Saturday, December 3, 2016

Mistletoe Tag - Gecko Galz December Customer Challenge


Hi! I created this tag for the Gecko Galz December Customer Challenge. The theme for the entire month of December is Tag You're It. The Galz have created tags for Christmas, Winter, and the New Year, and will be sharing the instructions for them on their personal blogs.

Instructions:

1. Cut a tag from a piece of patterned paper.

2. Cut the Christmas 1907 image from the Alter It Digital Collage Sheet. Attach this image to the top of the tag.

3. Use scallop circle dies to cut two pieces of patterned paper. Cut the mistletoe image from the Rockwell Christmas Digital Collage Set and place it in the center of the scallop circle die-cuts. Glue the die-cut embellishment together and attach to the tag centered under the 1907.

4. Create an embellishment cluster to decorate the bottom corner of the tag from flowers, leaves, lace, berry sprigs, and a peppermint button.

5. Cut a piece of lace to length and glue along the bottom of the tag.

6. Tie festive ribbons to the top of the tag. Add a wood reindeer and a button to the center of the bows.

7. Use a dry brush to add white acrylic paint to select areas of the tag for a frosty finish.


If you love Christmas crafting as much as I do, you won't want to miss what the other Galz have created. We'd love to have you join the Gecko Galz Challenge this month! There is only one rule, and that is you need to use at least ONE product from Gecko Galz. It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers. The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Where The Roses Grow - Pion Design


Hi! The NEW Where The Roses Grow collection from Pion Design has me thinking Spring! My roses are still hanging on, despite the dropping temperatures. I never had the chance to meet my Great Grandmother on my Mother’s side, but I can see her touches on the family lake house when I visit. Her beautiful roses are still thriving, generations later. Not only are they beautiful, but they smell amazing! This new collection was perfect for documenting this photo of her flowers.


I created an envelope from patterned paper to hold the photo. I just love a mix of stripes and floral prints.


I tucked flowers, leaves, and images cut from the patterned papers around the envelope to help fill out the design. I stamped and painted several clusters of leaves for the background of this page. I decided to use a portion of the title strip as the title of this layout. The script was too beautiful to toss away with the rest of the scraps. I finished the page as I do so many of my projects for Pion Design, with a trio of butterflies and some ink splatters.

Pion Design Products:
Where The Roses Grow - With All My Love PD8202
Where The Roses Grow - Rose Meadow PD8203
Where The Roses Grow - Roses In Bloom PD8204
Where The Roses Grow - Time To Smell The Roses PD8210
Where The Roses Grow - Borders PD8211
Where The Roses Grow - Tags PD8212

Monday, November 28, 2016

Merry Christmas - Pion Design


Hi! I'm sharing a layout I created with the NEW The Night Before Christmas collection for Pion Design today. I highlighted the fun holly print patterned paper by using a holly stencil and holly embossing folder on the patterned papers for this layout.



There are plenty of festive tags and images that are ready to cut to help embellish your projects.


The 6x6 patterned papers really came in handy here when I wanted only a corner or a small piece of paper to die-cut.


I created a simple title with a piece of chipboard and a clear sticker. There is something about Christmastime crafting that has me reaching for all of my supplies. Much like a Christmas tree, this page has a lot of decorations!

Pion Design Products:
The Night Before Christmas - Dear Santa PD7802
The Night Before Christmas - The Stockings Were Hung PD7806
The Night Before Christmas - The Stockings Were Hung 6x6 PD7903
The Night Before Christmas - Tree Farm 6x6 PD7904
The Night Before Christmas - Tags PD7812
Images From the Past - The Night Before Christmas PD1618
Pion Design Palette - Pion White I PD6101

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Holy Night ATC - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing an Artist Trading Card I created for the Embossing theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I pressed an ATC in a checkered embossing folder for a fun textured base and then primed the card with a coat of DecoArt White Gesso. I then added color, with a distressed layer of DecoArt English Red Oxide Antiquing Cream and a layer of DecoArt Gold Interference for a subtle shimmer. I added a pop of bright green to the card by mixing Stampendous Hot Lime Fragments into DecoArt Matte Medium and spreading it on with a spatula. Before the medium dried I pressed in several gold sequins.


To embellish the top of the card, I painted a Mini Book Plate with DecoArt Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic, then backed the book plate with a scrap of green stripe ticking, and added the number "25," from the Arthur Number Set, which I painted with DecoArt Cadmium Red Fluid Acrylic and a top coat of DecoArt Liquid Glass. I added leaves, a flower, a pair of decorative brads, and a sticker sentiment to fill in the design. I finished this card with a dry brushing of DecoArt Titanium White Fluid Acrylic.

You can find the chipboard I used for this project, and a wonderful selection of DecoArt and Stampendous products, in the Tando Creative Retail Store.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Contentment - Pion Design


Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created with the new Greetings from the North Pole collection for Pion Design today. One of my favorite design features from the new Greetings from the North Pole collection is the pop of red that is present on a couple of the pages.


I had fun bringing in the bright color on this page with a sheet from the Pion Design Palette peeking through some layers of torn vellum,


...with a small house that I tucked behind a photo,


...and with the adorable little elf walking along the bottom of the page. I highlighted this snowy scene with some die-cut snowflakes, dimensional paint, and glitter, for a frosty finish.

Pion Products:
Greetings from the North Pole – Midwinter Night PD7601
Greetings from the North Pole – Snowfall PD7607
Greetings from the North Pole – Borders PD7610
Greetings from the North Pole – Tags PD7612
Pion Design Palette – Pion White I PD6101
Pion Design Palette – Pion Red I PD6119

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sweet Baby - FabScraps


Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created with the NEW Sweet Baby collection for FabScraps today. I took this opportunity to scrap a baby photo of my Father-in-Law. The precious images and subdued color palette of this line had me thinking vintage layette.


