July 4, 2011

Free Spirit-Boy “Girl Style”

     Aloha, here is the gift I started making for my niece a year ago. I was afraid if I waited any longer to finish them they might not fit. I went through a lot of trial and error using different embossing powders and inks until I came up with something that I thought looked decent. By the time I got the first shoe done, I didn’t want to look at fun foam for a real long time.    Aloha 11

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     What I did was to stamp the hibiscus cluster from the Waltzingmouse Stamps set Free Spirit-Boy on fun foam using black pigment ink and embossing them with black embossing powder. The tip here is to use pigment ink that matches your embossing powder. I didn’t get very good results using Versamark.Aloha 10

     Because I was putting the flowers on black flip flops, I colored the backs and sides of each piece with a Black Bic Sharpie. I think this step would have been unnecessary if I used white flip flops.Aloha 9

     I colored the flowers with Copics and attached the crystals. All the pieces are arranged in the order they will be placed around the shoe’s band. I used 3 full flowers and 2 partial flowers. I embossed a total of 5 full flower trios.Aloha 5

     I used caulk on the shoe I made last year and it held up well. I thought caulk was a good choice because it is waterproof and stays flexible. I don’t know what brand I used on the other shoe (it was something different), but today the caulk wasn’t working nearly as well. Not sure if it was the type of caulk or because I was in a rush but I ended up supplementing with super glue and it turned out to be easier and seemed to bond quite well. The super glue didn’t need the elaborate clothespin set up to keep everything in place like the caulk did while it dried.

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     An additional thought I had for this project would be to try it with white embossing powder on colored fun foam.

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Free Spirit-Boy, Free Spirit-Sentiments, Bitty Banners
Ink: Memento; VersaMagic Midnight Black
Paper: PTI Kraft; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Ribbon: PTI Summer Sunrise grosgrain
i-rock Crystal Hot Rocks; Copics; Unknown gift bag; Ranger Black Super Fine Detail embossing powder; Unknown flip flops

     Thanks for checking in and for a great July release. I am anxious to see what everyone makes with their new goodies! I will have to check in with my niece this summer to see how they have held up. I’d love to know if you decide to give the flip flops a try.

July 1, 2011

WMS July Release-Day 4

     Today is the day!! Woohooo!! Waltzingmouse Stamps is releasing 8 new sets today and the design team has been giving you plenty of eye candy highlighting all the sets over the past 4 days. And the eye candy continues today, so step in time with the design team’s blog waltz.  You’ll want to start off at Claire’s blog. Thanks for following along with us. 

     My card today showcases Eat Cake. Yummm. The multi-layer cake comes in two sizes and I used the largest. There are plenty of decorations to choose from and I pretty much used them all. I didn’t use the background stamp, but boy is it a beauty. Other design team ladies have showcased it. I think it would look awesome paired with the tiara stamp from Dainty Doilies 2-Small. I kept my card real simple since my cake is a bit over the top-love it. The leaf comes from Earth Angel (an awesome set just for the fixings, not to mention the cute little angel and all her wings).

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Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Eat Cake (July ’11), Earth Angel
Ink: Memento
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Ribbon: PTI
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Your next dance partner is the fabulously creative and light on her toes Julia. Happy shopping!


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