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11 December 2012

Over the River and Through the Woods Star Book...

Ok. So I've been wanting to try a Star Book for quite some time, but have never found the time to figure out exactly how to do one. That is, until now! Thanks so much to Shelly Hickox and her lovely blog post on Dec. 5th! Here is where I found my inspiration: http://shellyhickox.blogspot.com/2012/12/pop-n-cuts-star-book-plus-giveaway.html

Anyway, after being inspired by her lovely example, I was finally inclined to try my hand at making one of my own. Below are pictures of my interpretation of the book Shelly created. Of course, I had to add my own creative twists...and since I am impatient and could not wait until my pop n cuts die came in...I improvised and created my own simple pop up solution by hand. (I now have the die she used...but I had already finished the book before it arrived...so I'll have to do a Valentine's themed one using the die she used!) This book was so much fun to create...and Shelly is right...One can get VERY carried away with the decorating! But it is SO MUCH FUN!

All but one of the dies used in my book are by Tim Holtz (Love Love Love his dies)...all are made by Sizzix.
I didn't have all the dies Shelly used, so I did my own thing using the one's I did have. All of the Stamps used in my book are also Tim Holtz by Stamper's Anonymous. And of course...all the inks used are his beloved Distress and Archival inks. Sticky Back Canvas is from Claudine Helmuth's line of products. I'll update this post later with a complete list of all that I used on the book...listed by page. A few Non-Tim items used were Flower Soft, The red tinsel (I didn't have his at the time, so I used what I had), the red Ribbon, The Christmas Lights ribbon and the Stampendous Mica chips and this cool BOP film (used for the windows and the lamp post glass). If I am not mistaken, I think everything else is infused with Tim Holtz products! Yummy!

Over the River and Through the Woods...Star Book Cover:
 Riveted Star & Wreath Detail:
Glittery Noel Detail:
 Sticky Back Canvas Spline Cover Detail:

Star Book Page 1 Old Jalopy Street scene:
 Old Jalopy with tied on Snow covered Pine Tree Detail:
 Wreath detail (made from some wired chenille ribbon I had on hand)
Snowy Lamp post detail (globe glow made with frosted Gold BOP film)

Star Book Page 2 Reindeer Flight in the Pines and Bird on a Branch:
 Flower Softed Pine Tree and Deer Detail:
 Bird on a Branch Detail:
 Stampendous Mica Flakes for Ground cover Detail:
(Unfortunately, the picture does not show the sparkly goodness)

Star Book Page 3 Frosty's Wonderland:
 Frosty's hat detail...and look at those mirrored snowflakes! Love 'em!:
 Let it Snow! Detail...Love the metal foil tape!:
You probably can't see it, but the embossed snowflakes on the snowman are coated with the Pearl Paint dabber, and the rest of him is covered in sparkly Rock Candy Stickles. I wish the picture showed just how sparkly he is!

Star Book Page 4...Grandma's House:

 Cardboard Roof, Quilt batting smoke and Riveted Star and Christmas Lights Ribbon Detail:
 Cardboard Branch and Stick Back Canvas Deer with Flower Soft snow and fur Detail:

Star Book Page 5 Merry Christmas Hanging Sign:
 I made the sign post out of the Lamp Post and the Hanging Sign dies, a little snip here and there and voila!

Below is a birds eye view of what the book looks like assembled and tied together in the Open position. I think I need a turn table to display it on so it can be viewed easily from all angles!
Here is a look at the patterned paper I stamped to be the base for all my pages:
Lily Bee's Oatmeal stationary card stock was used as the base for the background...then I stamped the background scene with various Tim Holtz stamp sets:
Snowflakes were stamped with Iced Spruce Seasonal Distress Ink
Angel, the Music notes and the Deer were stamped with Pumice Stone Distress Ink
Tall Pines were stamped with sponged on Evergreen Bough Seasonal Distress Ink
(I used the blending tool to apply the ink to my stamp for a softer depth of color.)
A Joyful Christmas was stamped with Festive Berries Seasonal Distress Ink.
Crackle background was stamped with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
The only image I used a stamp block for was the sentiment...I stamped everything else without a block to achieve a more feathered and distressed look to the stamping.

Below is with the pop up block background scene shown flat:
 Background paper with the pop up showing. I used a basic 1"x1" block for my pop up elements.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my book! Please leave a comment if you like what you see. I love to get feedback from those who take the time to look at my work. Thanks for looking and I wish each and every one of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Crafty New Year too!

13 November 2012

Happy Fall Y'all!

I absolutely Love Fall...so this little project was a joy to create. I've had it done for quite some time, but finally got around to posting it today. I found a similar idea on Pinterest...which is where I got the initial idea for this...but seriously, I was not about to take the time to hand score strips of paper to make my own Rosettes when I own both of the awesome Tim Holtz Rosette dies! What a time saver!

Unfortunately, I did not think to take pictures step by step as I made it...so I will give written instructions below instead.

