Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hanukkah Card Guest Post

Happy Hanukkah! Today is the first day. I made a festive card for my guest post on the AJVD blog. I also share a short tutorial on how to do the background. Be sure to go and check it out! =)

http://blog.ajillianvancedesign.com/2014/12/happy-hanukkah-card.html

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Vintage Kitchen - Quick & Easy Loaf Pan

Hello! I have another quick & easy project using the new Vintage Kitchen line from Eileen Hull. I've dressed up the Loaf Pan die in a different (yet still super easy!) way that is perfect for gift giving. Custom packaging really adds a nice touch and it is so easy to do. Read on to see how I did it!


First I cut the Loaf Pan out of matboard. Then I went to town with a stencil and Ranger Texture Paste. I didn't put much on the bottom and also left the outer flaps clear of paste since those needed to be flat when I glued them in place. Also, if I have Texture Paste or other media going over score lines I usually take my Xacto knife and carefully cut through it before it dries completely. That way it won't crack or tear when I fold everything up.


Next comes the really fun part! Once the paste was dry I spritzed the outside first with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and then with Tarnished Brass. I also lightly misted it with water to help the colors blend. It's really nice how the stain catches in the nooks and crannies of the stenciled parts. You could set up a whole assembly line of these if you wanted to make several. I thought I had taken a photo of it after I had sprayed it but I didn't. Oops! Here is a closeup of the finished pan though:


When the outside was dry I flipped it over and sprayed the inside with Barn Door Distress Spray Stain. When I was putting it together I put a dab of glue on the flap and then stapled it in place with my Tiny Attacher (I was going for easy!)

The embellishments are a gold embossed jingle bell cut out of matboard, a label with stamped sentiment, and a sprig of diecut holly. No problem!

If you want to see the first Loaf Pan I made, look HERE. Be sure to check out Eileen Hull's blog – many more quick and easy projects are being featured this month and you are sure to be inspired!
Most of the supplies I used for this project can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10. ;-)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December Art with Heart Challenge

It's time for the December Art with Heart Challenge over at Eileen Hull's blog. The theme this month is Holiday Traditions and we want to see your projects! You can have a chance to win the Loaf Pan Die from Eileen's fabulous new Vintage Kitchen line. I used the Cookie Box Die to make a fancy gift box that doubles as a decor piece! I'm going to use it as a gift box for jewelry:


These boxes are really easy to put together and can be used for so many things! I think this one is a perfect base for my Christmas Tree. Here are some other views:

 
back view


The lid is hinged and pops right open so you can stash the gift:


But wait, there's more! I'm doubling up this project with the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #17 – Woodlands & Tinsel Twine. This Cookie Box was just begging to have a Woodlands decorated tree put on it. (Truly a match made in heaven!) Linda over at Studio L3 has been hosting these fun challenges based on the techniques found in Tim Holtz's book (this one is on page 60). Go check it out for some serious inspiration. Also, many thanks to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring the prize on this challenge. You could win $50 to spend at the store!

This also fits the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge#7 Tic Tac Toe. I covered many of the categories with this one… Star, Patterned paper, Ribbon (tinsel twine) – Die, Stamps, Ribbon – Star, Glitter, Die. This is a fun challenge, be sure to check it out.

So here you have it, three great challenges you can participate in! Most of the supplies I used for this project can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10. ;-)


Friday, December 5, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #16 – Layering Stencil Embossing

Well I'm just sneaking in on the last day of Challenge #16! I incorporated this challenge, the Layering Stencil Embossing technique, found on page 50 of the Compendium of Curiosities 3, into a much bigger project. ;-) Also, many thanks to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring this challenge. The sponsors have been very generous with their prizes! So, here is the CC technique part of my project:


Nice background isn't it? This is an awesome technique – you'll have to check it out in your own copy of the book. ;-) I can show you how to do the rest though. View on…


I decked out a lantern candle-holder I got from Kohl's last year (on clearance with an extra 30% off! ha ha!) Here are some details:

Detail of the scene inside - see the background peeking through?







Top detail

You might be wondering how to make a nifty Christmas tree like the one in the inside scene. Well, I am going to tell you! ;-) First I made a cone out of Bristol board (like a heavyweight cardstock). I sprayed it with Peeled Paint Spray Distress Stain. I also misted several sheets of music torn from an old hymnal. I cut the "branches" using the Ribbon Flags strip die. While they were still stuck to the die, ran a strip of Tissue Tape across the top of all the little flag pieces so I'd have one long strip section. After putting extra adhesive on the back of the strip, I'd wrap it around the cone shape. I did have to cut slits in the tissue tape to help form the strip to the surface of the cone base.


I continued on up the cone until it was all covered.


I swiped glue on the tips of the flags and sprinkled them with Dry Rock Candy Glitter because I think everything looks better with Rock Candy glitter on it. That stuff is magical! I also attached a Mirrored Star to the top and glued some pearls on the branches. You could make a whole forest of these trees in various sizes. Hmmmm…

I also want to share that the December challenge is up and running at Inspiration Journal. The theme is music – Sing, Sing it Loud! Be sure to go check it out and join in for a chance to win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium.

I am also going to enter this into the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Celebrate the Season challenge. I admit to being a great hoarder of Christmas supplies!

And…This fits the super fun Mixed Media Monthly Challenge#7 Tic Tac Toe. I went to town on the board and covered everything except tape so… Bow, Stencil, Die – Stencil, Glitter, Patterned Paper (tree) – Star, Patterned paper, Ribbon – Die, Stamps, Ribbon – Bow, Glitter, Ribbon – Star, Glitter, Die. I think that's all of them lol. Whew!

Most of the supplies I used for this project can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10. ;-)