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Baby Thank You Card Folder for Unscripted Sketches #253 and Giveaway Winner

I love using the sketch for something other than basic cards. This week I was making cards for a friend who just had a baby and the sketch worked beautifully a folder to hold the cards.

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I used some Webster’s Pages papers to make this. The yellow ribbon looks so pretty. I love that shade of yellow and the chevrons are awesome.

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This is the inside of the folder. I designed it myself so if you like it and want the dimensions, let me know.

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Here’s a closeup of the embellishments. The arrows are made from Craft-a-board then covered with white cardstock and washi tape.

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This is the card I designed. Sorry that it’s hard to read the tag; it says ‘thanks’. I made the card narrower than the usual 4.25”. It is only 4” which helped because I wanted to get the most from a scrap of 12” wide paper and of course, 4” fits across 3 times but 4.25 only fits twice. That also allowed me to hang the trunk off the edge and still fit into a regular envelope.

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I hope you will join us at Unscripted Sketches this week. Be sure to check this week’s post to see if you won one of our prizes! I look forward to making the jewelry I am giving away. My winner is Monika Reeck so please email me in the next 48 hours to claim your prize.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Mega Mixed Messages, Bitty Baby Blessings-PTI
Ink: Harvest gold-PTI
Paper: lemon tart CS-PTI, Baja Breeze CS-SU!
Accessories: foam dots- The Sticky Stuff Store, Copic BG72, seam binding ribbon-Masterstroke Ribbon

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Jewelry Display Canvas Tutorial for Unscripted Sketches 249

You read that right! Not only do I have a home dec project for you today, I even have a tutorial! I’m afraid I’m not very good at remembering to take photos for every little step but it’s so easy, I promise you will get it. So, project and sketch first then the tutorial! This is also for The Shabby Tea Room Anything Goes!

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This is a dollar store lover’s dream project! The (wonky) canvas, wire mesh and dowels were all purchased there. I’m sure you could get beads, wire, flowers, washi tape, ribbon, foam squares, charms, lace, paper and paint though I’ve no idea if you can find things that approach the look you see here. I know in the US there are way better stores than here.

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Here’s a close-up of some of the pegs, I’ll have more extreme close-ups later. Aren’t the beads pretty? Each peg is slightly different and they are functional as well as lovely. I wanted to make sure that necklaces and bracelets didn’t fall off the pegs!

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Everyone knows that earrings go through the mesh right? I still plan to embellish it more, I just ran out of time. I think I’m going to add Tim H’s Grunge Board Printer’s Blocks to spell BLISS at the bottom with gold swirls and pearls/rhinestones/sequins etc. Cool right? I also want to colour the mesh gold. Not sure if I’m going to try to use my Krylon pen or buy some model paint designed for metal.

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I had a blast with this sketch as you can see! Please visit the other gal’s blogs and leave them some lovin’ (comments) and be sure to support our challenge at Unscripted Sketches by making’  somethin’ groovy and linking it up! And don’t leave now! Please stand by for more close-ups and my tutorial!

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Jewelry Display Canvas Tutorial

Need to sort out all your jewelry? Need a place that won’t leave it in knots and tangled with other pieces? Can never find the second earring? Need a great customizable gift for the gal who has everything? Bridesmaids’ Gifts? Tada!

What you need:

Artist Canvas in your choice of size. Unless this is for a girl I’d recommend no smaller than 8×10”. If you want to cover it in full sheets of scrapbook paper, no larger than 11 or 12×16” or you will have more than one seam.

