We’ve been having such a grand week so far. Could it get any better?
Uhhh…can I get a big ol’…
We have some more absolute awesomeness coming from Layle today. She was one busy gal concocting up all these goodies! I’m gonna let all the work speak for itself first and then I will speak at the end. Because…um…wow?
[ Design | Feathers ]
Layle says: I love these feathers! I wanted the package to be fairly neutral, so I cut the feathers from white card stock. When I laid them down on the front of the package, I thought it was far too boring, so I added a little glitter to the tops of the feathers to spice things up a bit :) This package could be used for virtually any occasion.
I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge on the top of each feather and then dumped glitter on top. Super easy technique that packs a punch!
[ Design | Happy Camper (clouds) ]
Layle says: This was such a fun project to do! And in keeping with the theme of my post & projects, another easy one to do. For this project, I created my own wrapping paper by painting clouds on the paper itself. I started by creating a stencil in Silhouette Studio using the clouds from the Happy Camper kit. I ungrouped the clouds and then moved and rotated them so they would be randomly spaced/placed when I painted.
I used a white Martha Stewart acrylic paint along with one of her Foam Pouncer Tops. You just screw the pouncer top onto the paint, dab it on a piece of scratch paper a few times to get the paint flowing, and you’re off to the races
A few recommendations if you want to do something similar:
- Keep your stencil to a manageable size. The one I created here is 4.5″x12″. I wouldn’t recommend going much taller than 4.5″ or it might be hard to hold onto the stencil when you’re painting each shape.
- Use a sturdy material to create your stencil. I used regular card stock, which was no problem considering this was a ‘one and done’ project, meaning I don’t have plans to use this stencil again. If you think you might want to reuse a stencil, use a heavier material so the design keeps it’s shape over time.
- Paint from the outside of the design in towards the center. That’s especially helpful if your design comes to a sharp point in places, so your stencil retains it’s shape and doesn’t lose those points. It will also help prevent paint from bleeding under your stencil.
- Rotate your stencil. Rotating your stencil in different directions on the paper gives it more of a random, whimsical, handmade look.
This would make a great craft project for kids! With a little supervision (mainly to help hold the stencil in place with one hand while trying to paint with the other hand), the options for creating custom wrapping paper are limitless!
[ Design | Just Because (love you) ]
Layle says: When I started sketching ideas for this month’s projects, I pulled out a bunch of different kraft colored products I had in my stash, including a kraft card. I love Kerri’s handwritten words and thought it would be fun to make a quick card using ‘Love You’ from the Just Because kit. Again, I used white cardstock because I love the stark contrast against the kraft background. I inked a wood veneer heart to add a bit of color. Quick and simple design, you could make up a bunch of cards like this for all occasions to have on hand. Hey, I need to take my own advice and do just that!
Okay, did I say wow already? I think it bears repeating, yes? The gold tipped feathers? Oh so divine. The ‘happy little clouds’ (please excuse the Bob Ross reference–couldn’t help it) are so sweet–and perfect–with that big blue ribbon. And the love you card? I want one. :)
Layle, you outdid yourself this week girlie! A bundle of inspiration for sure!
We’ve got another giveaway today!
This one comes from that sweet thing Heidi Swapp. And I have to tell you, when I opened the package to take a photograph, all I kept wondering is, would anyone would notice if I kept it for myself? ;)
Her new September Skies line is to die for! I need a whole pack of that grey+white stripe myself.
And you know…September is my favorite month of the year. It may have something to do with it being my birthday month, add school starting, fall coming…it just all rolls up into one month of awesomeness in my book. So when Heidi came out with her new September Skies line, I knew already I’d like it, site unseen. ;)
Thank you Miss Thang for helping me celebrate this week!
Here’s a bazillion ways you can enter. The more you do, the more chances you have to win. U.S. residents only please.
If you haven’t had a chance to enter in the other giveaways this week, be sure to do that. All contests will end Sunday and winners will be announced Monday.
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