Thursday, November 28, 2013

Paper Smooches November DT Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches December release with you!  FIVE new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time...on December 1st.  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 chances) 
  • You have until midnight MT on Sunday, December 1st to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, December 2nd 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)

I used:
Paper Smooches Stamp set Love Struck
Paper Smooches Stamp set Sweet Hearts
Paper Smooches Love Struck Icon Dies
Paper Smooches Heart Dies
Paper Smooches Always & Forever Dies
Paper Smooches Polaroid Dies

Have fun hopping and Happy Thanksgiving!

Glitz Design Finnley Blog Hop

Hi everyone, welcome to the Finnley blog hop with Glitz Design! 
Now, Finnley is a baby collection like no other... it's colorful and pretty and has elements that can be used beyond baby projects. But today, I'm sticking with the theme. Here's a Baby brag book I created as a gift for someone. 
Glitz Design Finnley Whatnots
Glitz Design Finnley Bits & Pieces
Glitz Design Finnley Washi Tape Triangles
Others: cardstock, plastic, chipboard, hole punch, buttons, thread, adhesive, watercolor, o-rings, paint brush

Here are the inside pages. I put the pieces together leaving plenty of room for wallet-size photos
and thoughts. I splattered some metallic mint gelato watercolor on the pages and stitched some of the elements. The whole book came together quite quickly.

Want to win some prizes? Glitz Design will be giving Finnley prize packages, traditional and digital, to two lucky winners from all of the comments on all the blogs. The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances to win.
Please post only ONE comment on each blog you stop at.And now, hop on to these blogs for more traditional as well as digital inspiration:

Have fun with Finnley! Thanks for stopping by :)

A pop up Christmas card with Sizzix

Check out the Sizzix blog for a mini tutorial for making this card :)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Very Merry December with October Afternoon

How are your December Daily albums coming along? 
I shared my cover here last week and this week I have finished the base pages. I have kept my base pages flexible so I can move them around as I need. I cut the papers up and put them in the pockets based on the things we usually do in December. In some of the pockets, I put some embellishments like chipboard, doily, Tin Pins, etc. But nothing is glued down or stitched yet. I'll keep moving things around as I add photos, journaling, and memorabilia throughout December.
Here's a look at some of my base pages.

Don't forget to check out the October Afternoon blog for more inspiration.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Christmas card with Sizzix

Here's a Christmas card using Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Elegant Damask and Sizzlits Die - Holiday Greenery, both by Brenda Walton.

You'll need:

White cardstock
Distress Ink pads Evergreen Bough, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Barn Red, Fired Brick, and Mustard Seed by Ranger
Ink blending tool by Ranger
White gelly roll pen
Black brush marker by Faber Castell Design Memory Craft
Paint brush
Jingle bells

Here are the steps:
1. Trim cardstock to about 4.5" x 6" to fit inside the Elegant Damask embossing folder. 
2. Emboss the piece and using ink blending tool add some color with the Evergreen Bough Distress Ink pad.
3. Diecut floral pieces using Sizzlits Die - Holiday Greenery and color the pieces with various Distress ink pads.
4. Flick some water with paint brush for the inks to react. 
5. When dry, stack the floral pieces together, add some details with pen, and gently roll the edges with your fingers.
6. Attach the flower to the center of the big embossed damask. 
7. Stitch two bells near the flower.
8. Write sentiment on a strip of cardstock and attach below the flower.
And before you go, here's a close-up shot. 

I hope you enjoy making your own Holiday cards this year :)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Treat Poppers with Sizzix

As we approach the Holiday season, gift giving is on our minds. We are thinking of easy and quick but cute ways of packaging those gifts and treats. I'm finding this Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Treat Popper  quite handy for packaging small treats. It is very versatile as you can personalize it for any one and any occasion. Die cut the treat popper out of seasonal or themed patterned papers or cut it out of cardstock watercolor paper and color it yourself as I did. Let me walk you through the steps.

Here are the bits and pieces I die cut out of thick cardstock using Brenda Walton's Treat Popper Bigz XL die with the Big Shot machine and extended cutting pads. I also cut out some flower pieces using Brenda Walton's Sizzlits Die - Holiday Greenery to create a gift topper.

These days, I'm inspired by mint, pink, and gold. So I colored the Treat Popper pieces with Distress ink pads Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers using an ink blending tool. I added some Barn Door Distress Ink to the pink parts for a little depth and flicked water for the Distress inks to react.

