Saturday, December 29, 2012

Something Magical about Winter

Hello!  Been a while since I’ve posted here.  Got caught up with the holidays, traveling and a cold so I took a bit of break. :)  But I’m back and I have a wintery TSG card to share with you.

For this card I used the Snow globe stamp set and coordinating die and Wonderful Winter Wishes stamp set.

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I used the die to cut an opening in a piece of designer paper and the Chocolate Chip cardstock I layered under it.  I then stitched the edges and covered the opening with a piece of acetate.  I then stamped the snow globe and an image from Wonderful Winter Wishes on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  I added Crystal Stickles to the snow on the ground a few tiny pearls to the sky as snowflakes.

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After decorating the main panel with a bit of ribbon I attached the image behind it using foam dimensional tape.  This piece was then adhered to another piece of designer paper that had been stitched to Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Next I tied a sentiment around the whole thing using natural jute.  For a final touch a few blue pearls were added.

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Besides making sure everything was all lined up it was actually an easier card to make. :)

Recipe:
Stamps: Snow Globe stamp and die set, Wonderful Winter Wishes (TSG).
Paper: Chocolate Chip (SU!), Kraft (PTI), Choice Snow White (TE), Aspen Frost designer (Basic Grey).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: Crystal Stickles (Ranger), Itty Bitty Pearls (SU!), Natural Jute and striped ribbon (May Arts), acetate, heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, blue pearls (Queen & Co.), foam dimensional tape.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Lots of Holiday Cheer

Hello everyone!  Popping in late tonight with a set of cards I made using Holiday Cheer from There She Goes and designer paper from Carte Bella.

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Kept the layout simple and the embellishments as lacking in lumpiness as possible.  So I could mail them easily.  Which did not happen… maybe after the Holiday. ;)

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First up is the polar bear image which was quick and easy to color and I added a bit of Glossy Accents and glitter.

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Next up is the super cute Santa. he took a bit more work to color but he is worth it.

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Just a bit of burgundy polka dot grosgrain ribbon and jute to decorate the front of the card.

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Hope you have a beary merry weekend!

Recipe:
Stamps: Holiday Cheer (TSG).
Paper: Peanut Cluster (Bazzill), Choice Snow White (TE), designer (Carte Bella).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: Rock Candy Distress Glitter, Glossy Accents (Ranger), polka dot ribbon and jute (May Arts), Medium Scallop Border Die (TE), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers).

Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Décor 2012: Snowman Ornaments

A while back I saw these really cute snowmen on Pinterest.  My mom and I decided that it would be fun to make a batch of them so I bought/ordered all of the supplies and then on Black Friday instead of shopping we built snowmen.  Lots and lots of them; 29 to be exact. ;)

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Supplies used:

  • 1 1/2” wood doll heads / knobs
  • 1 1/2” buttons
  • 2” wood doll heads / knobs
  • 20 gauge wire
  • White acrylic paint
  • Pearl Acrylic craft paint (Martha Stewart)
  • Matte varnish
  • Black paint pen
  • Orange polymer clay
  • Various colors of yarn
  • Jute (available at most hardware stores)
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Pink Distress Ink (for the cheeks)

Tools: foam brushes, 3/8” drill bit, 1/16” drill bit, hot glue gun, wire cutters.

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To assemble:

1. Finish drilling hole through head using a 3/8” hole (there will already be a hole started on the flat side of the doll head. 

2. Drill 1/16” hole on the face where the nose will be attached.

3. Paint body and head using acrylic paints and foam brushes.  I painted some of them with a Pearl paint and others with a white acrylic paint – added a second coat of paint for better coverage.  I also added a finish coat of matte varnish to the white snowman.  The pearl paint had a nice finish already so I didn’t need to clear coat them.

4. Bend a piece of wire in half and shape the bend so there is a nice loop.  Thread the head and a button onto the wire.  The button acts as a spacer.  Then cut the wire so that it is just long enough to fit inside the snowman bottom (there is a hole already drilled that goes about halfway through the doll head.

5. Using hot glue secure the wire ends inside the snowman bottom.

6. After sculpting the noses from clay and baking according to directions use the 1/16” drill bit to drill a hole.  You can then use hot glue and a short piece of wire to attach the nose to the face.  Yeah, I overestimated how big the noses needed to be… you should have seen the first batch.  Wowsa!

