Today I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog for making these fun, glitzy reindeer ornaments. Check it out!
I was delighted to be one of the participating designers for the 2014 Sizzix Holiday Gift Guide. My assignment was For the Gardener, and I made some festive watering can ornaments using various designer papers.
Check out the tutorials for all of the projects and be sure to check out the deals included in the gift guide -- you're sure to find something fun for a gift idea, or even something for yourself!
Super cute snowman themed release from The Stamps of Life for October! I made a video to share my projects. Enjoy!
If you're having trouble viewing the video here on my blog, you can also find it on my YouTube channel.
Welcome to a new year of Challenge Chicks challenges! If you're a stamper and you like challenges, or you're new to the idea of challenges and want to give one a whirl, I invite you to participate with The Challenge Chicks! We're a small group of friends and stampers hosting monthly challenges. Won't you join us?!
Our challenge for January 2014 is issued by me! I'm not ready to let go of winter just yet, so January is all about Winter Wonderland! For my project I used the Trophy Ice Skates die from Sizzix to create a refridgerator magnet. I adhered patterned paper to chipboard and ran the die and chipboard through my BigShot.
Once the shapes were cut, I inked the edges a bit, colored the heel and blade on each skate with markers, and embellished with laces, sparkly twigs, baubles, a tag and glittery bell. I glued two strong magnets on the back so it would have some holding power while on the fridge.
Now, get yourself a good dose of inspiration and check out the rest of The Challenge Chicks projects:
And finally, you'll find this month's challenge gallery on SplitCoastStampers using keyword CHXJAN14 . We invite you to play along! Upload your project to your SplitCoastStampers gallery, add the keyword above, and your project will be automatically added to the gallery. Or join us on Facebook!
We look forward to seeing your projects!
Supplies for Magnet
Dies: Sizzix Trophy Ice Skates, Spellbinders Tag
Stamp: A Muse
Paper: American Crafts, chipboard, Neenah
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, Black StazOn
ShinHan Touch Twin markers: BG7, WG9
Other: Hemp twine, Glittered decor pics, tracing wheel, bell, magnets
Supplies for Felt Ornaments
Dies: Sizzix Trophy Ice Skates, Spellbinders leaves
Other: Wool felt, button, DMC floss
I wanted to share this most wonderful handmade card we received from friend, Troy Louise! She used a very detailed die to create this amazing card using cardstock and foiled paper! Look at the details!
And just as amazing as the card is this gorgeous felt mitten ornament she made. Her beautiful handwork really shines on this piece! Sequins and beads add to the charm -- I love it so! Thank you, thank you!!
Ever have one of those gifts that's sooooo hard to part with you are actually just tempted to keep it for yourself? This was one of those gifts for me. But I knew he was going to a wonderful home, complete with a real life version of himself. So, I sent him on his way. Not before I gave him lots of squeezes, though!
Alan and I were doing a bit of shopping and came across him. I knew exactly who he needed to live with, so home with us he went. I dressed up his hat a bit with the button and holly for a little festive cheer!
Saturday is the last day to enter the current Touch Twin challenge. It's a fun challenge, easy enough to participate in! Get all the details on the Touch Twin Challenge blog.
The stamp image I used on my project is my own "Rustic Snowman", available at Whipper Snapper Designs. I stamped the image on natural cotton muslin using Ancient Page Coal Black ink. The image is colored with ShinHan Touch Twin markers. Difficult to see in the photos, but the ornament is sprayed with silver craft glitter for lots of sparkle and shine.
To present the ornament, I added it to the front of a simple card with a very light removable adhesive, making this a nice holiday greeting, AND gift! The sentiment I used on the front of the card is from the Snowy's Woodland Pals clear set from Inky Antics.
I've been busy busy BUSY, crafting up some Claudine shelf sitters! Claudine is my own design, and I do love her so ... so much so that I made a flock!
I've posted these clucky friends in the shop.
UPDATE: All the Claudine's have flown the coop!
Surprise! One by one, another litter made their way to my Etsy shop! I've been working on these wee ones all week, and must say that they smell so good, and turned out cute as can be!
I also put together an e-Pattern, if you are so inclined to want to make your own litter, which is also available in the shop. It is a 3-page document that includes full instructions, a supply list, pattern, and my tea dying technique for the kitty, seam binding ribbon, and paper tags tags.
I had so much fun making the primitive snowmen earlier this week, I decided to make a litter of kittens! Meet Clover, Ginger and Nutmeg.
