Drink coasters made with Copics? Yes, and it's easy! Please join me today in the CLASSroom and I'll show you how!
I decided to turn the Weekend Sketch Challenge, hosted by Cami this week (you can find the sketch on her blog), into a 5" x 7" wall hanging for our 1st grade teacher, for Teacher Appreciation Week next week. Her favorite color is orange and I liked this pretty combination of colors from My Mind's Eye Bloom & Grow collection - Grow.
Since Spring is in full bloom here, I thought it was time for Karen Lockhart's Gardening Angel to make an appearance ... I thought she fit well with this new sentiment Karen just sent me "...water...weed...wait..." I thought it could apply to children as well as flowers!
I stamped the Angel with Memento Rich Cocoa ink onto Neenah Natural White cardstock and colored her with these Copic markers:
Copic Spica Glitter Pens in Clear, Orange & Turquoise were used to highlight the Angel's wings, dress trim & flowers. Hopefully you can see some of that sparkle in this photo (click for a closer view):
Copic G00 was used to airbrush the background behind the Angel. I die cut her with Classic Circle Nestabilities and then cut her arms and flowers out from another stamped image that I had colored; mounting them so they would extend outside of the circle die cut.
The entire finished piece was mounted onto Craft-a-Board, the edges inked with Adirondack Juniper dye ink, and holes were punched in the top to thread ribbon through, to make a hanger.
Supplies - Stamps: Lockhart Gardening Angel & sentiment. Paper: My Mind's Eye Bloom & Grow-Grow, Neenah Classic Natural White. Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic Markers & Spica Glitter Pens, Adirondack Juniper. Accessories: Spellbinders Classic & Classic Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist Vintage Buttons, Martha Stewart Persimmon Seam Binding, Ellen Hutson's Craft-a-Board, Crop-A-Dile, Zutter 1/2" Round It All, 1/2" circle punch, dimensional foam tape.
I hope you all who are Mothers or have Mothers to celebrate with, enjoy this Mother's Day weekend! Be sure to see the post below for your chance to enter to win a brand new stamp set from JustRite Stampers! You have until Saturday night at 11:59pm CDT to enter.
School days are almost over for the year, so with the start of the last six weeks this week, inevitably I've been hearing "How many more days until summer vacation, Mom?" :) So I decided to revamp my Christmas Countdown calendar into a "Days until school is out" calendar! Since I have two girls, I went with a flowery/girly theme, but you could also do a gender-neutral or boy theme . . .
This cute new graduation stamp from JustRite Stampers' Favorite Occasions 10 Borders & Centers set made the perfect flower center I was looking for. (It looks like this stamp set is scheduled to start shipping May 10!).
I thought I'd share a tip on how to align the custom lettering I created on the Harmony Classic Circle Stamper I (1-5/8") with the Times New Roman 15-pt. font in the border space. I use the horizontal footings/grooves as an indicator (white arrows shown in the photo below) of where to place the font letters, so they will be perfectly aligned with the center image:
I used Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday papers and Spellbinders Nested Flower die to create the flower. More Girl Friday paper covers the 4" x 8.50" insert I created with Craft-a-Board, so it would stand up nicely. The "OUT" letters are also from the Girl Friday collection. I cut them out, outlined them with Copic Spica glitter pens in Olive, Pink & Turquoise, then inked each of the letter squares:
Zva Creative Crystals, Martha Stewart Butterfly punches, and Papertrey Ink vintage buttons complete the insert. If you remember my other calendar, where I have placed my tall insert is where a pad of notepaper would normally go. Good news, Taylored Expressions is carrying these wonderful wooden alterable calendars now!
Since I only have 42 days left until summer vacation sets in, I'm off to do some more creating . . . it's Weekend Sketch Challenge time again tomorrow and I'm hosting. I'll have a little bit of blog candy to go with this weekend's sketch challenge, so I hope you'll check in here around 8:30am in the morning to see my sketch and play along!
