Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wishing All a Very Happy 2014

I wanted to wish all my stalker buddies and friends a very Happy New Year. As we leave 2013 behind I'm thankful for all of you and your support.  I am inspired by my friends, followers and the creative blogs I come across.

I hope when you take the time to come to my blog you have found inspiration. I look forward to 2014 and new projects to share. And I can't wait to learn more and try new things in the coming year. 
 
Happy New Year my friends.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

TUTORIAL; Little Drummmer Boy...or Wooden Horse

I made a Christmas Drum! 
 
I think I love this one more than my Christmas Village!  One of my "ENABLER" crafty peeps told me about a Christmas Drum she pinned on Pinterest, click HERE to see the Pin.  I fell in love!  I started collecting the goodies a couple weeks ago and finally sat down to build it yesterday.  It only took a couple hours and it was a blast to create.  Check out this beautiful Christmas Drum.
 
I started with a teaser post on my new Instagram account.  I inked up these TH Bottle Brush trees with re-inkers! 
 
 
I started with this round hat box I found at Michaels for 50% off.  I like it because it was already a vintage paper box.  Simply Stunning!
 
 
 I made a line all the way around the base of the lid.  This way I know where to stop when adding the beads.  If you don't stop you won't be able to close the lid.  Don't worry, you won't see the line. 
 
 
I used some twine and tape to give me an idea where the beading was going to be put.  It's a rough idea so don't worry when you aren't following it perfectly.
 
 
Heat up the glue gun.  I found the red beads, $1 for 18ft.  Score!
 
 
I ran a thin line of hot glue and put the beads right over top. I found this tinsel garland, 7ft at 50% off cost me $1.50.  I used red and silver.
 
 
I hot glued the tinsel to the lid top, bottom and the bottom of the hat box.  Using both colours really makes it look rich.
 
 
 There are those carolers again!  I cut 3 sets of carolers with chipboard then painted them black.  I also distress glittered the NOEL die and 25.
 
 
 Some Merriment paper snowflake rosettes!  I hate making rosettes.  I admit, this die makes it EASY!
 
 
A little Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles on the snowflake adds a nice shimmer.
 
 
 I used some Mirrored Stars for the center of the snowflakes. I used $1 Store finds, wooden ornaments, trees and my dies to adorn the top of the box. 
 
 
 The Complete Christmas Drum!
 
 
  By hot gluing everything into place it takes no time!
 
 
I scattered the wooden ornaments around and on the wooden horse.  I attached the NOEL in pumice stone distress glitter with hot glue.
 
 
 At the base of the tree lots of presents stacked up and a little toy train!
 
 
I found this great wooden horse for $3 and loaded him with vintage looking ornaments.  I just adore him!
 
 
I decorated the tree with instruments, scrolls of music and bows.
 
 
Another mini wooden horse and a Nutcracker.  Using a sanding block ages them.
 
 
All the instruments that adorn the tree came off these mini drums I picked up at the $1 Store.  I mounted this wooden drum, snowman and brush bottle tree instead.  Way cuter.
 
 
The snowflake rosettes are a perfect fit along the top of the beads.
 
 
I place the Carolers along the bottom and trimmed their legs to fit.  Nestled in the tinsel garland and framed by the red beads they are magical!
 

I'm kicking myself I didn't get 2 round hat boxes.  I would have liked a set!  Oh well, next year;)  This project took about 3 hours to build and cost me about $30.  Not bad at all!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I think I'm done my holiday crafts.  But you never know, I might find something else to whip up. But really, it's time to bake for the holidays. 

I will be playing along with Simon Says Wednesday Challenge a Bling it On!  I love their challenges, always so fun! If you have something blingy you should play!  
 
Merry Christmas everyone! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Christmas Village Guest Spot

I'm a Guest Designer today over at Simon Says Stamps Blog! Here is a "sneak Peek" of what is posted on their blog.  Please head on over and see all 4ft of my Christmas Village.  And check out their Challenge Blogs.  I love playing along. 
 
I have always wanted to build a Christmas Village... always as in since last year.  So please take a moment and see the many dies, techniques, trees, paper and glitter I used to create my very own Christmas Village. 

 
I wanted you to see it live with the lights on.  Here's a 1 minute video. 
 
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I'd like to say I was asked but really I begged;)  I wanted to thank Simon Says Stamps Blog for making room for me.  I am really honored.
 
If you like my style feel free to hang around.  While you're here check out these links...
 
More Christmas projects, HERE.
Like Tim's Tags?  Check out my version for 2013, HERE.
 
Have a Wonderful Holiday everyone!
 
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Skate Ornamnet


These big dies are great for making ornaments.  I have been seeing them all over the place.  I wanted to make something fun and attach it to some homemade bread and just give it away!  And that's what I did.  These skate ornaments were fast to make since I don't have a lot of time!
 
I cut a piece of grungeboard and painted it with picket fence.  Once dried I cut the skates out.  I laced them with some red and white twine I had.  I did a better job this time!


