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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop - Day Three

It's the final day of the third annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop.  If you have been following along I'm sure you've been amazed with tutorials of all the thoughtful handmade gifts deisngers have made for you to use and a springboard to start you holiday crafting. Hop along each blog in the list and leave a comment, share the fun ideas you come across, and enter to win a grand prize at the bottom of each blog post.  So, let's continue along on the hop 100 Proof Press style; with a vintage tag set by Elise Durenburger.  

Here's what Elise had to say: "I was so pleased to be invited to play with these fantastic stamps from 100 Proof Press - aren't they wonderful! 100 Proof Press boasts a mind-blowing assortment of images - the kind of classic, timeless, hilarious, and heart-warming stamps that pulled me into my stamping obsession early on... I'm SMITTEN!  So, when I pursued the darling, beautifully rendered ladies of 100 Proof Press, I had to play!  I had to ink, stamp, festoon, and embellish like a stamping mad-woman.... And it was fun!  So, for the purpose of celebrating this wonderful company, I thought: tags!  An excellent platform and medium to express some of the cheeky, old Hollywood glamor of these beauties..."

Nothing like the tiniest application of a color to bring out the true beauty of these lovely ladies.  I simply swoon for the look of lightly applied color, reminiscent of old print ad and school books, but I have not invested in expensive markers, nor do I carry a full assortment of watercolor materials when I am creating "on the road." Last weekend, I was at a creative retreat, without a lot of my regular supplies, when I realized that a hint of color was what I needed to bring these girls to life.  Lucky for me, I was armed with a healthy collection of Clearsnap cat eye collections, Dye Ink, Colorbox, Archival Queue.  With a small water-loaded brush in hand, all the magic needed was already on my desktop. Here is a small list of instructions to quickly add custom color to detailed images, such as much of the inventory from 100 Proof Press:

1) Stamp Clearsnap, die ink direct to an extra acrylic stamping block.

2)Prepare stamped image to be inked.  For the girl talk going on in this image, I used a circular die-cut to trace a circle to be hand cut, preserving detailed elements to bleed beyond the circle.

3)Custom colors are easily blended right on the acrylic block and then painted onto the stamped image, as desired.

4.)The end result with make you giddy.  Be patient and give yourself a practice image (or two!).  The end result will be worth it!

Materials Used: Cardstock - Wplus9 Design Studio, Designer Paper - Graphic 45, Stamps- 100 Proof Press, Ink - Clearsnap, Self Stick Pearl Embellishments - Want2Scrap, Eyelets - Making Memories, Charms-7 Gypsies; Karen Foster;Michael's, Misc Metal/Bling - Close to my Heart, Bakers Twine- Timeless  Twine,  Sticker Letters -Tim Holtz

So yeah, those are some pretty cool tags, huh?  And a great technique that yields marvelous results.  I have created three different prize packs for The Handmade Holiday Blog Hop, and one of them will include the Gossip Ladies from Elise's "Wonderful" tag.  Just let me know which one of these lovely lady images is your favorite with comment on this blog and you will be entered to win.  But don't forget to enter with the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this post to be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE! 

On with the hop! Your next stop is Graphic45.

November 3:
Craft Attitude
Donna Salazar Designs
Walnut Hollow
100 Proof Press
ICE Resin


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Saturday, November 02, 2013

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop - Day Two

Welcome back to the second day of the Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!  We have over 20 of the best crafters working together to create a series of thoughtful handmade gifts for the holidays this season. I hope you bop around from blog to blog collecting creative ideas for your handmade gift-giving this year.  Hop along each blog in the list and leave a comment, share the fun ideas you come across, and enter to win a grand prize at the bottom of each blog post.  Today's deisgner is the Creative Goddess, Vicki  O'Dell - Enojy!

There is a certain Dickens vibe to this trio of stamps that make me think of a cozy Victorian neighborhood covered in snow.  The only trouble is that I'm not a HUGE paper crafter.  So what's a gal to do?

Go with what you know- home decor - and then do some experimenting to see what you can come up with, that's what.

The experimenting part involved trying to figure out how to stamp on a few candles.  I just knew ther had to be a way to pull it off.


It took a little pracitce, but I figured out that if I ink an umounted stamp and then put a shim on each side, in this case two acrylic stamp blocks that are the same thickness of the stamp, and then roll the candle over the stamp I could get  a decent impression.


I used a solvent based ink (Like Surfacez from Clear Snap) and let it dry a few minutes before stamping on another house.  If you dislike the way a house turns out use a solvent based stamp cleaner (Like Surfacez cleaner) and remove the stamped image from the candle.  Just wait a few minutes for the cleaner to evaporate and then buff slightly with a soft cloth and you are ready to try again.


Using a craft stick I swirled on some Aleen's True Snow and then gave it a sprinkle of Diamond Dust.


I put the three candles on a silver charger and added some silver mini ornaments and some sparkly snowflakes.  Perfect for a wintery tablescape long after the holidays are over.

I hope you learned a thing or two about stamping on candles, sounds like something fun to try.  I have created a prize that includes one of the house stamps Vicki used on the candles.  If you''d like a chance to win, just simply leave a comment here on the 100 Proof Press Blog.  To enter to win the GRAND PRIZE you will need to used the Rafflecopter you see at the bottom of this post.

I hope you've enjoyed the hop so far, and if you missed it you should check out ALL of yesterday's projects too.  The next stop is over at Graphic45.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for the last day of the hop. 


Craft Attitude


Donna Salazar Designs

Walnut Hollow

100 Proof Press


ICE Resin


Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs

Graphic 45 – Romy Veul -

Clearsnap – Steph Ackerman

Sizzix – Tami Mayberry

100 Proof Press – Vicki O’Dell  

ICE Resin - Cindy Cima Edwards

Donna Salazar Designs – Nadia Canizzo

Graphic 45 – Susan Lui

Sizzix - Lorine Mason

Smoothfoam – Lindsay Obermeyer

Donna Salazar Designs – Tracey Sabella

Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Rubber Stamped Summer Mini-Album

Summertime is here (or at least it has been coming and going here in Ohio) and I want to share this wonderful hand-stamped scrapbook album with a vintage feel by design team member Irit Shalom.  She put together a beautiful mini-album that makes me think of childhood summertime fun.

This is the cover that features the child looking up.  But in the background she has stamped the old script stamp with Clearsnap Frosty White - the white stands out beautifully among the misted background.  Along the lower right edge she stamped the Spring Bouquet with Ranger Archival Ink and then heat-embossed the edge with Metallic Copper WOW! embossing power.  

She continued with the same metallic embossed technique through the whole book which gives it a nice cohesive feel.  Here she stamped the boy day dreaming, hot air balloon (our current free stamp), and the flock of crows.  And she mixed Ranger mists together and sprayed them all over the page.

Here she used the old script again in white with the flower girls.  I like how she used the  stickers on each page to echo the playful feeling of the images.

This is the butterfly boy stamped as the focal point with the old script again in white in the background.  Irit created this mini album to share some adorable photos of her grandson.  You can visit her blog to see how lovely these pages look next to her cute little grandson. 

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