Thursday, November 29, 2012

Drop Ornament

Hi Everyone

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  My daughters were both home from university, and it was really lovely to see them and spend time with them - now I find myself playing catch-up with my blog (again!)

Today my project is this sweet 'Drop Ornament' designed by Kelleigh Ratzlaff over at The DigiChick, which can be found here.

This cuts out all in one piece, all you need is a little glue on each of the tabs and it assembles in minutes.  I decorated mine with snowflakes - the smaller ones are made using a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and the larger one is a file from the Silhouette online store.  I finished each of them off with a little bling.

Here is a closer look at the large snowflake - the layers are popped up with dimensionals.

The paper I used for this project is from DCWV 'Winter Magic' stack.  I am definitely going to make more of these ornaments, and I think I will add a window with acetate to 2 of the sides so you can peek in and see the goodies inside (I'm thinking M&M's in Christmas colours.)

Thanks for joining me today.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tag Galore (Part 2)

I'm back today with a look at the second tag swap which I organized with a group of crafty friends here in Colorado.  First off, here is the tag I made.

It is loosely based on this Tim Holtz tag from 2009.  I just love those photos (downloaded from Tim's blog) - what memories they bring back!

Here is closer look at some of the elements.

The filmstrip was cut with the Silhouette Cameo and the writing was also done with the Cameo using the Chomas Penn Holder.  Here are a few of the tags packaged up and ready to go.

 I had a great time over dinner swapping tags with my friends, and here are their beautiful tags that I received in return.

Thank you to all of my friends for the tags, I love each and every one of them.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I hope to see you next time.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tags Galore (Part 1)

I have just taken part in a couple of tag swaps both locally with a group of crafting ladies I know and online with some designers from The Bugbytes and She's A Sassy Lady blogs.  I loved making the tags, but even more I loved all the little beauties that I got back.  Here is the tag that I made for the online swap.

Here is a look at what I did.  First my ingredients - a tag, water, distress inks and Glimmer Mist.

My first step was to pat the ink pad on to my craft mat, I used  Broken China.

Then I sprayed over them with water until the colours formed large droplets.

Then the messy (I mean fun) part, I swirled the tag around.

This is how the tag looked.

I dried it off a little with my heat tool, and then repeated the process again using both Broken China and Iced Spruce ink pads. 

The next step was to run the tag through a snowflake embossing folder and spritz with Opaque Glimmer Mist.

Lastly I used a paint sponge and some acrylic paint to finish off the edges.

To embellish I used a tree from the Silhouette online store, and dabbed a little more acrylic paint on the branches for snow, and the ornaments are made from Card Candy.

The word 'Believe' I wrote using the Chomas Adjustable Pen Holder on my Silhouette Cameo, and then finished it off with a little snowflake bling which I bought from Artsy (my not so local scrapbook store.)

I was really pleased with the end result.

And then I was thrilled when I received these in the mail a few weeks later.

If want to take a look at the takes more closely and see how some of them were made, take at look at the following blogs:

They are all so beautiful - thank you ladies so very much for your gorgeous creations, and thank you also to Pam for organizing this.

I hope you will join me tomorrow to look at the beautiful tags that I received from my local crafting ladies.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reindeer Noses

Hi Everyone, today I am guest designer over at The Bugbytes. I have such a cute Christmas project for you.  I know, I know, we haven't even had Thanksgiving yet, but I just had to show you these...

Adorable, right?  And so simple to make in large quantities for the kids classrooms.  I have to admit this is not my own idea, but rather something that I found on Pinterest.  Here is a link to the original creator's blog Crafting in the Country.  Although I do not have any young kids in school, there are plenty in my neighborhood who will be receiving these next month.

Here is a closer look.

I made the whole thing using my Cameo, the reindeer head is a file from the online Silhouette store and the labels are printed from my computer (font Comic Sans.)  I changed a couple of things about the reindeer - I used googly eyes and mounted him on an action wobble spring.  Here is a look at the back of the label.

I purchased the little cellophane bags from Hobby Lobby and inside are 8 Whoppers (or Maltesers for anyone looking in from the UK) and 1 red gumball.
I can't wait to make a few more of these.

Thanks for stopping by today, and as always thank you Pam for having me over to play at your blog.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Some special shoes, for someone special.

