Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sheena's Floral Fantasy Fun

Good morning!

Have you seen the new Sheena's Floral Fantasy range at Crafter's Companion? They are so pretty! Right now, you can save almost $20 if you purchase all 4, so check it out!

Want to see what I made using the Wild Rose & Hibiscus set? I just love it, and I think you will too!

 Isn't it pretty? Of course, I colored it with my Spectrum Noir pens (CT4, CT2, CT1, BG9, BG7), stamping it on a sheet of Authentique's Free Bird - Endless & Fair-Weather paper pad. I love the yellow, brown, and turquoise combo! The sentiment is from the Crafter's Inspiration Spring Edition freebie pack, stamped in Rich Cocoa Memento ink. The edges of the sentiment were inked with Teal Zeal Memento. I used Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls on the corners (but I think I need to replace the bottle as it just wasn't as fluid as it used to be...they don't really look like pearls, more like Hershey's Kisses! haha) and on the sentiment. The netting is a nice touch, picked up at CKC (Mon Ami Gabby), and AC ribbon is a nice touch to hold it all in place.

Isn't it so pretty?

Alright, I guess I should go do "real" work now haha! Watch for another post later, I've had some much needed crafty time lately! (Looks like there will be more to come as it's raining, and we actually have a baseball/softball-free night! yay!)

Don't forget to head to the Crafter's Companion store to check out the new Sheena's Floral Fantasy range, and stay tuned for some sneak peeks by liking the Crafter's Companion USA Facebook page! We have some amazing stamps being released soon, you won't want to miss it!


Saturday, May 25, 2013

XOXO Challenge #46: WoW!

Yup, XOXO has teamed up with Australian chipboard manufacturer Words or Whatever for the entire month to showcase their fabulous designs! Have you been following along? If not, head over to the XOXO blog and check out the projects our team has been rolling out all month long. Play along for your chance to win some WoW goodness of your own, or to win a coveted GDT spot with XOXO!

I received some fabulous items (some of which I intend to play with later this's rainy and cold here in NH, so I want to stay inside, and for the first time in a long time we have nothing on the schedule! Amazing!!) from WoW, and here's something I came up with last week:

 Yes, the moment I've been waiting for: Patryk is finally 1 in his scrapbook! I am a chronological scrapper when it comes to the kids' albums, so this is a huge moment! (Maybe he can turn 2 by the time his 6th birthday hits in November! I know, how ambitious of me!) I used this beautiful sheet from Glitz Design's Color Me Happy Line, spritzing the area behind the picture with Candy Apple Glimmer Mist. See that awesomely dimensional chevron pattern? That's a CKC score: Viva Color silver Modeling Cream, which I smeared over a Balzer Designs Mini Chevron stencil using a popsicle stick. Easy, and so so so awesome. This is my new favorite stuff!
 The title fail. I don't often misspell anything. I am a stickler for spelling, so it is still a mystery why I did not notice that "hooray" had an extra "r" in it until after uploading pics! But if I remove the "r," it won't fill out the strip of washi nicely! What is a girl to do? Leave it alone! That's Glitz washi, Echo Park Photo Freedom gray alpha and "1" stickers, Basic Grey red alpha stickers, and Elle's Studio Day to Day Tidbits pie chart die cut popped up with a foam square.
There's that fun WoW flourish, which I coated in a layer of gesso, spritzed with Mister Huey in Passport, allowed it to partially dry and misted again with Mister Huey in Silver, giving it little splotches of silver here and there to compliment the silver Modeling Cream. An MME Collectable label sticker adds a little extra touch :)

All of the elements, except the mists, flourish, stencil, and paste are from the Scraptastic March Mr. Brightside kit and add-on.

