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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Magic Jelly Beans and an Easter Card




Hello Friends!

I finally got a chance to play with some of my new goodies and just in time for Easter! Wahoo!! 

Scroll farther down for a really fun and magical Easter project for the little ones!

I stamped IO's Crochet Doily H13099 with Tsukeniko Memento Desert Sand on white card stock and cut it out with a Spellbinders Circle.  IO's Happy Easter B5542 was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I was so happy to play with these new dies Bunny Set-DIE043-G  and Spiral Flowers Die042-1~I cut a bunch of bunnies and flowers out of scraps  and sponged the whites with  Memento Desert Sand, the yellows with Memento Cantaloupe, the pinks with Memento Angel Pink, the purples with Memento Lulu Lavender and the blues with Memento Summer Sky.  I created a frame with the bunnies and flowers. I popped it up over Paperteys' Happy Spots patterned paper and  pretty lacy border from the Border Duo 2 Die Set and added some Celebrate it pink ribbon as well as Some Kaiser Rhinestones. As an after thought some Stardust Stickles was added to the flower centers and some Stardust Stickles glitter sprinkled over the stickles while it was stick wet.


Yesterday little Stella wanted to do a craft .....

I got the idea from my friend Shauna last week and knew I just had to do this with the kids!! Stella calls this "The Magic Jelly Bean Craft".

She started out by painting a couple small Terra cotta pot a solid color and sponging just a bit of green acyclic paint around the bottom.   I pulled out the Impression Obsession dies and the Vagabond and let her go to town. She cut some bunnies - Bunny Set-DIE043-G and some grass with Grass Border Die060-I and did a little sponging and adhered them to the pots.



 She added some "Magical" glitter to some potting soil...... we just used dollar store glitter instead of the good stuff.......



She stirred it up really well........




Filled her pots........



Planted some "Magic" jelly beans.........


She had to wait over night to see what would happen.  While she was asleep, I dumped the glittered soil out, washed the pot out really well and filled it with jelly beans and Easter suckers.  She was so surprised and full of wonderment when she first saw what had grown while she slept~It is so much more fun spending the time with the kids than just making them an Easter candy bouquet! You can tell by the smile on her face that this was her favorite Easter activity........

I am entering these in the following challenges........

Crafts and Me~Pretty in Pink 
Anything But a Card~ Anything Springy or Alice in Wonderland 

Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!
Ellen






Monday, 25 March 2013

The Magic Of Oz and How to Stamp on Fabric




Hello Friends!

I have some thank you cards for some of the kids from musical theatre to share. I whipped up these cards rather quickly using Graphic 45's Magic of Oz paper pad.

This paper was perfect as it had images of Glinda the Good Witch, Wicked Witch of the West, The Tin Man, The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion,Toto and of course Dorothy.  These layouts and designs are all rather  similar which makes mass producing go a lot faster! Some of them have been sponged with Ranger's Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Ink and all of the green paper has been sponged with Memento Tuxedo Bamboo Leaves.  Glinda's dress has some Cotton Candy Stickles and Dorothy's ruby slippers and hair bows have Xmas Red Stickles added as well as the Cowardly Lion's bows.  The Tin Man has Ranger's Glossy accents added to him.











The last card pictured above is the only one with stamping. I used Impression Obsession's Cover-A-Card Music CAC029 for the background stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and the sentiment is  from Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Set.

Here is a little Muslin treat bag.....

Here is how to stamp and color on fabric.....

~Iron the fabric on super low heat if there are any wrinkles for a smooth flat surface.

~Place a barrier between the fabric- I just used copy paper.

~Stamp your image using Tsukineko VersaCraft Ink (this is the best ink for stamping on fabric)- I used          
the Dorothy image from Graphic 45 Magic of Oz.

~Starting in the center of your image use a dabbing or tapping motion to apply ink.  This allows the ink    to wick out to the edges.- I used Copic markers here. 

~Use a flicking motion to help blend the ink.

~You can use your heat tool to dry the ink quickly to avoid bleeding.

~Move to another area to allow ink to dry completely before adding additional layers of ink or shading.

I doodled in a yellow brick road using a Copic Sepia multiliner.   These bags are very inexpensive and make great personalized gift bags.  Here is a link to where you can purchase them......Muslin Bags

I learned how to do this from Sherrie Siemens in the Copic Color and Ink Workshop. It was one of my favorite things in the class!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!!
Ellen

Friday, 22 March 2013

A Crown, A Wand, A How To And A Recipe



Hello Blogland Friends!

