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Welcome back to another FUN & EXCITING WEEK of Artisan Wednesday Wow! This week we have a GIVE AWAY!

It’s really simple to win.  All you have to do is comment right HERE below in the comments section or share our projects in a variety of ways… read on for more details!  First, we’ll share all of our projects with you and be sure to stop at each of the girls blogs because you can increase your chances of winning a prize by entering at each blog.  There will be two each of five different sets of prizes!

April Hop

If you are a winner on my blog or for sharing my project you will win the Another Great Year clear-mount stamp set and Brights Designer Buttons so that was what I was asked to create with for you today and made the Brights Buttons the theme of this Birthday Party Ensemble!  We had a (late) mini celebration for my son while his Grandmas were in town for Ryan’s surgery last week and so, I decorated this cake and made a set of projects to go with it.

AWW ~ Blog Hop Giveaway ~ Sleepless Stamper

The whole ensemble started with the idea of the banner and sign (standard card size) to go with the cake.  I’m not much of a baker or a cake decorator so going with these fun and simple Kit Kat cakes was the perfect way to go for me!  You can find a tonne of different Kit Kat cakes on Pinterest.. and sharing on Pinterest is just one of the ways you can enter to win the prizes here today!

AWW ~ Blog Hop Giveaway ~ Sleepless Stamper

Many of the Kit Kat cakes that I have seen have been filled right up with smarties, skittles or a variety of other candies.  Some had fun designs or cute little scenes going on in them.  I wanted the same theme to carry out throughout my whole ensemble so I just went with a few skittles scattered them to co-ordinate with the polka dots on my projects!

AWW ~ Blog Hop Giveaway ~ Sleepless Stamper

Again, because I’m no cake decorator,  creating banners  and a belly band for the cake out of stamps, paper and ink was more up my alley than icing was!  The ABC -123 Outline Alphabet stamp set and ABC-123  Sketch Alphabet stamp set (BOTH sets are on the retired list, so don’t delay if they are on your wishlist!) made it easy to create whatever word I wanted to for this set.  You could do the birthday boy or girls name or stamp a word to suit the occasion!  I also used the Brights Designer Buttons and the Brights DSP to create a couple of Rosettes for a fun pop of color and to finish off the banner.

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 When I got ready to wrap the Kit Kat bars to hold them in place and to finish off the base of the cake, I didn’t have any ribbon wide enough so I made this fun belly band and embellished it with a rosette to tie it into the rosette’s on the ‘PARTY’ banner!

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I made this Birthday Sign for the cake by choosing to go with a standard card size so that I could double-up on it’s purpose and use it as a card and also so that I could make more of this card later.

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I punched the sprinkles from the cupcake punch to make the polka dots and used the same colors of cardstock as there were in the Brights Buttons collection.  I stamped the greeting with Versamark Ink, heat set with Black Embossing Powder and then colored in the ‘HAPPY’ and ‘TO YOU’ with my white Signo gel pen.

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Here is the set of Gift Bags and  mini shaker card that I made to go with it.  I had so many fun ideas of what I wanted to do with this set that I just kept creating!

AWW ~ Blog Hop Giveaway ~ Sleepless Stamper

All of the polka dots had me running with the idea of a confetti shaker card right from the start and I didn’t want to stop until I had one to share.  This one is a cute 4 x 4 sized card.

AWW ~ Blog Hop Giveaway ~ Sleepless Stamper

The greeting is again stamped with Versamark ink and heat set with Black Embossing powder.  I sandwiched a variety of sizes of circles between two layers of Cardstock Vellum and put that behind the polaroid style frame. That icing in the cupcake is filled in with Crystal Effects and then lightly sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter! (The Dazzling Diamonds is also on the Retired List by the way..get it before it’s gone.. if it isn’t already!)

AWW ~ Blog Hop Giveaway ~ Sleepless Stamper

I love using lunch bags to create gift bags, favor bags or to give away treats!  The big greeting on this set is an easy space filler to use to stamp right onto the bag or even if you want to layer the bag with layers of DSP or cardstock.  I stamped it straight onto the bag with Versamark and again heat set with Black Embossing powder.  I colored it with my Stampin’ Write Markers and then filled the background with my Daubers and co-ordinating ink colors … I am super sad to see the Daubers on the retired list.. I won’t be surprised if they are already sold out!

AWW ~ Blog Hop Giveaway ~ Sleepless Stamper

A couple of TIPS for you: I put a piece of cardboard (one of the pieces that come with a bigz die when they are newly packaged) inside the bag when I stamped the greeting and when I applied the dots of color.  This helped to get a cleaner stamped image and also helped prevent the polka dots from bleeding through to the other side.