One by one, they found their way to my Etsy shop! *grin*
Below is a comment Dad made on THIS post that's not to be missed, and a little visual help with a rotated photo to give you his perspective:
"Great pictures and Memories, during one particularly loud giggle session I walked in to see what got them going and saw things from the "wrong side" of the table. For fun go back up through the pictures and check out the Hula girl upside down or stand on your heads.... I thought she was a freaked out Moose.....and the "coconuts" were the eyeballs.... so I said "what's with the moose" Ma?.... What moose? was the reply. So I picked her up and turned her upside down and promptly got laughed out of the shop! We see lots of confused meeses around here in the spring..... I went back to my ham samich and my fishin show.... Love, Dad"
Haa! Thanks for more laughs, Dad!! *grin*
This year we focused on felt projects. Some we made with shapes cut out using metal dies, and others we made with free-hand cut shapes using hand-drawn patterns or ideas from books and magazines. Usually we take over Mom's dining room table with our project mess, but this year we got to enjoy the new quilt room Dad built for Mom. We spread out our supplies along the counter, and pulled in the old (retro-old) kitchen table as our work surface. There was a large stack of felt on the counter, as well as boxes of felt from Mom and Aunt Patty's stash, too! I brought cutting dies from my house to use for our projects (why pack clothes when I can bring craft supplies instead!), and we used Mom's die cutting machine. There were beads in every color imaginable, buttons galore, and every embroidery floss color, all right at our fingertips.
One of the projects we made was made with the Gift Card Envie die from The Cat's Pajamas. We made needle keepers that we decorated with various cut flowers, beads, and embroidery. On my needle case, I used the Sunflower Rosette die from The Cat's Pajamas to create the large flowers for the front of the case.
We also made cookies! I remembered seeing this idea on Linda's Catered Crop blog last year. Her project turned out so cute, I knew I needed to bake up my own batch of cookies! If you do a Google image search for "felt cookies" you'll find all KINDS of great ideas! It's amazing how long a project like this takes... it might actually be faster to bake real cookies! *grin* But using metal dies to cut the felt into shapes works great! We used Spellbinder dies for our cookies and frosting.
I made a gingerbread girl using the Sizzix gingerbread die, and various other dies for embellishment. My favorite is the Icing die, by The Cat's Pajamas! It's the perfect size for these little woolies! To create her dress, I sandwich'd her between two pieces of red felt and carefully cut out the shape of her dress. Once cut, I hand stitched the side seams of the dress together, as well as the arms and shoulders. The white scalloped collar was added last.
And of course I had to make a gingerbread boy, too. Dressed in tidy overalls, he's ready to hang on our tree. A quick way to create clothes for the boy is to cut out a second gingerbread body using the color you want to use for the clothing; for my project I used blue. Then just chop off the extra parts on the colored cut-out, like the feet, the arms, and a little area to create the neckline. Easy peasy, you've got overalls shaped perfectly for your fella!
By FAR, the funniest project completed during the week was this hula gingerbread girl that Mom made. Quietly working away, Mom used the small Sizzix gingerbread die to cut out two body shapes from brown felt. She did a short row of blanket stitching for hair, and embellished the body with two mother of pearl buttons, green embroidery floss for the skirt, and two beads for eyes. It's perfect in every way! We laughed and laughed when she showed us what she had been secretly working on!
On the backside, I used the beautiful Snowflake die from The Cat's Pajamas to quickly and easily embellish the back. I love the stark contrast between the black and white wool felt.
And finally, using an idea from a magazine article Aunt Patty brought with her, I made this snowman face mug rug. The mug is one that I hand painted years ago at a paint-your-own-pottery shop, and just happened to be the mug I used this morning for my coffee!
We sure had a ball creating our projects this year! Wonder what we'll dream up for Christmas 2012!
I thought I would share some of my favorite holiday projects from recent years past. I made this card using the "scrap" of a die cut tree and old sheet music with one of my crystal snowflakes added for embellishment.
Hope you enjoyed this look back at some of my favorite holiday projects!
I made these snowman face magnets, using this project on making reusable gift tags, as inspiration. That project was also the inspiration for the lapel pins I made. I loved her idea but I just borrowed her "face" and made something completely different. Oddly enough, when I was in college I used to make snowman face lapel pins out of clay that look just like these magnet faces. Some had hats, some had scarves, some had ear muffs, and some were just faces, like these.
I painted the faces with an off-white paint, added the face, roughed up the edges of the discs a bit with an emery board, and then gave them a quick spattering of brown paint using a tooth brush.
I wonder what I'll do with all these cuties!?
Painting and sanding and glittering and sewing and gluing and baking... their heads and scarves are hand painted wood, their noses I created out of clay. Their hats are felt, and their candy canes are dyed chenille. Each one was made with love.
I love every one of them... but if you'd like to have one for your very own, or perhaps you'd like to have one packaged up and shipped off to a friend as a secret santa gift, you can find them in my Etsy shop.
Ho ho ho!
They're so hard to part with ... but you'll find these and more in my etsy shop.
Today I'm excited to introduce my latest two new rubber stamp cling sets for Whipper Snapper - Christmas Cuties and Christmas Blessings. I have had a ball playing with the sets, and can't wait to share all of my projects with you.
