Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Star Card **Robin's Nest** Blog Hop and Giveaway!!

Welcome to the Robin's Nest Blog hop.  Each designer is giving away a wonderful bottle of Christmas Dew Drops!!   To win a bottle of Dew drops simply leave a comment and follow my blog!  Each DT member is doing the same hop so you can enter at everyone's blog to win a bottle!!  To see the other designer's blogs please visit The Robin's Nest Blog for the links.

Poinsettia Dew Drops
I am even doing my own giveaway for doing the exact same thing, just leave a comment and follow my blog - so simple!!

I love to make Christmas cards and here is just a first of many I will make this Christmas for friends, family, teachers, and just for fun!!

I used the wonderful papers from The Robin's Nest to create this card.  Layers on top of layers all topped off with some of the wonderful Dew Drops!

Supplies Used
Cardstock - Core'dinations
Patterned Paper - The Robin's Nest
Dew Drops - The Robin's Nest
Stickers - Karen Foster
Adhesive - Tombow

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas Tags Part 2 **Paper House & Plaid** Giveaway!

I made some beautiful Christmas tags for my mother to use on her presents to the family.  I made her lots of tags, here are the next 4 of the series of these wonderfully vintage gift tags.

I used the wonderful "Winter Wonderland" 3D stickers from Paper House, they are full of dimension, glitter, and well they are just beautiful to create these vintage tags.

I added in some beautiful Plaid mediums to make each of the tags just pop.  On the Cardinal tag I used the Folk Art Paint and mixed Bark Brown and Daffodil Yellow and painted the chipboard.  I then added in the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to the chipboard and also to the greenery under the Cardinal sticker from Paper House.  You can just see it shine, it almost turns it into an epoxy sticker!!

On the Warmest Wishes tag I used the like sticker from Paper House and and then painted the clock chipboard under the tag in Bark Brown FolkArt Paint from Plaid.
For the Tree tag I used the beautiful glittery tree sticker from Paper House and then painted the swirl chipboard in the Cardinal Red FolkArt paint from Plaid and the chipboard frames in a mix of Bark Brown and Cardinal Red FolkArt paint from Plaid.  The foam brushes from Plaid made the application of the paint so easy, it got in all the small corners and creases of this delicate chipboard.

For the Pine cone tag I used the wonderful pine cone stickers from Paper House and then used the Fresh Cut Grass FolkArt paint from Plaid and this time I used my finger as the applicator to give the paint a rustic feel on the chipboard.

Now for the fun part - Plaid was so generous in what they sent us for our designers to play with, we had a little extra to use for giveaways! Today, we'll be giving away this fun gift pack that includes lots of Folk Art Paints, a tool set, a 4.5" brayer, Extreme Glitter Mod Podge, and a Brush Applicator. We'd love to mail this out to one of our lovely fans - all you have to do is enter via the widget below! Giveaway ends Sunday, 11/23 at 11:59PM so make sure to get in on the action this weekend! Good luck!
Paper House & Plaid Giveaway

 You can also visit here to view more project using Plaid and Paper House.

Supplies Used
Cardstock - Kaisercraft
Pattern Paper - Kaisercraft
Stickers - Paper House
Paint - Plaid
Medium - Plaid
Brushes - Plaid
Pearls - Kaisercraft
Chipboard - Memory Maze & Dusty Attic & FabScraps
Alpha Stickers - Kaisercraft
Twine - May Arts
Adhesive - Tombow
Trimmer/Scissors - Fiskars

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Tags Part 1 **Susan K. Weckesser & ScrapPlezier**

My mother was looking at my scrap table when she was in town during Halloween and asked if I could make her some pretty Christmas gift tags (To and From tags) to put on her presents she was giving away this holiday season.  Here is the first set of tags I made for her.

For this set of tags I used the wonderful supplies from ScrapPlezier and stamps from Susan K. Weckesser.  I have this wonderful stamp set from Susan K. Weckesser that is all about snow, and it has 3 stamps in it, so I used each stamp on each one of the tags.

I also used the wonderful washi tape, pearls, papers, and twine from ScrapPlezier to complete these very special tags.  Don't forget to check out ScrapPlezier for their latest challenge!!
Supplies Used
Cardstock - Bazzil - ScrapPlezier
Patterned Paper - Kasisercraft - ScrapPlezier
Pearls - Kasiercraft - ScrapPlezier
Washi tape - ScrapPlezier
Alpha Stickers - Kasiercraft - ScrapPlezier
String - May Arts - ScrapPlezier
Stamps - Susan K. Weckesser
Chipboard - Bo Bunny & Memory Maze
Epoxy Sticker - Paper House
Ink - Prima & Tsukineko
Ribbon - Other

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fall into Autumn **Birds of a Feather Kit & Paper House w/Plaid and a tutorial**

Here is a picture of my little pumpkins posing for me at a local pumpkin patch in Oct 2014.  Each kid grabbed a pumpkin to pose with, and after it was all over I noticed that my oldest had grabbed the biggest pumpkin, my middle chose a medium, and my youngest the smallest.  I just love the little pumpkins they grabbed, they were called fairy houses, and Morgan's we just covered with little bumps, making it look at warty.

