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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stamping a #Cre8time Storm

Hello Friends and Happy World Cardmaking Day! For today I am sharing one of my favorite cards and a fun technique that is one usually done with the Kiddos. Living in South Florida, I am in Hurricane alley and the past several weeks the storms have been relentless with Harvey, Irma, Maria and now Nate. There is a silver lining - storms are a perfect time to get crafty!

For today's project I am sharing a shaving cream technique to make a swirly background to go with this Hurricane Blowing Trees stamp. This technique is quick and easy and so much FUN!

I sprayed some shaving cream into a paper plate, spread around with a plastic knife, then dripped in three colors of Distress Ink re-inkers {peeled paint, old paper, and iced spruce}.

Drag the knife through the shaving cream to swirl colors around in patterns. If you do this too much, you will completely blend the ink into shaving cream.

Place your piece of cardstock into the shaving cream mixture and press flat to make sure entire paper has made contact. I'm using a smooth natural ivory colored cardstock as my base.

Gently remove the paper from the shaving cream and then scrape off the shaving cream with the plastic knife. Place paper onto a paper towel and wipe off the remaining shaving cream off using a soft towel. Finally I give the papers a zap with the heat gun to dry and to set color.

This technique is really easy and this project is great for kids, too. I colored several pieces of paper using the shaving cream mixture. When the color became too solid, I added a spray of fresh shaving cream and swirled it in. The white areas of shaving cream result in a color resist. My backgrounds are ready to get stamped.

I inked up my stamp with Versafine Black Ink and stamped onto the shaving cream painted paper. **PLEASE NOTE** The shaving cream leaves a film on the paper that makes the stamped image slightly distressed. I also tried stamping with dye ink on another paper and the image was blurred and resisted in areas. The Versafine ink version came out the best and I heat set this one to dry.

Now for assembly! I tore the edges away on each side of my stamped image. A SECRET... I layered this onto the unusable dye ink stamped image torn in the same fashion, leaving a larger border. For my card base I used a section of distressed corrugated mounted onto a Kraft card base using double sided tape. I adhered the base painted paper, then mounted a strip of burlap, and overlayed the stamped image. I finished off with two sea glass nuggets for a little bling.

Presenting my windblown Hurricane Card!!!

Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you are having an inky day!! What cards are you making for World Cardmaking Day?  Sb :)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Just ToO SpOokY Cute... DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Happy Fall everyone... though it still feels like SUMMER around here. Halloween is just around the corner and it's time to get decorating and making for the big day. What do you do with all of your leftover goodies from last year that didn't see the light of day??! You alter them into something fun! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays for making goodies and these SpOokY cute ornaments are so adorable wrapped up in colorful seasonal ribbons.

I'm transforming this fun dollar bin find into some super SpOoky Cute cookie cutter ornaments. Gather around the kids because this project is super easy and fun for all ages!

For this project you only need a couple things: scissors; ribbons/trim in seasonal colors; an adhesive runner; a black permanent marker; and some holiday spirit!

For this project I have used my favorite 
Herma Dotto adhesive. The Herma Dotto is a dry adhesive that it great for tacking down ribbon on cards, scrapbook pages and flat surfaces. I have loads of adhesives and runners of all kinds and I love how the dotto works with ribbon. You can use whatever adhesive you prefer for this project.

begin with the pumpkin and I choose a beautiful variegated orange ribbon. I add a stripe of Herma Dotto adhesive to the end to tack in place, then begin winding the ribbon around the cookie cutter. I continued wrapping, slightly overlapping the previous wrap and continue all the way around. When I reached the beginning, I add another stripe of Dotto adhesive to secure the end. Easy Peasy!

Next I selected an orange, gold and green check pattern, then wrapped around outer edge of pumpkin shape to measure and cut to sizeI applied adhesive along the entire length and press into place. I left about 2" overhang and looped this back over onto itself to form a leaf shape.

The finishing touch is to add a hanger and some contrast to the stem with a sheer irridescent ribbon. For the hanger, I cut a piece that was about 10" and tied to the top of the stem, knotting in place with the two loose ends meeting at the top. I laid the two ends over each other and tied in a knot to form a closed loop to hang. Then I cut another small section, added some adhesive to the end and wrapped around the entire stem area. Then I back trimmed and tacked down the loose end to complete.

