Tip of the Day: Rosettes Made Easy from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo believes in alleviating stress in our crafting and she demonstrates how easy it is to create your own beautiful, custom rosettes. Using your own papers and some very simple supplies you already have on hand, Lorraine shows us how it’s done.

Lorraine shares all kinds of crafting inspiration at every Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in the Creativity Center. Visit scrapbookexpo.com to view all the show dates for 2017 and plan your own creative weekend. Lorraine will meet you there and I know you will LOVE crafting with her!

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What’s New on the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Show Floor

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I know it’s not Sunday, which is when you are used to seeing my posts. It’s Tuesday and I’m happy to have the opportunity through this new series to share some of the things that are all the buzz on our Stamp and Scrapbook Expo floor.  I have been in the paper crafting industry for over 16 years, so when things WOW me, I feel the need to share them with you. There is so much happening on our show floors and sometimes it can be overwhelming, but in a fabulous way!  I’m here to shed some light on things you might have heard about but haven’t yet experienced, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. While teaching at the Creativity Center, I am often asked what’s up with Ranger’s new Distress Oxides by Tim Holtz. People often ask if I “need” them in my life.  My answer is a definite “Yes, I do!” and I’m here to share a few reasons why.

Distress Oxide Ink is a water-reactive dye and pigment ink fusion that creates an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. The Distress Oxides work beautifully on their own  – but when you hit them with water the magic begins.

Here’s my first attempt at playing with the new inks. Did I mention that I’m in love with all the possibilities? This card is one of my favorites; I used watercolor paper with Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, and Faded Jeans.

Another bonus is that you can layer the colors without making “mud.” You know what I mean – when you’ve obviously crossed the line with your blending and your colors turn to a lovely muddy brown shade?  With Distress Oxides, you can actually layer your colors and they remain true. It’s a real game changer. 

Be fearless when it comes to your creativity; if you don’t play with your toys you will never know what they’re capable of. Have fun!

Here’s a background that I heat embossed using white embossing powder on watercolored paper, then I inked over the top and buffed it out with a baby wipe. Too pretty, don’t you think?

You will be amazed at how different the inks look on different types of paper. A perfect example is how they work on kraft paper which is more porous than regular card stock. It almost has a suede look, too; it’s gorgeous, soft, and chalk-like.

One of the main differences between Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink is that with Distress Oxide Inks you can apply them to darker colored paper. You’re no longer limited to light colored papers. The colors are much more subtle, almost like you chalked on an old chalkboard. On this card, I heat embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock then applied Distress Oxides over the top, then wiped over the embossed area with a damp baby wipe.

Because of the partial pigment in the ink you can even heat emboss with them, just remember you need to add your embossing powder right away before your ink dries. If you’re used to heat embossing with Vera Mark just know that Distress Oxide inks will dry a bit faster.  

A little tip when you’re playing and experimenting with your inks, remember that wet ink on wet ink will allow you to blend your ink whereas wet ink on dry will layer your inks, that’s why you always see Tim Holtz with that little white technique gun in his hand. He’s armed and ready to add that next layer of inky perfection.

The first 12 Distress Oxide colors that were released are Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, and Spiced Marmalade.

You will be happy to know that Ranger has announced that they will be releasing 12 new Distress Oxide colors this month. Are you ready?!  The new colors will be as follows: Abandoned Coral, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Candied Apple, Frayed Burlap, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, and Wild Honey. I’m doing the happy dance with you, too! I can’t wait to get to our Duluth show next week and pick up the entire set if they’re available yet. If not, I still have a few of the original colors to pickup, I was only able to score six colors at the Craft Fancy Booth before they were gone. Craft Fancy is an amazing paper crafting store in the Chicagoland area that carries just about everything you need for your paper crafting projects and they also exhibit at most of our shows. This is one booth you don’t want to miss!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you’ve been inspired to give these amazing Distress Oxide Inks a try; you’ll be glad you did!

With this many shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend but rather how many shows you can attend! Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Stamp & Scrapbook website so you can start planning your creative mini vacation; you deserve it! I look forward to seeing you in person at any of our shows – I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center and we will create some beautiful together. I’ll bring the chocolate! 😉  I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. Hugs to all!

Tip of the Day: Creating Texture Paste from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Stamp & Scrapbook Expo‘s talented crafter, Lorraine, is here to show how to create your own texture paste with products you probably already have on hand. It’s a quick and simple process that gives you a great product to work with. Lorraine shares the recipe along with tips for working with your paste once it’s created.

Thank you, Lorraine, for sharing this fun tip! At each Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, you can find Lorraine in the Creativity Center helping scrappers learn new techniques and nurture their own creativity. She’d love you to stop by and say hello, grab a seat, and create a project with her!
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Tip of the Day: Create Your Own Chalkboard Paint from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shares how to use three simple ingredients to create your own chalkboard paint. The process is so much easier than you would think! With Non-Sanded Tile Grout, any type of paint you’d like to use, and some water you’re on your way to an inexpensive store of custom chalkboard paint. It’s really that simple! Lorraine also shares a tip to make it easier to write with standard chalk – genius!

You can enjoy creating along with Lorraine in person at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo – grab a seat in the Creativity Center and enjoy making a project with Lorraine!

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Tip of the Day: Organizing Phone Cords from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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I’m always looking for new ways to be organized. Getting my drawers neat and tidy is definitely something I’m working on, so I was especially happy to have Lorraine’s tip today. Just a little bit of washi tape can take something from ordinary to “wow”! Lorraine shares a great idea on how to organize all those phone cords, chargers, and earphones.

When she’s not sharing tips with us, you can find Lorraine in the Creativity Center at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. Creating with Lorraine is the chance-of-a-lifetime, so when you are at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, make sure to stop by the Creativity Center, grab a seat, and create a free project with her. You’ll be so glad you did!

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Tip of the Day: Easy Glitter Clean-Up

Everyone loves a little sparkle in their lives! Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shares how to add glitter to your projects without leaving a big shiny mess behind.  Lorraine learned this tip from Elizabeth Craft Designs and was eager to share it with us. You’ll find Lorraine sharing all kinds of crafting treasures and wisdom in the Creativity Center at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows.

Make sure to check out the 2017 schedule HERE and plan a fabulous weekend at the Expo full of shopping, cropping, and crafting with Lorraine!

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Tip of the Day: Applying Gesso to Tags by Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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For our American Weekly Scrapper friends, we’d like to wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day! We hope whatever you are doing this weekend will create some happy memories. And for everyone, we’d like to wish you a great Monday morning and that your week is off to a fabulous start.

We love bringing you our “Tips of the Day”! They are designed to jump start your creativity and give you a variety of ways to express your creativity. Today we are bringing your our very own Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo as she demonstrates how to take a simple office tag and take it up a (big!) notch by applying gesso. By using gesso with a watercolor medium you’ll be able to take those inexpensive tags and create a lovely work of art!

You’ll love creating with Lorraine in the Creativity Center at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, so plan to attend a show near you. She inspires everyone she teaches!

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