i had a FANTASTIC weekend i must say! Saturday I was feeling down and hubby took pezza and sent me upstairs to lock myself away and take a shower and such in peace. Then we went out and did some errands and took Pezza to eat at Cici’s Pizza – her very favorite place! Then yesterday Hubby took pez ALL DAY so i could work in my studio and get stuff done so we can go out of town on Wednesday – a full, uninterrupted day of creativity in my studio – PURE BLISS!!! almost never happens, especially with Pezza out of school now! and i got ALOT done thank goodness! Starting with some major clean up! my mojo had been suffering a bit and the clean up and day long crafting really re-energized me. But i still have more to do before i will be comfortable going out of town. we are heading to my mom’s in south Louisiana for her annual crawfish boil – one of my favorite things i get to do in life! pezza is beside herself with excitement because she gets to see her little buddy brett who lives next door. my om is pushing for an arranged marriage HAHAHHAAH! the scary part of this trip…we are driving. yep…driving…with pez in the car…for 17 hours….why? it’s just so so much cheaper plus we can bring whatever we want to with us. the best advantage – we have to drive right through my brother’s area and get to stop for a visit and i get to see his house for the first time YAY!!!! he has an old craftsman style house and he has been doing loads of renovating and stuff. can’t wait!
The Design Team Call for Through the Craft Room Door is still open – you have until April 15th to submit! This team is for the Challenge we will begin doing on the magazine website and it is open to everyone!
1. MUST have an active blog that is OVER 1 year old
2. MUST participate in each challenge (2 per month) as well as participate in chatter on the website and Facebook.
3. You *may* be called upon to contribute to the magazine from time to time but it is not a requirement
What do you have to do?
- Submit 2 projects – a card and something OTHER than a card – to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your second project DOES NOT have to be a papercrafting item.
- Include your name, address and a brief bio in your email
- Give us the link to your blog as well as a list of what message boards and online crafting groups you participate in.
*There is no monetary compensation for this position.
**Anyone interested in sponsoring challenges please contact us!
I have a SUPER project for you today! i love it anyway! i was asked recently to be a guest designer for my friend Anary over at the House of Gilli blog. Not familiar with Gilli – oh you should be! Gilli is an adorable little character created by Anary and the stamps are available at Stamping Scrapping (along with LOADS of other awesome things). The current challenge over at The House of Gilli is ribbons and pearls SO i created this little Relaxation Gift Set:
I started with an embossed metal pail – part of a stash of them i got at Joann’s on clearance for SUPER CHEAP. I took a plain white cloth napkin and stamped Florist Gilli using Tsukineko VersaCraft Black ink. Then I colored it in with Tsukineko Fabricolor Markers. These two products are AMAZINGLY permanent on fabric. i first tested them over two years ago on some rags we use for Pezza clean ups – these rags are washed weekly in bleach and hot water and the stamping is STILL THERE!!!! but use a LIGHT hand – the ink will bleed/soak into the napkin if you use too much or apply it to heavily. Next I used Heat N Bond strip iron on adhesive to attach the ribbons followed by some pearls using Liquid Pearls. Finally I stamped some random swirls on the outside thirds of the napkin using another VersaCraft ink pad.
My candle started out as a plain white candle – not exciting. Alcohol Inks to the rescue! Very simple to change the color of your candle – simply choose 2-3 colors alcohol inks, put some of each color onto your felt applicator and dab randomly! it is only flammable while still wet – not once it has dried.
Next I took the same ribbon as i used on the napkin and adhered it to the candle with Scor Tape. I finished off with some Liquid Pearls and a cute little Pardo Clay embellishment i made. At the end of this post you can watch a video where Pezza shows you how to make these!
I used Pardo Clay by Viva Decor and a Mold From Sakura on Etsy. These molds are amazing! and SO easy to use! if you get some be sure and tell her i sent you!!! I brushed it with pearl mica powder from luminarte before baking – any mica powder will work.
And finally here is my card. Florist Gilli is colored with colored pencils – no blending solvents used. If you want to learn how to get the most oout of YOUR colored pencils be sure to check out my Colored Pencil 1 class on Color Me Creative.
I used the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge for the patterned panel – this is the Book creative feature. If you cannot find this cart near you – just head over to see my buddy Terri at Stampsalive and you can get one there for a great price!
The little pink embellishment is the same as the one on the candle.
Inside is a little tea bag holder made using the Fabulous Finds Cricut Cartridge – it is actually a library pocket but works perfectly for this! I placed a piece of clear acrylic on the window portion – i cut it from the plastic one of my cricut cartridges came in – i always save them. i used Scor Tape to put it all together – that way i know it will hold up!
while i was making the clay embellishments Pezza had to get in on the act OF COURSE. then she asked if she could do a video for folks and we had not done one in so loooooong! so i set her up and she went to town as she usually does – check it out below!!!
what do you think???? easy peasy right?!
and now i am off to the post office. i hope you all have a fabulous day!