Sunday, 27 April 2008

SU Wonderful You


When I first saw the Wonderful You stamp set from Stampin' Up!, I knew I had to have it! However, I already owned so many floral stamps that I decided to give the set a pass. However, the set burned a hole in my head, every time I flicked through the pages of the Stampin' Up! catalog. OK . . . you guessed it . . . I finally gave into my weaknesses!

I love the results, too! I used a variation of the template I made last week, using a 5.5 inch square of patterned paper from Die Cuts With a View Luxury stack.

In addition, I scrounged around in my embellishment basket, looking for the best bits and pieces to decorate the cards. I think sometimes we forget the embellishments that we have kicking around in our bottom craft drawer.


This wide open flower from the SU set could be colored in countless ways. In two of the cards, I simply used the solid flower in this two-step stamp set and a dye ink pad. For three of the cards, I used alcohol ink to color the flower. A bit of blending solution enables shading when using alcohol inks. The edges of the paper were painted with the alcohol ink, too.



Most of these became birthday cards; I never seem to have one when I need it!

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Altered Tins


Altering objects and turning them into art is one of the easiest and most gratifying processes in paper crafting. You can make your altered art as sophisticated and detailed as you'd like, or you can simply slap on patterned paper and embellishments.

The beauty of tins is that many of them are free. Most of my tins have held tea or chocolate. I have collected so many of them that they were multiplying like rabbits! I decided it was time to alter some of them to work on my tin overpopulation.

The process is what we would have called decoupage in the old days. To make the attached tins, I have glued the paper down with the Art Institute's Art Glitter Glue or a thin layer of Royal Coat Decoupage Finish. The latter decoupage finish is the product that I use to cover tin and seal all the paper and elements. I usually like to go thick with the final finish.

Once the tins are finished, they are the perfect for end-of-year teacher gifts. Simply fill them with chocolate and candy. Teachers find plenty of uses for these tins when they are empty of sweets, too!

I made quite a few of these last year, too. My son Branduff has about 18 teachers, incredibly, so it was quite a challenge to make sure we got all his favorites. These few tins are just the beginning. I plan to keep making more before school lets out for the summer. Since we live in the desert, the decoupage glue dries in about 10 minutes if I put the tin outside! Hah!


Some of the paper used come from BoBunny, Junkitz, and SEI.

Monday, 7 April 2008

Paper Swap Challenge


I recently hosted a Patterned Paper Swap Mingle on one of the yahoo stamping groups, to which I belong. I am paper mad . . . I collect and, daresay, hoard paper. I thought it would be therapeutic to try to use some of the pieces for a change! One of the best ways was to share some of my prized paper with others. The assignment was to take your most loved 12 by 12 pieces of paper or cardstock, cut the piece into four squares, and share those quarters with other ladies in the mingle. In the end, we received five 6 by 6 inch squares of paper from five of our friends from around the world.

It was incredibly interesting to see a bit of people's artistic style and personalities in the paper they choose and covet.

After the paper was distributed, the next step was to use some of these 6 by 6 squares and create. The green lady of luxury (see the entry below featuring the Dolly Mama Domestically Challenged Stamp and Kay Foley Stamp) featured one of the pieces of paper.

However, my friend Cheryl (and owner of the aforementioned yahoo stamping group) sent me this uber-lovely floral majestic paper! I just love it, and it seemed the perfect vehicle for featuring a couple of hearts from my new Cuttlebug die with embossing folders. I just love this card!

I'm back to the same spot I was because I don't think I can give away this card, just as I found it hard to give away some of my paper! As a result, this card is now happily sitting in my inspiration box for others to see.