Head over and check out the other XOXO creations using WoW pieces, and get yourself in to win some WoW for yourself!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wine Glass Gift Box With Lace Flower On Top: Complete Tutorial

Good morning! I hope your morning has started out ok. I'm probably hard at work (because I scheduled this post last night, glass of wine in fact, I drank my wine out of the glass that came contained in this box!):

 I decided the box was perfect for a gift package, most likely for another wine glass to give to a friend (and if you know me, you  know I save just about every package in order to alter it in some way to reuse!) I had a great idea for this one, involving some amazing acrylic flowers I picked up at CKC - Manchester, my Spectrum Noir pens, and one of Crafter's Companion's new Camden Town stamp sets. Follow along, and you can create a similar gift box. You can alter this project to suit any shape box, square or cylinder. The process is essentially the same! Ok, here we go, this is a photo-heavy post so I hope you have your coffee handy! :)

1. Start by choosing your patterned paper. I chose this pretty sheet from Studio Calico's Snippets collection. Love the muted rainbow colors!
2. Place your gift box on the paper, and make a pencil mark to cut it to size (you can measure it as well, I just did it this way to save a bit of time :) ) Cut it to size with a paper trimmer.

3. Apply adhesive to the box, I did one strip so that I could line up the paper before sticking it in place. One strip allows you to wrap it around and ensure the edges of the paper don't stray up or down, making it nice and straight. I used my Glue Glider Pro with the Perma Tac adhesive to ensure it stays put for a long time.

4. Add more strips of adhesive and glue the rest of the paper to the box.

5. Of course, a 12X12 isn't going to fit all the way around. I chose a coordinating sheet, and cut a piece to cover the exposed box.

6. Choose another coordinating sheet. This one is Basic Grey - Knee Highs & Bowties. Trace the lid, and make sure you do it on the opposite side of the paper you intend to use. Cut it out, and adhere it to the box.

7. Rather than place it on paper and draw a pencil mark, I decided to measure the lid depth with a measuring tape. This way, I could make an accurate cut. A pencil mark is always a little off, and this is a small strip (only an inch in this case) so the more precise, the cleaner it looks. Measure, cut, and adhere.

8. I cut a strip of paper and adhered it around, using the same paper that is on the top of the lid. The other side of the paper, around the lid rim, was cut and adhered in the center of that.

9. Now there's a gap here too, so I cut strips as I did before and tried to line up the patterns as best I could.
Now it looks like it goes all the way around!

10. Add a sentiment. I chose "Cheers" from the newly released Camden Town - Male 2 EZ Mount Stamp Set and matted it on black cardstock.
11. Using the wine glass image from the same set, I colored it with my Spectrum Noir pens (DR5, DR3, DR2.)

12. Add Ranger Glossy Accents to give the glass some shine. Stray Glossy Accents can be cleaned up with a needle or other sharp, fine point. 

13. Adhere image next to sentiment with adhesive squares.

14. Color acrylic flowers in with Spectrum Noir pens. I had a total of 6 I wanted to use, one for each color of the rainbow (in keeping with the rainbow palette I had going on.) Color the top, and then the underside to assure it is rich in color. I used DR3, OR3, CT4, LG5, BT8, and PL5.

15. Choose a strip of lace (the thicker the strip, the bigger the flower) and thread.
16. Sew as you would any ribbon flower, threading the needle through the lace and then pulling tight to create the flower. Assure that it is exactly as you'd like before you remove the needle.

17. After tying the ends together, turn upside down and apply a ring of adhesive (I used Helmar 450) and scrunch it up. Hold it until the glue dries, and wrap washi tape around the base to make it look a little cleaner. You will use this base to adhere it to the lid of the box.
It ends up looking something like this.
18. Apply another ring of glue to the lid and attach the flower to the top of the lid. Hold in place until it dries completely. I also added the same washi tape around the rim of the box lid.
Here's what you end up with:
19. Add acrylic flowers to the top. As these flowers came attached to wires, I ended up just sticking the wires through the center of the lace flower after twisting them together.
20. To lift the lace flower up even more, add glue in a circle around the outside of the acrylic flowers, wherever you think the flower should furl upwards.
21. Squish it together and hold it until the glue dries completely, kind of like what you did in step 17. It lifts the whole thing up, allowing you to see the base a little better, and making it look more like a flower. You could sew it, but I wanted it to appear as if it did it all on its own :) Just make sure you use a good, strong adhesive.

The finished product! I can't wait to give this to someone, fancy wine glass inside :)

Head over to the Crafter's Companion store to pick up stamps from the Camden Town line and make your own gift box! With so many different images, you can choose the perfect one to compliment your gift (like the cupcake image! Yum!)

Have a great day, and stay tuned for some sneak peeks of an upcoming Crafter's Companion release! You won't want to miss it :)