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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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Bookmarks

In this digital age, when people reference a bookmark, I think it’s common to think of your browser’s bookmark list of links or the bookmark button on a Kindle or other e-reader. When I think of a bookmark, I think of “dog-eared” page in a physical book or a pretty paper bookmark that you would put in a book to mark the page that you last read. I still use paper bookmarks, mostly in my cookbooks, as a quick way to get to my favorite recipe without having to use the index. I made the bookmarks pictured below for a friend and I love the way they turned out. I started with Ranger Inkssentials Manila Craft Tags and trimmed the width to a narrower size.

For the seahorse design, I used Tim Holtz’s Layering Stencil “Bubble” with distress ink for the background. The seahorse from the Sand & Sea Sizzix Bigz Die was cut out with watercolor paper and distress inks mixed with water gave the seahorse the look I was hoping for. The sentiment is part of the stamp set “Huge Possibilities” by Unity Stamp Co. A copper-colored wire ribbon topped off the bookmark for a little sparkle.

The feather design was put together using some cardstock that had a watercolor look. I glued the cardstock on to the craft tag before I narrowed down the tag width. I used Taylored Expressions Fine Feathers die cut with leftover watercolor paper. “Mermaid Lagoon” was the name of the blue ink that I used on the feather before it was embossed with copper embossing powder. I love the way metallic embossing powder looks and copper is one of my favorite colors! The sentiment is also from Unity – “Radiate the World” stamp set. I added some scrap ribbon that I was happy to use out of my stash jar.

For bookworms who still read from a physical book, they might use a random slip of paper or a business card as a bookmark, but I think these are much more interesting and prettier!

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12 New Chapters

Happy New Year! I thought I would share some pictures of Christmas tags I made last year. Making gift tags and cards that are holiday themed are my favorite to make.  I don’t see my holiday rubber stamps and supplies that often since they are tucked away until a holiday rolls around. There are stamps I use that date back to the 90’s when I really started to get into papercrafting. Some of my most cherished rubber stamps are made by companies that don’t even exist any more. I know there are plenty of  cool, contemporary designs available these days but there is something that makes my heart sing when I break out my box that holds my treasured holiday stamps. It’s like seeing old friends that you haven’t seen in a long time!

I made some tags for my sister using pages torn from an old hymn book along with Tim Holtz’s Tattered Poinsettia die cuts, inks, and stencils. They were so much fun to put together!  In October, I was lucky enough to be able to take two classes taught by the super talented Tim Holtz at my favorite scrapbook store. He has such great energy and his classes are fun, educational, and encouraging. I hope what you see here inspires you to get your crafting on! Cheers to 2017 and to 12 new chapters with 365 new chances.

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Social Networking

Just sharing a few pics of some papercrafting that I don’t think I’ve shown here, along with a cartoon that I love! With all of the social media available these days, I’m thinking of setting up an Instagram account just to post pictures of my creations on, instead of maintaining a website. What social network do you spend the most time on? For me, it’s Facebook and Instagram.  I think the cartoon below sums it all up – the internet has changed our world for sure! Have a great week.

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Watercolored Feathers

I love my Taylored Expression Fine Feather die cuts! They are American made with thin steel and work great with my Big Shot. Six different sizes are in the package. The pictures below show what the feathers look like using watercolor paper and embossing. I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolors – the colors are so vibrant and the application is always consistent. I also embossed the tips of the feathers with Simon Says Stamp rose gold embossing powder.

For the cards I put together, I embossed the sentiment on the front of the card so I could have plenty of room to write a note inside. I am really happy with how the watercolored feathers turned out!

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Dove of Peace

I love this Stampin’ Up “Dove of Peace” rubber stamp! For the past holiday season, this was my “go-to” stamp that I just couldn’t resist using. I primarily stamped on  white cardstock using either Ranger silver tinsel embossing powder or Recollections gold embossing powder. I think using the metallic is what made the image really come to life. This stamp is so versatile – it looks great using white ink on colored paper or stamping with black ink and coloring it up.  After stamping and embossing, I fussy cut the doves out to attach to cards and tags. Silver and gold foil cardstock were used for matting. Although the stamp has a verse on it underneath the dove, which I love, I thought I would keep it simple and just use the image. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t use any Stickles, which is a rare thing for me since I am obsessed with that glitter glue! Here are a few pictures to share with you that I took with my phone. I thought it was best not to take out my 35mm camera since my crafting space was sprinkled with glitter of some sort throughout the holiday season…I hope you’re a having a great new year – Cheers to 2016!

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