Pink Paislee Halloween Banner (Artisan Papers)

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This project I created using the newly released Pink Paislee Artisan Papers didn't quite make the cut for my Guest Design post, but I thought I would share it as you get ready for Halloween!



Here I wanted to show that the Artisan Collection is not just for pastels and soft colors. Here is what Pink Paislee has to say about these 8x8" Artisan Papers: "You can leave them "natural" as an elegant accent or add color mediums to create unlimited creative possibilities. These products work great with misting sprays, craft inks, markers, paints and various ink stains"


 
I have used my Cameo to cut Halloween shapes from A Little Hut and then carefully backed these with papers I have colored from the Artisan Paper Pack. Each banner flag has one piece colored with a steel grey and an accent color to match. I used acrylic paint applied with a soft cloth to color the pieces for a really bold look. 




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Lowri :-)
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Pink Paislee Envelope Mini Album

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I am Guest Designing for Pink Paislee this month and will be sharing my projects this week.
Please note that the Giveaway previously detailed here has now CLOSED. Winners can be seen here.

Envelope Mini Album
I created this album from scratch and it’s a really fun project to put together.


First create your mini office-tie envelopes. I used my Cuttlebug and this Pocket Envelope Die from Tim Holtz but if you have a Cameo you could use this album from Lori Whitlock as a template OR download this free template from minieco.co.uk and cut around the envelopes by hand. I have done all three in the past and they probably all take the same amount of time!


Create some office-tie buttons with a circle punch and mini brads, and use some super sticky tape to fasten the envelopes together. Create an album cover from a double layer of paper glued together, making sure it is long enough to wrap around the front. I used the corner of a Spellbinders die to create the decorative edge. A spool button from the London Market Collection covers an eyelet I inserted to thread some twine through for a fastening.


Bind your book using rings or a craft binder and start decorating! I used the label stickers on every envelope and created some simple tags with photos of my kids to go inside each envelope - the photo tabs make the perfect accent for the tags.


I love how the papers in this collection have such varied design elements that the finished album looks really decorative – even though it is a very simple concept and construction. 


I have three more projects to come this week including a spooky banner for Halloween tomorrow!

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Lowri :-)
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"Batty About You" Card Video Tutorial (Echo Park)

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A blog first for me today over at Echo Park - a video tutorial to show you how to create a fun Halloween themed card with the Chillingsworth Manor Collection from Echo Park.

I have wanted to create a “Specimen Art” style card for a long time – but my first couple of attempts with a paper punch and ruler were woefully unsuccessful! I then decided to use my Cameo to create a kind of “reverse” card with the patterned paper showing through the cut-outs.

It is easy to create this evenly spaced grid of patterns to be cut – and I have put together my first little Silhouette tutorial to show you how. You can see it on YouTube here.
Please note that the video assumes you are already familiar with the basics of the Silhouette software.
The bat shape I have used on the card is from one of the earliest Echo Park Collections – and can be found in the Silhouette store here.
 

Here are a couple of details showing how to finish the card.
  1. After you have cut your base, you then need to cut shapes from patterned paper that can be mounted behind the bats and show through. 
  2. I have used 3d dots to mount these which adds some dimension to the card
  3. When you have finished, cut another piece of paper exactly the same size as the front face of the card
  4. Mount this to the reverse of the front face using more foam dots to cover all the scraps of paper
Add a simple sentiment onto the front of your card and a Happy Halloween sticker from the Elements Stickers inside – and you are all good to go!

I also wanted to share this photo of this “hybrid” banner I created. A couple of weeks I showed you how I used some digital elements to create some glass charms, well this project demonstrates how large you can make these elements and still have the same great quality graphics!

I simply enlarged, printed and cut out the banner elements from the digital collection (print onto matte photo paper for the best results) and mounted them onto banner shapes cut from patterned paper. Super easy idea for a simple banner and a great way to get more out of your digital purchases

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Lowri :-)
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Halloween Mobile (Echo Park) and Winners!

