Sunday, November 30, 2008

Wrapped chocolate bars

Wrapped chocolate bars
Wrapped chocolate bars,
originally uploaded by Clarian's Hawk.
The chocolate bars were made for the last minute challenge on the Hero Arts blog. We had to tag the entries as lastminute to submit for consideration in the the challenge. Let me tell you, I am so glad I am finished with these. I am giving these out to my co-workers and needed to finish them or I'd never start again. Cutting the card stock into 5.5: X 5.5" pieces was only the beginning. I have the directions for a wrapped chocolate bar on my previous post, which is made up as the front of the red Santa Claus suit, but I wanted a little variation in color, so I chose to use the Penguin from the Warm WIshes Hero Arts set. I tried stamping it in white on the green and black circles I punched, but it wasn't coming out for me.

I'm glad I could finish. Have fun shopping for whatever holidays you celebrate!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Make and Take candy bar wrap

Candy bar wrap
Candy bar wrap,
originally uploaded by Clarian's Hawk.

I stopped by Paper Garden Botique on Saturday, November 22, 2008 to pick up some embellishments and found they were doing a "Make and Take" , so after my purchase, I sat down and put this little dainty together - it's so nice to have everything scored and cut to size because it went together super fast and was so much fun.

Directions for Hershey Bar wrappers
1. Cut a 5.5" X 5.5" square piece of red card stock
2. Score at 1.5", 1.75", 4", and 4.25"
3. Cut white piece of cardstock at 5.5" X .75"
4. Cut black belt band at 5.75" X 1"
5. White cardstock about 1" X 1.5"

To make the belt buckle, on silver cardstock, use the yellow square Marvy punch and then center it with the blue square Marvy punch and you get a framed square.

Since the white piece of cardstock was already adhered in the midde of the red card stock and the half circle already punched for me, I don't know exactly what size punch you'd use. Just make a judgement call. Lay the cardstock face down on your table, (I folded the scored lines to get better creases, put the candy bar in, fold the open sides in and tape one flap of cardstock over the other. Take the black strip, wrap the red cardstock and adhere in the back, same as your red cardstock. Turn the paper over. Take the smallest piece of paper, put it straight perpendicular to a red stamp pad and press it into the stamp pad on all four sides to get an edge of red around it. Adhere a glue dot to the back; take the silver "belt buckle" and apply tape to the back of the buckle. Now place the tag and buckle down so the tag doesn't show on the inside of the buckle. Voila!

Candy bar wrap 11-23-08

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hero Arts 2009

I checked out the Hero Arts website to see where I would be hunting for 2009 Hero Arts stamps and guess what - my favorite local stores:

Paper Garden Boutique
details 2601 El Paseo Lane, Sacramento(916) 769-7431

Stamp Art Shoppe
details 1000 Sunrise Ave. #3B, Roseville916-773-4378

I love visiting both stores - unique artists.

I believe they should have their new stamps in by December 12th, 2008 as the Hero Arts website posted... crossing my fingers - Christmas list in hand:))

I darted in Paper Garden Boutique and made a "Make and Take" project. I'm not going to tell you about it until I capture it with the camera. COMING SOON - Make and Take....

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Thumping, you say?

When Laura, aka leapfroglbna displayed her card on the Hero Arts blog and said the technique was "thumping", I had to check it out. It's really quite simple - pictures show the technique quite well. I hope you check it out as well as Laura's card.

I have to try that technique. Take care, call.

Technique resist

Technique resist
Technique resist,
originally uploaded by Clarian's Hawk.
I used the patterned paper that you can see on the left and the circle; used Hero Arts Design block Happiness Grows to clear resist, then used Distressed inks Shabby Shutter (green), Spiced Marmalade (orange) and Dusty Concord (purple) to swipe over the patterned paper. The green didn't make the embossed pattern show up because there wasn't enough contrast - another stamp would be better, however after application of the darker inks, it did show up - kind of ghostly images. I thought it was rather dark, so used some coordinated paper that came with the base cardstock (Miss Elizabeth - 99 cent store), some ribbon and gold pearls to lighten the mood of the card. After I'd gotten it all together, I fell in love with it. Isn't it fun when you try something different?

I used grossgrain ribbon and since it's a thicker type of ribbon, I just tied a knot in the ribbon. I like the way it turned out here. I do have an issue with bow tying, it's usually that if I get a good bow, I have so much extra to cut off. Oh well. I am glad that on the Hero Arts blog, karylim posted a link to a tutorial for tying a bow. I wanted to include it here also.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Cuttlebug November 2008

Cuttlebug November 2008
Cuttlebug November 2008,
originally uploaded by Clarian's Hawk.
I cut a sqare tissue box and stamped a tree set from Rubber Stampede (five trees in a row) in black. You can see the bright orange and yellow rimmed flower of the tissue box cut-out - just looks so much like a huge sun. I used flowers die cuts from the Cuttlebug as well as the "thanks" from a set of Cuttlebug alphabet sets. I had some sewing trim from making scarves that I cut off and added four sets of dangles on the right. I used a kind of olive green background cardstock from the "99 cent" store. It really does pop as much in real life as here. I do love it if I don't say so myself - well - I am saying so :))))

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Gift tags 10-30-08

Gift tags 3  10-30-08
Gift tags 3 10-30-08,
originally uploaded by Clarian's Hawk.

Made these for the mini challenge at Hero Arts during the last week of October.. They were such fun. I was able to use part of an embossed brown scrap, from which a scallop circle had been cut - worked perfectly here on the scrapling. Then I had a bit of lace to run down the side and narrow dark brown ribbon for top and a little up from the bottom. Some gems on both brow strips - the bottom strip I folded under.

The red and blue card backgrounds has the star from the Hero Arts "Warm Wishes" clear set. I took a blue toned tag (peal and stick) and stamped it with the inside of the Holliday tag of the Penguins. The saying on the red card is computer generated.

I wasn't going for as dark a red as I got, but it will work out just fine. I do like the narrow brown tone scrapling. And isn't that a fantastic name - scrapling - first time I heard it was on the Hero Arts blog. Strange name for a card, but entirely appropriate.

I loved making the little gift tags, using up all kinds of scraps from my scrap pile. As you can see, I did make a few.

Gift tags 10-30-08