Valentine's Day Classes with Rinea Foils

Hi everyone, I'm been teaching several classes this month using Rinea Foiled Papers.  Specifically, I've used the  Love Foiled Paper Variety Pack  .  The colors in this collection include Glossy Ruby/Gold, Glossy Blush/Gold, Glossy Fuchsia/Gold , Starstruck Ruby, Starstruck Blush and Starstruck Fuchsia, and they are perfect for all your Valentine's creations.

Aren't they sweet?

And you know you still have time to get these cards ready for Valentine's Day.

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Happy Whatever with Just For Fun Rubber Stamps

My newest card on the Just For Fun Rubber Stamp blog uses a technique to create a watercolor effect.

Using the Brushed Wildflowers stamp, I inked it with several colors of ink, then lightly spritzed the stamp with water as I wanted a water colored effect.  Stamping the image on cardstock, I had a fun effect.  This stamp was perfect for this technique.  I then matted the panel on 3 layers of cardstock sto emphasize the colors in the image.

Happy Whatever from the Sentiments 1 stamp set, was stamped in black ink and  matted with 2 layers of cardstock before being added across the stamped image. 

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Pink Hairbow with Bowdabra

Hi everyone, I'm on the Bowdabra blog with a cute pink hairbow.

Start by placing the ruler over the Bowdabra. Next, place the Bow wire and fold it underneath so it is out of your way. Using 2″ wide ribbon and the ruler as a guide, create a 2 1/2″ ribbon loop.

Continue making the loops until you have the number desired.

Take the next ribbon and make 2″ loops.

Add a floral spray into the Bowdabra, separating it so sits easily in the Bowdabra.

Cut 2 strips of 1/2″ wide ribbon and place in the Bowdabra over the floral spray.  Use the Bow Wand to push everything together.

 Pull up and tie off. Fluff out the bow.

Finally, using the bow wire, I tied this super cute hair bow to a barrette.

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Paulie's Bow

Hi everyone, I'm on the Bowdabra blog with a new bow for Paulie.

The Bowdabra is a wonderful tool that makes wonderful bows.

Start by placing the bow wire in the Bowdabra, wrapping it underneath so it is out of your way.  Leave a tail of ribbon approximately 4″ long and start making your bow.

Continue making your bow until you have the number of desired loops.

Add scraps of red ribbon, placing them in the channel.

Add scraps of black and white ribbon in the channel.  Use the Bow Wand to push the layers into the Bowdabra.

Pull up on the bow wire and tie off.  Fluff out the bow and cut the scraps to fit.  Now that the bow was done, I needed Paulie to cooperate and model his new bow.

Paulie loved the Bowdabra dog bow and allowed me to tie it to his collar.

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Love Mini Album with Rinea Foiled Papers

Hi everyone, I've got a new project on the Rinea blog - a mini album using foils from the Love Foiled Paper Variety Pack.

Begin by cutting foils to fit each letter.

Cut Starstruck Blush to fit the "L".  Add a doily heart to the front and a rub-on along the bottom edge.

Cut Glossy Fuscia/Gold to fit the "O".  Add several rub-ons.

Cut Starstruck Fuscia  to fit the "V", adding a torn strip of  Starstruck Blush.  Also die cut Glossy Blush/Gold, aligning it so the gold side fits under the "O".

Cut Glossy Blush/Gold to fit the "E".  Sand the foil giving it a distressed effect.  Add several rub-ons and cut a 4" panel of Glossy Blush/Gold for a photo mat.

Open the album and add additional foil mats and embellishments.

Add rhinestone swirls.

Add ribbons and flowers to the rings.

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Makins Clay Snowman

Hi everyone, I'm on the Makin's Clay blog with a fun winter project.  With winter upon us that means snow will be here shortly.  Since it can be a little too cold outside to make snowmen, why not create your own snowmen from the comfort of your home.  

