Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Valentine's Treat Bags & Copic Coloring

Is it Monday already?! I had today off so as Mondays go it was a good one! AND I finally got my first Copic markers this weekend! WooHoo! I have to collect them slowly so I'll be coloring a lot of pink and blue here in the near future but I couldn't wait to try them out.

I put together some treat bags for Valentine's Day using the Lawn Fawn Bugs & Kisses stamp set and coordinating dies.  I'm trying to use up some Valentine's paper pads I've had for awhile so I die cut some scalloped circles using some Sizzix dies and my Big Shot out of these cute patterns from my stash.  I then scored the die cuts at 1.5 inches to fold them over the tops of the treat bags.  Once I'd done that I punched a hole through the folded die cut and the bag. This way the tag can be attached using a brad and opened and closed over and over!

All the sweet little love bugs were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Copics and, die cut before I adhered them to the tag and stamped the sentiment from the stamp set.  I added some Wink of Stella to the bugs and hearts and covered all the hearts with glossy accents. 

I think these would be adorable with some Hershey's Kisses in them for Valentine's Day!  They'd be perfect for kids to take goodies to class or to bring a little treat for co-workers.  If you're interested in purchasing some treat bags please visit my Etsy shop.  Thank for stopping by to help welcome me to the wonderful world of Copics!  Have a fabulous night!!

Shaker Border Card: Lawn Fawn Fun

I wanted to share a fun shaker card I made using Lawn Fawn's Critters from the Past and my brand spanking new Copic markers!

This card was inspired by the fabulous Nicole Magouirk, specifically the You Color My World shaker card she made in this blog post.  I loved the unique border shaker and wanted to try it out!  Plus, these Lawn Fawn images are great for practicing with Copics!  If you'd like to try this technique I highly recommend the video on Nicole's blog. It is very detailed and I made my dino border shaker card following her lead.

I hope you enjoyed my take on shaker cards! If you'd like to purchase this little guy you can visit my Etsy shop here.  Thanks and have a fabulous night!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

FWF: Stamped Photo Frame

It's Friday again, yay! For my Unity Friends With Flair entry this week I have not a card but a fun, hanging photo frame!

The frame was purchased at my local craft store and was a blank canvas calling out to me to be stamped!  I used images and a sentiment from some kits of the month to create a scattered floral scene directly on the frame.  I colored the images using Prismacolor pencils, again directly on the frame itself.  I must say, I was pleased with how well this worked. It was kind of an experiment and I wasn't sure what I was going to get!

Finally, I added a coating of mod podge to protect the coloring and adhere the sentiment and this cute wood veneer bird that I painted and distressed.

I hope you enjoyed this "out of the box" way to use those gorgeous Unity images. Thanks for stopping by and I'll catch you next time!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Picture This: Photo Frame featuring Unity Stamps

I hope you're all having a wonderful Saturday morning!  I slept in, started some laundry, and settled into my craft room.  Perfect cozy Saturday!

This week I was feeling a bit under the weather - that winter crud is really going around - so I didn't get to spend as much time creating as I wanted.  As a result I have all these ideas floating in my head that I'm dying to try out!  Today I tried turning this adorable panda from Unity Stamp Co. into a faux enamel embellishment.  I stamped a few of the pandas from Unity's Plenty of Pandas set in black on 110 lb cardstock and cut them out.  I applied Wink of Stella to all the black areas and then covered the whole panda in Glossy Accents and set them aside to dry overnight.

When I came back the next morning I had these adorable, sparkly, shiny pandas to add to projects!  Here is the clipboard style frame I made with one of these little guys.  (My little book worm is helping me demo how a photo looks on it :)

Thanks for stopping by! This frame will be in my Etsy shop if you'd like to add it to your home!  Have a fabulous weekend and Go Seahawks!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Unity {be inspired} Challenge 2015 #1: Prismacolor on Kraft Shaker Card

It's time for the first Unity {be inspired} Challenge of 2015!  I just got some new Unity stamps that I could not wait to try out so I inked them up for this great color inspiration.


