Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Layout for "J"

Meet "J"...he's my oldest Grandson. 
J has been asking me for a while when I was going to finish his picture box. So today was the day. I had already completed layouts for his sister and brother. I'll post them at the end so you can see them too. 

J loves to ride his dirt bike. So I thought that would be perfect for the layout. I love all the different textures from the embossed Metal foil tape, the die cut elements and the metal Gears. I found the shadow boxes at Ikea but they are readily available. I've even seen frames at Target. 

Using the Stripes Texture Fade Embossing folder, emboss Metal Foil tape from Ranger. I like using the Metal Foil Tape, it's so easy to peel and stick. Emboss the metal to cover a piece of chip board to fit your shadow box frame. My pieces were cut to 2" x 2". 

With Adirondack paint dabber in Pitch Black paint the entire background. 

Before the paint dries wipe off the excess paint. Let dry and buff with a dry towel. The paint will remain in the low areas and create depth. 

 From Black Kraft'Core die cut gears and filmstrip using the Gadget Gears Bigz die, the Movers and Shapers Mini Gears Set and the Decorative Filmstrip Sizzlit die.

Sand all of your die cut shapes to reveal the core. 

Pop Dot all your photos in place first. Then add Sprocket Gears and Mini Gears with long fasteners and mini fasteners from the Idea-ology line. I also added the number 7, the "play" word stick and a word band that says "live in the moment" from Tim Holtz Idea-ology. For the finishing touch I added his name with an Alpha card. 

J was so excited to see his layout! 

This is Ty and his layout is on the Sizzix blog. You can see the step out instructions here.

You can find Kayla's shadowbox here.

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! 
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop in. 

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Do you have your Christmas tree up yet? Well, here's a great project to help you decorate your tree! I'm sharing these quick and easy ornament over on the Sizzix blog today. Click here to see the full step by step instructions.

I'm totally in love with Tim's new Holiday Past Paper Stash! Love the vintage feel. The mirrored snowflakes really reflect the lights on the tree for a little added sparkle. 
Here's the link to the Sizzix blog.

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Perfect Pearls Christmas Tree Card

I have a fun Christmas Card over on the Ranger website featuring Perfect Pearls and the Detail Water Brush. Click here to check out the full instructions. 

Hope you have a creative weekend! 
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Tree Card

Today I want to share a card I made with the Old Glory Bigz die. Maybe you wouldn't think to use this die for Christmas but I think it's important to get lots of milage from the dies you purchase. 

 Here are the cards I made earlier this year with the Old Glory Bigz die. You can see my blog post here for the step by step instructions. 

Using the Holiday Words Texture Fade emboss a piece of Manilla card stock that is 4" x 5 1/4". 

Ink the raised area with Vintage Photo and Festive Berries Distress ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

 Die cut four rows of stars from green Kraft'Core card stock using the Old Glory Bigz die. Keep the stars in the strips and carefully sand the rows to distress. Use the Mini Old Glory Movers and Shapers die to die cut a red and brown Star using Kraft'Core as well. (You could use the Old Glory Bigz die if you don't have both dies) Sand the red and brown star too. 

 Cut the green stars in rows. 5 stars in a row, then 4 stars, 3 stars and finally 2 stars. The red star is for the top of the tree and the brown star is for the trunk of the tree. Ink the edges of all the stars using an Ink Blending tool with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

My base card is the darker red Kraft'Core card stock that has been cut to 4 1/4" x 11" and folded in half. Sand the edges of the card and ink with Vintage Photo Distress ink on an Ink Blending tool. Adhere the embossed background to the card. Start at the bottom and pop dot the brown star to the center of the card. Work your way up pop dotting all the star to the card. 

For the finishing touch add a little red and white stripe paper Twine bow to the trunk of the tree. 

See your dies in a new light, think outside the box and multi purpose those dies. This die that has stars and could be used for so many things not just the 4th of July. Think about a card to a Veteran, maybe a baby card, a birthday card. These stars can be so versatile, the sky is the limit! 

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