Thursday, May 30, 2013

Brand New CICADA!! {A Sneak Peek}

I finally got around to uploading the Cicada today! 

I've used him a couple times and just keep thinking how amazing it would be on a super mixed media page. I know what I'll be doing with it next!!

For now though, I've got a post up on the Helmar blog with instructions on how to use the wings for a Button Fairy!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Super Cute mini album {By Chrissy}

Afternoon :) Chrissy has a super fun and super bright mini album to share with us today! I'll let her take over from here:

Hi folks!  I am so excited to be working with DeeDee and the rest of the talented gang here at UmWowStudio.  

I have a mini album to share with you today.  I made this for my niece and since she is such a ham, I wanted to use fun and bright colors.

Here's the inside of the album

Want to see what I did with the fabulous chipboard?  The butterfly on the cover is pretty straightforward.  I left the layers as they were meant to be then painted the top layer with gesso and applied a fine iridescent glitter.

For this butterfly, I applied a coat of gesso then sprayed it with some Color Shine in "Georgia Peach".  When it was almost dried, I added a layer of glass bead gel.

For the floral embellishment, I decided to try and layer a couple different mediums.  The base layer is gesso then acrylic paint.  Once the paint was dried, I added blue glitter onto the flowers.  Here's where the fun is.  For the stems, I added a layer or Bombay India Ink.  Talk about color enhancement!

This star looks really cool.  It looks like it's covered in lace but it's not. That is washi tape!  I just taped over the star then trimmed the edges.

Can you tell I love playing with the chipboard?  There's really so many ways to alter it.  Just dive in and get messy!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy Birthday {A card by DeeDee}

Hey folks :) Just me today! 

I thought I'd share with you a card I created for Paper Craft's Gallery Idol! 

The open auditions were for Birthday cards for kids or teens. I thought this piece would totally appeal to a young lady :) 

I used UmWowStudio star confetti, Happy Birthday by VLVS!, Carta Bella cardstock, plain white cardstock, an American Crafts pearl brad, ranger archival ink, three ribbons by May Arts, cheesecloth, Zap Dots and Fabric Glue by Helmar.

Monday, May 27, 2013

June Sketch!!

Can you believe it... Two introductions in a week's time?? First confetti and now...


But on steroids!

We'll be offering UmWowStudio sketches again, this time in the form of a challenge.

-Each sketch will air for one month.
-Enter as many times as you like.
-Please link up to your direct blog post (or fb image, flickr image, photobucket image etc.)
-Please link back to UmWowStudio.
-Include how you used the sketch (Did you flip it? Reverse it? Use it almost directly?)
-Due by the last day of the month at midnight Pacific time.
-And the final requirement.. use an UmWowStudio product!

Up for grabs:
-A fan feature.
-a $20 gift certificate to UmWowStudio with free shipping.

Let's get started shall we!! This is JUNE'S SKETCH. We're airing it early for a couple of reasons: One.. to get us back into the swing of things! Two.. We're sponsoring the challenge week @ and you can enter to win over there, too! Separate prizes :)

Here's the sketch!:

Good Luck!!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

May Arts Goodness

I'm throwing my name in the hat for a Video Prima Ribbonista over @ May Arts. I've enjoyed everything I've done with and for May Arts. I feel like I've absolutely done some of my best work for them. I've also been awarded some super amazing opportunities through them and am so thankful. The ribbon is SO super top notch high quality! It has become a HUGE staple in my crafting and honestly I couldn't live without it.

Here are some of my favorite projects using ribbon!
 A 12x12 layout, published in Somerset Memories.

 A Mini album all about the little things of 2013.

This tree is especially whimsical, the whole thing is covered in May Arts ribbon.

Here's an inspirational mini that was featured in the Tattered Angels booth Winter 2013.

And a canvas set where the May Arts ribbons are just the PERFECT finishing touch.

Next I'm sharing one of my favorite tutorials for May Arts --- using ribbon as a mask or stencil! I really do love this tutorial and have used the technique so many times!

Thanks everyone! And good luck to any who apply!

