Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY 20 Minute Student Desk Refurbish

I've got a quick, easy project for you today.  This student desk is a perfect addition to my craft room, but first, I've got to whip it into shape.  As you can see below, the desk is covered in some kind of painted scribble, and I've decided to put my scrapping, crafty skills to use.  It only took about 20 minutes of my  time and 4 supplies, all of which can be found at your local hobby store:

- Mod Podge
- Foam brush or medium paintbrush
- Metal paint scraper
- 4x6 adhesive mat stack (found in the scrapbook paper section)

I used an adhesive mat stack (DCWV) that has almost a quilted look once all the sections are in place.  I layered from left to right, alternating so the top and bottom rows are vertical and the inner row horizontal, trimming a few smaller sectional pieces to finish the last row.    

Once all sections are adhered, take your brush and brush on 
the Mod Podge, covering completely in a thin layer.  Before completely dry, take your paint scraper and gently scrape out any air bubbles.  If desired, add a second coat of Mod Podge.

Over-sized Shaker Card with Rudolph

You know that moment when you start to toss something and then......oh, wait.

That's what I did with the packaging from an embossing folder.  I've had this idea for awhile and finally decided to give it a try.  Let me tell you, shaker cards are not my thing.  Some crafters can pull it off and make it look effortless.  I am NOT one of those crafters!
This card required lots of measurements and even then, I had to trim the top of the kraft card so it was proportional. 

Rudolph was stamped, watercolored with Colorbox archival ink, then fussy cut and adhered to the vellum paper.  That's extra fine red glitter glued to his nose.  Most of the products used are from Pretty Little Studio:  the starry vellum paper, the starry sequins, the speech bubble and wording as well.  Under the vellum is a section of scrapbook paper that was cut from a Martha Stewart Christmas stack and features Santa in his sleigh. 
So there you go.  

Hope you have fun finding joy in re-purposing those almost tossed items too.  
Merry Christmas!

Supplies: Repurposed plastic packaging, Tombow Aqua Mono glue, Martha Stewart designer paper, Extra fine red glitter, Pretty Little Studio starry vellum, Christmas words, Starry night confetti, and speech bubble, The Paper Studio kraft card and white textured cardstock, Colorbox archival ink in Saddle, Marvy Le pen extra fine point black,, white gelly roll pen, Studio g kids rudolph stamp

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hope for a cure and Friends with Flair

As we all know, October is the month to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.  I know too many people who've suffered from this horrific disease, including my own sister and mother.  In the instance of my younger sister, she went years without a mammogram.  Too many years.  She found a lump but still procrastinated having a doctor look at it.  It wasn't until she noticed the lump was larger that she finally went to see a doctor.  Had she been attentive many years earlier, she may have avoided the ensueing chemo and radiation treatments, a mastectomy and all the horrible side effects; the weakness, the loss of hair, the depression, and so on. 
My mother?  They caught hers very early.  So early in fact, it was self-contained in one spot and she never needed chemo or radiation.  She did, however, have a mastectomy.  She has been cancer free for 7 or 8 years now.
Thank God, my sister is a fighter.  Thank God, she had medical resources at her disposal and a good support system.  Today, she is healthy, happy and loving life.  This is not the case for many women and men.  Get checked.  Don't put it off.  You may be saving your own life.
Please go visit the other projects from the Mountain Plains Crafters design team here
Would you like to make a difference for someone?  Help me raise funds for our local chapter of Steel Magnolias.  You can donate here:
If you would like to buy the above card or any other cards on my site, I will be donating sales to Steel Magnolias.  You can email me at momtojeb (at) gmail (dot) com for more information. 
(spelleded out to avoid spammers)
I'll be entering my card into the Unity Friends with Flair challenge, to further promote awareness.
Supplies: Unity Stamp  Co "Hope for a cure" sentiment, Colorbox Cat Eye pink ink, American Crafts pink adhesive glitter tape (hole punched), Ranger mini blending tool, Sharpie extra fine pink glitter paint pen, Ranger Adirondack black ink, Marvy black extra fine point Le pen,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Labor of Love with my Kaisercraft house and Graphic 45

