Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thinking of You Card

Hello, Crafty Friends!

I hope you are having a good weekend. I’m relaxing today after getting back from a fun trip home for Thanksgiving. There was good food, lots of chatting, and even some crafty projects. And I actually finished knitting a scarf that was supposed to be a Christmas gift two years ago. Lol.

I’m also catching up on sharing some projects that I’ve made over the last few weeks and just haven’t had time to blog. This next card uses an embossed leaf that was leftover from making this Fall card.


On this card I decided that the leaf should be front and center and to pair it with a bunch of shabby elements. Just a reminder the leaf was made using the Fall Foliage Thinlets Die Set, various colors of Distress Stain, and Gold Embossing Powder.

I embellished the leaf with a rustic wood button and some jute (May Arts). And behind the leaf is Woven/Burlap ribbon (May Arts) and some Film Strip Ribbon (Idea-ology) layered above a circle of green cardstock that was sponged with Ground Espresso Distress Ink (Ranger).

Next up I adhered some Gold Deco Sheets (Idea-ology) to another piece of card stock. It was a bit bright so I toned it down by adding Twisted Citron Distress Paint (Ranger) dabbed on in a zig zag pattern using the Tim Holtz Zigzag Stencil (Stampers Anonymous). I also sponged with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.


I finished the card with a few enamel dots in a contrasting color and by stamping a sentiment from CMS236 Crazy Talk (Stampers Anonymous).


I must admit that I love all the texture on this card and the bit of gold peeping out here and there. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Embroidery Hoop Decorations


On this Thanksgiving eve I thought I would share a fun project that I made a couple weeks ago featuring small embroidery hoops and simple little Christmas scenes.


I’ve had this idea for a while and I was delighted that these little ornaments turned out exactly as I pictured. That doesn’t always happen. ;)

I picked up a bunch of Darice 3” embroidery hoops and some muslin fabric. I used circle dies to cut the muslin to size and lined the hoops before decorating them.


To decorate I cut a white circle from shimmery white cardstock using a Stitched Circle Die (MFT). I then used scissors to cut two snow banks/drifts from the circle. I adhered the snow banks to the hoops leaving the upper edge open so that the die cut houses and tree could be tucked underneath.

The houses are from the Happy New Home stamp set (Taylored Expressions) and were stamped in black and colored with Copic Markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and embellished each house with Glossy Accents and glitter.


I also die cut a tree from Grass Green felt using the Evergreens die set (Taylored Expressions). It was tucked behind the tall house. I added a few clear sequins to mimic the feel of falling snow. To finish the ornaments I added some jute and a rustic button to the top.


These little ornaments would also make cute “tags” to add to a package. My plan is to use a couple this way and to hang a couple on the Christmas tree.


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are having a delightful week.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Make it Jolly Tags–Day 4

Hello! I’m back with another set of tags tonight. It has been a while size I’ve made a shaker so I got my fix by making a set of three shaker tags.


There is quite a bit of detail on these tags and it all starts with the shakers. I used two stamp sets for the main image: Flirty Frames from Lawn Fawn and Calendar Critters form Taylored Expressions. First I stamped the frames and then masked them so that I could stamp the little penguin peeking out of the frame. I used the coordinating Flirty Frames dies to cut out the frame and then trimmed the inside edge with a pair of scissors. I also used the same die to cut out a piece of acetate to line the window and to cut a piece from white cardstock to use as the back of the shaker. Between the baker and the acetate I created a wall by cutting skinny lengths from foam tape and filled the shaker with a variety of sequins.


The frames and penguins were colored with Copic markers and embellished with Glossy Accents and a bit of glitter.


I then cut a tag base from white cardstock and colored a piece of watercolor paper with Sakura Koi Watercolors using the Tim Holtz Zigzag Stencil as a guide. Once dry I cut the watercolor paper to size and adhered to the tag base.

Next I stamped a sentiment from CMS249 Scribbly Christmas on red cardstock and trimmed to size. I adhered the sentiment in place and embellished with a few different washi tapes.


I finished by adhering the shaker in place with more foam tape and embellished with a few sequins and some baker’s twine. So what do you think? I think they turned out both “merry” and “bright”.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Make it Jolly Tags–Day 3

Hello! Hopefully you are in the mood for more Christmas tag goodness as I have another set to share with you. This set features the fun Little Bits - ‘Tis the Season die set from Taylored Expressions.