The images in Christmas Cuties were drawn with holiday tag decoration in mind, but they easily work for cards and other paper crafts, too! My first project was to make these cute little snow globe holiday gift tags.
I stamped the snowman on white speckled card stock and cut him out using one of the Spellbinder circle dies. I added some little snowflakes around him in a very pale blue ink using the snow image from Penguin Antics.
I created chocolate brown scalloped layers using one of the Spellbinder scalloped circle dies. I drew the simple shape of the snow globe base and cut two sizes -- one for the base, and one for the designer paper layer -- and adhered them to the backside of the scalloped circle.
The back of the tags have another circle layer for the greeting (and to cover up the seam of the base). I stamped a sentiment from Christmas Blessings, and a To: From: image that I pulled from the Garden Fresh cling set. I used a simple strand of twine and a button to decorate the base of the snow globe, and added some nice ribbon, buttons and twine to the top of the tags. These are going to be so fun on holiday packages!
The snow globe tags were so fun to make, I even used one on the front of a card, too! I chose to use a different sentiment from Christmas Blessings on the front of the card.
The sentiments in Christmas Blessings work nicely for card sentiments - both inside, and out! Here I've used the Peace sentiment as a focal point on the front of the card, along with the candy cane image from Christmas Cuties. (The dark layers look black in this photo, but they're really a nice dark brown.)
Brown and red and olive ... I think those are going to be my go-to colors for Christmas this year!
Kind of hard to see, but I stamped the rustic snowflake from the Christmas Blessings set on the base of the tag and behind the sentiment, in a very light tea dye ink color. Once the tag was assembled, I gave it a quick spritz of silver craft glitter. It shimmers just right.
I'm the only designer working on the release of these two sets, so no hopping around required this month. But just as a reminder, you can see all of the projects past Whipper Snapper Featured Designers have uploaded to their SplitCoast galleries by viewing the Whipper Snapper Featured Designer Gallery. Have a look -- it's always a great place to find all kinds of great inspiration!
I hope you enjoy the new sets as much as I do... Stay tuned for more FUN samples I'll be sharing using these new sets!
There's a challenge being hosted on the High Hopes Stamps blog, and the theme is Ribbons, Lace or Twine. You've still got a couple days to enter the challenge (one winner gets free stamps!), so go on, play! The challenge ends Monday, October 31.
You'll find all the details on the High Hopes blog.
For my project, I used Santa Moon, along with a Sizzix die cut chipboard ornament, some old sheet music, ribbon, twine, a button and a bell. O, and glitter! A jolly ol' fella, I say!
Now, scoot! *grin*
I finally got around to getting some photos taken of a few of the holiday projects I made while up at Mom and Dad's over Christmas. I made this wood and paper snowflake (like the ones we've been making for a couple years now). It's covered with glass glitter and is VERY sparkly!
Mom, Aunt Patty and I always have a craft day (which usually lasts more than one day), and this year our primary project was covering unfinished wood shapes with holiday paper to make ornaments. This little reindeer was one of my favorites.
This Santa face looks very similar to one that Mom made. I used her idea for the fuzzy beard, mustache, and hat, and also her cute little sleepy eyes. I also used beads for the nose and mouth, just like she did! What can I say, I wanted my own sleepy Santa! *grin*
The wooden shapes are some that I picked up at the local craft/crap stores (JoAnn, Michael's, Hobby Lobby) prior to the holiday (and maybe even last year, or the year before). Some of them weren't necessarily "holiday" shapes, but we made them work for what we were doing.
We used various papers, some from Cosmo Cricket, some from October Afternoon, and maybe a few others. Here are three hearts that I paper pieced (an idea I stole from my Mom!), but didn't get them finished.
Here is another one that I didn't get finished. This is an example of one of the shapes we used that wasn't necessarily "holiday" themed. Once I get some rustic twine added, and maybe a tin star and button, won't this be cute hanging on the Christmas tree?
We have so much fun sitting around the dining room table working on our projects, giggling and laughing at our ideas. Mom is the silliest, and comes up with the craziest ideas! This was a star she was working on, turning it into quite the humorous Santa! *giggle*
Christmas is the only time of year we're together long enough to do anything like this, and it's so much FUN!
Last night I decided to make some cinnamon applesauce ornaments. I used to make these as a kid, and they were always fun to do. If you've never made them before, you should, at least once. The recipe is simple ... equal parts cinnamon and applesauce, with a bit of white glue (mix the glue with the applesauce before adding the cinnamon). I add in just a bit of ground cloves and nutmeg too, because I like the extra zip they add to the scent.
Keep extra cinnamon and extra applesauce handy, in case you need to add a bit more of either one during the process. While the recipe is easy, working with the "dough" can be a challenge. If it's too applesaucey, you'll have a hard time picking up the cut ornaments, and if it's too cinnamony it will be very crumbly and hard to roll out. Patience is most certainly required. But the results are fun, and your home will smell soooooo good!
