December’s Tag of the Month is here and this time the theme was Hearth & Home. When I thought about the theme I had so many memories of Christmas time and getting together with my Dad and Sisters. Those days are gone, but I still have good memories, so my tag this month is “My Heart goes home for Christmas”
I created the background by first using distress stains in blue & white. This was overstamped using large background stamps by Hero Arts: Grid Pattern and Italian Poetry. As usual most of the background is covered up, but you can see some of it on the bottom left of the tag.
I die cut the flower using the Layered Poinsettia by Spellbinders. Rather than fill the center with Flower Soft this time, I instead just popped a ready made ribbon rose down in the middle. I die cut a larger petal in green and used those for leaves.
I created a pine branch border (Pine branch die by Memory Box) and layered this over a border of lace. To finish off the raw edges I cut a narrow strip of Cranberry cardstock and ran it through my Fiskars crimping tool.
I did not have a stamp in the sentiment that I wanted to convey, so I printed out a bunch of various sizes and fonts then picked my favorite. The final choice is generated in the font Kayleigh in size 12. I used my Nestabilities Label die to cut it out and then stencil color on. As a finish, I added a crackle medium. I think it turned out pretty cool as all of the cracks radiate outward from the center of the sentiment. This piece was layered over a Fleur De Lis Pendant that I cut twice and then joined together for a fancy border.
I don’t know if this tag will evoke Christmas memories for my swap partner like it did for me, but I sure hope so!
I had time to play and join in on the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday. This weeks sketch is Mojo322 I used scraps of Christmas papers left over from my annual Christmas Card project, a Stampin’ Up stamp set (Versatile Verses); 2 Spellbinder label dies; Martha Stewart corner punch, Cuttlebug’s music embossing folder; goild foil stickers; metallic ribbon and some home made stick pin embellishments.
I layered two label dies and embellished with come corner punches. The foil embellishments are the negative left overs on the sticker sheet.
Homemade stick pin embellishments are carefully poked into the metallic bow so that the pointy bits are under at least one of the layers of card stock.
One last look at the full card. I think it’s amazing that just scraps of DSP and some (what I thought) unusable stiff ribbon can turn out to be.
This month in one of my groups the challenge is to make a thank you card that should include some Cuttlebug embossing. I still had the Close to My Heart Set Holly Christmas out on my desk and used that to design Christmas gift thank you cards. This is a one layer design that has been masked and sponged.
Here you can see that I used my Scor-Pal to add some horizontal embossed lines. The verse is by Stampin Up from the set Heard from the Heart. I also used my finger and some pastels to add color to some of the embossing. The embossing folder is by Stampin Up as well.
The mini tag with matching punch is by Stampin’ Up from the set Tiny Tags. Oh, and you should know that the reason I have a snowflake brad is that when I embossed the bottom section of the card, the design punched a hole clean through my card stock! Just another reason to embellish something, right?
I’ve had the Close to My Heart stamp set Holly Christmas for years. I even remember that I bought it at a convention. It was one of those must have purchases, but once it came home with me I never really did anything with it. So each year I try to bring it out for some fresh ink. Here is the first of this years offerings.
I first stamped the berries in cranberry ink. Next I covered all of them with watermark ink. While that was still damp, I dipped the sheet in clear embossing powder, and heat embossed. While the card stock was still hot I dipped again in clear embossing powder and embossed. I just happened to have the right size punch for a change, and punched. These were added to the card using 3-d mounting tape.
I’m so glad you stopped by. Be sure to leave a comment so I know you were here. (This means you Jane!)
I turned on my Cricut and cut a fancy tree from the cartridge, Trim a Tree. It took a lot of work with a craft knife to get the die cut cleaned up enough to use (see the last photo of this post). I made sure to use papers that I’ve had for years, so I can start using some of my stock up. Here is what I came up with.
I made my own embellishments, snow ball stick pins. These are made from air dry clay and molded onto a stick pin. I covered the dried ball in Tacky Glue and then rolled it into micro fine glitter. The bow is made from crochet thread.
I hand cut the banner using my paper trimmer and then a punch to make the fish tail ends. Each little mini banner is embellished with a green crystal gem.
After I had cleaned up the tree die cut with a craft knife, I added glue pen and pressed the whole thing into micro fine glitter. This was glued down to two oval die cut mats and finally onto the largest beaded oval die all from Spellbinders. The tree looked fine as it was, but I went ahead and added some tiny green and gold crystal gem ornaments.
And one more angle so you can get a good look at the finished card.
Take a look at the terrible cuts my Cricut did trying to cut out these ornate Christmas Trees. These were cut at 3″ and the one on the card was at 3 1/2″. I used a new blade, new mat and had the pressure set at maximum. I am thinking that my machine can only do this type of design in much larger sizes to get clean cuts.
It’s no wonder I seldom turn on the machine. It’s frustrating.
The calendar page you see is a project that was started and completed September 2012. This calendar project was made by all of the Shoebox Ladies and two Stamping Friends from Washington State. We each made two pages (or 2 months) in the calendar. Instead of showing them all at once back in 2012, I’ve decided to delay posting until the actual month they were created for.
Thank you Maggi for organizing us and binding each of the calendars! I look forward to our annual projects together.
I have only shared 3 Christmas cards (from the November Shoebox meeting), but now the Christmas card “season” really begins. To start off my season I made this Martha Stewart punch around the page card. Earlier this month I brought out the punches and had trouble when I made THIS CARD. Blog reader Linda helped me out and gave me measurements from the original packaging. Now that I have recent experience, it went much easier.
The verse is from the retired Stampin Up set, Words of Wisdom.
Here is what I came up with…
This view will show the different layers, I matted the two punched layers with DSP and added tiny crystal gems. I popped up the upper two layers using fun foam. This keeps the card flat; it won’t waffle when mailed AND you don’t need extra postage to mail it.
Keeping in mind that I want to keep this flat, I used fun foam that had been colored with red and used that for my berries. I topped them with crystal effects for a little shine. The pine branch by Memory Box was tipped with artichoke ink and the holly leaves by Martha Stewart were also sponged using both artichoke and black. I added some jelly roll glitter pen for the leaf veins.
And a final angle so you can get one last look at the beginning of the Christmas Card Avalanche.
The top fancy oval layer was die cut from the Spellbinder die Floral Ovals and then sponged with Memento Pear Tart ink.