Monday, December 24, 2018

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

Hello friends!  I'm back today with a couple more quick gift ideas.  I just had to make one more ornament and it's very fitting, for the night before Christmas.
 Also, a quick giftable mini mason jar.
 Let me walk you thru how I put them together.

 Let's get started.  I cut a piece of Christmas Paper Stash to fit the inside of the smallest Vignette box.  Then applied some opaque crackle paste with the Mini Falling Stars Layering Stencil to the prepared paper.  Then I sprayed the paper with Distress Resist Spray (in a spray box).  While still wet, I applied Rock Candy Glitter with a Glitter Duster.  I colorized the Mini Woodland Trees with Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray Stains.  The Decorative Deer were distressed with a little Pumice Stone Distress Paint.
 The Christmas Quote Token received a few swipes of Picket Fence Distress Crayon.  I painted the Vignette box and Pinecones with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
 Everything received a dusting of Rock Candy Glitter, using the Glitter Duster.  Tim made a couple of videos for his Holiday Hacks series and I just followed his directions.  If you haven't seen his videos, you should go take a peek hereYou can see the sparkle of the Rock Candy Glitter much better on the tree.
 This little Christmas Paper Doll is such a cute, she's just waiting for santa!

 Now for the Mini Mason Jar!
 I switched out the lid for the extension kit, which held the gift card perfectly.  I spray painted the lid with red spray paint.  The Christmas Word Band was bent with jewelry bending pliers, then received a few swipes of Picket Fence Distress Crayon.  I attached the word band with a little red/white twine.
 I diecut the little tag with the Sidekick/tag die using paper from the Christmas Mini Paper Stash.  To finish it off, I added a few pieces from the Christmas Snippets along with a little Christmas Design Tape and a Mini Woodland Tree.  I might have ate some of the present as I was filling the jar (ha,ha,ha)...good thing I had 2 boxes.
I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Thank you so very much for all the support and kind words, it means the world to me.  If you have any questions please let me know I love your comments, I truly appreciate each and everyone of them!  As always thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time!  xx





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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Merry & Bright Christmas Ornament...

Hello friends!  Are you ready for Christmas…do you still need a few last minute gift ideas?  I'm sharing a fun, quick and easy Christmas ornament today.  Some of my most precious treasured Christmas ornaments have been handmade and gifted to me over the years.  Let me walk you thru how I put it together.
 Gather your supplies, here's what I used:  Mini & Small Woodland Tree Lot, Wood Slices, Decorative Deer, Christmas Quote Chips, Snowflakes, Christmas Story Sticks, Thimbles, Salvaged Snowmen, Christmas Mini Paper Stash, Glitter Duster, Distress Paints & Spray Stains, Grit Paste, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.
Let's get started!  I flipped the vignette box (I used the 2nd to smallest Vignette box, 4 x 2 7/8 x 1 1/8) and covered with polka dot paper.  Those of you that know me, know I have a real thing for polka dots...I even have eyeglasses with polka dots...ha,ha,ha.  Then painted the snowman and deer with a selection of Distress paints.
 I colorized the woodland trees with a few different green shades of Distress Spray Stains.
 The thimble was painted with a little Candied Apple Distress Paint.
 The Christmas Story Stick received a few swipes of Picket Fence Distress Crayon.
I drilled a couple of holes (one on each side) in the Vignette Box to thread a little wire thru to create a loop for hanging.
 To make the snow, I just combined a little Grit Paste with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.  Then applied to Vignette top.  Everything received a dusting of Rock Candy Glitter, using the Glitter Duster.  Tim made a couple of videos for his Holiday Hacks series and I just followed his directions.  If you haven't seen his videos, you should go take a peek here!  All of the pieces were placed into the wet snow to dry.
 The Christmas Quote Chip was attached to the front of the box.
 Then I attached the snowflake with a little bow made of twine.
 Here it is on my tree...
 I hope you'll give it a try!  If you have any questions please let me know I love your comments, I truly appreciate each and everyone of them!  As always thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time!  xx


I've listed the products below, used to create this project.  I am part of various affiliate programs including Simon Says Stamp.  When you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase (at no extra cost to you), I receive a small commission.  Thank you, I genuinely appreciate your support!

Friday, November 30, 2018

DIY Wedding Invitations...

