Dec 3, 2016

Vintage Christmas with Poinsettia Die Cut

'Tis the season and I'm full steam Christmas card making, did you notice?!  LOL!  Linda of The Funkie Junkie's week 8 tag threw me for a loop.  Hmmm... poinsettias and vintage images and die cuts.  Well I can do that!  Just not at all close to the way she did...  My buddy Sara Emily so kindly sent me this poinsettia die from the new set after reading of my sob story of not getting it yet, so I knew it was going to make the grade!  Only, how to combine with a vintage image?

I sponged it with Fired Brick Distress Ink and fussy cut around the flowers.  I thought it would be cool to create sort of a pocket.  It needed something in the background, so I stamped one of Tim's old stamp sets called Floral Tattoo and embossed in white.  This stamp is amazing and is the coolest background!

I had seen Tim use his word dies in this way on his recent Sizzix Facebook live takeover and thought it would be perfect to balance the red from the poinsettias.

I had one lone poinsettia cut and sponged it to coordinate and layered with the new snowflake thinlets to make a funky flower.  I love this and will do it again for sure.  Puff paint snowfall and gesso splatters...  And then I had to tuck in a bow.  Added more dark accents with the snowflake stamp and small talk stickers and a mat.

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Dec 1, 2016

7Dots Studio Christmas Mini Album

Our latest challenge at Stamps and Stencils, Christmas Wishes has come upon us!  Our hostess Toni says, "Ahhhh! Christmas, like it or lump it, it rolls around every year and seems to arrive faster than ever. If you celebrate Christmas, it's likely that you'll be making cards, gift tags, decorations or even creating your own wrapping paper. My Christmas Wish is to see some of the creative things you make, in order to spread a little seasonal love to your families and friends. My only request is that you include some stamping or stenciling or even both!"

Wheee, the holidays are here indeed.  I decided to create a mini album of my beloved family Christmas photos with the 7Dots Studio Yuletide collection.  I recently picked up a couple of these chipboard albums on clearance.  Each came with a thick acrylic cover.  I created a snowy shaker that allows my first photo to peek through, well poor Logan gets buried in the snow - but you get the idea.  ;0  PS. I picked up this faux snow at the Dollar Tree.

Each of these photos are my favorites, especially this one of my late Grandmother and all of our kids when they were itty bitties.

I incorporated lots of dies and paper flowers, sequins and a mix of silver mesh, cheese cloth or torn lace on the pages.  I used stamps to add background texture to the plainer pages.

My DIY dotty stencil in the background here.

I added a simple bow to the cover to give it some umph.

And the back, don't you love this paper!

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Nov 29, 2016

Tim Holtz November 12 Tags of 2016

I couldn't get away from the rub-on resist and my "lemonade" tag.  LOL!  So I gave her another dip.  I tore off the "es" in "wishes" for my die cut word to go with the rub-ons better.  I layered metallic bronze cardstock over black and went back with a white Distress Crayon to mimic the white around the rub-ons.

This time I used a variety of neutral Distress Inks for the background and added Fired Brick for the butterfly.

During our girls weekend I stamped some of these fab Tim Holtz butterflies with my friend Bonnie's stamp.  I cheated and "strategically" dipped it in my choice inks rather than coloring.  Seriously, I'm not a colorista!  LOL!  Can butterflies be festive?  Well I tried to make this into a holiday tag, not sure if that translates.

To add to the festive feel I was going for, I applied IndigoBlu FlitterGlu around the edge of my tag and then foiled with Tim's bronze foil.

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Nov 28, 2016

Ombre Embossing with Darkroom Door Border Stamps Tutorial

I'm sharing my final guest post this month on the Darkroom Door blog today.  I've created a spread in my junk journal featuring the new Star Border Stamp.  It is an exquisite stamp at 12" long!  The pattern lines up for a repeat, which is just so much fun to do!

I hope you will enjoy the process video I created for you, where I share ombre embossing for a variegated result.  Fun!  I'd love for you to hop on over to the Darkroom Door blog to see all of the details and let them know if you enjoyed my project.  Thanks sweeties!

Nov 27, 2016

Tim Holtz November 2016 Tag

Y'all know that since I've only been blogging about a year and a half now that I'm new to Tim's tag challenges, well relatively new.  Somehow I have never EVER seen the rub-on resist technique before.  And it is so so cool!!!

If I could go back in time I would do two things today.  One would be to have tried this technique when it was first introduced!  Duh!  And the second would be NOT to dip this gorgeous background in gesso.  Not to turn it pink, then NOT to dip the pink background in Vintage Photo to cover up the pink.  But, I can't.  I had to make lemonade with this one.

I am NOT a colorista, sadly.  I'm just not, so I used this sweet image from my new pack of Tim's cabinet cards.  I added a 7Dots sticker and a Tim "smile" die to it.

The very very dark background really showed the resist well, which I do like.

I picked up the tiny wood stars recently and thought they were the perfect texture accent.  And there you have it, my total "failure" of a take on Tim's beautiful fall remix....  LOL!

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