Friday, November 29, 2013

Counting Down to Santa

As we near the holidays I thought I would create one of these perpetual calenders and count down to Christmas!  How could I not when I say Candy over at Creativity is Contagious!  I just LOVED her calendar and set out to create one.  The one I made at Halloween (click HERE) was pretty popular not only on my blog but in my home.  Once I saw Candy's I knew I needed to make one.
 
Check out Candy's instructions HERE.  She has a GREAT tutorial on how to make one.  Although my blocks are bigger so I had to make my own measurements.  But the numbering of the blocks hurts my brain...and she has them written out for you!  LOVE Candy's creativity...it's contagious!
 
My blocks are 2" so I had to work around those.  I measured mine at 2 1/4"x 5" (x3) to hold the blocks.  And the sides are cut at 2 1/4" x 2.  The numbers are Block Talk Alphabet cut with grunge paper.  So it sets the blocks a little crooked.  Stamp numbers if you want them straight.  There's even a Christmas Word Band tucked under there "have a holly jolly christmas"
 
 
I inked the TH Bottle Brush tree with peeled paint re-inker.  Then I hot glued some Christmas lights I grabbed at Walmart.  I love this glittery vintage Santa! Both the Santa and foil presents are $1 Store finds.

 
I just can't stop using the Santa stamp from Old Fashioned Christmas and my new Ornate Frame die.  They just go with EVERYTHING!  I stamped on water colour paper, inked with markers and then blended with my water brush.  Santa's white furry bits are glittered with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.
 
 
Candy used the flourish die for the sides on her calendar.  It was one of my first dies and I rarely use it.  But I love having it on hand when I need a flourish!  I painted and distress glittered in peeled paint.  Then at the back I attached the battery pack for my Christmas tree lights using Velcro!

 
I finished off with some garland from the new holly, beaded and snowflake stripe die, the mini toy soldier and the mini wreath.
 
 
Wrapping the chipboard cuts with my scrap Merriment paper pack is a great way to use up the odds and ends.  Adding the pediment topper, tinsel and a ton of distress glitter make this red and green counting down to Santa calendar festive and fun!
 
I love being inspired by my fellow crafters and Candy really inspired me this week! 
 
You can check out Simon Says Challenge Blogs, Monday and Wednesday to upload your Christmas or Tim Holtz/Ranger inspired projects.  Like me:)
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Writing to Santa

It's true, I threw on some Christmas music in my craft room while I made this. I've been busy teaching crafty projects to my fellow crafty peeps the past couple of days so today it was nice to play myself. I have all these ideas and so little time to make them.  I had this idea to use my new ornate frame and my Old Fashioned Christmas Santa.  I bought this stamp set just for this Santa so I could cut him into an oval. 
 
I used a #10 Tag for this tag.  I really wanted everything to fit!  I love these BIG Tags!  It took me a couple hours to make.  But to be fair my Mom called me while I was making it so there was a lot of air drying.
 
I put some water colour paper into the ornate frame to get the perfect cut oval then stamped with archival black.  LOVE IT!  The frame is cut with chip board, inked with pumice stone and covered in pumice stone distress glitter.  I then inked the edges with vintage photo.  Yep, you can ink the distress glitter.  You can see I also used the star stencil in there with frayed burlap.  Layering is an addiction.

 
I used my script stamp from the Apothecary set (it's my only script type stamp...sad face) and added a light coat of gathered twigs distress paint for a resist.  Then I used distress stains, old paper, antique linen and picket fence swiping the tag through. A couple dabs of walnut stain make the tag look stained.  The tattered pine cones are neatly tucked in the top with some berries hot glued into place. I hate making these pine cones, it's true.  But I love how they look.
 
 
I adore my new writing desk die...ADORE IT!  With the holy leaf cut from the assemblage snowman and his eyes as berries it's perfect to make my pen look all decked out for Christmas!  The greenery is from the tattered pine cone die. 

 
The Tattered Poinsettia is cut with distress paper, merriment and cream.  A little rock candy stickles makes it shimmer.

 
I love the #10 tag because really I have used 4 big dies on this tag and there's still room.  Here are some Challenges you should check out.  I like challenges...they get me creating.
 
Simon Says Monday Challenge, Countdown to Christmas.
 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is having an Anything Goes Tim Holtz/ Ranger challenge this week.  So of course I had to enter!
 
I'm also going to enter this beauty over at Funky Junky!  This one is perfect for her #10 Tag Challenge.  Get it...#10 for a #10 Tag.  Hehe...hey, it's the little things.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Holiday Trio

Here's a set of cards I taught a class on last night.  I think we all had fun?  I just wanted to show you what we made and they might give you some ideas for your holiday cards.
 
A quick A2 card with embossed oven liner cut to size.  We then used distress paint barn red, dried and distressed with a sanding block.  The 25 is a movers and shapers and all glittered with distress glitter.

 
What to do with those Christmas tags when everyone wants Christmas cards.  Attach it to a card!  Cut a piece of card stock at 4x12 and fold for a 4x6 card.  Layer some pattern paper, in this case Merriment and done, you have a card.
 

A simple pretty card using the wreath die.  Add some distress glitter and this 5x5 card is perfect to make 10 or 20 in no time!
 

Hope you like my quick post!  And perhaps some inspiration for your holiday cards.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tutorial; Vintage Family Canvas

One present done...a billion more to do!
 
