Monday, December 15, 2014

PEACE ON EARTH

Hi Blog Friends!

Are you ready for Christmas?
Are your cards sent out?
I have been working away here trying to finish mine up.
 I finished them & got them right out in the mail!
In the past, I have been better about getting them in the mail sooner than this, 
but what does one do if they just haven't found an image to work with that intrigues them?
That was my case, until I saw these dies over at SSS!
I haven't been big on dies in the past....cost is a big factor to me, 
BUT
 I have been admiring the little building dies that have been out there for sometime now, 
& I also knew if I were to get them, I wanted the ones with the little windows! 
Then, I saw a little tutorial over at SSS on these dies & was smitten!
You can see the tutorial here: 
Yes, I "cased" this card! 
(Not something I try to do, but this card was TOO CUTE & I think I'm not the only one who did this this year! I looked later after ordering these dies & SSS was sold out! LOL) 
But, I did try to change it up a bit to make it "mine!" :)
(I tried other things too, but opted to keep my card more simple, another thing I don't usually do! That's right, my ideas didn't work! LOL)

Take a look:
I like to make my cards all the same, so I don't forget & send a repeat the following year.
I also try to keep my cards the standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

I added SU- Felt Snowflakes & a Paper Studio- Rhinestone instead of little poinsettia's.

I used SU- Soft Sky & Midnight Muse for the sky.

"Peace On Earth" from SSS Exclusive- Joy by Kelly Purkey & SU- Silver Embossing Powder.

I didn't stick with just one color for the felt snowflakes, but alternated between the blue & the white, for that unique & individual touch, that one of a kind thing!

Here's a close-up of the little buildings.
I  used Stickles for the buildings, the windows, &  the landscape, giving them an icy look;
 another personal touch all my own!
I used Dick Blick Modeling Paste with a stencil from SSS-Falling Snow, for the falling snow.

I used the largest Spellbinders Classic Circles Die in the package.

Another unique touch to my cards are the sequins I used, also from SSS- C Cartwright- Moonshine.
They're teeny-tiny, so I used a Silohouette- Pick Me Up Tool,
 applying them with SSS- Multi-Medium Matte.


Now, take a look at the demension of this card! 
I used Scotch Permanent Mounting Tape, behind the buildings & on the front panel.



I just LOVE the dimension!
It makes me think of a snow globe.

Don't forget a matching envelope!

Wishing you a never-ending season of love & peace;
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
 TLady 

P.S. SOON dear ones, we WILL have 
Peace on Earth,
 because 
THE KING IS COMING! 

"The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in Thee."
Isaiah 26:3. (NAS) 

Supplies not mentioned above:
SSS- Village Dies-SSSD111405
Inkssentials- Applicator & blending sponges
Versa Mark
Glue Dot
MRMK Envelope Punch Board
SU- Whisper White Cardstock



Monday, December 8, 2014

"And The Stockings Were Hung..."

Hi Blog Friends!

This is the month that just INSPIRES ME to CREATE!
Getting ready for Christ's Birthday & making things for my loved ones & friends is a special time.
I have been busy here & I will show you what I've been working on.

First of all, I will be entering these in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Christmas/ Holidays
Check here:
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/


Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog 
Challenge #21 Celebrate the Season
Check here:
http://gloriadesignschallenge.blogspot.com/2014/12/challenge-21-celebrate-season.html

Be sure to check out these challenges & jump in on all the fun! 
(I do believe, they expire SOON!)

I've made a little tutorial for you too, so grab your favorite cup of tea/coffee & sit back & enjoy!
Here are a few sneak peaks to get you ready:
I used the a stamp set that is an EXCLUSIVE to SSS for the tags!
JOY- by Kelly Purkey.
A SWEET GIFT from Kat!
(That's how she signed her sweet note.)
THANKS KAT! :)

Hmmm, "Elf No. 2" stamped "his number," but needs to initial these tags,
 a final sign-off by Santa's Rules!
You know, "Quality Inspections...."
We MUST follow Santa's rules! LOL

Here's my tutorial:
We're going to
 EMBOSS FELT!


Using the SU- Holiday Stocking Bigz Die cut two--of felt or material.
(I ONLY buy Bigz Dies when they are on sale/clearance!)
Apply Mod Podge to the felt & let dry overnight.
(The Mod Podge will act as a stabilizer if you apply this to cotton material like I did on one of my stockings.)