 Once upon a time, a young girl......wait, back up.  Let's try this again.   Once upon a time, a middle aged woman (wink!) had a dream.  In that dream, were castles, kings and queens, and magic wands.
Ok, hold up.  That is NOT how it happened.  But very, very close.  The summer of July 2014.  It was the summer of love for this crafty chic. 
The journey of this house begins here, where I won a blog hop giveaway featuring the Papercrafts & Scrapbooking Magazine, Creative Spaces issue #3 from Stacy Cohen who's craft space was featured in the magazine.  The prize?  A Kaisercraft House. 

While waiting on my Kaisercraft house to arrive, I spent quality time at the Scrapbook Expo in Duluth, GA where I met some cool crafty designers; Jenny Bowlin (her paper from the Family Tree collection is used as the tag reinforcers for the keyholes), Richard Garay of Spellbinders, and other fabulous, crafty geniuses. 

Next, it was on to the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Paper Arts show in Atlanta where I scored the lucky gig of being the guest blogger.  I was priviledged to hang out with Graphic 45 who are sponsors of Mountain Plains Crafters, a crafty fun site of which I am co-founder.  It was so fun to meet Jeff and Joanna and attend the G45 workshop.  I decided then and there, that I would use the gorgeous "Come Away With Me" papers on my Kaisercraft house when it arrived.
This is what I started with:                                                                                                                 


And this is the finished project
First, I Mod Podged the roof and painted the house in white.  Thank you to the lovely folks at Plaid who gave me samples from CHA.  I used the Folk Art white paint, as well.  I tried to incorporate as many "CHA" products as I could into this project.  It truly is a labor of love and I loved my time with all the vendors at the Paper Arts show!
Next, I cut the covers for the drawers.  I made a template and cut multiple copies from the template, and Mod Podged these as well.  The Come Away with Me collection has many, many locations mentioned on it's papers.  It's all about traveling to far away places. 
Being a native New Yorker, I used as many of the NY graphics that I could find.  A homage to my home state that I dearly miss, along with my family, as well. 

 I also cut the Graphic 45 keys with my plier wire cutter, to use as handles on the drawers.  I ended up using 3 packages of keys on this house.  I've got to say, it's been really fun putting this together!  Slow going, but fun.   How are those keys staying put?  Tombow Aqua mono glue.  Front and back.  You've got to break out the good stuff for a project like this.  #smile

I really wanted a gorgeous topper for my house so I made my own.  There's a bunch of product on this beauty; Maya Road (kraft doily), Prima Marketing (enamel dots), Unity Stamp Co (background woodgrain stamp inked onto the kraft doily), May Arts Ribbon (white rosette and kraft twine), Tombow Xtreme adhesive, Fabscraps, UmWow Studio (woodchip butterflies), My Favorite Things (Die-namics scalloped flower die for quilling) Pinkfresh Studio (Scribbles die).....much of what you see on this topper was inspired by the beautiful creations I saw at the Paper Arts show. 
I am finally finished with my house.  Now, it's all about filling it up.  I intended to use it as a keeper of small items such as sequins, buttons, etc.  I'm saving the maker labels inside each box and identifying each drawer with a glued item.  This lets me know where to find what so I don't have to pull out every drawer, plus, it adds a little more inventiveness to my house. 
I hate to admit it but I'm a little sad that I'm finished.  The saving grace is that I have so many memories of my "summer of love" tied up into this house.  I'll forever cherish the good times I had and look forward to making fabulous, new memories.

#CHA #CHASHOW #Cre8time #Kaisercraft #g45papers #graphic45 #plaidcrafts #prettypinkposh #maggieholmes #primamarketing #mayartsribbon #unitystamps #tombow #cratepaper #laurakellydesigns #vintage

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pink Butterfly on Bella Crafts Quarterly

I'm so excited to have my first project with Bella Crafts Quarterly online craft magazine published on their blog today.  I've done a watercolor and heat embossing tutorial.

