Monday, October 31, 2016

Holiday Place Settings

Hi Everyone. Happy Halloween! I'm ready, are you?

Today's post has nothing to do with Halloween at all, but instead Christmas! Crafters know how important it is to get started on their holiday crafting early, so I'm sharing my Holiday Place Settings over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today.

These simple and pretty decorated burlap bags were a breeze to make with the Susan's Garden Mistletoe die. I hope you check out my tutorial to make these, and maybe you'll try them too. I'll be using them as place settings at my upcoming holiday brunch, but you could use them as treat holders, gift card holders, or place a small gift inside like jewelry or a small bottle of perfume, for example.

I purchased the burlap sacks in a two-pack at my local Michael's store for under $2.00!

Now head on over to the ECD blog to see how easy they are to make. Thanks for popping in today. Have a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Annual Holiday Workshop Projects

Hello and happy Monday! Here's a sneak peek at the projects we'll be creating at my upcoming Annual Holiday Workshop featuring Graphic 45's St. Nicholas collection. See the details below. It's a BUNCH of stuff!

I've gotten some requests for kits, but for now I'm only taking reservations for attendees. If there are any leftover kits after the event, I will make an announcement here as soon as possible. Kits will be pre-stamped, pre-cut and ready to go, just like at the workshop.

All of my workshops include directions with step-by-step assembly and photos.

If you haven't yet signed up, now is the time! I've prepared for 25 guests and we're currently at 14, so there's still room for you!

Make your reservation through my Etsy shop at this link to hold your spot. I will be sending out a supply list to all registered members soon via e-mail.

I hope you can join us for this fun annual event. It's sure to get you in the holiday spirit, while you craft with friends, enjoy a delicious lunch, and get prepared for your holiday card and gift giving.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Frilly & Funkie Guest Designer - Vintage Halloween

I'm thrilled to be a guest designer today over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog with my take on the Very Vintage Halloween theme.

I've created this fun and frilly Halloween decor piece to hang on the wall, using all sorts of great Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz goodies. Let me share the steps to create one, so you can follow along and perhaps try this yourself!

Paint the surface of a Baroque Frame with Antique Linen Distress Paint. When dry, dab some Tarnished Brass Distress Paint randomly. Select an image from the Found Relatives cards. I chose this spooky looking bride. Trace the frame and cut out the image you chose, then adhere to the back of the frame. Set aside to dry.

Onto a pumpkin from Pumpkin Pieces, paint with white gesso. Once dry, paint two coats of Antique Linen. Set aside to dry. I discovered by carefully heat-setting the pumpkin, it started to bubble. What a happy accident!

Adhere papers to a Graphic 45 black ATC book box. My papers are from Graphic 45's Off To The Races collection. I've sanded the edges to distress before adhering the papers in place. Add a hardware hook to the top/back of the box's flap if you plan to hang you decor piece on a wall.
Adhere paper on the back of the box's flap as well, for strength (not shown).

Affix a Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Door Pull to the top of the flap as shown, securing with brads and metal glue.

Paint two Idea-ology Vignette Boxes with Antique Linen Distress Paint. Once dry, stick Idea-ology Industrious Sticker borders around the outer edge.

Adhere papers from Off To The Races into the box, then more papers around the outside of the box. I used Graphic 45's Hallowe'en in Wonderland.

Paint Idea-ology Letterpress Blocks with two or three coats of Antique Linen Distress Paint and adhere them into the smaller box. Add some bones and a Graphic 45 Shabby Chic metal key.

Here's a tip: Since the letterpress letters contain only one of each letter of the alphabet, if you need two O's, you can paint the Q so that it appears to be a second O. You couldn't tell, could you?

Adhere the small box into the ATC book box with several layers of foam tape to push it forward so it appears to float in the box. Add black fancy lace to the bottom edge of the box.

Adhere the framed bride into the larger vignette box. Add a key and baubles hanging from the ceiling by a Ring Fastener.

Adhere the large vignette box to the back wall of the open ATC box. Adhere a Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Clock Key to the top of the vignette box.

