Friday, September 28, 2012

Feature Friday: Falling for Fall

Happy, happy Friday peeps!

It's Shay here and I am delighted to bring you some cards for the autumn season.  I am so happy that the weather is downright pleasant after the heat of summer and I am anticipating all this season brings including autumn crafting.

I made two cards that are very similar, but by changing up the colors, sentiments and some of the images they have their own character.

Using the same stamp set, Scallop Border, I made the background for two cards with a different look by using different patterned paper.  All of the border stamps (Double DotLaceLeafLinesScallopSingle DotTriangle and Zig Zag) come with two stamps: an outline and solid that work together or can be used separately.  Another fun feature of the border stamps are that they can be lined up so you are able to stamp the entire length of a 6" x 6", 8" x 8" 8.5" x 11", 12" x 12" page or even larger surfaces.

For these cards I simply stamped the scallop outline many times on patterned paper and cut them out and adhered them together (one under the other for a tiered effect) into a panel.  I cut the left and right sides for straight edges. I then adhered all the scallops to a piece of cardstock with the bottom cut into a scallop design.  For the Halloween card I also stamped an equal amount of scallops with the solid scallop in black ink and adhered them alternately.

For interest and dimension I curled up the edges of the scallops.

The sentiments are framed by the frame image in Day Framer for the fall card and the frame image in Life Framer for the Halloween card.  I added dots or circles to both frames using Copic markers.  You can also use patterned paper, paint them in, doodle in designs to decorate your frames...really the possibilities are as varied as the colors in the sky.

Funky Alphabet is perfect for sentiments during autumn (especially Halloween) and I spelled out "boo" and "fall" using them.  The "Happy" is from the fall card is from Details Framer and "to" from the Halloween card is from Snapshot Framer and "you" from the Halloween card is from Day Framer.  The cute cat is from the Window stamp set.

You could use the idea of this tiered scallop background for scrapbook layouts, tags, gift bags, mixed media projects among a few things.  Try one of the other borders for a completely different look.  Embellish with punched images, jewels, leaves, feathers, flowers, ribbons, fabric, lace, pearls, sequins, die cuts and the like to really make it your own.

We would love to see what you are crafting as the weather cools this fall.  Add your projects to our flickr group, to Pinterest, comment with a link on this post or even email pictures to us!

And be sure to stay tuned for our upcoming release for some great autumn and winter stamps to add to your Paper Wings Productions stamp collection!

Take flight,

Stamps: Day Framer, Details Framer, Life Framer, Snapshot Framer, Scallop Border, Funky Alphabet, Window
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in tuxedo black; Jenni Bowlin for Ranger in brown sugar and chili powder; Tim Holtz Distress Ink in black soot
Cardstock: white, Georgia-Pacific; black and kraft, Neenah; chocolate chip, Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: Anna Griffin and Basic Grey
Other: twine by Divine Twine; Copic Markers; dimensional adhesive, Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What's Up Wednesday - Tag Time!

What's Up Peeps!!!

Today I thought I'd share a few items that Liz Allen and I were playing with while at the CKC convention.  We really enjoyed meeting so many people and getting the opportunity to share Paper Wings Productions stamps with them.

Most of Saturday, I was playing with manila tags, Dylusions inks, some spray inks and embossing powders from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  I threw caution to the wind, and started spraying like never before.  The Dylusions inks are so intense and bright - they really are amazing.  I also really fell in love with the Tibetan Poppy Teal spray from the Autumn Leaves color set and the Hyacinth Blue Jade powder.  I used the Flourish Fun 2 set with this embossing powder.  These products were so popular that we sold out of both!