Mix the dough really well with your hands, then roll it out to about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick. Cut out with 2"- 4" cookie cutters. You can use a drinking straw to cut holes in the dough for hanging, or you can wiggle the flat end of a toothpick to create a hole. Just be careful! You can easily split the dough. If that happens, press the crack in the dough together gently. The glue in the dough should keep it from cracking once dry. For drying, you can either let them sit out for a few days, turning often, or you can dry them in a warm oven (200* or less), turning at least once per hour, until they're dry. The results are a rustic and very scented holiday ornament perfect for hanging on the tree, or adding to the top of a special gift. I added a bit of glitter to mine once they were dry, and the effect is perfect.
Google "cinnamon applesauce ornaments" and you'll find all kinds of info online about making them (and probably other recipes, too).
Now for the extra crafty goodness I have to share with you!
I wanted to make a gingerbread shaped cinnamon ornament, but I don't have a gingerbread boy cookie cutter. So, I got to thinking .... I do have a Sizzix die cut in the shape of a gingerbread boy, the perfect size for a cinnamon ornament. Normally, I adhere glitter to die cuts using glue, so I thought I would try adding cinnamon to the die cut shape with glue to see if it worked. Guess what! It did!
I do have some recommendations for you if you try this for yourself. First, since the cinnamon doesn't adhere thickly to the glue, I found that it's best if you either use dark brown chipboard for your shape, OR ink it a dark brown before you add your glue and cinnamon. You'll get a much more realistic looking shape than if you leave the chipboard a pale color. Also, don't forget to ink the edges of the chipboard shape! Cute as can be, and he smells divine! This little guy is decorated with a red (hard to tell it's red) button and two holly leaves. Since he's not as delicate as a real applesauce cinnamon ornament, he'd be perfect worn as a little pin on a scarf or hat. Glue a pin to his backside, and you've got the perfect holiday scented pin!
This one got an added embellishment - a little rusty jingle bell attached with wire. That's what happens when you punch the hole for the wire hanger in the wrong spot! Suddenly, you have a hole you need to figure out what to do with!
Want to make your own tea-stained goodies? It's really quite simple. I find instant tea works best (sugar free), and gives the richest color and good variety of shades. But you can use a heavy brewed bagged tea, if that's what you have handy. Coffee works too, but I prefer the brown color of tea stain over coffee stain.
Simply dip your tag in a mixture of tea & water (I used about 2 TBS of instant tea mix per cup of water). Don't forget to dip the string! Once the tag is good and dampened, lay the tags on a cookie sheet. Put them in the oven on the lowest heat setting (mine goes down to 175*) and let them "cook" until they're dry. If you want some areas much darker than others, you can add a few spoonfuls of tea to the tags once you have them on the cookie sheet. The pooled areas of tea will soak into the tags and dry, giving a darker stain. If you want a bit of "scent" to your tags, you could add a few drops of cinnamon oil or even some vanilla to your tea mixture! Have fun!
Having a very sore back has put a ripple in getting things done around the house, and now I'm behind on several projects...UGH! But, slowly but surely we've put out the holiday decor, and I'm starting to feel a bit better. At least I can stand upright now! Tonight I took some photos of some of my favorite ornaments and decorations, and I thought I'd share!
We have quite a small tree in the house, but it is PACKED full of all kinds of ornaments. Honestly, I think every branch has some kind of decoration. I have a fun mix of old and new, rustic and vintage, inexpensive and priceless.
Putting out holiday decor is one of my favorite things. Even though I don't put out every ornament each year (the tree is too small), every ornament gets carefully unwrapped and adored, and the memories enjoyed.
Several years ago, Mom wrapped up a box full of some of the ornaments from the family tree that were "mine", and gave them to me for Christmas. This little painted wooden angel ornament was in the box from Mom...adorable! You can bet she's on the tree!
Have you put out your holiday decor yet, and have you come across your favorites yet?
I made this guy out of chipboard, old sheet music, a bit of Cosmo Cricket paper for the scarf, an old button and some hemp twine. Oooh, and glitter!
I could punch a hole in his noggin and hang him on the Christmas tree, or tie him to a package, but..... I think I'll give him away! If you'd like to win this cheery holiday fella, leave me a note on this post. Let me know what your favorite holiday decoration is. I'll choose one name from all the entries on Thursday morning at 8am Central -- the chosen name will receive this sparkly holiday fella. Sound good? *grin*
EDITED TO ADD: Entries on this post are now closed. The winner's name can be found on THIS post. Thanks for playin' along!
I love snowmen. Snowmen of all kinds. Tall and short. Fat and thin, cute and vintage. I love them all. I always include a few snowman images in the January Whipper Snapper image release, and well, let's just say that this *might* just be a sneak peak at a fella you'll see in rubber in early 2011! How's that for an extended teaser?! I couldn't wait to share him. *grin* The sentiment and snowflake stamp I used on this card are from my Think Snow cling set, from Whipper Snapper.
