Monthly Archives: December 2015
I got my shadowbox canvas finished this afternoon! Love how it turned out! I followed a tutorial video by Vicky Papaioannou on how to create a Mixed Media Shadowbox from a canvas. For mine I used Bo Bunny’s Woodland Winter Paper collection. My canvas is an 8×10 size and the scene is created inside the back of the canvas. And a window is created with acrylic transparency and the wood “paper” from another collection in my stash. The snow on the window and inside the shadowbox is created with Prima’s Snowflake Paste and I added bits of sparkly fronds cut from full size sprigs that I had in my stash too. The flower is a Prima that I re-sized and added the Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter Paste.
In this next photo, I think that you can see that there is a space between the acrylic window pane and the back of the shadowbox.
This was really fun to create and didn’t take very long. I think these would be beautiful for any occasion and it’s possible that you might be able to incorporate this onto the cover of an album. Hmmm…..may have to give that a try.
I’m starting my December Tutorial Series on my YouTube Channel later today (most likely this evening by the time the video uploads). I’ll be showing how I alter a Composition Book to create a planner or journal book. I’m thinking that it will be a three or four video series. The first video shows the supplies you will need to create the project.
Well, the weather this year as been a bit different. Not only here in Texas but in other parts of the country too. We don’t usually have snow on Christmas. I think I can remember maybe two or three times in my lifetime. But it is usually cold around Christmas. This year it was warm. Very warm. It was in the upper 70s and the day after Christmas it was in the 80s which with the rain front that came in caused tornadoes in the Dallas area (Garland and Rowlett to be specific) which is about 60+ miles from us. And then the colder wind blew in with more rain on Sunday and sometime last night or early this morning in Weatherford and surrounding areas, it turned to snow! Now if we’d waited a couple of days to celebrate Christmas like I suggested, we would have had a white Christmas! Ha, ha. It has warmed up today to above freezing. And with the warmer ground/roads, the snow has melted off of the roads and driveways, which is how I like snow. Still pretty and white on the trees, grass and rooftops but you can drive if you want. Keep in mind that in Texas we don’t like to drive on snow or icy roads! We don’t have the tires, snow plows and such to clear up the roads and it can be very dangerous in certain areas. But melted roadways and pretty snowy scenery is really very nice.
So for my blog post today, I thought I’d share an extra card that I made on Christmas Eve. Actually I made 4 or 5 of them. I kept them very flat to make them easy to mail and I didn’t add any sentiment in case they would be needed for after Christmas or for late holiday mailings. The snowman is stamped with another new stamp I bought at Michael’s for 60% off, colored with my Copic markers and I used a dryer sheet (must be a used one) over the image and ultra fine glitter to make it pretty and snowy. It’s a winter card look that I really like! The patterned paper that I used is from one of the 6×6 paper pads that I was using on other cards that I made this season.
I know I haven’t blogged since….Christmas Eve? The Eve before Christmas Eve? The day before that?? I guess I went AWOL for a few days or a week. I do that often during the holidays. I sort of unplug from the internet. Well not totally but almost and tend to not blog nor do much Facebook nor checking of my emails during that time. I also don’t craft much while on “holiday.” But I did start on a new project over the weekend. I only spent a few minutes on it and haven’t finished it yet. It was supposed to be a new Christmas canvas to hang on the wall with my Santa one that I made last year but I couldn’t find a Christmasy image that I wanted to use so decided to make it a snow/winter one and went with some papers that I’ve had for a couple of years. I hope to finish this tonight or tomorrow morning and share it on the blog. I’ll check the paper collection and let you know the name of it then. I’m thinking that maybe it was a Bo Bunny collection but don’t hold me to that, okay?
Here’s how it looks so far on my crafty table this afternoon. I watched a tutorial on how to make a canvas into a window scene and I’ll share the link and name of the designer of the original idea in my post tomorrow. I went with a rectangle canvas vs the square one that was used in the tutorial. I need to finish adding “wood” paper to the front edges and an acrylic window pane plus some snow to finish it off.
So that’s my snow inside my crafty room and here’s the snow that we have outside! This is a view in our backyard with the hammock still in place among the trees. We ended up with 3″ of snow that was supposed to be 1″ or less and not stick. It’s still out there and probably will be for several days!
When I saw Jim The Gentleman’s Luminary House, I knew I had to get my hands on his kit and make one! I searched for the kit at the scrapbook store in New Braunfels, Texas. They didn’t have them yet and then I checked Jim’s website and he was sold out! So I called around and found them at the Bigmouth Scrapper in Forney, Texas. I ordered 4 or 5 of the kits in case I wanted to make more than one. But one is all I got done so I’ll have them for next year. I wonder if Jim will design a different style house or maybe a church. Anyway, I assembled mine a bit different than what the kit instructions called for because when I got started on it, I decided I wanted it to go inside of my Christmas Carol Book Box.
Only thing is….if I made it the way it was supposed to be made with the base for the luminary candle, it would not fit in the book box. So I made it without the base and instead of putting the back on the back, I used the back for the “base.” Granted, if I’d known when I made the book box that I was putting a little house in it, I would have made it about 1/2″ taller to give the house plenty of room. But it’s okay for me, I added ribbon to tie the book closed when the house is inside. I love how it turned out and have it displayed in my dining room as part of my Christmas decor. The inside of the box is decorated with more of the Graphic 45 Christmas Carol paper collection. You can see a bit of the inside of the book box in the photo below.
