Monday 30 July 2012

DT Project #1 by Astrid

Featuring Graphic 45 "Olde Curiosity Shoppe"

Hello dear Snazzys visitors, this is Astrid here with my first project using the wonderful Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers from Graphic 45. If you have seen all the wonderful projects my teamies have created already, I hope that by now you will be as addicted to these papers as I am; they are just stunning, fun, quirky and beautiful all at the same time!!

When I first saw these papers, my first thought was to create a little shadow box curiosity shoppe, but hey, great minds think alike and Lesley did something very similar already. So change of plan, houses was my next thought, and so instead I created an "Olde Curiosity Street".
This is how I went about it:
First I drew and then cut out some different houses out of plain chip board

Next came the fun bit, covering them with a variety of the papers and then decorating them with some of the elements, fussy cut from other papers. I wanted my street to be colourful, so I went for the brightly coloured papers. So much fun and so many possibilities!

Here I used one of the stamps that come with the papers, there are 3 sets in all, I used set 2.

Now for to create a background for my houses. My plan was to use one of the papers in the set, but not having thought ahead, I found that my four houses were too wide for the 8 x 8 papers. it really needed a 12 x 12" sheet. So I took one from my stash, it's a Tim Holtz paper showing some house plans in a suitably muted colour. I cut it to 12 x 6" and then created a frame from bits of old card I had flying around. For the fancy bit at the top I cut a template first, by drawing one half, folding over and then tracing the other half to be an exact mirror. I then painted the frame black with acrylic paint.

Now for embellishing the frame. I generated the title Curiosity Street on my PC using a similar font to the ones used on the papers. I cut a piece of 12 x 12 G45 paper from an old collection I had in my stash (Botanica Bella) to A4 size and printed it onto that. The great thing with Graphics 45 papers is that no matter what collection you use, they usually match!. The rest was embellished with bits and pieces from my stash, mostly Tim Holtz Ideaology, one of the Chipboard tags that come with the collection and some more fussy cut bits from the papers. The three little bottles in the right hand bottom corner are made by stamping the bottle stamps from the Cling Stampset 2 onto white Shrink Plastic.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my first project, I'll be back later in the week to show you more. Bye for now.

Friday 27 July 2012

DT Project #3 by Minxy : Featuring:

Well here I am snazzy folks for my final project of the week, a humble easel card.
Not quite as elaborate as the last 2 projects as I was running out of paper! lol

I used the 'Race for Time' paper for this project, and a couple of left over border strips and tag from the 'Bazaar of Wonders' paper.

The pennyfarthing is a Wooden Flourish from KAISERCRAFT that I washed over with a smidge of
aged mahogany Distress Ink, and then sanded back.
A nice simple way to end my week, But fret not.. You still have delights to come from Astrid and Hels, And don't forget you can WIN a G45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe 8x8 pad just by leaving a comment HERE {providing you've been nice and left me lots of nice comments this week lol}
{edited to say: a big thank you to all you peeps who have left such lovely comments on my projects this week, you are all amazing and I really appreciate your feedback x}
Till next time Stay Inky

Wednesday 25 July 2012

DT Project #2 by Minxy : Featuring:

Hay snazzy folk, I see you're back again for my second instalment.
This is gonna be a pic heavy post as there is lots to see! And far too much to explain.
I used 50% of my paper on just this project, but you'll see why as you scroll down.

I made the book from scratch using 12x12 cardstock for the pages and mountboard for the covers, I used some Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Canvas to bind it together once the papers were on. The front cover was adorned with a G45 chipboard Die-cut, Idea-ology, Beads and other bits from my stash.

I did a variation of an accordion fold for the spine and the pages were added so the hinge was hidden, I learned this technique from watching an online tutorial.

Then it was just a case of using the gorgeous G45 papers to cover all the pages, and adding pockets and slots with the leftover 12x12 cardstock

I stamped out some bottles from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe Cling 2 stamp set onto a clear clearly for art sheet, I favoured it over acetate as I wanted to be able to heat and mould the bottles to give them more of a realistic curve.

I embellished the pages with a mix of random things from my stash and the G45 Chipboard Die-Cuts.

As you can see I made all the pages with top slots so you can hide away, notes, pics, whatever takes your fancy.

More G45 papers, another 'Curiosity Shoppe' stamped bottle filled with mini flying pigs I cut from the 'Bazaar of Wonders' paper

A hidden image behind the doors, Stamped using a G45 Cling Steampunk stamp.

And to keep it all together I used a link from an old bracelet, and some charms from my stash, held on with some CE Screw Top Brads.
I hope you have enjoyed today's project, If you have any question please feel free to ask in the comments x
I'll be back on Friday with my final piece of the week.
Till then stay inky

Monday 23 July 2012

DT Project #1 by Minxy : Featuring

Hay you snazzy folks, So have you been enjoying the G45 offerings so far, I hope so.. There is still plenty more to come starting with my first project of the week

It started life as a plain 8x8 canvas board.
I pulled out some of the cream and black papers from the pad for this project.
I started with fancy side of 'Mercurial Masterpiece' then inlaid with a slightly smaller piece of the diamond side of 'Olde Curiosity Shoppe'

I used a scrap of the lined 'Optical Oddities' paper to line a tag, and a scrap of the dotty 'Mercurial Masterpiece' to cover some old chipboard letters I had in my stash.
I doubled up some of the Idea-ology Rose Trimmings, and finished with some G45 metal flowers and gold Perfect Pearl spritzed paper roses.
Now came the fun part.. I got 3 wooden mouse traps, removed the metal bits I didn't need and painted them with Studio Black Gesso

Then I cut some of the 'Optical Oddities' signs to fit the traps.
I embellished using the G45 matching Chipboard shapes.
To pretty it up a bit I used some lace from my stash to edge the bottom and to hang I used 2 of the Idea-ology Swivel Clasps connected together with a brass brad and one of the G45 Chipboard Shapes.
And there you have it, A very handy clippy note hanging.
Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back on Wednesday with my next project.
Till then Stay Inky

Saturday 21 July 2012

Design Team Project #2 featuring Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe (posted by Lesley)

Hello Everyone,

Today, I have my second project to share with you, using the fabulous Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers.

