Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What's Up Wednesday - Metallic Embossed Embellishments

What's Up Peeps?

It's What's Up Wednesday!  I've been looking for new techniques to use on my cards, and it turns out, this technique is an oldie, but a goodie.  I like to heat emboss, and here is a different way to use it on your projects. Check out the metallic embellishment just above the sentiment on this card.  The images for this card use stamps from Melange 5 Architecture.

I made it using Versamark Ink by Tsukineko, metallic embossing powder (EP), a heat tool, and a rubberstamp.  Let me be clear here - RUBBER stamp.  You will be pressing the rubberstamp into the hot melted EP, and the clear stamp will not hold up to this heat.  Here are some closeup photos of the steps.

I love how detailed the image comes out.  You must be careful though!  Make sure your RUBBER stamp is completely inked with the Versamark ink so that it will not get stuck in the hot embossing powder.  This is a fun technique and I hope you will try it!

That's What's Up this Wednesday!!!!!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Still Time for Flight Plan Mission 002

Hello there peeps,

I just wanted to remind anyone interested in participating in Flight Plan Mission 002 that the deadline is almost upon us, but there is still plenty of time to enter (deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. central time).  We want to see whatever you create that is inspired by this month's flight plan.  For more details and inspiration check this post HERE.

If you want to find other projects we've made with the Flight Plan Mission 002, please check any of this month's posts as we have been using it all over the place.

Take flight,

Monday, May 28, 2012

Mixed Media Monday- Shrink Plastic Charms

Hey Peeps!

Welcome to our first "Mixed Media Monday".  Our project this week features a technique that I learned from Tim Holtz.  I've always been a big fan of shrink plastic.  There's just so many things you can do with it!  I personally have made a lot of jewelry pieces with shrink plastic and when I saw Tim's video, I couldn't wait to try the technique.

To make the charms, first punch the shrink plastic sheets with a decorative punch (I used a scallop circle punch).  Then stamp the punched shapes using your favorite Paper Wings Productions stamps and Staz-On Ink from Tsukineko.  If you want to have a charm that hangs, you also need to punch a hole before you shrink it.  I would recommend nothing smaller than a 3/8" hole.  Remember, the hole shrinks too!  I did the shrinking and enameling in one step just like Tim does in the video.  I love the irregular quality of the shrink plastic coated in UTEE.  It really makes them look like hand formed glass.

These awesome little charms can be added to jewelry, cards, scrapbook pages, books, or just about anything else.  Feel inspired to go create these charms?  I hope  you will share your creations on our Flickr group.

Happy creating!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Changes in the Works

Happy Sunday peeps,

Are you also enjoying the holiday weekend? It is so good to have a little break and spend time with family and friends and take a moment to remember and honor those men and women who have given their lives while serving their country.

Perhaps you will take a moment and come visit The Aviary tomorrow because starting next week The Aviary will have a schedule!

Monday: Mixed Media Monday
Wednesday: What's Up Wednesday
Friday: Feature Friday

Occassionally Tuesday or Thursday will be Tutorial Tuesday or Tutorial Thursday.

We are excited about this weekly lineup and hope you are too!  Check back here at The Aviary and let us know what you think.

Take flight,

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Oh Baby!

Happy day peeps,

I tried my hand at a gift for a baby (probably boy, but perhaps not) that adds a little color and handmade charm to the nursery using the color combo from last week of yellow, aqua and coral.  For more information and projects using this color combo check out this post HERE and HERE

My background was inspired by Julie's baby card found HERE. I loved how she used all of her Whimsical Pattern Alphabet as a background and that is how I began as well...stamping the entire alphabet to make a fun pattern.

I then added watercolor markers, followed by Dylusions ink sprays and a Dylusions stencil and plenty of water. The colors were very vibrant and pretty, but I thought they were too intense for this project so I used a mixture of gesso and warm white paint to mute the colors. Of course this covered up the alphabet so I stamped it several times after the first time. Luckily the base of my project was a pretty heavy weight watercolor paper which held up to all the layers very well. 

I cut out the little paper boat and waves from patterned paper (don't worry about it being perfect, there is something special when you can see that someone made something themselves) and then I stamped each piece with a matching ink color using a flourish from Flourish Fun 2 and edged each with a matching color of watercolor marker. These flourishes work for nearly anything and I could probably add a flourish to every project I made so I better watch myself! 

My last bit of stamping was done sporadically around the top, right and left borders using the criss-cross border image from Details Framer using a gray ink so that it was somewhat subtle.  The words I had at hand...I like to sometimes type up a variety of words or phrases and have them when I need a few words sprinkled about a project.

