Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Ornament

Hello Everybody!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  My family and I sure did!

I wanted to show you a Christmas ornament I made from someone that my husband works with.  He requested it which always makes my heart happy! :)

There are many pictures just to let you know.  Since it is round I wanted to make sure I captured all sides.

I am submitting this ornament to the December Challenge at Scrap It Girl-Christmas Ornaments.

This ornament is inspired by a pumpkin I made back in October.  You can read more about that here.

I took a really cool mini book class taught by Annette Green from Graphic 45.  Our book used Graphic 45's Twelve Days of Christmas.  So I was totally inspired by the papers and this shape the construction of the base for this ornament was from Graphic 45 so it just all came together.  If you go by and check out the link I put for Annette scroll down and you'll see me!  And my mom-in-law and aunt-in-law.  :)

So here is the top of the ornament.  I added a bell and jump rings.  The ribbon to hold the ornament goes in from each side and is knotted on the inside.

Here are some banners that I used brads on so that would give if needed.

Here is a pretty bird on the side.  You will also see two sets of hearts on either side.  They are like plastic hearts on a string.  

I made this tassel with embroidery floss.  This is my first tassel so if you too would like to make one go here.  That's where I learned. :)  

Here is another photo of the top.  I had to use hot glue to keep those little wedding flowers from coming off.  However, before I glued them I used Walnut Distress Ink to age them a little bit.

Here's another banner picture.

A different side view.  The chipboard pieces were fun to work with.  The bird on the right has a little chipboard piece on the bottom.  I used jump rings to put it on.  I saw some tags by Annette (mentioned above) and thought that was a cool idea.  So I incorporated it here.

One last picture.  :)

Thank you for stopping by!  Can you believe these are the last days of 2013?  Time to go make some new year goals!

Until next time my friends....keep craftin'! :)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Valentine's Day Card

Hey Everybody!

I know-a Valentine's Day card in the mist of Christmas.  But I couldn't help myself.  At Let's Scrap they have this week's sketch-and to me it said Valentine's Day :)

For my card I used some scraps.  The white piece was already embossed-I just had to trim it down.  I used the Alley Way Stamps for love, the sentiment, and the 2 light bulbs.  It's from their Lighter than Air set.

I am also linking this up to the Anything Goes Challenge #46 at Inkspirational.

Here's the sketch:

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...have a good night! :)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Tag Time!

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Whew!  I am totally embracing Christmas-I love it.  So I have been making tags for my friend who will hopefully get her envelope of tags today.  :)

I wanted to show ya'll what I had made.  Most of these are fancy but just fun.  I even used up a pack of rub-ons!  So let's see them!

This tag is made using an old Stampin' Up stamp I found at a thrift store for like .70.  I found some others too-I just haven't used them yet.  I was a very happy camper that day! :)

These tags are made using Echo Parks Digital papers and cards.  They had this promotion every Wednesday where they sold the paper sets and matching journal cards and stuff for $1 and maybe $1.50 for the matching cards.  How could I not?  So one Wednesday I bought 1 Christmas pack.  The following I bought a different Christmas pack and the accent pack.  I printed them out and here they are.  Now the Santa is from the Graphic Fairy.  I added the little plastic Christmas tree and buttons.  

For these tags I used up an old pack of Provo Craft rub-ons--Yay!  It had a cute Santa that I put in my December Daily book.  Oh-what's that-how's my December Daily book going?  Well today is Dec 20th and it stops at Dec 4th.  That's how that project is going ;)

Let's just keep looking at tags!

So these Surfin' Santas are from a Close to My Heart set I bought a long time ago.  They're totally rad.

These snowmen are from a Hero Arts set that I had to have this year.  I love snowmen! :)

These two beauties are made from Graphic 45's chipboard and punchouts from their Twelve Days of Christmas line.  I took a class with Annette Green and made an awesome mini album.  She is a designer from Graphic 45 and is super creative and an awesome teacher.  She had brought some projects she had made which included Christmas tags.  I totally loved them!  Check them out here.  So I got out the jump rings and crop-a-dile...

So a couple of nights ago I got the gelli plate out.  My son and I had a fun time rolling out paint and making designs.  I pre-cut tags from the cricut machine.  Lots of fun!

These little stockings were part of the rub-ons I used up but what makes this tag special is that I put my friend and her husband's first initial on them.  Awe....I'm so sweet ;)

I love how this tag turned out.  I heat embossed the background with white embossing powder.  Added a few snowflakes and a K & Company snowman.  The white card stock is embossed with some one of those little Tim Holtz embossing folders and then I inked it.  Very fun!

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...stay warm! :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Vintage Christmas Tag

Hello Everybody!

This tag won in the Top 3 at Try Stampin' On Tuesday!  Thanks y'all!

