Saturday, December 26, 2009

Masculine Birthday Card

I made this card for my friend, Ed’s, birthday. 

The bottom portion and the sentiment background are pieces of hand-made paper that I made with grass clippings.  The leaves are from a scrub oak that I dried in a press.  The top portion is black paper with a green center that I ran thru the Cuttlebug using the houndstooth embossing folder.  I then sanded the raised area to bring out the green.  I cut the sentiment background in the Cuttlebug using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 4 die…it didn’t emboss that well though.  I highlighted the edges with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.  I attached the papers using my Xyron.  I tied a ribbon to hide the seam of the two papers and added a textured brad to anchor the leaves.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Tags and Card

Each year, we give our neighbors pies for Christmas. I made the following tags to attach to the pies. Both are inspired by Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of Christmas series.

The first tag was made by embossing a pine branch with Distress Embossing powders in Shabby Shutters and Vintage Photo. I then blended Distress ink all over the background using Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick. I used a flourish stamp from Tim’s Urban Grunge stamp set with gold Paint Dabber and stamped the image randomly. The ornaments are made with oval and round fragments with Christmas scenes adhered with Glossy Accents, cut out and the edges sanded. I wrapped the top in stained glass tape and used craft wire to attach the ornaments to the card. The sentiment is a gold sticker Glass Appeals. I used a Christmas colored ribbon to finish.


This card was made with craft metal. I adhered the Grungeboard letters and figures to a label. The craft metal was cut out to size and embossed around the Grundgeboard. Since I only had one set of letters, I removed the metal and used stucco to fill the back to hold the embossing. Once the stucco was dry, I attached the metal to another tag. The coloring is done with Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Bottle, Red Pepper, Sail Boat Blue, Sunshine Yellow and Gold. Once the inks were dry, I sanded the raised letter and added red and gold ribbon to finish.


This simple card was made with a stamp set by Scrappy Cat, emerald and red embossing powder and a gold leaf pen. Simply emboss the images onto cardstock and create a border with a gold leaf pen using a sheet of scratch paper to mask off the border.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

ChristMouse Ornaments

I came across a cute little ornament idea on Craft Gossip for a polymer clay mouse sleeping in half a walnut shell. The tutorial was posted by Roots and Wings. Ironically, a walnut just happened to be on our deck the other day, so I gently broke it open and used the two halves to make these two ornaments.



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Polymer and Glass Christmas Bulbs

I took a couple of  the glass Christmas bulbs that we blew that had small holes in the side (one an accident; the other on purpose) and turned them into a bee hive and a bird’s nest using polymer clay.  For one I made a small bee emerging from the hole and the other I made a small blue bird peeking out.  I backed the polymer on the glass bulbs at 275* for 15 minutes.  I used aluminum foil (as seen in pics below) to hold the bulbs in place while they baked.







Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Another Christmas Card

This is a simple Christmas card I made using my Cricut and Cuttlebug.  The base is 4”x 5-1/2” ivory cardstock.  I cut out the pine trees on green paper with the Cricut using the Camp Out cart set on 3”.  The frame is cut out of red paper using the Cuttlebug and the Spellbinders Scalloped Edge Frame set.  After I glued down the pieces with a Zig 2-way glue pen, I added the  3mm round gemstones from the Paper Studio.  The inside is stamped with Merry Christmas.  Voila!


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Cards and Jewelry Set

This is a sampling of my Christmas cards for this year.


This picture is not very good, but these are earrings that I made to go with the dragonfly necklace that Bo bought for me.  I added a couple purple crystal teardrops to the necklace to blend better with a Renaissance gown I’ll be wearing for Bo’s company Christmas party…I know, it’s Christmas and we’re all dressing up.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Blown Glass Ornaments

Our December craft party was blowing our own glass Christmas ornaments.  We set everything up in the garage (so as not to burn down the house) and had a great time of it.