Tip and Trick Tuesday: Alternate uses for holiday chalk transfers.

It’s Tip & Trick Tuesday. Every Tuesday, I will try and make you aware of a useful tip or trick you might not know about to help you make the best of your Chalk Couture products. It might be about an accessory, or chalk or surface… whatever gem of wisdom and experience my little heart desires to impart to you.

This week we’re talking about how you can think outside the box and use your transfers in a new way or combine elements of different transfers in one design.

Tip & Trick Tuesday

So I’m Baaaaaack! I had such a fantastic time at the Chalk Couture Leadership conference. I truly work with so many inspiring people.

Here’s a pic of my Crafty Chalkers that were at the conference. Notice the coats needed in Arizona. Forties in Arizona while I was there…grr.

What a fine bunch of leaders I have. Here are just some of the 96 leaders in my team that attended. My team is strong and I foresee a fantastic year on the way. (Wanna become part of it? USA here. Canada here.)

So, here are the tips for the week.

Are you hesitant to buy certain transfers because you thing they are so theme-centric that their limited use isn’t worth the price? Not so fast, my friend. Here are just some of the examples of alternate uses of some themed transfers.

Mistletoe Kisses Transfer. Mistletoe is not just for Christmas kisses, at least with this transfer. Isolate that “kisses included” portion of the transfer and you have a perfect item for a Valentine’s decoration, cos who doesn’t like kisses for Valentine’s day? (Need this transfer? Go here.)

Mon Cherie transfer. If you’re not up on your French, Mon Cherie means my dear in English. And Bebe means baby of course. Originally intended as art for a nursery, these items make great Valentine’s day decor too. Just take a look at the pic above and can see how cute they are. How sweet. (Need this transfer? go here) I’ll do a post about my adventure with the tiered trays in the pic above sometime this week.

Good Cheer transfer. Guess what? To be of good cheer is not just for Christmas (or the martini bar). Nope, you can have a Good Cheer coffee bar! You could do a Good Cheer Cocoa bar. And who doesn’t love a nice subway art sign? (Get a Good Cheer transfer here.)

Christmas Story Collection: Gift Tags transfer. This transfer has the cutest collection of embellishments for Christmas. Who’s to say some of them couldn’t be used for other things, like birthday gifts or Valentine’s gifts, perhaps? (Get a Gift Tags transfer here.)

Gnome transfer. This is a great transfer to do all sorts of cute things to. For example, You can turn it into a sweet Valentinesish design like I did in this video. I used parts of other transfers to create a you are my gnome (Need this transfer? Go here.) . Check out the video tomorrow to see how I made this cute project.

In the end, you can just take stock of your transfer collection and think outside the box to use elements of separate transfers together to create an entirely new design.

Chalk Couture Prince of Peace Transfer on Canvas.

While rushing around or wearing out your credit card online, it’s easy to forget the reason for the season. Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. So, Happy Birthday Jesus! Here’s a great inspirational project to celebrate. This would make a great gift (I made this one for my Aunt and Uncle )

So here’s the Prince of Peace transfer on 11×14 Canvas. I used Shimmer Red, Rainforest, Shimmer Gold, and Black Velvet Chalk Pastes. I also used the Self Healing Mat, Transfer Trimmers, Fine Mist Sprayer, Multi Tool, Stir Sticks, and Mini Squeegee.

Pretty nice if I do say so!

Check out the video below to see how I made this beautiful sentiment come to life.

https://youtu.be/IXHRMLdc2QY

Tip and Trick Tuesday: Why the Creative Kickstart Makes a Great Gift.

Tip & Trick Tuesday

Every Tuesday, I will try and make you aware of a useful tip or trick you might not know about to help you make the best of your Chalk Couture products. It might be about an accessory, or chalk or surface… whatever gem of wisdom and experience my little heart desires to impart to you.

This week I have to say gifts are on my brain. Christmas is A WEEK AWAY . A week. Last minute gifts make me nervous, but sometimes you just gotta do it. I inevitably go through may list and have a GAH!! I forgot moment.

