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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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Girly cards

  • Some of my favorite rubber stamps are made by Penny Black, Stamping Bella, Saturated Canary and Totally Stampalicious – which unfortunately is no longer in business.  I thought I’d share some cards and tags I’ve made using the cute girly designs from those companies I love. These girls always seem to fit the sentiment that I’m looking to create. Some of these cards are old, some are new, some are one-of-a-kind, and some I mass-produced! Thanks for looking and make it a great day.

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Huge Possibilities

Unity Stamp Company offers such great designs. I loved making cards with the stamp sets “Huge Possibilities” and “Radiate the World”!  Unity has a wide variety of rubber stamps in lots of styles, themes, and sizes including single sentiment stamps for less than 2 bucks! The quality of their stamps is exceptional and they have great customer service. Check them out on Instagram for  ideas and inspiration!

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Happy gram!

I started this card by using Eat Cake Graphics rubber stamp called “Penelope and kitty Percy”.  After stamping, I colored and cut out the image and added a banner flying behind the fish. The rubber stamp used for the banner is made by Hero Arts. I had some 6×6 paper with little fluffy clouds and sunshine that I used for the background. I attached the stamped images with foam dots for dimension. To finish it off, I added some Star Dust Stickles to the fish fins, put some liquid glass on Penelope’s eye glasses, and added a couple of blings on the banner. Hope you have a Happy New Year! happy gram

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Jeepers Creepers

Here is my latest design team project for Eat Cake Graphics. When I first saw this haunted house stamp, I wanted to color the “stripes” on the house the colors of a candy corn…but I decided to go with a violet color instead. It was a simple card, I just stamped, embossed, colored, matted, and attached with pop dots to a card base. I added an orange moon above the roof by punching out a 1″ circle and using the negative paper as a moon “template”. A sponge was used to swirl in the ink color inside the circle. I have a sentiment stamp “Jeepers Creepers” that I think fits the card perfectly. I stamped the sentiment, cut it to size and stapled it on. Stardust Stickles was added for a little bling on the rooftop. And there you have it!

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More Catnip!

This project was pretty simple to make. I found the clipboard frame on clearance at Michael’s (for less than a buck!) and thought it was really cute, so it became my inspiration. I love this cute little kitty stamp, since I am a cat lover. The background colors on the board of red and dark mint really drew me in, so I used complementary Copic marker colors on the kitty. After stamping and embossing the kitty, I cropped the paper to a square and corner rounded the top corners. I popped dotted it to the colored paper background. I stamped and hand cut the sentiment, attached it with glue, tied some twine on it and just clipped it on the board. A little bling was added to the collar for some sparkle, and that was it!

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Eat Cake Graphics stamp used: 2035-F Tiny Toby. Here is the link: http://www.eatcakegraphics.com/cakenew/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=2035-F+Tiny+Toby

Sentiment stamp:  http://www.ebay.ca/usr/rubberhedgehog.com

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Happy Trails

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Someday I will learn how to wrap presents with pretty wrapping paper, but in the meantime,  I’m sticking to putting goodies in gift bags. I stamped the bag with a stamp from Eat Cake Graphics called “Shoreline”. I used My Favorite Things hybrid ink pad in black licorice and colored in with Copic Markers. I love layering colors with Copics, as you can see in the greens in the trees. Star Dust Stickles were used to make the snow cap on the top of the mountain sparkly. A punched out tag with “Happy Trails” stamped on it was pop-dotted and added on for dimension. Happy trails to you this Labor Day weekend!