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Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Shadow Box

With Christmas in mind, the Unrulies are to show you ideas for using boxes.

I had hoarded a Prima flower box, the kind that has a draw that slides out.  I took the acetate off the front and made a shadow box with a hidden second scene.  I also finally used some hoarded gorgeous Cozy Christmas designer paper from The Scrap Cake.  My digital images of a vintage girl and snowman are from Heather Hudson's My Artistic Adventures Etsy shop.

I made this for my little granddaughter who loves pink.

All of the details about this box and lots more photos of it can be found in the article I wrote for Unruly PaperArts blogozine, posted on December 15 HERE.

Entering these challenges:

Craft Hoarders Anonymous:  Challenge 21: Celebrate the Season (due December 14 PT--the dates don't match because of the time difference)
Live and Love Crafts: Challenge With Love (due December 31)
Mema's Crafts:  Anything Goes for Celebrate the Holidays or Cold Winter Days
Pile It On: Challenge #49 Anything Goes (end of year--longer deadline)
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge:  Merry Christms from the Elves December  (this is new to me--my granddaughter's favorite song right now is "Holly Jolly" so I thought it was "meant to be" that I enter a challenge at this site)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bees Knees

It's the bees knees!  I remember my mom using that expression.

This week 13 at Claudine's Art Corner, it's all about bees for our Altered Playing Cards. You can see her two cards HERE.   Once again, this is a perfect prompt for me because I bought several honeycomb and bee crafting items but have yet to use most of them.  I guess I was waiting for the perfect project so thanks Claudine for the nudge to create with them.

Again, I'm learning technique, so I try to use as many of the same products as Claudine does in her samples. Again, not in my comfort zone which I think shows in the outcome of the whole grunge look.


Base is acrylic paint sponged onto the altered card.  I used 2 different sponge textures with USArtQuest Perfect Pigment Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber.

I hand rolled a bit of the honeycomb background stamp from the Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC Getting Grizzly stamp plate. You can see it best in the top right corner. I used Stampin' Up early expresso ink as it was the darkest brown I had.

I didn't have the Tim Holtz honeycomb die.  I realized the purpose was to have an outline of the honeycomb so the card base could show through.  Therefore I got out my Ranger Walnut Stain dabber and used the Red Lead Paperworks honeycomb stencil to create the same effect.  DId not get the same result of a sharp contrast.

My bee and sentiment are from Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage Queen Bee digital set.
Copic marker Y17 Golden Yellow to color bee.
Honeycomb strip is from Darice Bee embossing folders.
Honeycomb strip and sentiment pounced with Ranger Vintage Photo Distress  Ink
The only glossy thing I could find was Rock Candy Stickles, forgetting it makes ink jet images bleed. But that is what you see on the "bee button".


Base is a waterproof ink rubbed onto the altered card.  I used Memento Dandelion.  I used Red Lead Paperworks honeycomb stencil which had the mirror effect of the Tim Holtz stencil that Claudine used. I applied it with VersaMagic gingerbread chalk ink.

Honeycomb strip is from Stampin' Up scrapbook paper.
Bee Happy sentiment embossed on top of it is from Darice Bee embossing folders.  Embossed words pounced with Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Bee from Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC Getting Grizzly stamp plate.

Like  Claudine, I decided I needed to cover up something from the gesso base coat.  I noticed some dark marks after I had assembled everything.  So I grabbed a Ranger Wild Honey distress marker and filled in 3 of the honeycombs and then added dots of gold glitter on top.

I still have 3 cards to do to catch up.  Hopefully that will happen later today or tomorrow.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Coffee Journal Pocket

I am soooo glad I discovered Monica at TaylorMade4U Cards.  Not only do I love the cards she's making for Riley Stamp Co, but she discovered a humongous coffee blog hop----just in time for me to enter!

The link to the actual host site (Tsuruta Designs) for THE HOLIDAY COFFEE LOVERS BLOG HOP is HERE.

Linky to remain open until Friday, December 12th @ 11:55 pm pacific.  Blog Hop participants (those that link up with a newly created holiday/winter coffee/other favorite holiday hot beverage project) are eligible for Sponsored prizes.  

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Hop ends on Sunday, December 14th @ 11:59 pm pacific.  Comments made before the end of the hop are eligible for the individual blog sponsored prizes

Not much time to enter.  Oh, which way to go on this?

I decided to use a coffee filter as a journal pocket for the mini album I'm making.

Inks, papers and coffee stamp are from Stampin' Up.  Early Expresso, Crumb Cake inks; Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake card stock, Perfect Blend stamp set.
Female image is Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi: .Eccentric Art.
Crafty Individuals ink splats stamp.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

A Couple of Vintage Santa CAS cards

I made a couple of quick CAS (clean and simple) cards to get in the mail, using the Crafty Secrets Vintage Santas digital images we were given for entering last month's linky party.

In photoshop elements, I altered the black and white image to sepia and then printed it on beige cardstock.  I originally was going for a kraft and red theme but after it printed out, I knew that brown frame was a perfect match for Stampin' Up Early Expresso cardstock.  The hubby likes unadorned cards for easy mailing at the post office.  I think these fit the bill, yet look rich and elegant.

Thanks to Crafty Secrets for the monthly link up party that gives us the opportunity to acquire amazing digital images for personal use.  The December Linky Party is HERE

I'm also sharing this at Unruly Paper Arts 12 Days of Christmas Link Up party.  I can't believe we already at day 12!  It's been great fun visiting blogs and sharing our art.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gift Tags for Grandkids

These two gift tags are for my grandchildren.

If you're a follower of my blog, then you've seen the pink holly girl I made for my granddaughter.  I was looking for something for my grandson when I came across Billy Bumps.  I love these dolly dingle paper dolls so much that I decided to find a matching one for my granddaughter.

This just involves fussy cutting and adding the tag loops and a few buttons.

Billy Bumps from Alpha Stamps
Paper Dolls from the Graphics Fairy
misc buttons, pearls and trim from stash
Gelly Roll clear star glitter pen

I'm also linking up to Day 11 at Unruly Paper Arts 12 Days of Christmas Link Up Party.

Entering these challenges:

ABC Challenge:  Y is for Your Family (due Dec 23)
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Extra for December

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