Monday, December 31, 2012

Mixed Media Monday - Announcing a new kit club!

This is an exciting Mixed Media Monday!  

We are now offering a monthly Mixed Media Kit!  This month's kit is in VERY limited supply, so if you want one, you better order right away!

Our January 2013 Premiere Mixed Media Kit features great products to get you started art journaling.  Even if you're already an avid art journaler, this kit has everything you need to jump start your creativity for the new year.  
 This kit includes:
- 1 Dylusions Creative Journal (journal cover is 11 13/16" x 9")
- 1 Black Uniball Signo Pen
- 1 Mini Wing Clear Stamp Set
- 1 Cosmo Cricket Art Angel Element Deck
- 1 Cosmo Cricket Art Angel Sticker Sheet
- 1 Cosmo Cricket Art Angel Chipboard Sheet
- 1 Package of Mini Kraft Bags
- 1 Package of Kraft Tags
- 2 Prima Masks
- 6 Sheets of 12x12 Cardstock
- 1 Jar of Embossing Powder (Truffle Brown)
Regular retail price of everything is well over $60!
You can get it from us for $42.95

Here's what I did with my journal...

I decided to start on the inside of the front of the journal.  I brushed on some gesso randomly and allowed to dry.

Next I stamped the Writing stamp several times.

 Then I stamped one of the punchinella stamps all over the place.  This made the ink from the writing stamp smear because I stamped over it so many times.  That worked for me and gave me the kind of background I was looking for.  

Next, I stamped the butterfly wings from the Mini Wings Clear Stamp Set on some book pages that I had applied gesso to. After the ink was dry, I cut them out. 

I placed the wings behind one of the chipboard pieces from the Art Angel Chipboard set that is included in the kit.  I also took a light blue marker and went around the chipboard pieces to give some depth.

I layered on some other chipboard pieces and voila!  I have officially started my new art journal!

Enjoy the flight!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Feature Friday is Tagalicious!

Happy Friday Everyone, Norma G. here with a little inspiration to kick off the weekend!!  That's right its.. 
Are you ready for the weekend?!  I know I am!!  Today I have a gorgeous tag to share with you worthy of ANY New Year's celebration.

This bird would look great draped over any bottle you're taking to your New Year's celebrations.

To make this tag, I started out with a #8 size manila tag and stamped it with the beautiful Starburst background stamp from the PWP Backgrounds Cling Stamp Set.  I stamped this multiple times with Gesso and Timber Brown Stazon.  Next I spritz on some Lemon Zest Dylusions ink and inked it with Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink.

I used the PWP Bird Lyrics Cling Stamp for my focal image.  When I saw this beautiful bird with his awesome top hat, he screamed New Year's Celebration to me, lol.   I decided to cover his original sentiment of "I'll be your bird" with "Happy New Year's" from the Holiday Greetings Cling Stamp Set.

For visual interest,  I used the Cricut Accent Essentials Cartridge to cut out a snowflake.  The snowflake was cut at 4" and was dry embossed using the Tim Holtz Patchwork embossing folder.  Next I rubbed on some TH Distressed ink in Peeled Paint.

  The banner I used was cut with the Cricut Stand & Salute cartridge.  It's cut at 1" and inked with TH Peeled Paint.  The rose was cut with Spellbinders Blossom One.

I tucked in some glittered miniature snowflakes, Prima bling and used a beautiful sheer gold ribbon.  To finish off the composition, I stamped some of the birds from the Bird Melange Cling Stamp Set, and there you have it......Birds ready to ring in the new year!!

Whatever plans you have, I hope you have an incredible time with ALL of your loved ones!!  Thank you so much for sharing a little piece of your day with us today and I hope you'll continue to join us in the new year!  We have so many wonderful things in store for you in 2013!!

  Oh Hey, did you see the DT announcement last week introducing our new DT sisters?  I'm so excited to have them joining us and can't wait to see ALL of the beautiful projects they have coming up!  Trust me when I tell you, you are not gonna wanna miss their posts.  We are gonna be kicking things off with a "Friendship" themed blog hop on January 4th 2013, so MARK YOU CALENDERS & tell your friends!!!!  Thanks again for joining us today, HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Make your own gift wrap

Happy Monday Peeps!

Are you like me, wrapping presents at the last minute?  Here's a super cute gift wrap tutorial from my good friend Jill, aka Collected Mess.  Thanks Jill for the inspiration and ideas!

Things you will need to make your own small gift box and gift tag:
-the download of the box template
-cardstock or heavy scrapbook paper
-bone folder
-embossing powder or embossing tinsel in gold
-festive berries distress ink and blending tool
-Versamark or embossing ink of your choice
-a heat gun
-ink pads: Festive Berries, Shabby Shutters, black
-Picket Fence Distress Ink Pen or any other white pen
-Stickles, your choice of colors PLUS Frosted Lace
-small paintbrush or Fantastix coloring tool (or markers/pencils)
-Forest Moss Distress stain

For the box:
-Download box template. (It is two files, one top, and one bottom. All you need to do is print, no resizing needed!)
-Print out box top and bottom onto desired paper. (You can use any paper you’d like, heavy weight scrapbook paper or cardstock work best) I printed mine out onto kraft cardstock.

