Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas tissue paper candles

Now that the gifts have been given I can show them off here.  Here's a few tissue paper candles I did using Tim Holtz images.  I really love these and had a hard time not keeping them for myself.  I'll just have to make my own.  You can see my first post on tissue paper candles for instructions or you can go to youtube.  There's a lot of how tos out there.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Quick Christmas gifts

I made a few of these quick gifts for my son's teacher, bus driver, and to have on hand.  They're easy and inexpensive to make.  And my son was able to help me put it all together.

Who doesn't love chocolate?  Just a regular Hershey bar wrapped in Christmas paper found at Big Lots.

Inside this festive pouch is a packet of hot cocoa.  As you pull the ribbon the hot cocoa magically rises from the packet.  This is double sided paper that I found at Big Lots.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

This is a card I made for my niece who is also my hubbie's goddaughter.  She's at that age where money and gift cards are the best gift option for her.  So here's a fun interactive card for her.  It's a waterfall card.  You can find full instructions for it here.
Plain A2 envelope stamped with a Micheal's dollar bin holly stamp and peeled paint distress ink.

Words are a stamp set from Micheal's dollar bin embossed with gold detail powder.  Flourishes were stamped in peeled paint distress ink.  Cuttlebug Swiss dots folder was used on card front. 

It's hard to photograph a waterfall card.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas gift tags

Here's some gift tags I made this year.  I was just playing around with my scraps and trying out different techniques.  Sometimes it's nice to just do something and see what happens, and if it doesn't work out, no big.  No ruined layout or project.  Just one more thing in the trash can or recycle bin.  My son usually takes away the offending pieces and creates his own stuff with them.  My baby's an artist.  What more can I ask for.  Well, it would be nice if he stopped 'singing' the songs from Doctor Who (which are instrumentals!) at the top of his lungs.  Yes, my baby is also a geek.  What can I say.  He's a product of his environment.
These three are Tim Holtz inspired.  The two in back are cut from black CS using the tag from PS cart.  Perfect pearl mist was sprayed onto my nonstick craft sheet and tags were dragged through building layers.  The roses are from Penny Duncan.  She has some great cut files and flower tutorials.  Check out her shaplies as well.

This tag is my favorite.  I cut a mask from acetate and tacked it down to a white CS tag cut from PS cart.  I sponged on Distress inks in Broken China and Dusty Concord.  The edges were inked with Tea Dye and a little Walnut Stain.  A flourish stamp was used with white ink to add another layer.  'Hope' was a stamp I got in the dollar bin at Micheal's (love dollar bins!) and embossed with gold.  It's going to be hard to give this one away.

The square tags were cut from red CS and corner rounded with a punch.  'Noel' and the snowflake (more dollar bin finds) were embossed with white detail powder.  'Warm wishes' was embossed with black detail powder.  The side were inked with Fired Brick Distress inks.  On the back 'To:' and 'From:' are stamped.  The round tag was cut from chipboard and embossed with UTEE in 3-4 layers (you can see my post on UTEE medallions to see more).  I'm thinking of doing a video on these.  Before the last layer of UTEE is set I used a present stamp and white ink the 'deboss' the image.  A coat of alcohol inks and the gift tag was done.  I did touch up the image by re-stamping.  Tha back has 'To: From:' stamped. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

I won!

I've been following Joy at Joy's  She's funny and creative and has a Zhu Zhu hamster named Zippy (I love Zippy).  This year she had a 12 days of Christmas series and giveaways for each day.  I was very inspired by here projects and the giveaways were really nice.  I happened to win a Post-It 3M grab bag.  I can't believe I won.  I can't wait to play with it all.  Sorry dear family, but you will not see me the day it arrives unless you join me in the art room.  This really isn't any different than any other day so it shouldn't be a big deal for them.  I'll be sure to do some follow up posts.  Maybe a few videos.
Thank you Joy for putting everything together and all your work.  Thanks for the opportunity to win some wonderful prizes.    

