His + Her Sharpie Mug DIY

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Hi readers! Happy Thursday and welcome to the August edition of our monthly DIY Feature! I was perusing some of my favorite blogs and came across this sweet DIY post on A Beautiful Mess! Have you seen this blog? These ladies are way cool and super talented. We sure appreciate them letting us share this fun idea on our blog!

All photographs on this blog post are brought to you by the talented folks at A Beautiful Mess.

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Making fun His + Her personalized mugs can be as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Start off with a permanent marker & non-decorative porcelain mug that you want to permanently alter. (I really dug the handles on these!)

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2. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 Degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t forget your mitt when taking out of the oven!!

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3. Let cool completely before washing or using.

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Then, enjoy! (My favorite red lipstick) :)

*Editors note: Some have found after using Sharpie markers, that the designs have washed off over time. Pebeo markers are a bit pricier, but are made to be applied on porcelain.

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Thanks for reading today, and thanks to A Beautiful Mess, for letting us share this fun DIY idea! How will you design your mugs?

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Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, crafting, and laughing! • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!

Ahhhhh. Vacation!

Hi readers! Happy Wednesday! I couldn’t think of anything better to get us all through the ‘hump’ of the work week than some creative uses of Simon Says Stamp exclusives from the amazing & creative Debby Hughes!

Enjoy!

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Hi there, it’s Debby here with a look at getting the most out of your supplies :D I had just returned from our family vacation when I broke into the new This is The Life release to make these cards and was heavily inspired by our holiday! Our last stop before flying home was a few days in the Florida Keys and as I flipped through the release (with a massive smile on my face I might add!) I spotted the paw print from the Pawprints On Our Hearts set. Hmmmm, those paw prints reminded me of little islands with the dotted line being a contour line! I stamped the paw print a couple of times in Green Apple ink on Neenah solar white card and trimmed out before running the cut edge along the ink pad to give a nice definition to each island – so great to get a totally different use out of this sympathy set.

The sea was created by inking a Neenah panel with Sea Glass ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool and also adding a darker area where the islands were to rest in Audrey Blue ink; lots of soft gentle build up of the ink with plenty of blending :D The islands were then glued in place before stamping the compass from Life’s Journey in Smoke ink on the top left of the panel. I also stamped in Versamark on Vellum the Enjoy The Journey sentiment from the same set and white heat embossed it.

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I have long hankered after a word die which would leave a great modern negative space and the Vacation Word Strips are just perfect! Great for scrapbooking but look equally cool on a card :D There are three words in the set and I cut the ‘vacation’ one from Slate card and mounted it over the vellum then added a few sequins to finish.

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While I was in holiday mood I browsed through the release again and this time the popular and totally fabulous Waves stencil caught my attention. With the waves stenciled in tones of blue horizontally you get an awesome watery pattern …. with the waves stenciled in black vertically you get great Zebra stripes! To combine with my safari theme I went for an inked African sunset (Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks) a gold heat embossed heart and a couple of wood veneer stars. From a watery stencil to a dry, sunset safari in a quick 90-degree turn and switch out of ink colour!

Well, that’s me for this month; I hope you enjoyed this little look at stretching your supplies. Thanks for stopping by!

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Thanks for reading today and thanks so much to Debby for being our guest! My mind is still blown from her idea to use paw prints to make an island map! Wow!

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Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, crafting, and laughing! • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!

KaiserCraft Elegance!

Hey Everyone! Welcome back to the blog! It’s Shari here today to share a card inspiration for you using some really pretty KaiserCraft products.

I fell in love with the colors from the Elegance collection paper pack and Elegance Collectables. I had to give them a try.

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I white embossed the greeting from the Bluebelle stamp set on a Slate card stock tag that I cut out using the Simon Says Stamp Frames die set.

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And to finish things off, I used the Sea Breeze Sparklet Gemstones also from KaiserCraft. These are GORGEOUS!!!

I’ve shot a quick video for you on the process of making my card, hope you enjoy!

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Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great week!

 

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Gramma to Melody • Loves good friends• photography • gardening

Hot Fun in the Summertime!