I've been experimenting with Prismacolor pencils on kraft cardstock lately so I colored my adorable little sleepy mouse with Primsacolors before adding some Wink of Stella glitter brush pen over his sweet heart ears and all the floaty hearts in his dream.

I stamped my sentiment on top of the acetate that I used for my shaker window.  I use black StazOn ink to stamp on the clear plastic - which I cut from some stamp packaging.  Now, here is where I made a little mistake - I wanted the little heart I stamped with my sentiment to be white so I colored it in with my white gel pen and then attempted to hit it with my heat tool really quickly to dry it and avoid smearing.  I overestimated the heat tolerance of my plastic and it started to shrink up a bit under the heat.  Oops!  But overall I think the card still turned out super cute, proving that in crafting even the imperfections are part of the art!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I can't wait to see what great ideas you all come up with for the Unity {be inspired} Challenge.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought, what you'd like to see more of, how your day was, or whatever you'd like!  I just love to hear from you all. Also, visit Curl E. Cue's on Facebook and hit that LIKE button!  My page is brand new and I'm hoping to hit 100 LIKES soon - maybe I'll have a giveaway when I do . . . Have a great night!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Caffeine & Unity FWF: Prismacolor Coloring on Kraft Cardstock

Good evening, all!  I wanted to share my first Unity Friends with Flair entry for 2015.  I watched some videos on YouTube about coloring with colored pencils on kraft cardstock in the last couple of weeks and I wanted to give it a try.  So I got out my brand new Prismacolor pencils (thanks, hubby!) and my Unity December Kit of the Month and gave it a try.

I needed to make a gift card holder for a dear friend that is addicted to Dutch Bros and coffees so the gorgeous gal in the KOM was perfect for this project!  Here are some of the tips I found to be the most useful using my Prismacolors on kraft:
  1. Use a cream pencil to lay down color first so that when you color on top of it, colors stay vivid on the kraft.
  2. Don't be afraid to use a lot of layers to achieve the look and color intensity you're after.
  3. White really shows up well on the kraft and is really great for creating highlights. \
After I got her all colored I masked her off with some Inkadinkado Stamping Mask paper and stamped some falling snow in the background.  I used some Perfect Pearls to add shimmer to the snow and the sentiment on the inside of the card.  Once the gift card pocket was created I chomped one corner and it was done!  I think the coloring on kraft turned out really well and I can't wait to try this technique again.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous new year!! 

3D Thursday: Be My Valentine - Pillow Box and Shaker Card

Happy New Year!!  I don't know about you all but I am feeling energized and ready for 2015!  And I'm kicking off the new year with a couple of projects inspired by Cupid himself.  Christmas is over so it's time to bust out the candy hearts and pink glitter :)

Every Thursday I'm going to feature a 3D project.  One of my goals for 2015 is to find fun new uses for all of the amazing stamps and products that are out there.  I also love paper crafting and creating 3D projects with paper so I really want to combine those two passions - and I figured I'd share it with you!

This week I started with something simple.  I got a Pillow Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers and wanted to try it out.  I think these would be adorable for Valentine's Day to hand out some sweets, maybe for your kids to take to school and give to their friends.  This punch board makes them super quick and easy to assemble, too!  Before I created my box I used an embossing folder from Darice to spruce up the Neena white cardstock.  I used Spun Sugar Distress Ink to add a little pink and then punched the box.  I tied on a little tag I made using Unity Stamp Co. stamps to finish it off.

 I wanted to create a card to go with the little treat box and I think shaker cards are a lot of fun, however, I have only made one so I need some practice!  For this card I tried using a foam sheet instead of foam tape to create the dimension and ensure there were no gaps that the glitter could escape through.  I used my Big Shot to cut the foam into the frame shape.  It was much easier than I expected - I think the foam will be my shaker go to in the future!  The sentiment on the card is also from Unity Stamp Co.  

I hope you enjoy this week's 3D project!  Happy New Year to you all and thanks for stopping by!