Isn't this AWESOME?!?!  This card was just so pretty I never stamped any other image on it.  I bet you have items like that too.  I'll have to pick just the perfect project and add this tag to it.
Liz was in tag mode too, but she was working on smaller gift tags, and the theme was centered around Christmas.  Here are two of her "oh, so cute" tags. 
This tag uses the Art Textures stamps in shades of blue and green to create a frame around the "faith" sentiment stamped using the Funky Alphabet set.  This tag is a great example of making handmade items quickly and easily for your family and friends.
Liz made this super cute tag using the small stars from the Hanging Stars set, and some new stamps she has designed for the fall release.  The small stars work well together with the "twinkle star" and the little holly sprig. I can't wait to use them!  I always like how Liz adds her own special touches to her projects by adding extra accents and doodling lines to give each item a personal touch.  
There were many more beautiful Liz tags, but I can't divulge that many SNEAK PEEKS this early!  Keep checking back because even more sneak peeks are just around the corner for our next stamp release.
That's all for now - happy stamping!!!
Stamps - Hanging Stars, Flourish Fun 2, Art Textures, and Funky Alphabet
Ink - Jenni Bowlin, Versamark, Memento, Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, Dylusions Sprays
Paper - Manila tags, white cardstock
Tools - Heat tool
Other - Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder, tulle and ribbon



Monday, September 24, 2012

Mixed Media Monday - Shrink Plastic Bracelet

Happy Monday Peeps!

First, I want to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to those of you who came out to the CKC show in San Marcos.  It was really nice to see so many of you!  Hopefully some of our new friends will pop in and check us out!  Leave us a comment, say "hi", we would love to hear from you!  Be sure to "like" us over on Facebook too!

Today, we are featuring another great guest blog appearance from Robin Nowak.  She has created a great shrink plastic charm bracelet using our Milagro stamp set.  

Steps for making your shrink plastic milagro bracelet:

Prep your shrink plastic by lightly sanding it in several directions. This process gives the slick plastic a 'tooth' for the ink and colors to adhere to.

Stamp milagro images on the shrink plastic then use colored pencils or markers to color the images. With colored pencils, you don't have to color much--since the image will shrink, even a light amount of pencil will show up.

Next, cut the stamped images out. Punch a hole in the shape where you want the charm to hang. Use  a larger hole punch because the hole will string about 50%. Or, you can use a dremmel to drill a hole in each charm.
Either use your heat tool to shrink the plastic or you can also put the cut out images on a piece of foil or even a brown paper bag, then put into an oven at 250 degrees until they shrink. I find it easier to use my heat gun.

Allow your charms to cool. When they are cool, attach jump rings and then add the charms to a bracelet. 

Enjoy the flight!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Feature Friday - Color Inspiration - Yellow, Black and Grey

Hello Peeps! 
It's Friday and I'm happy to be here posting on the Aviary Blog.  Today I'm featuring a card I made based on a Color Inspiration.  There are many times when I'm working on a project and color or combinations of colors inspire my creations.  Here is just a sampling of inspiration I found on Pinterest (totally addicted!!) while looking around at the combo of  Yellow, Black and Grey.
resources:  Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3
I love these samples - simple, elegant, classic, flirty and fun!  That is the same idea I was trying to achieve with this card. 

Yellow base with a dry embossed swiss dot. Black damask on grey cardstock. Butterfly heat embossed with Egyptian Gold on book text and accented with black gemstones.  Simple black satin ribbon tied in a knot with a little Hello.  Who wouldn't love to get this in their mailbox?
I love this color combo and I hope you do too.  Maybe it will inspire your next project.  We'd love to see your creations and hope you will share them in our flickr group.
We hope you have a great weekend, and if you are in our neck of the woods, we would love to see you at the CKC - San Marcos
Take Flight!
Stamps - Backgrounds, Vintage Technology and Wings
Ink -    Versamark and Memento ink by Tsukineko
Paper - Card Base (Amuse), Grey (Stampin' Up!), Dictionary
Tools - Heat Tool, Cuttlebug with swiss dot embossing folder, Egyptian Gold embossing powder
Other - satin ribbon, mini tag and gemstones from my stash

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What's Up Wednesday: Hanging Stars Two Ways

Hello there peeps,

It's Shay here.  Are you like me and blown away with what Julie and Norma have done last week?  They are a hard act to follow.

Today I have a scrapbook layout for you and a card both using the Hanging Stars stamp set in entirely different ways.

