Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tea Anyone?

Wednesday marks another challenge over at the Pappercraft Star and this week's challenge theme is coffee or tea.  I know I could a use some down time to enjoy a cup of hot raspberry tea!  For my project this week I created a card using patterned papers from Webster's Pages, along with a new image from our sponsor The House Across The Bay called Vintage Book Pages 200.  I thought this image went perfectly with the Webster's Pages papers.  The stamp set I used on this card is from Taylored Expressions called CreativiTEA.  I colored the pot with copics as well as the coordinating flower.  I then added some seam binding from an Etsy shop called Paper Loves Glue and some vintage lace from my ever growing stash!  We have a great picture to use for inspiration if you choose, or for more inspiration visit our design team's blogs!  Just link up your project by Monday 6:00 a.m. EST for your chance to win some digital image sheets from The House Across The Bay.  Hope everyone has a wonderful week!


Stamps:  Creativitea from Taylored Expressions
Paper:  Pink Pirouette card stock from SU, Webster's pages patterned paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Pink Pirouette, Copic markers

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Papercraft Star Challenge 76

Oh my goodness I can't believe Christmas is almost upon us!!!  Where has the time gone?  This week over at the Papercraft Star our challenge is to create a gift card holder or a tag.  Easy right?  For my projects I chose to create some gift card holders.  I purchased Sizzix XL die called scoreboard business card holder last year and I have used this die SO many times.  I used some "Little Sizzles" double sided mat board that is perfectly cut to match up with this die to cut out my little gift card holder.  I then covered it in patterned papers from Echo Park.  For my embellishments I used a Martha Stewart Doily, seam binding from Paper Loves Glue, and of course this darling image from our sponsor The House Across the Bay called Christmas Squares 055.  The poinsettia was made from various floral punches and leaves punches.  These little holders are so cute!

For this little gift card holder I used patterned papers from Echo Park and a digital image from the same Christmas Squares 055:  however I adhered it to a facet from Tim Holtz.  There was a great tutorial on the Tim Holtz blog on how to use adhere images to these facets and back them with foil.  In his tutorial he uses Santa images as embellishments to one of his tags from this years Twelve Days of Tags.  The House Across the Bay has so many lovely images that would work so well with this technique!  

I hope you can find some time to play along with this weeks challenge for your chance to win some great images from our sponsor The House Across The Bay.  Just link up your project by Monday 6:00 a.m for your chance to win.  Wishing you a very happy holiday season.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Papercraft Star Challenge 75

Wednesday is here and we're half way through the week!  Ready for another Papercraft Star Challenge? This weeks challenge is to include a bell or an ornament.  For my project I created these little ornaments using various images from our sponsor The House Across The Bay.

For my first ornament I used a music sheet background from THATB called  Text Background 066, which I cut a shape from a Cricut cartridge called "Sophisticated".  Using an image from the Christmas Pendant Circles 186, I adhered to the center.  I then made a small bow from seam binding and tulle and adhered a prima flower to the center.  I just adore this little images from the Christmas Pendant Circles!

For this next ornament I used a snowflake I purchased from a discount store last year and added a rosette made from patterned paper and again used an image from Christmas Pendant Circles.

For this last ornament I cut a bird from  the same Sophisticated cartridge.  I tucked a heart shape behind the image from the Christmas Pendant Circles sheet and added a small prima flower and some leaves.  There are so many lovely images that come on the digital sheets from The House Across The bay one sheet printed gave many options to use.  

Here's a photo for more inspiration, which you may choose to use or take a look at our design team's wonderful projects.  This week we welcome our Guest Designer Heidy Blom.  Just link up your project for a chance to win some digital images from our sponsor The House Across The Bay by Monday 6:00 a.m  EST.  Happy crafting!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge 110

Well it's getting closer to Christmas!  Anyone freaking out yet!  I myself still have Christmas shopping to do, cards to send and somehow still need to have the kiddos pictures taken!  Although now I think I'll have to postpone the pictures for now since my little ones are still getting over being sick:-(.  I did have a chance to play in this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge.  Well just barely.  I saw it was a four color combo and I just love the colors chosen for this week's color story.  For my card I used a few different lines of products. I started out with a real red card base which I adhered some patterned papers from Echo Park called "Season's Greetings" to a navy mat.  Then I used stamp sets from MFT Stamps called "Framed Greetings", and the sentiment stamp is from Tim Holtz.  The "Framed Greetings" stamp set comes with a coordinating die which make it so easy to cut out the frame perfectly!  A little tree is tucked behind my sentiment for a little more holiday spirit and my card was done!  How about you, are you in the holiday spirit?  This afternoon while stopping by the Starbucks a couple in front of us paid for our coffee's and told us to have a blessed day.  With all the hustle and bustle, the grouchy sales people and long lines this was an act of kindness that was so unexpected we were overcome with the reminder of what Christmas truly means.  So sending kind thought to my bloggy friends and wishing you a blessed day.


