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Rock Concert-Happy 2018!

Rock concert

Happy 2018 to you!

I hope my "rock concert" painted rock will bring a smile.

Small pebbles and rocks were collected (half the fun!), painted, and wiggly eyes glued on to create a collection of concert-goers.

After painting a larger rock white, I glued on the individual pebbles and rocks.

I printed "rock concert" on a piece of tissue paper that was taped to a piece of copy paper.  After cutting the tissue paper down and away from the copy paper, I decoupaged it onto the front of the rock. 

To seal the rocks, I added a layer of decoupage.

To see more painted rocks, please visit my page HERE.

 

Happy Stampin'!

More Painted Rocks Part 2!

So, I've said it before. 

I'm obsessed with painting rocks!

There is a big movement here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too.)

Find and paint rocks.

Leave them in public spaces for others to find.

They, in turn, take the rock and place them somewhere for someone else to find.

It's all designed to bring a smile.

And it does!

Click HERE to see more of my collection on painted rocks

The holidays have passed, and things have calmed down.

Time to paint more rocks!

Parrot rock 1

Parrot rock

This is probably one of my favorite rocks I painted and is definitely a keeper.

I let the shape of the rock determine what it would be.

After getting on Pinterest, I found a great idea to work from.

It took me awhile to get it right, but I really like it.

It currently sits on our heater next to my other favorite, the trout rock:

 

Parrot and trout rocks
 

 

Giraffe rock 1

 Giraffe rock

Again, the shape of the rock helped determine what would be painted on it.

This one just makes me smile.  I have determined that this is a keeper too.

Or, I might give it to my one-year-old granddaughter for her rock garden.

Santa Rocks

Santa rocks

I found an idea for these on Pinterest.  Mine didn't turn out as cute as the ones I saw online, but oh well.

I have the hardest time with painting eyes.  After several failed attempts, I ended up putting wiggly eyes on them.

So much easier than fighting it!

 

Pom pom snowmen

Pom pom snowmen rocks

Cute little snowmen wearing stocking caps.

Just in time for winter!

 

Man in Moon

Man in the Moon rock

The rock helped shape what would be painted on it.

Man in the Moon Rock

and finally, Man in the Moon and stars rock.

This is another one where the rock determined what it would be.  The upper ledge of the rock is crescent moon shaped, perfect for that man in the moon!

 I punched some stars out of designer paper using a small star punch and decoupaged them to the lower ledge of the rock.

This is a fairly large-sized and heavy rock.  I decided to keep this one, and it now has a place on our steps to the front porch. 

Dino and man in the moon 1

The dino and man on the moon help welcome visitors!

I hope this will provide inspiration for you to join the painted rock movement!

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Christmas Blessings Glittery Woodland Embossing Folder

Glitter woodland embossing foldeer

Best Wishes for peace, health, and happiness!

Merry Christmas, Happy 2018!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Christmas Pines, Sheltering Tree

Ink: Archival Black, White Craft

Paper: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Vellum

Accessories:  Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder, Card Front Builder Thinlits Die, Multi-purpose glue, Dazzling Details, Silver Metallic Thread, Glue Dot, Mini Dimensionals, rhinestones

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Christmas Quilt Ornaments

Christmas Quilt Ornaments

Christmas in about here. 

Are you ready?  Do you have your Christmas cards done? 

Need a quick and simple Christmas card idea?

I'm here to help with this quick and easy Christmas card using punches and Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (retiring on January 2).

Here's how:

  1. Start with a 5" x 3 3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Punch circles out using 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches.
  2. Cut pieces of Christmas Quilt Designer Series Paper a little larger than the circles.  Apply SNAIL adhesive around the circles on the back side of the card stock.  Attach designer series paper.
  3. Cut ornament toppers out of red glimmer paper using the Big Shot and Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (also retiring).  Use the die that is used as the tree stand in the set.  Turn it over, and it becomes an ornament topper!
  4. Attach various colors of baker's twine at the top of each ornament.  Bring the twine to the top of the card front, wrap around to the back and secure using SNAIL adhesive.
  5. Attach the ornament toppers using  Glue Dots.
  6. Tie bows out of the baker's twine and attach using  Glue Dots.
  7. Attach to Real Red mat.  Attach to Blushing Bride card base.
  8. Stamp greeting from Christmas Pines on scrap piece of Blushing Bride card stock using Real Red ink.  Banner cut edge.  Attach to a slightly larger red glimmer piece of card stock. Attach to front of card using Dimensionals to pop the greeting up.
  9. Add glimmer enamel dots to complete.

Easy, easy, and done in about 5 minutes!

And of course, you can use any designer series paper you have on hand. 

This is a perfect project to use up those paper scraps!

Christmas Quilt Ornaments closeup

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Blushing Bride, Real Red, Whisper White, red glimmer, Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches, Big Shot, Quilt Builder Framelits Die, baker's twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Glimmer Enamel Dots

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Happy Stampin'!

