Tuesday, August 31, 2010

myStampBOX DT Share

Head over to the myStampBOX blog today for some end of summer projects by the DT. Here in Indiana our summer has been over for a few weeks. The kids went back to school in mid-August, so our minds are already on teachers and spelling lists. You'll see a variety of projects on the blog - enjoy!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Scrapbook {Express}ions: Cork Project

Today's my project day at the Scrapbook {Express}ions blog. I made this super cute door hanger for my son Matthew. We have been talking about privacy and how it's appropriate to knock if a door is closed, so this punny "whoo's there?" sentiment is perfect as a reminder. Check out the blog for all the step by step photos and the supply list.
Have a great day!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Inky Getaway

This weekend I got a chance to slip away to Cincinnati to the Stampaway convention with my pal Celeste. We took two classes packed with tips, tricks and VERY inky fingers led by Hero Arts designers Jennifer McGuire and Shari Carroll. We were lucky enough to get Miss Jen to pose for a photo with us. I had no idea she was so tall!

It was also a treat to watch the man with all the ideas, Tim Holtz, work his magic. After teaching two classes he spent several hours doing demos with all the latest and greatest products from Ranger and Sizzix. I managed to slip away from the Stampers Anonymous booth with new (autographed!) stamps and plenty of other goodies.

Thanks to everyone at Stampaway for such a great event. We're already talking about our plans for next year!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

myStampBOX: Crepe Tutorial Pt. 2

Welcome back for part 2 of my stamped crepe paper tutorial. I had such a great time making the first project that I decided to keep going! This was a fun way to coordinate my card and gift bag for a friend's baby shower. Her little man is going to have a jungle animal nursery, so the monkey and polka dots were fun to play with.

This project is eco-friendly!! I started with a shopping bag from Gymboree that had the perfect assortment of pastel polka dots.

I trimmed a piece of patterned paper just large enough to cover the name on the bag. I also inked the edges to match.

Using the dots from the Funky Circles set of myStampBOX stamps and the "teeny tiny hands" from Small Greetings I stamped all over the crepe paper with Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass ink. This time I knew that I wasn't going to spray mist my ribbon, so I used a dye ink.

I turned the paper over and applied adhesive around the edges. I pleated and folded my crepe paper ribbon to attach it, being careful to orient my ribbon so that the words were right-side-up.

When the ribbon was applied all the way around the block, I attached the entire thing to the front of the bag to cover up the store name. I die cut the BABY letters from matching cardstock and adhered them right on top.

Here's the sweet card I made. I stamped the polka dot patterned paper with the same Funky Circles stamps in Tumbled Glass ink to help coordinate the look. The Small Greetings sentiment and some Divine Twine finishes off the card.

I used three types of Helmar adhesive for this project: tape runner, Zap Dots (for the monkey face and sentiment) and Acid Free Neutral Ph Liquid Glue to attach the fuzzy felt nose. Their products are awesome!

I hope you giving stamping on crepe paper a try. It's really easy and is fun to coordinate your projects!

Monday, August 9, 2010

myStampBOX: Crepe Tutorial Pt. 1

Here's a fun tutorial for creating custom crepe paper ribbon embellishments with myStampBOX stamps. Vintage items are all the rage in scrapbooking, and this is a fun and easy way to get that look.

My inspiration came from a package of preprinted crepe ribbon by Tattered Angels.

I chose StazOn ink for this project so that I could ink or spray mist over my stamped images later if I wanted to without the ink running or smearing. I also used regular crepe paper streamer from a party supply store.

I lined up my chosen leaf and branch stamps from the Abundant Blossoms set from myStampBOX and placed them on one acrylic block. I used a length of white crepe paper that was roughly triple the size of my finished product just to make sure I had enough to gather and crumple. I stamped my images over and over down the length of the crepe paper until the entire strip was complete.

I trimmed a 1/2" strip of cardstock that matched the base color of my crepe paper so it would blend in. I ran my tape runner along the length of the strip to make it sticky then attached the stamped crepe paper, gathering and pleating randomly as I went.

Here's the finished strip. These are fun to adhere to cards, layouts or altered items. To attach to your project, simply add adhesive to the cardstock strip and gently press it down. You can trim the ends to fit or wrap the loose edges around your project.

Here's another look at the finished project. I adhered my crepe paper ribbon to the front of my card and trimmed it to fit. I love the elegant look of black and white with My Mind's Eye's Meadowlark collection. I finished up the card with a sentiment from the Lines of Life stamps from myStampBOX.

Stay tuned for a follow-up post with another idea for using stamped crepe paper on your crafting projects. Happy stamping!