Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DIY Baby Gift with Therm O Web Deco Foil

I recently went to a wonderful baby shower with a forest friends theme.  For one of my gifts I decided to create a couple of one of a kind, DIY onesies for the baby using Deco Foil from Therm O Web.

I knew I had a couple of Spellbinders dies that would be perfect: Foxy and Hedgehog.  I pulled out my Hot Melt Adhesive and Copper Deco Foil and started to play!

It is such a simple process and the directions on the Hot Melt Adhesive package are easy to follow!

  • Create a design using a punch, die cut, or an electronic cutter. Note: If used with a die cut or punch, cover the adhesive (rough side) with the included parchment paper prior to cutting or punching.
  • Place design onto project with adhesive (rough side) face down and cover with included parchment paper.
  • Pre-heat iron to a medium setting, no steam. Place and hold the iron on the parchment paper with adhesive design underneath for 30 seconds.  Repeat until entire surface is bonded.
  • Remove parchment paper and allow to cool. (at least 5 minutes)

  • Peel off liner from design.

  • Cut a piece of  Deco Foil slightly larger than the design and place it on top of the adhesive design with the color side facing UP.
  • Cover with a piece of parchment paper.
  • Iron the project slowly with firm pressure for 30-40 seconds.
  • Remove parchment paper and allow to cool completely. (At least 5 minutes!)

  • Peel foil transfer sheet away from adhesive design.

Check out that clean, crisp image!  Be sure to save the remnant Deco Foil because you can use it on other projects.

I wanted to add a word so I pulled out my PEGZ alphabet stamps and built the word "VIXEN" in all capitals.  They click into place and are pretty stable, but I do wrap a bit of washi tape around the edge to make sure things stay in place when I stamp.

I used Archival Black ink and inserted a piece of foam inside the onesie to keep the ink from bleeding through and to allow a nice impression from the stamp.  Voila!

Super easy!  I repeated the steps using Spring Green Deco Foil and my Hedgehog die...

...and then added the word "hedgeHUGS" with my PEGZ stamps.  This time I mixed it up and used some lowercase letters just for fun.

I have to say that momma-to-be was tickled!

Seriously, the hardest thing about this project is making yourself wait for the project to cool between steps...or maybe choosing which color of Deco Foil you want to use!

Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foil - Spring Green, Copper
Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foil Hot Melt Adhesive
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Inspire Dies -  Foxy, Hedgehog
Mason Row Pegz American Typewriter Stamps - Uppercase, Lowercase
Ranger Archival Ink, black
Gerber Onesie

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Monday, September 25, 2017

Encaustic Panel with Quick Quotes Serenade

Today I am excited to share my very first encaustic project - a mixed media panel featuring paper from the Quick Quotes Serenade Collection!

I really enjoy playing in mixed media and learning new techniques so I was thrilled when a girlfriend, Deborah Mahnken, offered to teach a small group of creative friends the basics of encaustic. We were hosted by Pam Keravouri at her beautiful, light-filled studio.

Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment) that is kept molten on a heated palette.  It is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated to fuse the wax and layers.

I started with a 5"x 5" panel and a layer of clear encaustic.  I tore a piece of Serenade 100 paper from Quick Quotes into a 4.75" square and centered it on the panel.  I added another layer of encaustic and fused it together.

Encaustic is all about layering so I added a small square of complimentary paper from my stash. I wanted to keep things simple so I just added one more pop of color by applying blue encaustic through a piece of punchinella.

Don't you just love the dimension?  My intention was to turn this into a mixed media piece so I buffed the surface and set it aside as I turned my attention to photos.

As a member of the Quick Quotes Design Team I was gifted with a printer to use for my projects.  The Canon Pixma TS6020 comes with Image Garden Software and I really love it!  Last month I created a photo collage using the Travel & Leisure 9 template.  I was able to create a collage with 5 photos and custom journaling and print the whole thing out as a 5"x7" photo, which I then used on a layout - you can see it HERE. I am using the same template this month to achieve a completely different look!

