Under The Sea

Hello everyone! I spent my morning playing with Hunkydory 50 Shades of Mirri-Ombre cardstock. There are so many uses, but here’s just one:

I used the wood panel paper from Seaside Paper Pack and made a porthole by using copper Mirri-Ombre cardstock and nesting circles from 8 Circles And Scallops Cutting Dies. I used a 1/4″ hole punch to make porthole rivets and the Seahorse Cutting die cut from orange/yellow Mirri-Ombre cardstock. A simple greeting from Heartfelt Greetings Stamp Set did the trick. I die cut seaweed from purple/aqua cardstock and added some green and blue Party Time sequins for sparkle!

The Under The Sea Clear Stamp Set is filled with adorable sea creatures that I colored with Spectrum Noir™ ColourBlend™ Pencils-Naturals. To continue my Under the Sea theme I added drops of Crystal Lacquer. Once dry I think they look just like water drops!

For the card background I used the surfaces of blue and green inkpads from Rain Forest Pigment Ink Pads and a strip of scrap paper with a torn edge. I placed the torn edge along the card top and applied blue ink with a swirl motion and then placed the torn edge along the bottom of the card and used a moss green ink pad.

That’s all for today! Don’t miss our Week Of Webisodes featuring paper crafts from Hunkydory all week long!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Chalk Paint

Are you curious about chalk paint? What is it and what does it do? Chalk Paint is actually a trademarked brand by British artist Annie Sloan, but other companies have developed similar paints. Chalk paint can be used on wood and it creates a chalky look that can easily be distressed for a vintage look. When diluted with water it can even dye fabric!

Ken Oliver Chalky Base Paint is a white chalk paint that is made to use as-is or to tint with your favorite Color Burst powders. This makes the paint completely customizable, which is a great feature!

 

For this whimsical birdhouse (quantities are limited), I mixed Ken Oliver Chalky Base Paint White with Color Burst Ultramarine Blue to get my favorite shade of robin’s egg blue.

To give the birdhouse a shabby chic look, I painted directly over the torn paper edges of the aqua blue Robin’s Paper Pack. After assembling the house using Craft Tacky Glue I embellished it with Robin’s Red Die-Cuts, White Rick Rack From Picnic Ribbon Set and White Wildflowers.

I continued the look of my birdhouse with a cute Wood Desk Caddy. Again I used the Ken Oliver Chalky Base Paint White and the Color Burst Ultramarine Blue to make robin’s egg blue paint. I used the end of my paintbrush handle to make white dip dots from the white chalk paint. Instead of chalk, I used Painted Lace Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers on the chalkboard front and embellished the box with red gingham from Picnic Ribbon SetWhite Wildflowers and Winter Blue Buttons. So cute for my crafting space!

I encourage you to give Ken Oliver Chalky Base Paint White and Color Burst powders a try and customize colors to your hearts content! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Sizzix DIY Succulent Wreath Kit

Hi everyone! Adorable succulents are everywhere and make great gifts and accents for your home. Personally, I’m obsessed with them and so is my 17 year old daughter. So you can imagine how excited we were to see the Sizzix DIY Succulent Wreath Kit! Realistic succulents made from paper? You bet!

The kit comes with everything you need to make the wreath, with the exception of a hot glue gun and, if you desire, ink pads to use on the leaf edges.

If wreaths aren’t your thing, consider using some or all of the succulents to create a mini garden in a terracotta pot!

You can easily make one potted garden and still make a wreath, as it is very lush and full, or consider making 10 or more pots full of succulents! What cute table centerpieces for an event or in a grouping in your home!

I picked up the supplies to make the potted garden at my local Dollar Store. I glued floral foam into a 4 1/2″ wide terracotta pot and glued moss around the edges.

Before assembling the die-cut succulent pieces, I inked the bright green leaf edges with light aqua ink from Blue Cat’s Eye Queue Pigment Ink Pad Set,  and the edges of the moss green leaves with dark pink ink from Pink Cat’s Eye Queue Pigment Ink Pad Set. After curling leaves around a pencil to give them some dimension, I assembled the succulents according to the Sizzix instructions and used hot glue to secure the plants to the foam.

The light green air plants were a snap to make and curving the leaves gives them a very realistic look.

Sizzix did a great little video demonstrating how to make teach type of succulent in the kit.

