Dec 242010
 

I just received this today.  May you find it edifiying.

Hanging a Wreath at Christmas

Since I have come to know God’s love
          I’ll think a little more
          When hanging up the festive wreath
          Of holly on my door.

I see in it a crown of thorns
          Placed on my Savior’s brow
          That I may have the gift of life;
          What meaning it has now!

The thorns are there–so needle sharp;
          The berries, too, are red
          Not too unlike the precious blood
          That on the cross was shed.

I’ll hang with prayer this holly wreath
          For all the world to see;
          Perchance, the lonely passerby
          Will feel God’s love through me.

Within our homes, let there be love
          “And peace on earth to men,”
          As we remember in our hearts
          The Babe of Bethlehem.

Received from Scott Neville.

Dec 202010
 

Today it’s time for my annual tradition of baking plates of goodies for the neighbors.  Every year around December 1st I say, “No way, I’m not doing all that baking this year.”  But then, once I’ve got the house decorated, the presents all bought or made & wrapped, it just seems like the thing to do.

Here’s my kitchen table all filled with sweet treats ready to be delivered.  I usually just buy pretty paper Christmas plates, cover with lengths of plastic wrap and tie on a ribbon bow.  Easy enough!

holiday-baking-all-ready-to-be-delivered

Here’s a plate of  my snickerdoodles.  Were they supposed to spread that much?  I didn’t think so, but they’re still yummy.

holiday-baking-snickerdoodle-cookies

Here’s a close up of the tags I made.  I used the Sizzix Scallop Tag set (red die).

holiday-baking-close-up-of-tags

To got the printing perfectly lined up with each tag I first scanned the die into my computer, then imported the image into Printmaster – Platinum Version 18  .  I sized the image to be exactly the same as the die, then made text boxes to fit the tags.  I drew a box around the outside edge of the die and then deleted the original image.  Now I have a perfectly sized template.

You can fit four of these (with a little overlap) on one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet.  Just make sure to carefully cut on the lines on at least two sides, line them up with the edges of your die and cut away.

Hope you have time to enjoy some holiday baking.

Dec 092010
 

A certain weekend last October was a High Point in my year.  That was when Tim Holtz came to the Boston area and I got to take not just one, but TWO classes with him.  It was awesome!  He is such a nice guy and a fantastic teacher.  What a privilege to get to spend an entire day playing and crafting with other creative people.

We used his new configurations line to make lovely Christmas shadowboxes.  It was such a blast filling each little section with vintage bits and pieces that Tim has collected.

christmas configuration Tim Holtz

When I got home, I added a few things.  The empty birdcage made me kind of sad, so I put the cardinals on the nest on top.  I also cut a scrap of fabric to make a skirt for the tree, and changed the knob from a larger white one which seemed kinda clunky to me.

The package of cardinals I picked up had two bright red birds, which hardly seemed authentic to me.  To make Mrs. Cardinal more brown, I dabbed her with ginger and espresso alcohol inks.  (Yeah, um, then she started to fall apart!  Apparently something in the ink dissolved her glue.  All worked out well, though.  I just had to wait until all the pieces were dry and then use Matte Multi Medium to put her back together.)

The Matte Multi Medium was one terrific thing I learned about in this class.  It dries, well, matte, rather than glossy, so if you’re sloppy in your gluing, it doesn’t show.  Brilliant!

christmas configuration with cardinals on top

What a terrific idea, using the little flameless tea light, it adds so much!

christmas-configuration-Tim-Holtz-candle-and-birdcage-close-up

Tim told me that the wooden blocks, the little ceramic dolls, the silver glitter and the mica we used to cover the outside of the boxes are all vintage items he’s found.  And he shared them all with us!  I felt so grateful!

christmas configuration Tim Holtz doll and pearls close up

He also taught us how to make faux print blocks just using grungeboard and chipboard.  He. Is. So. Clever!

christmas configuration Tim Holtz joy print block letters

This is definitely one of my new favorite Christmas decorations!