Fill the large vignette box with more elements. I used a Mini Lantern, the pumpkin, another clock key, and my skeleton sits in front.

I had some spare small skeletons, so I popped the head off one and placed it inside a Decorative Dome and adhered it in place in the ATC box. A few more bones are added as well.

I'll be hanging my Vintage Halloween Display on my wall over a shelf, so the Mini Lantern battery pack will have a place to sit.

Here's another look at my Very Vintage Halloween piece. It was great fun to create this with all sorts of goodies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, one of my favorite online stores located right here in Florida.

Thanks for stopping in. Have a great day!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Birthday Macarons and Asters

Good Monday morning everyone. I've been playing with some new Elizabeth Craft Designs dies over the weekend and I can't wait to share everything with you like several different Christmas cards and projects.

Meanwhile, I'm featured on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today with a 5" x 7" birthday card made with Graphic 45's new Cafe Parisian collection and ECD's dies by Joset Designs (Macarons, Christmas Pudding) and Susan's Garden Club (Aster flower).

I hope you'll join me on their blog today for my tutorial. It was a fun card to make and came together quickly. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Altered Fall Frame

Hi everyone. It's been a wild week as some of you may already know if you follow my social media. Hubby and I headed up to the Carolinas for my 5 store teaching tour while Hurricane Matthew headed right for our home back here in Melbourne. Luckily, the storm took a slight enough turn to avoid any major damages here, but unfortunately the storm traveled up the coast and did most of its damage in the form of flooding in areas of North Carolina. Paul and I were safe all of the time on our travels, thankfully, and although I was forced to cancel my first stop at Scrapbooks by the Sea in Myrtle Beach, SC due to early evacuations, I had a great time teaching along the way. Thank you to all those who sent up prayers and positive thoughts while we were away. We are now safely back in our home, and our Suki baby, and back to our routines.

Today I'd like to share a simple and beautiful Fall decor piece you could easily create in just a few hours. I made one similar to this last year with a different twist. Check it out at this link.

My project started with a wooden photo frame from my local craft store. 
(Frames are 50% off this week at Hobby Lobby.) As you can see, the frame has a dull finish of a light, grayish color. After popping out the glass and the backing, I painted the frame with a thin layer of Ground Espresso Distress Paint. Once dry I added a light layer of Antique Bronze Distress Paint, applied in light, sweeping strokes. (see first photo, above)

After cleaning the glass, I stamped fall leaves with Staz-on (Timber Brown) ink and set it aside to dry.

Onto Ranger's Mixed Media Cardstock cut to fit into the frame, I blended Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress inks with a blending tool.

After blending the inks I spritzed and dribbled water drops onto my colors and let them sit. After a few minutes, I heat set it with my Heat-it Craft Heater.

Finally, I spritzed a large background stamp with fine mists of water and pressed it onto my piece, letting it sit for about 10 seconds before lifting it. This allowed time for the water on the stamp to activate with the Distress Inked background. I LOVE this effect. 

Once the colored background was completely dry, I inserted it back into the frame behind the glass and then decorated my frame's front using Susan's Garden Notes "Chrysanthemum", "Berry Branch" and "Woodland Leaves" dies.

You can view the steps to create the beautiful Chrysanthemums in Susan's video here.

I created small wood blocks to resemble letterpress letter blocks by cutting thin strips of wood, painting them dark brown, and adhering die-cut letters in green cardstock to the fronts. The blocks were then adhered to the frame over a piece of frayed burlap. A small pumpkin and a bow fill  the lower right corner of the frame to balance everything out. (click on the photo for a closer look.)

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you enjoyed the project. I'd love to hear if you make Fall decor pieces for your home.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Creative Carte Blanche October Challenge - "Witchy Woman"

Hello everyone! It's a new month and that means a new challenge over at Creative Carte Blanche, where anything goes as long as your creation is inspired by the theme.

This month, our hostess Candy Colwell has selected the theme of "Witchy Woman." The theme is totally up to your own interpretation. It can literally be a witch in your creation, or perhaps a devilish diva, or whatever you choose.

