Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Friends!  

I hope, on this very special day, you are able to be with those you hold dearest.  Peace be with you!


Monday, December 23, 2013

Creating a background for a scrapbook layout

Good morning crafters.  Today I have a chilly, wintertime layout to share with you.  I get cold just looking at the picture!  

 The background for my layout was created with Sheena Douglass' Ornate Snowflakes stamp set, using Teal Zeal and Paris Dusk Memento Paris Dusk.  The sentiment, "Each Snowflake is Unique Just Like You", is also from this stamp set.  I randomly stamped all the different snowflakes in the stamp set all over the page as shown below.

Aren't all the snowflakes lovely?  I especially love this snowflake flourish in the corner.  Too cute!

As you can see, Nick and I are pretty wimpy when it comes to being cold!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a fabulous day!


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Crafter's Companion December's challenge

Good morning friends.  Crafter's Companion has a wonderful challenge this month to inspire you to get crafty!   This month's challenge is use us Ribbon, Thread, or Twine someone on your project.  

I've caught up on all of my holiday cards, so this month I decided to create an all-occasion card that I could use when I needed a last minute card.

This easy to make card was made using the Embossalicious 6 x6 Flora Bunda embossing flower with purple card stock.  I also gently went over the design with Black Soot Distress Ink.  Next I added rhinestones to every other flower and glued down this pretty ribbon with my Collalls Tacky Glue.

One lucky winner who enters our ribbon/twine/thread challenge will be chosen at random to win a £30 / $30 voucher from Crafter’s Companion!  You can check out all the details at the Crafter's Companion challenge blog here.  

Can't wait to see what you make!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Creating Cards for my Children

Today I am excited to share with you this beautiful trio of cards I made for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday words to inspire challenge.

When I saw this stamp over at the Flourishes online store, I HAD to have it.  It's called Just My Type and comes with four different stamps (3 shown).  I wanted all the fonts to be stamped in different colors so I used Memento Grape Jelly, Cottage Ivy, Danube Blue Memento Ink Dew Drops.  These are very small ink pads so it's easy to use on small spaces.  I started at the top of the stamp and worked my way down.  That way if I accidentally inked up the lower sentiment, I could just wipe it off with my finger and then use the next color on it.

To create the backgrounds, I embossed my paper with a couple different embossing folders and then sprayed the paper with Tattered Angels Dark Blue Simply Sheer Matte Mist Watercolor, Tattered Angels Meadow Green Glimmer Mist, and Dylusions Crushed Grape Ink Spray.

On this card, I sprayed the colors on a glossy paper, so the colors came out more muted, though very sparkly.

The Flourishes Timeless Tuesday words to inspire challenge is to use words or images that embodies one your goals for next year.  After thinking about this challenge, I decided that one of my goals would be to write more notes and cards for my children, telling them how much I love them.  Of course, I tell them all day long how much I love them, but it would be nice for them to get a card or note in their lunchbox or on their pillow (because my son is way too cool to get a note from his mom at school!).  Everyone loves a handwritten note, especially when it is not for a special occasion.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with family and friends.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Hanging Photo Ornament

Hello friends!  Today I have a hanging photo ornament to share with you.  I was inspired to create this by Roberta over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.  The challenge this month is to create a Christmas project.

I created this hanging ornament by first die cutting six squares and brushing Chandelier Glitter Glam on them for a little sparkle.  Once they dried (only take about 10 minutes), I added a picture of Lara to each one and then glued the matching frames to each other so that both sides of the squares would have a photograph.  This is to insure that no matter which way the ornament is turned, a photo will always be showing.  (Note: School photos work great for this.)  Here are the photos I chose for the ornament:

I also laminated the frames for durability before punching a small hole in the them and attaching them together with red twine.

I think photo ornaments are so much fun to look at, especially as the kids get older.  I have quite a few of Nick as well when he was younger, and I always smile as I take them out of the box of ornaments every year.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :)


Friday, December 13, 2013

Creating a ten minute card with Crafter's Companion's Inspiration Magazine

Happy Friday crafty friends!  I am furiously cleaning and organizing today, as I get ready for our first family Christmas get together of the season.  I had to really think about what to make for the main entry today, as I stay away from wheat and gluten, while some of my family are do not eat meat.  And then there's all the kids...  If it's not kid friendly, they aren't going to eat it.  Luckily, I found this awesome Gluten-Free Baked Ziti that will work perfectly.  I have already tried it out on my family, and it was yummy AND easy :)  

Though I've been a trifle on the busy side this week, I managed to make an extremely easy vintage Christmas card.  (Are you noticing the pattern of me gravitating to easy projects and menus?)  

I created my Santa card with the new Crafter's Companion Inspiration Magazine.   It is full of beautiful images, papers, toppers, CDs, pearls, stamps, and an embossing folder.  The page looks like this in the magazine.

