Monday, December 29, 2014

Noel Wishes

Is it really the last Tag of 2014!
 
I have had these pieces cut and ready sitting on my desk since the first week of December.  Even the Prancing Deer was cut.  But I decided in the end to use the Lantern die.  I just love it wrapped in Holiday Greens!  I actually finished it last week but with the holidays things get delayed.
 
I used the Alphanumeric Thinlits for the Noel.

 
I love the "wishes".

 
I used the enamel metal technique for the lantern.  Then crackled around the candle light.  I love the wax paper tip for the thinlits and have been using it for weeks.  I left the wax paper on the holly cut for fun.

 
I used a tattered pinecone and red jingles for the top of the lantern.
 
 
A big messy bow in green with a snowflake dangling.
 
 
I don't have the frosted sheets used by Tim :(  So I improvised with the frosted adhesive backed sheet over acetate.  I did emboss but you can see it was well.

 
I skipped the sewing along the tag.  I'm a terrible sewer and so it's best we all don't have to witness that. 
 
 
 
I have been asked to design some samples for CHA for 2015!  I'll give you a hint...I've used Sizzix dies.  I am HOPING it will all make it in time.  Shipping is slower this time of year especially leaving Canada to the US.  I busted my butt to get 5 projects built.  I'll be showing those off during CHA here on my blog.  I soooo wish I could have been at CHA in person.  But then...don't we all!
 
Thank you for stopping by and checking out my take on this December Tag!  I love all the fun techniques this past year!  Thank you for all your support over the year.
 
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Burlap Wishes

I actually built this a couple weeks ago.   It's been hanging waiting to be posted.  The wreath was actually pretty fast.  I found this beautiful ribbon and decided it would be great on my grape vine wreath that's been in my craft room since April. 
 
I love the non-traditional colours.  This wreath was fast to build and it all started with a piece of burlap!
 

I picked up these white jingles at the $1 Store and just love them.  I tied a bow of the ribbon then another bow with scrap burlap.


It's great to have ready made cuts.  I had some stacked snowflakes already cut...just add distress paint!


I have some scrap burlap in a far and really wanted to use it.  Then I decided Eileen Hull's Blocks/ Cubes would be perfect.  Quick and easy to adhere!


I cut my sleigh ride and decked it out in antique linen distress glitter!  Shiny!  I layered the retro presents with some scrap ribbon.


I love the rustic look of burlap and the tied bow is a great pop of colour!


Now the door to my laundry room is all festive...in less than an hour!


I wanted to wish you all a Happy Holiday! 

Thank you so much for inspiring me to keep crafting every day.  Keep an eye on my blog.  I have a lot of projects waiting to post including my December Tag (just squeaked that one) upcoming CHA projects and exciting guest posts.

Merry Christmas Stalkers...MWAHHHH!
 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Vintage Tree Lot Trailer

My Tree Lot is fun but it was missing something!  I think we can all agree on that!  I did mention in that post I would be looking for a Vintage Trailer for next year.  When I thought about it I wasn't sure I could find the right size.  So... I built one!
 
Now, I'm what you might call a professional "Glamper".  I own a motor home now but I have had a trailer so I have a pretty good idea what I needed to make one.  I didn't follow a tutorial to make this vintage trailer.  I just knew what I wanted and hoped it would work out.  But...I made a tutorial for you.
 
 
I started by cutting out the Eileen Hull Square Box with chipboard.

 
I figured out the top of my trailer and "rounded" the edges, 2 in the middle and 2 on the end.  I measured down 1/4".  This section has to be trimmed off so the roof can curve.

 
Measure the other box piece 1/4" from the "scored" lines leaving one end alone.  That's the bottom where you'll attach to make the box.  Cutting the "roof" piece and sides will allow for the curve.  I know, It's a mystery, but think of how the curve will look.

 
Now that the trailer is cut label the inside to help keep track...windows, door, front back.

 
I used my movers and shapers to create the windows.

 
Once the windows are cut use plastic packaging to make the "glass".  Once the pieces are cut I crackled it to make it look frosty.  Trust me, I've camped in -25C and the windows become ice!

 
I used gesso to get the base white.

 
I then cut strips of grungepaper and inked bundled sage distress paint.  This will be the base layer of the trailer for a two tone look.  I also did the door.  The bumper and door handle I used brushed pewter.

 
Once the gesso is dry I added Crackle Texture Paint.  I used the tool to add more texture.

 
I sprinkled some clear rock candy distress glitter onto the texture paste.  Then sealed with hair spray.

 
I inked the colored pieces with brushed corduroy then attached.

 
It's a bit messy but you won't see that.  Start attaching your sides.

 
To create the hitch I cut bamboo pieces and attached to a little wooden block.