Just a few of the many, many products we used:

5.75 X 10.75 Configurations Box
Symphony Tissue Tape
Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad
Advantus Corporation Grungeboard Minis, Plain Alphabet
Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Shabby Shutters Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Fired Brick Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Baubles & Curio Knobs
Snow Cap Paint Dabber
Matte Multi-Medium 4Oz
Ranger 1/2-Ounce Adirondack Alcohol Ink Singles, Espresso
Ranger 1/2 Ounce Adirondack Alcohol Ink Singles, Ginger
Foundations Metal Feet
Everlasting Tealights Battery-Operated Flameless Candles with Soft Flicker, 12-Pack

Dec 052010
 

We received a Christmas card yesterday of bare winter trees.  The entire card front was covered with glitter and it reminded me of a sample I made a long time ago after taking a class on embossing paste.  I dug it out and made this FINAL Christmas card with it:

(Yes, it is the FINAL Christmas card for this year.  I’ve made up my list, counted my cards and I have enough. I’ll do the rest of Tim’s Tags Techniques in non-Christmas themes after the holidays. Phew!)

christmas card glittery treesIt was tough to find a background paper to match the original blue that the trees were on, so Distress Ink to the rescue!  The text paper was originally a pale grey, but an application of Faded Jeans and Broken China to both pieces made them blend nicely.   The addition of a bow and stamped sentiment and this card is DONE.  As is my Christmas card list, hooray!

Some time soon (maybe after Christmas?) I’ll share a step-by-step on how to use the embossing paste.  It’s a LOT of fun.

Meanwhile I’m off to do some sewing for Christmas.  Those pics will have to wait until after the big day.  🙂

Wishing you blessings!

Supplies:

Papers: Juniper Script on Cream (DCWV); blue card stock
Ink: Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink , Faded jeans Tim Holtz Distress Ink , Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Clear For Embossing  
Embossing: embossing paste (Dreamweaver), metal embossing stencil (Dreamweaver)
Ribbon: 1″ wide sheer plaid (Michael’s)
Stamp: Merry Christmas (Studio G)
Embossing Powder: Zing! White Opaque Embossing Powder

Dec 032010
 

I have a friend with a birthday next week and decided today’s design would make a perfect birthday card.  You’ll have to check out Tim’s site to see his instructions for making the tissue tape collage and flower.  So. Much. Fun!

birthday-card-with-bird-and-tissue-tape-flowerMy background was colored with bundled sage, shabby shutters and peeled paint distress inks and edged with walnut stain.

The words background was stamped bundled sage (my new favorite for background stamping!) and the splatter with vintage photo.

I couldn’t find my paper distresser, so I opened a pair of old scissors about 1″ and ran the edges of the paper along the “V.”

I decided to color my tissue tape with eggplant, wild plum and raisin alcohol inks before making the flower.  After I made the flower I found the colors were a little dark for my liking, so I swiped over it with alcohol blending solution until it was just right.  (FYI, the circle punch I used was 1 1/4″ and I ended up using about 30″ of tissue tape.)

birthday-card-tissue-tape-flower-close-up

The “Make A Wish Quotes” stamp set by Fiskars is adorable, the inside of the card says,

“Growing OLD is mandatory, growing UP is optional.”

Love it!

At first I stamped the “Happy Birthday” with distress ink, but it didn’t come out very good.  It was a clear stamp so I stamped again – still not good.  So I dried the inks with a heat tool, and stamped one more time with embossing ink, then embossed with white.  Hence the happy accident of the shadow behind the words.  HA! Sometimes it’s not what you can DO, but what you can FIX.

Supplies:

Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Bundled Sage Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Shabby Shutters Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Dusty Concord Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Clear For Embossing
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

All Night Media Wood-Mounted Stamps – Splatter Pattern
Quote Clear Stamps: Make A Wish (Fiskars)
Stamp: Italian Poetry (Hero Arts)
Embossing Powder:  Zing! White Opaque Embossing Powder
Symphony Tissue Tape  (Tim Holtz)
Button: Making Memories Vintage Findings
Die cut: Tim Holtz Caged Bird Sizzix Bigz Dies
Grunge paper 12-Inch-by-12-Inch, 3-Pack
Distress Stickles Glitter Glue, 1/2-Ounce, Rock Candy, Clear
Patterned Paper: Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad (Tim Holtz)
Dimensional adhesive: Squares Foam Tabs
Mono Adhesive Dispenser Permanent
Matte Multi-Medium 4Oz

Dec 022010
 

I had such a blast making today’s card!  It would have been great to have had Cut ‘n’ Dry felt so I could make my own custom stamp pads.  It sounds like a very cool technique that I’m going to try someday when I get the necessary supplies. But for now, I made do.  (Check out Tim’s directions for making custom colored stamp pads.)

