Tuesday, December 28, 2010

52 Week Swap - Round One - Complete!!

Below are pictures of items from the swap. A few of mine look different here than what you receive - if I messed up (yep, I did that), I kept the bad one, however, I should have taken pics before I sent these off. Oh well, you have the basic idea.

Everyone who remembered two layers, two embellishments (unless otherwise indicated), and followed size guidelines did a fantastic job!! I know there are a lot of guidelines, but it is just to try and get similar quality items. This is a swap I will be happy to use in my books.

To the ladies who did three dimensional flowers - would you be interested in teaching an online class? If so, let me know via email and I will go over details with you.

Sorry pictures aren't better, but you can get a good idea of how things are from them.

I love the different takes we all had on different items. The results are wonderful.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Tag

This is my take on the Day 5 Tag from this year's Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas.

Of all the products he used, I only had some stickles, but they weren't the same ones, but oh well - love to try new things - so here is what I did:

Plain tag I messed up the stamped image - use the back side :) No waste that way

Next, I don't have the dabber paints he is using, so here goes with the imprintz white inkpad

I don't have the ink blending tool either, so used my two red inkpads and put the ink on with a foam brush (edges aren't quite right - I also added a burgundy and went back over the edges with white)
Instead of the mini-mister (another tool not around here), I used some paint and paintbrush flicking technique

Next - stamp a Santa Image and some Holly Leaves. However, since I don't own holly leaves, I used something that kind of looks like pine boughs
Next - distress stickles in green. No distress, but I do have green :) Heat set with embossing gun -- wait a minute - heating the stickles makes them bubble :) - unique effect, but just something to know about. It takes longer than I expected too. I think I liked them better before the heat - but it is unique look (unique smell too LOL)

Rub paint on image and dry - I just used my white ink pad and what are evidently very large fingers LOL

Next - a Merry Christmas Stamp (Yuletide Greetings) and higlighting with white ink pen (I used my gold smooch ink instead) I also added some gold to the top where there where 'holes'

Next a diecut with grungepaper. No die or grungepaper. So - started with a 1 1/2" tall x 2 1/2 " wide scrap of green paper. cut out a similar shape and ink the edges. I just thought - cricut may have a shape, or a rectangle and circle - lots of choices - but using what is quick and easy right now :)

Next - music paper from my stash (ink the edges) is added to the diecut shape and adhere to your tag (I did alter my shape a bit more)
Next a 2 and a 5 - I don't have metal letters or utee, so first I cut some Alphalicious letters with the Cricut (1 1/2 "). Then inked and embossed. I used some Christmas green tinsel glitter embossing powder that I don't really like for a lot of things, but in this case - I do :) I put two layers of embossing powder on each number. Then I inked the edges a bit with brown. Not a vintage porcelain look, but I like what I have. (however, next time, I plan on 1.25" letters - they are a bit big). I attached my letters with pop dots behind and brads to try for a more raised look.

Next - three colors of foliage. I used some chipboard piece, a silk flower, a punched star piece of scrap and an ornament charm for mine. Placement is also different, but my greeting takes more space. (Yes, I should look at goal before just starting ROFL :) :)

Add some ribbon - then he had jingle bells - I am out, so used one sheer and one printed ribbon instead and the fluff to santa. I used cotton rather than the paint stuff he shows. Also added some red stickles to his hat. Corner is just plain :) If I had a jingle bell or something, I may add, but just leaving for now

One last photo - I just couldn't leave the upper left corner plain and noticed there were holly leaves in later photos - added some stickles in green, but probably won't use heat gun - not sure yet.