Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Frilly and Funkie - An Altered State

Hi everyone! Today I have a cute Christmas project that's perfect for all you fellow hoarders out there. It's time again for the Frilly and Funkie challenge and our hostess, Cec, has picked a really fun theme for us - An Altered State. Cec says, "It is time to transform something you have sitting around or can pick up for a song and make it one of your works of art. It could be a frame, a bottle, an old cigar box, a discarded CD - the list is endless. Just make sure your final transformation is vintage or shabby chic." I just happen to have a box of junk that I add bits and pieces to, knowing that someday they might be transformed into something cool - it was time to dig in and see what I could find.

I came across this box that I'd been saving for awhile. It's a sturdy box that held candy and had a lid with a magnetic closure. My first thought was to turn it into a box to hold a set of handmade cards. After I'd covered it wither paper, I turned it on its side and was like - oh no, this is a shadowbox!

I cut off the magnetic closure part and covered the inside of the lid with Tim Holtz's Yuletide paper. I embellished it with a frame from the dollar section of Michaels, stamped images from Tim's Mini Holidays 5 set, plus die cut greenery and a little pine cone. So cute and easy!

For the shadowbox section. I added a dyed Woodlands tree and a die cut deer. The paper covering the box is all from the Yuletide stash. To trim the opening prettily, I added Tim's new Lace Trimmings. Gorgeous!

All the supplies I used can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique via the links below. Make sure you check out their Black Friday sale, starting Thursday at 9 pm Eastern time!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I do hope you'll join us for this fantastic challenge. You can see the rest of the team's projects, plus read all the challenge details in this post. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge - A Stitch in Time

Hi all! Hope your week is off to a great start. Today I'm sharing my project for Eileen Hull's Art with Heart challenge. The theme this month is A Stitch in Time - celebrating the release of Eileen's new Stitchlits line of dies from Sizzix. One of my favorites dies from the release is the Embroidery Hoop. It's one of those dies that has endless possibilites!

For this project, I decided to stack several cuts to make a thicker hoop that would look like a real wooden embroidery hoop. After I cut the hoops from chipboard, I glued them together with a strong adhesive and, when dry, painted them green.

I really wanted the fabric to be stretched inside the hoop like a real one, so I experimented with using the smaller ring that the die cuts. After gluing two together, I stretched the fabric across the back of the main hoop and carefully pressed the inner ring around the edge. As you can see, it's a bit too large, but if you let it bunch up as shown in the photo above, it will fit perfectly! You could also make a small cut and fit it that way too.

After you've decorated the front, just trim the fabric and add a layer of glue to the inner ring, then fold the fabric over to keep it in place.

It's hard to believe this isn't a real wooden hoop! I decided to keep my design very simple and added a cardinal cut from felt and burlap using Tim Holtz's Christmas Cardinal die. I added a stamp from Oxford Impressions and a Christmas Word Band to complete my panel. The fabric was so taut that I actually sewed the Word Band on while the fabric was stretched in the ring - I can't wait to try some embroidery next!

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and are as inspired by Eileen's dies as I am! I'm imagining a whole series of these ornaments for my tree this year.

The supplies I used can be found at Simon Says Stamp and Amazon via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! We'd love to have you join us for our Stitch in Time challenge. You can find all the details here. Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Karen Burniston November Challenge - Video Inspiration

Hi all! Hope you have all been having a fabulous November! Today I'm excited to share the card I created for Karen Burniston's monthly challenge. This month, Karen asked the team to create something using one of her video techniques. With so many to choose from, it was tough! I finally decided on her Pivot Accordion Card,combining two different types of Pop it Ups dies for a hybrid card. I have been dying to try this one and I'm so glad I did. It's really a showstopper!

I love using the Barn die for Christmas cards - so cute decorated with tiny wreaths! To get it to fit, you have to cut a tiny slit between the barn doors. It's impossible to see if you're not looking right at it. I decorated the edges of my card with Karen's Fancy Seasons Frame Edges die.

I carried the country scene to the other end of the card with the horses from the Western Edges die set. The patterned paper is all from Tim Holtz's Yuletide paper stash. I think it's so perfect for this card! To add a little more interest, I added a string of banners that were cut from the Yuletide paper using the dies from Karen's Lots of Pops die set.

Great news! Elizabeth Craft Designs is having a huge promotion going on that you don't want to miss! Here are the details:
To coincide with the November Designer Challenege, every purchase made over $40 of Karen Burniston Pop it Ups will receive a FREE $10 Gift Card. You will receive your Gift Card with your order in the mail and your Gift Card can be used on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website. This offer only applies to purchases made on our website between Tuesday, November 17th and Thursday, November 19th.
What a deal - right?! The dies and soft finish cardstock I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs via the links below. Everything else can be found at Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure and check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog tomorrow for yet another fantastic card and video from Karen, plus loads of inspiring cards from the rest of the team!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Frilly and Funkie Challenge - Let There Be Light!

Hi all! Today I'm sharing my project for the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge. The hostess for this challenge is Sue, and she's chosen 'Let There Be Light' as her theme. Sue says, "One of the things I don't like at this time of year is the lack of light to craft by in the evenings. So, for this challenge I'd like you to include something in your project that makes reference to light, this could be a lamp, lantern, rays of light or even gradients of colour that get lighter!"

Being that I'm a very literal person - I took this challenge very literally! I decided to make a lantern from Tim Holtz's new Birch Trees die. I will admit - I cheated a little on this challenge. I'd already made a similar Halloween lantern a few years ago and pretty much followed my old tutorial. Heck, if other people can be inspired by my tutorials, I can too, right?! ;)

I was so into the process, I didn't really take any photos, other than the one below that shows how it goes together.

To make the panels, I adhered 100 lb cardstock to Elizabeth Craft Designs' double sided adhesive. I recommend this above all others for projects like this! It will really hold your pieces together, and it's thin enough that the die should have no problem cutting through.

After I adhered the paper to the adhesive, I die cut the birch trees panel. To create the frosted windows, I adhered Frosted Film to clear panels that were cut from die packaging I'd saved. After inking the trees, I removed the backing and adhered them to the frosted panels.

The base is a 4"x4" piece of MDF that I found in a package of different shapes at Hobby Lobby. To connect the panels, I cut small strips to size, scored them in half, then adhered wonder tape to the scored panels. After removing the adhesive, I adhered one edge to a panel, then connected it to the next one. Repeat the steps for all the panels until they are all connected. Add more wonder tape to the base and adhere the walls to it.

The decorative greenery was made with Tim's Tattered Pinecones die and the new Winter Greens die set. They were both die cut from Kraft Core'dinations paper and doused with Rock Candy glitter.

Here is the lantern at night. Isn't it pretty?! Since this is made from plastic and paper, be sure and use a battery operated candle.

All the supplies I used can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure and visit the Frilly and Funkie blog to see all the wonderful submissions. We would love for you to join us!