Thursday, December 29, 2011

Warmest Wishes from Your Neighborhood Snowman

Howdy crafty friends!  I’m popping in tonight with a sweet snowman card that I made with the Warmest Wishes stamp/die set from TSG.  I must admit that I have a thing for a cute snowman… I really can’t resist buying a stamp set that includes one. :)

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I used a die from the set to cut the snowman out and then stamped the corresponding image on it.  I also stamped a couple of buttons on his belly.  Who’s a cute little snow-dude?  Who? ;)  After I finished talking to the image in baby talk I colored him with Copic markers and added a touch of Glossy Accents to the buttons and nose.

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For the background I layered a piece of designer paper on Kraft cardstock and then again on a piece of Turquoise cardstock whose edges I punched with a scallop border punch.  The next layer is another piece of Kraft cardstock that I dotted the edges with Platinum Liquid Pearls.

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Hmm… I originally planned to make a simple card that could be mass produced… ha ha ha!

Etsy Sale: In other news… I have a bunch of cards in my Etsy Store that are looking for a new home.  To help them make the move (and unbury my craft table) I am offering 20% off – just use coupon code BLOG20. :)

Recipe:
Stamps: Warmest Wishes (TSG).
Paper: Tempting Turquoise and Naturals White (SU!), Kraft (PTI), Choice Snow White (TE), Lost and Found Two – Breeze (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: Glossy Accents and Platinum Liquid Pearls (Ranger), white thread and sewing machine, Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Scallop Border Punch (SU!), Aqua Mist ribbon (PTI), stick pin (Maya Road), foam dimensionals, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers).

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Have a Bee-utiful Day

Hello everyone!

I’m back home from traveling a bit over the holidays.  Of course, now I need to clean up the mess that is my house.  A week of baking, wrapping gifts and prepping for travel left my house a little worse for wear.  I did a bit of cleaning last night but I was side-tracked by all of the goodies in my craft room.  Which means I have a card to share with you today!  Yay!

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I used the recently released Love Grows Here stamp set from Taylored Expressions to create a cheerful card.  I kept this one simple and used one of my favorite layouts.  Although I did do something fun – I used the Clouds Duo Die set to cut out a cloud accent and stamped the sentiment on it!  Sweet! :)

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Well, I’m back to work today.  I have a three day work week and then a three day weekend.  Woot!  I wonder what I’ll be doing this weekend?  Maybe working on some sneak peek samples for TE? ;)

Recipe:
Stamps: Love Grows Here (TE).
Paper: Spring Moss (PTI), Naturals White (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), Vanity Fair designer (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Pastel Olive Chalk Fluid Ink (Colorbox).
Accessories: Glossy Accents (Ranger), Twill Ribbon (May Arts), pearls, Wonky Rectangles Dies (Spellbinders), Medium Scallop Border Die and Cloud Duo Die (TE), foam dimensionals.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sparkly Christmas Tree

My Christmas shopping is done and I’ve finished baking cookies so I guess I can relax.  Maybe with a few cookies and a cup of hot chocolate.  And since I’m all caught up on the holiday preparations I thought I should share a project I made a while ago but neglected to blog.

This is another tag inspired by Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas.  I loved how he embossed a piece of metal tape, added paint and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I didn’t have the metal tape but I did have some thin sheets of metal coated paper from QuicKutz that did the trick.

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The metal sheet had adhesive backing so I applied it to a piece of white cardstock and trimmed to size before running it through my Big Shot using a Basic Grey embossing folder (by Sizzix).  I only have two paint dabbers… a green and a white one so I painted the embossed metal with those and heat set.  Once dry I used a sanding block to remove paint from the raised portions.  To finish I smooshed an Antique Linen Distress Ink pad over the entire piece and while still wet I heat embossed with Clear embossing powder.  Fun!

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I layered the metallic piece on Early Espresso cardstock and decorated using some pretty twine and ribbon and a few small wooden buttons.  I used the Winter Wonderland stamp set and matching Trim the Trees die set from Taylored Expressions to create the paper pieced tree embellishments.  I added little rhinestones to the tree so it would look decorated.

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The tag base is just a regular sized manilla tag that I sponged with Juniper Distress Ink (this is one of the 3 limited edition Holiday Distress Inks).  To finish I added a bit of ribbon through the eyelet and tied it in place using a bit more of the twine.  Me likey!  Hope you do to.

