Monday, October 5, 2015

Candy Corn Wine Bottles

We have all seen the posts on Pinterest for the Candy Corn Wine bottles.  I don't drink wine, but as soon as I mentioned that this was a crafting idea I wanted to try, my sisters were more than happy to help me out by supplying the empty bottles.

First off, I have to admit . . . I am not a painter!  Yes, I know that this project uses spray paint and not a brush/canvas/paint . . . but I still thought "there is a chance I could totally screw this up".  More on that later.

To start with, I cleaned the bottles.  I soaked them in water with some vinegar and most of the labels peeled right off, but for some of the more stubborn ones I used Goo Gone.  I had the bottles on a towel and would pour a little on the bottle and let it sit.  Then with a little elbow grease, the residue came off.

Also, make sure to cut off any metal that is left from where the cap was sealed onto the bottle.  I used a box cutter to carefully cut through the little rings that were at the top of the bottles and to get them off.

Now that I had clean bottles, I was ready to take them outside to spray.  First coat was going to be to cover them in white.  I wanted to do this, especially for the dark bottles, so that they had a nice consistent background.

I took a box and torn one flap off and that became my spraying area.  (see photo above) This helped so that there was not spray getting all over everything in the backyard.  It also made a nice place to let the bottles sit and dry.

Coat with white.  Let sit to dry.  Go have lunch or do some laundry . . . or take a nap . . . then you can come back for the next step.  You don't want to do the next color too soon or the white will still be wet and you will have drips.

Now it is time to come back and spray the middle section with orange.

There were a couple of times while doing the project that I think I got to excited that it was actually working out and that caused me to not focus as much.  (I shot some orange RIGHT into my perfectly white top, or when I had my hand too close and the orange kind of dripped) but I think now that I feel better about how this first project went I would be willing to try some more . . . and practice makes perfect!

If you over spray the orange like I did, you can come back with the white to cover it . . . but I suggest waiting and coming back later to do this . . . I did not, so I have one bottle where the white is now dripping into the orange so then I tried to save it by spraying more orange and now that looks weird too.  (see photo below and the bottle on the far left).  I guess when I set these out, I will turn that bottle so the drip is in the back, or since I had four other bottles that turned out good I could just not use the drippy one.

Let this dry . . . again, go take a nap or work on some other project.

Now for the yellow.  Since I did not want to overshoot the yellow into the orange, and I wanted to be sure I got the bottoms of the bottles, I held each bottle and sprayed down into the box.  This did mean I had to take my time a little more since I could not set the bottle down right away, but I think it was the best way to be sure that I did not cover too much of the orange.  (sorry . . . no photo . . . I could not hold the spray paint, the bottle and take a picture so you will have to use your imagination)

After the yellow was done I let them all sit in the box for a while and then I moved them into the garage to dry overnight.  I set them on the flap of the box that I torn off, and I actually decided to keep the box in case I decide to do another spray paint project again.

And here are the finished bottles  . . .

I think (except for the one that got drippy, which I ended up tossing out) they turned out cute! (the drippy one is on the far left)  So one bad one out of 5 isn't too bad . . . let's just get rid of that one drippy one . . .

I put a couple on our front entry table with a scented candle that has rhinestones on the jar, and I brought a couple into work to decorate my desk.  Here are how the ones in the front entry look . . .

I would say this is a Pinterest inspired project that was a success!  If any of my friends or family want to empty some more bottles, I would even do this project again to that they can decorate their house with them also.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wild Blossoms Card

I had so much fun with the team from Stamp TV when I had the chance to meet them recently.  What a fun and creative group of people!

They just had the release party for the newest stamps, and there is a challenge to go along with it.   The challenge is called Autumn Squared . . . click HERE for details.  Make a square Autumn themed card.

For my card I used some basic kraft paper cardstock.  I started by cutting the cardstock in half, and setting the other half aside to use for another card later.  Then I trimmed this half down so it would fold to an exactly square card.

I used a piece of orange cardstock with a very light pattern on it to back everything.  It is a tone on tone pattern, since I did not want that to take away from the beautiful stamp.

For the stamp I used the vine from the new Wild Blossoms set by Gina K.  After I stamped it I added some accents to the vines and leaves with a few different shades of green pens.  Then I used inks in red, orange and yellow tones to do the little flowers.  I know that most people think of little flowers like this for a spring card, but I think doing them in the colors of fall gives the card an Autumn feel.

After I stamped the image on a larger piece of cardstock I trimmed it down to the size I would need.  Then I divided that piece into thirds so that I could separate them a little and allow the backing piece to show through.  I also inked the edges on the white pieces to make them pop off the background a little more.

Last but not least, I added some bling with the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique as a border.  For this card I used the Tie Dye patterned sheet.  Because this sheet has so many colors in it, and they are all swirled together, if you cut just a small section as I did you can focus just on the colors you want and get a perfect blend of colors for your project.  Who would think you could turn this . . . 

into this . . . 

