Monday, November 28, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge #63: Christmas

For JustRite's Friday Challenge this week, I wanted to work with Spellbinders' Nested Tea Cups won in their recent giveaway. The original out-of-the-box idea I had when I saw the dies isn't at all wintery or Christmas-like, so it will have to wait for now. Spellbinders' awesome DT member, Judy Hayes, posted this gorgeous example.
I've used the cup die as an outdoor hanging lamp, lighting my Christmas sign. The lamp, decorative hanger and sign are all cut from SBs' craft foil. My lampshade's holly and berries border are from JustRite's Christmas Nested Frames, stamped in StazOn ink and colored with red and green Copics. Season's Greetings is from JR's Christmas Nested Sentiments. I Copic colored a piece of vellum to light my sign.

Paper: PTI's Vintage Cream CS; vellum; DP from stash
Stamps: JustRite's Christmas Nested Frames and Christmas Nested Sentiments; Stamps by Judith (pine)
Ink: StazOn Jet Black; Tim Holtz Tea Dye, Antique Linen and Peeled Paint
Dies: (JustRite Custom Dies -- Nested Frame Dies and Nested Sentiment Dies); Spellbinders: Nested Tea Cups; Elegant Posts
Miscellaneous: SB's craft foil; Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter; Copic Markers

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My Sheri Crafts Challenge #74: Decorate for Christmas

For My Sheri Crafts this week, I adapted this Splitcoaststampers gift box for use as a decor item using battery-operated tea lights. I love that you can create these with a few simple inexpensive items: coasters (large ones from the clearance aisle at my local grocery store and small ones saved from restaurant visits), CS or DP, ribbon/embroidery floss/cord and a battery-operated tea light ($1.13 ea. @ Walgreens). I've even seen them since I bought mine in 25-packs. They look so pretty with the tea lights flickering inside them, just like a real lit candle would -- minus the fire danger!
Both boxes were created following Taylor's instructions at the SCS link above, except that I die cut one coaster for each using Spellbinders' 2011 Heirloom Ornaments dies. On Vellum I stamped Heartfelt Creations (#HCPC 3417) Poinsettia Ornament 2 stamps with VersaMark, embossed with gold EP and sandwiched the vellum between my CS/DP on the front of my box.
FYI: My large coasters measure 4 5/16" square and are large enough for the largest ornament/stamp, whereas a smaller coaster may not allow enough space to punch holes along each side for lacing.

Hope you'll stop by to see all the Christmas ideas our DT has created for your inspiration  -- even better -- join us at My Sheri Crafts by posting your own Christmas decor creations for all our readers to enjoy!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink November, 2011 Blog Hop

For my quick/easy Christmas card inspired by the photo Nichole chose for Papertrey Ink's November Blog Hop, I've used Papertrey's Half & Half die for my main focal piece and stamps from two Christmas sets. I was obviously inspired by the colors in the photo, the red/white checked pillow and the snowflakes. Since my card is quite simple and self-explanatory, I'll just list the supplies below and let you get on your way to the next blog, but thanks so much for stopping by today!

Papers: Pure Poppy, Shimmer, White CS; Holiday Vintage Prints DP
Stamps: 2009 Holiday Tag Collection; Vintage Ornaments (sentiment)
Inks: VersaMark & Ripe Avocado
Die: Half & Half (both for main focus & sentiment tag!)
Other: White Diamond Embossing Powder; Hero Arts Gems; Copic G07 Marker, ribbon from my stash

Monday, November 14, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge #062: Give Thanks

For this JustRite Friday Challenge to make and give or send a thank you card or gift I kept my card fairly CAS to let the sentiment and fall frame take center stage!
My sentiment (Baroque Nested Frames) and frame (Give Thanks Nested Frames) are die cut using JustRite's Nested Frames and Nested Sentiment custom dies that are so fun to work with! I used the small additional die flower piece to back the cream frame and then cut an additional orange frame from a slightly larger Nested Frames' die to back the whole piece before mounting it over my ribbon. I LOVE that this adds just a smidge of border color in the background -- so many possibilities with these awesome custom dies.
My cream layer's border was cut/embossed with a combination of Spellbinders' Classic Bracket and Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilites and I ran machine stitching just above them. The little acorn accent piece was cut from shrink plastic (Spellbinders' retired die) and colored with Copic markers before shrinking.
I'm so happy you stopped by today and hope you'll make and send a thank you card to someone too. It's always so nice to discover a card in my mailbox and this card will be mailed right after our Thanksgiving celebration.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

