{Wrapping Up – 12 Days of Whimsy}

Wowsers! What fun we had during the 12 Days of Whimsy! I don’t think my house has ever been so full of mica chips and sparkle! Fa la la la la!

I would like to give special thanks to Gale Blair the owner and creator of Paper Whimsy. I appreciate her talent creating the most GORGEOUS collage images on the web (I am not partial – they truly are the best !!) and her GENEROUS offer of the coupon giveaways each day and Grand Prize gift certificates! You are the BEST Gale! Thank you!

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I also would like to thank all the wonderful ladies that participated in this event…old and new! :) Your enthusiasm was contagious. Although, I feel a sadness in my heart that we end our event – I look forward to getting to know you in 2012!

I am looking forward to many exciting venues in 2012! Stay tuned for classes that will be announced soon for January – February 2012…I hope you can join me! :)

Our two Grand Prize winners will be receiving a $50.00 gift certificates to Paper Whimsy:

Congratulations to Robyn Westbury and Chris Thuerk!!!

A wrap up of the 12 Days of Whimsy $5.00 coupon winners:

#12 Day: Michelle LaGrange, Barb Glasier and Linda Kunsman!
#11 Day: Christine Shebroe, Barbara DeLisle and Theresa Martin!
#10 Day: Leslie Anderson, Maggie Mannweiler and Patricia Koffeebean!
#9 Day: Carolyn Huber, Marsha Mees and Barbara Staradumsky!
#8 Day: Dorthe Hanson,Theresa Martin and Lynn Stevens!
#7 Day: Heather Corn, PetraB, and Christine Shebroe!
#6 Day: Bleubeard and Elizabeth, Jane Millard, and Fiona Randall!
#5 Day: Sue Young, Doreen aka Lundilad and Caroline Lawson!
#4 Day: PetraB, Julie Loeschke, and Cassie!
#3 Day: Debbie Ellerd, Cat Dodt-Ellis, and Dorene Elizabeth!
#2 Day: Sandy Scholz, Jan DeBellis and Kathie Pieper!
#1 Day: Robyn, JudyB, and Irene Walas!

Thanks again to each of you for making this event a success! Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season and blessings in 2012!

{12 Days of Whimsy – eBook}

For those that wish to keep a handy reference of the projects we did during the “12 Days of Whimsy” I have created a 29 page Adobe pdf eBook. This book includes the step by step directions, photos and mitten pattern are included.

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{12th Day of Whimsy – Festive Holly Bunting}

12th Day of Whimsy – Festive Holly Bunting

Oh by gosh by golly…it’s the 12th Day with holly…
This bunting was made with studio cloth (if you haven’t tried it – you simply must), Festive Holiday Digi Sheets, and a sweet beautiful face. The creative combinations for this project are endless…as are the lovely faces you could add. This project is perfect to do with a little or old friend, niece or nephew, and will be cherished for years to come.

Supplies:
Studio Cloth
Digi Sheet – 285
Digi Sheet – 284
Beautiful Face Digi Sheet – 232
Dimensional Glue Dots
White Mini Pom Trim
Mica Chips
Silver Glass Glitter
Lace
Distress Ink
Alene’s Tacky Glue
Eyelets and Eyelet Setter
Matte Gel Medium

Technique:

(1) I cut three 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ backgrounds from the amazing Studio Cloth. What’s so fantastic about Studio Cloth is that it does not curl or roll when you cut and paint it.

(2) Once the base paint dried, I used a darker shade of brown to added the weathered look. Simply tear off a small piece of plastic wrap and wad it up so it has crinkles. Blot the plastic wrap in the dark brown paint and dab on to the canvas pieces. You can set little eyelets into each corner on your bunting pieces or sew a small hem along the top.

(3) Cut the Digi 285 letters out and distress edges with ink.

(4) Cut out Digi Sheet 284 and distress edges with ink.

(5) Using Alene’s Tacky Glue and a tooth pick, draw thin lines of glue around edge of banner piece. Sprinkle with silver glass glitter along the edges. Allow time to dry and set up and tap off access.

(6) Glue a letter to the center of each bunting shape, or use Dimensional Glue Dots for a 3-D effect. Glue pennant shapes to inside of canvas. I used a tacky fabric glue to do this, set wax paper over the pieces and placed heavy books on top. Allow time to dry, and your bunting will be nice and flat.

(7) Cut out a Beautiful face and add to bunting pieces using matte gel. Once dry, use glue and Glass glitter technique (mentioned above) along the edges.

(8) Glue lace to the bottom of each bunting piece using tacky glue or E6000. Add white pom pom trim by gluing over the lace edge. Glue buttons over the pom pom trim.

(9) Set silver eyelets in the upper corner of each bunting piece. Glue holly berries randomly on bunting.

(10) String bunting pieces on ribbon.

(11) Add crystal sticker bling to each letter and red crystal glitter bling to holly berries.

