Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Wine Charms: Spellbinders' Style

As we were preparing for Christmas Day dinner, I decided we needed wine charms to identify our glasses, so I threw these little charmers together on Christmas Eve -- I just had to take a break and do something "fun"! I used various Christmas Spellbinders' dies from  my collection and one (the bell) borrowed from a friend that she purchased through Heartfelt Creations. I did 'run out of steam' and time, so they're not totally perfect, but they were sooo much fun to make, using Shrinky Dink plastic and my Spellbinders' dies!!! My favs are the tree, reindeer, holly and snowflake.

Using Copic markers to color them I realized that the colors turn much darker when you heat your shrink plastic. I want to play a bit more so I'll have these all perfected for next year. I added pearls, gems, glittery EP (while the plastic is still very hot) and even used a Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilies' die cut on my bell! Wouldn't these be fun to have for all sorts of occasions/seasons? They'd also be perfect little gifts for friends, wouldn't they?! My mind is whirling with ideas!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Tag: Tim Holtz Steampunk style

When I saw Tim Holtz Tag #8 this year, I knew it would be perfect for my son! I downloaded the dictionary graphic from The Graphics Fairy and proceeded to put my tag together, basically following Tim's directions, but pulling things from my stash to improvise where necessary (which was quite a bit) but I LOVE the result.
If you've not checked out The Twelve Tags of Christmas, you are truly missing out on a fabulous resource!!! Just go to Tim's blog and click on the "Categories" link on the left for links to the past five years' tags. That's 60+ amazing tags, as T!m adds one or more at the end of each post!
Once again, I had sooo much fun putting this together and hearing from DS how much he loved it was the 'icing on the Christmas cake' -- LOL!!!

Paper: Papertrey Ink's Vintage Cream CS; Tim Holtz Grunge Paper
Stamps: Tim Holtz: Curious Possibility
Inks: Various Ranger Distress Inks
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Time Pieces & Spinner, Hug Snug Seam Binding; Spellbinders' Oval Die & Craft Foil; Stickles

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Masculine Birthday Cards: Spellbinder's Style!

For our son & my stepson's shared birth date (16 years apart) this year I created the same card for both, deciding to elaborate on a card I first saw created by Judy Hayes. This time I changed the center by not only using a sprocket die & large metal brad, but I cut out the center area of my smaller Labels Twenty-One layer with a Crown Circles die.
Close-up view of center
Next, I stamped my greeting by Papertrey Ink in Staz-On ink on clear acrylic, adding it over the center to emulate looking through glass -- I LOVE how it turned out, including the masculine look of the sanded Core'dinations papers and screw brads --  with a "steam punk" feel to it!

For more details, see my previous similar posts here and here.
Ahhh, so many December birthdays and Christmas cards yet to complete/so little time -- two more down & 1 more birthday yet to create!!! ;~)

Paper: Core'dinations CS; WeRMemoryKeepers CS; Grafix Dura-Lar Clear Overlay Film (Medium Weight from Hobby Lobby)
Stamp: Papertrey Ink's Inside & Out Birthday
Ink: Staz-On
Dies: Spellbinders Labels Twenty-One, Labels Sixteen, Crown Circles, Sprightly Sprockets
Embellishments: from stash

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Snowflake Christmas Card: Spellbinders' Style!

I just love the red, white and pale aqua color scheme in this Papertrey Ink Rustic Snowflakes DP. After misting it with Ranger's Perfect Pearl mist, a relatively new technique for me, it proved a bit difficult to photograph, but I really love the soft blowing snow effect!
My snowflake was created using the three largest dies from Spellbinders' Create a Flake Three, layering PTI's Shimmer White and Pale Aqua CS, and finishing it off with a gemstone snowflake from Hobby Lobby.
For my card's bottom edge detail I used two Spellbinders' Classic Postage Stamp and Classic Scallop Edgeabilities' dies. My sentiment and tiny snowflake stamp is from The Craft Lounge, stamped in VersaMark Ink and embossed with Silver EP to which I added MS White Gold glitter! Lastly, I ran 1/4" Scor-Tape across my card & covered it with Martha Stewart glitter.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Snowflake Card: Spellbinders'/JustRite Style

