Friday, March 9, 2012

Just the Green Day

Are you ready for the green day?

There are some fun card and layout ideas at practicalscrappers if you feel like creating something in honor of St. Patrick.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Just a Quick Tutorial

Hey all!!!  I hope you enjoyed the Practical Scrappers' blog hop!!!  Massive inspiration along the way for sure!  And I'd like to shout out a  huge thank you to everyone who commented here and became followers and also thanks to Practical Scrappers and Liz Qualman for the inspiration.

Anyway, did you want to Zing on a transparency?  I was inspired to do this from a layout of Vee Jennings.  Its a really fun technique and a great way to add a  punch to your page.  Its pretty easy to do, so here's a quick tutorial.

Grab your supplies..........

Versarmark Ink
Zing (or any embossing powder)
Heat Gun
Acrylic Block

My stamps are a little stained, so I apologize for that.  Any recommendations on stamp cleaners?  I currently use a Technique Tuesday one but it doesn't always seem to do the trick.

I used clear transparency sheets from Stampin Up.  You can also try this on any  other transparency pieces you may have in you stash.  It makes a cool effect if you use one that already has a design on it, too.

Apply Versamark ink to the stamp and stamp you image on the transparency.  Be careful, it can be slippery.  Its a clear on clear image so it may be tough to see, but if you tilt it and hold it up to the light, you can see it.

Apply the Zing powder to the stamped image.

Tap off the extra powder, revealing just your stamped image.

And now the heat.........hold the heat gun at least six inches from the transparency and keep the gun moving a lot, it may take a little while for the powder to melt but you will get there.

The powder will start to become shiny and a deeper color.

Let the image cool for a few minutes.

Thats it,  done!!

Cut out the transparency piece and create!  

I went with a card for this one.

Give this a try!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Just Link With Love Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Practical Scrappers "Linking with Love" Blog Hop!  I'm sure you agree that its always important to give credit where it is due to another crafter.  That, is linking with love.  And that is the Practical Scrappers blog hop!!  

All of the design team members used the same inspiration piece to create their projects and each designer will properly "Link with Love".  The hop runs through Noon EST on Sunday, giving you lots of time to get through it.  

Here is the inspiration piece, created by Liz Qualman  from which we all drew our inspiration.   At the end of the hop, you'll land on  Liz's blog where she'll have a new sketch.  

And here is my take on it.

I was drawn to the the way Liz placed her photo toward the left of the page, and loved the way the various elements surrounded three sides of it.  It was from that where I drew my inspiration.

Where Liz placed "live, love, laugh", I wet with a chipboard label holder - still totally hooked on Zing on transparency. 

Where she tagged, I tagged too.

And where she flowered,  I zig zagged stiched.

Take Note:  some  of the designers are providing prizes and Practical Scrappers is providing a prize for one person who becomes a follower at each stop (for all the details head over to Practical Scrappers).


Have fun!!!


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