Saturday, December 30, 2017

Christmas ATC with Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends

I added a little fun to my December by joining in on a Christmas ATC and Charm swap! 

I started with the ATC because it gave me a chance to play with inks and stencils!  I used 3 different colors from Eileen Hull's Clearsnap Collection.  Eileen's ColorBox Blends are designed with a built in applicator sponge and contain more than 10 times the ink of a traditional ink pad.  They last a long time!

I cut watercolor paper to the standard ATC size, 3.5"x2.5" and then applied Eileen's ColorBox Blend through a stencil.  The color I chose?  Stop!  What a wonderful shade of red and just perfect for Christmas!

Next I used Golden to add a star centered near the top of the ATC and to ink the edges of the card.

Since this was for a swap, I was actually working on several ATCs at the same time.  I had a sentiment I wanted to add so I used a stamp platform to make sure it was in the same spot on each of the cards.

I used more of the Stop ink to paint in the word "joy" from the stamped sentiment.  I just depressed the applicator onto a craft mat and grabbed a paintbrush! I really liked the effect -with the softer red of the same shade in the background and a solid, bold pop in the front!

I have a favorite Origami technique I use almost every year to create a folded Christmas tree for at least one project.  Since the scale of this tree is so small, I chose very thin book paper so that it was easy to fold and crease. (You can find a step by step tutorial at my original post HERE

The squares were cut in 2 different sizes, 3/4" and 1.25".  I cut and folded 1 tiny square for the top and then had an additional 4 slightly larger squares that I used to build the rest of the tree.  I cut a narrow strip of cardstock that was 2.5" long and then covered it with a piece of Therm O Web double sided SuperTape.  I removed the liner and then assembled the tree by stacking the triangles, slipping the tips of each triangle into the folds of the one above above it.

I covered the remaining adhesive on the trunk of the tree with Pewter Deco Foil.  Just be sure to apply the foil with the shiny side up! (for some reason I always want to do it the wrong way...)

I used another of Eileen's ColorBox Blends to ink my trees:  Frog! Don't you love that name?!  It is a really cool blue-green color that reminds me of a spruce tree!

I finished the ATC's off by topping each of the trees with a tiny gold star from the Paper House Productions Christmas Micro Sticker Pack.  There are multiple stickers of many designs to these micro sticker packs are great for ATC cards!

Now to move onto the Charm part of the swap!  I have been playing with resin lately and knew that was the way to go to create a durable, wearable charm.  The guidelines included the directive to include a little sparkle on the charm. I decided to add mine with metallic gold embossing powder.

I heat embossed the image onto tissue paper and then trimmed out the design close to the outer edge. I chose tissue paper because it basically disappears in clear resin.

I chose Amazing Clear Cast Epoxy Resin for my charms.  I carefully measured and mixed a batch per the directions.

I poured a thin layer of resin into the bottom of a star shaped silicone candy mold, positioned the embossed  image in the center and added a little more resin.  Then...I waited.

Once it was cured I mixed up another batch of resin but this time I added an opaque red colorant to the mix.

Per the directions, I added the pigment to Part A before combining with Part B of the resin.  Be sure to read the instructions as you want to pay attention the the amount of pigment in relationship to the amount of the resin.  You don't want to end up with resin that doesn't cure properly!


I poured the second layer and then waited...again!  Once it was cured the stars popped right out of the mold.

I used a Dremel to drill a tiny hole at the top of one of the star points on each of the charms and inserted a jump ring.  Here's a shot of the finished charm and ATC combo.

So I packaged them up and sent them off...

...and look what I got in return!

I have an extra ATC/Charm set so I thought I would do a little Giveaway!  Here is how to enter:

1.  Become a follower on my Instagram for 1 entry.
2.  Become a follower on my Facebook Page for 1 entry.
3.  Leave me a comment letting me know you are interested!

I will pick a winner and post it here on Jan 5th so be sure to check back!

Thanks to Michelle Frae Cummings for hosting this swap!  Can't wait for the next one!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Clearsnap ColorBox Blends by Eileen Hull: Stop, Frog, Golden

The Crafters Workshop TCW359 Stencil Microbial 6x6
Heidi Swapp stencil
Resin Obsession Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast Epoxy Resin, Opaque Red Color Pigment
Silicone candy mold
Therm O Web Supertape, 1/4" , Pewter Deco Foil
Paper House Productions  Christmas Micro Stickers
Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Embossing powder
Tissue paper
Jump ring

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Top Ten Faves and a Giveaway!

This year I was invited to join some talented papercrafters in a blog hop featuring my
2017 Top Ten Fave Projects!

