Color Fragments

Stampendous has this fun new product called Color Fragments. You may ask what are Color Fragments? Color Fragments are just that, bits of pure color you can glue on to any surface with any adhesive. Sprinkle them into melting embossing powders for an amazing Encrusted Jewel look. Crush with your fingers for smaller particles. I have used them on several projects and I love how they add texture, color, and a touch of whimsy to my projects.

Here is close-up view of a few of the different color fragment colors. They come in all different shades to coordinate with any project.

On this card, I used them to actually color in my butterfly after I had stamped the image.

A close-up view of the butterflies:

I applied a layer of Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue to the surface of the butterfly, applying it only to the area I wanted to cover with the first shade of Color Fragments. After I put the glue on, I sprinkled the Color Fragments over the glue, pressed down with my fingers, and shook off the excess. I repeated the process until the butterfly was completely colored. Because the Color Fragments are thin, you can rub off excess fragment after the glue dries. When I had finished applying all of the colors, I added a layer of Beacon Adhesives Fast Finish to give the butterfly a glossy finish.

Products

  • Stampendous Stamps: Decorative Grate, Jumbo Cling Butterfly Trio, Leaf Sprig, Life is Art
  • Stampendous Color Fragments: Chiffon, Burgundy, Caramel
  • Stampendous Crushed Black Glitter
  • Inks: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks in red, brown, yellow, orange shades; black permanent ink pad
  • Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Paper Glue, Fast Finish

Here is a different card, created using a mix of the new colors released in January:

On this card, I just dripped glue across random areas of the card and sprinkled a mix of Color Fragments to coordinate with the colors in the image and the paper. I love the confetti effect this creates.

Products

  • Cardstock: green, white, peach
  • My Mind’s Eye, Memory Box
  • Stampendous Kiddo Birthday Stamp
  • Stampendous Color Fragments: Hot Lime, Rose, Hot Yellow, Teal
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Water brush
  • Paper distressing tool
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue

On my final project, you can see I just applied it to add texture in a coordinating color:

The Color Fragments were applied after I had added a layer of Embossing Enamel around the edges of the photos. I applied Versamark ink on the cardstock and sprinkled with Embossing Enamel. I heat embossed the enamel and, while it was still hot, I sprinkled the Color Fragments into the Embossing Enamel.

Products

  • Gray cardstock
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Lavender Fields, Silver
  • Paper distressing tool
  • Tissue paper
  • White roses trim
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Water brush
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue
  • Stampendous Stamps: Golden Tales, Married Monograms, Botanical Blooms, Petite Dragonfly
  • Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Enamel
  • Stampendous Crystal Micro Glitter
  • Stampendous Purple Color Fragments
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink Pad

How about a give-away?  I have three of these kits to give away.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by March 3rd and I will pick three randomly selected comments to win one of these kits from Stampendous!

Good Luck!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Easter Ornaments in Felt

At the recent CHA show in Anaheim, I renewed my acquaintance with the folks at the Kunin Group. This company makes felt fabrics but with a difference – they are made in the USA from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. It’s a product you can feel good about because it is helping keep plastic out of landfill and that’s a great idea.

There are all sorts of felt fabrics in the range but the one I particularly love is the one shown here – it is printed felt fabric with a floral pattern. It is colorful and cute and, if you love to do just a little bit of sewing, the shapes in the pattern make it fun and easy to embellish the ornament with as much or as little sewing as you like.

Materials

  • Printed felt
  • DMC #5 Pearl cotton, in assorted colors
  • Small buttons
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Scissors, pins, and needles

For this Easter Egg ornament project, I cut two pieces of patterned felt in an egg shape. On one side I sewed some small buttons and added just a touch of embroidery. I used DMC #5 Pearl Cotton – this is a twisted thread embroidery cotton of which you use the entire thickness so there is no need to separate it. It is lovely to work with and it has a beautiful luster which looks great on this project. I sewed some simple embroidery stitches following the printed shapes on the felt.

When you are done, cut a narrow strip of felt to use to hang the ornament. Sew around the edges of the two shapes (printed side out) with blanket stitch and catch the loop as you sew the edge. Before finishing, stuff gently with a little fiberfill.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

 

Winter Sparkle and Adhesive Giveaway Winner

Nothing adds excitement to a project like a little shimmer and shine! In my January 9 blog post Winter Sparkle and Adhesive Giveaway, I announced that Therm O Web had donated a fabulous assortment of adhesives for one lucky reader to win. To be entered in the drawing, each entrant only had to leave a comment on my post by Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Well, it’s time to announce the lucky winner…

The winner, as selected by Random.org, is: Kathy/NorthCarolina. 

Kathy, I will be contacting you by email for your mailing address. Your kind comments are very much appreciated.

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Winter Sparkle and Adhesive Giveaway!

Hello there! Hope your new year is off to a great start. Today, I have a few projects to share that feature products from Therm O Web and to top it off, they have donated a fabulous assortment of adhesives for one lucky reader to win (and who couldn’t use some free adhesive?!).

All you need to do to be entered in the drawing is leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Winners will be announced here on January 23.

There is nothing like adding a little sparkle and shimmer to help brighten up a dreary winter day. My first card was easy to make, but hard to photograph… hope you can see the subtle shimmer of the Glitter Dust spray. I created the sentiment using my computer and printed it onto white cardstock. The hearts were stamped in gold ink and then I created a heart-shaped stencil out of scrap paper by folding it in half and cutting out half a heart – exactly the way I learned to make them in kindergarten. I placed the stencil over the card and sprayed with Gold Glitter Dust.

This wedding card was created using a new type of adhesive from Therm O Web called iCraft. I love how easy it is to punch or die cut sheets of this adhesive. It also comes in circles or as a roll of tape in various widths. The adhesive is super thin so it doesn’t add any extra bulk to your project.

Here is how I made the flower… after die cutting a bunch of petals from an inexpensive crepe paper roll I picked up at a party store,

I ran a glue stick over the end of each petal and sprinkled on a bit of vintage glass glitter. Using a glue stick rather than a liquid adhesive, you get just a light dusting of glitter on the edge of each petal.

Before you know it, you have a whole bunch ready to go.

The iCraft circles make a perfect base for each layer of petals. Peel off the protective sheet on top of the circle to expose the adhesive

and start adding petals.

Create two more layers of petals with an iCraft dot in between each until you are happy with the way it looks – don’t mind too much about the center, as that will be covered. I used two sizes of hearts to create the petals.

Notice how the flower is still on the backing sheet of the original iCraft dot… essentially what you have created is a flower sticker. When you are ready to attach the flower, all you need to do is peel the flower off the backing sheet and adhere it to your project. I added some ribbon and a brad to cover up the center.

To create the glittered flourishes, die cut the shape from a sheet of iCraft. Attach the back to the card, peel off the protective covering from the front, and sprinkle with glitter.

I love how this lets you apply glitter so precisely… it would be almost impossible to get a liquid glue to follow such a detailed pattern.

Supplies

  • Glitter Dust, iCraft Dots and Sheets, SuperStik Glue Stick – Therm O Web
  • Vintage Silver Glitter – Art Institute Glitter
  • Heart stamps – Karen Foster Design
  • Heart dies – Papertrey Ink
  • Flourish die – QuicKutz
  • Pearl brad – K&Company
  • Gold gem brads – Karen Foster Design

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway.

Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)