Friday, November 30, 2012

Heavenly Holidays Bingo Ornament

Here's another bingo card ornament.  I was really on a roll and made several that I'll be sharing with you over the next week or so.

Some Details:
  • A printed bingo card image is layered onto recycled cardboard (from a cereal box), edges tattered, and lightly colored with Bundled Sage Distress Stain.
  • Half a paper doily, a scrap of Christmas patterned paper, and some ribbon is layered on top of the bingo card with a vintage angel image on top as the focal point.
  • My favorite part of this card are the berry spring and leaves.  The leaves were cut from some pretty ugly floral pick leaves that now look just right as shiny holly leaves.  The berries were originally clear, but I colored them with alcohol inks and frosted everything with chunky glitter.

4 Crafty Chicks: Challenge #118 - Ornaments
Papercraft Star: Challenge #122 - Holiday Greenery
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Simon Says...Anything Goes
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations: Merry Christmas

Patterned Paper:  My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found “Christmas” 6x6
Image: The Sum of All Crafts
Inks: Alcohol ink ‘Red Pepper’, ‘Cranberry’, ‘Oregano’, ‘Mushroom’; Distress Stain ‘Bundled Sage’
Embellishments: Ribbon; doily; Hobby Lobby bridal pick; floral leaves; JoAnn crystal glitter; Papertrey Ink rustic button twine; Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Cuts ‘Christmas Time’
Tools:  3M foam tape, spray adhesive; Tim Holtz paper distresser; glue dots
Misc: cardboard

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Santa’s Noel Bingo Ornament

I have been on a real kick with creating bingo card ornaments lately and here's the first...

A Few Details:
  • I created a faux bingo card by layering a printed bingo image onto recycled cardboard covered with a book page.  
  • A few swipes of Stormy Sky Distress Stain quickly colors up the bingo card.
  • I wanted this ornament to be more masculine, so in addition to the manly denim color scheme, I layered the Crafty Secrets' Santa image onto a scrap of burlap and spelled out "Noel" using rustic wooden letters.

Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Simon Says...Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays: PTT#96 - Anything Goes
The Crafty Bloggers Network: Challenge #5 - Christmas Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenges: # 206 - Vintage Christmas

Patterned Paper:  Vintage book paper
Image: Sum of All Crafts
Inks: Distress Stain ‘Stormy Sky’
Embellishments: We R Memory Keepers washi tape ‘red’; burlap; Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Cuts ‘Christmas Time’; alpha tiles; Distress Stickles ‘Vintage Photo’, ‘Frayed Burlap’, ‘Fired Brick’, ‘Old Paper’; floral leaves; Papertrey Ink rustic button twine
Tools:  TH paper distresser; spray adhesive
Misc: Cereal box cardboard

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Iris Fold

Today's card is the Christmas version of the iris folding pattern I've been using lately.  My mom shared this pattern with me this past summer and it's amazingly versatile.  Just change the colors and patterns and the whole look changes for the season.

Just a Few Details:
  • The pattern my mom taught me is from a book that she purchased, so I cannot post that here, however, there are TONS of free patterns out in internet-land.  
  • This a marvelous way to use up your smaller scraps if you're a paper hoarder like the Squirrel here.  I was able to incorporate four different patterns of Christmas-themed scraps.
  • The "joy" stamp just fits in the center of the iris.
  • To finish things off, I used an edger punch along the bottom for a little lacy detail, added some red organza ribbon and a fabric-covered button.

Stamping Sensations: November Challenge - Traditional Christmas
Hiding in My Craft Room: HIMCR #73 - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers: Challenge 29 - Anything Goes

Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Old Olive’, ‘Ultrasmooth Vanilla’
Patterned Paper:  Scraps
Stamps: SU! ‘French Script’, unknown
Inks: SU! craft ‘Real Red’, ‘Bravo Burgundy’; Versamark
Embellishments: Organza ribbon; Oriental Trading Company brad
Tools:  EK Success punch ‘Graceful Heart’

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Silent Night

I really dug deep into the squirrel's stash for this card.  I have so may wood mount stamps that are gathering dust, so I decided to pull out an "oldie, but goodie" for this Christmas card.

