Tuesday, December 11, 2012

One of Our Customers was featured today on the LYB Blog

Little Yellow Bicycle  

Today we share some wonderful Winterings projects from new Cycling Team Member Kate Blue. She has some icy delights that will have you looking at winter and ordinary household items in a brand new light.  But, let's have Kate tell you all about it...
Pic 1 coffee can upcycle LYB
As a scrapper who actually likes to reuse things, I decided to do an upcycled project that was more "holiday" themed.  My kids cannot be trusted with my glass cookie jars, so I upcycled them their own Wintering treat container!

I loved the white, blues and browns combinations of the whole collection and immediately fell in love with by the snowflakes in the Paper Crafting Kit and the Winterings Chipboard Shapes, so I thought a classic snow/snowflake theme would be nice! I started off by painting an old coffee can with gesso to make it look like snow.
2 a Coffee can upcycle LYB
I used the Cardstock Stickers to circle around the center of the can and then added the lovely chipboard. I started with the large circle piece and built a large layered snowflake as the focal point. I embellished it with Vellum Tape Strips, the long chipboard piece (wrapped it with some wire silver balls that I recycled from an old wreath) and, a lot of the Clear Cuts tucked into the nooks and crannies.
2b coffee can ucpcyle closeup LYB
Next came the top.  Again I painted it with gesso, added glitter and let it dry.  There were pieces  of gesso that wouldn't adhere, so I left it since it looked distressed...added a plastic ornament as the bottom layer then starting building more visual layers with a Journaling Card (yup, it's in there!), the adorable banner, more snowflakes and icicles from the Paper Crafting Kit and the Clear Cuts Shapes pack.
Pic 3 coffee can top LYB
Pic 4 coffee can detail LYB
The last step was to add Vellum Tape strips, Cardstock stickers around the bottom and back, bits of clear beads for interest.  I left the back somewhat unadorned to keep the back of it uncluttered & simple so that the snowflakes stayed as my main focal point.
Pic 6  back LYB can
Winterings Products:
WI-134 Journaling Cards with foil accents
WI-135 Cardstock Stickers
WI-140 Cardstock Stickers
WI-160 Vellum Tape Strips
WI-230 Clear Cuts
WI-279 Chipboard Shapes
WI-304 6 x 6 Paper Pad
WI-305 Paper Crafting Kit
Other Supplies: Coffee can, Glue gun, Gesso, Glitter, Christmas decorative spray, Plastic snowflake ornaments, Plastic beads
Snow Snow LYB
For my second project, I decided to do a quick and snowy winter layout.  Since I am always sticker challenged, I dove in and took the plunge to use more than one! 

For the background, I chose the Dark Denim Brocade paper for the dark pop of gorgeous blue color.  I used the fab Winterings 6 x 6 paper to cut out a HUGE snowflake-no machine involved, just some simple freestyle handcutting! I added some gesso on it to give the appearance of snow.  Then, it was all about the stickers and the layering of snowflakes from the Paper Crafting kit, Winterings Chipboard and Clear Cuts for dimension.  Title work was stickers layered with the Clear Cuts and again, I handcut the JOY subtitle and embellished it with snowflake stickers and more Clear Cut elements...can you see the pattern here?
Snow Snow Closeup 1 LYB
What I love about this Winterings collection is that the stickers have a lot of fine lines along with embossed and debossed style details on them.  And, they are thick and heavy so they actually have the appearance of chipboard!  For those of us who are squeezing in some "CRAFTY TIME, this collection takes out all the extra punching and embellishing so you can put together great projects in less time. The shaped burlap stickers already come with their own texture and bling; all I had to do was peel and stick! The last thing was adding hidden journaling using the Journaling cards along with touches of gems and beads and you got a 30 minute layout! Hope you will be inspired to use the Winterings chipboard and stickers on your next project!
Snow Snow Closeup 2 LYB
Winterings Products:
WI-107 Winterings Stripe/Dark Denim Brocade 12 x 12
WI-134 Journaling Cards with Foil Accents
WI-135 Cardstock Stickers
WI-140 Cardstock Stickers
WI-222 Layered Burlap
WI-230 Clear Cuts
WI-279 Chipboard Shapes
WI-304 6 x 6 Paper Pad
WI-305-Paper Crafting Kit

Other Supplies: Glue, Jewelry making beads and gems, Gesso, Floral pic, Fabric Favorite from Christmas Delight LYB collection (CD-220)

Please visit Kate's blog Queen Kat for more of her inspiring work.  And remember - you can purchase the entire Winterings collection directly from us HERE.

Happy Monday!

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