In the template, the photos look like mini polaroids.  I often use small photos in my projects and this template is a brilliant way to quickly create those pictures with the added bonus of custom journaling!

I created the collage and printed it out as a 5" x 7".

The template does create a slight overlap of the polaroid images, but it is very simple to trim them out and square them up.

I added a piece of ribbon from a Quick Quotes Ribbon Grab Bag behind the photo and then finished things off with washi tape and a charm from my stash. Here's another look at the finished panel:

We had a wonderful time at Pam's beautiful studio and here is a little snapshot of my creative friends with our encaustic panels.

 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Serenade 100
Ribbon Grab Bag

Canon Printer:
Canon Pixma TS6020

Other Supplies:
Ampersand encausticbord 5"x5"
R&F Encaustic paints
Natural fiber brushes
washi tape
metal charm

Friday, September 15, 2017

Coffee Time with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalking Inks

The Quick Quotes Design Team is participating in the Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!  I am sharing a card that features some wonderful "coffee colored" PowderPuff Chalking Inks from Quick Quotes!

I started by stamping a coffee bean background using Java.

I stamped a doll image on watercolor paper with archival black ink.  I chose Latte PowderPuff Chalking Ink to provide the skin tone on my stamped image. I stamped the ink onto my craft mat, spritzed on some water and used a paintbrush to watercolor the image.

In the same manner, I water colored the hair with Java.

The jacket was colored with Bora Bora and the dress was colored with Slate.

I stamped the sentiment in black ink and then added the coffee mug, colored with Bora Bora, on top.

The finishing touch was the sprinkling of blue and brown rhinestones.

Quick Quotes Supplies:
PowderPuff Chalking Inks- Java, Latte, Slate, Bora Bora

Other Supplies:
Darkroom Door Stamps - Coffee Time
Taylored Expressions - A Hug in a Mug
Prima/Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamp - Natalie
Want2Scrap Rhinestones - Baby Blue, Smokey Brown
Archival Ink, black
Watercolor paper

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play!
~ Susie

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mixed Media Cards with PowderPuff Chalking Inks from Quick Quotes

One of my favorite things about Quick Quotes is that they create coordinating inks and embellishments for their collections.  Today I pulled out my  TCWstencils and created these fun and easy mixed media cards using PowderPuff Chalking Inks and Die Cut Stickers.

I started by adhering a stencil onto white cardstock with washi tape and selecting a some inks:

I used a sponge to apply Peach Tree ink through the stencil.

I change out the stencil and used a darker ink, Sunset, to add another layer.

Here's a peek at the layered image.  Pretty cool, right?

All it needed to finish things off is a Die Cut Sticker.  I actually popped it up with some chipboard before adhering it to the card.

For the next card I chose SeaBrook and Aqua.  I created the main image with the darker Aqua and then lightly sponged in Seabrook in the background.

I inked in some details using a black pen before adding another perfect sentiment with a Die Cut Sticker.

For the final card I used Baby Blue, Desert Sun and Lipstick.  I also used 3 or 4 stencils to get all of the imagery I needed.

I love the sentiment on this sticker:  "Live like there is no midnight. ~ Cinderella"

I hope you are playing along with the Quick Quotes Anything Goes Challenge this month as there are prizes to be won!  You can find all of the details HERE.

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Whistlin' Dixie Die Cut Stickers
PowderPuff Chalking Inks:  Baby Blue, Desert Sun, Aqua, Seabrook, Lipstick, Peach Tree, Sunset

TCW Stencil 626s Carte Postale
TCW Stencil 586s Raven Mosaic
TCW Stencil 454s Stencil Specimen
TCW Stencil 566s Winged Exploration
TCW Stencil 355s Casey & Penelope
TCW Stencil 354s Nancy Emily Polly

Micron Pen

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!
~ Susie