Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Paper Pro Challenge - Winter Birthday

Hi Friends,

A quick stop by today to share a card I made for the Paper Pro Challenge this month.  Winter Birthday is our theme so I made this cute Charm Accordion Card using dies from Karen Burniston's new collection, all linked below.  So fun!

 When the card is closed - it's small and compact for mailing but, just wait for it, when you open it up look what happens!!

To see a video on how to assemble the Charm Accordion die - CLICK HERE.

Lots of great elements to make this card a treat for anyone with a Winter Birthday, like me.

See you next time,

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Snowflake Wreath

Greetings, the holiday season will be here before we know it and I have started on my cards so wanted to share a couple with you.  I have a complete tutorial on how I made these cards on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today. Yes, two for the price of one.

Hope to see you there,

Seeing Stars

Hi Friends and welcome, I have a great new generic card to share today.  This one can be used for congrats, birthday, thinking of you, etc.  I used dies, stamps and papers just released from Elizabeth Craft Designs and I know you are going to be as excited about them as I am when you see them.

I'm also showing my very first cardmaking video, I'm both excited and nervous about it but, as they say, nothing ventured - nothing gained.  If you care to take a look you can click on it below.  I am showing complete details on my "Seeing Stars" card.

All products used in the video are linked below so you can shop away.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, November 5, 2017

It's Gift Giving Season

Hi friends,

Hope you will join me over at Dies R Us Inspiration Blog today to see how I made this fun gift card holder for the coming holiday season.   I have featured Karen Burniston's Pop-up Sleigh along with other fun items from her new collection.

See you there,

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mini Marvels @ A Vintage Journey

It's that time again, yes, a new challenge at A Vintage Journey where we are sharing Mini Marvels.
We were asked to make something that is no more than 4" tall so I made some gift tags for my Holiday giving.

Our generous sponsor this month is:

Be sure to enter your make for the challenge to be in the running for a $50.00 (CAN) shopping spree.

These mini gift tags are not too hard to put together, both of them were started using the Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs & Tags.

For the tag on the left - I began with a scrap of printed scrapbook paper.  After cutting out the tag a stencil was placed over the top and then a layer of translucent embossing paste was added.  When paste was completely dry, Candied Apple Oxide Ink was added over the entire tag.  Extra ink was added around the edge.  A 1/4" strip of white cardstock was cut and glittered for the candle.  The Holiday Words Script was used for the Noel and then greenery and flame were added using the Festive Glow die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

The Tattered Poinsettia was used for the second tag.  Cutting two red and one green, emboss all three with the Poinsettia Embossing Folder and then shape.  
Once again I used a scrap for the tag, it had been colored with Oxide Inks and edged with Candied Apple.  Add a brad through the center of all three poinsettias and attach to tag. I used a little Nuvo Drops to cover the brad.

Finish both tags off with a little ribbon and you are ready.

These tags are fun and easy and a reason to use your scraps of paper that you have been saving.

Don't forget to hop on over to the Vintage Journey Blog to see what the talented Creative Guides have made to share with you.

Have a Creative Day,

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween Wishes

Have a spooky day!!

To begin this card I started with one of the great Pop Up dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The great thing about these is that you can place them anywhere on the fold of  the card to make things pop up where you want them.  Once I had my base - I simply added lots of great elements from the Halloween collection - they are linked below for your shopping ease.

Hope you get lots of  candy,

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hey There Cupcake!

Today I'm sharing a tutorial over at The Dies R Us Inspiration Blog where I'm featuring this, oh so fun, Cupcake Pop-up Die Set designed by Karen Burniston.  

I started with the inside first because that's where the fun is.  Who doesn't love a beautiful cupcake?

The front is clean and simple because the fun is on the inside.

Hope to see you over at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog where I have all the details for you.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Find Your Muse

Hi friends and welcome,

I recently had an opportunity to work with some great products from

printables for mixed media and collage

These are wonderful prints that stir the imagination, available here. 

If you are not familiar with Mixed Up Magazine, it is a fabulous digital magazine issued every two months that is packed with wonderful projects, tutorials and videos.

I love vintage so this was the perfect chance to make something with that vintage feel.  

If you care to stick around for awhile, here are some photos from the process. All products I used are linked at the end so you can shop easily.  Simply click on the link for all the important information.

I began this tag by cutting a piece of chipboard that measured 4.5" X 9.25".  Then an Antique Book Page was glued on.  I placed a tag die at the top of the panel knowing that the die would not cut through the chipboard because it is a wafer thin die.  It was run through the die cutting machine and it left an impression that I could follow and cut by hand leaving a perfect design.  

After cutting, it was sanded and then a light coat of Oxide Vintage Photo Ink was added.

Because the goal was to push the print further into the background - the entire tag was covered with modeling paste and then wiped off with a flat surface (an old credit card or gift card). This process pushed the print to the background leaving a white film on the tag.  More Vintage Photo Ink was added, heavier around the edges.