Make sure you don't get anxious & emboss before the decoupage is totally dry or you'll be scrubbing your embossing folder with a brush like me.  I thought this was dry, but it wasn't quite dry.... LOL
No worry, I just waited till the morning & all was well.
(The embossing folder needs to be scrubbed right away!)
I used SU- Petals a Plenty (Now in Clearance-$4.79. That's a STEAL!)
No worry if the toe peaks out, you'll see why.

If you enlarge the photo, you'll see the left is the soft side after it's been embossed.
The right side is the side I added the decoupage to.

Here's a closer look.
You can use either side, it's a matter of personal preference.

 Lay the cuff on the top of one side of the stocking & figure out how high/low you want it to be.
Start sewing on one end, leaving a space on either end.

You'll see in the picture below where I started & finished.

Line up the stockings to sew together.

Flip up/back the cuff on both sides, where you didn't sew & begin sewing down one side,
 & follow on around the stocking.
(Don't forget your back stitching when you sew! Experienced sewers know this, but you'd be surprised to know, that some people don't back stitch. Even with being "experienced!")

Trim off the excess, where you didn't get it quite even.
I also trimmed a little on the cuff too.
(Be careful there. You don't want to take away too much.)

 Add the heels & toes.
I used Multi-Medium Matte & let it dry.
You can find Multi-Medium Matte at SSS.

Trim off the excess when it's dry.


Hand stitch closed the front of the cuff.

Hand stitch lace on top of the cuff, tucking in the ends in the open end of the cuff.
This will also cover up the stitch you made to connect the cuff & the stocking on the sewing machine.
After tucking in the ends of the lace & stitching the lace to the cuff,
whip stitch the last open end of the cuff.

Cut little petals  out of felt & 2 green leaves for the flower.
(You'll see one leaf here, but I soon found out I needed 2!)

I made tags to go on my stockings using the set from
 Simon Says Stamp--It's a Simon Exclusive -Joy by Kelly Purkey.
Here you can see I used an "Out of the box" technique with my punch.
I wanted  a little tab to add twine or ribbon to, to tie them onto the stockings.
Such SUPER CUTE TAGS!!!

Here are the finished Stockings & ideas as to how to use them:

This one is more traditional with embossing on the felt. I added tiny jingle-bells to the center of the poinsettia & on the ends of the ribbon, & I also added a larger jingle-bell to the toe.

The next stocking was made with embossing the felt with SU- Northern Flurries embossing folder.
I didn't think it showed up as well, so I added Stickles to the snowflakes.
I also hand sewed Silver Glass Seed Beads-from Wal-mart, (Mainstays Crafts), on the lace & on the stocking itself.
The Ribbon Flower is an extra from a previous project.

Next, I have a Pink Stocking! I don't know WHAT it is lately, but I am LOVING pink for Christmas! LOL This one is actually done with fleece. I found it leaves more fluff to work with when sewing on beads. I hand sewed Silver Glass Beads on the lace  & then on the stocking itself, creating snowflakes. 
This one took me quite awhile to finish! 
And again I made a poinsettia, just making it a little fuller, & adding seed beads for the center. 
Seed beads were also sewn to the ends of the ribbons.

I couldn't get away from making a BATMAN stocking! LOL
I added tiny jingle-bells to the jester-style cuff I created. 
(Our son didn't like the jingle-bells...but, I told him it's a little touch of the joker. 
He told me, "Never mix the Batman & the Joker!" LOL
 I did some "fancy" stitching on the heels & toes & around the top of the stocking with craft embroidery thread.
I adhered the heels & toes with decoupage,
& I added a larger jingle-bell to the toe
 For the top corner of the stocking I created a bottle cap pin with a 1" epoxy sticker & stuck it over the Batman symbol on the material I had.
 Cut  out the image around the sticker, & glued it in the bottle cap, also gluing a pin clasp to the back.

Here are a few ideas on how to use these cute stockings:

You can slip a gift card/s & a few small candies in them & give this away....

AND/OR
 
Write the year & a small note on the back of one of the tags & use as a Christmas Tree Ornament,
for you or the recipient!

Hope you like these little stockings!
Let me know what you think?
Your comments are always appreciated!

Busily stuffing those stockings & getting Elf #2 to "sign-off" on these!
WHAT was he thinking?
TLady

P.S. I even came up with another idea when I was almost done with these....
think Camouflage & deer antler buttons....! LOL
I'll need to get to the sewing store for that!