This ornament is complete and totally full Pumpkin Spice... now to embellish the bat cookie cutter.

I have chose a silver/grey ribbon that is two-tone like brushed metal - lighter on one side and slightly darker on the other. I applied Dotto adhesive down the length of this ribbon and applied to the outer edge of the cookie cutter.

I repeated by centering a contrasting patterned ribbon right on top of the grey ribbon - a quick and easy transformation!

This ornament also needs a hanger but I don't have anything black... no worries I'll color one. I grabbed my spool of natural burlap string and a black Sharpie marker and quickly color a section black to match. Don't be afraid to use your crafty stash of inks, markers and paints to color white or natural colored ribbons/fibers to match.

These two ornaments are so lovely - they can be used for seasonal decor, gift toppers or even for the kids to make at the Halloween party.

How would you decorate your seasonal cookie cutters?

Thanks for visiting. Stay tuned for what becomes of the cat and the frankenstein head... perhaps some GOOGLIE eyes, resin or Steampunkery!  Sb :)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

#Cre8time Snow Days ... Designer Crafts Connection Kunin Felt Blog Hop

Happy Thursday! Today I am part of a new Designer Crafts Connection Bloghop featuring Kunin Felt... get ready to feel all warm and fuzzy! 

I was sent a wonderful wintery assortment of gorgeous Kunin Felt in 9" x 12" craft cuts of Classic felt one 12" x 18" craft cut of Premium felt. and also two pom-pom trims from Expo International. It's still summertime where I live in South Florida, but creating with felt always brings me back to fond memories of making all kinds of ornaments and other goodies with felt when I was growing up in Chicago. 

I really love using Kunin felts and fabrics! The products are made in the U.S.A. and they are eco-friendly. I am I'm all about using "GREEN" products and Kunin Felt are Eco-fi® 100% polyester fiber, made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. 

My project today is a wintery felted holder for my smart phone. I am constantly taking my phone out and many outfits {especially wintery ones} don't have pockets, so a snowy winter case will be perfect!

I began by measuring and cutting out a couple rectangles to size a bit larger than my smartphone; and also several strips of white and the 12"x18" grey for coordinating strap.

I love that I can cut the felt using my guillotine cutter! 

Then I cut some knotches away for the corners and also a half circle at the top of one side - this accent will help ease of removing my smartphone.

I used felt glue to start assembling the strap and the base of the phone holder. The Beacon Felt Glue tacks up quickly, and dries clear.

I glued all my strap sections together and set aside to dry.

I planned for this to be a free-form "NO-SEW" project. As I was assembling, I realized I needed something a little stronger than the felt glue, so I switched to using hot-glue for assembly.

I followed along the the long edge of one rectangle applying a bit of hot glue, then pressing the pom-pom trim into place. This took the most time and I'm happy with the results.

When I got around the bottom edge, the overlapped felt had a gap where I could glue in the edging of the pom-pom trim. 

After securing bottom edge trim, I continued gluing trim around the other side.

With the trim adhered around three sides and the base, I folded over the top and followed back around with hot glue to close up the sides. Now the holder is complete.

I wanted to add some stitching, but I didn't necessarily want to hand stitch the entire strap I have fashioned. So I got out the sewing machine and quickly zig-zag stitched through the center several times to add interest and texture.

I really like the two-tone strap with peeks of white amongst the grey felt. I love the rustic feel of my wonky zig-zag stitching too.

I hot glued the the strap to the completed case; one strap to the front and the other to the back. This will balance the weight of my smartphone and also lay flat when worn.

My phone tote is cute, durable with a little touch of bling! The pom-pom trim gives it a girly feel, but also adds a little padding around the edges. 

I finished off the front with a couple gems and a hand-cut wonky snowflake using the white felt adhered with Beacon felt glue.

How would you dress us your smart phone? I would love to hear what you create with Kunin Felt! For more Cre8time ideas and inspiration please follow Kunin Felt online and via social media.

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Thanks so much for visiting! CLICK HERE to pop over to the beginning of the Designer Crafts Connection "Kunin Felt" Bloghop and enjoy all more warm and fuzzy felt inspiration. Be sure to leave a comment over at DCC to be entered into a random drawing to receive an assortment of both Classic felt and Premium felt to make your own projects! Sb :)

** This is a sponsored post. Kunin Felt has provided the felt, and Expo International the pom-pom trim for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.
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