Saturday, December 15, 2018

A Glittering Bauble Make-Over...

Hi folks, I seem to be on track with the Christmas preparations, the cards are written and posted, the gift cards and parcels are ready to go under the tree which has made it's way down from the loft and there are some extra baubles to hang on it's branches this year, thanks to me finding a pack of cheap as chips clear plastic baubles, bought on a whim years ago, hidden at the back of a cupboard. I spent a fun afternoon giving them a bit of a make-over and with the help of a few "Tim Holtz" products, they were transformed from
THIS...
TO THIS...



I wanted the background for the Collage Paper to be bright white but didn't fancy painting on a couple of coats of Gesso because the chances of achieving a nice smooth finish were NIL. I separated the baubles into two halves by removing the cap (I think they were intended to use with photographs) and used a tried and tested method for applying paint to the inside of objects from my ceramic painting days. I diluted White Gesso to a pouring consistency, poured into each half of the bauble, swirled it around until the entire surface was coated and let the excess drip back into the container.
I wiped the edges with a cloth, laid them face down on kitchen towel, then after 10 minutes or so, turned them right side up and left them to dry.
 VOILA, lovely white shiny smooth baubles.
I coloured the bauble caps using a nifty trick from our adorable Professor, adding drops of Alcohol Ink Gold Mixative into a plastic cup, dropped in the caps, swirled them around until covered and then left them to dry on kitchen towel
 I spritzed the cup with Rubbing Alcohol and wiped with kitchen towel, ready for next time.
I tore Idea-ology Holly Collage Paper into sections and applied to the baubles with Distress Collage Medium Matte using a Collage Brush

but as the name suggests, Distress Collage Medium Matte dries MATTE so I applied Ranger Texture Paste Clear Gloss, brushing it on as smoothly as I could, to one half of the baubles and left them to dry on top of rolls of kitchen towel. Once dry, I coated the other half and repeated the process giving them 2 coats to create a nice shine.
but there was something missing and right on cue, a "perfect timing" parcel of yummy gorgeous Glitter Dusting goodies arrived from Santa Tim & Mario
and in the blink of an eye, the Distress Glitter Dusters were primed and ready to go, filled with Distress Clear Rock Candy and Vintage Platinum, my favourite glitter of all time, absolutely gorgeous and the sparkliest glitter ever.
I added Idea-ology Ribbon and a bow before hanging on the tree 

I'll be planning the Christmas menus over the weekend and next week, I'll be heading to the kitchen with my Furry Wingman to make a start on this year's festive cooking.
Have a great weekend whatever you have planned and I'll see you all on Monday with my DT project for Simon Says Stamp,in the meantime, here's a little sneaky peek
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Ding Dong Merrily On High...

Hi folks, I'm having a "Ding Dong, Merrily On High" kind of a morning and if it wasn't so early I might be tempted to pop a cork, because all my personal cards and gift cards are now done and dusted. I crossed the finishing line yesterday with the gift cards for my two grandsons and because they are older now, I decided to go with something a little bit more grown up but still with a fun whimsical look using what is probably one of my favourite dies from this year's Tim Holtz/Sizzix Thinlits release...the super cute and adorable Deer from Cool Yule.
I trimmed Simon Says Stamp #120 Ultra White to create two 4" x 8" panels, coloured with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide, spritzed with water and patted with kitchen towel to create that water droplet effect.
I added a strip of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Stash Paper and stamped the snowflake image from Simon Says Stamp Christmas Cheer stamp set with Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.
I die-cut ovals from the Christmas Stash Paper using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Oval Thinlits and stamped a smaller snowflake with Ranger Carnation Red Archival Ink
 and added White heat embossing to the edges
I die-cut the deer from Idea-ology Classic Kraftstock and Christmas Stash Paper using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Cool Yule Thinlits and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I've had lots of e-mails from folks struggling with picking up and fixing the teeniest bits and pieces. Everyone is different but I can't seem to get on with tweezers, I don't seem to have the dexterity so here's what works for me. I always work on a piece of white copy paper so that if any of the smallest pieces fall out of the die, they don't get lost on my black Glass Media Mat (trying to locate a teeny black eye on a black background is not my idea of fun). I also use a Sticky Pick Up Tool which is great for picking up beads and sequins too and after applying a small dot of adhesive, I use my Craft Pick to nudge the little blighters into place.  I always have a small container on my workdesk when I'm using small dies to keep the dies safe until I'm ready to put them back on their magnetic sheet. Born out of necessity because it's so easy to sweep one up with the die-cutting debris and before you know, you're on your hands and knees searching through the waste paper bin.
I die cut the sentiment from white card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Retro Merry ChristmasThinlits, one of last year's favourites and matted the panels on to White card blanks.
a little bit of stamping on the envelopes and I have crossed the finishing line of this year's Christmas card making marathon.
Now it's time to deck the halls with boughs of holly but first I need to persuade hubby to venture up into the loft to retrieve the tree...oh dear, that's going to be a major bah humbug moment so I might just be popping that cork sooner rather than later.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

I'm Nearly There...

