December 19, 2014

Gift Card Bags
















Hi Everyone,

Merry Christmas to you all. Wasn't it just Thanksgiving?  I have been so busy trying to get everything done, while working full-time but, I'm sure most of us are in the same boat, right?. I'm sorry I really don't have a blow by blow description of my project. I  am trying to think outside the box when it comes to wrapping certain things, so I thought making these little bags would be cute for gift cards. Of course I always give credit from where I get the ideas, and these cute bags are from Angie at Chic n' Scratch. The paper alone cracks me up, it's from Stampin' Up.

I punched a hole through the top and added curly ribbon. Hopefully, after the holidays, I will get to be more productive.

Sheila, thank you for having me and I'm sorry it wasn't  a fabulous post :)

See you soon.


December 16, 2014

Snow Angel

Hi everyone.  It's Karon here from Karon's Krafty Korner.

Stopping by to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.  Thanks Sheila, for letting me come visit.

Today,s creation is another book art sample.  The last time I posted, was my Christmas tree, using the same technique.  However, this time - you turn the book upside down for several of the pages - so that you get wings :-)  A great tutorial for this, can be found here at Five Go Blogging.

I decided to make a bottom for the angel using cork pot stands - so I first coated the cork in Gesso, just one coat would be enough, but I gave it two :-)


Then I gave it a coat of silver acrylic paint.  I am so pleased with how this turned out!


You can see the angel there in the background - looking a little headless LOL!

Anyways, after spraying her with some Perfect Pearls - Perfect Pearl is the colour I used, I also added a little more sparkle with some very fine glitter glue.

Her head is just a Christmas bauble, I kept the silver hanger attached to it, as I thought it made the perfect collar.


I couldn't resist adding some silver ribbon to her head and base.


Of course, as she is a Snow Angel I had to add some lovely silver snowflakes.


I finished off the base of the angel with some wired star garland, after all she is up in the stars and clouds there :-)


I was tempted to add a face to the bauble, but thought that may spoil it.  Less is more, as they say.


I apologise for the overload of photo's I was trying to share the sparkle :-)  Hope you are able to see it.


Maybe you could give it a go, with some old books that you may have.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

December 15, 2014

Slicing & Die Cutting With Design Space



Hello again.  Thank you, Sheila, for having me here once again.  This month marks two years of being able to share some projects with you and I am revisiting the first post I did here, which was removing card fronts with your Gypsy.  Well, we now have the Explore and Design Space, and it couldn’t be easier to not only remove (slice)  card fronts, but to create die cuts without owning the die or a die cutting machine.  Something like this:
Here’s the how-to using, let’s say, a 4 x 5.25 piece of paper or card stock and a heart image.  Insert an image of a rectangle that size on the virtual mat.  Now insert the heart image   Size the heart image, bring it on top of your paper layer rectangle to where you want it to cut out, hold down the shift key to highlight both the heart and your paper layer and click slice over on the dialogue box.  You will see everything turn one color.  Now just slide the heart  away,  delete it or hide it, hit GO, and you will see that your heart image will be cut out from your paper layer.   Cool, right?  

My favorite way to use the slice feature is to cut a separate layer of the front of a card in designer or specialty paper to adhere to the plain card stock card.  This requires some extra steps, but it’s easy.  I’ll use a side fold card here; just adjust for a top folding card.  First, bring in the card you want to cut and size it in edit (unless it’s a square card, unlock the lock before you put in your height and width).  Next, bring in a rectangle image (or square) and size that in the edit box to the height and half the width of your finished card (you just need the front).  Click on your card, hide the score line and click detach in the layers dialogue box (this is important).  Now, slide the rectangle over the card front (bring it to the front through “arrange”) and it should cover the right half of the card.  Hold down your shift key and click both the rectangle and your card, then click slice in the dialogue box.   Now slide the new card front over (and you can delete what’s left on your mat).  Done!   I resized my new layer a bit so I would have a little margin of the card base around it.   Just FYI, I cut all the card bases first, then I cut the new layer.  