I thought I would whip up this charming tag not only to give you a peek at my new snowman, but to also remind you about my crystal snowflake tutorial! I started creating layered crystal snowflakes for the 2008 holiday season and they were a big hit! The crystal snowflake tutorial page continues to be one of the most popular pages of my blog.
Here are a few projects I created that showcase my snowflakes; links to the original post about the project included below each photo.
Get ready to dust off those snowflake punches, dig out the crystal glitter, and have yourself some FUN!
The designers for Crafty Secrets decided to share today, a project made using one of the new Crafty Secrets Vintage Postcard kits.
I adhered the image to the chipboard postcard, and sanded around the edges with an emery board to smooth and even out the edges.
I inked the edges with several colors of brown Distress Ink, and added spritzes of Glimmer Mist AND silver craft glitter spray for lots of sparkle. I used rusty wire for the hanger and a few rusty stars for extra decor.
You will want to check out the rest of the designer's projects as well -- they always amaze me with their projects! Here's a list to help you out:
Next week at CHA, Crafty Secrets is releasing new Vintage Postcard Kits. I have thoroughly enjoyed making samples with the kits for the CHA booth! The images in the kits are absolutely perfect! I'm working on Christmas & Halloween, but there are other themed kits as well that are just as fun.
Here is the first sample I made using one of the large Christmas images. The kits come with die-cut chipboard shapes, the images, as well as a small stamp set that coordinates with the theme of the kit. Putting the postcards together is so fun and easy. I used a thin white glue to adhere the images to the chipboard shapes and used a nail emery board to sand around the edges -- this makes them nice and tidy! I added ink to the edges to warm things up a bit and make the overall project look more primitive. I added a simple rusty wire hanger with a rusty jingle bell for decoration.
The chipboard is a beautiful vanilla color -- not dingy brown or grey like so many chipboard items we're used to seeing. Being lighter in color gives a wonderful surface for stamping and inking! I used a sponge applicator to apply various shades of brown Distress Ink from Ranger. I really laid down the color -- I could have done a lot less inking, but love the aged look of the inks on the vanilla colored chipboard. Then, using images from the small stamp set included with the kit, I stamped the images directly on the chipboard in brown and black ink. I spritzed the entire project with Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist for some subtle shimmer.
To adhere the chipboard star to the wire hanger, I sandwiched the wire hanger between the star and a vintage button. A glue dot on the star, and a glue dot on the button, when smashed together hold like you wouldn't believe!
I have another Christmas postard to show you as well, but I need to snap some photos! Stay tuned for more!
If you would like to see more samples of the Vintage Postcard Kits, check out the Crafty Secrets blog. Sandy has shared several of the designer projects there. You will LOVE them -- the inspiration is endless! AND, Sandy's doing a give-away, so check it out!
Volume 1 of the magazine was super, and still sits on my desk to enjoy. Volume 2 is JUST as fun -- you won't believe the creative creatures featured in this issue! This is a must have mag for anyone who loves to dabble in, or wants to dabble in, softies of all kinds!
The magazine can be ordered directly from Stampington & Company, and might also be found at your local Borders or Barnes & Noble.
I found some great MDF board shapes at Michael's on my shopping day this weekend! My favorite shape was this bird, but they also had a tall narrow crown, a heart, and a graphic person (like on a restroom door sign). I think that was all of the shapes... I can't recall. Maybe there was a guitar too. That sounds familiar. Anyway, I bought the birds, crowns, and hearts. But, the bird is my favorite! What a cute shape, eh? And they're a good price as well -- they come in packages of 12 pre-cut shapes for about $2. And it's not even chipboard! MDF board is much sturdier than chipboard, just as easy to work with (as far as adhesives, sanding, etc) and I was thrilled when my cropodile punched through it without any problems! It was a snap to create the holes I needed for the wire loop.
Cindy Lyles posted a beautiful project recently that reminded me that like Cindy, I also have a "secret" stash of this fantastic Daisy D paper. I bought a few sheets when it was released a few years ago, and afraid I'd never be able to find anything as wonderful to replace it with, I've used very little. (Why do this? ... I'll never be able to explain ... I just do.) I'm still not sure there's a paper I like as much as this series, but I mustered up the strength to use a small bit of it on this project. I think it was worth it!
I used white craft glue to adhere the paper to the bird. Once the glue was dry, I snipped around the shape with my scissors, and then used a sanding file to finish off the edges. I repeated this process to adhere paper to the backside, too. (I used a nice red printed paper from Daisy D that has faint script on it. It might have been from the same paper line, even.)
