Sunday, November 22, 2015

Deck the Halls

Hi All and welcome - hope you are all having a good Sunday.  It is totally beautiful here in Arizona, we have a mild sunny day.  Even though it may be lovely and sunny it is getting closer and closer to the holidays and you know what that means - TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY. 
I really love using Karen Burniston's interactive dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs and her cute little characters are frequently found scampering around my cards.  Today I wanted to try something different so made them in an ornament.  I started with Jolly the Mouse and Chilly the Penguin and think Honey the Bear could be lots of fun too. I did, of course, think of Rudy the Reindeer but have to go back to the store for a bigger bulb for him.

I actually took this photo before adding the final half of the plastic bulb because it is more clear.  With the entire bulb on - there was no way to avoid the glare.  So here we have Jolly and Chilly ready for the tree.

Here they are - totally enclosed.
I found these plastic bulbs at my local craft store and they are very inexpensive.  They come apart in the center and have the loop on top for your ribbon.  I cut a circle from acetate that is the same size as the opening of the bulb.  I cut my characters, 2 each, and put one on each side of the acetate.  Don't forget to reverse them on one side.  I then put them in the bulb, added a little snow and closed them.  The final step was to add some ribbon.
Thanks  for stopping by and have a creative week,


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Compliments of the Season --

Hi everyone and welcome to day 2 of  Designer Challenge week.  Be sure to stop by the Elizabeth Craft Designs(ECD) blog tomorrow to see everything the team has put together as well as a new video from Karen Burniston.  All you need to do is click here.

To coincide with the November Designer Challenge, every purchase made over $40 of Karen Burniston's Pop It Ups will receive a FREE $10 Gift Card. You will receive your Gift Card with your order in the mail and your Gift Card can be used on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website. This offer only applies to purchases made on our website between Tuesday 17th November and Thursday 19th November.
For my second card I decided to go with the triple pivot card technique shown in Karen's video here.  Karen used the Butterfly Pivot in the video andI used the Tag Pivot for mine.  To make the Tag Pivot a triple you will need to make a couple of extra snips.  I have shown that below for you.  I have linked all dies and current stamps below so simply click on them for more details.
Here is my card with "Compliments of the Season."

I used one of my favorite stamps on the front tag for this with the plucked turkey.  I have had this stamp in my collection for ages so, sorry, can't tell you about it.  I also used a stamp from the Merry & Bright set but separated it between the two small tags.  The letters are from ECD as well. 

For the front of the card I have added the All Season's Tree and leaves along with the new Basket
from the Props 7.

On the last tag which is also the back of the card when closed, I added a pumpkin that was made with three circles from the Ring Accordion Die - then inked and embossed.  For the tags and pumpkin that are colored I used the new 100# Soft Finish Card Stock from Elizabeth Craft Designs and I can't say enough good things about this paper.  It takes color so well and is so lovely to work with.  Blending colors on it is so easy.

And now as promised, here is how you can make the Tag Pivot into a triple.

OK here is where you snip.  I have added green over the cut portion of the card so it is easier for you to see.  Yours will be all the same color.  You are simply going to snip where it is attached (only on the small tags) - shown by the arrows.
Make valley and mountain folds - it should look like this.  Now decorate.
Go ahead! try it- it's fun and easy
Have a great week and don't forget to tune in tomorrow over at ECD Blog for the latest video.


Monday, November 16, 2015

It's Designer Challange Week

Yay !! - it's Designer Challenge week at Elizabeth Craft Designs with Karen Burniston.  This month she has challenged the team to use any technique from her many YouTube Videos.  It was hard to decide but I finally settled on The Grungy Gears Background Technique.  You all know how much I love gears and grungy stuff so this was for me.  Karen's videos are designed to inspire you to make something similar using the technique - but if you choose to make it exactly, that's fine too.  Here's my card for the challenge using the Clocks & Gears Set, the Spiral Pull Card, the Rectangle Pull Card and Lucky. 
 I have linked all dies below so you can find them easily.

I'm a fan of using what is at hand and making the best of it.  I didn't have the shelf liner that Karen used in her video so I used Aluminum Foil from the kitchen and it worked just fine.  I was also out of Black Soot Distress Paint so I used Barn Door instead and I rather like how it turned out.  In addition to the gears I used some of the numbers and clock hands and added a few of the negative circles as well.  I didn't need to alter Lucky, he's too cute just as he is.

On the inside of my card I simply wanted to add the pop up from the Rectangle Pull Card to the Spiral Pull Card and say "hello".  I cut the word "hello" and the clock face on the front from manila paper and then painted it with the same Distress Paint. 

Here's a little close up so you can see the gears and clock parts.
Hope to see you tomorrow- I'll be back with my second card for the challenge,

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Destination Inspiration @ A Vintage Journey

Hi friends,  today I am hosting the Destination Inspiration segment at A Vintage Journey.  I made a FALL inspired project using the designated tools and colors for this leg of the journey.  Hope you  will stop by and take a look. 
Here's a small sample just to tempt you.

Have a wonderful week,

Friday, November 6, 2015

Class Card #2

Hi everyone -

Here is the second card for my class at Scraps of Love on December 1, 2015.  Just in time for the gift giving season - a gift card holder featuring Rudy - one of the adorable characters from

Get contact information by clicking here.
Hope to see you there,

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Baby - You're A Firework

Hi and welcome to a new month and that means a new challenge at A Vintage Journey.  This time our lovely hostess, Nikki, choose the theme:  Baby, You're a Firework.  It is a tradition in some countries to have a huge firework display on many different holidays.  I would like that in the US as it seems like a simply marvelous idea.  Here is what Nikki challenged us to do: Fireworks are a big part of celebrations at this time of the year. Be inspired by them to create a Tim style project; think Distress Glitter, bold colours, ink and paint splats and fun. Go on, light up that night sky.
I decided to work in my journal again this time.  It is becoming quite thick, that makes me happy because it means I have finally ended my procrastination.  Here is how I interrupted the challenge.

I wasn't really sure where I was going when I started but ended up in a good place.   I used Tim's On The Edge Die "Townscapes" for the buildings and then colored in the windows and doors.  The fireworks are cut from glittery Fun Foam that I found at the dollar store, I used the splat from the Scribbles Die Set for that.  The white stars are molding paste using a layering stencil.  It is finished off with Holiday Words.

 I started out with four pages that I had already applied gesso to.  The top two pages are torn around the edges on all sides.  Some scrapbook paper was added to the bottom two pages. Then a layer of Tissue Tape was added.  Two shades of acrylic paint on the top pages, light and dark blue.  The top pages were then glued to the bottom ones.  I splattered on some watered down gesso to the top portion. 

The finishing touches were red edging and lots of Stickles!!
Don't forget to stop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what the rest of the team made - I can guarantee you will be delighted. 
Have creative weekend,

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Card Class

Hi everyone,

Those of us who live in the Phoenix area are so lucky to still have wonderful local stores that fuel our need to look, touch and purchase scrapbooking and card making materials.  One of those is Scraps of Love in Peoria where I will be teaching a class on December 1, 2015.  I will be teaching two cards using the lovely products from Elizabeth Craft Designs and Karen Burniston.  Please contact the store for more details by clicking here.

Here is card 1,  Please come back on Friday when I will be showing card 2.

It seems that Chilly is ready to open gifts -
Hope you have a creative week,