Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Gift Box

Happy Holidays!
I don't know about you guys but I have been busy with Christmas preparations.   Getting the house holiday ready and making lots of paper crafts.   Today I am sharing another cute box.  I saw this on You Tube, it was a tutorial by Donna Gray.  She calls it a Lovely As A Tree Ferrer Rocher Gift Box.  You can find the step-by-step tutorial here.  I used some Stampin Up card stock and the awesome "Lovely As A Tree" stamp set.  This stamp has been around for a very long time and it is still just as popular today! If you are interested, you can purchase this stamp set on my Stampin' UP! website by clicking on this link- Lovely As A Tree.  You can get it in rubber (aka Clear Mount- #127793, $20.00) or the traditional Wood Mount-#128655, $28.00).  To make my box I used some Always Artichoke Stampin' UP! cards stock #105119, $8.00; some gold foil paper, gold embossing powder, Versa-Mark, Spellbinders Pennants die templates, and a score board.  Well, that's it for now but I will be back really soon with more fun holiday projects.  Until next time..Au revoir !



Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Stampin' UP! Christmas Goody Box

Merry Christmas everyone!

I am so excited about the season and all the hope and promise that the Christmas season and the new year brings.  I have been making all these cute little boxes.  I now have a Master's in the Science of Paper Crafting from YouTube University!  This little box is my December post for the Eclectic Ellapu design team our (December projects).  The pink team's theme is "Anything Christmas" and the purple team's theme is "Jingle Bells" (incorporate jingle bells in your project).   For my project, I chose to make a candy box.  I used some retired Stampin' UP! (SU) 6x6 Designer Series Paper also know as DSP.  I followed another one of Sam Donald's tutorials on You Tube-Sweetie Window Box Tutorial using Stampin' Up! DSP .
The holly, pine springs were made using Martha Stewart punches, the sugared flatback embellishments are from Hobby Lobby, I used the (retired) SU large oval and scalloped oval punches, along with some Recollections (Michaels) clear card stock to make the windows. I used a small whole punch from Hobby Lobby (Paper Studios), and 1/8"white satin ribbon from JoAnn's.   I am going to remake the box using some current SU products and I will be sure to post that as well.
This was fun and pretty quick project, I hope you'll give it a try... Til' next time, Merry Christmas and an Awesome New Year!







        

Monday, October 31, 2016

Anything with a Bow!

Wow! where did October go!!!  
Just a real quick post to let you know about the November brag challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu and to make an announcement, be sure to read to the end!  The pink team's November challenge theme is "Anything with a Bow".  The purple team's theme is "Let Sparks Fly".  For my project, I chose to make some cute little party favor bags and boxes.  They are just cute, cute, cute with or without a bow.   To make these lovely little bags and boxes, I used some Stampin' UP! products,  like the scallop punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, some (retired) Designer Series Paper, some Old Olive grosgrain ribbon (retired), and some of the 1/8" gold with white trim ribbon (still available).  I followed the You Tube tutorial from Dannie Graves of Dannie's Designs for the for the largest bag.  For the "4 You" bag you can find the You Tube tutorial on Dawn's Stamping Thoughts and for the little wedding favor box you can find it on You Tube Sam Donald's tutorial.   I use to sell Stampin' UP! years ago.  I took a lengthy break and I've missed so much that I decided to join Team Stampin' UP! again.   I am in the process of setting up my website and getting things in place, so watch for the up coming announcements.



Well, I better stop here, my post is already a bit tardy.  I hope you will stop by the challenge blog and join in!  Til' next time



Saturday, October 1, 2016

Vintage Hot Air Balloon

Happy Fall Y'all!
My favorite seasons are starting..Fall and Winter, yea-aaah.  Harvest Time, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  No money, but I'm still excited about the seasons (lol). Sooo, let's get this show on the road. Let me start by announcing the October challenge at Eclectic Ellapu...drum roll please...one of my favorite themes...Vintage or Shabby Chic!!!  The pink team's challenge was to do something vintage, while our fab-fab purple team's challenge is Autumn.  My project inspiration came from the amaaaaazing Einat Kessler (Click on the link for all her YouTube videos). I decided to do a Hot Air Balloon!  Einat has so many great video tutorials, but the one that really got me was the Hot Air Balloon.  Her hot air balloon is a cross between vintage and Steampunk.   You can see Einat's awesome Hot Air Balloon video tutorial here.  Check out my finished project below and afterward let the Autumn breeze take you over to our October challenge at Eclectic Ellapu for more inspiring cards and projects; hope to see you there!