Paper:  Echo Park Season's greetings, Real Red, Night of Navy, Kiwi Kiss, card stock from SU
Ink:  Kiwi Kiss, Real Red
Stamps:  Tim Holtz, Framed Greetings from MFT
Embellishments:  Edge punch from EK success, Framed Greetings die from MFT Stamps, Tree from Echo Park sticker sheet

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Days of Tags Day 8

Super quick post this evening.  My little one is not feeling well :-(  Here is my take on day 8 tag over on the Tim Holtz blog.  I was more of a steampunk look which looked great on his tag.  Since I didn't have a lot of the supplies he used I went with a softer look.  Here's my take on the tag.  Hope everyone is having a good week with good health!


Paper:  Buttercream card stock, Tim Holtz seasonal paper pack, 
Stamps:  background stamp from SU, 
Ink:  Distress ink frayed burlap
Embellishments:  gears from 7 gypsy's, making memories 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Papercraft Star Challenge 75

Hello everyone!  I hope you are all having a good week.  Today we have a new challenge up for you over at the Papercraft Star!  This week use a tree in your project.  We have a lovely inspiration photo to use to get the ideas flowing and for more inspiration hop on over to each design team members blog!  For my card I used patterned paper from Webster's pages which had a tree printed right on to the paper.  I added a rosette made from a Tim Holtz die and adhered an image from our sponsor The House Across The Bay.  This adorable image is from Christmas Pendant Circles 186.  There are so many sweet images in this one sheet and they punch out perfectly using a 1 inch circle punch.  I tied up a simple bow with a rose adhered to the center.  The tag was made using a spellbinders die and stamped with a sentiment from Verve.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with!  Just link your project up by Monday 6:00 a.m EST for your chance to win some images from our sponsor THATB!  Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!


You can see this sweet little girl in the center of the rosette.   I printed her out on shimmer white paper so she looks like she's walking in a winter wonderland!  

Inspiration photo

Paper:  Bravo Burgundy, Shimmer White cardstock from SU, patterned paper from Webster's Pages
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy ink from SU, 
Stamps:  O Christmas Tree by Verve
Embellishments:  Seam binding, Spellbinders labels four, Christmas Pendant digital image from THATB, rose from Prima, Stickles red

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Days of Tags Day 6!

Hello all!   Day 6 and I have to say I'm going through card withdraws.  I think I'll sit back down and make a matching card for this tag.  Today's tag is embossing foil with painting and distressing!  Tim Holtz gives easy instructions for creating a foiled tag here.  For my tag I embossed my foil with a cuddle bug folder called Holly Ribbons.  I painted over the raised parts with some paint and smooch inks.  Using the same paint I colored over the bell and holly charm and coated it with clear embossing power.  I adhered my charm on a tag I covered with some vintage music sheet.  Some seam binding and sheer lace finishes off my tag.  Hope you are all having a good week.  Stop by tomorrow to see the new challenge over at the Papercraft Star!  


My Tim Holtz inspired tag day 6

Tim Holtz's tag for day 6.

Ink:  Green Apples paint, smooch inks, 
Embellishments:  foil, seam binding,  sheer ribbon, Tim Holtz seasonal charm

Monday, December 5, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Days of Tags Day 5

Ok any light weights out there?  Feeling a little crafting fatigue?  I have to say I was feeling it.  That is until I saw the technique shared today over at the Tim Holtz blog.  I've never used alcohol inks before and am impressed by the quick drying and concentrated color!  For my tag I found that when I inked the transparency with the ink and then used the Archival ink to remove the red color, I had a hard time getting a nice look.  By accident I discovered if I used clear cling stamps with out ink and stamped on the transparency, the alcohol  inks stuck to the cling stamp and just lifted off with no problems!  What a happy mistake!!!  You can see where I used the Archival ink stamp and removal technique on the tree.  It looks a bit dingy because I couldn't get off all the black archival ink.  For my wreath I just punched leaves from a Martha Stewart punch and adhered them to a circle chipboard.  Don't forget to pop on by the TH blog and leave a comment each day, you just might win one of the daily prizes!  Thank you for stopping by.