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A quick post today to share a Halloween project using the Chillingsworth Manor Collection from Echo Park and to announce the winners of the Blog Hop last week - there are 3 of you - so make sure you scroll down and check.

Chillingsworth Manor Mobile
This was SO much fun to make but yes, unless you are supremely talented with a knife - you will need a digital die-cutter to re-create it! Here is a sneak peek!


Detailed instructions are available for FREE download on the Echo Park website here and you can find the files I used at Alaa Studios on their website here or in the Studio store here.

Winners
I have three winners to announce from the giveaways previously listed on list post here.

Echo Park Winner - Pam Spradin

Great Impressions Winner - Joan V

PaperVine Winner - Barbara Pitts

Please email me here and we will get your prizes to you as soon as possible!

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Halloween / Fall Bowl and Pumpkin Tutorial (Echo Park)

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Today I am sharing some fun home d├ęcor with the Chillingsworth Manor Collection. I created these little pumpkins using my Cameo and this file here.
(Note: They are very delicate when cut – so you will need to put them together carefully to avoid popping any of the seams open!)


The fabulous range of orange and green prints in this collection were perfect for creating the bases and leaves of the pumpkins.


I created the bowl using a really simple paper mache technique I saw on a kids TV show! I have a tutorial at the end of the post showing how I made it.
This is a fun and surprisingly quick project to put together – and it goes without saying it would be perfect to adapt for Christmas and any other holiday too!


Gather together your supplies – you will need: a small bowl, cling wrap, an old tumbler, newspaper, pva glue, a mixing bowl, disposable gloves and some cooking oil. Using gloves seems to prevent the glue from clagging up as quick as when you use your bare hands – and it makes the process a lot less messy – especially when the phone rings…
  1. Oil the bowl lightly, cover the bowl with cling wrap and invert onto tumbler. Cut newspaper into thin strips (about ¾” wide) and mix PVA glue with water until the consistency of cream
  2. Lightly coat the paper in the glue mix and run the strips between two fingers to remove excess glue – stick onto bowl.
  3. Begin by forming a layer over the base and then simply add alternate layers of vertical and horizontal papers, making sure the paper hangs over the edge of the bowl.
  4. Repeat until your bowl is covered in at least 4 layers of paper. Leave to dry thoroughly in a dry, warm spot  – overnight should do it! Keep the bowl on the tumbler during the drying process.
  5. Carefully remove your paper mache bowl from the cling wrap and trace around the inside edge to form a neat rim. Use the bowl placed inside the paper mache form as a guide.
  6. Use scissors to trim the excess paper – don’t worry about being too exact!
  7. Using the same technique as before – add strips of patterned paper to the bowl until completely covered
  8. Cover with a layer of glossy Mod-Podge as a seal and to give some shine
  9.  Trim any paper from the base so the bowl will sit flat.
This is a fun project to do with older children – if I feel brave I will attempt it with my kids outside in the upcoming summer months!


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Lowri :-)
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Stamped Cookie Tutorial (Echo Park & Great Impressions)

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Please note that the Blog Hop and competitions previously detailed on this post have now closed. You can see who won my prizes here and you can see all the Echo Park Winners here. I encourage you to visit all the fabulous blogs that were on the hop - you can see a complete list on the Echo Park Blog.

Stamped Icing Tutorial
I have used the Berry Twig Stamp to create some cookie toppers. I first published this idea a couple of years ago - but I love this updated version!