Those smarties at Chalk Couture have given me a small ray of hope that I can send a unique gift in time for Christmas and at a great price. Here are 5 reasons you need to give a Creative Kickstart Blooming Botanicals Kit for Christmas.

5 You can order and send it via express or overnight and get it for Christmas. It’s nice to have options, right?

4 You’ll save money ordering this kit. The folks at Chalk Couture want you to have a great holidays too, so they are offering this kit at a savings of $10 off retail. All you need is to add a squeegee and you’re golden.

3 Tired of searching around, picking a design, picking the right colors to go with it and picking a surface to design on? Time consuming and ain’t nobody got time for that this time of year! Thus the Kit. It comes with the Blooming Botanicals transfer, paste singles and a Greyson board. Heck, there’s even directions on how to create the design right there on the webpage. No fuss, no muss, not a single cuss.

2 Options. With this Kit offer, there are two designs to choose from, so you just take a quick peek, select your favorite design and you’ve got it. Think Happy or think Dreams. Either way you have a great project.

1 The Gift That Keeps on Giving. Yes, that’s right. It’s not a stencil, it’s a screen. And that means you can use it over and over. The surface is also reusable. Just wash off the chalk and go at it again with different colors or a different design; the choice is yours.

So go get that kit. Get one for all your friends! Order them here while supplies last! Just click on specials and deals and pick your favorite.

Hope you enjoyed my tips this week. Happy Chalking!

Tip and Trick Tuesday: Five Chalk Disasters to be avoided.

Tip & Trick Tuesday

Every Tuesday, I will try and make you aware of a useful tip or trick you might not know about to help you make the best of your Chalk Couture products. It might be about an accessory, or chalk or surface… whatever gem of wisdom and experience my little heart desires to impart to you.

This Tuesday’s Topic: Chalk disasters that you should avoid. I’m sharing these based on personal experience, so you know this is real life stuff.

5.When laying out letters, double check your spelling. As a matter of fact, have a family member or friend proof it too. It’s like getting a tattoo, make sure it’s right before you commit it to paste, but especially ink. You certainly don’t want a “No Regerts” moment, particularly if it’s a gift.

There will be No Regerts if you proof your letters.

4.When cleaning squeegees in your kitchen sink, take care that they don’t end up in the garbage disposal. 😳 I don’t think there’s any explanation needed here. Clean them in a wash basin or something in the sink.

And, for the Love of God, DO NOT reach in there to rescue it. Just don’t.

3.Don’t leave a transfer where it can be accidentally scooped up and turned into a sticky, crackly useless ball of vinyl. Yep. It sucks. You scoop up what you think is a pile of trash and as you are crushing it up to fit it in the trashcan, NNNooooooooo!!!! You can feel it when it happens too, a sickening sound like wet plastic slapping a countertop. Ugh. I just can’t.

2.Do not leave a paste single where it can be stepped on and squirt out everywhere. You know that friend that always manages to squirt someone at the table with the ketchup packet? Kinda like that, but probably with a color that won’t clean from the carpet. So best advice? Just. Don’t. Do. It.

1.Don’t eat dippable food near open paste jars. You’re trying to make something nice for someone, but are running short of time and you’re starving too, so multitasking it is. You pull up with some apple slices and peanut butter while you’re working. You’re eyeing up your project and you blindly reach for your apples to dip in the peanut butter. You bring it up to your mouth, still analyzing your work when, umm… this is NOT peanut butter!!! And the answer is NO, it most definitely does not taste good.

So there’s the tips for the week. Hopefully you’ve learned from my misfortune, or at least laughed your heinie off visualizing them.

Happy Chalking!

Tip and Trick Tuesday: The Mask. And Why You Need It.

