Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ten Minute Christmas Cards

Hello all!  So glad to see you today.  I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy on these cold days.  With this cold weather comes the desire to get a start on my Christmas cards.  I just got this stamp set of adorable penguins, and a very Victorian style girl holding a sign.  I could hardly wait to put stamps to paper and get started coloring and embellishing.

My first card uses this adorable penguin from the Penguins on Ice stamp set.

Directions for Penguin Card:

1.  Cut olive card stock to 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", fold in half to make 4-1/4" x 5-1/2 side folded card.

2.  Trim red print paper to 4" x 5-1/4", adhere to card front.

3.  Use Labels 22 die to cut gold card stock layer.   Stamp penguin onto white card stock with Memento black ink and use smaller size Labels 22 die to cut out.  Stamp Merry Christmas onto a scrap of white card stock with Olive Green Pastel chalk ink.

I find it is always best to stamp my image first, then determine which dies I have will work best.  
4.   Color image with Copic markers, edge with Vintage Photo distress ink to give it an aged look.  Use pop dots to adhere this piece to the larger gold print die cut layer, then to the card front, as shown.

5.  Trim stamped sentiment with a straight ruler, then use decorative edge scissors to trim both sides.  Edge with Vintage Photo distress ink and adhere to card front below focal image.
6.  Punch 8-9 holly leaves from the green print paper.  Edge with Peeled Paint distress ink and glue beneath pop dotted focal image in upper right and lower left corners.
7.  Add Crystal glitter glue to hat and snowflakes.

Directions for Vintage girl holding blank sign:
1.  Cut Cherry Red card stock to 6"x12", fold in half to make a 6" square top folded card.

2.  Trim print striped paper to 5-3/4" square.  Use decorative corner punch on all four sides and edge with Krylon gold leaf pen.

3.  Stamp holly in upper left and lower right corners, first with Olive Green Pastel chalk ink.   Using a stamp positioner, stamp the holly again using the Memento Cottage Ivy ink.  This brings back the fine detail lines over the chalk ink, while the chalk ink acts as a colored-in background. 
In the photo above, the upper left image is stamped with the chalk ink only.  The image below shows the detail after stamping over the chalk ink.
4.  Adhere this layer to the card front.

5. Using the larges oval frame die, cut out the green print  and the white card stocks.  Stamp and color the girl holding blank sign image on the white oval and edge with Vintage Photo distress ink.
6.  Sponge Olive Pastel chalk ink through the die on the green print paper.  I removed the center before adding the ink, so the paper frame is underneath the green metal die in the photo below.
7.  I adhered all pieces together, and offset the green print framed piece over the white framed piece before attaching to the front.

8.  Punch three snowflakes from gold vellum and stamp one of the small snowflakes in the center with Emerald Green StazOn ink.
9.  Make a double bow with the gold rayon seam binding and adhere around the top of the frame, adding one of the snowflakes to the center of the bow.
10.  Adhere the two remaining snowflakes to the lower left side of the frame, pop dotting only one snowflake for dimension.


Sin City Stamps:  Penguins on Ice
Dies: Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two; Lea'bilities frame oval curves
DCWV Christmas Made paper stack
Card stock:  Olive Green; Cherry Red; Gold Vellum, White
Copic Markers:  R37, R39, YG21, YG 23, E71,
Snowflake punch (Emaginations)
Fiskars decorative corner punch
Holly leaf punch (McGill)
Stamp positioner
Ink Pads:  Olive Green Pastel Chalk; Memento Cottage Ivy, Black; Blue Hawaii and Emerald Green StazOn; Vintage Photo distress
Stickles Crystal glitter glue
Ruby red glitter Liner
Krylon gold leaf pen
Colored pencils:  black, white, flesh
Gold seam binding

Whether you are making 1, 10, or 100 Christmas cards this year, both of these cards can be made very quickly.  I hope you enjoyed my project today and that I have inspired you to get busy on your card making for the holidays.

So be sure to stop by the Sin City Stamps online store for all your seasonal stamps, and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team on the SCS Blog.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful and creative weekend!


Monday, November 10, 2014

The Robin's Nest Craft Engineer's Contest

Hello everyone!  I am really excited about my project today.  I was looking for some "paper craft engineering" ideas to enter into The Robin's Nest Craft Engineer's Contest.  The only requirement is to "create your most unique, imaginative and exciting project ever.  Just make sure that at least 75% of your project is made up of The Robin's Nest Products."  There is still time to enter. The contest is open to all through 15 November, so get your projects in.  The prizes are fabulous!