I inked the heel with gathered twigs and the metal with brushed pewter.  I sanded it up a but then threw on some frayed burlap.
 

I attached some tinsel twine to the back with a tiny attacher and then hot glued some more in red.  I stamped the sentiment hoping it would fit and for the most part it did!
 

You can hang them on a tree.  These would be great little gifts to give to your guests on Christmas if you have them for dinner.  If I have time I may do that!
 

In my case I attached them to homemade bread I made this morning.

 
I folded some parchment and wrapped the bread.  I added a piece of this foil garland.  It's on a wire so it twists really nice.  Then I attached the ornament.
 

These can go on the tree, attach to gifts or hang off a wine bottle.  Or even attach to some homemade bread, treats or jar gifts! 
 

Starry Tag


A Tag becomes a card!  I whipped up these tags in no time.  And to make them Christmas friendly I mounted them on a 4x6 card.  I just got the big die with the bells.  No clue what I was going to do.  Ahhh my big ornament blue print stamp and I was on my way!
I do have the mirrored stars but for these tags I used these $1 Store stars.  I have a "small" Tall Tree stamp.  I love this stamp!
 
I decided to take a break from the distress glitter and paint the bell with brushed pewter then ink with some black soot.  I tied a small piece of tinsel twine and attached with the tiny attacher.
 
I had a few more of these but they are already sent out.
 
I think this makes the 6th design?  So, 2 more to go.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Festive Lantern Cards

Another batch of Christmas Cards.  In total I made 8 different designs of 5-6 cards per design.  Yay, a few more card posts to come! 
Here's that lantern again!  I keep wanting to make a red or blue lantern.  But my browns keep calling me back!  Even the card is brown and the brown designer paper is from the TH Merriment set.  With a splash of red from the berry and red linen ribbon it certainly feels festive!
 
I cut some holly one grungepaper and my son inked it for me in pine needle.  I attached a little berry and some red tinsel twine tied off at the lanterns top.
 
Instead of a sentiment I stamped the wreath from the mini blueprints set in frayed burlap for the inside.
 
I inked the lantern in walnut stain some black soot and then embossed it with vintage photo distress embossing powder.  What can I say I love the sand paper look!  When you rub off the edges it looks vintage.
Another set done!
Are you getting tired yet of these lanterns? 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Blue Christmas


I'll Have a Blue Christmas...
 
I had to get all my Christmas cards built and finished today so they could be mailed out.  I'm not usually this late but life gets busy.  I spent all day building about 30 cards or 5 different sets.  This Santa in blue was my first batch!  I even had a little helper, my son:)  He helped me water colour the Santa's!  He did AWESOME. 
 
Santa is coloured in Peacock Feathers distress inks with our blender pens.  All the furry bits and buttons are pumice stone distress glitter.
 
 
The ornate frame is simply done in brushed pewter distress paint on chipboard.

 
I stamped this background Christmas stamp in peacock feathers distress ink. 


With this many cards to make I try to keep them easy for me to create.  All while trying to keep them pretty.  Stay tuned there's more Christmas cards to post.  Including my favorite!
 
Thanks so much for coming by to see:)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Skating Around


Another batch of Christmas cards featuring the Vintage Skate.  I wasn't sure if I liked the skate at first.  But I have warmed up to it.  These easy cards took no time to at all to build.   
A fast way to get these inked up is using distress stain, in my case tumbled glass.  Using the stars stencil in mustard seed gives way to a starry night.
 

The jingle bells are coated in clear rock candy.  Then I added some festive berry and peeled paint stain.  The crackle is fantastic.
I opted not to thread any twine for laces... this time!  I made my own back ground for the card.  Then mounted my tags to it.  Then a little tinsel twine for bling! 
I love the trees! I think they are called Tall Trees?

Getting close to being done!  A few more to make and sending them all out!  For now a break.  We are having a Chinook and that means a headache.  Off to rest my sore head.
 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Chalk Art Christmas Cards

  Once I learned how to do the Chalk Art technique I thought how pretty it might be on a card.  Well, 3:15am I woke up with this card all mapped out. Getting inspiration is great however in the middle of the night it can be hard to go back to sleep.  All I want to do his head into my craft room and build.  The Writing Desk die is a great Christmas card in the making.
 
The torn edges edge die works in harmony with the writing desk die.  I used "both" edges.
 
 
I have the old Christmas stamp which is perfect for the this technique and die.
 
 
 I created this eroded metal on the jar using black soot and antique bronze.  I cut mini holly and inked with distress paint pine needles.  After I painted pewter for the pen nib I added a little dab of black soot.  Then everything is coated in clear rock candy paint.  CRACKLE!!!
 
 
A simple piece of cream and stamped with a sentiment from Old Fashion Christmas.

 
Two pieces of 12x12 gives me 6, 4x6 cards.

Seventeen cards down...too many more to go.  I hope you like my writing desk card using the chalk art technique.  I love how these early morning cards worked out!

Did you miss in the Victorian Carolers?  Click HERE to see them.  More Christmas cards coming.  Maybe they will inspire you:)