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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ice Roses And Holly - A Winter Card for the Holidays designed for the 3CCC

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I hope Santa was good to everyone this year and you got lots of crafty goodness in your stockings ;0)
I'm on vacation at the moment and you are all probably super busy with your holiday festivities so I'm popping in today to share a quick project with you ;0)


The "Ice Roses and Holly" winter card I designed for the Third Coast Creative Coterie is really beautiful but it doesn't take ages to make so drop what you're doing and grab your supplies and get in a little stamping Me time!

Monday, December 12, 2011

"Percy On Ice" Removable Christmas Tree Ornament Card designed for the 3CCC!

Happy Rainy Monday!
It's pouring down outside so I'm in a winter mood today and thought I'd share this project I designed for the Third Coast Creative Coterie!


I also created this one with a special little someone in mind, Daniel my 4 yr old nephew ;0)  This is his Christmas card this year!  The ornament comes displayed on the card and then it's easily removed for hanging on the Christmas tree!  I think he'll love it, don't you :0)


Friday, December 9, 2011

Blockheads' Naughty Christmas Mice - Wood Ornament featuring Sharpie Coloured Game Pieces

Happy Friday Everyone!
Last week I shared my tradition of making porcelain Christmas tree ornaments with you all and now I'm back today with another two-sided Christmas ornament but this one is a lazor-cut wooden one with a two sided Sharpie coloured game tile center piece!  I decorated each side differently to show you two looks in one but you can make both sides the same if you want to of course!


 The two naughty mice causing havoc on the Christmas tree from Blockheads Paper Arts' Figgy Pudding stamp sheet are the featured images on the Lexigo game tiles.  If you're crazy about altering game pieces like me then you're probably familiar with the Chekit game!  The cream coloured game tiles are now hard to come by so I was particularly excited to find the Lexigo game that has the same shape pieces but are just slightly smaller and have letters on the back instead of patterns!


 I used the following supplies to create this wonderfully fun but still elegant Christmas tree ornament!
I call this a Christmas tree ornament but you could totally hang this on a display stand as a featured ornament in your home too!

Blockheads' Figgy Pudding Mice stamp sheet (the top left one)
 2 x Lexigo game pieces
Lazer cut wood ornament from Michaels
Black StazOn ink
Distress Stains:  Bundled Sage and Fired Brick
Fireworks Ink Spray:  Lilac Posies
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla
Sharpie Markers:  Ultra Fine points - Black, Green, Lime, Rose, Pink Lemonade, Red, Brown, Coconut and Almond
Judikins Diamond Glaze
Delta Ceramcoat Gloss varnish
Metallic Gold Paint pens (broad and fine tip)
Yellow Glitter Glue
Gold wire
Gold jump ring and jewelry pliers/wire cutter
K and Company Poinsettia and Holly embellishments
Heat It embossing gun


Start off by colouring the inner edge with a broad point metallic gold paint pen, the side with the letters is the back so that edge is the inner edge.  It's important to do this step first because you won't be able to colour the sides of the game pieces when they're glued together!  Apply a small amount of Judikins Diamond Glaze to the back of one of the pieces and adhere them together.


Stamp the mice onto the game tiles with black StazOn ink and either heat set with a heat gun or leave overnight for the ink to dry.  Colour the images with Sharpie markers using my Sharpie Domino Queen technique and then edge and colour the sides with a broad point metallic gold paint pen.


Cut a length of gold wire and wrap it around the game tiles so that it sits in the groove between them.  Form a loop on one side and then wire wrap the other end around it to form the hanger.  Apply Judikins Diamond Glaze to the gold sides of the altered game piece with your finger or brush and then apply glaze to one side of the game tile directly from the bottle and let it dry.


Apply glaze to the other side once everything is dry.  Start on the wood ornament while you're waiting for the glaze to dry.


