Wednesday, 31 July 2013

July Challenge Winner

It is that time again.. time to announce the winner of our previous challenge (Sketch to Card or Layout). 



Shweta Patil, you have won yourself a pack of goodies from PPS. Please email us within 72 hours to claim your prize (ppsuae@gmail.com). 

Thank you all for playing along with us every month. 
xxNeelu

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Celebrate Everyday: Project Life with Marina

 Hello everyone who stops for some Project Life. It is Marina with my last installment of Celebrate Everyday.

 I hope everyone is doing well! It is very hot and we are very excited about our upcoming vacation to Portugal!! I think this year I would use Project Life to document our trip instead of Travel Book (our 2 last vacations).

And today again I would like to share my PL spread. Once again I used Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Remarks Stickers  and papers from Ready Set Go Collection by Amy Tan which are combining so well together. 


 For the date I used Amy Tan Ready Set Go Thickers Daily Two.



For decoration of my journaling cards I used Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Remarks Tiny Matte Puffy Stickers.


So here it is my Project Life pages. Album is getting quite thick already and I think I would need the second one for this year. I really hope that my posts were inspiring to you to start your own everyday memory keeping. I do this project for the third year already and I think is very doable and flexible especially now when PPS is stocking up Original Products of Becky Higgins Project Life.

That's it from me for today, see you around on PPS blog and facebook page and have a great summer everyone!!
Xox, Marina.

Supplies used:

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Video Tutorial Wednesday - Box with a Mini Album


Hi folks! Donna here for a video tutorial on how I created this box and mini-album.






Hope you liked it! Enjoy!

A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project "in less than 30 minutes"
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album June Challenge: In Less Than 30 Minutes
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS


Materials used:
Washi tapes
Hear arts accennt pearls - lavender, pink, green
Finding Nana's flairs
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Tea dye
Flowers, butterfly chipboard (Prima)
Twine
Doily
Button
Lace trims
Tulle
Thread
Brads
O-ring

Monday, 22 July 2013

Tutorial Monday - Using Hero Arts inks


Today I am going to show you a few uses of Hero Arts Dye Inks.
 I have two Shadow Inks - the muted 'soft canteloupe' and the mid-tone 'cornflower'
 and the darker Dye Ink 'Brown Bark'. These three colours compliment each other beautifully!


1. Just Plain Stamping

I am going to use mainly acrylic stamps from the following stamp sets:-


Here I have added stamps to my Fiskars Stamp Press -
 I find this an excellent way of positioning stamps to stamp on a straight line
 or to repeat in the same configuration.
I am stamping on plain white card to demonstrate the colours.




Here are the images...when wet they look a little uneven and splotchy -
 as they dry, they smooth out giving a consistent colour and a less vibrant look. 



The inks are great for solid background stamps as in the flower
 but are also good for text and more detailed stamps. 



2. Stamping with different colours across the stamp


The stamp is placed on an acrylic block and then ink applied in turn from each pad
 making a gradation of colour across it.  



3. Tone on tone and distressing

Stamping the ink on a toning cardstock gives a very pleasing effect!
This time the stamp is placed on an acrylic block of an appropriate size -
 a small stamp requires a small block.



Each flower has been stamped on a toning cardstock and then the punched circle
 has been distressed around the edges using the same ink pad and a distressing tool.



4. Distressed background and watermark

Using the distressing tool and each ink pad in turn, colour is added to the 'topnote' shape. 
The foam base of the tool is applied to the ink and then using a circular motion
 and starting on the non-stick mat colour is gradually applied.



This could then be overstamped or a watermark added.
To make a watermark a suitable stamp is inked with Versamark or another 'sticky' embossing ink.
 It is then spritzed with water and applied to the background.
 After drying with a heat gun a pattern will appear.



5. Stamping a background

Using a suitable stamp the Shadow inks can be used as a muted background
 e.g. this lovely Hero Arts Lotus Background stamp


I have used 'soft canteloupe' and a wood block mounted stamp for this background.
 As the shadow inks are waterproof, water colour paints could be now added or it could be overstamped.


6. Overstamping

Here I have prepared a background using a Gelli plate and acrylics but the backgrounds suggested above would work equally well.
I have used one of my favourite rubber stamps on a  large acrylic block.
This is an Indigo Blu stamp called 'Blazing Poppies' and I have used the Brown Bark to stamp it!



So, I have shown you some techniques you might use with these inks - 
but what to do with these small samples - 
well maybe a card like this: -

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Finally I would like to share with you a picture of some of my cards
 stamped with 'soft canteloupe' -
 I think this is my favourite ink pad at the moment and certainly
 the poppy stamps are my favourite stamps!




I hope you like my ideas!
Happy Crafting!


