Thursday, October 20, 2016

Birthday Candle Invitation Card - Using Justrite Stamps - DIY Instructions

Easiest Birthday Invitation Ever!
I created a quick easy birthday card/invitation using just one set of stamps from JustRite Papercrafts.  

This super versatile stamp set has enledd possibilities for birthdays and celebrations including ideas for school projects and for the teacher even - as you can see in the image of the set below. 

My Steps and Easy DIY instructions
OK - soooooo easy… I wanted the sentiments to look like candles.  
  I found the easiest way to stamp the sentiments was to line them all up on my clear acrylic stamp block first and then stamp - repeating as necessary to complete the border.

 After stamping the sentiments, I doubled back and stamped the itty bitty candle flame.

Last step…I added my watercolors as the last step. I just happened to have used Prima's Tropical Confections watercolor set.   

And this is what the finished border looks like.  

JustRite Stamps - Make A Wish CR 05083
Prima Confections - Tropicals

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Winter Snowball Card Using JustRite Dies and Stamps

JustRite Dies and Stamps for Christmas and Winter
I have a simple yet beautiful frosty card I created using some dies and stamps from JustRite.  

Not a lot to this card, but sometimes simple is effective and I love the colors I chose.  

The background of the card  was created using JustRite Confetti Trio Background Stamps.
I thought I would dab the stamp with three different colored distress inks - Dusty Concord, Broken China and Bundled Sage.

The sentiment in the corner is JustRite Small Oval Christmas Tidings Clear Stamps and is stamped using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Faded Jeans.  

Finally the sweet little snowflake in the upper corner was created by cutting the circle from 
JustRite Four in a Square Die, then stamping the snowflake design from the JustRite Small Oval Christmas Tidings Clear Stamps.

JustRite Confetti Trio Background Stamps - CL05091
JustRite Small Oval Christmas Tidings Clear Stamps -CR05098
JustRite Four in a Square Die

Monday, October 10, 2016

Spellbinders -Maker's Mart - More Christmas Cards

Marker's Mart From Spellbinders is Now Open And a Chance to Win....
Spellbinders has opened it's new Maker's Mart shop - where you can be the first to grab a monthly  kit.  They also have a cool chance to win a prize.  Scroll on down and you'll find the details.  
Today I am sharing two cards that I made from my Maker's Mart dies.  
This set of cards was created using the Holiday Themed Card Kit from Maker's Mart.  This is chock full of darling dies from Spellbinders.  They are perfectly sized for cards...I love them.  
Share your Maker's Mart creations and win!  
 You can see all the details right here on the Maker's Mart blog.  All you have to do is tag your Social Media with #MakersMart  and on Twitter with #MakersMart and @TeamMakersMart or upload your designs to the Maker's Mart web page even. 
Wanna see some other ideas from Maker's Mart?  I have two super short videos showing the Die kits from July and April.  Got 4 mins?  I promise 4 min of  quick moving crafty entertainment.  I'd especially love if you would leave a comment on the the Spellbinder's folks know I'm working hard.   
OK back to the cards....

I made this festive green card from all the supplies within the box that I received.  

And now for my second card....

Don't miss out on your chance to win a prize from Maker's Mart.  
Let's see what you make!
Thanks for stopping by.  I value your time. 

Spellbinders Maker's Mart Holiday Themed Card Kit

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Halloween Witch Hat Home Decor - with DIY video

It's Halloween and Time for some Home Decor -  With Julie Nutting/Prima and PhotoPlay

I created this witch hat using Julie Nutting's new die and stamp set from Prima.  I combined it with PhotoPlay Papers Bootiful Collection.  The colors in the collection make for perfectly festive fun home decor pieces.  

This started as a plain paper mache hat that needed to be gussied up.  I grabbed this at a great discount from Joann's  - part of the new Fab Lab collection.  

I had a few options for decorating my hat.  I could paint the entire thing, or use paper.  I chose paper because I love the PaperPlay Bootiful collection.  However it's way too difficult to paper something with such precision without edges and crevices showing.  Impossible for me at least.  

Painting the edges and crevices BEFORE papering and decorating helps eliminate the stress of perfection.  That's what I did.  I painted the edges of the hat, the tip of the hat, and the underside of the hat.  I absolutely did not want to bother decorating and wasting paper on the underside of the hat.  

After the paint is dry, I went ahead and added paper to the hat.

Creating a Template to Start the Decorating Process

 I have to admit that when I started the decorating phase of this project, I was certain it would be super easy and quick to cover the cone on the hat.  Heck , how difficult  can it be?  And how difficult can it possibly be to make a hat band as well?  

Wrong, wrong wrong.  I was so wrong.  It was not easy.  In fact it was frustrating as all heck.   But I have this quick technique I use when I am working with odd shapes, paper mache and wood pieces.  My template process is a snap and takes the frustration out of the paper crafting process - at least for me.  
 I have a super quick 2 min video that will help provide some tips when working with paper mache and tips on how to make easy templates in a flash.  

The doll die is much taller than I wanted so I cut her legs off.  Sorry little darlin' but I had to do it!
In order to make her be a sturdy and durable embellishment on my hat, she is 3 layers thick.  I cut 3 layers, glued them together and then decorated the top layer.  Then I added a layer of black foam to her in order to attach her to the hat.  The foam adds a nice dimensional layer between the hat and the doll.  

You can see the foam in the photo below ( near the bottom of the doll).

In order to protect the paper hat from moisture, I coated the entire hat with Mod Podge in a matte finish - even the under side.
Looking down on the hat....
Thanks for stopping.  

Products Used:
Prima - Julie Nutting - Halloween - Cling Mounted Stamps and Metal Die Set - Lil Witch -911614
PhotoPlay Paper - Bootiful Collection  12x12 paper
Paper Mache Witch Hat - JoAnn's Fab Lab collection
Black Cardstock
Black Acrylic Paint

Mod Podge - Matte Finish