Hi everyone! I am thrilled to share my first Donna Downey DT project with you guys today!
When Donna sent me two of her stamps to work with I knew immediately what I was going to do and got started right away!
Donna Downey "Wayward Blooms" stamp - HERE
and "Trust" stamp - HERE
Shimmerz Spritz - Jeni-Be-Bleu - HERE
ColorBox Ink - Chalk/Prussian Blue - HERE & Pigment/Turquoise - HERE
Versa Magic Ink - Chalk/Aspen Mist - HERE
Various colored card stock papers (I highly recommend shades of teal!!!)
Zing Embossing Powder - Metallic Teal - HERE
Cricut & Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) - .svg file HERE
How I came up with this project...
In January of this year I saw Donna’s Inspiration Wednesday post HERE. She had used some of her floral design elements and cut them with her Silhouette. I remember seeing the project open up on my screen and literally gasping!
I immediately bookmarked it, starred it in my RSS reader, sent it to my mom and crafty friends and even printed out a copy of the photo and tacked it to my inspiration board! I was completely smitten!
I knew that someday I would do something like this with another floral element and when Donna asked me to create something with her fabulous “Wayward Blooms” stamp… I knew this was the perfect opportunity!!!
I started off with a simple picture frame from Walmart (it was less than $10!!!).
This is the third project I have made with this exact frame!
I really love how big it is and the 3D mat board inside can be used for so many neat projects!
I removed all of the elements from the frame (I’ll use them in another project) and then spray painted it with Kilz in a can spray paint!
This is my new favorite spray paint as it completely covers just about anything with just one coat!!!
As the frame was drying I stamped Donna’s beautiful “Wayward Blooms” image using black archival ink on a piece nice white card stock.
Once it was good and dry I scanned it into my computer and tweaked the outline and filled the insides in Adobe Illustrator and saved it out as a .svg file.
You can get the .SVG file HERE.
I imported the .svg into Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) (you can learn about it HERE).
I then re-sized that same image multiple times and proceeded to cut them with my Cricut!
(at this point I might have been jumping up and down cause I knew this was going to come out exactly as I had envisioned it (I just love it when that happens!!!)!
To accompany the flower outlines I was cutting I also wanted to include some of the fine detail from the stamped image so...
I stamped the blooms on vellum paper using chalk ink and then cut them out by hand!
(which was well worth the effort because I ended up with the most delicate and beautiful stamped images ever!!!)!
Instead of having a plain or patterned paper for the background, I decided to use one of the cut out flowers as a mask and then proceeded to lightly spray my background paper with Shimmerz Spritz (in Jeni-Be-Bleu).
Since I used a lightweight paper as my background, it wrinkled and bowed a little but I was very happy with how it came out!
I wanted as much texture in this piece as possible so there was no place for perfectly flat and boring backgrounds here!
I layered all of my elements in the frame using 3D adhesive!
The other stamp I used for this project is Donna’s Unity stamp called “Trust”…
I started by stamping on a piece of plain white paper and cutting the image it out...
(I used ColorBox pigment ink in Turquoise)
Then I stamped it again on a piece of canvas and cut just the heart out...
I smooshed it up but good...
I decided that the word “trust” did not stand out enough so I stamped it one more time... only this version was stamped on vellum using VersaMark ink.
I heat embossed it using Zing embossing powder in metallic teal
(one of my very most favorite colors EVER!!!)
I cut out the word and layered the whole thing together to make a textured element that I could pretty much use on any project!
I continued putting the project together... layering the stamped and cut elements together...
Until I had something that looked like this!
I love the layers and textures in this piece!
(and I especially love how Donna’s stamp and past project inspired me to create something completely beautiful using just plain pieces of cardstock and my Cricut)!
So there ya have it!
I hope you are inspired to do something similar!
Nextly... I wanted to share a silly story about a MomChops Craft Project...
I was looking on MomChops FB page last week and she posted a picture of a needle holder she had made....
I figured it was your typical needle holder... roughly 2.5 inches x 3 - 4 inches MAX...
So when she came to pick me up for breakfast this past weekend she had it with her so I could check it out...
MomChops made a KING KONG SIZED needle holder...
We had a good laugh about it all morning!
MomChops also made a little holder for her crochet hooks...
...and in typical MomChops fashion she made it MEGA sized...
I mean good gravy train!
The woman can make anything from doll clothes to an afghan with those puppies! :)
(I think she's taking requests but I can't be sure)
So last to lastly... you girls gots any CHA requests???
I mentioned last week that I am going to be going to CHA July 26 - 29. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a mega craft and hobby convention (a.k.a. craft supply heaven).
I am going to be there 4 solid days (drooling all over everything and doing a make and take with the Shimmerz girls)!... My goal is to post pics from the show each night that I get back to my hotel room!!!
Sooooo... I want to know what you want me to look out for! If you want pics of certain manufacturers or products... let me know in the comments here and I'll take a list with me and post the pics for you guys (hopefully each night and then for sure when I get back)!
I am over the top excited about going as this will be my first time ever! EEKS-O-RAMA!!!!
Crafty CHA Project Updates...
I finished one project (the cart thing from last week), started on another one (the doll dress form) and will have a 3rd one in the works for Crate Paper (I should have the new CP collections this Tuesday and I am OVER the top excited about them)! I am going to be using this little form as the base for the project... I think this one is pretty easy to figure out right????
I love the lot of yas!
P.S. I'll be taking next Monday off from the blog (RonChops and I are heading out of town for a bike ride) and then I'll be posting Monday July 26 - 29 daily! There's gonna be a whole lotta Lolly around these parts the last week of July!
P.S.S.T. I am WAY behind on emails (like 3 whole weeks behind). I am so sorry you guys! I promise I'll get through them ASAP! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO's!