Saturday, 30 June 2012

Team Glitter girls! Yippee Yiy Yay!

Hello Friends!
So happy to be back with another team post for
Team Glitter Girls!

We have been having fun designing for CHA, and are super excited to share some new goodies we have made for you!
Our team is scatterd across the states and even in France!
We are into summer, and vacations, but have still been busy
 blowing embossing powder here, there, and everywhere!

Hee hee hee :)

Lets begin with Amy Sotolongo!
Here is what she has to say about her layout!
"For this layout I knew I wanted a large red butterfly as the focal point,so I cut the butterfly on my Silhouette Cameo and then inked it up with embossing ink.

I used my Wow! Cable Car red embossing powder to emboss the butterfly red. I love the shiny effect of embossing cut out embellishments. If you have never tried embossing a die cut, you must run and try it!"

 Now we will head over to France, and see what Benedicte Raphalen has been doing!

She used the stamps to stamp her tag, and her pennant too,  I love the large patterns! 
They show up super clear.

Supplies used: Brocade stamps set

Wow! Suzy West Bay Area Blue

Wow! Suzy West Cable car Red !!

Here is a layout from Diana McGraw.

It is all about how she loves the San Diego Zoo!
 Supplies: Wow Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Regular, and WOW Brocade Stamp Set
 Journaling: "Enjoying all of the sunshine and what Southern California has to offer.
One of our first family trips this summer. We had so much fun at the San Diego Zoo. The boys loved it. One of my favorite moments. This is our family…
The boys loved these little binoculars. They were adorable. So full of imagination. Energy."
 Diana says "I love how the opaque white embossing powder softens the look of the wooden pennants. Gives the embellishment a modern twist." 

I agree!  I love how it changes the look of them!

Now we will take a peek at Jennnifer Matott's Journey canvas!
 Another work of art!

Jen got into the nitty gritty with this canvas, and here is what she has to say about it!

"I love pushing the limits of what I can do with the powders!  I created the
canvas with collaged materials, sprays, masks, and then added Gold Leafing
adhesive so that it dripped down the canvas.  I let it dry from an hour or so
and when I came back, it was still sticky to the touch but not wet.  I sprinkled
Cotton Candy Regular and Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Glitter and heat
embossed them.  Gorgeous!  That glitter powder is amazing!!!

I then cut out a bird shape from chipboard and used Versamark on it and
sprinkled Black Glint Embossing Glitter and heated it. Then I stamped the
Brocade (STAMPSET4) with Versamark over the Black Glint. I sprinkled Metallic
Silver Regular on it and heated it.  Some areas swirled together which I loved!

Then I stamped some distressed areas using a Prima stamp and heat embossed Black
Glint.  Finally, I stamped the "Journey" word from the "Love Beyond Measure"
(STAMPSET13) and used Black Glint again! The result is a canvas that reminds me
to enjoy the "Journey" of making Art.

WOW is an understatement!!!!  I love it!

Check out this darling altered notebook created by Jeannie De Gruccio.
She is the queen of altered books! I love how she embossed the cover!  Lets see what she has to say about this.

" I have used the Flowers Large stamp and the Gratitude set. I Embossed the base of the book in clear powder and then painted on top of it. I used the Large stamp to make the backgrounds for the banners and the flowers using colors from the Candy Counter Collection. For the main flower I also used Black Glint. "

It turned out really cute!

Now here is a peek at a layout I made for the booth! 
 I went crazy with the neutral ultra shimmer powder, cotton candy, from the candy counter collection.  I used my Cricut to cut out the birdy, but I hand cut his beak and winter boots, LOL, since we were in the snow for the picture.  I embossed him in cotton candy, used the neutral shimmer on his wing, and for his beak I used Pastel Peach.  I also cut the title 'sisters' too, and then i embossed the letters.  Using the WOW embossing pen, I also embossed the tree in the right hand lower corner!   I love all the bright colors!

Thanks for checking in on the WOW blog, and if you need to see more of our
eye candy please visit our personal blogs too!
They are located along the side bar to the right! 
 Thanks and Happy Saturday! :)

Friday, 29 June 2012

Layout - Fabulous Best Friends

I hope everyone is having a great Friday... It is another beautiful sunny California day here and I am looking forward to the weekend. Today I wanted to share a layout that was close to my heart. I truly believe we all have people in our lives that have a specific purpose. They help us live our lives to the full potential and really know that it is ok to be who we are... that we are special and important.

Layout: Fabulous Best Friends
Supplies: WOW Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Powder and WOW Brocade Stamp

Journaling: Valentina, you are my best friend and I don't think I could have gotten through the last few months without you. You have been there for me and the boys... you are part of our family. God brings people into our lives for a reason. You have helped me stay strong and find myself. You have changed me, changed me for the better. I am so thankful that you are my best friend.