Please follow this link, comment and share.  Breast cancer is a horrible disease and we need a cure!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Santa! I know him!

We are HUGE fans of Buddy the Elf, at our house.  In fact, we have absolutely worn out our dvd and I just might have to buy a new copy for Christmas.
I've had this awesome stamp set from Waffle Flower and one of the things I like to do, is use traditional stamps in a non-traditional way.  When I first saw this Christmas tree, immediately it reminded me of an elf hat.  That's how my crazy mind works, I guess.  Sometimes, crazy is good, right?
So I used green and yellow inks on the tree and added that famous quote from the movie, Elf.  I'm pretty sure my Elf-loving sister is going to want this card for Christmas.
Do you ever flip the script on stamping?  Tell me about, I'd love to hear!
Supplies: Quick Quotes Powder Puff green and yellow chalk ink, Ranger black ink, Wow! Green extra fine glitter, Tombow mono aqua glue, Spellbinders Celebra'tions Golden Glow ink, Inky Antics Serif font stamps, black glitter sticker letters, maker unknown, used for "I Know Him"

Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Cardmaking Day and Graphic 45

 We are having a big celebration over at the Mountain Plains Crafters Facebook Community Page.  All you have to do is head on over there, like the page, comment and tag your friends in the comment section.  As many times as you want.  Just don't tag the same friend over and over, haha.

It's being sponsored by the lovely folks at Graphic 45.  And boy, did they send a doozy of a prize!

So here's my project.  I'm using the Come Away With Me papers and chipboard.  I used one of my favorite dies, the stitched oval frame from Lil Inker Design, and placed it off-center, using the Easy See tape from Crafter's Essentials to hold my die in place.  I've got the stitching of the die facing down on the paper as I want to have the outer circle stitched, and save the frame for another day.  I ran this die through my Cuttlebug using plates A, C and B.

I love that this tape does NOT stick to the paper so no worries about peeling off any of my lovely vintage designer paper.  This is going to be a panel card with a photo underneath the panel.  I also distressed the paper edges with my Tim Holtz distressing tool.

 Now, I'm going to take this lovely flower from May Arts ribbon and "magically" change it's color, using Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy distress ink, and then spraying with some Clearsnap Smooch Spritz in Cashmere.  I used the Brushed Corduroy on my paper also to really give it that "tarnished", old look in places.

I quilled some flowers for the first time!  So proud of myself.  I used the My Favorite Things Die-namics rolled scalloped flower die, a quilling tool and the double-sided polka dot paper from Come Away with Me.  The flower was held together with some Tombow Mono Aqua glue at the base.  That stuff is awesome.

This photo is of my Great-great Grandfather, Harrison Samuel Landers.  My Uncle Everett says, his feet never touched land before he had to turn around and head back to sea.  I believe he served in World War I as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.  So when my Aunt sent me this photo, I knew I wanted to do something vintage with it and pay homage to my ancestor.  Graphic 45 was the perfect setting for this photograph.  I'm so grateful for the wonderful vintage style products they make.  

Additional supplies: UmWow Studio wood stars, Prima Marketing enamel dots, The Paper Studio Sticky Doo pop up squares, May Arts Ribbon natural burlap twine, piece of old lace

#CHA #Cre8time #graphic45 #tombowusa #clearsnap #mayartsribbon #craftersessentials

#WCMD Oct 4 2014 and Winnie & Walter

There are all kinds of fun events going on today for World Cardmaking Day.  Winnie & Walter would like a picture of your craft space so here's a panoramic view.  And yes, its messy.  You can also enter here: 

Friday, October 3, 2014

World Cardmaking Day & Pink Ribbon

October is near and dear to my heart.  It's the month of recognizing breast cancer awareness.  Unfortunately, my family is all to familiar with this disease. 

Also, Saturday is World Cardmaking Day and I plan on knocking out 2 birds with one stone; entering this card in various challenges and reminding women to get their mammogram.  Don't go years without having this done.  Your life could be at risk! 

Entering inthe following challenges:  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers & Crafters, Unite!