Here is the list of blogs for this year's hop:

My projects are a mix of layouts, cards, mini-albums and other crafty endeavors.  I did my best to narrow it down to my absolute favorites, but I may have more than 10!  Here they are in no particular order and if you are interested in details, clicking on the titles will take you to the original blog posts.

Forever My Love Layout

Steampunk Pilot Layout

Ski Day Layout

Deck the Halls Layout 

Wedding Shadow Box

Spooktacular Resin Jewelry

DIY Foiled Onesies

Encaustic Panel

Mixed Media Watercolor Cards

House In Hand Mini Album

Dream Big Mixed Media Mini Album

Eileen Hull Passport Die Mini Album

Change is Good Mini Album
To thank you for joining in on the blog hop I am doing a Giveaway!
Here is how to enter:
1.) Become a follower on my Instagram and/or Facebook Page. You will get an entry for each!
2.) Leave me a comment telling me which project is your favorite!

I will pick a winner on January 2nd and post it here so don't forget to check back!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!
Be sure to head over to Janice Daquila-Pardo to continue the blog hop!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Quick Quotes Club Q Christmas Tree Ornament

Today I am sharing a Christmas tree ornament I created using the December Ultimate Combo Club Q Kit from Quick Quotes!

The first thing that caught my eye when I opened the kit was a paper mache box that is shaped like a Christmas tree.  There are instructions that show you how to turn it into a lovely gift box, but I decided to go a different direction.  I started by inking the edges of the matching die cut paper with Seafoam PowderPuff Chalking Ink.

I wanted to include a photo in my ornament  so I roughed up the edges with a sanding block and applied more of the Seafoam ink.

I actually set the box aside and just worked with the lid, applying a little adhesive and adding the striped die cut tree.  I flipped the photo over and added some cardboard to the back so that it would "pop" off of the background and adhered it in the center of the ornament. I chose one of the sentiments that came in the kit and cut it apart.

I applied Clay ink to the edges of the sentiment and then I added bits of cardboard to the back of each of the word strips for strength and stability. I love dimension so the word strips were adhered with 3D Zots and "jumbled" around my central image.

I culled through the other supplies and found really cute wooden buttons with a design already imprinted around the edge.  I also found mother of pearl adhesive rhinestone strips and a length of tan  ribbon with stitched detailing.  I used double sided tape all along the outside edge of the box top and then applied the ribbon, leaving enough on the top to create a hanging loop.

I tied some twine through the button and adhered it at the top.

I found these 2 little brush trees in my stash and decided to use them to add even more dimension.  The finishing touch was a strip of the mother of pearl rhinestones across the bottom - kind of like a dusting of snow!

Here's another look at the finished ornament. 

Quick Quotes Supplies:
December 2017 Ultimate Combo Club Q Kit
PowderPuff Chalking Inks - Seafoam, Clay

Other Supplies:  Mini Christmas trees, Zots 3D, Supertape

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Deck the Halls with Quick Quotes and Canon

Today and I am sharing a Christmas layout featuring a photo collage printed on my Canon Pixma printer.

I started with a stack of red and green scraps from the Earth Wind Fire Collection from Quick Quotes.  By layering them in the center of my page and tucking in a large kraft tag, I created a photo mat  for a 5"x7" photo.

I wanted to create a photo collage including some of my favorite Christmas ornaments.  Almost every single one of my ornaments has a story or a memory associated with it and I have shared several of those stories with my children over the years. Of course I realized that scrapbooking is the best way to make sure those stories are remembered!

The Canon Pixma printer comes with an easy to use software package that includes several templates.  I went into the Photo Layout section and selected the Bordered (x4) template. I chose a portrait orientation for my pictures, a 5"x7" size and then I started to play!  I added my first photo and typed in the name of the town where I bought that cute little angel ornament!

I was able to specify which font I wanted to use, change the size of the text and even turn it so that the text ran up the side of the photo instead of across the bottom!  I was also able to easily crop and "zoom in" on my photo so that the angel practically filled my frame!

I worked my way through each of the 4 photos I placed in this particular template.  In the final photo (see below) I actually added 2 text boxes so that I could have 2 different font sizes!

My Image Garden software makes it really easy to edit and embellish your photos. Once I was happy with everything, I loaded 5"x7" photo paper into the rear tray and sent the collage to print on my Pixma TS6020 printer.

I think the photo collage looks perfect on the page!

I embellished with some laser cut chipboard ornaments from Want2Scrap...

...added a title with alphabet stickers...

...and included this chipboard deer in the bottom right because he is a reference to one of my ornament stories!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today! Susie

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Earth Wind Fire 102, 105, 108
PowderPuff Chalking Ink: Clay

Canon Printer:
Canon Pixma TS6020

Other Supplies:
Want2Scrap Chipboard Ornament Pack and Deer, small
Alphabet stickers