I decided to use the Hanging Stars lines to make journaling lines in this scrapbook page:

Do you also see the shutter from the Window set acting as a building block?  I first stamped the back side of the stamp (the side which usually clings to the acrylic block) in a mixture of inks and then stamped the right side over it in black ink.  It could also look like a drawer.  This is a similar technique that all the border stamps allow you as each set comes with an outline and solid of the same image.  I used the Lace Border on this layout under the pictures.

In this card I chose to hang some hats from Marcel as well as stars from Hanging Stars which works perfectly with the sentiment also from Marcel:

Think of all the fun things you hang off the Hanging Stars lines!  Wait until next release for some more awesome options.

I bet you have used a Paper Wings Productions stamp in a clever way and we would love to see it!  Add them to our flickr group, to Pinterest, comment with a link on this post or even email pictures to us!

Take flight,

River House layout
Stamps: Hanging Stars, Lace BorderMermaid, Text Melange and Window
Ink: Memento ink by Tsukineko in tuxedo black; Jenni Bowlin for Ranger in spice tin, speckled egg or soap powder and weather vane
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts
Other: gesso, Claudine Hellmuth Studio by Ranger; sprays and mists, various; border punches by Fiskars; Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers; pens by American Crafts; black photo corners; Thickers by American Crafts

Hats Off to You card 
Stamps: Hanging Stars, Marcel and Writing Backgrounds
Cardstock: Georgia-Pacific and Stampin' Up!
Ink: Memento ink by Tsukineko in tuxedo black; Jenni Bowlin for Ranger in soap powder, spice tin and weather vane
Patterned Paper: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts; Studio Calico
Other: border punch by Fiskars; Copic Markers; Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool


Hey there peeps-

We are super busy getting ready for the CKC San Marcos show this weekend.  Here's a coupon for the show.  Are you going?  We would love to see you there!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Feature Friday Mermaid Collage with Norma G

Hey Hey Friends, Norma G. here!
Can you believe summer is already over!  It seems like it just flew by doesn't it.....well this project is kind of my farewell to the warm days of summer :D    

This is a 5x5 mixed media canvas featuring stamps from the PWP Sea Mélange Set and PWP Kind Words Set.

I started on my background by applying a generous layer of Golden Crackle Paste Medium with a palette knife and blending blue acrylic paint right into the paste.  Next I randomly sprinkled Duo Blue-Green and Micropearl Pearl Ex Pigments for a little shimmer.  I wanted to create the feel of the ocean and create a sense of movement in my background.

Once the paste dried for a few hours, I had this beautiful background full of texture and interest.  I love how the light dances off of the shimmering Pearl Ex Pigments.

For my focal image, I chose to use the gorgeous mermaid in the Sea Mélange set.  I stamped her twice on white cardstock and I trimmed one of scrap pieces down to 2" x 3".  I set the other aside for later.  Next I stamped and embossed the edges with the floral border in the Kind Words set.

To color in my background I used a combination of London Blue Dylusions Ink and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I colored in the second mermaid with Prismacolor pencils.  Then I carefully fussy cut and layered her onto the other mermaid.

I used a punch to round my edges and then mounted her to a scrap piece of white cardstock from my stash.  Next I stamped two of the fish from the Sea Mélange set with Gesso to complete my scene.

I used Stazon to stamp the sentiment from Sea Mélange and cut it into strips.  I inked all of the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I like cutting my sentiments into strips because it gives me greater flexibility with placement.  It also allows the background to peak out behind the strips.

To finish off my canvas I used K&Company cardstock and acetate die-cuts from their Tim Coffey line as well as a Grand Adhesions dimensional sticker from the same line.

And there you have it, a quick and easy mixed media canvas!  I hope you'll pull out your stamps and have some fun :D  We'd love to see your creations!!  So be sure to stop by the Paper Wings  Flickr Gallery and upload your beautiful projects.  

Before I go, here is a complete list of the supplies I used on this project:

PWP Stamp Sets: Sea Mélange & Kind Words
5x5 Canvas
Golden Crackle Paste
Blue Acrylic Paint
Pearl Ex Pigments: Duo Blue Green & Micropearl
Dylusions Ink: London Blue
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Liquitex Gesso
Stazon: Black
Ranger Embossing Tinsel: Red
Prismacolor Pencils
Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue (my fav for mixed media projects)
K&Company Tim Coffey: Grand Ahesions Dimensional Stickers, Cardstock and Acetate Die-Cuts 

Get to Crafting & have a Beautifully Creative day!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What's Up Wednesday - Techie Birthday!

