Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!
We hope your day is filled with
love, happiness and chocolate!

From Graphic 45's blog . . .

"Now it's time for fabulous Valentines cards by Gloria Stengel and Nancy Wethington! This first awesome card was made by Gloria and it is so lovely! Gloria used our beautiful new Kraft Reflections collection to create this vibrant and lively card. Can't you just feel the love?!"
Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections Valentines Card
Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections Valentines Card
Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections Valentines Card
Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections Valentines Card
Using Copic markers (or other alcohol markers), color Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections Bed of Roses paper.
Graphic 45 paper:
Kraft Reflections: Bed of Roses, All Decked Out
Clearsnap: Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink Photogenic
Copic: various markers
Stampers Anonymous: stamp
Bazzill Basics: black, red cardstock
Maya Road: trinket pin
Wild Orchid Crafts: flowers
Craft Supply:  cream cardstock, lace, ribbon, crystals
Adhesive: Scotch 3M foam tape, tape runner; glue

"Next up is this fabulous Valentines card by Nancy Wethington. Nancy did an amazing job of combining Graphic 45 papers to create a stunning and unique statement of love. Here is what she had to say about the inspiration for this wonderful work of art! Cupid would be proud!
'Mixing beautiful Graphic 45 papers to create this 5.5" square Valentine's card was a snap. I started with Le Romantique Celebration paper for the background and used both sides to layer between bits of red cardstock.  Then die cut Enamored Embrace and red cardstock with Spellbinders Classic Ovals.  Layering images from Sweetheart of Mine and Sticker Staples, all that was needed was a title from Imaginarium.' -Nancy Wethington"

G45 Valentine 1

Graphic 45 paper:  Le Romantique: Celebration; Sweetheart of Mine; Enamored Embrace
Graphic 45 Staples: Sticker Staples
Partners:  Imaginarium Designs; Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Large (S4-111)
Other supplies:  Miscellaneous: red acrylic paint; seam binding; chipboard to pop up images; Ranger Distress Stain for edges of chipboard; Pen-Touch gold leaf pen for edge of image.

From Millsrepco's blog and Ranger Products' website . . .

Ranger MITI Necklace using Melt Art

Project: Texture Treads UTEE Necklace MITI from CHA Winter 2012


Texture Treads UTEE Necklace Craft Project Instructions

Texture Treads UTEE Necklace

Skill Level: * *
Create a lovely heart shaped necklace with Melt Art UTEE and Texture Treads!
Created by Debbie Tlach
Materials List:
• Melt Art® Melting Pot™ and Spatula
• Melt Art® Heat It Inks - Garnet
• Melt Art® Ultra Thick Embossng Enamel™ (UTEE) - Clear
• Melt Art® Mold-N-Pour
• Inkssentials™ Non-Stick Craft Sheet™
• Melt Art® Texture Treads - Scalloped Lace, Mod Swirls
• Perfect Pearls™ - Berry Twist
• Tim Holtz® idea-ology® - Jump Rings, Chain Tassels
• Heart shaped cookie cutter
• Black ribbon
• Pliers
• Razor blade
• Button or other small item to make a mold of (optional)


(1) Pour Clear UTEE into the Melting Pot. Add a pinch or 2 (about 1/8 of a teaspoon) of Berry Twist Perfect Pearls and let melt.

(2) Make a heart mold by mixing the entire contents of both jars of Mold-n-Pour together and shaping into a ball. Flatten with a piece of plastic to a little over ¼” depth. Place Cookie Cutter in the center and push down. (If desired, carefully pull up the excess Mold-N-Pour from the center of the cookie cutter and make a mold using a button or other small object.) Following package directions, let mold set up for about 7 minutes. Remove the cookie cutter from the mold.

(3) Carefully use a single edge razor to slice into the portion of mold that protrudes into the center about .10” from the bottom to a depth of ¼ inch.

(4) Insert jump ring into the slit (see photo below).
Texture Treads UTEE Necklace Craft Project Instructions
(5) Place Scalloped Lace or Mod Swirls Texture Tread face up on Craft Sheet. Place heart mold (containing jump ring) on Texture Tread.

(6) Add a drop of Garnet Heat It Ink into the melted UTEE and stir gently.

(7) Quickly and carefully, pour melted UTEE into the center of the heart, so UTEE fills the mold and embeds the jump ring. Let cool.

(8) Peel the Texture Tread off the UTEE and pop the UTEE out of the mold. The jump ring should be embedded in the UTEE.

(9) Open another jump ring with pliers and place the tassle on.

(10) Cut a length of black ribbon about 30” and thread it through the tassle jump ring, then through the jump ring embedded in the UTEE heart. Tie a knot over the jump rings, tying them together. Then tie a knot with a bow at the ends to make a necklace.

If you didn't see the blog post from very early this morning, scroll down . . .

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