Make sure to stop by again tomorrow, December 13th when we will announce the lucky winners of the two $50.00 gift certificates from Paper Whimsy.

Our #11 Day Winners are: Christine Shebroe, Barbara DeLisle and Theresa Martin! Congratulations! Gale will be contacting you with your coupons!

How to be eligible to win one of those coupons?
Easy peasy – be a fan of Sugar Lump Studios and Paper Whimsy on Facebook (if you’re not on Facebook, no worries, just add that you’re not on Facebook when you leave your comment). Then each day that you leave a comment on Nancy’s blog is another day that your name is entered into the drawing for the daily giveaway. And yes, you can win more than once!
On Day 13 – December 13th – there will be a drawing from amongst ALL the eligible comments for a chance to win one of two $50 gift certificate to Paper Whimsy.


Have a blog? Want to link your project?



{Eleventh Day of Whimsy – Snow Dust Faerie Jars}

{Eleventh Day of Whimsy – Snow Dust Faerie Jars}

This one is dedicated to the kiddies or the adults who are still children at heart. The little jars are quick and simple projects that can delight young and old. I tried to make them very simple – but you can expand on this project to make the jars more fancy. You could also fill with jingle bells, small sparkling ornaments, bottle brush trees, or Christmas picks. Set them on a window ledge, shelves, the mantle, or a make a small vignette in the china cabinet. Everyone needs a Snow Dust Faerie in their home this season!

Supplies:
Beautiful Face – Digi Sheet 192
Handsome Lad – Digi Sheet 022
Yuletide Sentiments – Digi Sheet 281 or Computer fonts
Mica Flakes
Silver Glass Glitter
Ribbon
Rusty Star
Canning Jars
Faux Snow, Epsom Salts or Shredded Kraft Paper
Matte Gel Medium
Lightweight Cardboard
E6000 Glue
Butteflies
*Optional Old Skeleton Key and Crystal Glass Prism

Technique:

(1) Print Paper Whimsy images and cut “loosely” around the image. Apply image to lightweight cardboard using Matte Gel Medium. Allow time to dry and cut image (close along the lines of shape). Sometimes using a small manicure scissor works well to get a smooth image.

(2) Glue butterfly wings to the back of the image with E6000. You may want to clamp in place with small clothespins or book clips while glue bonds.

(3) Create small word banners in Microsoft Word. I used the font “Scriptina” which is available on the web. My font size was “10″. You could also use Paper Whimsy Yuletide Sentiments. Cut out banner shape.

(4) Glitter edge of word banner using Silver German Glass Glitter and glue on to fairy figure or on to star.

(5) If using a rusty star – apply glue or Matte gel medium to front and sprinkle with Silver German glass glitter. Allow time to dry – tap off access. Glue star to wand (I used a bamboo skewer).

(6) Center faerie to a piece of sculpty clay or glue on small stone. Apply another small amount of glue and carefully set into the jar. The glue will need to set up on the bottom of jar. E6000 glue works well on glass or metal.

(7) Once faerie has set up on the inside of the jar, pour faux snow/epsom salts/mica chips or bits of shredded paper into the bottom of the jar.

(8) Screw lid shut on top of jar. Tie ribbon around the side (or underneath lip of lid) and add keys, crystals, charms, small ornaments, or jingle bells.

Variations:

Create spring faeries by adding Spanish moss or green moss in the bottom of jar.
Add shredded sheets of old text or music.
Added brightly colored shred.

Congratulations to our Day #10 Winners: Leslie Anderson, Maggie Mannweiler and Patricia Koffeebean! Gale will be contacting you with your coupons! Congratulations!

How to be eligible to win one of those coupons?
Easy peasy – be a fan of Sugar Lump Studios and Paper Whimsy on Facebook (if you’re not on Facebook, no worries, just add that you’re not on Facebook when you leave your comment). Then each day that you leave a comment on Nancy’s blog is another day that your name is entered into the drawing for the daily giveaway. And yes, you can win more than once!
On Day 13 – December 13th – there will be a drawing from amongst ALL the eligible comments for a chance to win one of two $50 gift certificate to Paper Whimsy.


Have a blog? Want to link your project?



{Tenth Day of Whimsy – Christmas Wishes Journal}

Christmas Wishes Journal

This journal project is quick and an easy way to make last minute gifts. Decorate them with the Holiday season in mind, or favorite hues of the recipient who will receive it. The secret to a beautiful journal is using Paper Whimsy faces!

Supplies:
Beautiful Face – Digi Sheet 294
Digi Sheet – Tags 091
Pure Silver Glass Glitter
Rusty Stars
Coordinating Pattern Papers
Lace or ribbon
Ephemera
Composition Book (Standard or Mini Size)
*The Paper Studio or Recollections Double Sided Mounting Tape
Buttons

Technique:
*The biggest secret to success with paper journals is your adhesive. If you use GOOD double-sided tape (The Paper Studio, Recollections or Pioneer brand) your paper will stick and stay nice for years to come.

(1) Cover the front of journal along the edges with heavy double-sided tape. Also put a small strip down the center.

(2) Cover with pattern paper about 1 1/2 inches bigger than the cover. Crease and fold over to the back. Smooth the front as you do this. Place pattern paper on the back side of the journal in the same manner.

(3) Add tape to the pieces of paper that you folded to the inside. Smooth out on the interior and make sure they stick to the interior cover.

(4) Cut coordinating paper to size so it will cover the folded edges on the interior cover. Place tape along all edges of the wrong side of your coordinating paper and place gently and with care on the interior cover. Smooth out as you go.

(5) Decorate your cover using bits of old music, coordinating paper, Digi Tags, and Paper Whimsy image.
*Again, use GOOD double-sided adhesive if you want this to hold up. No glue sticks, glue pens etc. If you own a Xyron this would be great adhesive to use also!

(6) Glue photo corners and embellishments to the front of journal. Add words.

(7) Cover a rusty star with silver glitter glass and adhere to front of journal. I cover my rusty stars with matte gel medium and sprinkle the glitter all over. Allow time to dry and tap off the extra glitter.

(8) Add buttons and tie a ribbon or lace around cover.

Variations:
Make little mini composition books and tuck them into stockings.
Decorate the journals in themes made for the recipient.

Our Day #9 Winners: Carolyn Huber, Marsha Mees and Barbara Staradumsky! Congratulations! Gale has contacted you with your prize information!

How to be eligible to win one of those coupons?
Easy peasy – be a fan of Sugar Lump Studios and Paper Whimsy on Facebook (if you’re not on Facebook, no worries, just add that you’re not on Facebook when you leave your comment). Then each day that you leave a comment on Nancy’s blog is another day that your name is entered into the drawing for the daily giveaway. And yes, you can win more than once!
On Day 13 – December 13th – there will be a drawing from amongst ALL the eligible comments for a chance to win one of two $50 gift certificate to Paper Whimsy.


Have a blog? Want to link your project?



{Ninth Day of Whimsy – Silver Antiquities}

Silver Antiquities

These tags were made with “Christmas past” in mind. The silver glass glitter is very addicting to work with and gives that antique feel. The tags were aged using coffee or tea and sepia colored ink. A simple little project…you could make oodles of these for the tree, greeting cards, or package embellishments.

There are oodles of Paper Whimsy faces to choose from and with the instant download feature on their site you can print them instantly! :)

Supplies:
Beautiful Face – Digi Sheet 037
Beautiful Face – Digi Sheet 252
Cheesecloth
Yuletide Sentiments – Digi Sheet 281
Digi Tags 091
Pure Silver Glass Glitter
Ribbon
Lace
Shipping tags
Small merchandise tags
Tea or coffee (for staining)
Mini Silver Brads
Circle Punch
Scallop Circle Punch
Assorted rubber stamps
Sepia tone ink
Sewing machine
Alene’s Tacky Glue

Technique:
(1) Dye shipping tags and small merchandise tags using tea of coffee. Allow time to dry. You may speed up the drying process by laying tags out on a cookie sheet. Heat oven to 200 degrees, and place cookie sheet of tags inside. TURN OFF oven and allow them to set in the low heat. Once dry, iron flat.

(2) Stamp background of tag using sepia tone ink.

(3) Sew little bits of cheesecloth and lace on background of tag. Sew lace at bottom edge of tag.

(4) Punch out scallop circle from text pattern paper. Punch out Paper Whimsy face in circle.

(5) Add a small amount of glue to Paper Whimsy face and dust with Silver Glass Glitter. Allow time to dry and set up, then tap off extra glitter.

(6) Glue Paper Whimsy face circle to scallop circle of text paper making sure they are centered.

(7) Layer smaller tags from Digi Sheet 091 on center background of main tag.

(8) Glue Paper Whimsy face to center of tag.

(9) Add Yuletide sentiments to bottom of tag and place silver brads through each end.

(10) Add a little branch of silver florist trim and buttons with glue.

(11) Tie ribbon through the top of tag.

Our winners for Day #8 coupons: Dorthe Hanson,Theresa Martin and Lynn Stevens! Congratulations ladies! Gale has sent you information on your prize!

How to be eligible to win one of those coupons?
Easy peasy – be a fan of Sugar Lump Studios and Paper Whimsy on Facebook (if you’re not on Facebook, no worries, just add that you’re not on Facebook when you leave your comment). Then each day that you leave a comment on Nancy’s blog is another day that your name is entered into the drawing for the daily giveaway. And yes, you can win more than once!
On Day 13 – December 13th – there will be a drawing from amongst ALL the eligible comments for a chance to win one of two $50 gift certificate to Paper Whimsy.


Have a blog? Want to link your project?