  1. I used 1 sheet of Canvas Corp Raven script Kraft cardstock 12x12.
  2. I used Ranger Distress Inks in Ripe Persimmon and Peeled Paint to ink the cardstock.
    Note: I inked about 9" x 12" of the cardstock with the Ripe Persimmon for the pumpkin, and about 1-1/2" x 4" with the Peeled Paint (for the leaves). I had some cardstock left over afterwards.
  3. I cut the Inked Cardstock into 2" x 12" strips...to fit the Rosette dies perfectly.
  4. I used the Tim Holtz Alterations Rosette dies for the pumpkin...the Movers & Shapers leaves die (by Tim as well) for the leaves.
  5. Cut out 2 of the Large Rosettes and 2 of the Medium/Small Rosettes...yielding 6 layers
  6. Assemble the Rosettes...I found that using Glossy accents to join the ends works best...but to hold the Rosette in shape...Hot Glue works wonders! It is a lot quicker too...and perfect for this design.
  7. Assemble the Pumpkin. I layered my assembled rosettes one on top of the other in this order from bottom to top: Small Rosette, Medium Rosette, Large Rosette, Large Rosette, Medium Rosette, Small Rosette. This gives it a pumpin like shape.
  8. Cut two leaves out of the Peeled Paint inked cardstock using the Movers & Shapers leaves that comes with the mini leaf & branch set.
  9. Find a small twig out in the yard to use for the stem.
  10. Hot glue the twig to the top of your pumpkin.
  11. Make wire curly ques to attach to the twig if desired. I just used whatever wire I could find.
  12. Tie some twine around your twig...and attach your leaves.
  13. To the twine I added a simple tag I had lying around and inked it with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and wrote Happy Fall Y'all on it with my Walnut Stain Distress Marker.

Voila! Finished Fall Decoration for 2012! You could make a whole pumpkin patch by varying the widths of the rosettes. Ahhh the possibilities!
A Special thanks goes out to Tim Holtz & Sizzix for designing an easy way to make Rosettes!

Below is a photo of two more projects I made using the Tim Holtz Rosette dies. These were made in 2011...back before I had a blog. Enjoy!
If you enjoyed this post or have any questions, please leave a comment below.
I'd love to hear your feedback.

12 November 2012

Christmas Card Class 2

It's a Canvas Corp. Christmas...
Card Class!
Below are samples of the cards & tags we'll be making in class on
Thursday, November 15th.
Class starts at 6 pm and should be over by 8 pm.
These are quick and simple to complete.
Class fee is only $5!
*** Kits are also available for those who can't make the class.
E-mail us at: thecraftlab@qualityhardware.org
to sign up or reserve a kit
or you may call the store at 660-696-2667.
Students will need to bring the following to class:
Bone Folder
Your adhesive of choice
Pop dots.
We used the following products to complete the card and tag sets shown above:
Bazzill Dotted Swiss Cardstock: Phoenix
Canvas Corp Kraft-based Cardstocks: CCP2336, CCP2248, CCP2349
7Gypsies: Christmas Wrap Paper Tape
Ranger Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Festive Berries
Ranger Distress Stain: Picket Fence
Ranger Foam Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Mini Mister
Stamper's Anonymous Stamps: Tim Holtz Snowflakes set
Tim Holtz thin acrylic stamping blocks
Idea-ology: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Dies: Styled Labels, M&S Holes, Chip Block
Miscellaneous stamps: Merry Christmas sentiment (brand unknown)
Fiskars: Triangle punch
Red & White twine
Lion Suede Yarn: Scarlet
Foil Tape
Thanks for looking.
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Happy Crafting!

05 November 2012

Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprint Card Class

We will be having our first Christmas Card Class of 2012
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
5:30 p.m. - 8 pm
Class Fee $15
The class samples below were made using the following
products available here at our store: 
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprint stamps
  • Ranger Distress Embossing ink
  • Ranger Ultra Fine Black Embossing Powder
  • Heat it Embossing tool
  •  Ranger Perfect Pearls powders
  • Tim Holtz Water brushes: Detail and Wide
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Gear Edge die & Rivets Texture Fade
  • Idea-ology Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
  • Foil Tape
  • Twine
  • Ranger Archival ink: Cobalt
  • Flower Soft
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Miscellaneous Ribbons and embellishments

14 September 2012

Pin-spiration - iPhone holder

I have a project that was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest recently. Unfortunately, I cannot locate the original pin to give them credit...but I can tell you the project I found was made from a different product than I used for my project. They used a Johnson's Baby Lotion bottle.