Tip & Trick Tuesday

Tip & Trick Tuesday. Every Tuesday, I will try and make you aware of a useful tip or trick you might not know about to help you make the best of your Chalk Couture products. It might be about an accessory, or chalk or surface… whatever gem of wisdom and experience my little heart desires to impart to you. This week: the Circle Mask and why you need it.

Nope. It’s not that goofy movie with Jim Carrey. It doesn’t have anything to do with my fave guilty pleasure, the Masked Singer. I really do love it. Who the heck is the Doberman, anyway.

Who are these guys?

What is the Mask? The genius folks at Chalk Couture created a transfer that works as a mask. The 10 inch Circle transfer is a transfer made in reverse, so it blocks out an area of whatever you’re chalking, like a pattern. Why do you need that? Well, to oh so easily do a transfer inside a transfer.

Circler Mask Transfer
This is the circle mask. It’s 18″ and great for blocking areas out for additional designs or blank spaces for other needs.

How do you use the Circle transfer? Here’s a quick show of direction. What you do is place your bottom layer, like a pattern for instance, then carefully add the circle over top. Then, when you chalk, pull the paste from the center, to the outside. When you’ve covered your surface you wish to chalk, remove both transfers at the same time, clean and separate the transfers. This is the recommended method, but I have done it slightly differently with success, so you can probably create in whatever way makes you comfortable.

usingCircleMask

You could, then, use a smaller transfer and chalk it inside the circle. Fantastic, huh?

Here, I created a project with the French Country Transfer as a background with the Circle transfer over and the Ooh La La transfer inside the masked area.

Circle mask over pattern.

Place your circle over your pattern. Then, you can start chalking, being careful around the edges of the circle, so it doesn’t get pulled up.

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Chalk over the pattern and into the circle enough to get the inner edge nice and pronounced.

Now, carefully pull off the transfers to reveal your masked pattern.

masked area success!

Once your paste has dried, (or speed it along with a dryer) you can add your inner design.

Add another design inside your masked pattern.

And, Voilà! Your beautiful masked layered creation is done!

Done and trés magnifique!

Other ways to use the circle transfer? Instead of another transfer, you could add a ribbon, ornament or other embellishment in the open space. It’s really up to you and your creativity.

Check out the video below to see how I created this project.

https://youtu.be/ChyVQxrqoIA

Hope you enjoyed this week’s tip.

Happy Chalking!

Chalk Couture Sale is on!

So Chalk Couture is clearing out some stuff. There are some great transfers and some paste and ink ready to go in my online store, while supplies last.

Chalk Couture Sale November 2019

Shop everything under the “Last Chance” category for 20% off retail price. Saying goodbye is so much sweeter when you save! And one can NEVER have too much chalk stuff, right?

You know what I’d do… I’d get some holiday shopping done right now. Cos who doesn’t like a fun project to do. No one I know. So get to shopping, cos when they’re gone, they’re gone! (Don’t forget to click “Last Chance” when you get to my store)

Sugar Cookies Transfer from the Vault

It’s the official aroma of Valentine’s Day. It’s a Classroom party staple. It’s a quick go to for that potluck you got invited to yesterday. It’s Sugar Cookies. And we love them all like a fat kid loves cake.

Wanna know how to show your sugar cookie love in your home decor? Recently, Chalk Couture opened the Vault and reintroduced some of the most sought after transfers that retired. Sugar Cookies was one of them and I’m so stoked! The kitchen will be ready to bake with this actual recipe to follow in all it’s chalky glory right on the wall. Thing to note: as a from-the- Vault transfer, it’s in limited quantity, so don’t delay, if you want it, get it ASAP.

This is a big size E transfer is a project but so worth it. Check this out.

Pretty great, right? Since this is me jumping in the sorta wayback machine, some of the colors are no longer available, but fear not. I have suggestions for you to substitute colors. Use Almond instead of Custard, Iced coffee instead of Sand, Couture Teal for Caribbean, Sage for Lilac, Peachy Keen for Peach, and Storm for Elephant.

Check out the video below to see how I made this fantastic project.