Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Yummy Yucky Peasoup

Hello there! It's Riikka here again this time with a very green creation! Almost from winter to spring, compared to my previous page! 

I do most of my pages about my two girls. Or maybe I should say used to do most of my pages about them as I've been really focused on making pages about myself lately. It's partly because I realized how little I know about my mom before she became a mom and partly because a workshop I took called "My Details". So I've been documenting memories and little details about myself that just have popped into my mind. Those that might not come up in any conversation that together paint a picture of me. This page is one of those "popped" subjects.

As a little child I really disliked pea soup. It was yucky looking green mash and the taste wasn't that great either. But every now and then we had it anyway either in our family or in my grandmother's and I tasted some and then filled my tummy with bread. 

Slowly though I came accustomed to the taste and while in elementary school I actually had accustomed to the taste so much that I listed pea soup as my favorite food! Not the pizzas and burgers my peers wrote but pea soup! I guess the pancakes that were the usual dessert in school after pea soup played some part in the story, but still. 

I started the layout by adding Glimmer Glaze to the background paper and then adding Embossing Glitters to the sticky surface. After embossing those I added another embossed layer by using a circular stencil. I imagined the different sized circles would resemble peas. 

It seemed that the background still lacked something so I added yet another embossed layer. This time I used glue as the sticky substance to hold the powder in place. I squeezed the glue bottle very lightly and made thin circles with it moving the nozzle slowly around the page. On top of the glue I then sprinkled the embossing powder and then heated it. The outcome isn't as smooth as using embossing ink, but it makes a great little dimensional detail to the page. 

So you don't always have to use embossing ink to get your powder to stuck on a project! With this project I encourage you to experiment with different adhesives and also document yourself! Those might be just the pages you and your family will cherish later!

Thank you for your time! Wishing you a lovely day!

WS56 Sensational Sage WS60R Mint Mojito WJ03 Olive WM05 Pastel Yellow WK09 Sunny Yellow

Who am I? I'm a Finnish mixed media style scrapbooker who has been doing pages since 2009. Scrapbooking layouts are my passion, but I also enjoy doing canvases, cards and ATCs. Sometimes I even challenge myself with minialbums. You can visit my blog here (link) and also find me on several social medias like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. You are welcome to take a look! Hugs, Riikka

Monday, 29 September 2014

Ultimate Classic Masculine Card

Happy Monday! Nicole here and I am sharing a super simple and neat masculine card. I know lots of card makers have a hard time when it comes to cards for men, so I thought I would share something fun and easy today.

This literally took me about 5 min to create, so you can easily duplicate this. You can also alternate colors to create a set and make it a nice, thank you card gift for everyone. 

I started with a white cardstock cut at 4 x 5 1/4 and stamped the Sexi-Hexi Background Stamp Set with Versamark Ink Pad. Then I used the Clear Gloss Regular embossing powder and heat set the stamped area. Since the stamp set is quite big, you want to put the paper on top of the stamp and rub it to get a clear image, rather than stamping it in a regular way. 

I wanted to create a metallic look so I took out a silver ink pad and rubbed it all over the paper. I loved how it turned out!! I highly recommend giving this technique a try, this is a great way to maximize your ink pads and it's an easiest way to customize the paper with a color you love.

You can see the slick, clean look the layer gives. I simply added a black cardstock as a card base, and cut out 1/2 tall black card strip for the sentiment. For the "Thinking of you" greeting, I used the Express Yourself Stamp Set and heat embossed it with the Opaque Bright White Regular embossing powder for a nice pop.

I hope you enjoyed today's card. This heat emboss raised look will give any card a nice umph. Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, 26 September 2014

My favourite things

Hello all, Nataliya is here!
I have long wondered what I love the most. But have not decided :)
So I'll tell you about a few of my favourite things:
- embossing glitter
- metallic powder
- making background
And, of course, I love butterflies :)

In this card I used a lot of WOW! EP :)
First of all, Red Metalline for the base and chipboard frame;
Vanilla White for an inscription;
Vintage Romance & Melt-It! Powder for dots;
Vintage Candy Cane to create a background;and Collage stamp for the tag.

And some tips for you, about how I made this background :)
Step1 - blots

Step2 - masking

Step3 - sprinkle the powder

Step4 - stamping

Step5 - more blots with another color

Have a good day with your favorite things :)

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Love You Tag

Hello lovely WoW fans :)  This is Jenifer here with you today to share my favorite technique.
 One of my favorite things to make lately is large tags.  The larger size gives me a little bit more room to decorate and add all of my favorite things.  Let me show you my favorite technique to give my projects a little bit of extra sparkle.
 I like to take my bare kraft tag and give it a quick coat of white paint.  I then use the De-vine stamp, I use this stamp so much it is rarely off the stamp block.  Use versamark for the stamp and then add Wow Ultra shimmer embossing powder and heat set.  This will give you a wonderful subtle base.

