Nov 192010
 

Welcome to part 2 of our Topsy-Turvy doll.  If you’re jumping into the middle, you can find part 1 here.

This is what we’re making:

topsy turvy doll awake

topsy turvy doll asleep

At this point your doll faces should be complete, the bodies and arms should be sewn, stuffed and handstitched closed.  Now you need to bring the arms to the sewing machine and stitch three lines on each hand to make the finger divisions.  As long as you stuffed this lightly, you shouldn’t have any problems.  Start sewing at the edge of each hand and stitch up towards the shoulder, then backstitch on the same line all the way back to your starting point.  If your machine balks at stitching through all the thickness, you can hand sew these lines or skip this step altogether.

To sew the arms to the bodies, use very heavy thread and a long needle, like a doll needle.  The thread I like to use is labeled “Extra Strong for Buttons, Carpets and Crafts.”  Use doubled thread to go through the dots on the arm, then through the shoulder and back.  Go around 3-4 times.  Bury the knot in the doll. (In this photo I have the thread loose to show the path it needs to take.  You’ll have to pull it tight as you sew.)

topsy-turvy-doll-attaching-arm-to-body

To make the clothing:

With right sides together, sew lace to necklines of both bodices.  Match the raw edge of bodice to the gathered edge of the lace.  If you wish, press seam toward bodice and topstitch to hold in place.

topsy-turvy-doll-dress-bodice-with-lace

In the same manner sew lace to the edges of the nightgown sleeves and the nightcap.

Finish sleeve edges of day dress.  Fold on line and stitch to make a casing.

topsy-turvy-doll-sleeve-with-casing

Use 4 4.5″ pieces of 1/4″ elastic.  Use a zigzag stitch to sew one to each nightgown sleeve 1 1/2″ from finished edge of lace.  (Tip:  Leave the elastic long and mark at 4.5″.  This gives you something to hold on to while sewing.)

topsy-turvy-doll-sewing-on-elastic

topsy-turvy-doll-stretching-elastic

topsy-turvy-doll-finished-sleeve-elastic

Insert the remaing 2 pieces of elastic into sleeve casings on day dress, tacking in place in seam allowance.

Cut a 13″ piece of 1/4″ elastic.  Zigzag stitch this to the nightcap, 2″ in from finished edge of lace.

Sew all sleeve and underarm seams.

Well, that’s plenty for today.  Phew!  Tomorrow we’ll decorate the skirts and get our dolly dressed.

Click here to go directly to Part 3.

Nov 182010
 

I used to sew so many so many of the Christmas gifts for my family, but as my boys got older I did less and less.  However, now that I have a granddaughter, it feels good to get back into it!

This year I’m making Cady this topsy-turvy doll.  On one end the dolly is awake, flip up her dress and she’s asleep in her flannel nightgown and cap.  I’ve made several of these over the years, and it’s always fun.    There’s something quite charming and magical about them.

topsy turvy doll awake

topsy turvy doll asleep

If you’d like to make your own dolly for someone special, you can find the patterns here.  (When you print out the patterns, make sure to tape together the two body sections along the thin line, matching the marks.)

For materials you’ll need:

  • 1/3 yard flesh tone fabric for head/ body and arms
  • 1/2 yard fabric for day dress
  • 5/8 yard flannel fabric for nightgown and cap
  • 2 yards lace trim for day dress
  • 3 yards lace trim for nightgown and cap
  • 1 yard ribbon to trim waist of day dress
  • 1 yard 1/4″ elastic
  • polyfil stuffing
  • permanent markers or embroidery floss for faces
  • yarn for hair
  • additional trims such as ribbon roses, ribbons for hair, teddy bear, if desired

Start by making the faces.  I often embroider them with embroidery floss.  If you do so, I recommend you just trace the head/body pattern onto your fabric but don’t cut it out until after the embroidery is done.  This gives you material for your hoop to grip onto.   Or you can do like I did this year and color in the faces with markers.  Make sure to use permanent markers that won’t run if they get wet.

