Sharing a Chicken Card

My cousins came to Michigan to attend the Great Lakes Mega Meet with me this year. Although they are technically my dad’s cousins, we are close in age and have so much in common that our time together is always way too short.

This was their first time visiting my house and meeting all of my chickens. I was, of course, excited to show off my babies. Robin picked up on my love of chickens (like anyone could miss it, I know), and she sent me a beautiful thank-you card the other day.

I do not receive cards very often, probably because I rarely send them out, so it was exciting to get one from her. And, it is so perfect … I just wanted to share it.

Chickens for Candy

She colored it with Copics and then used Glossy Accents on the waddles and combs.

You can read more of how she created this card on her blog, here.

And, if you would like to see Becky’s work, click here. She is a true artist. I am so jealous of her coloring abilities!

Glitter Lace Notebook

This glitter notebook is made from a mini composition pad of paper — the perfect size to keep in your purse so you always have paper on hand.

I created it using the lace technique created by Barbara Trombley, the owner of Art Glitter.

I love this technique because although it looks difficult, it is super easy! For a visual demonstration, click here …

First, adhere a piece of cardstock to cover the back cover of the book. I use a corner rounder to trim the right edge.

Now, to the fun part … Adhere a piece of Sticky Paper (with the protective cover to the sticky side up) to the front of the book and corner round the edges. Peel off the backing and position a piece of lace to the Sticky Paper. I used Lace Pattern 2.

Apply the background color (I used Crystal Ultrafine Transparent 85).

Carefully remove the lace and apply the second color (I used True Red Ultrafine Opaque 1)

Place a sheet of scrap paper over the top and gently run a brayer across the top to make sure the glitter is set well. Tap the book on a table to shake off the excess.

And now the finishing touches:

Cut the bookplate with a Tim Holtz Die out of cardstock and then painted it with Adirondack Dabber in Gold.

Stamp the quote (from Tim Holtz) in the center of the bookplate with Archival Black Ink and lightly color the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhere it with Designer Dries Clear Adhesive. Attach the bookplate with brads.

Using Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and the Ultrafine Metal Tip, designate places for the beads (Pearlies Glass Beads 817) including a very thin ring around the inside of the bookplate. Add the beads and let sit for a few minutes. Then, very gently, push the beads into the glue and shake off the excess.

For a final step, fill the bookplate with a bit of Glossy Accents and let dry.

(I received Art Glitter products in exchange for this post).

Inspired at McDonald’s

Inspiration can come from anywhere — even the bathroom at McDonald’s.

It’s true. I’ve been inspired by ads, commercials, quilts, other scrappers and much more, but this is the first time I found inspiration in the bathroom of McDonald’s! OK, so I have to admit, the entire place was inspirational. The McDonald’s we stopped at to use the WiFi while we were on vacation was in Muskegon. Inside the restaurant, there was a huge vintage photo of downtown Muskegon. I spent quite a while staring at it, but figured I would make the people eating near it uncomfortable if I took a photo.

However, when I used the bathroom, I was all alone and had no problem snapping a few photos so I could replicate it in my scrapbook.

This is the tile … I loved the way it changed color as you looked at it from different angles and the way it appeared to shimmer. I knew immediately that it wouldn’t be hard to replicate in paper, but I didn’t want to forget how it looked, so I took my camera into the bathroom and snapped away. It isn’t the first time I’ve taken photos in a public bathroom, nor the first time I have been inspired by tile, so I wasn’t very shy.

Here’s the results of my inspiration …

And, here’s a close-up …

I started with Kraft Glassine paper from Tim Holtz.

Using a piece of blending foam, I applied Ranger’s Perfect Medium to the paper and then added a variety of colors of Perfect Pearls, repeatedly, working in layers and going in perpendicular directions until I achieved the look I wanted.

Then, I cut the paper into 1″ squares.

Finally, I covered them with a thin layer of Glossy Accents, dragging a paint brush across the adhesive as it began to dry for more texture.

I let them dry over night on the Nonstick Craft Sheet and then used the scrapper tool to lift them up. I trimmed off the leftover glue and then attached them to the page, leaving a little room for “grout”.

The title was cut from one of the Sizzix Dies by Tim Holtz. I used Distress Ink around the edges and added small dots with the Glaze pen by Sakura. I placed it on the page with dimensional foam adhesive.

The letters are chipboard and from Maya Road. I inked them in Painted Shutters Distress Ink and then painted them with several colors of Perfect Pearls, mixed with water. As a final touch, I lightly dabbed a bit of Black Soot Distress Ink over the top. Once dry, I used Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to attach them.

Then, I added photos and a few brads and called it done. What do you think?