Monday, June 30, 2014

Let Freedom Ring Banner

Happy Monday!

This week I have a fun patriotic banner that you can make (in your favorite colors) using Globecraft & Piccolo embossing Enamel Powders.

Easy peasy and quick to make!

Here's what you'll need from the G&P shop:

Other supplies:
Tim Holtz On the Edge Dies - Bracket, Plaque and Postage, Ornate
Hero Arts Large Canvas Stripes
star stamp
swirl stamps
Stampin' Up! Well-Worn Alpha (retired, but I LOVE the distressed font!)
Stampin' Up! Cardstock - Real Red, Night of Navy Crumb Cake
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Ink (or use the 3D Stamp Paint in white!)
various ribbons and lace
crochet thread
foam adhesive
baby wipe (or paper towel and water)
Crop-a-dile (or medium hole punch)

Refer to the pictures as needed.

  1. Cut the base layer 3 1/4" x 6 1/2".
  2. Cut strips of the red cardstock 1 1/4" wide. Die cut with the edge dies.
  3. Cut the ribbon and lace into lengths of 6-10".
  4. Use the adhesive fluid to ink up your letter. Stamp on the base and emboss using the Micro Black. Do this for each base.
  5. Stamp each tag in various places with the white ink. Use the baby wipe to clean off the embossed letters.
  6. Use the adhesive fluid to ink up the star. Stamp on a red strip and embossing using the Micro White. Repeat using the stripes stamp. Trim to 3 1/4".
  7. Adhere a red strip to the base. Repeat for each base.
  8. Punch 2 holes at the top of each tag.
  9. String on the tags.
  10. Tie ribbon and lace between each tag.

That's it! Don't forget to share your G&P projects with us on our Facebook page. We'd love to see it!

Inky hugs,

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Christmas Tree Ornament

I love it when July rolls around because that means I can make Christmas projects again!  Today I am using my Globecraft Memories Christmas Tree Ornament set.  You get a center ring to which the tree is attached, 2 globes and 2 more rings to place over the globes.  I chose to make my ornament two sided rather than creating a background with my second globe.  I began by coloring the large ring with Carmine Red 3D Stamp Paint, on both sides.  Then I heat embossed the tree using Piccolo Mossy Glen Embossing Powder.  Once the first side was cool, I applied embossing powder to the other side, used tweezers to hold the ornament in the air while I heated the powder.  That way the reverse side did not get messed up.  The heat can go through the chipboard and soften the other side, so let it cool before setting it back down.  I then used the same process on the bottom of the tree using Piccolo Ultra Thick White.  I left it chunky so it looks like snow.  I added some Gold 3D Stamp Paint to the star on top of the tree and some gems as decorations.

For the two outer rings, I used Piccolo Vintage Gold.  I love the texture of the enamel, it is so old world gold.  I applied a light coat of Ultimate Glue to one of the globes and then set it down on the red ring.  I used one of the gold rings to press it down and make sure it was straight.  I then applied glue to the gold ring and set that down over the globe.  I used some clamps to help it set up.  Then I repeated the process on the other side.  The last step was to add some Medium Holly and Berries.  I heat embossed the Holly with Mossy Glen and used gems as my berries. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you to create!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

It's Summer!

Hi, friends!  It's Mynn and I'm back with one last creation as the Guest Designer at Sweet Stamps!  This time I'm using a fabulous border image from the collection of their wonderful rubber cling stamps!  This week, I've been asked to create something that uses the theme of  IT'S SUMMER!

Here's my creation~
More details on my personal blog HERE.

Nothing says summer to me like juicy strawberries!  I LOVE them and LOVE eating them all season long!  This border is absolutely perfect to go across a card and perfect for coloring and liquid pearls were used to accent this delicate image.  It's just so pretty!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my creation!  I hope you've been inspired to create something today!  Thank you to all the Sweet Stamps gals for the opportunity to use Sweet Stamps products this month!  HUGS and happy stamping, friends!

Mom's Birthday Card

I made this card for my Mom’s birthday – she turned 81 yesterday.  My Mom is sight impaired due to untreated glaucoma and I am always looking for ways she can use her other senses when I make her something. So, this card has a bunch of things she can feel as well as see.  Sadly, this also my last post with the Design Team for Globecraft & Piccolo.  I have had a marvelous time and I wish them continued success!  Thanks to my awesome teammates and to Stacey & Sandy for making the experience so incredibly fun!

