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September 2012

Jazz up your coffee sleeve!

Today's the day I finish up my term on the Faber-Castell guest design team. (Boo-hoo!) I have a blog post up over there with a tutorial on how I upcycled this Starbucks coffee sleeve and altered it to be a bit more artsy!

Jazz up your coffee sleeve!


It was pretty quick to make since they are so small, but I think it really has a big impact! 

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Now I'll always know which coffee is mine.  :)

In other news, guess where I am right now?  Inspiration Unlimited!  I can't wait to tell you all about it next week when I'm home.  It's always so fun to see everyone again...it's kind of like a reunion LOL.  And there's always great projects there too.  So fun!

Also, tomorrow is the last day to enter to win this True Scrap 4 prize...so go enter to win if you haven't already!

 

Sponsor: Faber-Castell

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Doily Rosette Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Card with the Lifestyle Crafts Doily Rosette Die-Cut

This card makes me happy! From the awesome MME papers, to the buttons & washi tape, to the cute NEW doily rosette die-cut I used, it is just happy! I actually ended up making two almost identical card like this since I already had the stuff out for it & I always need Bday cards!

 

This was my first time using the doily rosette die-cut, and I really like how the perforations made it easy to fold. I've used similar rosette die-cuts by another manufacture before and they were SO perforated that as soon as you attempt to fold it it rips apart. Annoying!! -This one didn't do that, yay!!


Happy Birthday Card with the Lifestyle Crafts Doily Rosette Die-Cut

 

Whenever I make rosettes I always mount them on a scrap of paper so that they are easier to add to my project.

Happy Birthday Card with the Lifestyle Crafts Doily Rosette Die-Cut

 

Remember how I made two cards?  Well with the first card (shown above) I used two buttons and put washi tape under them so you could see it through the holes in the buttons...plus it tied the colors in too.

On my second card I used some other buttons out of that set and since one of the buttons was a bit boring I ended up adding some Smooch to it to tie it in color wise.  I also such some washi tape under the hole too.
Add Smooch to unify embelishments

 

And then I added some of my favorite letter stickers.  I'm almost out of these I use them so much!
Happy Birthday Card with the Lifestyle Crafts Doily Rosette Die-Cut

 

Two reminders for today...

  1. Don't forget to enter to the amazing giveaway I'm running right now. The prizes are outstanding!! Click here for more info!

  2. Don't forget that YOU get 20% off your order at Lifesyle Crafts when you use the code "ERIN" at checkout!

 

Sponsor: Lifestyle Crafts

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Feathers!!!

I love feathers!  So when Lifestyle Crafts came out with the NEW Feathers die it made me very happy!

I just couldn't wait to get started using this die! I made a tag...

Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Feather10

For the tag I die cut some water color paper and then sprayed the feathers with water.

Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Feather2

 

Then painted them with various water colors...
Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Feather2
Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Feather2

 

Then I just took a colored tag I've had in my stash for a really long time along with a chipboard circle piece (that I've also had for awhile) and used it as a mask/stencil while I sprayed some Mister Huey Warm Calico on it.

Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Feather2

 

Then I just added a bit of white acrylic paint to a few of the circles, some doodling, twine, book paper, and my wonderful feather!
Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Feather2

 

I also die-cut some feathers out of some leftover scrapbook paper that I had...it had a very light chevron pattern on it so it was great to add some doodling and Smooch to it.
Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Feather2

 

I actually did the pen work first and then adhered them to my art journal page with some gel medium.  After it dried I added the Smooch.

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Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Feather2
Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Feather2

So many options with this die!!  I can't wait to use it with Thanksgiving stuff!
Lifestyle Crafts - Feathers

Don't forget that YOU get 20% off your order at Lifesyle Crafts when you use the code "ERIN" at checkout!

 

 

Sponsor: Lifestyle Crafts

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True Scrap 4 Giveaway

Look, up in the sky! Is that a bird? A plane? NO! It's TRUE SCRAP 4, coming October 19-20, 2012!

True Scrap 4 is the galaxy's ONLY online, live scrapbooking and papercrafting experience. With 15 A-list instructors, five virtual make-and-takes, and a ton of fun, you won't want to miss it. Instructors (like me!) bring classes on everything from photography to design to inspiration right to your computer – live! You log in from home and interact in our state-of-the-art webroom, chatting, learning, and interacting in real time. And it's all recorded so you can go back and watch again and again.

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Sound cool? I think so! And here's something even cooler: You can WIN a FREE spot in True Scrap 4, valued at $147, plus some other great prizes. Here's how to enter:

1. Go to http://www.truescrap.com/ts4-coming-soon and watch the sneak peek instructor video.

2. Sign up for the “More Info” email list at the bottom of the page.

3. Come back here and leave me a comment letting me know you've done steps 1 & 2.

Contest closes on Sunday, September 23, 2012. Winners will be notified by Wednesday, September 25, 2012, and all prizes must be claimed by Friday, September 28, 2012.

I am so excited to be part of this event, which is sponsored by Two Peas in a Bucket. Here's the full list of instructors who will be appearing LIVE at this event:

• Julie Fei-Fan Balzer 
• Erin Bassett   <-----------me!
• Monica Bradford 
• Kelli Crowe 
• Laura Denison 
• Jennifer Gallacher 
• Nic Howard 
• Noell Hyman 
• Katrina Kennedy 
• Nichol Magouirk 
• Gretchen Schmidt 
• Katrina Simeck 
• Jessica Sprague 
• Heidi Swapp 
• Jennifer Wilson

Ready to sign up? You can get $20 off your registration by going HERE now! 

Get ready for an awesome weekend in October!

 

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sponsor: True Scrap 4

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