Hi everyone, I'm so glad you stopped by today!  I had full intentions of sharing more wedding makes, squeezing it in right before Thanksgiving.  I had an unexpected house full at Thanksgiving and I couldn't be happier!  I love it when family comes together to creates special memories.  Soooooo all things wedding sharing was put on hold, till now.  Next up are the "Wedding Invitations".
My sister wanted simple fall rustic wedding invitations, this is what I came up with.
I did manage to squeeze in just a bit of shading and distressing though (wink)!
  I started off by coloring some Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with a selection of Distress Stains.  I spritzed the heavystock with water.  Then spritzed the distress spray stains onto the heavystock.
 I spritzed some additional water onto heavystock to get the color moving.  Then dried with a heat tool.  I die cut the mini tattered leaves and did some shading with walnut stain distress ink.
I painted a thin layer of white gesso onto Heavystock. Then dried with heat tool. I squeezed a couple drops Distress Paint onto glass media mat, and lightly mist the paint with a Distress Sprayer using water. I pressed the gessoed side of the Distress Heavystock into the paint mixture until covered. Then dried with a heat tool. To add more distress, I picked up droplets of color off the glass media mat with heavystock, blotting to pick up the color (not swiping), then drying with heat tool.  (I forgot to take a process photo of that step).  I did this for both the black for the antlers and the brown for the branches.
I die cut the antlers from the Winter Wonderland die set and black colorized heavystock.  The die I used was the larges deer, but I only used the antler portion.  Now Tim has this great Cool Yule Thinlit set that would be perfect too!  I printed all wedding info onto kraft cardstock, then backed on a dark brown panel.  The RSVP's recieved 1 set of antlers.  I used Distress Collage Medium Matte to glue antlers. This stuff is great, it dries clear and if you get a little too much on your project...it dries matte and is virtually impossible to see.  It's one of those must have tools :)
I punched the branches from the brown colorized heavystock using Tim's branch punch, just the right size.  Then I punched the maple and oak leaves from the scraps of leaves die cut earlier.
The small branches and leaves punch outs were attached to "The Details" panel.  A pair of tweezers or pick me up came in really handy.
At the time I had made these wedding invitations, I used the mini acorn from the movers and shapers dies.  Now Tim came out with this awesome little acorn in the Funky Foliage Thinlits, I would have totally used it instead!  I laser printed a whole sheet of wording then die cut the acorn.  I laid the gold minc foil over wording and ran thru minc.  Peel the foil off and you have pure magic.  The acorn detail took some time, but so worth it!
 To create the trifold base of the card, I started with a piece of 12x12 heavy kraft cardstock.  Click on photo to view measurements and score lines.
I did a little shading with walnut stain distress ink around the edges of tri card base.  Then attached a little score tape (you could use your favorite super heavy duty double sided tape) to right edge of bottom 3 inches to create the folder.
The Wedding panel was attached to largest center portion inside card.  I also inserted return envelope/RSVP/The Details panels on right side in folder.
Now for the belly band.  I spritzed a piece of kraft cardstock with a little water, then ran the Lumber 3-D folder thru 3 passes of vagabond or big shot die cut machine.  I cut the strips down to 1 1/2 inches.  I attached two strips together to create a belly band that would fit around the folded trifold card.
Created a couple of score marks to make folding easier, then used more score tape to secure band.
The larger die cut leaves were layed out in groupings of 2, along with an acorn.  I punched a super small hole in all 3 pieces and tied off a piece of jute string.
I die cut a label from kraft cardstock using the Labels thinlits die set.  Then adhered it to center of belly band using foam squares.  To finish it off the leaf acorn trio was attached to center of label with adhesive.
So there ya go, DIY wedding invitations are totally achievable!  Pick your theme and color palette and go for it!
I know fall is quickly coming to an end, but switch up those dies in different themes, have fun!  I hope you give it a try.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time and have a wonderful day! xx



I've listed the products below, used to create this project.  I am part of various affiliate programs including Simon Says Stamp.  When you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase (at no extra cost to you), I receive a small commission.  Thank you, I genuinely appreciate your support!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Funky Festive Christmas Card w/Ranger Ink...

Hi everyone, thanks so much for stopping by today!  I have a guest tutorial post to share with you over on the Ranger Ink blog.  I'll show you step-by-step how I created this Funky Festive Christmas Card!  I hope you'll pop on over and take a peek!



Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time and have a wonderful day! xx


I've listed the products below, used to create this project.  I am part of various affiliate programs including Simon Says Stamp.  When you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase (at no extra cost to you), I receive a small commission.  Thank you, I genuinely appreciate your support!