so who is readyf or christmas???? NOT ME! but i am getting there. Pezza and i have finallized our christmas cookie list – we will be making 6 different kinds of cookies plus peanut butter chocolate balls (hubby’s favorite). i still have to finish sewing my mom’s gift, put the finishing touches on my teacher gifts (3 of them) and make my MIL’s gift. and just two weeks to go! i think hubby is going to try and get his christmas shopping done tomorrow. trevor never uses his closet so i have been stuffing all of pezza’s gifts in there. last night he says um…..why do i have a pile of toys in my closet and where did they come from? i said DUH santa stuff!!! helloooooo! pezza was behaving BEYOND hideously yesterday in walmart but then she got concerned an elf might see her a nd report her so she straightened up – and the santa blackmail is finally sinking in YAY!!!
now on to why you are really here!!! i have a how to video for ya at the end!!!
for TIO*T* this week for Susana’s Custom we get to do anything our little heart’s desire – fun fun! susana now has the sets of Ranger’s Perfect Pearls mica powders in the store and i am a TOTAL perfect pearls-aholic and BAD! if you have not played with these you are missing out! of course i have been working feverishly on christmas gifts for folks and realized i need gift bags too! so that’s what i did today and have a video for you to go along with it!!!
i used yesterday’s Splitcoast Stampers challenge sketch for the layout:
The great big awesome bow was done using the Bow Easy.
My background was on plain white paper. I started by using shimmering mists. first mist the whole paper with a pale colorless shimmering mist – you can use Tsukineko psst shimmer gold OR make your own using perfect pearls powder and water in a mini mister. Next choose TWO crafter’s workshop stencils. Lay your fisrt one down on your paper and choose a COLORED shimmering mist – you can use Maya Mist, Smooch Spritz OR make another one of your own using Perfect Pearls, water and a few drops of reinker in a mini mister. Now mist LIGHTLY and from a bit of a distance so you get a fine mist and down cause the stencil to shift. you also don’t want to mist heavily enough to soak your paper and blur your stencil image. i gave mine a few mists and let it dry in between so my stencil image showed up nicely. For the next step you need your second stencil and Viva Decor modeling cream – positively amazing stuff!!! for this one i used two different colors over my stencil to get a marbled effect. i LOVE the look i get with this – the softness of the shimmering mist background agains the crispness of the modeling cream design and all the gorgeous shimmer of all three layers are just GORGEOUS!
My focal panel is another way to use perfect pearls. it is SO simple and SO pretty! I took two Lockhart Itty Bitty stamps and stamped one randomly using versamark. i brushed over it with forever blue perfect pearls powder. Next i stamped randomly using the second image and versamark and then brushed over it with green patina perfect pearls. i took a large soft brush and brushed over the image panel vigorously to remove the excess powder. Mist VERY lightly with water to SET your image and it won’t rub off!
Be sure to watch the video below for a demonstration of these techniques and then check out the WODNERFUL perfect pearl kits in the store – a truly versatile project you can turn to again and again for a huge variety of things!