Friday, December 19, 2014

JOY Mixed media Ornament

I have a really fun mixed media project to share with you today. I made a Christmas ornament to hang on my tree. The Splitcoaststampers Mixability challenge this week Mix99 was to take a photo and make a Christmas project that expressed ourselves. I took a photo that my daughter took last year of my wonderful family at our church's Christmas Eve service. I printed it in black and white on cardstock. I wanted it to look more than just a printed photo, so I sprayed the top of the photo with silver shimmer mist. I also added a little of gold shimmer mist too. 
Ok... a start then I was stumped. Looking at the supplies on my desk, the rest of the ornament just started taking on a mind of it's own. I took 4 popsicle sticks. I took some gray polka dotted fabric from ADORNit  BEPOP DOT GRAY and glued it to the popsicle sticks with hot glue sticks. I then sprayed the fabric with the silver shimmer mist. I tried to get it to photograph but it didn't pick up, but there is sparkles from the silver mist on the fabric. After gluing the fabric down there were still some rough edges. So I took some silver sparkle tape and taped over the edges. I took silver paint and painted the popsicle sticks where they showed behind the fabric.



I added two different types of lace one that was a cream color and one that was white. I liked the little bit of color the cream added to the project. I put pearls on top of the lace. I hot glued some cheesecloth before adding my photo that I matted with a piece of black cardstock. The alphabet beads were in a collection of plastic beads that my daughters had when they were little. When I was cleaning up the other day I saw them. I almost tossed them out, because I didn't see a use for them. I'm glad I didn't toss them because I think it is the highlight of my project. (Why I have such a hard time parting with my junk.) The word "JOY" describes me and my family. A long time ago a friend told me what JOY stood for. JESUS, OTHERS and YOURSELF. That is what I see displayed in the lives of my family. I attached the letter with wire that I curled around a chopstick and hot glued at the ends.



Then it was time to do the backside of my ornament. I printed this scripture digital image from Diane;s Daydream Designs called THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS SENTIMENT SET.
I printed it on white cardstock. I also printed the grunge paper behind it on the same piece of cardstock. I sprayed it with the silver shimmer mist.  I framed the scripture with a piece of black cardstock. I added another piece of lace and brads before hot gluing this side down to the popsicle sticks. I added more wire on this side to hang the ornament. I added a sheer ribbon bow at the top with more hot glue.




Here is it hanging on my tree.



 I hope as the last few days before Christmas come rushing by, that you have time to stop and reflect on Jesus because he is the real reason we celebrate.

Monday, December 15, 2014

A dirty girl


I have exciting news. I have been chosen to serve a term on Splitcoaststampers.com as a Dirty Dozen designer. It is such an honor to be chosen to do this. I will be able to share my projects after my term ends. I am so thankful for the support from my family and friends.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop- JAVA TIME


This is my card for the Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.

Make sure you check out the blog hop HERE.


I had a lot of fun making this card.

I used a stamp set from MFP called JAVA TIME

I wanted my card to feel like I was in a small coffee shop, with snow falling outside. I took dp that had a distressed brick design. I took the coffee ring stamps from the set and stamped them with brown ink the corners of the paper. The paper was sprayed with a silver sparkle mist. It was hard to photograph but there are little specks of silver on the dp.  I matted the dp with gray and brown cardstock. 


I used my sewing machine to attach the dp and mats to the base of my card.I cut a paper doily in half to make my table cloth. I sewed it to the base of the card too. I  sewed a gathering stitch to my cheesecloth and then sewed it to the base. I wanted to leave the bottom free so it would look kinda like a curtain. This next photo shows how the cheesecloth hangs free and has movement.


My favorite part of my coffee card is my hand made quilled snowflake. I took pieces of cardstock that I had cut 1/8 of an inch thick. I quilled them, added pearls and glue and glitter. It is hard to see in photographs just how sparkly this snowflake is in real life.









I made my card into an easel card. I added brads to make it stand up. I stamped the sentiment from the set on the bottom of the easel. The coffee cup was done with a maroon marker and a silver marker. I took white paint to add the highlights. I finished my card off with a pearl flourish for the steam from my cup of coffee.




Friday, December 5, 2014

Mixability inchie love.






The mixability challenge this week is to use several inchies or twinchies on a card/project. I choose to go with inchies. I started with the one on the left. I am not a big tape user, but when I saw this sparkly gold tape, I had to get it. I added a piece of paper doily, some pearls and I free hand cut the hearts.


