Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
So please be patient with the non-action shot pictures, I would have to do a step and then take a picture and so on!
There are quite a few steps, but honestly, it goes really fast once you get the stuff together to get going!
Things you will need:
Studio line gel medium in glossy
Smidge of blue acrylic paint
Blank canvas acrylic paint
Sky blue acrylic paint
Distress faded jeans
Embossing powder in cobalt
Embossing powder in white
Tim Holtz scissors
Tombo multi adhesive
Bazzill cross-hatch in white 8.5 x 11 (two sheets)
Joyeux Noel stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms
To get started on making the masterboard, use a brush to apply the glossy gel medium to some of the snowflake stamps. Heat set if you want to get right on to the next step.
Use a brush to remove some of each of the acrylic paint from each of the color tubs. (rinse between each tub)
Thinning the paint with plenty of water in your brush, pick up a little from each of the colors and start applying to the paper with large sweeping motions, don't be afraid to saturate the paper, it helps the paint move on the paper, also, don't "scrub" the paper peels and pills if you apply to much motion and pressure.
Before things start drying, use a baby wipe to remove the paint from the top of the glossy snowflakes. Then use the baby wipe to apply The Adirondack Denim ink lightly.
Use heat tool to speed up the drying process, or set aside to dry.
When it is dry, stamp a few different snowflakes with the Distress ink in Faded Jeans, sprinkle with the Cobalt embossing powder and heat until melted.
Using the Versamark, stamp the sentiment and different snowflake to create another layer of depth sprinkle the white embossing powder all over. Then heat until everything is melted.
Master board done!
On to the gift box now!
Score two inches from each edge the widest way.
Trim every 1/2 inch along both score lines.
Splay the edges out before you try to remove whatever you had wrapped. It will stick to the tabs if you don't (learned that one the hard way, LOL!)
Fill with your intended goodies, things like malt balls, mini candy bars, gourmet popcorn, and of course cookies all are easy treats that look fun through the window!!!
For the matching card, trim the second piece of cardstock to 3.5" tall by 7" wide, score down the middle at 3.5" and fold. Apply the 3" piece to the center of the card base, and stitch around with a zig-zag stitch. Add your embellishments, a note inside, and then share with someone special!
I love this idea, the ideas are limitless, and it is really fun!!!
Monday, December 22, 2008
I have a roll of kraft color drop paper that painters use, got it from HOme Dept very inexpensively. I use this for those really last minute things that need a quick papering!
I stamped on it with the Pin Dot Scrapblock to make a background in White Staz-on, and then used "Joyful Winter Wishes"to stamp the snowman and the snowflakes, and the sentiment is from "Christmas Kritters" .
A Marvy scallop punch for the tag (out of the stamped wrapping paper to cut down on time!) and some pretty ribbon and you are done!! Very cute and super fast!!!
Other girls sharing some sweet ideas for this challenge are:
Sunday, December 21, 2008
First I stamped the sleigh and "Dashing through the snow" sentiment onto Bazzill crosshatch cardstock with the gloss multi-medium and heat set it. Then I washed the green paint over the top of the cardstock and then with a baby wipe, cleaned the paint off of the stamped areas so they could show up better. Then I used the baby wipe to apply light layers of Peeled paint Distress ink and Adirondack Stream ink, then heat set it. I stamped the snowflakes from the "Warm Winter Wishes" set by Kim Hughes with Versamark and embossed them with Glacier White embossing powder. The December stamp of the month (Spruce branch) was then stamped with the Versamark and had the white embossing powder heat set over that. Another layer of Versamark, and then Evergreen embossing powder over the top of that and heat set as well, and I was done!
Tomorrow, a tutorial on how to make the "gift box" !!! I loved doing the engineering on figuring out how to make this! Can't wait to share it too! But it will be easier to share with pics, and I will need some sunlight to make that happen!