1/4” dowels

a way to cut the 1/4” dowels, I used a small hand saw

1/4” drill bit (in any drill bit set) and drill or ideally a drill press but NOT necessary

sandpaper or rough emery board for sanding the ends of the dowels

rubber or rawhide mallet or hammer if no mallet

metal mesh for opening, you could use sturdy open lace if you can’t find mesh, I know craft stores have it

die or stencil to create shape for opening (optional, you can draw your own shape if you want)

fine tipped scissors or an xacto knife

strong glue or hot glue

22 or 24 gauge craft wire, I used 24 g Antique Bronze Artistic wire

Your choice of small roundish or chip/nugget beads 3-5 per peg, 2-6mm do not recommend doughnut shapes like rondelles or long oval shapes

wire cutters, preferably jewelry flush cutters

some sort of jewelry plier like a chain nose or a flat nose or even a round nose will help but optional

Paint or paper to cover canvas. This is so up to you that I really can’t make a list for you. I used MME paper and Golden Fluid Acrylic paint in Titan Buff. Before that, I added a layer of Gesso over the questionable layer on the canvas when purchased. You could add anything you would to the front of a card or to a scrapbook page, the possibilities are endless. An inspiring word, quote, monogram or her/your name might be nice.

1. Decide on the placement for your pegs. Note in the photo above that you may not be able to add dowels in the corners because of how the wooden frame is put together. Other than that you can wing it or measure precisely.

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2. Drill through the frame to the other side. This allows you to remove a peg if you need to. Be sure to place something underneath if you are working on a surface you won’t want to mess up. Keep the holes as vertical as possible or your pegs won’t sit straight. (We own a drill press and I own a husband, I’m not going to try to fool anyone here. Though if my garage wasn’t a disaster, I could do it myself. The spiders are still asleep here.)

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3. Cut the dowels to your preferred length. Mine were 1 1/2” long and my canvas was 3/4” thick so that amount was also what was showing. Unless the necklaces are very thick even right at the back of the neck, that is plenty, even with the wire wrapped beads we will add. Sand them smooth on one side. Do not add the dowels yet!

My hubby asked how I will see what I have on the left when they will be hanging on top of one another. There are two possibilities. If you are a quirky gal, hang it on an angle. If not, hang bracelets there or necklaces that aren’t likely to tangle. If the top necklace hangs on one side of the pegs and the second on the other and vice versa, I think you will be ok. Of course, if you aren’t making this for a sketch challenge, feel free and add more pegs wherever you’d like, just being careful of those corners.

4. Decide what shape your opening will be and trace it onto the back of your canvas. I used the largest Labels 8 by Spellbinders. Make a slit in the opening and cut with scissors or if you are good with an X-acto, use that. Be very careful not to stretch the canvas around the edges. I chose one large opening but you could do more than one small opening too like several small hearts or the centers of flowers.

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5. Next add your lace or mesh to the backside of the hole. I used Glossy Accents but you could use hot glue. Just be careful with the latter as the mesh will heat up with the heat of the glue. {{You can see here that the drilled holes did hit some of the staples. Didn’t seem to hurt the canvas or the drill bit so don’t worry about it!}}

OK, so the structure is done so we are on to decorating right? Uh, but what about the dowels. Don’t worry, didn’t forget those. When you add them depends on how you are decorating. If you are adding paper, add the dowels last*. If you are painting, add the dowels now. Stencilling-later… you get the idea. If you are doing any kind of technique which requires a flat surface, leave the dowels to later. If you want them to meld with your surface effects, add them now. You could even paint them along with the canvas, remove them (pound a short piece of scrap dowel in from the back about 2/3 of the way then remove the scrap with regular pliers), number them, do whatever other surface treatment you’d like, then replace them. Anyway, whatever you choose, here’s how to do it.

* poke a needle through the holes from the back. Then jab fine tipped scissors (closed) through from the top and press the excess paper into the hole. Unless you have many layers, it will just make it a bit tighter fit. If the dowel won’t go in, remove the lowest layers, keeping the top one intact as best you can. When it folds inwards as the dowel goes it, it gives the nicest finish. Make sure all glue is dry or it will tear.

6. If your dowels aren’t painted or finished, do that now. Pound the dowels into the holes with a mallet until they sit flush with the back of the canvas. A mallet will ensure the wood is not marred and neither is the finish. If you only have a metal hammer, wad up some scrap cardstock, 4-6 layers,  and shape it into a kind of a cup shape over the head of the hammer and tape it on. Now pound it in gently. Unless you wiggled your drill bit, they should fit perfectly and not even need glue. If they are a bit loose, never fear, add a bit of white glue and let that set checking that your dowel is at the correct angle while it dries. A clothespin may help here.