topsy-turvy-doll-awake-face

I used my Pigma Micron Pen set in size 01 for the black outlines and red for the lips.  I used the brush tip end of a Marvy Le Plume II in Salvia Blue to color in the eyes.  Don’t forget to add a tiny bit of white for the catchlights in the eyes.  Acrylic paint on a toothpick will work nicely for that bit.

topsy-turvy-doll-sleepy-face

Cut out all pattern pieces from the indicated fabrics.  In addition to the pattern pieces in the pdf, you’ll need to cut a 10″x40″ piece from each of the day dress and nightgown fabrics for the skirts and a 13″ circle from the nightgown fabric for the nightcap.

The head/body patterns in the pdf need to be joined together before cutting out.  In the photo below you can see the shape you will have (weird, huh?)  (You DO NOT need to have a seam at the waistline like I do.  I had some small pieces of fleshtone fabrics that needed to be pieced this way.)

topsy-turvy-doll-body-pattern-shape

The bodice/sleeve pieces are a little confusing.  They are cut on TWO folds.

*****Update 1/25/2012******

Several folks have been confused by this step, so I’ve added some photos that I hope will clear it up.

First, make a fold in your fabric that is a little deeper than the pattern piece, about 4.5″.

topsy-turvy-doll-2-bodice-on-two-folds-1st-fold

Next, fold the fabric again, this time perpendicular to the first fold.

topsy-turvy-doll-2-bodice-on-two-folds-2nd-fold

Now you have two adjacent folds, at a 90° angle to each other. Place the pattern piece on the fabric with the long “place on fold” edge along the long fold, and the shorter “place on fold” edge along the shorter fold.

topsy-turvy-doll-2-bodice-on-two-folds-pattern-in-place

Here’s a close up of the corner when the folds meet. As you can see, you will be cutting through four thicknesses.

topsy-turvy-doll-2-bodice-on-two-folds-pattern-in-place-close-up

The resulting piece looks like this:

topsy-turvy-doll-dress-bodice

You will need to cut along one of the short folds to make the dress back opening.

Hope that is clear!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

A 1/4″ seam allowance is used throughout, unless stated otherwise. (Seam allowances are included in the patterns.)

Once the faces have been completed you can sew the two body/head sections together, meeting right sides and leaving an opening where indicated.  Also sew the arm pieces to make 4 arms.

topsy-turvy-doll-armHere’s a great trick for any time you need to leave an opening for turning:  Sew perpendicular to the seam from the raw edge in to the seam line, then sew your seam.  At the end of the seam sew back to the raw edge.  Now, when you turn your piece right side out, it’s very easy to find where you need to sew up the opening.

topsy-turvy-doll-leaving-an-opening-for-turning

Clip all curves, turn all pieces right side out and stuff with fiberfill. When you stuff the hands, stuff the fingers only lightly, as later we’ll be machine stitching in lines to make fingers.

Here’s a tip for smooth stuffing:  Whichever side of the project you want to look smoothest (the faces in this instance) have that side DOWN while you are stuffing.  Don’t know why it works, but it always does.

Once all the pieces are stuffed, hand sew the openings closed.

I’m off to finish stuffing now, and then to bed.  Check back tomorrow for more of the directions.

Click here to go directly to part 2.

Nov 152010
 

I’ve really been enjoying Kristina Werner’s Holiday Card series over at her blog.  Her ideas are always have clean and simple lines, which makes them easy to adapt to your own style and supplies.

She made this one on Day 7 using her Silhouette.  I don’t have a digital cutter so, at first I thought of printing out some lettering in reverse on the backside of cardstock and cutting that out with a craft knife.  Then I looked at the quantity of cuts and decided one would have to be CRAZY to do that.

So, instead, I printed my words on a transparency.  The only problem was adhering it down invisibly.  Some vellum adhesive worked quite nicely.

If you don’t count the time spent fiddling with fonts, sizes, colors and arrangement, this is a fairly quick card.  🙂

christmas card call his name Jesus

Supplies used:

Pattern papers: Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad (Tim Holtz), Yuletide 12X12 Specialty Paper Pad (K & Company)
Font: Arial
Software: Printmaster – Platinum Version 18  (I’ve been using Printmaster since version 4.0 and love it for all kinds of desktop publishing uses.)
Glue:  EK Zig 2-Way Chisel Glue Pen,  Mono Vellum Adhesive Dispenser,  3/16-Inch Mini Glue Dots Roll
Transparency: Computer Grafix Ink Jet Film, Clear
Stickers: Jolee’s Boutique Dimensional Stickers – Poinsettias & Holly
Corner rounder: Memory Makers

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Kristina has the most beautiful handwriting, and she uses it often on her cards.  See Day 8, for example.

My handwriting is terrible.  It doesn’t matter how careful I am or how slowly I go, it is definitely NOT card-worthy.

However, I love this stamp and was dying to use it, so here we are.  First I stamped the image with Distress Embossing Ink and then embossed with fine black embossing powder.  You could also stamp it in black and then emboss with clear.  The idea is to make it waterproof and give a little barrier for the watercolors.

After embossing, I used watercolor pencils to color it in.  Fun, quick and easy!

I used Spellbinders to cut the felt.  Even with a shim in my Big Kick, it didn’t cut through completely, but it was enough.

christmas card deck the halls hanging cat

Supplies used:

Watercolor paper: Strathmore Series 140 Lb. cold press 9″ x 12″ Watercolor Pads
Stamp: Fluffles Garland – Rubber Stamps (Stampendous)
Ink:  Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink , Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Clear For Embossing
Embossing powder: Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder, black (Ranger)
Watercolor pencils: Faber-Castell 24-Color GRIP Watercolor EcoPencil Set
Oval template: Coluzzle nested ovals
Die cut: Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Petite Scalloped Ovals Die Template
Gel Pen: Uni Ball Signo Gel Pen Broad Point
Adhesive:  3/16-Inch Mini Glue Dots Roll
Other: red felt, ribbon by Offray

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The last one for today is based on Kristina’s day 9 design.

The glittered chipboard letters were white and I colored them with alcohol ink.  This is a great way to stretch your supplies, buy things in white and then color them to meet your needs.

christmas card joy ornament

Die: Yellow Die – Ornament (Sizzix)
Pattern papers:  Yuletide 12X12 Specialty Paper Pad (K & Company)
Scallop Punch: Doily Lace Edge Craft Punch (Martha Stewart)
Circle punch: Circle 1.25 Inch Paper Shapers Nesting Punch (EK Success)
Ink: Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink, Cranberry,  Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink ,  Fired Brick Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Gel Pen: Uni Ball Signo Gel Pen Broad Point
Glue: Matte Multi-Medium 4Oz
Wire: 22 gauge copper wire
Other: red felt, gold metallic paper, glittered chipboard letters

 

Nov 132010
 

So, I’ve been trying to get caught up making Christmas cards inspired by Kristina Werner’s Holiday card series. Here are the ones I made today.

I really like the vellum window, but it took quite a bit of time to cut out the pieces. The way I did it I had to cut the window three times. Once out of the card, once from the red cardstock and once from another cardstock to go on the inside to keep everything neat. Definitely not a quick project. (Based on the Day 3 card).

christmas card snowflakes on vellum

 

Supplies used:

Clear stamp: Inkadinkado 7-Piece Snowflakes A-Plenty Clear Stamp
Pattern papers: Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad (Tim Holtz), Yuletide 12X12 Specialty Paper Pad (K & Company)
Scallop Punch: Scallop Sentiment Border Punch (Fiskars)
Embossing Powder:  Zing! White Opaque Embossing Powder (this seems to be out of stock everywhere, glad I got some when I did!)
Rub on : Snow Flurries (October Afternoon)
Ribbon: Offray

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Next up is my card based on her day 4:

I stamped the reindeer with Fired Brick Distress Ink and then embossed with clear. This really made it pop nicely.

