Thursday, February 25, 2016

Opportunities for Embellishment - Inks

Sometimes our crafting projects don't always work out the way we planned.  We can look at these like mistakes and toss out the project to start over or we can look at these as opportunities for embellishment.

Let's take this card for example.  I was inking up this beautiful flower using a stencil and you can see to the far right of the card some of my ink went off of the stencil.


At first I was so upset with myself, and I almost threw the card in the garbage.  But then I had an idea . . . what if inked over this smudge to hide it?


I grabbed some painter's tape and ripped it to give an irregular edge to one side of the tape.  I then placed the tape so that the ink smudge was to the right of the tape.


Next, using some of the same inks that I used to create the flower, I inked in the area to the right of the painter's tape.


Once I pulled the painter's tape away, there was this border to the card.


It is not what I originally had planned for this card, but in the end it did turn out very nice.  If I had not shown you this full blog post you might not have ever known that there was a mistake that I was hiding under that beautiful border.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

PEEPS Garland with Oly Fun Fabric

Growing up I was a huge fan of PEEPS . . . those sugar covered marshmallow bunnies that would fill my Easter basket each year.  This year I decided to create a PEEPS bunny garland using the Oly Fun fabric from Fairfield.  

For this project I used the yellow, pink and light purple (orchid) Oly Fun.  


I searched PEEPS online to find a bunny outline I liked, and then I printed it out at the size I wanted.  I made mine about 4 inches tall, but you can make yours bigger or smaller depending on the look you want for your finished project.


Next I traced the PEEP outlines onto the Oly Fun with a pencil.  You could also tape or pin the PEEP shape to the Oly Fun and then cut around it.


Here is my pile of PEEPS after I had them all cut out.  Since Oly Fun will not fray you don't have to finish the edges at all.  I love this feature of the fabric.  This really saved me a lot of time on this project.

Next step is attaching the bunnies to the ribbon.  I could have sewn them on, but I decided to use Aleen's Fabric Fusion instead.  The Fabric Fusion holds so well and allowed me to attach the PEEPS to the ribbon without any stitching showing like there would have been if I sewed them on.


Once the Fabric Fusion dried I hung the PEEP garland in our kitchen.  These little bunnies look so adorable!




I have provided links so you can find Fairfield and it's products.  Tell them Shawn Mosch sent you!

Fairfield website // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest



Sunday, February 21, 2016

Party Mix using Croix Valley Foods Dry Rub

I know that I normally blog about crafting projects, but yesterday I tried the Dry Rub from Croix Valley Foods and just had to share this product with you.  My sister just recently started working with them doing in store demos of their products.  


One of the products she was featuring was the dry rub.  So that customers could really get the taste of the rub and not the food that you would put the rub on when she is doing in store samples they make this oyster cracker mixer.  When I tasted this mix I thought that this would be a great party mix, instead of Chex Mix so I asked her for the recipe.  


2/3 cup canola oil
1 cap full of Croix Valley dry rub

Dump the canola oil and the rub into a large plastic baggie and mix well.

Add one bag of oyster crackers.  Close the bag and shake until it is mixed well  Let sit at least 30 minutes so that everything soaks in.

Enjoy!

Below are the links to Croix Valley Foods, including all of their social media links.  
Tell them Shawn Mosch sent you!


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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Happy Mail!

Over the past few days I have received some products from the brands that were at the 2016 CHA Blogger Event I attended.


Since I love things that shimmer and shine, I am really excited about the products!  Metallic surfaces are everywhere!  There is a sampling of the new metallic fabrics from Fairfiield.  



I saw this gold fabric at the show.  It was being used as part of the wreath make and take project at the Ad Tech booth at CHA.  To see that project, just click HERE

I am blown away by the products from Thermoweb!  Look at the beautiful colors of foil!  This is going to be so much fun, since I just did my first foil project this past week.  If you want to see that project just click HERE.


Now that I know how that Thermoweb makes working with foil, I think it is going to become a product I always have to keep in stock in my craft room.


I even got some gold tint paint, along with a couple of other colors . . . and some spray snow.  And don't forget about the coloring book that I got at the event.

Now I need to get my inspiration going so that I can create some fun projects to share with all of you with these goodies!

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Simply Fabulous! Deco Foil

I have a simply FABULOUS card to share with you today. This is a fun way for you to add some shimmer and shine to a card . . . and it is so easy to do.  This was my first time ever using the iCraft Deco Foil from Thermoweb.  I received this product at the Blogger Event I attended at CHA 2016.


I love the way it turned out!  look at the mirror like reflection of the foil!  Just perfect for the body and chrome of the car.  I used the car shape from the Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge, but any car die cut shape would work for this project.

For this project I also used the Deco Foil Peel n Stick toner sheets.  For those of you who have never done a foiling project, one of the ways to use foil is to print an image from a copier/printer that uses toner and then place a sheet of foil over the top and run the whole thing through a laminator.  The heat of the laminator reacts with the back of the foil, and the foil will only attach/stick where there was toner on the paper.


With the toner sheets it is using that same transfer process, but now you have a full sheet of toner paper that you can die cut images from to attach the foil onto!  I placed the toner sheet on my Cricut cutting mat, just like I would any cardstock, and cut the layers I needed.  I used a multi cut feature since the blade had to go through the toner sheet and the backing.


