Friday, November 21, 2014

Clay Elsa


I really love our Simply Pressed Clay.  It's really a lot of fun to play with.  It's so easy to work with.  It's like play dough for grown ups :)  Without that yucky play dough smell.  I also love the way our clay dries.  Once it's dry it's not hard, it's light and airy and really just a lot of fun!!!  I'm trying to work with clay more and more.  I thought for practice I'd make a little Elsa for Megan.  I'll put a little eye hook in the top and add a chain to it for a necklace for Megan.
Our clay is white, you can dye it before you mold it.  If you do that I'd wear gloves, depending on the color you choose it could get messy!!!  For this one though I made it all in white then used my Blendabilities to color directly on the clay once it was dry.  It worked great!  I think next time I need to do a little practice with the skin tone and hair color (I think I should have reversed the colors) but it's still cute! 
These would also be really cute to make and then let kids paint them.  You could easily make disks out of the clay and add a string or ribbon for a Christmas ornament and let kids paint or color them (when they're dry).  There's endless possibilities for the clay.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

12 Weeks Til Christmas Countdown: Week 8


If you want to make a stack of really cute punch art cards this year, this is the card you should make :)  I had a completely different plan for the reindeers at craft weekend.  But when I was done building them, they were too big for my original idea so I went with something new.  All eight of Santa's reindeers and Rudolph.  This is a full set of cards.  A wonderful gift or just fun to make :) 
When people ask me about how I make multiples one of the same punch art, I tell them to do it 'assembly style'.  Meaning, do one step at a time, but do it to all of you pieces or cards.  I punch everything at one time, I sponge everything at one time, etc.  Often when I'm making lots of one thing, I'll have 'pieces' or 'parts' on Post It notes that label what everything is, for example 'reindeer heads' are all stacked on one post it note, on another labeled 'noses' will be all the noses.  That way when your sponging every piece, everything still stays separate.  Then when it's time to assemble you have everything labeled it's just about putting it together.  It really does go quickly this way. 
Here's Rudolph, he's the only one with the red nose (obviously).  All the cards are the same, I love the DSP on angles in the background, I think it really makes your eyes go straight to that super cute reindeer.  The sequins are such a fun addition too!!!
When I was trying to figure out how to make him, I searched 'reindeer punch art' on Pintrest.  I took different elements from different punch art reindeers to make my own.  He's really cute and really just made from circles and ovals.  There's a few other punches here and there, but for the most part he's circles and ovals.  I've listed all the punches below.  Have fun making him!!! 
The rest of the reindeers are all the same.  Rudolph has the Red Glimmer nose, the other 8 I used the Gold Glimmer Paper.  They're all so cute!!!  I used Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip for the rest of them.  Here's the list of punches:  Head-1 3/4 Inch Circle, Body-2 Inch Circle, Antlers-Large Oval, Ears-Bird and Branch, Eyes-Large Oval and Word Window, Nose-Small Oval, Front Legs-Word Window, Back Feet-3/4 Inch Circle.   





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Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

City Box


In keeping with the city theme from yesterday, I have another city project :)  Our theme for the next craft weekend is Craft in the City (it's a play on Sex in the City--cute huh!!!).  This was the last project I did on Sunday afternoon.  It's super cute and really not that complicated, but with so many pieces and little bits, it took a while.  Start with your standard box card, and cut off 3 of the flaps. 
You can make the buildings and height or shape you want.  Michelle had a little rectangle punch that punched out all the windows, thankfully or I would have had to cut them with and xacto knife, eeeek!!!  I added some tabs on the inside of the box card and added more buildings.  I don't know what size mine are.  They're were pretty randomly done. 
The awning was the most challenging part of it, I think it was partly because I was trying to do it, after the box was fully assembled.  If I make another one, or if you want to make it. I would add the ribbon while the box is flat and not assembled.  You can always add it to the awning later, but I would get it in the building part of the box first.  I was pretty challenging to try to cut a slit to slide it in, tie it down inside all without crushing or destroying the rest of it.  The final additions are the door and fire hydrant.  It's a super cute project just pretty time consuming, but hey that's what the craft weekends are all about right!!?!?!!
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Embossed City