Hey Peeps!
Just dropping in for a quick share of a quick birthday card.  My friend Steven's birthday was yesterday.  I always find myself wondering what I'm going to do for a guy card.  With my dad and husband, there are many things to pick from, but I tried something completely different for this one.  Steven happens to work in IT.  Check out this Birthday Card for him.
I wanted to cheer Steven up, so I picked sentiments from several sets and stamped the stars over and over, embossing everything in white.  Having all of the elements being stamped and embossed with the same color really does help to make a quick card.
I can imagine that some of you are wondering "what is this background"?  Did any of you figure it out???  Well, when I got my computer about a year ago, I was peeling off the plastic covering that fits around......
...the keys of the keyboard!!!!  I knew that one day it would come in handy as the perfect stencil, and it really did. I used Mister Huey's Opaque White spray with the keyboard stencil to give a subtle image of the keyboard.  And much like the keys "backspace", "enter", and "shift", I chose to put the words on the keys to create the birthday sentiment.  It's true what they say, inspiration can come from ANYWHERE! I hope this project inspires you to try something new and unexpected.
Happy Wednesday and Happy Stamping!
Stamps - Hanging Stars, Vintage Technology, Details Framer, Life Framer and Snapshot Framer
Ink - Versamark by Tsukineko
Paper - Stampin' Up!
Tools / other - keyboard stencil, heat tool, Mister Huey's Opaque White Spray.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mixed Media Monday: Before & After

Happy, happy Monday peeps!

It's Shay here.  Today I have a tiny cute little project for you.  On a shelf in my studio I keep some items for altering.  I went to that shelf and found a little package of 6 magnets I bought several years ago at Target for $1.00.  

They were not bad looking, but I wanted to customize them with paper wings productions stamps, patterned paper and some punches and dies:

1. Punch out doily from patterned paper.  Adhere to front of magnet.

    2. Cut out circles from scrap of watercolor paper (I used a die and my Cuttlebug), but you could punch it out, cut it out with an electronic die cutting machine or hand cut it for a fun look.  Stamp part of postcard image from Writing Backgrounds with grey ink.

    3. Stamp small flower from Flower Power in black ink.  Color in flower.  Color in background.
    4. Adhere circle to magnet.  Finish off with black jewel to each center of flower. (Note: Because I could see the color of the original magnet behind the doily punch and it was distracting, I filled in the holes with a pearl pen.)

    I kept the design on all the magnets the same, but you could easily make each magnet different.  I think this would make a great quick little gift for someone perhaps as a thank you, party favors or teacher gift.  Add a magnet board with it and it would be a great birthday, hostess or housewarming gift or as a gift for a college student, child, coworker or friend.  You can go to Target or a dollar store to store up on magnets for such projects.

    We would love to see your before & after projects!   Add them to our flickr group, to Pinterest, comment with a link on this post or even email pictures to us!

    Hope you have a great week,

    Stamps: Flower Power and Writing Backgrounds
    Ink: Memento in tuxedo black by Tsukineko; Jenni Bowlin for Ranger in weather vane
    Paper: watercolor paper
    Patterned Paper: 6x6 PB&J paper pad by Basic Grey
    Other: circle die by Spellbinders; doily punch by Martha Stewart Crafts; magnets from Target; Cuttlebug by Provo Craft; black jewels; glossy accents by Ranger; Pearl Pen in cream by Viva


    Friday, September 7, 2012

    Feature Friday- What's Happening and I spy

    Happy Friday Peeps!

    Things are really hopping over here at PWP!  First, I want you to know that we are coming out with BRAND NEW STAMP SETS soon!  That's right, holiday stamps are being produced right now and will be in our hands very shortly.  We are about to release fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, winter, Christmas and holiday stamps.  Besides NEW stamps, we are also reworking the packaging on all of our cling stamp sets and will offer a variety of sizes of sets to fit every budget.  Although it's been a tremendous amount of work, I'm really excited about the change!
    your first sneak peek of the new clear designs!