I also hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

Recipe:
Stamps: Winter Wonderland (TE).
Paper: Manilla Tag, Early Espresso (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), kraft (PTI), designer (Echo Park).
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic markers, Antique Linen and Juniper Distress Inks (Ranger).
Accessories: Trim the Tree die set (TE), Basic Grey embossing folder (Sizzix), ribbon (May Arts), twine (Doodlebug), foam dimensionals, clear embossing powder, buttons, Tiny Twinkles (TE),

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Inspired by Tim: Noel Tag

Hi crafty friends,

I mentioned in my last post that I was inspired by Tim Holtz and his 12 Tags of Christmas to make a few bigger tags featuring some fun techniques.  Here is the first one which was inspired by his very first tag:

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I loved the glittery noel and the embossed background from his tag so decided to incorporate those elements into my tag.  There is no stamping on this tag… none… zilch… zip… rather shocking! ;)

For the background: I embossed a piece of green cardstock with the Basic Grey – Evergreen embossing folder from Sizzix.  I covered one side of the folder with VersaMark ink before adding the cardstock and running it through my Big Shot.  While the ink was still wet I coated the cardstock with White embossing powder and then heat set.  Tim has some great step-by-step photos on his blog of this technique… it is well worth checking out if you are unfamiliar with the technique.

For the sparkly letters: I stared with some chipboard letters that I had in my stash (these were from a Heidi Swapp collection).  I painted each letter with December Sky Blingz and heat set.  This paint is quite sparkly but I wanted even MORE sparkle so I then coated each letter with Glossy Accents and dusted with Snowflake glitter.

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I couldn’t just stop with a sparkly noel so I created a blue pom pom from felt using the Loopy Bloom dienamics die from MFT.  Nestled behind the bloom are a couple of leaves that I die cut from felt using the Mini Leaves dies from Taylored Expressions.  Yup – I was pulling out all of my favorite supplies and did not stick with just one company… and it was FUN! :)  Behind the bloom I tacked some green grosgrain ribbon in place adding some pleats.  To permanently affix the ribbon in place I ran it through my sewing machine.  I covered up the stitches by tying another length of ribbon around panel.

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I wanted to distress the tag a bit so I sponged Frayed Burlap Distress Ink on the tag base, the kraft mat and the edges of the leaves. For more sparkle I added dots of Platinum Liquid Pearls along the tag and the main panel that I adhered the chipboard letters to.

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To finish the tag I added a jumbo eyelet and some seam binding that I dyed with Glimmer Mist. I really do like how this tag turned out… what do you think?

Recipe:
Paper: Manila tag, Kraft (PTI), Olive (SU!).
Ink: Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Ranger), Versamark.
Accessories: White embossing powder (SU!), December Sky Blingz (Shimmerz), cork, blue wool-blend felt, green grosgrain and striped brown ribbon (May Arts), Seam binding (Hug Snug), Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Platinum Liquid Pearls and Glossy Accents (Ranger), Snowflake glitter (Martha Stewart), jumbo eyelet (We R Memory Keepers), foam dimensionals, Basic Grey – Evergreen embossing folder (Sizzix), Loopy Blooms Dienamics (MFT), Mini Leaves Dies (Taylored Expressions).

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Birthday Balloons!

Hello crafty friends!

How about a crafty project that isn’t winter or Christmas themed?  Maybe something cheerful and uplifting? :)  I think this card will do the trick:

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I used oodles of designer paper from the Sidewalks pad from October Afternoon and the recently released Sky’s the Limit stamp/die set from Taylored Expressions.  I stamped the large hot air balloon on Choice Snow White cardstock and cut out with the matching die. I then paper pieced the balloon portion with a piece of the designer paper and highlighted the swirls using a Copic marker.  The die set also has a couple of itty bitty clouds that I also cut from Choice Snow White cardstock.  For the background I cut a circle using a Lacey Circles Nestabilities die and stamped a sentiment from it in black ink.  I added dots of Light Blue around the outside edges using a Viva Decor Pearl pen.

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I accented the main image with some twill ribbon that I tied into a bow.  I added a couple of little heart stick pins through the knot.  To keep the pointy ends from poking anyone I dabbed a bit of Glossy Accents to the tips.  No more ouchy ouchies!

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That is it for me tonight but I should be back soon with a … tag!  One inspired by the twelve tags of Christmas that Tim Holtz has been making. :)

Recipe:
Stamps: Sky’s the Limit (TE).
Paper: Pink, Blue, Naturals Ivory (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), Sidewalks designer (October Afternoon).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic marker.
Accessories: Stick pins (Maya Road), Light Blue Pearl Pen (Viva Decor), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Lacey Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), twill (May Arts), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, foam dimensionals.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

RCC33: Tangled Twine

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Danielle Daws, one of our resident CAS geniuses, is challenging you to use some twine on your creation this week! Any kind of twine is fine, just be sure to add some to your creation!  And who better to sponsor a twine challenge than Whisker Graphics Divine Twine!

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For my project this week I made another set of gift tags.  I think I might need some help kicking the tag habit and getting back to making cards.  Although it isn’t life threatening so I’m not too worried!RCC33Challenge_4Group_DLounds

To decorate the tags I used the fun snowflake set: Winter Wonderland from Taylored Expressions.  There is a matching die set that I used to cut out the main snowflake.  I also used some yummy (sounding and looking) Brown Sugar Divine Twine and a bit of crocheted ribbon

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I stamped a snowflake in Ice Blue Fluid Chalk Ink and then die cut with a die from the Winter Wonderland Snowflakes die set.  I sponged the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then added a touch of Glossy Accents and a dusting of Crystal glitter.  Once dry I stitched a wood button to the center of the snowflake using a short length of the Brown Sugar Divine Twine. 