Notes: I used the Brocade stamp to emboss my patterned paper and then I also used a Martha Stewart punch to cut out the birds too.

I hope you enjoy your weekend...

Diana McGraw

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Summertime Mini

Hello WOW fans!  Jan here today to share a fun little summertime mini album.   The bright colors of summer are tucked inside the pages.  I decided to use coordinating embossing powders in Gummy Bear Green, Sour Lemon, Regular and Opaque Pastel Blue.  The sweet flowers stamps are "Gratitude Stampset 2".
Hope you're able to enjoy some summertime fun with your friends and family.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life - Pablo Picasso

Hi everyone!

My name is Birgit Koopsen, I'm from the Netherlands and I'm a WOW! educator/US WOW! Design Team member.
I am  happy to be guest blogging here today and I would like to show you that WOW! embossing powders are perfect to use in mixed-media projects.
The project I'm sharing with you was created using WOW! embossing powders & stamps, Fab Foil and bonding powder.

The base for this project was a plain piece of wood from the DIY-store, measuring 18.5 x 29.5 x 1.8cm.
I first randomly stamped on the wood using stamp set 11 - French Music.
Then I spray painted the wood with a variety of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist colors.
It's important the whole piece is completely dry before you move on.
I made my own masks punching out circles in 3 sizes from pieces of cardstock and used the negatives.
I created circles on the background filling the masks with Versamark using a piece of blending foam, then sprinkled the circles with bonding powder and heated them. I placed the white foil on top, heated the circle spots lightly again and rubbed the foil in. The firmer you rub and the better you let the bonding powder cool down the better the foil sticks. But I like a distressed look so in some places I took the foil of before it cooled down which made the background shine through.

After that I added dots on and around the white circles using punchanella/sequin waste and Versamark and added pink foil to them the same way as i did with the white circles. Although the white foil didn't stick everywhere the bonding powder is still there so when I added the pink foil some of it stuck to the open spaces in the white circles making it look even more distressed. Love that!

To get the copper brushstrokes of foil I added Versamark to the background with a wide brush, then added bonding powder and copper foil.
To make the little butterflies I used the same technique as with the circles. I punched out the butterfly from a piece of cardstock and used the negative. This time I let the foil cool down completely before removing it getting a perfect butterfly print. I put the mask back on top of the butterflies and stamped on top using the Funky Border Strips - ME Clear Stamp Set.

I used stamp set 1 - Is it a bird? for the trees. Stamped them with Versamark and then embossed them with Primary Ebony regular. Because the stems were to short I used an embossing pen to make them the right height. I also used the Ebony powder to cover the sides of the wood. and for the little hearts at the top.
To get a little more texture I added several colors of Stazon ink using star shape and dotted punchanella.
Finally I stamped the 2 little birds (also from Is it a bird?), drew with a black pen around the white circles and added the quote.

I really hope you like my post and got inspired to use your WOW! products in mixed media projects!

Wishing you a wonderful day!
Happy crafting!

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Tulip Fairy Thank You Card

Hello from hot and humid Texas!! Anne here with a thank you card featuring an adorable fairy by one of my favorite illustrators, Phee McFaddell, that I colored with Copics, and using lots of WOW Embossing Powder.  At 6" x 8", this one is a bit larger than the 6" square and 5" x 7" cards I normally make.  I did this for a couple of reasons. First I wanted plenty of the patterned paper to show and also because I wanted to use both a dry and a wet embossing technique on the oval behind the fairy and I needed quite a bit of that pattern to be visible as well.

The first thing I did was to dry emboss a piece of white cardstock using a Cuttlebug folder and inking the side on which the pattern is debossed with pink chalk ink.  The pink ink was transferred from the folder to the paper in the process.  Then I rubbed across the raised pattern with my Versamark Embossing pad, being careful not to press too hard so as to prevent the embossing powder from sticking to the debossed areas.  Then I sprinkled the Bright White WOW Embossing Powder over it, turned it over and tapped the paper to remove the excess powder, and used my heat tool to melt the powder.  Then I used oval dies to cut the embossed piece, a pink mat and a black mat. I love the effect of the white on a soft-colored background because it reminds me of a hand-carved cameo.

I also used Primary Ebony powder and my WOW stamp set called "Gratitude" to create the greeting and the ticket. The black flourishes are also embossed with the Primary Ebony Powder. I added a mulberry rose, a few velvet hydrangea blossoms and some pearls and Voila! A finished card fit for a queen! Thanks for visiting the WOW blog today.  I hope that all of you who are fortunate enough to attend CHA will stop by the WOW booth and say hello to our lovely Suzy and Design Team ladies.  I just know you'll be inspired by all the eye candy they'll have on display.  For more information about this card, please visit my personal blogHappy crafting, everyone!!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Synchronized swimming in the bath tub

Hello, Doris here. What a exciting time to be in the UK! I took the Olympics as my inspiration for today’s blue red and white post. As I have always been enthralled by synchronized swimming. Where else to start practicing but in your own bathtub!!