Popping this little project into a frame would make a sweet gift for a little sailor.  You could easily change up the colors and patterns along with the image to suit your needs (for instance you could cut out a heart for a wedding gift...a house for a welcome home, hostess gift or housewarming gift).

Don't forget to check out the lovely card Julie made for a baby shower HERE

Take flight,

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A little something for Mother and Baby!

Hi Peeps!

It's Julie here again.  I have a new card that I made for a baby shower that I want to share with you today. Have you ever sat down to make a card, and you look through your sets and realize that you might not have the images you think you need to make your project?  Well, that happened to me this week.  I found great paper to use, and knew I would try a new version of the Flight Plan Mission 002, but looking through the Paper Wings stamp sets, I didn't see anything that jumped out to me and felt "baby".  Then, I took a second look!  I found lots of items that I could mix and match to create the theme I needed.  I love it when a plan comes together :)

This sample includes the frame from the Details Framer set, letters from the Whimsical Pattern Alphabet set, and the "oh so cute bird" from Birds of a Feather.  Look at how it all came together!

I used chalk ink with the alphabet stamps for a color coordinated look.  I stamped the framer on a yellow paper and then trimmed it out and added the sentiment on top and rounded the corners for a custom fit.  I wrote "welcome" to add a little more to the sentiment.  I knew I wanted the bird in the bottom left hand corner, but she would never show up on the patterned paper, and I didn't want her on a separate element.  So - I stamped her on the background so the legs would be in place, then I stamped her on white cardstock, colored her with prisma pencils and then cut and adhered her to the card. 

This was a fun card to make, and would be great for any Mom to Be.  This card could easily be changed for a baby boy, even using the same stamps, and simply changing the colors.  You could even use a star punch instead of the heart.  If you would like to get more details about this card, check out this post on my blog.

I hope you enjoyed this card and maybe it will inspire you to get crafty!  And...If you haven't joined in on the Flight Plan Mission 002, we hope that you do.  We want to see all of the awesome things you are making with Paper Wings sets.  Maybe this Memorial Day weekend will provide some extra crafting time for you.  I know that's what I'm looking forward to!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Color Combo Part II

Happy Friday peeps,

I know I am meeting this Friday with a great deal of relief.  How about you?  Are you too looking forward to the different pace of the weekend?  Planning on doing some stamping?

Today I have the second part of the yellow, aqua and coral color combo.  In this post are slightly larger projects than the cards from Wednesday.

Julie's project:

Julie made this timely (I could not resist that cheesy pun) art journal page using Flight Plan Mission 002 as a design guide.  Julie first painted the pages with white paint and then she used watercolor crayons to create the gradient yellow and coral background.  I love how she used Tim Holtz's tissue tape for the strips from the Flight Plan and that you can also see the color behind them.  The frame was cut out using her Silhouette and she colored it in with a Distress Marker (barn door)--even though the color is a red I think it could read as a very deep, rich coral.  Don't feel that the colors must match the color combo the Flight Plan they are meant as a guide.  Some reds and pinks will be reminiscent of coral for instance. 

I am particularly taken with the punched circles that she stamped with various borders from Day Framer, Detail Framer, Life Framer and Snapshot Framer.  The days of the week are from Snapshot Framer and the date are from the Life Framer

How did she create those circles with perfectly coordinated colors of the stamped image and its background? Julie stamped each circle with one of the borders using Distress Inks in the following colors: tumbled glass, broken china, barn door, scattered straw.  To color in the backgrounds she took the ink pad and pressed it into her craft sheet.  She then sprayed or spritzed the ink she transferred onto her craft sheet with water (use a little water spray bottle) and used a paint brush to paint lighter shades of the color she stamped with onto the circles. 

To add some aqua (or in this instance teal) to the bottom left hand portion of her page she placed a piece of patterned paper under the gold (yellow) and red (coral) chipboard letters.

To future compliment her theme of time she stamped the clock from Melange Women 2 (I think) down the left hand side of the page.

Shay's project:

I decided to try my hand again at scrapbooking.  I haven't done a 12x12 spread in ages, but with a color combo and using the Flight Plan Mission 002 I thought I would give it a try.   The main point of this layout is the journaling because the pictures although really cool are a mystery.  Another thing that helped me to tackle something I was pretty unfamiliar with was a scrapbook kit from Studio Calico (Glee Club from September 2011 which had the right colors and elements I really liked).  I think it is always important to realize that you need not do it all.  There are all sorts of ways to help you to create like sketches (like our Flight Plans), color challenges (like our color combo) and/or ready made kits.  I also added a sticker sheet from October Afternoon which were in the right colors to pile of supplies to use along with some cream Mister Huey's (reads as a pale yellow color) which I used in the upper left hand side and lower right hand side.