Welcome to the 163rd stop on Unity Stamp Company's World Record Inspirational Blog Hop! My project is a framed art piece measuring 6" x 7.50" (3.50" x 5" opening):
All the Blog Hop participants were asked to share their favorite quote ... here's mine: "Tomorrow is another day" ~ Scarlett O'Hara. I never seem to have enough time in any day to get done what I want -- do you? :)
If you are not familiar with this blog hop, you can see all the details and begin the World Record Inspirational Blog Hop at Unity Stamp Company's blog. If you have lost your way in the blog hop, you can find a list of all the participants HERE.
Your NEXT STOP on the blog hop is: Heather's Blog.
Have fun and thanks for stopping by!
This beautiful JustRite butterfly center from their Harmony Classic Circle III Stamp Ensemble is the center of attention in this frame I created. The butterfly image measures approximately 2.25" and was the perfect center to these Spellbinders Dahlia die cut flower.
The butterfly was inked with ColorBox warm red, dark moss and dark brown fluid chalk inks and stamped onto Neenah Classic Classic Cream cardstock. I find these chalk inks are my favorites to use with most of the JustRite stamps. The butterfly center was die cut with Spellbinders Classic Circle Nestabilities and then sponged with Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink. Patterned papers are from Fancy Pants' Aged Florals and Holly Jolly collections.
The wood frame base is about $1.99 (or maybe .99 cents) from Michaels, painted with Bordeaux Making Memories acrylic paint. The copper embellishment is copper foil cut with Spellbinders Grand Lace Border die, then painted and distressed with acrylic paints.
Tomorrow is another Weekend Sketch Challenge, so I hope you'll check back in!
Can you believe it? Just 25 days until Christmas! To help the time pass . . . okay, honestly I made this for my 6 and 9 year girls, so they could turn the blocks each day and not have to keep asking ME how many more days until Christmas <insert evil grin>!
EDIT: Many thanks to another Sharon, who sent a link to an online source where she just purchased one of these: http://www.walnuthollow.com/27208calendardeskorganizer.aspx
It is approximately 4.25" tall and 4.75" wide. I chose this soft green patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket's Be Good line to cover it. I wanted something on the neutral side, that didn't scream "Christmas" because I plan on using it for other occasions, as well -- Easter, the last day of school, birthdays, etc., just by changing out the insert and tag on the front.
I started by painting the wood with cream acrylic paint and then distressing it, by sponging Ranger's Tea Dye Distress Ink on the edges and also on the wood blocks. The paper was adhered with Beacon's Zip Dry Paper Glue (love that stuff!) and the edges sanded.
The large red "Dear Santa" insert that's standing up in the back of the calendar is inserted in the slot that's intended to hold a pad of paper (included with the calendar).
Here's the insert, pulled out, so you can see what I'm talking about:
I made the 8.25" x 4" insert using a journaling card from the Be Good paper crafting kit. I adhered it, along with some more Be Good patterned paper, to Craft-a-Board to make it the height I needed.
The custom tag I added was created with JustRite Stampers' Harmony Classic Oval II stamp ensemble ("Believe" center and the flower border) and Times New Roman 25-pt font. I did my cutting job on the oval "Believe" stamp again, so I could customize it with my girls' name! Here's the wooden stamp block with the letters added and ready to stamp. The purple rubber is the Times New Roman font.
You can see where I trimmed away the green rubber from around "Believe", exposing the footings where you can then place custom text.
I inked the star border and "Believe" with VersaMagic Red Brick chalk ink and the girls' names with VersaMagic Oasis Green -- these colors matched the papers perfectly. After stamping onto Neenah Classic Natural White cardstock, I cut out the oval image with Spellbinders largest Classic Oval Nestabilities die in the small set and inked the edges with Ranger's Antique Linen Distress Ink. The sage mat was cut from more Be Good paper and the largest of the large set of Classic Oval Nestabilities.