I created my own patterned paper for this page by arranging different strips of cut papers into a new configuration. Aren't these little boys adorable?! After I cut them out, I raised them up with some adhesive foam to add some dimension to my layout.


I had a lot of fun embellishing the bottom of the page with chipboard. The sweet animal blocks are matching die-cut and chipboard pairs, so they add a layer of fun to the project that doesn't take a lot of extra time or effort. I treated the chipboard title with a simple application of chalk ink and glaze.

If you'd like the full supply list and/or instructions for this layout, please visit the FabScraps blog.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Liberated ATC - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing the artist trading card that I created for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I started this project with a White-Lined ATC. I then used the Nathalie Kalbach Fashion Dame Rubber Stamps and Stencil Set to create the background and the woman. I had a lot of fun with color, texture, and pattern on this small card. I certainly felt liberated using this fun mix of supplies!

You can find the chipboard I used for this project, and a wonderful selection of Nathalie Kalbach products, in the Tando Creative Retail Store.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Baby Boy Card - FabScraps


Hi! I'm sharing the card I created with the NEW Sweet Baby collection for FabScraps today. Cutting up this line had me wishing that I still had a baby to cuddle with! One of my favorite features of this collection is the coordinating chipboard and die-cut pieces. This vintage pram die-cut is sitting on top of an identical shaped piece of chipboard. These matching pieces really give my projects some fun dimension. If you need to create some pieces for a little bundle of joy, you'll want to be sure to view this full collection. If you're interested in the full supply list and/or instructions for this card, please stop by the FabScraps blog.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Light-Up Rudolph Wood Slice Ornaments - Walnut Hollow


I'm up on the Walnut Hollow blog today sharing my quick and easy tutorial for these wood slice Rudolph ornaments. I had so much fun creating these ornaments, which can also double as a gift topper. This project is inexpensive (less than $3 a piece), which makes it a great gift to give all your friends!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

November Gecko Galz Projects


Hi! I'm sharing the projects I created this month for Gecko Galz today. The Christmas season is fast approaching so I thought I'd keep on creating seasonal projects while I have the time. I die-cut the focal point for this card from the Snow Angels patterned paper from the Winter Wishes Mini Paper Collection. I'm really loving a color palette of red, green, and blue, for my Christmas crafts this year. I incorporated flowers and ribbon to match the digital image and then added a touch of gold with a bell and sentiment sticker.


I created this winter scenelet from a small box and images that I cut from the new Little Christmas Icons Digital Collage Set. I painted the sides and flaps of this box with blue acrylic paint and a layer of silver glitter glue. I cut a portion of the Winter Wonderland patterned paper from the Winter Wishes Mini Paper Collection to decorate the back of the box. I then added tinsel and fringed paper trim to the inside of the box, and a fun pom pom ribbon around the scene. I embellished the scene with acrylic snowflakes and a brush tree.




I created this set of artist trading cards for the November Customer Challenge. The theme this month is Deck the Halls. I used three images from the Holiday Kids Collage Sheet for my cards. For more design details about these cards, click over to THIS POST.

Here's the free stamp I have for you this month. I hope you use it to create something fabulous!


We'd love to have you join the Gecko Galz Customer Challenge this month! There is only one rule, and that is you need to use at least ONE product from Gecko Galz. It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers. The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree!

I want to remind you about the next exciting Gecko Galz event. It's almost time for the 24 Tags of Christmas. You won't want to miss all the inspiring tags created by the Gecko Galz. In addition, one lucky follower AND one lucky customer will win a digital gift pack each week in December. On December 24th one lucky follower will receive a $100 Gecko Galz Shipping Spree - just in time for Christmas!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Glass Graffiti Ornaments - Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!


Hi friends! Welcome to Day 2 of the 6th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! I'm super excited to share my holiday decor video tutorial! When creating a special handmade gift for someone I try to make one-of-a-kind unique items that can't be found anywhere else. Today I'm sharing how to paint glass bulbs with Clearsnap products to create galaxy ornaments that are out-of-this-world!


Supplies:
ColorBox Glass Graffiti - Black, Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, White
ColorBox Pearl Rain Spray
Glass Ornaments
Velvet Ribbon
Spray Sealant
Toothbrush
Paper Towel
Water Cup
Craft Mat

Video Tutorial:


A big thanks to the generous sponsors this year!


Please take the time to visit all the blogs on the hop. There are so many inspiring projects to see!




The 11 prize packages up for grabs this year are absolutely amazing! Click the following link to enter the giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


I created a second project for this hop. You can find my tutorial for this reversible wood slice garland on the Walnut Hollow Blog today!



I created 3 projects from resin paper for the 2015 Handmade Holidays Blog Hop. CLICK HERE to check out my post from last year.


Winter Wonderland Card - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing a frosty card that I created for the Card Theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. Tando offers a range of fantastic snowflake products, but I thought it would be fun to use a Rustic Star for the focal point of this project. To begin, I painted several coats of DecoArt White Gesso onto a piece of watercolor paper. I then glued down a Rustic Star, and covered the entire card again with a layer of gesso. Once everything was dry, I used a wet paintbrush with Carbon Black and Turquoise Shimmer DecoArt Media Misters to add color.


To finish the card, I added a layer of silver glitter glue and a metal tag.

You can find the chipboard I used for this project, and a wonderful selection of DecoArt products, in the Tando Creative Retail Store.