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I also wanted to make a gift tag to go with this set and wanted to use as many of the stamps from the set to give you plenty of inspiration for when you win this great stamp set, so I made this little cutie to go on the gift bag!  The bag wasn’t complete without some matching tissue paper so I Daubered (it’s a word now if it wasn’t before!) on the polka dots to match the rest of the set.

AWW ~ Blog Hop Giveaway ~ Sleepless Stamper

Here’s a couple of last photos to show you some closer details of the tag.

AWW ~ Blog Hop Giveaway ~ Sleepless Stamper

I might have a little bit of an obsession with ribbon too.. and that grosgrain ribbon is also going to be retired before long so don’t miss out!

AWW ~ Blog Hop Giveaway ~ Sleepless Stamper

In case you’ve skimmed through the photos, here’s a little reminder of what you can win for interacting with us this week! Please comment & share for your chance to win this giveaway!

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Don’t forget to hop along to see Becky next and then hop along to all of the other team members blogs for more chances to win!

April Next


Posted on : Apr 22 2014
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Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ So much to Celebrate

April Hop

Welcome to our 3rd week of April Projects!  This month is just flying by.. and the good news is, the weather is improving and it’s looking more and more like Spring!  I have a couple sets of projects to show you today!  I wanted to create some more Nautical themed projects …I almost went red, white and blue but stuck to the color scheme I had going on earlier but you’ll definitely see some other inspiration in today’s hop from the other girls in those colors with this theme!  All of these girls blow me away every week and this week is no exception!

What’s that?! So much to Celebrate?! The Muslin bags are a great product to use/alter to suit any occasion.  With the abundance of stamp sets we got in our boxes this month, there were many I wanted to make but created two different themes to celebrate to share with you today.

Here’s my first set of projects.  Many of my fellow demonstrators will be headed off to cruise the Western Carribean later this month.  We opted out of the trip for this year for a variety of reasons so we won’t be going and we will definitely miss seeing so many of the friends we have made on these trips and at Stampin’ up events.  Incentive trips are such a great time and are a great opportunity to see the people we become such good friends with at past events.  I would have had the chance to hang out with fellow Artisan Team Member, Erica too so I’m sad to not be going but it turns out that we were meant to be at home this year. My husband, Ryan is having surgery tomorrow to remove his thyroid.. it was discovered a month ago that he has thyroid cancer.  It is very treatable and for that, we are very grateful.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow, the more love surrounding him the better! I think he’ll be drinking plenty of cold drinks like the one in this cute beverage bottle over the next little bit.  It was with my friends and cruising demos in mind that I made this cute little treat bag.. many of us like to bring little gifts in cute packaging to share with each other or to leave for the staff (from SU and from the trip location) who take good care of us on trips and I thought this cute muslin bag would be a quick, but fun and easy gift bag to use .. and it won’t take up much room in their luggage!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Hello Sailor

Here it is in all of it’s glory..packed into one tiny package!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ So much to Celebrate

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ So much to Celebrate

I picked up this cute beverage bottle to put some lemonade in, but already know that it’ll be a cute bottle to use for many occasions.  To get the sleeve to fit straight on a bottle shaped like this, just pick up a cardboard coffee cup sleeve from a coffee shop and use it as a tracer to cut the right curve in your paper so that it’s straight on the bottle. I have a couple on hand just for this purpose so getting the belly band to sit straight was fairly simple.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ So much to Celebrate

The ‘Lifesaver’ was created by using two circle punches to create a ring and then I used the Hello Sailor download and my e-cutter to create the anchor! I love that download!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ So much to Celebrate

Embellish those lifesavers to your liking.. or punch them out of colorful cardstock and create the ‘edible’ (or not so edible) kind!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ So much to Celebrate

So, I had mentioned I had this Easter set of cards to share… I had shared a sneak peek of them a few weeks ago and wanted to be sure to come back to share them before Easter comes and goes.  I actually changed one of the cards up a little too!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ So much to Celebrate

Both cards are pretty quick and easy and that matching muslin bag for this set was easy peasy to do by inking it up with my daubers and ink pads.  TIP: put a piece of paper or cardboard inside the bag when you are stamping to make it easier to get a nice circle and so that the ink doesn’t bleed through to the other side of the bag.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ So much to Celebrate

That cute little bunny was created with the 1″ Circle Punch, the 3/4″ Circle Punch and the Pansy Punch. I just cut apart the petals from the pansy to use as the bunny’s ears. The tail is the teeny little scallop punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  I love that little set of punches! I hope they stick around for a long time!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ So much to Celebrate

