Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mother's Day, Paperweights, & JustRite, OH MY!

It's Friday, and time for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge! Since it's Mother's Day weekend, the challenge is to make a card or project suitable for Mother's Day! Now, many of you do not wait until the last minute (like me!) and very well have all your cards created & signed and gifts bought & wrapped! So, if that is the case, make a card or project that is suitable for a female!!! I chose to make a 3D project this week, Mother's Day paperweights! I used one of JustRite's NEW April release sets, Kaleidoscope Borders & Centers (Round 2-3/8") This set is on sale too, a shopping bonus! I love the intricate patterns found in this set. Variations in coloring gives each design their own unique look, every time! Here are four combinations I stamped and colored. The top right center & lower left center are the same stamp! Look how different they appear! All with the use of Copic markers. The top row uses GinaK cardstock, the bottom row utilizes Papertreyink Vintage Cream cardstock. Memento Tuxedo black ink is used for stamping.
Let's start at the beginning of this super simple project! Here are the glass tealights I used for my paperweights. You can see on the package, how the glass tealight holders are meant to be used. I inverted the glass holder also pictured above, so the top is really the bottom of my paperweight.
Around the opening where you would normally set the tealight, I used 1/8" Scor-Tape (Joan's Gardens) around the edge to hold my stamped images. I peeled the tape strip, turned the glass over, positioning above my stamped punched image, and lightly pressed down.
After I was satisfied with the placement, I turned the glass over and ran my finger around where the tape was placed to firmly secure. Worked perfectly! And oh, so easy!
Looking through the bottom side of this glass piece (which is now the paperweight top) actually reduces the center image, instead of magnifying. So the images worked perfectly for this size tealight holder. Because the stamped borders are seen through the outer rim area of the glass, it appears a bit magnified.
Here is a side view to give you an idea of the height of the paperweight. When I make these again, I will add gems, pearls, etc. Because where the center sits is where the tealight would be placed, leaving empty space, which could certainly accommodate embellishments! Why didn't I think of that before!!! There you have it, the simplest paperweights I've ever made! And I love how they look too! Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow, I have a long over due wall decor item to share, and a side note about where I've been lately! Be sure to check out all the Mother's Day creations by our talented Stamp Simply Designers! Be patient as all the designers get their creations uploaded! All should be up by morning! Remember to go to Sharon's blog to get all the Mr Linky and upload info! Sharon Johnson
Sherry Cheever, Guest Player this week!
Theresa Kline, April & May Guest Designer

15 comments:

Sherry Cheever said...

Barb this is such an awesome project and so darn creative! I LOVE it!!

Lynn said...

Oh so cleverly creative. Now to go find tealight holders and order Just Rite! Thank you for such clear directions! These are wonderful!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Oh my gosh, BARB! PURE GENIUS! This is a totally wonderful project for Mother's Day or ANY occasion. LOVE these immensely!!!

Deb Neerman said...

Omigosh, this is amazing! So beautiful .. and practical ... and unique. I absolutely love this project, Barb!

Ruthie said...

Such a great idea!! Love it!

Deborah Saaranen said...

Do the ideas ever quit with you?!? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
Barb, you are one of the most creative people I know!!! What a fabulous idea!

Marge said...

WOW, totally INGENIOUS idea & perfect for Mother's Day or so many other occasions/seasons!!!

Barbara said...

So clever, Barb!! Such a fantastic--and easy--project! I love it!

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

so very creative, these are wonderful!

enjoy *~*

Susan G said...

Oh my, is right. This is stunning! And oh so simple--once you've explained it. What a great gift idea.

Conniecrafter said...

very creative and oh so pretty, great job on the coloring!

Anonymous said...

Great project. Where did you find the the tea light holders? Or, where to order them? Your directions are great, thanks.

Chris R. from Iowa

Susie said...

I love this project! How clever. Now I have to try this!

Rose Ann said...

These are just gorgeous, Barb!! Your creativity is amazing, girl!!

Stampin' Pam said...

Barbara these are fabulous. I'm a paperweight junkie - can you tell me where you found the tea light holders? I'd love to make a set of these for the girls in the office. And when you said you would add embellies - is that in the space that would hold the tea light? WOuld you still be able to see the image? Thanks for the inspiration. :-)