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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Simon Says... Christmas gifts!

Oh, so happy to play with Simon Says on Monday this week!

I've made library tag notebooks before, but I decided to better my design and make a stack for holiday gifts.  Here is the stack I've done so far:






Supplies and notes: 
  • These were made using old library catalog cards (which are approximately 3"x5")
  • For the covers, I just looked through my stash of cards from the year and selected a few...
  • The interior cards were cut using the perforating blade at one inch (25 cards per notebook)
  • They were then all punched at ~1" and 2" for binding
  • I used various twines to do a quick-bind... and even made a few tassels! 
Yay!  Booyah!  Gifts!

Now my husband (bless him) wants one for the woods for his vest pocket! :) For him, I'll make  a more durable cover and bind it from the top with more of a blanket stitch.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

SOS: Pretty-gifted...

Hello!

Could you guess what I implied with my post's title?

This week at Shopping Our Stash, us gals would like you to join us in creating some gift packaging with some of your stashed items and tools!

For this week's challenge, I created a special bag to contain the Champagne cork ornament made for my best friend Sarah and her new husband, Andrew:




Supplies and notes:
  • Nautical paper from DCWV's "Hey Sailor" stack, purchased in spring
  • Ribbon from the favors at Sarah's wedding
  • Leftover Mini Greenery punched in gold... was just sitting on my desk...
  • The shell was leftover from wedding decor. I rubbed it with some DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush 
  • Had to add some little gold jingle bells...
  • The tissue paper and gold trim is by Martha Stewart
  • I used Glossy Accents and Tombow adhesives
Yes, yes... Christmas is just around the corner, but don't discount any other occasions you may need a gift for!  Come join us at SOS for some stash-busting crafting fun!




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SOS: Do the Bargello...

(...to the tune of "Do the hustle...")

This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are challenging you to use the Bargello technique.

Now, I been 'round the crafting block a time or two, but I had to look this one up... and it was fun! Come on and join in... 2016 is almost over... there's still time to try something new!




Supplies and notes:
  • Just so ya know, this is my second attempt.  My first try was too small and I had to scrap it and try again.  
  • Scraps were from my scrap bin which contains any paper under ~6 x 8". I reached to the bottom for the higher height-to-width ratios. 
  • Both the "Hello" and butterfly diecuts are from Monika... what a doll. I inked them with Champagne Versamark and heat embossed with Stampendous EP in a pearly white. The butterfly tried to fly away while I was cookin' him, so I added some gesso polkadots to cover his boo-boos.
  • MY TIPS FOR BARGELLO:
    • Use a coordinating paper for the base because if you have any gaps they won't be as noticeable . 
    • Use lots of adhesive on the base! In hindsight, I would have used my higher-quality adhesive more judiciously and filled in the gaps with the cheaper stuff.  (I'm pretty cheap...)
    • Once done, I coated the entire Bargello panel with matte Mod Podge using a palette knife.  This step was well worth it-- a few ends kind of poked up where they missed the adhesive. The matte Mod Podge didn't warp the project or add a weird texture or anything.
Truly, this didn't take long time, and I think it was well worth the attempt(s),  If you arrived here from the SOS page, how did you feel about the Design Team plus our Guest Designer, Cornelia???  Freakin' rocked this one!  

Now go cut a few paper strips and paste, paste, paste,  Then: cut, cut, cut!  And then paste, paste, paste again!

Monday, November 28, 2016

HLS CASE in November

So, this month's CASE at HLS is a choice-CASE... players can choose any CASE from the past years' (I believe).  I re-CASEd the same card I CASEd earlier this year... what can I say? I guess my taste hasn't changed!

Here is my current card:


This is Kylie's card:

Here is the first CASE I did of Kylie's card:

Supplies from the current card:
  • Sentiment written on watercolor paper with a Zig Emboss Writer, then embossed wth black Recollections EP 
  • Dylusions sprays in Bubblegum Pink and Lemon Zest added to the craft mat with lotsa water, then the panel was smooshed.
  • Fiskars punch used at the corners
  • Viva Paper Pearls in Anthracite added for accent

Friday, November 25, 2016

Rustic (rusty) angel

Pretty sweet tag, huh?  I love shabby and rustic, though I haven't done much of it in the past couple years.





I  was inspired by this card by Ingvild Bolme for color and layout:

Supplies:
  • Watercolor paper inked with DI in Peacock Feathers and Scattered Straw 
  • Tim's Ledger Script stamp inked with his Mixed Media pad in Vintage Photo stamped randomly across the background
  • Heidi Swapp stencil inked with Gathered Twigs DI then sprayed and slapped on top as a monorint
  • White Liquitex gesso smeared around the edges then a layer of Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence added to a few spots with a thin-strip of an old giftcard. Later I touched up the Crackle because the Gathered Twigs bled in an unflattering manner... you know: pinkish-brown. Yucky.
  • Twine was wrapped around my thrift-store bingo card score a few weeks ago.  
  • The angel was another thrift-store find, at a different store.
  • The flowers are from three sources: Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and the big auction (flea market) in Roseville, CA... Denio's!
  • Stamen by Wilton
  • Tim's Mini Holiday Greens cut the the gold pine boughs peeking out... cut from Tim's metallic kraft-core
  • Doily is by Wilton, dipped in Vintage Photo and  Tarnished Brass Distress Stains. I then scrunched the doily to make it more of an oval to frame the angel.  (Up to this point, I planned to adhere this to a card... but I just couldn't.  I decided to add the remaining thrift twine as a hanging apparatus, and I'm totally pleased with this decision!) 
I'll share this at Anything But Cute:
I also want to share at STAMPlorations November Mixed Media challenge/stencil Sunday:

Feliz Navidad

I love using different languages on greeting cards, though I must admit: I can't fluently speak another official language...




Supplies:
  • Library catalog card base coated with Distress Crackle Paint through a Prima stencil then sprayed with Cut Grass Dylusions spray 
  • Amy Tangerine alphas inked with Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with Ranger Princess Gold
  • The poinsettias were from The Dollar Tree last winter.  The stamens were removed and a sequin was put in each center, with a dollop of Liquitex glass bead texture paste to add a little interest.
I plan to share this at the following:


Colour Q

Here's a (couple) makes for the current Colour Q challenge:



Supplies and notes :

  • Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, and Forest Moss DIs daubed onto letterpress paper
  • A Heidi Swapp stencil sprayed with water then laid onto the inked panel, then lifted and  dried
  • The "Thinking of you" is Tim's stamp inked with his Mixed Media pad in Vintage Photo on the reverse of an old catalog card
  • The "Big Hugs" was typed on an old typewriter 
  • The plantlife is from various stamps inked with Tim's MM pad in Vintage Photo 
I plan to give the "Thinking of you" to a friend whose son is in basic in the army.  I don't have plans for the "Big hugs" yet...


Almost forgot-- here is the color graphic: