Saturday, December 26, 2009

Here Comes Santa Clause!

Oops!  I think I missed this hat in my posting of the fat hats from our swap!

This classic Santa hat was made by CJ Mueller.  Ol’ Saint Nick has been hand stamped and colored and adorned with holly. Ho Ho Ho!

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Julie’s Christmases

Coming up in January, PWA will be spotlighting projects created by designer Julie Imsland.  Julie is a long time “beadie bud” and talented artist hailing from North Bend, WA.  Here are a few of the Christmas cards she has made in past years for our design team…

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Stamp Credits: Paper Inspirations


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Stamp Credits: Rubberstamp Ave.

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Stamp Credits: Rubbermoon

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Catch Me If You Can!

And last but not least is Tracy Mathia’s gingerbread boy complete with micro bead candy stripes and a festive holiday garland.Tracy Mathia 2

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Gingerbread Fun!

This happy guy from CJ Mueller has candy stripes, googly eyes, peppermint drops and more!

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Warm and Toasty

The final pages from the PWA Holiday Fat Book Swap are the gingerbread men and thanks to Jennifer Toussaint’s spicy little guy it actually smells like gingerbread here!  Jennifer’s gingerbread man has a textured background of cinnamon and spice.  He’s wearing a darling hand knitted scarf with ear muffs and has lots of goodies including teeny tiny cookie cutters, a sparkly holiday flower, Santa bear and candy cane heart.

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Joy Of The Holidays

Evelyn Spikes created this fun collage star with lots of fat layers thanks to the wonder of foam tape!  Her background feels like it could also be wrapping paper with a sparkly embossed sentiment which is repeated on the back, “Sparkling Radiance Season Bright”.   She has several stamped and embossed embellishments as well as  a couple of fun glitzy ornaments.

Evelyn Spikes

He Knows…

You can tell by the twinkle in his eye that this Santa knows if you’ve been naughty or nice this year.  And Kathi Hall did a very nice job on this star page!  The background seems to be wrapping paper applied with decoupage medium.  Thought it doesn’t show up well in the photo the word “Believe” sparkles with micro beads and Santa’s hat magically appears with some strategically placed fiber that makes the tip of the star look like it could be his hat.Kathi Hall 2

The Stars Are Shining Brightly

Another star page was sent in by Nancy Thaut.  A silver background with white fuzzy fibers, micro beads, jewels and stickers make this star shine brightly in the fat book sky!

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Let It Snow

Yvonne’s star page is a visual delight with all the sparkle, texture and bling she has layered to make her page very, very fat!  This is definitely a page best seen with your hands so if you’re in the North Bend area, be sure to stop by for a peek at mine!  Ü  (And don’t forget that you can click on the photo for a larger view!)

Yvonne Grimes

With His Nose So Bright

Continuing on with sharing the PWA Holiday Fat Book swap creations we have one from Sally Bowen that is perfect for tonight!  Rudoloph the Red Nosed Reindeer is flying through the sky on this painted star.  Have you been good?  Maybe he’s on his way to your house!?

Sally Bowen

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

O’ Christmas Tree

Here is my crazy Christmas Tree concoction for the PWA Holiday Fat Book Swap.  All I can say is that owning a Cricut can really get you into trouble!  It definitely gives me more confidence than any one person should ever have about pulling off  insane paper stunts…Suzanne Glazier

Thankfully I have some fabulous friends who are willing to help out while my hands aren’t working and they didn’t complain one bit!

The trees were cut from a variety of holiday papers with the Cricut and each page has three trees attached accordian style to make them pop up and be fat.  Also cut with the Cricut are the ornaments that were a total copy of Michele Aiello-Zendejas’s design from this blog post.  Thanks for the inspiration Michele!

Hugs, Suzanne

30 Foot Tall Tree

I love the sentiment on Lynn Lake’s microscope slide ornament.  It says “Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.  In the eyes of children they are always 30 feet tall”.  This is so true!  I can’t remember a single Christmas when our tree didn’t feel larger than life.

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Lynn’s microscope slide is the focal point and her trees are gorgeously adorned with felt cutout trimming and red ric rack.  She has added micro beads and jewels for bling.