Quilted Christmas Suite is Retiring

The Quilted Christmas Suite found in the Holiday Catalog will retire on January 2nd.

Don't miss out on getting the Christmas Quilt stamp set and coordinating Quilt Builders Framelits Dies for your collection.

Quilt cards are always in style, whether it is Christmas time or not!

Here are some ideas using the suite:

Christmas Quilt

Christmas Quilt Trees

Christmas Quilt Embroidery Hoop

A Little Wild Christmas Quilt

 Shop online today for the Christmas Quilt Bundle.

Remember, it retires January 2nd!

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Happy Stampin'!

Fresh Card Making Idea-Embossed Hot Glue Technique

Embossed hot glue

Create abstract designs on a watercolor background using the Embossed Hot Glue Technique! 

It is super easy, and the possibilities are endless.

My December Fresh Card Making Idea will feature the Embossed Hot Glue Technique.

Want to learn more?

The Embossed Hot Glue Technique tutorial will hit email in boxes on December 19.

Please be sure to sign up for my mailing list by 8:00 am on December 19 to receive this free tutorial, complete with step-by-step instructions and color photos.

The sign up box is located in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

Don't miss out.  Sign up today!

If you missed out on receiving this tutorial by not signing up on my mailing list, the Embossed Hot Glue Technique can be purchased for the low price of $2.99.

The tutorial will be sent to your e mail inbox in a pdf format and includes 2 projects with detailed instructions and color photos.

To purchase, please click on the PayPal link below.

Thank you.

 

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Happy Stampin'!

Glimmery Swirly Snowflakes

Glimmer swirly snowflakes

 

This window card was created using a window sheet and a snowflake from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Die cut out of Silver Glimmer paper.

Just love that glimmer!

It's easy to do.  Here's how:

 

1. Punch a hole out of Whisper White card front using the 1 3/4" circle punch. 

2 Using the punched out piece as a template, place it on Whisper White card base and draw a circle using a pencil.  Punch this circle out using 1 3/4" circle punch a hole out of Whisper White card front using the 1 3/4" circle punch. 

3. Cut a piece of Silver Glimmer paper and Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet the same size.  Peel off the printed side of the  adhesive sheet, leaving a sticky backing.  Attach the Silver Glimmer paper to the backing.  

4. Cut out a snowflake using the trio Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits die.  Remove from the sticky backing, cutting away the excess parts of the design.

5. Cut a piece of window sheet slightly larger than the 1 3/4" circle punched in the card front.  Attach to the inside of the card so it shows through the opening of the cut circle using Glue Dots at the 4 corners.

6. Attach the snowflake to the front of the window sheet, using the sticky backing from the adhesive sheet as the adhesive.

Glimmer swirly snowflake back side

7. To cut a glimmer ring, punch a  1 3/4"  circle out of Silver Glimmer paper.  Line up 2" circle punch around the 1 3/4" circle and punch.

8. Attach the ring to the front of the card using glue dots.

9. Swipe Embossing Buddy over card front.  Stamp greeting from Christmas Pines using Versamark ink and heat emboss using silver embossing powder and heat tool.

10. Attach card front to card base using Mini Dimensionals on the 4 corners.

11.Attach rhinestones to the the center of the snowflake and on the card front to complete.

I cut the card down from the standard 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" in order to reduce the amount of white on the card.  The card measures 4 1/4" x 3 1/2".  The card front measures 3 3/4" x 3 1/4".

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Swirly Snowflake Thinlits Dies, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets, Window Sheet, 2" and 1 3/4" circle punches, Embossing Buddy, silver embossing powder, heat tool, Glue Dots, Mini Dimensionals, rhinestones

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Happy Stampin'!

Blast from the Past-Extra Postage Required Cards

This year, as I was going through my stash of Christmas cards, I came across a few cards that I had made over the years that I never mailed. 

Why is that, you may ask?

I didn't mail them because I knew they would require extra postage.

They were bulky because of embellishments that I had added.

So, this year, I hand-delivered them to attendees at a recent Christmas card making class. 

They were a hit!

Here are a few of those hard to mail cards:

Straw Christmas Tree

This straw Christmas tree card was featured in a post on October 26, 2013.

I had seen the idea on Pinterest, and made it quickly using straws I found in my crafting stash.

Steam punk christmas tree

This steam punk Christmas tree was featured in a post on December 21, 2012.

It was the card I made for a Stamp Club Steam Punk themed card swap.

The tree was cut out of copper roof flashing. 

Blue Iris Folded Christmas Ornament

This blue iris folded Christmas Ornament was featured in a post on January 28, 2013.

For more iris folding ideas, please be sure to check my Iris Folding page HERE.

And finally, here are two shaker cards from Pining for Plaid, the October Paper Pumpkin kit.