Once the inks dried, I assembled the Treat Popper. I closed off one end with some golden thread, filled the tube with treats, and then tied the other end closed the same way. You could use ribbons to tie as well. 

Next, I added some details with gold paint and white pen.

To create the topper, I colored some of the flower shapes that I diecut using Brenda Walton's Sizzlits Die - Holiday Greenery with Distress ink.

I gently rolled the petals of the flowers with my fingers to give the flower pieces a little dimension. 

I stacked the flowers and stitched a button through the center. I colored the leaf diecuts with Peeled Paint Distress ink pad and layered them at the base of the flower. I attached the flower to the Treat Popper. I stamped a label and cut it out, wrote the recipient's name on it and tucked it under the flower.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would try the Treat Popper die to make quick, cute and easy little treat holders.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It's going to be a Very Merry December


with October Afternoon's Very Merry December Kit. Today marks the start of inspiration from the design team working with the kit. Here's my cover:

and a closer look

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

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Giving Thanks with Glitz Design

This week's theme at the Glitz Design blog is Thanksgiving. To celebrate I altered a chipboard panel with various Glitz Design products. 
To create this Thanksgiving decor project, I used three different collections by Glitz Design - Raven, Finnley, and Hello December. It was fun to mix a Halloween and a Christmas collection along with a Baby collection to come up with something related to Thanksgiving. I cut up papers from the 6 x 6 pad from Raven collection into small pieces and attached them to a chipboard panel like tiles and sealed the top. I whitewashed the collaged surface with gesso and distressed it with brown ink and layered some thread on top. I stamped feathers and pinecones in various colors, cut and arranged the pieces into a cluster. I wrote gratitude, cut it out and attached it near the cluster. I added some pink color with Gelato and splattered gold acrylic paint to add a festive touch.
Here's a closer look

Glitz Design "Raven" 6 x 6 paper pad
Glitz Design "Finnley" Stamp Tin
Glitz Design "Hello December" Stamp Tin
Glitz Design "Wild & Free" Stamp Tin
Others: chipboard panel, cream cardstock, gold acrylic paint, gesso, Metallic Melon Gelato, Stamper's Big Brush pens, thread, paint brush, palette knife, Archival Jet Black Inkpad, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink pad, ink blending tool, adhesive 

Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Creating with Glitz Design Whatnots

This week's featured product at Glitz Design blog are Whatnots! In case you are not familiar with Glitz Whatnots, they are vibrantly colored and precisely cut diecut elements that can work wonders on your layouts, cards, and other paper projects. Here's an example
 I have been dying to use that flower diecut from the Finnley Whatnots pack and a card seemed to be the best way to give the beautiful flowers the spotlight. After creating the base of the card with Finnley patterned papers, some paint and thread, when I attached the diecut flowers, I felt something was missing. So, I went in with a black pen to add some details. This connected the black feather elements in the diecut with the black ink of the sentiment tucked below. Splattering some green and gold paints were just the finishing touches the card needed.
 Here's a close-up


Glitz Design "Finnley" 6 x 6 paper pad
Glitz Design ""Finnley" Whatnots
Glitz Design "Hello December" Stamp Tin
Others: white cardstock, sewing pattern, cream, gold and green acrylic paints, black ink pad, thread, paint brush, palette knife

Don't forget to check the Glitz blog this week for more inspiration for using Whatnots.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Christmas kit up

in my shop... boy, it's been over a year since I last listed anything
Check it out here :)

Thursday, November 07, 2013


I'm loving the feather trend and one of my most favorite feather scrapbooking product is the feather stamp from Glitz Design's Wild & Free collection. 
To showcase that feather on my card, I stamped it on the grey paper with a dark grey ink marker, cut it out and mounted it on a blue doily background that I painted a light cream.. I colored the tip of the feather cream and gold and stitched it on a mush of thread for texture. I added the sentiment with some mini alpha stickers from the Raven collection and splattered some gold paint all around.

Here's a closer look...

Glitz Design "Love You Madly" 8 x 8 paper pad
Glitz Design "Raven" 12 x 12 Stickers - Alphabets & Words
Glitz Design "Wild & Free" Stamp Tin
Others: white cardstock, gold and cream acrylic paints, brush marker, thread, paint brush, palette knife

Thanks for stopping by :)