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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Shopping Our Stash - How Does Your Garden Grow?


 Hello, Crafty Peeps!
Welcome to another week of stash reducing fun!  
The Shopping Our Stash Team thought we would keep it easy this week and give you a broad theme: 
 Anything One Might Find In A Garden!
This has proven to be another good stash reducing challenge for me.  About three years ago I purchased a box of tags (1000 count) because I planned on making a bunch of tag minis!   Need I say it? There are still 975 tags in the box!  I was also able to use some embellishments from a card that I "deconstructed."
Stash Items: Manilla Tag - 3 years old
Paper Butterfly - 2 years old
Crinkled Ribbon - 4 years old
Brad - 4 years old

Tutorial - Creating A Leafy Background using ColorBox 

Supply List:
Standard Tag - Manilla
Die Cut Butterfly/flowers
Ribbon
Brad
Step Tutorial
I created a second tag using a fall palette.
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Determine your color palette (I wanted the manilla to show through in my design.  You can color your tag or used a colored tag.)  I used the purples and greens from the Queue stack and Creamy Brown, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Citrus and Dark Brown Cat's Eye Pads.

Using your Cat's Eye Pad, stamp your leaf design onto the tag.  I started with my lightest color (Creamy Brown) and worked from light to dark (Dark Brown.) 

When you are satisfied with your "leafy" background, add your stencil design and ink with the purple pads.

Distress the edges of the tag using Burnt Sienna.  I used Smooch to color the hole reinforcement paper.  This is not necessary with a crafting or die cut tag.

Place your ribbon and  secure with a staple.  Add your sentiment.
I salvaged these flowers from an old project!
Layer your flowers on top of the stenciled image.
Add a brad and you are done!

Thanks for dropping by!
Hugz,
Chana Malkah!


Disclosure Statement

EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2009, FTC GUIDELINES REQUIRE BLOGGERS TO DISCLOSE ANY TIME THEY ARE COMPENSATED FOR ENDORSING OR REVIEWING PRODUCTS OR SERVICES.

The Project that is demonstrated above contains components I received for free in return for my services and for posts on my blog. I affirm that I have not made, nor would I ever make or endorse, misleading statements regarding any product or service used in the operation of this blog.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE USED ON MY BLOG, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT CMALKAH@YAHOO.COM.



Sunday, June 26, 2016

DIY Organic Serving Tray - A Natural Approach to Fun Summer Dining

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

I can't believe I am already at the end of my first month as a Guest Blogger for ClearSnap®.   I am having a blast working with their amazing products and enjoying the opportunity to participate in cross promotions with great companies like CardMaker® Magazine and this week with Basswood®.   What a boost for my creative soul!

DIY Organic Serving Tray - Using Ink Like Paint
This is a delightful way to enjoy a snack in the backyard.  I have used my tray twice since it's completion.  There is a brocade-like design in the tray that plays well against the light.
It feels good to work with Pigment Inks again.   ClearSnap® has an array of fabulous in-house Pigment Ink Products as well as Teresa Collins and Ann Butler.

 Another "The Hubster" Story. 
When I received my products for the ClearSnap® and Basswood® Cross Promotion, The Hubster picked up my Basswood Country Round and asked: 

Hubster:  "What are you supposed to do with a big hunk of wood?
Me:          "It is not a hunk of wood, it is a tree slice and you know that."
Hubster:  "Yeah, well, maybe, but it isn't even big enough for your buddy, Tom, 
                  to use to make one his crazy tables."  
Me:          "Tom's tables are very pretty," I replied. " And I have to fabricate the
                  project on my own so Tom would be of no help! You know that, too."
Hubster:  "Well, I'll tell you what I don't know."
Me:           (with attitude)"What?"
Hubster:  "I don't know what the hell you are going to do with that big hunk of wood."

I wonder, sometimes, if  The Hubster understands the meaning of "Blunt Force Trauma!"

While you are there, check out  Rose's fabulous "Welcome" plaque.  


HUGZ,


Disclosure Statement

EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2009, FTC GUIDELINES REQUIRE BLOGGERS TO DISCLOSE ANY TIME THEY ARE COMPENSATED FOR ENDORSING OR REVIEWING PRODUCTS OR SERVICES.

The Project that is demonstrated below contains components I received for free from ClearSnap® in return for my services as a Guest Designer and for posts on my blog. I affirm that I have not made, nor would I ever make or endorse, misleading statements regarding any product or service used in the operation of this blog.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE USED ON MY BLOG, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT CMALKAH@YAHOO.COM.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cardmaker® Magazine and ClearSnap® "All About Chalk" Blog Hop

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
It truly does not get any better than this! 
"All About Chalk" 

I knew my time as a Guest Blogger with ClearSnap® would be exciting but this is an excitement extra!   I love stationery, I love Chalk Inks, I love Africa and Kenya is one of my favorite countries! Just imagine my delight when I learned I would have the opportunity to combine these three passions in a design for this hop!  
KENYA
A CHALK INK TRIBAL STATIONERY SET

  Africa is rich in natural resources and beautiful, engaging people.  I drew inspiration from the rich colors used in tribal clothing, particularly among the Maasai, a pastoral tribe famous for their authentic culture.  They defied modern culture to retain their traditional way of life.
The vibrant colors of the ColorBox® Chalk Ink Pads made it easy to bring the essence of the Maasai Tribe and the country of Kenya to my stationery design. I wanted to create an organic project that would bring my three loves together in an elegant presentation.

Tutorial Supplies 
STEP TUTORIAL

  • Start with an empty Stationery box (or create one.)   Link: DIY A2 BOX

  • Cover the interior and exterior of the lid and tray with either white gesso or a white chalk paint. For my project, I used an off-white chalk paint.  You can make your own chalk paint. Link: DIY Chalk Paint 


Use a ColorBox® Stylus tool to apply the desired ink colors to the box top and tray.

  • Apply your stencil design.  For my "woven" design, I used ink colors: Alabaster, Red Barn, and Guacamole from the PaintBox® "Mercantile." The Alabaster ink is actually an off white, but when stenciled on the black background it looks almost silver.  This was an unintended consequence but I like it.   
  • Depending on the intricacy of your stencils, you will need to use daubers, blenders, and the Stylus tool to apply your inks.
  • Embellish your project as desired.  I cut my letters from heavy weight chipboard and applied a coat of gesso prior to applying my chalk ink.
  • seal the box with two applications of an acrylic spray sealant.
  • Use your stencils to create the desired number of stationery sheets.  I created four of each (notecards, Full Sheets (6"x6"),  Short Sheets (4"x6") in each stencil design.  I used an Antique Laid Paper for the stationery.  The texture communicates the strength and resolve of the Maasai!  The Zebra design was created using the ColorBox® Art Screen - Cobblestone
ENJOY THE HOP!  IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PROJECT, CONTACT ME AT:
HUGZ!


Disclosure Statement

EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2009, FTC GUIDELINES REQUIRE BLOGGERS TO DISCLOSE ANY TIME THEY ARE COMPENSATED FOR ENDORSING OR REVIEWING PRODUCTS OR SERVICES.

The Project that is demonstrated below contains components I received for free from ClearSnap® in return for my services as a Guest Designer and for posts on my blog. I affirm that I have not made, nor would I ever make or endorse, misleading statements regarding any product or service used in the operation of this blog.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE USED ON MY BLOG, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT CMALKAH@YAHOO.COM.