Friday, December 19, 2014

Art With Heart Challenge - Santa Mug

Happy Friday, everyone! With Christmas just around the corner, we all are looking for quick and easy ideas to make it special for our loved ones. Today's project is just that - very quick and super easy.

I wanted to make a little gift that would be suitable (pun not intended!) for kids and adults alike and thought that this Santa mug would be perfect for anyone. With a few simple embellishments, you could make enough for a crowd in an afternoon! Here's how it goes together:

Begin by adhering red felt to the front and back of a piece of medium weight chipboard using Xyron or other adhesive. Die cut two mug pieces using Eileen Hull's Mug and Spoon die. Cut another piece using Eileen's Make it 3D die. Cover another piece of chipboard with white felt and cut a rim piece using the Mug die. Trim to fit.

Assemble the mug as shown, using a strong glue. Die cut a piece of glitter paper using Eileen's Lovely Labels die and add a square of felt, creating a buckle. Cut a belt from black felt and adhere the buckle piece. Finally adhere all pieces, creating a Santa suit, tie with a label and bow, and fill with treats.

The supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium and Amazon via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% at IE.

I hope you enjoyed this fun project using one of my favorite dies from Eileen's new Vintage Kitchen collection. We would love to have you join us for this month's Art With Heart challenge which is all about Holiday Traditions.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - May

I am beyond excited to share today's card with you! It's my second card for Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge. This time my month is May so I thought I'd do a pretty Mother's Day card with another one of my favorite Graphic 45 collections - Botanical Tea. What makes this card so special?

It's a tunnel card! Or a double concertina, or double accordion tunnel card. Take your pick! Last month I saw this card on Pinterest. My first thought was that there had to be a way to make one with one of Karen's accordion dies. But try as I might, I couldn't figure out how to make it work. I asked Karen if she had any idea how I could do it and, within minutes, she had a mock up and basic instructions! That woman works fast.

When I was trying to decide what kind of card to make for the challenge, I thought I would be brave and try what looks like an incredibly complicated card technique. You know what I found out? It's super easy. Like, crazy, super easy. Here's how I made it:

Begin by cutting an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper in half lengthwise. Fold each piece and die cut using Karen's Accordion Oval die. Be sure you drop the fold down below the cutting edge so that the fold remains intact. Cut out the center portion as shown on the bottom piece.

Next, cut notches on the inside of the oval on one piece, and on the outside of the other. Stamp with desired images.

Line your card sections up facing each other, with the fold facing out. Gently fold the left section of the piece with the top notches and pass it through the oval opening, lining the notches up. If the fit is too tight, remove and snip out a bit more paper until they fit.

Repeat the process for the other section. You've just made your tunnel accordion. I told you it was crazy easy!

This is the direction you'll be working in when you decorate your card. I recommend decorating your card after it's assembled, other than stamping or a bit of paper layering. You definitely need to be able to have everything lined up when you're planning out your paper placement.

I had a blast snipping and gluing and pop-dotting all the the gorgeous images from this Graphic 45 collection. It's truly hard to know when to stop! I used Karen's House Pivot Card die to make a little fence, and the banner from her Lorna Label set to create a sentiment.

One thing about a card like this - still photos don't come close to showing the dimension. Here's a quick little video to give you a better idea of how this card operates.

The best part about this card is that if folds completely flat for mailing. I couldn't control myself and went outside the margins with some of my flowers, but if you keep it all within the edges of the card, you can just pop it in an envelope and send it on its way!

The supplies I used for my card can be found at Inspiration Emporium and Elizabeth Craft Designs via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure and head over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog tomorrow for a new video from Karen (I've seen it and you don't want to miss it!), plus incredible cards from the team for every month of the year!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - G45 Halloween Card

Hi all! It's time again for Karen Burniston's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. This month we are celebrating cards for each month of the year. Each designer picked a month or two and made a card highlighting a holiday or event that takes place in that month.

Karen suggested that I do a Halloween card and I was happy to meant that I could pull out my Eerie Tales paper from Graphic 45! Halloween had come and gone before I had a chance to use it, and I had the perfect card idea to highlight all the wonderful images from this collection.

