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!

Demonstration time – Copic hair and skin colouring

Hair-fullToday, I am braving the world of video colouring demonstrations! Why? Well, because when I was hanging out at the last Kraftin’ Kimmie release party, a lot of ladies mentioned that they would love to see some colouring.  So, since it was my turn for a tutorial for Kimmie, I figured I would give it a go!  And while I am certainly no Copic or colouring expert, hopefully this little demo will inspire you to get out your colouring tools of choice and get crafty!

The stamp featured in the tutorial is from the Once Upon a Time 3 set, and the paper used for the card base is MME.

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Thanks for stopping by!

A little tip for you colouring fans!

FullHalo-CloseupI have a confession to make.  I do not always colour in the lines!  No matter how hard I try, I almost always end up outside of the lines in at least one place when I am colouring stamped images.  So I wanted to share a little trick with you today.

For this project, I decided to use one of my favourite ChiChi Memories stamps called “Elephant Love” for this card!  I love the clean lines on this digi, and you can personalize it in all sorts of ways.  So I grabbed my Copics and got to it!

CCMT51Now, if you look closely, you’ll notice that there are a few places where the colour came across the lines around the edges of the stamped image.  If you are using alcohol markers, you can fix this with a colourless blender, but I like to kill two birds with one stone.  So, once I am finished colouring the image…

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…I grab my BG11 marker and run it along the outside edge of the image – right over top of any of the marker that has “crossed the line”. This not only blends out any of that colour and draws the eye away from those spots, it also give a “halo” effect to your image and helps it to pop off of the page.

CCMT53If you are not a Copic user – the same technique can work for you – you’ll just have to experiment a bit with the colour that you like best. I like the lighter tones, and I am particularly partial to this blue green colour because I find that it is really subtle and brightens up the image and the other colours I have chosen.  You almost do not notice that it is there – which is exactly the effect I am going for!

Well, that’s it for me today!  I hope you found this little tip helpful.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hair Tutorial – My 300th Post!

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It’s a bit hard for me to believe that today I have my 300th post for you!  Although it seems like the blog has been here forever, the scary realization is this this also means that I have created over 300 projects since I first started blogging!  Wow – that’s a lot of paper and glue! Let’s not talk about the moola…

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Today, I have a quick and easy colouring tutorial for you.  I recently tried my hand at colouring curly hair, and I realized that it is quite different from tackling straight or even way hair (just like in real life)! ;)  I thought I would share a few thoughts on what is working for me to help get you on your way to an effect that works for you!  So, without further adue – let’s get colouring!  ! ;)

Start by grabbing a cute stamp or digi that implies a curly hair texture.  Often, the image will have a wavy edge.  I decided to use this adorable freebie from ChiChi Memories called “Hello Girl“.

Step 1

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Choose four colours for your hair – the middle tones will be the ones you see the most of, so choose one that is lighter and one that is darker to allow for highlights and depth.  I chose Copics E23. E25, E39 and RV99.

Step 2

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Starting with the lightest shade (E23), outline around the edges of the hair and then fill in with squiggly lines (I know – so technical)!  Don’t worry about leaving white spaces!

Step 3

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Using the next shade (E25), repeat the same steps, using this next layer of squiggly lines to fill in some of the white spaces, but also to overlap the ones you have already drawn.  When finished, it will look something like this:

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Step 4

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Using the 3 lightest shade (outline the edges of the hair once again.  Using short strokes and dots, add texture to the hair.  At this point, you want to make sure that most of the white is now gone.

Step 5

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This is my favourite step because it really starts to create depth in the hair.  Using your darkest shade (like RV99 – don’t be afraid to use a dark colour here – even on a lighter hair colour), add short, squiggly lines and dots, focusing your strokes around the outside edges of the hair, and in any parts that would be recessed – like a part.  Colour along a few of the lines you created in step five, staying on one side of the line.

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And that’s it!  I think it gives a pretty good illusion of curly hair without too much effort!  Four colours, four layers, and you are ready to get this cutie onto a card!

So there you have it, now go have some fun colouring hair!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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