Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This Makes Me Smile

While I was looking up information on my Dad for my last project, I ran across this photo.  It is a picture of my sister (Connie), my oldest brother (Wayne) and myself.  Every time I look at it, it puts a huge smile on my face.  How can you not smile at those chubby cheeks, rolled-up denims and seersucker rompers.  I can still feel the fabric.  :)  Maybe I am slipping into my second childhood, but I wish I had an outfit like that to wear on this hot, sultry day.  Look - they even have pockets for the cell phone.

When I showed this photo to my husband he said he had no idea who these people were.  Goodness!  I couldn't imagine that he didn't recognize these three.  After all, I still have pretty much the same hairdo!  :)

Anyway, I just wanted to share these happy little faces to brighten your day.  Have a good one and, as always, thanks for stopping!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

July Tribute

This month Tim Holtz created a tag with several new techniques and a July 4th/hero theme.

When I think of someone who sacrificed unselfishly for others, I think of my Dad.  He fought in World War II and marched under three generals.  He seldom talked about the war but he and other men from his division (and their families) got together for a reunion every summer.  Their bond and friendships remained strong throughout his life.  Those men are gone now but the freedom they guarded for us and for many across Europe lives on.

Instead of a tag, I decided to create this display piece.  It gave me the space to include some information about my Dad and his service in the U.S. Army.

I began with a sheet of buff-colored Seasonal Impressions Kraft-Core card stock from the Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection. After lightly sanding some of the words that I wanted to have stand out the most, I applied Fired Brick Distress Stain with a brayer and then blended it with a paper towel.  The sanding caused the paper to absorb more stain in those areas.
 Next I cut out the flag and stars (from a Cheerios box) using the Old Glory Mini Die set.  I coated these with Distress Crackle Clear Rock Candy and let them dry.  (Avoid using a heat gun to dry the crackle finish since the 'cracking' happens during the drying process.)  I stained the flag with Faded Blue Jeans and Fired Brick Distress Stains applied directly to the dry crackled surface.  Applying a couple of coats deepens the color.  The stars I stained with Wild Honey Distress Stain and then antiqued the edges with some Vintage Photo.  I curved the star points under to give the stars a kind of domed dimensional effect.  The crackle finish makes the cardboard very flexible.

I wanted the frame to be thick and dimensional so I cut out 4 layers using the Postage Stamp Frame and Rectangle Movers and Shapers dies.  I cut one at a time using the Cheerios box cardboard.  The last one I used the Postage Stamp die only, leaving the center intact so that it would be a backing for the photo.

The top frame layer I coated with the Distress Crackle Rock Candy, let dry and then stained with Frayed Burlap and Brushed Corduroy stains.  I went around the edges of the top frame and all of the other frame pieces with Vintage Photo stain using a foam blending pad.  I love how this finish turned out - it looks like an old, crackled piece of leather.  I will definitely be using this technique on other things.  :)

I scanned my Dad's military photo and printed it out in a size to fit the frame.  After rubbing a little Vintage Photo on it to give it an aged appearance I glued it to the back frame piece and then glued all of the frame pieces together using a Scotch brand glue stick.

I glued the embossed and stained background to a sheet of chipboard cut to size.  I then sanded the edges to remove any glue squeeze out and to weld the edges of the paper to the chipboard.  Next I aged the edges with a blending pad and Vintage Photo Distress Stain.

I painted the flag pole with some Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and then rubbed all of the edges with Vintage Photo.  I found some star glitter in my stash and added this with a little glue.  The stars were yellow and shiny so to tone them down I dabbed them with a little Antique Linen Distress Paint.  I also shaped the flag to give it dimension.

The 'Courage' button is from the Tim Holtz collection.  It was black so I dabbed some Antiqued Bronze, Tarnished Brass and Black Soot Distress Paint on it.  Once it was dry, I lightly sanded the surface to make the lettering stand out.

The sentiment label I created using buff cardstock and my Silhouette Cameo.  It is edged with Vintage Photo Stain.

I attached the dimensional elements with glue dots, the frame with glue stick and the button with a tiny fastener.  I added an easel back created with the Sizzix Easel Die and chipboard.

Hope you had a great weekend and a great 4th of July if you live in the U.S.  Leave me a note and tell me a little about the heroes in your life.

And as always, thanks for stopping!