My Sheri Crafts Challenge #73: Be Thankful

After seeing this awesome Grateful banner by Kelli on Pinterest, I knew what I would make for our challenge this week at My Sheri Crafts!  I gathered my supplies and went to work die cutting my pennants and banner basics' decorative strips. After having made this Halloween banner (which DD was thrilled to receive!), this second one went together pretty quickly.
Something about the word "gather" on Kelli's banner just spoke to me:  the thought of what the original Thanksgiving was truly all about -- a gathering in of the harvest and a gathering of family and friends together to equally share in the bounty of that harvest and the love and thankfulness everyone was feeling way back then in their new homeland.
I think this project is pretty straightforward as far as assembly goes, so I'll just add that if anyone has any questions about any project or product, please feel free to leave a comment or email me, as I'm always happy to share! I hope you'll take a peek at all the lovely projects our DT Ladies and our Guest Designer at My Sheri Crafts' created this week and perhaps leave a comment or two and PLEASE JOIN US by posting your own project!!! Always thankful you stopped by today!

Supplies:  Spellbinders' Pennants/Lacey Pennants/Banner Basics Three; DP - Autumn Abundance from Papertrey Ink; CS - brown Bazzill, Orange Zest & Summer Sunrise from PTI; Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest and flocked chipboard letters, source unknown; Creamsicle Gingham ribbon & Boshers from Bazzill Basics, various fibers.

Monday, November 7, 2011

JustRite Christmas Linky Party: Card 4

Another favorite JustRite Christmas card for inspiration  sharing is this card I made for my DD last Christmas. I'd never tried Inchies, but thought it would be a FUN experience and it WAS -- need to do more like this for this year!
I simply cut my CS to the size of a "twinchie" (2 inches) to stamp my ice-skating penguin from JustRite's Whimsical Christmas set. For added pop, I embossed my twinchie with my Spellbinders' classic square die, colored him with Copic markers and airbrushed the ice and sky BG. A dot of Stickles on the snowflakes & he was ready to mount on my Lacey Squares cut from silver craft foil. I then added a foil snowflake and ice blue gem brad to finish off my penguin card. He sure does seem to be having a great time out there on the ice, doesn't he?


Paper: Papertrey Ink's Ocean Tides CS; DCWV plaid; Making Memories snowflake paper
Stamp: JustRite's 2" Whimsical Christmas Borders & Centers
Ink: Memento's Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Crystal Stickles; gem brad from stash
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard and Lacey Squares & Snowflake dies; Copic Markers

JustRite Christmas Linky Party: Card 3

The is one of my very favorite JustRite Christmas cards I created when their Friday challenges returned in August. That challenge was to create a shaped Holiday card and I was so happy with how this one turned out!
This one features JustRite's Vintage Christmas ornaments stamped on pearl vellum, embossed in silver and framed using Spellbinders' Labels Sixteen. My frame is cut from Papertrey Ink's Shimmer CS, stamped with a Vintage Christmas border, silver embossed and mounted with foam dots to a silver CS layer die cut from Label Twenty-One's largest die. I traced that same die onto Shimmer CS and a folded grey card from my stash, cut around both by hand and mounted the main image with foam dots.
I used JustRite's 25-pt. Times New Roman alphabet for my sentiment, die cut with a Spellbinders' Grommet Tag.  Accents include narrow silver ribbon from my stash tied into a bow on the left to secure my sentiment tag and Recollections rhinestones.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

JustRite Christmas Linky Party: Card 2

For my 2nd card for JustRight's Christmas Linky Party, I kept it quite simple, as my mojo seems to be MIA at the moment.
My sentiment stamp from Christmas Nested Sentiments forms the focal point, stamped in VersaColor's Rose Red on Papertrey Ink White CS and die cut with Wonky Rectangles. The sentiment is backed with striped DCWV Christmas paper, cut using Labels Twenty-one -- a real favorite of mine!
My card is cut below the fold with Grand Large Labels and all edges were distressed using Antique Linen Distress Ink. I adhered green craft foil holly leaves cut from a retired Spellbinders' die and red gems for glitz, then attached the sentiment with foam squares, leaving room to thread my green ribbon underneath. That's it for this card -- thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment!