The next step is to spray wit your favorite spray, I used fireworks from Imagine Crafts, it has this wonderful iridescence to it making it look like fairy wings.

Now with your base done you can add all of your fun elements.  Flowers, ribbons, doilies beautiful bits from the Wow Moulds. 
Thank you so much for looking at my project today, make sure to stop by for the rest of the month to check out the rest of the teams favorite techniques.

Wow Supplies used: 
Ultra Shimmer Embossing Glitter
Bright White
De-Vine Stamp

Other Supplies used:
Flowers-Ruby Rock-It
May Arts Ribbons
Imagine Crafts

Monday, 22 September 2014

My Favourite.....Everything?!

Trish here, sharing a project using this months theme...'My Favourite' !
When I was deciding what to do this month, I came to the conclusion that I should just do *everything* that is my favourite.....so here it is!
All my favourite things! Loads of colour, loads of paint, stamping, stripes and a lot of Embossing Powder!
The background has been smeared with different colours of paint, then has been stamped...
I used black ink and white paint for my stamping, and used the text from the 'call me' set, and the dots and checkerboard from the 'Funky Border Strips' set.
I created three pansies using clear ultra high powder, and Calypso Embossing Glitter. I love the pansy mould, makes a fab flower!
As well as using stripy stems (second only to stripy legs as a firm favourite thing!), I used black ultra high powder to create a splatter effect....
My last favourite thing is to use a quirky bit of text to finish off.....
I hope you like it...lots of my favourite things all put together in one colourful, painty panel!
See you soon, Trish xxxxx

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Favourite Things

Hi Everyone

This month over at WOW HQ is for us to let you know what one of our favourite techniques is.  Mine with WOW is using the reverse bleaching technique

  1. Ink entire surface of panel with distress ink (works best with mid-tone distress inks: not too dark or too light)
  2. Take solid stamp (De-Vine, flowers or brocade) and ink and stamp with embossing ink
  3. Take another stamp (use French Music in this case to save time) ink that up with a darker ink and kiss stamps to leave impression on solid stamp.
  4. Clear embossing powder: sprinkle, tap, heat, Wow!
  5. Mist entire tag with water and “lift” the colour with paper towel
  6. Embossed image will retain colour
  7. Leave as it is, or use craft iron and another paper towel to remove embossing powder.

  Have a great time using this technique


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Two Tags using the Melted powder technique

Hello everyone

For my September project I've made two tags using my favourite technique with WoW powders.

I love using my melt pot so I cut out two tags, melted some embossing powders and poured the melted powder onto the tags.

Once cool I re-heated each one with my heat gun swirling the colours around letting the heat do the work to form patterns.

I embedded a metallic charm into each and then stamped into the tags using the DeVine stamp.

A simple process but each one comes out differently every time. So much fun.

Give this technique a go as I'm sure you will have lots of fun making patterns with the colours and adding textures with your WoW stamps.

Products used - DeVine Stamp
                          Metallikc Copper powders
                         Metallic Pink
Melt pot and Heat gun

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

De-vine canvas

Hi there,
It's Nikki here from the design team.... and today I wanted to share my inspiration project with you.
I have created a 4x6 canvas with the De-Vine stamp and some yummy new powders....sunset orange and calypso.

I love these new powders and the new De-Vine stamp is a must have to every stampers collection - perfect for backgrounds or using as the key focus.

Here is the project that I created

Here is my shopping list for all the yummy WOW! products that I used....

De-Vine stamp set
VersaMark ink pad
Calypso embossing glitter
Primary sunset orange regular
4x6 canvas
Heat gun

We would love to see your favourite embossing techniques. Remember to leave us a link to your blog so that we can pop on over and visit.
Till next time,
Happy crafting

Nikki x

Friday, 12 September 2014

My Favourite Things

Hi! It's Sandie here and today I am sharing a card I made featuring a few of my favourite things.

My favourite colour is Teal, followed closely by Mustard so they are the feature colours on my card. 

The card base is 105mm x 148mm. I layered on a white 100mm x 143mm white panel and a 96mm x 139mm piece of patterned paper. 

I created a smaller panel using Sexi-Hexi with Gold Pearl (Regular) powder. I cut it down to approx 82mm x 126mm and matted it onto white card just slightly bigger. I used 3D foam to adhere it to the bottom panel. 

I used the Gratitude set with Blue Topaz for the flower and Nutmeg for the sentiment ticket. Each layer is stuck down with 3D foam for lots of dimension, which is another favourite thing. 

To embellish I added some Viva Decor pearls pen around the card. 

Products Used:
Stamps: Sexi-Hexi & Gratitude

Thanks for dropping in today. For your chance to win some WOW! goodies you can enter our monthly challenge HERE


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Embossing resist and custom paper

This month we are focusing on favorites and I've got plenty of favorites on this card. I used my favorite technique, embossing resist. I also used another of my favorites for the sentiment, negative die cutting. 

