Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chipboard Lover

Oh yes, I can admit it! I am a chipboard lover! If it was an addiction, I would most definitely be a junkie!!! So today I thought I would share with you just a few of my favorite things to do with chipboard by sharing some newer, some older and some never before shared projects!!

Let's start with something semi-Christmasy! Haha! If I had to design a stocking that fit my personality, this would have to be it! A little naughty, a little nice, a little girly, but with a whole lot of attitude!! I cut this stocking out of chipboard. I then inked it with some distress ink and then dry embossed it using my cuttlebug. I then took a darker distress ink and went back over the edges and embossing. I then added a top to my stocking with a punched edge and then did some stitching on the top and along the toe of the stocking! Of course, had to add a little Prima bling!! But then to add some extra fun, I took an old piece of canvas and used a Greeting Farm stamp to stamp on the canvas. Frayed the edges a little, colored her with my copics and attached her to my stocking!! How fun! A Jenni Bowlin pin just to bring it all together!

So, yes, of course on this layout you can see the chipboard gears! Simple enough right? I cut them using the Tim Holtz die on black and white chipboard. But the little fun part of these . . . if you look real closely at the background, you will also see a gear design! Nope, it's not the paper. I laid out the gears underneath the white cardstock. I then used a pencil to lightly rub over the chipboard gears to make the imprint of gears! They did double duty on this layout!
Another thing I love about chipboard is that you can always use it raw. A lot of times I will glimmer mist or completely ink the chipboard. On this card though, I chose to dry emboss the chipboard. I then rounded the corners and took some distress ink around the edges and over the embossing. Super easy and yet classy!

Well, don't forget the chipboard that is ready to go when you buy it! The flourishes on this layout are by Bo Bunny and they are self adhesive! Pull off the back and stick on! Perfect right! The color of these can still be changed but I chose to use them in the natural bought color this time! hehe! However, the journaling frame is a Technique Tuesday tile that was white. I used again . . . distress ink to make it the color I needed to match the other flourishes. Layed it over my journaling to bring the focus of what I had to say on this layout . . . which happened to be what I love about a fall day!
The flowers and leaves were something new for me on this Picking Dandelions layout. I took plain chipboard and inked it with different colors of distress inks. The large yellow flower was painted with Distress Crackle Paint. I then painted over the flowers and leaves with Rock Candy Crackle Paint! Heat it up with a heat gun and watch the cracks show up! I then added some yellow stickles to the yellow flower and smeared it around for a very thin coat of glitter. Layer the flowers on top of each other, add a button to the center and you have a really cute flower!

I made this photo tray for a girlfriend! I used the Bo Bunny Timeless collection and loved how it turned out! These are pictures of her kids that her niece had taken! I inked the chipboard letters to match the papers. I then added some glimmer mist to the letters to add some . . . uh, well, GLIMMER! hehe! The fence is a Tim Holtz die that I cut out of chipboard and then added some inking to to make it a little weathered. The gear was a Tim Holtz die (I have gotten my money out of that die! haha) that I used the metallic alcohol inks on. I then distressed it with a sanding grip and went back over with some distress stain! Chipboard is NOT just for layouts!!! :)

This is one of my all time fave layouts!!! Again, Tim Holtz die to cut the gears. I then glimmer misted paper to put in the background of the gears. Layered the gears and then added some metal gear embellishments.
But don't forget one of the easiest ways to make a chipboard embellishment match the project you are working on . . . adhere paper to it! That is what I did with this heart tag! I adhered the paper to the top of the chipboard heart. I then sanded the edges to get rid of any access paper. A little distress ink to highlight the edges and tada . . . quick easy tag for a gift!

And now a layout using the Bo Bunny Timeless collection that I also used on the photo tray! I have never been much of a "vintage" scrapper but this collection does the work for you! Added some jute to the chipboard key that was included in the collection and popdotted it over the keyhole chipboard embellishment. Added some flowers around the chipboard flourish. But could I leave it at that? Of course not! I then took a chipboard heart and inked it up to match the layout and then it was complete!

I love the look of raw chipboard and this was just another easy was to change it up but yet still have the raw color behind it. On the puzzle piece, I used a background stamp to stamp on the puzzle piece. Since distress inks also function as embossing inks, I stamped the background stamp onto it, poured on the clear embossing powder and then used my heat gun to finish it off. A little distress ink around the edges to pick up the color of the stamp and I have a great embellishment to add to my page!

So, there are just a few reasons that I love to play with chipboard and to add it to so many of my crafting projects! Check back next weekend and you will get to see the teacher gifts that I am making using old scrabble letters and of course . . . CHIPBOARD!!!!

Until then, thanks for checking in and hope you learned some new ways to get crafty!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tally Color Challenge

Can it really be true? Has it really only been one week since I updated my blog? It's a miracle!!!

I did this layout for Lizzie's November Color Challenge over at TallyScrapper! Loved the colors and gave me a chance to scrap this pic of my niece's baby bump! Oh, and did anyone notice? I doodled!!! That is absolutely amazing for me!!! This is the ONLY scrappy thing I got done on my whole 4 day Thanksgiving weekend!

Hope you enjoy! I am going to try and warm up my freezing little fingers by taking a hot load of clothes out of the dryer and getting them folded!! haha

Hugs and warm wishes ~ Heather