In my scrapbook layout I think of stamping as the foundation.  I created lines of triangles that remind me of arrows using the large pennant from Happy Day to act as the strips from Flight Plan Mission 002, but also for movement and to direct the eye to the pictures.  I colored in a few odd triangles with an aqua colored marker.  I didn't realize until later that the triangles mimic the diamond pattern of the window in the right hand picture.  Happy accidents which no one but you has to know was unintentional...tell people you meant to do it!  I added the flourishes from Flourish Fun 1 under the upper left hand corner and lower right hand corner of the photo block for some interest and more of an organic feel after so many more angular elements.  All of my journaling was written on journal lines created from one of the border stamps from Day Framer...this border is perfect for journaling lines as you can stamp it over and over to make the line as long as you need it.

You probably noticed that my yellows, aquas and corals on this layout are a bit dusty or aged which is perfect for the older pictures whereas Julie's colors are more saturated and brighter reflecting a happy feeling.  You can always use variations on the colors to reflect your story or project. 

I hope you have the chance to play and experiment with something new or unfamiliar this weekend perhaps trying a new product, some stamps that you have been meaning to ink up, a different color combination than usual or a new technique.  We would love to see what you do!  Share with us on this post, our flickr group, Pinterest, Instagram (our user name is: paperwingsproductions), Twitter or Facebook!

Come back next week for some more Paper Wings Productions projects.

Take flight,

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Color Combo, Part I

Hello there peeps,

This week Julie and I bring you a few projects using the same summery color combo.  Today are a couple of cards using yellow, aqua and coral based upon Flight Plan Mission 002.

Julie's card:

Julie made this pretty birthday card using the butterfly image from Carrie's Butterfly Panel.  Did you notice how cleverly she used the yellow ric-rac as the strips in Flight Plan Mission 002?  By stamping the single butterfly image three times in the three colors it makes a bigger impact further heightened by the use of coordinating colors of stickles.  The birthday sentiment is a rub-on from her stash.  Julie balances all the colors by using them each in the butterfly panel and then again in the rest of card.  The white panel is framed by a shimmery rectangle of coral while the ric-rac is yellow and the main background is aqua.

Shay's card:

My any occasion card is a bit more chaotic busy and uses the adorable birdhouse from handmade by Lissie girl's Home Tweet Home which I heat embossed with white embossing power on a piece of watercolor paper and colored in using some new aqua markers using the color combo.  I also used three strips of patterned paper in the appropriate colors from the 6x6 paper pad (love these so much) from the Paper Heart collection by Crate Paper.  I went a little wild with teal, yellow and white sprays in the background, but I had fun and that is what stamping is all about.

We would love to see what you create with this bright and happy color combo.  Feel free to share on flickr, Pinterest, Facebook and/or here on this post.

See you again Friday with some more yellow, aqua and coral creations.

Take flight,

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Part 2

Hey Peeps!!!

Hope all of you are enjoying Mother's Day.  I have a few samples to share with you, and like Shay, I used the Flight Plan-Mission 002 as my guide, but there are several variations. I used images die cut using my Silhouette and stamps from various paperwings stamp sets.

You will notice throughout these samples I have used Flourish Fun 2 stamps on the birds (and backgrounds later), and the cute border from Life Framer for accents.  Here on the tag I have also added the sentiment using words from the Snapshot Framer set.

I like having these gift bags on hand, and using the same elements resized, I have turned plain into cute and clever.  This time, I have three green grosgrain ribbons representing the vertical stripes from the Flight Plan, and the image is the bird and branch.  For the sentiment, I used words from the Banner set from Handmade by Lissie Girl, and the frame from the Details Framer set.  These Framers sets are so great.  There are so many elements packed into each of these sets and they can be used on so many projects - Ms. Shay really worked some magic on these.  I keep them on my desk AT ALL TIMES. :)

And finally - the gift.  A wall decor item using more of the birds and a few items from my stash of goodies.  On each panel, you can see the Flight Plan, but I chose to flip it several times to give it some interest.  That is a great way to take one of our templates and make it your own.  

We hope you are inspired by the samples here at the Aviary, and would love to see your take on the Flight Plan - Mission 002.  Be sure to post them on the Paper Wings Flickr Group and enter for a chance to win! 

Keep Stamping Peeps!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day

Happy Friday peeps,

Sometimes our best intentions are tread upon by everyday happenings and trying to get what must be done right now done or perhaps by circumstances beyond our control.  Perhaps you are now wondering what to give this Mother's Day.  Today I have an easy and customizable handmade gift and card you can give your mother or another important maternal figure in your life (including yourself!) for Mother's Day that can be done in an hour or less (or more depending on how elaborate you make it).

