Jan 21, 2012

Unity Stamp Co and their NEW SMAK Kit....

Today, I wrote a post for the Unity blog, highlighting the January SMAK Kit (SMAK stands for scrapbooking, mixed media, and altered art kit).  These kits are new to Unity and have a lot of rubber in them (a whole 8.5 x 11 sheet of high quality red rubber!!).  

Going to the Circus Wall Art

The numbers in the kit really spoke to me, and that's how this project all started.  I was going to create a layout with  a banner, and then it turned into this paper pieces wall art.  I've taken some close up images of the stamping, so that you can see this kit in action!  Some stamping is so subtle (like on the tent top).

I did use some Spellbinders™ Nested Pennants to make the big banners at the top and the banner in the middle. I did a lot of outlining and some drawing with a black ink pen.

Here is the art in a frame, on my mantel:

This is how the project started, playing with Distress Stains and Distress Inks, and water (both drops and drips) on watercolor paper:

Click here for details...on how to get yours!

Enjoy your Saturday!

Jan 20, 2012

Echo Park Banner with Unity Stamps!

A fun-to-create whimsical banner to bring a smile to your face and color to your home.

The featured stamps this week from Echo Park remind me of the circus, so when creating this project for UnityTV, I chose bright and bold colors that reminded me of the circus!  I hope you enjoy this week's video and carve out some time to make these, they are so fun and cute for kids rooms and party banners.  

Featured Stamps:

And here is the how-to video!

UnityTV Episode #45

  If you watch UnityTV on You Tube, go ahead and subscribe to the UnityTV channel (UnityStampCoTV), because the videos will just keep coming!

Thanks for watching!

Jan 14, 2012

Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy Day Four

The entry window for the
Spellbinders Paper Arts contest on this blog has ended.
Don't forget that you still have time to enter
at the blogs listed on the Spellbinders blog. Thank you!

Welcome to the fourth day of the Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy!

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts is absolutely thrilled to bring you our largest product releases ever! These new collections are some of the most innovative and beautiful die cutting and embossing templates in the world! The Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy allows you a sneak peek of our introductions for the 2012 Winter Craft and Hobby Association trade show later this month. 

Win today’s new Spellbinders products!

Be eligible to win the Grand Prize by entering each day, see the schedule below!

Enter my Blog Frenzy from 12:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) January 15, 2012 until 11:59 pm January 16, 2012.

Today’s participating Blog Frenzy includes my blog, Christine Emberson, and Samantha Walker’s blogs.

You can enter yesterday’s blogs, Shanna Vineyard, Kazan Clark and Tonya Dirk through January 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.

See the Spellbinders Blog for the complete schedule of designers and contest rules.

Thank you Spellbinders Paper Arts for sponsoring this contest!

Dahlia Bowls
When I first saw the new Grand Dahlia die templates from Spellbinders, I knew that they could be used in so many different ways, especially for home d├ęcor projects.  So far, I've been able to make large hanging ornaments, a decorative pillow, and now these cute Dahlia Bowls made from glue, water, felt, and paper. The Grand Dahlias are in the line of Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities® dies.

Anna Griffin Patterned Paper (Carmen Collection - Green Quatrefoil)
Beacon Adhesives (Fabri-Tac Adhesive)
Felt (Pink, Blue, Red)
Elmer's Glue All (Liquid Glue)
Pop Can
Ribbon or Elastic

12 x 12 Layout
My next project is a layout, where I cut all the die templates at once, then inverted every second cut to take advantage of the double-sided paper, and to create a funky Grand Dahlia.  I only made one, and decided to cut it into two pieces, so that it covered each side of the layout.

Quick Quotes Patterned Paper (Yellow)
BoBunny Cardstock (Blue Polka Dot)
Distress Ink (Spiced Marmalade)
Glue Arts Perma Tac Adhesive
Photo: Vine Images (Julie Johnson)

Here is the new die set I introduced:

MSRP: $49.99

1. 4 ¾"
2. 5 ½"
3. 6 ½"
4. 7 ½"
5. 8 ¼"

Dahlia Bowl Tutorial
I am so glad that I get to showcase this die set, Spellbinders Grand Dahlias, because of its size and the ability to make so many projects.  See the video below on how to make Dahlia Bowls from felt.

