Holy cow! It's been a week since my last post. I have been a bad blogger. I hate to say it, but this time of year is bad for me. Working in retail I am at work far more than I would like to be this time of year. However, it is also my favorite time of year. I love Christmas. I love the music. I love the shopping. Although I shop year round for Christmas knowing that I will be working a lot I plan ahead. I love baking. My favorite holiday tradition is baking with my Mum. Every year we spend one entire day making cookies. Last year we made 17 different kinds. Not 17 dozen. 17 full batches of cookies.
We always wear the same aprons. We always try a few new recipes. We are always exhausted at the end of the day. It is totally worth it.
I also love decorating for Christmas. I have been working on a few little things here and there to get me in the Christmas spirit. If you follow me on Facebook some of these might be familiar, but some are brand new.
This paper mache house is adorable. The mica snow is so sparkly. I can't resist a good bottle brush tree. Check out the cool snow garland. The chimney flags are great and add a vintage feel. The little hanger on the back side is a hanger used with model trains. A little glue, paper, a bingo marker and it's all made over for Christmas.
I love birds. They show up in a lot of my crafts and decor. This little princess sits in her gilded nest a top a repurposed spool.
Bottle brush trees. Love. Love. Love.
How cute is this?! Such a cute little vintage nut grinder turned into a fantastic ornament.
I will end this post with a tag. And another bottle brush tree. I also can't get enough Frozen Charlottes.
I promise to post some more this week.
What are your favorite holiday traditions? How to you like to decorate?
Here are a couple tags I made today using my newTim Holtz Distress Stains.
I started using warm fall colors: Gathered Twigs, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, and Vintage Photo. I smeared them on the craft sheet and misted them with water. I ran the tag through several times and dried in between each layer. Next, I used Tarnished Brass Distress Stain directly on a stamp and stamped on the background. It added a nice subtle layer of shine.
To complete the tag I stained crinkle ribbon using the same colors as the background. I threw in a touch of Mowed Lawn too. I added a Muse Token and safety pin. I used Remnant Rubs and an Ornate Plate for my sentiment on the bottom.
I should have cropped this photo. You can see the dirty craft sheet. Whoops.
Okay, here's the next tag.
Since it was almost 90 degrees here today I decided to ditch the warm colors and try something springy.
I love this background. You can't tell from the photo but I used Perfect Pearls so it has a subtle shimmer.
I tried to catch it in this close up, but I don't think the camera picked it up. The word is from Melody Ross and the flower is Prima. This tag is pretty basic, but I think it came out so pretty.
Just want to give another shout out to Inspiration Emporium. My stains arrived in no time and their customer service is amazing! Check out the site for supplies and, of course, inspiration.
I made a couple more tags, but I will save them to show you later this week.
I can't wait to start creating with my awesome new distress stains. This is what I chose to get with my Twelve Tags winnings. The service and speed from Inspiration Emporium has been absolutely amazing! This will not be the last time I shop with them.
I finally had a few minutes to sit down and play with a cool technique I learned in Creative Chemistry 102. It is also the technique Tim Holtz features on his 12 tags for November. I have to say that chalkboard stamping is pretty cool. The frosted crystal embossing powder from Antiquites is the magic element for this technique.
I figured I would start with a simple design to get the technique down. How cute would this be on a Christmas gift?
Then it was time to really play. And here's what I came up with...
I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but the image is stamped on the tag and then raised twice. I cut the main watch and wings out for the first raised layer. I just cut the wings out for the second raised layer. The watch face has real watch hands and a gear. Various gears and springs complete the tag.
This was a fun technique to try. I can see trying it on cards just using text to make it appear more like a chalkboard.
Have you tried this technique? What did you think?
Tim Posted his tag for November today and he announced the winners for October. My tag was chosen!! I am so excited. Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013
Check out the link to see the newest challenge and to check out my tag.
I can give you a peek here too.
I used distress crackle paint and distress stain to make the background. I ran some kraft core through the Sizzix with an embossing folder for the next layer. The Eiffel tower and Fleur de Lis are painted with metallic distress paint and then covered with distress glitter. The crinkle ribbon is colored with more distress stain. I finished it off with some washi tape, chit chat, and a crown charm.
This was the first project I have ever entered in a contest. I am so honored to be chosen.
Thank you Tim for recognizing me. My mum has been telling me for years I should show off my work. Lesson learned. Mum, you were right.