Have Yourself…

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…a Merry Little Christmas.

Still up to my eyebrows in glitter, white craft ink and assorted patterned paper fuzzies.

I took a couple of days off from crafting to give some painted frames and glittered ornaments a chance to dry on my work surface.  I did get a bit of a shock when I returned to my room after a 3 day absence to see the amazing mess I left behind as well!

On Friday, DH and I went Christmas shopping and I managed to get all the gifts I need that are to be mailed out.  I wanted to send a little handmade gift along with what I bought for one recipient and I thought one of my framed projects would be the best option.

The image is from CTMH (borrowed from a friend) and I painstakingly coloured it with white craft ink and then stamped over it a second time so the black outlines would be a little more prominent.   I actually messed this up the first time so I had to start over with a new image. (my stampamajig shifted the tiniest bit and made the image blurry)

Once I’d finished re-stamping the outline, I finished the colouring using prismacolour pencils and OMS.  I wanted a soft, vintage feel to the image and I feel I have the most control over my colouring when I use pencils.

To showcase the image, I used a gorgeous piece of Bo Bunny paper that I bought last Christmas but didn’t get to use in my projects.  I’m so glad I still had it!

The sentiment is an Anna Wight (Whipper Snapper) stamp and I kept the embellishments to a minimum so the paper and the coloured image could speak for themselves.

I made the jingle bell by using white embossing powder on a gold bell and dusting some glitter over it with mono multi glue.

I hope she likes it!

All Aboard!

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I needed to make a card for a baby shower (boy) and dug out a Hero Arts set with a little train as one of the images.  I remembered that I had some My Mind’s Eye paper with trains on it so I dug it out and came up with this card:

The train was coloured with Copics and I used buttons and flat backed pearls for the wheels.  I copied an image panel/ribbon technique I saw on the PTI blog (for a much more elegant card) just because it was a little something different and I thought it would go well with a long, skinny image.

IRL, this is a bright and cheerful card.  Hope the recipient likes it!

More Notepads

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Spent the afternoon crafting with Karen and we made a few pen/notepad sets.  I used some new paper from Michael’s Recollections line and PTI Tiny Treats because these little images are just so perfect for Christmas projects.

These sets make great Christmas gifts and if you need to bump the gift up to something a little pricier, a gift card or some Christmas-themed goods from Bath & Body Works would certainly do the trick!  I’m planning on going there later this week to see if they have anything suitable for my gift supplementing needs.

I still have to punch holes in the tags and package them but you can see what the packaging looks like HERE.  It’s always so difficult to photograph plastic bags.

Back soon!

All About Babies

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No stamping today to speak of but I have 3 “baby” stories to share:

First up, I made a batch (12) of Thank You cards for my SIL to use for baby shower gifts and initially thought it would be easier to make 12 baby-themed embellishments with my Cricut than to stamp and colour 12 images from my limited selection of baby stamps.

I was wrong.

I can’t even tell you how many hours I spent assembling the baby carriage image I chose from Simply Charmed.  There were 4 rounds of cutting (wheels and base of head, cheeks, frilly bits plus bow on baby, baby’s face and the actual main image) and the wheels alone were enough to make me scream.  I had to pluck all the little bits out from between the spokes and found the whole exercise a bit frustrating.  The things we do for love!

After a full day, I did manage to finish the set of cards but they certainly don’t reflect the amount of time that went into them:

I tried using patterned paper for the circle behind the carriage and, while it looked cute prior to attaching to the card base, the original paper I chose to place on the base was just too busy so I rummaged around and found something a little more solid as a substitute.

As all the cards are the same layout, I mixed things up a little by using 3 different colours for card bases – Pink Pirouette, Barely Banana, and Kraft.  I like the Kraft version the best.

Secondly, I forgot to share the completed box to package the baby ornament (for the same baby as the thank you cards) I made in THIS post:

I love the contrast of the kraft cardstock with the soft pink paper and ribbon!

…and my final “baby” story…

Our beagle loves to roll around on the grass (unfortunately) but I won’t let him do it while we are on our walks so I make sure to give him some quality lawn time when we get home.   Who knows what my neighbours think when they see Jack in action.  It was difficult to take a picture as he was moving around the entire time.  Note the tongue sticking out in complete ecstasy:

Holiday Gifts Take Two

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After making my first frame (see post here), I thought I could be a little more creative with the embellishments but needed to find the right image for the centre before I pulled all the elements together.

The gingerbread man from PTI’s Holiday Button Bits was the perfect scale for the project so I quickly stamped him on some natural cardstock, added some buttons (of course!) and found the perfect patterned paper in my stash to decorate the frame.

I used lots of distress ink on the edges of the paper and couldn’t resist the call of this cute gingham ribbon – which I tied in a triple bow using my Bow-Easy.  I’m really pleased with this particular frame.  Now the pressure is on for my third attempt! (which will be done at a later date as I’m currently prepping some glass ornaments and they need som drying time before I clear off my work surface).

I think I’ll make a matching notepad and beaded pen to go with this and see if Bath and Bodyworks (which just opened up yesterday in St. John’s – no more on line ordering!) has any gingerbread scented products to round out this little gift.  I know just who to give this to!

Holiday Gifts

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Plodding along with the holiday gifts – I am not making quite as much progress as I’d like (mojo is not always with me these days) but I do have a good start on things and I am not at mid-November yet so everything is currently under control!

I bought a few wooden frames at Michael’s a few months ago in hopes that I could make some cute gifts with them.  The image area on the frames is only 3.5X3.5″ so it’s not too intimidating to find a way to fill the space.  I used a JustRite image that I bought a couple of years ago and never inked up before to make my first frame.  Originally, I used white craft ink but it didn’t pop enough on the red cardstock for me so I switched over to white embossing powder and got a much more visible image:

The frames are on quite an angle so it was difficult to take a picture in good lighting (I’m really only set up for cards – if something is too tall, my lights don’t reach high enough to light up the entire project).

Once the frame was painted (I used an off-white paint called “Tapioca” from Folk Art), the project worked up super-quickly.  I traced the patterned paper, cut it out, glued it with mono multi (still can’t get Zip Dry to work worth a darn) and sanded the edges flush with the frame.  The jingle bells were painted and glittered and I used a glue gun to attach them to the frame.

This was my first attempt and I felt I could do better so I scrounged around my craft room and came up with another version…which I’ll share with you tomorrow.  😉



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