To decorate the house after I assembled it, I used white Ranger crackle paint for the sides and chimney to make it look like stone and then I lightly colored it with Walnut Stain distress ink. The roof is papered with some of the 6×6 Christmas Carol paper and then I glued on some little brush Christmas trees I bought at Michael’s. The snow is a combination of Prima Snowflake Paste and Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter Glue. It’s really prettier in person as it is all sparkly with the glittered snow. Here’s a closer view of the book box. It has a lot of fussy cutting from the 12×12 Christmas Carol papers plus snowflakes and snow from the Snowflake Paste and pretty flowers.
I have a tutorial on YouTube that I shared the end of November on how to make the book box. You can find the first tutorial of the series >HERE<. I will also be uploading a showcase video on this project to my YouTube channel in the next few days or after Christmas.
I have so many Christmas projects that I’d hope to work on this year but looks like I’m going to run out of time unless I just keep working on them and have them for next year. I am planning on starting on a December Tutorial project but guess I’ll be starting it the end of December. It will be an altered composition book planner/journal with plastic inserts. I made one last year and have had several ask if I’d do a tutorial on one. Anyway, I hope you are all nearly ready for Christmas–it will be here ready or not!
It’s time for a new card challenge starting today for Cards in Envy and the theme is “Let it Snow!” Here in Texas, of course, we rarely have snow and will not have any this week for Christmas. I’ve heard that the Northeast part of the USA doesn’t have any either yet which is really unusual for this time of year so I guess we will all have to make our own snow and put it on a card! Ha, ha.
Anyway, there’s this “snow” technique that I discovered this year though I think it’s been around for several years. I’ve just never seen it, which means you can always learn something new in the crafty world! I first saw it on a card by Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Kristy @ Stamping with Kristy on Facebook. Her card used tree stamps and was left black and white with the snow treatment done to it. So I googled the technique and found how to do it on YouTube. You use—pay attention here—you use USED dryer sheets! That’s right, used dryer sheets. You’ll need one for each card. You also need a can of spray adhesive, I bought Elmer’s Craft Bond and fine white glitter. I liked Martha Stewart’s Crystal Fine White glitter that I bought at Michael’s. The rubber stamp also came from Michael’s and I got it for 60% off!! It’s called “Christmas Cottage” by Stampendous. I love the black and white look of Kristy’s card but I wondered if it would work well with a touch of color on the image. I colored mine lightly with my Copic markers. And here’s how the magic happened. You spray that smoothed out dryer sheet with the adhesive, attach it over your image and sprinkle on the glitter and tap it off. It creates this gorgeous snowy look over your image. Love, love, love this!
Just in case you can’t see the glitter well in the above photo, here’s a close up. Trust me, it’s really pretty on a card and I don’t use glitter very often.
The red dot paper I used is from a 6×6 paper pad called Christmas Kitsch by Anna Griffin. I cut the sentiment tag out on my Big Shot using a Simon Says Stamp! Stitched Rectangle Die. The “Merry, merry” sentiment is an acrylic stamp from Close to My Heart called “Double Merry Holiday.” I tied a bow from some sheer dark green ribbon in my stash and tied the tag on with button twine. The sentiment is embossed with Wow! White Twinkle embossing glitter. So pretty!
I am very late in mailing out Christmas cards this year so will probably only mail a few today from handmade Christmas cards that I kept (sold a lot a few weeks ago) and from some I made yesterday. It’s really hard to believe that Christmas is THIS Friday! The Cards in Envy card challenge runs for two weeks, through January 3rd. So if you don’t have time to make a snow card this week, maybe you can take a break from the busyness of the holidays next week and create one.
Tis the season to be busy, busy, busy. Thank goodness for Throwback Thursday as I have had no time to craft. Well, I take that back–I did quickly make some gift boxes this afternoon so I could get some Christmas gifts in the mail. Didn’t even have time to take a photo of them! But I really like making my own little boxes for light weight gifts. I used Christmas scrapbook paper so of course, no wrapping is required. Just tie a bow around them and you are done. Anyway, today’s craft photo for Throwback Thursday is a card that I made several years ago. Actually I created it and posted it in February 2012 for an ABC Christmas challenge.
Here’s what I had to say in 2012 on how I created this card:
There’s lots of distressing stuff going on with this card. I’ll try to share what I did. First, I picked the Bo Bunny Blitzen Collection 6×6 papers. I used the “Christmas words” printed paper and cut it into strips following the design of a MoJo Monday sketch. Then I cut a coordinating large dots paper for the first layer over the strips. I lightly sanded the edges of that paper and then distressed it with “Walnut Stain” Distress Ink (Tim Holtz by Ranger). Next, I cut out a square of the printed paper that had the reindeer so that it would be the centerpiece of the sketch. I sanded the edges of that too (I use a Bazzil sander) and distressed it with “Pine Needles” and “Walnut Stain” Distress Ink (Tim Holtz by Ranger). THEN I used Ranger Distress Crackle paint in Clear Rock Candy and painted the reindeer so that he ended up with a crackled, glittery, distressed, vintage look. I also distressed the edges of the entire card and the tag with the distress inks. I added a beautiful ribbon/bow using a gorgeous sheer green with blue edge May Arts ribbon. “Merry Christmas” is stamped on the tag with an acrylic stamp and attached with red brads.
To take the photo of this card, I nestled it in a Christmas wreath that was stored in the closet of my crafty room.
I know this post is late in the day but that will probably happen more often as we get even closer to Christmas or perhaps there may be no post on some days. I’m sure you all are super busy as well.