What I Used to Make this Card:

DCWV Chalk Art Stack – card base 5 ¼ x 5 ¼

Silhouette Cameo letter cutouts

Ranger Embossing Powder in Rich Red

White Cardstock

Mom loves roses 

I confess I had covered the rose long before I made the card.  I knew the 3D gels would be beautiful on the chipboard and I made a few of them.  I tried to trace around the rose as carefully as I could (I can’t find my metal tip. I suspect one of the cats has taken it.  Actually, I am positive one of the cats took it) but I actually ended up covering the rose sort of like when you grout tile.  Because I didn’t need it to be absolutely perfect, I just filled in spots with more 3D gel after it dried.  Since the gel is amazing, you can’t even tell and I was open to some more texture anyway.  So, cover your rose and let it dry overnight if you can.

One of the roses

Then I discovered how brilliantly the rose fit into the French Oval Frame.  Now, the cardstock is also very bright, not neon bright, but bright. 
Close up of the French
I had no Embossing Enamel that matched, so I took some red embossing powder and covered the frame with that first.  Then I pounced my Embossing Fluid around the frame and covered that with Cranberry Ice Embossing Enamel – I love the way it came out!

I cut my card base out of the DCWV Chalk Art Stack – that paper is thick!! I made a square card since I had so much to put on it and I wanted Mom to be able to touch the cardstock; it has a texture to it so it can be used like a chalkboard (you can even wipe the chalk off). So cool! 
It's STUNNING in real life!!
To keep the theme going, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out Happy Birthday (I also discovered a neat trick – when your letters are still on the cutting mat, before you remove them, use a bit of washi tape that is long enough to grab all the letters, then gently use your tool to remove them.  Now, when you go to place them, they are all straight!)

Next I just traced the inner circle of the French Frame and cut it outside the trace line so there would be a little bit of paper to use to attach the it to the frame. Positioned my rose in the center of the white cardstock, and then glued the whole shebang to the front of the card.  Lastly, I put the Happy Birthday on the inside of the card since I didn’t have enough room on the outside. 

So there you have it!! Mom and I met yesterday to celebrate our birthdays over lunch & she LOVED the card (of course)! Sorry no other view of the card! I hope you have enjoyed my birthday card – I still have one more birthday to celebrate, so keep your eyes peeled! Thank you & have a lovely day! Christi

Friday, June 27, 2014

Here comes Summer - #175

Good morning all and welcome to Sweet Stamps. Tamara here. We started a new challenge on Tuesday and the theme is Summer.  Enter for a chance to win a $20 spending spree in the Sweet Stamps Store.
My card today,I decided  to go CAS (clean and simple) I always find these cards difficult to do. But I'm pleased with the way this one turned out. For more inspiration check out the rest of the design team we post everyday of the week so keep checking each day for your daily fix of crafting.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer - time for Butterflies : )

I hope you will join us for the Summer challenge at Sweet Stamps this week! I had fun with Peerless Watercolors and tried something new from Technique Junkies- Splattered Ombre Watercolors.

 The image is embossed on watercolor paper, then stamped again. After watercoloring, I fussy cut them and added a little Wink of Stella for shimmer.

 Here is a close-up of the dimension and sparkle:

 We'd love to have you join us n the Monthly challenge of using Painters Tape as well!

Thanks for stopping by,

FLY ---

Good Morning. Teresa here again with another fun mixed media pendant ----- 

I LOVE the versatility of the Enamel Powders -- and the Enamel Adhesive makes it so easy to use these in unconventional ways. Even on metals - I've used another spoon bowl for this, but you could use it on many other pendant blank forms -

So let's shop -

Fine Feathers Necklace Set
Enamel Adhesive
Enamel Powders (link goes to the main category - I have used Royal Sterling and Turquoise Lagoon)
UV Resin  - this will cure in sunlight, but I used a UV light that I purchased at a salon supply (Sally).

Here we go.

See the damaged spoon. I make bracelets from the handles, as well as pendants and ornaments from the bowls. I embellish these in a collage manner, but some are too damaged for a transparent finish. Enamel Powder Colors are perfect for this.