Next step, remove the toner sheet  cuts from the cutting mat and get ready to add the foil.  The toner sheets came with a piece of parchment paper, so I placed the layers for the body of the car onto the parchment paper, then I place a piece of foil over the top and folded the parchment paper over the top.  This helped to hold all of the cuts and foil in place as I put the parchment paper through the laminator.


And when it came out it was a perfect mirror like foil surface.  Here you can see the cuts on the right and the piece of foil after it was peeled off on the right.


Depending on how you look at the cut and how the light is hitting it, you can see all different colors reflecting off of it.


After I had foil added to all of the pieces I needed I started to build the card.  I used black cardstock for the base, with gray for a border and for the base cut on the card.  


I found a black polka dot pattern in the Simple Stories Say Cheese paper stack.


For some of the layers on the car, like the seat and the soft-top convertible roof, I wanted to be able to make the look of worn fabric.  I used the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core cardstock in a golden leather color and red.  This cardstock has a color on top, but the core of it is a kraft color (think of the color of a brown paper bag) so when I used a sanding tool on it the kraft color came through on the edges.  It gave it a more worn and aged look.


I also used this Kraft-Core paper on the tires.  When I sanded the edges of the tires it made it look as if there was some dirt from the road on the tires.


I think this card would be a great for a man's birthday or Father's Day.

If you liked this project, be sure to stop by Therm O Web to check out their full line of products.  Tell them Shawn sent you!


___________  UPDATE  ____________

This project is now LIVE in the Best Blogger Contest at FaveCrafts.com and I would LOVE it if you would vote for me!

To VOTE for this project to win the Best Blogger Contest go to FaveCrafts.com . . . or even easier, click HERE to be taken straight to the voting page.  Now scroll through all of the projects and find mine and click on the Vote! button.  Once your vote is counted there will be a green dot after the word vote.
                                  

You can vote once per day from each computer.  I would love it if you would vote daily!

Thanks!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Disney PIxar Blog Hop - February 2016!

Welcome to the Disney Pixar Blog Hop!


Disney and crafting are a magical combination, and we are so happy you joined us to day for this blog hop.  Some of the crafters participating in this event have been doing this together since 2011!  Over the years the hop has grown but one thing has always stayed the same . . . amazing crafting projects that feature your favorite characters from Disney and Pixar movies.

For 2016 we are going to attempt to have a hop every other month for the entire year . . . February, April, June, August, October and December.  If you are on Facebook you can like the group page so that you can be the first to learn about each upcoming event.  Just click HERE to go the the Facebook page.

Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I decided to make some cards with my Frozen Cricut Cartridge, Wild Card Cricut cartridge and Lawn Fawn stamps.

To get started, I cut two heart shaped cards from the Wild Card Cricut cartridge.  I cut one from a burgundy paper that has a shimmer finish, and the other from a teal cardstock with a flat finish.


Next I prepared to cut Olaf from the Frozen Cricut cartridge.  To save some time, I placed white, blue and orange carstock onto my mat and loaded it into my Cricut.  This way I could just move the blade to the upper right corner of the color I needed to cut and I did not have to unload the mat for cutting each color.

Also, I used a white dry erase board paper from DCWV for the white of Olaf.  This gave the entire cut a little bit of a glossy look.


Since I knew I was making two cards, I cut all layers twice to speed up the assembly process.  I did have a slight problem with the white on the Olaf on right.  Can you see the small tear where Olaf's leg attaches to his body on the image on the right? 


It tore as I was taking the paper off the mat.  No worries . . . . let's just call this an opportunity for embellishment and I will show you how I fix it later on in this post.



This next picture was supposed to show how I start to piece the layers of the cuts together, but I also wanted to include it because I thought it was funny and Olaf kind of has a "Nightmare Before Christmas" look to him at this point.  


Once I had some of the large white areas glued onto the black background piece, I added the blue for the inside of Olaf's mouth.  I wanted to add that first since I figured it would be easier to place the white cut for his tooth and space it nicely inside of the blue background.


Here is how Olaf looks after I have placed all of the different layers of cardstock on to the black background.


I wanted to add some cute phrases, but I don't like my own handwriting so I wanted to use stamps for the sentiments.  Lawn Fawn has a stamp set called Here's The Scoop that had some perfect phrases.


For both cards, I cut two hearts, one from patterned cardstock and one from solid colored cardstock, to layer behind the Olaf cut.  I also added some dots of Viva Decor and stamped some small hearts for accents around the outside edge.


Remember the tear by Olaf's leg in one of my cuts?  Let me show you how I covered that up.  

I used Viva Decor and just "smudged" it over the tear and up the side of the cut.  Then I added it to the other leg and around the arm also.  This makes the smudges of Viva look intentional and not like I am trying to hide something.   


I cut a banner shape from another Lawn Fawn set and stamped the phrases "you are so cool" and "you melt my heart" on them.  I thought these were perfect for an Olaf card.



I hope you enjoyed my Olaf heart shaped cards!  Now you can hop over to the other blogs to see what they have created.  

Before you go, make sure to enter to win our prize for this hop . . . a Disney paper pack from Queen & Co. 


The paper stack will not even be shipping out to stores until late February 2016, so you can have it before the stores are even selling it!  Note: Due to the fact that we received this paper stack so early, it is considered a promotional proof and there could be some slight variations from what will be shipped to stores.

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Good luck, and enjoy the rest of the hop!

The full blog hop line up is below.