Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Jar of Christmas Cheer

Once again - life has gotten in the way of my stamping for fun time!   but today I was inspired by a few Christmas challenges out there and snuck away to my craft room to play as I knew (in my head!)  just what I wanted to create!
I filled an apothecary jar with glittery ornaments in red, white and green.
I die cut the jar out of Art Parts Clearly for Art Modeling film, brushing the edges with Picket Fence Distress Paint to give it a little definition.  I adhered the jar to the patterned paper from Merriment/Tim Holtz by gluing just the cork to the paper - as adhesives seem to always show up on clear materials!  Some of the ornaments are up of foam dots.  They are punched from glitter card stock from Michaels.
I painted the cork stopper with Brushed Pewter and Picket Fence Distress paints drying each layer with my heat tool to make it bubble a bit.  I made the enamel dots by melting Perler Beads and scattered them throughout the jar.
I stamped Christmas Greetings from Tim Holtz Mini Holidays 5 set in the top corner and added two ornaments outside the jar.

I was inspired to make this card by these fun challenges:
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - to use stamps in your project.

Try it on Tuesday:  Christmas is coming

Fusion - Sparkly Christmas
Stamps:  Mini Holidays 5 - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  White, Smokey Shadow - PTI, Glitter card stock - Michaels, DP - Merriment/Tim Holtz Idea-ology, Cork, Art Parts Clearly for Art Modeling Film - Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Paint Picket Fence and Brushed Pewter, circle punches 1 1/4", 1", 3/4" - EK Success, Glue N Seal - Ranger, home made enamel dots from Perler Beads

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fusion Challenge Nov 20

Welcome to this fortnights Fusion Challenge!  Thanksgiving for us in the USA is next Thursday - but  for many, our thoughts and creative juices (not to mention the music at the Malls!) are already turning towards the beautiful winter/Christmas holiday season.  And this week's Fusion inspiration is going there right with us!
I was inspired by the photo this week ( although it almost fits the sketch as well - on it's side and without the banner!)  When I saw the beautiful bell wreath I immediately thought of my Tim Holtz Holiday Wreath Die.
I used a wonderful Aged Silver embossing powder from Stampendous on the wreath and a beautiful red glitter card stock for the layered bow.  To make the barnboard background, I simply scored some lines on white cardstock and then dragged a gray ink pad over the scored panel.I layered the wreath over the panel with foam dots.  I stamped the sentiment from the Mini Holidays set by Tim Holtz in black on white cardstock and used a 1 3/4" circle punch on it.
Here's a close up so you can see how this wonderful embossing powder looks - so thick and with a little speckle in it to give it the aged look.
So what inspires YOU this week from the Fusion Challenge??  The photo or the sketch??  Or will you do a FUSION and combine the two??!  I can't wait to see what you link up.  You will find all the details at the Fusion Challenge Blog
I hope you might take a minute to check out the rest of the Design Team to see how they were inspired this week!

Michelle Folland 
Michelle Lupton

Stephanie Severin

Stamps:  Mini Holidays #5 - Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  White - PTI, Glitter Red - Michaels
Ink:  Versamark, Archival Jet Black, Memento Gray Flannel
Accessories:  Aged Silver Frantage Embossing Powder - Stampendous, Holiday Wreath Die - Alterations/Tim Holtz, Antique Enamel Dot - My Minds Eye, foam dots, Glue N Seal - Ranger, ScorPal, 1 3/4" circle punch - EK Success.

Monday, November 17, 2014

CC3C - Cabinet Cards

I have been SO out straight at work these last few weeks -  I've either had no time or been too tired to create for some of the challenges I usually do - but I'm excited to say that I finally found time (before the deadline!) to get the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge done!

For CC3C #15 we are working from Page 38 of Tim's book using Cabinet Card Pockets.  Usually we cannot say what techniques we use - but since this challange was to use a specific item howver you wanted -  we can tell you what we did!   
I was going to use a Found Relative Card -  but then my niece sent me the Snapfish album of their recent outing to see Santa - and I knew I'd use one of her photos of my delicious grand nephew James and his baby sister Madelyn.  James is old hat at visiting Santa as he is 3 years old -  but this is the very first visit for Madelyn - and you can see her looking curiously up at this jolly old elf!  I printed the photo on my computer printer in sepia ink to make it look vintage.
Here's a close up of the top portion.  I've got lots of Idea-ology products here - Black Paper String, Chit Chat Stickers that I rubbed with Archival Orange Blossom Ink , Remnant Rubs/Christmas Time, a Snowflake adornment that I embossed in Tree Branch embossing powder, Mirrored Stars that I sponged with Orange Blossom Ink , Alpha Tiles to spell out Santa and Label Letters I used to show the year.
and the bottom portion
And a view of how I die cut and attached Tim's Small Easel to the back so that my Cabinet Card Frame would stand up for display.   I cut it out of Grunge Board so it would be sturdy.
  I think Christie and Nate will love this card of Madelyn's first visit to see Santa with her brother!  Now I'm off to eat supper before watching The Voice - and then dropping into bed!
Thought I'd share the photo in full color -  to show how different it looks