Once the paper was on both sides and the edges were all sanded smooth, I added ink to the edges using a sponge applicator. I also added some faux stitches around the edges, just for fun. I chose to use seam binding ribbon from Martha Stewart (also from Michael's), along with some vintage mother of pearl buttons and hemp twine. I added a tin heart, since the wood shape really didn't have a wing. I created one with the heart!
I added a twisted wire hanger, complete with jingle bell embellishment! I'm going to hang this cutie in my kitchen!
My goodness! Where does time go!? I can't believe it's already Sunday afternoon. I could use at least two more days for the weekend. Maybe three. But I have something crafty to show!
I made this heart ornament the first or second week of January. It's been hanging from one of my storage drawers over my desk, and today when I went to put something into that drawer it dawned on my that I hadn't posted it on my blog yet! The heart is chipboard, and honestly, it's been in my stash (the front side even covered with paper) for so long that I can't remember where I got it. Sorry!! I punched a hole with my Cropadile and added the tin star, button and sentiment banner embellishment. The sentiment on the banner is from my Friendly Expressions set, and it's stamped in Timber Brown StazOn.
The backside needs to be cute too! I added more buttons and hemp twine, and cute paper. This paper is by Cosmo Cricket. The paper on the front might also be Cosmo Cricket ... I can't remember! I'm so terrible!
Even though I haven't been able to share much for the past few days, it doesn't mean that I'm not busy. Some things just can't be shared yet! But soon! In time! Honest!
Here's a project I put together for Crafty Secrets. I'll deliver this to Sandy (owner of Crafty Secrets) on Monday at CHA (Craft/Hobby Assoc. convention) for her to display in her booth.
The house shape is from the "unfinished wood" department of Hobby Lobby. They have a few misc shapes of unfinished wood that are sold as singles, and others in packages of 4. The house was in a package of 4. Rather than being made of chipboard, it's actually thin wood which makes it a bit more durable than chipboard. But just as fun to alter!
The heart is also from Crafty Secrets, from their chipboard shapes package. It was already white so I didn't have to paint it. I roughed up the edges a bit with my scissors, inked the edges lightly with some brown Distress ink, and covered the top surface with white liquid adhesive. I added some white glitter by Martha Stewart for sparkle and set it aside to dry while I prepared the button and sentiment embellishment.
The sentiment is from the recently released Crafty Secrets Home Sweet Home clear stamp set. The punches I used for the leaves and twigs are by Martha Stewart. I used paper from Crafty Secret's Classic paper pad for the house and the punched leaves and twigs. I inked the edges of the punched shapes and sentiment banner a bit with a nice champagne colored ink from a Queue ink stack. The buttons are from my stash!
The flourish image I chose to stamp on the house is from an older Crafty Secrets set called Flourishes. I stamped it in the same champagne colored ink I used on the leaves, twigs, and sentiment banner.
I thought it might be cute to have a little embellishment on the wire hanger, so I created a little "flower" using a couple of punched leaves, a button, and some hemp twine. Pretty cute, I think! *grin* After everything was assembled, I spritzed the entire project with Gold Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. It really sparkles and shines!
I'm flying out to California tomorrow to spend a couple of wonderful days with my friend Lisa. We'll be attending CHA, doing some shopping for her stamp/scrap shop, and checking out what's new for the season. I'm looking forward to the trip!
I'll be taking a BUNCH of photos while I'm there, but I won't be taking my computer.... (sorry!) So, that means I'll have good stuff to share with you when I return on Wednesday! I will try and post a few updates via Twitter -- you will find my Twitter updates over on the right side of my blog. You can follow the posts here on my blog, or you can follow me on Twitter.com too, and receive emails of any updates I post. Who knows... maybe I'll find something entertaining to share! =)
Hope you're having a GREAT weekend!!
The fabulous and fun miss Lisa Zappa had a fun idea this year for a holiday tree. She was given a package of vintage bingo cards that she decided to make into altered ornaments for a holiday tree. I was delighted when she asked me if I'd be interested in altering a card for her tree. What a treat! I received the card just before I took off for my trip to Washington for the holidays, so I added the project to my early January to-do list. Earlier this week, I put the finishing touches on the card and popped it in the mail, back to Lisa. She received it today, so now it's safe for me to share it! (I didn't want to spoil her surprise!)
The card was already nicely browned from age, but I added just a touch of distress ink around the edges to warm it up just a bit more. I masked off a few of the number squares and inked them up a bit too, for a bit of variety. I added some faux stitches around the edges. Along the top and bottom I tacked on some cute natural colored lace I picked up before Christmas. The lace is only held onto the card with the hemp twine threaded through the buttons -- no adhesive. I rubbed on some Perfect Medium and Perfect Pearls for a bit of shimmer.
The chipboard heart is covered with ledger paper from an old K&Company paper pack. I inked the edges, added faux stitches, and again used Perfect Medium and Perfect Pearls for shimmer. There's even a bit of shimmer on the rusty star, buttons, and bells!
I added a simple primitive wire loop hanger to the top, with rusty bells for a bit of jingle.