-Cut out. Score on all lines on both pieces. (Handy hint: if you don’t have a Score-Pal or anything like that, just use the grooves on your paper cutter. I use the blade track to score.)
-Go ahead and make the bottom of the box by cutting the dotted lines to make the tabs. Fold up all four sides and glue tabs to the inside of the box (use a little bit of tape to make it sturdier). Please note that the box top is slightly larger than its bottom; you might want to make a small mark to distinguish which is which.

Gold/Red box:
-Score the box top but leave it flat. It’s easier to emboss and color and that way you cover the entire box top with your design.
-Using the dots from the Double Dot Border clear set, stamp rows of dots across box top using the Versamark.  

-Emboss dots with gold embossing powder until you’ve covered the entire box. I found it easier to do two rows at a time.

-Once completely embossed and cool enough to color use your blending tool and cover entire box top with Distress Ink. I used Festive Berries, which contrasts nicely with the gold embossing tinsel.

-When you’ve colored your box top, go ahead and cut dotted lines, fold, and assemble. Your box is done!

The house tag:
-For the background, I used the dots and closed scallop from the Louise clear stamp set. I started with the scallop and stamped down the tag, from top to bottom, in Festive Berries. Then take the small dots border and stamp in between the scalloped rows in Shabby Shutters.

-I colored in the scallops with a Picket Fence Distress Ink pen. ( Note: the white color is going to be very light and you won’t see it until it’s dry. It’s subtle but it’s there!)
-For the embellishment, stamp the family portrait from the Birds of a Feather stamp set in black on white cardstock. Use a craft knife to cut out the center of the frame.

-Stamp the house from the Holiday Add Ons stamp set in black on white cardstock. Glue your frame down over the house, making sure the house is centered. Cut out both layers.

-To color the frame I used a little bit of Forest Moss distress stain and a Fantastix Coloring stick to color around the outside of the frame.

-Stickles time! Use Stickles in your choice of color around the inner frame. I used Stickles to embellish the house itself, but you can color it in with pens or pencils. For the snow: I just filled in the white portion under the house with a generous layer of Frosted Lace Stickles.

 -Attach to tag (once dry!) with some foam tape.
-The saying is optional – I used the saying from the Holiday Add Ons stamp set, stamping it in black on white cardstock. I ripped the edges, then brushed the edges with Shabby Shutters.
Attach tag to box with twine, ribbon, or string!

You can also do a super cute book page wrap for the same box!
What you’ll need:
-the same box top and bottom template download
-a book page or scrapbook paper of your choice
-some sort of edger: a border punch, decorative scissors, or a border die.
-two different sized ovals or circles (you can download my ovals here)
-white embossing powder
-scrapbook paper of your choice
-Festive Berries Distress Ink
-gold paint

-Cut a piece of book page or scrapbook paper of your choice at least 10.5” x 4”. I used a page from an old encyclopedia. (Note: 10.5” will wrap around the top of the box and the ends will not meet on the underside. I just taped mine on each end to make it secure.)
-Deco cut your edges. I used a border punch but you could use a pair of decorative scissors or a border die. (In my finished project picture it shows my scallops with small holes. I just used a small hole punch on each scallop for the lace effect!)

For the embellishment:
-cut the two downloadable ovals out onto paper of your choice. (You can also use two different sized circles)
-I used the deco edged scissors and cut my larger oval, then used a bit of gold paint to highlight the edges.
-For the small oval:
                -stamp alternating rows using the scallop border from the Details Framer set and the dots from the Louise Clear set using the embossing ink of your choice and white embossing powder.

                -once embossed, color your small oval with Festive Berries and your blending tool.
Layer your small oval on top of the large and center your embellishment of choice on top of those. I used the same snowy house frame!

When you are ready to wrap your gift, just wrap your book page around the box, secure on the bottom, and glue your oval(s) onto the center of the box top.

Make a paper wrap for an envelope:
-Make your envelope, if desired. You can also do this to dress up a pre-made envelope!
-Cut your strip of book page or scrapbook paper that will wrap around the entire envelope. I scalloped edged mine with a border punch.
-Stamp alternating rows: use the X’s border stamp from the Details Framer set and the open dots border from the Single Dot Border set. Emboss with white embossing powder.
-I used a blending tool to color over my embossing with Shabby Shutters and Broken China distress ink.
To use, just wrap around your envelope, secure with some tape on the back, and embellish on the front. Also another way to use that cute house frame or even a tag from the Holiday Tags set.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Check us out in the Stampers Sampler

Greetings Peeps,

Just a short little post to let you know about some MORE exciting news!

First, I want to mention that you can now find Paper Wings Productions stamps at Stamp Salado.  We will be visiting there with classes and a trunk show in January.  Thanks so much to Sandy for ordering our stamps for her store!

The other exciting news is that I had two cards and a mini book collaboration with my dear friend Liz Allen published in the Stamper's Sampler.  It's the Jan-Mar 2013 issue which is just now hitting stores.  I found my copy at Stamp Antonio on Friday.  Their website doesn't show the new issue yet.  This publication can be found in major bookstores, Amazon, and your local craft stores.  It's been a number of years since I've had something published and this is the first time with Paper Wings Productions stamps and I am THRILLED!

Did you know that we offer a $50 gift certificate to our online store if you get published in a major publication using our stamps?  Go ahead, submit to those magazines today!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the flight!

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