Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tim Holtz Tag for November 2014

Rather than doing a tag for this month I did a small holiday wall hanging.  I just got this reindeer die and really wanted to use it.  

The camera didn't catch it well, but the green background has lots of gold sparkles.  The cardboard part has the tarnished brass on it for sparkle too.  

Hope you like my take.
I'm entering this into the TIOT Christmas is Coming challenge
What have you been crafting?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Cabinet Card

I have missed out on the last two Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenges. I am squeezing this one in under the wire!  You must check out this challenge.  It is so fun if you are a Tim Holtz addict.  Tim and Mario have donated prizes for each of the challenges.  This particular challenge is also sponsored by The Inspiration Emporium.  The crew over there rocks.  Amazing customer service!
Without further ado here is my take on the Cabinet Card Pocket.
I have been in a Christmas mood and decided to use this worn cover as my base.  An adorable found relative is the base photo.  I tinted Santa's outfit and her coat, but you cant really tell since I piled on the ephemera.  I essentially tossed the Tim Holtz kitchen sink on here- remnant rubs, a mirrored star, pen nib, crinkle ribbon, industrious stickers, some paper ephemera, naturals ribbon in the red and cream, and the cabinet card itself.  
Do you see a little surprise on the top?
It's a secret Santa tag! Love these new holiday flashcards.  I have been dying to use one.  
Another Paula bow on the side and a token to add some fun.  I bound my inside pages using bakers twine. 
The light doesn't really do the color of the cover justice.  I used Barn Door, Tea Dye, and Walnut Stain Sprays.  I also added some Perfect Pearls mist to give it a gold shimmer. 

A few more closeups for you.

I hope you like it as much as I do! 
What have you been crafting?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scribbly Bird Ornaments

Sorry for the long break.  I have been sick as a dog.  I never knew a person could sleep so much and still be tired. So after many trips to the doctor I am hoping to be on the right side of this darn cold.

I am co-hosting an ornament swap on Instagram and I decided to send a little something to each of the participants.  I don't want to post what I made for my partner yet since we haven't officially posted our swaps yet.  Once I do I will be sure to share.
But I will show you what I made a like thank you gifts for all the girls that participated.  I bought these great wooden tags at Joann's on sale with the intent to alter them.  Since I had a bunch to make I wanted to do them similar, but not exactly the same.

I just love the Scribbly Bird stamp set from Dina Wakley.  I saw them on the Ranger ink site with some glittered wings and party hats.  I am a sucker for a good party hat.  I decided this was what I was going to make.

This one is my favorite.  I kept him for myself.  

I melted Perler beads in the oven to made the little peppermints.  Aren't they the cutest things ever?!

I made over a dozen of them. Some have chit chat stickers on them.  Others I used rub ons to decorate them.  

 I just think they are adorable.  I hope the girls like them just as much.  
Here is how I packaged them up.
What have you been crafting?

Monday, November 3, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

After being sick for over a week, I finally felt well enough to go back in my craft room.  This little box has been sitting around for some time now.
The plexi glass top slides off so you can get to the insides.  
I started by pulling out some Christmas bits to see what spoke to me.  I ended up going with a pink theme, rather than traditional reds and greens.  With my major inside pieces picked out I grabbed my paints.
A very light wash of pink went on the entire box.  I started very light and went back in to make it a stronger paint finish, not just a wash.  Once I had the entire piece painted I went back and flecked the box with the off white.  I also used Tim Holtz's distress paints in Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass.  

Now it was time to layer up the inside.  I pulled pages out of an old dictionary and glued them down with Matte Gel.
Once they were glued down and dry I did a wash of the off white paint just so the words weren't so prominent.  

Flecked the paint inside too.  
Now to make it pretty.  I just love bottle brush trees and plastic ballerina cake toppers.  

I dyed the trees pink using Distress Stains in Pickled Raspberry and Worn Lipstick.  I watered the stain down a bit and then just dipped the trees in until they were a color I liked.  Then I got out my mercury glass beads and pearls to decorate.  
The ballerinas are cute, but I wanted them to be a bit fancy for the shadowbox.  I grabbed my sari silk and dyed that to match the pastel colors.  
Worn lipstick and antique linen made the pink silk.  Broken China and a touch of Peacock Feathers made the blue.  I just wet the silk using my spritzer and ran it through the colors that I had smudged on the craft sheet.  I dried them with my heat gun. 
Fancy party dresses.  
Now I just had to put everything in the box.  

I had some of these vintage houses that used to be part of a light set.  I put some mica snow on the roof and the base.  The ballerinas got glittery crowns and shoes.  The background also got some Christmas remnant rubs.  I just tossed them in there randomly.  Once I was done I realized I made it too fat for the plexi glass top to slide back in! Now I have a piece of plexi glass for another project.  

I added one more ballerina to balance things out. 
 I got the Merry Christmas tag in the dollar bin at Michael's.  The star pin is jammed into the wood and holding up the tag.  
I think this will make a lovely addition to my Christmas decor.  I can't wait to pull it all out.
Have you been by The Robin's Nest? They have a great store and fun blog too.  Great tutorials.  
What have you been crafting?
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I've received products/compensation as part of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.