I love that little car and thought it would be the perfect focal point on some quick tags. I die cut the pieces from red, green, and black cardstock and glued the pieces together. I then tied some baker’s twine around the tree to mimic the look of a tree tied to the roof of a car.

For the rest of the tag I cut various tag elements out using the Build a Tag 2 dies (TE). The sentiment is from Little Bits of Christmas (TE).


After assembling the tags (lots of foam tape was used) I finished with a bit of red baker’s twine.


Thanks for stopping by. I still have a couple more tag ideas to share so check back soon for more Christmas-y goodness. :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Make it Jolly Tags–Day 2

Hello! I’m back today (a day late) with another pair of Christmas tags. I continued with the red and green theme and added natural tones of wood and metal.


I started by using a tag die from the Tim Holtz Tag Collection Framelits (Sizzix) to die cut tags from sheets of ahesive-backed wood paper (EK Success). Since the wood paper is quite delicate I cut additional tags from white cardstock and layered them together. I added a strip of designer paper along the bottom and added a piece of dark brown cardstock that was cut out using the Small Scalloped Border die from Taylored Expressions.

Next I embossed the numbers “2” and “5” from CMS222 Number Blocks (Stampers Anonymous) with Wendy Vecchi Fern Green embossing powder. Once cooled I trimmed each number with scissors and adhered them to the tag base.

I wasn’t done with the die cutting and for the next layer I used word dies from Tim Holtz Block Holiday Words 2 (Sizzix) to cut out a couple of words from red cardstock. After removing the letters I backed the openings with a very light grey cardstock. The words were adhered to the tag using foam tape.


At this point everything was a bit too clean so I spritzed here and there with a Ground Espresso Distress Marker. At this point the basic tag was done and I just needed some pretty embellishments. I pulled out a couple of Christmas Typed Tokens and added jute string before adhering in place using Glossy Accents. I also added a mini paper clip above the numbers and a few enamel dots.


To finish I added some really pretty green seam binding and a little clothespin that I decorated with a bit of washi tape.

These tags were a bit time consuming and I love how they turned out even though I had to rip them all apart at one point when I wasn’t happy. I originally embossed the numbers in gold on green cardstock. Which made my eyes cringe. Lol. ;)


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Make it Jolly Tags–Day 1

Hello Crafty Friends -

I’m working away on my crafting for the holidays and one of the things I need and use every year are Christmas gift tags. I thought it would be fun to share with you over the next handful of days the different tags I am making.

While I am using different stamps and embellishments on each set of tags I did decide to stick to the same color scheme of red, green, browns, and gold. I’m in a traditional mood this year.

For my first set of tags I used the cute moose from the recently released Calendar Critters stamp set (one of my illustrations for Taylored Expressions) and coordinating dies.


For this tag design I made a set of three. Die cutting all of those “jolly” letters with the Tall and Skinny Alphabet was the most time consuming part of making the tag. I also used Build a Tag 3 for the tag base and the little “merry” tag.


The little moose was colored with Copic Markers and little freckles were added with a white gel pen. I added Glossy Accents to the ornament to make it shiny.


A few dimensionals were sacrificed in making this card. From the side view you can see how I popped up the green circle and the moose.


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Make sure to stop by tomorrow for another batch of Christmas tags. :)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

C4C311: Traditional color of Thanks

Hello. I’m kicking off the weekend with my take on the latest challenge from Crazy 4 Challenges. This week we are all about adding some thankful cards to our stash that feature traditional colors of the season. For me that meant lots of fall leaf colors: reds, oranges, yellow, and a bit of green


I didn’t do any stamping on my project today, instead I used a combination of dies and embellishments. The little flowers were die cut from designer paper, cardstock, and felt using the Mini Bloomers from Taylored Expressions. I also added a flair button that I designed for Thanksgiving as the sentiment. I used a die from Build a Tag 4 (also from Taylored Expressions) to cut out a panel from designer paper. The pattern was a bit too strong for the flowers so I cut out the same pattern from vellum and layered them together. The panel wasn’t quite strong enough for all of the elements so I cut a third panel from cardstock for more support.


I finished the card with a few more embellishments: sequins, baker’s twine, and washi tape.


Thanks for stopping by! For more inspiration and to participate in the challenge head over to the Crazy 4 Challenges blog.