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My second inchie was the blue and silver one. I had a scrap of cardstock that I had used markers and an embossing folder to make the blue squares. I added some cheesecloth for texture. I added silver marker around the edges. I added rhinestones and punched out hearts.


The third inchie I made was from a scrap of faux barn board. I punched the barn board so that the brown mat would show through. I added some drywall tape and used Inka gold copper metallic rub over the drywall. It didn't want to stay on the barn board so I added two pewter brads that I added copper marker to the top. I like adding the marker to the brads because it kinda looks antique.




Using a digital image from Diane's Daydream Designs. I used SENDING YOU LOVE OUTLINE SET
I printed it on white cardstock. I added the sentiment "Sending you love."  I also added to the left side and bottom the word love in different languages.
These two photos show the "love" around the edges.



 After I printed the postcard, I took tea bags to age it. I heated the cardstock to make it really dark. Then I sprayed it with gold shimmer ink. The ink kinda puddles and splattered. I made little envelopes to hold my inchies. I added more texture and interest by sewing with gold thread around the edges of the card.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Terrific tree card

If you are looking for my MFP Blog Hop Post scroll down to next post.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  The other designers at Mountain Plains Crafters and I thought you might enjoy seeing our creations for fun and inspiration. We choose the theme of Trees. I was excited because I saw this card by  Kittie Caraccilo and I knew right away that I wanted to make a card like it. I usually don't CASE cards, but this one was super pretty and my daughter asked me to make her one like it.  I took Kittie's general idea and made it my own. This card was a little time consuming to say the least. But I had a blast.






I punched the branches using my Martha Stewart punch. I have had my punch for a long time and sadly during this project, It died. Don't worry a new one is on its way. I glued the branches in a triangle shape  using my Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.



I wanted little candy canes for my tree. I thought about just cutting them out with scissors. Then I looked at my punches. I have an old EKSuccess Heart Corner punch. .When the heart is punched out the remaining pieces were two curved swoosh like pieces. I used a red marker to make the stripes on the candy canes and then I cut the cane- swooshes apart. As I looked at the candy canes, I wanted a little bit more shine. I took a pearly fingernail polish and went over the candy canes. It gave them a shiny pearly look.  I added pearls, red embroidery floss bows and a punched star painted gold.


The paneling was done by scoring white cardstock. I added crimped cardstock at the top for the top molding. Under my tree I used a Martha Stewart Train edge punch. I cut and glued the train so that it only had one engine and several cards. I painted the train red and black and added gold to the top of the cars and to two of the smokestacks.



 I made two little origami boxes and added embroidery floss bows.

After all the work I did on this card I wanted it to be able to be displayed. I made it into an easel card so it could stand up on my daughters desk. I added a paper doily to the floor of the card, to make it look like a rug on the floor.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my post and looking at my card. I would love for you to leave a comment telling me what you think.

MFP BLOG HOP DAY 4


Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

Nov. Blog Hop! 




This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

Featured  Nov. 25
Java Time

Featured Nov. 26
Crisp Winter

Featured Nov. 27
Ice Skating

Featured Nov. 28
Vintage Fashion






Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All four winners will be announced on 
Nov. 29, 2014 on the MFP Stamp Shop blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) 
The deadline for 
commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday Nov. 28, 2014



I'll admit that this set had me stumped at first. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I started by stamping the vintage dress form onto a page from an encyclopedia. I took a copper sharpie marker and outlined the dress form. I then stamped the flowers from another MFP set called Pretty Pears. I water colored the flowers and added dazzling diamonds glitter to the centers of the flowers.  The butterfly is from another MFP set called Bearded Iris.  The sentiment is from MFP set called Roses




Check out what the other designers did with this set.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

MFP BLOG HOP DAY 3




Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

Nov. Blog Hop! 




This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

Featured  Nov. 25
Java Time

Featured Nov. 26
Crisp Winter

Featured Nov. 27
Ice Skating




Featured Nov. 28
Vintage Fashion


Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All four winners will be announced on 
Nov. 29, 2014 on the MFP Stamp Shop blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) 
The deadline for 
commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday Nov. 28, 2014


When I saw the skates image from this set, I imagined the skates hanging from the laces. My good friend Debra gave me this blue and white twine. It was the perfect for the laces. I cut the skates out and I used a paper piercing tool to make holes for the twine. I used a silver sharpie marker to make the blades of the skates. I added dp with snowflakes on it. I added dazzling diamonds glitter to the centers of the snowflakes. I used the sentiment from another MFP set called Brrr 

Check out what the other designers did with this set. 

Here's the Design Team:


Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.