This is Julie and here's how we developed TV Dinner.
The idea for TV Dinner was inspired for a project we were working on for the Smithsonian Museum of Art.
This is true. I met with a gal from the museum about creating some products for them to sell in their gift store associated with the Julia Child's kitchen exhibit. In true Julie Comstock fashion, I promised her we could do some great things and then called up Eric and said, "Hey, I know you just had knee surgery yesterday, but can you start drawing some mid-century modern kitchen stuff?"
After taking 6 Ibuprofen, I grabbed my sketchbook and got started. When Julie got back from NY, she took my sketchbook and created my drawings into digital art. Here's an example of how she turned my sketches into production ready files for notecards. I was really excited about how Eric's designs were working for the gift products and so I told him I thought we should do a kitchen inspired scrapbook line in a similar look. For this, I needed more art from Eric.
I was really excited to work on the line. I started sketching/doodling... well, actually I don't ever really stop sketching and doodling, I just started making sure I was drawing kitchen stuff that maybe Julie could use for the line. Eric's above comment is funny, because I don't think I actually used much of anything from his new sketches. However, I did find this little gem that worked into a pattern in the mini deck and on the border sheet. Here you can see how I take the sketch (now made into a digital art file) and start playing with it. I work in Illustrator and create a Master File for each collection. I can't pull a line together without seeing it all in one place. I would like to say that I feel like I contributed to the Mid-Century Modern feel of the line. That's totally you! It was there from the original work for the Smithsonian. Also, I think it was you that picked this color palette? Yep!
After the pattern work is done. We move onto embellishments. Eric's illustration skills really come into play with things like stickers and stamps! The stickers are where those flower shaped sketches do turn up, so I guess I have to stop teasing him about that! Julie comes up with most of the product ideas. Her head is filled with them and sometimes she embarrasses me by blurting them out the moment she thinks them, whether in an appropriate setting or not. That is true, but I have never absentmindedly started doodling on our child's school report. Hey now, take it easy!
I got Debbie's permission to dissect it for you. Or course, Debbie has years of experience and tons of practice with cardmaking, stamping and coloring, but there are some simple tricks that she uses too.
Most of these tricks seem insignificant on their own, but working together they can really step up the look of a project. I'm going to try call them out for you more often in the hopes that we help a new crafter, motivate a past crafter or even inspire an avid crafter. Since this card is about friendship, today I will share a story about a friend... I know she is reading this post.
Yesterday there was more snow in Utah, but by evening in Austin the temperature was a pleasant 70 degrees. The breeze in the air was refreshing and the sun was low casting a warm, pink colored light over my world that was almost breathtaking.
My friend was complaining about the terrible Utah weather and I didn't want to gloat about my nice weather (I always hated that when people did it to me... MOM!), but the evening was so beautiful that I couldn't stop myself.
I apologized after my friend told me that maybe I should sell real estate in Austin. I laughed and told her there was a perfect word for my evening. She wouldn't believe it was really a word. I promised it was and I promised I would use it in today's blog post.
Since I know she is reading, the word is gloaming.
Have you ever heard of it? It means twighlight, but it comes from a German word whose origin means to glow.
This is not to be confused with glooming which is how I spelled the word for my friend. Glooming means a depressing darkness.
Isn't it funny that I said the word for my evening and spelled the word for my friend's?
So dear friend, I hope your "glooming" days are over and you find yourself in the "gloaming" soon... and if that gloaming is in Ausin, I expect a commission!
Want to add a country flair to your projects? I love how the twine lacing worked on this layout!
In other news, it's a humid day in Austin, Texas. But I'm not complaining for two reasons.
First, the schools in northern Utah were closed yesterday for too much snow. I lived in northern Utah my whole life, until now, and I can tell you that it takes A LOT of snow to close anything. One year we had to shovel snow from our roof to keep it from caving in from the weight. Between the snow on the ground and the new snow from the roof, we literally had to dig a tunnel to get out our front door, but the only day that year I remember the school closing was due to power outages from wind.
Second, I love humidity! I love the way it plumps up your skin and makes the floor feel damp. In southern Utah, where my parents live now, there is little snow, but even without the snow, I don't like the climate. The air is so dry there that in the time it takes to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, your bread feels like croutons.