I used the wonderful November Birds of a feather kit.  It is just perfect for those fall family pictures and went perfectly with the Paper House stickers and papers and Plaid paints and mediums.

 November 2014 Kit-November thanksgiving fall autumn simple stories petaloo doilie prima

Here you can see some of the beautiful stickers from Paper House and also the flower I altered (tutorial below) using Plaid products.  I pulled all the 3D leaf stickers I could find from the Paper House sticker packs and added them around both clusters at the top and bottom of the layout as they all work so well, from "Out in the Country" "Autumn Leaves" "Fall into Autumn" and "Pumpkin Patch".

I pulled apart the pumpkin stickers (the top layer) from the "Pumpkin Patch" stickers and layered them around the title sticker "Fall into Autumn" to give it more dimension and to add in more fun pumpkins!!

Here you can see some of the wonderful papers from Paper House.  I used two different collections "Generations" and "Live by Faith".  For the "Generations" paper pack used two different papers, one is the gilded brass like frame cut out and the green swirl on cream paper.  For info on how I altered the green swirl paper and background brown paper please see tutorial below.

I also used the "Live by Faith" paper stack and used the tree on brown and the back side of green words to help mat the picture.  You can see a bit of all these papers in the picture above.
I also used the green swirl paper for my journal strips that are mounted on the wooden measurement sticks (tutorial below on how I altered these).  

How to Make Foam Paint and 3 Uses for it - a Tutorial
I just love the paint from Plaid.  The Folk Art paint adheres to anything including wood, canvas, and paper.  Using these paints, the matte Mod Podge medium, and shaving cream I created foam paint.  Foam paint is super easy to apply to surfaces as it is light, airy, and spreads well especially for stencils or applying to bumpy surfaces like canvas, and it has some transparency so it does not cover up just add color the surfaces to are adding it to.

Foam Paint Recipe
2 parts shaving cream
Stir together until foamy

Here is the foam paint after I have mixed it, you can see it has a creamy look and it is super easy to apply with the Plaid foam brushes.

Use 1 - Wood
I first applied the paint to the wooden measurement sticks from our Nov Birds of a Feather Kit.  They were a plain pine wood color, and I did not want to cover up the measurement marking on the sticks.  I applied the foam paint and you can see it changed the color of the wood, but you can see all the markings.  I wanted it a bit greener so I used a green chalk ink and daubed it randomly and then added in some lime green glitter glue to make it sparkle.  I used these wooden pieces as the backing fro my journal strips.


Use 2 - Canvas and material
I used my finger dipped into the foam paint and applied it the the edges, center, and parts of the inside of the flower.  The white flower pick just too white for the layout, the flower popped out and not the focus - the picture. I needed to soften it, so making it blend in better with the layout made sense, so change the color!!  I again added a bit of green chalk ink and some lime green glitter to make it sparkle after I applied the foam paint.


Use 3 - Paper
I wanted to add more dimension to my layout and follow the theme of the Birds of a Feather Nov Kit of time (like in the metal clocks), so I had this stencil of swirls and roman numeral from The Crafter's Workshop and placed it randomly around the layout with just the brown stitched paper and green swirl paper from Paper House (I added the rest of the layers after it dried) and applied the foam paint with the foam brush from Plaid and when it dried I added in a bit of lime glitter glue to make it shine.
Bee on Time

Playing with paints is fun and easy.  Mix colors, add in mediums, and just play you never know what you can come up with that is fun and different!!

Supplies Used
Cardstock - Core'dinations - Nov Birds of a Feather Kit
Pattern Papers - Kaisercraft & Simple Stories - Nov Birds of a Feather Kit
Metal - Tim Holtz -  Nov Birds of a Feather Kit
Cardstock Stickers - Simple Stories & Authentique -  Nov Birds of a Feather Kit
Flower Stick - Mon Ami Gabbi - Nov Birds of a Feather Kit
Lace Sticker - Prima -  Nov Birds of a Feather Kit
Paper Pads - Paper House
3D stickers - Paper House
Paint - Plaid
Medium - Plaid
Brushes - Plaid
Flowers - Petaloo & Prima
Ink - Prima
Twine - Canvas Corp
Glitter - Ranger
Stencil - TCW
Adhesive - Tombow
Trimmer - Fiskars

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