TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Tim Holtz Mini House Shadowbox

Hi and Happy November!  You know what that means?  Christmas is right around the corner and boy do I have a ton of projects planned!  One has to be kept "Top Secret" due to the fact that it is what my ladies group is getting for Christmas and I don't want them checking the Blog for inside information!  LOL

So way back in February (I think) I had attended a scrapbook show in Rockford.  The ladies and I saw these adorable little shadowboxes at a Tim Holtz booth.  Now when I say little I'm not kidding they are only 5x4.  Everything inside these are teeny tiny.

I used some Graphic 45 paper scraps for little banners inside and on bottom front as well as those teeny 1/4" boxes you see up in the attic part of the house.  I embellished the tree with tiny balls just glued on top of the branch's.  Those little pine cones are from a Hemlock tree I have up north at our summer place and they were the perfect size for the tree.  The bigger box to the right of the tree I will have to admit my friend Cindy put it together out of foam board she had so all I had to do was decorate it.  I used little miniature candy canes on top of the box as well as some of the smallest jingle bells I could find.  The little silver ones are on top of the box in the back far right.  The little dog was from another friend, June, who got them as a set of miniature ornaments and we just snipped off the string.  I put a glass snowman in the dome up in the attic and added a bit of snow glitter inside to have it resemble a snow globe.  The little green wreath on the peak is just a piece of potpourri.  Sometimes its hard to find tiny items so you use what you have and that worked out just fine.  Oh lets not forget the icicles!!  Another friend, Karen, made those with Crystal Effects squeezed onto wax paper and then sprinkled with glitter.  As you can tell this was a joint project and the five of us had a good time making them.  Each of us had different ideas for decorating them.  I wish I had pictures to share but I haven't received them yet.  At least not all of them.

I would love to do another one sometime.  I think they are so darn cute.

That's all for now..............next time I think I'll share and easy Teacher/Hostess gift.

HAPPY CARDING!





Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Halloween Pumpkin Cards

Halloween is just around the corner and I have alot of cards to send.  I had always sent 1 to my grandkids and my grandnieces and well people keep having babies and this year I have had to add 4 more children.  So I needed a total of 13 Halloween cards!  Oh my!!
Well I decided to make simple ones.  A friend of mine had a pumpkin card die that she bought from Stephanie Barnard. You can get it HERE.  Line up the main die piece slightly off the fold end of a base card and cut out the pumpkin.  Then cut remaining pieces to decorate your pumpkin.  Easy Peasy.  I whipped out a bunch.  Still have more to make but at least I started and I can be finished in time to get them in the mail!  That's a win for me!

I also found this simple little card on Pinterest.  Could not get the link to work but it looked easy enough to C.A.S.E. with just a picture.  I used a 4" circle and put it through an embossing folder... die cut out some leaves which I also ran through a few folders...glued the top of an acorn in the middle.  I swiped a little Tim Holtz walnut stain ink or the tops of the leaves and the pumpkin too.  The little curlys on acorn cap sides is just a piece of brown coated floral wire wrapped around a pencil.   Sometimes you just have to use whats on hand...lol  I found a sheet of scrapbook paper in my stash that had words on it and I just cut out the word pie.  Now this card can be for Thanksgiving or a fall birthday, or even Halloween.  Just put a different sentiment.

That's it for today.........til next time!

HAPPY CARDING!!








Monday, October 16, 2017

ANNA GRIFFIN STYLE IMPROMPTU

Hi everyone!  Beautiful fall day here today and as my Mondays go I'm busy, busy, busy with grandkids and Monday night family dinner.  Now that all is done I have time to sit and relax and share my most recent cards.

Last Friday I popped in on my friend who had another one over to make a guy card and a birthday card.  I showed up with no intentions on carding but just to chat.  Well needless to say creative juices were flowing and I offered up some suggestion on the guy cards they were making (boy I should have taken a picture of their final card) and they turned out great!  The second card they were making was a birthday card using an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  The two of them did a glitter technique on their cards and then took the rest of the pieces to assemble at a later time.  I also had brought home some pieces to work on at home.
The one on the left was the Anna Griffin embossing folder.  I wasn't thrilled with the turn out so I tried again.  Since I did not own the same Anna Griffin folder I use a Cuttlebug one that looked similar.  I liked this a bit better and I needed a birthday card !
Both of these cards are 5x7.  I really like this size and I think I may do more cards in this larger size.  Sometimes I think we all tend to stick with what is comfortable.  4.25 x 5.5 cards are so convenient.  You can get 2 from 1 regular piece of card stock and envelopes are easy to come by.  But, I also think that a more elegant card should be bigger and this certainly fits the bill.