Stain one side of the wood ornament with Bundled Sage Distress Stain and let it dry.  Then spritz it with Fireworks Lilac Posies for a mottled effect.  The Fireworks sprays have a wonderful shimmery sparkle to them and this side of the ornament definitely gives me of visions of sugar plums ;0)


Stain the other side of the ornament with Fired Brick Distress Stain and spray it with Vanilla Smooch Spritz so that it shimmers too.  It's hard to see the beautiful shimmer in the photos but trust me, it is oh so pretty ;0)  Once dry apply gloss varnish to the entire ornament (both sides).


Colour the bow part of the ornament with the broad point metallic gold paint pen and outline all the edges of the cut outs and the edges.  

TIP:  Sealling the ornament with varnish first stops the gold paint from absorbing and bleeding into the wood and makes the gold areas more shiny too!


Colour the edges of the ornament with the broad point pen and then use the fine point metallic gold paint pen to get into the tight spots on the bow.  You could paint the sides of the ornament with gold paint and a brush if you don't have paint pens!


Apply yellow glitter glue to the bow, the outside edge of the present and the inside edge of the circle only.  Attach the altered game tile center piece to the inside of the ornament with a jump ring and embellish with dimensional paper poinsettias and holly and you're done!

I love the way this ornament turned out!  It's fun and playful with the use of the mice images but still very elegant and beautiful because of the detailed scroll work of the wood!

I hope I've inspired you to create your own ornaments this year!  They make wonderful gifts but don't forget to treat yourself to one too ;0)

Happy Holidays!

I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Porcelain Ornaments featuring Blockheads Paper Arts Christmas Stamps!

Happy December Everyone!

I'm back today with three awesome porcelain ornaments that are perfect to hang on your tree, give as gifts and you can even add them as gift tag embellishments on your presents as an extra little giftie for family and friends!


I make porcelain ornaments each year and get mine from Michaels.  I used Blockhead Paper Arts awesome Christmas stamp sets to decorate the ones I've made this year and here's the three stamp sets for you to check out.  Click on each sheet to go to Blockheads and the first 2 sets below are currently on sale so grab them while you can!

Figgy Pudding Mice
An Illustrated Christmas
Christmas Morning 

 I also used the Ornate Flourish from the Feeling Regal set on the Star Ornament.

Feeling Regal

 Snowman Snowflake Ornament
Stamp the images on to all the ornaments with black StazOn ink and either heat set or leave overnight to dry.  Colour all the ornaments with Sharpie markers using my signature Sharpie Domino Queen Technique!  Also check out my other Sharpie projects here on my blog!


I stamped the Snowman from the An Illustrated Christmas set on the front of the snowflake ornament.  If you don't like how the image stamps or if it smudges then don't panic!  Just wipe the porcelain ornament with a baby wipe or with rubbing alcohol and the image just comes right off!
You can't see it very well in the photo but I added Blue Ocean Sharpie to the outer edges of the snowflake and lightened and blended with a Colourless Blender Design Art Marker until it was just a subtle touch of colour along the rim of the ornament.

TIP:  You can get the same effect with a Copic or Marvy Le Plume Permanent Blender pen if you don't mind using it with your Sharpies or with a Adirondack Alcohol Ink Fillable Pen filled with Blending Solution.  You can also just use a Q-Tip dipped in rubbing alcohol!

I used the following Sharpies on this one:
Snowman: Ocean Blue and Blue Ice,
Scarf:  Olive and Kiwi
Carrot:  Orange and Pumpkin
Sticks: Brown,
Hat:  Slate Grey and Earl Grey

The ornaments are all double sided and on the back of this one I stamped the Snowflakes from the An Illustrated Christmas set and the Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Christmas Morning set.  I used Ocean Blue and Blue Ice for all the colouring on the back.


 Santa Star Ornament

For the star ornament I used the Santa from An Illustrated Christmas and the following Sharpies:
Skin:  Pink Lemonade,
Hat:  Pomegranate, Red, Ocean Blue and Blue Ice,
Beard/hair:  Coconut,
 Holly:  Red, Spruce Green and Kiwi.

On the back of the star I stamped the large Merry Christmas sentiment from the Christmas Morning set and portions of the ornate flourish stamp from the Feeling Regal stamp set.
I used Pomegranate Sharpie to outline the design.