This week's challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.  I hope you'll check out the challenge and join us!  You still have a few days to get it done!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Golden Blooms for the Bride and Groom

My husband asked me to make a wedding card for a friend's son and his bride to be so off I skipped to my craft room!  Kent likes clean and simple designs - so this is the card I came up with.
I chose to use the elegant colors of vintage cream and gold.  I off set the stamped panel on the gold panel just for a little visual interest.
I used stamps from Waltzingmouse for my wedding card - the flowers are from Big Bloom Poinsettia and the beautifully scrolled sentiment is from Big Day Additions.  The flowers are gold embossed with a gold half pearl in the center of the largest bloom.  You can see the embossed gold a little better at this angle.
My card design was inspired by these challenges
Virginia's View - All Things Metallic

Stamps:  Big Bloom Poinsettia, Big Day Additions - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Vintage Cream - PTI, Brushed Gold - SU
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Gold embossing powder, gold half pearl - Michaels.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Waltzingmouse November Pajama Party!

It's the 14th of the month and that means it's time for the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party!  Around the 1st of every month Claire posts the 4 challenges for the party over at the Waltzingmouse Blog - so we can all get cracking on the challenges and have them ready to post on the 14th at the PJ Party!
Here are the 4 challenges for this month's party - along with the creations I made for them!
1. Scandi tags - Make a tag or set of tags featuring simple clean design - think Scandinavian style. 
For my tag I used stamps from the Nordic Winter set using red ink on a pretty almond colored dotted patterned paper.  I added an enamel dot to the center of the flower on the front and looped a piece of bakers twine through the hole.  I cut my tag with the Folding Tag Die.
 I'm entering my tag in the CASology - Festive challenge.
 And Addicted to Cas - Tags

2. Wrap it up warm - Show us your best gift wrapping - make a gift bag or box with a 'cozy' feel,
 I just love so many of Claire's wonderful templates have you checked them out??  For my gift box today I used her little Fairy House Box - which is one of her FREE templates. I cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo.
 The row of trees and row of stars stamps are from the Flurries Set.
 The snowflake and Merry Christmas are from the Alpine Christmas Set.  I cut the tag with a die from the Stitched Tag die set and the snowflake with a die from the Alpine Christmas Die Set.
 The roof lifts off the little house - and I tucked a gift card inside - and there's still plenty of room for either some candy treats or a another small gift.  I added Tiny Twinkles around the trees, stars and snowflake for a little sparkle.
 3. Old Pajamas -  Make a project using any of your older Waltzingmouse Christmas sets. (Claire asked the Design Team members who were coming to the party to use the Candy Jar Christmas sets)
I used stamps from Candy Jar Christmas  and Candy Jar Christmas Fillers as well as dies from the Jar Essentials Die Set for my card.  I stamped the Vintage Christmas Backgrounder on my background panel.  Doesn't it look just like old wallpaper?! When I stamped it - I didn't press all over the stamp so it left some un-stamped spots.  I colored the gingerbread men and the label with Copics and covered them with a layer of Glitter Glaze for some sugar coated sparkle!  I sponged all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I colored the faces and buttons with a black Glaze Pen.
 Here's what I stamped on the inside of my card.
4. Bedtime Story Sketch - Here is sketch no.8 -
 For my sketch card I used stamps from Flurries and Seasonal Flourish.  I cut out the center with the Pretty Panels #1 die.  The blue panel is popped up over the card base with foam tape and I added some rhinestones for sparkle.
Here's what I stamped on the inside of my sketch card using stamps from the same two sets as on the front.  Don't you just love the wonderful flourishes on these sentiments??!!
You have 24 hours to link up your creations over at the Waltzingmouse Blog where you will also find all the details as well as information on how you can win a prize!   I hope to see you at the WMS Pajama Party!

Tag:
Stamps:  Nordic Winter - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  DP - Almund Dot/BoBunny
Ink:  Archival Red Gerranium
Accessories:  Maraschino Bakers Twine - The Twinery, Folding Tag Die - Waltzingmouse, Enamel Dot - Home made from Perler Beads, Glue N Seal - Ranger.

Gift Box
Stamps:  Flurries, Alpine Christmas - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Green and Blue - Bazzill, white - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black and Coreflower Blue
Accessories:  Alpine Christmas Die Set (snowflake), Stitched Tag Set - Waltzingmouse,  Fairy House Box Template - Waltzingmouse, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, Silhouette Cameo.

Gingerbread Card
Stamps:  Candy Jar Christmas, Candy Jar Christmas Fillers, Vintage Christmas Backgrounder - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Rustic cream - PTI
Ink:  Archival Watering Can and Cornflower Blue, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Accessories:  Copics - YR24, E19, BG10, Black Glaze Pen - Sakura, Jar Essentials Die Set - Waltzingmouse, Glitter Glaze Sheer Sparkle - MFT, foam dots.

