Sunday, 27 November 2011

Christmas - tag

I'm a new fan of Tim Holtz and really looking forward to this years tag creations. So of course I'm in tag mode. Altho I still don't know exactly what tags are used for, I'm right into them.

I didn't follow any one's design on this tag, altho I feel it's not very original. But I have tried some new techniques. Like with the charm. I used Tim's clear charm, picked an image from one of his papers, added some sparkle Stickles around the edge of the charm, some Glossy Accents throughout the middle and glued the charm to the paper. Then removed the rest of the paper by cutting around the charm with my Bee scissors. Then used some Metalic Gold Alcohol Inks to color around the edges. It freely hangs from the ribbon above it, and around the poinsettia, using the the rubbery, stretchy, wire that comes with bead kits. And that's attached to a metal ring with some added beads.

The Poinsettia is an svg cut, the kind you wrap around and around to get the flower.

The icicles is also an svg cut, the grass file. Then glued up and Diamond Dusted the whole thing for extreme sparkle.

The holly leaf is stamped and heat embossed, but the berries are a big dab of Distress Stickles. Then cut off the same matching paper as the tag and glued onto the tag.

The red ribbon has a tendency to fray quite a bit, so I heavily glued the end and added a little pearl jewelry bead to each end.

For the 25 number I inked a little with Fired Brick ink and then covered it with some Distress Crackle time I'll go much heavier with it! :)

So, I still need to much fun as it is to make tags.....what are they used for?

Until next time!

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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Thank you - Victorian

Quick card I did with lots of love. She was stamped with the new Tim Holtz ink- Gathered Twigs, with a little bit of Perfect Pearls - gold, around the edges. I tiny bit of glitter glue to make her necklace and earing sparkle. I also used his Tathered Florals die for the flowers  - of various materials, and a computer generated sentiment.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Merry Christmas - Mason Jars

I was itching to do some painting again and thought some Mason Jars filled with Candy Canes might hit the spot. I'm not much of a jam maker, so some candies came in handy. Eventually they'll all have some tops to them.

Merry Christmas - 3 Altered Frames

Happy 11 11 11 everyone! Was it lucky for you?
It was a typical day for me....crafting, crafting, crafting!

All 3 of these frames are recycled. The middle one came with the hanger, bamboo mat background (which is pretty much hidden now) and some big metal leaf in the middle. The other two were plain old brown wooden frames with a some pretty bland drawings inside. So out went the leaf and the two photos. It was framed with a gully that was a perfect fit for some gold, round ribbon to place inside.

 The only thing I added to the larger frame itself was the metallic ribbon around the frame. Conveniently, it came with a grove just the perfect side for the ribbon. Then designed the artwork inside. Dear Santa was heat embossed with pure white powder, a cricut cut poinsetta and paper frames inside.

I painted the brown frames to try and match the color of the bigger frame as best I could, from what paint I had on hand. Then used some of Ranger's crackle paint to roughen it up a bit. The cricut cut all the papers inside, including the poinsettia - which was stylus'd, inked and some stickles was also added to sparkle it up. The Santa, Reindeer and Snowman tags were all purchased as is from Dollarama....which made the finishing touch easy peasy!

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Merry Christmas - Wax Candles

Well, stamping on tissue paper and melting onto candles is pretty easy afterall. I over did it I think, on the crystal glitter overtop of the sentiments, but at least it's sparklie. Obviously these candles are for decoration only!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

4 Folding Cards

Good Morning everyone. How's everyone's Thanksgiving and Christmas crafting going? I veered away from Christmas for these cards. All are 4 X 4. And because they were all made from a piece of card stock, rather than an prefolded card, I also had to make the envelopes for them.

I found this on this you tube tut. Intended to add to a card on the front cover I think, but I thought they were sweet enough for a unique little card all on its own.  

The flower was hand-sewin together from 5 pieces of round material, gathered on one end, then all sewin together to make a flower. Then added a die cut flower for the center, and a little gem. Oh, and a little ceramic butterfly, and some distress inking around all the edges.

The envelope is an svg cut file, tweaked a bit to fit the card inside, and made from white card stock. For the customer to close it afterwards, I adhered a strip of two way tape inside...leaving one side of it for them to peel away when they're ready.

So here's a few more:

I'm not too happy with how the Perfect Pearls turned out on this cover...the postage stamp is just too thin, so I'll add a matching piece of paper and heat emboss the same stamp with some gold or copper powder.

Okay, so here's the redo.... much better with the heat embossing!