Rockin Around The Christmas Tree

Nancy Thaut’s trees are adorned with gold sparkly ribbon swags, stamped ornaments, micro beads and clear “fat” balls over a brushed green background.

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Noel Tree

Kathi Hall’s “Noel” tree is simple yet elegant.  Embossed green on green lays the background while red jewels pull it all together for a gorgeous finish.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Santa Hat Shaker

Kelli Green used colored plaster to create the amazing texture on this Santa hat.  She crafted a fun shaker card rim with red and clear micro beads over a red snowflake background.  Her hat was finished off with a cluster of holly leaves and berries.

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Ho! Ho! Ho!

This festive hat was made by Karen Slusher and comes packed with lots of added details!  A mixture of  micro beads  and 1/4” O’So Sticky Tape stripes add texture to the wallpaper effect in the background.  A three dimensional sticker has been layered and embellished with Stickles and fun red pom poms border the hat’s brim.  Karen also added red stickles to the snowmen bordering the bottom edge to create glittery hearts.  A large pom finishes off the hat and was created from crumpled paper, a silk flower and a fancy brad.

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Holly Jolly Santa Hat

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Tracy Mathia’s Santa hat has by far the fattest cotton balls I have ever seen!  Her background has lots of texture happening with embossed patterned paper and a glitter embossed “Merry Christmas” over the top of it.  Tracy then added red micro bead holly berries and she used her signature micro bead fabric technique to create the holly from O’So Sticky Tape that has been cut and beaded on both sides. 

Lady Chat Got Plastered!

This self titled fat hat was made by Melissa Ragsdill, also known as Lady Chat in the PWA Yahoo Group.  She used plaster to create the texture of the background which doubled as adhesive to hold a whole lotta clear micro beads to the brim.  A wide sparkly ribbon creates the perfect trim and a really, really fat squishy “something” with a peppermint candy image in the middle is the final, fun touch. 

Melissa Ragsdill

Monday, December 21, 2009

Heartful Snowman

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Karen Slusher added her unique and classic style to the creation of this snowman with hidden features.  Paint and stamps start it all off in the background while hand punched snowflakes and Stickles take the stage to create the face and icicles on the hat.  The arms are ornament hangers and the vest is cut from patterned paper.  Not shown in this photo is the surprise inside when one discovers that the vest actually opens up and underneath is a large crystal snowflake heart!

Snow Angel

Julie Imsland 1 One of two snowmen in the Pennywise Arts fat book swap came from PWA designer Julie Imsland.  Julie was super creative in making her snowman into an angel and here’s how she did it…  The snowman body is covered in three white felt circles which have been aptly adorned with the basic snowman outfit of eyes, nose, scarf and heart.  (Everyone knows that snowmen have hearts!)  To keep her man’s head warm Julie created a hat from an old tube sock (clean of course!)  The wings were made from scalloped chipboard that she found at Michael’s last summer.  She cut each board in half to get the shape shown.  Painted white and run through her Cuttlebug, Julie added embossed snowflake texture to the background of the wings before rubber stamping snowflakes over the top with gold ink and adding them to the back of the snowman to create her warm hearted snow angel.

Let The Angels Sing

Our only angel in the holiday fat book came from Jennifer Toussaint.  Her heavenly design consists of a neat crackly background with lots of white feathers, beaded trim, crystals and comes with it’s own set of musical instruments.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Another Marvelous Mitten

Lynn Lake created a fuzzy blue mitten with felt cuff adorned with chilly snowflakes and a warm cup of cocoa.  “Tis the Season” don’t cha know!

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And More Marvelous Mittens

This marvelous mitten was created by Julie Imsland.  To truly appreciate this creation you’ll want to be sure and click on the photo for a larger version.  Julie has used an assortment of patterned paper as well as hand held punches to create this fun design.  Behind some of the punched out patterns she has used O’So Sticky Tape and micro beaded it.

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More Marvelous Mittens…

Next up for show and tell is a baby blue mitten with fur cuff that has been adorned with a great collage of vintage girls, layered punch snowflakes and pearls.  Denise Bickmore is the artist extraordinaire…

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