Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

...is Wrestling Season!  This is a shot of my son from the tournament last week.
Every normal person in the world was getting ready for Christmas and I was sitting in a gym all day December 22nd & 23rd...and loving every minute!  Good thing I had my shopping done early!  I am team mom this year and team photographer so the next couple of months will be very exciting and very busy.  He has 2 - First Place finishes so far this season - I will keep you posted!  Now, let me see if I can turn this into a layout...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy "holly" Days Card - Merry Christmas!

This week's theme over at The Shabby Tea Room is "A Kraft-y Christmas" and we are supposed to create a project which includes kraft, red, silver,newsprint and a star.  Here is the inspiration  photo:

Don't you just love it?  I did too!  Here is my card:

It may be hard to see, but the mat behind the "holly" definition/newsprint is a highly reflective silver paper.  I created the red cardstock filigree around the edge of the card using the largest Fleur de Lis Squares die from Spellbinders.  I fussy cut and pieced the edge so that it looks like one continuous cut.  It is not hard, just takes a little patience.  I used Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One die to create the felt rose - click here to see the tutorial - and one of the dies from the Fleur de Lis  Pendant set to make the leaves.

The Maraschino baker's twine is from The Twinery.  The paper comes from My Mind's Eye, Teresa Collins, and Graphic 45 - three of my favorite companys!  The little star may be the most fun element to me...it was part of the tag I cut off of my son's new pair of Converse jeans - talk about recycling!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

A quick share of another tri-shutter card I made:


I used paper from Teresa Collins.The stamp is from Inkadinkado and is heat embossed.  The card stock is Bazzill and was embossed with one of the folders from the ProvoCraft Organic embossing set.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Santa Shaped Mini-Album

This project is so cute and easy you are going to love it!  This cute little Santa hangs on the tree and holds a mini-album of favorite family Christmas tree ornaments.

 It all begins with this Santa Shaped box of chipboard embellishments from K&Company...
EK Success K and Company Susan Winget Glad Tidings Toys and Presents ChipBox

Start by painting over the text in the belt buckle and the fur trim around Santa's jacket.  It may take a couple of coats of white paint to cover up the red lettering:
Cover the wording on the belt buckle. I used a paint pen from my stash and later added gold Stickles:

Next I covered the fur trimmed area with The Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect and sprinkled it with white flock.
 

Once it was dry, I took out my black sharpie marker and made little black spots to replicate the ermine look on the original design. To cover the acetate window I took some of the chipboard "packages" from inside the box, and arranged them in Santa's arms.  I adhered them with glue spots made with The Best Glue Ever.  I lined the inside of the box lid with a piece of red cardstock.

Inside the box, I made a quick accordion fold album. I created journal boxes for it by stamping on vellum.  I used the Perfect Crafting Pouch from ScraPerfect to prep the vellum for a crisp, no-smear image.
...then decorated the panels with pictures and chipboard embellies that came in the box!




 

This project comes together very quickly.  In fact, I made an extra one to give as a gift.  I know a lot of families add one new ornament to their tree each year - wouldn't this be a great way to document those special memories?

I also saw a Snowman-shaped box at the store that holds a chipboard alpha...maybe for next year?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Dog and Cat Card

I love to make tri-shutter cards.  They are easy and look so impressive.  I found this red and green paw print paper from We R Memory Keepers and had to use it for a pet-themed Christmas card!
The stamps are from Inkadinkado, JustRite and Studio G.  I kept the coloring simple with a little chalk, a red marker and some Stickles for the fur on the hat.
 I used a die from Spellbinders to create the fancy-cut focal image and another one to cut the "Santa Stop Here" Dog Tag.  The embossing folders are from ProvoCraft and the cute paw print brads are from my stash.

Friday, December 16, 2011

"The stockings were hung..."

So I was back at my new favorite challenge blog, The Shabby Tea Room, to check out this week's challenge. We were asked to create a project inspired by this picture, and to make sure it includes a stocking.

 I sifted through my stash and found a really pretty winter-print vellum.  It reminded me of all the lovely greenery on top of the mantle.   The next addition was the requisite stocking, which  I stamped in brown, heat embossed, and attached with a brad.

I pulled out my ScorPal and replicated the diamond pattern from the stockings on some cardstock.

For the sentiment, I considered "Silent Night", but ended up going with "Peace on Earth".  I cut out the sentiment with a Classic Square Nestability, wrapped it with some ribbon and dangled a gold snowflake charm. This whole assembly was backed with another die cut from Spellbinders, the Fleur de Lis Square, and then popped off the card.

And now it is time for the big reveal:
I think it captures all the elements of the inspiration picture, don't you?

I am really enjoying playing along at The Shabby Tea Room.  This is the first time I have ever tried to create projects based on inspiration photos and it  is fun!  One of my favorite parts about it is that I am free to comb through my stash and use whatever I already own - so it is free!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Splitcoast Stampers TLC355 Decorated Bag

Okay...so I thought I was done with the tree...but I went to Splitcoast Stampers Monday morning and had to whip out one more project for one of the challenges there - a decorated bag:
The stamp is from Inkadinkado and was heat embossed before I cut it out with Spellbinders Fancy Tags One.  The paper is from Graphic 45, K&Company, and Basic Grey.  The tiny star brads are from Recollections.
Last one!  I promise to have something new next time!