I encourage you to give the Sizzix DIY Succulent Wreath Kit a try and make it your own by experimenting with different containers.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Mixed Media Journals & Planners

Hi everyone! Have you noticed how popular journals and planners have become? I think it’s because many people crave both a creative outlet and something tactile, instead of putting our reminders and memories into something electronic. Journals and planners are also portable, which makes them ideal to take along with you.

Ranger’s Dylusions Creative Dyary (named for designer Dyan Reaveley) has 56 double-sided cardstock sheets that contain undated weekly pages on the left and decorated background pages on the right.

I love that some of the pages are perfect for coloring (when you’re on the go just take your pens or pencils with you) and others are mixed media backgrounds that are perfect for Dazzles™ Stickers and stamping. For this page I used Zen Butterflies Dazzles™ Stickers and I colored them with Spectrum Noir™ Metallic Pencils.

Personally, I’m a planner girl. I like to record coming appointments and dates to keep organized. I highlight certain events or dates with the Dylusions Creative Dyary Clear Stamp Set and then I add notes, after that day has passed, where I might use Dazzles™ Stickers and record funny things that happened or people I met. I don’t worry about how pretty it is because it’s just for me! The Dylusions Creative Dyary Clear Stamp Set can be used to make a planner or calendar out of any journal. It’s a great tool to have around.

On the Mixed Media side I added Paisley Patterns Stamps and colored them with Spectrum Noir™ Metallic Pencils. A little Washi Tape kept my journaling note in place and hid info that I didn’t want to forget.

There are so many types of Journals & Planners available today and it can be hard to decide which is best for you. I made a quick little video to show you what’s available.

Summer is a great time to get started with your Journal or Planner. I encourage you to give it a try. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Mixed Media Made Simple

The term Mixed Media can intimidate some people, but really it’s just layering multiple products (or mediums) on your project. Something you might do without even thinking about it.

For example, this Birthday card, uses Artful Watercolor Papers (which feature watercolor and stamped backgrounds). Next, I added a small numbers stencil from 301 Mixed Media Stencil Collection and Rose Postcard Stamp, which is stamped once on Artful Watercolor tan paper and once on pink. I smudged a little green chalk to color the leaves and then I cut out the pink stamped image and foam taped it over the tan image.

After stenciling large numbers, from 301 Mixed Media Stencil Collection, using Amethyst Purple Nuvo Glimmer Paste, I added “happy birthday” Card Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers, purple Jute Twine and Mixed Berry Sequins to add more sparkle!

Journals and binders are so popular right now, and I thought why not use a Sara’s Surfaces 8″x8″ Album to make by own custom binder, using Mixed Media? First I colored the album cover edges with the surface of a Brown Ink Pad. Then I glued blue and teal torn Seaside papers to the cover.

Next, I made some custom colored embossing paste by mixing Pthalo Green Color Burst with White Embossing Paste (using my favorite Mini Squeegee).

I placed the “Inspire Your Self” stencil, from 303 Mixed Media Stencil Collection, angled on the cover and smoothed the green paste over the words. Remove the stencil and let the paste dry.

Next, I made more custom colored embossing paste by mixing Ultramarine Blue Color Burst and White Embossing Paste and applied it over All Over Swirls Stencil on both the cover and on ivory cardstock (to make pages with later).

Before the embossing paste dries, use a baby wipe or moist paper towel and rub over the stencil and paste to soften the edges. Remove the stencil and place it on a different area of the cover. Use the same baby wipe to rub excess color over the stencil and onto the cover for a softer stenciled image. Stamp Sea Turtles onto ivory cardstock and color with green and blue Brights Spectrum Noir Pen Set. Cut out and glue to the cover along with blue and green Party Time Sequins.

Turn clear sheet protectors, included with (8″x8″ Sara’s Surfaces Album) into storage pockets, use Cosmetic Sponges to sponge Timber Brown StazOn® Ink Pad over the surface on 303 Mixed Media Stencil Collection images. To keep things in place, Hole Punch the sheet protectors near the top edge, load up with all types of memorabilia and thread with Seaside Ribbons. To make pages, cut cardstock to 9 1/4″x 8 1/8″ and repeat the techniques used on the cover to stencil page corners and stamp turtles directly onto the pages. Embellish with blue and green Party Time Sequin.

You see? Getting that Mixed Media look you’ve heard so much about isn’t difficult at all. Just play and have fun using your favorite products! Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Vignette Boxes

I’m in LOVE with Tim Holtz idea-ology Vignette Boxes! They make perfect mini display cases for photos and keepsakes.

