Thursday, December 8, 2016

More Christmas Cards - Weeks 3 and 4 At The Funkie Junkie

Hello, back again as promised with a couple of more Christmas cards that were inspired by Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style challenge which is sponsored by her online store The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Today's cards were inspired by Linda's week 3 and 4 tags, click the links above the pictures to see Linda's inspiring tags.





No step out photos of my cards as Linda has great tutorials on her blog but here are a few closeups and an explanation of what inspired me from her tags.

For week 3 I was obviously inspired by Linda's fabulous black and gold colour scheme (never would have thought to use that for Christmas but it is so striking!), the embossed music score background and her use of the birds and snowflakes.


I don't have any gold texture paste so instead used some Gloss Transparent Texture paste, sprinkled with gold embossing powder while it was wet, through the Tim Holtz Concerto stencil.  The paste was heat embossed after it had dried and it worked out well.


My card was wider than the layering stencil so I added a strip of Tidings Design Tape down each side and used a piece of gold ribbon from my stash as a perch for my birdie.  The snowflakes were die cut from black and gold foil scrapbook paper with the Mini Paper Snowflakes dies and the black snowflakes had a touch of gold foil added to them just as Linda had done on hers.  I added a dot of Platinum Stickles glitter glue in the centers of my layered snowflakes.

I don't have the Enchanted Doves die so stamped one of Dina Wakley's Scribbly Birds onto cardstock and fussy cut it.  The bird was embossed with gold embossing powder through the Mini Festive layering stencil.


And she's looking up at a sentiment created with the Tim Holtz Metallic Labels stickers and Metallic Holiday Talk stickers , in gold and black of course!


My Merry Poinsettias Christmas card was pretty much the same as Linda's tag, love the techniques she used!


The poinsettia Mixed Media Christmas die cut with the Holiday Deco sheet behind and the inset Deco sheet leaves was a brilliant idea and I copied it faithfully, the only thing I didn't do was add a coat of gesso to my white cardstock.


I did stencil some poinsettia's onto the rest of the cardstock background as Linda had done but mine mostly got covered up with my die cut poinsettias and the label.


The sentiment on my card is from a discontinued Crafty Secrets clear stamp set and I used a Spellbinders #8 Labels die to cut it out.


I used the same Barn Red and Aged Mahogany Distress ink coloured cardstock for the label that I had used for my poinsettias.  And I am agreeing with Linda that everything must be foiled this year, love the distressed lost and found edges you achieve with a glue stick and Deco Foil!

So that's weeks 3 and 4 cards done and dusted, week 5 is awaiting pictures and week 6 is in mid production.  I'm running out of time to get them completed before the challenge ends on December 19th so must run, there are cards to be made!  Will be back soon ;O)

Deb xo

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Cards Inspired By The Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags Of Christmas Weeks 1 and 2

Hello everyone, hope you are doing well.  I find myself with some unexpected free time as I await the arrival of a couple of DT packages so decided to leap in and try and get some Christmas cards made based on The Funkie Junkie's 5th Annual 12 Tags Of Christmas challenge.  Linda has created her usual gorgeous tags for this years challenge and I'm glad to have some time to join in the fun.  I have 5 cards made so far but will just share a couple at a time and here's hoping that I actually complete Linda's challenge this year, that would be a first LOL!  If you have the time, make sure to try and enter as Linda is offering up a wonderful prize from her online store, The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Here are the first two cards I made, with the links to Linda's tags:





I won't go into too much detail about each card as Linda has tutorials on her blog but here are a few closeups and details of what inspiration I took from each of Linda's tags.

In Week #1, I was inspired by Linda's use of the Tree Line die, the colour gold, the stars and her sheet music background.


I die cut my trees from some gold foil paper I had in my stash.


I used some snowflake accents rather than stars on my card (Snowflake Duo die and embossing folder by Tim Holtz and Frozen Alpha Parts) but did use some Christmas sheet music from my stash as my background.


Stars do make an appearance on my card though, I used a Star stencil from Southern Ridge Trading Company and Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supply to decorate the sheet music background.


For week #2, my card was pretty much full on Linda, loved the Nordic stenciling and the pop of the red!


Since this was a card I would be sending in the mail I couldn't use those adorable little Decorative Deer so decided to use the Leaping Deer die from Memory Box instead.


Some Gilded Christmastime gold remnant rub snowflakes made an appearance as well as some Platinum Stickles glitter glue on the deers antlers.