I love Halloween, so I went with the witch idea to create a spooky altered picture frame. Rather than the typical witch, I transformed a skull with top hat. Let's take a look...

I stamped the large Undertaker with Black Archival Ink onto Mixed Media Cardstock, then trimmed the top hat into a witch's hat.

With Distress Markers, I shaded the skull, highlighted the hat, and added a bit of "lipstick" just for some humor.

From Regions Beyond paper, I die-cut the new Twisted die a few times, trimming off bits here and there for the witch's hair.

I adhered layers and layers of "curls" to the skull. She's got somewhat of a Medusa look going on.

Most of the pieces were adhered to the back of the skull like this, with just a few coming around to the front.

I cut two pieces for the frame's backing. One from Black Shattered Kraft Core, the other from Regions Beyond, which I then die-cut using the spider web in the Mixed Media Halloween die set.

Next I stamped Happy Halloween (from Apothecary CMS138) onto a piece of linen in the Idea-ology Textile Surfaces using Black Archival Ink. After shredding the outer edges I distressed with Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress inks. Textile Surfaces are adhesive-backed which makes them easy to adhere in place.

I applied Ranger's Grit Paste with my finger onto an Idea-ology Picture Frame.

I absolutely love Grit Paste. It spreads easily, dries fast, and creates an amazing textured surface.

Once the Grit Paste was dry, I painted the frame with semi-gloss black acrylic paint. Once the black was dry, I scribbled Rusty Hinge Distress Crayon in random places and rubbed it in with my finger. This gave a rusty effect. I sealed this with a coat of Collage Medium, Vintage.

I adhered the paper and cardstock to the base then glued the frame on top.

After peeling and sticking the stamped Textile Surface into place at the bottom, I adhered two papers together and popped them up with black foam tape for dimension.

Onto a Halloween Word Key, I scribbled Picket Fence Distress Crayon into the recessed areas and rubbed with my finger, then added Black Soot crayon to dirty it up. Trimmings and twine finish it off.

My Witchy Woman is adhered with foam tape to the center of the frame. I added small bats in her hair and a larger bat below her. The Wicked key is hot-glued into place as are the four Boneyard bones flanking the Happy Halloween banner.

Using a craft knife, I sliced an Idea-ology Pumpkin in half, then grunged it up with Mushroom Alcohol Ink. Onto Mini Numerals, I painted black paint, let it dry, then Collage Medium, Crazing. To create cracks and bubbles, I heated the numerals with the heat tool until I got the desired effect.

After adhering the last few embellishments, my frame was complete.

My Witchy Woman frame now sits on my foyer table to welcome spirits into my home.

Okay, now it's YOUR turn to create something fun with the Witchy Woman theme. Just go to the October challenge page at Creative Carte Blanche and upload your art. We'd LOVE to see what you come up with.

Almost all the products I've used today can be found in your local craft store, or favorite online store like The Funkie Junkie Boutique, my personal favorite. Thanks for stopping in today!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Holiday Workshop 2016 Reservation Time!

It's that time! It's my 7th Annual Holiday Workshop with wonderful Graphic 45 papers and embellishments. I've been doing this workshop for years and it's always a big hit. Come spend the day with friends making all sorts of holiday cards, gift card holders, tags and 3D treat holders. Enjoy a delicious lunch, with a few added surprises mixed in during the workshop for some holiday cheer. It's a great day of crafting as you get prepared for the Christmas season of giving!

We'll use Graphic 45's new St. Nicholas collection of papers and banners, Shabby Chic Keys and Brads, large kraft tags, small ivory tags, Petaloo holly picks, May Arts ribbon, and much more.

Photos of everything included in the workshop will be posted in a few weeks, along with supply list right here on my blog. Stay tuned, and make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss anything. (Upper right corner of this blog page.)

Sign up now to ensure your spot by going to my Etsy site at this link. Simply make your $75 payment, then you'll receive a special ticket for entry. Print it out and bring it to the workshop with you. Space is limited, so first come, first served. Your payment guarantees your spot.

Looking forward to another year of holiday crafting!

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