Monday, December 29, 2014

Better Late Than Never ~ Season's Greetings ~ The Quickie Card

I made this card for my sister who lives in Florida.  I made it and mailed it yesterday - a bit late, but, we're flexible like that.  Needless to say I didn't get a single picture of the construction of the card, but I think it is fairly straight forward.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment or use the "contact me " form on the right had side of this blog.

Something I do often when I am using my Big Shot and dies is I cut out more than what I need.  In this case, I had just gotten the Sizzix Alterations Tim Holtz Holiday Words: Script set and I cut out a bunch of holiday sayings. I use temporary tape to tape the words that go together and to try to keep the little dots for the i where I can find it - I also use temporary tape to tape any extra die cuts to a piece of copy paper, or thin cardboard, so they are all together and they don't get smooshed (I do the same thing with my Dresden foils). 

What I Used to Make my Card:
Sizzix Alterations Tim Holtz Holiday Words: Script (660058)
Piece of Light Gold Cardstock (used for the die cut)
White Card Base
Decorative Red & Gold Paper (gotten in a Kit years ago)
Christmas Tree Cut Out (I have no idea where I got this)
Jolee's Boutique Christmas Lights Stickers (leftovers from years ago)
Gold Sequin Star
2 Small Green Sequin Stars

I had already decided to use the red & gold decorative paper and the "Seasons Greetings" die cut - they had been floating around my desk for weeks now.   I was digging through my stash when I came across what I thought was a scrap piece of green paper when in fact it was a cut out of a tree.  So I popped that out of it's frame and I felt it fit the size of the card and the sentiment perfectly.  I knew I had saved what was left of the Jolee's Boutique stickers so I found them and was pleasantly surprised how well they complimented the tree (rarely does a card "fall" together like this for me). The only small dilemma was the cardstock Jolee's Boutique used on the green stars was the exact shade of the tree and they blended in so well you couldn't tell they were there.  I solved that by attaching little green sequin stars - so now the green stars pop right out. I glued all the embellishments onto the tree before I attached it to the card then glued everything together.  That was it.  I'm impressed by how cohesive the card looks since it was so spur of the moment!
Another view of the card perched on my brand new easel stand that was made out of balsa wood! Sorry you can't really see the star on the tree top that well - it's gold - you are just going to have to trust me!
I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season! I may be back with another card, who knows! Thanks for stopping by ~ Christi

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - Christmas (until 1/5/15) 
Use Your Stuff - #166, Anything Goes (entry #3)(until 1/5/15)
Card Mania - #63, Anything Goes (until 1/8/15) 
Splendiferous Creations - Holiday Cards
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog - #294, Christmas/New Year

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gltzy Gold Merry Christmas Card

My name is Christi and I am a paper hoarder.  I love beautiful papers.  I have some papers that are so lovely, I can't cut them - but, I have made a pledge to start to use some of my more beautiful papers, so this card was born.  The paper I used is Italian, I think it is supposed to be used used as gift wrap.  I can't recall where I purchased it from (it's at least 12 years old) but the detail is amazing! I tried to capture the richness of the paper the best I could.  I hope you get inspired to dig out some of your favorite papers & play a bit!  

What I Used to Make my Card:
Italian Paper
Vanilla Base Card
Ornamental Script Stamp from Penny Black, 3995F
Piece of Vellum
Piece of Mirror Gold Paper
Embossing Fluid
Vintage Gold Embossing Enamel from Globecraft & Piccolo
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
2 Gold Brads
Sparkle Gold Tape from the Dollar Tree

You really need to click this!

While there are a lot of ingredients, this card was easy to make. First thing I did was match the gold in the Italian paper since that was my focal point.  I had also found this scrap of mirror gold cardstock (it was ALL the rage years ago) so I tossed that into the mix. The mirror gold caught the gold in the paper.    I took the vanilla base and outlined it with the Krylon Gold Leafing Pen and set it aside.  I then took the piece of vellum and stamped the Ornamental Script stamp on it in embossing fluid and embossed the saying in Vintage Gold Embossing Enamel. 
The embossed sentiment, attached to mirror gold card
I trimmed the sentiment to sit on the mirror gold cardstock and I used 2 gold brads to hold it in place.  Nice, but it needed a bit more pizazz.  So I used a piece of the Sparkle Gold tape at the very top.  Easy!!