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7.  Now, the best part! The beads! I worked with the spool of wire here and it may seem weird at first but it’s great. These were the first two I did and I was still experimenting with the best way. The left one was not the best at all! You are going to use a lot more wire than you’d think. Add your beads to the wire in any order. Begin by adding wire along the length of the peg, starting near the base of the canvas and working up to the top of the peg. This seems like the wrong way but trust me. Now bend the wire 90 degrees and start wrapping it around the peg near the top. When you come around to where you started going around, make sure you wrap around the straight wire you started with and be sure it is tight. Wrap around twice more being sure to catch the straight wire every time.

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8. In the photo above #7, you can see the right peg doesn’t have the beads distributed very evenly which wasn’t my aim, these three are much better. Now that you’ve secured the beginning of the wire, you need to slide your first bead along the wire and place it where you want it on your peg. Make a full wrap then add the next and so on. Keep your wire taut the entire time. Don’t worry if it doesn’t end up super tight, many of mine weren’t. We will fix that later. It does need to be tight enough to not spin freely though. You can try tightening the wire, unwrap and start again, or start with new wire, it isn’t expensive! In the photo below, you can see that there isn’t a lot of excess wire.

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9. When you finish adding beads, wrap the wire three more times. Then cut the wire leaving a 1” tail near the bottom but try to still hold it tight so it doesn’t uncoil. Next, this is where jewelry pliers come in handy as we want to find a little spot in the wrapping on the side to tuck the end into. If you only have regular pliers, don’t use them just leave two extra inches and work
with your fingers. Just thread it in, pull it tight and trim that wire, and the one you started with, closely. If the ends stick out, press them close and out of the way with something metal like the tip of a metal ruler.When working with your fingers, if you are having trouble threading the wire through a small space, magnification might help if you have it and so might putting a small hook shape on the end of your wire. Try threading the wire into a large eye needle and bending it slightly then slipping it in a bit further, bending it again and so on until you have a small hook shape. This will hook under the wire wraps more easily.

10. Your wrapping may cover more width of the peg than you might like. Use jewelry pliers or your fingers to squeeze the wraps together and make the wires closer like a more tightly coiled spring. Add a couple drops of a strong glue like Glossy Accents to the very bottom of the wire, in between the wires if you can, if you feel the wire may slip. Don’t want to lose that baby!

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11. Last but not least, this is a home dec project. I highly recommend that you seal all paper layers with some sort of spray sealer or gel medium for longevity.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Music and Roses Necklace

I’ve been making more and more jewelry lately but dang it is it hard to photograph with out some sort of stand! Especially necklaces. Earrings are pretty easy but not necklaces! I FINALLY got a stand so yeah! This one is my favourite because it goes with pretty much anything!

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This one is actually a little bit crafty! I added vintage music paper to the back of the Swarovski flat backed baroque pendant (not all are flat on the back) with Glue and Seal then sealed the sides and back with the same. You can see how the facets reflect the light in the picture. I finally managed to take a good sharp picture that shows sparkle! I was starting to wonder where my photography skills had gone!

I hope you like it!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Pendant, 6mm gold pearls-Swarovski, champagne rondelles-Znetshows, roses-local bead store, wire-bronze 24g artistic wire, bronze 6mm, 20g ID jump ring, 8mmlobster clasp

Technique Used: wire wrapped and linked beads (to learn try Fire Mountain Beads or Artbeads or YouTube), dont know that I’ve ever seen instructions for the gluing technique, email me if you’d like a further explanation

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Bracelet Card for Unscripted Sketches #240

I finally found a sketch where I could combine my love of jewellery making and my design team sketch!

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I used Memory wire and many types of glass, crystal and stone beads and pearls to make this bracelet. I had a general pattern to work with but it is pretty much random. I started with the largest heart beads and laid them out red, white, red… Then I filled in with the next largest beads. I didn’t use a bead board and didn’t make an effort to keep the beads in order thus the randomness. I just made sure that each type of bead had the same number placed between each large heart-shaped bead; some just one and others 2.