Additional Supplies not mentioned above: 
1 3/4" SU- Circle Punch
1/8" SU- Hand held punch
Bakers Twine
SU- Silver Elastic Cording
Ribbons &  1/8" Silky Cording
Inkessentials White Pen
Embossing Powders-SU & Sparkle-N-Sprinkle
SU- Markers
Alphabet Stamps- (For the #2) Stampington
Hot Glue Gun
Paper- SU & White Copy Cardstock
Batman Material-Wal-mart


































Friday, December 5, 2014

TAG IT!

Hi Blog Friends!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 We did & are still eating leftovers.
I like to cook & my family loves to eat! 
God is good to bless us!

But, I  thought I'd pop in here & share with you some tags I've made for Christmas gifts.
(Posting these at this time will give YOU time to make some for yourself!)
I saw these in a magazine ages ago & thought,
 "I don't think I'm going to pay that price, 
ESPECIALLY when I could make them myself  EASILY!"
So, here we are! LOL 
I thought they were so cute & you can decorate them any-which-way you choose.
They make your packages look even more festive & special!

Here's a peak at one of the tags I made: 
(Super simple!)

(I left one without a decoration for you to see. One with Baker's Twine & one with the twine that came with the tag.)


I am entering these little tags in the following challenges:
Craft Hoarders Anonymous
 Challenge #21, Celebrate the Season. 
Check here:

Supplies needed:
You will need some Felt in the color/s you prefer, some colored Embroidery Floss in the colors you prefer, what you are going to decorate the Felt Tag Holders with, Small Manila Tags, (You can find these at Wal-mart or the Office Supply Store) & Stamps to decorate the Manila tags with, a Needle & Pinking Shears.
Additional possible supplies:
Pipe Cleaners, Rhinestones, (or your choice of decoration) Hot Glue Gun, & Bakers Twine.

Here's a peak at the other tag I made:
( A picture with both of the tags.)

Cut your felt to 2" x 2 7/8" with your Pinking Shears. You can cut two layers at once if you choose to match the sides up. Once you have the felt cut, choose what color of Embroidery Floss you want to use. I used a craft style of embroidery floss & didn't need to separate the strands. Otherwise, I would use 3 strands of embroidery floss. Tucking your knot inside on one side, begin your stitching down one side, across the bottom & up the other side. Tucking in your last knot to finish off the stitching so your stitching won't come undone.
Your pocket is made.

How will you decorate your tag holder?
 I used pipe cleaners.
 For the Candy Cane, I just twisted the red & white pipe cleaners together & cut it off for the size of the candy cane I wanted with wire cutters. Shape your candy cane & use your hot glue gun to attach it to the tag holder.
For the Snow Flake I found the color pipe cleaners I wanted & just criss-crossed them & twisted the centers together. Hot glue gunned it to the tag holder & added a rhinestone to the center.
For the Tags themselves, I used SU- Christmas Bulb Mini (a super old set I bought back when I first discovered SU!) for the peppermint candy. I also used a White Sakura Glaze Pen for the white on the peppermint. The "To & From" are from SU- Winter Post, another "old" set. For the Snowflake tag, I used SU- Winter Post for the stamped snowflakes.
 You can switch the twine on the tags if you choose to Baker's Twine, to the color of your choice.
You can tie your tags onto your packages or just stick the twine under your sticky ribbons.

For those that want to peak at the presents to find out who is getting what,
 it will take a little more effort! LOL
And your gifts will LOOK GREAT!

Here are a couple pictures of the tags on wrapped presents:
Still working on getting the tree up or I would have given you pictures of them under the tree!
Such a SPECIAL DAY Christmas is,
Christ's Birthday!
Don't forget in all your busyness, to think on the purpose of this blessed day!

Hope you like these little Tags & try some of your own!
TLady







Thursday, November 27, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Hi Blog Friends!

Just wanted to pop in here & say, 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING 
to you & wish you have a wonderful & blessed day with your families!
I am thankful for my wonderful husband & our family!
God is SO GOOD to me!
What are you thankful for?
It's near time to pop all my dishes in the oven, so we'll be feasting before long here!
I was talking with a woman in the store yesterday & we were talking about whether our families enjoy traditional dishes or new dishes....
What do you prefer--- Traditional or New dishes?
We are "traditional" when it comes to Thanksgiving! 
But, I did try a new dessert---
Pumpkin Cheesecake!
You can find the recipe here:
Of course, I had to make a regular pumpkin pie too.
 Our daughter told me she was craving pumpkin pie! LOL
Thank goodness, I started cooking a day earlier this year!


The image above is from Free Vintage Digi Images. 
You can find more images here:
 
Many Thanksgiving Blessings to you!
TLady

Saturday, November 22, 2014

HUGE GIVEAWAY----14 chances to win!