The "Days 'til Christmas" tag was created with JustRite's Times New Roman font again, and JustRite's Harmony Rectangle Stamper. First, I chose the tag die (Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio) that would fit the space and then customized my text to fit within it:
After stamping the text, I inked the die before cutting and embossing with it:
The cutting and embossing process transfers the ink to the cardstock. This technique is known as Reverse Stenciling.
I hope you enjoyed this project and that it sparks your creativity to do something similar! I'll be sure to show you the next holiday or occasion that I alter this calendar again.
I put together this sweet holiday cupcake house for my girls to play with this holiday season -- they love acting out stories with figurines! Images are all from Taylored Expresesions' Season's Sweetings stamp set from the Stamp A Sweet Impression line.
The house started as plain chipboard that I found either at Michael's or Hobby Lobby; it's about 7-inches tall and 6.5 inches wide. I covered it with papers from Taylored Expressions' Christmas Key Ingredient kit and trimmed it with white Bazzil pom-poms.
The roof peaks are covered with Twinklets Diamond Dust by FloraCraft, adhered with Judi-Kins' Diamond Glaze. I picked up the Diamond Dust (which is finely ground glass and gives a wonderful "sugared" look to your projects) ages ago at a local store that has since gone out of business, but I'm told it can be readily found on eBay stores. Star Dust Stickles outlines the door, roof-top and windows.
You can see from this view (and the one above) that I curved the trees around foam tape, to make them "poofy" and three dimensional. They are also accented with Stickles.
I put two of the cupcake images on 1-inch wood blocks (from Michael's) that I covered with cardstock also included in the Christmas Key Ingredient kit. Now they are three dimensional so my girls can move them around and act out their stories . . . they are already running around with Rudolph, making him fly!
These Copic markers were used to color everything you see here:
So how about a giveaway of some of the products I used on this project? Here we go . . .
Taylor has so kindly donated the Season's Sweetings stamp set (just like the one I used for this project) and Marianne from Copic donated the bag full of the Copic products you see in the photo (two Sketch markers: BV02 & RV11; E15 square Copic Original, YR31 Ciao marker, Olive Spica Gitter Pen and green Brush Multiliner)! Thanks so much for your generosity, ladies!
All you have to do for the chance to win is leave me a comment on this post and tell me your favorite thing about Thanksgiving (or any holiday in general) -- favorite food, a tradition, or what you are thankful for. You have until this Friday night, Nov 28, to enter and I'll announce the winner on Saturday morning, November 29 -- winner will be chosen by Random.org.
DOUBLE YOUR CHANCE TO WIN: My friend, Lori Craig, has one of the same stamp sets and Copic bag of goodies to give away, too, so be sure to visit her blog for another chance to win and see the sweet project she created, using these same products!
Edited: Thank you for entering -- the comments on this post are now closed and the winner will be announced soon.
It's the 20th of the month and that means another SplitcoastStampers.com Dirty Dozen Design Team & Alumni challenge. I was the hostess of the challenge this month and with Thanksgiving so close I decided to challenge everyone to create a thankful card or gift, Thanksgiving table placecard or treat holder, or Thanksgiving home decor item.
Required Element: At least one heart on your project.
Restricted Element: Nothing
Here's what I came up with:
This is a 10-inch square metal frame from Hobby Lobby. Using Spellbinders Assorted Leaves die templates, I die cut metallic cardstock (Prism Bronze Ore, Cappuccino, Copper and Flame) and then applied ink pads directly onto the die cut leaves, to give them some color variation.
I used Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk inks in Chestnut Roan, Dark Brown, Warm Red, Tangerine & Black. Then I crumpled up the leaves, flattened them back out a little and used regular and pop-up Glue Dots to adhere the leaves to the metal frame.
Fall colors of Creative Impressions ribbon was tied in one corner to accent it.