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas cards 2010

I started making my Christmas cards in the summer which turned out to be awesome.  They've been done for a couple months which has allowed me to work on other holiday projects and not feel overwhelmed.  I also took my time instead of rushing through just to get them done.  I decided to a few different designs, four cards for each design.  My card list is not that long so I ended up with 5 designs and 20 cards.  All cards were made from white cardstock in A2 size.  I created the front of the cards on a separate base then adhered it to the front of the card base.  I think it gives a cleaner look and leaves the inside of the card untouched.

Gold metallic paint was used over green CS for the base, swiss dots cuttlebug folder was used on red CS and inked with fired brick distress ink, 'hope' was cut out of white CS using the cricut and HD cart in shadow then glimmer misted with pearl, hot glue 'dew drops' were painted gold. 

White CS base was stamped with swirls and inked using peeled paint distress ink, artisan label was cut from white CS using the cricut and SB cart then stamped with archiver's ink and fired brick distress ink, gold glitter glue was used around label and dotted around the card front

Sizzix texture plate was used on red CS and inked with fired brick distress ink, artisan label and frame was cut from white CS using the cricut and SB cart then frame was glimmer misted with pearl and label was stamped and clear embossed with 'believe' and flourish with peeled paint distress ink and lightly glimmer misted,  hot glue 'dew drops' were made over a dusting of gold perfect pearls on a non stick mat

white CS was used as a base and inked with broken china and dusty concord distress ink then glimmer misted with pearl, swirls were stamped using worn lipstick and broken china distress ink, snowflakes were stamped with dusty concord and corner flourishes in peeled paint, Martha Stewart double sided sticker snowflakes were added to the front and covered with glitter (used flocking on some but liked the glitter results best)

White CS was coated with iridescent medium and embossed with a snowflake texture plate, 'wish' was stamped onto white CS using a glue stamp pad and sprinkled with pink flocking then inked with worn lipstick distress ink and adhered with a pop dot, swirls are cut from white CS using the cricut and HD cart then watercolored with blue,  purple, and iridescent medium, on each card I used different shades of glitter glue to add dots

Thursday, December 9, 2010

YUDU giveaway!

Okay everyone,  great news!  House of 3 and provocraft have teamed up to offer a fantastic giveaway.  Are you ready for this?  A YUDU and a HO3 $100 gift certificate!  Awesome, right?  But wait, there's more!  If 1200 comments are reached, another YUDU and gift certificate will be given away.  So get on over to House of 3 to leave a comment and enter.  Well, whatcha waiting for?  You only have till Sunday night.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Have I mentioned how much I love Ranger products?  Especially the Tim Holtz lines?  Well I do!  Where have these products been all my life? and why have I waited so long to get them?  Seriously, I need no other inks but those made by this company.  All my other ones were given to the care of my DS's craft carts.  The distress inks are the bomb diggity and there's really nothing that compares to the alcohol inks.  Since these inks can do many different things I wanted to learn all the techniques I could.  I stumbled across this video and couldn't wait for Christmas to try it out!  Once I got through the video, it's a little slow but hang in there, it's worth it.  Here's the results I got.

They are translucent with a metallic shimmer that's not coming through in the photos.  You can see the effect best on the red one.  On that one I lightly coated the inside of the ball with the alcohol ink first, let it dry and then did the perfect pearls on the inside.  The outside is has alcohol ink on it as well.  I found that putting the coat of ink inside first allowed the perfect pearl to stick better.  The ornament is more opaque than translucent.  Both ways turn out beautiful in person.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Glitter ornaments

I love glitter but hate the mess.  I also hate the outrageous price tags of glittered ornaments in the store.  And the glitter still gets everywhere!  But I want pretty glitter ornaments to go on my fake white Christmas tree with the multicolored lights!  So while cruising the net for Christmas ornaments I could do with my son I came across this video.  If you do a search on youtube for glitter ornaments you'll find several that use the same technique but with different mediums you can use to get the glitter to stick.  So first thing you need is a glass ornament.  Any size, any shape.  It just has to have an opening to get the glitter on the inside.  Goes without saying, right?  Next you'll need something to get the glitter to stick.  I used Pledge with future shine but I've seen good results with Beacon Glitter It.  It was easier for me to find the Pledge than the Glitter It.  You'll also need some ultra fine glitter.  Martha Stewart glitters for me (love the colors!) but any fine glitter will work.  If you have older children who insist on doing it all by themselves I'd get the cheapest I could find so it wouldn't be a big deal if more ended up in the trash than in the ornament.  Also gather a piece of scrap paper to catch extra glitter.  A baby wipe and/or paper towel may come in handy as well. 
Here we go.  Add some Pledge (or sticky of choice) to your ornament and swirl it around coating the inside.  Don't forget to get the neck.  Pour out any extra, recycle it or discard.  Pour a good amount of glitter into the ornament.  Don't worry about using too much, all the extra that doesn't stick will come out and can be recycled.  Swirl the glitter around the ornament until the inside is coated adding more if needed and remembering to get the neck.  Dump out extra glitter, recap the ornament, and voila you have an ornament ready for the tree.  Want to go further?  Add ribbon and bow.  More?  Cut shapes out of contact paper or vinyl and adhere.  Go crazy or stick with the minimal, they're beautiful either way.

  The photos really don't do them justice.  Especially without the use of a tripod.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas 2010. Anyone else excited?

Cake in a box

What do you get the man who has everything?  This is the question we had to ask for my FIL's birthday this year.  It was a biggie bday, too.  The answer, what he likes best.  Gift cards.  Usually I'm opposed to giving gift cards.  I feel they're impersonal and a cop out.  I do however love to receive gift cards myself.  Conflicted much?  Back on topic now.  My FIL loves getting gift cards so on this occasion I made an exception to my normal rule and allowed the gift card to be given.  However... I could not, would not, give it in an card.  I could not, would not, give it in a envelope.  I would, and could, give it in a box.  Me an Dr. Seuss are tight as you can tell.  So, what kind of box to make... a cake in a box box, of course.  Perfect for my borderline diabetic FIL.  He can have his cake and spend it, too.
This was super easy to make.  Step 1: Take a piece of 12x12 paper, score at 4" and 8", rotate 90 degrees and repeat.  Cut the corner pieces away and you'll have a cross shape.  Fold the ends up to create an exploding box.  Start the top of the box the same way using a smaller piece of paper, I used 8x8.  Score at 2" and 6".  This will leave you with 2" sides.  Don't cut the corners out, just cut along one side to make a tab.  Fold ends up and glue tabs together on inside of box top.  Decorate as desired.  Don't forget to make pockets for the gift card and a sentiment.  Sky's the limit.
The cake is from the Sizzix 3-D three tier cake.  My pieces were cut using my cricut.  To see a video on it click here.  Make the cake and decorate as desired.  I like something like red line tape to adhere pieces together.  It makes assembly a snap and you don't have to worry about your cake falling apart.  It won't be doing it's pop up thing so you won't have to worry about what paper to use though I still use a heavy cardstock for the inner structure.  After the cake is done adhere to the center of the center square.
Add the top and tah dah! your cake in a box is done.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tissue paper candles

