Monday, June 23, 2014

"Home Grown" Recipe Album

Hi there,

I'm sharing a little "Home Grown" Recipe Album that I created from the Kraft Keepsakes Album Series of Basically Bare.  This particular album has many opportunities for inclusion of so many fun elements.  The album has size 10 envelopes as pages that take cool pocket options to another level.  The length of the album offers great space for photos of various sizes and many embellishments. I used various patterned papers, stickers, buttons, and ribbon throughout the album. Love the end result!
More pics of this album are on the Basically Bare Blog.

Home Grown Recipe Album by Karen Jiles Supplies Album: Basically Bare; Patterned paper, stickers, buttons: Crate Paper; Wired Ribbon: May Arts; Clips: Maya Road; Ink: Ranger; Adhesive: Xyron; Tools: Craft-Dee-BowZ, EK Success, We R Memory Keepers; Other: Ribbon, Pins, Hemp

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Congratulations Card: Xyron & Craftwell Blog Hop

Xyron and Craftwell will be blog hopping all this week sharing wonderful creativity.

Today, I am sharing a specialty card that I created using the Craftwell Teresa Collins "Sophisticated" embossing folder.  I love it. What I like most about the folder is the size. The folder measures 8 1/2 x 12 and perfect for cards and layouts when used with a large capacity die cut machine.  I used my grand calibur and was able to emboss this full 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of white core cardstock beautifully. I sanded the cardstock to expose the white core and enhance the design. It was perfect for this card. All layers were adhered using my Xyron 5" Creative Station and 3/8 Adhesive Dots.

Congratulations Card by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Close to My Heart, Stampin Up, Patterned Paper: Stampin Up; Crystals, Flowers, Spray: Prima; Embossing Folder: Craftwell

This is a close up of the design of the embossing. Isn't it lovely....:)

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

"Cherish" Card with TCW Stencils

Hi there,

Today, I am sharing a card that I created using my Coffee Splotch and Texturized stencils. I absolutely love creating my own backgrounds for my layouts and cards, especially in instances when I do not have coordinated patterned papers and embellishments on hand. What I enjoy most though is using my stencils to create great fun and excitement. In the card below, I was able to enhance the overall design with the use of my TCW stencils. Join me on the TCW blog today to learn more about how the stencils were used to create this card.

Cherish Card by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencils: The Crafter’s Workshop (TCW458s) Coffee Splotch, (TCW437s) Texturized; Cardstock: Copic, Stampin Up; Flowers, Clear Bulb: Prima; Charm: Making Memories; Gelatos: Faber Castell; Adhesive: Xyron; Tool: Craft-Dee-BowZ; Other: Gesso, white paint, cheesecloth
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Together Always Album

Hi there,

I've been working on one of the coolest albums by Basically Bare. It's a Wonky Windows Album. It has several windows throughout the album in several sizes.  The album also includes pages made of different materials, such as corrugated board, acrylic, canvas, and chipboard.  It’s really a great album with many fun options.  Read more about how I created the cover for the album on the Basically Bare blog.

Together Always Album Cover by Karen Jiles Supplies Album: Basically Bare; May Arts: Ribbon, Butterfly, Flowers: Prima; Mists: Art Anthology; Ink: Ranger; Stencil: (TCW456s) Mini Sketch Grid; Adhesive: Xyron; Other: Gesso, charms, cosmetic sponge

I love the cover and look forward to adorning all of the pages.  Look forward to more follow up posts.
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Monday, June 9, 2014

"Happy Summer" Canvas

Hi there,
Creating summer layouts/canvases are so much fun.  In this canvas, I wanted to show the fun my girls had on this beautiful sunny day.  I  tried to capture all of the giggles, laughs, and fun moments...It definitely was a Happy Summer Day. Enjoy the tutorial below.

Mater Mister
Baby wipe
White Paint
Xyron 1.5 Sticker Maker
Xyron 5” Creative Station
Xyron 3/8 Adhesive Dots


Step 1: Apply gelatos to gesso'd canvas.  


Step 2: Create some fun drippage with various gelatos (Lemon, Cool Blue) and water.  Tip: Use finger to rub the gelatos on the canvas until happy with the blending results. To open up areas throughout the canvas, use a baby wipe. The baby wipe use will help lighten intense areas and can create whitewash effect. Let dry.

Step 3: Lay 12 X 12 Coffee Splotch stencil (TCW) on top of canvas, and apply white paint.  I used a brayer for this canvas since I had a large surface to cover, but a sponge would work as well. Let dry. Tip: Randomly apply paint over canvas in areas of interest.  Slip stencil into water or clean with baby wipes.

Step 4: Run photos through 5” Xyron Creative Station and adhere to canvas. Tip: Floral pics are great background additions for your focal pics. I used pics of my summer lilies as a pop of color in between the pics of my girls.  This also a great way to bring in certain environment elements to share fully share the scenic moments of the day captured.

Step 5: Run twine through 1.5” Sticker maker and adhere to canvas above photos.  Use photo as a guide creating a fun whimsical design. Use Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive in areas where your twine points meet and top of loops.

Step 6: Apply white paint to flowers and leaves and adhere to the canvas with Xyron 3/8 adhesive dots. Adhere charms to canvas.

Step 7: Create bows with twine and adhere to canvas. Continue embellishing as desired.

Happy Summer Canvas by Karen Jiles Stencil Supplies Stencil: (TCW458) Coffee Splotch; Flowers, Leaves: Prima; Twine: Advantus; Gelatos: Faber Castell; Adhesive: Xyron; Photos: Epson; Other: Gesso

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Mixed Media Journal: Basically Bare, May Arts, and Art Anthology Blog Hop

Hi there,

It's the 5th day of the Basically Bare/Art Anthology/May Arts Ribbon Project Inspiration Blog Hop.  It has been a fun creative week and today is my day to share my project using products from Basically Bare, Art Anthology, and May Arts Ribbon.
Visit the Basically Bare blog to find out how I created this fun Mixed Media Journal.

Mixed Media Journal by Karen Jiles Supplies Journal, Dress Form: Basically Bare; May Arts: Ribbon, Mists: Art Anthology; Ink: Ranger; Stencil: (TCW261) Art Is; Adhesive: Xyron; Other: Gesso

A Basically Bare Prize Pack will be given away to one lucky commenter!  Please visit our friends over at Art Anthology & May Arts for more prize opportunities and more wonderful inspiration!

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Altered Frame for Father's Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner, so I wanted to share this Altered Frame that I made for my husband some time ago.  I had this lovely cute pic that I took of him and our girls last year while on Lake Norman and thought that it would be perfect for this project.

I enjoy altered projects, so when I ran across this clearanced frame to alter, I knew that it would be a gem.  I used gesso, distress stains, an embossing folder, vintage photo ink, Xyron adhesive and prima embellishments to transform the frame into the perfect gift. I love black and white pics and knew once my project was completed that a black and white photo was the perfect final addition. Loved the end result!

Supply List-Altered Frame by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Copic; Metal Embellishments: Advantus, Making Memories; Ink: Ranger; Adhesive: Xyron; Other: Frame, Gesso

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