Monday, September 22, 2014

Have You Ever Wondered?

How I choose to buy what supplies?
(BTW....special discount offer at the end of this post!)

Why I don't have an electronic die cutting machine?

Why I am loving so much white lately?

How I decide what adhesive to use?

How I store my scraps?
What I do when a page is not going as planned?

And more...

Well... I promise to chatter away about all of these topics and more during the 15 videos that I did as part of the new class with May Flaum... 

Supplies on Hand: Making the Most of Your Crafty Stash.

I had more fun working on the 19+ projects that I created for this class. And believe me when I say that this class is going to be jam packed with amazingness from fabulous contributors!

Take a look at this little promo video I worked up for more info...



Are you signed up? I hope so! If not... 

I have a special offer for you!!!

$5 off...
http://craftwithmay.com/coupon/5forsupply/ 
Use this link, discount comes off automatically
(Good only on supply class, September 20th through October 9th, 2014. Not combinable with other offers, valid on new purchases only.)

Already signed up for supply class? 
Take $3 off the class of your choice – any class- with this link that is valid through 10/31: http://craftwithmay.com/coupon/3off

Hope to see you there!!!

Stenciling On Some Embellishments...

Hello, hello! It's Monday and that means we have a new challenge waiting for you at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog


Whether you stick with STAMPtember stamping or mix it up and pull out a stencil – this week we want to see how you stamp or stencil your way into crafty fun this week!

A super fun way to make the most of a stencil is to use Modeling Paste to create custom embellishments. For this week, I chose to do just that!

Using one of my favorite new Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stencils (links to supplies below), I created the flowers for the cover of my journal...

The technique for this is super easy! Simply apply Modeling Paste through your chosen stencil and let dry. Once it is all dry, cut out your shapes....
 Then, simply decorate as you please. I chose to color mine with watercolors and gelatos...
I adhered them to my canvas boards with a liberal coating of matte medium, and voila...the perfect little embellies for my journal...
A nice little place to jot things down!
So... now it's your turn!

Go get your craft on and link-up with us! Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp.com.



How awesome is that?


Here is my supply list :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Is In the Air...

Yes it is! Hooray! In honor of my favorite season, I thought we could take a trip back in time and look at some of my favorite fall projects...

Something about the cool fall air always has me itching to make home decor. Well, that and I have found it hard to find fall decor that doesn't go Halloweeny. So...

I just make my own!

Like this wreath created for Gauche Alchemy that is currently hanging on my door:

Or then there is this beach ball turned pumpkin...

And, there is also this leafy banner that I will hang on my mantle as Thanksgiving gets closer...

Of course, I also love scrapbooking some fall goodness...

Like this mini book....

And this page that also has a video that goes with it, created for A Flair For Buttons...

Ah yes... it is my favorite time of year!
Happy Fall!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Some Resist For the Win!

Hello, hello! It's Monday and that means we have a new challenge waiting for you at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog

Of course, it wouldn’t be STAMPtember without techniques – so show us what you’ve got!


As for me, I decided to show you one of my favorite techniques and use it on one of my favorite things to make.

Let's get started...

The first thing we need for this technique are some stamps. Any stamps will do, but I have chosen this fun little Tim Holtz Blueprint set...
 Then, simply stamp with Versamark and sprinkle with white embossing powder...
 Then, cut them out in a free-form, hand done circle...
Once those are heat set, just set them aside. We will get back to those. But for now, we need to work on creating some interesting layers. 

Here I have gathered some lovely patterns and some vellum that has been stitched in some free-form circles, leaving a small opening...
Now, fill those fun circles with anything you please! I have chosen multi-colored sequins. But, you could also do rhinestones, wood vaneers, glitter, or confetti. Just have fun!
 Then, just stitch them closed and trim out. Love that!
Now, continue on using your patterned papers and cut out more free-form circles. Here, I have cut out some tissue paper in that way...
 And now we layer! I love this part...
OK! Have you guessed what we are making yet?

With your layers at the ready, cut the rest of your patterns into random strips. Then, punch out some basic white circles...
Then, layer those up... and staple the bunch together. The white circle that you punched out is going to act as your "base."
YES! We are making prize ribbons. I just love making these!

So... now that we have our circle layers and our strips, we just need to finish these off... assembly line style...
Now, what about those heat embossed blueprint images? They are going to be our resist for a beautifully custom finishing touch. Simply take some watercolor and paint up your embossed images. The embossing will resist the watercolor perfectly and create such a lovely and subtle effect. Choose colors to match the patterns you have used... for me.... pink and grey!
 With all of those layers adhered, a few sequins, and a lovely resist...
There we have it! How fun (and easy) are these?!?!

Now, what's with the free-form circles? I just like the randomness and wonkiness of that. However, if that sends you into a twitch, feel free to take a more streamlined approach of punches or die cuts :)
What might you do with these fabulous things? Put them on a card, a layout, or a package! Such a fun way to embellish anything.
So, there you have it... one of my favorite techniques, put to use while making one of my favorite things to craft up!

So... now it's your turn!

Go get your craft on and link-up with us! Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp.com.



How awesome is that?


Here is my supply list :)


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