Just a Couple Details:
  • A friend had given me this photocopy of Silent Night sheet music.  With my fingers crossed for a clean image, I stamped the angel directly on the music with Jet Black StazOn ink.
  • Our lovely angel is colored with chalk pastels...another item that has been languishing in the stash.  The edges of the music are tattered with a Tim Holtz paper distresser and aged with Old Paper Distress Ink.  A light spritz of Perfect Pearls Mist sets the chalks and adds a soft glimmer that unfortunately was not captured by the camera.

The Artistic Stamper: November Challenge - Anything Goes
Card and Scrap: Challenge #43 - Christmas
Tando Creative Challenges: November's Challenge - Wings
Chalk N Stock: Anything Goes (with Chalk)
Paper Play Challenges: '12, Week 47 - Sweet Angel

Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Baroque Burgundy’
SVG:  PSX ‘Golden Angel’
Inks: StazOn Jet Black; Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’, Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Perfect Pearl’; Delta Ceramcoat ‘Black Cherry’
Embellishments: Starform Outline Stickers ‘Gold’; SU! Stampin’ Pastels; Celebrate It ribbon; A Charming Place charm; gold cord
Tools:  Tim Holtz paper distresser; Zots; Zig 2-way glue pen

Thursday, November 22, 2012

On Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

I thought I'd honor this lovely vintage postcard poem with a retro color scheme.  It reminds me of a bright Autumn day in a yesteryear kitchen.

I layered a second vintage turkey image onto the postcard. He appears to be closer to us than the other two turkeys as he steps off the pastoral scene and onto the surrounding My Mind's Eye patterned papers.

Use It Tuesday: Challenge #43 - Be Thankful
My Craft Spot: Monday Challenge #76 - Thanksgiving
Inspiration Emporium:  Monthly Challenge - Thankful

Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘More Mustard’
Patterned Paper:  My Mind’s Stella and Rose ‘Mabel’ 6x6
Image: Catnip Studio ‘Thanksgiving Day Pastoral’, ‘Turkey, The King of Poultry
Inks: Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’
Embellishments: Papertrey Ink rustic button twine
Tools:  Foam ink blender; Tim Holtz paper distresser; foam tape

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Joys

Oh how I love vintage images and layering....ahh, it makes me happy!  Sharing some Thanksgiving Joys with you today in the form of this golden card that combines some of my most joy-inducing things:  My Mind's Eye papers, vintage images, layers, and using stuff that's been languishing in the stash!  Can you feel the joy?  :-)

The Details:
As I said, this card has some serious layers...let's start from the bottom and work our way up.
  • The card base is stamped with a crackle background and the golden hue is pumped up with Distress Ink around the edges.
  • Then we have some golden My Mind's Eye damask pattern paper that is punched along the bottom edge
  • Next comes the K&Co. journaling tag.  I punched through all the layers at this point and added a bit of ribbon and twine.
  • Then some more MME paper.  This time, a narrow strip of plaid embellished along the top edge with scallop scissors.
  • On top of that another layer of MME in a lovely wood grain.  This strip is torn on both ends, inked, and "nailed" with a couple of brass brads.
  • Next comes the leaf stickers and twine bow accent.  Oh boy have those leaf stickers been around for a while!  Years, I'm telling you...YEARS.
Almost there...
  • Now the tag shape cut on my Cricut from cardstock then layered with a vintage book page.  The edges are distressed and inked.
  • Next comes our pilgrim and turkey image.  This was printed on cardstock and fussy cut.  The edges were inked a bit with Distress Ink.
  • And the FINAL layer is some Glossy Accents on the "Thanksgiving Joys" section!
NINE layers...whew.

Ribbon Carousel: RCC #74 - Giving Thanks / Fall
Shopping Our Stash: Challenge 78 - I'm Leafing it Up to You or Use a leaf or many on your project!
Use It Tuesday: Challenge #43 - Be Thankful
Celebrate the Occasion: Challenge #89 - Pumpkin Please! (any occasion, use a pumpkin)
My Craft Spot: Monday Challenge #76 - Thanksgiving

Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘More Mustard’
Patterned Paper:  My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Two ‘Sunshine’ 6x6, Stella and Rose ‘Mabel’ 6x6; vintage book page
Image: Vintage Feedsacks ‘Thanksgiving Vignette’
Stamps: SU! Crackle background
Inks: Distress Ink ‘Wild Honey’, ‘Walnut Stain’; VersaMark
Embellishments: Brads; K&Co Studio 112 journal tag; Me & My Big Ideas stickers ‘Fall’; Papertrey Ink rustic button twine; ribbon; Glossy Accents
Tools:  Tim Holtz paper distresser; scallop scissors; EK Success punch ‘Graceful Heart’; 3M foam tape

Monday, November 19, 2012

CCC #6: A Merry Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
Our troubles will be out of sight

Not sure that our troubles are out of sight, but I do know that the theme for our sixth two-week Creative Cutting Challenge is "Christmas".  Click here to check out the creative inspiration from our Design Team and join the challenge.  Even if you don't use SVG files, you will find some great ideas from these talented ladies!

The Details:

  • I have always loved The Creative Pointe's 'Poinsettia' SVG file and finally put it to use on this vintage-y and feminine Christmas card.  It's so easy to make a three-dimensional, realistic looking blossom that becomes a spectacular focal point.  And it's only $1!
  • I selected three shades of red patterned paper scraps and cut them using the darkest as the bottom layer and the lightest as the top layer.
  • Each layer was stained with Aged Mahogany Distress Stain and spritzed with water.  Before drying with my heat gun, I carefully crinkled and pinched the petals.  Applying heat dries the ink and locks in the dimension.  
  • Pop Up Glue Dots separate each layer of the blossom for added dimension and random dots of Liquid Pearls form the center.
  • The leaves were done in much the same way as the petals, but instead of crinkling them, I embossed them with Tim Holtz's Cracked texture fade, placed upside down.  With strategic positioning, I've found that the cracks perfectly emulate leaf veins.
  • These were stained with Bundled Sage and a touch of Crushed Olive and spritzed with water.  Again, I dried them with a heat gun to lock in the dimension.
  • The beautiful little vintage Christmas letter is from The Graphics Fairy.

Other Challenges:
The Graphics Fairy: Brag Monday #163
Sugar Creek Hollow: #38 - Kraft

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Kraft’
Patterned Paper:  My Mind’s Eye ‘Lost & Found Christmas’ 6x6; scraps
SVG:  The Creative Pointe ‘Poinsettia
Image: The Graphics Fairy ‘Beautiful Envelope
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! ‘French Script’
Inks: VersaMark; Distress Stains ‘Aged Mahogany’, ‘Bundled Sage’, ‘Crushed Olive’
Embellishments: Doily; velvet ribbon; Liquid Pearls ‘White Opal’, ‘Bisque’
Tools:  EK Success punch ‘Graceful Heart’; mister; heat gun; SCAL; Cricut Expression; 3M foam tape; Glue Dots ‘Pop Up’; Tim Holtz paper distresser

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving Greetings

Thanksgiving is fast approaching!  Sharing another card for the season of thanks today.
A Couple Details:
  • Lots of layered patterns on this card.  Are you loving chevron patterns as much as I am lately?  They are everywhere and, while a classic design, are totally on-trend.  This subtle two-tone rust chevron paper from My Mind's Eye is just the perfect background for the vintage pastoral image.
  • Sometimes the perfect ribbon is hiding.  This ribbon is actually from a Halloween  set that I just happened to pull out of the drawer.
  • To make to flower appear more full, I layered two of the same flower and offset them slightly.

My Sheri Crafts: Challenge #098 - Give Thanks
Splendiferous Creations: Birds of a Feather Bloggers Challenge
Creative Belli Blog: Belli Challenge #156 - Harvest / Fruit
Scrapalicious: Being Thankful
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Simon Says...Thanksgiving / Thank You
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Thanksgiving

Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Really Rust’
Patterned Paper:  My Mind’s Stella and Rose ‘Mabel’ 6x6
Image: The Vintage Moth 'Thanksgiving Greetings
Stamps: JoAnn
Inks: SU! ‘More Mustard’; Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’
Embellishments: JoAnn flowers; Me & My Big Ideas ‘Fall Stickers’; Cosmo Cricket ribbon ‘Haunted’; Making Memories ‘Lacy Brad’
Tools:  Glue Dots; Glue Dot ‘Pop Up’; scallop scissors; Tim Holtz paper distresser