Pining for Plaid shaker card

Pining for Plaid ornament shaker card

These cards were easy to create in a matter of minutes using the items in the kit, but a little bulky to mail because of the foam circles needed to create the shaker part.

I hope these cards will provide inspiration. 

Even if they are a little bulky for mailing because of embellishments used, they can still be hand-delivered, attached to a present or to batch of homemade goodies!

Happy Stampin'!

Iris Folded Christmas Ornament Part 2

Quilted Christmas Iris Folded Ornament

Iris Folding is one of my all-time favorite crafting techniques.

Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves folding strips of colored paper in such a way to form a spiraling design.

The center of the design forms an iris -- similar to the shape of the iris of a camera lens.

I know it looks like it could be complicated, but really it is not.  You work with a pattern.  Follow the pattern, and you can't go wrong.

The basic iris folding patterns are the circle, the square, and the rectangle.

 Click here for the basic iris folding patterns including the circle used to make this card.

For instructions on how to make this card, please visit my Iris Folded Christmas Ornament posting on 12/4 HERE.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Snowflakes Sentiments

Ink Real Red

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Red Glimmer, Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Circle iris folding pattern, 2 1/2" circle punch, Big Shot, Winter Wonder Embossing Folder, Quilt Builder Framelits Die, 1/4" Quilted Christmas Ribbon, washi tape, Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Iris Folded Christmas Ornament

Iris Folded Christmas Ornament

Iris Folding is one of my all-time favorite crafting techniques.

Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves folding strips of colored paper in such a way to form a spiraling design.

The center of the design forms an iris -- similar to the shape of the iris of a camera lens.

I know it looks like it could be complicated, but really it is not.  You work with a pattern.  Follow the pattern, and you can't go wrong.

The basic iris folding patterns are the circle, the square, and the rectangle.

 Click here for the basic iris folding patterns including the circle used to make this card.

 

 

 

Here's how to make this ornament card:

  1. Emboss Whisper White card front using the Big Shot and Winter Wonder  Embossing Folder.
  2. Punch a circle out of the snowflake/card front using the 2 ½” circle punch.
  3. Print out circle iris folding pattern. Lay card front face down over the iris folding pattern. * In Iris Folding, you will always work from the back. Adhere the card stock to the pattern on the right or left side only using washi or painter's tape, creating a hinge, so you can lift up your card stock to check the progress on the front side as you go. 
  4. Decide on your design and cut your paper into strips. The number of strips needed will depend on the pattern and the length of the paper.  This pattern has 4 sections, so I chose 4 patterned papers from Christmas Around the World 12”x12” and Quilted Christmas 6”x6” Designer Series Paper, cut into ½” wide strips.

TIP:  Once you have decided on and have cut the paper you’d like for your design, lay the strips in front of you in the order that you will be using them. Keep them in this order as you are working on the pattern.  Or write down a description of the design (circles, stripes, solids, etc.) and number them in the order of use in the margins of the pattern you are following.  It can get confusing once you begin working with the paper, especially if you are working with a more complicated pattern.   And remember, the design on the back side of the paper will be what you see as you fill in the pattern.

  1. Apply SNAIL Adhesive around the edge of the cut pattern. Begin with design #1 and following the pattern guide, place it over the first section #1, placing it against the line of the pattern with the straight edge facing towards the center. Trim with a pair of scissors or hand-tear the paper to the size needed to fill the space.
  2. Repeat, using the other 3 paper designs, filling in each section following the numbers around the pattern. You’ll need to add strips of SNAIL to the ends of the bottom strips as you work around to secure the pieces together.
  3. Continue adding designer paper until the pattern is filled in, leaving the center space open. The center of the design forms an iris, similar to the shape of the iris of a camera lens.
  4. It is time to add the iris to the center.  Use a stamped or punched image or an attractive piece of paper to cover the hole in the middle, again adhering it from the back. For this card, use a piece of red glimmer paper secured with a piece of washi tape.
  5. To tidy up my iris folded pieces, I always add a piece of card stock to the back to hide the strips of paper. This is optional.
  6. For the ornament top, cut a piece of red glimmer using the Big Shot and Quilt Builder Framelit die. Attach to the top of the circle.
  7. Stamp greeting from Snowflake Sentiment using Real Red ink.
  8. Tie a bow out of the ¼” Quilted Christmas ribbon and attach to the top of the ornament using a Mini Glue Dot.

For more iris folding ideas and patterns, along with an iris folded how to video, please visit my Iris Folding page HERE.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Snowflake Sentiments

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Red Glimmer, Christmas Around the World and Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Circle iris folding pattern, 2 1 /2" circle punch, Big Shot, Winter Wonder Embossing Folder, Quilt Builder Framelits Die (for the ornament topper), 1/4" Quilted Christmas ribbon, washi tape, Mini Glue Dot

 

Happy Stampin'!