My new addiction!

Okay, many of you already know that I love brads!  Yes, it’s true – I am a “braddict.”  Those shiny little jewels always seem to add that little bit of something on a page.  So up until now, brads were pretty much a staple on any page or layout that came out of my scrappy little corner in the kitchen.

Glossy Accents by Ranger

My newest addiction!

But move over brads – there’s a new addiction in Scrappy town.  Glossy Accents!!!!  This stuff, made by Ranger Ink, is a glossy, acid free medium that dries to a nice, hard finish.  It will turn anything into a dimensional masterpiece – okay, maybe not anything, but I haven’t found a paper embellishment that doesn’t look just a little bit flashier with a little shine – kind of like a great lip gloss!  It dries quickly too, so it’s a great product for last minute card makers like me who just don’t have time to wait overnight for a card to dry!

So where I have I used it?  For the most part, I have been using it to turn some of the great paper that I have picked up recently into dimensional embellishments.  I am a thrify scrapper through and through, so I very rarely pick up complete lines of products and often miss out on the cute stickers and embellies that the companies include. For example, in this card that I whipped up for my Hubby for Father’s Day,

Father's Day Card for Lorrin 2011

Sprucin' up the stars with Glossy Accents

I used some cute paper from the Fancy Pants “Like Father Like Son” line, cut out some of the great patterns, and then simply layered them on the card.  I wanted the stars to POP, so I slapped on a bit of shine and voila!

A happy little hippo - covered in Glossy Accents of course!

Wouldn't you be as happy as this hippo if you were all decked out?

One of my other favourite applications is on letters that I have cut out on my Expression.  In this little card that I also created for my hubby (his birthday was the day before Father’s Day…it’s a good thing he is cute), I actually used GA to create a pattern on the paper.  By applying the GA in a swirl pattern, this happy little hippo and party instructions really stand out, and turn the Fancy Pants paper into a textural delight!  Oh, and stay tuned this week for a new video all about making your letters pop with this cool product!

So, if you’re feeling a little bit bad for my cute little brad friends, don’t lose too much sleep!  You might notice that they are still finding happy little places on my cards – once an addict… ;)

So “Fortune-ate” to have you! A Video Tutorial

Paper fortune cookies

So today is a big day for me!  Last month, I entered the design team challenge over at Crop Chocolate, and today is the day that my design is featured!  More importantly, it is the first time that I have put together a video tutorial for you all on a project that I created!  I can’t wait to see what you all think!

So, the theme for the project was “All About {You}”, and since I hate doing anything about myself, I decided to use my hubby as my {you}!  Now having said that, I did incorporated a bunch of things that I love, including Chinese food, fortune cookies with TWO fortunes and blue scrapbook paper, but the real focus of the project was to show my guy All the things I appreciate about you!”.

So "fortune-ate" to have you!So the result is this little takeout container and 6 fortune cookies each containing a message or two explaining all the things I appreciate about him.  In reality, I could have written many more things for him, but I don’t want his head to get too big! :)  So, you will need at least 3 pieces of double sided 12X12 paper (I used Fancy Pants “Like Father Like Son” collection), some brads or eyelets, ribbon and embellishments.  I also put together a Takeout Container template in PDF format that you can use on 12X12 paper.  Other than that, you just need a little bit of glue to go with all the paper! ;)    Oh, and the video on how to put it all together:

So what do you think of the project and video?  Should I post more of these little diddies here for you?  Oh, and let me know if you make a version of this project – I would love to feature links to your work here!  Leave me a comment below…it’s been quiet here lately (I’m feeling lonely), so I would love to hear from you!