And those cookies are from the Paper Crafts Gourmet cookbook! We added one cup of chocolate chips to the cookie dough, and one tablespoon of peppermint oil and two crushed peppermint candy canes to the frosting! DELISH!!! We love this book, so I am not giving out the rest of the recipe, you will have to go get the book, or tell a loved one that you need it for a holiday gift, it is so FAB!!!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
And what makes this little post even more fun is that it is Miss Claudine's birthday today! Stop by her blog and leave a comment, she is doing a give-a-way to celebrate!!! I have to say that she is one of the most genuine people I have ever met, and she is also super funny and gorgeous to boot! All of that in one tiny body, totally unfair, LOL!
As soon as I get something new made with my goodies, I will be sure to share.
Hope everyone's holiday preparations are not making them too crazy, we are trying to slow down and enjoy here! We have been on a cookie making spree for our neighbors the last few days, a recipe from the Paper Crafts Gourment book! I will be sure to share our little twist on one of the recipes and pictures of the "presentation" so much fun, and delish, the neighbors are either going to love us for making and sharing such yummy treats, or hate us for tempting them off of their diets!!!
edited to add...
Ellen Hutson's shop carries the full line of these products, and has exceptional customer service!!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I am excited about this one, because the more you spend the more you save! Of course I have my favorite lines, but I am in constant wonder with the art that we release, each one gives me the gimmees! Gimmee the new Scrapblocks, amazing! Gimmee the new Backgrounder, so cool! Gimmee the latest Saturday Evening Post, are you kidding me, that bunny is sooooo cute (even if Christmas is just around the corner!) Gimmee ALL of Kim's stuff, I could be lost for hours in the fun and whimsy of her art! Gimmee GM because my dad and all the other dudes in my life can get behind that all day long!!!
Seriously, where does it end? It doesn't! Can I just brag for one second on this fantastic company? The art that is scheduled for release in the next year is delicious!!! We have it all! Brag over...
p.s. the card isn't stamped, but it is snowing so hard today, and I just wanted to share a different kind of snow card! KI lace paper and a pink Alexx Kesh flower, just for pretty's sake!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I love these projects, it gives me the chance to sit and unwind with kids and enjoy their company in the evenings and weekends, either watching tv or just hanging out. It is to the point that I can actually crochet that same wonderfully repetitive stitch over and over and over without needing to look. Thus I can "work" and not feel guilty about just sitting around on my "assets"!
I had a chance to take pictures of one of my tennis buddies cute family this afternoon! (Thanks Terra, Jeremy and Crew!!!) They were so cooperative, and even sweet Crew who will be one this Friday worked out in the cold for a bit without complaint! We got some great shots, and I can't wait to see her holiday cards!!!
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand (if you are still with me, you have the patience of a saint!) I got a haircut and color today. I feel much more prepared for the winter now. I like it, it is a little darker and shorter, my hair lightens up naturally really fast and grows too fast, so this will give it a little depth and dimension, and that is a good thing!
Monday, December 08, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
"Wonder is Best When Shared" was inspired by the trip I took to the "Farm" last June. I was able to capture some wonderful pictures of Daniel and Hannah while they were out adventuring in the surroundings of their home and farm! Later at home while editing, I saw this image, the sentiment instantly came to my head, for really what is it to wonder about anything if you have no one to share your thoughts with? The opportunity to share my vision is one that I did not expect, so that makes it even more exciting for me!
The card is made by stamping Versamagic "Night Sky" onto CHF smooth cardstock. Trim a scalloped edge on the top and bottom of the image and then mount on Twilight Dark Prism cardstock. The flower is by Heidi Swapp and the buttons are from Autumn Leaves.
I will share some Holiday creations in the next post ;)
Thursday, December 04, 2008
This card was used for Paper Crafts World Card Making Day that was celebrated a couple of months ago. Hindsight being 20/20 I should have made my all my cards then, but I didn't think I would be so pooped out right now, LOL! So I think my goal for next year will be to make my Christmas cards on WCMD. That way I still have plenty of juice in my coconut, and then will be able to send them out at the first of December. Sounds like a good plan for now...
I will have some projects to share tomorrow, so stop by if you get a chance.
Happy Holiday creating!