I am starting to work on some Christmas tag-one of my most favorite things to do.  I especially love sending an envelope of tags to my friend Melissa.  So if your reading this-surprise! ;)

I am submitting this tag into the following challenges:

365 Cards: Day 339 Tag Your It: Make a Holiday Tag using Non-Traditional Colors--I used browns, pink, blue (salty ocean TH distress ink), and black

Try Stampin' On Tuesday: Holiday Tag Stravaganza Part 2--Holiday Tags

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make Your Own Background--The background is vintage photo and walnut stain T.H. Distress Ink and a handwriting background stamp.  Also, I flicked some water on the tag to react with the ink.  The top of the tag has scattered straw stamped on it using a dotted stamp from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.

I was going for a vintage feel so I wouldn't use red or green on this tag for the 365 Cards challenge.  For me that was very challenging-but I love it!  I found the Santa at The Graphic Fairy.  The banners are stamps from Hero Arts and the round 25th banner is from Inkadinkado.  Wish is a Tim Holtz ticket.  I added buttons at the top and letter stickers for the names.  And there is lace at the top for string.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...tag-you're it! :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Favorite Technique

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It's time for a new challenge at Technique Time Tuesday.  This month is special because instead of a new technique you can use a favorite technique that we have showed you over the year.  How exciting?  There are 11 different ones-which will you choose?  There's faux frame, embedded image, water how could I choose?

I chose Smackin' Acetate:

I used Distress Markers (barn door and peeled paint), Fire Brick distress ink pad (I applied it first and directly to the acetate), and mowed lawn in the distress inker (it's the intense green on this card).  I sprayed a little water and SMACK!  Acetate and paper and this is the result.  I did use Tim Holtz's Watercolor paper.  It did not buckle like more normal cardstock did.

I then positioned the Peace mover and shaker.  I backed it with some black card stock so it would pop.  This card still wasn't finished though.  I sprayed silver Perfect Pearls Mist onto it.  You can see a little shimmer in the picture.

I am submitting this card into the following challenges:

I hope you all will play also!  Until next time my friends...Peace be with you.  :)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Tag

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It's the last day of November-and do you know what that means?  I'm posting my November tag for Tim Holtz!  LOL I don't know how I started to procrastinate so bad.  Hopefully, for December I will be a bit more on the ball-but don't hold your breathe!

So here is my tag:

I used the Antiquties Frosted Crystal embossing powder for the main image.  Tim is totally right-it took a couple of times before I got this the way I liked.  I used a couple of different stamps too.  

I don't have pumice distress ink (although it is on my Christmas list) so I used scattered straw and barn yard for the title.  I wanted it to pop but I think it looked better in my head.  I do like the dare to dream sentiment.  I would love to be able to sew and make costumes-maybe one day! :)

I did this technique twice so I could cut out the dress and pop dot it.  These are also Ranger tags.  And around the edges I used Versamark and Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  It's subtle but it's there.  :)  The ribbon is from Spare Parts.

I am also submitting this to the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...dare to dream! :)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Another Thanksgiving Card

Hello Everybody!

Time is ticking as I am trying to get all of my Thanksgiving cards done.  Eek!  I am so thankful for all of the challenges-they are really helping my mojo!

365 Cards has a challenge everyday (AWESOME!).  I have lurked there for some time-but tonight inspiration hit me.  So here is the first card I am linking to 365 Cards Day 327 Beautiful Background Day 5.  The challenge is to keep the background free of things, to use lots of white space.

Here is my card:

I used a Tim Holtz embossing foler and an embossing diffuser.  The embossing diffuser I used was an oval at the bottom so when I ran the folder with the paper through (along with the diffuser)-it did not emboss an oval at the bottom.  That is how I stamped the sentiment.  Then I heat embossed the pumpkin and cut it out.  I adhered it with a couple of pop dots.  Then I stamped the leaf and cut it out but I just glued it down like normal.

There is a piece of kraft paper under the tree embossed paper.  I inked the edges to give it a little added effect.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...I will be making some more Thanksgiving cards! ;)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Mysterious Card...

Hello Everybody!

At Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge they are having a fun challenge called "It's a Mystery."  It's where you might use something or do something in a "mysterious" fashion.  Check out the DT projects too, they are fabulous!

So here is my card:

For the background  I used Tim Holtz's Distress paints=scattered straw, persimmon, walnut stain and a bit of peeled paint.  Then I used his distress ink walnut to distress the edges.  I didn't use any water for the background.  But the mystery is in the flower...I didn't emboss white cardstock for the flower.

The mystery is in the flowers.  I used the T.H. tattered floral die and cut the shapes out of Mon Ami Crepe paper.  Then I painted it with some of the diistress paint and again no water.  I used bronze for the flower int he very back.  Mystery solved!

