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!

 

 

Felt flower Tutorial

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It’s my day to post a little bit of fun for Trendy Twine today, and I thought I would share a fun little felt flower tutorial for you.  We have been using a great colour called Lemon Tart, and really, what a better place for it than in the center of a flower This is a great little flower that can be made in many sizes and used on a variety of projects.  I happened to use mine on a headband, but the sky is really the limit.  Click on the picture to access the tutorial.

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Now that you know how to make them, there are all sorts of variations you can make.  I used a different coloured twine caller Blue Berry for a more “fuzzy centre” by using the same technique and simply cutting the looped pieces.  Mixing colours could also be fun!

Don’t forget that you still have time to enter the monthly challenge!  This month, it’s all about flowers, stamps and twine, so consider making one of these, use it on a card, layout or canvas and link up!   You could win a gift card to the store!

Thanks for stopping by today!

BFF Trinkets – Especially For You!

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It’s preview week this week at Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps, and I am so excited to be participating again this month.  Some of you might remember that I earned a guest spot last month for KKS after participating in a contest a few months back.  Well, after a bunch of groveling on my part, ;) Kim asked me to stay on as a permanent Krafty Girl!  So today, and all this week, I get to share previews of all the stamps being released this weekend!

Now, let’s get down to business!

BFF-Trinket-closeupIt is no secret that I love paper flowers (and I know you do too because some of my most popular blog posts are my tutorials for flowers)! It is also no secret that I love Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps, so I decided to team them up today for fun spring card! The center of the flower is a stamp from the new BFF Trinket set - a set that set that includes EIGHT trinkets. These circular sentiment stamps have been created and designed by the totally talented Krafty Girl, Nicole Aspinall!! They are made especially to fit in your 1 3/8ths and 1 ¾ inch punches, for quick and easy cutting!!!

The paper on this card is from the fun and cheerful Chickadee stack from DCWV. I did add a bit of Glossy Accents to the center of the flower for a bit of shine and emphasis.  I did a bit of doodling, added a bit of bling, and voila – a card for a special friend in your life!

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So that’s it from me today!  Don’t forget! You can WIN some of our new stamps by entering our Krafty Krop Challenges that are open all week long, and by checking out all the fun projects the Krafty Girls have created today with this set of stamps (see links below).

Thanks for stopping by today!


Pillow box fun

I’m not sure why, but I have never created a pillow box before!  These super cute little containers are a breeze to make, and you don’t even need a fancy cutting machine to create one, or two or five!

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I teamed this one up with the super cute Cherry Cupcake twine from trendy Twine and some fun paper from MME.  One of my favourite ways to wrap twine is bunched at one end and spread out at the other end – it works on layouts, card and even pillow boxes! :)  I also created a little mini-tassle for the center of the flower and simply glued it in place with glue gun.  I love the texture it adds to the otherwise simple daisy-like flower.