The boxes come nested in four different sizes and the embellishing possibilities are limitless! For my Stacked Memory Boxes, I used Romantic Butterflies Artful Card Kit papers and family photos to cover the back panels inside the boxes. The die-cut shapes added dimension and whimsy. After decorating the boxes I used Craft Tacky Glue to glue the small box inside the large box and another large box on top. I glued a photo inside a large Bezel Die Square Frame Jewelry Pendant and glued that to the edges of the box.

I also used Artful Romantic Butterflies Ribbon Set, Purple Rosette Flowers and Lilac Mini Paper Roses to add some color and texture. Vintage Heart & Key Charms and a pocket watch from Gentlemen Wooden Flourish Pack added the perfect finishing touches! The Stacked Memory Boxes can sit on a table or you could glue (no nails on the thin wood) a sawtooth hanger to the back for hanging.

Using the same package of four Tim Holtz Vignette Boxes, I also made a pedestal box featuring contemporary color photos.

I used Seaside Paper Pack and Ribbon Set, as well as Words Foiled Fancies (inked with Brown StazOn® Ink Pad and lightly sanded) a Metal Star Charm and a Wood Spool for the stand.

Give these fun boxes a try and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Butterflies Galore!

I have butterflies on my mind this week.

I covered the Circle Wood Shelf with Sunday Musings Paper, using the center of the newsprint paper so the floral corner embellishment would fall on the edges of the circle. Then I inked the circle edges using the surface of a Black Ink Pad. Before placing the shelves in the slots on the circle, I stenciled 2 large Layered Butterflies using Red Cat’s Eye Queue Pigment Ink Pad Set.

I used Stencil Tape to secure the stencil and then used the surface of the peach ink pad for the first layer.

Next came the orange ink pad.

Then Black Ink for the body. This was a tight space so I used a Cosmetic Sponge.

Finally came the red ink pad for the details.

The Circle Shelf does not include a hanger, so I picked up a sawtooth hanger at the local hardware store. I attached the hanger before gluing the paper-covered shelves into the notched spaces.

This decorated Distressed Wood Plank is a quick and easy project that features lots of style! Debbie used the Butterflies Punch Out Project Pad, which includes 575 foiled butterfly die-cuts. Add some Acetate Butterflies for extra shine and you’re done!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’re inspired to make something today! Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Graduation Is On Its Way!

Hi everyone! It’s almost summer and that means it’s time to celebrate our Graduates!

First up is a fun Star Triple Easel Die-Cut Card, featuring Graduation Dazzles™ Stickers! I customized the card with the graduate’s school colors using green dot paper from Colorists Paper Pack and then added some sparkle with Gold Ripple Holographic Paper (it comes in other colors too) and Velvet Glitter Ribbon.

Here’s a different look, using the same Graduation Dazzles™ Stickers, Colorists Paper Pack, Colorists Ribbon, White and Black Cardstock and a Blank White Card.

Make a quick & easy monogram letter (first/last name of grad or even initial of their school) for your graduate using a Letterpress Wood Block Letter, stenciled with the All Over Swirls Stencil, Glossy Black Embossing Paste and Squeegee. You can also use this technique on portions of our Paper Mache and Chipboard Letters! How fun to spell out the word “GRAD” for your celebration centerpiece!

Here is a quick little video to show you how it’s done:

Another great card idea is to make a Lock-Itz card using the Flutterby Die, Twilight Jewel Paper Pack, Pink Jewel Border Dazzles™ Stickers, Pink Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers and Everyday Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have some Graduation Inspiration!

Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Something For Dad & Family Celebrations!

Hello everyone! Father’s Day is approaching and I have a little crafty inspiration for you!

This Coaster Set features photocopy transfers and Family & Friends Black Dazzles™ Stickers on one side and Coffee Mugs Dazzles™ Stickers on the other! To make this set you will need several good quality photocopies, Translucent Embossing Paste and a Mini Squeegee. The steps to transfer a photocopy are very easy and I’ll walk you through them.

First, use the Mini Squeegee to apply Translucent Embossing Paste to one side of a coaster. The embossing paste is 100% acrylic emulsion which makes it water-soluble, but it becomes water-resistant when dry.

Place the photocopy picture-side down on the paste-covered coaster. You may want to reverse your photo, using digital photo software, if your image contains numbers or letters because the image will be reversed once transferred.

Use the Mini Squeegee to smooth out the back of the photocopy to remove any air bubbles or thickness in the paste. Let the paste dry for at least 8 hours.