Thanks for the fun, Lisa! Hope it looks great on your tree, or in your stampin' room! (You're lucky you actually got this back! It was a project I'd been happy to KEEP for myself!) *grin*
Thanks to everyone who's been sending me emails checking in on me. I'm fine... I've just had a couple of days where I've just been puttering around not doing anything creative, catching up on things after being gone for the holidays. But I'm slowly slipping back into creative mode, and it feels good! *grin*
I thought I'd share a few more felt ornaments I designed and stitched up while I was up at Mom and Dad's for Christmas. I made this chubby woodland owl, and think it might be my favorite! I used various colors of wool felt, cut out my pattern, and hand stitched the pieces together. Before I stitched all the way around, I stuffed his fat little round body with craft cotton. The button is from my stash, probably from a Rusty Pickle jar of buttons.
Several people have asked where I've been getting my patterns and supplies. The patterns I drew myself. Once I had the drawing done, I cut it apart and used the shapes to cut out the felt pieces. You can use wool felt if you can find it, or craft felt which can be found in most hobby shops. I like the look and feel of the wool felt, but in a pinch craft felt will do. I used embroidery floss for all of the stitching, in various colors. You can find nice embroidery floss at places like Michael's, and some JoAnn's, or needlepoint shops. If you separate the floss (using one or two strands, instead of six) your stitches will be fine and not overwhelm the small felt shapes. Buttons and beads and ribbons dress up the ornaments nicely! You'll need some real fine needles if you're going to use seed beads -- not all of the beads will fit over a standard hand sewing needle.
For the past couple of days, Mom, Aunt Patty and I have been busy being crafty. When I came up from Texas, I brought some of my crystal snowflake supplies, and we've been having a great time making all kinds of snowflakes and chipboard ornaments! Here are a few of the projects we've finished (we've made about 50 ornaments, so this is just a small sampling)...
One of the ornaments I purchased earlier this month at Target was this little pair of wood skates. They were so plain, so I took them apart and added sparkly glass glitter and replaced the lacings with nicer twine. I love the little rusty bells, which were already part of the original skates.
And there are so MANY more to show ... stay tuned!! *grin*
We've been busy busy busy making more felt ornaments! Here's a cute little blue bird I made last night who's snuggled up in a red wooly scarf. I stitched on some sparkly beads and added a little white jingle bell. The birds body is lightly stuffed with polyfill stuffing.
I also made this flatty wooly snowman wearing wooly muffs and scarf. I stuck the ends of a piece of wire in between the layers of felt to finish off the ear muffs. I made a couple of stitches around the wire to hold it in place.
The weather here in Northeastern Washington is still a mess. My parents live about an hour north of Spokane in a small mountain valley. The snow has yet to let up and continues to stack up - everywhere! It's chilly chilly CHILLY! Thankfully, Dad got himself a new snowblower and has been able to keep the driveway clear. The photo above is the front porch (taken about an hour ago). You can see the snow drooping off the railing, and the ice hanging off the eves in layers! So pretty!! The amount of snow we've seen fall this week is unvelieveable! And they're promising 8 to 20 MORE inches of snow tonight and tomorrow...whoa!
Merry Christmas Eve, to you!
One of the things I always look forward to during the holidays with my family is CRAFT time! This year, we decided to make felt ornaments. Mom's been making super CUTE ornaments of snowmen, tea cups, gingerbread men, etc... and me? Well, I've been making CHICKENS, of course! Sorry if the photos aren't as good as usual -- it's tough to do things like usual on a itty bitty laptop I'm traveling with instead of my big desktop computer that I use at home.
Mom has a great assortment of wool felt in all kinds of colors. We draw a pattern on scrap paper, then use the pieces of the paper pattern to cut out the wool shapes. Once all the pieces are cut out, we hand stitch them together! These are so fun to make!
Here are a few of my Mom's designs! She's much better at stitching than me!
Oh, and by the way... it's still snowing. *grin*
Here's another fun project I finished up this past weekend. I tell ya, since it wasn't snowing outside, I went all out for snowflakes inside!
The large snowflake is a rustic laser cut wood ornament, 5" wide. While it was nice as bare wood, being dressed up with glass glitter is even better! The wood of the original snowflake ornament was really quite light in color. I used brown inks to warm it up a bit before I added the glitter, and several layers of snowflake goodness. I even glittered up the wooden ball at the base of the divine Martha ribbon (which was also replaced from the original icky gold string).
This close-up photo of the center of the snowflake shows the various layers I added. There's a cream colored snowflake, followed by brown branches, followed by a crystal wine colored snowflake, followed by the jingle bell wires and a fun faux-wood button. It's all held together with hemp twine.