The chevrons on the first card and this oval on this next card both screamed, ‘Easter’ to me so that was what I went with here.  I used the elements and DSP from the Celebrations add on kits to create the banners and for the little basket look at the bottom of the egg on this card.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ So much to Celebrate

 I always love to add a little bit of stitching when I can.  These cute banners would be fine just adhered down but the sewing machine was handy, so I couldn’t resist!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ So much to Celebrate

When I was having trouble with my photos earlier I put two up here quickly for you to see. I noticed that they’ve been pinned to Pinterest already and don’t want to deadlink those pins on those of you who have pinned them for inspiration so I’ll leave that photo here below and please enjoy a 2nd view of this photo here below!

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve gone forth and created any of these projects or if you have any questions.  I hope you’re inspired today. I know I sure was by all of the projects the team had to share!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Happy Easter

Now, hop along to see what Becky has to share. As always I’m really excited to see what all of the projects are this week. Don’t stop the hop til you get through to Mercedes!  Once again, please get in your practice at commenting.  Next week it will count for ballots at winning some prizes so keep those comments coming and have a wonderful & blessed Easter weekend.

April Next


Posted on : Apr 15 2014
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Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Burlap & Blooms Meets Hello Sailor

April Hop

Welcome back to another week of Artisan Wedenesday Wow! Somehow we’re already in week two of April…. and SPRING is finally here!  Even though, it finally sprung, I’ve got another High Tide Summery project to share with you today!

Sometimes the products that come in our Artisan boxes really make me think outside the box and I end up putting things together that I would never have thought of otherwise. Today’s project is one of those.  We got the Burlap and Blooms wreath kit in our April box as well as Hello Sailor stamp set and High Tide DSP along with the lovely striped Pacific Point and Summer Starfruit ribbon, so I got it in my head that I wanted to create a nautical-ish themed wreath.  … I wasn’t sure at first what exactly I was going to do or how it would turn out but I got playing around with different things, pulled out my e-cutter (and MDS of course) and came up with this little decor ensemble.

AWW ~ Burlap & Blooms meets Hello Sailor ~ Sleepless Stamper

AWW ~ Burlap & Blooms meets Hello Sailor ~ Sleepless Stamper

I applied a large star punch from MDS into my e-cutter software and cut it out as large as I could (on a 12 x 12 sheet).  I used that and traced it onto some DSP backing to use as my star base and then also used it as a tracer to cut segments out of the DSP to layer on the star base.  You can sort of see here how the star is scored to give it dimension.

AWW ~ Burlap & Blooms meets Hello Sailor ~ Sleepless Stamper

I also applied ‘ahoy’ into the e-cutter software and added an offset image so that I could layer the Summer Starfruit layer onto the Pacific Point layer.  I cut the anchor to go with it and added some Silver Bakers Twine.  The wreath in behind the star is the wreath from the Burlap and Blooms kit, wrapped in the Pacific Point striped ribbon and then layered with some ‘rope’ made out of the Burlap from the wreath kit.

AWW ~ Burlap & Blooms meets Hello Sailor ~ Sleepless Stamper

I wanted to create a frame or chalkboard to go with it, so I covered one in matching DSP and used elements from the stamp set and DSP to embellish it a little.

AWW ~ Burlap & Blooms meets Hello Sailor ~ Sleepless Stamper

The little bow on the flags is strands of both the Pacific Point and Summer Starfruit striped ribbon.

AWW ~ Burlap & Blooms meets Hello Sailor ~ Sleepless Stamper

Of course I wasn’t going to let all of those wonderful flower pieces go to waste so I created another chalkboard frame to use just some of them up.. there are still plenty left over!

AWW ~ Burlap & Blooms meets Hello Sailor ~ Sleepless Stamper

AWW ~ Burlap & Blooms meets Hello Sailor ~ Sleepless Stamper

I added a few more flower shapes by punching out some smaller flowers to fill the gaps on the frame.  I made use of the shapes from the kit though and punched them out of the pieces from the kit.

AWW ~ Burlap & Blooms meets Hello Sailor ~ Sleepless Stamper

AWW ~ Burlap & Blooms meets Hello Sailor ~ Sleepless Stamper

My son has already claimed the Nautical items (they scream, ‘Pirate’ to him) but I was thinking they’d be great for a lake house or cottage, a boys room or even to decorate for a party.  Do you need a decor piece for a room in your house?! … Craft outside the box and make up your own decor items that you can customize to be exactly what you’re dreaming of!