Joy to the World
Stamps:  Flurries, Seasonal Flourish - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Blueberry Sky - PTI
Ink:  Archival Cornflower Blue and Jet Black
Accessories:  Rhinestones - Kaiser, Pretty Panels #1 die - Waltzingmouse, foam dots.

WMS Team Talk - Christmas Tag

Today I'm posting over at the Waltzingmouse Team Talk Blog.  I'm sharing 3 holiday tags -  here's one of them.
I'd love if you'd take a peak at the other two over at Team Talk

I'm also linking this tag to:


CASology - Festive

Addicted to Cas -  Tags

and I hope you'll stop by later tonight - I'll be joining the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party!  Are you coming?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Vintage Journey #19 - All Sewn Up

Welcome to this fortnight's A Vintage Journey Challenge - All Sewn Up.  Brenda is our host for this challenge and here are her instructions:  
This is simple - a sewing inspired creation, any style as long as you tell us what the Tim influence is in your project (that could be that you have used a Tim technique, some of Tim's products, maybe you will case one of his tags but make it sewing based,  you choose but please make it clear what the Tim influence is as so many people disqualify themselves from being able to win the prize as we are not sure how it fits to our challenge blog.  Be adventurous and make whatever you like, it doesn't  have to include real sewing but must be focused within that theme.  So what are you waiting for?
While cleaning up my craft room the other day (cleaning up is a constant in my room, I'm always doing it and never finishing it!) I found - in a pile of papers - on the floor - in a corner -  a free tutorial for a fabric basket I had printed from a web site in Feb 2010!  I loved the shape of it when I saw it - but, of course, just never made it.  Enter Brenda's wonderful challenge - and Tim's lovely new fabrics, and this sweet little fabric basket was born!  It measures approximately 4"x 4 1/2" x 4".
  Here is the link to the free tutorial for this cute bag.  Her measurements are in cm so I roughly converted mine to inches.  2 pieces fabric A -  9" x 2 1/2"   1 piece fabric B - 9" x 8" 
The lining and iron on interfacing should be same size as the 2 A's and B sewn together, I cut each piece 8" x 12".  The interfacing gives the cloth some sturdiness.
 After ironing the interfacing to the wrong side of the lining piece - you fold outside and inside pieces in half - right sides facing in and sew up the sides with 1/4" seams - leaving the tops open
 Then you need to square the corners  - this was a little tricky - you fold the piece neatly with the seam in the middle and draw a line across (I drew it where the line measured 3" across - see my penciled line near the bottom??).
 Sew along your drawn lines on all the corners.
 Then you cut off the corners just below the stitching and it squares the bottom off nicely!
 You turn the outside piece right side out and insert the lining.  Starting at the seams, fold down the edges all around and pin.  Slip your ribbon handles between the pieces at the seams and sew all along the top with your sewing machine.
 And you are done! HOW CUTE IS THIS??!!!
Then I went to work on dressing it up - Tim Style!
I looped Linen Ribbon through a Word Band/Observations and tacked it onto the bag through the end loops.  I adhered a Game Piece (which are also featured on the cloth!) with Glue N Seal.
I rubbed Fired Brick Ranger Distress Paint over the Word Band and dried it with my heat tool.
I added a Remnant Rub to an Enameled tag, looped it through a Ring Fastener and poked the fastener through the ribbon so the arms of the faster are inside the ribbon loop.
I rubbed a little bit of Fired Brick Ranger Distress Paint over enamel tag with my finger, wiping some off for lighter spots.
I added a second Word Band on the other side of my fabric basket.
For the fourth and final side - a adhered some Alpha Parts/Newsprint letters to spell the word 'create'.
I rubbed Fired Brick Ranger Distress Paint over the letters with my finger and adhered them using Glue N Seal to the bag.
My thought is to have this on one of my work tables in my craft room to hold bits and pieces.
So thank you to Brenda for pushing me to make a sewn project!  I am SO happy with my little fabric basket - and I hope to make several more!  I think I'll use this one in my craft room to hold little bits I don't want to lose!
Our challenge sponsor is Country View Crafts.  They are offering one winner, chosen by the Creative Guides, a £10 voucher to spend in their on-line shop.  
 I hope you will be inspired to play along with us -  you have 2 weeks - you will find all the details at the A Vintage Journey Blog - along with some wonderful "All Sewn Up" inspiration by several of my very talented fellow Creative Guides!

Here's what I used:
Eclectic Elements 12" Fabric Crafting Pack - Traveler - Tim Holtz,  Idea-ology - Word Bands/Observations, Linen Ribbon, Enameled Tags, Remnant Rubs/Botanicals, Ring Fastener, Alpha Parts/Newsprint, Game Pieces;  Glue N Seal - Ranger,  Ranger Distress Paint - Fired Brick,  sewing machine, thread, Fabric Basket Pattern  from vlijtig.blogspot.com
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