Friday, December 27, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Paper Smooches December DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches January release with you!  TEN newstamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time...on January 1st.  It's CHA (trade show time) so the release is extra-big!  You will find them HERE
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog
  • The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes) 
  • You have until midnight MT on Sunday, December 29th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, December 30th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)
And here's my project for the hop...

I used:
Paper Smooches Stamp set Botanicals 1
Paper Smooches Stamp set Botanicals 2
Paper Smooches Stamp set Positive Strokes
Paper Smooches Scalloped Circle Dies

Have fun hopping and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 23, 2013

A last second DIY gift wrapping

Yep! No matter how much I try, I end up with last-minute things. Over time, I've gotten over perfection and DIY wrapping with recycled materials work for me just fine. And with the hoard of crafting supplies that I have amassed, it isn't hard to take care of wrapping in short time. For the following gift wraps, I combined the old (brown paper packaging) and the new (brand new dies from Sizzix).
I used:

Sizzix Bigz Die - Garden Greens

Others: Tags, Brown paper, thread, sewing machine, Adhesive

Here are the steps:
2. Sculpt the diecut floral pieces with finger and layer them together to create the flowers.
3. Adhere the Garden Greens and Spring Greenery diecuts to tags.
4. Wrap gifts with strings, ribbon, twine, etc. and/or machine stitch them close. Top the gifts with Jumbo Tattered Florals and write on the tags and tuck them in.

And here's a closer look
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fun Holiday card with Glitz Design

This is the last week of school before the winter break and we deliver our gifts to the teachers and staff at school and our friends from the kids' old school. The gifts are wrapped and ready, tags are attached, just a few more cards to make. Here's one I did with Hello December collection from Glitz Design.
I used:
Glitz Design "Hello December" Whatnots
Glitz Design "Hello December" Stamp Tin
Glitz Design "Hello December" 12 x 12 Stickers- Titles & Accents
Glitz Design "Hello December" Washi Tape Plus
Others: cardstock, acrylic paint, thread, ink 

I wanted to make a fun and colorful artsy card. I started by attaching the washi tape as the base. I stamped the car and 'never stop believing' on cardstock. I colored the pieces with Distress ink and flicked water for the inks to react. I popped out the insides from the Happy Holidays tag and arranged the pieces as shown. I topped it off with a sticker. Finally, I stitched to add some texture. I love that the Happy Holidays Whatnot tag added instant sentiment to my card.

Here's a closer look. 
Happy Holidays to you all!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Very Merry December with October Afternoon, part 4

Continuing with my December Daily album using October Afternoon'e Very Merry December kit. Here are some more pages

and a close-up...

Be sure to check out the October Afternoon blog for more inspiration.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Tags with Glitz Design

How are your holiday preparations coming along? I'm inching along. 
This year, I have decided to use my DT projects as part of my gift giving. Here are a few tags toward that goal. Making my own gift tags was easy with the stamps from Glitz Design's "Hello December" Stamp Tin. I stamped the backgrounds of the tags and then the sentiment and to & from. I added some details with watercolor pencils, black and white pens and some sparkle with silver sequins. Finally, I added the to and from names on the tags.

Supplies I used:
Glitz Design "Hello December" Stamp Tin
Others: tags, gold, cream, red acrylic paints, paint brush, watercolor pencils, thread, sequins, sewing machine, brush markers, black and white pens, adhesive 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Crafty gifts with Sizzix

I like to add little handmade touches to my gifts, combine old with new, and put it all together with love.

Here's an example of such a gift. You could translate this idea to cooking gifts, sewing gifts, and more. You could even organize your own collection of supplies for a pretty craft space.
To make it, I used the following: 

Sizzix Bigz Die w/Bonus Textured Impressions - Jar Labels

Others: cardstock, patterned papers, book text, chipboard, Gelatos, Distress ink pads, blending tools, paint brush, Glaze, assorted ribbons, fibers, and buttons, thread, needle, adhesive, paper piercer, tissue paper

Let me walk you through the steps.

Diecut Spools & LabelsJar LabelsJar Lids, and mini Envelopes & Tags from cardstock, chipboard, pattered papers, and book text.

Assemble the envelopes.

Color the tags with Distress ink pads and blending tool. Flick some water on the tags to let the Distress inks react.