 And two others I sliced, one being a top folded card.
 Here’s the finished cards.  The first one, shiny foil card stock on white, 5 x 7.
 I was very impressed on how well the Explore cut the heavy glitter card stock on this top fold A2 card.
I cut  the last one in white so I could color in the house and trees and cover them with lots of Glossy Accents – don’t you just love that stuff?!!  The sentiment is also embossed, but it doesn't show.  5 x 7
 I feel very blessed to be able to join all of you once a month.  I can't thank Sheila enough for her generosity and inspiration.  I want to wish you the merriest of Christmases and the happiest and healthiest New Year!  God bless.

December 13, 2014

Organizing Scrap Paper & Making Cards From Scraps


Hello, it's been a while since I posted anything. Just like you I have been busy getting ready for Christmas. I made all my Christmas card and even the tags that went on the children's gifts.
In the mean time my scraps have been stacking up. I have had 4 card parties, Halloween cards, a tag swap and the Christmas cards and tags. A little over 4 inches of scrap paper! And I didn't use scraps on hardly any of that!!! I know shame on me.



See how easy this was. The only thing is it was time consuming. I just turned on the TV and watched HGTV while I was trimming and sorting papers.


This is a picture of the small scraps and I am able to just finger through it to see if  have anything I need. This size is great for punches and dies as there are some really small pieces in here.


The top two boxes are for large scraps and I have them placed right in front of me. All I have to do is reach up and use what I need. I am going to concentrate on using these scraps for a while by going to the scraps first to use for my cards.


Now this is what I used  for my two cards that I made. I did the little circles and squares and chose two flowers. See the one on the right, that was the original color of the flower. I changed the colors to match the flowers in the base color of the card. Then I did print and cut and went about putting my card together.


I just love the way they turned out, and will be using them. I can see where this is really going to work our well. The Explore really make it possible with changing the color. I love the print and cut as it allows me to use a finished size that I normally would have never attempted cutting because the layers would have been too small. Now I just flatten. LOVE IT!
I hope you enjoyed today's post and that it really helps you in dealing with your scraps. I would have love file folders but I just don't have the space for it and this WORKS! Thank your for your sweet-sweet words of encouragement. Your comments continue to inspire me.
Have a blessed day.

December 12, 2014

A Variety of Christmas Cards

Merry Christmas, Season's Greetings & Happy Holidays everyone! It's Danita from danitasdesigns.blogspot.com

Today I'm sharing a few of the Christmas cards that I have made for this year.  These are not the mass produced ones that I stressed about making (I'll share those later) . Most of these were actually made at a crop I went to back in July.

This is one of my favorites.  I used the Memory Box Clairmont Ornaments die and Teresa Collins Checking it Twice Christmas paper pad.

Inside

 I made this with images from the Silhouette Store. I used the Glitzy Glitter paper pad from DCVW.

Stampin Up Ornament Keepsakes stamp set, dies and ink.
Here's the inside of this one. The tree is from Stampin Up Lovely as a Tree stamp set

The tree from the Silhouette store, Paper stack is Recollections Starry Night paper pad.
Memory Box Merry Christmas to All die and the plaided paper is by American Crafts.
This card was made using my Craftwell Ebrush on the background. The angel is from the Cricut Christmas cartridge, cut in foam from Dollar Tree on my Cricut Explore. (Yes, I have both machines)
Okay, I know this is the ugly "Christmas Card" but I was trying to duplicate a card I saw on Pinterest.
It didn't turn out too well. lol  Oh well, this may go to a distant relative. Bahahaha!

Thanks for stopping by.

December 9, 2014

Anniversary Card

Howdy!  Adrienne here from Eagle Canyon Arts.  Thanks to Sheila for having me as a guest designer this month.  

The "Free To Be Me" promotional papers from a few months back were really beautiful and versatile.  When I made a wedding card for our brother-in-law and his bride, I also made an anniversary card for my husband. 

CTMH Supplies used:
Free To Be me Papers (retired) 
Sorbet Ink (Z2164) 
Stamp - "The Happy Couple" (D1539) 

Non-CTMH Supplies:
Stampendous Asian Collection "Faith, Hope, Love" (N089)
 
This was a very simple card and went together quickly.  My husband liked it a lot! Blessings of the season to you all.
Isaiah 9:6