How pretty is this card!?!  I just love it!!!  I love the city scene and the water colored background (which was super easy to do!).  The city is from the Calling All Heros Set.  It's a photopolymer set that SU released a few months ago.  I borrow this set from my friend Kim.  I LOVE this city scene, but the rest of the set doesn't appeal to me.  But I'm grateful to Kim for letting me use this set to make this card-Thanks Kim!! 
To do the background I pulled out the colors I wanted to use I went with some Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo and a tiny bit of Tempting Turquoise (it doesn't pick up in the picture, it's there though).  Next time I'll use more of the turquoise, I love those 3 colors together!  Make sure you use watercolor paper for this, you'll add a lot of moisture to the paper and need a sturdy cardstock that can support it.  Get your cardstock wet, not drenched but pretty wet, I sprayed it a couple times with some water then used my aqua painter to spread it out.  Then you just pick up color on your aqua painter and gently touch your watercolor paper.  If you paper is wet enough the water will pick up the ink and it will magically just spread.  Add as much or as little color as you want.  To get a mirrored look I folded the bottom up the to the top of the cardstock and soaked up some of the color that way.  Wait until it completely dry then stamp your city, you can use your heat tool to speed up the drying.  I embossed the city in black, it's just gorgeous!!!!  I love it!!!!! 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Bloomin' Art


Aren't these just the cutest little art masterpieces!?!?!  I wish I could take credit for this uber adorable idea, but I CASED this idea from Martha, she's wayyyyyyyyy talented!  I love all her work!  I knew for weeks and weeks prior to the craft weekend that I wanted to make these.  I searched everywhere for the little canvas and easel.  EVERY-WHERE!  In Martha's blog post she said she got them at the dollar store, I hit 4 dollar stores and even had Dan hit one.  None.  I went to 3 'big box' craft stores.  I finally found them at the 3rd one, Joanns.  They were on sale too!  I got a ton of them!!!  They're 3x3 inches, and just adorable!!  Now that I was set with those for the weekend I was happy! 
Even though I took my entire stash of canvas and easels I only ended up making 2.  I want to make more though.  This was the first one I made with the Calypso Coral Blendabilities.  I went with this color because I had just gotten my Calypso Coral markers and hadn't used them much so I wanted to play with them and shading.  There's a lot of sparkle on this flower.  I had to use a non SU product to achieve all the sparkle.  I've been wanted this glitter pen for months, SU doesn't sell it (though I did email them and beg them to carry it!).  It's like an aqua painter but filled with glitter-----AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!  It's called Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen.  I nearly died when I first saw it!  They sell it on Amazon, but I really, really, really want SU to carry it--PLEASE STAMPIN' UP! HEAR MY CRY!!!!  I held off for months not buying it.  My loyalty to SU is really strong.  I even tried different ways to achieve the same look, Dazzling Diamonds and Crystal Effects (it worked but it covered more than enhancing), I tried making my own glitter brush pen (an aqua painter, rubbing alcohol and dazzling diamonds is not the same), I tried brushing our Smooch Spritz over projects (this worked the best for the desired look, however it wasn't translucent enough and covered up a lot of the stamping).  I was stuck and out of ideas, finally I broke down and bought it.  I'm totally in love with it.  If you've used it and love it, please send a quick email to SU or comment on this post and help me in my cause to bring this product to our catalog!
The second flower I made at the craft weekend was a Melon Mambo one for Michelle.  This one is gorgeous!!!!  I just love it, I love the color, I love the shading, I love the sparkle I just LOVE IT!!!  For each one flower I stamped the Blended Bloom set 3 times and colored different portions of it.  Then cut it out in layers and put it all together with...what else...dimensionals!!! 
It's the perfect little gift!  I really love it!!!  I want to do a Coastal Cabana one for my desk.....though I'm seriously running out of room on my desk :)  We'll make it fit :)  Rich Razzleberry would also be sooooo pretty!!!  If you make one, send me a picture I'd love to see it!    
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Silhouettes


There are plenty of times where I try something I've seen on Pintrest and it fails, big time!  These silhouettes were not one of those times.  I was so pleased with how they came out.   They were soooooo easy too!!!  I took profile pictures of Logan and Megan and printed them on some photo paper before I left for the weekend.  I picked up these wooded plaques at a big box store.  They're so affordable.  I already had the black and white acrylic paints so this project cost under $5.  I love that!!!  At the craft weekend I painted the plaques white.  The good thing about acrylic paint is that it dries pretty fast!  While the white was drying I cut out the profile pictures.  Logan's was really easy to cut out.  Megan's wasn't hard either, I was worried I'd be stuck cutting out every curl and strand of hair but it wasn't that way at all both went very quickly.  Once the pictures were cute out I covered them in a couple layers of black acrylic paint, make sure to let them dry fully between each coat.  Finally I used some tombow to stick it down on the plaque and then covered them with some Mod Podge.  That's it!!!  They're ready to hang and I just love them!!!!  More projects fromt he craft weekend to come, check back all next week!!!
 