For the 3-5/8" x 5-1/2" opening, I placed Fall Splendor patterned paper by Fancy Pants into the opening and then created the vellum overlay piece by using my JustRite Harmony Rectangle Stamper and Special Occasions and Brayton font sets to create my custom "Thanksgiving Blessings" sentiment. I inked the three Special Occasions letters with a Red Brick VersaMagic Dew Drop chalk ink pad and the remaining Brayton letters with Jumbo Java, then stamped onto WorldWin's Inkjet Printable Translucent Vellum, leaving room for my heart accent. The chalk ink dried pretty quickly on this heavier weight vellum and I like thevellum because it was thicker and more opaque than the other vellums I've tried.
Side Note: While linking to the JustRite products above, I see that they still have their Fall Promotion going on -- 50% off of pre-inked stampers and Typewriter Letter sets! Those would make some fantastic holiday gifts, especially for school or church teachers. You can see all the sale products HERE. Then I also hear there will be a brand new Christmas sale starting on Friday -- I'm sure you'll be able to find out all the details on Friday at the JustRite blog.
Back to the final detail of my Thankful Hearts home decor frame . . . the final required element of a heart somewhere on the project. I used a chipboard heart and covered it with Adirondack Gold metallic paint dabber, colored the edges of the heart with the Espresso acrylic paint dabber, and then spritzed some copper Maya Road Mist on top. Next, I heat embossed a coat of UTEE on top, to make it shiny!
That's it for my project . . . be sure to check out this SplitcoastStampers.com GALLERY to see the projects the rest of the girls came up with! I'll be back tomorrow with Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge -- yes, it's that time again already! This week has flown by for me -- how about you?
Woo-hoo, I finally soldered! I took a few stained-glass classes about 12 years ago where I learned the basics of soldering for that art form, so it all came back rather quickly for me.
Here's a holiday ornament I made for Ellen Hutson's In Touch Newsletter that you all should have received yesterday. At the bottom of the newsletter, there's a coupon for 10% off all the Simply Swank soldering supplies that she carries -- that's what I used for this ornament. If you don't receive her newsletter and would like to, go to the homepage here, scroll to the bottom and sign up to join the mailing list.
If you need some pointers on soldering, you'll find a great article written by Debbie Olson on Ellen's In Touch blog this month. If you scroll down to the bottom, you'll find another great soldering tutorial done by Ellen.
If you have any questions about this ornament, just leave them below in the comment section and I'll answer them.
This is a project from the archives . . . I created this framed art last November for my last month on the SplitcoastStampers.com Design Team. It's an 8" x 8" black shadow box frame from Target.
I adore vintage Santas, especially this Stamper's Anonymous/Tim Holtz one with the Silent Night hymn/carole in the background. Santa image was stamped in burgundy craft ink and once dry, colored with pastels and a Q-tip for a soft, vintage look.
Poinsettias were cut from Stampin' Up's 2006 Holiday Thyme DS paper and were layered/stacked with dimensionals. There are gold glass beads in the center of the large poinsettia.
Hodgepodge hardware sentiment frame was dipped in black embossing powder (heat first, then dip in powder and reheat again -- powder will stick and emboss just fine!) to match black Vintage brads. Tiny sentiment in the frame says Merry Christmas.
I hope you all enjoy your holiday!
This was a chipboard wood box (about $1.99 at Michael's) that I painted with silver metallic paint. The top has Santa stamped onto shimmer white cardstock and colored with a small sponge applicator an shimmer chalks. I pounced the chalk on, to try and achieve a velvet look to Santa's coat. His beard, hat and coat trim are done with Liquid Pearls. The star is covered in clear glitter pen.
After stamping "Believe" (my favorite holiday sentiment!) below Santa, I shadowed both the sentiment and Santa with a light gray marker, then I die cut and embossed the image with Spellbinders' Nestabilities Classic Oval and matted the image in black with the Nestabilities Scalloped Oval. All were adhered to the top of the box that is trimmed with black ribbon.