I was invited to participate in a fun Coffee Lovers blog hop hosted by Chaitali Narla and Amy Tsuruta.  If you are a lover of coffee AND papercrafting, then this is the place for you! 
I made 3 different cards, all using the same stamps from Impression Obsession.  But before I move on, each hopper has been asked to answer 4 questions, all coffee related, so here goes:
1.  When did you start drinking coffee?
Around my senior year in high school I developed the taste.  Me and my dad had some great bonding over coffee.  :)
2.  Name up to 3 brands of your favorite coffee.
Currently, I've put my Keurig aside and am enjoying Seattles Best #4 with my French Press.  It's a whole lot cheaper than K-cups!  I also love Starbucks Christmas blend when it's in season.  My favorite K-cups are Newman's Own and Caribou Coffee.  And I love Starbucks Via's as well.  My list is very, very, long.....
3.  What is the most amazing coffee you've had?  When and where?
A restaurant in Atlanta which is no longer unfortunately.  It was called Ocean and they served french press coffee with raw sugar cubes and heavy cream.  Heavenly!  But there's a coffee bar in Homewood, AL called O'Henry's and they make the best Cappuccino I've EVER had!
4.  If I don't get my needed coffee I'll.....
Seriously?  You don't want to know.  Let's just say, here in the South, there's this expression:  If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!
So here are my 3 cards, with my favorite being last.  (**Please note, shameless plug at the bottom!)
Supplies: Pretty Pink Posh lemon drop sequins, Maggie Holmes blue sequins, Spellbinders Celebrations Tape It stamps, Impression Obsession coffee mug and quote stamps, Stickles yellow glitter glue, Ranger black ink, Powder Puff chalk inks

Supplies: Impression Obsession coffee stamps, Marvy sunset blend box ink, Ranger black ink, FabScraps gemstones, Tombow Mono Aqua liquid glue, Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs distress marker, white gel pen, Jolees Boutique pink paper jute, DCWV designer paper, pop dots

I also plan on entering one or two of my cards in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.  Join in and link up!
Supplies: Impression Obsession coffee stamps, Tim Holtz Distress ink Brushed Corduroy, Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs distress marker, watercolor paper, Ranger mini blending tool

**FYI, did you know Oct. 4th is National Cardmaking Day?  We will be having a fabulous giveaway over at Mountain Plains Crafters Facebook community page, sponsored by Graphic 45 so be sure and like us on Facebook and check in on Oct. 4th! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Greetings

It's Friday again and I'm here in my craft room having fun while the hubs and 12 year old are at the high school football game.  Go Bearcats!  I'd much rather craft than watch the kid pace the track with his buddies, know what I mean?  Haha.

I made this awesome Fall card to enter in a several different challenges: Unity Stamp Co Friends with Flair,  the Wednesday Work It color challenge over at Simon Says Stamps, the  Rubber Dance Art stamp color challenge.  This is a new site I recently discovered and a perfect fit for my card. 

I took a great piece of designer paper and embellished it, adding the pumpkins, the sentiment and the leaves scattered across the top.  I ripped the paper and edged it with Colorbox cat eyes olive green ink.  The pumpkins and sentiment are both from the Unity "Pumpkin Greetings" stamp set and were inked and then painted with Clearsnap Smooch Glitz in Goldrush. 

The leaves were the perfect accent and are from Avocado Arts "Nuts about You" stamp set.  The straw?  I bought it this summer at the Scrapbook Expo.  It came as a sheet of straw-like fiber that I trimmed and glued with Tombow Mono Aqua Glue.  Doesn't this put you in the mood to head down to the local pumpkin patch?  It does me.  Have a great weekend!

Additional supplies:  Spellbinders Celebrations Odacious Orange, Tim Holtz distress ink in Brushed Corduroy, Tim Holtz distress markers in Gathered Twigs and Mowed Lawn, Queen & Co. Orange bubbles, DO from The Paper Studio Amber Autumn Fall Stack 12 x 12, pop dots

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A challenge to the crafting industry, no water involved! This is extreme!

