Monday, September 22, 2014

Starz Outlander Lantern Replica

 If you have been reading this blog for long or you know me then you know 2 things- 1. I really love to read and 2. my favorite all time book series is Outlander. When your favorite book becomes a TV series it's a BIG deal! If you haven't read the series I encourage you to pick up a copy, you will love it and be sure to catch the TV series on STARZ!
As I watch the show a few things have caught my eye; for starters it was the opening credits when the druids dance around and then again when they appear in the show. Not only is the music breath taking, I really love their lanterns.

I instantly thought it would be so neat to have some of those myself. A little later a few photos of the actual lanterns pop up and I was sure I could make those. 
Photo Credit STARZ
Photo credit STARZ


I snapped some photos and wrote some directions on how I made mine.
I don't know how STARZ made theirs, I don't even know anyone at STARZ, this is just my idea of how they might have done it.

 Replica Outlander Lanterns
 Supplies
Cheese Cloth- (my package said 2 sq. yds and I used it all on one lantern)
Decoupodge
Pam cooking spray
Water
Washi tape or Masking tape
1” PVC scrap about 6” long
2 liter soda bottle
Paper plate
Optional rubber gloves (If you don’t like to get your fingers sticky)
Optional floral sprigs
LED candle

.My Cheese Cloth came folded in a long strip and I left it like that. (it was about 6”x 72”).
1. Mix Decoupadge with water.  About ½ cup of Decoupadge to ¼ cup of water.
2. Soak the Cheese Cloth in the mixture and make sure it is saturated. You may need to add water a little at a time.
3. Use a low tack tape to tape the PVC over the top of the bottle. (be sure to use some thing that will release easily) and then spray with cooking spray.
4. Begin wrapping the soaked cheese cloth around the PVC and down the bottle. When you get to the intersection of the pvc and bottle add an extra wrap for stability. As you go down make some interesting folds and peaks till you reach your desired height (It’s possible you may need to cut off some of the cloth)
5. Stand the bottle/PVC up on a paper plate and let dry. Mine took over 24 hrs to dry.
6. When completely dry remove the lantern carefully. 2 of mine slid right off. One I had to cut the bottle with scissors to get it out. (I left the PVC in mine for stability)
7. Embellish with greenery and floral sprigs. (I used wired greenery and made a small wreath to go around the bottom.)
8. Add an LED light. (Do not use a flame)
 

 In case you were wondering, not only can I go outside and dance around with my fun lantern but I will also be using them in my Halloween Decor!





I'm Thankful for

I am still really digging the feather trend, and it seems to be a steady one. For this card I cut a few strips of arrow boarder using the CTMH Artbooking Cartridge. I paired the arrows with the Feathers stamp for a great Native American vibe! I colored the image with alcohol markers and add a thankful sentiment!

Friday, September 19, 2014

#30yearsofhappy Picture Perfect Card

 September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!
You can see below that I used a piece of Washi tape to help me keep a straight line while stamping.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

#30yearsofhappy Mini Lunchbox Notes

 September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!