All I had to do was cut out each image, inked around the edges with Memento Rich Cocoa and then layer the pieces together using Double-Sided Foam adhesive to create a three dimensional scene.  I also cut out a sentiment from a different page and adhered it to the door in the scene.

Here is my completed card, made in about 10 minutes!  Can't beat that :)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you have a fabulous weekend :)


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Celebrating the Holiday Season with CardMaker Magazine

Happy Holidays friends!  CardMaker Magazine and Crafter's Companion are joining together to bring you lots of fabulous inspiration for your holiday cards.  AND two awesome prizes will be given away on the Crafter's Companion Facebook page. Two people will win the Christmas Seasons stamp set, the Spectrum Noir red and brown six-pack marker sets, a Mistletoe Moments embossing folder & a one year digital subscription to CardMaker Subscription. 

I used one of my all time favorite stamp set for my Christmas card - Meeting Santa.  I love the stamps from the Humphrey collection.  The darling elephants are not only super cute, they are so easy to color.  If you are new to coloring with Spectrum Noir markers, I highly recommend picking this collection up.  

Crafter's Companion products used: Humphrey Meeting Santa stamp set

Here's the breakdown of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers I used:


boots: IG6, IG7, IG9, IG10
clothes: DR2, DR4, DR6
skin: IG1, IG3, IG5
facial hair: BG1
glasses: IB1


jacket: BT1, BT2, BT4
pants: CG1, CG2, CG3
scarf: DG3, DG4
boots: IG9
skin: IG1, IG3, IG5
bunny: CR3

Here is the complete list of participating blogs for the Cardmaker Magazine and Crafter's Companion joint blog hop.  Be sure to stop by all the blogs, as each person has a beautiful holiday card to share with you.  

Crafter’s Companion

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

My Favorite Month

Good morning crafters!  I have a mixed media layout to share with you today.  

The layout was based upon the December Once Upon a Sketch challenge which was to journal about your favorite month.  It was tough to choose between December and July, but ultimately July won out.  There are just so many things I love about July - playing all month with the kids, no homework, and the incredible warm, sunny weather.  I added my journaling in a tag that sits inside this cute little envelope.

To create the distressed background, I applied gesso to the scrapbook page and let it dry.  The gesso really adds some strength to the page and makes it easy to stitch on the page, as I did with a vellum piece of paper.  I also combined gesso with a little blue paint and added a bit more to the page with a couple of stencils.  The gorgeous gold cracks and black paint spatters were stamped on using Sheena Douglass Ageing Beautifully stamp set with Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle Ink and Black Soot Distress Ink.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are having a wonderful week!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Creating book markers

With an eye on the calendar, I am making book markers this week.  I still have quite a few friends and family who like reading actual books, rather than a digital versions, so I thought a bookmark would be a fun way to add a touch of personalization to a holiday gift.  And they are really fun to make!

For the background of my book markers, I used Crafter's Companion's Book Markers (these come with glossy white paper and plastic book marks that you slide the paper into when you are done decorating it), Distressed Ink refills, a mini mister filled with water, alcohol blending solution, and a well-worn box with a few paper towels laid down on the bottom of it.  (It's a bit messy!) 

The first thing I did was spray water on my white book mark.  You can see the drops sitting on the top of the surface because the paper is glossy and nonporous.

After spraying the water, I added small random drops of Distressed Ink refills all over the book mark.  You can use as many or as few colors as you'd like.  For this book mark, I used three colors.

To get the colors to blend into one another, I next sprayed my book mark with an alcohol blending solution.  You can see the colors move around quite a bit more with the blending solution.

While the colors are sliding around into one another, I use the sides of my paper towels to blot the colors, especially along the edges where the colors pool.  Depending on how much you use of each color, your book mark can look quite different, even with the same colors.  Here is another one I made using the same three colors.

When you are happy with the colors of your book mark, you will want to give it some time to dry.  I let mine dry overnight just to be on the safe side.  Now you are ready for some stamping.  For my first book mark, I stamped my images with Iris Staz-On Ink using a Claudine Hellmuths Rock-A-Block acrylic block.  The stamps are from the Stamp-It Australia Imagine Oriental Delights and Sentimental Swirls stamp sets.

Once the Staz-On ink dried, I then slid the decorated piece of paper into the plastic book mark that comes with it and added a pre-made tassel to the end.  You could also use fibers, ribbon, or embossing thread.

For my second book mark, I used a floral stamp from Sheena Douglass' Sakura stamp set with the Hydrangea Blue StazOn Ink Pad.  I also sprayed this second book mark with Gold Spray and Sparkle Glitter Varnish before inserting it into its plastic case.

Here are the two book marks again.

I hope you enjoyed my book mark tutorial and are ready to give it a try!  Everyone loves to receive a handmade gift during the holiday :)

Have a fantastic day!