Thursday, September 11, 2014

Core Tags, Darks

Hello  and welcome to my blog today.
Sharing a  card that focuses on the Darks Collection, specifically using the  Core Tags from Core'dinations Cardstock.
I have antiqued a Darks Collection Tag, embellished and added the tag to a card base.  My inspiration for this tag is the famous "Bird of Paradise" flower from the tropics.

Please visit Core'dinations Blog for details and additional close up photo's.

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Core Essentials Dark Collection -  Roasted Red Pepper, Olive, Purple Gandeur
Core Tags, Dark Collection
Sand it Gadget
Dusty Buddy

Other Supplies
Unity Stamps
Tombow Adhesive
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
May Arts Ribbon
Clearsnap Colorbox Spritzer Dye Ink

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Core'dinations and Lawn Fawn Stamps

Hello, welcome to my blog today.  I have a non-traditional colored card to share with you as the summer season is about to close on us.

Stop in at the Core'dinations Blog for all the details....


Core'dinations Brights, Graphic 45 Darks, Signature Series, Glitter Silk and Essentials (Snowflake) Collections
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Imaginisce I-Rock Crystals
May Arts Ribbon
Clearsnap Ink
Lawn Fawn Stamps
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Stampendous Stack Art

Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog today.

I have a fun post to share today.. So excited to have been asked by Stampendous to create a project using their new Stack Art products!

Stampendous introduced Stack Art in January 2014. It's a terrific product for a beginner  crafter to the  very advanced mixed media artists. They're great for making tags, books,  jewelry etc. They are ATC sized and very easy to use and work with.


You can find the Stack Art Kits HERE, In short they are kits that work together, there are several to choose from and they are interchangeable.

Stack Art Kits have three components:
  • The Stack Art Kraftboard Kit which includes all the kraftboard pieces you’ll need to make at least 4 amazing creations; die cut, double-sided adhesive for all the kraftboard pieces; and sentiments you can use to make each piece a special gift or card embellishment.
  • The Stack Art Stamp Sets which include an assortment of terrific background stamps and other images plus an acrylic handle.
  • The Stack Art Elements Kits which each include five jars of embellishing goodness to stick to your adhesive covered kraftboard pieces.

All the co-originating elements have been selected for ya.... How enjoyable is that? 

Here is my designed wooden picture frame that I embellished with Stampendous Stack Art.

Lets get started as I step you through the fun that I had designing and creating this altered wooden picture frame showcasing Stampendous Stack Art.

1.  Gather up your suppplies
Lots of goodness with the Stack Art elements.

2.  Here is a close up of the adhesive sheet that comes with the Kraft board pieces which sure does make it easy to add glitter and fragments.

3.  Before you start the sprinkling process, be sure to think ahead of how you would like your design to look and here you can see, I had my bird decorated then adhered it to the chipboard piece which already had the adhesive sheet applied to the surface.  Then sprinkle the fragments onto the chipboard and around the bird.

 4.  Gesso the wooden frame, dry, mist generously with water and then drop your liquid ink onto your frame and watch the magic happen.   Love my Clearsnap mists and smooch sprays for this technique.  I think this is one of my latest favorite techniques.  Once you are happy with the blending of the colors, dab, direct the watercolor design with the heat tool and then let your inked surface rest and dry.

5.  Once the frame is dry, bring out the stamp's that come with the kit and stamp up your frame.  Add some rhinestones and another sprinkle of fragment flakes.  I was trying to mirror the floral texture in the photo.  So happy with this natural organic feel  to this element.

6.  Adhere you Stack Art element to the corner of your picture frame and place your photo into the frame.

As you can see here, I have paper quilled some peacock tail feathers and a head element on my feathered friend.  I got out my Westcott Brand scissor and did trim up my chipboard bird to give the bird a peacock silhouette look prior to applying any glitter to the natural kraft chipboard.

Love how the stamps go so well with this designed ATC stack art.  

One last look at my altered frame to show YOU what YOU can design with Stampendous Stack Art.  Visit Stampendous and pick out one of the kit options that appeal to you and make some frames as gifts.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
Plan a creative day creating with Stampendous and you will be happy all week long.


