Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Converting Raw Chipboard to Beautiful Gold Chipboard

Hi Leaky Shed Fans!  Christine hosting the blog today and sharing a layout with you where I decorated my raw chipboard.  As a clean and simple style artist, I often struggle with what to do with raw chipboard.  A lot of times I leave it alone or just paint it white.  But today I stepped out of my comfort zone a little bit while still staying true to my style.  For today's layout I covered my raw chipboard using Ranger Perfect Pearls.

This layout needed a perfect gold accent and the Fern Flourish was just what I was looking for!  I needed something with some curves and flow to it to break up all the straight lines.  

To cover it with Perfect Pearls, I simply worked slowly straight from the bottle.  Slowly letting liquid out and fill it in more as needed.  It dried beautifully and I love the shimmer it adds without being to feminine.

What's your favorite technique for covering raw chipboard?   Share it with us on our Facebook Wall!

Saturday, September 27, 2014


"Beware of people who dislike cats."  --Irish Proverb

Are you a cat person?  We have a whole family of them--more minions to do the family feline's bidding, I suppose.  Naturally, when I saw all the Leaky Shed cat chipboard, well, something catty had to happen . . .

This is another origami wallet fold mini album, with stitched cover.  Each pocket contains at least one tag, with a quote about cats on either side.  One of the advantages of this simple book form is, by tying several tags together, each pocket can easily contain it's own small book or album.

"Happy is the home with at least one cat."

You will find all the Leaky Shed Studio cats used in this mini book HERE, a few more cat shapes, as well.  Want to know see more?  Please check out the photos and information on my blog, easily amused, hard to offend.  

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Merry & Bright" Christmas Card by Our September Guest Designer, Gloria Stengel

Hello, it is Gloria Stengel (Scraps of Life) with you today. This is my second project as the September guest designer at Leaky Shed Studio! I have loved playing with the amazing chipboard items!

I have created a Christmas card for you! I know, for some of you, it is way too early to think about Christmas cards! But, it is never to early to compile ideas!

"Merry & Bright"
I created a 4 1/2 x 6 inch card, using lots of layers, chipboard items, and flowers. This is a lumpy one, and will require extra postage and a padded envelope. You could also use this idea to create a home decor item!

I stared out by painting a selection of Leaky Shed Studio chipboard items with a coat of white gesso. Once the items were dry, I sprayed them with Tattered Angels Chalk Chalkboard Mist.

The large chipboard circle is actually the center piece from the Clock #1 chipboard item! (Never throw anything away!) I sprayed the chipboard with Tattered Angels Kiwi Glimmer Mist and then dried it with my heat tool. It gives a marbled look to the chipboard. I created a white, top-fold card from 4 1/2 x 12-inch cardstock, scored at 6 inches. I trimmed the red paper to 4 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches and distressed the edges before adding it to the card. I trimmed the plaid paper to 4 3/4 x 5 3/4-inches, distressed the edges and added it to the red panel. (The printed paper is from the Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas collection.) I used Scor-tape to attach the cheesecloth to the center of the card. I glued the chipboard circle to the card, and then added the twine with Scor-tape.

I trimmed out the main image from the designer paper, and matted it with red paper. I attached the image to the card with foam squares.

I used the Keyhole Fancy as the base to build my flower cluster. I used a clock image cut from the designer paper, and then added flowers. To mimic snow, I added a bit of white gesso to the red flowers.

I glued the Flower Corner Small  to the left corner of the card and added the postage image to the top.

I tucked several Watch Parts around the edges of the image. Once the card was all put together, I used a pint brush to splatter it with Tattered Angels Creme de Cocoa and Crimson Glimmer Mist. Unfortunately, too many splatters ended up on the little boy's face! I saved the card by using a circle punch to trim out a second image. Then, I layered the circle over the main image with foam squares.

I hope you enjoyed my shabby Christmas card! Thanks for reading! I enjoyed my guest spot very much!

Guest Designer - Gloria Stengel

Leaky Shed Studio products:

Other products: Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Textures Cascata White Designer paper: Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (12x12, 8x8, 6x6 pads) Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Cheesecloth: fabric store Gesso: Liquitex White Spray mists: Tattered Angles Chalkboard Chalk, Glimmer Mist Kiwi, Creme de Cocoa, Crimson Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts Circle punches: Stampin' Up! Decorative scissors: Provo Craft Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scor-tape

Be sure to stop by Gloria's blog, Scraps of Life, to see more of her inspiring work!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Boy Meets Duck with Veronica Johnson

Hi, Veronica here today to share with you a page I did of my nephew.  He was the cutest baby.  This photo was taken in our neighborhood playground.

