Bitty Love Zipper Pulls

My children are quite happy that this latest project didn’t get picked for a recent publication call. Now they get to keep what I made!

I was thinking of “back to school” when I made these little zipper pulls from shrink plastic. Have you ever used shrink plastic? It’s pretty fun and addictive, once you get started!

The pulls are two part, the top is stamped with the Bitty Love stamps from Paper and Such and die cut before shrinking. I also made sure to punch my holes before shrinking, one at the top and the bottom of the circular elements.

I lightly sanded the shrink plastic before stamping, and then stamped with Staz On ink, finishing off by adding colour with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens. Don’t use Copics, since they will lift off the Staz On ink. If you only have Copics, you can add colour by colouring on the reverse side of the stamped image – though I think the effect is more colourful if you can use a water-based marker and colour directly on the stamped side.

The alphas are from {ippity} by Unity Stamp Co. and they were super fun to colour! I used Spica glitter pens to add colour as well as the Pitt pens and they get super glittery when shrunk down. Again, don’t forget to punch that hole, before shrinking.

You can use your oven to shrink the plastic, but I find the fastest way is by using my heat gun. It will curl and act freaky, but most of the time will flatten back out without mishap. A few times I had to redo because the curled plastic wanted to stick together.

I decorated a little tin to keep the zipper pulls in using October Afternoon’s Five and Dime paper and embellishments. I’m imagining making a whole punch for the kids to give to friends. Of course, my kids are homeschooled, but they still use backpacks, or maybe they’ll attach them to their coats! I used jewellery findings to put the whole thing together and love the way it all turned out!

Ippity feature: Cherish Your Dreams

Today’s Ippity feature is the Cherish Your Dreams set – one of my favourites! Each stamp in the set is so pretty – and very versatile.

Sale $18.00 Click Image to Buy!

Here’s a few of my favourite past projects using the set:

This one also uses stamps from the Now & Always set and Totally Happy!

The pansy stamp and sentiment are from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Looking at all these past projects makes me just want to break the set out and use it again! What about you? Visit the Ippity tab at the top of the page to buy your own set while supplies last!






Ippity Sale & Showcase

I love my Ippity stamps, and I’m sad I won’t be selling them anymore – now I’ll have to pay retail for my own collection! The stamps I do have left in stock I’m clearing out, and while I do so, I thought I’d share a few past projects so you can see how much fun the stamps are!

Today I’m sharing projects using the Quotes A La Happy set. There are ten stamps in the set and it’s on sale for $18.00!

I only have a couple sets left in stock so order now! Don’t forget that if you buy 3 sets or more, shipping is free!

Friends with Flair – Hanukkah Newbie Edition

Happy Friends With Flair! Love being able to play along and share this card I made for a recent publication call. It wasn’t picked and it’s not surprising – I know NOTHING about Hanukkah, but it’s a beautiful card anyhow. Though to me Unity Stamp usually scream “fresh, fun & funky!”, if you are a shabby chic junkie like me, you can get your fix of that too – just got my July kit and WOWZA!

This card uses papers from My Mind’s Eye, cream coloured card stock (I’m totally into cream right now) and Ippity stamps. The stickers & brads are from My Mind’s Eye and the letter stickers are Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon.

Check out the rest of Friends With Flair on the Unity blog!

Friends With Flair – Fussy Cutters Unite!

Hey, it’s Friends With Flair Friday! Here’s a card in celebration of our weekly hop:

I love challenging myself to make a card as pretty as possible. This card uses Spellbinders dies, Ippity stamp sets and a KOM stamp from April 2010. Love the pretty soft red paired with cream, brown and green. And yes, the fussy cutting is a hassle, but it looks so pretty – and doesn’t take as long as you’d think.

This week I also recorded a video for my new Doodle School feature – take a minute or two and check out my faux stitching tutorial! And I had my tiara-donning head shot taken which you will be seeing on Paper Crafts blog in a couple weeks. Here’s an outtake from the session:

I was going for a “pointing-to-tiara” look but I think I ended up with “pointing-to-brain”. Makes me laugh.

Friends With Flair – Ippity Kittity Edition

I’ve been working on a card set using Cosmo Cricket’s Upcycle papers and Ippity’s How You Doin’ stamp set. (you can buy the set from my Ippity page here!) It’s a great set for making cards, and combined with Upcycle it’s so much fun!

The problem challenge with card kits is that I’m limited to using mostly the paper and the stamps, no embellishments are included in this kit. It’s been fun to explore what embellishments I can make with a few supplies, especially since I am usually a lots ‘o’ layers kind of gal!

Hope you enjoyed my cards – the kits will be available on my site for purchase in about a week. Check out the rest of Friends with Flair here, don’t forget that by commenting on participants’ posts (like this one!) you are entered to win some Unity stamps!

AND, if you like art, I have a new painting post up – check out my art blog here!