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

12 Weeks Til Christmas Countdown: Week 7


These weeks are flying by!  Today's fun Christmas project is one that you can easily make for anyone on your shopping list.  I helped Michelle make these mugs for her Winter Wonderland Craft Weekend.  We did it in one afternoon and made 25 of them!  I love them, but I love all things that sparkle!!  Michelle added the sweet straws (from a past Paper Pumpkin kit by the way!). 
They were made in the same way that I made these wine glasses for our meeting last week.  Don't you just love them!!!!!  We got the mugs from IKEA, a BIG thanks to Lori, and Jennifer and her husband John for picking up all 25!  But you can use any much you have around your house.
We masked off the top with some painters tape, you could also use Washi Tape. Then we put a nice layer of Mod Podge over the bottom.  Covered in glitter.  Dry and repeat, Mod Podge and glitter.  We used Dazzling Diamonds for these.  Make sure to remove your tape before the first layer of Mod Podge dries.  You don't want to stick that to your much :)   
They're so pretty aren't they!!!!?!?!  I do love them!!  Wouldn't they make a great gift filled with some candy and maybe a Starbucks gift card?  I think that would be a wonderful gift!! Or fill with some nice pens or markers? 
So here's what started this whole mug project.  I made this one months ago, and texted a picture to Michelle.  She loved it and we went with the glitter mug plan.  She wanted them to match her color scheme for the weekend though so we went with Dazzling Diamonds glitter instead of the gold. 
Some tips: I LOVE both mugs, I think the gold one was a little easier and quicker.  I only did one layer of glitter.  The gold glitter is bigger than the super fine Dazzling Diamonds so it covered better with only one application.  The Dazzling Diamonds we felt needed 2 layers.  Make sure you do at least one top coats of Mod Podge once your glitter layer is dry, that will ensure that it stays put.  I did 2 layers.  You can wash them, but gently and hand wash only.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winder Wonderland Wrap-Up


This will be loooongggg post, go grab some coffee I have lots to share on the Winter Wonderland Craft weekend!  These craft weekends are done by my awesome downline Michelle, you can read more about attending her craft weekends on her blog here.  Her next one is in the Spring, Craft in the City!  So excited!  I'll be there for sure!!!  I don't think her upcoming events are updated on her blog yet.  Michelle does an amazing job organizing these craft weekends.  Most people scrapbook, I don't, I even made the statement while there "I can't scrapbook at scrapbook weekend."  It's so much more than scrapbooking though, people bring all sorts of stuff to work on.  Angela had some amazing cork projects going on, Michelle was planning for upcoming classes, Carmelita was cutting on her silhouette some vinyl and iron on transfers for shirts.  So it's so much more than scrapbooking, but that was going on too :)  Michelle gives everyone an assigned seat.  This time, she set up a winter neighborhood so everyone had a different address I was at 122 Winter Avenue. So cute!!!! 
These weekends are held at a hotel in Albuquerque, so while I'm gone, I'm not exactly out of town.  Though I tell my kids I am :)  Here's what our spots look like when we arrived.  (I snapped a picture of Carmelita's spot because I had already put all my stuff down on my spot).  We got a sheet of glimmer paper (love!), a marker, our address, a pencil, a glitter covered mug (more on that tomorrow!), a snowman friend from yesterday's post and our agenda for the weekend along with a door prize slip and other papers all topped with a happy penguin!  Michelle makes sure to remember every detail!  Everyone gets an entire table to themselves, so there's plenty of room to work :) 
Here's my spot all set up for me to work for the weekend.  I have my paper cutter on my right, all my cardstock in that big bag, some of my adhesives in the smaller bag in front of that.  Then to the left I have all my ink pads, and in the blue bag, accessories like scissors, bone folders, blocks, pens, etc.  I have a notebook too, that has all my projects that I want to do over the weekend sketched out.  It looks so nice and pretty......it doesn't stay that way long :)
This is the view from the door, looking to the right, before everyone arrived.  All my stuff is over there, can you see it!!!  The tables down the center of the room hold all the punches and big shots, etc.  This is all soooo helpful and sooooo generous of Michelle, she brings all her punches, all her dies, all her embossing folders, all her framelits-that's all stuff I know she has and I don't have to pack.   
Here's the rest of the room, from the door looking left.  Michelle was all set up too.  We were the only ones there (I got there early to deliver the snowmen).  I think Michelle had 24 people there, it was so much fun, and there was so much creativity flowing through that room! 
Here's a better look at the tables with the big shot and punches.  I'm pretty sure Michelle owns every folder, framelit and die!  She seems to have it all!  Everything I needed she had!  I know there's a few punches she doesn't have (I checked), but her supply of punches is pretty huge!  She also has a lot of retired punches that I didn't hang on to, so it's always nice to play with those again. 
When I do my punch art here though, I make every effort to use current stuff though, mostly so I can either recreate it at home or use it in a class.  But don't you love all those boxes of punches!!!  Happiness in a box! 
Here's my table right before I started cleaning up....told you it wouldn't stay clean.  I think at this point I had spread onto the table to my left and the table in front of me :)  Off to my right are Angela and Carmelita still hard at work.  And Olaf too!  What would a Winter Wonderland be without Olaf!!! 
All through the weekend Michelle gives out make and takes and gifts.  She spoils us rotten!!!  But it's also one of the reasons I love her weekends.  Let's face it we all love being pampered once in a while and like all moms we rarely put ourselves first.  I know for me this is a fun 48 hour break that let's me 'recharge' so I can take on those battles over snacks, pj's and homework!  Here's all the extra stuff I brought home! ***Please don't look at the rest of my messy desk :)***  If you followed me on Facebook over the weekend you saw that I posted every time there was a gift or make and take, here it all is!!!
There's Christmas tags, Project Life cards and page protectors, we made coasters at the PJ Party, there's boxes and ribbons, sequins and soooooo much more that I can't even begin to name it all.  My favorite though is the custom Holiday Planner she made!!!  It's amazing!!!  She has 3 months of calendars, there's stickers to put on the calendars to keep us organized, there's a holiday shopping list, a folder to put receipts in, she thought of everything!!!  I can't wait to use it!!!  I'm already looking forward to the next weekend!!!  I know I've said it before but every time I come home and unpack I'm completely blown away by the amount of work, time and planning that Michelle puts into this weekend.  I know Michelle loves to do it, but it's such a rewarding weekend for us, every bit of hard work that goes into pays off.  She's amazing!!  I can't say enough wonderful things about these weekends.  I have more to share about the weekend coming up!  I have all my projects to share, plus one more project I helped Michelle with :) Don't miss it!!! 
 
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Parade of Snowmen


First I apologize for the bright, flashy pictures.  I forgot to take a picture of these guys before they were boxed up and sent to the Winter Wonderland Scrapbook/Craft Weekend.  But they're too cute I had to share them.  Remember this snowman I made a while back?  Michelle asked if I could make them for her weekend.  I knew that the way I had made them wasn't going to work.  Adhering the boxes just wasn't the best way to attach them.  So I tried another way.  Using a craft knife I cut a small slit in the bottom (where your two pieces glue together to make the box), then I pulled the handle of the bottom box through that slit.  I tried to make the slits skinny and small so that it would be a snug fit so that the bottoms wouldn't fall off.  Because don't you hate it when your snowman's bottom falls off?!  This worked a bazillion times better than gluing the boxes together.  They're all secure and happy!
To add some character I used a black Project Life pen to draw a smile and buttons.  I added googlie eyes for the eyes and punched Christmas trees with the tree punch for his carrot nose.  To attach them I made a small hole in his face with my craft knife and rolled up the tree and stuck it though the hole.  Sounds more painful then it was :)  I promise no snowmen were harmed in the making of them.  There's no adhesive on the noses.  I could have added a little Tombow on the inside  but I didn't think it was needed.  The hats are just 1.5 squares with a 1.75 brim and a flower.  A little chevron ribbon for a scarf and they were done!  They were really adorable on my desk for a few days :)
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Peguin Friends


I had the BEST time at Scrapbook Weekend!!!!  Michelle does an amazing job!!! You can check out her blog for all upcoming dates.  I will have TONS to share about the weekend starting Wednesday.  But I will say that her theme was 'Winter Wonderland' and it was amazing!  Michelle had asked me a few weeks ago if I would make a few things for scrapbook weekend.  She generally emails me a picture of what she wants and I make it :)  She wanted these little penguins, they're the cutest aren't they!!!!  I'll list the supplies I used below. 
Here's all 25 of them ready to go :)  Here's what I used: Tree Punch-hat, Small Oval Punch-tummy and scarf, Pansy Punch-feet, 1 3/8 Circle Punch-body, Bird and Branch Punch-wings, 2 Inch Circle-head, Heart Framelits (3rd smallest)-black part of his head, Arrow Punch (small arrow)-beak.  I used the larger sequins on the top of his had to add a little sparkle.  They're just too cute!!!  Check back tomorrow for another fun item I made for Michelle for the weekend :)  Don't forget Wednesday will start my scrapbook weekend wrap up!!!!
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