Monday, June 25, 2012

Rainbow Medallions

I saw a card linked on the PTI Make it Monday Challenge last week that used the Mehndi Medallion stamp set with lots of colors.  (Here's the blog I spotted: Lauren's Little Crafty Place - LOVE!)I loved this look!  I love this set, but have been really challenged on what to do with it.  I thought I'd try my hand at it.  I love how it turned out.

Stamps: Mehndi Medallion (PTI)
Cardstock: Vinatge Cream (PTI), Turquoise (Bazzill)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Cool Caribbean, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Romance, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Rhinestones: Green, Turquoise, Pink, Orange (Recollections)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

cQc#142 & PTI Monday

Score Tape is the best for creating straight lines of glitter.  Here I used two different widths.  Later I added Baby Blue Stickles glitter glue to the flourish, but couldn't get a good photo of that at night.

Paper: Bazzill Basics (dark blue), Cameo Coral (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Stamps: Text Style Background (PTI), Fancy Flourishes (PTI), Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink: Versamark, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Butterfly Die: PTI
Other: Yellow rhinestones, Sapphire Embossing Powder (Recollections), Blue glitter (Art accents) 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Colour Queen Challenge #141

Paper: White (Recollections), Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Night of Navy (SU!), Green Shimmer Crdstk (Bazzill)
Dies: Trendy Tree Tops (PTI), Limitless Layers (PTI)
Stamps: Trendy Tree Tops (PTI)
Embossing Folder:  Houndstooth (SU!)
Heat Embossing Powder: Saphire (Recollections)
Foam Tape (3M)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Year End Teacher Gift

(Try as I may, I can't get my picture to rotate.  Sorry.)

I saw these cute decorated clipboards on Etsy as I was searching for a year end teacher gift.  I thought, "Eh, how hard could it be?", right?  I started with a pink plastic clip board I picked up at Staples.  Although I've read you can find cheap $1 that are brown at the Dollar Store.  Since the clip board was pink, however, I decided not to cover the back (it coordinated with my paper, and saved me time and supplies).

My first attempt to cover the board ended in disaster!  I used ScorTape to fasten the paper to the board, and started to apply Mod Podge in Matte finish.  UGH!  Immediately the paper began to bubble and wrinkle!  NOOOOOO!!!  I was yelling from the corner of my crafting space.  I think my husband thought I'd lost my mind.  I attempted to smooth the paper and thought that if I waited for it to dry, it'd lie flat again.  I think I waited about 15 min.  When that didn't happen I painfully pealed the paper from the clipboard and discarded it.  This was killer because this paper has been discontinued and I only had a couple sheets of it.  Ahhh!!!

After weighing my options and deciding I'd try again, I cleaned my space and crossed my fingers.
Here's the secret:
Apply a THIN coat of Mod Podge to the clip board - THEN apply the paper.  I worked one section of paper at a time.  I used an old plastic card that's for applying vinyl to walls to smooth out the paper.  Although, honestly, there were no bubbles (probably because the MP was a thin coat).  After all my paper was on the board I continued to smooth everything down with the card and made sure all the edges were affixed.

Then, you have to wait.  I wanted to be sure the glue was dry, so I waited almost 24 hours before I put the first coat of MP on TOP of the paper.  Make sure this is a thin layer as well.  I waited another 24 hours and put another layer of MP on top.  I figured two layers was enough and waited another 24 hours then sprayed with a Clear Acrylic Sealer.  After all that was done - I tied all my ribbons on.  The clipboard still works, and the lack of embellishments means the teacher can use this for anything she would like.

Clipboard: Staples
Ribbon: Misc Joann, Micheals, Hobby Lobby, Papertrey Ink
Paper: KI Memories
Cricut Cartridge: Storybook font
Adhesive: Mod Podge, Matte Finish
Clear Acrylic Sealant