Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Tag

I'm all caught up on design work, so I thought it would be fun to just play around with some techniques on a tag.   And since Thanksgiving is just a few days away, this will probably be the last project that I will have for that holiday, and then, it will be all Christmas.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Core'dinations and Graphic 45 Blog Event

  I love working with Graphic 45 products, and I always find that I am challenged to think outside of the box - or in this case, design around the box. I started out with the G45 ATC Book Box, and decided to turn it into a Dog House that functions as a bank. Using the Raining Cats and Dogs collection got me thinking about saving for a rainy day and inspired the idea of a piggy bank.  

 Saving For a Rainy Day Bank Supplies:

 I constructed a roof to fit over the box ( and cut a hole to insert money). The dog house was decorated and finished with a paper umbrella, made from a scalloped circle. To access the money inside, simply untie the ribbon.  
Wouldn't this be a fun way to save up those pennies for more craft supplies?!! Thanks for stopping by. ~Gini

May Arts - Kids Crafts for the Holidays Blog Hop

The Holidays are all about family - and even more so, kids.  So the May Arts Ribbonistas decided to have s blog hop to celebrate crafting with our favorite kidos. And of course, there will be prizes, so head to the May Arts Ribbon Blog for all of the details.

Since I don't have any children of my own, I asked my eight year old nephew if he would like to help me out with this project.  He jumped at the chance and came right over.  I of course had visions of the cute projects that we would make together....and as you know, sometimes things just don't go as planned. Cole's mind was racing with all of the fun supplies he could do anything with, and he was not at all interested in my plans. 

So, I ended up making this Sock Snowman.  He was so quick and easy to make - and adding the May Arts Ribbon, made him look spectacular. To create this little cutie, just take an old sock and cut off the foot.  Turn the sock inside out and gather one end with a heavy rubber band.  Turn back right side out and fill with rice.  Close the top with another rubber band. Tie ribbon for a scarf and to create the neck.  Fold the foot portion of the sock to form that hat. Embellish with ribbon and buttons.

May Arts Ribbons:

Now here is the card my nephew made. Since he just had his Veteran's Day program last week at school, he wanted to make a Marine card. It probably didn't help that he was eating Frito's as he made his card - but it was made with love :)  And we still had fun together (which is the main point!)



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Whimsical Chalkboard Christmas Card

The Outlines brand of stamps from Hampton Art, are the perfect choice for creating the trendy chalkboard projects. So today, I will show you how easy it is to create this whimsical card.

Supplies for Chalkboard Christmas Card
Step 1.  Emboss a piece of Chalk Core paper. Sand the raised designs.
Step 2.  Stamp the image with White ink.
Step 3.  Color the images with Inktense pencils.  Use a water brush to spread the colors.
Step 4.  Mount on red cardstock
Step 5.  Add ribbon.
Step 6.  Attach to a card base.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Live Every Moment

Hi, I hope you have had a lovely weekend!  Just thought I would sneak in a card that I made using the gorgeous IndigoBlu stamps from England.  I masked over parts of my image and then used a stencil to ink the designs.

IndigoBlu: Magical Masking
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Inspired by Ornaments (the stencil design looked like an antique glass ornament)