Monday, October 20, 2014

A Thing of Beauty...Core'Dinations, Xyron and Petaloo Week

Hello again, fellow Core lovers! It's Gini, and today I have an upcycling project to share with you, using some of my favorite products. With a little help from Core'dinations, Xyron and Petaloo, I was able to transform a lowly Pringles Chip container into a dispenser for cosmetic cotton rounds.

 A Thing of Beauty Supply List

Step 1. Measure around your container and cut paper to fit.  
Step 2. Draw a template for your opening on scrap cardstock. Cut in the center of the paper as well as the canister.

Cut Outs
Step 3. Stamp decorative border at the top and bottom of the paper with watermark ink. Heat emboss with gold powder. Tip: Sometimes metallic embossing powders leave a residue. Use the Dust Buddy after embossing to remove this powder.
  Step 4. Run the paper through the Creative Station machine to apply adhesive. Carefully adhere to the canister, lining up the openings.
 Step 5. Ink the back of the vellum quote with metallic gold. Die cut a frame using the Glitter Silk cardstock.

  Step 6. Use the small tape runner to apply adhesive to the back of the frame. Center quote and trim the excess.
  Step 7. Cut a circle to match the top of the canister. Add trim around the top and bottom of the canister and lid to hide the raw edges.
 Step 8. Spritz the flowers with gold and let dry.
 Step 9. Add the embellishments to the canister to finish as shown.
So remember, look at your empty containers with a creative eye, before you take out your trash! See you soon.

Friday, October 17, 2014

May Arts Ribbonistas Christmas Card Hop

Welcome, to my post for the May Arts Ribbonistas Christmas Card Hop! Can you believe we are already over half way through October?  It's time to get busy making those Christmas Cards, so you will have time to get them out.  My card is so easy to make, because of the self-adhesive May Arts Velvet Ric-Rac.  I cut my card panel, stamped the sentiment, and then just added rows of the velvet.  I finished it off with some beautiful metallic ribbons. Easy, peasy!

Be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration - and leave those comments! Our lovely Ribbon Lady will be giving  2 prizes of 2 spools each (one each day) from our Christmas Section. Have fun hoppping!

May Arts Ribbons:
A480-38-25 Adhesive Velvet Ric Rac
A480-38-15 Adhesive Velvet Ric Rac
481-15-30 1.5" Metallic Star Banner Ribbon
SJ-30 String Metallic Ribbon
Partners in Craft Supplies:
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko - Delicata Gold Ink
Core'dinations Cardstock
Heartfelt Creations Stamp
·         Virginia Fynes
·         Tracy McLennon
·         Rhea Weigand
·         Mary Brockway
·         Mallika Kejriwal
·         Lalo IK
·         Karen Hanson

·         Karen Baker
·         Jennifer Davey
·         Jenifer Cowles
·         Jen Shears
·         Gini Williams Cagle
·         Emily Lanham
·         Charlene Driggs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration

Heartfelt Creations Supplies
Other Supplies:
Really Reasonable Ribbons:
Core'Dinations Cardstock
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Versamark Watermark ink; Versamagic - Turquoise Gem
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Sea Mint Green
 embossing powder
Derwent Artbars

Cut the printed panel from the paper collection. Stamp the sentiment in the center with watermark ink and heat emboss using a copper powder. Tear down the center of the net ribbon, and adhere to the backside of the panel, with the edges sticking out. Adhere to a 6 x 6" card base. Stamp the gear bouquet and color with Artbars.  Fussy cut the image and apply to card. Die cut gear flowers.  To make the flower centers, cut a 6" piece of burlap ribbon, and use the center stitching to gather.  Spray with mists and sprinkle with embossing powders and heat set.  Finish the card with Jumbo Ribbon leaves.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SANDY Claus is Coming to Town - Day 2

 SANDY Claus is Coming to Town!