When embossing on vellum, have your heat tool already hot and heat the vellum no more than necessary, keeping the tool moving. This will keep buckling to a minumum.

Merry christmas card with white embossing

Supplies used:

Pattern papers: Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad (Tim Holtz), Yuletide 12X12 Specialty Paper Pad (K & Company)
Stamp: Christmas Silhouettes Clear Stamps 5 pc Set Inkadinkado
Circle Cutter: EK Success Circle Scissor Pro
Ink: Fired Brick Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Embossing powders: Ranger Embossing Powder 1-Ounce, Clear, Zing! White Opaque Embossing Powder 1 oz (this seems to be out of stock everywhere, glad I got some when I did!)
Glue pen: EK Zig 2-Way Chisel Glue Pen
Ribbon: Morex Corps, Sweet Petites, Sonya Red, 5/8″

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I’m not really thrilled with the mix of lettering on this card, but, I was using up what I had rather than buying new. Sometimes you just gotta make do, ya know?

The inspiration is Kristina’s day 5 card.

I apologize that I don’t know the source of any of the chipboard pieces I’m using on these cards. It was from a box I picked up on clearance at Joann’s a year or so ago.

The good news is that not having the exact same supplies forces us all to be even more creative! 🙂

merrry christmas card banner

Supplies used:

Alpha stickers: Mickey Alphabet sheet, red (Sandy Lion), Little Letters, 1/2″ green (Making Memories)
Scallop Punch: Scallop Sentiment Border Punch (Fiskars)
Pattern papers: Yuletide 12X12 Specialty Paper Pad (K & Company)
Rub ons: Eskimo Kiss (Basic Grey)
Gel Pen: Uni Ball Signo Gel Pen Broad Point

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And the last one I made tonight was based on the day 6 card:

The “peace” letters look much cooler in person. I started with grungeboard alpha minis, painted them white and then coated with Stardust Stickles. Love that sparkly look!

christmas card peace snowflakes ornament

Supplies used:

Pattern papers: Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad (Tim Holtz), Yuletide 12X12 Specialty Paper Pad (K & Company)
Felt: 3D Felt Stickers (Joann’s)
Letters: Advantus Corporation Grungeboard Minis, Plain Alphabet
Paint: Snow Cap Paint Dabber
Glitter: Ranger 1/2-Ounce Stickles Glitter Glue, Stardust
Ink: Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Cording: Darice Lame Cord 1 Ply 25 Yards Gold
Other: twill tape, Studio G Alphabet stamp set
Gel Pen: Uni Ball Signo Gel Pen Broad Point

Nov 122010
 

I’ve been following Kristina Werner’s Holiday Card Series over at her blog, and was going to make another Christmas card today, but then I remembered a friend who has a birthday coming up next week.  Kristina’s day 2 design works perfectly for a birthday card.

birthday card with paper pieced flower

Kristina used her Silhouette to cut out the card and flower.  Since I don’t have a Silhouette, I used my Coluzzle.  The center circle is 2 3/4″ and the green cardstock is 4 1/2″.  For the flower I punched 1 1/4″ circles and glued them around the back of the inner circle.

birthday-card-flower-with-punched-circles

It’s a good idea to use a repositionable adhesive on the back of the circle you’re covering with round punches as, inevitably, something will have to be repositioned at the end.

birthday-card-flower-with-punched-circles-back

In order to have a completely round card, and not have a slice missing at the top, cut two circles for your card base.  Score one of the circles an inch or so from one edge and cover that small section with glue.  Adhere your other circle and now you have a round card that will open neatly.

birthday-card-how-to-make-a-round-card

Supplies used:

  • Solid cardstock:  Best Occasions Textured Cardstock in Pastel
  • Patterned paper for flower petals and center circle: Debbie Mumm 4.5″x6.5″ Premium Pack with Glitter, Baby Boy
  • Stamp set: Fiskars Make a Wish Quotes
  • Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink, Dark Moss
  • White Gel Pen: Signo Uniball Broad
  • Glues:  Hermafix Dotto & Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium, Matte
Nov 122010
 

Kristina Werner is in the middle of her Holiday Card series for the second year.  I’ve got to admire her stamina as she puts up a new card video every weekday for five weeks.  And today’s post has THREE cards, wow.

I decided to play along as best I can this year.  There isn’t room in the budget right now to go buy a bunch of supplies, so I dug out what I could find.  Here’s my first card for today, based on Kristina’s day one design.

merry christmas card reindeer

First I clear embossed the red paper with the Music Background stamp.  Then I went over all the embossing with Barn Door Distress ink, and did just the edges with Aged Mahagony.

The green paper was cut to 1 1/2″ wide and the edges inked with Peeled Paint Distress ink.

The white paper was cut into a slight hill shape and gone over lightly with Vintage Photo ink.

I sanded the edges of the chipboard pieces and went over them with Vintage Photo ink as well.  This worked great to make the brightly colored chipboard go with the more muted tones of the papers.

And that’s one of the wonkiest ribbons I’ve ever tied, sheesh.

Supplies used:

Dec 312009
 

Well, I did it.  I think I spent way too much buying up Tim-type goodies, but that’s ok, I learned so much!  And I’m sure to use many of these techniques & products on different projects throughout the year.

12 tags of Christmas-Tim Holtz 2009

My favorites?

The alcohol ink plaid from day 3 was too much playing, and the ornaments with fragments on day 5 are a great way to dress up patterned papers or stamps.  Of course, the grunge paper roses are lovely and so clever.  And then there’s the foil and alcohol ink technique from day 10, which I’ve done before to make picture frames . . .

Sorry, I just can’t pick a favorite.  Whatever I’ve done most recently is usually my fav, lol.

Here are just a few of the supplies I used on these tags:

Grunge paper 12-Inch-by-12-Inch, 3-Pack
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Plain Elements set
Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink 
Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Faded jeans Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Pine Needles Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Dusty Concord Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Fired Brick Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Clear For Embossing  
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink, Cranberry
Butterscotch Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink
Terra Cotta Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink
Ranger 1/2 Ounce Adirondack Alcohol Ink Singles, Raisin
Ranger 1/2 Ounce Adirondack Alcohol Ink Singles, Wild Plum
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks eggplant
Ranger 1/2-Ounce Adirondack Alcohol Ink Singles, Denim
Adirondack Alcohol Ink .5 Ounce – Stream
Ranger 1/2-Ounce Adirondack Alcohol Ink Singles, Espresso
Ranger 1/2 Ounce Adirondack Alcohol Ink Singles, Ginger
Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution
Ink Blending Tool & 2 Foams 
Gold/Silver Tim Holtz Metallic Mixatives Kit
Ranger Perfect Pearls Embellishment Pigment Kit, Aged Patina
Black StazOn Permanent Ink
Ranger Embossing Powder 1-Ounce, Clear
Zing Embossing Powder – Metallic Gold
Inkadinkado 7-Piece Snowflakes A-Plenty Clear Stamp
Christmas Silhouettes Clear Stamps 5 pc Set Inkadinkado
Distress Stickles Glitter Glue, 1/2-Ounce, Rock Candy, Clear
Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Collection Stampers Anonymous Clear Stamps – Urban Grunge
Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Collection Stampers Anonymous Clear Stamps – The Journey
Ranger Memory Glass Hinged Frames 1 Inch Square
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fragments Clear Tiles 48-Pack
Advantus Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Fragments 48-Pack, Clear Charms
Advantus Tim Holtz Idea-Ology 1-Inch Corners
Advantus Tim Holtz Idea Ology Game Spinners With Long Fasteners
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Trinket Pins
Advantus Tim Holtz Idea Ology Sprocket Gears
Advantus Tim Holtz Idea Ology Swivel Clasps
Advantus Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Foliage with Long Fasteners
Mini Misters 3 Piece Pack
Brayer Set (Inkadinkadoo)
Printmaster – Platinum Version 18 (for the “Wise Men Still Seek Him” image)

Oh my goodness, I hadn’t ever listed it all off like that!  And that’s not even all.  Wow.

