Saturday, January 6, 2018

Sending Winter Wishes - DIY Tutorial


The coldest days of winter are upon us.  These cold, dreary days are tough on many people.  
If you are a card maker, you have the ability to reach out and brighten someone's day. 

 Maja Design- "Denim & Friends" is a gorgeous collection that is perfect for the season.  
Don't let the name of the collection confuse or fool you.  The paper collection is quite versatile and can be used for so many occasions throughout the year.    

These are the papers I used from the Denim & Friends:
"Wood" 
"Leather"  - both sides
"Blue Jeans"


DIY Tutorial
I have a quick short DIY tutorial showing how I assembled the winter scene on my card.

Step 1.  Die cut the following:
           - 1 tree line die shape from Denim & Friends "Wood" paper 
           -2 tree line shapes from "Blue Jeans" paper
           - 1 tree line shape from Bazzill Basics 12x12 Foam Adhesive Sheets in White

Step 2.   Use the backside of a tree line die cut as a stencil and  lightly ink around the stencil with blue and brown ink.  I used:
            Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Faded Jeans
            Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink -Walnut Stain

Step 3.   Cut one of the tree line die shapes apart to separate some of the tree shapes for layering purposes.  Ink the edges of the individual trees to a accent and glue the diecut foam shapes to your individual trees. 


Step 4.   Start building the tree line layers on the card.  
            - bottom layer is the wood colored tree line shape 
            - middle layer is the solid tree line shape cut from "Blue Jeans" paper
            - top layer will be your choice of individual trees with the foam backing for dimension


Where to shop? 
You can shop for Maja Design papers right here. 

May your new year be filled with health, joy and an abundance of creativity. 

Maja Design- "Denim & Friends"  paper collection
Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits - Tree Line die
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks MINI - Vintage Photo
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Faded Jeans
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink -Walnut Stain
Bazzill Basics 12x12 Foam Adhesive Sheets in White

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Snow House - Celebrate Winter

Happy New Year!  2018 already.  Seems crazy, doesn't it?  I'm welcoming the start of a very creative year on the Creative Embellishments team.  I'm proud and thrilled to join this fabulous chipboard team this year.  Yippee!  (You can find the original CE blog post here.)

 I've taken this opportunity to create a 3D winter wonderland scene using the chipboard pieces to decorate and accent the house as well as papers from Maja Design - 
a joyous holiday/winter collection from Maja Design- "Joyous Winterdays". 
The sweet boy and girl are made using Prima Marketing and Julie Nutting doll stamps ( Toby  and Little Girl).
Chipboard Treatments:
I wanted this house to look frosty and cold, I painted all my chipboard with white paint to start.  I really didn't use any other techniques on the chipboard.  But I did add a thin layer of  Prima's Snowflake Paste here and there to add a glittery snowy look.  

The surface of the bricks have been whitewashed  (white paint thinned with a bit of water) and the"grout " untouched relying on the rich brown color of the natural chipboard to provide visual depth. 
This is what the Creative Embellishments -Brick Pieces look like before:

I've taken various snowflakes from  Creative Embellishments  - Large Snowflake Set and placed them around this house and used the Creative Embellishments -Snowflake Page Corner Set as decorative molding on the  peaks of the house. 


Transitioning to the back of the house,  I created a frosty winter garden using Creative Embellishments -  (Garden)Trellis 1 all gussied up with pinecones and miscellaneous winter floral picks.  In order to make this piece a bit more durable, I suggest securing the pinecones and florals to the trellis with some thin wire.  


Next, my house has a cat sitting on a fence to add some charm ( BorderCreative Embellishments - Cats on a Fence Border ).  I cut the original Cats on a Fence  piece
in half and glued the pieces together to strengthen them for extra durability. 

The following images show the details of the sides of the house.  See how sweet that Cats on a Fence  is with my house? 

The next photos show how I used Prima's Snowflake Paste on the bricks below, the fence and also the roofing.   

A simple detail like wrapping the brickwork around the corner of the house makes a difference.  
It's all in the details!  



