Friday, 25 November 2016

Christmas Glitz

It's time for another blog hop over at Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink blog and, as usual, she's provided us with some amazing inspiration ...

I admit that when I first saw this I was a little bit blinded, but now all I'm dreaming of is putting up a bright white Christmas tree of my own. That's me, so very weak minded and apparently open to all suggestions. :)

I have been so busy that I couldn't do this justice. I know that already, so no need to tell me. I only had about 2 hours to devote to the hop and it shows. Plus we're living in the land of doom and gloom, fogged in completely 24 hours a day and photos are a pain to take. I'm already done with winter. Nevertheless, here we go ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps: PTI Holiday Greens, Tinsel & Tags. Ink: PTI Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores; Tim Holtz Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Crushed Olive, Peacock Feathers; Versamark. Dies: PTI Holiday Greens, Tinsel & Tags; Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles. Other: SSS Detail White Embossing Powder.
Next comes the glitzy part, so be sure to put on your sunglasses, we're on our way to Vegas ...

I made a gift card set, consisting of 3 standard A2 cards and 3 A1 (4 Bar) note cards, all in a Christmas theme. It all came from Nichole's photo. When I first saw it, I immediately thought about the movie "How The Grinch Stole Christmas", and my favourite song from it, "Trim up the tree with Christmas stuff, like bingle balls and whofoo stuff". That's how my mind works, folks. I chose three songs and created a background with the lyrics on my computer, printed it out on my laser printer and then foiled them with my Minc ...

Impossible to photo, but for the first one (the Dr. Seuss song on my ornament cards) I used an ombré gold and pink foil by Heidi Swapp which I just so happen to love. For the second series, The Bells, I again chose an ombré by Heidi, silver and teal. For the third set, the Christmas trees, I went with green foil from Heidi Swapp ...

Featuring the Dr. Seuss Trim the Tree song.

Featuring The Carol of the Bells: Ring Christmas bells, merrily ring, tell all the world, Jesus is King.

Featuring I saw mommy kissing santa claus.


I know, so boring, horrible photos and I'm sorry if you sat through the whole show. I'll try to do better next time. My only excuse is that I've been running around everywhere, and everybody needs me for something or other. I pretty much used all PTI, except for the DCWV glimmery glittery papers that I cut my Noted: Scalloped A1 card bases from. In life, it doesn't look quite this bad but it is a bit overwhelming in the glitz department (dare I say tacky).

Thanks for your visit. I appreciate each and every one of you and love when you leave me encouraging comments.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Create Along With Us November 2016

Papertrey Ink released lots of fun new birthday products this week and now we're getting to play along with the designers at this month's Create Along with Us Release Week Challenge

Remember that I said back in September I would choose a favourite from each day? And that all the ones I chose would need to fit into the "somewhat achievable by me" category? Well, here it is for this month:

Day 1
Nichole Heady
I can never resist a cute tag!

Day 2
Nichole Heady, again!
I love this simple clean design. I really struggle to use word die cuts on my cards and this looks like something that I might be able to do easily. Adds a big impact too.

Day 3
Amy Sheffer
One of my most very favourites of the whole release and it's the one that I chose to CASE, as you will soon see.

Day 4
Laurie Willison
Like I just said, I love cute tags and hers was the bomb, the perfect little addition to a birthday gift package.

Day 5
Danielle Flanders
Hello, the colours! So sad to see that she's leaving the PTI design team. She has been one of my most favourite card makers for forever. I know she has a lot of exciting things happening in her life right now, so I do understand. But I'll miss her lots. :(

Release Day Wrap Up
Danielle Flanders, again!
Can you see why I'm going to miss her so much?!!!

My most favourite card of the entire release is this one ...

Kay Miller
but it was officially disqualified as being something that I would never even attempt to do. :)

If you're still with me, here is the birthday card that I made - based on Amy's Day 3 winning card ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps: PTI Doodlie-Do, Sweet Holiday Wishes, MIM Kit: Color Pop Autumn. Inks: PTI New Leaf, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Bright Buttercup, Scarlet Jewel, Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush. Dies: PTI Doodlie-Do, Sweet Holiday Wishes, Keep It  Simple Frames.
I absolutely loved her technique of using sponge daubers to colour in the heat embossed Better Together flowers! It was so much fun to do and I just know that it's something that I'll be doing again. I also blended some Sweet Blush ink, in an oval shape, to my background to add a little bit of extra interest. Really happy with the way it all came out. For once. :) 

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Assembly Line Cardmaking

It's me again, participating in Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge. Laurie has us setting up assembly lines to put together more than one card at a time. I only ever do this at Christmas, so that's the card I made today. Actually, last year was the first time that I only did one design for everyone. Usually each card is different. Tags and treat boxes and table favours are a whole other story. I love making prototypes of those things and spending time (mindlessly) putting them together. A bit of Christmas music in the background and pretty things piling up around me. Ahh. So calming.