This is a journal I often give away as a present and this is No. 76 in my challenge to make 101 journals. Of course it is made of recycled carton. I cut the grid and mirror out on my trusty Silhouette. The bathtub is one of my favourite dies, it always fuels my imagination. The legs I draw by hand and I am getting better :)

Using embossing powders, I managed to get the bathroom feel. But I had to distress it a bit - cleaning is not a priority when one is practicing for the Olympics!

What would your invented Olympic Sport be?

And here are some more I have done in the past:

Monday, 25 June 2012

How About a WOW Guy Page?!?!

Hi! Patti here, and I'm going to share a boy page today!!! I know, I usually do girly pages, but I have two boys as well!! They're just camera shy. Seriously they run from the camera, but they have grown up with it!

I've used the Suzy West Pantry collection powders for this page. I started off by inking some small bubble wrap and embossing the background paper with the Earthtone Blueberry.

I used the Earthtone Honey and Paprika on the title letters. And I added the Earthtone Nutmeg on the gears. I also used more of the Earthtone Blueberry on two of the gears as well.

Here is another close-up of the gears. I used a piece of burlap behind them as a border.

Here is one last close-up, you can see the title letters an the gears. I love how these colors matched the Bo-Bunny paper here. They were absolutely perfect!

I have used a lot of embossing powder, and I really do love how the WOW powders turn out, the colors are  so vibrant, and the coverage is superior. I hope you check them out if you haven't already! And don't forget to check back tomorrow to see what else we have in store for you! Thanks for dropping by, we appreciate your visit!

British Themed Gift...

Hello Wow blog readers...

It's Sarah here and I've been playing with the Wow stamps and embossing powders to create a fabulous British themed project. With all the wonderful celebrations that we had earlier this month, I was invited along to a themed Jubilee party and encouraged to wear Red, White & Blue. I sorted my outfit but wanted something unique to complete the look and that's when I had the idea of creating my own earrings...

Looking at the telephone box from the 'Call Me' Wow Stamp Set, I thought if this was used on Heat Shrink paper, it would become the perfect size for some cool British themed earrings.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Resist With WOW Embossing Powders and Ink

Hello all,  well I'm back home now which is awesome, but I must say I had the best time away.  I learnt so much from the Tim Holtz educators course.  Today I am going to share a technique that I use often.  Working with Embossing Powders as a  resist and then adding inks to bring it out.  You can use other products such as chalk if you don't own any inks.  
Here we go.
Get together some embossing powder, I have used WOW Embossing Powder Clear Gloss Super Fine for this project. Stamps, I have used the Gratitude stamp set from WOW, clear Versa Mark, Distress Stain, a mixture of colored inks, I love my distress inks and have used Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Broken China and Vintage Photo.  You will need a heat gun, some water and a damp cloth.  A non stick, heat resistant craft mat and card to work on.
 Start by stamping on your card with Versa Mark. Remember to refresh Versa Mark after each stamp.
 My stamp is black in the photo as I like to prime my stamps with a pigment ink,  one I can see better where I stamp and secondly when I use ink it spreads evenly when I stamp.
 Cover you whole card and then pour the clear Embossing Powder over the whole of card.  I just tilt my card up and let the powder run down onto a spare sheet of paper and pop it back into jar.  Don't tap card hard as this will cause the embossing powder to fall off, of course if you want a real distressed look that would be fine :-)
 Heat your embossing powder with your heat gun,  watch those fingers as the gun is very hot, ouchies.
 Let your embossing powder set which only takes a second or two and then apply Distress Stain all over your card.  Here I have used Antique Linen for my first layer.
 if you have excess stain like here,  get a small sponge and spread over,  or you can use your finger if you don't mind getting a bit of ink on them.
 Once you have heat set the distress stain,  start adding more layers of colours using your inks,  always start at the side of your mat and used circular motions to add colour to card.  This avoids and square blotches  to your work.
 This is what I have done adding my second layer,  its not finished yet,  more layers to be added.
 Spritz some water onto your hands and allow the water to drip off onto your card. 
 Heat set water,  if you feel you want more water marks, repeat above step, or if you feel you have added to much water add some more in. 
 Once you have got your desired look,  finish it off by adding another layer,  this time just round the edges with Vintage Photo to frame your work.  
 Get a damp cloth and lightly swipe over the embossed areas.  This will take any ink off that is sitting on top of your embossing and give you a cleaning looking project.
 Heat set
 And lastly embellish.  Here you can see the one I just completed and one that I am working on for a gift for a very special friend.  Sorry its not the whole project, as I want it to be a surprise!  Happy embossing everyone.  Hope you enjoyed my little tutorial.  If there is something in particular you would like a tutorial on, please fell free to email  at or leave a comment! Happy Scrappin!  xox Donna

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