Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Glitter girls are back!!!!

Hey there everyone!
 Can you believe that this is the last day of February!?
 Where does the time go!?  I guess it flies when you are having fun! 
 That is just what we have been doing here on out WOW design team! 
Please take a peek at what the Glitter Girls have been up to!

Lets take a looksie at what Benedicte Raphalen has created this month! 
 Also hop to her blog and take a peek at her adorable layouts! 
 I love her work! 

 Here is Benedicte's Technique for this card:
I used the flower background stamp with some Blueberry and Berrylicious powders. Then I punched a few circles. I stamped the leaves on a white paper, I embossed and cut them off. The ticket, hearts and the gratitude text are embossed with some Earthtone nutmeg Regular color.
Supplies used:
WOW Suzy West powder : Earthtone Nutmeg Regular
WOW Suzy West powder : Earthtone Olive Regular
WOW Suzy West powder : Earthtone Blueberry Regular
WOW Suzy West powder : Gummy Bear Green
WOW Suzy West powder : Berrylicious Regular
WOW "Gratitude" stamp set

Now lets take a peek at what Jen Matott has created this month!
When I saw this layout, I was so curious! How did she make that peacock tail feather? :)
 I love the look of it!!!!

Jen used (from the Pantry Collection) Nutmeg, Olive, Blueberry,
 (from By The Bay collection)
 Bay Area Blue AND Copper regular.
Stencil: Plaid
Versamark ink
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Glam

Jen created the peacock feather using the Veramark ink through a stencil and then
added one color at a time. 
Once it was set, Jen sprayed with the mist and added
droplets of Glam.  
Jen loves the effect of multiple colored powders used in one image! 

I love it too!!!  And i love the stencil!
Please hop over to Jens blog to see more eye candy!

Now lets take a peek at Amy Sotolongo's project!

Here is how Amy made this darling card!

"I stamped the FLOWERS stamp onto sticky back canvas with embossing ink and embossed it with CLEAR EMBOSSING POWDER. I then stamped the BUILD A BUTTERFLY outline stamp onto the embossed canvas three times and cut out the butterflies. I added distress ink to the butterflies and then watercolored them with water to allow the resist image to come through. For the base of the card I stamped the CALL ME scripted block stamp onto the card twice and embossed it with EARTHTONE PEPPER embossing powder. I then added distress ink for a worn look. I added the butterflies to the card using pop dots and then added bling, twine and the "hi friend" from the CALL ME stamp set for a title."

Amy used the following products for her card!

Wow Products used:
Flower stamp
Clear embossing powder
Build a Butterfly stamp set
Earthton Pepper embossing powder
Call Me stamp set

Love it!  I love the rhinestones Amy added to her butterflies also, just a little bling can add such a cute detail.
Pop on over to Amys blog by clicking here:

Now lets take a look at this darling picture frame Jeannie DeGruccio made!

I love the Audrey Hepburn quote!
Read along to see what Jeannie says about her project!

"Here is an altered glass picture frame I made. It measures 5 x 7 inches. I took the stamp called FLOWERS and embossed it on a transparency sheet with Bubble Gum powder. I then trimmed the transparency sheet and backed and matted with black and pink papers.

For the dresses and purses, I used the Bubble Gum powder, to embellish parts of each,
to be sure the pinks all matched.
I printed the Audrey Hepburn quote on vellum and painted white paint on the back of
 the vellum to make the phrase stood out."
Those three little dresses are super cute! A girly project for sure! :) To see more of Jeannies work, hop over to her adorable blog at

Now lets take a look at Diana McGraws beautiful layout she made this month!

Wow!!!! Wow!!!
This layout title is called "Change"

Here is what Diana's journalling says: It is amazing to see how much we have changed in ten years. We have grown from children, full of life to adults with families and children of our own. Matt, this is what life is about… spending our time with the people we love. We are so lucky.

Supplies that Diana used: WOW Brocade Stamp, WOW Embossing Powder Metallic Platinum Sparkle, My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart Paper, Prima Marketing Inc Flowers, Maya Road Tag, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, American Crafts Thickers, KaiserCraft Paper Blooms, and Bazzill Basics Cardstock

Notes: Diana used the brocade stamp to add additional texture to the MME patterned paper with a fun glitter embossing powder. I love the dimension it brings out.
That is a beauty!  To see more of Diana's work click her to visit her blog!
Here are a few of the memory jars I made for CHA. This is a super cute way to display pictures, and memorobilia from a special trip, or even an event you were at!  All you need is the jars, and some cute pictures, and objects. Then I created some tags, and embossed them also!  You can use some punches, and twine to attach to your jars...and decorations for your home! I used all the embossing powders from the BY the Bay color collection!  So bright and vibrant!  I love them!