I think it's important to finish the back of ornaments too, so while I was assembling the layers on the front, I made sure to weave the twine through this fun Pierre Cardin button (see! it is a Designer Snowflake!) to dress up (camouflage) the hemp twine wrapping I had to do to secure the items attached to the front. I even added glitter to the back of the large snowflake. Plenty of sparkle on this sucker!
I attempted to photograph this hanging on one of our trees, but it's been so windy it just hasn't been possible. Oh well! *grin*
The big question is do I sell this ornament, or keep it for myself ..... ack!
This weekend I put the finishing touches on this wooden stocking ornament. Since I planned to sell it on ebay, I wanted it to be extra nice. The wood form is actually quite large for an ornament, and would really stand out on a tree! I think it would also be fun as a wall hanging.
The stocking is 9.5" at it's longest point, and is 6" wide heel to toe. It is covered with new coordinating holiday papers by Cosmo Cricket. The stocking has faux stitching, and is dressed up with one of my large multi-layered crystal snowflakes.
I'm just thrilled with how this turned out! So much so that I almost decided not to list it for sale, wanting to keep it for myself! And then I remembered a plane ticket I need to buy for the holidays...
Not wanting to leave the back unfinished, I dressed it up simply with beautiful red designer paper, and a cute red button with a hemp twine bow. There's also a long twine loop hanger, with a green button attached at the end. CUTE!
If you're interested in this item, view the listing on eBay.
I've got a short work week this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday - Yeah! More time to work on holiday projects! And I've *got* to get started on our holiday cards!
Did you watch Dancing with the Stars tonight? We did ... too much crazy singing. I also worked on a couple projects I've had in mind. Both of them use sentiments from Whipper Snapper sets.
First, I made this tin snowflake ornament using a 'tin-tiques' snowflake, some crystal snowflakes, and some glittered branches made with a Martha Stewart punch. This was a quick and easy project to make. The longest part was waiting for the adhesive and glitter to dry! The sentiment is from my North Pole Post set, and has become one of my favorite sentiments for the season.
I also put together this small tin of toasted marshmallow Jelly Belly candies! I used a 'tin-tiques' country star, a glittered snowflake, and a button to dress up the container. This was also a really quick project, but I think that if I were to do it again, I wouldn't glitter the tin star. I like the sparkle, but I prefer the look of the tin without the extra glitz. The sentiment on this project is from Winter Schminter, one of the November Whipper Snapper sets.
I'm so tired ... I'm headed to bed.
Last Friday's Blogger's Challenge theme was Ornament. A fun theme, and I didn't want to miss out! For my project I created this chipboard holiday ornament. It's kind of retro looking with the colors being red and turquoise. I have a die cut of the ornament shape that works GREAT for cutting out chipboard shapes and I used some of my other die cuts for the flower shapes to give the ornament some design and dimension.
I've had my Big Shot for almost a year, but because it's something I have to get out to use (it's not just out all of the time) I don't find myself reaching for it very often. I'm always thrilled with the results of my projects when I do use it, so I'm going to TRY and use it more often.
I've found that I really like the process of die cutting when I have patterned paper adhered to the chipboard before it's die cut. I like how the cutting process presses the patterned paper onto the chipboard, making it look like it's actually part of the chipboard. It slightly rounds the edges, and I like that finished look.
For this project, I adhered red designer paper to my chipboard, placed the covered chipboard into the machine with the die and cut out the red ornament shape. Then I adhered some blue designer paper to a scrap piece of chipboard, and cutout just the top portion of the ornament so I could layer the two together on my finished project. I did the same technique for the flower shapes -- adhering the paper to the chipboard before the cuts where made. Once I had all of my shapes cut, I inked the edges with coordinating inks and glued them to the ornament. I applied a layer of Glossy Accents to the large red area to make the ornament shine like glass. The blue topper and flowers are covered with a layer of Crackle Accents which makes the ornament look like cracked aged glass. While the clear layers were still wet, I sprinkled on some ultra fine glitter for lots of sparkle!
This would be a fun project to turn into a greeting card gift. The ornament could be added to the front of a card and then removed and hung on a tree. Or, it would make a great gift tag too!
Blog Candy: Sooo... how would you like to receive a dozen plain chipboard ornament cutouts from me? You'll be able to cover them with patterned paper, paint them, or alter them in any way. Use them for gift tags, cards, or ornaments for your own tree. I've cut a dozen plain chipboard ornament shapes for one lucky person! If you'd like to be considered for the drawing, leave me a comment on this post. Be sure you leave your name! On WEDNESDAY at NOON Central time I'll randomly select one lucky person to send the chipboard shapes to! And you never know... you might get a little something EXTRA from me in your package, too!
After you leave your comment, don't forget to check out the other Blogger's Challenge Friday posts! I already know there are AMAZING projects to be seen!! You'll find a list to all of the Blogger's Challenge sits on the right side of my blog -- scroll down. You'll see it!
Edited to Add: The ornament die I used is an Ellison Thick Cuts die called Christmas Ornament.