7.  Finish by decorating your snowman.  I used a black paint pen for the eyes and mouth, some fun yarn to make a scarf and a bit of pink Distress Ink applied with a cotton swab to make the cheeks blush.

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Thought I would share a few pictures of the snowman unassembled, in particular they are having their coats of snow painted on. ;)

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We made quite the mess of my mom’s dining room table, didn’t we?  And you can sort of see on the top right how one side of the doll heads / knobs is already flat.

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I used some of the wire and foam from packaging to make some impromptu stands to hold the doll heads while they dried.  I had to pat myself on the back for that idea since it worked out so well! :)

Hope you like them.  Have a great day.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

TSG Blog Hop: Sparkly & Bright

Hello!  Welcome to the third and final day of sneak peeks for the December release from There She Goes!  All of the wonderful sets will be available for purchase Saturday night after the release party.

Blog Hop Challenge

When we saw these SUPER gorgeous characters from Torico, we were instantly in love. These gorgeous girls love their retail therapy, so no matter your gift giving reason-whether it be Christmas or Birthday, they've got you covered.

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Sparkly & Bright is a 4x6 set that includes a total of 12 stamps and will sell for $18.00.

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Apparently I am still in Christmas mode because of the color scheme I used for this card. ;)  I stamped the main image in black and colored with Copic markers before cutting out.  For the background I stamped snowflakes in white on Kraft cardstock and then added a sentiment using black ink.

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Some washi tape, twine and rhinestones were used to embellish this card.  Love this set and I hope you do too! :)

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Would you like to win the new Sparkly & Bright stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, December 22nd with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Recipe:
Stamps: Sparkly & Bright (TSG).
Paper: Taffy (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Kraft (PTI), Red (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), designer (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White Craft (SU!), Brilliance Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: twine (Whisker Graphics), foam dimensional tape (TE), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), rhinestones (SU!), washi tape.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

TSG Blog Hop: Tooth Fairy Approved

Hello everyone!  Guess what?  Today I’m back with another preview from the December release from There She Goes.

Blog Hop Challenge

Melyssa is back today with a set that is Tooth Fairy Approved! Whether congratulating your child for losing a tooth, scrapbooking the loss of a tooth, or leaving a note for the tooth fairy, you have so many options for them all!

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Tooth Fairy Approved is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 17 stamps and will sell for $24.00.

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I used the one of the cute fairies and the frame from the set to create a sweet congratulations card.  After coloring and cutting out the fairy I added a bit of Glossy Accents and Rock Candy Distress Glitter to her wings… fairy dust!  I also coated her wand and crown with Illuminate Smooch.

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I was in the mood for ribbon so I used a couple of different kinds and some jute as embellishment.  A few pearls and stitching finished the look.

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Would you like to win the new Tooth Fairy Approved stamp set? Here is what you need to do-visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, December 22nd with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Recipe:
Stamps: Tooth Fairy Approved (TSG).
Paper: Aqua and Taffy (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Choice Snow White (TE), Tangerine designer (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: jute, striped twill and ivory grosgrain (May Arts), foam dimensional tape (TE), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Glossy Accents and Rock Candy Distress Glitter (Ranger), Pearls (Queen & Co.).

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

TSG: Smarty Pants Blog Hop

Hello – It is that time of the month: sneak peeks for the December release for There She Goes!

Smarty Pants Blog Hop Challenge

Nerds are all the rage right now, and we at There She Goes are in love with this SUPER nerdy, super cute set from Melyssa, Smarty Pants. With 23 stamps in this set, you will have SO many fun options for the nerd in your life!

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Smarty Pants is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 23 stamps and will sell for $24.00.

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I had a lot of fun coloring the nerdy girl (argyle sweater – yes!).  I added a bit of Glossy Accents to her glasses and layered the image on some designer paper I cut out using a Notepaper die.

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Would you like to win the new Smarty Pants stamp set? Here is what you need to do - visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, December 22nd with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Recipe:
Stamps: Smarty Pants (TSG).
Paper: Kraft (PTI), Aqua, Choice Snow White (TE), Family Ties designer (Pebbles).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: jute and v-striped ribbon (May Arts), buttons (MFT), foam dimensional tape (TE), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, Clipboard and Notepad Die Set (TE), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Glossy Accents (Ranger).