Hi Blog Friends!

Just popping in here to let you know of a HUGE GIVEAWAY with 14 chances to win!

The Daily Marker with Kathy Racoosin has been doing some cleaning 
& is having a HUGE GIVEAWAY! 
She will be giving away 14 boxes to 14 Winners, filled with stamps like Penny Black, Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, etc. 
AND she is paying the postage too! 
She is such a GENEROUS LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How SWEET at this time of the year too when we're all strapped for cash!!!! 
There will be HAPPY STAMPERS that will receive those boxes, I'M SURE!
You can check out her blog here:
Just leave her a comment, as easy as that!

Cross you fingers! ;)
TLady

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Woodland Creatures

Hi Blog Friends!

I have another Pop-Up Box Card for you today!
I hope you aren't tiring of these cute little cards.
This one is masculine AND  would  be cute on your Thanksgiving table for a decoration or used as place markers for your guests! (I'd give your guests an envelope to take it home in too...that way they could still get the WOW Factor of this card!) But, back to the "masculine" side of this card--- I have heard so many talk about how difficult masculine cards are & I assure you, they aren't difficult! Just think about what kinds of things do the men in your life like? Out doors activities? Are they more into gulf? Hunting? Swimming? Sports? Do they wear ties a lot? Or would you find them in flannels mostly? Are they gamers? Do they like cars? Or are they more into something like cooking/grilling? Men can have many different interests just like women! Think of the things that you have observed that they like & find the images that would fit their likes! Then, go from there! I like vintage for men a lot & collage type of images just seem to speak to me when I am making cards for the man in my life. I'm sure I'll be using them for our son too the older he gets--maybe get away from Batman? LOL
 I think making  cards for men is easier than buying men's gifts! LOL

I have to say when I got my card all done, it reminded me of Spode Woodland Creatures China. So, I thought I'd show you a picture of this china & see what you think.
Other pieces of this china have different woodland creatures on it. I always thought it would make a perfect Thanksgiving Table Setting!

If this is your first time here or you need a quick reference for the Pop-Up Box Card, 
check out my tutorial on the Pop-Up Box Card here:


Here's a peak at my card, & then I'm going to give you a little tutorial on how I did the decorating:

You can't see the side panels here, but.....

 I thought you might like to see how I created the panels,
just a little tutorial for you:
First, I cut each of the panels that were needed out of Water Color paper & taped them to the surface of my table with painters tape, all lined up. These are the 1 5/8" x 2 5/8" panels. I think it's easier to cut the panels first, rather than after stamping. You also save on paper that way.
I used my SU- Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the placement of my images SU- Noble Deer. 
Here, you are seeing on the left, the image already stamped & on the right, the image being placed before stamping.

After stamping.
 I used Stazon Ink since I'll be water coloring.

I created 2 masks for my images & applied Zig Two Way Glue to the back for easy removal.

Using my SU- Stamp-a-ma-jig again, I added the image of SU- Lovely As a Tree.

Tree images have been added & masks removed.

Here I used my Zig Millennium Pen to add additional clouds to the sky, otherwise there would have been too great of a gap between the trees & the top of each panel with nothing. You want the scene to just continue on up the panel....

This is the 1 5/8" x 4 5/8" panel.
 I am placing the image with my Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Stamped image on back panel.
 (Scrap paper on either side to protect my surface.)

Masking & placing of the trees with my Stamp-a-ma-jig again....

After stamping.


Using Painters Tape, tape each panel down in-order to the surface of your table. 
It will help to keep your paper from curling up & make your scene flow.... 

Add more clouds to the last panel. 
Don't worry about bringing the clouds all the way up to the top of this panel. 
This will give you room to write a personal message to the lucky man or woman that will be the recipient.


Now, for the small panels that will be attached to the flaps & the front-back of your card---
the 1 5/8" x 1 5/8" squares, also water color paper.
This is the placing of the image I will use.

Stamp two leaves with acorns from the SU- Lovely As a Tree set in Stazon on Water Color paper.
Don't forget to water color & fussy cut these out.

Now, you'll begin seeing the progression of the coloring of this scene. 
I used SU- Water Color Crayons, Bashful Blue here for the sky.

 Here I used Old Olive just lightly on the grass.

 Lightly add Creamy Caramel to the deer.
TIP: When water coloring a scene, use the white of your water color paper for highlights & where white would be. Don't saturate your paper with color. Work lightly & slowly. 
It does take some time, but you will be happy with the end results!

Close to Cocoa was added to the deer next.