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When it came time to string them, I just grabbed them and added them, again, no order. I used pink cat’s eye, pink and white pearls, large white and gold lamp work beads, pink glass lentil beads, small red hearts, medium pink quartz beads, large pink Czech crystals and a couple others. It’s very hard to see but if you enlarge the photo, you might be able to see that the dangle on the end of the bracelet is made with a heart-shaped head pin I made Cute huh? To support the weight of the bracelet, I reinforced the panel with cereal box board and the card does stand quite well!

Adding the ribbon was a bit of a trick. I wanted the ribbon to hold hte weight of the bracelet but not dig into the panel’s sides and not droop. The side pieces are faux, the don’t connect to the bow. The bow ribbon is first attached through a hole in the reinforced panel and pops through then ties around the bracelet. Just untie to release the bracelet. If you retie the bow, the card might look a bit empty but it would hide the hole so still look nice! The hearts are a die cut covered in EP.

I’m so excited so many of you played our sketch last week! Please keep it up! I can’t wait to see what you do with this week’s sketch at Unscripted Sketches. This is a perfect one for people who like to colour because you can play with the proportions like I did to make it a focal sized panel but it also works great for a focal sentiment or photo for scrappers! The sky’s the limit!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Bracelet: beads-various sources including ebay, Beadalon

Card:
Paper: Fancy Pants DP, Bazzill CS, white CS for die cut, punching-scrap
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: gold EP-SU!, die-Memory Box, ribbon-SU!, hole punch-WRMK

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Icicle Lights Jewellery Set

Wanna know what’s been keeping me so busy lately? Well yes, three kids but I’ve also been getting  into making jewellery. In the next few weeks, I will be showing you what I’ve been up to!

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This is one of my latest pieces. I made this for my autistic son’s respite worker. She’s leaving for three month’s to go to Australia and her work also asks her to bling it up since it’s a nice place so this works for both. It uses headpins (a silver wire with a flat end on it which acts as a stopper) which I strung Swarovski round and bicone crystals in blue, teal and white then turned a 3/4 loop with round nose pliers and slipped the loop over the chain.

Then I completed the loop and wrapped the wire tail around the wire stem just above the beads. I cut the chain to size, added a clasp to the chain and that’s it! The earrings are even easier. Add the beads to the headpin, wrap the loop. Add the earring wire. That’s it. It you are working with thicker wire than I am, you can just turn a loop and not even wrap it!

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Planning the beads so they hang nicely, look good and keep them in order while making the was the harder than the construction. I wish I’d planned the second and third in from each end a little better as they don’t lay well. The other’s just don’t have support behind them in the photo to lay perfectly but the end ones just sit funny because they don’t have room. Oh well.

The earrings aren’t as interesting (I don’t like crazy earrings) but I did use a long French wire, (heck I don’t know what they are really called but that’s what I call em) so that makes them a bit more unique. When I asked our worker what style she likes or what preferences she has all I got was “I’m sure I’ll like anything you will make. Whatever you’d like to make.’” and “blue” so I think I’m good!

Enjoy Rebecca

RECIPE
any decent bead store has everything you see here. I used a basic jump ring and lobster claw closure. There are dozens of tutorials on line to teach you how to make wrapped loops and open and close jump rings, the only skills i used. Try Fire Mountain Beads and Artbeads

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Door Sign for Unscripted Sketches #235

This week I took inspiration from an unconventional source. An item from a women’s steals site.

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The item I was inspired by was basically the same, a sign for your door with a turning upper layer that rotates to reveal several different signs which I should at SheSteals.com. There was one for your dishwasher, clean vs dirty, too. There are magnets on the back to hold it in place. I would have added some lade or ribbon or more layers of paper but I wanted it to be weather-proof in case I left it out and it started to rain or snow. What I have to really remember is to not leave it out too long with the ‘Come on in’ left showing!!

