Ds and his girlfriend and I went shopping in FW today to spend our Christmas gift cards. We hit the mall first and saw this amazing dress. I made ds girlfriend take a photo of it so I could share it with you guys. I know this has been done before but I've never seen one in person so I was very excited to see this dress up close..... It was amazing ~ I'd love to give this a try sometime :)
Several people had been asking for a new swap but I thought it best to wait until after the holidays...everyone gets so busy and the postal system gets overloaded and all.
Well, now that Christmas is a fond memory I've had a couple e-mails asking when we're going to start a new swap - LOL!!
So, I've posted a poll to see what you're interested in and thought I should give you somewhere to post additional comments if you would like.
I'm game for just about anything. I've never hosted a postcard swap but it would work basically the same as an ATC Swap...send in X amount and get the same amount back. I thought about trying the whole direct mail thing but it would be way to hard to coordinate and make sure everyone followed through.
If you have another idea for a swap, let me know...
Well now that the holiday rush is pretty much over here I thought I would send a few belated Solstice Greetings to you all....
Isn't that little chipmunk darling?
I just love how he's stuffing his cheeks ~ they look like they are ready to pop!
Anyway, thankfully this is NOT what it looks like here at the moment... It's a sunny and breezy 38 degrees. Not the warmest but at least it's not snowing at the moment. It is supposed to start sometime tonight though so this may be what's in store for us here in Indiana :)
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas this year.
We had a wonderful time...we got to spend some really nice quality time with our guys which is getting tough to do the older they become. Our extended family gatherings were spread out enough we didn't feel rushed or overwhelmed which was nice for a change.
Now, a bit about what's to come here at Ink Stains....
A bit of news for my UK friends...If you're able to locate a January issue of Papercraft Inspirations be sure to check out the UTEE master class. I was so pleased to be asked to create some cards for the advanced class. I haven't seen it yet because it takes forever to arrive here in the States but I hear it's a nice article.
We'll resume working on the Art Journal we started a few months ago. There are 7 pages already posted so if you're a bit behind or just planning on starting an Art Journal for 2012 be sure to take some time and go check em out.
For the last few years in January we've created a calendar using a variety of fun techniques and this year is no different. I'm planning on starting the new calendar probably on the 3rd after the guys go back to school/work. I seem to get more done when they aren't home ;) LOL!!
I'm also thinkin' real hard about another swap....charm, postcard or ATC?!?! Can't decide ~ maybe I'll post a poll to see which you'd prefer.
Beyond all of this of course there will be lots of fun stamping projects, techniques and so much more to come....
I hope you'll plan on stopping by and joining in on the fun!!
I thought I was going to have one more ornament to finish off the 25 Gifts and Ornaments this year but as it turned out I made a canvas for my niece instead... I decided at the last minute to make her one for Christmas.
This is a nifty idea that can be personalized for anyone using virtually any theme you can think of. I made this canvas with a vintage ladies golf theme which I paired with her golf team photos from the last 4 years. I think it turned out pretty cool...I hope she likes it!
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#25 - Personalized Canvas Collage
I printed off a bunch of vintage women in golf ~ most in sepia tones but a few of the smaller photos I left in color. I printed her photos on textured cardstock that I sanded around the edges to remove some of the color. To make the photos waterproof I applied a thin layer of micro glaze to each image.
I inked the background with Distress Stains then glued the images to the canvas using Glue n Seal. After I had everything on the canvas I applied one final coat in a cross-hatch fashion to give a bit of texture to the finished canvas.
After it was dry I glued on the more dimensional items and finished it off with a ribbon around the edge of the canvas. It was really quite fun and the most time consuming part of the whole process was searching out nice vintage images to fit my theme.
So, if you're still searching for that last minute gift for a hard to buy person on your list...think about giving this a go. It's really quite fun and hopefully will be cherished for years to come!
I have one last quick gift idea for you...this is so easy and very inexpensive but it makes such a striking wall hanging. All you need is a canvas (or heavy chipboard, wood plaque, etc.) a box of crayons, a bit of hot glue and your heat gun! That is it!!! I originally saw something similar flipping through a kids magazine ~ it was in an add for flooring of all things. Anyway theirs was much more defined and not as flowing. I really don't know how they got their colors to completely cover the canvas....their crayons didn't look that melted ~ unless they melted some crayons then used new crayons to attach to the top. Anyway, I like how this turned out much better. So here you go...
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#24 - Rainbow Crayon Canvas
Canvas, Wood Plaque, Gameboard, etc. (mine is 8x8")
Double Stick Tape
1. (Optional) My canvas was natural color but I wanted it to be a vibrant white to really highlight the colors of the melted crayons. So I painted the canvas with a coat of white gesso. It dries very quickly and isn't effected by the heat.
2. Glue the crayons to the top of the canvas. BE CAREFUL!!!! I burnt the heck out of my finger and thumb when I tried to reposition one of the crayons....stuck my fingers and the crayon together ~ does it ever hurt!!!
