Wedding: Pen Jar

My sister had a theme wedding. As a world traveler (she’s been to all but one continent and all of the states), she wanted to bring her passion to travel to her wedding.

We made place cards using map paper to help people find where in the world they will be sitting. Each table was a different place she has visited … (more on the centerpieces to come).

In leu of a guest book, she bought a map and pens for guests to sign. Naturally I couldn’t let the pens just “hang out” on the table, so I made her a coordinating little jar to hold them in.

The label was a little large for the jar, so it had a few wrinkles, but it turned out really cute, don’t you think? Here’s how I did it:

My secret weapon is Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive. If you’ve followed me before, you know how much I love this stuff. It sticks to anything, is crystal clear and comes in all sorts of sizes. I applied it to the back of the map paper (Authentique) and then ran it through my Big Shot with a Tim Holtz label die. This way, adhesive wouldn’t show from one side of the jar to the other.

I then added a black stamp die cut, also from Tim Holtz/Sizzix, to each label. I topped it off with a sticker from Little B.

And, on the other side …

I finished it off with a bit of ribbon from American Crafts and some travel charms from Art C.

I sure hope she enjoys this journey!

Discovery! Enameled Metal

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I love when I discover a new technique. It does not matter if it is an old technique that everyone in the world already knew about … it is new to me and so, I have to share!

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I purchased these little metal pieces from The Green Door Studio in Brighton to use on some shutters and windows I was repurposing. I knew they would be easy to transform …

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I used alcohol inks and it was pretty, but it was not quite the look I was going for, so I decided to paint over them.

metal_technique_Candy_Spiegel3Now, many probably know that acrylic paint does not go over alcohol ink well, but I did not. And this is where the magic began …

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When the paint dried, even more of the color came through and I had this beautiful arrow filled with depth and texture …

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Then, I decided to gloss it up a little with a thick layer of Glastique.

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Resulting in this beautiful piece …

Here are some other pieces I did using the same technique.

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Ready for Summer?

This month’s challenge at Scrap It Girl is to create a project using arrows, numbers and the color blue.

I decided to make this tag …

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I started with a plain office tag. I used a layer of Texture Paste and a stencil to create the background.

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Once dry, I covered it with a few layers of Distress Ink and some water … blotting randomly. Then I edged the tag with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and got to decorating …

The papers are from Graphic 45. The bicycle was a gift from a friend. The numbers are from Tim Holtz and the arrow is a die cut using a Tim Holtz die. I added ribbon to the top, fibers at the bottom (another gift from another friend) and a little bit of bling.

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Now it’s your turn … create a project — in can be a card, tag, ATC, scrapbook page, home-decor project or whatever else you want to do — using numbers, arrows and the color blue. Submit it to the Scrap It Girl website and you could win a great selection of prizes!

Mega-Flakes for Mega-Fun

048I’ve been playing … I recently discovered IndigoBlu, a stamping company from Great Britain. One of the products they offer is Mega-Flakes, a jar of multi-colored leafing. I realize leafing is nothing new, but I have never tried it before. However, when I saw these colors from IndigoBlu, I HAD to try it.

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There are two ways to use this product … either with glue or with double-sided adhesive. Not wanting to buy another adhesive, I initially tried the two I already had … Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and Best Glue Ever. The Art Glitter glue dried before I covered the entire surface with the flakes. The Best Glue Ever left everything sticky. So, I ordered the FlitterGlu made by IndigoBlu and designed to use with the flakes. It is an amazing glue.

Simply squeeze a bit onto a sponge (I used one of the Distress Ink Blending foams) and use a plastic knife to work the glue into the sponge. Then wipe it on a die cut or rubber stamp (stamp the image onto paper and then wash your stamp if using a stamp) and then cover with flakes. The glue remains tacky forever — even a few days, so you do not have to hurry to cover it with the flakes. Push the flakes into the adhesive and then use a Scoochy Sponge or stencil brush to brush away the excess, which you pour right back into your jar. This is the technique I used to cover the chipboard hot-air balloon at the top.

047You can also use double-sided adhesive. Cut your cardstock slightly bigger than the die you are cutting (I used a die from Tim Holtz). Cut a piece of double-sided adhesive the same size (I used the new transparent sheets from Elizabeth Craft Designs. They are as strong as Scor-Tape, but the backing is much thinner so it cuts nicely with dies) Peel off one side of the protective backing from adhesive and attach it to the cardstock. Run it through the die-cutting machine. Peel off the other piece of backing and cover with flakes. Use the Scoochy Sponge or a stencil brush to take off the excess and that’s it. Super easy! And I love how you don’t see the lines between the flakes … just an amazing mix of smooth color.

Here’s the page I created using these new products and techniques …

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What do you think?

I have all of these products for sale in my store … click on the tab at the top to check them out.

 

Distress Stain Spritz

Tim Holtz recently released Distress Spray Stain. I think this is awesome — I am much more apt to use sprays over the original stain dauber bottle. However, I really didn’t want to buy one more thing.

sprayWhen I saw the replacement tops for sale, it gave me an idea … I wondered if I could pour the stains I already have into an empty spritz bottle.

I e-mailed Tim and he assured me that it was the same formula and it should work to pour them into a spray bottle.

So, I ordered some empty bottles from Ranger and went to work.

misterThe hard part is getting the little dauber top off of the bottle of stain. I used my thumbnail to wiggle it out … working slowly and going around and around the top.

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It is important to work the top off evenly. When I did the Forest Moss, I was watching the birds and wasn’t really paying attention to what I was doing. I lifted one side too high and when the dauber went, so did a lot of stain — on the desk, the floor, my hands and me.

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Fortunately, that was the only one I had trouble with!

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I poured the stain into the bottle. Then I printed off Distress Ink labels from Ranger’s website. You can print your own set, here.

Then, I cut them out and ran them through my Xyron Sticker Maker and adhered them to the bottles.

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Here’s my little collection.

Note: I did not do my metallic ones, since I am not sure how the bottle mixers will work. I decided I would rather buy the spray versions of those. But for the regular colors, it works perfectly!

 

Peeps in Pink

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Our challenge on the Mosaic Moments Design Team this time was to create a page with texture. I opted for a mixed-medial approach and provided you with step-by-step directions to create the background on Journella.

Click here to see it and cheer me on!

Challenge Issued

August’s challenge at Scrap It Girl is to create a project with arrows or numbers.

I opted for numbers and created this birthday card …

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The papers are from We R Memory Keepers.

The numbers stamp is from Tim Holtz.

I tried a new technique … cutting out canvas flowers.

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I used Tattered Florals and Tattered Leaves from Tim Holtz to cut out the canvas pieces. (The canvas is from DCWV).

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I then layered the cut pieces together and used a decorative brad to attach it to paper. Once attached, I glued the leaves on and fluffed the petals.

aug_Candy_SpiegelNow it’s your turn … create a project (a card, layout, home decor piece, party decor, or anything else) using numbers or arrows and post it here before the end of the month …

You could win an amazing package of prizes!

Good luck!