Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: DIY Apple Jar Teacher Gift

Hello crafters! Welcome back to a brand new Studio Monday video! With school starting already for many of you out there, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share some teacher-themed inspiration.

Studio Monday with Nina-Marie

Today I will be using Tim Holtz Distress and Oxide Inks, along with his vintage Mini Mason jar set. On the card, I also used some our newest Simon exclusives, including the Dancing Fruits and Thank You Teacher stamp sets.

The jar you see is made to mimic an apple… yes it doesn’t look like a real apple, but I still think it looks cute! You can fill this jar with candy, small gifts, etc. for a teacher in your life!

I used chalk paint on my jar, as I love the distressed feel of chalk on glass. To distress the jar, I brushed on Fired Brick Oxide inks. In the video I’ll explain why I chose this ink for the distressed effect.

The lid of the jar has a simple handle attached to the top (found in most hardware stores), and I also die cut leaves from our Simon exclusive Poinsettia die set (coordinates with the Poinsettia stamp set). Proof that holiday sets can indeed be used year round!

As with any gift, you usually want to include a card! So I made a coordinating card to go with the jar… in an apple theme of course! :)

I stamped the apples from the Dancing Fruits stamp set in black ink and then watercolored them in with Distress Inks; you can see the coloring process in the video below! I also included a sentiment from our Thank You Teacher stamp set, heat embossed in white.

With the Simon exclusive Wonky Rectangle die set, I trimmed my watercolored panel down and adhered it to a brown-gray card base.

I really love how this gift set turned out and I hope you will check out the video to see everything come together! Thanks for visiting with me today… I’ll be back next week with more to share with you!





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Doodling with Debby: Embossing with a Stencil

Hi friends! Welcome to the latest edition of Doodling with Debby! This month Debby Hughes has made a gorgeous thank you card using the stencil embossing technique. Be sure to watch the video and enjoy!

Debby's Doodles

Hi this is Debby and for my Doodling With Debby feature this month I have a video below using the lovely Marilyn stencil to create and embossed background, which I then emphasized with Nuvo Embellishment Mousses.

Doodling with Debby: Embossing with a Stencil

I started this card by ink blending Rosie Cheeks, Melon and Merlot inks in to a panel of Arches Cold Pressed watercolor card. I then sandwiched the ink-blended panel between an embossing mat and the Marilyn stencil. The pressure of running this sandwich through a die cutting machine embosses the stencil pattern into the watercolor card.

Doodling with Debby: Embossing with a Stencil

I used my finger to rub Nuvo Embellishment Mousses in Fresh Copper, Coral Calypso and Mother Of Pearl over the raised areas of the embossing to emphasize the design. To give more sparkle I splattered the panel with a solution of Perfect Pearls and then when dry die cut with a Wonky Rectangle. I added the die cut panel to an Ivory card base.

Doodling with Debby: Embossing with a Stencil

With the background now complete it was time to concentrate on the rest of the card. For the sentiment I added a piece of Be Creative Tape Sheet to a scrap of Ivory card and covered it with Nuvo Sunkissed Copper Gilding Flakes then die cut the Script Thanks die.

Doodling with Debby: Embossing with a Stencil

I paired the coppery thanks die cut with a coordinating sentiment from the Thoughtful Messages set which I white heat embossed on Slate card and trimmed to a skinny banner.

Doodling with Debby: Embossing with a Stencil

I die cut two sprigs of vellum leaves using my favorite Clustered Leaves die and then adhered all the elements to the embossed panel. As a final touch I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Copper Penny, Bubblegum Blush and Ivory Seashell.

Thanks for joining me today and I’ll see you next time for Doodling With Debby!


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Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Debby for being our guest!

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Stamplistic Sunshine with Shari Carroll

Hi everyone!! Happy Saturday. I hope you’re finding a little bit of time for some crafting today!

I’ve just discovered a very unique stamp and layering die set that I think you’ll like. This Sunshine stamp comes from Stamplistic. It has two different dies that coordinates with it. One is a single detail die that cuts out areas within the image. The other is a set of 9 layering dies that cuts pieces that can be stacked back together.

I chose to use the Sunshine stamp with the layering dies, where I’ve silver embossed the stamp image 3 times onto watercolor cardstock. I cut out my layers to where I had an outside, center and then the detail of the sun.

Shari Carroll, Stamplistic

To color my pieces, I used Tim Holtz Oxide inks in Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Iced Spruce, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers. After applying the ink, I spritzed with a bit of water to get an aged spotty look.

I filmed a video of how I created this card which you can view below or on our YouTube Channel HERE!

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