Oh yes…SANDY Claus! All of this week, the Stampendous and Dreamweaver teams are playing with a mix of their products, along with some wonderful, SAND-ABLE papers from Core’dinations. Join us as we sand our way to the “core” of all things Christmas and the Holiday season.
Of course, there will be prizes, and we give away the best…this time with a mix of fun Core’dinations products as well. To be one of three prize package winners, follow the posted link lists on each of the manufacturer's blogs,each day, and leave a comments. The winners will be selected from these comments at the beginning of next week. This is what you might win:
 Here's today's lineup:

 I am thrilled to be representing Core'dinations today!  And although I am not ready for winter, I had so much fun designing this cheerful snowman.  And that gourgeous, glittery background was made using a Dreamweaver stencil, as well as some of their embossing paste.  It made a perfect wintery backdrop for the precious Stampendous snowman.The Vintage and Whitewash collections from Core'dinations already have a "snowy" appearance to them, so I thought they were the perfect choice.

Tis the Season Card Supplies:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day of the Dead Canvas

Hi fellow Core lovers! It's Gini, and I am here to share my first post as part of the Core'dinations Design Team. I've become intrigued with the Day of the Dead celebration, and thought I would try my hand at creating a colorful canvas. The sparkle in the Core Couture paper did a great job of mimicking the famous sugar skulls. And while crepe paper marigolds are the traditional decoration, I thought I would create them using punches and Core'dinations. 


Day of the Dead Canvas Supplies:
Step 1. Apply full coverage adhesive to the back of a 12 x 12 sheet of White Gloves Core Couture paper. Adhere to the wooden skull.
 Step 2. Roughly trim around the skull. Use the Sand It Gadget to smooth the edges. 

 Step 3. Use a craft knife to remove the paper covering the intricate designs and smooth with small craft files
 Step 4. Outline the designs with dimensional paint. Allow to dry. 
 Step 5. Sand a piece of Jillian Dot Spotted and adhere to a canvas.

 Step 6. Adhere the skull to the canvas.
 Step 7. Punch flowers from Brights Cardstock (a mix of orange, yellow and red). Each flower needs 4 large and 4 small flowers.
 Step 8. Lightly mist the flowers with water. Shape with your fingers to form a bud. 


Step 9. Continue shaping each flower and allow to dry. 

 Step 10. Carefully unroll the dried flowers. Assemble with a dot of glue between each layer of petals.

Step 11. Glue the flowers to the canvas. Add ribbon to finish. 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Debut of the All Geared Up Collection

Shift your creativity into high gear with the All Geared Up collection from Heartfelt Creations! This imaginative mix of gears, cogs, and mechanical flowers uses deep shades of rust, brown, teal, red and cream to create a fabulous industrial vibe. Clever vanity license plates, chains, wire, rugged stripes and distressed graphics mesh perfectly with Steampunk or masculine projects, and will keep your wheels turning with ideas for "girly grunge" creations, too. The versatile All Geared Up dies feature fanciful sprockets, gears, cogs, chains and license plates that can be shaped into innovative 3-D embellishments or die cut from white cardstock to create beautiful doily accents. Six hand drawn stamp sets continue the mechanical theme with a large Cogs and Gears background stamp, themed accent stamps, mechanical bouquets and playful sentiments that are "geared" to carry your project across the finish line with a smile. The All Geared Up Collection has been designed to inspire the bold in let's gear up!


Heartfelt Creations Supplies
HCPC 3632 Plates and Gears PreCut Set
HCPC 3635 Shifting Gears PreCut Set
HCPC 3636 Cogs and Gears PreCut Set
HCPC 3637 All Geared Up PreCut Set
HCDP1 248 All Geared Up Patterned Paper Collection
HCD 754 All Geared Up Die Set
Dries Clear Adhesive
Other Supplies:
Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists: Time Travel Teal, Cocklebells Coral, Opal Sea Oats
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder - Cleopatra's Copper
Martha Stewart Microbeads
Behr Venetian Plaster
Golden Molding Paste
CTMH flower centers
USArtQuest Mica Flakes - Copper
StazOn Ink - Emerald City