Another view - complete with cat hair!
I have a few more cards to share with you so I'll be back soon.  I also want to wish you and yours a FANTASTIC Holiday Season! Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to pop by and read my blog - without all of your comments & encouragement this blog wouldn't exist! Blessings ~ Christi

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Winter Inspiration 
Crafty Card Maker - #129, Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - #352, Add Some Sparkle
Red Rubber Inspirational - #151, Christmas Cheer
Creative Inspirations - #294, Christmas/New Year
Penny Black & More - December Challenge, Special Occasions

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Seeing Stars at Anything But a Card

The theme this month at Anything But a Card is "Celestial" - one of my favorite themes - in fact, I suggested it! I love using the sky and stars as inspiration and, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you know how I LOVE making wall hanging with quotes.  So, here is my Celestial creation:

How I made my Project:
12 x 12 Paper Studio Chipboard Icon Square
Black Mulberry Paper, PSX
Silhouette Cameo
Saying from Silhouette Store, Designs by Kolette
Assorted Silver Star Eyelets
Light Grey Cardstock
Silver Cardstock 
Moon Image
Diamond & Stardust Stickles
Plastic Star Beads

Placement picture
 I had originally wanted the black mulberry paper to be smooth, but, there was a line down the middle from being in the package for so long (it came from my stash & I have had it for years) so I cut a piece about 14 x 14 and crinkled it up instead of trying to get the line out.  I cut the saying out of copy paper (good thing I did because a cat decided that he'd rather eat the letters than let me use them) so I could start figuring the placement of the hanging.  When I started, I didn't know what moon I was going to use, so I just used a piece of scrap paper in place of the moon to help with the placement. 

His eyes sparkle
I began setting the eyelets (I proceeded to crack the glass I had on my desk - I guess I forgot how hard you have to bang to get an eyelet to set!) and placed them in various places. I have both large silver stars and smaller ones - I chose to use both.  Keep in mind the mulberry paper is funny - it isn't like regular paper - it can be easy to tear once there is a hole.

After I printed the moon I decided to use, which I found at The Graphics Fairy, on some light grey cardstock, I cut it out by hand. I could of cut it out with my Silhouette, but I like that the moon isn't perfect.  I used Stickles to make his eyes sparkle.  I cut the saying out of silver cardstock and finalized the placement of everything.
Filled eyelets & a star bead
I thought I was done, but I didn't feel that the wall hanging had enough sparkle. 
You can see the empty eyelets
I noticed that I could see the chipboard through the eyelets, so I filled them in with Stickles - I used one "color" in the big stars and another in the small stars, but to be honest, you can't really tell - I had to add that glitz!  I was still not thrilled so I went through my bead stash and chose these really cool plastic star beads.  I glued a few of them around and I finally think it's done.

And again - I like this picture because you can see his eyes sparkle

I really love this and the saying is a favorite of mine so instead of giving this away, I am giving it to myself as a holiday gift :) I know I'll love it!! I hope you gained some inspiration & enjoyed the break from all the holiday crafts. There is still time to enter your very own celestial creation at Anything But a Card - come join in the fun! I hope you and yours have a happy, healthy, wildly wonderful holiday ~ Christi

I am entering my wall hanging in the following challenges:
Allsorts (2 weeks) - Last Minute Gifts (for ME!)

Use Your Stuff (end of Dec) - Anything Goes ~ 2nd Entry
Decorate to Celebrate - #90, Anything Goes ~ 2nd Entry
Word Art Wednesday - #163, Anything Goes 
A Little Bit Crafty (end of Dec) - Anything Goes

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Glitter "Putz" House

I grew up with these cute little sparkly houses that would get set up on top of the television at Christmas time with bulbs in the back of them to light them up and that angel hair stuff as snow.  I loved these houses and I loved to play with them.  I don’t know where they disappeared to (probably hanging out with the elves somewhere) but I don’t have any of them.  So I was so happy to discover many patterns for little houses available in the Silhouette store; one of them caught my eye as it really looked like the little glitter houses from my childhood.  It was called a “Putz” house – I had no idea there was a name for these houses let alone collectors and websites that helped you restore them.   After more research and many patterns I decided that I would try to make one of these houses for my Mom for Christmas, hoping it brings back good memories for her as they do me.  So I made the Putz house, which is designed by  Samantha Walker.  There are even instructions on her site, which I didn’t find until I was almost done (of course), but they are very good directions and every easy to follow.  So please join me on this journey to create a glittery Putz house ~

Ta da! I had originally neglected to put the vellum in the windows - but it makes a HUGE difference!

What I Used to Make my House:

Silhouette CAMEO Machine
Glitter Putz House cut file by Samantha Walker (Silhouette Store)
12 x 12 piece of medium weight chipboard
Loose glitter in Hot Kiss by The Art Institute
Loose glitter in Dazzling Diamonds by Stampin’ Up!
Glitter Glue (the bottle is blank so I have no idea who made it)
The Crafters Pick “The Ultimate” glue
Spray Adhesive by 3M
Glitter Paper by Core’dinations “Glitter Silk”
Ranger Wendy Vecchi Ink in Potting Soil and Red Geranium
Gessoing the chipboard
OK, I never even thought about using glitter paper until I couldn’t get an even coat of glitter on the house.  I cut all of the pieces using one piece of chipboard and put everything to the side except for the main house.  I spread the glue all over it and dumped the glitter all around the glue and it never dawned on me that I would have an issue with the glitter.  Well, I did.  Not only did I get glitter in places that should NEVER be glittered, the color of the glitter was uneven.
Uneven glitter :(
  There were parts of the house that were darker than others because of the unevenness of the glue.  Finally I thought if maybe I used spray adhesive I could get the glitter to be nice and cover evenly.  Luckily, that worked well enough for me, because if it didn’t this post would never have been written.  I used the Hot Kiss glitter for the body of the house and when it came time to glitter all the little windows and the door I realized how much easier the process would have been had I used glitter paper instead of loose glitter. So I used a different color of the glitter paper, I guess you’d call it a pink, for the
The construction
windows and the door and cut out the hanging snow in I guess what you’d call white.  I set them aside to tackle the roof and the chimney.

The roof was inked up using Wendy Vecchi’s Potting Soil.  I just wiped the ink pad all around the roof and then tried to do the same with the chimney using Red Geranium.  It worked wonderfully on the roof, but miserably with the chimney – I think because there were so many bends on the chimney I couldn’t get the ink pad close enough to the chipboard.  So I just put a few drops in a tiny cup and used a paint brush to finish the chimney off.  By now I had found the directions since I had no idea how to attach the chimney to the roof.

Once everything was dry, I adhered the windows and the door to the main
My snow & chimney drying
house and glittered the roof with the Dazzling Diamonds (before attaching it) – the glitter was supposed to look like snow, but too much of the brown showed through to get the look I wanted.  So I had to move on to the chimney since it was my plan to use the no name glitter glue on the roof to make it look more like icy snow but I needed to attach the chimney first.  Another hiccup – I could not get the little tabs on the chimney to attach to the roof the way it said to in the directions.  I ended up using masking tape and more glue (on the inside, where the chimney attached to the roof) than I should have, but it is attached now.  I put the hanging snow around the chimney and used a rubber band to keep it all inline (a loose rubber band – too tight and the chimney would be crushed and so would the house).  I let the house sit overnight.  I think we both needed a break.

Roof & chimney close up
Finally, the last step was to attach the hanging snow (I am not sure if it supposed to be icicles or snow; snow is easier to spell) onto the roof and the roof to the house.  At this point the roof still had the initial glitter “that should look like snow” on it and it was amazing how much glitter came off and once again ended up in the oddest places.  But I persisted.  I had to put the roof under a large book overnight because it warped so much, but it worked fairly well – there is one part that no matter what I did I could not get the hanging snow to completely adhere to the roof, but at this point I am just trying to get the house done so I can finally clean up all the glitter.  But I tried everything to get the dumb thing to stick – nope.  It’s ok; I know when I am beaten.  And the roof won
Roof "scallops"
that round. The last step was to make that icy snow on the roof – the rest of the house was all put together and holding its own, so I get the no name glitter glue and test it out.  Clogged.  I clear the nozzle.  Clogged. I cut the tip down a bit and begin to put the glitter glue in scallops all over the roof.  Didn’t matter that the glitter glue was coming out a tad fast, as the drips that occurred actually look better to me than the nice & neat scallops I tried to doodle with the glitter glue.  In retrospect I think if I had used my brain and the glittered cardstock, things would have gone much smoother.  But, Mom is going to love it and she won’t even notice all the glitter that ends up on her floor (hehe).  I hope to make one of these a year (at least) and eventually have a village for my Mom to enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by & I hope your holiday plans are going smoothly ~ Christi

Another view of the finished house

Difficult to get a good picture of it lit

I tried everything to get these pictures to stay even - they look fine in my view, but they get wonky in the "real" view - Sorry! 

I would like to enter my glitter "Putz" house in the following challenges:
Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog (2w) - #166, Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (1w) - Anything Goes 
*That's Crafty Challenge Blog (1/2/15) - Anything Goes
Stuck on Us Sketches (2w) - Anything Christmas Die Cut Challenge
Crafts 4 Eternity - #206, Anything Goes Christmas
Decorate to Celebrate - #90, Anything Goes
*That Craft Place - Anything Goes, Christmas
Eclectic Ellapu (m)- purple team, Anything Christmas (not a card)(runs til 2/1/15)
*Silhouette Challenges (m) - #20, Anything Goes

Where did I find these awesome challenges!?!? At Challenges for Days!! An easy to read, easy to understand list of challenges that is posted every day ~ check it out!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Winter Inspiration at Craft-Room Challenges

The lovely Debbie adores using pictures as inspiration, so she chose this one for challenge # 91 at the Craft-Room Challenge.  I am very sad to say that this will be the last challenge at the Craft-Room Challenge.  I had a lovely time as one of the design team members and I am going to miss each and every one of my teamies - hopefully I will get to work with them in the future ~ ok, on with the challenge!

