Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fabulous Fundamental: Prima Alphas and Claudine Helmuth Mini Paints

I have an Alpha Obsession. There I said it...yup, an Alpha Obsession. I also love love love these Prima Alphas. These alphas take any project from great to unbelievable - the font is perfect for all events.

But are there ever enough vowels? I seem to always run out of "E" and "N" but I have inadvertently discovered a secret trick. Want me to share??? :-)

Well, I have been using Claudine Helmuth Mini Paints and a Q-tip to paint my alphas. It appeases my need for matching alphas and allows me to re-colour any of my alphas to complement my project. Additionally, the Claundine Helmuth Mini Paints smoothly and easily covers the textured surface of the Prima Alphas...and even smoother alpha surfaces. Very little paint is needed. I squirt paint about the size of the pea onto a piece of scrap paper and apply the paint to my alphas.

Here is a sample of a layout with re-coloured alphas.

 Supplies:  Pink Paislee (pattern paper, die cut accents, alphas); Petaloo (glittered flowers); BoBunny (metal butterfly); Kiki art (glitter chipboard heart); EK Success (border punch); Making Memories (mini alphas) House of 3 (acrylic 3D flower and flower centre); WRMK (chomper)

As you can see, I was running low on alphas and modified several remaining alphas to the letters I wanted. I personally adhered my alphas to my layout first and then I recoloured the alphas. If you can believe, the original colours of the alphas were brown and pink. The black acrylic paint did the trick beautifully.

Have you recoloured your alphas?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Fabulous Fundamental: What...Blurry Photos??? !!!

Aaack! Blurry photos! But they are the only photos I have of the event...what do you do? Well scrap them of course...ok, so it wasn't really that simple for me. Yes I spent quite a bit of time trying to find any picture that I had of my daughter's birthday that was not blurry at the restaurant but no such luck. That left scrapping the photos I had or go without!

Here is the resulting layout...and you know what? I'm so glad I decided to scrap my blurry photos!

Supplies:  Pink Paislee/Collage Press (pattern paper, die cut accents, purple gem); Prima (alphas, teal gems); Claudine Helmut (acrylic paint); Fancy Pants (chipboard hearts); BoBunny (medallion); Stampin' Up (notebook punch); American Crafts (pen for journaling); House of 3 (journal card)

And because I included some private journalling, it was written on a notecard by House of 3 and tucked into the back of the top layer.

The next time you are debating if you should scrap blurry photos, think of me and take a leap of faith in scrapping those blurry photos - you will be happy you did! I know I sure was!

P.S. I also wanted to mention my sincere love to Pink Paislee/Collage Press for the fabulous assortment of die cuts and accents that are coordinate with their collection packs - gosh, they make my heart sing because everything coordinates and can be layered easily together!