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30 May 2012

Sweet Honey Bee card

Hey all. I wanted to share with you a card I created today using a few products we have for sale in our store. It isn't at all like it started out to be, but what I ended up with was far more interesting than the simple design I started out creating...thanks to a gnawing, nagging imagination.

Look below and see what happens when you start with a semi-boring idea and it gets bit by a rabid creative monster that stalks you all around your craft room until you give in and let it run wild with your original design idea:
Seriously, I just started out intending on embossing a shimmer sheet and sticking a bee to it and putting it on a card...and this is what happened when my imagination started gnawing at me and it said to me, "Your idea is too BORING...Spice it up, paint a picture, set a scene and make it wobble too!" LOL.
Who can argue with that?

Supplies used (the best that I can recall): Kraft cardstock, Yellow Iris Shimmer Sheetz, Tim Holtz Embossing folders (honey comb, wood grain, shattered), Staz-On Saddle brown ink, Pink Paislee bee stamp, Distress embossing ink, Ranger Fine Detail Embossing powder in Black, Heat it Tool, Distress markers in Wild Honey & Mustard, Wide tip Water brush, Vintage Photo Distress ink, Tim Holtz Sizzix Regal Crest die (foliage for the leaves), Flower Soft on the bee's body, Action Wobble to give the bee some movement.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

21 May 2012

Melted Crayon Art



I have been seeing these all over Pinterest and just couldn't resist trying it for myself. I used black foam board instead of canvas and instead of using hot glue to secure the crayons to the board, I used E600 glue. Just glue on the crayons (I used the cheap ones for this first experiment), then once the glue is dry  use a heat tool or a hair dryer to melt the crayons. I set mine up on an easel so the melted crayon would drip down. Notice the random "spray" patterns shooting across in both directions...that is from the heat tool giving off just enough of a breeze to send the melting wax flying across the board. Fun little project. This would make a great kids or 4H group craft. I will definately experiment with other designs in the future. Enjoy!

Auction Find



I found this cute little mannequin at an auction this weekend. If anyone has seen something similar, please let me know. I looked up the patent # listed on the bottom, but the patent description was for packing fish, not this item. The figurine was made in Japan but has US Patent # 181.549. I wonder what it is worth, if anything? I thought it was unique and would make a neat display piece for our store since the dress form stuff seems to be a hot item these days.

11 May 2012

Craftin' up Cards in the Cr@ft L@b...

Finished cards below...
ready to sell at the Lowry City, MO Craft Fair this Saturday.
My interpretation of a design found on Splitcoaststampers.com.

Card fronts below are in progress...
photo was taken while the Liquid Pearls were drying.
These cards will be finished today and added to those I will be selling
at the Lowry City, MO Craft Fair this Saturday.
I used Upsy Daisy (a retiring stamp set by Stampin' Up).

Mother's Day cards below featuring La Blanche Marigold stamp.
Stamped with Ranger's Jet Black Archival ink, 
Colored with Ranger's Distress Markers and
finished with Ranger's Distress Ink applied with a foam blending tool.
Card mats are Core d'inatins Pearlescent cardstock.
Card bases are all Bazzill Swiss Dot cardstock.
I Love the way these turned out.
Each one is different, just like real flowers!  

More Mother's Day cards below featuring La Blanche Poppy stamp.
Stamped with Ranger's Jet Black Archival ink, 
Colored with Ranger's Distress Markers and
finished with Ranger's Distress Ink applied with a foam blending tool.
Card mats are Core d'inatins Pearlescent cardstock.
Card bases are all Bazzill Swiss Dot cardstock.
We stock these products in our store.
 I love the way the La Blanche stamps do all the shading for you. 
Just stamp, color and admire! 
If you like what you see or have questions about any of the cards
 or products used on them, please leave a comment letting us know
you've stopped by for a visit.