    This is what I'm doing right now (besides writing this blog post!).  I am prepping for our monthly Paper Wings Productions workshop over at Stamp Antonio.  Every month we make 2 cards and a tag for $15.  The class is tomorrow, Saturday September 8 from 3-5pm.  If you would like to register, please call 210-764-7900.
    come and join us!

    Now for a little I SPY...

    • And finally, I want to share our very own Handmade by Lissie's Etsy shop.  Liz is one of our very talented designers who create stamp design images for us.  She is also paper mache artist that makes unique and whimsical creations.  I discovered her when I bought one of her fabulous dolls at a show last year.  Visit her etsy shop and "like" her Facebook page.  Show her some LOVE!

    Well, that's about if for today.  Be sure and mark your calendars for the CKC show in San Marcos.  We will be there selling our stamps and other really great, unique products as well as offering free demonstrations and paid make & take projects.  The show is September 21-22.  We hope to see you there!

    Enjoy the flight!

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    What's Up Wednesday: Character Creations

    What's up peeps?

    It's Shay here.  Have you seen the amazing projects here on the blog lately:  Robin's awesome bird bookNorma's stunning tag; or Julie's fabulous video?  If not, go check them out and be inspired!

    Today I bring you a funny little project I did recently for a monthly ATC Trade (by the way, ATC stands for Artist Trading Card) I participate in at Stamp Antonio.  The theme was build-a-person/paper dolls so I decided to merge a couple paper wings productions stamps together to create a new character.

    I wanted to see what Louise would look like as a geisha.  I found the geisha trio stamp in Melange Women 2 that I thought would work well as Louise's new body.

    1. Stamp Louise with black ink. Color in Louise's head in with Copic markers and cut her head out.  Edge head with black pen.
    2. Stamp geisha trio from Melange Women 2 in black ink on white cardstock.  Color in center geisha's hand, fan, feet and neck.  Stamp geisha in black ink on patterned paper and cut out center geisha's kimono.  Stamp geisha trio again in black ink on white cardstock.  Color in hand in front of kimono and cut out.
    3. Attach kimono and hand to center geisha on geisha trio with colored in fan, neck and feet.  Cut out trio.  Attach Louise's head over center geisha's head.  Color in background with Copic markers.  Edge geishas with black ink using sponge or ink applicator tool.
    4. Stamp sun with yellow, orange and red inks from Earth & Sky.  Cut out and adhere under the heads of the geishas.
    5. Create an ATC sized background (2.5 inches x 3.5 inches) for your geishas.  I used patterned paper, washi tape, part of a sticky note and some iridescent mist spray.  Edge with black ink.  I also punched the top left corner with a corner punch and adhered a black and cream polka dot patterned paper behind that corner.
    6. Adhere geishas to background using dimensional adhesive.  Because the card still needed something, I added some little strips of the patterned paper I used on the kimono on the bottom left on the background and a wood veneer arrow pointing to Louise geisha girl.   

    Another look at the Louise geisha girl ATC:

    Maybe this will give you ideas on how to make your own silly and fun characters using different stamps together.  Even if you decide to add some wings (from Wings or Mini Wings) to one of the Melange Women, Frida Por Vida, Louise, Sophie, Luc or Marcel you can come up with some whimsical additions to your cards, tags, art journal pages or any other project you are working on.

    We would love to see your character creations.  Add them to our flickr group, to Pinterest, comment with a link on this post or even email pictures to us!

    Have a wonderful Wednesday,

    Stamps: Earth & Sky, Louise, Melange Women 2
    Ink: Memento by Tsukineko in tuxedo black; Jenni Bowlin for Ranger in Lemon Drop, Chicken Feed and Chili Powder; Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger in Black Soot
    Cardstock: Georgia-Pacific in white
    Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon and Studio Calico
    Other: washi tape; wood veneer arrow by Studio Calico; ink applicator tool by Tim /Ranger; tiny attacher and staples by Tim Holtz; corner punch by Martha Stewart Crafts; sticky note by Basic Grey; dimensional adhesive by Scotch; black pen by American Crafts
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