Monday, March 18, 2013

Something a little different & fast!

Do you have this Pillow Box die?  I "really" like using this one.  I love crafting with it and giving it away.  They are super handy for gift cards and fast to whip together.
 
I must admit, the Blue Print stamps I wasn't overly a fan of.  But they are growing on me and I now have 3 sets.  The travel blue print I have been using a lot.  I have my eye on a few more. 
 
I stamped the airplane right onto the pillow box cut and it fits perfectly!  Then I stamped again on cream card stock.  Highlighting the checker design with some Diamond Stickles.  Then pop them with dimensional.

 
I  also cut one of my favourite saying from the Stacked Artful Words die, ``Enjoy The Journey``.  A little more Stickles for the "THE". 
 
 
It almost fit so I just wrapped the end part of the "y" around.
 
 
This is a quick throw together gift.  To make it even faster you can heat the stickles to speed up the dry time or skip the stickles altogether.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Simple Sympathy

I was asked to make a sympathy card and those are never easy.  Mine is a tag mounted onto a card and I kept it simple.  I love this TH sentiment and thought it could be so comforting.
 
I cut oven liner for the Tattered Floral die.  Then inked with Alcohol inks.

 
This great sentiment is from my former DT Scrappy Moms Stamps Inside Out set.  Love it!

 
I loaded the stamp with Snow Cap dauber to create a resist, then added some stain.

 
I personally like to keep symapthy cards simplistic.  Thanks for popping in for my card/tag and "simple" post:)
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Friday, March 8, 2013

Skirtin' Around- Wedding Tag

As with any purchase I make I ask my myself how versatile will this be?  Unless I can think up multiple uses I won't get it.  Certainly the Grass die (Tapered Fringe) fit this for me.  I really like it...so now to challenge myself on how to use it.
 
What to do with this grass die? Make it a WEDDING DRESS!  Shut the Front Door...layers of tissue cut with this die makes for a great dress.  Oh those middle of the night inspirations!

But first, the tag.  I sprayed my tag with Adhesive and glued some heavy duty tin foil.  Then embossed with the new French Script folder.  I painted gold, sanded then heat some UTEE.  Seriously, so pretty!


I cut and layered tissue with Tapered Fringe, starting at the bottom of the Sewing Room Dress Form die.  I also glued the matching tissue to the dress form.  I'm going for a monochromatic look here.


To achieve a "bust" I simply glued a little cotton then folded the tissue over it.  I tied and glued the gold bow, then hot glued this old metal button of my grandmother's.


Layering the 2 small Tattered Floral flowers cut with Oven Liner.  I embossed and inked the larger flowers, layering 3x.  Curl the tips for a fluffy look.


I cut a little banner and stamped "Always & Forever" from TH Simple Sayings, attaching with the Tiny Attacher.  Along the bottom is some Tinsel, heated and inked with more gold paint.

 
This Wedding Tag is a challenge for me to find a new way to use my new Grass die (Tapered Fringe;)  I might attach the tag to a card or simply drape it over my favourite bottle of
French Wine as a wedding gift:o)
 
I would like to know your thoughts on what you would use the Grass die for?
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Eiffel Tower in Metal!

The new TH Eiffel Tower die showed up yesterday at my LSS!  And since I teach there... they were nice enough to save me one of everything Tim that came in.  I think I bought most of it!  I am so excited to have this die.  I went to Paris last spring and fell in love! 
 
A little grunge board and oven liner makes up my version of Tim's new die!  Oh and YES you must have the matching embossing folder.  A MUST to emboss and get that texture from the die!

The Fleur de Lis is fantatic in large (I have the smaller ones too) all shiny in gold.  After embossing I used my gold dauber, embossed, layer Versamark, UTEE, heat then sand for this distressed look!


The new mini M&S's postage stamp is coloured with Bard Door stain and adds a great layer with a little punch of red.  I attached the #5 with my mini attacher.


Seriuosly, this "enjoy the journey" from Stacked Artful Word strip die is a must!  For a little subtle shine I painted some Clear Rock Candy.  LOVE THAT SH*T!


I embossed the tag with Distress Paper and the new Eiffel Tower & French Script embossing folder.  GET THIS SET if you end up getting the die!


This is why I started teaching classes...so I could afford to get these when they came out.  Hey, this teacher needs to use the new goodies...right?

Can you tell I'm in love!

 
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Monday, March 4, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 March

It's already March? 
 
How did that come so fast! I got right to my tag since March is a busy month for me.  OK who's kidding who...every month is a busy one.  I was really liking the Tapered Fringe die (or known in my mind as the grass die) but have no idea why I like it or what I would make with it.   I was excited it was used for this months tag.  I went straight out and picked it up.  Which BTW is the only die for this tag I now own.
 
 
Just had to show you how I got around not having the dies...except the grass one.  I searched and saved the M&S Bunny w/Bow image to my desktop, sized it in WORD then cut!  Once it was cut I used my Bell Jar die instead of the label one.  I could pick up the label die but honestly, I have a billion cuts my Cricut that can do the same.



You can barely tell I only have the grass die (OK, the Tapered Fringe if you prefer).  I don't recall ever seeing 6x6 seasonal up here.  But I did find in my scraps the Easter stuff from last year.  I pieced it together and glued.


The banner die is not one I have but it's on my wish list,  Especially with the Simple Sayings stamp set.  So... a scrap of cream card stock and a wavy cut with my scissors and it's essentially the same.  I love this grass!


