Friday, December 24, 2010

December Club Projects

For this month's projects we focused entirely on different techniques using the Watercolor Wonder Crayons!

First, we made an ornament/gift card holder with the Holiday Line-up stamp set.  Everyone got to choose which image they wanted to use, then we used the WWCs to color the image.  For this technique, we colored onto a hard plastic surface with the WWC and then used an Aqua painter to pick up the color and transfer it onto the image.  

This fabulous gift card holder idea was passed on to me from my upline, Alecia Connelly!

Our second project was a desktop calendar.  You can find a tutorial for this nifty idea here!  We used the Friends Never Fade stamp set and a color combination of Regal Rose, Rose Red, Always Artichoke and Early Espresso.

We used two different WWC techniques on this project.  For the background image, we used the crayons to color directly onto the stamp and then we misted the stamp with some water before stamping onto the watercolor paper.  

For the sentiment, we first stamped the image in Early Espresso craft ink and then applied embossing powder and heat set it.  Then we used the crayons to directly color onto the paper. Lastly, we blended the color using an aqua painter.

I got the calendars we used in our project here, and they can also be purchased in other sizes and varieties here.

For demonstrations of all the different watercolor techniques we used, watch this great video from Stampin' Up!

Lastly, I wish each and every one of you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

"Merry Christmas" Blocks

Here's a fun little project I put together in a snap!  I used some pre-cut wooden blocks from my local craft store and died them with a solution of classic re-inker and alcohol.  The blocks sucked the ink solution right up, held the color beautifully and dried in a snap!  I used Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Soft Suede as my color scheme.

I stamped my letters (Broadsheet Alphabet) in Versamark and embossed them in gold stampin emboss powder.  This is such a beautiful font for vintage Christmas items!

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

November Club Projects

Wow!  Sure has been a while since I've posted!  I am bit behind, and for that I'm sorry!  The holidays are just such a very busy time for me!  Needless to say, I have a whole lot to post, and then I'll probably be MIA again until after the holidays!

So here we are... club projects from last month! :o)  (Like I said... I'm Sorry!!!!) lol

First, we made this fun oragami box - perfect for holding a special gift for a special someone!  My inspiration and the full instructions can be found here!

For our version in club, we used Very Vanilla 12 x 12 card stock (textured) for the box and then covered it using the Jolly Holiday DSP.  The stamp sets used were Winter Post and Perfect Punches.

Our second project was a twirling card I designed, where the little snowman twirls around when you open it! (Stay tuned for a tutorial!) We used many great techniques to finish it off!

We embossed the front of the card with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and then used a Versamarker to ink the top of the snowflakes and heat emboss them with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.

We used the Cute Christmas stamp set and colored our snowman image using Aqua Painters and classic ink. Our color palette was Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze and Whisper White.  After we colored our snowman, we also used the Versamarker and Iridescent Ice embossing powder to give him some sparkle!

The inside of the card was decorated with some snowflakes from the Northern Hearts Level 1 hostess set in the holiday mini (Did you know these snowflakes perfectly match the ones in the embossing folder?) ;o)  We also stamped "Have a Cute Christmas" underneath our snowman on the left side.

My favorite aspect of the card was the ribbon dying!  We died a piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding with Blushing Bride ink!  I have a video tutorial I am putting together for this technique, so stay tuned! :o)

Monday, November 22, 2010

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

"Thankful" Banner

Hello friends!  Here is a Thanksgiving banner I made for my fireplace mantle using the Day of gratitude stamp set and the custom ink pad technique we did in club last month.  The banner was completely inspired by a fall banner I saw at the St. George Regional made by SU's #1 Demonstrator of the year, Kimberly Van Diepen!

Here are each of the banner pieces close up... I have provided a list of primary supplies at the end of this post!

(Your eyes are not deceiving you.... the ribbon above and below has been dyed in Cajun Craze and More Mustard! Stay tuned for a video tutorial on this soon.... for those who attend my club workshop, we'll be learning how to do this on Sunday!)

My favorite aspect of this project was the gathering techniques for the ribbon!  (Another technique I'll be demoing in my club workshop this weekend!) ;o)

Another custom dyed ribbon in More Mustard:

Here's just a quick look at what each banner piece looked like at the beginning... After stamping my images using my custom ink pad, I sprayed three layers of my custom Smooch Spritz colors:  1) a liberal spraying of Crumb Cake, 2) A couple of squirts of Soft Suede, 3) one spritz of Early Espresso. 

After the pieces dried, I distressed the edges and inked them with some crumb cake.

Here are the primary supplies and colors used for the project:

I also used a big variety of our ribbons, buttons, and other hardware to put the finishing touches on this project.  If you have any questions at all about them, please ask! :o)  

Thanks for looking, and I hope you have been inspired to make your very own Thanksgiving banner!

Friday, November 12, 2010

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Baby Shower Invitations

I recently made 40 of these cuties for a family friend... I love doing this cute and simple card style!

I used the Fox & Friends stamp set and the following color scheme (for a boy): Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Peach Parfait.

The card-base is simple enough... Run a folded piece of card stock through the Big Shot using the large Scallop Circle die then run the front of the card through again using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Invite & Swaps (+ Founder's Circle!)

Wow!  Halloween's tomorrow, and I realized I forgot to post all these goodies!

First, here's a quick Halloween invite I made for a friend... she purchased the supplies and I provided a step by step tutorial, and she was able to make them all on her own! :o)

The idea came from the IBC (with some slight modifications).  I used the Graveyard Gala stamp set and the following color scheme:  Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Basic Gray and Basic Black.  Oh, and of course... some smooch!  The spray behind the gravestone is one of my custom colors:  Cherry cobbler!

Next are a batch of great swaps I got back from a swap I participated in from Splitcoast Stampers (some didn't have names on them, so if it's yours, let me know and I will gladly add the credits!):

Created by:  Charlotte R.

Created by: Anne Bamert

No Name :o(

Created by:  Michelle Hamilton

Created by: Andrea

All of the following swaps are Halloween swaps I got from my Founder's Circle trip!

Created by: Lynsay Mahon

Created by:  Dawn Griffith

Created by: Laurie Krauss

Created by: Deb Valder

Created by:  Tami White

Created by: Patty Bennett

Created by Jenny Watson

Created by: Mary Kay Molnar

Created by:  April Roycroft

Well, I think that's it for me for Halloween this year... I hope every one has a safe and spooky night tomorrow! :o)

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