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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Snowy holidays...

Just a quick little holiday card.  Again, using some scraps.  I had this blue/gray inked card stock that I had die cut the large snowflakes out of to make these cards.  They still had some large uncut corners on them, so I punched out some snowflakes.  I added a layer of Glossy Accents to give them a bit of sheen.  I had some silver pearl card stock strips that I was able to punch some circles out of to mount the snowflakes on.  I inked the edges to define them a bit more.

I added some scrap bits of snowflake printed paper down one edge of a square card I made from the same silver pearl card stock as the circles, and layered the elements down the left side.

Then I added a simple stamped sentiment in black.  One thing I loved was that the Glossy Accents highlighted a bit of silver shimmer that was in the inked paper, from a bit of Silver Distress Stain I added when I was inking the paper up.  Very hard to see, but pretty when you do see it!

This will be my final entry into this week's Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp,  Anything Goes, and for the November Work It Wednesday Holiday card theme!

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I love being able to find other uses for scrap bits and bobs... the only problem is that you can't keep every stray scrap just in case you have a use for it - that's what leads to an episode of Hoarders - Buried Alive!  It may also explain why my dogs no longer sleep in front of my desk - I think they are afraid of something falling on them!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Spring showers....

So I did this a bit backwards...  Usually, the spring showers bring about the flowers.  But apparently in my world, it is the other way around!  After making the flowers the other day, my mind turned to some cute Spellbinders cloud dies I had and I thought I would make some rainy cloud necklaces.

They are thin metal dies, not the thick ones, so I ran  a couple of passes over some light tan suede and gray leather I had, and it cut a deep impression, but not all the way through the leather.  I was able to use my craft blade to cut the rest of the way through.  For this first necklace, I layered the two clouds and used the eyelets with my Cropadile to attach them, as well as provide a spot for the bead dangles and jump rings.  I think they turned out cute!

For this one, I oopsed with the gray layer, and messed it up, so I just used the one tan cloud, and it still looks good with just the one small cloud.  I used some simple chain dangled from the bottom, and wired some AB glass beads for my rain drops.

Into everyone's life a little rain must fall... but without rain, there would no flowers!

I will also be sending a couple of these for the auction for this group...

For that matter, I will also be entering this into this weeks Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp, for Anything Goes!

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

A bouquet of spring blooms...

OK, maybe not quite a bouquet, but several.  I had made these before, but they are a fun project to make, I love how they look, with the contrast of metal and suede.  Plus they are a great way to use up some of the thin leather and suede pieces I have that are too thin to use for things like cuffs.

I die cut the flowers from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.  I then used a disc tool to cut various copper and brass discs.  The key, I found, when making these before, was to have a smaller disc in the front, and a larger one in the back, to cup the flowers.

Then I hammered them with a dapping tool, to cup the metal discs.  I used a punch tool to punch the holes in the centers of the cupped discs and the flowers.  After that, I used a mini screw and nut for one flower.  Then I thought, I just learned to rivet properly, why not see if I can do it on a curve.

I made one mistake, and had to take the flower apart, but other than ruining one rivet, the other parts were fine, so I tried it again.  I put the machined head in the inside cup of the flower, and layered the petals and backing disc over it, placed the inside of the flower over the dap that fit it, and trimmed the rivet close to the back of the backing disc, using my handy dandy super high tech measuring tool.  Then I used the small ball peen end of one of my hammers and went to town.  It worked!  I don't have a pic, unfortunately, but it did rivet well - and I was able to successfully do three of these flowers with no more ruined rivets!  Also, the machined head curved from the pressure of hammering, to fit in the cup of the small disc in the front!

Then I added a copper eyelet and jump ring to one of the backing petals, to hang as a pendent!

I will be sending these, along with some other goodies to my fellow Craftster friend, underthemountain, for a fundraising auction she is doing for a local group - they sound like a great organization for teaching youth community values, and good citizenship.  I am very happy to help out in some little way by providing some things that could be sold to raised some funds.

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Also, I will be entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge of the week, which is Anything Goes!

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Handsome and delightful...

This is a quick little card I made up from some scrappies on my craft table.  When I saw this scrap piece with the little labeled sentiment, I thought of my husband, and made this as a wee little thank you card for him.  It is based on a card I made for MIL earlier in the month, but with a more masculine take.

I love that it is a tall, thin card too, though that does mean I have to make an envelope for it.

... and I do owe the man a thank you... I dragged him out shopping today, but we are almost done our Christmas shopping, and on budget too!!!!

So this will be my final entry for this Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Thank You/Thanksgiving - thanking my husband for shopping with me, even though he despises it :)

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Time for tea?

This was a tea themed little card I made up.  I wanted something rather sweet and old fashioned looking, and was thinking about tea-time,eusing some of the new Tim Holtz tea dies.  I die cut them out of scrap chipboard, and die a bit of trimming to make them look a bit different.  I then gessoed and painted them with  acrylics, and a pearl wash.  After they dried, I stamped the patterns on.  I sanded the edges and inked them a bit.  I then used a marker to add the "tea".

I die cut an oval from a floral purple paper, for the table cloth for my tea table, and mounted it on a creamy pearl paper.  I cut a wide swathe of pearl paper as the band, and embossed it with a fine black powder across the top.

I layered everything on top of a charcoal top fold card, that is about 5 inches wide and 6 inches high.

I added a bit of pearl gems for the steam from the hot tea...

I will be entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge... it is a non Thanksgiving related card, but it is a thank you card :)

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For that matter, it is Anything Goes at the Wednesday Challenge, count me in on that too!

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