Monday, December 12, 2011

3D Christmas Tree

In my post on December 8th I showed you how easy it is to make the folded Christmas Tree and promised to show you another idea I had using the same technique. As I was playing with it, I realized how easily it could be made into a 3D Christmas Tree for  use in your holiday home decor! The tutorial ended when we got to this point:

For the 3D Tree, I duplicated the process with some green patterned paper, although I did not emboss it this time:
I assembled the tree, then cut and folded a second set of squares:
Starting at the top of the tree, I glued them together (using glue spots I made with The Best Glue Ever), 1 segment at a time:
When all the layers were adhered, I added a gold charm to the top of the tree:
I liked it so much, I decided to make another one, using bigger squares to create a larger tree.  I used Spellbinders Classic Squares for the smaller cuts, then I had to pull out my paper cutter and added the last 2 squares:  4-1/4" and 4-3/4".  I also created a base for the tree by cutting a strip of cardstock that was about 1.25"x4".  I coiled it into a circle and glued the ends together.  I cut 2-1" slits into opposite sides of the circle and slid it onto the bottom of the tree.
I've got a nice start on an evergreen forest for my mantle this December, don't you agree?
I do hope you will give this technique a try as it is a great way to use up some of the lovely green papers I know you have in your stash and it is a really personal touch to your home decor.
Oooh!  Another idea - wouldn't these be cute as name holders on your Christmas dinner table?!?
;) Susie

Friday, December 9, 2011

Santa Gnome Card

There is nothing more cheerful than to see red & white mixed with kraft paper in a Christmas project!  This simple card was a breeze to put together.

 First step was to stamp the border and the tree on the card using Timber Brown ink from Stazon.  Jillibean Soup's Frozen Lobster Tail paper has tiny little Christmas words that were just the right scale for this card.   I inserted a small square into one of the slide frames, punched the holes in the other slide frame using my Crop-A-Dile,  then attached them both to the card with glue spots I made with The Best Glue Ever. I added Maraschino baker's twine from The Twinery. The finishing touch was the little Santa Gnome.  He was stamped in red ink on kraft paper, cut out, and added to the slide frame.

Stamps:  Rubber Soul, Hampton Art, Stampin' Up

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Magic of Christmas

There is a new challenge this week over at The Shabby Tea Room:  create a project using pink, gold, neutrals, flowers and snowflakes.  We were given the theme "The Magic of Christmas" and this inspiration photo:
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There is also a challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches to create a project with a Christmas Tree using die cuts.  I decided to combine the challenges and came up with this card:
Cardstock:  Recollections  Paper:  K&Company  Spellbinders Dies: Classic Scalloped Squares, Fleur de Lis Rectangles, and Create A Flake One
But wait, where are the die cuts?  Well, the tree is made by folding die cut squares...in this case scalloped squares because I wanted the fancy edges!
But weren't there supposed to be flowers?  Yes...and my flowers may be a little hard to see...but they are there!  The cardstock I made the tree from was embossed with the Provo Craft Floral Fantasy embossing folder:


In my last post I promised you a tutorial on how to create this tree, so let's go!

To start with you need to cut (5) graduated squares from cardstock or paper. The largest square in this tree is 3.75" and then they decrease in size by .5" down to the smallest square which is 1.5" square.  I cut my squares using my Spellbinders Nestibilities Classic Scalloped Squares, which made this fast and easy!

First, fold the square in half and give it a nice crease with your bone folder:
Open the square...
...and fold it on the diagonal.  Again give it a nice crease with the bone folder.
Open the square again, rotate it 90 degrees...
...and fold it on the other diagonal. Don't forget to crease it!
Open the square back up, and collapse in the sides as shown in this picture...
...so that it folds into a flat triangle shape!

Fold the right side of the triangle (top layer only) to the center and crease the fold.
*Tip: use the grid lines on your cutting mat to postition the triangle to make this fold precise.*

Now repeat with the left side, making sure you crease the folds with your bone folder.  Your square should now look like this:

This is where I opened up the square and ran it through the embossing folder.

When it comes out, you can still see the original fold lines...

...so you can refold along those lines.  Your square is now a triangle and it will look like this:

Now - repeat the same steps with all of your squares.
Once they are all folded,  put adhesive on the back and stack the triangles to create the tree:

Almost done!  I just need to add one last layer!

Because I used cardstock and embossed it, the folds in this tree tends to want to "open up". I fix that by putting some glue spots inside the layers of the folds to hold the flaps and folds in place. I have also made this out of paper and it stays folded much better.

I have one more idea of something to create with this origami folded tree.  If I don't have it posted on Friday, I will definitely have it up on Monday.