April Next

I’m excited to go see what all of the other girls have to share this week.  Hop along with me and let’s go see.  First stop is Becky but be sure to hop all the way through to Mercedes.  Don’t forget to get in the practice of leaving comments. … the week after next, it will even land you a chance at winning a prize from Stampin’ Up!


Posted on : Apr 08 2014
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Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi

April Hop

 

Welcome to April! It seems that we’re still not any closer to Spring at the beginning of April than we were at the beginning of March where I live but I’m jumping right into something Summery … well sort of, sailing and nautical  things are summer to me!

I brought a couple of things together on this project. .. a technique called, Foxy Oxi that I had done with my technique club last month and something that us team members might call, ‘channeling our Inner Cathy or Jane’… doodles, vellum, splattering and ink techniques.. I had fun with this 8 x 8 page and it wasn’t hard or scary to dive into either!  Have a peek and I’ll share that card here too!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

 

I saw this technique done by Beate and had to give it a try.  I started this page off by sponging on some ink in the colors that co-ordinated with the High Tide DSP (I used Pool Party and Pacific Point).  I applied it to my page in places that would end up framing my photo.  If you remember last week’s post, my son turned 10 last week. This photo is him at 6 months and he was thrilled to see this page! I’ve been so afraid to scrapbook his photos for fear that I wouldn’t do them justice but am happy at how this turned out.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

 

I’ll share some step by step photos on how to achieve the Foxy Oxi technique but first wanted to show you all of the details of the page.  I used the greeting from Hello Sailor and stamped it with Versamark and heat set with Pewter Embossing Powder.  I wanted to add bubbles for more of a water feel so I just punched circles out of Carstock Vellum and then ‘doodled’ on them with a Basic Grey marker.  .. This would be where I channelled my inner Cathy.  I also tied the doodles into a border around the entire page.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

 

Here’s where I added in more doodling and then added  a touch of Jane to my page with a little cardboard under my photo and then sewed the elements together.

 

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

 

Here’s another Jane element, I layered one of the whales that I hand cut from the DSP onto some cardboard for some extra dimension and to make the whale more sturdy.  Jane taught us all how fun it can be to add a different level of dimension to your projects with a touch of cardboard, (just peel apart the flaps of your SU boxes, it’s that easy!).   You can see under the whale how the cardboard gives it depth.

 

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

 

It all came together to frame the photo like this.

 

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

 

Before I jump into the step by step photos, I’ll share the card that I did with my technique club.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

We used Life in the Forest and Jen’s fabulous sun idea using the banner punch.  She is brilliant!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

Now, here’s how you do the Foxy Oxi technique.

First, sponge on the colors of your choice in the pattern that you’d like. For the card above, we covered the whole piece of Whisper White cardstock.  In the sample below (that become the page above) I just framed where the photo would go.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

Once you have ink where you’d like it, sprinkle on some Oxi Clean.  Where you apply it will end up bleaching out the color so apply as much or as little as you’d like, depending on how you want your splotches to look.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

After it’s sprinkled with Oxi Clean, spritz all over it with water and one of the SU Spritzer bottles so that it’s got a mist of water over top but isn’t soaking.  Once it dries (you can spead this up with a heat gun) and has bleached out the color to your liking, wipe off the Oxi Clean with a paper towel.  That’s it, that’s all and it creates a different look each time but is fun to watch your paper transform.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

You can really see here, how the Oxi Clean bleaches out the color and makes it look very mottled.  Be liberal with your sponging when you first begin if you still want a vibrant (or somewhat so) end result.  Have fun!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Foxy Oxi ~ Sleepless Stamper

Note: If you are concerned about the archival quality of this technique you may want to take extra measures to protect your photos and avoid using ones that you can’t get reprinted or reproduced.  I did actually layer the photo on cardboard as well to even out the depth underneath the photo (since the top portion has cardboard under it) and that will help keep the photo away from direct contact with residue from the Oxi Clean.

Now, let’s go see what Becky has to share.  I can’t wait to see the projects that come out of a whole new box of products for April!

We’ll be doing a give away this month too, so be sure to get in the practice of leaving comments… it’ll be the only way to win!

April Next


Posted on : Apr 01 2014
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Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ 3 posts in 1 Tie Dye Technique

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Welcome back to our last set of March projects!  March has been a crazy month around here! I can’t believe this is our last set of projects.  … speaking of crazy, I went a little crazy creating with the box of goodies that we had as well as with this Tie Dye technique.  I have so much to show you and just couldn’t stop.  I’ve got lots to share today and believe it or not, this is the narrowed down version.  I’ve got three sets of stuff for today but will be back with more in the coming days.  For now, I’ve selected just the Tie Dye projects.

Before I share my projects though, I’ve got to share some important Happy Birthday wishes with my now-in-the-double-digits, son! He turned 10 today.  In case you missed it, be sure to check back to the set of Banner Blast Progressive Pages that I created for him that were featured on the SU blog last week.

Now here’s what I have to share this week!  Be forewarned, there’s plenty of inspiration and plenty of Tie Dye going on here!

This set of cards is a spin off from a technique that I did with my Technique and Scrapbook clubs this month.  Remember the Canvas Creations Spiral Flower I did last week, it was a spin off from this project… the crafting has been kind of out of control!  Stay tuned til the end though, I’ve got a little tutorial for you again.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Tie Dye ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Tie Dye ~ Sleepless Stamper

This is one of the Scrapbook Pages that I created (with some color and layout inspiration from Pinterest) for my Scrapbook Club.  I used elements and DSP from the Bermuda Bay Celebrations Add On kit on this page and on their 2nd page as well.  I’ll come back to share that 2nd page with you in another post.  Now to figure out which photos I’d like to add.  When I create for club, I don’t always start with the photos and sometimes do the page first .. it works for me though, then I can co-ordinate the photos to the page.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Tie Dye ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Tie Dye ~ Sleepless Stamper

 I created the Bermuda Bay card that co-ordinates with the Scrapbook Page but we got the Calypso Coral Celebrations Add-On kit in our box this month so, I wanted to incorporate it into the Tie Dye effect and created this color combo as well.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Tie Dye ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Tie Dye ~ Sleepless Stamper

This card below is the one that is responsible for it all!  I started out weeks ago with a piece of Canvas Creations and doing the Tie Dye technique on it.  I knew I wanted to do the technique with my clubs but to keep it budget-friendly I wanted to offer an alternate option so we created the technique on both Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock.  It worked out great on all three.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Tie Dye ~ Sleepless Stamper

Here’s another version on cardstock.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Tie Dye ~ Sleepless Stamper

Here you can see some of the details.  I used Starburst Sayings and paired it with the Starburst and Circle Framelits to create the greeting.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Tie Dye ~ Sleepless Stamper

Here are a couple of other versions.  You can stop at just creating the rings or go all in and add the bursts of water/bleaching to your project as well.  We also tried a little splattering of ink by picking up some reinker with the Aqua Painter and splatting it onto the cardstock after we were all done with the Tie Dye effect.  I wasn’t kidding when I said I couldn’t stop!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Tie Dye ~ Sleepless Stamper

These are the three different looks on the Canvas.  One just with the rings of color, one with the rings of water added and the final one with the bursts added in as well. Which is your favorite?!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Tie Dye ~ Sleepless Stamper

Now on with the tutorial. Be sure to click on the photo to see a larger version.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Tie Dye ~ Sleepless Stamper

Oh, here’s a sneak peek at what I did with the Watercolor Notecards.. I’ll be sharing those this week as well so if you’re in need of ideas on what to do with those little beauties, be sure to stop back.  Sometimes I just wish I could sit and craft all day.. there was no shortage of projects coming out of the March box of goodies!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Sneak Peek ~ Sleepless Stamper

Be sure to hop along to see what Becky has to share today and don’t forget to stop at each of the other girls blogs.  As always, I can’t wait to see what they created to share with us today.

March Next


Posted on : Mar 25 2014
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A Banner Blast From the Past

Banner Blast Progressive Pages ~ Sleepless Stamper

I had the honor of being a guest blogger on the Stampin’ Up Blog this week.  Here are the projects I shared.

Banner Blast brings back Progressive Pages.  The concept of Progressive Pages has been around for a long time but It’s been awhile since I’ve made a point of creating a progressional series of projects using the same sketch.

Using a sketch is a great way to overcome any crafting challenges you may have.  One of the challenges or requests that I hear most often is for masculine themed inspiration.  A simple sketch to follow, paired with the co-ordinating Banner Blast Stamp set and Banner Punch is the perfect solution!  Ink them up with the colors of your favourite sports team or your kids favourite color, stamp on some matching cardstock and you can create masculine banners in a cinch!

Don’t miss your chance, Banner Blast is only available until March 31st.  You can get it for free during Sale a Bration with a $60  order.  Shop HERE or contact myself or your demonstrator to place your order before March 31st so that you can get your free Sale a Bration items before they are gone!

I didn’t follow a sketch for this series but came up with a simple sketch for the card and used that as my spring board to create a set of scrapbook pages as well.  Choosing the colours was easy, my son is turning 10 very soon and is a big fan of our local NHL team, the Jets!  Their team colors were the go-to colors for this ensemble!

I started my series off with this, Happy Birthday card.  I stamped a variety of the images from Banner Blast in a variety of colors of ink on a combination of Whisper White cardstock and the matching colours of cardstock as well to create some fun banner sets.  (the colors I used are, Night of Navy, Real Red, Basic Grey and some accents of Smoky Slate)

Banner Blast Progressive Pages ~ Sleepless Stamper

I used my Stampin Write markers to finish off the words ‘happy’ and ‘birthday’ to go with the ‘H’ and ‘B’ that were cut with the Typeset Alphabet Bigs Dies. Your Stampin’ Write markers are a great way to be selective in which parts of your stamps you use when you don’t want the whole image or greeting!  I’ll show you more of that on the next card.

Banner Blast Progressive Pages ~ Sleepless Stamper

Here’s an alternate version of the card that I created to celebrate this milestone birthday that we are about to celebrate.  Notice here that I used the the whole word, ‘happy’ which is still only part of the ‘happy birthday’ stamp from the Big Wish stamp set but that I’ve selected only the ‘th’ from birthday to finish of ‘10th’.  Coloring on the images with your markers makes this pretty easy to accomplish.

Banner Blast Progressive Pages ~ Sleepless Stamper

I wanted to anchor the die cut letters and numbers to my cards but didn’t want to take away any focus from those die cut elements so I chose to lightly sponge a starburst using Smoky Slate ink and the negative space from a die cut and then used that feature throughout the rest of my projects.

Banner Blast Progressive Pages ~ Sleepless Stamper

Scaling up to an 8×8 page, I added an extra layer of banners and up-sized the buttons from the Basics Metal Buttons and layered two sizes together.  Tip: ‘threads’ of cardstock are a great way to create co-ordinating thread for your projects.  I don’t know about you, but naked buttons just scream to me that they need to be dressed! The Epic Day and Make Note Rotary stamps are a quick & fun way to create little journaling tags for your pages! … use them… you might even feel like a kid again! .. they take me right back to dating library cards when signing out books at the library!

Banner Blast Progressive Pages ~ Sleepless Stamper

Have a closer look at the details.  Just click on the photo here to be taken to a larger version that you can see up close.

Banner Blast Progressive Pages ~ Sleepless Stamper

To complete the series, I layered the 8×8 page onto a 12×12 background and added some extra banners and a couple more details to finish it off.  Again, I incorporated the sponged starbursts to anchor the added elements to the page.  Going to a Jets game was a Christmas gift to our boys.  From painting their faces before the game right down to the shoot out that won the game for our team, it was a night to remember and now they’ll each get one of these pages framed in a shadow box to keep in their rooms as a keepsake of this fun family gift!

Banner Blast Progressive Pages ~ Sleepless Stamper

Banner Blast Progressive Pages ~ Sleepless Stamper

Now, just swap out the colors to your favourite team (pro or of your very own little league sports star) and you’ve got a series of masculine themed projects at your finger tips!


Posted on : Mar 20 2014
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AWW Facebook Friday Edition ~ Canvas Creations Spiral Flower

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Welcome to the March edition of Facebook Friday.  The projects we have to share today were all featured on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook page last Friday and today we are here to share all of the details.

I do have a couple of tutorials for you to show how I made the Canvas Spiral Flower and how I dyed the ombre fringe but first take a peek at this dressed up treat bag from the Celebrations Basics Kit.

AWW Facebook Friday Edition ~ Canvas Creations Spiral Flower ~ Sleepless Stamper

 This project spiralled out of a technique that I did with my technique club this month.  I started dying canvas to do a different technique that I’ll bring back to you in next week’s post and after taking a couple of different directions along the way, it turned into this multi-toned Canvas Spiral Flower.  I’ll show you in the photos below how I created this look. *if the photos aren’t large enough to read the instructions, just click on the photo to view a larger version.

AWW Facebook Friday Edition ~ Canvas Creations Spiral Flower ~ Sleepless Stamper

AWW ~ Facebook Friday Canvas Spiral Flower ~ Sleepless Stamper

Now, that you’ve died your canvas, check out the photos below for a little extra info and to see how I assembled the flower.

AWW ~ Facebook Friday Canvas Spiral Flower ~ Sleepless Stamper

Look closely at the photos, you’ll see that I have fringe cut the pieces of the spiral flower that I used to create the center of the flower.  *note: I did NOT use the fringe scissors and instead used my paper snips.

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I hope the photos help show how to color the canvas and create this multi-toned canvas flower.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Once, I had the flower all created I wanted to come up with a fancy way to dress it up to embellish this bag so I got playing around and ended up  pairing it with some fringed streamers from the Celebrations Add-On Kit (that I dyed in an ombre pattern ~ tutorial below) and a splash of Gold Sequin Trim.  Now, here’s a little closer view of that Ombre Crepe Paper Fringe and a tutorial on how you can do this yourself in any colors you choose!

AWW Facebook Friday Edition ~ Canvas Creations Spiral Flower ~ Sleepless Stamper

Note: The tutorial shows you how to make enough ombre fringe for 3 flowers.  Again, if the instructions show up too small on your screen, just click the photo to see a larger version.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

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I really like how it  all came together to embellish this happy little treat bag. Now what should go inside?

AWW ~ Facebook Friday Edition Canvas Spiral Flower ~ Sleepless Stamper

Let’s hop along to Becky next.. funny how things work out when we all work from the same box of stampin’ goodies!  Once I got reading Becky’s post, I realized she had some dyed crepe paper too!  Be sure to check out her version and the video tutorial from Stampin’ Up! that she shared! You’ll learn some more ways to create the Ombre look as well as other materials you can achieve this look with!  .. don’t forget to stop in at each of the Artisan’s blogs!

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Posted on : Mar 18 2014
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Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Lily Flower with Frog Punch Art

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Welcome back again to what is already our second March project!  As always, I’m excited to see what my fellow team members have created and I hope you find some inspiration in the hop today!

 

I made another project using the Spiral die to share with you for this week.  We were playing around with the die at my team meeting this month and one of the girls on my team was showing us how you can cut points in each of the spirals to make a different style of flower.  So when she pointed out that it looks like Lily Flower… it got me going with thoughts of frog punch art and lily pads and lily flowers and I asked if she’d mind if I used her idea of a Lily Flower and ran with it!  Here’s what I came up with and thanks Julie for sharing the Lily Flower idea with me! .. it’s one of my favorite things about sharing SU with other stampers and demonstrators, the inspiration that we all share with each other!

 

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I had good plans to come back with some photos/tutorials on how to do some of the things that I’ve done on this card but some life circumstances have thrown a wrench into those plans for this week and so I will plan to come back to show you how.  If you’d like to know how I created the waves in the water or how I did the frog punch art or Lily Flower, please comment to let me know and I’ll do my best to get back with those for you. In the mean time, here are some closer photos and I’ll give you a little explanation here!

 

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Lily Flower

 

 

The Cat tails are created with the word window and the Tulip from Backyard Basics Framelits.  The little piece that sticks out the top is the little cherry from the cupcake punch.  The frog is mostly created with the small oval punch.  I’ll be back to show you how I altered the size of the ovals for the belly of the frog and the head.  I created the waves by cutting a piece of window sheet with the scallop border from the Tasteful Trim die and using that as a stencil to sponge some two-toned waves (I used Coastal Cabana and Whisper White).

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Lily Flower

 

I thought that the ‘pssst’ greeting went well on the front but that it needed to be finished off on the inside with a greeting to go with it so I stamped, ‘you make me happy’ from Happy Watercolor and created a mini Lily Flower with the Petite Petals Punch to accent it.  .. and anything to bring a little splash of Spring and of Happiness to our World can only help!

Stay tuned for more information! Let’s go see what Becky has to share! Be sure to hop on all the way through to all of the Artisans! They’re sure to have great projects to share with you!

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Posted on : Mar 11 2014
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Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree

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Welcome to March.. welcome to Spring! Thanks for joining us again this week! … I’m running with the flowers and Spring theme.. if we’re going to live in a Frozen World of -50 (or so it was on March 1st here where we live), I’m going to bring Spring to you! .. even if it’s in the way of paper flowers! One way or another, the happiness of flowers and bright colors have entered the studio and I’m loving creating pretty things!

I finally got a chance to play with the Spiral Flower die and I’ve got some more in the works with it to share with you, but for today I’ve got one of my favorite projects to share!  This project is definitely the most time intensive but I really love how it turned out!   I’ve always loved Topiaries but have never made one myself until now and I’m happy with how this one turned out.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper

 

Here’s a little closer view.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper

 

There are about 50 sets of flowers on this project.  I cut out the same number in each Island Indigo Coredinations and Pool Party Coredinations cardstock.   The Pool Party flower is layered on top of the Island Indigo layer and then I rolled them together to create a two-layered, two-toned flower.  I cut a 5/8″  by 4″ strip of Very Vanilla Coredinations cardstock and cut that with the Fringe Scissors to create the center of each of the flowers.  The petals are curled back (by using a bone folder) and everything is sponged with Soft Suede ink.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper

 

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper

 

I found it easiest to to glue the flowers into the spiral with a hot glue gun…easiest, but not the safest! My fingers took a bit of a beating making this project! … kinda totally reminded me of this…

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that pretty much sums up the hours I spent making this project! <wink>.  The flowers were actually pinned into a 4″ styrofoam ball.