I chose a very easy design to replicate, especially with my MISTI ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps: PTI Winter Village. Inks: PTI Smokey Shadow, Cocoa Bean; Memento Tuxedo Black. Dies: PTI Noted: Scalloped A1 Die Collection. Other: Fun foam; Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.
So simple, but I love the images. I stamped my panels and then used an oval die from the Noted set to cut out the focal point of my image. I then set it back into my card front, using some foam tape to give it dimension.

I used this stamp set for the first time today and it made me so happy to play with such peaceful images. It made me realize that I want my wrapping and gift tags to be simple this year. I've pretty much decided that my wrapping paper will be dark brown, light cream and Kraft and that my tags will coordinate and incorporate some dark greens and black into my scheme. Can't wait to get started!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Tailored Christmas Card

This week, over at CAS(E) this sketch!, we're playing along with this sketch from Leigh Penner. I thought it would be a breeze, but for some reason I couldn't get anything to work like I wanted it to. I finally came up with something that I liked, though it's not as clean and "simple" as I had hoped for ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White & clear cardstocks, Fancy Pants, October Afternoon (yes, I still have a stack of older patterned papers). Stamps: Altenew Festive Silhouettes. Inks: PTI Pure Poppy. Dies: Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles, Small Bow. Other: Silver Germany glitter glass, Art Ingredients frosted mica flakes.
Yes, I made a fake shaker card, which is a little bit simpler than a real one, but not by much. :) On the bottom layer of the "shaker" I covered a strip of Scor Tape with my glitter and mica flakes, which makes it all secure and stationary, less messy in a way. Here's a close up ...

I just always need to break out the glitter once or twice during the holidays. Christmas wouldn't be the same without it. Even when I used to buy our holiday cards, I also made sure there was something shiny on the models I picked out. :)

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 1

I know, I'm late already, but I've always loved Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge and this year I'm determined to participate in the actual tag making for the first time. And as often as possible. That's the plan.

My inspiration for Day 1 came from Nora Noll; I loved this pretty red and white number that she created ...

This is the tag that I came up with ...

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White. Stamps: Altenew Festive Silhouettes.Ink: PTI Pure Poppy. Dies: PTI Note Niblets, Tag Sale: Quilted. Other: Doodlebug & Tim Holtz glitters.

I ended up making a shaker tag, that doesn't shake. :) I cut the window out of my top tag layer, using holly dies, and then lined it with clear cardstock. I put a strip of Scor Tape on the bottom layer of the tag and then sprinkled on glitter, green and red, masking as I went. I put the two layers together with some foam tape. It's a pretty easy way to get the look of a shaker, without all of the potential mess.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

No Ribbon Necessary

Playing along with Lexi over at the Papertrey Ink blog for this week's Make It Monday. She has us creating our own wrapping paper! Well, not the actual paper, but you know what I mean.

I've said it before ... I almost always use solid coloured wrapping paper at Christmas. It's what I like and I can use my (many) colours all year round, not just for the holidays. Having said that, I may go with a pattern this year, one that I bought at Hobby Lobby last year, but that's yet to be decided and when I've made my mind up and done all of my tags I'll do a post. In the meantime, this is what I made for the challenge ...

Yes, I stencilled. With embossing paste. I'm absolutely never going to do this IRL, not with all the mega-sized Lego packages that I end up having to wrap, but it was fun for today. I first tried stamping on my coloured wrapping papers, but that didn't work - the ink just smudged. I also tried Versamark and embossing powder and that did work, I just wasn't in love with it. I also tried stencilling with acrylic paint but that was even more of a mess than the paste.

What wasn't working for me was stencilling before wrapping, so I moved on to the method I would actually use if I were to ever do this (never happening). I wrapped the packages first (I recommend using an Apple box, such as an i-Phone; their boxes are the best, hahaha!) and then did the actual stencilling. DH wouldn't even help me and it was most difficult to do with just two hands. Happily, the paste scrapes off wrapping paper easily. :) I used the stencils from Betsy's Post & Parcel kit and I love the texture it adds to the wrapping ...

This set of wrapping papers went particularly well with a simple set of tags that I had made during this year's Stamp A Faire, using Plaid Liquid Leaf, so that was a good thing ...

When all this was finished, I felt a little bit guilty about not stamping some paper so I tried that as well, this time using the reverse side of some red ribbed Kraft paper that I own ...

P.S. My first job this morning was ironing all these bits of wrapping paper - I wasn't going to waste virgin yardage on pretend gifts!!! I used the little tree from PTI Winter Hills (one of my most favourite images ever) to make a pattern. I couldn't use one of Lexi's templates because I couldn't see through my paper, plus it was too big to do in my MISTI. (Insert The Scream.) I loved that this grouping also went well with my SAF tags ...

But I thought that was cheating and took a pic without them ...

but then it looked too naked so I made up some really really really fast tags using my MINC and Heidi Swapp White Foil that is actually very matte, not shiny at all) ...

All the tags shown today were made with my most favourite tag dies in the world (PTI Folded Tag, Tinsel & Tag and Minute To Make: Holiday Tags). I own lots of tag dies, from so many different companies, but these are the ones I love the very most - they're the perfect size for all packages, big and small.

Done. Hope you enjoyed. In case you didn't notice, I love wrapping. It was the first paper crafting I ever did.