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Friday, September 20, 2013

Festive Friday September Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the 2nd month of the Festive Friday Blog Hop! 

The path is circular and the starting point is at our wonderful coordinator, Diane Tuggle's, blog.  You should have arrived here from Carol Loftus' blog.  I will put a list of all the participants at the bottom of my post, in case you should get lost! 

Well, I had such a FUN day today!  I feel like I should be wishing you all Merry Christmas!  because I spent the afternoon making Christmas ornaments.  I LOVE doing this right now when there isn't any of that holiday stress!!  There is nothing like glitter and pretty paper to put a smile on your face!  
I made 3 ornaments today, out of 2 sheets of Frosted paper, 1 sheet of Silver glitter paper, one package of Base and Bling Floral Accents, and using a container of Silver Glitz glitter gel.
This post would be far too long if I showed all 3 at once and how to make them, so I will be featuring one every Festive Friday from now until November.
The first one is my favorite, and super easy to make!  It's quite a large ornament - 6" wide x 10" long - and it sparkles from top to bottom!


To make this ornament, I adapted the tutorial that you will find here.  For the center piece, I cut a piece of silver Glitter paper 1"x12", folded it in half and glued it together to make a 6" strip.  Next I cut 2 pieces that were 1"x7"  and 2 pieces that were 1"x9", from both the silver Glitter paper and the Frosted paper.  I glued a Frosted piece and a Glitter piece together.  (I did this to make the strips a little sturdier.)  Now you will have 4 strips of paper that are glittery on one side, and patterned paper on the other.  Making sure that the tops of all the strips are flush, put the shorter strips on the inside, the longer ones on the outside, and staple them together.  Then do the same at the bottom of the ornament.
 The picture below shows the strips with the patterned side and the glittered side.
To make the medallion, I used a snowflake punch for the center, a 2" scalloped punch for the next layer, and a 2-7/8" scallop punch for the bottom layer.  (I cut 3 pieces of the bottom layer and glued them all together so that it would be sturdier.)  Then of course, that's a piece of the Base and Bling Floral Accents package, on top of everything.  So pretty!
In order to attach the medallion, I made little brackets out of scrap Glitter paper and glued them to each side of the center strip.  I forgot to take a photo of the front side, but the 2 brackets side by side make a flat surface to glue the medallion on. 

For the bottom tassel, I glittered up the edges of a white rose with the silver Glitz Glitter Gel, and tied some tassels from Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon that I had crinkled.  (Spray with water, crunch in a ball, dry while it's still crunched up.)  I made the bow at the top from the same crinkled ribbon.  The pearls, etc. were from a Christmas garland that I got in the clearance  section at Michael's after Christmas.  I cut bits and pieces of it and then twined them all together.

And there you have it!  One Christmas ornament that is ready to hang on the tree, hang in the window, or even be attached to a gift bag! 
I hope you are enjoying the Blog Hop so far, your next stop for inspiration will be
Jamie Barney's blog
Here is a list of all the Blog Hop participants if you should get lost.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wild Wednesday at Scrapbooker's Paradise

Good morning everyone!
It's Wild Wednesday at Scrapbooker's Paradise today, and if you head over there you will see how 3 different paper collections were used to create an Explosion Box.

To create the basket that sits in the center of the Explosion Box, I used a tutorial you can see here, and wove together strips of the Wicker Base Coat collection by Kaisercraft.
The feet for the box were made by attaching two different sizes of bottle caps together and gluing them to the bottom.
A good tutorial for the Explosion Box can be found here.  I hope you'll give it a try - it was a lot of fun!
Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!
Supplies used:


Friday, September 13, 2013

Playing in Paradise Sketch Challenge

Good Morning everyone! 

There's a new challenge over at Scrapbooker's Paradise, and I hope you'll check it out!  I'm hosting this month and created a double page layout.  You can choose to do it as such, or just do one page, or turn it into a card.  The choice is up to you.

I hope you will give it a try and then share your creativity with us by entering.  The winner receives not only a wonderful prize package, but also, the opportunity of being a Guest Designer with us in October!

I did a layout of my nephew and his wife after they did the Mud Hero Run this summer!  Oh my!  It really was all about MUD!  Good for them for tackling such an arduous run and succeeding!

The layout took on a life of its own; but I did start with the title page, which I flipped and then added extra layers to.
A few details about the layout.  The title was painted with TA Glimmer Mist Coffee Shop and edged with Black Soot Distress Ink.  The edges of the photo were painted with Black Gesso. 
The canvas flower was inked with both the Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist and Black Soot ink.  I made the center from a piece of the Kaisercraft Base Coat paper, a Petaloo flower, a Prima bottle cap, and epoxy bubble.  The ribbon below was made using a piece of Tim Holtz Crinkle ribbon and mopping up excess Coffee Shop mist with it.
In the floral arrangement below, the heart is the top of a wedding favor that came as a wine bottle topper.  I took it off the cork and coloured the chrome heart with Oregano Alcohol Ink.  The bow was made from a cleaning rag that I bought at the hardware store.  The little nest of fibers to the left  were what I pulled from the canvas flower as I was distressing it.
This mat piece was made by covering a piece of cardstock with duct tape, embossing it, and then stamping it with Oregano, Bottle, Currant, and Slate Alcohol Inks.  You can see Tim Holtz's video for stamping with the inks here.
Thanks for stopping by today.  We are having wonderful, warm weather here in Alberta this month.  I hope you are enjoying lovely fall weather in your part of the world also!
Have a great week creating!
Supplies used:

Glitz French Kiss Strip patterned paper from stash
Prima Epoxy Stickers from stash
Bo Bunny Stained Textures stamp - used on the background
Petaloo flowers from stash


Monday, September 9, 2013

Check out Showcase Monday at Scrapbooker's Paradise!

Hi everyone!

It's my turn to showcase a product at the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog this week, and I chose to use G45's very cool Steampunk Spells line!  I was inspired by my daughter's Halloween photo from last year, to make a photo holder for it out of an over-sized wooden clothespin.