Hi Everyone

I made these shoes quite a while back.  Originally I had intended to make them as part of a project to get on a 'Design Team'.  It was a little 'tongue-in-cheek', I hadn't been terribly serious about it.  I have to thank my friend DeAnna from Paper Grandma for showing me this cutting file and also spending a lot of time over the phone helping me cut them with the MTC programme.

I finished the basic shoe, and kind of just left them on the shelf (literally).  I was looking at the the other day and thinking of my oldest daughter and her fascination with designer shoes (no doubt helped by her father who always 'notices' shoes.)  I should mention here that her fascination is purely in her head, as she is a 'poor hard-up student.'

Well, I started to 'bling' them out a bit and here is what I ended up with.

The more I thought about it he more I knew that there was just one finishing touch I had to make...

Red soles the signature of Christian Louboutin!

Soon these will be winging their way to Seattle filled with candy, and someone special will be dreaming of maybe one day owning the real thing.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Follow Your Dreams

Hi All,

Today I have a card that I made specifically to enter a couple of challenges. The first challenge is here at Passion for ProMarkers, the theme being 'in the garden' (you have to include something you would find in your garden.)  The second challenge is from Saturated Canary Blog, to make a shaped card using either Saturated Canary stamps (or digis) or Simply Sassy stamps.  I hope my card fits the bill for both.

For this card I used a Saturated Canary digi image, I used the print and cut feature on my Cameo (this is so useful when you want to cut an image to a specific size and shape.)  She is coloured with the following ProMarkers.

Skin - Blush and Soft Peach (my fave combo)
Eyes - Cocoa
Hair - Cool Grey 1-5 and blender for highlights
Lips - Lipstick Red (highlight with white Signo pen)
Clothes - Poppy 

The shaped card is from the Cameo online store, as are the 3D roses, the paper used was a gift from my friend in the UK (sorry I have no details,) and the sentiment is from Close To My Heart.  Here is a look at the inside.

Thanks for taking a peek at my project today.

Until next time.


Monday, November 5, 2012

'Sweet Mates' deserve something sweet...

Hi Everyone

As I have mentioned before both my daughter are away at university - the youngest is fairly close by (about 40 minutes away.)  She has had a few trials during her freshman and now her sophomore year - which include  (but not limited to) a trip to the emergency room and most recently her car getting broken into.  Each time there has been an 'incident' the girls who she shares living accommodation with (her 'suite-mates') have been there to help her through.

Each of the 3 girls has recently had a birthday, and so I decided that I would send each of these girls a little gift to let them know we appreciate what "Sweet Mates" they are to Phoebe.

These are little note folders, with note paper, pen and a little pocket inside.  All the images on the front covers are from Saturated Canary and are coloured with Letraset ProMarkers.

I had so much fun choosing papers and colouring these images.  Here is a look at what is inside.

For instructions on how to make these folders check out the youtube video by Yani Ramos.

Of course I had to make Phoebe one of these as well.  (The image I coloured is extremely appropriate considering the trip to the emergency room was after roller skating - round the lake - with no safety equipment on!!!!)

I have also entered this note card into the challenge over at I Love ProMarkers.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Friday, November 2, 2012

A Trio of Canister Boxes

Hi Everyone

Today I have a very cute project, a canister box designed by Kelleigh Ratzlaff over at The Digichick.

There are just 2 pieces to this box, the body and the bottom - how easy is that?  Kelleigh has a great tutorial here, which I would really recommend taking a look at.  The boxes are super simple to put together, but folding the top down and getting it to look right can be a bit tricky - the first time I did it I folded 'petals' on the inside.

Here is a closer look at each box.

The paper I used is by Teresa Collins, and is from a line called 'Everyday Moments'.  If you have ever used Teresa Collins paper before you will know how thick and sturdy it is - great for making these boxes.  It is also double sided, here is a look at the box open so you can see the other side of the paper.

And a close look at the top of the box - so pretty.

Of course I had to finish the boxes off with a little tag using one of my favorite images from Krista Smith over at Saturated Canary called 'Boobie Love' (which is currently free in her shop.)

Don't forget to check out Kelleigh's Files at The Digichick, there is currently 40% off store-wide.

See you next time, thanks for stopping by.