Yeah, I know what ya'll are saying.  Tissue paper candles?  What?  Paper + candles = fire!  I know.  That's why we only use the paper to decorate the candles.  The secret, using cheap candles that burn down the middle.  No expensive beeswax here.  The cheaper the better.  So how do you do it?  Take your garden variety gift giving tissue paper and either stamp on it or run it through your printer.  House of 3 (love them!) has some Christmas images specially designed for this or you can use any digital image you want.  Photo candles, anyone?  Once you have your image on your paper, cut it out.  I cut mine fairly close but don't go all anal and OCD about it.  Perfection is not required.  Save your efforts for something else.  Now take the cut out image, add a little reposition glue stick to help hold it in place, and place onto your candle.  Place a piece of wax paper around the candle leaving enough extra in the back to create a handle of sorts.  Pull it tight.  The wax paper will help to keep your candle smooth and keep you from burning your hands.  Grab your handy dandy heat tool and go to work.  The goal is to melt the top layer of wax enough for the tissue paper to soak in.  You'll see it get shiny kinda like with heat embossing.  Word of warning: don't heat the wax too much in one place or you'll end up with a hole in you otherwise smooth surface.  It's a super easy craft that takes very little time to make.  I'm a little addicted to it right now.  I wish my dollar store would get in pillar candles...  So here's a few I made as hostess gifts.  There's more but those are Christmas gifts so their big reveal will have to wait.

Given to a BIL and SIL for having Thanksgiving at their house.
Given to my BIL and SIL who are Disney nuts and throw a Halloween costume party every year.
I found this The Nightmare Before Christmas movie promo and printed it.
I found this ornate frame ( I think at The Graphic Fairy Blog) and printed it twice so the design is on both sides of the candle.  Glued on rhinestones for bling.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Digi stamps?

Okay, so I'm really liking digi stamps.  I love that I can make them any size I want and that each time I print them out they'll be perfect.  Downside, no embossing unless I go over it with a versamark pen.  Really not that big a deal for me.  Another downside, finding digi stamps that I like is difficult.  They're all too cutsie for me.  I have a dark and tortured artistic soul that balks at using 'hallmark moment' stamps.  I'd get kicked out of the cool moms with pink hair that wear a lot of black club.  I'd get my goth card revoked.  I wouldn't be allowed in Hot Topic anymore.  Nooo!  I guess what it comes down to is I haven't found the Tim Holtz of digi stamps yet.  That being the case, I decided to start designing some of my own, in my own style.  Who'd have thought all those art classes might come in handy?  They're coming out really good and I'm thinking of selling them.  Would anyone out in cyberspace be interested in purchasing digi stamps like these?  Or should I not waste my time setting up an e-store?  Any input would be appreciated.

   Update: So I've talked with my mother and sister about all this.  See if I can get them involved as well.  It'll be a bonding experienced and we'll connect with our inner child and each other...Need   more   coffee...Ok, so anyway, they're on board.  My sister has a more anime style and mom is going to put together some digi kits.  We're aiming for steampunk, punktorian, emo, goth themes.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fall word book

Okay, so this final instalment of my seasonal word book is a little late but here it is anyway.  You can find the others on my blog under the word books tag.

Waterfall Book

This is a book I made for my DH.  He's so hard to buy for but luckily he likes to get these little books to remind him how much I love him.  I made this one for his birthday this year.  The book is made like a waterfall card.  It's a brilliant idea whoever came up with it out there in craft world.  Very fun and easy.  My DS loves to pull the tab and watch the pages shuffle back and forth.  Just google or youtube waterfall books for in depth instructions and to see the concept at work.
The theme to this book is love and has some of our favorite photos, and the few of me in front of the camera instead of behind it.  I used dingfonts and graphics I purchased at Lettering Delight to decorate.  I printed some elements onto cardstock (ex. swirly frames) and cut out with and exacto knife.  I then added some glossy accents over the top of those to give an epoxy sticker feel.  The flourish phrases I cut using SCAL and my cricut from an LD dingfont.  The flowers were cut with my cricut in various sizes and styles, I think they were all PS, and folded and curled to add dimension then joined together.  Distress inks and copper foil tape were used to finish the edges of the book and pages.  Add in some ribbon and a few extra embellishments I had in my stash and the book was done.
The box I made using the chart from my Martha Stewart Scor-pal.  I really like this tool and am glad I got this one over the actual Scor-pal.  The swirl on the top of the box is from the HD cart.  I added some crumpled tissue paper inside the box to bump the book up for a better presentation.