Sunday, December 16, 2012

SSSC174: I Never Repeat Gossip…

Hello all!

I’m excited to be participating in this week’s Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge as a guest designer.  I’ve always been a fan of the sketches that Karen posts so it was very exciting to be selected. Very exciting! :D

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I decided to switch things up a bit and not make a holiday card (although I still have a few of those to share).  Instead I made a fun girls card featuring Chit Chat Lucy from Sparkle Creations.

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Here is the sketch. Make sure to head over to Karen’s blog for all the details on the challenge and links to more fabulous samples by the design team.

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Card details: I stamped Lucy in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic markers.  I used a Silver Copic Spica pen on the phone cord and a white pain pen to add dots to her cheeks.  The sentiment, from the same set, says “I never repeat gossip… so listen carefully.”  Lol.  I paired the main image with some delicious designer paper by Basic Grey and a bit of chocolate pom pom trim from Darcie’s.

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That’s it for me today, I’ll chit chat with you all later!

Recipe:
Stamps: Chit Chat Lucy (Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps).
Paper: Dark Chocolate (MFT), Kraft (PTI), Choice Snow White (TE), Serenade designer (Basic Grey).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Silver Copic Spica pen.
Accessories: foam dimensional tape, 3/8” Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), File Tab Die-namics (MFT), Green Pearls (Queen & Co), Chocolate Pom Pom Trim (Darcie’s), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Décor 2012: Garland for the Tree

What do you get when you combine 500+ small wooden beads, Distress Stains by Ranger, heavy duty jute and a lot of patience?  New garland for the Christmas tree. :)

I’ve wanted to make my own garland using wood beads for quite some time and I finally finished yesterday.  Just in time.  Barely.

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I purchased a bunch of wood beads in various shapes, ranging from 3/8” long to 7/8”.  There are a handful of smaller round beads that I already had.

First I stained each bead using a bunch of different Distress Stains. One by one.  This is were the patience comes into play. ;) I wore cheap gloves that I could change between colors since I didn’t want the colors transferring from one bead to the next.

Colors used: Fired Brick, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs and Tarnished Brass.

Next I spray painted the beads with Rust-oleom 2x Cover Clear Gloss.  I layered the beads on an old cookie sheet and then spray painted (I needed to do two batches).  Once dry to the touch I just loosened the beads from the pan and mixed them around a bit before coating again.  I repeated this process a couple more times before I was happy with the result. Some beads just sucked the paint right up and never achieved a shine but I was more concerned with sealing the color in then making them extra glossy.

Note: my pan started to become sticky after a while so I added a parchment paper layer between the beads and the pan and that worked wonderfully.

Finally to assemble the garland I cut 8’ lengths of heavy duty jute; the kind you can find at hardware stores.  I threaded the beads on, adding knots as I went (after every fourth bead).  I wanted some looseness to the garland and the knots kept the beads from all piling up at one end of the jute.  Tip: use a bit of tape on the ends of the jute to make it easy to thread the beads.

I ended up with exactly five strands of garland and only two extra beads.  Kind of amazing that it worked out that evenly.

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Hope you enjoyed this non-stampy project.  I have another Holiday Décor project that I need to share soon :)  I was working on a third one… but it was an epic failure (bad spray paint, bad!) and my fourth project is not done yet and might not be for this year. ;)

Friday, December 14, 2012

There She Goes Again: No Peeking

Hey Crafty Friends -

It is that wonderful time of the month when the There She Goes Trendsetter’s make new projects featuring previously released stamp sets. This month we are featuring 3 classic Christmas sets:

I decided to give some loving to one of my favorite sets, No Peeking, and made a set of quick (and flat for mailing) holiday cards.  The sentiments are from the Warmest Wishes stamp set.

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There is just a bit of designer paper, some gray vintage seam binding and a few rhinestones for accent.  I couldn’t resist adding a bit of stitching.

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And of course I had to add glitter.  Love glitter. ;)

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If you want to see the rest of the cards by themselves, then here you go.  If that is too repetitive then I’d suggest skipping right to the end. ;)

I used the mitten image paired with the “Warmest Wishes” sentiment.  I added a touch of sparkly fluff to the cuffs of the mittens.