Hello and welcome to a new week here on the blog!

This week the Monday challenge group has a fun and unique challenge for us! They want us to create something inspired by the hot temperatures, the starry nights and the long days spent by the water. You can create whatever the summer means to you, so head to your craft room/space (hopefully it has air conditioning!!) and let’s see what inspires you!

Below are three projects created by the design team. The rest can be found on the Monday Challenge team blog here and if you click on each designers name, you’ll be taken directly to their blog where you’ll get more details about their project!

Don’t forget that when you enter your projects into the challenge, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp!

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Designed by Anna-Karin:

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Anna-Karin had this to say:

I took this photo quite a few years ago and came across it when thinking of what to do for this challenge. I decided to extend the scenery in the photo with watercolours, not aiming to copy it completely. The layout was embellished with a stamped sentiment, two small seahorses, mini blueprint stamps and Linen Ribbon.

Designed by Andrea:

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Andrea had this to say:

Is this my dream challenge week or what? I’m a complete literary nerd and I was thrilled to see a challenge come up that I could tie into the Great Bard himself. I decided to make a banner with the words of his epic Sonnet 29. I used everything but the kitchen sink on this banner, including the Mini Paint Lids stencil, and Paper Artsy stamps.

Designed by Emma:

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Emma had this to say:

For me, there is nothing better than the beauty of a summer garden bursting to life with the wonderful colours of summer and for my project, I wanted to combine this, with the magic of Shakespeare’s play. I filled my wallhanging with bursts of colour using Tattered Florals die cuts, inked with Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks and added a Prima Resin Angel to a die cut Ornate frame, which I surrounded with Garden Greens die cut foliage.

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Stephanie Klauck
Marketing • Wife and mother of two pretty awesome kiddos • Loves to get crafty, read books and watch TV • Nascar and hockey fan • Out-going and loves to laugh!

Paper Doll Love!

Hello and happy Sunday!

I’m so excited to be on the blog today with a fun post featuring Prima mixed media dolls and my awesomely talented friend Nichol Magouirk!

It’s no secret how much I love paper doll stamps! I love dressing them up in fun clothes made out of patterned papers and adding fun little touches to bring them to life! Nichol shares this crazy obsession and totally rocks paper dolls, so we thought it would be fun if we chose a quote and each made a 6×8 page with whatever paper dolls we wanted. The result? Two fun and completely different pages!

“Every possibility begins with the courage to imagine…” – designed by Stephanie Klauck (me!)

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For my page, I decided to use the new Aidan boy paper doll stamp (Yay for a boy stamp!!) paired with the new Keira girl stamp. Isn’t he cute?!? ;)

I created a scene for my dolls with papers cut from both dies and my Silhouette Cameo. I love creating fun scenes with life like elements like the picket fence cut from Simon Says Stamp woodgrain cardstock and the tree cut from a fun wood patterned paper. I dressed the dolls in patterned papers and stamped the sentiment directly on the bottom layer of grass.

When I cut out the girl doll, it was too hard to keep her stamped flower bouquet, so I created a new one from the Simon Says Stamp Hi Lovely stamp and die set.

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“Every possibility begins with the courage to imagine…” – designed by Nichol Magouirk

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Nichol has been creating 6×8 pages with paper dolls for awhile now, and one of her signature designs is to include Simon the dog in all of her layouts! Look at him in his cute goggles and snorkel gear!

I love that she used the Sea Sally mermaid doll stamp for her design! The water scene was created with various stamps and the new Waves stencil from Simon Says Stamp. The amazing mermaid tail is patterned paper that looks just like scales! I love how realistic her page looks with the fun shells, sand and seaweed added to her design.

The addition of the little fish and bubbles are the perfect touch to complete this amazing page! ;)

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Nichol also created a video of her creating her page:

Thanks for reading!

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Stephanie Klauck
Marketing • Wife and mother of two pretty awesome kiddos • Loves to get crafty, read books and watch TV • Nascar and hockey fan • Out-going and loves to laugh!