First, thank you for clicking on this post.  I have been forced to do something I really don't want to do but it would seem, extreme measures must be taken.  Don't stop now, keep reading.  I'll try and make it quick.
I would like to issue a challenge to the crafting industry.  It appears that I must tackle this issue head on and get the attention of the big boys.  And girls.  This challenge does not involve water or ice.  What it does involve is this; help.
See this card?  Sheryl Kemper sent this to me when my son got his first dog.  How sweet is this?  The girl has MAD skills.   Not long after, Mountain Plains Crafters was formed by myself, Sheryl and Pam Stang.  
Sheryl probably owns every tool, brand of designer paper, name it.  She is now being forced to sell her beloved crafting stash just to make ends meet due to her husbands cancer treatments.  Their journey with cancer is just beginning but already, it's becoming a financial nightmare.
So, now, the challenge:  I'm challenging every member of the Craft and Hobby Association, every major company (and minor, hey, we're not choosy)  in the crafting industry, to step up and give something to help Sheryl make it through this trying time.  She is one of us, and we need to show her, despite the economic challenges that the crafting industry has and continues to face, you are willing to step up and show the world what you are made of; drive, willpower, enthusiasm and compassion.
Lastly, I said drastic measures need to be taken.  I am going to do something absolutely ridiculous.  My husband says I'm nuts.  Well, that's nothing new.  The current goal is to raise $20,000 in the next 121 days.  I am asking you to please, please open up your checkbook and donate.  In return?  If this goal is met, I am willing to shave the hair off my head.  WHAT??!!  And.....if it's useable, donate it to Locks of Love.
Forget buckets of ice water, I am willing to go the extreme for my friend to help ease their financial burden and raise awareness for her plight.  I can guarantee you, it's not going to be a pretty sight.  Of course, I will also video the event so you can see that I kept up my end of the bargain.   So, there you have it.  It starts now.  Don't wait, just do it.  You'll be glad you did, I can promise you that.  We'll keep you posted on the progress too. 
Donate here and then bookmark the following links so you can keep up with the progress:
#CHA #Cre8time #unitystampco #phyllisharris

Monday, September 22, 2014

Winner! And some other crafty news....

If you tuned in over the weekend then you know there was a Pirate Hop over at Mountain Plains Crafters and some of the design team were giving away blog candy.  The winner of my giveaway via is

#6 Linsey R.

Congrats Linsey!  I'll be in touch or you can email me your info at momtojeb (at) gmail (dot) com.

Now, go to this link:  Mountain Plains Crafters and check out the other girls links to see if you won blog candy from them.

IMPORTANT!!  If you haven't linked up yet to the MPC August/Sept. challenge, there's still time.  Get your project in by 9/24/14.  There's a fabulous prize from Pan Pastel; a Donna Downey mixed media kit!  Wowza!  Here's the link:  MPC Aug/Sept challenge

Saturday, September 20, 2014

5 days left, link up for Pan Pastel prize!

Hurry and get your Autumn/leaves project linked for an awesome prize from Pan Pastel, a Donna Downey mixed media kit!  Ends 9/24/14

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Glitter Christmas card

I've made this card for a couple challenges:
 Waffle Flower Crafts and 
 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  

At Waffle Flower, there are 2 ways to enter your project:  a sketch card or build a scene.  I went with the sketch as seen here:
I used a lot of elements on this card, most of which are pictured below, but the stamps are all from the Waffle Flower set "A Homemade Christmas".  For Simon Says Stamps, the challenge is to make a tag or incorporate a tag into your project. 

This was a 2 day project as I used shimmer paint and did some mixed media on the base tag and it needed to dry overnight.  First, I took the Joy stamp and inked all over the tag with Versamark clear ink, then heat embossed with Ranger white embossing powder.

  Next, I painted the tag with green shimmer paint and allowed to dry.  I used the same shimmer paint (mixed with a bit of water on an acrylic block) on the trees, painting the stamp and inking on watercolor paper, even experimenting with different shades and generation stamping.


