Saturday, 12 May 2012

Fabric & Flowers for May

Hello, friends! First, Happy Mother's Day Weekend to the Mom's out there! I hope you all get a moment's peace and lots of thanks from your kids.

My design team, 6 Girls & a Smoking Gun, have a couple cool things to present to you. First, we're one designer will showcase her best techniques through her choice of project. Debutting this month, is Irit with an amazing piece inspired by clocks. My other talented friends were tasked this month to be inspired by Fabric and Flowers.

Designer Showcase

I love when there’s a long list of product. It usually means that many fun techniques will be used. Can you believe how gorgeous this designer’s showcase piece is?!

With a  7 Gypsies distressed book complete with metal handles, this mixed media masterpiece exudes vintage, classic and feminine all in one.

This wall-worthy art started as a chipboard, but is held together at the ‘hinges’ with twine and a 7 Gypsies metal handed that Irit added. It is elaborately decorated with WOW! Embossing powders from Suzy West’s Candy Counter Collection and the ever popular Metallic Copper. The texture these embossing powders and Tando masks (polka dots) add to this art is fantastic.

Inspired by the idea that “classic” is timeless, Irit decorates the piece with vintage types of clocks from Tando’s and metal charms and a handmade halo glass pebble embellishment. Irit embellished two resin flowers, covering them with Clear embossing ink and WOW!’s Cotton Candy and Copper embossing powders, and heated them to shrink into such beauties.  She created the a Handmade Halo glass pebble for a touch of color with a clock and a burst of flowers topoped with clear embossing powder.

 I love it!!

  • WOW EMBOSSING POWDERS:  Cotton Candy powder, Bubble Gum, Metallic Copper Regular
  • STAMPS: Wow! “Gratitude”
  • OTHER: 7 Gypsies Handle, journaling cards and Clock, Tando Creative Masks & Chipboard Clock, lace, molding paste, journaling cards, metal, halo glass pebble

Sherrie is putting together a lovely mini-album for her niece, Aly’s first year of track. What I love about this album is that it is meant to highlight her achievements in a sport, but without the use of “theme” papers. It can get a little dull to see the same sporting photos over and over again and then consider pages and pages of more ‘sports’ pages.

Not here. At WOW! Our designers use these amazing powders to create beyond the boundaries of “traditional”.

I love the girlie colors of this mini album. Yet, there is nothing that takes away from the photos of Aly in uniform and jumping the hurdles. The powders enhance the impeccable pages. Sherrie is planning on using the Gold Vellum area to list Aly’s best times and she’ll accent the page with Sierra Sunrise.

The cool thing is that one little jar of powder is going to last more than the 3-month (or longer) term it’ll be for Sherrie to track Aly’s track career. She can use these powders on so much!

  • WOW EMBOSSING POWDERS:  Black Glint Powder, Clear Gloss Regular, Sierra Sunrise
  • STAMPS: Wow! “Brocade”

Erika has done it again. Remember the dress form she made for us last month? Well, here’s the doll that’s wearing another ET Designer gown! The detail work Erika puts into her designs is the secret to making her creations come to life. I am “WOW-ed” by the way she uses embossing powders to create the bodice, dress, and parts of the wings. The doll is made from Grunge paper and Erika created the rest from paper, fabric and tulle

  • WOW EMBOSSING POWDERS:  Clear Gloss Regular, Angel Wings, Neutral Ultra Shimmer, Gummy Bear Green
  • OTHER: Grunge Paper, Fabric, Tulle

Amy’s work also layers on details for a fabulous finish. Look how many ways she uses fabric in both masculine and feminine cards! You must hear her inspiration. I love the thought process of designers. It sounds so simple…but the results are nothing less than stellar.

Birthday Balloons Card: “I had the idea to cut these gorgeous hearts out the minute I received the stamp set and I think the bright colours of the Fabric background layers, work perfectly with the incredible Embossing Powders from WOW! The Hot Pink background was a very strong contrast so I have softened that down a bit by using the Gratitude Stamp Squiggly line over and over again with some White Opaque Powder.”

  • WOW Embossing Powders used: Bright Opaque White, Cotton Candy, Magenta.
  • WOW Stamp Sets Used: Gratitude.
  • Other Products used: Melissa Frances Cést La Vie Collection Papers, Cotton Twine, Crochet Ribbon, Cotton Fabric Squares.

 Fathers Day Card: “This masculine card could be used for any ccasion thanks to the generic heading. The Kaisercraft Hunt & Gather Collection worked so well with the WOW Earthtone Colours and for the spotted effect of the Ultra High, I have simply sprinkled bits of powders over the surface as I was heating. It is such a cool effect!

  • WOW Embossing Powders Used: Earthtone Blueberry, Earthtone Nutmeg, Ultra High Copper.
  • WOW Stamp Sets Used: Brocade
  • Other Products Used: Kaisercraft Hunt & Gather Collection Papers, Burlap.

Happy Birthday Card:“I just adore how beautiful this card has turned out. This collection from Melissa Frances is so shabby chic and worked well with the WOW Opaque Bright White Powder. The Cheesecloth has had a coat of Pink ink that was then rinsed off. After that was dry a rough layer of the white powder was added to the entire surface of the fabric as well as the tips of all the petals of each flower. The flowers were all just white Mulberry Flowers and I just love the freedom to colour them myself.”

  • WOW Embossing Powders Used: Earthtone Nutmeg, Opaque Bright White.
  • WOW Stamp Sets Used: Is it a Bird?
  • Other Products Used: Melissa Frances Cést La Vie Collection Papers,  Passion4Paper Flowers, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays, Flourish with a Bling Pearls, Tulle, Eyelets.

Anne Brown
Anne has designed and brought us an original idea for a wonderful “treasure box”. It’s perfect for teen girls or anyone else to hold pictures and other keepsakes that we tend to hoard. The picture is a digi stamp that Anne colored with Copic markers. She used lots of Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder (on the larger paper doily, the edges of the image, the chipboard letters and the pocket watch case).  She decorated the lid with ribbon, paper flowers, bling, buttons, glitter and lace.

The inside of the box has an equally royal and luxurious feel as she’s line it with pretty fabrics and papers. I heard that Anne will be making a mini-album to fit inside so she can deliver this beauty to her granddaughter as a gift. Lucky girl!!

To wrap up today’s team blog; let me show you what I hoard. They COULD fit into that beautiful treasure box Anne made, but I went with practical plastic for the numerous iPhone cases in my collection. Yup, I change iPhone cases like socks.

The box came together in a fairly simple way. A bit of paper and lace wrapped around the exterior and cut to fit the top. I used embossing powder on the button center of my hand-sew flower and I rimmed the top edges of the lid with powder.

The best, though, was custom-decorating my own cell phone case completely with embossing powders!! YES, it can be done. I ordered a few clear cases and tested out the “look” with our Brocade Stamp and a blend of pastel peach and clear ultra shimmer. You’ll have to check out my blog for more WOW! Cases in the next few weeks.
For more fabulous projects, please visit our blogs!
Click Here to Erika’s blog, Taylord Concepts.
Click Here to Irit’s creativeness at her blog, Irit Shalom’s Designs.
Click Here to Anniebee’s Craft Room.
Click Here to see Amy’s blog.
Click Here to see Sherrie and hear about what is keeping her busy at her blog, Each Days Memories. Click Here to see Jen’s latest pinteresting obsessions.


  1. Great projects ladies! Lots of wonderful projects and techniques!!!

  2. Lovin all these projects....lots of inspiration here :)


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