Sunday, August 17, 2014

My Other Creations: "Growing Up Adorably" Onesie

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, the theme is Anything Goes!  Such freedom!  I decided to get my "infant wear" vibe on and decorate some Onesies:

I have been absolutely loving Memento Luxe ink lately, which is permanent on fabric when heat-set.  I used Memento Luxe to stamp the floral image and sentiment, then I set down some stencils and dabbed on more ink using sponges.  After I was done, I ironed each side of the fabric for two minutes.  I put it through the wash just to double check how color-fast it was and it did great!  The ink didn't wash out, bleed or fade.

The possibilities are endless with a handful of Memento Luxe ink and some white Onesies.  I thoroughly enjoyed my experimenting this week!
Here are some of the supplies that I used, which are available from Simon Says Stamp:

With a theme of Anything Goes, there's no reason not to upload your masterpieces to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tutorials: Washi Tape Roses

"All Scratched Up" is this week's theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  Not that I'm one of those pessimistic "glass half empty" people, but the second I heard "scratched," I couldn't help but think of roses and how they've left their mark on me more than once when I've helped my mom prune her gorgeous rose garden! 

I decided to make some non-scratch-hazard Washi tape roses to adorn this tag with its Tim Holtz sentiment.  

There are lots of tutorials out there on how to make Washi tape flowers, but some of them were more labor-intensive than I was wanting to go.  So here's how I made my roses:

Start with a flower die, such as the Sizzix 3D flower die.  I used simple white office supply paper (like the kind you'd put into a typewriter--if anyone knows what typewriters are anymore ;) and cut it big enough to cover the die cut shapes.

Next, I got out my Washi stash and started covering the white paper with strips of Washi tape.  You can even use holiday Washi because the pattern won't show up enough to distinguish shapes.  I just went with colors I liked.  Because my flowers will be dimensional, I covered both the front and the back of these white pieces of paper with the Washi tape.

Note!  If you layer Washi strips on top of each other, you may need to add some additional adhesive because Washi doesn't stick to itself very well.  When I rolled my flowers into their flower shapes, I noticed that the overlapping Washi was peeling up a bit.  It sticks to paper just fine, but next time I'll use glue to stick down any overlapping Washi strips.

A great way to cover a lot of ground quickly is to use Washi that comes in thick rolls, like the fat Washi strips from Hazel and Ruby, or the fabulous big sheets of Shape Tape from Lifestyle Crafts. 

Once your area is covered, run these through your die cutting machine.  If you don't have a flower die, you could also just cut them out in the shape of a circular curly-cue.

Roll your flower into its 3D shape.  I've found that a quilling tool works great for this.  If you don't have a quilling tool, you can also use a bamboo skewer or a screwdriver to help turn your shape into a spiral.

Glue the flower down in the middle using your medium of choice.  I used good old hot glue on these.

Are Washi roses harder to make than just using patterned paper?  Yes, but I love the random patterns and colors you get from the varied strips of Washi tape.  Totally worth it, in my opinion!

And remember how I cut out the die shape?  I saved the leftover paper from that cut
(the negative space around the flower) and re-used it as a scalloped frame on my tag.

Washi tape roses are fun because no two ever come out the same.  They're also a great way to use up all sorts of random Washi you may have lying around. 
The rest of my tag is made from cardstock, which I inked and used stencils on.  I also added some other Washi here and there for good measure.  I heat embossed the Tim Holtz sentiment and added yard and fibers to the tag to finish it off.

Here are some of the supplies I used for my project that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I'm excited to see what you come up with for this week's "scratched" theme!  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win the $50 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

My Other Creations: "Love" Photo Holder

This week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is all about FAMILY!  A family of products, a family of people-- any family tie in.  Since I seem to be in game piece re-purposing mode, I decided to turn this lonely Scrabble tile tray into a photo holder to display pictures of family members or our favorite family vacation spots.

I made this by painting a Scrabble tile tray (awesome thrift store find!) with a couple of coats of white Gesso and some acrylic light teal paint.  Then, using a sponge, I added more color to the tray by using my new favorite ink that works great on wood: Memento Luxe.  I blended together Pear Tart, Bahama Blue and Blue Danube.  I also stamped some subtle black text onto the wood.

Next I cut out the word "Love" using Tim Holtz's Word Play die cutting alphabet.  I cut the letters out of chipboard and patterned paper and glued them together, inked them, then glued them to the tray base.  

I also watercolored this cute little guy from Tim Holtz's Winged Things II stamp set and added him to the other side.  To the back of the tray, I attached some Prima roses.  I did this because I needed something tall at the back of the tray so that the pictures would have something to lean against to be able to stand up straight (the tray was too shallow to hold the pictures up by itself).  I also added some ruler ribbon to the background.

Here's what the picture holder looks when holding a photo (I snapped this shot at sunset at one of my family's favorite beaches):

This project was fun to make and I like the flexibility of being able to swap the photo out so easily.  You could also put family quotes, mottos, notes or handmade cards on this little holder.  Either way, I feel very blessed to have a wonderful family that has given me so many happy memories.

Here are the products that I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

How will you interpret our family theme?  I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Be sure to upload your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog to be eligible to win the Simon Says Stamp $50 gift voucher.