Here is what the canvas looks like after the crayons have been added... I started off with a box of 24 crayons...or so I thought...when I got home it only had 21 of the 24 crayons so they are a bit off centered but then again, so am I - LOL!!! ;)
3. Now comes the fun part...add heat. It doesn't take long for them to start melting and running down the bottom half of the canvas. I just let mine drip straight down but you could use the heat tool to blow the molten wax into patterns or mix the colors or whatever you want. Just have fun...
Here is how mine turned out...
4. Add a ribbon around the edge of your canvas using double stick tape.
Makes for a nice finished edge...
5. And finish it off by adding a hanger using more of the same ribbon and a couple carpet tacks.
And it's ready for gifting!
Start to finish this project took about 30-40 minutes.
Probably would have been less if I hadn't tried to fry my fingers ;) LOL!!
Tomorrow I'll be back with the final ornament idea for this year....
This ornament is one that is very dear to me because it incorporates one of my favorite vintage goodies... vintage pen nibs!!! I don't know why but I love the look of these little vintage treasures...I hope you do too....
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#22 - Pen Nib Star Ornament
Pattern Paper (2 different coordinating patterns)
Solid Cardstock or Specialty Paper
Ink & Ink Blending Tool
Super Glue/Hot Glue
Double Stick Foam Tape
Stickles Glitter Glue
Silk Roses or other Embellishments
1. You'll need to print out the star template onto cardstock... you'll need 1 large and one small star. To do so I just copy and paste the star on a WordPad doc... adjust the size then copy and paste a second star and again adjust the size. You can make these as large or as small as you like just as long as your pen nibs fit the points.
The stars I'm using for my example are 8" & 4".
2. Adhere your base star pattern paper to a piece of chipboard (I'm using recycled packaging).
3. Trace your template onto the back of the pattern paper.
3. Cut your star out....
4. Ink the edges of your star...
5. Glue one pen nib in each of the star points and set aside to dry.
6. Trace the large template onto the back side of your solid or specialty cardstock. Add 1/4" to each edge and trim... this will become the mat for your star ornament which will cover the chipboard.
7. Trace the smaller star onto the back of your second piece of pattern paper. Trim and ink the edges.
8. Trace the small star on the solid/specialty paper and add 1/8" to all edges.
9. Apply Stickles Glitter Glue to the edge of the large and small pattern paper stars. Let it dry completely.
10. Once the glitter has dried, mat each of the stars with the solid colored paper.
11. Glue the small star with silk roses or other desired embellishments. Mount the small star to the center of the large star using double stick foam tape.
12. Finally add a piece of ribbon to the back for hanging.
I can easily see this turned into a Steampunk star by changing up the color scheme and using gears or other "steampunk-ish" goodies to embellish the small star.
Today's project is more about a particular product than a specific gift or ornament idea... Why you might ask? Well today I wanted to tell you about Chalkboard Paint from Plaid!
This stuff ROCKS!!! You can turn virtually anything into a chalk board! I'm serious wood, plastic, chipboard, metal, etc. It is soooooo cool!!!! All you do is paint on one or two coats of the paint, let it cure for a couple days and you're done! It is REALLY that easy.
The best part? It's very inexpensive ~ this bottle was only 3.47 at Wal-Mart and it will cover 4' single coat. Personally I think it will cover a bit more than that but any way you slice it that is a real bargain!
It doesn't say it works on plastic but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway and really put it to the test. I bought a few of these plastic photo frames at a garage sale this summer for $ .10. I knew I could do something with them ~ I just needed inspiration.
I gave it two coats of paint. I could still see some streaks in the paint so I just slipped a piece of black cardstock behind the frame ;) No more streaks. Looking back it would have been best to coat any plastic or metal items with a coat of gesso (it acts like a primer) before adding the chalkboard paint. That's a duh moment on my part.
After the paint cures for 24 hours you're set to go! I'm thinkin' this might be cool for a changeable menu, a memo board, etc...
I was having so much fun I painted up a little box too!
I'm going to use it as a gift box and tuck in one of my crochet wire bracelets!
Now, take a second and think about all those interesting containers, boxes, frames, etc.. you've been saving for a fun, quick and easy project.
I hope you've had a wonderful day today. It's been a busy one here. I went shopping today for food for the upcoming weekend and I had to pick up last minute stocking stuffers. I spent the rest of the day finishing up all the wrapping....I even stuffed the stockings!!! I am DONE!!!! Whooopieeeee!!!
So, how are you coming with your holiday plans? I hope everything is falling into place with ease!
I didn't have a chance to get into the crafty world today but I do have a Christmas card to share with you.... Sweet little Gabriel kitty... and yes, I cut out all of that ribbon with my exacto knife. I'm finding I really enjoy the fussy cutting...it's very relaxing for some reason.