Long story short... my in-laws are heading to see family this weekend and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to save some postage!  So in a matter of hours I had this whipped for Christmas a present.  This dawned on me late this morning.  I had no canvas and no Ornate Frame!  A quick shopping trip and no clue what I was making!  Here's where I ended up. 
 
Check it out!
 
 
How do I line up the photo to fit the center?  Pfft...line up the paper one where you want it on the photo then line it up again to the die.  Remove the paper frame and cut!
Works like a charm!
I cut out all the frames and pediments with chipboard.  Line up the photo's and I'm ready to go.
 
Ink the photo's with vintage photo.  My laser printer likes peels the ink off.  Normally this would drive me nuts, but it really works with the distressing.  All those non-inky bits grab the vintage photo.
Ink the frames with the black soot ink pad.  Use a twisting motion to really get it in there.
Applying glossy accents with your finger right onto the frames. 
 
Once it's coated add the distress glitter.  I made two sets, black soot and pumice stone. 
 
Great time to use up your scraps.  I also cut the Cameo Frame with chipboard.  Glue some of the paper to it.
 
Get inky and ink up that paper.  I tore the ends off one sheet.
 
Don't miss an opportunity to use stencils.
I went to the $1 Store and picked up these great small canvas with easel.  They measure 7"x 4 1/2".
 
Don't miss inking these.  I put old paper stain just on the edges.  Then some distress ink, vintage photo and walnut stain.  Save your stains and inks and stick to the edges. 
 
I put walnut stain and antique linen stain on the craft mat and spritz with water.
 
Drag your paper through.  To intensify the colour I added the walnut stain right onto the kraft resist paper.
Spritz with water to blend the stain.
 Then dry.  To get a worn leather look dry and blot with the remaining stain right onto your mat picking up those droplets of stain.  Keep doing this until you're happy...or you run out of stain.
 
Looks like old leather! 
 
 
While you have your stains out ink your crinkle ribbon.  A little water spritzed on the stained ribbon blends the stain.
 
 
Time to accessorize.  Use what ever you have in your stash.  I just got the writing desk die and wanted to play.  I used walnut stain distress paint on the jar, sand and then ink it up with black soot distress ink.  Adding some remnant rubs make these fun.
 

Start layering all your paper and frames.  Then add all your goodies. 
 
 
 I attached the pediment with the tiny attacher.  You could cover up the metal bits but I love the little metal staples.
 
 
I sometimes have to be careful not to over load these things.  Especially when they are traveling! I wanted to add pine cones, greenery, more die cuts, tickets, stamping, metal bits.  Seriously, it was heard to stop!

 
I cut the feather with watercolour paper.  The creamy texture paper is perfect feather material.  I inked the feather with walnut stain and black soot.  I then used my blender pen to smooth the ink.
 
 
I used a pen nib for the feather...had to be done.  Then I attached some film strip.

 
The inked ribbon is thread through the word band and attached with the tiny attacher.  Fray the ends a little.

 
And yep, I made 2!

 
The money I saved with postage I was able to pick up the ornate frame...which I've been waiting to get;)  Although, honestly once I have it in mind to create something I just go for it.  And for me the frame is key!  These are all wrapped with Christmas paper and topped with a bow!
 
Thanks for popping in:)
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Through the Glass

 
Hansel and Gretal always creeped me out when I was a kid.  It was a mystery to me why the witch wanted them so bad and it grossed me out.  So, no wonder I'm not a fan of gingerbread houses!  However, I picked up the new Christmas Blueprint stamp set because I really wanted the Candy Cane...which I did not use.   I'll get around to it.  I like the challenge of using everything I have.
 
I do have the window & window box die.  It's one of those things I wanted to have but not yet sure what to do with?  Challenge accepted.  
 
No tutorial this time:(  It's really cold here and I was suffering with a headache.  I have even had to stop yesterday.  So, just pictures...sorry.  But I'll tell you what I used if you want to read.
 
 
I stamped the gingerbread house on water colour paper and when to town inking with my distress inks, walnut stain, tea dye and antique linen for the house...kinda ombre like.  Then a bunch of bright distress inks for the candy, seedless preserve, festive berries, ripe persimmon, mustard seed, evergreen bough and peacock feathers.
 
 
For the tag we are inside looking out... so I created a worn wallpapered wall.  I dragged some picket fence paint covering the tag then dry.  I stamped a scroll font, Apothecary cms138 with archival black and used iced spruce and antique linen stain.  Spritz the stain on your mat then drag.
 
 
The mini blueprint 5 cms170 is where these wee candy canes (I had to sneak some candy canes in here) are coloured with marker and cut out.  I gave the bow a shot of glossy accents.  Packs a punch! 
 
 
The mini wreath is the same.  Now this is a fussy cut! 
 
 
I cut the window and Pediment pieces with grungeboard.  I then made the paint all eroded looking with distress paints picket fence, pumice stone, gathered twigs and brushed pewter.  This a fun technique I learned in the Creative Chemistry 102 class.
 
 
Another CC102 technique is cracked class.  I'm using this one a lot.  I tried to angle the camera so you can see I created a "flocked" icy window pane. Sadly, my windows are doing this on their own at -20C!
 
 
The window is popped up so I could add on the edge-tree line trees.  I covered them with distress glitter peeled paint then a little liquid applique snow heated to puff up.
 
 
The final bits are the tinsel and Christmas word bands.  I inked the word band with picket fence distress paint to further the worn look.
 
I was inspired by this weeks Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge; It's a Mystery.
 
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