Use a putty knife to spread Venetian Plaster over an 8 x 10 wooden board.  Use the background stamps to stamp into the plaster, or apply the plaster to the stamps and stamp with it.  Using the two techniques together will create a variety of textures. Wash the stamps immediately to avoid the plaster drying in the designs. When dry, paint over the plaster with gesso. Spray a combination of mists in copper, teal, green and brown over the canvas.  Use StazOn ink to stamp the texture stamp from the Shifting Gears set, randomly on the canvas. Use the positive and negative cuts from the chain die to cut cardstock, glue to the canvas for more texutre, and spread modeling paste thinly over the top.  Sprinkle with microbeads before it dries. Spray with mists when dry. Cut gear flowers from a mix of metallic paper, vellum and patterned paper. Shape and arrange around the canvas. Stamp the license plate and heat emboss with copper powder. Die cut and add to the flowers. Add die-cut leaves.  Finish the canvas by gluing mica flakes randomly around the flower clusters.

(See supplies above for colors used)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Urban Angel

I was challenged to create a canvas in honor of breast cancer awareness -.  I decided to focus on the color pink and an create an urban angel of hope.

 I looked through magazines and found an image I wanted to work with - and cut out the figure, and lightly marked off the area where she would be placed on my canvas (so as not to paint that spot with the pink)
I added some dictionary pages and my magazine clipping, and painted over the image with clear gesso.  Then I used the existing image as a guide to paint over.  I also turned the printed paper into wings, by just sketching around them with a Stabilo pencil.

 I traced over the lines of the wings with the Dimensional Crystal and added some stencilled patterns using modeling paste.

After the modeling paste was dry, I placed the stencil back in place and painted over the raised design with AA paints.
My pink background seemed too over powering, so I brushed on some gesso, and then blue.  I added a die cut crown and bird to finish up this canvas.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC
HCDP1  247 Classic Sunflower Paper Collection
HCPC 3630 Summer's Day PreCut Set 

HCPC 3626 Classic Sunflower PreCut Set
HCD Classic Sunflower Die
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die
Other Products Used

May Arts Ribbon - AKB33
Gelatos, Colored Pencils
WorldWin Cardstock

Mount the plaid paper on a 6 x 6 card base.  Cut the denim pocket and sunflower panel from the patterned paper. Stamp the rooster and color with colored pencils.  Fussy cut the image and glue to the top of the denim pocket. Die cut the tag from the patterned paper. Stamp and cut the sunflower using the coordinating die.  Color with gelatos and shape.  Finish the card with a bow. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

For the Birds

Today, I have a fun home decor piece to share with you!  This was a plain birdhouse from Dusty Attic, before I gave it a home makeover.

I painted the base and used DA crackle varnish over the top to give a nice, distressed finish.   I added some chipboard bricks and gingerbread details that were colored with embossing powders and paint to look like cooper with an old patina.
 I used a scrap of Dusty Attic chipboard (from the center of a circle frame) - and painted it with gesso and then stamped by bird on it.  I colored it and cut it out and let it find it's new home.

Dusty Attic Chipboard, Birdhouse, Clear Crackle Varnish
Crafter's Companion Stamp - Free As a Bird
May Arts Ribbon: 5" Tulle


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC

HCDP1  247 Classic Sunflower Paper Collection

HCPC 3626 Classic Sunflower PreCut Set
HCD 753 Classic Sunflower Die
Other Products Used 
Creative Embellishments Chipboard - Twig Frame With Fall Leaves
Zva Creative - Crystal Alphabet CRP-01CB-101, Flower Centers CRW-06CA-151
Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal  Paint - Red Corvette, Sunbeam

Core'Dinations Cardstock

Distress the edges of the patterned paper. Cut a piece of patterned paper to fit behind the chipboard frame.  Paint the chipboard leaves and attach to the frame.  Fussy cut the sunflower corner from the paper and glue to the lower left corner. Color the crystal letters with Copic marker to match your layout and create your title in the center of the twig frame. Stamp and cut the flowers using the coordinating die.  Color with gelatos, mist with water and shape.  When dry, glue the flowers together.  Add a flower center. Arrange dimensional flowers with the printed flowers.  Cut a photo mat from the paper collection and add photo to finish.