Day two, I inked the painted tag with white ink, allowed to dry, then used a damp cloth to wipe and remove some of the white, leaving a textured look.  I also used the tag re-inforcer die from Waffle Flowers and a scrap piece of green paper to use on the smaller tag.  I added mini glue dots to the trees and sprinkled with extra fine red glitter, pressing into the dots and shaking off excess.
It was a lot of work but fun work!  Hope you like it.  :)

P.S.  We're having a fun challenge over at Mountain Plains Crafters so hop on over and enter a project for a cool prize.  Ends 9/24/14.

Supplies: Waffle Flower "A Homemade Christmas" stamp set, My Mind's Eye Mistletoe Magic designer paper, mini glue dots, Basic Grey candy buttons, May Arts Ribbon 2 mm red bakers twine, Martha Stewart gold ink, Spellbinders Luscious Lime Silk Luster, red extra fine glitter, Versamark clear ink, embossing buddy, Ranger white embossing powder

Supplies not pictured:  Tombow Xtreme adhesive tape, Tombow hook and loop fastener (inside card, holding twine), American Crafts Rouge ink, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, Crafter's Essentials wipes (to clean my acrylic block), Recollections white ink, Scotch foam dots, American Crafts glitter tape in red and green, Waffle Flower tag re-inforcer die

#waffleflowercrafts #Cre8time #simonsaysstamps

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pirates and Treasure card

So, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Seriously.  Who knew?  Well, the girls over at Mountain Plains Crafters knew.  We all made a project that you can check out here AND..... there's some blog candy a.k.a. buried treasure to be found too, but first, I thought I'd give you a little info on my pirate card and talk about one particular pirate fan in my household.

When my son was but a wee babe, I actually dressed him as a Pirate and decorated his stroller for a parade we were participating in.  You could say we had a Pirate in the making.  As my guy grew, he became a big fan of all things Pirate.  One year we took him to a Live Dora the Explorer show which was, of couse, thematically a Pirate show. 

Around that same age of 5 or 6, we had birthday invitations made with my son posing with his best scowl.  Later on, Pirates of the Caribbean became all the rage and my son was a wannabe pirate, replete with a McDonald's happy meal skull cap and braids.
To make this card, I rummaged around my 12 year old son's room until I found what I was looking for.  One of the few things that never got tossed was this Disney Pirates of the Caribbean map.  I salvaged the part that DIDN'T have scribble all over it  No, I didn't feel bad chopping up a piece of my son's past.  It was a mess anyway, plus, now I have a fabulous new card that I can do something wonderful with.

To get the burned look, I tore the edges and inked it with distress ink.  The sentiment was stamped on watercolor paper, inked in distress ink and waterered with a paintbrush, also torn and edged with more distress ink and splattered red misting paint.  I used a white gel pen to draw lines to the treasure, stamping a white star marking the spot.  The pirate skull was fussy cut from the same map and the ship and coins are from a pirate button kit.   Love how it turned out!

Now for the blog candy.......I have a crafty goody grab bag I'll be giving away valued at $10.00.  Scroll to the bottom of the post to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.  Winner will be announced Monday, Sept. 22nd.  Good Luck!

 *I'm also entering this into the Unity Stamps Friends with Flair challenge.  Check it out here and enter a project of your own!*

**Unity Stamps and Tombow are proud sponsors of Mountain Plains Crafters - if you would like to sponsor MPC, please contact Terri at mountainplainscrafters at gmail dot com

Supplies: Unity Stamp Co Halloween Chatter kit, Unity Stamp Co Splatters & Stars set, Dress it Up Pirate buttons, Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, October Afternoon Sprinklers Red Wagon, Gelly Roll white pen, Recollections white ink, craft twine, Stamper's Secret Weapon by Sizzix and Stephanie Barnard, Ranger mini blending tool, foam dots, Re-purposed Disney Pirates of the Caribbean map

