Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year Tag

Hi Friends:  Today's post is a Happy New Years tag.  It's based on the techniques from the Tim Holtz tag for December and has a New Year's theme of celebration, inspiration, and looking forward to the coming year. Please see below for process, challenges, and supplies.  Have a super day and Happy New Year!





Process:
I started with a plain manila tag as my base.  I used my Tags and Bookplates die to cut a tag shape from some burlap paper and glued it to the front of the tag.  I used the Burlap and Punches technique with the Harlequin layering stencil and Hickory Smoke stain to add the pattern to the burlap, then sprayed it with a bit of Heirloom Gold for some shimmer.  I cut a strip of black cardstock and used the ShadowPress technique with the Shadowpress Station, Versamark ink, and some gold embossing powder to deboss the word and create the enamel shadow.  I added some Chit Chat stickers to finish the title, then layered it over some recycled cardboard that I heat embossed with the gold powder. For Tim's tiles, I used some Harlequin embossed Grungeboard shapes from my stash and heat embossed them with the same gold embossing powder.  I cut some strips of star paper from my stash of Tim's Motif resist papers, colored them with some Black Soot distress ink, and layered them over my tile shapes, then added the star, metal word, tag, and the numbers cut from the Ruler Ribbon and attached them to the tag.   I added the monocle with a swivel clasp - it is attached to the tag with the jump ring that I removed from the monocle.  To finish, I used the Hickory Smoke stain to color some baker's twine, then attached it to the top of the tag.  So much fun!

Challenges Entered (Click on the Caption for the link):
Tim Holtz December Tag

Supplies Used:
Tim Holtz Idea-ology MIRRORED STARS (SSS)
Manila Tag (SSS)
Distress Inks (SSS):  Black Soot
Distress Stains (SSS):  Hickory Smoke
Motif Resist Paper Stash by Tim Holtz Idea-ology (Amazon)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Angel Layout

Hi Friends:  Today's post is layout about our tradition of using a Christmas angel to top our Christmas tree.  When we were first married, we bought an angel to top our tree.  But, when my mom passed last year, I inherited the angel that we had used on our tree when I was a child, so we replaced our angel with this favorite angel from my past.  I know I seem to ALWAYS use blue, but the colors matched the blue of the angel's robe, and represent winter to me, so I just had to use them.  Because of the shine in the foil and the glitter title, the camera just won't capture the beautiful shimmer of the background, but it's truly gorgeous in person.  Please see below for photos, process, challenges, and supplies.  Have a super day and Merry Christmas!





Process:
I prepped my background page with gesso, and made my own stencil with scrap cardstock and a snowflake die.  I used iridescent medium to emboss the snowflakes onto the background, then sprayed the background with various colors of blue LSG sprays, letting them drip around the snowflakes.  I added some random stamping around the page for interest.  For my Christmas trees, I cut them from plain white cardstock and from silver foil paper.  For the white trees, I used fiber paste and glass bead glitter gel to add texture, then I wrapped them with silver wire strung with blue seed beads. I used foil to cut a trellis accent around my photo, then added some doilies around the photo.  I wanted to mimic the tinsel on our tree (seen at the bottom of the photo), so I added some tinsel twine around the photo.  I placed the trees around the photo, mounting some with foam backing for dimension and others directly to the background.  I die-cut the word Christmas from silver foil paper and added it with some silver glitter foam letters for my title.  For the added texture and interest around the background, I used gesso, more LSG sprays and glass bead glitter gel to create a wintery, snowy shine.  And there's a bit of brushed pewter paint around the edges.  This was lots of fun to create.

Challenges Entered (Click on the Caption for the link):
Winter Wishes

More Than Words: Traditions and Handmade
Mixed Media Monthly:  Merry and Bright

HLS Mixed Media:  ATG


























Supplies Used:
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (SSS):  Blue Hawaiian Blue, Bachelor Button Blue, Hydrangea Blue
Tsukineko IRIDESCENT BLUE CREATIVE MEDIUM Texture Paste (SSS)
Faber-Castell GLASS BEAD GLITTER GEL (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS Craft Dies (SSS)
Archival Jet Black Ink (SSS)
Prima Flowers WIRE NET Finnabair Clear Stamp (SSS)
DCWV Foil Paper (Amazon)
Golden Fiber Paste (Amazon)
Tim Holtz Distress Paint BRUSHED PEWTER (SSS)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology SILVER TINSEL TWINE (SSS)
Tim Holtz Sizzix TRELLIS Frameworks Die (SSS)
Making Memoris Sticker Glitter Foam Alpha - Silver
DCWV The Christmas Stack paper pad
We R Memory Keepers A Little Note stamp
Sizzix Snowflake 2 die and Christmas Tree 2 die
Other:  Doilies, seed beads, wire


Monday, December 12, 2016

CYP - Winter Wonderland Tag

Hi Friends:  There is a new challenge today over at the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog, where the challenge is Always Anything Goes, and any handcrafted items are welcome.

Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, All Dressed Up Stamps, to see all of their wonderful products!

My creation for this week is a winter wonderland tag using the lovely digital stamp called Christmas Deer.  As always with my mixed media projects, this was lots of fun to create.



I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CYP blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!

Process:
I printed the digital stamp onto smooth white cardstock and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I used a white gel pen to color the white spots on the deer and a touch of Glossy Accents on her nose, then I fussy-cut her so I could add her to the tag.  For the tag, I started by adding white crackle paste to the entire background.  Once dry, I created my own snowflake stencil using some snowflake punches and cardstock, then I used the stencil with some blue iridescent Creative Medium to add snowflakes around the tag.  I used my LSG sprays to color the entire tag - spraying them around the tag and dripping colors to let them run around the snowflakes.  I wanted a bit more color, so I used some gelatos and rubbed them into the cracks from the crackle paste.  I used the Gilded Christmastime remnant rubs to add some words in the background, then added some gems to the snowflake centers.  For the ground, I added some glass bead glitter gel to make the snow sparkle and shine; I love the effect!  The snowflake brad was more beige than white, so I painted it with some of the silver 3D stamp paint to get the color I wanted, then attached it over the flower atop the deer's head.  I attached the deer to the tag with foam squares, then added the Winter Wonderland title using the Holiday Talk stickers.  To finish, I added some fibers and a snowflake charm at the top of the tag.

Challenges: (Please click on the caption for the link)
SSS Monday Challenge - Let There Be Snow
SSS Wednesday Challenge: Ice Inspiration
















Berry71bleu: Winter Wonderland

Supplies Used:
Christmas Deer digital stamp by All Dressed Up Stamps
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (SSS):  Azure Sea Asters, Hydrangea Blue, Frenchy's Pink Pouf
Spectrum Noir Markers (Amazon): GB8, EB1, TN2, TN3, TN4, TN5, TN7, IG5, IG10, CR2, blender
Tsukineko IRIDESCENT BLUE CREATIVE MEDIUM Texture Paste (SSS)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology GILDED CHRISTMASTIME Remnant Rubs (SSS)
Manila Tag (SSS)
Faber-Castell Gelatos (SSS):  Cotton Candy, Metallic Grape, Metallic Silver, Iced Rose, Guava
Making Memories Noel brads (snowflake)
Other:  Fibers, snowflake punches, cardstock, gems, foam squares, snowflake charm

Sunday, December 11, 2016

CWWC - Christmas Penguins Card

Hi Friends:  There is a new challenge today over at the Crafting When We Can Challenges Blog, where the current theme is Christmas.

Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, Sasayaki Glitter, to see all of their wonderful products!

My creation for this challenge is a card using the super cute digital image called Christmas Penguins.



I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CWWC blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!  Merry Christmas!


Process:
I printed the image onto smooth white cardstock and colored it with my Spectrum Noir Markers.  For some extra Christmassy shimmer, I added some glitter pen to the stars, ornaments, hearts, and flower centers.  I stamped the sentiment with black ink, then added a mirrored star to the top of the tree.  I added the background paper to the card base and put some silver glitter ribbon along the edge.  For the focal image, I double matted it and added it to the card base with fun foam.


Supplies Used:
Christmas Penguins digital stamp by Sasayaki Glitter
Memento TUXEDO BLACK INK PAD (SSS)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology MIRRORED STARS (SSS)
Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pens (Amazon) - clear, blue
Spectrum Noir Markers (Amazon): Tree - JG2, JG4, JG7; Boxes - BT1, BT2, BT3, T4, TB3, IB1, IB2, IB3; Penguins - IG1, IG2, IG5, IG6, IG8, OR1, GB3; blender
Papers from a free gift from a stamping magazine (they were just the colors I had in mind!)
DCWV Foil Paper
Christmas in Mulberry Wood stamp set (sentiment)
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover paper (Amazon)
Other:  ribbon, fun foam, A7 card base