So, I will enjoy this humid day even if it is warping my layout ever so slightly. :)
When you look at these birds, do you see a new couple still in the honeymoon stage or an old couple, completely comfortable with themselves? Maybe the fact that they are starting to look alike is a clue? What do you think?
If you like these little birdies, you can make them yourself. I used a 2" circle die to cut them out of our new TV Dinner Mini Deck. The tummies are punched with the same die and then re-punched with the paper circle shifted down within the die (I hope that makes sense). Super easy and cute!
What is it about adding rolls to the end of something that makes it sound delicious?
Cinnamon for example is good, but Cinnamon Rolls results in an entirely new level of yumminess.
The same is true for words like potato, butter, orange, flakey and even California.
The only words that don't seem to work are tummy or fat.
Well today, we are celebrating the upcoming Moda Friendship Quilt Along that begins February 18th. Mark your calendars now because we will be giving away two beautiful sets of 2TWENTY-THR3E Fabric... a Jelly Roll and a stack of Fat Quarters (no, that is not the same thing as fat rolls!) In excitement and anticipation for this really fun event we are offering two Jelly Rolls from our Odds and Ends collection today, to two lucky winners and you have two ways of entering (that's a lot of to's and twos too!). Comment on our facebook fan page and/or comment on today's post. We'll pick one random winner from each place to be announced here, on the blog, Monday morning.
Do you ever try to snuggle up to someone you love and you find their shoulder isn't as soft as you imagined? Maybe their collar bone is pressing against your cheekbone in an uncomfortable way? Or the height of their chest makes your neck twist into an awkward angle?
You find yourself propping parts with pillows or scooting down trying to find that perfect spot. The spot where you fit with the person you love.
It's the best spot in the world, isn't it? That's what I wanted to capture in this collage. I may seal the whole thing and glaze it with white to accentuate the gaps between some of the shapes. I think the glazing might take the hard edge off some of the cuts too. (My college professor always admonished me to hold my knife at a 45 degree angle toward the paper, but I still haven't learned!)
Mostly I'm just happy with how the shapes came together to make up the design. I worked hard to get that right before I started. Here's one of my original sketches. You'll notice, I changed the foot and removed the man's leg in the final piece. If you would like to try your hand at paper collage, may I recommend this blog post where I show you how to approach it with a really simple, beginner project: How to Create Pieced Paper Shapes for Mixed Media Collage.
When I was a young kid I used to make penny banks out of salt containers. I loved how they "ate" the coins. But an interesting thing happened in Utah's culture in the late 80's, it was called food storage! My parents decided that we needed two years worth of food, for the entire family, to be kept in our basement in case of emergency. This was no small task since there were seven of us. From that time on, I never saw salt containers. Now the salt I knew came in 5 pound bags like the old flour (the new flour came in 25 pound bags at least).
They say everything is bigger in Texas, but I assure you this does not include salt packaging. I am back to enjoying the cute, and to me, little containers that pour out the salt into your shaker. Having emptied my first one I was feeling nostalgic and just had to use it for a project. She's not a penny bank though, she is a yarn keeper. My rolled up balls of yarn cannot escape her and roll across the floor. Besides that, she is so cute, don't you think?!
All little girls I know love bubbles and glitter. Ok, maybe us not-so-little girls do too!
I love this layout because the glitter on the Glubers is transparent much like bubbles would be. I also love that glitter on Glubers doesn't rub off, but stays put. It really is awesome! Photo credit: William Fisher Photography (Besides being our good friend, Will is Eric's cousin. He may be moving to Austin and I've got my fingers crossed he gets the job, 'cause I would love having his family close!)
To make this 15 minute layout you'll need: 1 sheet of patterned cardstock (I used Sweet Disposition) 1 rectangle of white cardstock (approx 4 x 6) 1 multi pack of Glubers A couple tags, or cute cutouts (I used the new Summer Love / Sweet Disposition tag set) Some string A pen and/ or stamps (I used a Sweet Disposition stamp) Glitter (I used Vintage Glitter from Sulyn)
Adhere your photo. Place your title on your white cardstock rectangle using stamps, pen, stickers or whatever method you prefer. Glue that in place.
Stick down your Glubers. Coat in glitter over a garbage can. Use a paintbrush to brush away excess glitter. I created highlights on my bubbles by using two different colors of glitter and carefully placing the lighter color first, then filling in with the main color.