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, September 15, 2014 Art

I saw a statement recently from a lady who doesn't "get" stamping.  I understand that mindset, as I too didn't understand the appeal at one time in my life. 
That statement got me to thinking.  If you're reading this, you are most likely a creative person, interested in crafting perhaps?  After all, this is part of who I am and part of my personal blog.  Or, you're one of my family members or friends just checking in and seeing what I'm up to today!
We all know, art comes in many forms.  As a kid, I loved art.  I excelled in classes, maintaining a sketch book and drawing in it every chance I got.   Eventually, on into the high school years, other things took over my life and art was put on the backburner.  It wasn't until about 5 years ago that a friend introduced me to scrapbooking.  I was in love!  All my creative juices started flowing again.  There's a satisfaction that comes from visualizing something and bringing it to life.
As an artist, we are influenced by other creators.  We learn new techniques, new tricks, increase our knowledge and add newly learned skills to our repertoire.   When the desire to create was renewed, stamping was not at the top of my list.  However, there were many in my crafty circle who did stamp.  At the crops I went to, I would walk around, see who was doing what, ask questions and file away that information.  I'm not even sure how I got started stamping.  I do remember picking up a few stamps from our local craft store.  The next thing I know, I'm an avid user of Unity Stamps and a member of their Show and Tell group. 
About a year later, my crafty life changed dramatically.  I was approached by two online friends at Unity to join them in a new venture which became Mountain Plains Crafters.  Three months later, I'm guest blogging for the Craft and Hobby Association 2014 Paper Arts show and I've got some other fires in the pot as well.   All this, since taking up paper, scissors and stamps.
Are you also one who doesn't "get" the technique of stamping?   Give it a try.  It might just take you places you never even dreamed of.
"To understand the art of stamping, think of the stamp as a shell.  It's your job to fill in that shell and build around it.  Truly, no two shells are alike."  Terri Burson, artist, blogger and occasional poet, copyright 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gold Rush card

When Kinnari Zaveri, owner of Pinkfresh Studio says she wants you to make a gold project, what do you do?  You go make a gold card! 
We met and had a lovely chat at the Craft and Hobby Association's Paper Arts trade show in July 2014.  She is a super sweet lady and makes really cool, trendy embellishments.  I thought I would join in the fun so I started out with this beautiful piece of handmade paper, all the way from Nepal.  I purchased this while I was at the trade show and this was the perfect opportunity to put it to use. 
In fact, the TCW stencil and the Crafter's Essential products that I'll be using also came from the Paper Arts show. 
So first....I used the Crafter's Essential Easy See tape to hold down my stencil.
Next, I punched several 3/4" circles and placed randomly over some stencil holes.  You'll see why in a minute.
I had a little trouble getting my gold sequins out of the box, so for the first time, I tried out the Easy Grip and it worked great!  Just a little dab on my finger was all it took.
I've got this great sentiment kit from Unity Stamps called, "All About You".  I lined up several random words from the kit to stamp over the stencil.  I'm going to stamp all over the stenciled paper with the entire block of words, saving those circles.....
Now, those white circles that I used to block out over the stencil?  I used those circles as additional embellishment, raising some with foam dots.  I inked them with Martha Stewart gold ink, painted with Clearsnap Goldrush Smooch Glitz and added some extra gold glitter.  Isn't it pretty?
The added embellishments are the May Arts Ribbon natural twine and the neon drop sticker from Pinkfresh Studio, sequins are Pretty Pink Posh and Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper.   I'm entering this card into the gold challenge at Pinkfresh Studio and Unity Friends with Flair.
Kinnari, how'd I do?  #grin
**Unity Stamp Co, May Arts Ribbon, Tombow and Clearsnap are proud sponsors of  Mountain Plains Crafters.  If you'd like to be a sponsor, please contact Attn: Terri, mountainplainscrafters at gmail dot com (I'm still looking for a "bling" sponsor!)
 Supplies: Unity Stamp Co All About you sentiment kit, Pinkfresh Studio neon drop stickers, Pretty Pink Posh lemon drop sequins, Maggie Holmes Crate Paper gold sequins, Yellow Stickles glitter glue, Crafter's Essentials Easy Grip and See Thru tape, My Minds Eye designer paper, TCW stencil, Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner, Clearsnap Goldrush Smooch Glitz, Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy distress ink