How Did I Make the Dolls Stand? 
 My little tip to make the dolls to stand up - I mounted them on binder clips that had been painted silver.    You can see the clips down below.   If you want to see how I used the binder clips as stands, you can find my tutorial on this blog post.  
I created a similar type project, so while not the exact same, you will have a good idea of the technique.  
See tutorial here


Where to shop? 
You can shop for Creative Embellishments Chipboard right here.  
You can shop for Maja Design papers right here. 

May your new year be filled with health, joy and an abundance of creativity. 


Maja Design - Joyous Winterdays paper collection
Creative Embellishments  - Large Snowflake Set
Creative Embellishments -Snowflake Page Corner Set
Creative Embellishments - Cats on a Fence Border
Creative Embellishments -Brick Pieces
Creative Embellishments -  (Garden)Trellis 1
Prima -Julie Nutting Doll Stamps - Toby 910969
Prima - Julie Nutting Doll Stamps - Little Girl - 910600
Prima -Art Extravaganza Finnabair  - Snowflake Paste 962906

Monday, January 1, 2018

Frosty Winter Wonderland - Mixed Media

Creative Embellishments 
Happy New Year!  2018 already.  Seems crazy, doesn't it?  I'm welcoming the start of a very creative year...Creative Embellishments style.  I'm proud and thrilled to join this fabulous chipboard team this year.  Yippee!  

 I've taken this opportunity to create a winter wonderland mixed media piece to join in the monthly challenge at Creative Embellishments.   You can find the challenge rules and info right here.  




I painted the chipboard frame white and added glitter glue.  Then I topped the chipboard frame with individual snowflakes  painted a light blue (Large Snowflake Set ).

 My paper choice?  Well, that's from Maja Design - 
a joyous holiday/winter collection from Maja Design- "Joyous Winterdays".

The paper collection is quite versatile and can be used for so many occasions - from Christmas to the cold days that follow in the new year and beyond.  


Where to shop? 
You can shop for Creative Embellishments Chipboard right here.  
You can shop for Maja Design papers right here. 

May your new year be filled with health, joy and an abundance of creativity. 

Large Snowflake Set 
Snowflake Frame 2
Maja Design - Joyous Winterdays paper collection
Creative Embellishments  - Large Snowflake Set
Creative Embellishments - Snowflake Frame 2

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Ornaments with DIY Instructions - Part 2

DIY Ornaments with Spellbinders Dies (Part 2)

It's the season of Christmas card making, but I had time to squeeze a few ornaments and provide a quick and easy DIY tutorial.  This is part two of my ornament feature. You can find part one here. 
Scroll on down the page for the tutorial.

Ornaments make a great gift when you need something small.  Why not have those small gifts of appreciation be dazzlers, right?  

This year my ornaments were made using a cool die from Spellbinders.  This is the second ornament I have made using this particular die.  The first ornament  is pictured below and can be found on my blog post here along with step by step DIY instructions.  


This ornament would not have come together so perfectly without my other essential products:  snowflake chipboard by Creative Embellishments and papers from Maja Design

In particular, my snowflakes are from Creative Embellishments  - Large Snowflake Set and my papers are from Maja Design - Joyous Winterdays collection.  


  Here is the die I've been raving over.  


Quick and Easy DIY Tutorial


Fold each diecut in half lengthwise.   A Bone folder and scoring board will  give you a nice crisp fold.


Step 2Assemble the ornament by gluing the sections together as in the photo above.  Once all four pieces are assembled, your ornament should look like the photo below.  


Step 3.  Pick an embellishment that can dangle nicely inside the ornament.  I am using chipboard snowflakes from  Creative Embellishments  - Large Snowflake Set.  

I used fishing line (nylon filament) to string the ornament because it's clear and helps place the focus on the ornament/embellishments rather than on a bulky ribbon.  

Now you're set to decorate. 


Here is a closer look at the delicate ornament using 
Here's a look at the embellishing.  The snowflake chipboard really makes a "wow" statement with this piece.  



And one last look at the finished piece. 


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May your Christmas and holiday season be filled with joy.

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