Monday, October 28, 2013

Treat Poppers!

 Treat Poppers

Sharon poppers

Your kids will be excited to find these treat poppers (crackers), filled with yummy candy. Not only is this project super easy to make, but it also recycles household tubes you would otherwise toss in the trash.
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1. I covered an empty toilet paper roll in kraft wrapping paper (or you can use a paper towel tube cut down to size.) 

2. Leave both ends of the kraft paper long and fringe with a scissors. 

3. Tie twine around each end.

4. Wrap Glitz patterned paper around each tube as desired. I used a fancy-edged scissors for extra pizazz!

5. Add stickers or circle punched papers for a label.

6. Customize with a Prima Press stamp and black gems for a super simple, yet extra sweet, treat!"
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On this popper I used Glitz's roller stamp to add a design along both sides of the popper. Just mark the empty roll edges on the kraft paper, stamp your design, THEN glue the kraft paper to the empty roll. How fun is that?

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Or go all out with flowers, leaves, and crystal swirls for an extra special popper! YOU, and your kids,  will LOVE these economical treat holders.

Prima Products:
550349 Prima Press
544645 Black Say It In Crystals Swirl
565268 Flowers
571900 Florella Leaves
551438, 551414 Say It In Crystals-Singles

Glitz Design Products:
AW1202 Glitz Raven Collection Title & Accents
PP1561 Glitz Raven Collection -6"  Paper Pack
AW1288 Glitz Raven Collection -Alphabets 
RD1035 Giant Roller Doodle-Triangles
Other: kraft wrapping paper, black ink, paper tubes, pinking shears, circle punches, twine, candy

Friday, October 25, 2013

Altering Chalkboard Flowers & Leaves

A few weeks ago I did a LWP show with the new Optimist papers, along with gorgeous chalkboard paper flowers and leaves.

I promised to get the techniques up on my blog. Well, I DID take all the photos...then time sneaked away on me.

So, hanging my head, here I am with the tips and techniques!

Note: When I try something for the first time I always play on the BACK side of the flower or leaf first. 

This shot shows how to use Prima's white chalk edger and cling stamps to create a COOL chalky effect. You can also use the Prima Press for a personalized stamp. Just press the chalk edger on to the stamp. You will get a nice chalky look with fabulous contrast.

This shot shows how different pens and pencils work on the flowers and leaves. The Project Life white pen is amazing! (I got it in an HSN PL kit.) And Faber Castell has pretty cool pencils, metallic pens, and PITT brush pens. The samples are set next to the actual pens/pencils used on them! I think my faves are the FC metallic pens and the BH white pen.

 This last photo shows art mediums paired with Prima stencils for some fun, dimensional effects. Light Molding Paste, Glass Bead Gel, and Viva Inka Gold Metallic Rub all offer innovative techniques which work beautifully on the leaves/flowers. Aren't those fun?

So there you go! I hope these samples trigger a bit of inspiration for you!  Seriously...just dig out your art mediums and start playing. You are going to LOVE it!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Is It Too Early For Christmas?

I sure hope not because that's what I have for you today! Creating Keepsakes was so sweet to ask me to play with trim and make a layout for their November/December issue way back in April.

I had so much creating this layout! The technique focus is on the tape (which I altered.) Prima's Cotton Tape, Ranger's Perfect Pearl Mist, a Prima Press Stamp, and a stencil were the perfect mix to customize it. 

All of the layered papers are Project life cards and paper fun and so easy to do!


You can see this project, plus so MANY others, in the November/December issue which is available right NOW!!!!