Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Believe

 
 I have the CUH-TEST wee gift for you over on Eileen Hull's Blog today!  Here's a peek of what I made!  Be sure to see all the photo's for my Last Minute Gift Giving idea.  The perfect neighbor gift, stocking stuffer or teacher gift.

This was a fast "whip together" last minute and took me less than 30 minutes to make.  The hardest part was picking out my embellishments.
 
 
 
 
Head over the Eileen's Blog and leave her some love!   
 
 
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Trees For Sale

I've been wanting to make a Tree Lot for awhile so I've been collecting my Woodland Trees for weeks.  I suppose I've been inspired by all the tree lots around town and the yummy smell of fresh cut trees.  All that's missing is an old trailer parked beside it.  I'll plan that for next year!

It all started with a lot of trees... 
 
I cut an 8x8 piece of chipboard then applied some gesso to get it white.  I glued down some puffy snow.  I wanted a shimmer.  So I sprayed the snowy base with spray adhesive then sprinkled some iridescent flakes covering the whole base.
 
 
 
For the entry I distressed and inked with brushed pewter distress paint these idea-ology tiles and banner.  I offset one of the "e's" so it appears as if the tree lot is falling apart.

 
I sprayed a mini tree with pine needles distress spray stain, then inked these metal beads with poppyseed alcohol inks.  I popped it up on the smallest box from the EH Blocks/Cubes die. 

 
 I love Paula Cheney's recent Whimsical Woodlands post.  I had a tree that was flat on 2 sides and not wanting to fluff up.  So I adopted her cute tree and trimmed.  I left some of the brush bottle and did not expose the metal.  I added a "sold" sign.

 
I cut a thinlits label and stamped "For Sale".  I wish I had a mini number set so I could have stamped "4" instead. 

 
I inked all the trees with Distress Stains Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Pine Needle, Forest Moss, Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce.

 
On a couple of the trees I used spray adhesive and sprinkled some of these iridescent flakes. 

 
I cut and added this wee sign to the back of the tree lot.  Creating layers the whole way through.

 
All tacky tree lots need lights.  I strung these battery operated lights to bamboo skewers. 

 
I love the letterpress letters.  A little distress paint and they pop!

 
I strung the lights all messy.

 
I cut the On The Fence with chipboard.  I added a layer of Crackle Texture to the fence along with some iced spruce, frayed burlap and picket fence distress paint.  I trimmed with silver tinsel twine all the way around.

 
Lights are on.  This one has 3 settings so I've set it to "blink" to add to the tacky tree lot!

 
Thank you everyone who's been stopping by and sharing your thoughts on my crafty things.  I'm slowly winding down my "Christmas" projects.  But there are a few more things to see! 
 
Check out one of my favorite challenges...
 
Sponsored by the Awesome Inspiration Emporium!  Inspiration Emporium for the Compendium of Curiositites 3 Challenge.
 
Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Woodland Trees/ Tinsel
A Vintage Journey- Let's Celebrate
Art With Heart- Holiday Traditions
 
 
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Hanging Tags

I've been busy like most of you!  Creating like mad including these wine tags.  I was asked to make 20 of them.  I do this every year and it's always fun coming up with new designs.  This year I used my new Vintage Cabinet die!  I created 4 different designs... mostly for me!  Doing 20 of the same thing can be boring.
 
I distressed all the edges and used brushed pewter distress paint to the edges.  I added the jumbo tattered pinecone and holiday greens to this one. 
 

Each tag has a another vintage cabinet cut I stamped attached.  This is where the gift cards will attach.


The new festive gent all distress glittered in black soot.  Each vintage cabinet card has an oval peek cut which will show off the gift cards.


Loving my Mini Handwritten Holidays stamps for smaller projects.  Stamped on the Thinlits Labels is a perfect fit.  The retro presents are the perfect size!


This tag gets the sleigh ride cut layered with merriment paper and the holy leaves from the holiday lamppost.


Each tag is tied off with heavy twine to hang around the bottles.


These make a great gift!


Bonus Project

I needed to make 30 Christmas Cards and fast.  I went with an easy design and whipped of 30 in less than 2 hours. 


I used festive berries distress spray stain and holiday knit stencil to create the background for the antlers.


Sometimes you need quick cards so simply layering some paper and adding a stamps is the best way to get the job done!


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope this gives you some ideas for a quick card or gift card holder!
 
 
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Vintage Advent

I'm back with another Advent Calendar. This time it's for someone else.  You may recall the Advent I made HERE for my family.  I took it to a crop where I was teaching make n' takes as a festive display.  One thing led to another and I was asked to make one.  But the show stopper here isn't the calendar boxes, it's the car! 
 