Rub-ons were used for "Santa's Key" on the front of the box. Poem was computer printed onto shimmer white cardstock and cut out with a Coluzzle tag template and attached to wide satin pomegranate ribbon with silver elastic cord. The beautiful pewter Christmas key (a retired Longaberger item) was then attached and will be stored in the box.
The poem pretty well explains the key:
Please don't worry ~
If your house has no chimney,
I can still deliver your toys.
I won't ring your bell or knock on your door,
'cause I'd wake you with all of that noise.
If you'll hang this magic Santa key on your doorknob Christmas Eve,
I'll let myself in, deliver your presents,
and then I'll quietly leave!
~ Santa ~
What gorgeous Christmas and winter holiday cards & projects this image will make! You can always depend on Thomas Kinkade for that classic style. This is another of Mr. Kinkade's images that were transformed into rubber art stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms and is available for sale beginning tomorrow.
I stamped it in Tsukineko's Versafine Vintage Sepia ink onto Curious Irridescent Poison Ivory cardstock and lightly colored it a bit using Copic markers. The snow is white dimensional paint that I applied thickly over the rooftop snowy areas and then added glitter to it:
The snowflake is Jolee's by EK Success and started out silver & blue -- I colored it using a Encore metallic copper ink pad.
The image was then adhered to a chipboard box that I painted with a metallic espresso colored paint.
<< Here's how the box started out.
The lid top and bottom of the box were trimmed with chocolate May Arts loopy ribbon and the outside rim of the lid was further accented with brown velvet ribbon:
The sentiment was rearranged and stamped onto poison ivory cardstock by using a brown marker to selectively ink the words I wanted, arranged where I wanted them -- to fit within this oval Making Memories Tag Maker frame. The only frame I had on hand was silver, so I colored it using a gold leafing pen and then aging it with Timber Brown StazOn! The side embellishments are from We R Memorykeeper's Coppered Out hardware kit.
Stamps: Skater's Pond & "Have Yourself..." (Thomas Kinkade).
Paper: Shimmer Ivory.
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia by Tsukineko.
Accessories: Chipwood box painted with espresso metallic paint, Copic Markers, leatherette snowflake embellishment (copper), transparent ultrafine glitter, white dimensional paint, May Arts ribbon & velvet, copper hardware.
Tomorrow I'll show you my final project, combined with Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge!
Well, there's been a little glitch and the Thomas Kinkade rubber stamps won't be released until tomorrow now. But if you hang tight, I'm sure you won't be disappointed! Keep at eye out at the store: Cornish Heritage Farms or blog for details. So finally -- the lighthouse image you all had been requesting! Isn't it beautiful?
I decided to make a rather non-traditional holiday card and ornament -- I thought this beautiful sentiment would be appropriate for both just a lighthouse in general and for the holidays.
Cheesecloth backgrounder (SonLight Impressions line by Cornish Heritage Farms) was stamped in white StazOn on acetate sheet which is folded over the front & back of card. Ribbon tied thru a slot in the tops of both cards helps hold the overlay in place.
Cryogen White shimmer card base is large size (6.25" x 4.5"). A rectangle was cut out of the middle of the card front, leaving a 1/2" frame all around. It is backed with navy cardstock, so the white Cheesecloth shows up better:
Lighthouse vignette/oval image was inked with a dye marker, omitting the rectangle frame and stamped on Cryogen White shimmer cardstock, adding the separate sentiment below. The image was then die cut and embossed with the Rectangle Spellbinder Nestabilities. Ribbon was tied thru a slot in the upper left focal image, which helps hold it to the card (adhered with dimensionals). The image was then matted with the Scalloped Rectangle Spellbinder Nestabilities, using Stardream Metallic Sapphire cardstock:
For the ornament, the vignette image was cut into a circle and matted with scallops; adhered on the inside bottom of a round clear top metal tin (2.5 oz size, roughly measuring 1" tall and 2.5" in diameter). Navy scalloped circle frame was adhered to the inside top of clear lid. Snow shred fills the inside bottom of tin. A hole was punched in top of tin to tie a ribbon hanger thru and the lid was finished off with silver metallic ribbon (see inset in photo below):
Stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms: The Light of Peace Vignette & "Wise Men..." (Thomas Kinkade), Cheesecloth Backgrounder (SonLight Impressions).