For the sentiment I used a Tim Holtz mover and shaker shape and scattered straw distress ink.  Tim's little letters and some brown ink to outline the shape.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends....what's your mystery?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cute Lil' Turkey

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I am working on my Thanksgiving cards.  And Catch the Bug Challenge is having a fun Bingo Challenge.  This turned out to be a perfect combination!  There is still a day to check it out. :)

Here is my card using a Bugaboo Turkey:

I used the column going down on the right side-Bugaboo image, ribbon (the brown going down the left side), and brown and orange colors.  The pattern paper is Jenni Bowlin.  And the sentiment is a G Studio from long ago (when they were still a $1) ;)  And the other papers were scraps (yay!).  Oh and I colored my turkey with Copic Markers.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...gobble gobble! :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

There's no place like home...

Hello Everybody!

I made this card for my sweet niece who loves the Wizard of Oz.  Hence, the ruby red slippers.  It was one of those things that looked better in my head then when I started to make the card-so there were are few revisions.

I wanted the card to look like the scene where the witch is under the house...but that didn't happen.  So I went with some classy black and white polka dots and a swirly embossing folder...and this is what we have :)

The shoes are cut from my Slice-the Spook Alley cartridge.  Originally they were witches shoes but I cut off the curly cue. 

The happy birthday tag is Making Memories.  The shoes are colored with Christmas Red Stickles.

I am entering this into the Paper Playtime Challenge: #23 Sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my those heels! ;)

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Thankful Tree

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Wow-It has been a while since I have posted a creative project!  Where have I been?  I've been doing things for my son's birthday party that he had on Saturday.  I made a Lego Man Pinata and his lego goodie bags amongst other party related things.  So now I am doing Thanksgiving cards.  Eek!  Time's a-ticking!

The awesome folks at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge are doing Thanks/Thanksgiving for this week's challenge.  What better motivation?

Here is my Thansgiving card.  For the tree I used a tree top stamp from Gelatins.  I put scattered straw, spiced marmalade, and walnut stain on the stamp and stamped the tree.  Then I rolled the leaves that are falling and the ones on the ground.  I used a brown copic marker to make the tree.  The pattern paper is Bella Blvd along with some scrap cardstock and 3 gold sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my you make Thanksgiving cards?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Faux Frame

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It's the first Tuesday in November which means it's time to learn a cool new technique at Technique Time Tuesday.  This month it is Faux Frame.

Mynnette made a great video using the faux frame technique.  I only have a couple of nested frames for my Cuttlebug so I turned to my Cricut for help.  If you have the George cartridge you can use the Silhouette feature which makes a frame.  So you can make your main shape and then the frame for it all on the Cricut.  If you have cooler shapes and frames on other cartridges-use them!  :)

My stamp is from Sparkle N Sprinkle, and I colored her with Copics.  The flowers are little paper flowers from years ago-remember when they sold them in cute little bottle.  Yeah, they come in a little bottle.  I used Dusty Concorde Distress Ink for the frame and even on the paper flowers.  Also, I don't have a cool little dauber thing to spread ink with (I know-WHAT!) but instead used a paper towel over my finger to control the ink.  I tried my Ranger applicator first but I didn't have the control I wanted.

I can't wait to see what you make!  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my's faux frame time!  :)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Little Brew for You

Hello Everybody!

Beside my Tim tag that I just posted-it has been forever since I have posted projects.  On Tuesday I was hammering out Halloween cards that I think made it to most destinations on Halloween.  Hopefully!

I try to make cards for about 17 people-friends and family that we can't spend that much time with because of geography.  So as the deadline nears I go from making each card different to making many of the same cards.  Here is one of those examples:

The stamps (witches and sentiment) are from Great Impressions.  I used Tim Holtz's Distress paints for the backgrounds.  If you look closely you can see each one is different.  I used crushed olive, seedless perserves, ripe persimmon, and scattered straw for each one.  I LOVE this color combo.  I can't explain it but all of these colors are just gorgeous together!  I bought these paints at Simon Says Stamp.  

I used the same paints on the sentiments too.  I just painted them without water whereas the backgrounds I used water.  The Distress Paints react with water-so cool!  I used black soot around the edges of the painted backgrounds.  Then I used black embossing powder for the image.

These were lots of fun to make-and quick too!

I am entering this in the Anything Goes! challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show.  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...don't drink too much brew.

Tim's October Tag

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Well I have finally finished my October Tim tag.  It took me long enough!

He extended the deadline-something I am very happy about!  So I used the color combo he used-Distress Paints in Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Seedless Preserves, and Ripe Persimmon.  I love love love these colors!!  They are so pretty together!  And seedless preserves is a pretty purple-different from dusty concorde.  Crazy huh?

