Scrapbook Soup with Wax

The Scrapbook Soup online schedule is now available for the upcoming season here.

Julie Fei-Fan and Paula Nelson-Hart on the Scrapbook Soup Set

Julie Fei-Fan and Paula Nelson-Hart on the Scrapbook Soup Set

Show 303 (October 18, 2013) features the Purple Cows Encaustic Scrapbook Page.  You can check out the detail page here.

Featured Project

Featured Project

More fun with wax paints and paper crafts

More fun with wax paints and paper crafts

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Encaustics: Oh the Possibilities

Encaustic Wax Flower ProjectHello! Amber here, to share this cheerful sunflower canvas with you today! I started with a 4″ x 12″ primed canvas. First, I used book paper and Mod Podge to cover the sides of the canvas. Next, I used the MELT hot tool with the Mini Iron attachment to melt and drip “Deep Sea Spearmint” colored wax all over the canvas, spreading with the Mini Iron as went from top to bottom. While the wax was still warm, I added torn pieces of Kraft-colored tissue paper for added definition and texture.

AE-Encaustic-Sunflower-PROCESS_webNext, I used a die-cutting machine to cut out two daisies. I laid these on a piece of wax paper and melted “Lemon Fizz” colored wax onto both layers.

AE-Encaustic-Sunflower-PROCESS2_webFor the middle of the sunflower, I used a scalloped circle punch and covered it with melted “Spiced Hot Chocolate” colored wax. For my hand-cut leaves, I first used “Spring Lawn” and then “Gold” wax. I used another piece of book paper to make the stem. I also hand-cut a planter-shaped design and melted “Candy Apple” over the top. Next, I hand-stamped “OH, the possibilities” (because as I was making this piece, I couldn’t help but let my mind wander to some possible future projects!) I covered those with Clear wax. All of these pieces were done individually on a piece of wax paper to keep the colors from combining on my actual canvas.

Now, we are ready to adhere the pieces onto the canvas. I melted clear wax where I wanted the sunflower to go- but just enough so that I didn’t adhere the petals. I wanted those to pop-up a bit. Things got a little messy here, and I constantly wiped off the Mini Iron onto a paper towel, to help keep the colors from mixing together. I did end up having blue melt onto my yellow petals- but one of the really great things about wax is you can melt it again and again or simply add more of the color you want to cover your mistake, which is what I did. I let the “Lemon Fizz” drip onto the parts that the “Deep Sea Spearmint” had spread to. I did this with each piece; the pointed tip of the iron works really well to “scrape away” the color that you don’t want, just keep wiping your tool on the paper towels. For details on the leaf, I used the Taper attachment.

AE-Encaustic-Sunflower-PROCESS3_webTo add yet another layer, I grabbed the Gold Wind it Wire and wrapped and bent it until I was happy with the flower shape. This was super easy! The Wind It Wire is very easy to work with- and very forgiving if you need to “re-do” something.

AE-Encaustic-Sunflower-PROCESS4_webIt was pretty easy to adhere to the canvas, as well: I added a little bit more “Spiced Hot Chocolate” to the center of my sunflower and while it was still warm, I pressed the wire right into the wax. I then dripped a little more around the center of the wire flower to make sure it was secure when it dried.

AE-Encaustic-Sunflower-SIDE-Finally, I dripped “Gold” drops randomly around the canvas. A few minutes later when everything was dry, I used a white paint pen to outline everything and to give it some detail with doodles. Last, I added a red embellishment to the center of the wire flower. And there you have it, a bright and happy piece of art!

AE-Encaustic-Sunflower-CU-webWhat’s next?! ….”OH, the possibilities!”

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Encaustic Layout on Scrapbook Soup

Vintage Layout using Encaustic Wax

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Creating with Warm Wax

I just can’t seem to stay away from the craft iron these days.  Here’s some of the latest out of the studio.

Encaustic Wax Butterfly Shape

This was one of those pre-printed pieces of wood from JoAnn’s. I added the background first, then it was like “paint by numbers” filling in the design. Super Easy!

Encaustic Daisies on Wood

I started this by stamping an image on a simple wood circle shape from JoAnn’s, then I just used the encaustic paint to color it in.

Encaustic Heart Tag

Cecilly Hart has been playing in the studio with me and created this fun tag using the wax pen/stylus tip. I love the texture!

Encaustic Card with flowers

This was a collaboration. Cecilly created these beautiful little flowers with phonebook pages and I spread some wax around the stamped image and the papers. We threw in some burlap and feathers and hit a home run!

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Not Just a Doorstop

Once a phonebook, now a roseI was tripping over the new phonebook the other day when I realized how great the pages would soak up encaustic paint.  Voila!

Pages were torn from the phone book and covered in Purple Cows encaustic paint, then punched with the soon to be available Tonic Flower Punches.

Pages were torn from the phone book and covered in Purple Cows encaustic paint, then punched with the soon to be available Tonic Flower Punches.

The petals were curled on the edge of some scissors like ribbon.

The petals were curled on the edge of some scissors like ribbon.

I think I like it!