 Oct 1 - November 15, 2014

1st Place Prize
$500 in Products from The Robin's Nest Website
The 1st prize winner will also have $500 product donated to their local craft store
Great way to support your local Scrapbook store
2nd Place Prize
$250.00 in Product from The Robin's Nest Website
3rd Place Prize
$100.00 in Product from The Robin's Nest Website
Audience Choice Prize
$200 in Products from The Robin's Nest Website

Anyway, the search began for that most unique, imaginative and exciting project ever.  Then it happened.  I saw this on Pinterest.  I knew immediately that I had to try to make one of these myself.  

Kirsten Hyde shared a template she sketched for this car, but there were no instructions, at least none I could read.  It was in Norwegian.  So I made a mockup of the template to see if I could figure out how to put this thing together.  Well, I'm a persistent little bugger, so I came up with my interpretation.  I think it turned out pretty well for not understanding Norwegian. 

Supplies Used:

The Robin's Nest:  Khaki Glitter card stock; Wineberry Glitter card stock; Silver Glitter card stock; Gold with Gold Glitter card stock; Hunter Green with Gold Glitter card stockGoldenberry dew dropsLarge Clear Dew Drops
Martha Stewart pine branch punch
EK Success small five petal flower punch
Dewberry Glimmer Mist
1-1/2" wooden wheels; mica piece, various metal beads and findings; lace and trims; mini flowers (Prima); Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold mist; Bead Landing cone shaped beads; Melting Pot; Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE)

I am not going to give much direction since I would have a very difficult time explaining what I did.  It was mostly trial and error.  But I do want to share how I made these sweet little flowers for the back.  I first spritzed the back side of the Wineberry glitter card stock with Dewberry Glimmer Mist so there would be color on the back of the flower petals.  Then I punched out 16 small flowers using this punch from EK Success, and cupped each one with my embossing stylus on a piece of fun foam.
I layered four petals together for each flower, and this is the result.  Aren't they sweet?
But I was not done yet.  I melted some clear UTEE in my melting pot and dipped each flower into it, glazing it, for a glass look.  If you look carefully, you can see them in the photo below. They are the darker roses between the pre-made flowers I added.  I also added the pine bough sprigs that I had punched from the Hunter Green glitter card stock.  
I added lace and trims, and cut out various shapes from my Silhouette cut files using the Gold Glitter with Gold card stock, adding gold and pearl dew drops here and there.
To make the headlights, I glued the large clear dew drops to a filigree cone shape, bending the tops back to allow me to glue the dew drop to it.  
Here is a view from above.  I added a thin piece of mica to the windshield for strengthening the windshield frame.
I painted four wooden wheels with white acrylic paint, then misted with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold. These were glued to a wooden dowel and placed beneath the car.  
Oh yes, and what would any respectful vintage car be without a rear bumper?  I had these large curved beads so I used the plain silver one for my bumper, and the fancier one for decoration on top of the seat back.
A few more views from each side.  The bumper strips were cut from the Silver glitter card stock, while the body of the car was cut from the Khaki glitter card stock.  I brought a bit more of the Wineberry glitter card stock color into it by covering the inside and seat with it.

Well, that's it!  I hope you enjoyed my vintage car as much as I enjoyed making it.  It was a struggle there for awhile, but I am happy I persevered and was able to finish it.  

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will vote for my project at The Robin's Nest.  You can vote for your favorite once per day from 1 November through 30 November.  

Have a fabulous week!


Hinged Box Hostess Gift and Craft Hoarder's Anonymous Blog Challenge #19

Hello everyone, and welcome back!  Well, it's a new month, and a new sponsor.  The Altered Pages design team has the great pleasure of playing with Craft Attitude this month, which is an inkjet printable film that  enhances any project and can be used on just about any surface.

I am also entering this into the Craft Hoarder's Anonymous Blog Challenge #19.

Challenge #19 For All that You Do, Thank You!
Create a "thank you" gift for this challenge. It can be a Thanksgiving hostess gift or a simple thank you card. It can be a "thanks for helping me out of a jam" present, or a "thanks for being you" scrapbook layout. As long as your project says, "THANKS," enter the challenge! We want to see you de-hoard some of your stash and say thanks to someone! (Your project does not have to be Thanksgiving-themed!)

Since the gift-giving season is upon us, I thought I would make a simple hostess gift.  This one is Thanksgiving themed, but could be changed for any occasion.