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Little Things of 2013 {ScorPal & May Arts}

Hi everyone!!

Welcome to my stop on the May Arts and ScorPal blog hop! 

You should be here from one Steph Ackerman.

Today I have to share with you a mini album that I recently started commemorating the small things that have happened (and some that will happen) in 2013! 

The album has been put together with a scoring technique I recently picked up from the Fold It In Workshop by Kristin Tweedale. My Scor-Pal was a GEM and is literally the backbone of this mini album. The album is based from the Indie Chic collection by MME. It also includes Thickers, EP alphas, Charcoal Glimmer Mist from TA, a dymo label maker, Star Confetti from UmWowStudio and Gauche Alchemy ouchless cardboard in white. The cover has been  finished with a Turquoise Chevron ribbon, a White Leaves ribbon, and some natural twine from May Arts.

I have two inside pages to share today, as I'm filling about half of it and holding onto the other half for the rest of 2013 :). 

This page is of my kiddo and his daddy, Gabe is walking on William's feet at the mall! The page is the ouchless cardboard by GA mentioned earlier (punched out of a sizzix die), the washi tape is also GA. The brad and paper for the rosette are MME. The rosette has been scored on my Scor-Pal. The ribbon behind the rosette is the same chevron used before by May Arts, but in a super fab bright yellow color. I also used more confetti stars from UmWowStudio. 

This one is of Gabe sleeping with his eyes open... I took this picture with FLASH and he still didn't wake up, lol. It has been doodled on and also has confetti stars and a label maker title. The stamps are from Viva Las VegaStamps! (line of chevrons).

I'm having so much fun on this baby and can't wait to show the full reveal! Stay tuned throughout the year to see more and more pages completed. 

Don't forget to comment for the giveaway!

Now head on over to the blog of Toni Storie to see what's next on the hop!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Super Star {A 12x12}

Today I've got this UBER FAB layout by Miae! I'm always so pleased to get to share work by the Creative Team! Miae mentions that her butterflies are like mini canvases, and that's exactly how they are! Our chipboard is thick and sturdy, ready for altering!

Miae says: "It was pure delight to work with these UmWowStudio chipboards! 

I treated each butterfly like a mini canvas. First I covered them with gesso, then with a crackle medium. Next came the gelato sticks, mists, and Pearl Ex powders. As for the triangles, I left them raw with just some splatterings of black ink. They provided just the perfect contrast for a girlie/grungy page!

Kroma Crackle medium, TA mists and Glimmer Glam, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Faber Castell Gelatos
Pearl Ex powders, Angora watercolors, Other supplies from my stash"


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Introducing CONFETTI!!!

I will never be "over" our layered pieces.. and actually have a long list of shapes to work on for future layered releases! But I've felt a need for some super tiny teeny itsy bitsy "Confetti" style pieces that could either work with the larger layered bits, or stand alone and represent beautiful chipboard everywhere. 

So today I introduce to you UmWowStudio CONFETTI! 

So far it's available in four shapes (we're working on TONS more!) and come in packages of about 100. Give or take a few :) 

And here's a sneak peek of an upcoming blog hop between May Arts and Scor Pal where I've used the Stars Confetti!!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

ABAC Color Challenge {New Stamps!}

I've been toying around with the idea of entering the Gallery Idol competition and so picked up a few new birthday stamps.. just so happened my ABAC (Anything But A Card) challenge was due, so I picked up my smash style journal and got to experimenting with my new stamps!! Challenge #19 is about COLOR inspiration!

So along with my Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber stamps I also got out my Glimmer Mists by TA, my Punchinella by Gauche Alchemy, Ribbon by May Arts, and my Distress Markers and Inks by Ranger.

I'm not sure exactly if I'll be entering the Gallery Idol challenge yet, but it was fun to play with stamps outside of my comfort zone :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Heart & Soul {a 12x12 layout}

Hi Everyone!! Today I'm sharing a beautiful layout by Creative Team member Jess Mutty. 