Thanks for watching!

By entering the Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy you agree to the Official Rules.  For questions on the Spellbinders Abilities and Beyond Blog Frenzy, send an email to contestquestions@spellbinders.us; no entries will be accepted at this email address.

My blog is open for entries from 12:00 am, January 15, 2012, until 11:59 pm, January 16, 2012, EST.

1) Send your Blog Frenzy email entry to: Reveal12@spellbinders.us

2) The subject must be LF-191 Grand Dahlias

3) Send!

Be sure to visit all the Designers on their Blog Frenzy dates!

Daily winners will receive an email within 24 hours of the blog frenzy’s closing. The winners will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If a winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

To be eligible for the Grand Prize, enter each and every Blog Frenzy within its designated time period, send your entries from the email address for each entry.  The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $1900 and includes the complete Spellbinders line of die cutting  and embossing templates released at the 2012 Winter CHA show, and a Spellbinders Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine!

I love your comments! Unfortunately your comment does not count as an entry, so be sure to enter as stated above, and then leave a comment!

Thank you for visiting and good luck!!

To receive information and announcements from Spellbinders, sign up for the Newsletter and subscribe to the Spellbinders Blog. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and Pinterest. Thank You!

Spellbinders is a trademark of Spellbinders Paper Arts, llc.
Grand Calibur and Grand Nestabilities are registered trademarks of Spellbinders Paper Arts, llc.

Jan 6, 2012

Up the Street Scrapbooking - January Kits

The January kits from Up the Street Scrapbooking are up and available!  

I've had the opportunity to work with both kits this month, and will be posting more work later in the month.  Both kits are different from one another, and you get extremely different looks with what you end up creating. Tara, from Up the Street, did a fantastic job as usual, pulling together coordinating products that just make it SO easy to whip together layouts.  I loved cutting out some banners from patterned paper, and even making my own little banner in the "Be Real" layout.

(You can enlarge any of the photos to see more detail.)

Up the Street Kit #2 Little House

Up the Street Kit #2 Little House

Up the Street Kit #2 Little House
Unity Stamp Co. (Homemade 6 Bean Soup - Jillibean Soup)
Glue Arts U-Cut-It Foam (3D foam)

Be Real
Up the Street Kit #2 Little House

These two layouts were made with  "Live in the Moment" Side #1.

Love Life
Glue Arts Micro Adhesive Squares (to hold the twine in place)

Daily Life
Black Sharpie Pen (for faux stitches)

Check out the complete kit supplies HERE:

Have a great day.

Jan 5, 2012

Home Photography Props: BANNERS!

I have two banners to show you today, one highlighting Unity Stamps, and the other, Shimmerz Paints products!

This week on UnityTV....

for your home photos or mantels!

This is incredibly easy and quick to whip together.
Make one for all occasions, no expensive tools necessary!
Don't you love these stamped letters!

Thanks to Vine Images for the photo!

From Unity's FACEBOOK page - a SALE from Unity!
See below....get it before the sale is over!

Featured Stamps:

And here is the how-to video!

UnityTV Episode #43


And here is the second video as seen on....

My sister is a photographer (Vine Images Inc) and loves using unique props.  She asked me to make her a banner for Valentine's and I thought that using Shimmerz to make it would be perfect!

The cool thing is, you can easily make these at home for your own photo shoots.

I pulled out Razzel Dazzel Berry Vibez and Cotton Candy Spritz, two beautiful pink colors, to make the tags for the banner.  So simple, easy and cute cute cute!

The banner below was embellished AFTER the video with some stamping 
and ink around the edges.

Thanks for watching!

Jan 1, 2012

Happy New Year!! A Shimmerz Canvas

Hope you all had a wonderful and Merry Christmas and I hope you will have an amazing 2012!  

I thought I would share a project/video I made using some of my favorite Shimmerz products!

And here is the video!
Find it HERE on You Tube.

Tutorial by Lesley Langdon.