Well I am back safe and sound from a fabulously fun and exciting weekend in Brisbane at the Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Event and I can now share with you the projects that I have been working on for the past few months. I was so lucky to be asked to be one of the demonstrators on the ‘Wheels’ table in the Product Playground and it was great to work right along side Tina Parsons and Megan Kinsey.
I made a few different projects to showcase the ‘Wheels’ from Stampin’ Up! but the projects that by far got the most comments were the suite of Home Decor projects that I made to feature the Etruscan Elegance wheel from the Holiday Catalogue. When I was first told by Cate that Etruscan Elegance was a wheel that Stampin’ Up! would liked featured in our displays I was a little concerned because it is in the catalogue as a ‘Halloween’ stamp and I really have never done projects for halloween and didn’t know how I was going to achieve something using that stamp. However, my ‘Black and White Elegance’ theme finally came together and I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I used the wheel in a few different ways to make my final collection.
For the photo frame I have ‘wheeled’ on Whisper White cardstock and then stuck these panels to some strips of Basic Black card stock. A quick ‘mitre’ of the corners and then sticking them to a cheap $4 frame and I was almost there. I also wanted to feature some of the ‘halloween’ ribbon from the Holiday Catalogue so made a flower embellishment for the frame and finished it with a Vintage Faceted Button (love love love these buttons!). For the picture in the frame I ‘masked’ an area to place the Eiffel Tower image from the Artistic Etchings stamp set and then I used the ‘Journalling’ wheel in the lower right hand corner. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to place the tower in the blank space and embossed it with Black embossing powder. Some Vellum Cardstock stamped with my greeting and a touch more ‘halloween’ ribbon completed this project.
I had a lot of people ask how I decorated this ‘Paris’ sign and really it is a little too easy once you know how. I used some plain white crafting paint to put a couple of base coats over the mdf sign and then used the Etruscan Elegance wheel to place a pattern all over some cheap plain white tissue paper. I then spread a nice layer of modge podge over the sign and placed the tissue paper over the sign. I did another layer of modge podge over the top to seal it. I used more Striped Satin Ribbon (the halloween ribbon as I call it LOL!) to cover the edges of the sign to complete the look. See I told you it was easy.
The most asked about project for the day was definitely my modified lamp and it was the project I was most nervous about. For the lamp I just bought a cheap lamp shade and stand from ‘Target’, I stripped the ‘cover from the shade and removed the tacky looking crystals from the lamp base. I replaced the crystals with some Vintage Faceted Buttons (of course) and a little of the halloween ribbon, much better don’t you think? To make the ‘shade’ I cut six ‘panels’ of Vellum Cardstock and used the Etruscan Elegance wheel with a Basic Black ink cartridge to wheel my design across the bottom edge of each panel. Because ink takes a little while to dry on vellum I used this to my advantage and sprinkled the wet ink with Clear Embossing Powder and set it with the Heat Tool. I used sticky strip to attach the panels to my lamp shade frame. I tried to match the panels as best I could to get a continued pattern around the shade. I finish it off I took some ribbon and ran it down the join between panels and around the top and bottom of the lamp.
I did make a few other projects featuring some other wheels from Stampin’ Up! and I will share these with you in the coming days. Thank you to everyone who stopped by at my table to say ‘Hi!’, I think I managed to give most of you my ‘badge’ for spending time with me! Also a big ‘Thank You’ to those that just stopped me during the day for a chat, I LOVED meeting you all.