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Monday, January 16, 2017

Black & White & Read All Over

I had coordinating black patterned scrap paper leftover from another project so I decide to use them to refill my stash of cards.  Adding black, white and gray elements gave the cards an easy elegant look.  Scroll down to see the cards and some design tips. 
I punched a black card stock border and over that laid a gray silk ribbon.  
I added a stamped and punched sentiment accented with a white fabric flower. 
 Black embossed flourish, gray taffeta ribbon and three black matte gems are this card's embellishments.  I made this one an anniversary card.
I cut a black card stock banner and added the white ink stamped sentiment,  A clear gem accents the left side of the banner.  A gray taffeta ribbon runs vertically down the card. 
The sentiment was stamp and punched out then matted with a larger black circle.  
The dimensional bow is a punch from Stampin' Up
Some of the same embellishments as mentioned above, just arranged differently. 
Another elegant birthday card.  This one features a round punched sentiment.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Project: Custom Travel Ornament

Looking for a personal and unique gift?  You can't go wrong with a custom hand made ornament that celebrates a special event in your life.  I made mine as a gift to my sister.  It's a remembrance of a trip we took together.  But you could make one to commemorate a wedding, a birth, a graduation or any special event.  And it's super easy to make too!

Supplies Needed:
  • Wood Ornament Blank (I used a 4.25" round available at Cabin Crafters)
  • Laser Printer and Graphic Software (I used PhotoShop Elements)
  • Matte Medium (I used Ranger Multi-Medium Matte)
  • Acrylic Paints (I used DecoArt Americana & Delta Ceramcoat)
  • Cord for hanging
  • Pencil, scissors, sand paper, brushes

Let's Make It!
  1. Using your computer software, create the front and back portions of the ornament.  You can use artwork, wording, photos, etc.  If you don't have the software to create something this detailed, you could simply use a picture that would fit the size of the ornament.  You do want to cover the entire surface with the paper so be sure to take that into consideration.
  2. Print out your design on regular copy paper using a laser printer.  (If you do not have a laser printer, I have done a similar technique where I printed using an inkjet printer and then used a spray sealer to set the ink.  You may want to try that, using a test sample first.)
  3. Using your ornament blank as a template, trace around your artwork and cut out each side.  
  4. Working quickly, apply a nice coat of the multi-medium on one side of the ornament and on the back of your paper using your finger.  Press the paper onto the ornament, being mindful of where the top hole of your ornament is and orienting your paper to it.  Put more MM on your finger and carefully smooth out any bubbles.  You can use a squeegee to help.  Once everything is smooth, add more MM to the surface, being sure to completely cover the paper.

5.  Let this side dry completely and then do the same thing to the other side. Once the ornament is completely dry (let sit overnight for best drying), carefully sand the edges to eliminate any paper overhanging the ornament.

6.  Paint the ornament as desired. Once dry, use an awl or toothpick to ream out the hanging hole.  Add the cord. Enjoy yourself or give as a gift!
I highlighted the place and year with a bright color.  I also lightly shaded the photo, coloring the faces, hair and water.  This gives it a real vintage look!
I used the same colors on the back but painted them in a circular fashion, green on the edge, blue in the middle and an offset center pop of yellow.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Awesome Organization and a Free SVG File

It's the new year and many crafters have "getting organized" on their New Year's resolutions list.
Here's a quick and easy idea that is perfect for reaching that goal!
It all starts with this great set of metal storage containers that can be found at Ikea.

It's a set of three and is called Hemsmak.  They are super cute when you dress them up with vinyl. For the most versatility, I cut the center circles from chalkboard vinyl.  
I have this simple SVG available for you FREE here so you can make your own!
I gave this set to my Mom for Christmas.  The dotted turquoise vinyl goes perfectly with her sewing room.  Inside the tins I included a wrapped piece of chalk and a gift certificate to her favorite quilting store.  

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

These are two of the treasures that I brought back with me from my March trip to Israel. 
I bought the olive wood ornament in Bethlehem and the menorah in Jerusalem.  
I am looking forward to lighting my first Hanukkah menorah!
May you and yours have a very blessed holiday season.  

Thanks for sharing this creative journey with me!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Mason Jar Christmas Cards

For this set of cards, I used some of the same stamps (star, snow, polar bear) from the White Christmas set (see Wednesday's post) but added in a Stampin' Up mason jar and lid.  These stamps also came with die cuts, which made it so easy to create the mason jar element.
To create the jar scene, I used the same glossy card stock and ink, and colored it the same, as the other post.  Same with the Stickles/glitter for the snow.  I also added little dots of Stickles on the snowflakes.  I die cut the jar and the lid separately.  There was a fringe on the lid that I hand cut off.  I then added some line work and shading/highlighting with a Sharpie and Distress Markers.
I embossed some snowflakes on the accent card stock and distressed with sand paper.
Same distressing on this embossed piece but I didn't distress the edges. 
 I punched out the star accents from card stock.  
Shaded with Distress Markers and lined with a Sharpie.
 This card has silver accents:  snowflake charm on top of lid and small brads holding the banner.
The decorative paper also went all the way to the edge of the card base.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Scenic Christmas Cards

I created a trio of Christmas cards using the "White Christmas" stamp set from Stampin' Up.
I've used this set before, but this time I tried it on different paper.  I had small glossy white squares of card stock in my stash.  I stamped the scenes using Archival ink (black) which is water proof.  I then colored in the scenes with regular craft markers and used a blending pen to add shading.  The glossy card stock really made the coloring easy and the final result was beautiful!
On this card I used some vintage velvet ribbon. 
I added glitter to the snow by first swiping on a thin layer of Stickles and then sprinkling on the glitter.  I matted each of the scenery card stock with black card stock.  Then layered over the decorative paper and placed on white or red card stock card bases.
On this card I embossed snowflakes on regular white card stock and added it to the card front.  More vintage ribbon and a glittery die cut snowflake.  
I changed this card up by using red card stock for the base.  Black organza and green satin ribbons finish the look.
Stop back Friday for another set of cards (completely different) I created with this stamp set!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Last of the New Christmas Signs

 All good things come to an end and these are the last of the new Christmas signs I created this year. Shown above is a vintage Santa I painted  to go with the "We Believe" lettering.  I distressed the heck out of the sides on that sign!  I used SVG file typography to hand paint each of these signs, changing them up as I preferred.
The "be merry" sign needed something so I painted a red checked border all around it! 
 The curly holly design is all mine.  You'll notice that instead of distressing, I antiqued this sign.  It toned the red down nicely.
Speaking of red,I love this shade of chalk paint from Americana (Romance).  I hand painted the lettering, but I changed it from being stacked to going horizontally.  Then I gave all the white letters a black shadow.