Sunday, November 28, 2010

Poinsettia Wreath

I have accumulated so much ribbon lately that I was looking for ways to use it to make some holiday decor.  I remembered how my grandmother used to make wreaths for every holiday and I used to sit down in her kitchen table and look at her beautiful creations.  I clearly remembered the Day of the Dead wreaths she made with crepe paper, wire, and ribbon.  

In my nostalgia I thought about using my ribbon to decorate a wreath.  I had some cardboard left over and I drew a circle and cut it out to use it as the base.  Then I started scrunching up the wired ribbon all around. I used glue to keep it into place and mini brads on some parts, just to keep it in place but I took them away when it was dry.

The poinsettias are from Michael's.  They have stems with 3-4 poinsettias for like $1.99.  I kept the palette soft and used white and gold poinsettias.  By the way, did you know poinsettias come from Mexico? Back in the 1800s the US Ambassador to Mexico introduced them to the United States.  His last name was Poinsett, so the flowers were named after him.  The Spanish name is Nochebuena, which is also the name used to refer to Christmas Eve in Mexico.  TFL!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Blog Givaway!!!

It's the month to give thanks and I'm feeling thankful for all of you! I love making new friends from all over the world who share in this wonderful hooby (i.e. obsession...LOL).  So I'm having a blog givaway!!! 

This is a picture of the cards I'm giving away.  It's a beautiful lot!!! All you have to do is leave me a comment about the cards and become a follower to be entered into the drawing using a random selection website. I'll have the drawing on November 30th, so that the lucky winner can have them in time for the holidays!  (Also, they didn't all fit in one picture, so the rest are pictured below...)  You all are wonderful and thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Thanks Ann for your beautiful words and congrats on getting the cards!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Starry Night

It is that time of the year to celebrate.  Me and my husband have a special date we celebrate and I created this card for him.  The painting by Vincent Van Gogh is one of our favorites and it also has special meaning for us.  So I had this idea of using the image but alter it to make it ours and reflect the meaning it has for us.  After several failed attempts, I created one that I was satisfied with.

The first thing I did was find a picture of the painting.  I then used my ink cartridge printer to print it.  Immediately after it printed I spritzed with water all over until the paper was soaked but not too much that it would tear.  Right afterwards I applied the heat tool until the paper was dry on both sides.  The effect is a nice washed out print that retains the original elements in an altered form.  

Once that was done I covered the image with a thick layer of Crackle Accents.  I applied the heat gun to get the corrugated texture and glossy finish. 

The stars were first punched and then I covered them with liquitex modeling paste medium in white.  Liquitex is sold at Michael's and Hobby Lobby in the acrylic and oil paints section.  The medium provided a rich textured effect, almost like icing, as I applied with my finger.  Takes for ever to dry but once it dried I mixed two shades of acrylic yellows and painted the stars.  Afterwards, I wrapped a tiny piece of wire around the star for added dimension and glued to the altered photo.  

The card was originally plain cream cardstock, but I recently bought the new Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze in Espresso and used a brush to apply all over the card.  The glimmery effect is awesome, while at the same time it gives some texture to the plain paper depending on your brush movement.  


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Beautiful Holiday Card Sets for sale on my ebay!

I'm getting the Holiday spirit and it inspired me to create so many cards from my heart!  Card-making is such a relaxing craft! And now I have them for sale on my ebay!  I have them for sale in sets of a similar theme, and I have something for everyone, from minimalistic and fun to vintage and rustic.  Thanks for taking a peek! If you want to check out the listing you can click on my ebay widget on top of the page.  


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cardmaking Frenzie ~Snowflakes Collection

Hi dear bloggers! As we put down the Halloween decorations and start getting those holiday stuff boxes out, I'm getting in a card making mood.  I'm a card-making machine!!! I try to keep them simple and not make them so complicated so that I can make several while still adding my own personal touch.

This is the series where I use snowflakes in some shape or form.  I discovered that using Mod Podge and Diamond Dust gives the die cut snowflakes an amazing glossy and sparkly effect.  I used the Spellbinders Snowflake dies (I think there are like 3 sets but I used them interchangeably).     

Tip: To make your own sugar glazed snowflakes use your die cutting machine and make sure you also use the embossing sandwich. Basically you cut first and then add an embossing mat in between the paper and the top cutting pad so that you can get the beautiful texture of the embossing.  Ink edges with your preferred ink and then when you have a batch, use a brush to add the mod podge.  While it is still wet, sprinkle the diamond dust and yes, you have to wait... if you try to get the snoflakes too soon they'll tear... believe me, I've done it! LOL

So here are my designs.  Some of them have been inspired by card-making magazines and other scrapper's work, but I always add my own personal touch.  I like to play with color combos that are not traditionally "seasonal" and it's so much fun; it challenges my creativity to combine colors while still maintaining the holiday feeling!

Supplies used: Basic Grey Kraft Basics Collection, Anna Griffin Calisto flocked stack, Mitten Weather by Cosmo Cricket, Holly Jolly by My Mind's Eye, Traditions by Fancy Pants.  Spellbinders build a snowflake sets, vintage photo Ranger distress ink, Mod Podge, Diamond Dust, various trims and lace designs bought at Hobby Lobby and Michael's, burlap, Crafty Secrets vintage image, sizzix textures embossing folder.   TFL! 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Distressed Gardenia Tutorial

Hi everyone! I was playing around with my zutter distrezz it all and trying to make a flower similar to the Prima Calcutta flower.  What you need: 
  • Paper (preferably thick cardstock)
  • glue
  • Scissors or Cricut
  • the zutter distrezz it all or distress tool
  • Chalk ink 
  • Flower stem centers (I bought the ones I use here at Hobby Lobby, they are usually in the bridal section). Here's a picture if you have no idea what I'm talking about, LOL!

1.  The first thing to do is to cut the petals.  I used my cricut Home Accents and cut 8 petals on each one of these dial measures: 2 3/4", 3", and 3 1/2".  If you don't have a cricut you can create your own petals in different sizes or create a stencil so all of your petals are similar in size.

2.  I used the zutter distrezz-it-all to create the grunged look on all the petals.  This look can also be achieved by using a distress tool like the Tonic Distress tool by Tim Holtz.  If you have neither you can use an xacto knife and rub around the edges.

3.  The next part is what gives volume and dimension to the flower.  I took my embossing stylus, placed it in the middle of the petal, then pressed the paper around it to create a middle crease.

4.  Now, holding your petal in the same position, fold each one of the sides down as shown on the picture.

5.  Ink your petals with fluid chalk ink.  I used Colorbox in Rouge

6.  Cut a round piece of cardstock and pierce a hole in the middle.  This is going to be the base for the flower, but you need some space to slide the flower stems when you are done. 

7.  Start gluing the petals with a fast drying glue.  I personally love Liquid Stitch because it dries super fast and it's permanent.  But if you are using thin paper then it may get wrinkled because it is really thick.  Make sure you laid them down around the circle and overlapping with the previous petal as shown in the picture.

8.  Once you have glued all  the layers of your petals you are ready to slide the stems.  I used 4 stems that create 8 little knobs for the flower center.  I then used a piece of tape on the back to secure the stems.

Done!  This is the flower in my layout "Tia" which means aunt in Spanish.