Thursday, March 15, 2012

B&T Duos Designs as Embellies Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month we are highlighting the B&T Duos Designs as Embellishments” Technique as shown on page 21 in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. 
 We would love to see what you’ve created using this month’s technique, please visit our challenge blog where you can share your project and be entered into a chance to win great prizes.  You will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  If you are coming from Debi’s Blog, you are on the right track.  Let’s get started!

First thing I did was try to think of a way to use the B & T Duo Designs in a different way than was shown in the Idea Book.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Pemberly Paper Pack, but I wanted something different.  As I was playing a game of Scrabble with some of my students, it hit me – the Cruisin’ Paper Pack has Scrabble tiles on one side of the paper.  I used my Euro Personal Paper Trimmer to slice the tiles into strips then I ran the strips through my Xyron.  After I had all the strips mounted as stickers, I cut the tiles off individually.  I had the B & T Duos, now I just needed a project to work on.  My classroom is a hodgepodge of things, so I decided I’d create a fun display with my name on it. 

Along with my name, I placed a few other words to make it look like a Scrabble game.  The words I chose were things that describe me: Teacher, Friend, Stamps, Creator, and Paris.  The Roxie Paper Pack has a lot of really great roses.  I cut some out and used the Edge Distresser to alter the edges of the roses.  Then, I inked the edges in Desert Sand.  Using the razor blade, I sliced along the lines of portions of the roses and then distressed that portion as well.  Because Close To My Heart paper has a white center, I used the Blending Pen to add color over the white inside of the parts I cut with the razor blade.  I placed the letters and roses down and then began to embellish my page.  That’s the fun part!

I love flourishes; so of course, I pulled about 3 different stamp sets out that had flourishes.  I used all 3 stamp sets to give some variety.  Over the top was how I pictured the finished product, so I continued to stamp more than I normally would have. 

The wooden Eiffel Tower was painted over in a light coat with the Create-A-Shade paint.  This left a slightly white and shimmery look to the wooden tower.  White just wasn’t what I wanted, so I lightly inked the whole thing with a sponge in Desert Sand. Voila! A gold tint appeared & looked perfect.  The 2” Scallop Circle Punch was used to punch out a few circles out of Roxie paper.  I crumpled up the cut outs a few times to give an antique look and then inked in Desert Sand. Also, the 2” Scallop Circle Punch was used to cut out a circle from an old copy of Wuthering Heights, crumpled up, and then inked in Smoothie.

Several items were stamped and then cut out to be glued to the background paper.  The dress form from the Tailor Made stamp set was one such item.  To give a bit of dimension for the dress form, I used pop dots to lift it off the page.  Two 2” Scallop Circles cut in half are used as the skirt for the dress form.  Opaque Adhesive Gems in Licorice and Mocha were placed around the skirt, at the base of the dress form, and the neck to give a bit of elegance.  The wings were from Star Power (retired) and were stamped in Cocoa ink onto Desert Sand cardstock.  The Roxie roses and the wings were lightly traced in Stickles – Diamond.  I like the Diamond because it has a tendency to pick up and reflect the colors that are around it, without being too much.   Now, hop on over to Michelle B’s blog and check out what she has created.  Don’t forget to post your project on our challenge blog!

Close To My Heart Shopping List:
Cruisin’ Paper Pack - X7154B
Roxie Paper Pack – X7140B
Black Ink – Z2105
Desert Sand Ink – Z2118
Cocoa Ink – Z2114
Smoothie Ink – Z2196
Opaques Adhesive Gems in Licorice -  Z1335
Opaques Adhesive Gems in Mocha – Z1333
Round Sponge – Z697
Euro Personal Paper Trimmer – Z338
Edge Distresser - Z1297
Create-A-Shade Paint – Z1039
Microtip Scissors – Z534
Blending Pen – 3174
Tweezers – Z1382
Scallop Circle
Punch - Z1392
Dreams Come True Stamp Set – D1470
Love Life Stamp Set – D1482
Instant Memories Stamp Set – C1466
Live Inspired Stamp Set - C1408
Tailor Made Stamp Set – C1442
Star Power Stamp Set – D1403 (Retired)

Non-CTMH Shopping List
Wooden Flourishes Eiffel Tower by Kaiser Craft
Old copy of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Pop Dots
Razor Blade


  1. Supedy collagey goodness. Princess Pins-A-Lot.
    From your wildwoman.