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Counting Down to Santa

As we near the holidays I thought I would create one of these perpetual calenders and count down to Christmas!  How could I not when I say Candy over at Creativity is Contagious!  I just LOVED her calendar and set out to create one.  The one I made at Halloween (click HERE) was pretty popular not only on my blog but in my home.  Once I saw Candy's I knew I needed to make one. Check out Candy's instructions HERE.  She has a GREAT tutorial on how to make one.  Although my blocks are bigger so I had to make my own measurements.  But the numbering of the blocks hurts my brain...and she has them written out for you!  LOVE Candy's creativity...it's contagious! My blocks are 2" so I had to work around those.  I measured mine at 2 1/4"x 5" (x3) to hold the blocks.  And the sides are cut at 2 1/4" x 2.  The numbers are Block Talk Alphabet cut with grunge paper.  So it sets the blocks a little crooked.  Stamp numbers if you want them straight.  There's e…

Writing to Santa

It's true, I threw on some Christmas music in my craft room while I made this. I've been busy teaching crafty projects to my fellow crafty peeps the past couple of days so today it was nice to play myself. I have all these ideas and so little time to make them.  I had this idea to use my new ornate frame and my Old Fashioned Christmas Santa.  I bought this stamp set just for this Santa so I could cut him into an oval.  I used a #10 Tag for this tag.  I really wanted everything to fit!  I love these BIG Tags!  It took me a couple hours to make.  But to be fair my Mom called me while I was making it so there was a lot of air drying. I put some water colour paper into the ornate frame to get the perfect cut oval then stamped with archival black.  LOVE IT!  The frame is cut with chip board, inked with pumice stone and covered in pumice stone distress glitter.  I then inked the edges with vintage photo.  Yep, you can ink the distress glitter.  You can see I also used the star st…

Holiday Trio

Here's a set of cards I taught a class on last night.  I think we all had fun?  I just wanted to show you what we made and they might give you some ideas for your holiday cards. A quick A2 card with embossed oven liner cut to size.  We then used distress paint barn red, dried and distressed with a sanding block.  The 25 is a movers and shapers and all glittered with distress glitter.
What to do with those Christmas tags when everyone wants Christmas cards.  Attach it to a card!  Cut a piece of card stock at 4x12 and fold for a 4x6 card.  Layer some pattern paper, in this case Merriment and done, you have a card.
A simple pretty card using the wreath die.  Add some distress glitter and this 5x5 card is perfect to make 10 or 20 in no time!
Hope you like my quick post!  And perhaps some inspiration for your holiday cards.

Tutorial; Vintage Family Canvas

One present done...a billion more to do! Long story short... my in-laws are heading to see family this weekend and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to save some postage!  So in a matter of hours I had this whipped for Christmas a present.  This dawned on me late this morning.  I had no canvas and no Ornate Frame!  A quick shopping trip and no clue what I was making!  Here's where I ended up.  Check it out! How do I line up the photo to fit the center?  Pfft...line up the paper one where you want it on the photo then line it up again to the die.  Remove the paper frame and cut! Works like a charm! I cut out all the frames and pediments with chipboard.  Line up the photo's and I'm ready to go. Ink the photo's with vintage photo.  My laser printer likes peels the ink off.  Normally this would drive me nuts, but it really works with the distressing.  All those non-inky bits grab the vintage photo. Ink the frames with the black soot ink pad.  Use a twisting motio…

Through the Glass

Hansel and Gretal always creeped me out when I was a kid.  It was a mystery to me why the witch wanted them so bad and it grossed me out.  So, no wonder I'm not a fan of gingerbread houses!  However, I picked up the new Christmas Blueprint stamp set because I really wanted the Candy Cane...which I did not use.   I'll get around to it.  I like the challenge of using everything I have. I do have the window & window box die.  It's one of those things I wanted to have but not yet sure what to do with?  Challenge accepted.   No tutorial this time:(  It's really cold here and I was suffering with a headache.  I have even had to stop yesterday.  So, just pictures...sorry.  But I'll tell you what I used if you want to read. I stamped the gingerbread house on water colour paper and when to town inking with my distress inks, walnut stain, tea dye and antique linen for the house...kinda ombre like.  Then a bunch of bright distress inks for the candy, seedless preserve, …