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I made it with die cut circles of craft-a-board and patterned paper with a brad and a flattened bead cap in the center. The flower is made from a Memory Box cherry blossom die which I stiffened with outdoor Mod Podge also applied to the rest of the project. Unfortunately, outdoor Mod Podge is sticky even when dried for a long time, I feature I HATE (I hear Martha Stewart decoupage medium is weather proof and not sticky but I didn’t have any) so inside I added two 1” circles of naked craft-a-board so the larger circles would rotate smoothly.

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There is still one more spot on the under layer for another little note but I couldn’t think of anything else. I can still add something if I want to later. I’ll probably have to add a piece of paper or use Staz-on or archival ink because I’ve sealed it but it could work. These are quick and easy to make; contact me if you’d like the exact measurements. It turned out that three messages underneath would fit perfectly so just email me for the circle and cut off dimensions!

We will still be having sketches all through the holidays so if you find yourself bored at all be sure to come on out and play. Do you sew? Quilt? Knit? Do Mixed Media? Paint? Doesn’t just have to be basic card making, paper crafts and scrapbooking though of course we love to see those crafts! We welcome anything you create! We’d even be happy to see baking that fits the sketch! Please play with our super talented team this week too at Unscripted Sketches!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Paper:
Authentique, Craft-a-board-Ellen Hutson, chocolate, peach (don’t know real name) CS-SU!
Ink: Teal Zeal-Memento
Stamps: really old alphabet stamps
Accessories: Memory Box cherry blossom die, bead cap, brad-stash, Mod Podge, Circle Nesties

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Crystal Blue Persuasion Necklace and Earrings

Since the Monday (shabby and grungy) SSS challenge blog with the theme of anything goes said we were welcome to enter jewellery, I decided to enter a set I made a couple weeks ago.

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I made it hoping to get on a design team but turns out they only accept US residents. I even have a US addy I can use but unfortunately, the reason is for speed of delivery and that’s something I can’t offer at that address. I had won a prize of beads from this same company so I used mostly their beads to make this. All the pearls are from ZnetShows.

The crystals are Swarovski, though Znet also has amazing crystals, and the lampwork bead is one I fell in love with years ago when I bought it but it’s not just an bead and I hadn’t found the right home for it until I made this necklace.

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I’m afraid my loops aren’t quite perfect on these earrings though what looks like a lot in a close up photo is probably only a mm or 2 IRL. I made my own earwires for the first time and I was pretty proud.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE (as above) plus silver head pins, silver lobster clasp, rhinestone rondelles-Ebay, Beadsmith 19 strand wire, extender chain

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Home Sweet Home Pumpkin Mixed Media Canvas

Creating this was interesting on so many levels. I’m trying to enjoy fall more by decorating my house a bit. These aren’t colours that go with the little I have decorated but it’s still fun.

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I hate fall because it brings cold weather right after I’ve enjoyed summer so much and is a forerunner to winter with even more cold. But I really wanted to enter a couple challenges that this theme worked with. I experimented with a new medium, water soluble oil pastels. And I tried out some other new techniques like adding colour to my embossing paste and not the background.

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So here’s how it’s made.