I took the dauber from the enamel powder adhesive and poured a bit in another container.

Dip a small paintbrush in a coat the interior of the spoon bowl.

Using a heat gun - emboss this layer.

Just an FYI - a toaster oven works for this too and it doesn't blow ANY loose powder around. Just line the tray with foil if you will be using it for food prep as well and watch it carefully.

I used two coats of Royal Sterling Enamel Powder on this one.

Now for the special effects stuff.

Emboss a single feather with the Turquoise Lagoon Powder. This is a blue and aqua and silver and sparkly combination - simply wonderful.

Add a thin layer of resin to the spoon bowl and place the feather into position. Place under UV light (or in the sun) to cure (takes about 3-5 minutes).

add another layer of resin to adhere some tiny rhinestones -

Repeat curing process.

I love that the resin continues to add depth to the collage elements.

Now that I have a WONDERFUL way to cover the damage from years of use, I'll be making even more pendants and ornaments.

Have a wonderful Thursday -

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fairy in a Bubble

  Happy Wednesday everyone! leslierahye here playing with the Small Traditional Oval Bubble Frame Kit! I love the vintage feel of these frames--it reminds me of the photos in my grandmother's house. Today I've used a free vintage fairy download and printed it on card stock to the 3×5" size 4 times. Next I trimmed out "layers" of my image so that I could stack the layers with foam in between  to make my image dimensional. I added a small butterfly charm (I removed the hanging loop) embossed with Bahama Aqua to the stack under the globe. I adhered my layered image to the back of the Traditional Oval Bubble Frame. As I was using the frame sideways, I removed the photo stand backing so that I could display on a shelf with a floral frog.
I next used the bottom ring and layered enamel powder using the enamel powder adhesive to adhere the powder to the chipboard. I began with Bahama Aqua and then added Mermaid Tears. Next I used a music background stamp with the adhesive fluid and Deep Blue Sky. I then used the middle ring and layered Poodle Skirt and Aged Pink.
To Adhere the layers I used a white heavy body glue and held it closed with clothes pins until dry. I added my little metal roses to the base to echo the roses in the fairies hair. I edged around the large frame with a black marker to finish off the edge of the chipboard.

  I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by today!

Summer Ladybugs


Roxie here with my card for the 'Summer' challenge and nothing says it better than flowers, ladybugs and happy colors.

Sketched Floral Borders is one of the newest sets release by SweetStamps, this is my first time to play with it and I know I'll get a lot of use from these images!

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:
Memory Box - Lovely Lady Bugs

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ATC Live The Life you Imagined

Morning everyone, Tracy here. 
This week I wanted to share with you an ATC I made. 

I used the frame from Butterfly Flurry Flourishes set and backed it with some watercolour card that I had coloured using my Distress Inks, I then used ATC Bubble Background & Keys to my heart accents
The Frame and Heart I coloured using my PL3 Spectrum Noir Pen and then added a rough layer of Girl's Night Out Embossing Enamel. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz and i stamped it and then cut it out and inked the edges using Distress ink in Worn Lipstick. 
I hope you like how it turned out :)
This is sadly my last post for Globecraft & Piccolo, I have really enjoyed my term on the team and love the products, a huge thank you to Stacey & Sandy for having me on the team.
Happy Crafting 

Challenge #175 Summer

Happy Tuesday crafty friends! 
Is it warm and sunny where you are? It certainly is here in Florida! Which happens to go nicely with this week's challenge theme...
Take a look at what the talented DT sweeties have created to share with you:
We'd love to see what fun summer creation you've made (cards, scrapbook pages, mixed media, ATCs, etc.), so come and join the fun! You could win a $20 shopping spree for goodies at's online store by playing along in our challenge! Click here for our complete Challenge Rules.

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Our Monthly Technique Challenge is Painter's Tape Backgrounds and runs through July 14th. Come join us and check out what our DT Sweeties made! View ALL the monthly challenges here.

***Don't forget to check back later this week for more inspiration from our DT Sweeties and monthly Guest Designers!***

Hop on over to the Globecraft & Piccolo Blog {a division of}. Click here to check out some of the G&P DT posts, they are a great addition to any crafting project!

Next week begins our Christmas in July celebration with the theme Dreaming of Snow. 
Happy Stamping! 
Have a super sweet week!