Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Bauble Tree

Hi Everyone!

You can find me today over on the Simon Says Stamp blog showing how I made this cute little Bauble Tree!  It might just be my favorite Christmas project this year!  So pop on over to see the step by step tutorial on how I created it!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tattered Poinsettia Wrap

Hi Everyone!
I'm here today sharing another project for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration series!  I hope you have been joining us the past few weeks for all the wonderful inspiration!  ...and just in case you missed any of the projects, Tim's posts a recap on his BLOG each Saturday.
Today I have an easy wrapping idea using the Layered Tattered Poinsettia Bigz die.   The die is a Bigz which means you can cut thicker material (like felt and wool) with ease.  I personally like to use Wool Felt not acrylic felt when I am die cutting.  I find the wool felt gives you a better cut and the wool itself is sturdier so it holds up better.
I have a stash of plaid wool that I have purchased over the years when I find it at quilt shops.  The plaid wool is fun to mix in the layers of the flowers!  Please note that not all quilt shops carry wool but when you find one that does, it's hard to stop yourself from wanting it all.
I cut solid red as well as red plaid.  I also had some pink wool that has light and dark areas that I think will look pretty as a flower.  I guess what I like most about this is that the flowers can be any color you want to match your holiday decor.

For this bloom I started with pieces cut from Warm and Natural (a type of batting) or you could use white felt.  I painted Collage Medium on the leaves with a brush. 
One by one I moved each layer to a piece of paper then poured Clear Rock Candy Glitter over the top.
I let each piece dry then cut a circle for a base.  Start building the flower by adhering the largest piece to the circle with Collage Medium.
Once the stack was complete I pushed the center in to make a well for beads.
I colored three Baubles for the center of the Poinsettia with Alcohol Ink (juniper, red pepper, and butterscotch) and adhered them with Collage Medium.
I hand stitched a safety pin to the back of the poinsettia so it could be removed once the gift was opened.  The double faced red satin ribbon is my favorite color of red!

You can make the poinsettia smaller by only using the two smaller sizes of the die cut.  I decided to start with leaves cut from one of the large pieces and glued it to a circle.
So you can see that only the leaves were cut using the largest pieces - the flower itself is two medium pieces and one small which makes a perfect small poinsettia!
The center for this one is also a Bauble.  I covered it with Butterscotch Alcohol ink, then once dry dripped a little Mushroom over the top and rolled it around till dry.  A perfectly vintage color I think!  I like the plaid wool layer to this one and I love the addition of the green leaves just peaking out under the bloom.
I adhered the poinsettia to a small tag that I made using Oxide Distress Ink and the Merry Christmas stencil.
The next one is variegated pink wool.  Same layering process but with a glittered Bouquet flower in the center.  I used my favorite Vintage Platinum glitter of course.
For this gift I used a strip of lace that was cut from a tattered cotton tablecloth I bought from my friend Lisa Mcilvain on Etsy.  You might notice I added another yellow/green layer at the bottom of the flower. The lace bow was so big that the flower just needed to be a bit bigger!  Love the colors of the pink and green on this one.

Christmas is just a few short weeks away so I hope this gives you a few ideas for beautiful packaging.  I know these would look beautiful under any tree!

NOTE: If you don't have a shop in your area that has wool felt - I know Whim So Doodle in Florida carries it in their fabric shop.  Just call the store and they will cut and send you what you need - 1/4  yard of a color will make a whole lot of blooms for Christmas!
now carry on,

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Letterpress Christmas Decor

Hello friends!
I'm here today with an addition to the Tim Holtz Inspirations Series.  This time I'm creating a fun shadow box that can be personalized with your favorite words (think family, Christmas, dates, family names, etc.).
I used TWO sets of Letterpress to create the box shown here.  If you have leftover letters from other projects, this is perfect project to use them up!
I started by creating some Christmas many different word possibilities!  You are really only limited by the amount of vowels and double letters!
Because I wanted to stick to two sets of Letterpress for this project I had to "stretch" my vowels!  That means I cut off the bits of a Q to get a 3rd O and I used two ampersands as E's.  I arranged it in the large Vignette Tray to make sure everything fit nicely.
 Once my arrangement was complete, I painted out the Tray with Black Soot Distress Paint.
 I used Collage Medium Matte to add paper from the Mini Stash Christmas to the back of the tray (don't worry, that break in the paper will be hidden in the end).
I knew I wanted the 25 to be glittered so I used my finger to tap on Collage Medium and then pressed the number into the jar of Distress Glitter Dust - Vintage Platinum.  I find that tapping over any letter or number is the best way to add the glue and NOT get the glue down the sides or in the crevices.
Here you are going to see the evolution of my decision (in other words I changed my mind).  I started by painting the words with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
 I was unsure of the color so I added Clear Rock Candy to every other word.
Then I painted the rest of the words with Pine Needles, let them dry and added the Clear Rock Candy over the green.  I used Collage Medium to glue the words together (it was way easier to move them from the craft sheet to the tray that way).
 I added Design Tape to the edge of the Vignette Tray.
I still needed a star for the top so I cut three stars using the Stacked Stars Bigz Die then glued them together to make one thick star.
 Collage Medium works great to add the Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust.
One by one I added the words to the tray with Collage Medium. You will have plenty of open time to add all the words and adjust as you go.  I used a foam square to add the star at the top so it was raised up off the back of the tray.
And just for a little added detail, I sugared a few juniper pieces I punched out.  They are not dry in the photo so they look a little white.  You can see how they change (once they are dry) in the close-up shot below.
 A couple jungle bells (red pepper alcohol ink) and some red and white string and we're done.  I love this shot because you can see the Clear Rock Candy up close!