Supplies (I used) for this project:
Tim Holtz- loop pins, screw eyes, game spinner, time piece, clock key, distress paint-black, distress ink-walnut stain, distress stain-walnut stain
Hobby Lobby-gold Duck Tape, ATC canvas cards, patterned paper-Uncharted and (ATD's-Specialty Collections, this has a lot of foiled paper with maps and stuff about travel); chain link, large clear Christmas bulb with spout opening (they had 2 kinds of bulbs), large  metal gears, small (pliable) gears, leather strip.
SkyBluePink-unfortunately, this on-line store will be CLOSING DECEMBER 1, 2016, order while supplies last. 
Micheals- Fleur-de-lis (suspended by the wire loop that came with the Hobby Lobby large clear Christmas bulb)
Crafty Scrapper (Waxahachie, TX)- sugared brads (metallic gold).









Thursday, September 1, 2016

Gift Tags and more

Howdy folks,
    It's time for the September challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu.  The pink team's theme is anything to do with a "Gift" and the purple team's theme is "New Beginnings"...celebrate a new chapter in your life-new spouse, new baby, adoption, new job, etc.  Of course no gift is complete without a stunning tag!  Since I'm back on Tim Holtz again what better way to jazz up a tag than to use some Tim Holtz products. Tim and Ranger have some amazing products out currently.  I got a few dies, stamps, inks, and tools to add to my collection. I've been playing with some Layering Stencils, as well as some of the new and vibrant distress ink colours like "Picked Raspberry".  When I first saw this ink pad, I thought...ok that one I will not be purchasing-ever!  Ooh-wee that is a bold bright colour!  Well, I truly had to eat crow on this one. I absolutely love this colour!!!  This is just a must have ink pad and re-inker.  I also got to work with some of the Distress Paints. The Distress Sprayer- I'd been looking at it for awhile but refused to buy it because, I felt like I had enough spray bottles in my craftroom.  I really do like the Distress Sprayer and highly recommend it.  I love the way the mist-dopplets come out.  The water droplets on my tags really look distressed, vintage, and aged instead of  blobs of water. The Splatter brush-one word...AWESOME!!!  I did a little tag using the Splatter Brush, I call it my Solar Tag; you'll see why in a few.   I also did a quick tag using the Distress Sprayer that I will show.  I was on such a roll, I decided to see what kind of tutorials Tim had on his site and let me just say...I found the coolest tag!!!  I am always trying to do masculine projects but they always end up looking more girly than manly.  The tag I did even though it has butterflies, still rings dudely!!  I am sooooo pleased at how it turned out...Thanks Tim!    Well, I hope you will pop over to Eclectic Ellapu and join in the challenge, good luck!

To make the faux metal tag I used: Ten Second Studios Metal Tape Sheets (8 1/2 x 11 in), #8 Manilla Tag, Spellbinders Butterflies Two die templates, Spellbinders Damask Motifs die template, a bamboo stick from Sally's hair supplies), the bottom of a pen (to make the rivets), a few pieces of an old dictionary page, Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks-Stonewash, Ginger, and Pitch Black, a sanding block (the white rectangular block from Sally's hair supplies), a whole punch, some seam binding (black and brown), Walnut stain distress ink, and Glossy Accents...whew! (I think that's it,,,lol).    I hope you enjoy the tags and feel inspired to break out some of those Tim Holtz and Ranger products you have in your stash.


Water Mark (with Picked Raspberry love this colour)


Layering Stencils, stamps, Distress Paint, and Distress Inks


My waaaaay-cool Solar Tag using Distress Inks, Distress Paint and the ever-wonderful Splatter Brush

 
Above you can see how the faux  metal shines in the light and a frontal picture so you can see the elements on the tags better. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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