Denim brooch using Boquet Bigz L die

I love it when I can use my Stampin’ Up supplies for more than paper crafting. It makes me feel not so guilty of my crafting hoard. Anyone else there too? I have 3 teenage boys that go through clothes like there is no tomorrow. I try to upcycle them when possible. I used the Boquet Bigz L die to cut the solid flower out using my Big Shot and stacked them alternating the petals. I then just tacked them in place with a needle and thread using an X stitch. I then attached the rhinestone monogram using the button loop on the back. I love the way the upcycled denim ruffled. This lovely brooch went fabulous with my blue denim striped maxi dress and white cardigan!

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Be a Star


My card today is a clean and simple or CAS card. I used the sketch from Freshly made sketches as the inspiration for this card. I think it would work great for a child’s birthday or even a teen boy.  I stayed pretty close to the inspiration piece as you can tell.  This is only my second challenge and the first with Freshly Made but I’m looking forward to many more.


I used a whisper white card base with a whisper white mat. I inked the edges with tangerine tango and I also stamped with Midnight Muse. The stamps I used all came from the Stampin’ Up Be a Star stamp set. I love the stamp sets that have matching framelits or punches. Cutting the stars with the framelits is so quick and easy.

On a personal note I hope everyone is getting a lot accomplished this weekend. Our family worked in the yard all day yesterday and got a lot done. I’m so lucky to have some strong teenage boys! They were a huge help. I got to spend a little bit of time at my craft table and that always makes for a good day. Today I am off to visit my dads new church for their friends and family day. Have a great day and hope to see you tomorrow.

The Wilderness Awaits

Good afternoon everyone! This is blog post number five and I’m still figuring out my online voice. I wanted to post a really interesting patina technique today that I found online and changed up a little. I searched for about an hour this morning and could not find the original link. If I stumble across it later I will post.  

 
The Wilderness Awaits Tutorial

  1. Cut an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of Delightful Dijon card stock in half lengthwise at 4.25 inches. Fold in half to form your card base. 
  2. Cut a pice of Crumb Cake card stock to 4 inches by 5.25 inches. 
  3. Place in the new Boho Chic embossing folder and run through the Big Shot. 
  4. Sponge island indigo ink onto the embossed piece in random areas. Blend well and then do the same with Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke ink. 
  5. Use the splatter stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and stamp the edges of the embossed piece with Versamark. Sprinkle the Versamark with Gold embossing powder and tap off the excess. Heat the embossing powder with an embossing gun until it shines. 
  6. Adhere the embossed piece to the card base. 
  7. Cut an oval out of Whisper White card stock and an oval matt out of Soft Suede card stock.
  8. Stamp the fox from The Wilderness Awaits stamp set on the white oval using Chocolate Chip ink. 
  9. Fill a Aqua Pen with rubbing alcohol. Take your Cajun Craze ink pad squish it to get some ink on the inside of the lid. Use the Aqua Pen to pick up ink and color the fox adding shadows and highlights where needed. Do the same with Always Artichoke ink to color the grass. I used a tiny bit of Chocalate chip ink on the foxs eyes. 
  10. Use a sponge to lightly sponge the edges of the white oval with Pool Party ink.
  11. Adhere the fox to the Soft Suede oval and center and adhere to your card front. 
  12. Stamp the sentiment from The Wilderness Awaits on a scrap piece of soft suede card stock and cut into a pennant. Adhere to the bottom left of the ovals as shown. 

This was a beautiful technique for my card classes.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.