There’s lots of stamping on this card, many layers in fact, and I think that’s what makes it so nice.  It’s simple, yet deep, if you know what I mean.

merry christmas card birdhouse

I started off by inking the paper (I just use plain white paper, the inserts that come in page protectors) with weathered wood and tumbled glass distress inks.  Then I stamped my pine cone branch with pine needles distress ink.

I used the rest of the q-tip from yesterday’s project (there it  was, just sitting on my desk, and it was perfect) to add vintage photo and walnut stain inks to the pine cones and peeled paint to the branch.  Next, the music background was stamped with bundled sage distress and the flourishes with antique linen.

The Merry Christmas was added with fired brick and aged mahogany.

Finally I stamped all around with the splatter background with walnut stain.

The birdhouse was glue-dotted on, the cord taped around the back and that was that.

This one went so quick I can see doing several in assembly line fashion.

Supplies:

Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink 
Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Pine Needles Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Bundled Sage Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Fired Brick Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Weathered Wood Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Tumbled Glass Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Christmas Silhouettes Clear Stamps 5 pc Set Inkadinkado
Pine Cone Branch Stamp, Inkadinkado
Music Background Cling Stamps   (Hero Arts)
Swirls Clear Stamp Set (Autumn Leaves)
All Night Media Wood-Mounted Stamps – Splatter Pattern
Birdhouse ornament – Merry minis, Michaels

Dec 012010
 

So, the day we’ve all been waiting for is here, the beginning of Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas.  So much inspiration and fun!

This year I have two goals:

  1. Do as much as possible with what I already have.  (Read: “Don’t spend tons of money on new gadgetry!”)
  2. Make cards instead of tags.  I made tags last year, and I love them, but I don’t know what to DO with them, so cards it is.

Without further ado, here is my card inspired by Tim’s day 1 tag.

christmascard house with fence and snow (from tim holtz 12 tags of christmas2010)

I didn’t have his Rickety House die, so I found a clip art house I liked and used it as a template to cut out of grunge paper with a craft knife.  Then I embossed the house with the notebook embossing folder.

Next it got painted with snow cap paint dabber, sanded and then inked with aged mahogany distress ink.

I took scraps of packaging and inked them with butterscotch and terra cotta alcohol inks and glued them to the backs of the windows.

The snow is made with picket fence distress crackle paint sprinkled with chunky white glitter.

christmascard house with fence and snow close up (from tim holtz 12 tags of christmas 2010)

The trees were cut with sizzix dies and the snow applied the same way as the house.  The fence was cut out of grunge paper with the sizzix picket fence die, painted with picket fence distress crackle and a little glitter sprinkled on.

The background was made by mixing  broken china distress ink, blue patina perfect pearls and a little water in a mini mister. Shake it up good and then spray on your paper for a fabulous, pearly look.

I stamped snowflakes with faded jeans, and then inked the edges of the paper with walnut stain to finish up the background.

The final touches are some “smoke” (Tim’s idea, the cotton from a q-tip, brilliant!) and the wreath.  I picked up the wreath at Michaels in a package of “merry minis.”  They have a kind of pearly finish which brings the look of old mercury glass to my mind.

