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Toy Soldier Christmas Card

It's my first Christmas card...in the mail! I'm so lucky to have such inspirational crafty friends.  My BFF is now living in the Land Down Under and just sent me her Christmas card.  All decked in red and I just had to show you.  My other BFF (we all hung out, crafted and generally created chaos) and I picked her up this die for Christmas and shipped it down for her to play with.  She did a stunning job! I LOVE the "25"!  Looks like a Movers and Shapers to me:)  And the layers are so yummy! This Toy Soldier die is so fun and there's so much you can create with it.  This one looks great in red:)
I just had to show you how crafty my friends are.  Thanks to my good friends, I miss them so much!

Woodland Christmas Tag

Up for another Christmas Tag? I love trees...I think it's because I'm a BC girl and miss the big cedars when I lived on the coast.  And no, I don't miss the rain;)  This Woodland Christmas Tag is full of trees and holiday accents here and there.  I inked the tag with TH crushed olive, peeled paint and forest moss then went over with picket fence stain for a washed look.I stamped TH Tall Trees stamp, SO LOVE THIS STAMP, then added a little glitter glue for snow.
There's my wee Movers and Shapers deer I cut on grunge board, a red pearl for the nose and the bow from the Movers and Shapers wreath covered in red Stickles.  I just love this bow!

Using mini jingles from the $1 Store I simply hot glued them into place, then more white glitter glue for snow on the tree tips.  I just got a snow pen so I'll be playing with that soon!

I cut the 25, gold glitter glue and glossy accents from the Movers and Shapers.  Attached a $1 Store gold star to the top of the tree.  Then at…

Thanks for Paul McCartney

Well, this past weekend was an exciting one for my 16 year old daughter.  I may have mentioned what a massive Beatles fan she is.  This past summer we promised her if Paul McCartney ever came close to us we would try to get her tickets.  Well, 3 months later (wouldn't you know it) the dates were announced and we got her floor tickets to see her idol Paul McCartney in Vancouver BC.  Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday.... and Merry Christmas! We called it the Ultimate Father/Daughter Date!  Sunday Nov 25th Mercedes and her Dad boarded a plane for Vancouver to see Paul Live at BC Place Stadium.  When she got home yesterday, she was full of stories and excitment.  So we decided to make her Daddy a Thank You card.  I grabbed an image from Google and printed for the grunge Union Jack paper, much like the Headboard I made for her.... remember? Then cut out IMAGINE with my TH Movers and Shapers die.
Mercedes and I made this card together *snort* more like 70/30!  But... she was present in …

Masculine Gift Box

Having 2 boys means I'm always having to think of creative ways to make masculine things. My son was off to yet another party and I had to create a card.  These days all the kids want to give are gift cards.  Works for me no bows, bags, wrapping paper... just a wee card load with a few bucks! One of my new favorite dies is the Tim Holtz Pillow Box Die.  You'll be seeing a lot of this die in the coming weeks.  It holds gift cards perfectly! Cutting on grunge board the H & B from the Word Play die, paint it black then I mounted it on my gears border die cut with acetate. 
This Pillow Box Die comes with 3 labels.  So I used 2 of them and stamped from Scrappy Moms Stamps this "For You" from Hooray for Birthday's set. I cut 3 of gears again on grunge from the Movers and Shapers wee gears and the middle gear from the Gadget Gears die:)  Some embossing powder and glitter finish it off.  This Pillow Box can fit multiple cards.
You can also run the pillow box cut t…

All Things Altered Winter Hop

Welcome to the All Thing Altered Blog Hop.  You're right at the beginning and I'm the 2nd stop.  You should be popping in from Scrapbook Flair.   I haven't put up my Christmas goodies yet so the garland is still in storage in the garage.  You'll have to use your imagination with green garland, berries, pine cones and warm red lights. I have a super easy project and very inexpensive to decorate your mantle. I picked these wood letters at Walmart, $1.47 each and splurged on the fancy jingles, $7 for 24. I used spray adhesive on the letters and loaded them up with red glitter.  WEAR GLOVES...I was a mess!
I painted the letters in green first to give it a deep coat.  Then I did a layer of gold paint, let dry, then one more coat of gold glitter.
Here are those jingles.  I used hot glue to put them in place. I popped the "Make Merry" on my mantle. When the garland goes up I'll tuck the letters in it.  The glitter will be shiny!

NOEL I painted Noel with a whit…

{Metal} Toy Soldier Christmas Tag

You may have seen this Toy Soldier before HERE.  I liked him so much I decided to recreate him using more colour.  I made this tag 3x making subtle changes with colour, felt and embossing folders. As before I cut my Toy Soldier, pine cone and sprig of metallic greenery out using Oven Liners, those trays that sit at the bottom of your oven to catch spills.  I find these are durable to handle my impatient hand!  How about a grunge board cut of 25 and the middle gear using TH dies.  A little felt for the accents on the Toy Soldier is always fun! 
I embossed with my snowflake die, painted the whole thing with blue acrylic paint, wait for it to dry then sand off the paint to expose your snowflakes.  To make it POP I apply a generous amount of Versa Mark over the whole tag then coat with UTEE, heat for a thick clear emboss!  Then hot glue some jingle bells as holy berries.  I added a little alcohol ink for the cone and greenery.

I added the Tim Holtz Charm, attached the bow from the Move…

12 Tags of 2012 November Tag

I've had my tag's wheat stamped for a week!  Thanks to my crafty BBF for letting me borrow it.   I admit, it's strange to create a "fall" tag such as this after we've already celebrated Thanksgiving.  But I'm happy to have made it.  I even picked up the big stamp (Thankful) for it.  How could I not, it was 70% off;)
I only have 3 distress stains and they apply more to winter. The blotted look isn't as prevalent however we'll still get there.  So, here is my solution...

Use whatever inks you have on hand, stamp them on your craft mat (don't have one GET ONE) and mist away with your mister.  Don't worry about overlapping the inks.  You want this.

Drag your tag through the wet inks until you have the look you want.  It's messy...

Add more ink if you need.  It's OK if it gets in the water puddles a bit.  I found I wanted more green.

Here's my tag without the distress stains all dry.  Don't forget to stamp and flick water to ma…