Tattered Angels Baseboard - Lava
Wiggly Eyes

Start by creating the snowman using tinfoil which has been tightly rolled into 3 balls.  Continue adding tinfoil until you have 3 different sized shapes.  Place toothpicks between the balls and glue in place to hold the shape.  Put aside to dry.

Condition white clay for the outer layer.

Using the clay machine, roll each piece of clay starting at the highest setting.

Continue putting the sheets of clay through the clay machine reducing the setting each time until the panels are the thickness desired.

Wrap the clay around the snowman, folding and pinching where necessary to achieve a desirable snowman.  Since snowmen are not always smooth, don't worry about the lumps and bumps that show as a result of the underlying tinfoil.

Allow the snowman to dry 24 hours, then paint with white paint.

Roll out terracotta clay to create the arms.  Allow the edges to be a little raggedy so they look like tree limbs.  Adhere to the sides of the snowman.    

I had no black clay handy so I rolled out 3 little balls of terracotta clay for his buttons and his hat.  Then I spritzed them with Tattered Angels Lava mist to change the color of the clay. 

I placed the hat on his head and added leaves to the side.  Finally I tied ribbon around his neck.

Standing about 7" tall, he is a reminder of the winter weather that is to come.

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Etched Winged Bottle

Hi everyone, this is my newest etchall project.  I found this amazing bottle and knew that etching it would really bring out the design in the glass.

Place the weighted glass bottle in a plastic container then add etchall dip 'n etch liquid.   I only wanted a portion of the bottle to be etched so I added dip 'n etch liquid to the top of the pattern on the bottle.  Allow the bottle to sit 15 minutes.

Remove the bottle and pour the dip 'n etch liquid back into the original container.  Since dip 'n etch is reusable, there is no waste.  Rinse the bottle and pat dry.

Create wings using a Prima mold with Makin'sⓇ white clay.  To coordinate with the selected ribbons, I painted the wings with pink acrylic paint.

Create a bow using tulle and ribbon with the Bowdabra.  Using bow wire, tie the bow to the bottle then bring the bow wire to the front and tie again.  Use a craft pick to twirl the bow wire.

Adhere the clay wings behind the bow.

 Love how dip 'n etch emphasizes the pattern on the bottle.

 Wouldn't this make a sweet gift for someone special?

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Valentine's Day Cards with Arnold Grummer Papermaking kits

Hi everyone, I'm on the Arnold Grummer blog with die cut Valentine's Day Cards using handmade papers created with the Arnold Grummer Papermaking Kit.

Are you aware just how easy it is to create handmade paper?  It's even easier to die cut the papers into a variety of shapes.

Selecting papers from my stash of handmade papers, I couldn't find any that were pink enough for Valentine's Day.  Easy enough to remedy though - I just spritzed the paper with Imagine's Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray in Angel Pink.  Let the paper dry thoroughly.

Create cards from brown cardstock.  Die cut 2 layers of handmade papers using Lawn Fawn dies.  Adhere the larger layers to the cards then  wrap the cards with Whisker Graphic's Divine Twine in Lite Pink.  Mat the smaller layers with brown cardstock, then add to the cards with foam adhesives for dimension.

Die cut hearts from the same paper, then die cut the centers.  Adhere the large hearts to the right corners of each card.  Take the smaller hearts and add them back to the larger hearts with foam adhesives so they stand out.

Die cut Love from brown cardstock and add to the cards.

Aren't they lovely?

Happy Valentine's Day.



Lighthouse Cards with Just For Fun Rubber Stamps

Hi everyone I'm sharing a new card using some great stamps available from the store to create my cards.  

The new lighthouse stamps are amazing.  I chose to color one lighthouse with shades of blue, adding it to a coordinating blue card.  The sentiment is from Sentiments 3 which was stamped on the same background panel.

.My second lighthouse is colored with shades of red and the red panel was added to a blue card.  The sentiment is from Sentiments 1.

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