Supplies:

Grunge paper 12-Inch-by-12-Inch, 3-Pack
Tim Holtz Collage & Notebook Sizzix Textured Fades Embossing Folders
Snow Cap Paint Dabber
Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Faded jeans Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Butterscotch Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink
Terra Cotta Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink
Inkadinkado 7-Piece Snowflakes A-Plenty Clear Stamp
Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders – Blue Patina
Tim Holtz™ Distress Crackle Paint Picket Fence
Sizzix Pine Tree Die (red die)
Sizzix Medium Pine Tree Die (yellow die)
Sizzix Picket Fence Die (yellow die)
chunky white glitter – Sulyn
Wreath – Merry Minis Ornaments – Michaels
Mini Misters 3 Piece Pack
3/16-Inch Mini Glue Dots Roll
Mono Vellum Adhesive Dispenser
Dimensional adhesive: Squares Foam Tabs
Matte Multi-Medium 4Oz

Nov 302010
 

When I saw Kristina’s day 19 card, I loved it, but . . . I knew I was utterly NOT in the mood to (a) make a circle card, or (b) do any fancy cutting of any kind.  (She used a Silhouette to make her lovely design.)

So, I took the idea of snowflakes within red circles and did my own thing.  The large red circles are the insides leftover from the ornament Christmas card from a couple days ago.  Sometimes inspiration comes from the bits and pieces right in front of you!

christmas card snowflakes in circles

If you have a package of snowflake rub ons, or even stickers, this is a very simple card to make.

1.  Clear emboss snowflakes on the card background.

2.  Cut large, medium and small circles out of red card stock.  (Mine are 2 3/8″, 1 1/4″ and 1/2″)

3.  Apply snowflake rub ons to red circles, adhere circles to card.

4.  Punch one edge of patterned paper with scallop punch.

5.  Apply sentiment to this strip and adhere to card.

6.  Add stickles to snowflakes, set aside to dry.

I still have six cards to go to complete the Holiday Card Series, but I don’t know, Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas starts tomorrow.  So many opportunies to play! We’ll see .  .  .

Supplies:

Stamp: Inkadinkado 7-Piece Snowflakes A-Plenty Clear Stamp
Embossing: Ranger Embossing Powder 1-Ounce, Clear, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Clear For Embossing  
Card Stock:solid red, kraft
Circle Cutter: EK Success Circle Scissor Pro
Circle punches: Ek Success 1-1/4-Inch Paper Shapers Circle Nesting Punch, EK Success Paper Shapers Small Punch-1/2-Inch Circle
Scallop Punch: Scallop Sentiment Border Punch(Fiskars)
Rub ons: Snow Flurries (October Afternoon), Happy Holidays (Tupperware)
Glitter: Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Stickles
Paper: Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad (Tim Holtz)

Nov 282010
 

This was another fun card, make mostly from scraps on my cutting table.  This is a great size because you don’t have to make special envelopes, just use a business size.  The finished card is 4″ x 9.5″, so you can cut it from an 8.5″ x 11 sheet of card stock.

Have fun wrapping string around all those little gifts!

christmas card stack of gifts with cat on top

(Based on Kristina Werner’s day 18 of her Holiday Card Series.)

Supplies:

Paper: Seasonal Paper Stash Paper Pad (Tim Holtz), Glad Tidings Card Make Paper Pad (K & Company), Yuletide 12X12 Specialty Paper Pad (K & Company)
Stamp: Inkadinkado Cattitude Clear Stamps
Ink: Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Cord: Darice Lame Cord 1 Ply 25 Yards Gold
Adhesives: Squares Foam Tabs, Mono Adhesive Dispenser Permanent
Scallop Punch: Scallop Sentiment Border Punch(Fiskars)
Rub ons: Tupperware

Nov 272010
 

Isn’t this Susan Winget paper just gorgeous?!  With paper this pretty, you don’t need to get too complex with a card design.  This one is based on Kristina’s day 17 design.  I decided to used the circle cut out to include a little ornament that was on hand.

christmas card gold beaded star in circle

Supplies:

Solid red card stock
Circle Cutter: EK Success Circle Scissor Pro
Glad Tidings Card Make Paper Pad (K & Company)
Star Ornament: Merry Minis (Michael’s)
Stamp: Christmas Cheer (Studio G)
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Clear For Embossing  
Embossing Powder:  Zing! White Opaque Embossing Powder
Squares Foam Tabs
Mono Adhesive Dispenser Permanent
Gel Pen: Uni Ball Signo Gel Pen Broad Point