Color the spools die cut out of chipboard using Gelatos and blending with Glaze medium. Let dry thoroughly. You could also diecut Spools & Labels out of patterned papers and adhere them to the chipboard Spools & Labels.

Wrap assorted ribbons, twines, lace, etc. on the finished spools.

Diecut and emboss Jar Labels and Jar Lids out of cardstock and the biggest one out of chipboard.

Color the cardstock pieces with Distress ink pads and blending tool. Flick water. Let dry. Write on the labels with your best handwriting. You could also use stamps and stickers if you like. Color the chipboard label piece the same way as the spools above. Let dry. Sew on assorted buttons in the recipient's favorite colors. Make holes for the buttons in the chipboard to make sewing easier.

This is a brass pail I found at Goodwill a while back. You could buy similar ones in the floral section of craft stores. Or use a jar or a basket or box you already have or found at a flea market. You could always buy new baskets as well. My friends appreciate old finds, so this works for me.

Line the pail with some tissue paper. Fill in the stuff. Attach a label to the pail. Tie the jar lid with a piece of twine with some beads and bells to the handle to finish.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, December 09, 2013

A glimpse of pretties to come

If you loved this Tattered Floral Sizzix Bigz die by Tim Holtz, then you'll definitely love the new Jumbo Tattered Florals die (659441) even more! It's coming out this Winter CHA along with Garden Greens (659436) and Spring Green (659573) dies. They are perfect for spring crafts and round the year. Be sure to ask your local/ favorite store to pre-order these beauties!
Let me share with you something I made with the new Jumbo Tattered Florals die (659441).

I used:
Sizzix Jumbo Tattered Florals die (659441) by Tim Holtz
White cardstock
Distress Ink pad Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, and Shabby Shutters by Ranger
Ink blending tool by Ranger
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Tape Sketch Book
Archival Jet Black ink pad by Ranger
Stampers Anonymous CMS155 Simple Sayings
Paint brush
Thread, needle, button, wrapping paper, gift box

Here are the steps:
1. Diecut Jumbo Tattered Florals out of white cardstock using Sizzix Big Shot Machine and extended cutting pads.
2. Color the floral pieces using various Distress inkpads and ink blending tool.
3. Flick water with a paint brush for the distress inks to react. 
4. When dry, curl the edges of the floral pieces with your fingers pressing gently.
5. Stack the pieces together and stitch a button through the middle. 
6. Color the leaf pieces, flick water, let dry, and fold the leaves along their centers. Attach them to the flower as shown.
7. Wrap a gift box with paper. Secure the fold with tissue tape. 
8. Wrap some thread around your palm loosely, take it off and lay it down on the wrapped gift box. Secure thread with a bit of tissue tape.
9. Attach the jumbo flower near the left edge of the box.
10. Stamp a label and a saying in it and tuck it under the flower.

And here's a closer look
Hope you enjoyed the mini tutorial and are excited about creating with this Jumbo Tattered Florals die. Just think of the possibilities :)

Friday, December 06, 2013

Nesting Trinket Boxes with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Hi everyone, here's an inexpensive gift making tutorial for you. 

I believe that adding your loving handmade touches to a simple gift makes it priceless.
Here's a set of nesting trinket boxes that I altered very easily with Design Memory Craft products to give as gifts.

I started with these inexpensive nesting boxes. To alter the boxes, I used these Design Memory Craft goodies:
1. Gelatos® (Cotton Candy, Metallic Mint, Blueberry, Green Tea, Pistachio, Lemon, Metallic Melon, Red Cherry, Tangerine, and Bubble Gum)
2. Gesso
4. Glaze
8. Some patterned paper scraps. 
Let me walk you through the steps.

First , color the small box using various shades of blue and green  Gelatos®.
Blend the colors with Glaze. In the center, attach some floral patterned paper using Gel Medium. Mute the design down a bit with a light wash of Gesso.
Color the inside of the small trinket box as well using Gelatos® and Glaze.
With Stamper's Big Brush pen Black, write 'Dream' or another word you like. Doodle around a bit with Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK brush tip. Fill in some of the doodles with Metallic PITT Artist Pen GOLD.
Repeat the above steps with the bigger box. 
Using Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK brush tip, write quotes inside the boxes. Fill the small box with sweet treats (I put chocolate!). Put the small box inside the big one and latch it closed. And your Holiday gift under $ 5 USD is ready!