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Make Something Pretty

Last month I made this pretty storage box to submit for Prima Marketing‘s Design Team (DT) Call. It was time for their annual search to add new members to their team. Prima was looking for all styles, levels, and types of papercrafters…. so, I went ahead and threw my hat in the ring!  There were over 2,500 submissions from all countries! The opportunity for a part-time hobby crafter like myself to gain experience on a DT for such an incredible company would be fulfilling and fun! Some of the perks to design papercrafts would be the potential exposure of my work being shown at trade shows, the potential for publication, and the best thing would be to get to play with new products throughout the year. Prima has lots of product lines – from rubber stamps to watercolors to stencils to planners to paints.

For my submission, I decided to embellish a papier-mache storage box using Prima products. To start, I painted the box a creamy white. Then added some pretty pattern patterned paper and decoupaged it on. For the image, I chose to use a large rubber cling stamp from the Prima Princesses collection named ‘”Sydney”. Prima Princesses are gorgeous and highly detailed, which is exactly what I wanted to showcase on my storage box. She turned out beautiful after some color was added along with paper flowers for embellishment and dimension. There is a small stamp “Imagine” that I added to Sydney’s shoulder that is in the Julie Nutting Planner clear stamp set “Craft Day”. I love how my new storage box turned out!

There is a saying that life is about taking chances, trying new things, having fun, making mistakes and learning from it. That’s what I was thinking about when I submitted these pictures for the Design Team call. Enjoy your day, try something new, and have fun!

Just when I thought I was finished…I decided to attach a piece of ribbon as a tab to make opening the lid to the book-style box a bit easier. #afterthought

 

 

 

 

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Happy National Scrapbook Day!

For my papercrafting friends…if you’d like to take on a challenge, please visit this link for more info: http://operationwritehome.org/may-odbd-challenge/

The Our Daily Bread Designs challenge for May is to use Embossing on your card. It can be either dry or wet embossing, or both. This is a gift card holder designed to look like a coffee “to-go” cup that I’ve made many times. I have quite a few (well, maybe more, lots more!) embossing folders and I always change it up when I make these, so it feels like it’s different every time. Both the coffee cup and the lid are embossed. I am going to submit this project for the challenge.

Have a great Saturday – whether you are crafting, chillin’, or watching the Kentucky Derby!

coffee cup gift card holder        coffee cup gift card holder

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Expect the Unexpected

This week the challenge on the Art Impressions Blog is “Expect the Unexpected”  – Use something from your stash!

So, I thought I would join in on the fun. The card below was made using  my stash of cardstock and scrap ribbon, which I have tons of. I also had some foam dots that were a size that I didn’t really care for that I wanted to use up. The foam dots were added between the image and the mat, and between the mat and the card base. Art Impressions “Comfy on Couch” rubber stamp really is super cute for the card cover and I used a sentiment stamp on the inside of the card from the Funny Bones collections from Riley & Co. I used Copic markers to color with, including adding lipstick on the ladies and adding stripes & polka dots to the pj’s, which really made the card look so great!  Since the stamp was so cute and large, it really made pulling the card design together easy. Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend!
Comfy on Couch card - Art Impressions stamp Comfy on Couch card - Art Impressions stamp card sentiment- Riley & Co. Funny Bones