The woman in the black dress inspired me to make this holiday card. I enjoy making holiday cards out of non-traditional colors so that was the route I went.

What I Used to make My Card
Martha Stewart Punches 
Corner Punch from Stampin' Up!
Sincere Salutations Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
A2 White card base
Black Cardstock
White Cardstock

I have seen so many lovely cards made with die cuts and Silhouette cuts, you
The punches I used
know those beautiful cards with layers and ribbon and flowers? Well, I am not much for flowers on my cards, I don't have the fancy dies to cut from yet and I need a new blade for my Silhouette so I decided to see what I could do with the punches I have. Honestly, I HAD to have the Martha Stewart punches and this is the first time I am using them.  I still can't get the hang of the coveted "punch around the page".

The layers (except the large black)
 I started out with a piece of black cardstock cut a 1/4" smaller than the card base and picked out some punches to decorate it.  I used the Martha Stewart "Swirly Corner" (I don't have names for the Martha Stewart punches, so I named them myself) in the corners and then used the "Scallop Dots" for the center of the panel.  I cut the white panel smaller than the black panel and used the same punches.  For the smallest black panel I used just the "Scallop Dots" since it was too small for the "Swirly Corner" punch.  The last white panel, after I stamped my sentiment, had the corners rounded using the Stampin' Up! corner rounder. I then layered the panels with pop dots (I'd used fairly low pop dots - I may want to mail the card) and that was it. 
Thought I'd show you the dimension of the card

I had a fabulous time coming up with different designs with the punches & I hope you like what I came up with! There are 2 full weeks for you to join us at the Craft-Room Challenge and we'd love to see how you interpret the inspiration photo and show some love for our last challenge. Blessings! Christi

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - #288, Christmas
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - #21, Celebrate the Season (Martha Stewart punches are over a year old and this is the first time I have used them)
Crafty Card Makers and More - #129, Christmas
Fantasy Stampers Challenge - #25, CAS Christmas

Monday, December 1, 2014

Button Christmas Tree for Altered Electrics Design Team

For my very first challenge at Altered Electrics I decided to make something that Pinterest inspired me to make.  First, here is my version:
My version

 As I browse through the hundreds of images - and waste lose so much time (hey, it’s for inspiration!) - I came across these beautiful trees made out of jewelry – like this:
Pinterest Inspiration
I do have some jewelry that could be used in this way, but I have many more buttons.  I recently got some of burlap panels by Tim Holtz and I think they are perfect for a project like this.  So, let’s get started!

Burlap Panel, 6 x 4, Tim Holtz TH93063
Holiday Words: Script die set from Tim Holtz Alterations 660058
Pale Gold Shimmery Paper
Remnant Word Band from Idea-ology (Tim Holtz) Observations Set TH93084
Distress Paint in Picket Fence
Star (mine was from some table scatter that I had already colored gold)
Most of the components - I used a different gold paper for the die cut
I have my buttons sorted by color (sort of) and I knew I wanted a vintage look so I grabbed my white, cream and light brown buttons. I have been collecting buttons for ages and I have so many I had to stop! I literally just began placing them on the panel until I got the tree shape I wanted.  The hardest part was choosing which button to use as the trunk of the tree! And I remembered I had gotten some table scatter shapes, so I dug those out and the gold star fit perfectly on the tree! 

Once I settled on the tree shape and glued the buttons down I got started on deciding what else I wanted to put on the panel.  I suppose it would have been fine if I left it alone, or used some Christmas embellishments, but I wanted to
Awesome Die Cut Set!
be able to display it all year long.  I recently bought the Holiday Words die set (the same time I got the burlap panels – I got tons of other goodies as well, all from my favorite store, Alleystamp ) and I felt that peace is appropriate all year long, so I used that die and some pale gold shimmery paper that I got eons ago to cut the word out of.  Trying to get glue on the back of that word made me so happy I have toothpicks in my studio!

So I had one embellishment chosen, what should I put on top? I had the Tim Holtz Word Band already on my desk (part of my use up old stuff quest) and since the project sort of looked like a remnant, that word would be perfect!  I dabbed some Distress Ink in Picket Fence on the band to bring out the letters a tiny bit and wiped it off. I actually did this a few times to get the look I wanted.  Once the buttons were dry I attached the Word Band to the top of the panel and the peace die cut to the bottom and there you have it!  This project was super easy and SO much fun, I’m glad I have 3 more of the panels to play with. I hope you will join us at Altered Eclectics during our 2 month "Anything Goes" challenge and do come back and visit soon! Fondly, Christi
I would like to enter my Button Christmas Tree in the following challenges:
Completely Christmas - #40, Anything Goes
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - #21, Celebrate the Season (the buttons I used are OLD - I have had them for ages!!)
Crimbo Crackers - #70, Buttons
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge -Anything Goes