    1. Roll the icing between 2 sheets of non-stick baking parchment. (You may need to knead a little cornflour into your icing paste beforehand to make it less sticky) Also, lightly dust the surface of the icing with cornstarch (again to remove any trace of stickiness )
    2. Spread some gel icing onto an acrylic stamping block
    3. Use another acrylic stamping block rubbed on top to spread the coloring thinly 
    4. Ink your stamp with the colouring – patting gently to give an even coating
    5. Press stamp lightly but firmly into the icing
    6. You should have a stamped impression
    7. Repeat stamped image all over the icing. You will need to "re-ink" your stamp each time
    8. Cut out images using a cookie cutter and leave to dry thoroughly
    9. Your icing is ready to use!
If some of your images don't turn out so well - especially when you are trying this for the first time - just knead the icing to create a pale colored version and use as colored icing!

I baked some simple cookies cut from pre-made sheets of sweet pastry, and "glued" the toppers to the cookies with a simple icing made from icing sugar and water.


They look great when finished and of course you can experiment to use any stamp and shape too. I then made some boxes using the Echo Park This and That Christmas Collection

Treat Boxes
 


To create these boxes - I modified this file and cut with my Cameo. The paper and stickers are from the This and That Christmas Elements Sticker Sheet.

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Lowri :-)
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Perfect Gift Idea for a Mr Fix-It or Golf Nut (Echo Park)

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I have another project available for FREE download on the Echo Park website here. It's a Money-Box using the Grandpa's ToolShed Collection from Echo Park Paper

Grandpa's Money Box

 
This money-box makes such a great gift for Grandpa or Dad! Download the FREE pdf which includes a supply list and instructions on how to complete the project 


To see the instructions you will need to go to the Echo Park e-commerce site here. This project (and many others) are FREE to download - though you will have to register first - but that only takes a sec. Click here to be taken to the download site.

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Lowri :-)
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World Cardmaking Day and a Winner!

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October 6th is World Card Making Day and I am sharing a card I created for my Mother-in-Law.


The base of this card and matching envelope were created with my Cameo, using files from Lori Whitlock seen here and here.  


The papers and embellishments are all from Echo Park. The base grey spots/stripes is from Dots and Stripes Soda Fountain Collection, the button and brad are from the This and That Graceful Collection and all others are from the Dearest Mini Theme Collection.

Giveaway Winner


Last week you had the chance to win a great prize by commenting on this post here. There were 151 comments and the winner was number 13 - Andrea from Argentina! E-mail me here and I will get your prize in the mail to you on Monday :-)


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Lowri :-)
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Halloween Party Glass Charms (Echo Park)

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I have this post up on the Echo Park blog today - and it's a really fun one if you like to host themed parties OR if you want an easy introduction to digital / hybrid scrapbook projects!


For this project I used the Chillingsworth Manor Element Pack 1. Included in the pack (which retails at $2.99) are 118 of the elements included in the paper collection. Once downloaded, you can edit and print all of these to suit your requirements.


I have chosen to use this banner element that is originally found on the “Apothecary Labels” paper in the Chillingsworth Manor Collection (see above)


You could of course just cut the elements from the paper – but I wanted them to be slightly bigger so I re-sized and printed the size I needed.


Once I had the pieces printed onto one sheet of matte photo paper (which I finds gives the best results when printing digital elements) I covered the photo paper on top with a sheet of adhesive acrylic, and then used a layer of double sided adhesive paper to attach a layer of chipboard to the underside of the paper. Maybe this diagram will help explain the “sandwich” of layers!


After cutting around the banner shapes with a really sharp knife, I used a little fine grit sandpaper to smooth any rough edges, punched a hole in the top and threaded them onto to some wire circles with a couple of simple beads for decoration. The clear acrylic on top will give them a little protection – but don’t expect them to last more than one evening – not if your parties are anything like mine anyway!


Little elements like this can make for a really fun, personal party. If you are playing games – maybe draw teams based on the picture on the glasses, have spot prizes or a “break the ice” game using the pictures too. You are only limited by your imagination!

SUPPLY LIST:

Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor Element Pack 1, QuicKutz clear plastic sheets and double sided adhesive sheets, matte photo paper, plain chipboard, wire circles or wine charm blanks, small hole punch, beads

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Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.
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