Add embellishments and your done!
For extra pizazz and to bring your eye into the layout, I added a titch of glue to some of the corners of the layout and sprinkled with glitter.
I just love working with this happy line... even using cloudy sky photos. These pics were taken by my good friend, Will Fisher of William Fisher Photography and that is his darling daughter. Will doesn't scrapbook and so I have left a little journal spot blank for him to fill in the details.
Here's how you can get this look: One last tip: combine lines. I just realized that I used some Sweet Disposition on this layout. In fact, we made the two lines to coordinate together.
I opted for the window seat, passing up the extra leg room of the aisle simply so I could sit in the sunshine. As I rested my head on the window, listening to Sarah Jaffe, I imagined this mixed-media painting. I'm excited about how it turned out because for me, this is really loose. I painted this on a game box lid and made the mistake of using Gesso which didn't want to stick to it. Since I felt like it had been ruined from the beginnig, I treated it like a practice... not expectation, no need for it to work, no worries about messing it up. Somehow, I need to find that place everytime I sit down to paint!
I'm still contemplating adding a glaze of yellow ochre over the top of the hole thing. What do you think?
Products used: Sweet Disposition papers Acrylic medium for gluing them down Gesso Acrylic paint Tim Holtz Sanding Block Brushes
Of course there was set up. From this: To this: To this: And this: My favorite thing in the whole booth may have been this: Angela Daniels came over claiming to be the hardest crafter at CHA, but I had to work really hard to appear this bored! The Advantus dinner was the best one I've been to yet. Live music, good friends and holy, moly, quacamole! I think the three pounds I gained over the event were all from mashed avacado and chips! It was great seeing old friends, young friends and making new friends. But I missed my family so much!
This is a really long show for me and being gone a whole week makes people appreciate you when you return. I got long hugs from Kate, Abby and Jack. Suki ran around hysterically for about 30 minutes. Ethan, my 15 year old, didn't give me a hug, but the smile on his face betrayed his too-cool-for-hugs act. I think Eric may have missed me most. Yesterday he made my breakfast and coffee while I slept in. He even frothed the milk and added a couple drops of vanilla to make it special.
I can't close without thanking Merdrey Chew for the darling fabric and yummy candies. My kids devored the gummy sushi and cookie pandas in less than two minutes flat, and now they all think very highly of Singapore.
I'm off in 10 minutes and I'm not ready! But, the school lunches are packed.... good luck the rest of the week Eric.
Congrats go to our winner of the Mini Decks, Cynthia B who said, "Your tags look great! I'll go ahead and say good luck at the show...but I don't think you'll need it. I saw all the cool sneaks of your new lines, so I'm sure you'll have an awesome show!"
I don't really have time for anything else this morning, but I did make a cute bag I never showed on the blog. Look at it until I get you some photos from the show floor!
(There's still time to enter our random drawing for one of each new Mini Deck. See yesterday's post for details.)
Make and Takes collated v Crafter's Home Presentation finessed v Eyebrows waxed v New shoes... well three out of four isn't bad right?!?!
I just couldn't find anything that I liked. It's all good though, except that my current shoes are a bit too high to be comfy and being 5' 10" in bare feet, posing for photos with most of you is best done in flats. Oh well, I just hope you'll understand if the photo of us shows your smiling face next to one of my "girls" while my head is cropped out of the frame.
On another note, as I was creating projects for the CHA booth, I realized just how far I've come since we started Cosmo Cricket six and a half years ago. I remember my very first layout. It was quite rumply because I had used Elmer's glue to stick things down. I didn't even know a tape runner existed!
Looking at my current work, I am amazed at how much I have learned. It occured to me that there are beginners out there, that trends change and that crafters come up with new tricks all the time. So, I hope these little graphics illustrating some of the tricks I've learned over the years help the beginners and spark the seasoned paper crafter's creativity too.
Other tips for this layout:
I used two Gluber strips, one for the twisted part and also one for the other half that contains the few pleats. They are great for holding down ribbon!
Leaving a white border on your photos will help them stand out against patterned backgrounds.
I made this page for a friend and so the journaling is left blank. I have been doing this a lot lately and I like that they can add their memories in their own handwriting.
You can finish your seams by pulling the threads to the backside of your project and taping them down, or like in this layout, just cut them a little long and add a dot of clear drying glue to the starting and stopping points.
