Sunday, October 26, 2014

Festival of Trees - Luminaries

One more Festival of Trees project then I'm moving on.  I was making boxes using the Gift Box Punch Board when I set off to find a specific ribbon that I wanted to use with the boxes.  One thing led to another and I stumbled upon my stash of flame-less candles.  An idea formed and here we are with luminaries made with the Gift Box Punch Board.


UPDATED: Start with an 8 x 8 vellum card stock and follow the direction on the Gift Box punch board for a 1.75 x 1.75 x 3.25 box, start line at S and diagonal line at L.  Then stamp the trees with cherry cobbler ink.  Use a heat gun to make sure the ink is completely dry.  Fold all the crease lines, use a bone folder for crisp folds.


Cut the "sides" leaving about 1/4 of an inch to fit sticky strip tapes, see picture below.  Adhere tape on four sides.


Carefully form the box and adhere all sides one by one.  Close the top.


Punch four stars from red glimmer paper and adhere to the top of the tree with glue dots.  Apply the washi tape around the box, about an eight of an inch above the bottom fold.


Open the top and drop in the candle.  Voila!!  They turned out better than I expected.  I just need to make four more to complete the set.


TIP:  If you decide to give this a try, I recommend using bright inks with vellum.  I initially used old olive for the green tree but it was too light, mossy meadow is the perfect shade of green on vellum.

Thanks for stopping by ......... until next time my friends.

Cheers!!!


irene

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Festival of Trees Tags

I took a couple of days off for my birthday and made time to do things I love.  I was quite productive but wished I had more time.  Next year, I'm taking the whole week off!!!

Got a head start on my Christmas tags.  I made twenty tags with these two designs.  So easy with the Festival of Trees stamps and tree punch.  The fact that I kept the layout the same and just changed the colors really made it quick to make twenty tags in no time.  One rustic and one "clean".


This first one is made with crumb cake, cherry cobbler and old olive color combination.


The second one is lost lagoon and silver.  I tried lost lagoon and cherry cobbler but opted for monochromatic.


Did I ever tell you I LOVE washi tapes?  The washi tapes really came in handy on these two layouts and I plan to use more washi tapes on the other tags I'm working on.

Have you started on your holiday crafts yet?  Christmas is only 60 days away.  WOW!!!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Cheers!!!

irene

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Washi Taped Feathers

Another bundle that caught my eye in the Holiday catalog is the Four Feathers stamp set with the Feathers Framelits dies.  I also love the washi tapes Color Me Autumn.  Why not put them together?

Here's what I came up with.  Unfortunately, I can't quite capture blackberry bliss on my small camera.  The colors are a bit off.


The card base is blackberry bliss.  I stamped the feathers on the right side using blackberry bliss ink.  I covered a piece of card stock with washi tapes before die cutting the feathers.

The sentiment is the circle stamp from Let Your Hair Down.  I cut it up to fit my layout.  I love the idea of a burlap ribbon and I finally got to use it on a card.


After doing the feathers with washi tapes, I looked around my work area to see what else I can die cut with washi tape.  How about christmas trees?!!!  Well, this was not die cut but punched.  Same layout as this CARD.  The sentiment is from the Sassy Salutations stamp set.


Thanks for checking out my projects.  

Cheers!!!

irene


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Golden Trees

One of my favorite bundle from the holiday catalog is the Festival of Trees bundle.  You can surely get a stacked of Christmas cards done in no time with this set.  I had this layout in mind when I first saw this set and I'm glad I was able to execute it without a glitch.


The Gold Soiree specialty designer paper is perfect for what I had in mind.  The trees and the "ground" coordinate perfectly.  I love the metallic gold designs.

The card base is garden green cardstock.  I dry embossed the front with On Point textured impression embossing folder.  I punched the trees using the Tree punch.  The snowflakes are from the Frosted Sequins pack and I colored them with a gold sharpie.

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and the gold metallic baker's twine ties it all together!

Is it just me or did 2014 really flew by quickly?  I can't believe I'm making Christmas cards already!

UPDATE:  to see another card sample, click HERE and scroll to the end of the post.

All supplies used are available HERE.

Cheers!!!

irene




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Clear Block Stamping - World of Dreams

Today I’m sharing my swap card from our latest group meeting.  Talk about daunting, we had 50 participants!  I think that’s the most swap cards I ever had to do.  I initially planned on doing a holiday card but after the final count was announced, I decided to start working on my cards using products from the big catalog instead of the Holiday catalog.


I used a simple technique called clear block stamping.  Basically, you tap your clear block directly on the ink pad, mist it with water and stamp directly onto your cardstock.  When I got bubbles, I slid my finger back and forth on the block to evenly spread the ink.  For my background, I stamped the clear block using three different colors – lost lagoon, hello honey and tangelo twist.  


Ideally, since you spritz water to your block before stamping, you would use watercolor paper for this technique but I didn't have enough watercolor paper for 50 cards so I used whisper white card stock.  I was careful not to spray too much water so there was only minimal warping.



The image and sentiment are from Stampin' Up’s World of Dreams stamp set and were stamped using tuxedo black ink.  I added the washi tape from the Sweet Sadie designer washi tape set.  I was quite pleased with how the card turned out.  And, no two cards are exactly alike.



Sadly, we had quite a few participants who didn't make it to the meeting so I’m left with about twelve card fronts.  If you want one for your sample board or just want to see it in person, email me your mailing address and I’ll send you one.  Remember this is just a card front not a full card but you can easily turn it into a card if you feel like it.

Have an awesome day!  Cheers!!!

irene



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