Next the desired pieces were fussy cut from Cabinet Card-Maggie,
Printable Thoughts and Flowers #1.  They were then edged with Vintage Photo.

Using 2 sets of Architextures from 7 gypsies - I added them on the right side of the tag.  Using foam tape to give dimension the Printables were added.

For the finishing touches, some small beads were added to the center of two flowers and then a golden shadow was added all around the main images using a water brush with some Wild Honey Distress Ink. A hole was punched near the top of the tag then twine and a Word Token was added.

Happy Crafting,


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Destination Inspiration @ A Vintage Journey

Hi vintage travelers - today I have a complete tutorial on how I made this mixed media canvas at A Vintage Journey for our Destination Inspiration series.  I hope you will be inspired to stop over for a look.

See you there,

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Designer Challenge - Christmas

Hi Friends,

Today is the Designers Challenge at Elizabeth Craft Designs (ECD) and all the team members have made something fun to share with you.  Our theme this time is Christmas.   For my card, I used the Snowglobe Scene die set with some of the  Dotted Scallop Squares.

I found the perfect size circles to cut the backing and holes using the Fitted Circles die from ECD.  Along with the dies I used the plastic snowglobe cup from jellibean soup to make the scene go together fast and easily.

ECD is giving away three $20.00 gift cards and all you have to do is go on over to their blog HERE and comment on the question provided.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday School week 17

Hi Students,

Don't you love it when you get to use something from your stash that hasn't seen the light of day for awhile?  I always loved the Karen Burniston Characters and this week I got to use Hoppy the Frog for todays lesson.  F, or in this case fr, is for Frog.

Enjoy your weekend,

Monday, October 9, 2017

Haunted Witch's Hat

Who loves Halloween?  ME!!  I hope you will come on over the
Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog by clicking here
 to find out how I made this Haunted Witch's Hat.  You will find all the details along with step by step photos and a list of supplies.

See you there,

Sunday, October 8, 2017

EYE "heart" YOU for Dies R Us

Welcome back friends,  I have a tutorial on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog today with this fun Halloween Card, to see it simply click here.

Hope to see you there,

Saturday, October 7, 2017

It's World Cardmaking Day - So Let's Make A Card

Saturday School is on "Fall Break" but we'll be back next week.

OK - it's not like we need an excuse to make a card but it's nice to have a reason.

I'm not done with Halloween yet although the crafting world is moving toward Christmas.  I'm still holding out.

For the background on this card I was inspired by Vicky Papaioannou on her YouTube channel where she shared her Glowing Moon technique.  I used the same technique using Distress Oxide Inks that are blended together to make a night sky with a glowing moon.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs White Soft Finish Cardstock for my base.  The finished size of this card is 4.25" X  5.5".  Cut cardstock 4.25 X 11" then crease in the center.  Make a mask for the moon using some low tack tape or paper then blend inks over it.  When sky is done, remove mask and add just a little yellow for that spooky effect.

Cut treat bag and stamp with sentiment.  All dies and stamps on this card are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  To see all the products I used check out the links at the end.  Simply click on the link to shop.

Color the bag - I used Copic Markers but any markers will work. There are two crease lines on the bag die, fold on lines and edge bag with ink, Vintage Photo was used here.

Cover the back side of some black cardstock (about a half sheet of 8.5" X 11") with Clear Double Sided Adhesive, ECD was used here.  Die cut the fence, ground and witch from front side of cardstock, you will now have stickers that will be easy to add to the card.

Cut candy corn from white Soft Finish Cardstock and then color.

Add all elements to card.

Happy Haunting,

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Crazy for Autumn @ A Vintage Journey

Hi Friends,  it's one of my favorite times at A Vintage Journey, the start of a new challenge  We are celebrating Autumn with it's wonderful color pallet and thoughts of cool fall days.  The theme this month is "Crazy for Autumn Color" and the creative guides have a wonderful array of creative designs to share with you.  Come on by - simply click here.

I made this piece of home d├ęcor to celebrate the season.

I began with an ordinary embroidery hoop that was purchase at my local craft store.
Next I cut a piece of burlap that is a little bit larger than the hoop.

The burlap was sprayed with some Nemories Mist sprays.  I used orange, of course, and some dark brown.  Next the burlap was placed on the hoop and the edges were trimmed off in the back and glued down.

Using some semi opaque vellum, I cut several leaves and then colored them with alcohol inks.  When the ink was dry, which doesn't take long, I embossed some of the larger leave and then folded the others in half to give some dimension. 

I placed the leaves as desired on the hoop and held them in place with glue dots.  When all leaves were arranged as desired I added some acorns and some ribbon on the top.

I used chipboard that was covered with paper to cut my letters for the word "FALL".

Hope you have enjoyed my project and that you will stop by over at A Vintage Journey to see the wonderful creations.

See you there,