Friday, 4 November 2011

Merry Christmas - 3 Kings

Well this will be my last post for today...altho if you're tuning in here, it will be the first post you see. I've been busy busy preparing Christmas cards, so there's alot of posts. I wanted to get them out there, so the artists who drew the digi stamps can see how I used them and how much I appreciate their talents. Or created the wonderful svg's that they share with us all. Hat's off to you, who make my crafting that much more fun to do.

So these two 3 Kings cards, were heat embossed with 2 different powders. One using gold (martha stewart), the other using gold tinsel from Ranger. Both sentiments were heat embossed with Rich Red powder from Ranger. I think I found the stamp when I was in the states.... Meyers store??? but it is made by Stampabilities. The background image was stamped all around with Tim Holtz' Joyful Song stamp set, the 3 Kings also from the same set. The awesome poinsetta is a Penny Duncan svg cut  using my cricut machine and then glittered up with some homemade mist.

Merry Christmas - Cardnial and Poinsetta

This Cardinal was colored with Prisma Pencils. The poinsetta is an svg cut using my Cricut. You can see this file here. I used a stylus pen to emboss, or is it deboss, the pedals and leaves to give it some texture, then inked it around the edges using Distress Ink - fired brick, and the leaves inked with pine needles. As well I used some homemade glitter mist on the poinsetta. Then added some emblishments in the center. The sentiment was heat embossed using some lovely red powder. Everything sits on an cuttlebug embossed 'dot' folder. 

Merry Christmas - Santa Birdie

This digi was colored with Prisma Pencils. The red doilie was made using a snowflake corner punch all around a round piece of cardstock. The whole 5X7 card was run thru the cuttlebug to 'dot' emboss one side of the card. ( the non embossed side, flipped underneath the embossing folder, so it wasn't embossed) The number 25 was done also using the cuttlebug and Tim Holtz'  'Bingo' texture trades (embossing folder). But instead of cardstock, I used a piece of pop can, then cut out the square around the 25. I see I have forgotten to use some Diamond Stickles on the snowflakes and eyes.... must go do that now...

Merry Christmas - Snow Puppy

This digi stamp was colored with Prisma Pencils. Using my Versamark marker, I heat embossed the edge of the red circle, as well as the sentiment, with Red powder. The sheet behind it all, also embossed but with a cuttlebug folder. The flowers die cut with Tim Holtz' Tathered Florals using 2 different fabrics and then sewing them together, slightly gathering, as I went. The final touch is some diamond stickles on the snowflakes, eyes, and lamp window.

Merry Christmas - Poinsetta

This lovely poinsetta was cut with my cricut using an svg from Bird's Cards. The red doilie was made using a piece of round red cardstock, and a corner snowflake punch from Martha Stewart. It's a tecnique I think I found on You Tube. Really cool. As well, I heat embossed the sentiment with Gold Tinsel from Ranger, and used a glitter glue around the edges of the poinsetta.

Merry Christmas - Fashion Girl

This digi stamp was colored with Prisma pencils.
The sentiment was heat embossed with Gold Tinsel by Ranger.
And some Diamond Stickles to help the snowflakes sparkle.

Merry Christmas - Twas the night before Christmas

This cute little digi stamp was colored with prisma pencils.
I went a little further with this card and printed off more of the rhyme and pasted it into the card... usually I just stamp some kind matching item inside the card as well as the envolope. But this little guy soooo reminded me of this Christmas story that I had to include it with the card. In part, at least.

Merry Christmas - Present

This digi stamp was colored with prisma pencils,
with some added diamon stickles to make it sparkle.

Merry Christmas - Mouse and Mug

This digi stamp was colored with prisma pencils,
and Tim Holtz Tathered Florals to make the flower.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Merry Christmas - Candles

I was so excitted when the new juice bottles hit ours stores with the new lids. Tropicana and Simply Orange are the ones to look for. I've got everyone in my family saving them for me until I'm stocked up with a few lids. I first saw this here, and couldn't wait to try it for myself. Altho mine are Christmas themed, and that's why I went with the No Pulp, as the lids are green.

So these are made of rolled up vellum paper and glued at the measured length to fit inside the lid. Then stamped with archival inks. When the ink was good and dry, I embellished with some Glitter stickles to give it some extra sparkle. And then of course embellished the lids with bling and some punched leaves. I really like the Tim Holtz 3 Kings stamp when the tea light is turned on....looks like they're walking in the dessert and the sun is coming up!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Merry Christmas - Advent Box

This advent box was made using my score pal, lots of black card stock, red and gold embossing powder and my favourite poinsetta svg, oh and little fastners I got from Staples for the pull knobs.  I think it's a great idea....but tons of folding for the little drawers.

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