Monday, December 31, 2012

Stamp of the Month, Kit of the Month - Jan. 2013

Happy New Year everyone! Technically, as this post is scheduled for 9 p.m. it isn't officially 2013 yet, but I hope you have a happy and safe holiday celebration. As for me, it's low key this year. Staying in with family (sick husband and teenage daughter too young to go to parties yet, thank goodness). We have pot stickers and spring rolls for snacks, along with a bottle of bubbly for me and hubby later. I'm looking forward to a peaceful relaxing evening at home with the two people I love the most. And I hope you are sharing it with those you cherish too.

The Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop begins now with a gorgeous stamp set for Valentines appropriately named "Happy Valentines." You can view all of the images in this great set in the right-hand column of my blog. If you are already hopping through, you came here from Kami Welter's blog. To continue through the hop, just scroll through my post to see where to go to next.

The Stamp of the Month can be yours for only $5.00 when you place a minimum order of $50 with any CTMH consultant. If you need a consultant, simply go here.

I made this card for my mother who seems to love my handmade cards. This one is right up her alley, so feminine and romantic. I think she might just like it.

The card is 5 x 7 inches. The fancy cut behind the stamped flowers is from the Artiste Cricut cartridge, page 71, cut at 3 inches. The hearts and swirls is this doily cut make it perfect for the Valentine theme. The border along the bottom of the card is from an EK Success border punch. All the papers are from the La Belle Vie paper packet.

I stamped the flowers onto Blush cardstock with now-retired (and dearly missed) Vineyard Berry ink, then I used a Sweet Leaf marker to color in the leaves. For added dimension, I also colored some shadows here and there with a Baby Pink marker (also retired). 

The sentiment is stamped with Black onto a strip of Bamboo card stock, notched out to resemble ribbon then ink distressed with black ink.

Black Tulle Ribbon makes a nice embellishment here.

The inside of the card is simple. Another cut out flower in the lower right corner, and a few tiny hearts from the remnants of the Cricut cut earlier surround the stamped sentiment.

If you'd like to continue hopping through the Blog Hop, it's time to go to Teresa Scrivens' blog to see what she's created with this beautiful stamp set.

If you're staying with me for a bit, I'd like to share my January Kit of the Month design.

La Belle Vie papers and cardstock stickers make this kit so pretty and easy to put together. With a few added Cricut cuts from both Artiste and Art Philosophy and some added bling gems, you have four beautiful pages for your scrapbook. To learn more about how my Kit of the Month program works, simply go here for details.

Here are a few close-ups of some of the layered embellishments on the pages...

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a very Happy New Year!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Daily Grind - Mojo Monday Card

After a bit of a break for the holidays and reorganizing my studio, I am back to the blogosphere with a happy card for a friend of mine who I'll be meeting for coffee tomorrow.

It's been a while since I've done a Mojo Monday card, so this morning I thought I'd get back to it. Here's this week's sketch...

I just knew when I saw this "Daily Grind" stamp set from Market Street Stamps via Eclectic Paperie, I simply had to have it. I'm a bit of a coffee collector and although my obsession for coffee stamps in particular is probably a bit abnormal, it makes me super happy when I make a yummy card like this one.

Here are a few close-ups of the details...

I just love these Latte Buttons.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Altered Frappuccino Box - Nutcracker Sweet

I had some fun altering a Frappuccino box yesterday and thought I'd share some quick photos. It was easy to do and makes for a great gift box to put various items in. I used a strong glue stick to adhere the Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet papers to the box, then thick Tacky glue to adhere the tinsel.


Can you see me in this photo?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Card Set & Gift (Cigar) Box

Another cigar box. I can't help it. They are fun to alter and make unique gifts. In this case, a decorative box to hold a personalized card set for my friend who shall not be named. (This will be a test to see if she actually reads my blog or not.) We exchange handmade gifts each year for Christmas and this will be hers from me.

This box measures about 5 x 6 1/2". Where do you get cigar boxes, you ask? Pop in to your local smoke shop and they will likely have empty cigar boxes they will either give or sell to you for a few dollars. If you're looking for vintage, that's another story. Surf the net and I'm sure you'll find plenty to choose from, but it will cost a pretty penny. I grabbed some papers from My Mind's Eye "Honey" pack, some Prima flowers, Glitz embellishments, black lace ribbon and wooden alphabet letters and whipped this up this morning. I distressed the papers with Vintage Photo to give more of a vintage feel.

I made 8 cards with the papers I had left, personalizing each with this pretty L monogram stamp. This stamp came from a retired set from Close To My Heart called Baroque Alphabet. But the star of the show here is the new Spellbinders Die-D-Lites called Fantastic Flourish One. This is definitely going to be a well-used die for me. I absolutely LOVE it! So detailed and ornate, and I just love the small size of the new D-Lites. Perfect for cards.

Each card is a little different but the layout is the same. These fit nicely inside the box, along with some envelopes and extra L's in case she wants to make more cards for herself.

If you missed the cigar box I made for my mom a few weeks ago, here's how it turned out...

Also with the same paper. You can check out all the details on this box here.

And if you haven't had enough of altered cigar boxes...

This is my "traveling" box adorned with all things Tim Holtz. All the details on this one are here.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope this inspires you to run down to your local smoke shop and whip up something cool for someone special this year. And remember to shop at Eclectic Paperie for all your eclectic paper crafting needs!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Brick Wall Christmas Tag - for Eclectic Paperie

In the wee hours of this morning, I was playing with a product (new to me) that I think I am now addicted to: Embossing Paste. I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated at first, but quickly found out this stuff is super easy and fun to use. I discovered it through Eclectic Paperie along with stencils by Studio 490/Wendy Vecchi. 

Using the Brick Wall stencil, I created this quick Christmas tag. 
Let me show you how easy it was to make.

I cut a tag from brown Kraft-Core card stock by Tim Holtz. Love this stuff. Then on my non-stick craft sheet, I taped the stencil in place over the tag.

Using an artist's palette knife, I spread the embossing paste on the entire surface. You could also use a butter knife or a cake spatula. I just happened to have one of these tools in my stash from my old watercoloring days.

To achieve a rough brick look, I spread the paste on rather generously and then used the palette knife to make little waves and texture.

You have to peel up the stencil right after you've spread the paste. Clean your palette knife and stencil right away. I ran them under the sink with cool water and they cleaned up beautifully.

Depending on the thickness, drying times will differ. Mine took about an hour. 

I left it to dry while I created a lamp post, wreath and cardinal. Then I realized that the embossing paste looked a lot like snow so I brushed some on with a fat paint brush here and there. It doesn't paint on, you have to blob it on and push it around.

Once my bricks were dry, I blended over them with Fired Brick Distress Ink.

Then to deepen up the color, I went over it with Vintage Photo.

To give the bricks a little sparkle, I rubbed Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles over the surface with my finger. A messy but fun job.

I colored two pieces of crinkle ribbon. This one with Fired Brick and Vintage Photo Distress Stains.

The other with Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, and Vintage Photo.

Here's another look at the tag completed. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure you shop with Eclectic Paperie for your supplies to make this tag. And visit their blog for even more inspiration from other design team members using the eclectic products they carry.