With just your average pair of scissors, I was able to cut out a section that only had red, orange and yellow in it to perfectly accent this card.  Then I just peeled off the paper backing to expose the adhesive and attached all of those rhinestones to this card in a single piece.  I love that I don't have to sit a line up single stones one by one!

With a hole punch, I was able to make the individual round gems that I placed in the flowers and vines.  

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Urban Doodles with Lorine Mason

This is my last post about the classes and workshops I took at the Bella Crafts Connections event at the Mall of America.  One of the classes I took was called Urban Doodles, and when I signed up for it I had no idea how fun it was going to turn out being!  It was taught by Lorine Mason and she actually just posted something on her blog about the class . . . check it out by clicking HERE.

First off, what is Urban Doodles?  It is making some basic shapes on a surface and then filling the spaces of those shapes in with patterns and colors.  You can fill in as little or as much as you would like.  Patterns can be anything.  There are no rules.

Here are some examples that Lorine brought with her to the class.

I loved how the colors were blended on this sample!

For our class Lorine wanted us to make a finished project.  If we just worked on a piece of fabric then we could take it home and make it into something . . . a pillow, a wall hanging . . . whatever we wanted . . . but she was thinking ahead and thought about how people bring projects home and say "I am going to do something with that" and then never do, so to avoid that Lorine sewed some fabric composition book covers for all of us to use for this project.  Now we could just take it home and put it on a book.  (Great idea!)

To start, fan fold the fabric and then put rubber bands on it in a few spots.

Next, take spray fabric paint and spray the fabric.  If you want to use multiple colors you can do that also.  

You can go heavier in some spots and lighter in others.  I just did a light mist since I wanted more space for the shapes and doodles.

Now, you would let that dry overnight, but to speed things up we used a blow dryer and then ironed the fabric to set the die.  Here is what mine looked like.

Now time to add the shapes.  We used templates that Lorine brought with, but you can use any shape you want.  I might want to try this idea again and do a Hidden Mickey in the pattern.  First we traced around the templates with pencil so that we could figure out the placement and adjust things we wanted to.  Then we came in with a black fabric marker to darken the outlines  . . . then came the part I personally was nervous about . . . the doodles and painting!  What if I messed up!

This is where having a great teacher like Lorine really helped.  She showed me that there are no mistakes, and that you cannot screw this up . . . it might not look like what you had planned, but you can allow it to become an opportunity to try something new.  She even showed me some spots on one of her display pieces that she said when the colors first started to bleed together she thought the whole piece was ruined.  She walked away from the project, and when she came back later she looked again and realized that the end result was something beautiful that she had not expected and she actually ended up repeating that technique in other areas on the same piece.  

Here are some close ups of my finished piece.

This is the back cover.  I did this little cluster of circles to hide a spot where I must have had ink on my hand and there was a weird splotch on the fabric.  Bet you cannot even SEE the thing that I first thought was a "mistake".  (see . . . I told you Lorine is a good teacher)

And this is the finished project.  I put it on the composition book that I always have on my craft room work surface.  I use this book to sketch out ideas or when that random thought comes through my head and I think "I don't want to forget that".

If you want to learn more about Lorine Mason and her classes on Urban Doodles, I have provide links where you can find her below.  Tell her Shawn sent you!

Happy Doodling

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Using Watercolor Inks with Gina K at Bella Crafts Connection

It is time for my post about the second class I took with Gina K and her Design Team at the Bella Crafts Connection event at the Mall Of America.  If you want to see the post about the first class, just click HERE.  This class was focused on watercolor inks and pens.  Here are all of the sample cards on the display table.

For this class we were able to play with Gina's Wild Blossom stamp set.  I am so glad we got to take this one home with us!  I think I am really going to have fun with this set.

Supplies for the first card . . . pink base, black piece to go behind the stamped piece and a pink trim.

Here is Gina showing us how to ink up and use a LARGE stamp like the vine stamp in this set.

She recommends putting your stamp on the block, inking it and then laying the piece of cardstock on top of the stamp to get the image on the cardstock.  This way you are not messing around with that HUGE block.

Here is mine.  I got a little ink smudge in the lower right corner . . . I will take care of that later.

This is a close up of the sample card.

And then mine . . . with the smudge  :(

Next card!  This card is made with the Smacking Acetate technique.  Yes, we all laughed about the name. 

 Take a piece of acetate and three different colors of watercolor markers and scribble on the acetate.   You don't need to purchase acetate for this project . . . just use the clear piece that comes with your stamp set.  Since you are using watercolor markers it will clean right off.  Then spritz the scribbles with water.  Then put a piece of cardstock down on top of the acetate  

And you end up with this beautiful background!  You can run a ink pad over it to fill in any white space if you would like.  Then just stamp your image and sentiment.

I was having SO MUCH FUN I totally forgot to take in progress photos for this last card!  Here is Gina's sample.  The gray background piece that looks like woodgrain . . . that was actually a white piece of cardstock and we took an ink pad and ran it down the length of the whole piece of cardstock.

Okay, are you ready to see my finished cards?