The Holidays Are For Everyone
Tree Ornament
On this ornament I used the cute mouse and sentiment from the Figgy Pudding Mice set and stamped a portion of the present border from the Christmas Morning set on the 'trunk' of the tree and the decorative Star on the back with the sentiment 'The Holidays Are For Everyone'!


I coloured the design with the following Sharpies:
Mouse:  Coconut, Pink Lemonade and Red,
Snow:  Ocean Blue and Blue Ice,
Leaf and Trees:  Spruce Green and Kiwi
Tree trunks:  Brown,
Presents:  Ocean Blue, Blue Ice, Red, Pomegranate, Spruce Green and Kiwi.

Once all the colouring is done you need to seal them.  I prefer to use Krylon spray sealers on mine but you can also use Judikins Diamond Glaze too.  Spray each side first with Krylon Artists Workable Fixative.  Just apply 2-3 very light mistings and let each coat dry.  Then spray with Krylon sealer in the same way.  I used Gloss on mine but I've also used Matte and Satin in the past.  It's just a personal preference really and what I feel like using based on the design at the time.


So the ornaments can be hung on the tree or attached to gifts I finished them off with decorative ribbon tied in a bow.  You can also add other embellishments to the bow area like holly or poinsettias.  I also enjoy adding Swarovski crystals to my ornaments so they sparkle in the Christmas tree lights ;0)

I'm entering my ornaments into the following fun Challenges :0)
Buttons or Bows with Craft Your Days Away
The Snowman and Mouse Ornament in - Snowmen, snowflakes..snow with Sweet Stampin'
The Santa Ornament in - Tis the Season Challenge with So Artful Challenge
Decorate for Christmas Challenge with My Sheri Crafts

Only 21 days till Christmas and I hope I've given you some nifty ideas for gifts and for decorating your Christmas presents this year! 
Happy Stamping and have an awesome weekend!


I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents

Thursday, November 24, 2011

"Faera the Tiger Fairy" Fall & Winter Art Card - a Third Coast Creative Coterie project!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Today I'm sharing my non-traditional 'two seasons merged into one' Tiger Fairy art card designed for
Third Coast Rubber Stamps Creative Coterie!

Faera the Tiger Fairy

The Tiger Fairy is a very rare species but if you time it just right you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one when they come out to play just as Fall turns into Winter!


I based my design on the colours of the gorgeous ribbon which represent the end of Fall and by including the Christmas Rose and Holly stamp as my background image I moved the design into Winter too!  I think this one would be perfect as a non-traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas card ;0)
 
The featured stamps are all from
Third Coast Rubber Stamps
Fairy Faera CH-717-H
Tiger Eyes lg CH-684-H
Christmas Rose and Holly DP-003-R


Stamp Fairy Faera onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colour with Copic markers.  I used the following Copics:  Hair:  E11, 13, 15, Skin: E000, 00, 02, Wings: G000, GY11, Clothes: G21, 82 and 85.  Add tiger stripes to the fairy's clothing with a black Copic Multiliner.  Colour the background with Cedar Green Derwent Watercolour pencil and blend with a Dove Blender pen.  Add white highlights with a Gel pen.  Die cut the panel with a Spellbinders Label 8 die and apply Peeled Paint Distress Ink to the die cut edge with a Blending tool.  Use the same Spellbinder Label 8 die as a template and trace the shape onto copper cardstock, cut out and then adhere the Fairy panel to it with permanent adhesive tape.


Cut rectangle mats from olive green, dark lime green and copper cardstock.  Stamp the Tiger Eyes image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto the dark lime green panel and mask the eyes.  Stamp the rest of the panel with the Christmas Rose and Holly image multiple times in Ancient Page Leaf Green ink, masking each area before continuing.  Distress the edges of the panel with a Distress tool and then apply Peeled Paint Distress ink with a Blending tool.  Add highlights to the eyes with a white gel pen to make them really pop.  Adhere the Tiger Eyes panel to the copper mat and then to the olive green mat with permanent adhesive tape.

