VIDEO: Sending Merry Wishes – Vellum Photo Card

Hello! I just wanted to stop by to wish you all the merriest of days. I also thought I would share my personal Christmas card. I wasn’t planning on doing this, but I had shared a few peeks on Instagram and got requests to see it all. The video doesn’t show the whole process, but gives you a peek into it.

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This is the card that my family sends out for Christmas – 200 in total. Yes, it took a lot of time. But, it is very important to me. I love handmade greetings and am willing to do whatever it takes (panic, getting the family to help, working on them at basketball games and car rides, etc.) to get them done every year. Everyone is different – but to me it is worth the time and effort.

I have a family photo (taken by Krysia Photography) that is mounted to a 5×7 white cardstock piece. (My Christmas cards are almost always this size.) On the back of the white cardstock, I have an update on my family – what each person does for “play” and for “work/school.” Simple and playful.

I then have a 5×7 vellum piece on the front. I used My Favorite Things 30lb vellum so that it was a bit more sheer… allowing the photo to show through. (However, if you are looking for a heavier vellum, check out the awesome 43lb vellum over at Ellen Hutson. I love and use both.) On the vellum, I heat embossed several images. The messages are wood-mounted stamps that I designed myself and had made into stamps at Simon’s Stamps. I heat embossed the “merriest” with Ranger Gold Tinsel powder and the text with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. The stars are from the Simon Says Stamp Lots of Stars stamp set and are heat embossed with a blue glitter WOW embossing powder.

I also added a line of sewing along the top to hold the vellum in place using my favorite silver thread. I am really happy with my new sewing machine. So easy to use!!

I will say that I saved a *tremendous* amount of time using two must-have tools: the MISTI stamping tool and the Milwaukee Heat Gun. I was able to stamp several pieces at once in Versamark with the MISTI and then heat set them quickly all at once with my gets-hot-fast heat gun. Huge time saver. (By the way, the MISTI is in very high demand. I would recommend reserving yours now – they sold out in minutes today! You can find them at SSS or on My Sweet Petunia. Iliana sent me a MISTI months ago and I am so glad I can finally use it in videos since she now is manufacturing more of them. She is a genius!)

Finally, I sent them out in some lovely gold and silver envelopes, along with a strip of fun gold and silver washi tape from Sakuralala. Oh – and hubby addressed them all. :)

This card could easily be simplified in many ways… and the messages could be changed to fit the occasion you celebrate.

Now go and have a very Merry Christmas! (Or whatever you celebrate in your awesome family.) Hugs to all.

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Video: Inked Shaker Cards

Hello!

Just wanted to give you a heads up that today I am a guest over on the blog of my dear friend Kristina Werner. She is one of my favoritest (yes – I made up a word in her honor) people in the whole world… so I am honored to be there.

Here is a peek what is in the video on her blog

To see the video and more photos, head on over to Kristina’s blog HERE.

See you soon!

VIDEO: Colored Vellum Shaker Card + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome! Today’s video shares a fun way to add color to vellum shaker card. This post is also part of the Newton’s Nook Deck the Halls with Inky Paws blog hop. (More on that below.)

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Vellum and markers are two products many of us likely have in our craft room. And it is very easy to combine them for a stained glass look. I started by using my MISTI stamping tool (but you could use a large acrylic block) to white heat emboss Newton’s Nook Beautiful Blizzard snowflakes on a piece of vellum. I then added color to the back of the vellum with my Copic markers, but you could use any markers. Finally, I stitched with silver thread and my sewing machine around the edges of the vellum onto a card with fun glitter and sequins sandwiched inside. And that’s it! A super easy shaker card.

NEWTON’S NOOK BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Newton’s Nook Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop. Newton’s Nook has adorable stamps – be sure to check them out! They had many awesome guests this week, too.

The next person on the hop is Amy Sheffer. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop HERE.)

GIVEAWAY

Newton’s Nook is giving away two $10 gift certificates to their store. To enter, just leave comments on all the stops along the hop by 9pmCST on 12/7/14. Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop.(Winners will be announced on the NND blog and contacted by them on 12/8/14.)

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VIDEO: Stamp Gift Bag + Paper Crafts Special Thanks Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello. I have lots to share today! First, I have a video showing a stamped goodie bag along with another example of rubber cement masking. This post is also part of a very special blog hop. (More on that below.)