Wet the paper side of the coaster with water and gently begin to rub the paper layer away until the photo image begins to reveal itself.

Add more water if necessary and continue to rub away the paper fibers. When you are finished removing the paper fibers, let the coaster dry for several hours.

Use the Mini Squeegee to apply a thin layer of Translucent Embossing Paste to seal each photocopy side of the Coaster Set and let dry. Paint the wood side of each coaster piece and the stand with Gold Cosmic Shimmer Paint and let dry. Personalize with “Dad” or “Grandpa” Family & Friends Black Dazzles™ Stickers. Use Craft Tacky Glue to glue the holder side pieces into the base and let dry. Place Coffee Mugs Dazzles™ Stickers on the coaster holder sides and on the gold painted back of each coaster (you will need several sheets of Dazzles™ Stickers if you want large coffee mugs on all of the coasters).

 

I like the idea of doing a “Family” banner, using 8″ Tall Chipboard Letters that can be used year round or brought out for special family celebrations, like Father’s Day.

Each letter is uniquely decorated. I found the best way to approach this was to do a little planning and lay out the letters and cover each with a different patterned paper from Romantique Paper Pack. Punch 1/8″ evenly spaced holes across the top of the letters using a power punch like Crop-A-Dile.

Lightly sand Swirls & Flourishes Foiled Fancies™ with a sanding block and glue to the letters using Craft Tacky Glue. Embellish letters with Romantique Ribbon Set, Pink and Yellow Rosettes and Pink Mini Roses. For a finishing touch I added buttons and half pearls from Cotton Candy Embellishment Bottle and Acetate Butterflies. Thread the letters with a length of Blueberry Twine Cording and tie loops at each end for hanging.

Thanks stopping by and I hope you come away with some inspiration for your family celebrations!

Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Jars, Jars ‘n More Jars

Hello everyone! Today I want to confess my obsession with mason jars! They are just so versatile! Maybe you love them as much as I do?

I’m so excited that Paper Wishes now has Tim Holtz Mini Mason Jars! They are 3 7/8″ tall, come in a 3 pack and they are so cute! I couldn’t wait to play with them.

 

I used one jar to make a Memory Jar featuring my parents as young newlyweds. It was a quick project and I love how it turned out! I placed a small black & white photo inside the jar and added some Savannah Stroll Buttons for color.

 

I covered the top of the jar lid with pink Romantique paper, wrapped some Romantique Ribbons around the lid and tied a bow to the left of center. I used some hot glue to attach a Pink Rosette and leaf to the bow center. Once the lid was secure I placed “Together” from Family & Friends Black Dazzles™ Stickers on the top of the lid.

I used another jar to make a little tea light holder. Because I used a battery operated tea light I was able to keep the lid on, which made it a little different. I tore some black and ivory Romantique paper and used the shadow for the heart shaped die, from 10 Tiny Things + Shadows Cutting Dies, to cut a heart in the center of the torn paper strip. I wrapped a Black Jewel Border Dazzles™ Sticker around the lid to add a touch of sparkle! And the heart cut-out from the front? I glued that to the top of the lid.

This jar uses a combination of Cranberry and Eggplant Alcohol Inks, which are so easy to sponge (using a Cosmetic Sponge) onto the outside of the glass.

I sponged Eggplant onto the lid and after drying for about 1 minute I placed a small Zen Butterfly Dazzles™ Sticker onto the center. Using the corner of a Cosmetic Sponge, I dabbed some Cranberry Alcohol Ink onto the openings on the butterfly wings. This project took about 10 minutes to make, (No kidding!) I can make a set of 3, using different colors of Alcohol Ink, and use them to store this & that in my craft space or use it as a vase!

 

Why not continue my love of jars onto cards? I stamped a jar from the Well Preserved Stamp Set onto Acetate the using Black StazOn® Ink Pad, and then used Silver Linen Paper for the lid.

I used Waffle Flower Crafts Succulent Stamp and Cutting Die Set and the Black StazOn® Ink Pad to stamp and die-cut succulents from both Lavender and Emerald Glimmer papers. I also used purple and green ink pads and stamped succulents on white cardstock. Add some sparkle with a little glitter and sequins from the Mixed Berry Sequin Tin.

To continue my Mason Jar theme…Iris Folding! This Iris Folding #2 Template makes Iris Folding a snap! (Sorry Home Grown Paper Pack is sold out, but out substitute Picnic Paper Pack)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you found something to inspire you to use some jars in your crafting.

Happy crafting,

LeNae Gerig

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