Thursday, April 21, 2016

Recycle Packaging from Graphic 45 Staples!

While I was cleaning up all my art supplies the other day, I found the part of the packaging from the Graphic 45 drawer pulls I had used in one of my recent up cycles. I almost threw it away when the thought occurred to me that I should use it as a tag! So I set it aside until I had some free time to work on it.

So this.............

Became this......

I just love the way this turned out! I had the Artisan Style paper sitting in my collection for awhile and decided this would be the perfect thing to use it on!

For detailed instructions just check out my snapguide:
Check out How to Recycle Graphic 45 Packaging With Artisan Style by Altina Robinson on Snapguide.

Thanks for stopping by!!
-Altina R.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition-Round 2

Making round two has been an absolute dream come true. I have had the biggest smile plastered across my face from the very moment I found out.

 For round two I decided to make three projects that represented me as a designer. For this I choose two altered projects and a card.

 For my first project I was inspired to do an altered bottle after watching the movie Snow White. I am a HUGE Disney fan so Disney movies are heavy in the rotation when I put in a movie while I craft. I was inspired by the scene where the evil queen is mixing up her poison and you see all the bottles, melted candles, and cobwebs everywhere. Since I collect old bottles this felt like the perfect fit for me.

I painted the inside of the bottle using a mix of blue and black paint. I have painted the inside of bottles before, but let me tell you this was an experience! I normally just water down a little paint and then pour it inside and it works like a charm. This however did not. When I awoke the next morning all the paint had settled in the bottom of the bottle, leaving the sides in a thin tinted layer of paint. I actually liked it better than what I had intended! Happy crafting accident for me! I decorated the bottle using Eerie Tale.

For project number two I decided to fix up something in my thrift store stash. Whenever I go thrifting I buy things I might like to fix up later, and keep them stashed until I am ready for them.

For this one I used the Mon Amour paper. I got the idea for this when flipping thru the papers and I saw the photo of the gentleman and just thought of how perfect it would be in a frame! I had a Prima one in my stash, and the idea just kinda snowballed from there. I used some antiques from my personal collection, and the rings on the top are a priceless family heirloom that I was loaned to use in the photo. I made the roses from the paper, and the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die.

For my last project I decided to make a card. I knew right away that I wanted to use the Steampunk Debutante paper. For me this was a nod to what introduced me to Graphic 45. I was learning how to make mini albums and was watching a video in which that paper line was used. I saw it and immediately knew I had to have it. I managed to find a 12x12 and an 8x8, both of which are still in my collection. For this card I decided to use some of the 8x8 paper, and I must say this is one of my favorite things I have ever done.

Here is my round two video with all of my projects:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wish me luck!
-Altina R.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tags and Good News!

Hi Everyone!! Just a quick post today, as I am neck deep in projects.
I did receive some very exciting news last Friday!! I am in the top 30 for the Graphic 45 2016 design team!!

I was so excited I was walking around with a smile plastered all over my face all weekend.

I have a couple of tags I made over the last week I thought I would share. I've been playing around with some Ranger Adhesive Foil, and I'm liking the results.

Thanks for stopping by and wish me luck!
-Altina R.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Santoro Stamps and Coloring

So I'll start off by saying that I am NOT much of a stamper. I like them, but I never seem to know what to do with them.

About a month ago I was at the lovely scrapbook store in Branson, MO and found these adorable stamps by Santoro Gorjuss.  They have a very strong Alice in Wonderland vibe to me (which for anyone who knows me, I ADORE.) I held off that trip but I made another trip yesterday and decided to splurge and buy a few.

When I got home I busted out one of my mixed media art pads so I could stamp them and decide how I liked coloring them best.

I have several different makers, watercolors, pencils, etc to choose from.
I decided to try out each image with a different one to see what I personally liked best.

All the images.

So for the first one I did I decided to use the Tim Holtz distress markers to color it in. I like that they can be toned down or blended out with water.
I like the way this turned out, though I'm not crazy about some of the harsh edges I got. I will be trying a few different things next time I use them to avoid that.