As you can see, I used my favorite form of "cover up" . . . the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique!  Since they cut so easily, I could cut a piece just the right size for what I needed to cover.  I used a portion of the Tie Dye print for this, which was nice since it gave me several of the colors that were in the card.  The Tie Dye is on sale right now . . . $8 for a sheet 10" x 20" . . . while supplies last so hurry!

Here is my second card.  I really like this one since it is so quick and easy!  I feel like I could make several of these in a very short time and be ready for all of the family birthday gatherings, yet each card will be different because of the colors and the way the markers will react with the water.

And my third card . . . which also ended up with a smudge on it . . . so more bling for "cover up".

These cards might not have turned out perfect, but they did show me that I don't have to be afraid of using inks and markers.  Even I can do this!  And the more I do it, the better they will get.

If you want to check out Gina K. and her amazing Design Team, I have included some links for you below.  Tell them Shawn sent you!
Gina K. on Stamp TV // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // YouTube // Shop Gina K.

And make sure to tune in Tuesday September 28th at 7:00 PM Central Time to see the new stamp launch!  Tell them Shawn sent you!

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gina K. Stamps - You've Got A Friend In Me

I don't consider myself a stamper. Yes, I own some stamps, ink and pens/markers but really I mostly use the inks on the edges of my die cuts to cover up the white core of the paper that might show through. When I stamp, it is normally JUST a sentiment in black. The idea of stamping an image and then messing it up when I went to color it in scared me . . . so I just never tried to do it. Also, I see images that other people do with this beautiful shading and I would think "there is no way I can do THAT!" so I just would not try. Then there are the supplies . . . what ink do I get? What pens? I was basically overwhelmed.

 That is the reason I signed up for the Gina K. classes at the Bella Craft Connections event going on at the Mall of America this weekend. I figured I could learn some tips and tricks and test stamping out . . . if I took the classes and the cards looked terrible, I would know to never try this again . . . if they looked nice then I would be opening a whole new avenue of use for my supplies.

In the class we were using Gina's new stamp set called You've Got a Friend in Me.  We made three cards.  I will show you the sample cards that Gina had at her class first, and then my cards are at the end.

One thing I really liked about these cards if that they all follow the same basic idea.  Pick a patterned paper and one or two solid colors that accent that patterned paper and layer them.  

Layers are (from the bottom up)
1) Solid color base
2) Solid color accent, or white
3 Patterned paper
4) Smaller rectangle in a solid color (either the same color as the base or the same color as the #2 on this list)
5) White cardstock that you stamped your image on

Then you use a rectangle for the sentiment and back that either the same color as the base or the color used in #2 on the list above.  I love this because then I am not looking for lots of different colors and patterns and trying to figure out if they work together . . . just pick one pattern and two colors and you are good to go.

These images are for cutting sizes.  I did not measure everything out, but since I laid them all on this grid you can figure out all of the sizes you need to cut.  Each square on the grid is 1/4" big.

Now it was time to stamp.  (OMG . . . can I really do this!?!?!?!)

Those look pretty cute!  Normally this is where I would stop and just say "Don't do any more . . . you will mess it up" but I am going to face my fears.  Below are the pens we were working with.  I do own a blender pen, but I always thought that they were only for blending one color into another, or for when you just wanted a soft halo effect and you would blend out a harsh line you drew.  

Gina taught me that with just a few pens and a blender you can CREATE pattern and interest to your images.  Below is an example of what I am talking about.  I used two different green pens on the trees below, coloring every other one alternating between the light and the dark green.  Using my blender pen I went back over them and added patterns . . . polka dots, criss cross, lines . . . what ever I wanted.  Now this is starting to look like something I would have done with my die cutting machine, cutting each tree out of a different patterned paper.

To assemble the card, just stat to adhere the layers to the base.

And now for my cards.  Personally, the owl one is my least favorite.  I feel like the dark brown was too dark.  I did like the technique that Gina showed us to use the pen to create a feather pattern on the owl.  I also used a green ad their feet and blended it out to kind of make it look like they are standing on the grass.

Oh . . . and if you have a box filled with old buttons that don't match anything you own, cards are the perfect way to use those up!  Put some twine through them and tie a bow and you have a cute little accent.  And if you are like me and you are a messy stamper, you can place the button right where you smudged some ink to hide the mess.  

I think I like the tree card the best.  And to think I consider myself a non-stamper kind of girl.  I think after this weekend that might be changing.

And the little bird card.  On this one I was going to do the body purple with green wings, but I did not stay inside the lines too well on the bird on the left so I just made him all purple.  Afterwards I decided to just accent the wings by adding some green over the top on just parts of the wings.  

For the second bird I colored the wing green, and I was coming in afterwards with the purple and got to close to the wing and purple started to bleed in . . . I was so upset!  Then I watched it and thought "That looks kind of cool" so I added some more purple at the base of the wing and let it bleed into the green  I think it has a peacock feather look.

Final touch . . . a button with some twine.

If you want to check out Gina K. and her amazing Design Team, I have included some links for you below.  Tell them Shawn sent you!
Gina K. on Stamp TV // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // YouTube // Shop Gina K.

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