Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Eileen Hull Paper Flower Party!

Hi all! Today I'm sharing a project I created to celebrate the release of Eileen Hull's Paper Party Flower collection with Sizzix. I actually had a real life paper flower party with my friends! We got together, enjoyed a nice lunch and then sat down and started die cutting flowers using the new dies and crepe paper. It was so much fun! The great thing is that everyone's flowers were a bit different - there are endless ways to mix and match. Here's how mine came together!

I started by cutting my flower pocket from chipboard, then assembled it and painted it with DecoArt's Chalky Finish paint. The first flower I created was cut from a stack of crepe paper using Eileen's new Romance Flower die.

As you can see, it's easy to go crazy once you start making these! I mixed and matched various crepe papers and dies to create my flowers. There really is no right or wrong way and it's so much fun when you do it with a group of friends!

A block of foam was glued inside to hold the flowers.

I've been dying to try the new Twist and Style tool and decided to see what would happen if I tried twisting wire and jute twine together. As you can see, it worked great! I used this piece to add a handle to my basket.

To finish my little flower pocket off, I cut the word bloom from chipboard using Eileen's Bloom and Plant Markers die, then glued it to the box. After it dried, I painted it to match and sanded the whole piece lightly once it was dry.

I'm so in love with how these flowers turned out! I can't wait to play around with more materials and finishes. Make sure you check out Eileen's blog to see loads more ideas using these amazing dies

The supplies I used can be found at Scrapbook.com and Amazon via the links below.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Stage It Stencils

Hi all! It's time again for another Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. This month, we're focusing on Karen's new Stage it Stencils. I would love to say I had thought up an idea ahead of time, but the truth is I was rummaging around my studio, trying to get my table cleared off to work, when I came across this notebook from the dollar store. I had bought it a few months ago with the idea that I'd alter it and was like, ah ha! This will do quite nicely. I grabbed a piece of watercolor paper, a couple of my new Stage it stencils, some texture paste, and got to work.

First, I applied Ranger's Texture Paste to a sheet of watercolor paper using the Petite Flourish Stage it stencil.

After the texture paste dried, I spritzed the paper with various colors of Ranger's Distress Spray Stain.

While the stained panel was drying, I prepped my notebook by adding swipes of white paint and a few polka dots using just part of Karen's Blossom Layering stencil. I also added a few torn strips of vintage French book pages.

I wanted the stenciling to stand out more, so I highlighted it with white paint, which I also added along the edges of the panel. After I adhered the panel to the front of the notebook, I added a length of lace trim, a strip of gems, and a few paper flowers. Tip - I found the gems in a roll at the Dollar Tree. You can cut them apart to use as many or as few as you'd like. It's a great deal for a buck!

To give the panel a focal point, I cut an Eiffel Tower from Ranger's Sticky Back Canvas using Karen's Eiffel Tower Pop Stand die. The sentiment is from Karen's new Steampunk clear stamp set and was stamped onto a tag that was cut with one of the dies from the Tags Pivot set. The glittery key is one of the new charm dies from the new Steampunk Charms die set. So cute! Finally, I added a few strips of tissue tape and a few more swipes of paint and I was done!

The supplies I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Simon Says Stamp via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my take on Karen's new Stage it Stencils. Be sure and check her blog on Wednesday for loads of inspiration from the DC team as well as a new video from Karen.

Have a great week!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Pop it Ups Mother's Day Bendi Card

Hi all! Hope your weekend is off to a great start! Today I'm sharing the card I made my mom for Mother's Day this year. I've been wanting to try a bendi card for ages and this seemed like the perfect occasion for one.

My friends and I got together a few weekends ago and figured out the basic structure of a bendi card. They are ridiculously easy! After cutting the pieces, I used one of the dies from Karen's Agatha Edges set to cut a decorative edge along the top. After cutting the flaps, I scored the edges and attached them to the card. Then the fun could begin - fussy cutting all those pretty bits and pieces from Graphic 45's Botanical Tea paper and decorating with Karen Burniston's amazing dies!

On the inside of the card, I added a tree and flowers cut using Karen's All Seasons Tree die set. The Fence from her Pop Stand set is perfect on the front of the card. I just love this die! I added tufts of grass cut using one of the accessory dies included in the set, and lots of pretty flowers and butterflies, and my card was done!

Did you know Elizabeth Craft Designs is celebrating National Scrapbook Day by offering free shipping this weekend?! Now through Monday US orders will ship for free - what a great deal! Simon Says Stamp is also offering a fantastic deal this weekend. $25 off your order of $100 or more when you use the code MOMSROCK - that is an incredible deal! You can find links to the products I used from both ECD and SSS via the links below.

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!