Friday, November 4, 2011

JustRite Christmas Linky Party: Card 1

JustRite is having a Christmas Linky Party through November 8th, so join the fun and link your JustRite Christmas cards -- the more the MERRIER -- between now and then! Besides all the fabulous inspiration you'll garner, there will be surprise gifts from JustRite -- what could be more fun than that?!
For my first card, I used cream and gold, a favorite Christmas color combo. The largest Spellbinders' 2010 Heirloom Ornament die, cut from Core'dinations' Glitter Silk and a SBs' circle die, frames the gold embossed ornament stamp from Vintage Christmas.
During SBs' Handmade Holidays Blog Hop today I was inspired to try Natasha's tulle lacing technique. I cut my folded Papertrey Gold Shimmer CS with a Creative Book Pages die, added my eyelets and laced my tulle. LOVE how this turned out!
My sentiment stamp from Christmas Nested Sentiments and star from a Vintage Christmas border are stamped on a SBs' Double-ended Tag. I cut off the right edge, threaded this tag through my tulle and tied a bow. Can't wait to see all the cards posted so far at JustRite's Linky Party!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge #061: Get Scrappy

What a FUN challenge JustRite's latest turned out to be! Stumped at first for what to make from my numerous scraps, mostly Halloween remnants, I spied a strip and left-over piece of 12" orange Bazzill CS in my heap -- the end result are these "strip" pumpkins for my Thanksgiving centerpiece and place cards, similar to ones I've seen all over the Web and on Pinterest that I'd been wanting to try my hand at!
My largest is made of twenty 1" x 12" strips through which I punched a small hole with my Crop-a-Dile at each end and threaded with brown ribbon. For my centerpiece I doubled a 14" long ribbon strip, threaded it through a 2-hole button at the bottom, then through the top holes. Then I simply tied a knot at the desired spot, and flared out my strips. Since I used wired ribbon, once I pushed it down and fanned out my strips, I merely added 1/4" Scor-Tape to secure my ribbon "stem" together and cut it diagonally. On my leaves, left over when I used  the flower on another project, I used Dried Marigold distress ink, then sprayed with Mimosa Glimmer Mist for a bit of sparkle and inserted the stems between the pumpkin and my taped stem. I airbrushed pipe cleaners with Copic E57, curled around a crochet hook and then around my stem.
I recently purchased Give Thanks Nested Frames during JustRite's Super Sale, so picking a stamp was easy! Since I don't yet have their Nested Frames Dies, I used the large frame as an accent border along my sentiment's left edge. I LOVE it! I die cut a Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream CS scrap (ALWAYS on my craft table!) with Spellbinders' Fancy Tags Two, masked the edges and stamped the little border and sentiment. A bit of Antique Linen distress ink, followed with a spritz of Mimosa Glimmer Mist and my sentiment tag simply slips over the stem. Once the holiday is over, you simply remove the tag/leaves/tendrils and fold all the strips under each other to easily store your pumpkin until next year! 
My little place card pumpkin uses 3/8" wide strips cut 3 1/2" long and secured with orange brads at each end. A name tag for each dinner guest is made again using Spellbinders' Fancy Tags Two and the Nested Frames border, plus JustRite's 50 pt. Curlz Alphabet letters for each guest's name. I cut the fancy right end off my tag as it seemed a bit long -- don't be afraid to make your dies "work" for your needs! I also added a small leaf cut from Spellbinders' Foilage die and cut a wire stem from a paper rose, again using my E57 Copic marker to color the wire's paper wrap, curled it and added it to my tiny pumpkin.
Hope the shimmer shows on my tag/leaves as it really adds a nice touch, kind of like "frost on the pumpkin" which I never see here in the AZ desert!


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