Summer Days

Hello everyone! I don’t know about you, but I have lots of friends with summer birthdays to celebrate so I’m bringing you a few ideas for inspiration.

This card uses Nonna’s Garden papers, Sue Wilson Rose Oval Die Set from Creative Impressions, peach Crepe Ribbon, Grandma’s Roses Sequin Tin for some sparkle and my go-to stamps for birthdays, Birthday Greetings Stamp Set. This card came together so fast! I think I spent 20 minutes making it, giving me more time to spend on the gift.

This decorated Paper Mache Oval Box that Susan made would be a perfect gift-filled with something yummy, of course!

Susan stained the box using the surface of a Black StazOn® Ink Pad and then covered the lid with Striped Textured 3-D Paper. She cut one of the stripes from the paper and glued it around the box sides. For the decoration she foam taped White Truffle 3-D Paper Tole to the box top and sides. A sweet red dot bow from Bohemian Dreams Ribbon Set finished this adorable gift/trinket box.

For more inspiration be sure to check out the Webisode on 7-26, featuring Paper Mache Boxes!

That’s all for today. Enjoy those summer days and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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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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