  1. add crumpled tissue paper to the background. I used one with birds, leaves and bird cages. Use gel medium underneath and on top of the tissue and allow some wrinkles to form.
  2. add gesso mixed with water over hte top. Create as much opacity as you like. I often add two layers to make sure I don’t get too much coverage the first time.
  3. This step is one I don’t know I’d use again but it was fun experimenting. Add dark brown oil pastel around the edges and over the edge, about 1”. add a lighter brown inside that. Buff with a rag and add gilder’s wax to the outside edge spreading some colour across  into the center of the canvas. (this didn’t end up showing in the end, I’ll explain as I go).
  4. add music paper to the bottom of the page with gel medium, colour with alcohol ink.
  5. add lace.
  6. Die cut ivy tendril and flourishes, sponge and stamp them
  7. cut sentiment from paper pack and add gold paint pen to edges in distressed (not perfect) way
  8. tear oval shapes from orange paper. I used a die to tear against so my shapes were torn but still smooth-ish on the edges. cut a stem. ink all edges and assemble adding a twine bow .
  9. add pumpkin and flourishes to canvas with gel medium. Use layers of scrap paper under upper portion of pumpkin to raise it to the height of the bottom portion which is over the lace. I didn’t make sure it met the edge of the lace.
  10. add embossing paste to top of canvas using a stencil. Allow to dry without using heat gun. I found when I used the heat gun, it brought the oil from the oil pastels to the surface and made it shiny. When I buffed it, quite a lot came off and I had to add back more colour. It never looked quite as good as it did in the beginning.
  11. when paste is dry, add green and brown ink. the good thing about the oil pastel background is it resists inking so the colour only sticks to the leaves. a nice bonus and something to think about when I use pastels next time.
  12. add sentiment using layers of scrap cardstock behind it instead of foam dots. not only was a worried about the foam dots sticking on the oily pastel background, it is more sturdy to use cardstock.
  13. add antique linen distress stickles to the pumpkin using a thin layer and to the heart in the sentiment using a thick layer. The moisture from the stickles and the uneven backing to the pumpkin allowed it to warp slightly which is a shabby look I quite like.

I’m entering this in the holiday SSS Wednesday blog challenge Anything Goes, the Mixed Media Colour Challenge to make a holiday themed project, the SSS Monday blog challenge Anything Goes and TSTR 190 to make a project using a pumpkin.

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Happy Holidays MCC Badge

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
fancy flourishes-PTI
Ink: artichoke-PTI, Vintage photo Distress
Paper: Simple Stories
Accessories: Portfolio Oil Pastels, homemade embossing paste, Crafter’s workshop stencil, gilder’s paste-?, lace-stash, ivy die-Poppy, flourish dies, twine-PTI, Krylon paint pen, tissue-?, gel medium, gesso-Golden, canvas-Dollarama, nesties ovals (as tearing templates)

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Winter Wishes Tags for PTI October Blog Hop

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Welcome to Paper Trey Ink’s October Blog Hop. This month’s theme was to make a set of at least 5 holiday gift tags. I don’t celebrate any holidays so I just made some fun winter themed tags.

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I dyed my own ribbon for this project. The first batch I used some reinkers that ended up splitting into too many purple tones so I redid it with only a greenish navy. That worked perfectly. Then I added some pewter Distress stain to add a metallic sheen which looks pretty IRL but is impossible to photograph and just looks white. Oh well. It’s also impossible to see the glitter I added to the snowflakes with glitter embossing powder.

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The die cut is very intricate and dainty and therefore would be hard to adhere except for a new product I used, E6000 adhesive spray. It is messy as there is lots of overspray so use scratch paper or your craft sheet and be sure to hold it in place for at least 1 minute as it isn’t very tacky at first. Other than that learning curve, it’s a great product! It also says to clean out the entire nozzle and straw after every use which is a huge pain but I’ve not done it and so far, so good!

Enjoy the rest of the hop! Rebecca

RECIPE

Stamps: SU!
Ink: night of navy-SU! Versamark
Paper: white, blue CS-SU!
Accessories: tag die, buttons-PTI, snowflake die-Memory Box, Hug Snug seam binding, silver cord, iridescent ice EP-SU! Distress stain-Ranger, E6000 adhesive spray

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Ghost Stamping Flowers Card

I hosted a new swap on Swap-Bot for ghost stamping as shown by Jennifer McGuire a while back. I love the look but struggled to find the right stamps at first.

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First I tried using the tree from the giving thanks set. Not such a good look. I think it best suits backgrounds and single images. It looked weird when I tried to create a scene with it. So I redid that card, I’ll post it soon, and started this one since I still needed a ghost stamped card for the swap. I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s rare that I make a one layer card but I could make a ton of these happily! Maybe I should make a set and keep them as a hostess gift! I like making some small things and keeping them on hand as gifts.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Giving Thanks
Ink: Hero Arts pale tomato, cup o joe , lemon tart, summer sunrise-PTI, white-Versamagic
Paper: kraft-PTI
Accessories: rhinestones-Dollarama, Zva Creative, Y35 Copic