Sorry, I just couldn't resist that title. (See if this makes it past the spam filters, huh.)
Did you notice the beautiful pendant in our Project Runway, Stampin' style? Well, in the middle of all the rush to get our make-and-takes done at the Stampin' Up! convention, the creator was kind enough to stop and tell me how she made it. It was truly stunning in person, and Trish Brunkhart from Kentucky was a real peach to take the time to help me write down the instructions. (But, really, stampers, I didn't give her much choice. I just about mugged her to get it.)
With her wonderful instructions, here's my version of her pendant.
Here's what she told me.
- Stamp the Bloomin' Beautiful image five times with Staz-on Black on glossy cardstock.
- Cut out the full image (pot and blossoms) two times from the glossy card stock and one time from Basic Black card stock.
- Glue the two glossy card stock and black card stock full images on top of each other with Aleen's Tacky Glue. We used Aleene's Tacky Glue because it dries clear and thicker than other glues, so your layers are thicker. You can find this tacky glue at any Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
- Use a black marker to trace around the edges of the glued layers.
- Cut the blossoms-only image three times.
- Watercolor the top full image and top blossom image with Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette and Certainly Celery.
- We then glued the three blossom-image layers together and ran a black marker around the edges.
- Glue the blossom layers onto the full image layers.
- [Edited to add: Oops – I almost forgot a step. When you have all your layers assembled, use a paint brush to paint Crystal Effects over the top of the pendant. While the Crystal Effects is still wet, sprinkle just a little glitter across the blossoms.]
- Use Crystal Effects to glue a pin-back to your black cardstock at the back of the pendant.
- Wear on your bosoms with pride!
To make it suitable for giving, I placed my pendant in one of our small, flat cellophane bags, tied it with Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon, and added one of our Pretties-kit embellished corsage pins (see yesterday's post).
On a sad note, my favorite scrapbook store is closing its doors this week. It kind of feels like the neighborhood Cheers bar is closing. They've been my supplier (yes, kind of like a drug dealer for me) for over ten years. Does this mean I'm the Norm of pattern paper instead of beer?! I will miss all the staff members, instructors, and customers this little shop brought together. This weekend I got to attend a farewell crop with all of them and I couldn't resist taking a picture with Susan.
Yeah, that's not the best picture of me – remember it was a late-night crop (that's my excuse). Susan gave me my very first scrapbooking class. My husband came with me and it was just Susan, Tom and me – I'm betting it was the kinkiest class Susan's ever taught. So, to Susan and my friends at Scrapbook Fever – thank you for your inspiration and your friendship. I can't wait to see what our next adventures will be together.