Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Biker cards and shaker boxes

 I have created some cool boy cards for the WOW blog using the ultra-versatile cog frame set and a set of biker chipboards:

These two cards have a shaker box under the biker and I'm going to show you how easy they are to make:

First, paint your biker and a cog frame that is roughly the same size:

Next, cut out 2 rings: one from a contrasting cardstock and one from foam or thick card (this will be the spacer). Also cut out a circle from acetate and from patterned paper (not shown) with the same diameter as the outer edge of the rings:

Glue the spacer ring onto the acetate. Sprinkle some micro beads on top. Be careful, they're jumpy little buggers. I do this in a deep bowl.

Glue the paper circle (good side down) on top of the spacer ring. Now turn it over and add the yellow cardstock ring, the cog frame and the biker. As you turn the card the micro beads move, creating ever-changing hills for the biker to climb.

Here is the other one:

You can also make the biker "ride" across the page:

There is a slit on both sides and the ribbon gets looped around the front and back of the card (the left slit is under the happy birthday sign). When you pull on it the biker moves:

 He's first glued on a circle of acetate to strengthen the chipboard a little and then onto the ribbon.

Here is the last card:

To get the crackle effect, first paint the chipboard, then cover in a generous coat of Crackle Accents. Let it dry and then smooch brown ink all over it. Wipe it off with a tissue and there it is:

I figure you can never have to many "manly" cards on hand!

Give away time at Rainbows & Whimsy Giveaway

The gorgeous Jess is giving away gorgeous stuff! Check it out here:

Be in it to win it.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Eye-popping red!

I got some of the new Echo Park Happy Days paper from my2angels and don’t the colours just pop! I thought they were ideal for a monochromatic look, which is something I hardly ever do. It’s so hard to stick to one colour (+black & white) only, but I love the result.

You can follow the links to all the products: I used the papers Checkerboard, Scalloped, Stripes and  Bottle Caps with a small tag and word strips cut out from Journaling Cards.
Who could resist cutting out some of those cute bottle caps?!

Some of the small embellishments are: twine lollipop:

and musical note charm musical note charm under a felt pinwheel.

I don’t know if I have ever used so much red on a page before! I like it, so on goes a frame from red velvet ribbon velvet ric-rac and now I can definitely say that this is the most red I have ever used! I hope you like it too.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kai's 4th

What can be cuter than a little boy and his truck cake?! They don't get any cuter than my little nephew. Here's what we'll be doing in class next week:

I picked the bright and funky papers from Kaisercraft's "Party Animal" range and I think the page needed a kite. You know, a kite for Kai...

I saw this cute little heart border in Scrapbooking Memories and had to have a go at it. With a double layer they really pop out:

Ok, so my sewing isn't straight! 
BUT I'll show you how to make a multi-patterned stamp:

And if that doesn't give you the munchies, then you have much better self-discipline than me!
xoxox Geli

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Gift of Finding Joy in the Little Things

My little Leah can get more excited about a water balloon than most women over a pair of shoes on sale. I think it's awesome and I hope she never looses this gift. 

This layout was based on a sketch challenge by Lil' Red Rocket. Shell always makes beautiful sketches that are easy to work with:

As you can see, I've mirror reversed it. The doilies are stamped on acetate: 

... and here's a sweet little button from Lil' Red Rocket:

Hope you find joy in some small thing today!