I had to use different die cut because I don't have that cool frame (or owl or moon).  The frame is totally on my Christmas list though!  

I did use the Distress glitter in seedless preserves, spiced marmalade, and black soot.  I distressed the spiced marmalade spider after putting the glitter on.  The other two are too dark (I thought) for adding distressing color.  I added some mirror stars and my sentiment.  The ribbon is Tim Holtz ribbon stained with spiced marmalade, tea dye, and walnut stain.  This was the last of my crinkle ribbon, hence why it's so short! 

So I am entering this tag into the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my can never distress too much! ;)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Trick or Treat

Hello Everybody!

I am working on Halloween cards!  Halloween is like next week!  How did that happen?

So over at Let's Scrap they have a great sketch this week.  Here's my card:

The little "monsters" are from the $1.50 bin at Michaels.  The brand is Craft Smart.  I bought them last year and I still love them!  I colored them with Copic Markers and I heat embossed them with black embossing powder.  

The little bat is from Stampin Up (2001!) and is popped dotted up.  The 2 light spider webs are from a Craftsmart stamp.  The darker spider web is from a Martha Stewart border punch.  Then the sentiment is from Tim Holtz Stampers anonymous with a little inking done.  Oh!  And the background paper is from MME (last year) and I spritzed it with orange Dylusions spray.  

Here is the Let's Scrap sketch.  Love this sketch!

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...stay spooky! :)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Day 4 of Tim's Creative Chemistry Class

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So I have finished my day 4 techniques.  There is just so much cool stuff and infinite possibilities.  :)

So let's have a look...

This first one is a monoprint.  These are all Stampers Anonymous stamps except for the gear.  That's Hampton Arts Graphic 45.  It was sitting next to the round notions stamps and I thought-why not?  There's gotta be a gear in a sewing machine right? ;)

Faux Patina...Love love love :)  The first is a compass coin (Tim).  The other 3 are from Momenta Metal.

This is Tinted Tinsel.  I painted and stained the tag.  And I think that's a Hampton Arts Hot Air Balloon stamp that I used.

This is Ombre.  Wow!  If you ask me.  I realized through this process that my stamping collage skills need some (ok maybe a lot) of fine tuning.  But there is some kind of coolness factor to this.  I think it might be the lady (graphic 45).  Like the guy there (one of my favorite Stampers Anonymous) is thinking about there time in beautiful Paris.  :)

This is the Faded Layers technique.  I took a picture before I stamped it because I wasn't sure what I was going to stamp.  Pretty cool, huh?

Turns out that I didn't cover too much up.  Love this guy too! :)

Thank you for stopping by!  And if you leave a comment that makes me super happy! :)  Until next time my friends...stay inky! :)

Day 3 Tim's Creative Chemistry Class

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Well I thought I was going to go in order-but I can't.  I couldn't wait to play with some alcohol inks!  I had to dust them off a little bit-but no fear they were ready to go.

So I was able to make 3 of the 6 techniques.  I'm waiting on a box of goodies to show up at more door so I can make the other 3.  Everyday I check the front door and mail box...must be patient. :)

So scroll on down to see the closeups!

Here is smudged stamping.  The hot air balloon may be from Graphic 34.  And the birds-well they didn't come out quite right but that's ok-sometimes that happens :)

Brayered Stains-This was a second take.  The first is on the other side-LOL.  I will be honest-I don't like the color of stains I have.  Like I need more to make better groupings.  My paints are good because I started off getting some Tim had recommended for a Tag of the Month.  I need a starter stain set :)

Here's my photo.  I thought I used a mid to higher grade photo paper...but I guess not because I was able to color really good on this.  LOL!  I had to improvise too on the second to last step.  I just added something to my list :)  Christmas is just around the corner!

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my's bedtime :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Day 1 Part 2 of Tim's Creative Chemistry Class

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I guess some things never change.  I'm talking about procrastination.  LOL!  I procrastinated in college and I seem to be doing the same thing now in a fun creative techniques class-seriously!  What's wrong with me!

Ok so I finished the other 4 techniques from Day 1.  (Today was Day 5-eek!)

So let me show you what I made.  I can't tell you how-you'll just have to take the class.  And it's totally worth it!

So here are the following techniques: Eroded Metallic, Industrial, Colored Crackle, and Altered Surface.  As you scroll down there are close-ups.

Here is Industrial.  Totally cool steampunkish feel...

Here is eroded metallic--this may be one of my most favorites of all time.  I had to make another sample of it and cut out gears.  Love how this came out! :)

These are my Colored Crackle. 

Here is my butterfly finished with water droplets.

Now my spider went through a few coats before I was happy with the crackle contrast.  :)

Love this altered surface.  (Love all of these new techniques really!)  

Ok-I'm off to work on Day 2.  :)