Wednesday, July 30, 2014

sharing at Plugged In with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine

 I am posting on the Plugged In with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine blog today. Stop on over and check out the new stamps that are making my summer a bit more summery! :)

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Go-To-Gal Designer Challenge: Hazel and Ruby

What is a Go-to Gal Designer Challenge you may ask? Once a month the Paper Crafts &Scrapbooking Magazine Go-to Gals will challenge each other to create a project focusing on products from a particular manufacturer. We plan to feature one manufacturer the last Wednesday of each month. Just for fun! This month we are featuring Hazel & Ruby!

I love making home decor projects for our house! And I love when I can use my paper crafting supplies to create them. This relatively new company, Hazel & Ruby, has changed the look of paper crafting products and projects to facilitate that even more! Let me show you how creative their products are, but more important, how easy they are to use! 

(This shelf is in my son's bathroom. Its been a work in progress. I keep adding things as I find them. I am getting closer to being finished after adding these two projects!)

I started with a burlap-covered canvas I purchased at Michael's in Park City, UT during Ed Board. I knew it would be a good purchase and worth the weight in my suitcase! :) I trimmed Hazel & Ruby Pass the Tissue Candy Apple/White tissue paper to fit the 8x10 canvas.

This is tissue paper. Just like you would wrap a gift with. I love that its on a roll. It allows you to be so much more creative! I trimmed the edges away by tearing the tissue paper.

To adhere the paper to the canvas, I used Matte Medium. Use a gentle pressure when placing the tissue paper on the canvas. And the reason I say that is, not because the paper will tear, but because you can get too much of the texture of the burlap through the tissue.

Then I moved on to the COOLEST product, Stencil Masks! A Stencil Mask is a mask that is repositionable and re-useable! You can continue to use the images over and over again on any kind of project!

I loved the way the Child's Play sentiment of "you are my sunshine" was laid out on the backing. Wanting to keep it exactly in the shape and spacing, I used a piece of transfer paper from my Silhouette. 

The transfer paper picks up the letters and then allows me to place them on my project.

Using basic white paint, I painted over the top of the Stencil Mask.

Once the paint dried, I carefully lifted the masks.

I placed the Stencil Masks back onto the original backing. I did not remove the paint, but they do wipe clean easily. They keep their tackiness and are ready for my next project!

I added a twine-tied wood button to the center of the sunshine for a little extra touch.

I made one more canvas, because---rubber ducky! I painted the small 4x4 canvas with yellow paint. Then I applied my rubber duck Stencil Mask. Once the first layer dried, I went over the top with a lighter mix of yellow paint. I added a Maya Road wood button, with the heart accented with an enamel shape from WRMK.

Making these projects was a ton of fun! Are you inspired? Need a bit more inspiration? Be sure and visit everyone and see what they have up their sleeves!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

MFT Creative Challenge: Stripes!


Welcome to the MFT Stamps design team Creative Challenge for July! This month we have been challenged to use patterns, and more specifically, stripes! I adore stripes. Big time. Its truly an addiction. My love for stripes runs so deep that my husband and son both beg me not to buy them anything with stripes when I clothes shop for them! So I guess I will have to feed my need on paper crafting projects! :)

Diagonal stripes. Yum. Especially in black and white! Some of my favorite pieces of patterned paper have exactly this element. This means I never need to hoard the paper again, I have stamps to create my own! 

To create this set of diagonal stripes, I used Striped Background. After applying Hybrid Black Licorice Ink to my stamp surface, I turned the image to the side. I stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock. To get the pattern part I wanted, I simply trimmed away the excess paper, essentially using the middle. Just a note, I would use the dye-based Black Licorice Ink next time, I just happened to be out at the moment. Can you say stamper problems? :)

Then I decided to think outside the box. Flipping through my stamps from the July release, I was in birthday mode. And it struck me, these thick stripes look like candles! Voila!

Then on the left edge of each stripe, I applied Razzle Berry Ink, using the side of the ink pad. I spritzed water onto the entire stamp surface and stamped it onto Smooth White cardstock. I love the results!

See the candle flame? Don't remember that image? I got creative and dug through my images. I came across Easter Bunny and one of the leaf images from the set was the perfect answer!

Be sure and head over to the MFT Blog and see what the rest of the team has in store for you! I was inspired looking at all the amazing cards they made last night! 

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Supplies for Very Happy Birthday card:

Supplies for Make A Wish card:

P.S. This past weekend was pretty awesome at our house! Our little man was a part of the All-City Swim Meet. He took first place in the 25 Fly, second in the 25 Free, and both his relays took first! Then to top it all off, his team won the meet! Which was a huge deal! We are so proud of how hard he has worked! I think the real excitement for him kicked in when his name was in the paper 4 times! Such a great weekend!!