I have been away from paper crafting and blogging to give all my attention to another important part of my life that brings me great joy.... Musical Theatre with very talented kids from grades 4, 5 6 and 7.  We wrapped up this years production of The Wizard of Oz on Wednesday after 11 sold out performances.  Every year the kids study very hard for 3 months and run the whole show themselves from acting, make up, sound, lighting and stage management with super vision of course.  These talented kids received rave reviews from the community, to quote the Lacombe Globe, our local newspaper " tickets flew away faster than a house in Kansas" and "spectators should be prepared for superb songs and amazing acting and a boatload of laughs".  These 54 young actors and 34 backstage kids really delivered. Each year I am more wowed than the year before!!

Every year I seem to incorporate things from my craft room into  musical theatre.  I thought I would share Glinda The Good Witch's crown and wand with you. I am sure every little princess would want one of these for a Halloween costume, birthday parties or even just dress up play.

The crown was cut from plastic and covered with a shimmery white thin material.  It was prettied up with various Rhinestone and Pearl Flourishes, as well as single stones and pearls from different companies such as Spellbinders, ZVA Creations, and Bling It Forward as well as some small round mirrors from the dollar store.  The roses and  the largest Spellbinder Heart were colored with Copic Marker R85. 

The wand was cut from chipboard using the Sizzix 5 Point Star Die.  I assembled 2 stars and adhered it together with hot glue over a 3 foot dowel.  It was spray painted with Silver Metallic paint and blinged up.  Our little Glinda's props sparkled almost as much as her stellar performance!


We needed a quick commercial this year so the main characters could get their make up off and change back into Kansas costumes.  To keep the audience entertained one of our fabulous vocal coaches Nicole Evernden wrote a commercial for the kids about Witch Lotion to keep that green glow.  

I went to the dollar store and bought a bottle of body wash.  The bottle had lots of writing printed on it. I tried nail polish remover to get it off to no avail.. then the light bulb went off and I pulled out my  Ranger's Inkssentials Solvent Stamp Cleaner and it all came off with ease!!  I was amazed at how quickly this all was removed!!!!



I removed the body wash from the bottle, washed it out and it was ready to decorate. 

I stamped Hampton Arts Graphic 45's wicked witch from the Magic of Oz Set with Tsukineko Stazon Ink onto clear contact  paper and adhered it to the bottle.  I added a brand name using Anna Griffith letters and finished it off with some black hemp twine. 

I was making some GAK for my niece to play with and decided to make a little extra to fill the bottle with. This is a fun recipe to make for the kids and it will give you hours of free time to get some things done around the house while they play!!

Some of the kids MT asked for the recipe for GAK so here it is.........

GAK

8 oz Elmers White Glue

1 Teaspoon of Borax
Water
Food Coloring


~Put 8oz's of  Glue into bowl. Add food coloring (I used 20 drops) and set aside.

~Mix I teaspoon of Borax  into 1/2 of a cup of warm water until completely dissolved.

~Add Borax Water to Glue.

~Mix with hands until gooey consistency.

~Have Fun!!


I will be back tomorrow with some Musical Theatre Thank you cards as well as another pictorial tribute to the second cast. Then I will be back to paper crafting and blogging regularly again.  

Here is a pictorial tribute of these extremely talented kids from the first cast, performing The Wizard of Oz.....




























Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!!
Ellen

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Lots of Bots Flip-it Card


Hello Friends!

I do love cards with fancy folds!  I used to make this style of card by hand but I am finally getting a chance to use this fabulous die from my stash by Sizzix  called Square Flip-it's Card.  So much quicker and easier~LOVE IT!!  This made it a quick card and since I am in the middle of musical theater and short on time and sleep....it's just what I needed .......something quick!

I stamped the nuts and bolts with Memento London Fog on the cards base and the robot image with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I used my all time favorite Silver Mirror Paper to pop the image on and add a panel that has been dry embossed with the Diamond Plate Cuttlebug Folder. The flip side of the image square has a blank panel for the message.  Three little silver brads to finish it off.



I really had to blow the dust off this Stampin Up! Lots of Bots Stamp Set! I colored this little robot up with Copics......

Ground~W00, W1, W3, W6
Shadow~B0000, B000
Robot~ C1, C3, C5
Eyes~YR12, YR35
Gloves, Hat, Balloon &Bag~B91, B28,YR12, YR35, E50


I will be back creating and visiting you all when Musical Theater is wrapped up in a couple of weeks.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week!!!!

Ellen