Summer Sun, Ruby Red & Pumpkin Pie were added to the trees. 

Here, I added Garden Green to the grass. 
NOTICE: How I am working from top to bottom, to top again in my water coloring? This way you let the area you've worked on, dry a little before coming back to it. You want to work on a dry surface as much as possible, then you are layering color on color, & you'll be able to see it----
giving you that Water Color painting look you're after.
Keep a paper towel close by in case you get a little too much water on the paper.

Add more color to the trees....

 Add Chocolate Chip to the deer. If you see pictures of deer or are fortunate enough to actually see deer, you'll notice their coloring is lighter underneath &  gradually goes darker working your way up to the top/back of the deer. The deers neck is lighter in color too, where as an elk is darker around the neck. Don't forget to add a few leaves to the ground for a more life-like painting too.

Add more Bashful Blue to the sky.

Water color each of the 1 5/8" squares with Bashful Blue too. 
Then using a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen 250**-Gold & your ruler, draw a frame around your images, but not over the deer or tree images.

Next, I used my Faber-Castell Gold Gelato & edged each piece,
 & smeared it in just a bit with my fingertip. 
I'm going for an aged look.

If you look closely, or enlarge this picture you'll see what I'm talking about here---
I edged each piece with my Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pen, Black here & then smeared it with my finger just a bit. I'm wanting my "framed" image to pop off the paper I will back it with.

I didn't think the pieces were "popping" as much as I wanted, so I added another line of framing to them with my Zig Millennium Pen---just inside the gold frame I'd already drawn. 
You'll have to enlarge this picture I'm sure to see it; it's just a fine line.

Next, I stamped my woodland creatures from the set SU- Wildlife Reserve.
I water colored them & then used Bashful Blue to add color around them...that way when you fussy cut them out, you'll have a blue edge rather than a stark white edge & it will blend in better with your over-all piece.

After fussy cutting the images, glue them down to a piece of sturdy card stock. 
You can see, I used Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. 
 Use whatever color card stock you want to show up on the back-side of the images. 
I like to coordinate with the base color of my card.
Fussy cut these images  & add the acetate strips to the back for placement in your Pop-Up Box Card.

Here are a lot of pictures of my finished card:
The front flap--"Happy Birthday" from SU- It's Your Birthday
the pine bough image is from SU- Nobel Deer. 
(Ooops! I forgot to photograph that one when making it.)

One of the side flaps.

The other side flap.
NOTICE: the sparkle on each of these flaps? Wink of Stella!
(Just a little sparkle...you don't want too much on a masculine card.) 
I also added Wink of Stella to each of the trees in the scene...

Folding the card flat one way....

Folding the card flat the other way....

This is just the other side of the last fold-over we did...see how much space is left to write a note?
You'll also notice how the scene flows from each panel....

Slipping it into an envelope to see how it will fit....

You can see the layers & placement of each piece here.

A close-up of the back-front panel...
here you can also see the aging I did on the edges of the image quite well & my lines of framing.

 With the Pop-Up Box Card you HAVE TO HAVE a matching envelope,
made with my WRMK Envelope Board.
The fun is pulling this card OUT of the envelope! 

Here, I thought you might like to see how I come up with my creations & a little of the process...
 I write down what I use as I go...
That little scribbling mark is where my pen wasn't working well for me. LOL 
But, you'll be able to see the sketch of my card that helps me in figuring out what goes where etc., just done a scratch piece of paper.

Now, let me show you what my husband found when he went to the store....
He said when he walked in Wal-mart & saw it he just busted out laughing & snickered through the store as he shopped. 
It matches his card perfectly!

Now, with his card:
It was quite yummy too! LOL

HOPE you like!
 Don't forget, making a card like this for your Thanksgiving table would be a treat for your guests!
And one for each of your Thanksgiving guests would be even more of a treat for them!

Hope you like & are planning a BIG Thanksgiving Celebration at your house!
There is MUCH to be thankful for this year as a Nation 
& individually in each of our homes & families!

"And every created thing which is in heaven & on the earth & under the earth & on the sea, & all things in them, I heard saying, 'To Him who sits on the throne, & to the Lamb, be blessing & honor & glory & dominion forever & ever.'" 
Revelations 5:13 (NAS)

MANY THANKSGIVING BLESSINGS!!!!
TLady

UPDATE: 
 This card was chosen for "Favorites" for the week ending November 23, 2014 over at SCS!

Supplies not mentioned above: 
SSS- Paper
 Paper Studio Paper
Tacky Tape
Dimensionals