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I’m not sure there is a better gift for a crafty friend then a handmade gift bag containing a special stamp and ink. Creating the gift bag is easy, thanks to the must-have Goodie Bag die from Lawn Fawn. I decided to do lots of stamping and inking on the bag with some of my favorite products.

I first stamped the My Favorite Things bear using their Black Hybrid Ink. (Note that I made the bear image taller by doing some selective inking because I wanted him to peek over the heart.) I then colored the bear with Copic Markers and applied rubber cement over the image to mask it. For the background, I applied Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and stamped the Snowfall Background from My Favorite Things over the bear image. The rubber cement protects the bear and resists all the color I applied on top. Very cool! The rubber cement easily rubs away.

I stamped the Bossy Joscie “bless your heart” sentiment on a Simon Says Stamp heart die… replacing the “o” with a small die cut heart.

I took the two pieces of the gift bag and adhered them together. Inside the bag is a stamp and mini ink pad – the same stamp I used on the front of the bag. I really love this “bless your heart” stamp because the sentiment works for many occasions and the wood block is engraved – - such nice quality for a gift! This bag size is also great for a gift card or even jewelry.

I can’t wait to make more of these.

BLOG HOP

Today I am part of a very important, special and large blog hop – the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks Blog Hop.

It was recently announced that Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine would be shutting its doors. This has hit the industry hard. Yes, we will miss the magazine and seeing lovely cards in print. But what I will miss more is the people behind the magazine and the community they formed.

I worked for many years with Creating Keepsakes Magazine and went on to be a Go-To-Gal for Paper Crafts. (The two combined along the way.) Over the years I *loved* the people I worked with. They had such enthusiasm and passion for bringing crafting inspiration to everyone. They opened doors for crafters and encouraged them. And although I ended my time as a Go-To-Gal because my plate was overflowing, I loved and still love the faces behind the magazine. (To the team at PC&S… I love you for always being understandings and supportive. I will forever be grateful. XO.)

This has been a difficult change for many folks in our hobby. But it is more important now than ever that we keep our community strong, happy, encouraging and inspiring. This hop is perfect for that! I hope you will take the time to visit the many wonderful blogs along the way.

The next person on the hop is the wonderfully talented and super sweet (yes – I am her biggest fan)… Taheerah Atchia! (And a big thanks to Taheerah for organizing this. XO)

GIVEAWAY

I will admit it – I bought a second Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die when I couldn’t find my first one. Well, I found it! So I have a spare to give away to a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/15/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

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Video: Textured Stenciling

Hello!

I just am stopping by to let you know that I am a guest over on Ellen Hutson’s blog. She is doing her annual “12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist” and I have a video showing textured stenciling.

You can see my project and video HERE on the Ellen Hutson blog. Also, be sure to go HERE to follow along with all 12 tags over the next several days.

Enjoy!

Video: Shape Stamping

Hi there! I am taking a quick break from My Favorite Crafty Things series to share a video with you. This video shows a simple technique I like to call “shape stamping“… taking a basic outline shape and filling it in with small stamped images. This card is also part of a guest post over on the Newton’s Nook Blog.

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“Shape stamping” is very simple and a great way to get more life from any small stamp images. I started by creating a triangle with a pencil. (You could instead trace any shape you want.) I then stamped the leaves from the Falling Into Autumn Stamp Set by Newton’s Nook inside the pencil lines using four green inks (Simon Says Stamp Green Leaf and Fern and Hero Arts Lime Green and Green Hills). A good tip for filling in a basic shape with stamped images is to start on the edges or the corners. I started at the top of the triangle and worked my way down and in.

I finished by gold heat embossing “blessings” from the same Newton’s Nook set… and added the “Christmas” from a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I just love mixing sentiments from different stamp sets for a whole new look. Another great way to stretch your stamps!


Oh – and check out that twine. It is actually white twine from American Crafts that I colored with a marker. Nice, huh? I also added Peacock Stickles to the tree and white dots on some of the leaves using my Uniball White Signo Pen.

Here’s a helpful tip: I adhered some fun foam under the stamped panel instead of foam adhesive. This gives me complete coverage and dimension and goes through the mail with ease.

I hope this inspires you to try some small image stamping inside a basic shape outline. I think a simple heart outline filled with tiny images could be fun, too.

NEWTON’S NOOK

I have always loved the look of Newton’s Nook stamps and am excited to be a guest on their blog today. They are having a big “Deck the Halls with Inky Paws” week – be sure to check it out HERE.

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