Altered Pages:  AP 2250 Thanksgiving Placecards collage sheet; Thankfully Grateful collage sheet; Kaisercraft Forget-Me-Not paper padGlass Glitter (Champagne)Esterbrook & Co. English Oval Point 788 Pen Nib; 3D Crystal Lacquer; Mulberry Paper Flowers
Craft Attitude printable film
Daisy lace border punch
Silhouette machine and cut files (3D Hinged Box)(Ornate Frame)

Cut 3D hinged box from tan card stock using Silhouette machine and cut file.  Follow directions for assembling box.  Cut mats from blue print paper in the Kaisercraft Forget-Me-Not paper pad and adhere to box.  These are included in the cut file.

Print six sets of place cards from the AP 2250 Thanksgiving Placecards collage sheet onto white card stock, first resizing them to measure 2-5/8" x 4" when folded to fit inside box.

Print the turkey image (Indian girl with turkey) from AP 2250 Thanksgiving Placecards collage sheet onto Craft Attitude printable film and allow to dry.  Then punch out with 1-1/2" circle punch.
Figure 1
Color two large mulberry paper flowers with distress inks to match flowers in the paper.
Adhere circle punched image to center of one flower, following manufacturer's directions.  Pinch and reshape flower petals, as shown.

I blitzed it up a bit by adding a line of 3D Crystal Lacquer around the turkey image and adhering the glass glitter.  

Print one of the images (Fig. 2) from the AP 2250 Thanksgiving Placecards collage sheet at its actual size onto Craft Attitude film.  Allow to dry.

Use Silhouette to cut out an ornate frame, resized to fit the image.  Cut one solid background frame and one with the window opening.   Add ink colors to match flowers.

Adhere the Craft Attitude printed image to the rectangle removed from the top frame, following manufacturer's directions.  Adhere frame piece over that, then adhere the whole piece to the solid background frame.
Figure 2
Punch lacy border from tan card stock, inking with colors to match the flowers, and adding a touch of brown ink.  Adhere around base of box.  Adhere ornate framed piece to back of box, as shown.
Adhere large flower to front of box, adding a pen nib and a couple of feathers, as shown.  I also punched out the words "Thanksgiving Wishes" from the bottom of the Craft Attitude printed image (see Fig. 1 above) with a label punch and adhered it to a second card stock piece, as shown.  
Here are a couple of the place cards that were printed to fit inside the box for gift giving.  I think this would make an especially nice, and different, hostess gift, don't you?
And here is the set of place cards inside the box.
Now, I am sure some of you are asking the very good question, why do I need Craft Attitude film?  Why can't I just print my images out on my card stock?  Well, here is a perfect example of the difference in image resolution achieved by using the film.  On the left, I printed my image directly onto my textured card stock.  On the right is the image printed first onto the film, then applied to the same card stock.  The difference is amazing.  Not only are the colors more intense, but the image allows the card stock texture to come through, like canvas.  I tried to capture that in Figure 2 above, but I am not sure it shows up as well in the photo as it does in person.  
Another reason for using the film is exhibited in my turkey image that was applied directly to the mulberry flower. It would be impossible to run that flower through your printer, but by printing the image onto the film, you can adhere it directly to the flower and it appears as though the image was printed directly on it.

So, I hope I have answered the big question, and that you are now inspired to try this fabulous product with Altered Pages beautiful collage images.  The possibilities are endless with these products.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check back for more inspiration using Craft Attitude and Altered Pages products.  


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Art Journaling with Sin City Stamps and Cottonwood Arts

Hello everyone, and welcome back.  This month, the Sin City Stamps design team will be sharing projects using some fabulous products from Cottonwood Arts.  I was lucky enough to receive their large canvas notebook.  It has thick chipboard pages covered with canvas, allowing it to hold up to lots of wet, heavy mixed media.

For my first project of the month, I made a journal page using my notebook, some stencils, rubber stamps, and lots of mixed media.

I have prepared a Snapguide tutorial for your viewing pleasure.  I hope you enjoy it.


Sin City Stamps: Art Journal 3 stamp set; Clockworks Inspired by Terri Sproul setFlower StencilEntangled StencilFleur de Lis die cuts
Cottonwood Arts Canvas Notebook (6.75" x 12")
Ginger Peach, Emperor's Gold Acrylic Glaze
Homemade Spray Inks:  Liquitex Prussian Blue and Sap Green Inks
Indian Corn, Cork Glimmer Mists
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Wedding Dress IrResistible Texture Spray; Versamark ink
Detail Black embossing powder
Light Molding Paste
Mixed Media Adhesive
Metal filigree butterfly charm

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I always enjoy seeing you and I hope you are inspired to give art journaling a try, especially with these wonderful journals from Cottonwood Arts and stamping products from Sin City Stamps.  And check back often throughout the month to see what wonderful projects the team comes up with.