 
I inked grungepaper with brushed pewter and attached the roof top.  Using the grunge paper allows it to curve.  And this is why you trim those curves and trim the box to allow that curve.

 
Now you can decorate!  I attacked the bumper and wrapped it around the sides a little.  Then I added this Christmas Word Band like a plate.

 
I inked poppyseed onto the pearls for "brake" lights.  Attach when dry!  Decorate how ever you want!

 
Mt finished Vintage Trailer

 
I cut a mini wreath and bow for the front of the trailer.

 
I used the last of my red tinsel to make a garland swag then I attached some mini green jingles.

 
I created a sign for the top of the trailer.  I tied it in with the Tree Lot so they match.

 
I trimmed the door with more red tinsel.

 
Here you can see the window is all icy!  I attached a couple of metal gears as wheels.

 
The Hitch is perfect!

 
I inked edges with a little brushed corduroy ink.

 
At the rear you can check out those break lights.

 
Lights on!
 
 
I love these micro mini lights...they are so retro!

 
Together they are complete!

 
I'm so happy I was able to think through how to make a Vintage Trailer using the EH Square Box Die.  This die allowed me to make the perfect size trailer.

 
Well, I hope you agree this trailer needed to happen... this year!  I totally adore it.  I really like to look at my dies and use them in different ways.  This box die is more than a box.  It's a trailer today! 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Check out one of my favorite challenges...
 
Sponsored by the Awesome Inspiration Emporium!  Inspiration Emporium for the Compendium of Curiositites 3 Challenge.
 
Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Woodland Trees/ Tinsel
Craft Hoarders Anonymous- Have a Nice Trip
A Vintage Journey- Let's Celebrate
Art With Heart- Holiday Traditions
Inspiration Journal-Sing, Sing it Loud
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Believe

 
 I have the CUH-TEST wee gift for you over on Eileen Hull's Blog today!  Here's a peek of what I made!  Be sure to see all the photo's for my Last Minute Gift Giving idea.  The perfect neighbor gift, stocking stuffer or teacher gift.

This was a fast "whip together" last minute and took me less than 30 minutes to make.  The hardest part was picking out my embellishments.
 
 
 
 
Head over the Eileen's Blog and leave her some love!   
 
 
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Trees For Sale

I've been wanting to make a Tree Lot for awhile so I've been collecting my Woodland Trees for weeks.  I suppose I've been inspired by all the tree lots around town and the yummy smell of fresh cut trees.  All that's missing is an old trailer parked beside it.  I'll plan that for next year!
It all started with a lot of trees... 
 
I cut an 8x8 piece of chipboard then applied some gesso to get it white.  I glued down some puffy snow.  I wanted a shimmer.  So I sprayed the snowy base with spray adhesive then sprinkled some iridescent flakes covering the whole base.
 
 

For the entry I distressed and inked with brushed pewter distress paint these idea-ology tiles and banner.  I offset one of the "e's" so it appears as if the tree lot is falling apart.


I sprayed a mini tree with pine needles distress spray stain, then inked these metal beads with poppyseed alcohol inks.  I popped it up on the smallest box from the EH Blocks/Cubes die. 


 I love Paula Cheney's recent Whimsical Woodlands post.  I had a tree that was flat on 2 sides and not wanting to fluff up.  So I adopted her cute tree and trimmed.  I left some of the brush bottle and did not expose the metal.  I added a "sold" sign.


I cut a thinlits label and stamped "For Sale".  I wish I had a mini number set so I could have stamped "4" instead. 


I inked all the trees with Distress Stains Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Pine Needle, Forest Moss, Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce.


On a couple of the trees I used spray adhesive and sprinkled some of these iridescent flakes. 


I cut and added this wee sign to the back of the tree lot.  Creating layers the whole way through.


All tacky tree lots need lights.  I strung these battery operated lights to bamboo skewers. 


I love the letterpress letters.  A little distress paint and they pop!


I strung the lights all messy.


I cut the On The Fence with chipboard.  I added a layer of Crackle Texture to the fence along with some iced spruce, frayed burlap and picket fence distress paint.  I trimmed with silver tinsel twine all the way around.


Lights are on.  This one has 3 settings so I've set it to "blink" to add to the tacky tree lot!


UPDATE:

I added a Vintage Trailer with Tutorial!  Click HERE to see more detailed photo's.  I couldn't wait until next year.


Thank you everyone who's been stopping by and sharing your thoughts on my crafty things.  I'm slowly winding down my "Christmas" projects.  But there are a few more things to see! 

Check out one of my favorite challenges...

Sponsored by the Awesome Inspiration Emporium!  Inspiration Emporium for the Compendium of Curiositites 3 Challenge.

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Woodland Trees/ Tinsel
A Vintage Journey- Let's Celebrate
Art With Heart- Holiday Traditions