If you would like to see some more scrappy ideas take a peek at my blog by visiting
Thanks for visiting out team blog today! 
Hope you were inspired to make something crafty! 

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Beautiful Butterflies

Hi everyone, Debs here with my project using the amazing Flourescent colours.  When I first saw these colours I thought I would need sunglasses whenever I looked at them! The colours in the jars are deceptive though, as once they are embossed on card, they are actually quite a lot softer than they first appear.

I chose to make a side stepper card in black, to really make those colours stand out.  I matted and layered the main panel of the card using a lovely bright blue background card to pick out the colours used in the main images.

I used the WOW! Build a Butterfly stamp set and stamped 3 butterflies, with the outline of the butterflies in Versamark on white card, then embossed using Flourescent Blue.  I stamped the pattern on the butterfly wings in Flourescent Green and used an embossing pen to ink the buttefly bodies and then embossed with Flourescent Pink.

The large flowers were stamped on white card using Versamark and the How Does Your GardenGrow stamp set, then embossed using Flourescent Blue, Flourescent Pink and the lovely soft Flourescent Yellow.

The smaller daisies were created by stamping Versamark onto white card, embossing a panel in each of the colours, the punching daisies from the embossed card - no cracking or peeling of the embossing, just beautiful!

The leaves were made using the same technique as the daisies, stamping and embossing onto white card using the gorgeous Verdigris embossing powder, which is a fab variegated green and works really well for foliage. I punched several leafy branches from these embossed panels.

All flowers and butterflies were cut out and arranged on the stepper card, glued in place using glue gel for dimension, then I added the punched elements. I matted and layered a small rectangle of black card on blue, and stamped the sentiment, embossing in Flourescent Blue to match the main card.  I attached blue organza ribbon around the lower edge of the card and tied a bow, then mounted the sentiment panel on the left of the card.

The finishing touch was to add gems to all flower centres, and there you have it, a flourescent card with beautiful spring flowers!

Hope you are enjoying using the WOW! embossing powders and stamps, and the projects shared by the Design Team. And don't forget to enter the monthly challenge for your chance to win a set of these fab powders - you even get to choose the colours, which will be a tough choice!

Happy crafting.

Debs x

Dreamy Canvas

Jen Matott here to share a canvas I recently made using WOW Embossing powders and the contents of Scrapbooking from the Inside Out February kit.

I used a pre-stretched canvas that is about 8" x 10". The papers were glued onto the canvas first with gel medium and some gesso to tone down the colors.

I added dots of lavender with paint and then used a Crafter's Workshop stencil/ template  to create the cloud with Versamark through it.  I covered it with Ultra High Silver powders (2 coats) and then added Versamark ink along the edges, allowing it to wrap around to the front.  I used the Silver regular for the edges of the canvas. 

 I created paper feathers using wire sandwiched between papers.  I glued them together and cut fringe to create the feather texture.  Once they were all cut and glued, I used Versamark again on the edges and added Silver powder.  They were glued and stitched onto the canvas along with the little windows and title.

Here's another look at the completed canvas.
  I hope you enjoyed my project and I can't wait to share my other projects this month!

Monday, 27 February 2012

Fancy Thank You Card

Today I am going to briefly tell you how to make a card shaped like a matchbook, but not tiny, like a real matchbook.
First start out with a rectangle that is 3 5/8" x 8".   Fold in half matching the short ends and then score another parallel fold line, 1/4" next to your 1st fold line.

Here I have already scored, folded and opened back up the card.  I then took a piece of decorative paper that was 3 1/4 " wide by 3 1/2 " tall, and adhered it to my card front.

Next a took and cut our a decorative shape of paper from white cardstock.  When ever you want to use a shape and have it completely covered with enameled embossing powder, cut the shape out first!  The embossed enamel will stick to your die!
You will see the finished piece below..but for now on to the next step.

To make the matchbox closure, take a decorative border about 3/4" tall and decorate to your liking. I used eyelets and decorative border punches.
You will see the final product in a couple more pics..but for now on to the next step.