Have a wonderful, arty weekend, my friends!


Friday, October 31, 2014

It's Halloween!!! - 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 31

Well, the time has come.  Today IS Halloween, and welcome to Day 31 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. As you know by now, I have been participating in this month-long blog hop with some extremely talented artists.  The complete list of Wicked Bloggers (that's what we are called) are in my side bar.  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

I have a fun little card for you today that I really enjoyed making.  I felt it very fitting for the last day of this wonderful blog hop.  What more says Halloween than all those pocket watches representing the time is now, today's date, the raven, and the moon?

Emboss orange core-dinations card stock with Clock embossing folder.  Hit high spots with Spiced Chai StazOn ink.
Spray Dylusions white linen spray over card stock, then Squeezed Orange spray.
When dry, hit high spots again with Black StazOn ink.
Die cut moon and stars from yellow card stock.  To change the color of the moon die, I first added Wedding Dress Memento Luxe ink to surface, then used a makeup sponge to blend distress ink colors in Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, and Gathered Twigs.  This knocked down the bright yellow color of the paper.
I thought it needed a bit more definition, so I went around the moon shape with a charcoal pencil and blended it with my finger and a blending stump.
Die cut raven from thick chipboard.
Color raven with the Derwent inktense blocks and a water brush or wet paint brush.  Add an animal eye.  I think you can see in the photo where I added a bit of navy blue to the raven where his wings are.  Black birds always have a blue tint to their black feathers.  Oh my goodness, he looks so real with that animal eye.
Adhere all layers to graveyard black card (10" x 6-1/2", folded in half to make 5" x 6-1/2" card base) as follows:  Curtain Call print (4-3/4" x 6"), graveyard black (4-1/2" x 5-3/4"), embossed paprika (4-1/4" x 5-1/2").
Trim Memento orange print paper to 1-1/4" by 4-1/2".  Stamp and heat emboss "Oct. 31" with Versamark ink and black embossing powder.  Trim right side into a v shape, as shown.
Adhere all pieces, as shown in finished photo above.  I also added three black diamond dew drops to the side of my banner.


Cardstocks:  Paprika, Yellow, Graveyard Black, Graphic 45 Curtain Call; Memento Halloween orange print paper
Sin City Stamps:  Halloween Bingo set
Altered Pages:  Water Brush;
Sizzix/Tim Holtz:  Clock & Steampunk Texture Fades embossing folders; Mini Owl & Crescent Moon movers & shapers die; Raven & Scaredy Cat Bigz die;
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko:  Spiced Chai and Black StazOn midi ink pads; Memento Luxe Wedding Dress; Versamark
Dylusions ink sprays:  White Linen, Squeezed Orange
Distress inks:  Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs
Derwent Inktense Blocks
Detail Black embossing powder
The Robin's Nest Mascarade dew drops

I want to thank everyone for following along with me on my 31 Days of Halloween journey.  I was not sure I would be able to post a project every day, but you all helped make it easy for me to want to share my art with you.  I appreciate you all so very much, and a big hug to each and every one of you!

Happy Halloween!

Barbara Rankin

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Robin's Nest Witch Hat Contest and Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 30

Welcome to Day 30 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. As you know by now, I am participating in this month-long blog hop with some extremely talented artists.  The complete list of Wicked Bloggers (that's what we are called) are in my side bar.  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.
To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

Today, I want to share my witch's hat that I am also entering into The Robin's Nest Witch Hat Contest. All that was required was to use 50% or more of their products.  Apologies in advance.  There are lots of photos in this post.

Oh look, there's Skully again. I guess he got tired of sitting on top of the apothecary jar.   Looks like he's hitching a ride on that witch's hat!

There are lots of patterns and templates for making your own witch hat, but I chose to start with this paper maché hat I found at my local craft store.  I wanted it to be sturdy, and I think this will do it.
Next, I chose this beautiful Stencil Green/Plum paper for my hat.  I took a 12x12 piece of it, gently folding in half both directions to find center, and made a cut in both directions.
I pushed the center of the hat through the opening, adjusting my cuts as needed to get the paper to lay flat on the brim.  
I adhered the paper to the brim with PPA bookbinding glue, smoothing the paper with my fingers and a bone folder.  As you can see, I had to make some more snips in the paper to get it to lay flat against the brim.
I trimmed the paper around the outer edge of the brim, leaving approximately 1" - 2", snipping every 1/2" or so around the circumference.  I turned the edges of over and adhered to the underside of the brim to make a neat edge.  
To cover the cone shaped top, first measure the circumference (16") and the height (8").
Height = 8"

