Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

My Stamp Box- makes me giveaway a favorite technique!

Okay, so one of the reasons why I love being on Designs Teams is to share ideas and techniques with people. I love coming up with a great idea, then spreading the word and sharing it with everyone, but there is a little technique I had hidden away...until now. I am revealing my DIY Dymo tape technique! What got me thinking about it was this project for todays Blog Hop with My Stamp Box. I got this amazing big Polaroid like picture frame stamp. And I am like... "I will make my own REAL polaroid picture!" The technique I used is pretty much the same for that as for my dymo tape. Start with a realistic base, then emboss the heck out of it! Here is my sweet little 8x8 layout featuring Pipi and may now TWO favorite "realistic" techniques!
{Here is the finished Project}
Cut an 8x8 and 6x6 piece of card stock- ink edges with Clearsnap Pigment ink in White Frost
attach offset to right

Stamp off the Camera, Oh Snap! and Paperclip onto white card stock and trim out 
(Pixel Perfect from My Stamp Box with Clearsnap Stephanie Barnard Ink in Guava)

Stamp the large polaroid stamp onto white paper with Clearsnaps Pigment Ink in Frost White, then sprinkle Clearsnap white embossing powder on top and heat emboss. Cut out embossed fram and mat your photo behind it with adhesive

Tie a piece of May Arts twine around base

Then attach pink stamped pieces and polaroid to your background- I added a little hot pink bow for flair!

Then make your fake Dymo Tape:
First you will need the font- go to dafont.com and download the free font "Impact Label" 
Print it out, do not go smaller than 14pt, the bigger the clearer it will come out. Then take some emboss gloss and coat over the top of your printed out words.

I go heavy making multiple passes and add more powder while the powder I just heated is still warm and grabs. Wait until it completely cools and then trim it.

Add it to your project- be careful not to snap it! Glue it down and if it snaps, you can just hit it lightly with your gun again-but try not to!

I wish you could really see how much the stamped polaroid frame look REAL! I have a feeling I will have this stamp out a lot. I love the retro feel it gives, with out the retro camera!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Crown Bracelet Bar Class

Okay so I had my first "Bar" style class---- no kit I just bring my portable bead shop and you make your piece however you want. I have to say, it worked and with great success! Not only did not one Crown Bracelet come out the same, I saw some new ideas and color combos from these talented ladies. I have another class in September and will also be holding one at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, thanks to Jennifer Priest from Hydrangea Hippo. Please contact me at Inmyblueroom if you are interested in attending! Here are the pics. Thank you to Andrea Villareal for being the amazing hostess she always is!
{the bar all set up and ready to go!}

{I know I said no kit, but I cant resist personalizing!}

{Findings Galore!}

{a little chain is all you need!}

{Andrea just always has the cutest table settings-Organic Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars-are you kidding me!}

{Each student gets two starter crowns, and a sliver platter to design and collect on}

{I love Andreas decorating style...creamy, ocean, blues...yumm}

{shopping at the bar}

{Finished projects}

{LOVE these creations made by the attendees!}

{Andrea doing her Close to My Heart demo-have you seen their stuff? I dropped a few bucks myself!}

{More creations, I just love this red and blue!}

Again, I have a few more classes lined up, contact me for info!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Craft for A Cure- Registration and Info!

Yes it is here! Our second Annual Craft for a Cure Event! I have an amazing line up of teachers and projects this year. And as always everything from the location, to the food, to the projects, is donated in whole or in part by my fellow artists and friends. 
And all of the money collected goes directly to Breast Cancer treatment and Prevention.
This year the event will be held in 
Rancho Cucamonga on 
Sunday October 14th 
from 10-6
Our home hostess this year is Andrea Villareal. She even got Redlands Ford to donate all the food (well at least the ingredients for all the delicious food she will be cooking)!
Here is the line up
First up will be Jenny Hernandez the Polka Dot Pixie! Jenny will be demo-ing how to sculpt this pretty little birdie, but don't fret if you think you can't sculpt- because Jenny provides each of us our own blank body to create at the class- then take your own home and make another! There will be lots of opportunity to custom design your little one and make her all your own!
Next up will be a return visit from Karin Aguirre Smolinski, Breast Cancer survivor, mother, teacher, artist and blogger extraordinaire! We will be making this cure little treat box and Karin said "if we have time, the tag"..... like we won't have time!

And finally a little technique demo with Tara Wilson form Lu Lu Max jewelry- Tara calls this a little Make and take, but it looks like a full blown fun project to me!

And just a reminder, Glitterfest is the DAY BEFORE this event, so if you are coming from out of town be sure to get here a day early and enjoy all that Glitterfest has to offer. Both Tara and Jenny will be vending there too!
In addition to the classes- there will be raffles and a lot of other surprises and goodies! Wont you join us for this amazing event?!
sorry this event is sold out!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Momenta Clearsnap Blog Hop!

Okay, so I am usually a vintage, shabby, grungy type girl so when I get the chance to work with something outside my comfort zone I get both excited and fearful at the same time! This month I got some fun Momenta papers to play with. Luckily I do love my teals and pinks.... but what to make? This morning I work up and did my normal routine of having coffee and watching my favorite shows that my husband refuses to watch on the DVR. Today it was American Pickers. Mike had picked up this little box and when he opened it, it just splayed out in all different directions and had little pieces of artwork on it. He called it a Victorian Exploding Picture Box....or more formally Etui Boxes. So that's it! That's what I am making! It was so easy, and the Momenta papers are already cut in graduating sizes. Here is my little explosion of fun and color using Momenta Papers and Clearsnap! Dont forget to leave a comment for the chance to win a $75 Prize package from them!

{OMG who would have thought that this colorful display would pop out of that box!}

{my Disneyland pics of me and my daughter worked perfecty}

{I love how the base of the ballerina doubles as the center of the flower stamp}

{There is all kinds of room for little pics. I printed these using the Proof selection in my photo editing software...it makes one sheet of tiny little pics}

{another side}

{one more!}

{you dont have to put a picture on every page-here is used some washi tape and a paper rose and some Want3Scrap bling}

{I think I will give this to my daughter as a gift, I know she wil cherish it}

tear out 4 pages of Momenta Paper 1 each- 8x8, 7.5x7.5, 7x7, 6.5x6.5
Score as follows:
8x8 score in at 2.5 inches on all sides
7.5x7.5 score in at 2.25 inches on all sides
7x7  score in at 2 inches on all sides
6.5x6.5 score in at 1.75 inches
*Basically you want the center portion to be a 3x3 square

For the lid tear out 1- 5x5 piece and score at 15/16th of an inch- and easier way to think of that is an inch minus 1/16th-you want the lid a tiny bit bigger than your box 3 1/16x 3 1/16

Then cut out the diagonal corners of all 4 wall pieces so that you have big CROSS shapes left- ink with  your favorite Clearsnap ink (I used Stephanie Barnards newArchival Ink in Very Berry)  and deco cut the edges then glue them one a top the other

For the lid- just cut two slits on each side, then fold them into your box lid and glue down

Then embellish any way you choose. I used Want2Scrap bling, some little flowers, Colorbox stickers, We R Memory Keepers Stamp, May Arts velvet ric-rac and some pom poms for some upholstery trim I had in my stash.

I glittered my ballerina base using Glue Gloss and Clearsnap Glitter-Glue Gloss is great for those hard to glue spaces!

This was such a fun and easy project I hope you will try it! 

Next up for you hoppers!
Denise Hahn: http://inmyblueroom.blogspot.com/ <------- YOU ARE HERE!

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Happy Hopping!"