Saturday, December 14, 2013

Chalkboard Stamping Video Tutorial

I hope you are having fun, getting ready for Christmas! If you are all ready for it, then maybe you are creating something fun in your studio?  Today I have a video to share with you that will show you how to add some color to your stamped chalkboard images.  Have fun!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration

I've got a Christmas card to share with you today that uses Heartfelt Creations non-Christmas stamps and dies (except the sentiment of course!)

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers
Patterned Papers: Heartfelt Creations – Classic Editions
Stamps: Heartfelt Creations ( Mini Vintage Floret, Joyous Noel, Vintage Floret Frame)
Dies: Heartfelt Creations ( Vintage Floret,  Decorative Leafy Frame,
Embossing Powder: Wow (gold)
Ink: Clearsnap – Top Boss Embossing Ink; Pigment Ink (Chianti)
Pearls: Want2Scrap
Ribbon: May Arts  3/8”Wired Sheer
Glitter: Stampendous  Pearl Ultra Fine - Melon
Adhesives:  Xyron Mega Runner; Xyron  Creatopia

Directions:  Stamp the Floret Frame background stamp with watermark ink, and heat emboss.  Line the matching die up with the stamped image, and run through die-cut machine.  Cut a piece of patterned paper the same size as the decorative frame.  Run through Xyron Creatopia, and apply adhesive to the right side of the paper.  Adhere the stamped/die cut frame to this sheet.  Sprinkle with a transparent glitter, so that there are no sticky areas remaining.  Stamp and die cut flowers with the matching die.  Slightly shape the flowers and attach to the corresponding flowers on the frame, using a foam adhesive.   Add pearls for the flower centers. Die cut a 2nd cut from the frame, using the dark red patterned paper.  Remove the center circle, stamp the sentiment with watermark ink, and heat emboss with gold.  Adhere to the center of the frame.  Mount the frame on the same red patterned paper, and apply to a 5 x 7 card base.  Finish with a ribbon bow at the top left corner of the frame, and a length of ribbon across the bottom.

May Arts Christmas Boot

 This week the May Arts Ribbonistas are hopping along with Scrapbook Adhesives to bring you lots of fun - and of course some prizes.  Be sure to leave comments on any of the blogs participating this week for your chance to win 2 spools of ribbon and an assortment of adhesives.

I recently got a cute pair of leg warmers - but what was even more awesome was the heavy cardboard boot form that they came on!  So this is my upcycled boot.  I used Graphic 45's Twelve Days of Christmas Paper to cover the boot and attached it with the Crafty Power tape.  I wrapped the 1.5" grosgrain ribbon around the boot, and added a layer of patterned paper over the top of it.  I used a Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in the boot, and lace it up with 1/2" Solid/Wrinkled Ribbon.  I fussy cut images from the paper and adhered them with the Crafty Foam tape to finish off my upcycled boot.

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JustRite Friday Challenge

I had so much fun making gift bags, I knew I wanted to make one for the last JustRite Challenge of the year ( It's in the Bag). This bag however, was bought, rather than made, and I just decorated it

I stamped JustRite Christmas Holly Background onto dark green metallic paper and embossed it with silver powder.  I colored in parts of the image with Copic Markers to bring out the design more.  I layered this panel with JustRite's Vintage Labels Six die - and used the script portion of the Merry Christmas Background stamp for the central oval.  I created a flower using Spellbinder's Layered Poinsettia - and used May Arts silver leaves to frame it.  I finished the rest off with other May Arts ribbons and some blingy Christmas greenery I got at my local craft store.  Now I just have to finish my shopping to have something to go in this pretty little bag!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Xyron 30 Days of Holiday Projects

Do you have all of your Christmas shopping done? How about your wrapping?  No?  Well, why not make your own cute gift bags for your gift giving this year?  This is a really fun was to make a special present even more memorable.

You can play around with the sizes of your finished bag, but this one is 6 1/2" tall x 1 1/4" deep (the perfect size for jewelry or some other wonderful little goodie!)

Cut a sheet of cardstock 7 3/4" x 12".  With the long side along the top of your score board, score at  1 1/4",  5 3/4", 7", and 11 1/2".  Turn the paper a quarter turn and score at 1 1/4".  Before assembling the bag, use your Xyron 5" Creative Station to apply adhesive to the patterned papers that you want to use to decorate your bag.

 Use the Xyron Double Sided Tape to assemble the bag.

Ink the raised side of an embossing folder and carefully place white cardstock in the folder  and emboss with your machine. This will create a letter pressed image.  Fussy cut the tree.  Use Xyron Adhesive Dots to add sequins ( 2 sizes stacked) as ornaments.  Add a dot of dimensional paint to the center of the sequins.  

Apply ribbon to the bag using the double sided tape, and adhere the embossed tree over the top.  Use the Xyron/Teresa Collins stapler to add a snippet of ribbon to the top edge.

 Add some tissue, your present, and you are all set!