A Ribbonista in the making?

Hope-fullOften times, I am asked about my style as a crafter!  While I am never sure how to answer that question, one thing is for sure – I am a bit of a ribbon addict.  There is something about the texture, colour and dimension of ribbon – the perfect choice can really take a great project and make it extra special!

If you’ve seen any projects here on the blog before, you will know that my favourite ribbon company is May Arts! Whether I am using some of my favourite chevron stripes or some of the beautiful crochet ribbons,  May Arts ribbons add a finishing touch to almost every project I create.  So when Betheny from May Arts posted about a design team call, I was oh, SO tempted to throw my hat in the mix.  So, here we go!

One of my favourite recent projects was a home decor project that teamed up  some chalkboard paint, a stencil, gesso and some black and white chevron ribbon (382-34-10). The ribbon in this project wasn’t only functional, but worked to tie together the balck and white together.

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This second project I decided to showcase was created as part of an “unconventional valentines”-themed tea party that I created this last Valentine’s day.  This project was particularly fun because I got to play with a variety of ribbons – including, 1.5″ Grosgrain stripes in TG34,  AX17 – 7/8” Satin Cut Outs (hearts) and 376-1-03 – 1 Inch Grosgrain / Satin Edge Ribbon. Created simply by covering some cardboard with paper and beautiful ribbon, who knew it could be so easy to have a cupcake stand to match any party theme!

Finally, because this is a position for tutorials, I had to include a project with a stepped out tutorial!  I chose an interactive card – another one of my favourites!

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Well, there you have it!  Three fun projects that I hope will get me into round two of this design team call. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Thanks for stopping by!

Spring into Easter

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The other day, I was thinking about playing with some of the great textured papers from DCWV, included the fun printed cork and the beautiful coloured burlap sheets.  I figured that an Easter banner would be a nice way to brighten up these dreary spring days, but I figured that if I put in all that work, it was a shame to only be able to have it up for a couple of days.  Then it hit me – why not make a double sided banner?!

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In fact, “SPRING” and “EASTER” turned out to be the perfect match! :)  I did play with the patterns a bit – using the same pattern in different colours for the Easter side, and mixing up the patterns for the Spring side.  I also embellished each side a bit differently just for some variety.

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Just a note – when I first envisioned this banner, I had actually planned to add a few 3D flowers.  But as I started creating, I realized that because the banner was double sided, I really needed to keep both sides quite flat so the banner would hang properly.  I am actually really glad that I went clean and simple.  There is so much great texture going on with these supplies, and I think it really keeps that at the forefront.  And anyway, spring here in Canada is pretty bare bones, so it works well! ;)

Well, that’s it for me!  I promised Easter projects and I do have more for you (including a cute little treat container), so be sure to come by again this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Live, Laugh and Love

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When I create home decor projects, I really love it when they have a special message – something inspirational that reminds me how best to live my life.  So today, I thought it would be fun to share one of these projects; a little wall hanging piece created with some of the fun mdf letters from Domestic Bliss Home Decor collection, and some fun papers from the DCWV’s Honey Chic stack.

I thought I would show you some quick pictures that show how I went about covering the letters with paper.  There are all sorts of different ways to decoupage, but since I was working with a font that was rather thin, I wanted to be as precise as possible.  Here’s how I tackled covering the letters:

Step 1 – Decide on you paper

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This is the fun part for me!  Decide which patterns  you would like to use for your letters, and make sure you will have enough of the pattern to cover your letters!  Laying out the letters on top of the patterned paper can help you figure out if one 12×12 sheet will be enough.

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Using a liquid adhesive, cover the letters ensuring that there is glue over the entire surface, especially along the edges.  More is better than less!

Step 3 – Adhere to the paper

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Take flip over your letters and press them down on the WRONG SIDE (or back side) of the paper. If your words are in pieces like mine were, place them down as you would like to see them to keep the patterns consistent.  Place a heavy object on top and allow to completely dry! Try to be patient and wait – it will make the next step easier!

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Using a pair of scissors, cut a rough outline in the paper around your letters.  This will get rid of excess paper and will make it easier to fussy cut in step 5.

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Making sure you are working on a cutting mat, run the blade of an utility knife along the edges of your letters. Be careful with your speed – too fast and you may not cut all the way through the paper; too slow and you may actually catch the wood with your knife.

Step 6 – Recut corners
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Flip over your letters and recut any corner that may have been missed on your first pass.  I like to do this with the paper side up as I can actually see the sections that need to be recut.  I can also use the empty space behind to my advantage – just remember not to press to hard.

Step 7 – Embellish
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And the fun continues!  Embellish with fussy cut flowers (I cute some from the patterned paper in the Honey Chic stack) or ribbons or even buttons!  Hang and enjoy!

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Well, that’s it for me today!  I hope you have time to get a bit crafty!  Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

Blog Hopping fun with Faber Castell!

blog hop bannerOne of the things I love about paper crafting is that there is always something new to play with, and great products to experiment with!  Today DCWV and Faber Castell are joining up for a fun blog hop, teaming up textured products, including gesso, whipped spackle, canvas, chalkboard paint, gelatos, and more!

I decided to push myself right out of my comfort zone and create a mixed media wall hanging using only black, white and kraft colours!  If you’ve ever stopped by SCS before, you’ll know that I love bright and bold, so this was definitely a challenge.  But I was so taken with the textured kraft paper and the stencils from DCWV, and I thought they teamed up so well with the chalkboard paint and whipped spackle from Faber Castell (this stuff looked good enough to put on top of a cupcake)!

Hope-fullTo create this piece, I simply started with two of the DIY Wall Appliques from DCWV’s Domestic Bliss Decor line, and painted them with Faber Castell’s Chalk Board paint.  I then drilled a couple of holes at the top, popped some ribbon through, and then ran it down the back to hold the two pieces together.  Then I got working on the flower.

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The flower was simply created by laying one of DCWV’s new stencils on top of a piece of textured kraft paper from the Woven stack, and then layering some Whipped Spackle from Faber Castell on top.  I didn’t worry too much about creating an even layer as I loved the texture created by spreading the spackle across the woven paper.  Once I peeled up the stencil, I hit the Whipped Spackle with a heat gun (mostly because I am too impatient to wait, but also because it gave the spackle a bubbly texture), and then fussy cut around the edge, leaving about 1/8″ border to showcase the kraft paper.  I created a second flower so that I could fussy cut those petals, and then glue them on top of the full flower (only the inner layer of petals), and then hot glued the finished flower onto the wall applique.  I topped off the centre of the flower with a bit of the chalkboard paint, and voila – texture, texture, texture!

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Okay, now it’s time for you to continue hopping, and make sure leave some comments along the way because there are some great prizes to be won- Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and DCWV will be giving away $75 in product at the end of the hop. To win, follow the list below and leave a comment. Remember, if this is the first spot you found, make sure you go back and start at the beginning!  The hop will end at 5PM EST on Friday, March 28th. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 31st on each of the company’s blogs. For extra entries, follow Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and DCWV on twitter!