Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Christmas in July Stampin' Up! class

A couple of weeks ago I attended a Christmas in July Stampin' Up! class with my demonstrator Deb. And instead of Christmas cards (which is what I was expecting) this is what we completed:

A ring using 2 buttons held together with a brad and attached to a ring

A message holder with matching pen:

A test tube holder card complete with mini test tube filled with skittles:

A gift card holder to hang on the tree:

A little box with...

Earrings made out of brads!

And my favourite - little shrink charms for phones etc using stamps and punches. (I went a little crazy with these - instead of making the two we were supposed to I made 5!)

I love all these simple, easy ideas and hope to be able to use them soon :-)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

More cards

We've had a few birthdays and an engagement party recently - here are the cards I made:

Engagement card -

Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
DSP: Greenhouse Gala
Stamps: Love Owl-ways, Cute By the Inch
Punches: 1 3/8" and 1 3/4" circle punches
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Real Red and Garden Green markers
Whisper White Ribbon

Birthday Cards -

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Dream Wheel
Cardstock: OHT sheets (instead of window sheets), Lovely Lilac and Pixie Pink cardstock (now retired), Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, White Staz On
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Scallop Square Die

Top Note die
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
DSP: Bella Rose (retired)
Punches: 1 1/4" Square punch, Word Window punch
Stamp: Sweet Birthday
Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Brads

Square Lattice embossing folder
Circles #2 die
Punches: Two Step Bird, Oval and Large Oval punches
Stamps: Sweet Birthday, Punch Potpurri
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Bashful Blue Ribbon

Initial Wall Art Tutorial

I made some wall art for some of my nephews recently, and decided to share how I did it :-)

You will need:

12" x 12" framed canvas (I picked up mine from Big W for about $5)
Sheet of Scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
Acrylic Paint - I used black and white
Assorted paint application tools - I used a roller, a paintbrush and a foam brush for the Mod Podge
Craft wood Letter (I found mine a Lincraft during a sale, they have them at Bunnings too)

Step 1 - Paint the top and edges canvas - I painted mine black as I was using dark colour scrapbook paper. If using a light colour you could just leave it white or paint it a matching colour. Here are my assistants painting the canvas ;-) Tip - Using a roller gives you much more even coverage.

Step 2 - Paint your letter. I used white to paint my letter. Again you can choose whatever colour you like. I had to give mine a couple of coats to get it looking nice.

Leave both the canvas and the letter dry for a couple of hours.

Step 3
Attach your scrapbook paper to your canvas with Mod Podge.

Allow the first coat to dry. Try to remove as many bubbles as you can!

Step 4

Cover the canvas and paper with a coat of Mod Podge. Don't forget the sides!

Allow time to dry.

Step 5

Use the Mod Podge to glue your letter into the centre of the canvas

Again, allow time to dry.

Step 6

Finish with another coat (or two) of Mod Podge all over, allowing drying time between coats.

And there you have it! A nice, simple decoration for a boy's room :-)