Christmas Tags!

I have been using my stash to make cards — especially for Halloween and Thanksgiving! However, I splurged for Christmas and bought a few things from Canvas Corp Brands.

 I first cut out all the elements from Sentiment sheet to use as embellishments on the tags.

 These large gifts on the mistable paper are darling! I wanted to paint them! I used a few different mists with a paint brush color them in.

For the black based black and white paper I glimmer misted it with several coordinating colors.

 I did the same for the white based sheet.

 As those sheet dried, I trimmed out the presents!

 Once the paper was dry I created my card bases using a tag die. I cut slightly larger tags out of solid card stock to mat the tags on and use as a base.

 Finally the super fun part — assembling the tags! I pulled in a little bit of bling with sequence I had in my stash, but other than that I only used the Jolly Christmas and mists!

 I made a total of 20 festive and very jolly tags!

However, I still had a few bases left over and created my favorite project from this collection — A Santa banner! This will be darling on a large gift!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Autumn Pocket Card with Tags Using Digital Art

 I think that a lot of times digital art gets a bad rap because there are so many out there that do it poorly. However, I have found a company that does it well! Calico Collage provides beautiful downloads that follow copyright laws and print straight. There are gorgeous junk journal kits that you can have in your hands in a matter of minutes with little cost and the ability to use them over and over again. As some of you know I don’t have much in my stash that is traditional in style. I like to use digital art when I need something that is out of my comfort zone because it is easy to get my hands on and does not cost me an arm and leg for something I might only use a handful of times.

I downloaded the Autumn junk journal kit and created this traditional in style, yet unique style card with it. I love to take things and use them in ways they were not intended to be used for –including a junk journal kit. Why stop at just creating a journal when you can create a fun card?

 To make this card I printed up one of the pattern paper pages and the sheet that had the pocket and tags. I made the tags double sided and thought it would be fun to write my message on the front of the card instead of the inside. I used stamps from Hero Arts, a wood piece I inked orange and burlap flowers I got on sale at Hobby Lobby to finish it off. I added some orange gems to the sunflower just to leave my mark. I really could not keep this entirely traditional 😉

Here is the video tutorial I created for you showcasing how to make this particular pocket and card:
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Mother’s Day Card

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! This year I decided to make my Mom a card with a bunch of fun stuff from Brutus Monroe that just came out! First up creating a base using the Scratch background with the Lemon Zest Surface Ink.

 I also stamped the butterfly with the same stamp and ink

 I used the Detail ink in Raven to stamp these gorgeous roses from the Banner stamp set.

 I wanted to add some color so I dabbed Sage Surface Ink on my craft mat, spritzed it with water and grabbed my paint brush.

 I painted the leaves with it.

 I did the same thing again using the Rouge Surface Ink on the roses.

 As the roses dried I stamped the sentiment on two tags that I had made out of the tag die cuts with the Peg Alphabet.

 I used my Scan n Cut to cut the flowers and cut out the backing from pop dot packaging.

 I put the butterfly together.

 I then put it all together.

 This went off in the mail today! I mailed her a little gift too (she lives in another state) so I did not have to worry about smashing the butterfly into an envelope.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz

Bash Your Stash Week 1 April 2017

How many of us have a slew of things in our stash that we probably will never use? I know I do! So, for the month of April I thought it would be fun and beneficial to host a BASH YOUR STASH challenge! To learn more about the challenge and join along check out my video laying it all out for you here


The above is what I created for week one….well a sneak peak. You can find the full reveal and details in the video! I hope you play along and get that creative mojo going!

Until next time — Happy Crafting!

Betz

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Technique

I could not wait to get my hands on the new Distress Oxide ink by Tim Holtz. I saw him demo these at CHA and knew I had to have them as well as the Hipster Stamp set. After stalking all of my favorite stores they finally were made available to purchase. Normally I would wait until they come out in the 1 inch blocks, but given the unique ink mixture they will only be available in the larger form. I decided on 8 of the 12 colors because I knew I would get a lot of use out of them. Once they finally were delivered I started playing with them. 
I had a hard time with them at first. I found them to be messy, time consuming, and not easy to cover the corners of my project. They also were very dying for my fingers. Though I did love the results once I finally got lotion on my hands and the corners covered, I knew there had to be a better way for me to use them. I created this card with my technique: 

 These are the first five tags I made with the oxide ink using it the way Tim demonstrated at CHA.

Granted, I like a more vibrant colorful outcome than most I was still pleased with them. To learn my technique please visit my  Tutorial .
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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz