Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Hello Honey

 

June Blog Hop

Say Hello to June! Welcome to this week’s edition of Artisan Wednesday Wow! The new catalogue went live yesterday and so this week, we have fun new products to showcase in our projects! I can’t wait to see what all of other girls have to share and I know you’ll be inspired! What item is top on your wishlist from the new catalogue?! .. I’m super excited about the Blendabilities, Project Life and the new Alphabet Dies and Framelits!

Now, onto today’s project.  I made this fairly simple card with a variety of new stamp sets and brought together two of the new In Colors, Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss.

AWW Hello Honey ~ Sleepless Stamper

I stamped the greeting from ‘Hi There’ with versamark and heat set it with Gold Embossing powder and did the same with the border image from ‘High Five’. I covered the thin line of the border image with a little strip of DSP from the new Moonlight DSP stack. I also stamped with the sequin image from ‘Hello Darling’ and covered a few of them with some of the sequins from the Gold Sequin trim.  My card seemed a little naked still so I added the strands from the sequin trim with one sequin on it to the end of ‘hello’.

AWW Hello Honey ~ Sleepless Stamper

I’m off to check out Becky’s project and to see what all the others have to share! See you over there!

June Next

 


Posted on : Jun 03 2014
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Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ A Father’s Day Photo Card

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Welcome to our final week of Artisan Wednesday Wow for the month of May! .. next week, we get to bring you projects made with product from the new catalogue.. can you feel the anticipation?! A new Catalogue is always one of the best times of the year!

For my last project this month, I created something a little different with Project Life®.   I’ll be running a Project Life Club and have been thinking of a variety of ways to use the product to go along with the standard Project Life® pages.  Today’s project is a result of those efforts which turned into this fun photo card!

AWW ~ PL Photo Card ~ Sleepless Stamper

 

You might be getting tired of seeing this photo, but I wanted to use it again since this card will be our Father’s Day Card this year.  .. and it comes to you with plenty of time to CASE for the Dad in your life!

AWW ~ PL Photo Card ~ Sleepless Stamper

I used the Project Life® Point & Click stamp set to create the background of my card. I’ll show you a few tips for that later on.  The label and the opening of the card were created with the Project Life® Framelits.  They are already becoming very useful!  I stamped the ‘we’ and ‘you’ with the new Alphabet Rotary stamp and the extra little details (‘love’, the striped flag, and the arrow paper clip) all come from the Project Life® Everyday Adventure Accessory Pack.

AWW ~ PL Photo Card ~ Sleepless Stamper

You can see here how the card opens.  I did not put a window sheet under the front of my card but if you wanted extra protection for your photo or extra stability for your card, you could add one in.

The photo lifts up on a little flap inside the card as well so that there is room to write a Father’s Day message.  You’ll see another view of that to show that it is also cut with the Project Life® Framelits.

AWW ~ PL Photo Card ~ Sleepless Stamper

AWW ~ PL Photo Card ~ Sleepless Stamper

Here’s that inside view of the card so that you can see how I’ve used the Framelits to make the photo insert for the card.

AWW ~ PL Photo Card ~ Sleepless Stamper

I stamped the inside of the photo flap with Teeny Tiny Wishes and the Project Life® Day to Day stamp set.  Of course we will use the Project Life® Journalling Pen to write our message in the card.

AWW ~ PL Photo Card ~ Sleepless Stamper

While I was stamping the year on this card I realized how easy it is to line up polymer stamps with a clear block and Grid Paper so I had to share this tip with you!

AWW ~ PL Photo Card ~ Sleepless Stamper

Here are a few tips on how to stamp the front of your card base without getting your stamped images on the back of your card as well.

AWW ~ PL Photo Card ~ Sleepless Stamper

AWW ~ PL Photo Card ~ Sleepless Stamper

AWW ~ PL Photo Card ~ Sleepless Stamper

You can see how I finished off stamping the background of this card base.  The polymer stamps (and Memento) ink made it a cinch to stamp this background without using a Stamp a Ma Jig and I really like this masculine combo!  I hope you’re inspired to create your own custom photo cards! I think I’ll be making more of this style myself!

Now, let’s go see what the rest of the team has created! Becky is up next!

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Posted on : May 27 2014
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AWW ~ Facebook Friday Edition ~ Scrapbooking with Project Life® & Blendabilities

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Welcome back to another Facebook Friday edition of Artisan Wednesday Wow.  The projects we have to share today were all featured on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook Page last Friday.  Since our projects are a surprise even to each other it’s always an exciting point in the week to get to see what the other Artisan Team girls have created.  This week is no exception and there is plenty of inspiration and beautiful work in these creations this week!  Each of these girls has unique talent and a unique role on this team that has become like a sisterhood.  I love their weekly inspiration, but I love these girls more!

Now on with the projects and the details you might have already been curious about from seeing these creations Facebook!

Last week you saw the set of cards that I created with the new Blended Bloom stamp and colored with the Blendabilities alcohol markers.  I had had a little practice by then so I was gaining confidence in blending with the lighter tones, but when I did this project I had just worked with the darker two tones of Coastal Cabana.  Using the two darker tones ended up with more of a Bermuda Bay color so I was happy with how it turned out and it matched the Project Life® colors.  Here’s how I created my background for this 8 x 8 page.

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If you’ve got these markers already, break them open and use them, they are a tonne of fun!  And that Project Life® line will sure help you scrapbook in a snap! Here’s a little close up  of my page.

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Let’s hop along to Becky and see her project, it’s bright and fun and I definitely need to make some myself!

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Posted on : May 20 2014
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Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Blendabilities & Blended Bloom

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Welcome to another week of Artisan Wednesday Wow! We’ve got some more fun projects to share with you this week and as always I’m looking forward to seeing them all!

For today’s project I wanted to share some cards made with the fabulous new Blendabilities.. these markers are absolutely fabulous! I am NO artist when it comes to coloring… as much as I loved coloring when I was a kid, coloring on my stamped projects has always scared me and I lack all confidence when it comes to coloring…well NOT ANYMORE! .. I just can’t get enough coloring and feel like a little grade school-er cracking open her new markers and pencil crayons at the start of the school year in  September each time I get to splash come color onto my cardstock!  ..yes, cardstock, not water color paper, just plain old Whisper White cardstock and it stays smooth as a baby’s bottom even after all that blending! I’m hooked!

Okay, so we’ll get onto sharing these cards with you.  I wanted to show you just how simple and fun these markers are so I went with the K.I.S.S. method for this project… you know.. Keep It Simply Silly! (that’s my version anyway!)  Here’s what I came up with to share with you today, a cute set of 4 x 4 cards.  There’s something fun about simple, square cards.. and they’re easy to create matching envelopes for!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Blendabilities ~ Sleepless Stamper

I used the new Blended Bloom stamp and the leaf from Peaceful Petals.  It’s kind of  a perfect match to go with this flower but the flower is honestly just fine on it’s own.  I wanted to show you what each of the color that we got to play with turns out like though and since I had used all of the other colors on the flowers, I incorporated Old Olive into the leaf and in one more fun detail that I’ll show you next.

I colored some Vanilla Seam Binding with my medium Old Olive Blendabilities marker to tie this little package of cards together so that it could be given as a gift..that’s if I can part with them!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Blendabilities ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Blendabilities ~ Sleepless Stamper

Here’s what each of the colors (that are part of the demonstrator pre order) looks like.. if you are a demonstrator, be sure to get yours pre-ordered.  If you are not a demonstrator.. you might want to become one.. it’s the only way to get them ordered for now until they are released to customers. … I know I couldn’t wait to get  MY hands on them! ..said with a big smile on my face because these markers put me in my happy crafting place!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Blendabilities ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Blendabilities ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Blendabilities ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Blendabilities ~ Sleepless Stamper

I also curled up the edges of the leaves and the flower and added some extra dimension by adhering them with dimensionals!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Blendabilities ~ Sleepless Stamper

I really could color with these all day long.  I hope you enjoyed our projects today and are inspired to give these markers a try!  Let’s go see what Becky has to share and be sure to stop at each of the Artisan’s projects!

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Posted on : May 13 2014
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Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Project Life ® by Stampin’ Up! ®

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Welcome back again today to our first MAY edition of Artisan Wednesday Wow! Today, we are all excited to bring projects to share that are made with this new and exciting line, Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!®

I started really simple with the projects I brought to share with you today!  The philosophy of Project Life® is to make memory keeping simple and do-able so that was the direction I took with this project.. AND in doing so, I involved my kids!  Here is what they helped me make for our first Project Life® page! .. and they loved it too! They were cute writing down their thoughts on this trip to the Stampin’ Up! playground in Kanab, Utah and I enjoyed watching them help me preserve these memories.  I can see now that this will be a new way for me to share this hobby with them and I’m so excited to have them help me record their memories.. in their very own hand-writing!

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Here are some closer views of the elements of our first page!

I used the  Project Life® Point & Click stamp set and the Project Life® Cards & Labels Framelits dies to create some journaling tags for my boys to write on. They enjoyed helping choose which stamps to embellish with (that little cluster of stars is one fabulous stamp!) and which label shapes they wanted to use.

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Project Life ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Project Life ~ Sleepless Stamper

My eldest loves to practice his hand-writing and was thrilled that he could practice right here on the page! .. what I love about that, is that we have preserved right here on this page, a sample of what their printing and hand-writing is like right now at this age! Not only that but it’s written in their own words and is perfectly typical of each of them.. one wordy like me and one a little man of fewer words! … and fewer words that often pack a punch!

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Project Life ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Project Life ~ Sleepless Stamper

For this ‘title’ for my page I actually cut the ‘we were here’ from one of the Project Life® cards and adhered it to the top of one of the others. The alphabet stickers are from the matching accessory pack.  I haven’t used alphabet stickers in forever and they were a cinch to spell out what I wanted.

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I think I need to use this quote over and over and over again.. I think I’ll be needing to buy the Project Life® download!

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I also used the Project Life® Day to Day stamp set here on this tag… this will be another great stamp set to use in all of the scrapbooking we do (traditional and Project Life®)!

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I have one more project to share with you. This one was whipped up in a snap!

I ran an all day crop on National Scrapbooking day this past weekend and did a class with the Retro Fresh cards.. everyone loved them! So, I thought I’d create a card with the same simplistic method by using the Project Life® cards to share with you too! I also incorporated the new Alphabet rotary stamp.. I will be using that stamp A LOT!  ..just forgive my crookedness! Here’s what I came up with.

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We’ve got a whole blog hop of Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!® projects to share.  Becky is up next and be sure to hop through to see what everyone has to share with you this week! I hope you’re inspired and as excited as I am to have this addition to our product line!

Be sure to check out this post by Arika at the home office, she has plenty of Project Life® inspiration to share with you.

Now, if you live in my area and are as excited about Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!® as I am after all this inspiration and want to join me in creating with this fabulous line, stay tuned or contact me for details on a monthly Project Life® club that I will be running. I’d love to have you join me!

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Posted on : May 06 2014
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AWW ~ Spot the Difference ~ Giveaway Winner

April Hop

 

Welcome back to our final April post of Artisan Wednesday Wow!  Today we get to announce the WINNERS of our Giveaway!

The winner of Another Great Year stamp set and Brights Designer Buttons is…..

MARLENE BASHORE!

Congratulations Marlene and thank-you to everyone who stopped in and posted a comment or shared our projects!  Marlene, please contact me to claim your prize! I’m excited for you to receive this versatile stamp set and accessories!  You’ll have until May 5th to claim your prize, otherwise it will be forfeited to another winner.  Here’s a little reminder for you of your prize, can’t wait to see what you make with it!

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Now, I have a slightly different version of two of my projects from last week to share with you today to show you one more way in which you can use this stamp set.

Can YOU spot the difference?

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spot the Difference ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spot the Difference ~ Sleepless Stamper

Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Spot the Difference ~ Sleepless Stamper

I wanted to share a version of the card and the treat bag that could be used as a thank-you.  When I first made the polka dotted bag I thought it would make a great party favor bag but with the ‘happy’ and ‘to you’ it just didn’t fit.  So, I masked off the ‘happy’ and ‘to you’ and then added ‘thanks!’ from the Lots of Thanks stamp set to turn both of these into birthday thank-yous!

I’m excited to see who all of our winners are! Thanks to Stampin’ Up! for the generous prizes that we got to give away to our winners.  We’ll continue to come back with projects to share each week so be sure to stop back and see what we have to share! Now, let’s go see who all of the winners are, you’ll have to hop along to see if YOU won!  Becky is up next and there are more fabulous projects to take in too!

April Next


Posted on : Apr 29 2014
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AWW ~ Facebook Friday Giveaway

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!)

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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Now, here’s how to win!

 

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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