Circumference = 16"
Begin adhering each triangle to the cone shaped top, overlapping, if necessary.
Luckily, 16" divides easily into four 4" strips, 8" long.  Make yourself a couple of templates from computer printer paper.  First, fold the paper in half along the 8-1/2" side.  Mark 2" out from the center fold and make a pencil mark.  Use a ruler to draw a line from the 2" mark up to the top of the fold.  When you open it up, you will have a triangle.  Do this twice to have two templates.  Now you can get all four triangles from one piece of 12x12 paper.
Cut the four triangles out from your paper, as shown, turning the template point up, then point down, to get the most from your sheet.
Trace around the brim of the hat and cut out another piece of the Stencil Green/Plum paper.  Adhere to the underside of the brim with the PPA glue.  Cut slits in the center towards the brim.
Make as many slits as necessary to allow the paper to easily fold inward.
Adhere the slits to the inside with more PPA glue.
Paint the inside of the hat with black gesso.  I used the same sponge brush that I used for the PPA glue.
I applied a coat of Copper Gilder's Paste around the edge of the brim to hide the white edges of the paper after being cut.
I used Dusty Concord distress stain to disguise the cut white edges where I had joined the four triangles on the top of the hat.  It matched perfectly when it dried.

I next tried to adhere black netting that held produce to the bottom section of the hat.  
I used too much adhesive and removed the netting.  Much to my surprise, it left this awesome texture, as though the netting was still attached.
So, I used my happy accident and simply added more Dusty Concord distress stain over the adhesive.  Some of the ink is not dry yet, but it will match very well when it does.  You have to admit, it does look like the netting is still adhered, doesn't it?
Now to start making the embellishments.  Stamp Vintage Florets in different sizes onto the gold glitter card stock with Spiced Chai StazOn,  
Die cut each flower with the matching die.

Shape flowers with large ball stylus and glue petal layers together.
Add Champagne Stickles glitter glue to the petals.  I also added a Goldenberry dew drop to the center of the smallest flower.
Punch multiple sizes of daisies from the Brick Glitter Cardstock.  Shape each one, pinching the ends to make them more spiky looking, and adhere layers together.  Mist with the Coral glimmer mist.
Spray a length of creepy cloth with water and Dylusions Fresh Lime ink spray.  When dry, adhere to band of hat, overlapping ends.
Use dies to cut six bats from the black glitter chipboard.  Cut a length of wire and sandwich the wire between two bats.  You will make three bats total.
Die cut a couple of bare trees and twigs from the gold glitter chipboard.  Use the Orange Zest StazOn to give it a more copper color.

Die cut two spiders to adhere together, and enough of the fence edge from black glitter chipboard to go around the hat.

Arrange and adhere the embellishments as shown in the photos below.
Uh oh, what's that?  Is that spider creeping up on skull?  Ewwwwww!
And a bit of a closer look at my flower bouquet.
A look at the back.  There are spiders crawling all over this hat!
And here are those bats flying around like gnats on something with a stench.  Ewwww again!
And here is a better look at those spiky flowers.
I used the twigs instead of leaves between my flowers.


The Robin's Nest:  Gold with Gold Glitter Cardstock; Brick Glitter Cardstock;  Very Black Glitter Chipboard;  Gold Glitter ChipboardGoldenberry Dew Drops;
Heartfelt Creations:  HCPC3500-Open Vintage Floret PreCut stamp set and matching dies;
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko:  Orange Zest and Spiced Chai StazOn midi ink pad;
Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies:  Mini Bat & Skull Set; Mini Branch & Leaf Set; Mini Spider & 31; On the Fence; Branch Tree (Bigz);
1", 1-3/8", 2" daisy punches (Paper Studio)
Dylusions ink spray:  Fresh Lime
Tattered Angels Coral Glimmer Mist
Stickles Glitter Glue: Champagne
Copper Gilder's Paste (Baroque Art)
24g Black Artistic Wire
Creepy Cloth (Michaels)
Plastic Skeleton (Dollar Tree)
Green glitter spider stickers (Recollections)
USArtQuest PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive)
Black Gesso; black produce netting

Whew, that was a doozy.  I hope you are still hanging in there with me and that you enjoyed my project today.  I have to say, I had an awfully fun time making this hat, and I hope I have inspired you to try making one for yourself.

I hope you are still enjoying the hop, and tomorrow is the last day.  I will be sad to see it go, but will take a few days to rest after this fun-filled, but busy, month.

Thanks for stopping by, and as always, have wonderful week.

Barbara Rankin