As well as:
Patterned paper: Pink Paislee, Studio Calico
Cardstock: American Crafts
Mist: Heidi Swapp 
Punchinella: Gauche Alchemy
Stickers: Pink Paislee
Rub ons: Pink Paislee
Stick Pin: Little Yellow Bicycle

Jess says : "I've had my eyes on both the layered circles and this large ampersand since I first saw them!  Sometimes naked chip is exactly the right feeling you want and these pieces inspired the whole page from the color scheme up. I kept to neutral tones and a repeating circle theme throughout.  The chipboard circles were awesome layered on top of the printed circles... subtle but they added great dimension and detail. 

And the ampersand was a super title element! It was large enough to overlap my photo and tie the rest of the title into the white space to the right.  I want more of these!"

I can't get over the gloriousness of the almost clean and simple but just not quite, the beautiful layering and the bold chip! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sweet Cousins {12x12 by Kylie}

I really wanted Kylie on my permanent core team for two reasons. 1) because she's Kylie. and 2) because she has this KNACK for a casual style of layout, perfectly embellished, and in color combos I'd never use. and I'm TOTALLY impressed by them. 

Today she's got a 12x12 for us called "Sweet Cousins"

Kylie says "I really, really, really can't stress enough how much I love the colour of UmWowStudio raw chipboard. The colour complements this fall photo perfectly, so I wanted to showcase it here in all it's unrivaled, glory. 

Supplies used: 
UmWowStudio Layered Circles, Layered Clouds, Layered Stars, Maya Rd bingo numbers and ribbon. Canvas Corp patterned paper. Studio Calico covered chipboard camera. Everything else from stash."

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Paper Issues HOPE CHEST hop!!

Hello Everyone!!

You should be here from one Miss Cassie!
If you're not you should start over at the Paper Issues blog and follow the whole hop!

The sponsor for this issue is the beautiful people over at Pink Paislee! So be sure to link up any projects you have using Pink Paislee for the next two weeks! Don't fret if you've run out of Pink Paislee goods (They're sooooo good I imagine they don't last long in anyone's craft room!), you can also link up any Mother's Day projects!! (There are two Hope Chest collections being given away for linking up.)

And if you'd like to stock up on some Pink Paislee goods for the link up Click Here to see what's in the Paper Issues Store! Use code "UmWowStudio" to receive 20% off your purchase total!

For a little inspiration today I've put together a 12x12 layout titled "Love This"

The Hope Chest collection lends itself to some beautiful creams and neutrals with surprising and gorgeous pops of color. I couldn't get over the beautiful browns and oranges on the left paired with the floral greens on the right, so I enhanced them. I used an UmWowStudio mask, Silks acrylic glaze in solar gold, Tattered Angels mist (Charcoal, Firefly and Mustard Seed), cheesecloth, UmWowStudio Chipboard (Layered stars, Love This title, Arrow Mash), Viva Las VegaStamps! images (butterfly, fly and apha), and a couple epoxy brads on the left side. I also used the brackets from the Luxe Alphas as arrows from the "new specs" title pointing towards the photo. 

To balance out the layout I also put a cluster of embellishments on the right. I layered a Pink Paislee paper good and Butterfly Clip with UmWowStudio chip, a label, cheesecloth and a pearl brad. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Your next stop is Patricia

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Winners! {+ Another Giveaway} | NSD + CC

So much to catch up on!!

I have WINNERS!!!! FOUR to be exact!

Winner from the leslierahye blog hop:
Judy (contact

Winner from the Paper Issues Birthday Bash for Cassie:
Tanya Wilson (I've heard from you!)

Winner for May Arts from The Ribbon Lady:
Debbie B. (contact

Winner for May Arts from me:
Francesca (contact

But we're not done giving stuff away!!!

It's National Scrapbook Day (Week!) and in conjunction with the unfortunate closing of the retail portion of CropChocolate we're holding a big Challenge Week!! The social aspect of CC will continue long and proud!!!
I'll be giving away a prize to one person who enters any CropChocolate challenge through May 10th using any UmWowStudio or Viva Las VegaStamps! product. 

Just come back and comment here with a link to your submission!!!

Eight entries per person, see the most recent 8 challenges!