I've made an 8 x 8 card using one whole sheet from the pad called Mercurial Masterpiece.  I absolutely love this particular design and couldn't bear to cut it up so I cheated and simply used some colouring pencils to colour in some of the features on the design.

The paper roses were made using bits left over from my first project ........... these papers are too lovely to waste even the smallest scrap!

As there is only a minimum of stamping (the sentiment on the Tattered Banners) on this card it would be a simple but very effective card for a beginner to make and I think most of us like a trip back to childhood with the pencil colouring, lol.  There are lots of easy to follow tutorials online for the papers roses and one of them is extremely accessible because it's done by our lovely teamie, Hels.  Look down the lefthand sidebar of her blog and click on the pic to take you to the tutorial.

Don't forget if you would like to be in the random draw to win these fab products leave a comment HERE on Gillian's post and next week our little Minxy, Nicky, will be revealing her projects.  There's bound to be lots of inspiration for us all.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and I hope the sun  is finally going to shine as the forecasters have been telling us.  Dare I hold my breath, lol!

Lesley  Xx

Monday 16 July 2012

Lesley - Design Team Project #1 Featuring Graphic 45

Hello, lovely visitors!

I'm here with my first project for this week using the fabulous Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe 8 x 8 paper pad, Set 1 of the stamps and Set 1 of the chipboard die-cuts from the collection .  These beautiful quality papers and other products are great to work with and  are so versatile.  I decided to create my own little Curiosity Shoppe so apologies in advance as there are quite a few pics ;D.

As well as the Graphic 45 products I've used quite a few items of Ideology, 7 Gypsies, Snazzys metal embellies and bits and bobs from my stash to fill my little shoppe, as well as a crackle stamp by The Artistic Stamper and a leafy border stamp by Dylusions.  Almost everything is available from Snazzys including the inks and paints I used and .............. YAY, the new online shop is now open!!!!!  Val has been working her socks off getting products online as quickly as possible but as Snazzys has such a huge and wonderful array of goodies this is no mean feat so it will be an ongoing process for a little while yet.  Do keep visiting the shop HERE on a regular basis as more and more fabulous stuff is added almost daily.

I wanted my stamped piggy to 'fly' so I suspended him using a fine mono filament used for jewellery.  The shoppe sign I cut from one of the sheets, mounted onto card for extra strength then added a few smudges of Distress Ink before covering with Crackle Accents.  I deliberately left a few bare patches and when the crackle had cured I went over with DI again and got a look of slightly rusty tin.

The zip flowers I made myself from an old zipper I'd had in my sewing drawer for about a zillion years.  I can see now, as well as cutting buttons from old clothes before throwing them out I'll also be cutting zips out, lol!

Here's one of the chipboard tags and I used Black Enamel Accents to highlight the '3', added a black inked Grungeboard '1'.  The little lazer cut numbers were from my stash and coloured with Distress Marker.  I used alcohol inks on the Word Band.

The 'stacked' rosette flower was made from some of the left over Graphic 45 papers.

Hmmm, I just realised that when I took the photos yesterday morning, I missed the part with the bottles in and it's now nearly 11 pm so not a good time to take a pic, sorrrreeeee :-(

The pocket watch was amongst several old, none working watches given me by the repairer I go to when I need batteries replaced.  I took the 'innards' out and glued the little pennyfarthing bike in the 'window' and gave the casing the alcohol ink treatment.   Some of the bits at the back are also from watches I've taken apart ........... I've discovered that is not as easy as you might think either, lol!  The little bicycle at the top is hanging from the mono filament so that it swings.

Although you can't see it on the photos, I used the Dylusions leafy border stamp on the 'roof' and sides and the bird and cage was a cheap pendant I bought for crafting purposes.

I'm sorry if you've had a photo overload, lol, but I did have a lot of fun making this.  I'll be back later in the week with another project using these lovely Graphic 45 goodies.

Don't forget if you want to be in the Snazzy draw to win the 8x8 Olde Curiosity Paper Pad for this month leave a comment HERE  ................ after you've left me a little comment on this post first, ;o).

See ya later!

Lesley  Xx

Saturday 14 July 2012

Design Team Project #3 ....

Good morning everyone, I'm back with another project to share using the gorgeous Graphic 45 goodies. Thank you for all the wonderful comments so far:) For this project I used the Studio 490 Art Part Set (Dimensional Board) which I painted using Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber (Pitch Black).

Lots of layering again using the 8x8 paper pad. I used the following papers - Apothecary, Optical Oddities & Olde Curiosity Shoppe.

The metal hangers are by 7Gypsies in an Antique Brass finish.

 The key, tag and specimens tag is from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe Chipboard Die Cut set #2, the faux eyes are the inserts from the key (how cool is that lol). I finished off by adding metallic wax paste to age/highlight the edges of the frame.


Have you heard we (Snazzy's) have now gone live online, you can visit the shop HERE, products are being added daily so do bear with us while the whole shop contents are uploaded. I say us lol ... poor Val has this task and it's no mean feat.

Well that's all from me this week, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, it's much appreciated. I hope you have enjoyed seeing the projects so far, do stop by on Monday when Lesley will be showing us her creative projects using G45.