Who says you can't use flowers on a Boy page?  I don't see the problem.  All you have to do is add some Leaky Shed Studio chipboard gears, use some brown and gold tones and you are set.

Since my nephew was playing outside I went ahead and used the LSS bird chippie.  I think this bird is so cute and versatile.  I do plan on getting some more LSS birds in the future.  If you are looking to buy some Leaky Shed Studio chipboard and your Local Store doesn't have it you can also go to scrapbook.com and purchase.

I also spelled out the word B O Y using the Leaky Shed Studio Alphabet.  The size is perfect and there are so many ways to alter the chipboard and get any look you want.

Thank you for stopping by and letting me share my projects and memories with you.  I cherish this photo of my nephew, he is all grown up now.  But I still remember this day like it was yesterday.

For techniques of how I altered my chippies and built my page - please stop by my blog: Kitsnbitscraps.

Happy scrapping ...

Leaky Shed Studio Product Used:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Believe with Leaky Shed's Mouse Balloon Border

Hi and welcome to the Leaky Shed Blog!  Cathy here hosting the blog today and I have a super simple layout to share with you using Leaky Shed's Mouse Balloon Border.
Really, this layout went together in about 20 minutes....that includes painting the mouse balloon border!

I simply layered a bit of paper, and then my photos and adhered the mouse balloon border with some scor-tape right over the top of the layers.  A bit of twine and some sticker stitches and it was complete.  The black mouse balloon border just makes everything pop!  Love creating when it comes this easy and with such great designs from
 Leaky Shed!
Thanks for joining us today at the Leaky Shed and happy creating!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Getting an early start on Halloween!

Fall is in the air and that means Halloween is coming up soon.  I love to do Halloween craft projects, not sure if it's the bright colors or what!  Christine joining you today to share a Halloween card featuring one of Leaky Shed's great cuts the Tree - 2 Cuts set!

Did you know Leaky Shed has some items in cardstock too?  This is one of those items - this set comes with two sizes and is black which makes it perfect for those Halloween projects!

By simply adding some gemstones too it and some Halloween characters throughout it makes for an eye catching card that will be fun for all the little spooks in your life!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mixed Media Card by Tracey Sabella

Hi everyone, It's Tracey here to share an Anniversary card I created featuring gorgeous Leaky Shed Studio Chipboard. Our daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Andrew, will be celebrating their second anniversary next month.

"Hand in Hand"

Tips and Techniques
This Harja Flourish Zwei is just the right size to accent a flower or cluster on a card. I painted it with Clear Viva Crackle Paint, then when dry a blend of metallic/pearlized paints in colors pulled from the background. When the paint was dry, I spread glue randomly at the edges of the flourish and sprinkled with microbeads and mini marbles for some lovely shimmer.

The background was stenciled with the TCW Mini Art Is sentiment stencil and splattered with black ink. I've also placed pearls of Viva Halo Iridescent Glitter Liner around the cluster. The background edges were stitched then distressed with my Zutter Distrezz-it_All.

My Feathered Rose is created with white cardstock, ink, feathers, and Spellbinder dies by Donna Salazar. A tutorial for this flower can be found HERE

This Leaky Shed Studio Spring Dragonfly was painted with metallic paint and when dry, spread with glue and Twinkle Dust Glitter by Clearsnap. It shimmers so beautifully.

Here's a peek of the inside of the card with the sentiment stamped on a die cut. Seam binding ribbon is pulled through the edges and the background is lightly dry brushed with white gesso.

One final shot.

I hope you've been inspired to try out mixed media techniques on your next Leaky Shed Studio project.

~ Blessings ~

Leaky Shed Studio Products

A full product list can be found on my blog on Wednesday:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Collette in Paris with trisha too

Happy Saturday, everyone!  
For today's post I have a layout from an Orient Express themed altered book I've been working in, on and off again, for about a year now.

That Leaky Shed Studio Eiffel Tower = PERFECT for the Paris stop along the route.  It comes in a black cardstock, diecut, too--and what gorgeous detail on the chipboard, right?  I just gave it a little smudging of pastels, but it really looks great "naked."

