Thursday, April 25, 2013

Using My Tim Holtz first projects....

I cannot believe the weather....70 one day snowing the next....Well that's Michigan for

Since I couldn't get back outside and work I decided to play with my Tim Holtz stuff....This is my take on a tag I liked on  (Click here to see the original tag)

Dang, I forgot to put the "wire smoke" on the little green house...I'll have to do that soon....  The flower at the top was colored using the enamel technique and the melting pot (put a Melting Pot Project Craft sheet in an empty melting pot...preheat to Utee metal object on craft sheet allow to heat up for a bit...sprinkle with embossing powders and watch the magic happen.  When the embossing powder has melted lift the craft sheet by wings and set aside to cool) ...I love how it makes these metal embellishments look.  Tim Holtz's embossing powders are solid colors all the way through, some other brands are white core so they give a mottled appearance when they melt.  The green on my leaves were done with a white core embossing powder....LOVE IT!!!
The metal embellishments were added once I decided the card needed a little something more...the flowers on the deer don't match to I'll take a post it note and slide it under the bottom layer of petals and color them with a distress marker until they are better matched...  The deer were cut from grunge paper, inked with distress ink in Vintage Photo and quickly covered with gold Perfect Pearls...I'm thinking their edges need a little more "inking" so they stand out a little more from the tag. 
I don't think this is too shabby for my first can only get better from here....right!!!
I couldn't sleep so about 4 this morning I got up and started working on this project...I saw a podcast on ITunes from Scrap was episode #845.  She was putting together a Make n Take she had gotten from Tim Holtz at this year's CHA.  One of these days I'll have to go to a CHA show...that would be heavenly....
Here's my take on using the a New Cabinet Card for a home d├ęcor project....(once again, I didn't have some things they used, so I made due with what I had)...
My favorite feature on this piece is the filmstrip...I heated the ends with a heat gun then curled them ...the neat thing about the film strip is that if I didn't like how it looked when it cooled I just heated it again and it would straighten right out....I think I heated each side 2-3 times before I liked the way it looked...
Well that's all for today...I'm off to the grocery store....
Thanks for stopping by...

Friday, April 19, 2013


Here's my Cricut FANatics blogpost for April:

Hey there, it's Freda from CannCreate Designs with another 3D project

from SVGCuts and MTC using my Expression.

This project has was made for the top shelf area of my scraproom desk...
makes me smile every time I look at it.

As soon as I saw the Happy Trails set of designs I knew I had to make it using a picture taken at Sears years ago of my grandson in a hat.  The wanted poster was originally intended to be a card, but I wanted it on a 12 x 12 canvas so I enlarged the file to fit the canvas. I purchased the Sasparilla Collection papers by October Afternoon to use because I LOVE the comic strip cowboy paper included in it.
Paint the sides and a little on the front of the canvas black and let dry. Trim the background paper to 11 3/4" and apply to the canvas with Mod Podge and let dry*.  Use Black StazOn to ink the edges of the paper once dry. 
*NOTE:  In a previous project years ago where I used Mod Podge and didn't allow each layer to completely dry before adding next layer I wound up with bubbles and buckling of the papers once the final project was completely dry.  I flip the project over and brayer the open area of the canvas and use the Cricut spatula to rub under the wooden frame area.  I haven't had any bubble issues since using this technique.
Enlarge the Paper, Text and Frame files from the Wanted Poster Card folder to fit on the 12 x 12 Mat angled slightly then cut it out.  (Be sure to cut your frame and text out before printing your photo, you will need to measure the area of the frame you cut to get the correct size for your final picture...speaking from  Ink the edges of the Paper file and mod podge to the canvas and allow to dry.

I'm so glad I bought the digital files so that I could tinker with it.  I had the photo reprinted on matte paper but found it was to "new" looking for this project.  So I opened it in Photoshop and ran the wanted poster action from Panos Effects Old Papers Action Set which I had purchased years ago, you could also use the built in Sepia tone action since the final product you're looking for is the photo.  I used the Wanted poster action because you can try out different items like bullet holes, stains, nails and cracks etc. for cool effects on your picture, if you don't like them you just hide or delete them.  When the photo looked "right" to me I cropped the file down to just the photo approximately 1/2" larger than the size needed for the area on the frame where it will be placed which you cut previously.  I printed the photo on cardstock and used a pair of decorative scissors to trim the picture down to approx. 6" squarish , distressed the edges then inked with StazOn.

Assemble the frame, text and picture layers then mod podge it to the "Paper" layer.

I thought the frame still needed a little something extra so I braided 9 strands of jute into a large flat braid and placed it around the sides of the frame, and a small braid for the hanger.

I stapled the start of the braid at the top of the frame and glued it around the sides with Zip Dry adhesive.  I trimmed the excess and stapled the other end where they met. I didn't like the appearance of the staples so I cut some jute to create a "fuzz", spread Zip Dry over the stapled area and pressed the fuzz into you can't see the seam or staples.  I also did this to cover the staples on the hanger so they wouldn't scratch the wall when I hung it up...  I used large rubber bands around the outside to hold the braid in place while the glue dried.


The tag was made using Tim Holtz Distress Inks on a manila tag from the office supply store.  The lettering & banner came from Sizzlits dies Typeset and Tattered Banners.  The heart was a grunge board shape that I inked and fiddled with for 2 days to get it just right then couldn't wait for it to dry naturally.  I used my heat gun and wound up getting to close and suddenly had volcanic like eruption of paint and ink-My beautiful heart was broken.  I thought about it for a minute then covered the entire thing with red glitter, then drew lines of glue across the heart and applied gold glitter....let it dry without the heat gun.  The next night I applied Glossy Accents thickly and let it dry for a couple days.  Add a jute string and "fray" the ends and your tag is ready to be added using pop dots.

The boot and the pot were assembled using the video instructions on the website.  The boot itself was a little tricky on the front area, but they explain it quite well in the video...I couldn't even begin to explain.  Unfortunately I assembled the boot & pot at a crop and didn't take to many pictures of the assembly process.

You might notice that I changed the orientation of the horseshoe before cutting it out.  My grandma always said if you turn a horseshoe up side down all your good luck falls'm superstitious so I used the software to move the assembly tabs to the bottom of the shoe so my good luck doesn't get poured out...
Now for the Good Stuff-The Give Away:
If you would like to try your hand at assembling the boot but don't have the ability to cut one, I cut an extra boot to give away.  This will come unassembled, it has been inked and embossed you just add the
Embossing folder not's in the picture so I can remember which one I used

Mary has a really detailed video tutorial that you can watch to help you with the steps of assembly and of course I will gladly answer any questions you may have just click the link to see it on Youtube: 
To win all you have to do is leave a comment on the Cricut FANatics blog post for this project Cricut FANatics Blog ..... Don't forget to put your email addy in the comment section so I can contact you for mailing details....I will put the names in a hat, draw and post the winner Friday, April 26th.  Everyone is welcome to enter.
Thanks for stopping by and good luck!!!!!
Thanks for stopping by.
Designed by:  Freda Cannon 
Machine Used:  Cricut Expression
Project Type:  Home Decor 
Products Used:  MTC Software; Happy Trails Svg files; Sasparilla Collection Paper by October Afternoon; Mod Podge; StazOn Ink; Photoshop Software; Panos FX actions for Photoshop; Tim Holtz Products: Typeset Alphabet, Tattered Banners and Grungeboard Heart, Martha Stewart Red & Gold Glitters, Glossy Accents, Twine and Jute.