It's getting down to the wire. I have only about 200 make and takes left to collate, a Crafter's Home presentation to finess, a pair of shoes to buy and a bit of waxing left to do. CHA, here I come!
I can't wait to see all my friends at the show. If you're going to be there, please stop by booth 529 to pay me a visit. I'll even bribe you with a fun make and take! We'll be making a tag from one of the new lines each day of the show. They are all a bit different since we are featuring each of the papers in the new collections. In fact, I just pulled randomly collated envelopes to make my samples and what you see above is what I got... just as if I were a show attendee.
I had fun coordinating these all for you. I hope you are pleased with your set! You'll get to see the paper in action, make a flower, touch and feel the awesome new brads and play a bit with the Tiny Text.
If you're not going to be at the show, leave a comment today wishing us luck and we'll enter you into a drawing to win one of each mini deck from the new release. (We will ship the prize once the product is in the warehouse.)
We'll pick our random winner on Wednesday morning. Good luck everyone and happy Monday!
With the holidays and CHA sneak peeks, I never got a chance to show you all these fun pillows I made with our 2WENTY-THR3E fabric collection. I must confess, they were not made for Phillip, but instead named for his screw driver. In fact, I made them for a new friend who seems to be, as she put it, "my sister from another mister." We have different moms too, but we seem to have A LOT in common. So much so that it's a little bit surreal.
Since we are so similar I knew she would love these and she did. It really made my day to get her reaction. Don't you just love when someone appreciates something you've made?
I don't have images of our mixed media projects to share just yet, except for one. I'm a little shy about it since I did it myself and this isn't really what I'm best at.... still learning I'd say.
Anyway, I have a little friend that loves her cowgirl boots and I think she'll enjoy this after CHA is all said and done.
When I find some time, I want to do more mixed media. It's a huge challenge, but so fun to play with!
Now for our winners. Congratulations go to:
Our Summer Love winner, Natalie Elphinstone who said, "Oh my goodness. I WILL be needing every single piece of this!"
Our TV Dinner winner, Dianne Jenkins who said, "LOVE LOVE TV Dinner! can't wait to get my hands on some mid-century modern!"
Our Sweet Disposition winner, Madelene who said, "This is the prettiest retro kit I have ever seen! I adore it."
And finally, the winner of Honky Tonk, Vera W Yates who said, "Being a Texan, this collection is a must have. :)"
Ladies, send your info to julie at cosmocricket dot com and I'll see to it that you get your goodies.
If you didn't win, maybe this can perk you up.... we're giving away beautiful and oh-so-soft scarves at CHA while supplies last. It's always cold on the trade show floor and besides, who doesn't want a pretty red scarft with embroidered guitars on it?!?!?
The fabulous Debbie Olson has done it again. Every card she makes is a work of art. I thought all you card making, stamp loving, paper crafting friends would love to see how the new lines work for something other than the scrapbook layouts we have been showing.
First up, Honky Tonk. The boots and sentiment are from the new stamps and nobody colors them better than Debbie. I love the canvas brads and it seems she does too because I spotted one in three of the four cards. TV Dinner is next and is actually the same color palette as Honky Tonk.... Debbie curved the sentiment stamp slightly, a definite perk of foam mounted stamps.
I like to give "date-night" restaurant gift cards as gifts to friends and I think this card would be absolutely perfect to accompany them. I may have to send one to Debbie as a thank you after I lift her design. Next up is Summer Love. I never thought of this as a romantic line, but it sure looks LOVE-ly here. The glitter makes those hearts look like candy to me. So, so pretty! And last, but not least, Sweet Disposition. Debbie created a beautiful paper flower, but I think my favorite part is the little tag she made by fussy-cutting a story book bit of the hexagon paper. If you are as excited about this release as I am, you may want to enter to win some of it for free?! If so, please see our previous four reveal posts to leave a comment on them to enter. We'll announce our winner Friday morning. Good luck everyone!
Get your automic vibe on and whip up some tasty projects (recipe books for sure!) with this mid-century, kitchen, inspired line. It's scrap-o-matic!
You know the drill by now... leave a comment and we'll enter you into a drawing to win some TV Dinner. No worries, it's low in sodium and calories, has zero trans fat and is still absolutely delicious. Our random winner will be announced on Friday!