Here I have taken a piece of chip board and have embossed the front with Cotton candy.  While the enamel was still drying, I quickly used a stylus to carve some of the enamel off.  The final result?  It leaves white marks wherever you have etched off the enamel, pretty cool, eh?

Here is my card front:  The embossed red is called CABLE CAR RED.  The GRATITUDE ticket stamp is from the GRATITUDE stamp set.

I love the way that COTTON CANDY heart looks!

For the inside...I precut 2 scalloped circles.  I want to emboss them and make a ladybug, but remember, I said to be sure and cut your decorative shapes out BEFORE embossing.

Here is the ladybug on the inside of the card...isn't she cute??  I used the FLOWERS stamp on her wings and the HEART border from the GRATITUDE stamp set.  The THANKS sentiment is also from the GRATITUDE stamp set.

Ladybug close-up.

I love the way this looks, and see the bottom border, you tuck the card front behind that to close and open the card.

Here is one last look at the card.  I love playing with these stamps and powders, it is pure FUN!.

I hope you have enjoyed this fun card, this has been Jeannie from The Polka CABANA with today's post!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Vintage Book using WOW Powders

I hope everyone has had a great weekend... I thought I would share a vintage book cover that I had made using WOW Powders. This is just a coffee table book that I decorated with a picture my husband had sent from Afghanistan last month.

I wanted to try creating my own background paper so that the book was really personal. I used the Cricut Expression 2 with the Teresa Collins Cartridge Sophisticated to cut out these 5" damasks. I then used a VersaMark stamp pad and embossed each one with the Suzy West Earthtone Pepper powder. I adhered each damask in a pattern on to my covered book.

I love how this book turned out. I added a few embellishments with a softer look to give it balance.

So for your next project, think about making your own background paper. The ideas are limitless. I hope you enjoyed the project and for all of those who are serving our military or have family members in the armed forces... thank you. We are so proud of what you do and the sacrifices you make!


A Laure Mika inspired tower

Hello, Doris here. I do get a lot of inspiration looking at other artists work. For some time I have been admiring the colourful creations by Laurie Mika but have never fancied working with polymer clay.

Who needs polymer clay anyway, when one has embossing powder! Together with some die cut (or hand cut ) shapes and some stamps one can quite easily achieve a similar effect. My shapes were cut from a pizza box and gave me a nice sturdy base to emboss on. It helps to use a craft knife or some tweezers to keep the small shapes away from fingers when heat embossing.

I decided to decorate my tiles with complimentary WOW embossing colours using a variety of purples, silvers and one green. Some of the tiles have also been stamped. This project really got my imagination going and I made a list of all sorts of embossing techniques on my next 'Laurie Mika' project.

I added some painted photo slide frames and some 'bling' for variety. Again, the things I can imagine adding to a project like this are endless, I would just need to dive into my (emberassingly) vast studio storage and find all sorts.

This is a great way of tarting up old boxes to make them into something very special!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Fab NEC....

Hi Everyone

Last week-end I went to the NEC with WOW Embossing Powders and met some fantastic people.
What surprised me was the variety of countries represented.  I was speaking to people from Russia, Poland, Spain and Ukraine to name a few.  Some had never seen heat embossing demonstrated so our demos and the make and take table were busy all day. 

Rachel Walker (design team/demonstrator)  and
Tania Ahmed  (Design Team
Co-Ordinator) were also on hand.

Archie and Richard (co-owners of WOW) were making sure         everything was running smoothly.

 We had some beautiful samples done by the design team which showed off what you can do with embossing powders to great effect.

Our guest stamper was Marion Emberson who has designed some new stamps for WOW.  (You will be seeing these shortly).   Marion was showing everyone how to make a small tag book with different techniques and ribbon binding.

As I was 'people watching' from the stand, I have to say I was in ore at the 'red carpet crafting stars' that were either coming onto WOW or passing by.  People who you only see on the TV.  I wanted to get my camera out all the time!

Sat across from us was the lovely Sheena Douglass demonstrating with her 'Paint Fusion' and WOW Embossing Powders.  What you cannot see is Sheena's big tin of biscuits under her table!     (
She has very kindly given permission for me to copy her instructions for the grungeboard watch strap on the WOW blog so watch out for that! (no pun intended!).

Make and take area 

After the busy show, we tidied up then went for a bite to eat.  I headed home hitting the pillow at 1am.  Long day from 5.30am! but I wouldn't swap it!  

Speak soon..........

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