Using a simple, inexpensive and readily available composition book I customized the cover using 7Gypsies patterned tape, patterned paper, Paper Wings Productions stamps, a doily, letter stamps and gesso around the edges to mute some of the crazy color and patterns I used.  For my book I wanted to do a recipe book, but you could change it to be a goals book, travel journal, gardening book, weight loss journal, reading log, place for notes or ideas, etc. depending on what your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, mother-in-law, friend or any other important woman in your life (likewise you could do the same thing for the men in your life too).

Because I chose to do a recipe book I chose to go with food/drink themed stamps like the coffee border in Play With Your Coffee by Julie Mogford and the silverware from Hey Cupcake by handmade by Lissie Girl.  I also added a flourish from Flourish Fun 2 for an added interest.  The cake stand is from Let's Eat Cake also by handmade by Lissie Girl.

Did you notice that the accompanying card uses Flight Plan Mission 002

By using the Flight Plan I could take the guesswork out of coming up a layout and spend my time on the rest of the card.  For the cake I actually stamped the backside of the image using 3 colors of ink and then over-stamped it with the right side of the cake image in black.  I think it creates a cool effect.  The stamps used on this card are very similar to those used on the book to create a cohesive look: Flourish Fun 2, Let's Eat Cake and Hey Cupcake.

I hope you have a joyous Mother's Day celebrating the mothers in your life and all those mothers out there I hope you are showered with love.

Take flight,

Friday, May 4, 2012

Monthly paper wings productions class at Stamp Antonio

Join us tomorrow at Stamp Antonio Arts for our monthly Paper Wings Productions workshop. This month we will be constructing a bracelet that has shrink plastic charms that are done in a unique manner that makes them look like glass. Call 210-764-7900 to sign up.

Flight Plan: Mission 002

Hello peeps!

It's Julie again!  I can't believe it is already May, can you? April went by so fast.  The Paper Wings gals really enjoyed looking at the submissions for April and can't wait to see what this month's Flight Plan will inspire you to create. Are you ready?  Here we go... 

What is a Flight Plan? 

It is a guide of sorts to get your project started by giving you some guidelines to follow, but in our case, we hope your creativity will interpret these plans into amazing and clever new creations. We’d love to see your finished pieces, so we have set up a Flickr gallery where you can share your submissions with us. So, put on those paper wings and get ready to take flight!

Your Mission:
Create a project (card, ATC, tag, scrapbook layout, multi-media piece, etc.) using paper wings productions stamps with the Flight Plan as your guide.
  • Share a picture of your project on our Flickr group. Make sure to tag it using this code: FP002. If your picture is not tagged we will not know it has been entered into the challenge.
  • You have until Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. central time to post your entries.
  • Enter as many times as you wish before the deadline.
  • We will choose a winner to receive their wings and a stamp set of their choice.
Julie's Sample:  This time I chose to use a literal translation of the Flight Plan. The Snapshot Framer and Let's Eat Cake sets made quick work of this clean and simple birthday card.  I like this style, and with a few color changes, would be a perfect card for the birthday guy in your life.
Shay's Sample: My interpretation is pretty literal too as an art journal page.  I decided to use three framed ladies to created the large block and used pattern paper strips behind the framed ladies for journaling.  I was able to use a few stamp was a leftover scrap from my first canvas.  Waste not, want not!  Stamp sets used: Melange Women (this one I use a lot), Geishas, Melange 4 -Architecture (I used the fairie panel and the tip of the pointed building on the left and right hand edges--fun find), Flourish Fun 2 (as background on the little tag) and Life Framer (the frame image, but also the numbers and year on the little tag). 

We look forward to seeing your creations! 

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Flight Plan: Mission 001 winners

Hello Peeps!

We are proud to announce the winners for the April submissions! These projects were so great!

This first winner is Zenda Weaver! For her project, she has used stamps from both the Milagros and Muertos sets. I love the addition of the wings to the Frida image. Bold, dramatic, striking color choices which reminds me of Frida herself. Nice!

Our second winner is from Jill, aka collected mess,  and she has used the borders and sentiments from the Details Framers set in such a unique way. The repetition of the scallop border in a variety of colors makes a very clever and fun background. And if you look closely, you will also see the x border used to accent the letters in LOVE. What a fun tag!

Zenda and Jill, please contact Shay at with the name of your choice of stamp set.  Congratulations!

Hope to see you all for Mission 002 later this week!

Happy Stamping!
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