Here's a look at what I used to create my project:
I started with an empty Caress body wash bottle.
The stickers removed easily with no fuss and left no sticky residue.
Once I had the bottle stripped of it's identifiable branding I set out to make a holder as follows.
1. I drew a line from seam to seam horzintally across the front of the bottle. (Roughly an inch shorter than the height of my iPhone.)
2. I used my Tonic scissors (Tim Holtz) to cut along the line.
3. Then I cut up the seam on both sides towards the top of the bottle.
4. The I cut horizontally along the ridge running across the top of the bottle.
5. Once the pocket was created with the steps above...I traced my large charger in the center of the back (higher) section of my holder. I just used a sharpie...don't worry about the lines, hand sanitizer will erase them later.
6. I cut out the charger shape once again with my Tonic (Tim Holtz) scissors.
7. I decided to cut a hole in the bottom of the bottle for the charger cord to hang through. It measures about 1/4" x 1" Just big enough for it to seat nicely in the holder.
8. I sanded the rough edges with my Tonic (Tim Holtz) sander and used Hand Sanitizer to clean off all the sharpie marks. (Thanks Tim for giving us this glorious tip about Hand Sanitizer in your Creative Chemistry 101 class!)
This is what is looks like after taking the steps above.
It is raw, unfinished...ready to transform...

I used my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper to round the corners. I used the 1/2" corner rounder side.

Here it is once the corners were rounded.

I didn't take any photos of the process I used to embellish my iPhone holder, but I can tell you I used the Paper Napkin Collage set from US Art Quest to embellish it. I love the napkin collage technique!
Their Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA gloss) was used to adhere the single printed layer of napkin to the
slick holder surface. Then another layer of PPA was added over the top to smooth out the napkin.
Then I used some of their shimmering watercolors to enhance the image and add some shimmer.
Then I added a tiny bit of their Crystal effects glitter...then another layer of PPA Gloss to seal it.

This is my finished project...complete and in use. It works great...and looks pretty too. I love the functionality of having a place to hang my phone while it charges!
I hope this inspires you to try your hand at recycling some of your plastic containers...the possibilities are endless...just think of all the practical uses for small containers.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.
Please leave a comment if you enjoyed this project.
I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about this project.

19 August 2012

Techniques Today! - Class 9 - Rock Candy Distress Stickles

Above is the class sample for this week's Techniques Today! classes.
This week's topic covers a Distress Rock Candy Stickles technique.

This is the last class in our 9 class Techniques Today! series.
There is only one technique this week because each student will be given the creative opportunity to decorate two blank covers for their technique book using their choice of the techniques learned throughout the 9 class series of Techniques Today! classes.

Class dates and times are:
Tuesday, August 21st 6 pm - 8 pm
Thursday, August 23rd 10 am - Noon
Class fee is only $5.
Please RSVP to thecraftlab@qualityhardware.org to register for the class.

Students will need to bring their Craft Mats, Mini-Misters, Distress inks and ink blending tool with replacement foam pads and any other Ranger products we've used throughout the series of classes.
All items required to complete the class sample above will be available for use during class.

We hope to see you in class this week.

Stay tuned for more technique and project oriented classes coming soon.

13 August 2012

Techniques Today! Class 8 - Perfect Pearls Powders

Above are the class samples for this week's Techniques Today! classes.
This week's topic covers Perfect Pearls Powders techniques.

Class dates and times are:
Tuesday, August 14th 6 pm - 8 pm
Thursday, August 16th 10 am - Noon
Class fee is only $5.
Please RSVP to thecraftlab@qualityhardware.org to register for the class.

Students will need to bring their Craft Mats, Mini-Misters, Distress inks and ink blending tool with replacement foam pads. If desired, you may also bring any Perfect Pearls powders and reinkers you may have.
All items required to complete the class samples will be available for use during class.
We hope to see you in class this week.

Below are the close up photos of the above class samples:
The camera doesn't capture the shimmery goodness of the Perfect Pearls very well, but they are very shimmery in person!
Perfect Distress Mists
Used Distress Reinkers, Perfect Pearls Powders, Water & a Mini-Mister

Perfect Distress
Used Distress Ink Pad & Perfect Pearls Powders, Water in a Mini-Mister

Perfect Splatter
Used Distress Ink Pads, Perfect Pearls Powders, Water in a Mini-Mister


06 August 2012

Techniques Today! - Class 7 - Paint Dabbers & Crackle Paint

Above are the class samples for this week's Techniques Today! classes.
This week's topic covers Paint Dabbers and Distress Crackle Paint techniques.

Class dates and times are:
Tuesday, August 7th 6 pm - 8 pm
Thursday, August 9th 10 am - Noon
Class fee is only $5.
Please RSVP to thecraftlab@qualityhardware.org to register for the class.

Students will need to bring their Craft Mats, Misters, Distress inks and ink blending tool with replacement foam pads. If desired, you may also bring your paint dabbers and distress stains.
All items required to complete the class samples will be available for use during class.
We hope to see you in class this week.

Below are the close up photos of the above class samples:
Paint Dabber Resist using Distress Stains

Distress Crackle Paint Resist using Distress inks

Cracked Stains using Rock Candy Crackle Paint and Distress Stains