Saturday, November 10, 2012

O Christmas Tree

This time of year, I usually start getting ready to decorate for Christmas, and I have to say...I've really not even thought about it yet! But I do have a Christmas Tree card to share with you today.  Maybe this will help get me geared up to go!

Wow Embossing Powder: Cable Car Red, Earthtone Olive

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hampton Art Stamps Holiday Gifts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hampton Art Stamps Holiday Gifts Blog Hop! The Design Team will be sharing hand-made holiday gifts with you during the hop. It is not too early to start making your holiday cards, gifts, gift warp, and treats! Join us for some holiday-inspired fun and creativity!
The hop will be open for the entire weekend, giving you time to visit all of the blogs. On Monday, November 12th, we will be drawing for fantastic prizes!

In order to be entered to winone of the two  prizes, simply leave a comment on each of the blogs listed blow, including the Hampton Art Stamps Blog! We will choose two blogs at random, and one comment from each blog to win the prize.

Hampton Art is so generous with their design team - and they sent us a ton of Christmas stamps! So, I had to try to figure out a way to use several of them on this project. I've made an ombre word-art decoration that would be perfect on a mantel or table.

 I started off with a wooden "Peace" plaque from Kaisercraft.  I'm sure local craft stores would have various wooden words that you could substitute.  I painted the entire thing with several coats of gesso and let it dry completely.  Now the fun part!  I stamped various holiday words as well as snowflakes and musical notes all over my base, using Top Boss Embossing Ink and  embossing it with clear powder.  I just worked one small section at a time, until the whole word was covered. Next I added Scarlet pigment ink to the top quarter of my project, then quickly wiped over the inked area with a paper towel to remove the ink from the embossed area. The next quarter was inked with Cranberry pigment ink, and the process was repeated.  The final two layers were with Moss Green pigment ink and finally Olive Pastel Chalk ink.  I lightly coated the whole piece with a spray of Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, and rubbed my paper towel from the top to bottom, in a swiping motion.  This helped to blend my colors more, and to soften them a bit as well.

Hampton Art Stamps
Santa Stops Here SC0272
Just Add Snow SC0271
Holiday Dreams and Wishes SC0274
Merry Christmas PS0179
Kelly's Snowflake Border PS0495A
Elegant Merry Christmas PS0176
Clearsnap Inks
Color Box Scarlet Pigment Ink
Color Box Cranberry Pigment Ink
Color Box Moss Green Pigment Ink
Color Box Olive Pastel Chalk Ink
Smooch Vanilla Shimmer Spritz
Top Boss Embossing Ink

Here is the list of Design Team Blogs:

1. Hampton Art Stamps Blog
2. Gloria Stengel
3. Britt Bass
5. Dana
6. Vivian
7. Gini

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Scor-Pal Decorative Box With Drawers Tutorial

I've got a tutorial to share with you that I wrote for the Scor-Pal blog.  If you like trying different types of projects, be sure and check out all of the great how-to's found there.

It's so fun to find inspiration on Pinterest, and today's box was inspired by a box found on the site from Marianne.  This one is a three drawer version and would be perfect for special trinkets.

Farmhouse Paper Company:  Market Square - Barbershop
WorldWin Papers card stock
Cherry Lynn Designs Mini Pearl French Flair Reflections Doily
Spellbinders Rose Creations
Tim Holtz/ Advantus Screw Fastners
May Arts Ribbon
Ranger Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Box base: 12 x 10 ½” card stock – With the 12” side along the top fence, score at 4”, 8”. Turn once clockwise and score at 3 ½”, 6 ¾”. Cut as shown.

Drawer Dividers: (2) 6”x 10 ¼” card stock – Score each long side at 1” and 5”, turn with the long side along the top fence and score at 1 ½”, 5 ½”, 9 ½”.  Cut as shown to form tabs and then fold  valley, mountain, valley, as shown .

 Secure the two center sections together to form a shelf.
 Join the two shelf sections together.

Add Scor-tape to both sides and the rear of the shelving unit. Attach the back to the center square first, and then the sides.

Adhere the rest of the flaps on the box base around the shelving unit to complete.

Drawers: (3) 8” x8” card stock – Score each at 1”,2”6”, 7” – turn a quarter turn and repeat.  Cut tabs as shown.

  Add Scor-tape to each tab, and attach the sides.
 Fold over the top edge, with Scor-tape to reinforce the sides.

Your basic drawer box is now put together and ready to decorate.

Designer Papers:
Drawer Fronts: (3) 7/8” x 3 ¾”
Box Top 3 ¾” x 3 ¾”

Box Wrap Décor: Cut 2 strips of card stock 4” x 12”.  Use a decorative die to shape the top peak on each piece of paper. With the die cut edge in the upper left corner, the long side lined up with the top fence, score at 2”, 4 ½”, 8”.  Repeat for second paper strip.
Add decorative papers to these panels, and attach to the bottom and sides of the box.  Score-tape the upper flaps together or use a ribbon to hold the sides together.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thank You Card

I love the Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue line and wanted to see if I could create a Hibiscus to match the papers.  It actually turned out to be a really easy flower to create, using the Build a Flower Two.
I cut 5 petals from a peach cardstock, and inked the edges darker.  I added color to the centers using  India Ink markers. With  a flower shaping tool, I ruffled the edges of the petals and glued each one to a small circle of paper. I rolled a little strip of paper for the stamens and glued it to the center.  The Tropical Leaves were the perfect way to finish it off.

I added the Princess Garden Window behind the French Flair Doily Stacker, and used just the corner portions of the Hawaiian Luau Doily Frame as added embellishment.

The plain cream French Doily Stacker on the inside of the card provides space to write your note.

The theme this week at Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge Blog is Give Thanks.  Be sure to play along for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate.
Cheery Lynn Designs Dies
Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Paper
WorldWin Papers Cardstock
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens
Want2Scrap Pearls