Somebody’s scrapbook budget needs to go on a diet in the New Year, lol.

Wishing you a very happy New Year!

Jun 292009
 

Here are the rest of the pages in the First Father’s Day album I made for my son: (You can find Part 1 here.)

baby book for a first father's day 10-11

The crown is Grungeboard from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Plain Elements set.  I didn’t have the gold distress crackle paint, so I painted it with the Brushed Pewter Metallic Distress Crackle Paint
and then dabbed on the gold alcohol ink mixative (Gold/Silver Tim Holtz Metallic Mixatives Kit).  The bear is punched out of fun foam with a paper punch.  The title is, once again, printed on a transparency (Computer Grafix Ink Jet Film, Clear) with paint brushed on the backside.

baby book for a first father's day 12-13

The heart above is more Dreamweaver Embossing Paste, this time inked with Dusty Concord Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  The flowers are a sample a saleswoman stitched out for me one day when I was looking at embroidery sewing machines.  It was boring, beige thread stitched on beige fabric, but a little distress ink quickly cured it of its “blah-dom.”

baby book for a first father's day 14-15

The stamp that I use throughout for the dates is the Clear Stamp – Messy Dates (Autumn Leaves Rhonna Farrer)  I love the look, it goes with just about any style.

baby book for a first father's day 16-17

I wanted to use this sheep sticker, but he needed to be grounded, so I first stamped this picket fence by StampCraft.  Using a little bit of watercolor pencil (Faber-Castell 24-Color GRIP Watercolor EcoPencil Set fills in the details and gives it depth.

baby book for a first father's day 18-19

More embossing paste on the heart above, but this time I sprinkled it with fine glitter while it was still wet.  The tulip corner punch above is with the Fiskars 3-in-1 Corner/Border Punch, Flowers.

baby book for a first father's day 20-21

The key is more from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Plain Elements set.  Notice that the bulky items, the yellow flowers on the left and the chipboard scroll on the right, are placed so when the pages close they balance each other out.

baby book for a first father's day 22

Ok, this is one of my favorite pages in the book.  Is it the cute little Patriots shirt, those big blue eyes, or that adorable smile?   🙂

The red braid is Sticky Stitches by Remember When.  The metal initials and heart are colored with alcohol inks in Denim and Cranberry.

I hope this tour through my little book has given you some inspiration for your own special projects!

Jun 282009
 

This Father’s Day was my son’s first.  Since he’s so far away, and hasn’t been able to see his little one very much, I made him this special album as a gift.

I hope he has as much fun looking at it as I had putting it together!

I was looking for something small that my son could easily carry and found this Tim Holtz Ruler Book kit, which is just the perfect size. The pages are each about 4″ x 4″.

(These books are no longer being produced, but you can still find a few floating around.  Of course, you can easily make your own at any size you want by cutting up a ruler, some chipboard for the covers and trimming cardstock for pages.)

baby book for a first father's day cover

In his video, The Journey Continues with Tim Holtz, he gives step-by-step instructions on how to apply distressed papers to the cover of the book.  He has a lot of great tips and helpful hints which could be applied to any project.

