inspirations
#171/10 - Pretty Pocket Cards
#171/13 - Gallery Frames
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ADDITIONAL MATERIALS USED  

  • various adhesives
  • chalks
  • Diamond glaze
  • Stickles
  • stamens
  • assorted black flowers
  • ribbon
  • bling
  • flower scraps from  #172/5

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'til next time, keep being creative 




March 19, 2017

Limited Edition

Limited Edition| Ivytree Studio  

Hi there, oh my hat where is the time going ....  I feel like the rabbit, I am always late for something .... early in February I posted a quick layout which I put together to celebrate my 33rd wedding anniversary.  I used the very aptly named #172 Love range from Ivytree Studio.
My idea today is to show you the stages of a page and how I add all the finer detail.


So, I got to thinking that it was a bit plain for my liking ...... and I made a few changes.  Added some stenciling and a few more layers of flowers and got to this...


Still not enough for my liking so I took it few steps further and added some glitter to the stenciled area by carefully re-positioning the stencil, scrapping on gel medium and then sprinkled glitter. Also added some rub-ons, chippies that I embossed and some journalling on a tag from my stash.




These are sort of the last of my wedding photos but I had a few black and white images so left so I created a second page.



Hope you have enjoyed the process, will leave you with a few close-ups. Note - I added lots  of fussy cut flowers and used liquid pearls to finish them off.













The papers I used for this project

173 Love

#172/1 - Love's Heart
#172/5 - Flower accents
#172/8 - Pretty pocket cards
#172/12 - Card squares
#172/12 - Cocoa ombre

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS USED  

  • various adhesives
  • chalks
  • acrylic paint 
  • gel medium
  • glitter
  • chippies
  • rub-ons
  • liquid pearls

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Hoping you have a lovely creative week.
'til next time


PS Don't forget to join the Ivytree Studio online birthday celebration on 22 April. More details HERE

March 7, 2017

Junk Journal | Ivytree Studio

WHAT IS A JUNK JOURNAL

A junk journal is a handmade book consisting of envelopes, magazine pages, packaging, paper bags, junk mail, cards, or doilies. Actually all of the junk we have lying around our studios or offices.  This takes re-cycling to a whole new level! A junk journal is a combination of mixed media art and journaling.
I have a very full plate at the moment, so have to be super organized.  I also have a menopause brain so I have to have notes and lists everywhere.
My junk journal is an old dictionary that I bought at the SPCA and I have had endless joy creating paper flowers from the pages and have also created the odd art journal page. But because I am not usually someone who holds onto junk, I had to look for another source of paper and of course the Ivytree Studio Seize the Day range is simply perfect for what I had in mind to create, this, my first signature. Because I only want to make practical items, I will be using this journal to save ideas & notes that  might make my life less complicated. 


Deadline dates


I cut a pocket pal insert to fit my journal and added a credit card wrapped with washi tape and a few journal cards.



I used a pocket with an envelope to file for index cards.  I cut out some recipes and stuck them to the index cards.  On the back of the card I wrote a shopping list of ingredients.



Notes and sketches for my DT deadlines and projects 



I created a small folder at the back to add extra bits of paper or bills that need to be paid

I love all the positive affirmations and the fact that I can faith journal as part of my everyday life


The paper I used for this project:
Sieze the Day
#173/3     Turquoise Flutter
#171/4     Seize the Day elements
#171/5     Wordy Delight
#171/7     Calendar Cards
#171/8     Mini Inspirations
#171/10   Pretty Pocket Cards
#171/11   Gallery Frames
#171/14   Shabby Gallery Frames
#172/19   Mapped Life

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS USED 
  • adhesives
  • chalk
  • A4 white cardstock
  • envelopes
  • paper clips
  • packaging
  • Pocket pal insert
  • washi tape
  • note paper
      

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Hoping you have a lovely creative week
'til next time




March 1, 2017

Pretty Boxes | Ivytree Studio  
‘all the flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of yesterday and today’

I am visiting my Dad and his wife this week-end and she is from a gracious age where notes are still written by hand. I decided to make her a few cute cards & tags and put them into a pretty box. I used Ivytree Studio sheet #163/8 to make the boxes and used a box template I had downloaded from the Silhouette Store.




The boxes are about 7,5cm x 7,5cm big and a bit smaller than I envisaged so the cards & tags turned into mini ones!
So the above box looks ok but not really pretty enough for my liking, so I took it one step further and added some quills and a guinea fowl feather.  I actually went a bit crazy with the feathers today!!

I am not a great fan of orange but really, really enjoyed working with this shade (#171/21) from the Seize the Day collection, and of course I couldn't resist making a flower.  I cut a few scalloped circles (ok …I cheated, my Silhouette cut them), cut into the circles, to create multiple petals, curled the petals and created a sort of ‘everlasting’ flower.


Then, just because I can, I created a totally over the top, box topper with pink feathers and the flower die-cuts from the Wild & Free collection (#163/10).  I used dimensional glaze on the edges of the petals and sprinkled with glitter to add some extra sparkle.

I created 3 little cards (7cm x 7cm) and decorated them with elements from the Cute Cuts sheet (#163/15).  





The tags are 7cm squares and again I decorated with the Cute Cuts. 

The absolutely great thing about Ivytree Studio paper is that the range is so versatile and user friendly and they 
mix and match so beautifully.


Here is a little tip:- I used my zigzag scissors to cut around these flowers to save some fussy cutting time, after chalking it looks great. See the result on the tag above.


The papers I used for this project:
#171/15
#171/21
#163/08
#163/10
#163/14
#163/16
additional supplies used:
  • dimensional glaze
  • Distress glitter
  • ribbon
  • white card stock
  • chalks
  • Tombow
  • feathers


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Hoping you have a lovely creative month.

'til next time