The trees were watercolour stamped with Tim's Tree Line stamps and I love how the red stenciled Mini Polkadot's come through the watercolour stamping, looks like Christmas baubles on the tree!


I used the Peace Vintage Tidings die cut as Linda had used with some Occasions Small Talk stickers and popped up the die cut on some black fun foam.


Thanks to Linda for the wonderful inspiration and I will be back shortly with weeks 3 & 4 so hope to see you then.  Have a great week everyone and happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, December 2, 2016

Believe Christmas Card

Hello everyone, just a quick pop in today to let you know I have a tutorial for my Believe Christmas card over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today.


My night sky background has made another appearance here along with that gorgeous Believe laser cut sentiment from Southern Ridge and their intricately cut snowflake embellishments.  And Tim Holtz's Christmas Word Band, Jingle Brads and Mini Paper Snowflakes die cuts were the perfect accompaniment!  Hope you can pop by Southern Ridge's challenge blog for my how to and that you will join in our December challenge, Christmas and New Years, for a chance to win 4 designs from their online store - chipboard.ca - a $20.00 (before tax) retail value of your own choosing.  See you there!

Deb xo

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winter Magic Christmas Ornament For A Vintage Journey

This is my third post today, if you are looking for my Mixed Media Mojo post click here and for my Emerald Creek Dares post click here.

Hello and welcome!  The month of December is upon us and it is my pleasure to be the host over at A Vintage Journey for this month's 'Winter Magic' challenge.

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, December brings the start of winter and for many that means freezing cold weather and Christmas.  But winter is so much more than that and so we ask, how would you interpret the magic of winter?  Snow, icicles, colours of blue, silver and white, the festivities of Christmas, misty winter landscapes; show us what your magical focus is for the season!

Our very generous sponsor this month is Country View Crafts and they are offering a £20 gift certificate to their online store, www.countryviewcrafts.co.uk, for our lucky winner.  Thank you Country View Crafts!

For my Winter Magic project I decided to incorporate a few of my winter favourites onto a Christmas ornament, since Christmas is a big part of what I love about the winter season!


I used Eileen Hull's Embroidery Hoop die as the base for my ornament and so was able to incorporate a second winter themed scene onto the reverse side.


Grab a cup of eggnog and I'll show you my how to!

I started out by die cutting two of the Embroidery Hoop dies from thick chipboard packaging.  I layered the two die cuts and glued the outer and inner rings together, setting the two inside circles aside for another project.


The outer ring was then heat embossed with Weathered Wood embossing powder on the ring portion of the die cut and Hammered Metal on the faux tightening screw at the top.

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed that the Weathered Wood embossing powder in the container is darker than usual.  The white inclusions in the Weathered Wood embossing powder were a little too stark for the look I wanted so I coloured a portion of the powder with several colours of brown alcohol inks (Latte, Ginger and Caramel).  I just added a drop of each to the powder and kept stirring until the embossing powder was evenly coated and the alcohol ink had dried.


The original powder is on the left and my alcohol ink coloured powder is on the right, it worked like a charm and embossed perfectly.

The layered inner ring of the embroidery hoop die cut was then coloured with a Zig marker in brown.


I stamped the deer and cabin from the Holiday Drawings stamp set onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and added a touch of Fossilized Amber Distress paint on the door and windows for a warm yellow glow inside the cabin.

The evergreen boughs from the Scribble Woodland stamp set were stamped with Iced Spruce Distress ink onto heavystock and the deer head from the same set was stamped with Ground Espresso Archival ink.  The berries on the evergreen boughs were coloured with a touch of Barn Door Distress paint.


The deer head was fussy cut, coloured with various shades of brown Distress inks and a water brush and the antlers coated with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter Dust.

Both the stamped cabin and evergreen bough images were then lightly coloured with a wash of Tumbled Glass Distress stain diluted with water.  The shadowed areas on the cabin stamped image were darkened slightly with Stormy Sky Distress ink and a water brush.  The three snowflakes from the Holiday Drawings set were stamped randomly onto the cabin image and embossed with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  The cabin stamped heavystock was then adhered to one side of the inner embroidery hoop ring and trimmed to size,


and the evergreen bough stamped image was adhered to the other side of the inner ring.

Another piece of heavystock was coloured with multiple shades of green Distress inks spritzed with water on my craft mat and a variety of greenery die cut with the Mini Holiday Greens dies.


White 110 lb cardstock was die cut with the Mini Paper Snowflakes die and the snowflakes sprinkled with Rock Candy Distress glitter.  Some Frozen Alpha Parts snowflakes were also coated with Rock Candy Distress glitter but in the end I didn't use them so they are ready for a future project!

And then it was time to assemble the ornament.  The inner ring was inserted into the outer embossed embroidery hoop and adhered into place.  I started on the stamped deer and cabin side of the ornament first.


A frost ring was added around the edge of the stamped image with Rock Candy Distress glitter and Glossy Accents glue, overlapping the embossed outer embroidery hoop ring slightly.


The Frozen Alpha Parts snowflakes were getting lost against the Rock Candy Distress glitter so instead I die cut some more Mini Paper Snowflakes from card coloured with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky distress inks and embossed them with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  They were layered around the edge along with the white Distress glitter covered snowflakes.

You can catch a glimpse of the stamped Iridescent Shimmer snowflakes in the picture below along with the glitter of the frosted edge.  I also added some of the Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder to the roof of the cabin.


The sentiment was stamped onto more heavystock (from the Holiday Drawings stamp set) with Ground Espresso Archival ink, clear embossed, cut out and adhered to the ornament.


Some Crinkle Ribbon was coloured with Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo and Stormy Sky Distress inks and added as a hanger to the top of the ornament.  A bow was added to each side of the ornament from the same ribbon as well.

On to side number two!


The die cut greenery was layered around the outside edge of the embroidery hoop.


The fussy cut deer was then layered over top of the stamped background and the greenery arranged around his neck.


I adore this deer, I think it is my favourite stamp of Tim's Christmas releases xo

Another sentiment from the Holiday Drawings stamp set was stamped and embossed as the previous sentiment and the berries on one of the Mini Holiday Greens die cut were coated with some Vintage Platinum Stickles Glitter glue to coordinate with the deer's antlers.


The second Crinkle Ribbon bow was adhered to this side and the ornament was complete.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how I constructed my Winter Magic embroidery hoop ornament.


I also hope that you will be able to take a moment to stop by A Vintage Journey to see the magic that my fellow Creative Guides have conjured up to inspire you, they have outdone themselves which is really saying something!  And I can't wait to see what YOU create for our Winter Magic challenge, you have until January 5th, 2017 (!) to link up your creations so go make some magic and as always happy creating!

Deb xo

Song Of Christmas Card

This is my second of three posts today, if you are looking for my Mixed Media Mojo post click here and for my A Vintage Journey post click here.

Happy December everyone and thank you for stopping by today.  It's December 1st (as hard as that is to believe!) and time for a new challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares.  This month Kim dared us to create a project filled with Winter Wishes for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years or whatever holiday you and your family celebrate at this time of year.  I decided to make a card celebrating the music of the holiday season which always fills my heart with joy.


The inspiration for my card came from that wonderful Partridge Tree In A Pear stamp from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies and I paired it with Emerald Creek's Noteable, Eldergrove and Pine Cones stamps, the Mini Victorian Snowflake charms from Emerald Creek and the Vintage Tidings die by Tim Holtz from Sizzix.  I've a few step out photos on how I made it so grab a cup of wassail and read on!

I started out by stamping the Partridge Tree In A Pear stamp onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock card with Jet Black Archival ink and clear embossing the image.


The stamped image was watercoloured with Distress inks and fussy cut.

The colours were looking a little too bright for the vintage feel I was aiming for so I added a coat of Distress Vintage collage medium which added just the right touch of aging to the image.


Gold Deco Sheet was mounted onto some kraft cardstock and the word Noel from the Tim Holtz Vintage Tidings die set was cut from it.  A second Noel word was die cut from black fun foam and the Deco Sheet die cut word was adhered on top for some dimension.

I found the sheet music for 'The 12 Days Of Christmas' online and printed it out onto 110 lb white cardstock for my background.  Three Pine Cones were stamped along the bottom with Ground Espresso archival ink and clear embossed.


The Eldergrove stamp was stamped three times with Ground Espresso Archival ink just above the pine cones.  The Noteable treble clef stamp was stamped three times as well with clear Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  The whole background was then inked with Frayed Burlap Distress ink and the ink gently rubbed off of the Noteable treble clef images so that they popped off the background.

The bale was cut off of five Mini Victorian Snowflake charms and they were embossed with some white sparkle embossing powder that I had in my stash.


And then the card was assembled.  I cut a card blank from kraft coloured cardstock and adhered the stamped sheet music background paper to it after I had tattered and inked the edges of the sheet music and spattered it with some diluted Picket Fence Distress paint.


The Noel die cut was adhered to the top of the card


and the partridge and pear image was mounted onto some black fun foam and adhered just above the pine cones and over top of the Eldergrove trees.


I ended up adding a bit of gold embossing powder from my stash to the partridge's head and also added some clear Wink Of Stella to her feathers which isn't showing up in the picture but which gives her a lovely shimmer in the light.

The embossed Victorian snowflakes were then adhered here and there on the card front with E6000 glue.


And as a final touch, I stamped a sentiment on the inside of the card from Tim Holtz's Doodle Greetings 1 stamp set with Jet Black Archival ink and clear embossed it.


I think it ties all of the Christmas carol references on the front of the card together rather nicely!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how I put my Song Of Christmas card together.


I also hope that you will enter our Winter Wishes challenge this month at Emerald Creek Dares, you have a chance to win a very generous $50.00 gift certificate to Emerald Creek Craft Supplies online store - emeraldcreek.org - what a great Christmas present that would be!  Thanks again for stopping by and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Season's Greetings Winter Wonderland Decoration

This is my first of three posts today, if you are looking for my Emerald Creek Dares post click here and for my A Vintage Journey post click here.

Hello and welcome, it's December 1st and that means it is time for another challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo.  This month our theme is Winter Holidays with the twist of adding Sparkle.


With the holidays soon to be upon us, I decided to make a Season's Greetings winter wonderland decoration that will be gifted to someone very special this Christmas (and no, I'm not going to give out any hints about who that might be LOL!).  For me, the perfect winter holiday is time spent in the mountains and forests of my beautiful home province of British Columbia so that is the scene that my mixed media plaque depicts.


I added lots of sparkle to my project with Deco sheets, Rock Candy Distress glitter and Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and have some step by step photos of how I made it, enjoy!

I started out with a sheet of 110 lb cardstock and stenciled it with clear Distress embossing ink through the Speckles layering stencil and then embossed it with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  The embossed card was then dragged through a pool of Blueprint Distress stain on my craft sheet and spritzed with water until I had the depth of night sky colour I was looking for.


I die cut two Tree Line dies from vintage advertising paper I had in my stash and layered then onto the background, popping up the foreground trees slightly with bits of black fun foam.  DecoArt Snow-Tex was applied to the bottom of the card with a palette knife and after it had dried, the snow and bottom edges of the trees were embossed with more Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.

You can see the dimension of the trees in the picture below and I ended up adding another layer of sparkle to the base of the trees at the end with Distress Rock Candy Glitter.


Two Woodlands trees were die cut, one from silver Deco Sheet mounted onto some kraft cardstock and the second from black fun foam.  The two die cut trees were layered one atop the other.


The same silver Deco Sheet was coloured with some Mushroom alcohol ink and two sizes of Dimensional Stars were die cut from it.

The chipboard sentiment 'Season's Greetings' that I found at Michaels was simply covered with a coat of Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.


And finally, a piece of corrugated cardboard packaging was cut out to be about 1/2" longer and wider than the embossed and Distress stained night sky cardstock.  The top layer of cardboard was torn off here and there to reveal the corrugations and I then finger painted it with DecoArt white acrylic gesso.  Once the gesso had dried the plaque was assembled.

The embossed and Distress stained night sky cardstock was adhered over top the gessoed corrugated cardstock and a sprinkling of Distress Rock Candy Distress glitter was added all around the edges of the exposed cardboard edge.  The silver Woodlands tree was adhered to the left side of the assembled plaque and the smaller of the two Dimensional Stars was added to the top of the tree.


A piece of silver Nordic motif satin ribbon was added along the bottom edge to anchor the tree and finish off the bottom edge.


The Season's Greetings sentiment was adhered to the background, centered over top of the Tree Line die cuts, and the larger of the two Dimensional Stars was adhered to the upper right corner.


And finally, a Small Easel was die cut from scrapbooking paper and adhered to the back of the corrugated cardboard for a stand.


Wish the sparkle and shimmer of this piece showed up better in the pictures, it's a true winter wonderland when seen in person!


Thanks so much for stopping by today to see my Season's Greetings Winter Wonderland decoration and hope that you have been inspired to enter our Winter Holidays with the twist of Sparkle challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo.  Make sure to pop by to see the other wonderful winter creations that my fellow design team members made to share with you and hope to see your sparkly creations over there too.  Happy creating!

Deb xo