(I have a friend who loves Paris;   wouldn't this Eiffel be great on a card for her?  There's a lovely "Paris" script chip, too.) 

"Collette never revealed the real reason for her trip to Paris."

If you'd like more information on this altered book or layout, please stop by HERE.

(Have you seen the new Alice In Wonderland themed chipboard???  Oh yes, thank you, I am working on a new book with them!)

Have a wonderful weekend!  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jolly Halloween Home Decor by September Guest Designer Gloria Stengel

We are so delighted to have the talented Gloria Stengel designing with us this month.

September Guest Designer 
Gloria Stengel

My name is Gloria Stengel and I live in beautiful, southern California. I am a wife of 27 years, and the mom of three kids, and the owner of two cats. 

 I have been hooked on paper crafts all of my life. I have always loved to color, play with paper dolls, and create "projects"! In 1990, I discovered rubber stamping and in 1996, I stumbled across "modern" scrapbooking. I love all aspects of paper crafting: card making, scrapbooking, mini albums, altered art, up-cycling, you name it! I am happiest when I am making a mess! It's the cleaning up part that I don't care for! My newest passion is designing stamps and other digital paper crafting items. I design stamps for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (clear/cling) and Hampton Art Stamps (wood mount). I also design digital stamps for myself and my blog readers. My dream is to have my own paper line someday!  I have been on a number of design teams over the past few years, including three terms with Graphic 45. I also accept various guest design spots and work with online stores from time to time. I have recently started my own challenge blog, Craft Hoarders Anonymous. I think the name says it all. I have a blog (Scraps of Life), a Facebook Fan Page, and a YouTube channel in order to share my creative work. 


I am very excited to be the September guest designer here at Leaky Shed Studio! I love chipboard, and Leaky Shed has some of the BEST! I created a 9 x 7 inch, Halloween home decor piece to share with you.

"Jolly Halloween"
I love Halloween colors. The oranges and greens are just so lovely. When I saw the Julie Nutting Designs Spooky doll in my chipboard pack, I knew what I wanted to do with her! I wanted to really deck her out! However, once I got going, I decided to keep her rather plain, and deck out the rest of the project! I started by cutting a piece of chipboard to 9 x 7 inches, and inking the edges with black ink. I added decorative paper (Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale) as the background. I trimmed out the pumpkin border (Graphic 45 A Place in Time October) to span the top of the project.

I colored the 8-inch Spooky doll with a white pencil, just to give her that pale, spooky glow. I colored her hair and mask with Copic markers. I added some glitter to her hair with a glitter pen. I added glitter to her mask and to the little spider webs with glue and loose glitter. I created her dress out of paper, edged with black ink. (Graphic 45 Happy Haunting)

I nestled the Clock #1 next to the doll. It fit perfectly into the curve next to her hip! I inked the clock chipboard with black ink and then dabbed it with Delicata Silvery Shimmer pigment ink. This brand of ink dries very quickly and is a beautiful color. I used the same ink for the clock hands and the Watch Parts.

I  backed the center of the clock with decorative paper (Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale). And then I added fussy cut images all around the bottom of the clock. Once I had all the images placed where I wanted, I decided to add dimensional pieces. I used olive pigment ink to ink up the Small Flower Corner, which I trimmed in half in order to use it in two locations.

I added paper flowers and the Watch Parts chipboard, plus a few other fussy cut images to the display. I wanted this to look full and dimensional.

I used some foam squares to pop some items. I also added some "vines" by curling the flower stems that I cut off the flowers. Nothing goes to waste in my studio!

I finished off the piece with a polka dotted bow and a "button" that I cut from some of the paper. To give the "button" more dimension, I stacked it on top of 3 cardstock circles.

Thanks for reading! I enjoyed my guest spot today!
Gloria Stengel - Scraps of Life

Leaky Shed Studio Supplies:

Other: Designer paper: Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale, Happy Haunting, A Place in Time Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon September Ribbon Club Markers: Copic, Sakura, Zig Pencil: Prismacolor Ink: Tsukineko Delicata Silvery Shimmer, Memento Tuxedo Black; Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Olive Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts Chipboard tag: Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Brad: Tim Holtz Idea-ology long fastener Glitter: Hampton Art Circle punches: Stampin' Up! Scissors: Fiskars Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Glue Dots