Well now I wonder what to work on.  I still need a few more Christmas cards but I'm also working on my Advent Calendar.  Hmmmmmmmm...decisions decisions.
Until next time

HAPPY CARDING!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

G45 CHRISTMAS and then some

Ahhhhh.....the start of my favorite pastime.........making Christmas cards and using my favorite line of papers....Graphic 45.  I don't think I can ever have enough of the G45 Christmas line.  I love the retired ones just as much as I love the new releases.  There is something comforting about G45.  I think it may be the fact that it reminds me of Christmas's past.  Where things were simpler.  The colors are so warm.  
Today's card it pretty simple.  I'll let you in on a little secret.....2 of the papers are not from the Christmas line.  That pretty little plaid is actually from the Raining Cats and dogs line.  I needed a plaid and did not have the Christmas one but this one worked just as well and......well the green swirly paper is just a piece I had on hand .  I don't even know where I got it.
I used a Die'sired Christmas Blessing die that I got a deal on at my local Tuesday Morning.  I think I payed $2 for it!!  Great Deal though reading it as Christmas Blessings is quite difficult because the word Christmas doesn't look like Christmas at all.  I lined the inside with Very Vanilla since the card base is black.
Now a little peek...in my last post I mentioned making that snowflake card in different colors.  Well I got started and here's some samples of just a few that I did.
Red and Green shimmer paper...love it!  This time I too the largest snowflake and glued it down on the left side of the card.  Then the right points of the snowflake interlock with the right side flap keeping the card closed.  I wasn't sure if it would work but it did.  Whipped these 2 between Paw Patrol and Shimmer and Shine cartoons on Nick Jr.  Had the grandkids today and they kind of hog the T.V.  LOL

Have a splendid day and til next time....................................
HAPPY CARDING!

Monday, October 9, 2017

CHRISTMAS? Where has time gone

Hello!!  I cannot believe that it has been July since my last post.  I have had such a crazy summer.  My sister had knee surgery and my son was hospitalized and time really got away from me.  I didn't get to spend much time with my ladies group either.
The other day I headed to Hobby Lobby to see what kind of fall crafts were out and boy I couldn't believe Christmas Trees were decorated and there was Christmas everywhere!  I did manage to pick up some fall and Halloween colored embellies but truth be told all that Christmas got me in the mood for more Christmas cards.  So I went ahead and clicked on the Sizzix die I have had in my cart at Amazon and waited.  Well it arrived yesterday.  Yep on a Sunday!  Fed Ex doesn't know that Sunday should be a day of rest.  LOL Anyway this is the die I bought seen here
So very easy to make and I think I'll be making these in an array of colors.  Sure will make my cards for Christmas go quickly.
Here I did it in Black with light blue.

     
















I think if I use Red or Green shimmer paper for the base and then cream for the inside it will look quite Christmasy!

Now that I'm in the mood I'm going to head to the craft room and start my producing and maybe come up with a few more Christmas card idea's.  But first to finish my Halloween cards.  I'll post those soon.  Til then.........................

HAPPY CARDING!

Monday, July 24, 2017

G45 Halloween Style

I love Fall............I love the colors........I love the smells.........I love the decorations.  G45 is going to help out this coming season as I can't resist all the wonderful fall papers.  Some of which can be found in various collections.  In the Children's hour the October and November papers are fall themed.  Time to Flourish has a few fall themed papers as well.  Rare Oddities is filled with awesome Halloween themed papers.  If your lucky enough to locate Halloween in Wonderland or Happy Hauntings you will be thrilled with the fun Halloween papers.  
I decided to make my tag using the more available Time to Flourish pad.  This tag is more like a piece of wall art since it measures 5x10.  The card is a bit larger than normal too ...it's a 5 x 6.

I love both of them and it's addicting.  I could just keep on making these.  In fact I think I will.
Today's post is extra extra special.   I finally have Internet service at my summer place.  Tho so much slower than what I have at home I am at least thrilled that I can check my emails, post, SCS friends and....................Post my Very First Blog post while away from home.  So in my excitement I have decided that I will also have my first give-away.  By the end of next week (cut off Aug 4th)  if you have left a comment on this post, your name will be put into the hat to receive these 2 items.  After your name is drawn you will receive a message in your inbox with details on how to obtain your items.  I hope this goes well.  Remember this is my Very First time attempting this so please bear with me.  LOL  Winner will be announced Aug 6th.  Good Luck







Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Birthday Cooking!

Well I can't believe what I can accomplish when no body disturbs me!  Got the Birthday card I needed done!!!  This one is for a friend who loves to cook and is a Vegetarian so fresh veggies are always in her kitchen.  I saw this Graphic 45 paper collection called Home Sweet Home and knew this was the paper to use for her card.  I'm using my Shutter Flip card as my base.  It is the same base I used for the post Golf Anyone where I used G45 Sports Collection and for the card Shutter Flip .   Directions are on the Shutter flip post.  Anyway this is such an easy card and I love being able to see how it looks in different papers.  As I said this time I used G45 Home Sweet Home.  Love the brightness of the colors in this collection.



There are very few embellishments on this card.  The pretty papers were nearly all you need.  I did use a paper doily which I cut up and added to certain areas for texture and I dimensionaled the stamps and apple.  In the corner of one doily I was able to utilize an old paper punch of utensils.  I added a little Glossy Accents for sheen.  Although it doesn't really show up in the pictures I also used a little stickles (clear) for sparkle.  Seriously......who doesn't like sparkle???
Wouldn't this make a cool base for a Christmas card??  Thin I'll try that too.

Well that's it................now to pack up my stuff and head north for a relaxing few days.

Til later............HAPPY CARDING!!!!!!!