You guessed it, no metal flowers!  But I do have some SU Floral Punches and the small flower from my new Tattered Flowers die and a little oven liner.  I just used some Acrylic paint I have.


I placed the banner below.  It was covering the top of the Bell Jar.  It was bugging me.


I made 2 tags. 

I wanted to try the technique Tim used...sorta.  I cut the frame from my Sophisticated cart.  Then I used the M&S butterflies and cut. 


Here they are side by side.


Three Tags down!  I can do this!!!!  Thanks for checking out March!  Ohhh April is going to be dicey! 
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Friday, March 1, 2013

Tattered Flowers Challege with Tutorial

If you hadn't heard Tim Holtz is having a Tattered Flowers Challenge:)  Time to play! And since I just picked up the Tattered Flowers die I am ready to have some fun building flowers.  For my challenge I made 5 decor projects.  I posted on Facebook the other day about twin boys born 12 weeks early. The write up is at the bottom of this post.  People have been generous and are sending cards, gifts and making stuff.  So I wanted to make something for thier Nursery.  Wood letters with thier names and of course a Tattered Flower...boy style.  I didn't want to forget big sister so I made a name plaque and a girly Tattered Flower.  And...since I was making these, I made a couple more for my neighbor.  She had a little boy last August. 
 
Now that you know why, lets get started with how I got there. 

 
I started with an old pair of jeans.  I went all out with a few different materials.  Perfect for boys I thought.
 
 
The die cut the jean material easily.

 
I then cut some burlap (old rice bag) and canvas from my painting drop cloth.  Use what you have!

 
Onto the grunge and tissue.  I used some tissue from a shoe box.  I was so excited cutting away I forgot to pre-ink.  No worries, I did it later.

 
 I traced the wooden letter with some pattern paper.  Be sure to flip the letter backwards when tracing so when it's cut out it will be facing the correct way.  I may have screwed that up...

 
Now that your letter is cut out you can glue it on.  I used Modge Podge.

 
I love sanding the edges of the paper.  It allows for the ink to adhere, hides any cutting imperfection and really makes it look distressed.

 
Now that the sanding is done, ink up the edges. I also added a little distress stain using a cloth.

 
Since I forgot to ink the grunge before cutting I'm getting to it now. 

 
I don't have that little distress tool.  So I simply pinched the edges and gently pulled.

 
Everything gets a little distress ink.

 
All 3 letters are for boys.  I cut some oven liner and ran it though my Diamond Plate embossing folder.  Along with canvas, jeans and grunge...should be perfectly masculine.

 
I put all my flowers together attaching with a brad.  I coordinated the papers used on the letters and plaques to the flowers.  Layering all those awesome textured materials.

 
I used Diamond Stickles to accent the girls flowers. For the boys I brushed the tips of the flowers with Clear Rock Candy Stickles.  This gives a hint of shine. 

 
Now that the flowers are done time to cut letters for 5 kids.  Using grungeboard and my Word Play die all the names are ready for some ink.  For this step I used Snow Cap and Espresso Daubers.  Then sand the edges and ink with Walnut Stain.

 
With the coordinating papers and my SU square punches I now have a paper layer for the letters.  Glue the paper together, then glue the letters on with Glossy Accents.

 
I wanted some added fun for the kids.  Using the Metallic daubers I inked the small gear from Gadget Gears die and the Movers and Shapers gears.  Once dry sand the edges and ink with Walnut Stain Ink.  The little girls got butterflies and shiny stickles.
 
 
I also cut 2 of the M & S Mini Jalopy with grunge paper.  Ink with the Black Dauber.  Once dry, sand the edges and ink with Walnut Stain. 

 
When you add the Rock Candy Crackle that walnut distress ink will really pop!

 
Let those dry while you attach all the letters.

 
These little plaques are for the Big Sisters. I didn't want them forgotten. I painted this little wood plaque with cream acrylic paint. Just the edges.
Then I used Modge Podge (matte) and brushed the top ready for paper.
Measure and cut a piece of pattern paper and glue it right on. Sand up the edges of the paper and sides then ink it up a bit with Walnut Stain.  The add another coat of modge podge onto the paper top seal it.
 
Before applying anything to the front.  I attached some sheer ribbon to the back with a stapler.  Simply cut a 2ft piece of ribbon, make an even bow and use the ends to staple to to the wood.  A normal staple I found worked great.  Cut off the excess ribbon.
 
Once the ribbon is attached you can start adding your goodies. I cut out BIG SIS using the new WANTED strip die.  What a great font.
 
 
I punched out the circle and scallop using my SU punches.  Then glued my layered BIG SIS.  A little Glossy Accents really makes these letters pop.
 
 
Lincoln's Letter with the Jalopy.
 (Jackson and Lincoln are the twins.)
 
Jackson's letter with gears.
 
 
A close up of the Boys Tattered Flower, jeans and all.  Pretty Masculine EH;)
 
 
Hayden is the new Big sister to Lincoln and Jackson.  So I didn't want to leave her out.
 
 
Dominic (my neighbors little one) also gets the Jaolpy.  Love the Word Play font.

 
Giogia is the Dominic's Big Sister.

 
Here's the write up about Lincoln and Jackson.  This is why I made these for their Nursery.  And because these little guys showed up so early the new parents aren't ready:)  If you would like to send a Baby card please send me an email, nicole.jeep@gmail.com so I can get the mailing address to you.
 
 
Thanks for checking out my Tattered Flowers Challenge project.  And I hope you liked ALL the photo's I took.  I am getting better at remembering to take them;)