Because I need more Christmas cards, because I LOVE the way Becca Feeken created her snowflake, and because I love this paper and this sentiment, I had to create a card with these elements today!
Snowflake Detail
I've had this DCWV paper for at least two years and recently purchased Spellbinders' Create a Flake Three, but didn't really like the die -- until I saw Becca's take on it! Like her, I cut the snowflake die in white CS, silver glittered CS and blue CS, layered them with silver on the bottom, then blue, and then white, slightly offset, then gently pulled the silver & blue points up over the white. Once done, I gave my blue points a twist to the right, slightly offsetting the three colors, and added a sparkly Recollections snowflake gem.
My sentiment is from a set of clear stamps by The Craft Lounge that stamp so beautifully -- LOVE them! It is stamped & embossed on a JustRite Nested Frames & Sentiments die. The bottom edge consists of two Spellbinders Classic Postage Stamp and Classic Scallop Edgeabilities dies and underneath a strip of the same Core'dinations glitter paper used on my snowflake and sentiment edges! Lastly, I ran 1/4" Scor-Tape across my card & covered it with Martha Stewart's White Gold glitter. LOVE that stuff, thanks to Tim Holtz recommendation!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My Sheri Crafts Challenge #75: Let It Snow

I've been a huge fan of Tim Holtz Twelve Days of Christmas ever since he began his fabulous tag-making ritual five years ago, but this is the first tag I've actually made (#4). My supplies are somewhat limited, but I had so much fun creating this tag for My Sheri Crafts this week!!! I die cut my snowman/snowflake (Tim Holtz Winter Wonder die) from grunge board. I was able to partially die cut the 25 through the thick grunge board with Lifestyle Crafts dies and then finished cutting them out with a craft knife. Each piece was covered with Adirondack's Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber, left to dry, then covered in a thick coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and air dried until cracked.
The tag was cut from Papertrey Ink's Vintage Cream CS and misted lightly with water. I used various misting sprays on my craft mat (Ranger's Perfect Pearl Mist; Tattered Angels' Waterslide & Bubbles Glimmer Mists) and swiped the tag through them until I liked how it looked.  Once dry, I stamped the tag with a flourish stamp in Snow Cap paint and stamped various snowflake stamps in the upper area, as well as distressing the edges with Weathered Wood Distress ink.
To complete the snowman & flake I sponged their edges with Broken China and Weathered Wood Distress inks. I mounted a piece of Tim's Seasonal Music Paper to the back behind my 25, sealing with Glossy Accents. A piece of  crinkled seam binding was tied on for his scarf and white tulle was threaded through both buttons near the bottom of the tag. Lastly, I stamped a metal tag with JustRite Times News Roman alpha stamps and threaded silver sparkle tulle and crinkled ribbon through it and the top of the tag and added my snowflake. If you get a chance, be sure to visit Tim's site and see the various tags (and detailed tutorials) he presents daily for the 12 days of Christmas -- quite a sight to behold!!!
Hope you enjoy all the fabulous snowy creations from our DT members @ My Sheri Crafts today. Be sure to post your take on our Let It Snow challenge, as we'd LOVE to have you join us!!!

Also posting at Tim Holtz: 12 tags of Christmas...Tag 4

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Shabby Tea Room Week #90 Challenge: Winter Picnic

I love using white/silver for Christmas, so this card is for TSTR's challenge, which is sponsored by JustRite this week. My Nested Tea Cup die was first cut and then stamped with one of JustRite's Lace Borders and heat embossed in silver. I stamped my JustRite Charmed sentiment onto a Spellbinders' Ribbon Tag Trio die cut and stamped the same border from my cup onto both edges in VersaMark Ink and again embossed in silver. I then layered my tea cup over a shiny silver doily and a white doily I'd sprayed with Tattered Angels' Silver mist, giving it a soft silvery sparkle.
My card is edged with a combination of Spellbinders' Classic Scallop and Classic Bracket Edgeabilities, which has a Fleur de Lis that coordinates well with the Lacey Border I used on both my tea cup and tag. I then layered another Classic Scallop piece cut from Core'dinations silver glittered CS underneath my borders. A sheer white ribbon laced through my tag completes this card. I hope your Christmas card making is going well and you can relax and enjoy the upcoming holiday festivities. I think I'm nearly finished?!!!


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