A little TuTu-orial

Many of you already know that I have two little girls, so “girlie” projects abound here at ScrappyCanuck Studios.  Well, today is no exception.  My oldest daughter (nicknamed “T.T.”) turned five earlier this month, and she is my dancer extraordinaire! So it seemed fitting to have “T.T’s Tutu Birthday party” this year, and I have some fun projects and even a tutu-orial for you!

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When I had the chance to be a part of the final round for May Arts Design Team call, I immediately knew that I wanted to play with some of the beautiful new tulle that is available in three different widths and all sorts of pretty colours! So let’s get started with a little tutorial to show you an easy technique to create a faux tutu!

(Can you tell that I had a head cold??!! ;))

This is a great, easy technique that you could use in all sorts of ways!

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…like some fun tutu treat containers filled with white chocolate popcorn (each container used approximately 3 yards of tulle)!

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…or even around a simple fondant cake to add dimension and texture (and to hide a variety of decorating boo-boos).

Once I get my hands on some more of this gorgeous tulle, I think I’ll make T.T. a little “tutu” to wear around her bun!  And while ballerina-themed projects are a perfect fit for this technique, think about how cute this would be with fairies and even princess decor!

Well, that’s it for me today.  I have a couple of other projects I created for the party that I’ll share with you next week. I hope you’ll come back to check them out!

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A Koala-ty Friend

Koals-fullGood morning, happy Thursday, and welcome to the first day of Kraftin’ Kimmie peeks. Koals-closeup Kimmie has so many beautiful stamp images to share with you this week, and as usual, I am happy to be in on the fun!

First off is a new koala-themed set from artist THAIS NARCISO called “A KOALA-TY FRIEND”. These cuties are sure to put a smile on the face of any recipient.  I worked with my warm and cool Copics to layer some colour to create that fuzzy look I wanted for this mama and her wee one!  This image just makes me want to go and hug my little wee ones!

All the Krafty Girls listed below have lots of super FUN designs to show you featuring these awesome new stamps from Thais! And while you’re hopping around, be sure to leave a comment because we are giving away a gift card!!! You could WIN some Krafty $$$ to spend at the shop!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Handwritten Sentiment tutorial

Welcome to Monday!  Today, it’s my turn to create a little tutorial for Kraftin Kimmie Stamps and this is fun one!
Recently, I have received a lot of questions about how I create my handmade sentiments, so I thought I would try to break down the process for you.  Having said that – there is no precise science to it, so practice will be your best friend!
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Materials:
  • a stamped image of your choice – I am using one of the cute kitties from Feline Great
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • thin marker – I am using a Sakura 0.25 point in black
Note before you begin - For the purpose of this tutorial, I am creating my sentiment BEFORE I colour up my image.  Sometimes, I will make a mistake with the ink, or simply will end up with a shape that doesn’t work when I finish the sentiment.  By creating the sentiment at the start of the colouring process, I just have to re-stamp the image and try again instead of having to re-colour or fussy cut the image if it doesn’t turn out as planned! ;)
Step #1 
Sentiment-2On a scrap piece of paper, determine the sentiment you would like to write.  Try to figure out how many lines it will take so that the characters are evenly spaced.  For instance, you don’t want 3 letters on one line and 10 on another.  It doesn’t have to be a perfect match – just go for balance.
Then create some wavy lines very lightly with a pencil to match the number of lines you need for your sentiment. You do not want your wavy lines to match – have some start by moving up and some by moving downward.  Also think about the important words in your sentiment that you might want to feature.  I had my second line come down to create a larger space for the word “Purrrfect”to fill in to create some emphasis.
Step #2
Sentiment-3Pencil in your text, starting the letters at the bottom of your wavy line and filling in the entire space created by the lines.  I like to mix up my upper and lover case letters for a bit of a playful look, but it’s entirely up to you!  Embellish away!
Step #3
Sentiment-4Check your spacing in relation to your stamped image.  You want the sentiment to fill in the negative space around the stamp, so this is your chance to see how it compliments the space.  You can see that I took my pencil and sketched in a line that was slightly lower for the beginning of the word “Valentine”.  I simply wanted the word to be as far away from his paw as it is from his tail.  This is when you want to be really happy with the way the sentiment looks, so take some time to look at the image from a distance and see what you think.
Step #4
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Using a fine point marker, go over each of your letters, working slowly to for precise shapes.  A fine tip marker will make a difference – if it is a lot wider than the black outline on your stamp, the sentiment can look really heavy and compete with the stamped image instead of working with it.
Step #5   
Sentiment-6Wait for at least 3-4 minutes (yes – time yourself), and then carefully erase the pencil lines.  Do not rush this step – it is totally frustrating to smudge the lines and have to start over, so you really want to give the pen a chance to dry.  My Sakura marker dries very quickly (by the time I get to the end of the sentiment, the start is usually dry), but I still wait the full 3-4 minutes just in case.  It’s a good habit to get into especially if you plan on using different markers.
Oh, and a little tip for erasing – always erase in one direction only, starting in the middle of your piece of paper and working out towards the edges.  This will ensure you don’t get that frustrating eraser crinkle that happens  hen you catch the edge of your paper with the eraser and it buckles in towards to you! Remember, if you get a smudge or a crinkle you can always re-stamp the image and start again (you already have a template for the sentiment), or simply fussy cut the image and start fresh!
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A little doodling fun!

Princess-fullIt’s Saturday, so I get to share a fun inspiration project for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps‘ weekly challenge.  This week, I get to be the hostess, and I am challenging you to doodle away!  I have to admit that I get a bit freaked out to freehand doodle on my cards, so I have a couple of tips.  If the idea of doodling makes you nervous too, either try doodling right after you have stamped your image (before you colour), so you don’t loose a whole stamped image if you dislike the doodling.  Or, simply pencil it in first – no one will know you practiced first (just remember to draw lightly)!

Princess-closeupThis week, I worked with one of the cute images from the Once Upon a Time 4 set.  I coloured her up with Copics (finally finding some purples that I actually like!!), and then used my Sakura marker to doodle in some lines and create a bit of a sentiment. I was quick and easy, and created a cute frame-look around the image without needing to emboss or die-cut!  That’s my kind of technique! ;)

Okay, now it’s your turn!  Create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp or another stamp, and include some doodling on it! Pull out those fabby stamps and play along! Have some krafty fun and join us this week!!

Don’t forget that Kimmie has LOTS of fabulous stamp sets on SALE in the FRUGAL FRIDAY SPECIALS this weekend 30-50% OFF! There is also a HUGE new selection of paper pads including a whole new line by Wild Rose Studio!

Thanks for stopping by!

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