Cut a length of the gorgeous Ribbon that has velvety stripes (Michaels) and adhere it to the panel with double-sided tape and secure the ends to the back of the panel with tape too.  Adhere the entire layered panel to a black folded card blank.  Then adhere the Fairy panel to the front of the card with pop dots.  Die cut assorted Sizzix flourishes from the two green cardstocks and distress gently with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  Adhere the flourishes to the card with small dabs of glue.
Embellish the card with 3 Recollections paper roses in 3 shades of green. 


I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Challenge #14 Thanksgiving, Thank you or Sketch - Crafting for All Seasons Challenge Blog
Free For All with Creative Craft Challenges
Challenge #89 Anything Goes - One Stitch At a Time
Challenge #58 Anything Goes - Lollipop Crafts 
Challenge #71 Anything Goes - Fresh Brewed Designs
Challenge #68 Snow Angels - Use a Fairy or Angel - Wags n Whiskers Rubber Stamps
Flutter By Wednesdays #181 Butterfly/Fairy/Angel 

Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Happy Stamping!

THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents

"How To Colour A Vintage Santa" Marvy Le Plume Permanent/Copic Markers Tutorial!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I'm super delighted to be back today with another Marvy Le Plume Permanent markers 'How To' tutorial for Blockheads Paper Arts!
Tutorial #2 - How To Colour A Vintage Santa
 

I'm featuring the Marvy Le Plume Permanents in a series of tutorials but you can follow along easily with Copic markers too!  Stacey, the wonderful owner of Blockheads Paper Arts, has provided a great Marvy to Copic substitute Chart to take the guess work out of it for you!  So grab your markers, dash on over to the Blockheads Blog and get started on 'How To Colour A Vintage Santa'!

This is the Santa I used on my 'Santa's Key' Christmas card which I made for the Blockheads Blog Hop Technique Challenge - "Sanded Colour Blocks".  Click on the photo of my card to see how I did that technique and made my card too.
 

You might also be interested in checking out Tutorial #1:  Passion for Purple - A Blending Tutorial using only 4 markers in shades of Purple!
 

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
Happy Stamping!


THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN

I design for Blockheads Paper Arts, Third Coast Rubber Stamps and About Art Accent


 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

"Santa's Key" Christmas Card featuring the Sanded Colour Block Technique! Join us for a Blockheads Technique Challenge Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone!


I've been gone a while coz I had abdominal surgery on Nov 12.   I'm okay and recovering nicely and finally getting around to letting you all know about a fun series of Technique Challenges that we've started with Blockheads Paper Arts!  The first challenge has begun already (on Nov 17th) but you've still got plenty of time to join the fun!

The first Challenge technique is called "Sanded Colour Block".  
To take the Challenge visit the Distress Stain Sanded Colour Block Technique Page at Blockheads Paper Arts and create your own "Sanded Colour Block" project.  The card I'm sharing today features the technique!

For this series of challenges we're trying a different kind of Blog Hop by providing you with html code to include in your project blog post!  This way any one can join in the Hop and by including the code in your post it will automatically link you up with everyone else taking part in the Hop!  How cool is that ;0)  The code is at the bottom of this post!

Once you've posted your project featuring the "Sanded Colour Block" technique on your blog please pop on over to the Blockheads Blog and add your blog post URL link via the linkie button.  You will then be in the running for an awesome prize!  The Blockheads Design Team, that's me, Karen and some new members yet to be announced) will then select a winner who will receive a $25 Blockheads gift certificate...Woohoo!  Awesome right, so I hope you'll join the fun!  Don't forget to include
Here's my card I made using the featured Challenge technique "Sanded Colour Block".
The Santa Face, Snowflakes and Christmas sentiment stamps I used are exclusive Blockheads Paper Arts images from their new An Illustrated Christmas and Christmas Morning sets! 

