Thursday, October 18, 2018

Country Lane Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

I would like to welcome you to Seeing Inkspots and our October Country Lane Artisan Blog Hop.  It's a good chance you arrived here from Connie Collin's Blog where you saw her stunning stampin' style and something super dimensional.  Now, I have the chance to share with you some projects made using the gorgeous stamps and accessories from the Country Lane Suite.  I have created a crazy bead bracelet and packaged it in a Baker's Box ready to give to one of my friends and I also made a couple cards featuring faux "milk painted" details.

My crazy beads were made by simply scoring, folding, and rolling Country Lane DSP.  I added jump rings to each rolled bead to be able to attach them to a chain link bracelet.  I purchased both from a big box craft store.

To make the beads:
1.  Cut 1' x 6" pieces of DSP.  Note, the small beads are made with one strip and the larger beads are created with three strips end to end.
2.  Score each strip of DSP at 1/4", 1/2", and 3/4".
3.  Fold the strips in half and then fold the two outer sides inward.
4.  Use the Take Your Pick Tool to soften and help curl the paper.
5.  Use Multi-purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the rolled paper strips.
6.  Before glueing the very end, slip in a jump ring and then finish glueing the rolled paper.

I wanted to package my finished bracelet in a special way and one of the new Baker's Boxes was perfect for my idea.  I grabbed a Sponge Brayer, Crushed Curry Ink, and one of the Chicken Wire Elements to use as a stencil to decorate the outside of my box. 

With some Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, Country Lane DSP, and Galvanized Metallic Paper I created a custom insert to give the inside of the box a false bottom.  The most gorgeous touch for this is the texture.  I ran the Galvanized Metallic Paper through the Big Shot with the Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF.

Here is a closer look at the inside of the box and the special belly band handle and tag.

To make the belly band handle:
1.  Cut (2) 2 1/2" x 12" strips  of Country Lane DSP and glue the ends to make one extra long strip
2.  Cut (2) 1 3/4" x 12" strips of Country Lane DSP to coordinate with the first.  Glue the ends to make one extra long strip and glue on top of the first strip.
3.  Fold the long layered strip around the box to form the belly band handle. 
4.  Remove folded strip from box and crisp up the folds then glue the handle ends together.
5.  Use Layering Circles Framelits to cut a circle in the handle.
6.  Cut (2) rings from complementing Country Lane DSP using the Layering Circles Framelits and adhere to each side of the handle.
7.  Add 1/2 circles of Country Lane DSP to the top of each side of the handle.
8.  Crinkle (2) of the Chicken Wire Elements to form a bow for each side of the handle.
9.  Use the Leaf Punch to make Old Olive leaves and tuck under circle and adhere.

Using many of the same elements I had some fun making some Country Home cards.  This first one, and the tag on the baker's box is colored with a "faux milk paint" technique.

Tips for "faux milk painting":
1.  Stamp image using Jet Black Stazon Ink and a Stamparatus.  DO NOT REMOVE STAMPED PAPER FROM STAMPARATUS.
2.  Use an Aquapainter to watercolor the stamped image with White Craft Ink.
3.  When the watercolor is dry restamp the image with more Jet Black Stazon Ink.
4.  Leave image all white or color the white with Watercolor Pencils.

Thank you for allowing me a few moments to share some of my latest creations.  Now it's time to get ready for your next stop along the hop with Emma Goddard.  She has stamped up some beautiful things with the Country Lane Suite that will surely impress and inspire you.

2018 Artisan Design Team

Bracelet and Box Product List 
Country Home Stamp Set | Country Lane DSP | Galvanized Metallic Paper
Whisper White Cardstock | Old Olive Cardstock | Blackberry Bliss Cardstock
Jet Black Stazon Ink | Blackberry Bliss Ink | Old Olive Ink | White Craft Ink
Everyday Label Punch | Leaf Punch | Layering Circles Framelits | Aquapainter
Sponge Brayer | Simply Scored | Take Your Pick Tool | Gold Glimmer Paper
Baker's Boxes | Chicken Wire Elements | Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF
3/16" Braided Linen Trim | Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon

1st Card Product List
Country Home Stamp Set | Country Lane DSP | Galvanized Metallic Paper
Jet Black Stazon Ink | White Craft Ink | Aquapainter | Watercolor Pencils
Thick Whisper White Cardstock | Cajun Craze Cardstock | Blackberry Bliss Cardstock
Stitched Shapes Framelits | Gold Glimmer Paper | Chicken Wire Elements
Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF | Linen Thread | Stampin' Dimensionals

2nd Card Product List
Country Home Stamp Set | Country Lane DSP | Thick Whisper White Cardstock
Crushed Curry Cardstock | Early Espresso Ink | Blackberry Bliss Ink
Gold Glimmer Paper Leaf Punch | Stitched Shapes Framelits
 Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF | 3/16" Braided Linen Trim | Stampin' Dimensionals


  1. Oh, the bracelet is fantastic. Your friend is so lucky!

  2. Wow Elizabeth! This is just amazing! Stunning, I love your bracelet as well, so much fun, great idea!

  3. WoooW!
    This is a beautiful and original idea!
    I have never seen anything like that! Great job!

  4. What a fabulous handmade gift - totally blown away by your attention to detail and all the elements you share with your projects - You are amazing!

  5. WOW! These are totally amazing. I would love to hear how much your friend loved this gift.

  6. I don’t know how you do it, but you completely blow me away every time with your clever and creative designs! I’m completely floored! 👏👏👏

  7. Absolutely stunning! Your projects are simply amazing! Thankyou so much for sharing your clever & inspirational paper crafts!!

  8. These are stunning, as usual. I love the paper beads--so different from what I've seen. The handle on the belly band is so clever. I played with painting with stamps from last month--next up is faux milk painting. It just looks so cool on your projects.

  9. Oh that bracelet is stunning! You are so talented and the box and cards are gorgeous!