Materials Used

Ink Pads
Hero Hues Shadow Ink - Soft Canteloupe
Hero Hues Shadow Ink - Cornflower

Stamp Sets
Pebbles Happy Birthday

Tools
Big Shot and Topnote Die
Non-stick Mat
Distressing Tools
Fiskars Stamp Press
Circular punch

Sundry items of cardstock, stamps and embellishments from my stash

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Product Spotlight: Washi Tapes


Hi Pretty ladies,Louella here for another Tutorial.

Today, I would like to share with you some tips on how you can use that amazing Tim Holtz Tissue Tape and washi tapes that you have bought or want to buy, but are unsure of how to make it work for you...... 

Isn't that what it's all about- making your product work for you?!!!

THE SECRET OF THIS CRAFT SUPPLY SOLVED!
You've probably seen it on Pinterest a million times or read about it on your favorite DIY or crafting blog, but what is washi tape anyway... and why is everyone so in love with it? Well, be prepared, because your washi tape obsession is about to begin!

 
Often called wasabi tape by mistake, washi tape does originate from Japan, so we can see how the two terms are easily confused! But, washi tape has nothing to do with the spicy condiment that you eat with your sushi. The best way we can describe washi tape is that it feels like masking tape — very, very pretty masking tape. It's made of paper, but is not as delicate as you would expect. Plus, it comes in patterns and designs that will make even the most dedicated crafters swoon and varying widths to allow you to create some fun and intricate washi tape designs.
Washi tape is typically made from natural fibers, such as bamboo or hemp, but most commonly from the bark of trees that are native to Japan — the mulberry, the mitsumata shrub or the gampi tree. Most washi tapes are strong (as strong as duct tape in some cases!) and functional as well as pretty, making them wonderful for both everyday and decorative use.

OK, so you have your washi tape in hand... but now, what are you suppose to do with it? 

To get you started, here are some of our favorite ideas:





Then I will share with you my Layout using my favorite washi tapes from Pretty Paper Studio.

Ready?

First you will want to place down your tape in small strips down the page.... making it look haphazard and overlapping some here and there.


Once that is done you can begin to drip your mists and paints down. You will want to build with each now color having it look as if it is dripping down the page. These steps help the tape look as if it was a part of the patterned paper and was meant to be together the whole time!


 Then I went back over it with MORE misting. You know me- I can't have enough art mediums!!
Below is how it looks once my background treatment is complete. I also do some subtle stamping in the background here and there. I add my favorite where I think I would like it to be.

 Then I added some strips of tape on the sides and in the background.
 
Then I cut some doilies with washi tapes on the side.


Add some of your favorite embellishments and your are DONE!
What a fun look that Tim Holtz Tape gives! WOW!

Close ups of the final product.




I hope you will give your Tim Holtz Tissue Tape and Washi tapes a try and come up with some fun and exciting new ways to blend and work with this awesome versatile product!
If you're a scrapbooker, washi tape is going to be your new obsession, and we hardly have to tell you how you can put it to work when making books to hold memories. Most washi tapes are acid-free, making them scrapbook-safe!

XOXO,
Lou

Materials Used:



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A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card using the provided sketches.
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album July Challenge: From Sketch to Card / Page
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: July 30, 2013
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS

Monday, 15 July 2013

Tutorial Monday: Such a great day to be with friends


Hi all, Donna here to share with you another page I created using this month's scrapbook layout sketch.


Gather your supplies. I used Crate Paper's DIY shop collection and some other stuff in my layout. Even before I started my page, I already have ideas what to do with it. Plus the use of the sketch made is easier as well.

I matted one of the Maggie Holmes' fabric stitched frames with a striped paper. I like the bold contrast it creates.

I love to use the edge borders of each patterned paper. You just have to be patient fuzzy cutting these scalloped edges.


Cut another strip from one of the patterned paper and crumple it as seen in the image. Or if you don't like this look, you can skip the crumpling.


Cut some more strips and pieces of papers, following elements in the sketch.

Prep up your background by dabbing/brushing thin layer of distress stain on it. Then spritz with glimmer mist.

After it has dried up, use a stencil and texture paste to add texture in the center of the background cardstock.

Cut 3 pcs of circles in different sizes. Shape them in flowers and grunge it up with Distress inks.


Use a rubon tool and a stick to roll up the edges of the flowers. 

End up with something similar to this.

Create more flowers.


Some close up shots...




and this is my finished page.... notice, I flipped the sketch. Another perspective and I like how it turned out. Add more elements if you like. Like the strip of papers I did in the upper left and lower right of my page.


Thanks for dropping by! Hope you get inspired and join us again in this month's challenge!

Materials used:
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Broken china and Tea dye
Twine
Texture paste
Doily
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A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card using the provided sketches.
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album July Challenge: From Sketch to Card / Page
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: July 30, 2013
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS