Thursday, December 22, 2011

Brand New Christmas Wreath Plate

sometimes I can't believe how my ideas are held up for enormously long time... I got this idea a year ago, when I was browsing our local mall for some Christmas decorations. I saw this large plastic plate you put under the plant pots and just new that I want to decoupage it with a wreath inside it and to use it for our Christmas dinner. Well it's been a year and here it finally is!
I used lots of gold and ivory acrylic paints to make background and then adhered wreath cut from napkin.
I used my best varnish - the one that dries for 24hours but after that turns into somewhat glass finish and you can even wash things covered with this varnish in a dishwasher (well maybe not this one, as it is a plastic one)...

Have a peaceful Christmas eve,

Christmas Jar

When I came home from Germany I found a used salt jar in my bathroom - obviously my mom had used my bathroom (she doesn't have a tub in hers) and left this jar for me to make something out of it. Well so I did.
All that is needed to make this jar was primer, acrylic paint, napkin with Christmas composition (there were bells also, but I hadn't have enough space for them), Stickles and glossy varnish.
I added Stickles because I want some shine in this time of year - there still isn't any sign of snow...

Well I wish you all a merry and lovely Christmas waiting time,

Sweet, Sweet Name Day - Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #88 - Anything Goes

Oh it's already another Thursday and so it's time for latest  Digi Doodle Shop's Best challenge? For the newxt TWO weeks the challenge is open, so I made this little thingy for my cousin Lelde as she had a Name Day this Monday.
I have used this absolutely adorable image from DDS and it's called All Dressed Up. There is also a side version of this image here. As usual she is colored with ProMarkers and the cut out with Labels 14 die.
I used up lots of my scraps - only two papers actually, but they were scraps anyway!
On the hearty background - I just wanted to punch edges, but somehow It looked a lot like frame, so I left those straight parts. And of course I have to use my new dies - tags and swirly corners from Spellbinders.

Have a sweet, sweet day,

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holly christmas - Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #87 - Paper Piercing

Do you know what's this weeks theme at  Digi Doodle Dhop's Best challenge? Well it's paper piercing. It is a technique I like a lot, but unfortunately do not use very often - or rather very rarely.
Background paper was a scrap from K&Company that I dryembossed with my handmade embossing plate and did some sanding afterwards.
I also used that lovely card from BoBunny Father Christmas collection.
I chose this vase with holly branches from DDS Christmas Assortment pack. There are 5 images in the pack and as this month it' s 25% sale, you can get it just for 2,25 $. As I wanted to use my newly purchased Spellbinders dies, this image was perfect for it!
As for the piercing part - I used half circle and small circle piercing tools around my spellbinders label die to create somewhat lacy look. The same is also on the bottom edge of vase.
As you can probably guess, image was colored with ProMarkers and label was inked with Distress inks.
Oh and lots of liquid pearls. I am just sorry that the ones on ribbon flowed out too much... :(

I think I will use piercing more often from now on, because it does gives very interesting details,
Have fun and don't prick your fingers,

Monday, December 12, 2011

An Array Of Quick Christmas Cards

I' m so happy that cardmaking magazines usually add some freebies along with the mag itself. Mostly these freebies lay in my craft stash untouched, but this time I decided to make us of PaperCrafts Inspirations magazine freebie of card blanks and teddy chipboards.
I love this one - and so fast. Just punched snowflake strip from white card, adhered and stamped "Deck The Halls" sentiment. And on top of that - just this lovely teddy!
"Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year" - just a stamp teddy and garland on top of patterned paper.
This one makes me wanna go out in the woods and just walk among Christmas trees!
Don' t like this one - my handwriting just sucks....
There's something classical and fun about this one!
This one was actually made by Aleksa - she looked at samples in the mag and did all by herself!
If a card blank is so beautiful, just ad a sentiment and few snow flurries!

I wish ya all wintry warm crafting,

Winter Napkin Fold

If it' s not your first time around here, you've probably noticed, that I like to try more and more new folds, so here's something new for me - a napkin fold. I like it - it uses just one sheet of 12'' paper and you can even slip some flat gift inside it - like a CD or something...
To keep it close, you will probably need some ribbon wrapped around it, or as in my case ribbon with slided label on it.
This is how this fold looks when it' s open. I was just a bit lazy and didn' t cover all flaps with patterned papers - just the square and inked edges. For the outer edges, I used Martha Stewart snowflake border punches.
And here's my little fellow I popped on top of my slider along with white embossed sentiment saying Joy!

So I wish you all a lot of joy,

Snowman At My window

This was just a fun and quick card I made during some get together with my crafty friends. In one of the cardmaking magazines we saw an interesting aperture card and I had to figure out how it was made, so that we all could make them together.
Here you can see, that inner "wall" is glued at a distance from inner fold and thus, when it is opened, the image on this back panel stands as if far away from the card front.
My decorations are just a Christmassy ribbon around the card and a shiny plastic star I bought 3 years ago when I had to make Aleksa a fairy costume for kindergarten.
Just the same as card itself, this cozy snowman was cut out from TrimCraft wintry paper pad (I've lost the cover of it, so not sure what' s the name of it).
I added a red embossed sentiment saying Christmas. And this is how the card looks like when it' s folded close.

I wish the snow will reach us here before Christmas - I do wish them to be white! (Well maybe not so white as previous year, when we had a snow over the ground floor windows).

Be merry,

Thursday, December 8, 2011

On Your Birthday - Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #86 - Nature

It's another Thursday and it's time for - yap another Digi Doodle Dhop's Best challenge and a card for my mother on her birthday. As this weeks challenge is nature, I chose to use this lovely Cherry Blossom image.
If you wonder what is that pink background - it's a water-colored paper with salt on it. Salt absorbs water and thus makes wonderful patterns. after drying salt falls off, leaving remarkable effects.
I printed two images and colored blossoms with various liquid pearls diluted with water. Then I cut few blossoms out and added on top of my main image. All centers were made with yellow liquid pearls. Only stem and leaves are colored with ProMarkers.
As there are butterflies on blue K&Company patterned paper, I also added that lovely butterfly brad on ribbon bow. And some lace goes underneath for a touch of romance!

Hope my mom will like this - she is my most strict viewer and it is very hard to make something that would completely satisfy her. But that is also a good thing, as she have pointed out some things that help me make better cards.

Keep spring in your hearts even at wintertime,

Thursday, December 1, 2011

1st Of December - Time For Christmas Calendar

Oh my God! It's already 1st of December! Where did the time go? Never mind that I have no idea how the whole year went by, this is the day to share my very latest creation of Christmas calendar with sweet treats for my girls.
Each year I try to make something different and this year I had so much inspiration coming from all sides, that it was very hard to choose what to make, but just until I saw this wonderful box you may find here:
My very first thought was about Christmas calendars, but as there are just 12 boxes, I started to work my brain and calculated, that by adding two more boxes between each star point, you get 24 boxes...
Design idea came from PaperCrafts Inspirations magazine milk cartoon Christmas calendar story posted in November issue.
So here's how I did it:
I made this template to be printed out on the back sides of 12'' sturdy patterned papers, but you can print out one and then just trace around to fit two templates on one sheet of paper. So obviously you need 12 sheets of 12'' paper.
Cut out template and score all lines - you will notice that I haven't cut the upper flap into two different flaps...
..that's because I'm lazy, and when I flip my paper around with patterned side up and apply double sided tape, I do this to both flaps at once and do the cutting afterwards. (By the way - did I say that I stacked three sheets of paper on top of each other and cut them together?)
Now cut slantwise of corners of all flaps. As I'm even more lazy, usually I first removed the backing paper from tape and did the cutting just after that.
Atart assembling box from the bottom of it.
This is how box has to look when assembled. It is large enough for several candies, cookies or small chocolate figurines.
I inked all edged of my box - especially for lid!
Cut slightly smaller triangles to cover lid - I used leftover scraps that were left after cutting box shapes out.
Attach Tim Holtz Hitch fasteners (2 packages needed - and that was all it was possible to get here in Latvia). I suppose it is possible to use any buttons or ribbons threaded through eyelet hole, to be used as opener.
Print out differently colored numbers and cut them out - I was amazed how quickly I did that!
You may print my pre-made number if you wish:

I also die cut snowflakes from the lightest scarps using my all new Spellbinders Create A Flake dies. But I forgot to ink edges and thus they do not stand out as well as I would wish for.
Glue snowflakes on top of each box and then randomly add numbers with sticky foam.
I also made a matching box and below there is a template (unassembled), but because I made it very late last night there is no tutorial of it - sorry folks. All I can say is that I printed template on 32X46cm (approximately 13X18'' paper) and that square is meant to go side by side with every edge of base template - it makes one huge shape!
Fill your boxes with tasty treats - I always say my girls that we have to leave these boxes for the night and during it, elves will come and fill them with sweets.

Have a very, very sweet and cozy Christmas waiting time,