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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stamped Houses

Welcome to Silke's Neighborhood.  Have you ever stamped on a theme? Sometimes I think it's fun to get going with one idea and then create different pieces with different themes, yet staying with the same shape.  That is what Silke did here, she has created a neighborhood of creative houses each using a different collection of stamps, and embellishments.  So come along and tour Silke's Neighborhood with me...

House #1 The Original 

Stamps Used: record, brilliant, pep boys

House #2 - #13

Stamps Used: Smiling Guy, Really Locked Door, Music, Fancy Easel 

House #3 - B24

Stamps Used: Mme Birdcage, brilliant

House #4 #56

Stamps Used: Fly the Friendly Skies, Asleep on Beach

House #5 Caution

Stamps Used: Evil Man, Scroll Bird, Men in Pew, Bowtie

House #6 Sleep Tight

Stamps Used: Sleeping Fairy, Umbrella

I hope you've enjoyed the collection of paper houses created from Silke's artistic imagination.  I have really enjoyed sharing her artwork with you.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mixed-Media Magnets

Here is a fun idea from Silke Riger.  Surely every crafter has some odd and ends that could be turned into fun pieces of art for a fridge.  So get out your Mod Podge some stamps and paints and make some magnets.  They are small enough to complete in a short time - and your soul will smile after a little bit of time spent stamping it up!

Stamps Used: Have Some Tea,  Mode de Paris, A Babe (and the disco guy)

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Friday, April 11, 2014

New Circus Stamps

Well, kind of "new."These images have been discontinued from our catalog for quite a few years, but I thought they were fun, so I brought them back.  They are those animals you would find going up and down on a carousel - hop on!   They can be found in the circus category on our website.

I also have a circus-themed tag to share with you created by Silke Rieger.  Mr. Twinkle Toes takes center stage.  Lots of fun! 

Stamps used: Men in pew, evil man, and Twinkle Toes

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

April Showers

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Famous Rabbits from 100 Proof Press

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mixed-Media Easter Egg

Silke Rieger has created a fabulous altered Easter Egg and used several 100 Proof Press Stamps! Check it out.  I love the top of the egg.  She used the two of the bathing beauties and an umbrella - they are sitting pretty on top of the egg.  

Here is a photo of the entire egg.

Stamps used include: bathing beauties, light umbrella, fancy easel, fly the friendly skies, man falling, and pointing kewpie.  Quite a creative combo.

And then here's a close-up on the inside.

She has a few more details on her blog.  Hop on over and Say "hi" to Silke.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Egg Truck

Easter's on its' way, and so is a 100 Proof Press Egg Truck!  Here's the Easter Express designed by Silke Rieger.  I noticed Silke's work published in a Stamper's Sampler, and asked her if she wanted to some stamping with 100 Proof Press Stamps.  And here is the first project I have to share with you.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Bee Home Card

Here's some sweet summertime inspiration for this February Monday.  Designer Michelle Zerull really pulled together several different elements to make this BEEautiful card.  We have some buzzing motion with the jagged cut rectangle, a house shape, some hexagon shapes to remind us of a honey comb, and some metal pieces.  The stamped bee even looks like it's buzzing above the hive. I love it.  Sweet sweet honey...
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Faux Wood Embellishments by Michelle Zerull

Faux Wood Embellishments - A la Michelle Zerull

Everyone loves embellishments.  But buying them? That’s a different story.  I used the 100 Proof Press WOOD GRAIN RECTANGLE (#1550) to create some fun and trendy embellishments that were both easy and affordable.

The stamp is deeply etched so you’ll get a lot of detail with your stamping.  My goal is to create an embellishment that looks like a thin shaving of wood veneer.  To create this, I used tissue paper and Distress Inks in Wild Honey and Vintage Photo.

1. Start by stamping in Vintage Photo on a plain sheet of tissue. Stamp consecutively seven or eight times.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you will want to get the images very close to each other.  Try turning the stamp upside on occasion to create wood variations.

 2. Using a cosmetic sponge or an ink blending tool, apply generous amounts of wild honey over the stamped image.

3.Using deckle scissors, cut the top and bottom of the strip.  (Or use regular scissors and cut jagged edges.) do you recall the look of pencil shavings?  That is what you’ll be imitating.  After cutting, you’ll have a nice strip.  Turn it over and repeat steps 1 &2.

4. Gently pleat the strip back and forth to create ridges.  It’s looking good!  You can stop now and use it as it is, or continue on and create wood grain shapes.

5. Want to make some fun veneer shapes?  Easy! Cut some shapes out of cardboard or use “pop-dots” or other found objects. Adhere with a strong glue stick.  Note, if you use wet glue, the distress inks will react and you’ll get a smeared mess.  If you use glue dots or other dry adhesives you will not get as good of results.  

6. Before glue dries, flip the embellishments over and gently form the tissue around the shape.  Be gentle!  Tissue rips easily.  But it molds easily too, so your edges will be smooth. You know have “wooden” shapes.  How cool is that? 

Thanks Michelle for a wonderful tutorial.

Sharp Owl and Wood Grain  Buttons!  Looking so Sharp.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Guest Designer Michelle Zerull

Michelle Zerull is crafty like a fox -she has combined the Fox Girl stamp and the Profit and Loss stamp twice to create two very special cards.  She also used this unique stamp on an adorable"scrapling." You'll see how her work inspired me to make a foxy little ornament & I hope she inspires you too.  I'll be sharing more of her work on the blog this coming week, and well as a tutorial on how you can make your own woodsy embellishments .

Queen Fox: Profit and Loss Sheet, Fox Girl, Circle

Fox Girl Valentine

Fox Card : Profit and Loss Sheet & Fox Girl

(my little wood ornament inspired by Michelle's card)

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