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This time it is Santa paired with the sentiment “Season’s Greetings”.  More sparkly fluff on the hat.

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The final pink card features an itty bitty snowman and the sentiment “Warmest Wishes”.  There is a bit of Glossy Accents on the tiny hearts.

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The second of the aqua cards is the set of Christmas trees and the sentiment “May Your Merry be Very!”.

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And the final card is the pretty wreath paired with “Season’s Greetings”. 

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Did you like them?  They were very fast to make and I’m digging the alternate color scheme.

Make sure to head over to the TSG blog for more inspiration!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

SCRSC94: Snow-spiration!

Hello Crafty Friends!

I’m popping in with a *set* of cards for this week’s Sparkle Creations challenge.  I’m in need of Christmas/Winter cards to mail out so I thought I would create a card that was a bit easier to duplicate (and wouldn’t cost a ton to mail). :)

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This week’s challenge is “SNOW”; you can use the snowy picture below for inspiration:

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For all of the details on the challenge head over to the Sparkle Creations Blog. You can find Sparkle Creations stamps online at the store HERE.

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For my cards I used Snow Angel Ruby and made a set of three. Each card has a different sentiment from the Winter Schminter stamp set from Whipper Snapper Designs.  I just couldn’t make the cards exactly the same.  Lol.

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Instead of stamping Ruby in black and coloring I stamped her in blue and then added a bit of Glossy Accents and glitter to make the snow pop.  Easy peasy and very fast.  I stayed true to my usual style by adding a couple of ribbons, stitching and a few rhinestones.  I think I’m going to make another set of these cards, but with a more Christmas feel to them.

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Later gators! Be sure to head over to the SCRS Blog for more samples from the talented design team.

Recipe:
Stamps: Snow Angel Ruby (Sparkle Creations), Winter Schminter (Whipper Snapper Designs)..
Paper: Icy Mint and Marshmallow (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Choice Snow White (TE), Winter Wishes designer (Echo Park).
Ink: Prussian Blue Fluid Chalk ink (ColorBox).
Accessories: Wide V-Striped Blue grosgrain and White twill (May Arts), Blue rhinestones (Doodlebug), Scalloped Edger punch (SU!), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, Circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders), Glossy Accents (Ranger), glitter (MS).

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Holiday Cheer Tags

Hello Crafty Friends -

It has been a few days since I’ve posted a set of tags and even though I probably have enough of them I couldn’t resist making another set.  Especially after I saw the challenge posted by The Challenge Chicks over on Facebook.  The challenge?  To  make a set of tags.  Muhahaha… my kind of challenge. ;)

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Since I wanted to create a larger tag and didn’t have the right tag die, I cut the tag base and layering tag using the Silhouette Cameo and a tag design I created.  I used the Anna Wight Spirit of Christmas cling set from Whipper Snapper Designs for the focal point and sentiment.  I colored the image with Copic markers and after die cutting sponged the edges with Antique Linen Distress ink.  I then used an edge distressing tool to rough it up a bit and finished with dots of White Opal Liquid Pearls and a dab or two of Crystal Stickles along the ground.

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After adhering the tag layers together (distressed the edges first) I added stitching using my sewing machine and set a jumbo eyelet. I then tied some ribbon in a bow and added a wood button using jute.

The backs of the tags were looking a bit messy what with the sewing and the holes I punched for the jute when tying the button in place.  To fix, I cut out more of the base tags and just adhered them over the messiness using foam dimensional tape.

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These tags are a bit larger than the ones I normally make; about 3” wide by 4 1/2” tall.  Here is a shot with a set I posted last week.

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Later gators!  I need to really get crackin’ on making some Christmas cards… simple ones… that can be mailed without costing an arm and a leg. ;)

Recipe:
Stamps: Spirit of Christmas (Whipper Snapper Designs).
Paper: Kraft (MFT), Choice Snow White (TE), Red (SU!), Green (PTI), Handmade Holidays designer (Simple Stories).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger).
Accessories: jute, red ribbon (May Arts), wood button, Jumbo Scalloped and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), jumbo eyelet (We R Memory Keepers), Flax Baker’s Twine (The Twinery), White Opal Liquid Pearls and Crystal Stickles (Ranger).