To begin, I applied distress inks directly from the pad to each of the pages, distressed the edges of each page with a thread cutter, applied Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink  to the edges and then stamped each page with a background image.  I wasn’t really thrilled with the dark green vine below, it’s a little harsh, but oh well, the rest of the pages look good.

baby book for a first father's day 2-3

The sugar and spice saying was printed from my inkjet printer onto a transparency (Computer Grafix Ink Jet Film, Clear.)  Then I painted Scattered Straw Distress Crackle Paint on the back.  (After seeing this terrible writing inside the front cover, one of my dear friends gave me a calligraphy set for my birthday.  Hmmmmm . . . .)

baby book for a first father's day 4-5

The saying above is, “My finger may be small, but I can still wrap my Daddy around it!”  This was also printed on a transparency, but this time I wiped alcohol inks across the back. (I used Cranberry and Raisin)

baby book for a first father's day 6-7

If you plan to make a small book like this, you’ll find it useful to get your photos printed in wallet size.  I liked that I had four copies of each pic, so when I messed up, I had three more to go.

The moon and stars above were done with a brass stencil and Dreamweaver Embossing Paste.  (You have to let this paste air dry, don’t try to hit it with a heat gun, it will bubble. )  After it dries, put the stencil back over as a mask and apply a little ink to color the shapes. The blue stars and dots were done by making the shapes with Glossy Accents and then sprinkling on micro glass beads.

baby book for a first father's day 8-9

Check back tomorrow for the rest of the album! 

Dec 272008
 

I may have mentioned it before, but I love cool techniques!  So when I stumbled across Tim Holtz and his videos, books, online tutorials and his blog, I flipped.

If you’re at all familiar with him then you know what I mean.  He’s the guy who came up with the  foil tape embossing photo frame idea that I mentioned last week.  He’s a master at creative techniques in rubber stamping, paper crafts and beyond.

Anyhow, this year, every day for the first 12 days of December, he posted tutorials on his blog for making his “12 Tags of Christmas.”  I decided to follow along and made nine of them, but made cards instead.  Silly me, I didn’t take pictures of all of them, but here are the one’s I’ve got:

christmas card snowman with distress crackle paint

You can find his tutorials here, if you want to check them out. This one turned out to be my favorite.  In fact, I didn’t give it to anyone but am keeping it for me!

christmas card snowman close up

It’s based on Tim’s day seven tag, where you will find his recipe for making the faux snow.  What a fun mess!

Meh, this one with the stockings came out ok.  Did it on day nine.

christmas card peaceful log cabin

More fun with alcohol ink on the ornaments.

christmas cardwith alcohol ink ornaments

Interestingly enough, the day four design, upon which the below card was based, was one of my least favorite of Tim’s tags, but I was quite pleased with this card once I finally finished it.

I spent an entire day on this one (what WAS I thinking?) The words at the top finally came out great, but take it from me – ANY kind of ink will bleed terribly when stamped on satin ribbon. Save yourself some headaches and try twill tape instead, works great!

Christmas card oh come let us adore him

I think the friends I sent it to really liked it, as they emailed me this photo of the card in a frame, and said they plan to take it out every year.

It was a lot more work making cards, rather than just tags.  I’m not sure if I’ll do it this way again.

Here are just a few of the products I used to make these tags/cards:

Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink 
Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Faded jeans Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Pine Needles Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Dusty Concord Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Fired Brick Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Clear For Embossing
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink, Cranberry
Ranger 1/2-Ounce Adirondack Alcohol Ink Singles, Denim
Adirondack Alcohol Ink .5 Ounce – Stream
Ink Blending Tool & 2 Foams 
Tim Holtz™ Distress Crackle Paint Picket Fence  
Zing Embossing Powder – Metallic Gold
Darice Lame Cord 1 Ply 25 Yards Gold
Inkadinkado 7-Piece Snowflakes A-Plenty Clear Stamp
Christmas Silhouettes Clear Stamps 5 pc Set Inkadinkado
Swirls Clear Stamp Set  (Autumn Leaves)
Gel Pen: Uni Ball Signo Gel Pen Broad Point
Printmaster – Platinum Version 18  (For the image in “O Come Let Us Adore Him”)