To decorate the tag base I stamped more snowflake images on green cardstock and layered on Early Espresso cardstock.  I used an edger punch to create a bit of scalloped trim and adhered this piece to the green mat and added a small scrap of designer paper.  I finished my stamping by adding the “No peeking!” sentiment stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.

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Before adhering to the tag base with dimensionals tape I added added the crocheted trim and then wrapped the whole piece with the Brown Sugar Divine Twine and tying it into a bow.  To finish I added a metal eyelet and yet more of the same twine! :)

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Now that you have checked out my projects you can head over to the Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog for all of the details on this week’s challenge and prize! Oh, and while there you can see oodles of other projects (hmmm… there might even be more TAGS!).

Recipe:
Stamps: Winter Wonderland (Taylored Expressions).
Paper: blue and green (Bazzill), Early Espresso (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), Lost & Found – Christmas designer (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, VersaMark, Ice Blue Fluid Chalk Ink (Colorbox), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger).
Accessories: Glossy Accents (Ranger), Crystal Glitter (MS), Warm metal eyelets and Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), tag die (TE), Brown Sugar Divine Twine (Whisker Graphics), Natural Crocheted Ribbon (May Arts – available at Ribbon Carousel Shop), Winter Wonderland Snowflakes dies (TE).

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Keeping Count of the Days

Hi crafty friends!

I’m sharing a big project with you today… one that took a while to make. Then I spent just as much time waiting to take pictures of it since it needed to be hung and then the lighting was bad.  But today, all things came together and the pictures turned out nice so I’m sharing my… Advent Calendar!

Lookee at this pretty wall hanging!  I started with a cookie sheet that I painted a cream color and then decorated:

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The cookie sheet I bought was non-stick and I thought primer would stick to it.  It didn’t!  So I had to start over and sand off the first coats of primer and paint (and some of the non-stick coating) and paint it a second time.  My advice?  Sand it first so you don’t have to redo it like I did. ;)  Once the paint dried I covered the inside with Season’s Greetings designer paper from Echo Park.  I used Perfect Paper Adhesive (matte finish) from USArtQuest to adhere the paper in place and then I sealed the paper with a couple more coats for added durability.  Once that dried I added dots of Bisque Liquid Pearls along the outside edges.

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For the count down I used the Shopping Bag and Labels die to create little boxes and then decorated them so that each one is different. I used various Thickers stickers and the You’re My Type – Lower & # stamp set to number each box.  Each box holds a different piece of candy… although you could also use them to hold little trinkets or the like. :)

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For extra sturdiness I mounted each decorated box on a piece of chipboard.  I cut each piece of chipboard, covered it with more Echo Park designer paper and rounded the corners with the 1/4” Corner Chomper.  To finish I sanded the edges using an emery board (which work great and they are cheap!). 

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Here is a close up of one of the boxes/bags.  I used various TE stamp sets to decorate each box: Woodland Winter, Hangin’ Out – At the North Pole, Wings of Joy and From the Heart.

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On the back of each box/bag I attached a magnet (or two… some of the magnets I had weren’t as strong).  This way the boxes can be moved around.  You can line them up straight or position them a bit wonky (as I did) or even place them on the cookie sheet in a random order.  Note – because I used magnets I couldn’t use an aluminum cookie sheet (which would have been easier to paint).

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So what do you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this project.  Also, if you would like me to right up the details on how I decorated each box/bag just let me know.  I’m thinking a series of posts with all the details would be fun but I don’t want to bore my readers. ;)

Recipe:
Stamps: You’re My Type – Lower & #, Woodland Winter, Wings of Joy, Hangin’ Out – At the North Pole, From the Heart (Taylored Expressions).
Paper: Red, Soft Sky, Naturals Ivory, Basic Black, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss (SU! and PTI), Choice Snow White (TE), Season’s Greetings designer (Echo Park).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: chipboard, magnets, various ribbons (May Arts), baker’s twine (Doodlebug), Perfect Paper Adhesive – Matte (USArtQuest), primer and cream paint, Tim Holtz fragments, ghost heart (Heidi Swapp), Glossy Accents, Bisque Liquid Pearls, Rouge Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Scrabble tiles, Thickers (American Crafts), Choc-o-lot and Royal Red Shimmerz (Shimmerz Paints), Tiny Twinkles (TE), Crystal glitter (MS), stick pins and chipboad shapes (Maya Road), foam dimensional tape, Circle and Petite Scalloped Circle dies (Spellbinders), Shopping Bag and Labels die (TE).