Hi Everyone, the Christmas cards have been written, addressed and are now winging their way to the recipients via Royal Mail. So yesterday I turned my attention to the gift cards for the kiddos in the family with lots of help from Simon Says Stamp December 2018 Holiday Cheer Card Kit. The kit has sold out but the Christmas Cheer stamp set is still available to buy HERE.
When you're running out of time, your back's against the wall and you need all the help you can get...I speeded up the production line by using the super cute Sticker Sheets included in the kit 
I trimmed Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock to measure 4" x 10" and applied Chipped Sapphire with a mini round blending tool to create a Winter sky.
I stamped the snowflake and snow flurry images from Simon Says Stamp Christmas Cheer stamp set with Versmark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.
I added the Santa with his reindeer and sentiment stickers from the Carta Bella "Santa's Workshop" Sticker Sheet included in the kit, heat embossed the edges of the panel and added to a 4.1/2" x 10.1/2" White Card Blank.
I still have two more gift cards to make for the grandkiddos but while the card kit was on my workdesk, I turned my attention to the gift cards for the big kiddos in the family. I trimmed Simon Says Stamp Slate Grey cardstock to create 5.1/4" square panels and stamped the snowflakes from the Christmas Cheer stamp set and the sentiment from Stained Glass Greetings with Versmark ink and heat embossed with SSS Antique Gold and Ranger Fine Detail White Embossing Powder. I added splatters of White Gesso and heat embossed the edges with Antique Gold.
I stamped the postage stamp and snowflakes on the envelope using Versamark, heat embossed with Antique Gold and Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink.
and matted the panels on to 5.1/2" square White card blanks
 Have fun with your Christmas preparations
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hooray - it's DieCember

Hi folks, I'm a little bit late joining in with the Simon Says Stamp DieCember party, a month long celebration of dies, one of our most favourite crafting products with lots of inspiration, education and fun along the way.
It's an amazing release with something for everyone and you can check all the DieCember products HERE. Simon Says very kindly sent me the Hooray Die to play with and who doesn't like a nice scripty sentiment die.
So, I created a shaker card celebrating DieCember but also another very important event that happens in December...of course, it's the event everyone is waiting for...Santa will be coming to town and if you've been good, he'll be popping down your chimney with his sack of gifts.
I trimmed a panel of SSS #120 Ultra White card to measure 4" x 5.1/4" and coloured lightly with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide using a mini round blending too, fading the colour out towards the bottom.
I used the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Trees Shifter Stencil from Set 37 with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Oxide inks to decorate the panel.
I switched to a Distress Blending Brush to colour the tree trunks with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink, using a piece of copy paper to mask off the trees, starting at the bottom and working my way up.
I die cut an aperture in the panel using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Deckle Thinlits.
I fixed acetate to the back of the aperture, added Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive around the edges, added Distress Rock Candy Glitter and Lucy's Little Things Ice Crystal Sequin Mix and covered with paper from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Paper Stash.  I die-cut the same sized Stacked Deckle Thinlit from white card, trimmed around the edge to create a frame and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I die-cut the Hooray sentiment and SSS Kate Snowflake from white card 5 times, layered to create dimension and fixed to the panel with Distress Collage Medium Matte.

I added Lucy's Little Things Ice Crystal sequins and a sentiment strip cut from paper included in SSS December 2017 Card Kit.
I matted the panel on to an A2 white card blank.
Happy Crafting
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

AALL& Create Guest Designer - Have A Quacking Christmas

Hi folks, I'm sharing another Guest Designer project for AALL&Create using Olga Heldwein's Quack The Duck #135 stamp set with Stencils  #39 Lotza Dotz and #45 Digital Bubbles designed by Autour DeMwa to create a fun whimsical Christmas Card. I adore these cuties and couldn't resist dressing them up in their Santa party hats ready for the Chrismas Celebrations and I'm sure you would have a Quacking Christmas if you were invited round to their place.
I trimmed white card to measure 4" x 8" and applied a light coat of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint using a brayer. I applied Evergreen Bough Distress Paint through Stencil #45 Digital Bubbles using a mini round blending tool
I applied Ranger Opaque White Texture Paste through Stencil #39 Lotza Dotz
and Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink using a mini round blending tool to add small dots of red. I masked off the large circle on the stencil and added larger red dots randomly on the background.
I looked out some chipboard letters from my stash, fixed them to a sheet of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Sticky Grid Sheet, applied a coat of White Gesso using a mini round blending tool.
Once dry I coloured some of the letters with Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink, pouncing the colour on with the mini round blending tool and added dots to the others using Stencil #39 Lotza Dots.
I stamped the images from Quack The Duck #135 on to Strathmore Bristol Smooth Card with Versafine Onyx Black
and coloured using Zig Clean Color Brushes and an Arteza Water Brush
I fixed the chipboard letters in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and added the uncoloured duck images arranged to look as though they are sitting on top of the letters. I added lines and scribbles around the edge of the panel using a Sakura Micron Black Pen.
I added the coloured images on top popped up on Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive, hand drew, coloured and fussy cut Santa hats and added a fluffy pom pom to each hat.
I painted the fur on the hats, the white chipboard letters and some of  the Texture Paste stencilled dots on the background with White Gesso and while it was wet sprinkled with Diamond Dust Glitter.
I added splatters of White Gesso and finished off by adding Tim Holtz Idea-ology Label Letters to complete the sentiment.
Have fun with whatever you are creating and I'll see you all soon
Hugs Kath xxx

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