Santa's Key
 

You will need the following materials to do this technique:
Any brand of Embossing Folder like Cuttlebug or Tim Holtz' Texture Fades
Bone Folder or some kind of burnishing tool
Sand Paper
Glossy Cardstock
One or more colours of either Distress Stains or Distress Inks (or both if you want)
Masking/painter's tape
Rubber stamps to complete your project

I decided to try the Technique out on the Christmas words embossing folder by Cuttlebug and created the colour blocking effect by masking each section with painter's tape.  I used Distress Stains:  Bundled Sage, Stormy Sky, Fired Brick and Tea Dye.  I didn't burnish my painter's tape enough on the 'Holidays' block and had some bleed into the neighbouring blocks but I wasn't worried coz I decided that's where my ribbon would go to cover up the 'mistake'.  I tried to fix it but didn't like the darker lines that I ended up with.  The painter's tape also peeled off some of the top layer in places too coz I burnished too much but that didn't bother me either coz I was going for a distressed effect for my card anyway and most is hidden by the bow too.


 I trimmed the "Sanded Colour Block" panel and distressed the edges with a Tim Holtz Distress tool and applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges with an Ink Blending tool.


Cut a mat for the "Sanded Colour Block" panel from brown cardstock and emboss it with a snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder and distress the edges with the Distress tool.  Apply Fired Brick Distress Ink to just the embossed areas and to the edges of the mat.


Adhere the "Sanded Colour Block" panel to the mat with permanent adhesive tape just to hold it in place.  Run the panels through a sewing machine without thread to punch the holes and then hand stitch the panels together with red thread.  You can sew the card on your machine if you want to put I didn't have a bobbin set up with red thread and didn't feel like getting one ready ;0)


Adhere the snowflake ribbon (Michaels) to the panels with double-sided tape and attach a Tim Holtz Idea-ology charm clip to the ribbon before sticking it down. 


Die cut a tiny tag with a Cuttlebug die cut from cream cardstock and a mat slightly larger from brown cardstock.  Distress the edges on the both with the Distress tool and hand write 'Dear Santa' in a kid's handwriting style with a red Prismacolor pencil.

 

 Apply Fired Brick Distress Ink to both and adhere the tag to the mat with permanent adhesive tape.  Attach the tag and the key charm to the charm clip with a large jump ring.


Stamp the Santa Face onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  Tear the edges of the stamped image to continue with the distressed look.


Colour Santa with Marvy Le Plume Permanent markers or Copics except for the berries.  I coloured them with a dark red Prismacolor pencil and added highlights with a white gel pen.  Apply Judikins Diamond Glaze to just the berries and holly to add some dimension to the image.

I'm very excited to let you know that later this week I'll be sharing a Marvy Le Plume Permanent marker tutorial called "How to Colour A Vintage Santa" over on the Blockheads Blog.  The step-by-step photos will show exactly how I coloured my Santa.  I'll let you know when the tutorial is up so stay tuned for that ;0)


Apply Tea Dye Distess Ink to age and distress the Santa image.  Adhere the image to the front of the card with double-side tape then adhere the bow with a glue dot.  Gather up the ribbon tails and adhere in place with glue dots too.  Embellish the left side of the card with amber self-adhesive rhinestones.


Make a folded card from cream cardstock and stamp the snowflake design around the outer edges on the front of the card and all over the back of the card with Fired Brick Distress Ink and distress the edges with the same ink.  Do the same to the inside of the card too!


For the inside of my card I stamped the Christmas sentiment onto a piece of matching cardstock in Fired Brick Distress Ink and trimmed and distressed it.  Cut a slightly larger mat from brown cardstock and distress the edges too.  Then apply Fired Brick Distress Ink to all the edges.  Adhere the sentiment to the mat with permanent adhesive tape and adhere it inside the card with tape too. 


Here's some more photos of my finished card!




That was a really fun technique to do.  I also tried it out on another brand of glossy cardstock which didn't sand so well but still produced an interesting background for a future card ;0)


I hope you enjoyed seeing my project and are inspired to give it a try.  Then come and join the Challenge Blog Hop for a chance to win the $25 Blockheads gift certificate!  Remember to include the html code in your blog post coz links added to the Blockheads Blog without the code will be removed, so don't forget!

I can't wait to see your projects and good luck ;0)

I've entered this card into Challenge #9 - I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas at Fashionable Stamping Challenges


Happy Stamping!

THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents
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