Pretty Paper Beads

(courtesy of Stampin’ Up! Blog – February 11)

Did you ever roll paper beads with toothpicks when you were a kid? I just rediscovered this fun, little craft—and making them is kind of addictive.

Just wrap a long, triangular piece of paper around a wooden skewer until you have a bead. Adhere the tail-end of the paper to the bead using a little Multipurpose Liquid Glue, then cover the bead using a thin coat of Mod Podge. Let your bead dry.

After making a few dozen of these little cuties I started to think of Easter eggs . . . and one of our new occasions catalog stamp sets—For Peep’s Sake, item # 138557 – came to mind.
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I used the Ornate Tag Topper Punch (item # 137416) on the top and bottom of this Easter favor to create fancy edges.

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To make the beads, I used Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (item # 137784),Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item # 138633), and the Rich Razzleberry designs from the Brights Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stacks(item # 130134).

Beginning at the top of a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper, score every inch on one side; on the opposite side, begin 1/2″ from the top and score every inch. Draw diagonal lines between the staggered score lines to create triangles.

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The beads don’t have to be rolled up perfectly; their irregular look is part of their charm!

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When my friend, Bonnie, saw my paper beads drying, she said that they reminded her of an insect collection. My immediate thought was: butterflies!

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There are many ways to make paper beads from Designer Series Paper. Just do an Internet search for “paper bead templates” and you’ll find plenty! P.S. If you use elastic cord to thread your beads, put a dot of Crystal Effects (item # 101055) on the knot and allow it to dry. That will help it stay secure. Have fun!

Cindy B. (Sr. Staff Writer)

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

COFFEE CUP STAIN TECHNIQUE

from STAMPIN’ UP! BLOG – January 19th, 2015

Today I’m so excited to share a fun background technique with you!

My desk is a graveyard of coffee and water cups. By happy accident I noticed a cup ring on a sheet of cardstock. I thought that it would be so cute to use this on a card background with our Perfect Blend Stamp Set!!

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This technique is simple and fun! The best part is that the look is intended to be messy . . . so you really can’t make a mistake.

You’ll need rubbing alcohol, a coffee cup, a paper plate, Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill, an Aqua Painter, the Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad, and a Stamping Sponge.

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I stamped a background image on my cardstock using Crumb Cake ink. In this sample I used the Dictionary Background Stamp.

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This technique really is the “perfect blend” for this card! Take a closer look.

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After creating this card, I wanted to make a couple more samples using the same technique. I loved the look and had so much fun creating that I got carried away! Here are four more cards for you to see.

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I hope I’ve inspired you to find the creative in everything . . . even that little coffee cup stain! Thank you for reading—and have a creative day!

Krista Frattin
2014–2015 Artisan Design Team

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

Sale-A-Bration Product of the Week – Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP

from the STAMPIN’ UP! BLOG

Sale-A-Bration is more than just our biggest sales event of the year, it’s also the perfect time to introduce you to some of our newest products! We thought there was no better way to do that than by showing you just a few of the possibilities you can make with these fantastic new products. So without further adieu, we want to introduce you to this week’s Sale-A-Bration product of the week—the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.

This paper is so much more than meets the eye! The glossy designs look great alone or they will “resist” ink, making them really fun for techniques. Try it with spritzers, brayers, sponges and more. You’ll find that this paper can be used with any style, from bold and bright to elegant and subtle. Try a technique class with your friends where everyone can play with this paper and fall in love with it like we have! With unlimited crafty possibilities, this paper is simply a must-have for everyone’s paper stash.

Boxes - Mary Fish - Irresistibly Yours

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We want to thank our talented artists, Brian King and Mary Fish. Show us what you have made with the the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper by using #sabproductoftheweek.

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

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