Here is the front of my card. I love the way G45's papers coordinate, making it easy to throw a card like this together. It looks like it took ages, but I think I was done in an hour or so!

I didn't have time for a full tutorial, but I took this photo so you could see how I built up the layers. I cut a piece of black Core'dinations cardstock to 12" x 5" and folded it in half. I aligned the Lots of Pops die on the fold and die cut my pop up. The Lots of Pops is so perfect for this kind of layering - lots of little tabs and platforms for your fussy cut pieces.

I cut out most of my layers last night while I was watching tv. That made putting this together very quick work. After adhering the central image, I just built out from that, adding bits and pieces until it looked nice and full. It's hard to make out, but I die cut Karen's Tree and added it with a foam dot to the back of the card. The little owl cut from the paper is a perfect fit!

Here's a quick Vine I made this evening. I apologize for the lighting, but at least you can get a better view of all the layers. So fun! I am becoming addicting to fussy cutting. :)

All of the supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium, Elizabeth Craft Designs, and Amazon via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order at IE.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Come back tomorrow when I'll be sharing another card for this fun challenge!

Friday, December 12, 2014

12 Days of Ornaments - Day 12!

We are finally here - Day 12! I really wanted my last ornament to be special, so I pulled out all the stops for this one. It won't be the easiest one to make, but it just might be the prettiest!

I'll be honest, I had no idea what today's ornament was going to be. I knew I'd use the new Jumbo Tattered Pinecone die, but beyond that, I was a total blank. Then, this morning I spotted a copper luminary I'd made a couple months ago and had a little 'ah ha!' moment.

Back in October, my friend Cyndi had suggested we try cutting the luminary from copper. I was not convinced it would work. I thought it would be too hard to bend the score lines and it would either be too stiff, or too floppy. I'm happy to say I was wrong! The die cuts the copper beautifully and, with a little patience, it's not hard to fold at all. Since the copper was so shiny, I started exploring ways to age it. Read below to see how it all came together!

Begin by cutting the luminary from copper using the Sizzix 3D Luminary die and assemble it. Following the instructions HERE, age the copper. My patina developed very fast! You can stop the aging process whenever you're happy with the result. Be aware that it will continue to develop more of a patina over time.

Here is a look at the final patina. Incredible, right?! Some of this will flake off if you don't seal it, which I think helps make it look even more old and grungy.

To create the decoration for your lantern, create three pine cones using the Sizzix Jumbo Pinecone die. Make sure you leave a couple inches of skewer on the end.

 Give the pine cones a frosty, snowy look by applying texture paste and glitter.

To create a base for the lantern decoration, cut a styrofoam ball in half and cover with Spanish moss. Insert into the luminary and glue in place.

Cut various pieces of foliage from green shades of Kraft Core'dinations using the Sizzix Pinecone die and Festive Greenery die. Create picks by adhering the pieces to toothpicks.

One of my Instagram friends asked about the size of the Jumbo Pinecone die vs. the original. Here is a look at the size difference. It's about double the size.

To complete the lantern, insert the pine cones into the styrofoam base. Fill in the spaces with the foliage picks. Tie a length of twine around the bottom and attach an Enameled Tag that's been decorated with a Christmas Remnant Rub.

Here's another shot of the luminary. The patina on the copper is just amazing! I added a bit of Peeled Paint Distress paint here and there to break up the amount of blue and add a little warmth. I don't know that I'd do that again, but I like the look of it.

I hope you've enjoyed my 12 Ornaments of Christmas - my gift to you for taking the time to visit my blog, pin my artwork, and leave such kind comments. I have had more fun than I thought I would! The best part is my beautifully decorated woodland tree. I might even add a few more ornaments to it - who knows? If I do, I'll be sure and share them with you all.

You can find all the supplies I used at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order!

Thanks so much for coming by today - I hope you enjoyed this final ornament! If you missed any of the previous ones, you can click on the 12 Days of Ornaments tag below this post to see them all.

Have a great weekend!