 I hope you will try this idea!  Remember, you can use whatever words you names, Christmas words or important dates.
now carry on,

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Presence of Wonder

Hi everyone,

You can find me today over on the Ranger blog!   I have a vintage themed project using the new metallic Distress Crayons to create a fun background.  Don't miss it!
now carry on,

Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Believe" Count Down Calendar

Hi everyone!  Glad to be back here on the blog with an easy Count Down Calendar for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration series.  Follow along and I'll show you what I made!

Start with the small size Vignette Tray (they come two in a pack - one large one small).  Turn it over and paint the sides and up onto the back with black soot Distress Paint.  Let dry.
Adhere paper from the idea-ology Mini Paper Stash Christmas (8 x 8") with Collage Medium.  The paper is cut smaller than the wood front because I wanted the black edge to create a faux "frame" for the pretty paper.  A brayer ALWAYS helps to smooth out the paper on a hard surface.
I used a stencil from the Stampers Anonymous Mini Set #31 and Distress Grit-Paste to create a great pattern for the background. 
I also wanted to give the Grit-Paste a little shine, so while it was still wet I poured Distress Glitter Dust over the top.  You have to work fast since the paste dries rather quickly!
It leaves a bit of shine over each star which I thought was fun.  Remember to leave it to dry for at least 30 minutes (and do not use a heat tool).
While the Grit-Paste is drying I thought I'd work on the numbers for the count down calendar.  I'm using the Transparent Tiles Christmas for this project.  They come in a pack of 48 pieces - alpha and numeric.  The pack has two sets of numbers, which is perfect since you need two of the number 1 and 2 for a calendar.  The pack also has a star card I thought could used on single digit days (you will see later). 
To turn them gold, I pounced gold Mixative Alcohol Ink over the BACK of each card and let it dry.  Again, do not use a heat tool as it is VERY easy to overheat the plastic card, which in turn will curl up like a Pringle potato chip...and we don't want that to happen!  Just walk away for 10 minutes to let completely them dry!
You may not of seen this great little pack of hardware that was released in the summer.  It is called the Vignette Hardware pack and it's like one stop shopping for the hardware we all need when working with Vignette Boxes or Trays.  The pack comes with screw eyes, hooks, nails, and long screws (long screws are used to convert idea-ology wheels and knobs so they can be used with Vignette Trays and Boxes).

I decided the small hooks would work perfectly for this project.
I placed the numbers on the tray to get the spacing needed, then used a nail to start the hole (I just tapped it a couple times with a small hammer).  I pulled out the nail and inserted the hook, screwing it into place.  Super simple.
 This is how it looks from the side.
To hang the numbers they need to have a hole.  Just mark the center point (easy to do with Tim's ruler) and punch a small hole.  I made sure I kept the hole near the edge since my hooks are small.
I guess you could hang all the numbers on the hooks, but realistically if you are going to count down, I'd rather keep them in dish nearby or in a envelope on the back of the tray.
To build the focal point of the tray, I started with the Quote Chip "Believe", adding it to the bottom of the green Baseboard.  Foam squares were added to the back and it was added to the tray front.
I thought a Small Woodland Tree would be cute in the center of the Baseboard, but before you can add the tree... you need to give it a haircut so it can sit flat against the surface.
Using your fingertip, tap Collage Medium on all the bristles.  Sprinkle Clear Rock Candy over the tree to create faux snow.  Let dry.
My tree needs some ornaments!  I picked the smallest beads from the Baubles pack, coloring them with Mushroom Alcohol ink.  Using a Blending Tool with felt allows you to pounce over the bead to get different tones of brown and thereby creating a great vintage look.  Quite the difference in the before and after!
I like to squirt a little Glossy Accents directly into the tree, then push the bead into the glue.
I also wanted to add some color and texture to the Baseboard so I cut a few pieces using the Festive Greens Thinlit and the new little Sidekick machine.  These are the perfect kind of dies for this machine - thin and small in scale!  I can set the small machine on my work surface, lower the lever that creates suction to my table top and I'm ready to die cut these tiny pieces.  Just that simple.
 I added Clear Rock Candy over the bow and the tips of the berries for a little sparkle.
NOTE: I cut the bow twice and glued it together to give it a bit more weight before adding the Clear Rock Candy.

I used hot glue to add the tree to the Baseboard.  I also tucked a bit of Warm and Natural batting right above the Quote Chip to mimic as snow below the tree.  I added one of my favorite Christmas embellishments, a Fluted Star to the top of the tree (it's really right behind the tree - glued to the Baseboard).
I wiped some red paint onto the Mini Hardware knob and let it dry.  I took out the screw that comes with the knob and replaced it with the longer one from the Hardware pack.   I used a drill to create a hole at the top of the tray and add the knob.
I love the way it turned out!  Definitely a project that could be done in just a few hours once all the supplies are at hand.

I think my favorite part is the way the Transparent Tiles turned out with the gold Alcohol Ink.  The gold really did transform them into something special.
Hope you will give this project a go! 

Carry on,