I started out by stamping this months featured stamp (De-Vine, another of my favs) with Versamark embossing ink on watercolor paper and embossed it with White Pearl Embossing powder. It looks great as a resist and gives a lovely shimmer. I knew I wanted to use this months featured embossing powder, Calypso, so I used colors that would match it when I colored the background. I used distress ink on a craft mat to color the background, spritzed some water and smooshed the stamped paper in it a few times until I liked the look. It turned out really pretty. 

I die cut the sentiment out of the background and mounted it with foam squares on black cardstock to make it pop. I also adhered the in-between shapes to the sentiment. I made my own custom glitter paper by embossing strips of paper for the sides. I embossed each two times to make the powder cover and be extra glittery. It's soooo pretty! I also embossed a banner with the word birthday from the everyday sentiment set using white embossing powder on black cardstock. I really like this card and hope you do too! 


Monday, 8 September 2014

Favourite things...

Hello guys!

How is everyone?  Well I hope :)

I'm back to share my sample for this months' challenge - 'My Favourite'.  For this challenge I have gone with my favourite technique and the one that got me hooked on heat embossing - Emboss Resist.

This technique isn't anything fancy or difficult, but I think that''s why I love it!  You don't need any special tools (beyond a heat gun) and you can create some lovely effects.

Here is my card...

As you can see, this card is pretty simple but I love the firey colours against the stark white background - it makes me happy!  I heat embossed the De-Vine background stamp in Opaque Bright White Super Fine powder and then grabbed my inks and got smudging!

Once I'd finished applying the inks, I took a dry tissue and 'polished' the image.  This removes any/all of the excess ink from the embossing powder, allowing the bright white to shine through and accentuate the contrast.

The sentiments were also embossed in Opaque Bright White Super Fine powder on the black card - I love the stark contrast and how true the white of this powder is - hands down my favourite white embossing powder - EVER.

Each month WOW! showcase one powder and one stamp set - this month the powder is Calypso Embossing Glitter and the stamp is the De-Vine background stamp.  I have a made a card for you guys using both if these - this was fun to make!!

For this card, first I die cut the circular 'windows' from the card front.  I then masked the edges of the card base to ensure that I was left with a white margin around the edge before I stamped the De-Vine background onto it and used the Calypso Embossing Glitter to emboss it.

The sentiments from the Collage stamp set were then embossed using the Earthtone Blueberry powder which has a lovely matt finish.  This, I thought, was a great contrast to the super sparkly Calypso glitter.

Although it's mostly hidden in this photograph - my fault, sorry! - the base of the butterfly has the De-Vine pattern embossed in Metallic Silver Super Fine to give a little interest to him as he hides under his vellum counterpart ;)

Thank you for all those who stayed with me throughout this longer-than-usual post - you're all troopers!  Now grab your stamps and embossing powders and get on and create something that showcases your favourite - whatever that may be!

See you next time!  :)

WOW! Supplies
Stamps:    De-Vine, Collage
Powders:  Opaque Bright White (S/F), Calypso Embossing Glitter, Earthone Blueberry, Metallic Silver (S/F)

Thursday, 4 September 2014

My Favorite...Ultra Shimmer!!!

Hi, Patti here with this month's theme "Favorite". I'm going to share my favorite technique using WOW. I absolutely LOVE how the Ultra Shimmer powder can be used to showcase and entire project base using an embossing folder. I chose one of my all time favs called "Passion" by Couture Creations. This technique also uses colored pencils or markers. You need to choose very light colors for the best look.

You also need a folder that has large enough details to color in the sections. Very small and very detailed folders won't work for this tecnhique. You can see the sections clearly in this folder.

I chose to use a pastel pink colored pencil with a few green leaves filled in. This is how it will look at this stage.

Next, I took a green ink pad and inked over the entire design.

This is how it will look. I then took the Ultra Shimmer powder for the next step.

Cover the entire surface with embossing ink and sprinkle it with the powder. Shake off excess and emboss.

It will look like this. The shimmer doesn't show that well in photos, but it really sparkles and shines! It's such a pretty look!

I put this on a 5x7 pink card base, added a sentiment and ribbon and that was it!!! A really pretty card that isn't hard to do!

I have a second project to share today, since this month we are featuring the De-Vine stamp and the Calypso powder! I chose to use the Calypso powder and stamp for a background on my card. 

I chose a lighter blue cardstock to emboss and then added a sentiment sticker, a few blooms and ribbon and it made a quick, but gorgeous card!!!! All sorts of color combinations can be used like this!!!! It's a really pretty look!

I hope you liked the projects that I have today! I urge you to try either or both!!! Thank you so much for stopping by today! And please check back to see what else we have in store for you!!!

WOW Products used:

Exploring Embossing - stamping foam!

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