Stampendous Supplies

Other Supplies
Clearsnap, Smooch Spritz, Colorbox Spritzers
Zva Creative rhinestone
Westcott Brand Scissors
Tombow Adhesive

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Scrap Around the World with ScrapFX and Core'dinations Cardstock

Hello and Welcome to my blog today.    To-day I would like to share with you a masculine layout inspired by a mood board from Scrap Around the World.
Notice that lovely woman in white with the striking dark hair and white hat.  Well, that is where I got my inspiration.  White texture from her hat and from her dress.  Striking dark hair and that splash of color with the ruby red jewel tone lips..... wow!!!

Here is that lucky ladies date....  Andrew

Join me and play with the current August mood board   at Scrap Around the World.

My sketch design was inspired by Claire from the ScrapFX blog.  Be sure to visit ScrapFX for some beautifully designed layouts and cards showcasing ScrapFX chipboard.

Core'dinations Cardstock has some smooth cardstock that looks like chalkboard, check it out here .

Have a creative day today and thanks for visiting my blog.

ScrapFX chipboard
Tombow Adhesive
Clearsnap colorbox ink, Pink Sky

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Core'dinations Cardstock Design Team Call

Hello and Welcome to my blog today.  To-day is the day I have chosen to share with you the many reason's I enjoy designing with Core'dinations Cardstock.  

Core'dinations is a unique cardstock. I love that you can sand Core'dinations to show off the embossing possibilities of the cardstock and discover an underlying co-ordinating color !  Be sure to visit Core'dination's website and blog for lots of inspiration and Educational technique video's.  Core'dinations is having a design team call and this is my audition post.

Let me count the many reason I love to design with Core'dinations Cardstock.

"Edge Distress It"

This layout features the "Edge Distress It" technique which you can find here on the Official Website.

This layout showcases how you can use many embossing folders to create your own personalized pattern paper without using pattern paper.  Imagine how beneficial this is to have all paper colors co-ordinate.  I have edge distress many layers of paper on this layout.

"Antique It"

Next technique I wish to feature is Antiquing.  

This project showcases how you can crumple your cardstock, sand and emboss it to get 3 different looks.  This fall table center piece showcases how easy and durable Core'dinations Cardstock truly is.
The above chart displays the various looks that can be obtained applying various mediums to the

Antique  technique.

 a)  This line you see the green leaves cut out straight up from the paper. 
B) this side presents the harvest orange, crumbled and sanded leaves  (above the B)  and below the b) green leaves were made by first crumbling the cardstock, sanding and then die cutting the leaves out.  
C) this  line of leaves shows the differences from inked and die cut to crumbled and sanded before die cutting the leaves.   
D) this sample is taking the cherry bright cardstock , crumbled, sanded to a beautiful rustic version of the leaves found everywhere this autumn before die cutting.

"Emboss It"

Embossing is one of the most popular techniques within the paper craft industry.  Core'dinations of course is a leader within our industry of the most luxurious artistic creations that can be seen in many galleries, 

This card reflects the texture that can be created with dry embossing and sanding to reveal the inner colored core of Core'dinations Chocolate Box cardstock.

The Chocolate Box Core'dinations Cardstock, truly has some wonderful jewel tone inner core colors.  Lots of texture can be created very simply, by embossing.  This technique is a starting point for many paper crafters who are starting out within the industry which will give gratifying results to any project that is designed.

Core'dination Supplies
Sand it Gadget
Dust Buddy
Chocolate Box Collection
Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft Core
A mix of light color tone collections "Capture Layout"

I find that discovering a new trend will catch my eye and interest me in experimenting with different mediums, so I tend to design "off the page projects" that incorporate new techniques.  I guess that since I started out within this paper craft industry with 12 x 12 layouts, that is my true love, with lots of mediums and techniques applied.  Although is a card not a miniature layout?  (smile). Is an off the page or a journal not a piece of a layout?

Find these Video techniques and all the products showcased today on the Core'dinations Website.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and have a creative day.
Enjoy the journey.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Coastline Beaches and Tropical Breeze's

Today I would like to give you a sneak peek of a layout that focuses on tearing, antiquing and edge distressing of the  Tim Holtz Collections of Cardstock.  (Chipped Sapphire, Peach Bellini) and  (Graphic 45 Signature Series ). Check out the Core'dinations videos to see these techniques showcased.

Tip:  On a low heat setting of your iron you can flatten out your cardstock after crumbling your cardstock.

Head on over to the Core'dinations Blog now for all the detailed photo's.  My fellow team mates sure know how to create magic with Core'dinations Cardstock.   When you are at the blog, check out the Design Team Call that Core'dinations has recently announced.

