November 26, 2011

Snowflake Tag


Today i have a card that i made for this months Hero Arts challenge. One of the challenges is making tags. I made a tag and put it on a card. The tag is made out of natural colored muslin. I used a tag die, it didn;t quite cut all the way through, but i just snipped the the few spots with my fabric scissors.

Next i stamped snowflakes all over the tag. Then i die cut a tiny snowflake and stamped the snowflake in the same ink that i used on the tag. I added a rhinestone to the snowflake middle and adhered little snowflake to the tag with a pop up dot. I used glitter glue on the tag snowflakes, i just used the bottle to spread the glue around lightly. I just used a little glitter, as i didn;t want it to be too sparkly.

For the ribbon at the top of the tag, i actually dyed it. This is the first time i have ever died ribbon and i learned a bit, but plan on doing it some more! I started with white twill ribbon and used a small bread pan i got at the dollar store. I used pearlized water (learning that you don;t see any sparkly from it, so use regular water!) and a few drops of ink. I used to ribbon to soak up the color then left it in the pan to dry. When i did this the dye had evenly spread through the twill. But when i came back after it dried, the die/water had settled. But regardless i liked the look of the ribbon. Next time i can find some white twill i want to experiment with my other colors i have.

After i threaded the twill trough the tag i tied a piece of twine at the top. I adhered the tag to the card with pop up dots and stamped Let It Snow along side the tag. Last i edged the card with ink.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Hero Arts: Holiday Cheer, Get Merry  Papertrey Ink: Tremendous Treats: Christmas
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Aqua Mist
Twill ribbon: Unknown
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Rustic Cream
Rhinestone: Unknown

November 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink - November Blog Hop


I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, mine sure was!! Lots of yummy turkey and pumpkin pie!!  Because i traveled out of state to my Mom's i made the project and did the photos before leaving.  This months inspiration is the lovely photo  --->

You could go a lot of different ways with this photo. My 1st thought was the Love Lives Here: Holiday. But as i was looking for it i found Bells & Boughs set. The branch from this set is bigger and my 1st thought was to make a big card.... that soon changed!

As i started i wanted to try the stamped watercolor look. So i started with some watercolor paper and PTI's Spring Moss and Ranger's Peeled Paint. I inked up the big branch with spring moss and spritz it once with pearlized water, then stamped. I did this roughly in a circle then extended it out horizontally.

Next i used the darker Peeled Paint. Also i stamped the branches a few times with out re inking. My intention was to make a card, but when i started added all the embellishments i didn;t want to squash it  to make it fit on a card. So i decided to make a sign. I had picked up a metal sign on clearance at Hobby Lobby who knows how long ago, i knew it would come in handy one day! :)

So before i started stamping on the nice (and expensive) watercolor paper i tried it out on a some inexpensive watercolor paper. This is what i used when i stamped the red circle sentiment, so some of my stamped experiment shows through the circle. I then cut out the circle, free style! :) Then i used a distress tool on the edge. I layered this over twine loops, placing it at the center of my branch 'circle'

I found some really cool rust hearts and stars on wire at Hobby Lobby. It was in the mini tree decoration isle, and if i get back there soon, I'm getting more! I think these can be used for love or even birthday cards!!  For this project i used the hearts. There is lots of wire btw each heart, so i wrapped that wire around a pencil, then flattened it. I did this for each section btw the hearts.

Next i found a branch with red berries and kind of threaded it through the rust hearts & wire. Next i added a little pine cone btw the circle and wire along with a couple of berries and red paper flowers. The flowers were originally light pink. But i used PTI Pure Poppy ink to die the flowers. In the pics they look a lot darker then they really are, a nice dark red (but not too dark!)

I trimmed the water colored paper and inked the edges. To cover the metal sign i used some pattern kraft paper and adhered it to the metal, then added the water color paper. Then i stamped Merry Christmas in red and last i hot glued all the embellishments.

Hope every one has a great Thanksgiving holiday.


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Bells and Boughs
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Spring Moss, Pure Poppy. Ranger Distress: Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap
Pattern Paper: My Minds Eye
Watercolor Paper: Hero Arts
Metal sign & rustic heart wire - Hobby Lobby is were i found them, but i am not at home as i type this up so i don't know who the manufacture is.
Holly Pine cone branch & paper flowers- Micheal's is were i found, and same as sign and wire.

November 12, 2011

CAS-ual Friday's - Tag You're It


Today i have a card for CAS-ual Friday's Tag You're It Challenge. The challenge is to make a tag or a project with a tag, in the clean and simple style.  This card is easy to mass produce and i am planing on using this as this year's Christmas card.

From cream rustic cardstock i die cut a PTI tag. Next i inked the sentiment in red for all but the word Singing and stamped it on the tag. After cleaning the stamp i then inked Singing in green ink and stamped again.

Then i placed the tag on my card front and stamped a little bird in blue ink at the top left of the sentiment, with birds tail ending up on the cardbase. I used antique linen distress ink to ink around the tags edge.

I tied twine in a bow at top of the tag and adhere it to the card front with pop up dots.

Have a great day!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Stylish Sentiments: Holiday, Love Birds
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist. Ranger Distress Ink: Antique Linen
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Rustic Cream Cardstock
Die: Papertrey Ink: Tag

November 6, 2011

Casual Friday - Over the Edge


After a very busy week i finally got to my craft nook and was able to make a card for CAS-ual Friday's challenge. I also submitted it for this months Hero Arts Bling Challenge.

I stamped the wreath on natural colored muslin in a dark green. The holly leaves i had already made a week or two before, i used a die then stamped the leaves. I added a twine bow and a red star button to the wreath. For the bling i added several red and dark red rhinestones around the wreath.

Next for i frayed the 3 edges of the fabric. This frayed edge is larger (hanging over the edge) then my 5.5x 4.25 card. I adhered the muslin to the card front and stamped Merry Christmas in red ink. Last i added a tiny red rhinestone to the end of Merry's swoosh.

Have a great day!!


Stamps: Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink: Bells and Boughs. Cling stamps: Hero Arts: Wreath of Leaves
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Poppy Red. Studio G: Green
Rhinestones: Recollections
Dies: Papertrey Ink: Holly Jolly
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Rustic Cardstock
Markers: Memento: Green
Button: Unknown