Paper: Cryogen White shimmer & Stardream Sapphire metallic. Ink: Stampin' Up! Night of Navy dye ink pad & marker, StazOn White. Accessories: Acetate, Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic & Scalloped Rectangles, May Arts ribbon, dimensionals.
Paper: Cryogen White shimmer & Stardream Sapphire metallic.
Ink: Stampin' Up! Night of Navy dye ink pad & marker, StazOn White.
Accessories: Acetate, Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic & Scalloped Rectangles, May Arts ribbon, dimensionals.
Supplies same as above + clear top round tin, Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Circles, Crop-A-Dile, snow shred.
Coming up a little later today will be my second project, so check back in!
So here's that cute desk calendar hanger I mentioned in the post below. Isn't it cool?! I thought it was when I first saw my friend, Julie Brooks, decorate hers (< click over there to see it!). You can get yours at her online store, Doodliedoo.
It's called a Vertical Album and it's made of wood so you can paint and decorate it as you wish. Instead of an album or scrapbook page(s), I chose to put calendar pages in mine. It comes in 6" x 6" or 8" x 8".
Julie decorated hers super cute because she was using it as a frame and applied complimentary paper to the base that matched her scrapbook page. I chose to keep mine neutral (I stained it to match my desk) since I'll be changing out the pages each month -- that way I won't be locked into a certain color scheme or patterned paper.
Your page fits into a sheet protector and hangs by round ring binder clips. I punched additional holes in the tops of my sheet protectors and tied ribbon thru them that matches each of my pages. Again, that way I don't have to take anything off and on the holder each month.
Check back in a little later and I'll show you the other calendar pages I've made!
Well, the long day is almost over and the hectic busy-ness of life has settled down a bit. Amongst all my harried morning duties of getting kids fed, dressed and off to school with all the appropriate belongings and running errands, I had forgotten what day it was. It wasn't until I passed a school and then the fire/police station and saw flags at half-mast that it dawned on me and I remembered that it was September 11 . . . 911. I let out a long sigh and began to reflect on that Tuesday morning 6 years ago . . .
I was going to write a long reflective story about that day and subsequent happenings, but what it all boils down to is that I'm eternally thankful for the family I have and that none of them were injured that day. We came it near it, though -- too near for comfort. My husband was supposed to be flying to the NE on business that day, but thankfully didn't.
While I held my children tight tonight and gave them extra kisses, I also wondered about those children who lost parents that day 6 years ago. What they would be doing today and how they would be surviving.
Gina K also thought about those children and today she's trying to help them out a little by contributing 10% of her sales to the 911 Children's Fund. You can help make a difference -- either thru Gina's message/site linked above or by contributing directly to the fund. I'm sorry this message is a bit late in the day but there's still time left.
I hope your busy day has slowed down long enough for you to reflect on the day and to be grateful for what you have, too.
|Project Details - Stamps: Stampin' Up! Country Blessings, Autumn Leaf Prints & Weathered Background|
|Ink: Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Butterscotch, Cranberry, Pesto & Blending Solution. StazOn Timber Brown & Jet Black, Stampin' Up! Craft Vanilla, Brilliance Gold & Copper. Brown Sharpie Marker|
|Accessories: 4"x4" Tumbled Marble Tile, MM Copper Brads, Dollar Store Tile Frame, Adirondack Eggplant Acrylic Paint|
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