The greenery is made out of Old Olive and Pear Pizazz Designer Series Paper.  I  curled 1/4″ x  3″ strips of each by using the bone folder and then pinned (at the center of the length of the strip) them into the Floral Foam that is in the flower pot.  If you were in on the craze of the Curly Paper Wreaths at Christmas time, this process will make sense.  I wrapped the dowel in 1/8″ Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon and embellished the Topiary a little with some Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon and a little Linen Thread.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spiral Flower Topiary Tree ~ Sleepless Stamper

Let me know if you have any questions!  I hope to one day make another one of these!  .. that won’t be right away, I’ve got some other Spiral Flower projects to make first but first, let’s go see what Becky has to share!  Make sure to hop through all of the Artisan’s projects, there will be plenty of good stuff to see!

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Posted on : Mar 04 2014
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Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Two Cute Chicks

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Welcome back to our final February Artisan Wednesday Wow post! I’ve loved a lot of things in this box that we got to create with for you and am excited to dig into the next box.. be sure to come back next week to see a whole new round of products and projects!

When I was doing something with a frame filled with chicken wire (that I use for displays) I realized that the Hexagon Hive would make a great chicken wire cut out.. so I got to work creating this card to share with you.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Two Cute Chicks ~ Sleepless Stamper

Now that chicken wire wouldn’t be complete without some cute little animals to go with it!  I love creating punch art… there’s just something fun about how it turns out and it always seems to have such a wow factor with how cute the creations can be!  Add a little sponging and combine that with the Faux Suede technique and your punch art creations almost come to life! Since the Faux Suede technique reveals the soft inner layers of the cardstock, it’s a perfect addition to punch art creations as it gives a whole new layer of dimension that you can see and FEEL.  I hope you can see that soft layer in the photos but be sure to give it a try! I’ve included a tutorial below for you on how to achieve the Faux Suede effect (along with a tutorial on some of the pieces of the rooster and the chicken).

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Two Cute Chicks ~ Sleepless Stamper

This one is a tad closer.  I just think these little guys (and gal) are so cute.. and they make me happy because them remind me of my friend Diana! You can see here where I stamped the Hardwood background on  a piece of Sahara Sand to put behind the chicken wire.  I also drew little lines to resemble the twists in the wire on real chicken wire.  The ‘nest’ is created with the fringe scissors and some Naturals Ivory cardstock.  The eggs are created with the small oval and then stamped on with the splotch from Gorgeous Grunge. There are plenty of little details in this card but once in a while a card with a lot of steps is worth the cuteness.. my boys LOVED this one!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Two Cute Chicks ~ Sleepless Stamper

I’ve created a tutorial for you on how to do some of the pieces of the rooster and the chicken.  I figured the rest was easily determined but if you have any questions at all, please ask.  The body of each the rooster and the chicken are upside down hearts (the rooster is the 3rd size up of the heart framelits and the chicken is from the heart punch).  Here is this little tutorial for you.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Two Cute Chicks ~ Sleepless Stamper

Here’s another tutorial for you on how to get the Faux Suede effect.  I did some faux suede with my technique club this month.  I’ll have to come back to share those projects with you later.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Two Cute Chicks Faux Suede ~ Sleepless Stamper

TIP: to make it easier to punch the shapes that you need for your creations out of this faux suede paper, first glue your sueded pieces down (sueded side up) to ‘whole’ cardstock of the same color.  It’s much easier to punch through and more stable to create with!

 Here’s a couple more tutorials for you on how to get that chicken wire look using the Hexagon Hive Framelit.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Chicken Wire Tutorial ~ Sleepless Stamper

Here is the method I used to create the chicken wire.. did you know that if you flip the die cut piece over and run it through with the Hexagon Hive a 2nd time you can cut most of the hexagons (all but 3) out?! The hexagons that were left intact will match up with where the die cuts out the hexagons by flipping it over.  See here!  (*note: when I ran mine through it was offset just a TINY bit so that each of the hexagons was not perfectly even. In THIS picture they were cut evenly)

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Chicken Wire Tutorial ~ Sleepless Stamper

Well that’s a lot to take in for one night. I hope the tutorials are helpful and that at least one of them inspires you!  Now, let’s go see what Becky and the rest of the Artisans have to share!  I always love this part of my week.. getting to see what they’ve created!

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Posted on : Feb 25 2014
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