 

 

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Get Ready for Spring Planting

I just came across this fabulous post from Scrapbook Your Treasured Memories.  Seriously brilliant way to welcome in spring with your Purple Cows Laminator!

Purple Cows Laminator and Hot Pockets make great garden markers

Brilliant Idea! Laminated seed packets for garden markers!

 

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Warming Up for the Weekend

Melt Craft Iron in Use

Recycling Magazine pages with Tonic Punches and Purple Cows Encaustic Paint.

We are warming things up in the pasture this weekend with some soon to be released Tonic Studios Punches,  encaustic wax paint, the Melt Craft Iron  and some old magazine pages.

Check out the finished project next week!

What are you doing this weekend?

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Spring Decor with Pattern Paper Scraps

For a quick fun and kitty loving project, shred some cute printed scrapbook paper scraps and curl.  Great for Easter grass alternatives and a fun and festive basket filler.Shredded Scrapbook Paper Curls

Cute paper leftovers

Our kitten decided she wanted to play with the festive paper curls

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Shamrock Block’s ~ March Madness ~ with Lynette Southwick

Happy Wednesday!

Lucky you, I have another fun St. Paddy’s Day decoration to share today. A lot of what is needed to make these are in your scraps basket. So get digging  (you might get lucky) and get get busy!

“For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.”
~Author Unknown

Shamrock Blocks Trio

Purple Cows designer Lynette Southwick created this project with  the Purple Cows CraftGeek 2 in 1 Combo Craft Trimmer and the Wind It wire # #7119 Green and the Tonic Kushgrip 6.5 Ulitiy Craft Scissors #835

13"2 in 1 Combo Craft Trimmer #1040

13″2 in 1 Combo Craft Trimmer #1040

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Click here for a full supply list and instructional PDF to Lynette Southwick’s project.

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Let the “Shenanigan’s” begin! March Madness with Lynette Southwick

Hi! It’s Grandma Nettie here making up some fun St. Patrick’s Day decorations for you!

I started collecting wood shamrocks last year in the intent of adding them to the bazillion other decorations I have for St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t know why, but I really like St. Patrick’s decorations even if it isn’t really a big holiday. I had fun hunting for them at thrift stores and at garage sales.   I finally got around to doing something with them this week and here are the results!

Before:

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After:

All undated and beautiful now!

For my refurbished Shamrocks  I used the  Purple Cows CraftGeek Wire  #7118-Bronze on two of them. On the remaining two, I just left the wire that was original to the shamrocks. I also used the Purple Cows CraftGeek Roll It  #7300 to help with the shading.

Purple Cows CraftGeek Wind It Easy Wire Winder                                 Purple Cows CraftGeek Roll It

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for a full supply list and instructional PDF to Lynette Southwick’s Refurbished Shamrocks project

 

Now get out there and start looking for your lucky 4 leaf clovers to redo!

Check back tomorrow as more  St. Paddy’s Day ideas to follow!

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And the winner is…………………….

Carla Hundley!!!

We'll aren't you somethin' !

We’ll aren’t you somethin’ !

Congratulations Carla you have won the package of our Purple Cows 100 count  Laminating Hot Pockets!!! Whoo-Hoo! You are going to have plenty of pockets for that Easter project you have coming up.

A big thank you to the others that left comments to enter our Hot Pocket give away. We appreciate your ideas and participation. We love hearing what you are up to!

For the record it’s still snowing around here {sigh}….Good excuse to  hunker down and make some more fun projects to share.

Only 22 more days until SpRinG!!!! Yes!

 

 

 

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5 Hot Projects to Warm Up Winter and a Giveaway

It’s snowing outside– AGAIN — so we wanted to warm things up a little with some fun laminator projects you can do this weekend and a Hot Pocket Giveaway to get you going!

#1 – Scrap Up your Leftovers and Decorate your Fridge

Using scrappy leftovers, create mini artwork pieces to brighten up your kitchen.

Using scrappy leftovers, create mini artwork pieces to brighten up your kitchen.

 

#2 – Use your Laminator to create custom embellishments

Using embossing powder, on the inside of the hot pockets before sending it through the laminator created this cool effect.

Using embossing powder, on the inside of the hot pockets before sending it through the laminator created this cool effect.

 

Designer Tanisha Long created these fun embellishments and used them on this layout.

Designer Tanisha Long created these fun embellishments and used them on this layout.

#3 – Make a Dry Erase Clock

This is a cute way to create a learning clock using the Purple Cows Laminator and Hot Pockets.  It would also make a great reminder!

This is a cute way to create a learning clock using the Purple Cows Laminator and Hot Pockets. It would also make a great re-useable reminder!

#4 – Laminated Genealogy Cards

This is a great way to create fun and memorable family "trading cards" by Lynn Warner.

This is a great way to create fun and memorable family “trading cards” by Lynn Warner.

Genealogy laminated cards

#5 – Snowflakes (If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.)

CraftGeek Punch It designs are great for intricate snowflakes

Punch some snowflakes, then laminate them to preserve a little winter fun.

Now the Giveaway–  Leave a comment here about what you will laminate for a chance to win a Hot Pocket 100 pack.  We will randomly draw a winner on Monday, February 26th.

Good Luck!

 

 

 

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