I was asked if I could find this car to pull the box it would make it all the more special.  All I knew was it was a convertible Impala that the family already owns.  I found a photo of the car and went with it. It took me about an hour to locate the car (HERE) and when I did I was sooo excited. I think I got the last one.
 
Time to check this calendar out.

I got cutting right away, 24 Candy Drawer Boxes.  Oh and munching...mmmm Miss Vickies!


And more cutting for paper and tires.


I needed 16 tires for the platforms.  Having these Distress Spray Stains makes my job way easier and faster!


Box assembly took me about 10 hours.  That's inside and out, gluing, distressing edges and inking.


I recently pinned how to Antique Ornaments.  I figured I would try it on my $1 Store red jingles.


It worked great!


I decorated the car by "tacking" the lights and woodland bits into place.


This 1958 Chevy Impala was perfect too some holiday cheer.


I sprayed the wreath with evergreen bough, attached the mini wreath and "bow" and some mirrored stars.


In the front I added a mini wreath.  For the rear a woodland tree decorated with beads, sprayed again in evergreen bough then topped off with a mirrored star.


I filled the trunk with presents.  I cut the mini retro presents and made another one with the small box from Eileen Hull's Squares/ Cubes die.  I embellished with stickles, red tinsel twine and distress glittery bits.  I tucked some greens and a tattered pinecone in there too.


I attached a Thilits Label to the EH die present with the Family's name stamped.  I used Heavy Twine for tying down the woodland tree and attaching the platforms.



There's those Antiqued Jingles... another Thinlets Label, Heavy Twine and Tinsel Twine stacked ontp the smallest "present" box from EH Square/Cube die.


All the Candy Drawer Boxes have been sanded and inked to create a vintage look!  Love when the paper rips...so the ink sticks!


Each box is stamped and decorated on the inside.


I connect each platform with heavy twine and hinge clips allowing for easy storage.  I ran tinsel twine along the front for an added vintage look. 


For the last stack of boxes I layered up distress glittered Stacked Snowflakes and attached to the rear.



I love these micro lights.  They really have a vintage look and easily attach to the car with a little hot glue.


Here it is...the families car fully restored and amazing!  I think I nailed it ;)



I hope you like this version of my Advent Calendar.  It's gone to a good home and I'm sure many years of treats! 

The awesome sponsor for the CC3C is Inspiration Emporium, not to mention Tim and Mario goodies!  Be sure to check it out and challenge yourself to new techniques!

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Woodland Trees/ Tinsel
Inspiration Journal- Sing, Sing it Loud (I used jingle bells)
A Vintage Journey- Let's Celebrate
Art With Heart- Holiday Traditions
 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Vintage Holiday

Are you looking for some Vintage Christmas card inspiration!  The Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog has some great inspiration posted from the DT.  Be sure to create and play along for your chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
I was inspired by the Mini Cabinet cards and Occasions cards.  I have been right into the ice skates this season and icy blues.
 
 
I decided on making a 5x5 easel card.  I love to layer and load with goodies.

 
When you open it all the way there's more icy fun.

 
I cut my layer with my snow flurries on the edge die then added some Ranger Icicle Stickles.

 
I inked a Framed Alpha Word- Wonderful with tumbled glass distress paint.

 
 I cut a Thinlits Label then stamped from Handwritten Holidays 2, Let it Snow.

 
To get the ice skates white I painted gesso onto the grungeboard.  Then I used frosted film and attached to the grungeboard and cut.  Giving the skates a pretty shimmer.  I thread some bakers twine for laces then attached the silver snowflake charm.

 
I coated the mini cabinet card with embossing paste then sprinkled a little distress glitter pumice stone and clear rock candy.  I colored the toque with broken china distress marker.

 
With the left over frosted film grunge board from cutting the skates I cut the smallest stacked snowflake.  I added a silver brad and pounded it out.

 
I trimmed a #8 tag to fit in the cabinet card.  Another Thinlit Label cut stamped with Handwritten Holidays 2 'tis the season.

 
The tag would be a great spot to hide a gift card!

 
Be sure to check out the rest of the Frilly and Funkie Design Teams projects.  We would love to see your Vintage Christmas Cards!
 
Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate the time you spend here.
 
Challenges;
 
The awesome sponsor for the CC3C is Inspiration Emporium, not to mention Tim and Mario goodies!  Be sure to check it out and challenge yourself to new techniques!
 
Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Woodland Trees/ Tinsel
 
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