It's day one with the talented and funny Joan Bardee! Although Joan is nervous about her Guest Blogging debut I know that you will be very impressed with her creativity this week. Make sure you leave her some comments and let her know what a great job she is doing.
I took one look at the JustRite Monogram Stamper and figured that I would not be able to use it. Anything that comes with directions scares me. But, there is hope for the average stamper! If I can use these products and make great stuff, you can too! In fact, the whole line of JustRite products is one big "why didn't I think of that and make a fortune?" Easy, intuitive and fun.
To be honest, I'm not your usual guest blogger/design team member/wonderful designer. Denise asked me to be a guest blogger for JustRite after she read my whining that I was running out of $$$ to buy stamping stuff! Isn't she sweet? So she sends me a few JustRite Stamper products and of course I fall in love with them and immediately buy a ton of the stuff that goes with it. I HAD to! (I'm soo glad my husband doesn't read this blog!!!)
For my first project I made a letter "D" initial charm to attach to a bracelet for my mother in law, Dorann, and a coordinating gift package. It took me 10 minutes to make this charm, but she'll think it took me days 'cause she's not a stamper. I love things that are easy but look hard!
I bought the lady bug bracelet for $11 at the local hospital gift shop. Personalizing the bracelet with my MIL's initial really sets it apart from the original bracelet and just adds that something special.
Frankly, this was my first successful foray with shrink plastic. My original plan was to ink up the shrink plastic, cut it with a die cut machine and heat. Then it occurred to me that sending a pigment inked image through a die cut machine would smear the ink, so I used Stampin Up!'s scalloped circle punch to cut out the design after I stamped it. Perfect fit! Hint: be sure to punch a hole to thread wire before heating.
After I punched out the circle and a smaller one for threading wire, I zapped it with my heat gun and the charm flew all over the place! I held it down with the handle of a wooden spoon and zapped it again. The charm curled up, but eventually flattened. As soon as it stopped moving around I put a plate on top and pressed down to make sure it was smooth.
A beautiful bracelet needs a pretty box, so I wrapped the box and then made a personalized sticker for the top of the box. I love how it turned out.
Whew! I’m not used to making things for companies, so be kind!
Keep us in mind....."When it needs to be JustRite".
For the Letter D Charm: JustRite DIY Monogram Stamper Kit with Curlz font and 3 Borders, Stampin Up! Real Red Craft Ink and Scalloped Round Punch and Grafix Clear Shrink Plastic.
For the box: JustRite DIY Monogram Stamper Kit with Curlz font and 3 Borders and Small Letter Set for Round Monogram Stamper; Stampin Up Designer Paper Cerise (Retired); Real Red Classic Ink; Very Vanilla and Basic Black Cardstocks; Black Organdy Ribbon. Papertrey Ink Little Lady Stamp Set; EK Success 1” and 1 and 1/8” circle punches; Small Circle Nestability Die; Joy! Crafts Decorative Pearls Red; Memories Black Dye Ink; Polka Dot Ribbon source unknown.