Tim Holtz Day 5 Tag.  So pretty!

My Tim Holtz inspired tag day 5.

Paper:  Whisper White cardstock from SU, clear packaging, patterned papers from Tim Holtz seasonal paper pack
Ink:  Pepper alcohol ink, Distress ink
Stamps:  Vintage Christmas from Clear Arts Stamps, O Christmas Tree from Verve, Lace stamp set from   Clear Art Stamps,
Embellishments:  Martha Stewart leaf punch, bling, 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tag 4!

There are some beautiful tags on the Tim Holtz blog for day 4 of the Twelve Days of Tags.  For my tag I used a large snowflake cut from some grunge paper, and outlined in silver stickles.  I tried to make a similar background but couldn't quite get the same effect.  For my large snowflake I did use the crackle paint in picket fence and distressed it using broken china ink.  I cut out the "25" using the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge backed with some music sheet paper.  The background needs a little work, but all in all I like the way it turned out.  If you're creating tags each day too I love seeing the inspiration!  Thank you for taking a look.


Tim Holtz tag 4.

My attempt at tag 4.

Day 3 of Tim Holtz 12 Days of Tags

The tag for today looked like it would be a cinch, however I had a really hard time creating this one.  Tim Holtz did a new technique that I have never seen before.  I wanted so much to try it out, but sadly I did not have the "Cut and Dry Felt Sheet".  He made a custom stamp pad with the felt sheet!  I might have to break down and just buy this one to try it out.  For my tag I cut Various fonts from Cricut cartridges to get a similar look.  I added shimmers to the letters and sprayed the entire tag with some Perfect Pearls Mist in turquoise.  Hopefully I'll have an easier time with tomorrow's tag.  Thank you for stopping by and taking a look.  If you're participating in the Twelve days of Tags with Tim Holtz leave me a comment and let me know how it going for you.  Thank for stopping by.


Tim Holtz tag for day 3

My take on day 3 tag

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 2 of Tim Holtz Twelve Days of Tags

Day 2 of the Tim Holtz 12 Days of Tags!  Sadly I did not have the the kraft Resist paper pad so I had to make due with what I did have.  I had some vintage sheet music so I used that and stamped my Christmas sentiment in Versa Mark and embossed with crystal clear embossing power.  I'm so glad the vintage music sheet didn't go up in flames!  I was able to get a similar look, but the embossing power spread when I embossed it so you can't really see the "S" in my sentiment "Season's Greetings".  For my tag I also went for a more shabby chic look, using a pink color pallet.  My deer was cut from my Cricut Cindy Lou cartridge.  Some seam binding and burlap a long with buttons for my border and I finished my day 2 tag!  What a fun event so far!  Be sure to check it out daily and don't forget to comment.  Prizes are given away each day!  Bring on day 3 Mr. Holtz!


Tim Holtz Day 2 Tag

My take on Day 2 tag.

Stamps:  Vintage Christmas from Clear Arts Stamps
Paper:  Kraft cardstock from SU, Vintage sheet music, patterned paper from SU.
Ink:  Whisper White craft pad from SU, Distress inks:  Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo
Embellishments:  Cindy Lou Cricut Cartridge, vintage buttons, Jenni Bowlin button, seam binding, trinket pins.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Twelve Days of Tags Day 1

It's Tim Holt's twelve days of tags!  I'm going to TRY to play along on each of these day.  For this tag I didn't have some of the dies so I used my Cricut to cut some the flourishes and the "Peace".  I tried the pine cone tutorial he has on his blog, but I struggled with this die cut.  I found it difficult making them look like pine cones.  I had asked my hubby what they looked like and he said..."flowers?".  Instant sad face!  Oh well I did have fun making this tag so I'm happy with it.  Looking forward to tomorrows tag.  Check out the Tim Holtz blog each day and don't forget to comment as there will be prizes given away daily!!!  Have a great day!


Paper:  Tim Holtz seasonal patterned papers, lunch bag card stock from the Kraft Journal, grunge board
Ink:  Distress inks:  Antique Linen, Vintage Photo.  Craft ink:  Whisper White and Very Vanilla from SU, 
Embellishments:  Sizzix Embossing folder, Spellbinders Shapablities leaves, Pine cone Sizzix die, Cindy Lou cartridge. Ribbon, pearls and beads from Pretties kit, very vanilla embossing ink.