For the next one I used the Spectrum Noir markers. I really like these, but I had issues with the colors blending which makes me crazy. It's most noticeable on the arm of the girl.  For part of her dress I used watered down Tim Holtz Distress Crayon is Festive Berries.

For the third girl I used a couple of the Copic markers that I have. I'm still learning how to use the Copics. I like them, but I've noticed that no matter what ink I use to stamp my image it makes the black ink smear. I haven't noticed this with the spectrum markers.

For my last image, this go round, I used my Prisma Color pencils. I love these, and this is what I use 98% of the time.

So out of all the images I have finished, I think the girl in the teacup is my favorite. I haven't used my watercolor pencils or crayons yet, but I plan on getting to that later in the week.

Thanks for stopping by!
-Altina R.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Gilded Lily Thank You Card

For this year I have been challenging to use up my scraps of paper. 
I have a HUGE collection of Graphic 45, which I keep all my scraps organized by collection.

For this card I used some of my Gilded Lily scraps.

The great thing is I was also able to use up some of my small jewel scraps.

The butterfly is cut and embossed from a Tim Holtz die. 
After I placed the "Thank You" on the card, I couldn't figure out how to place the butterfly without it looking like it was just thrown on there. So I cut a small tag from the collection to give it a mat. It really made this piece stand out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2016

So it's that awesome time of the year when Graphic 45 has their design team auditions!

So my name is Altina Robinson, and I am 24 years old from Springfield, MO.
I was introduced to Graphic 45 when I was I believe 16, and the Steampunk Debutante collection was phasing out (I have both the 12x12 and the 8x8 in my stash.)

I have been into arts and crafts since I was a little kid, and was introduced to paper crafting when I was about 15. It started out with scrapbooking, which turned into card making, which turned into art journaling, and well, you get the point.

So for my first project I found a Tim Holtz mini clipboard at Michaels and knew I HAD to do something with it. So for this project I used the new Voyage Beneath the Sea collection.
I love this collection ( I LOVE steampunk) and I love all the bright colors.

For my second project I made a birthday card with Botanical Tea for a friend.
I am a bit obsessive about my scraps, so I have them all organized by collection.
The great thing about this card is I used only scraps for it.

One of my biggest hobbies is going to flea markets and thrift stores looking for things I can up cycle.
One of the first things I ever fixed up was on old bulletin board using the couture collection.

I also love going because I collect old bottles. I have collected several unique ones, a vintage IV bottle, an old Clorox bleach bottle that where the bleach dried its opalescent on the inside, and an old Watkins Vanilla bottle just to name a few.

I recently collected a few more from the antique stores on C-Street in Springfield. If you ever have the chance to come to Springfield, I highly suggest visiting historic C-Street. There are some pretty cool shops, and some great restaurants (I HIGHLY recommend Cafe Cusco.)

So for these bottles I got, I used a Seven Gypsies library drawers to make a holder for some of these new bottles. While I was working on it, I decided to cut out some labels for the bottles, and I LOVE how it turned out.

So lastly, I have my tutorial! Another thing besides looking thru thrift stores and flea markets, is looking thru the clearance racks at places like Hobby Lobby or Michaels for things to fix up. One of the great things about up cycling, is you can fix things at that have places chipped off, or cracked pretty easy!

So for my tutorial I used a set of three wall hangings that I found on the clearance rack at our local At Home store. This place if you don't have one, is like the home section of Hobby Lobby on steroids.

Check out How to Upcycle Wall Art With Graphic 45 Cityscapes by Altina Robinson on Snapguide.
So that is my audition! Thanks so much for your consideration!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Altina R

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Resin Pendants with Graphic 45

So I recently gotten into jewelry making. I have discovered I really love making pendants with resin using the graphic 45 paper.

 I love just making quick and simple necklaces.
I tend to save all my paper scraps, so this is a great project for all those pieces that you might normally throw away.

Thanks for stopping by!