Core'dinations Supplies:  Tim Holtz Distressed, Adirondack and Graphic 45 Signature Series Lights cardstock; Sand it Gadget and  Dust Buddy.  

Other Supplies:  Petaloo flowers, Want2Scrap, ScrapMatts chipboard, Maja Designs pattern paper, Clearsnap Ink and Helmar Adhesive.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ann Butler Designs and Cool2Cast Blog Hop

Happy to be part of the Ann Butler Designs and  Tiffany Windsor's Cool2Cast Blog Hop.

Two leading ladies decided to organize a hop to showcase their product lines and the Ann Butler designers are happy to pair up with Cool2Cast.  Be sure to check out Cool2cast and view the video's.

You should have arrived at my blog here from Ann Butler's blog.

I am featuring Ann Butler's Earth Safe Paints and a Cool2Cast powder cast medium.  A girl can never have enough jewelry, so I decided to have some fun with a few jewelry pieces.

Lets take a look at those supplies.
Here you can see Ann's Earth Safe Paints.  I choose the Iridescent purple and pink paints.  
I drilled tiny holes into the jewelry pieces large enough to thread through wires.  Painted each piece 2 coats of Earth Safe Paints.
Once the paint was dried, I stamped onto the rectangle cast with Ann Butler's 1" Stripes.Dots.Hearts and the 1" Doily Picnic set of  Stamps by Unity Stamp Co.
I used Clearsnap Surfacez paints to ensure that the stamping would adhere to the painted surface. Added a bit of rhinestones and so happy how well this pendant turned out.

Next up is a lovely heart shaped cast.  I braided my necklace piece and added my pendant to make a striking vogue pendant.  

                   Take a close look at that shimmer in the Earth Safe Paints by Ann Butler Designs.

The Cool2Cast product provides smooth detailed casts that make great projects for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you for joining us for our blog hop.

Enjoy the rest of your day with lots of inspiration from my fellow team members.  Now hop on over to see what  BethWatson has created.

Here is the blog hop order for this event.

Ava Gavloski - that's ME


Ann Butler Designs, 1" Stripes.Dots.Hearts Stamps by Unity Stamp Co.
Ann Butler Designs, Earth SafeFinishes
Cool2Cast - Powder Casting medium
Clearsnap Surfacez Black Ink
Westcott Brands Scissors

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Glitter Silk by Core'dinations Cardstock

Do ya have a special occasion this summer; here is a quick up-scaled presentation to add lots of sparkle to the party.

Skip over to the Core'dinations Blog and check out the full details of this sneek peak.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ann Butler Designs and Unity Stamps

Hello and welcome to my blog today.  
I have a "One Page Wonder"  that brings a lot of punch to your creative day today.
Think in terms of a man's bill fold (wallet).
The lovely digital image for the front of my wallet is from:   Crafty Secrets.
This "One Page Wonder"  with complete cutting and folding instructions can be found at: 
Scundy Scrap and Handmade
another follower of Scundy also made instructions at Paper, Craft and Scissors

Step 1.  Cut 12 x 12 sheet according to instructions.
Step 2.  Cut picture mats and cardstock panels to size.
Step 3.  Stamp Ann Butler Designs, 1" stamps onto mat, heat set with heat tool.    Designing a quilt pattern on these cardstock  mat's is a great way to make your own pattern paper.
Step 4.  Cut emboss, sand and dust using dust buddy a embossed panel for one page of the wallet.

I have approximetaly 7 Ann Butler quilted stamped panels for this wallet.

Now all you have to do is finish your wallet by embellishing and adding photo's.  Attach a band around the wallet to secure your contents or a velcro fasterner by VELCRO.

Ann Butler Designs Supplies
1" Doily Picnic Stamp
1" Stripes.Dots.Hearts Stamp
Ann Butler Color Box, Crafter's Ink, Aquamarine, Clearsnap
Core'dinations Cardstock
Crafty Secrets Digital Image
Tombow Adhesive
Westscott Brand Timmer, Scissors
Velcro, Mini fasteners 3/8" dots

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Stampers' Sampler

Hello and welcome to my blog today.  
Happy news to share, I received a copy of the July, Aug, Sep issue of Stampers' Sampler.  Yes, that means I got a card published in the magazine.  The call for this issue was back in February 2014 and I was away in Costa Rica, so I was please that they found one of my cards from a previous submission perfect for this issue of their magazine.

 Here is a snapshot of my card within the pages of the magazine.