Monday, November 30, 2009

Lockhart Holiday Home Decor

I hope all of you in the US had a safe, restful Thanksgiving! (And if you're somewhere else, I have a favor to ask! I know when Canada's Thanksgiving is, but no others. My kids and I were having a conversation on Thursday about how wonderful Thanksgiving was because it transcends cultural and religious boundaries, but we all realized that we know very little about it in other countries. If you wouldn't mind, could you leave a comment & let me know a little about your version of Thanksgiving? I will share them with Wally and the Beav as a learning tool! THANKS BUNCHES!)

I spent Friday decking the halls at our house. It ended up being a pretty nice day, so the outside decorations were easy to tackle. We went and got our Christmas tree (if you were a reader here last year, you may recall that we have a tree farmer who sets up each year basically across the street; we literally carry home our tree in a Rockwell-esque moment that you couldn't possibly make up). It's been fun because I didn't really go all out last year - I think I was wiped out from all our house problems and the move. This year, though, complete opposite! :)

So I wanted to share one way that you can incorporate your holiday stamps into your holiday home decor. This is a paper mache tissue box available in most craft stores. I used the Lockhart Snow Tree with Birds on all four sides for a great view from whichever way you see it. Pair it up with some festive paper & fun trim and you have great holiday accent!

Of course, this is just a hopping-off point - you could use this for tons of fun accents around your home! I would love to hear your thoughts! (And don't forget, to my international readers, I would love to hear if your culture has an equivilant to Thanksgiving!)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Sizzix ScoreBoard Noel

Welcome to another Sizzix ScoreBoards Blog Hop! Eileen Hull, the mastermind behind this great product, has the full list of participants on her blog today. Our featured die today is the Notebook Pocket. Just in case this is your first stop here on Blog Hop day, the dies that I've been showing are brand new, hitting your local craft store early December (we hope!). They are unique in that they cut and score MATBOARD, yielding a very sturdy project - and an even more professional-looking gift!

My favorite way to use this die (so far!)is as a notecard holder. It fits 4 Bar-sized cards and envelopes perfectly! I simply tied these notecards and envelopes with a piece of Vintage Cream Topnotch Twill, which does double duty as the 'pull' out of the holder.

To decorate this set, I used this Sizzix die on Papertrey Bitty Box Basics and Ripe Avocado papers. The background on the Notebook Holder was created by covering the matboard with PTI Stamper's Select paper and stamping it with Text Style and Ripe Avocado ink.

Thanks for hopping by today! Don't forget to stop by Eileen's blog for the complete list of participants!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Papertrey Tuesday

Morning! I have something fun to show you today - a little burst of creative freedom that I THOROUGHLY enjoyed and wanted to share with you. First, a little back story. See, for the last couple of weeks, I've been lucky to spend quite a bit of time with my crafty friend Eileen Hull because I've been helping her with a HUGE card order (1800 cards for a non-profit organization!). It's been so much fun sitting and chatting and cranking out those cards. (And yes, that's 1800!!! Until you've attempted it, there's just no explaining how HUGE that really is!) But I digress; as you may know, Eileen is just a total WIZ with matboard. It's really amazing the things she does with it. Her creativity finally convinced me that I wanted a mat cutter. I had dabbled in watercolors years ago, and during that time, I took a mat cutting class, so all that I needed was a little refresher. Eileen to the rescue! She gave me a quick tutorial on how to cut a mat, and this black piece was the result. It was a scrap piece that she had, hence the untraditional size. She handed it over to me, and once I got it home, I knew that I wanted to use it for something.

I was in Target a while back and saw this gorgeous pillow (number 7 on that search - the DwellStudio Garden Pillow). The contrast struck me right away, and since I knew that Papertrey's Turning A New Leaf was in the works, I knew that it would be great inspiration for use with that set.

So combine those two back stories, and look what you get! (This is a bit fuzzy - sorry! The light wasn't very strong when I was photographing it.)

So, the details...I used Papertrey's Fresh Snow and True Black inks (Fresh Snow on the black mat; True Black on Stamper's Select cardstock for the background.) The 'family' piece was cut with the Cricut cartridge 'Home Accents' from Stamper's Select and Smokey Shadow cardstocks. (The ribbons were some that I had here.)

What do you think? I'm so pleased with the way it turned out. Now I just need to find the perfect place for it! I hope this inspires you to try something a little different today!

Be well.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving (and a little masking)

Happy Thanksgiving - almost! Isn't this the perfect image for a thanksgiving card? It's from Lockhart Stamp Company and I always enjoy coloring it. I was a little pressed for time with this one, so I took the quicker route of coloring it with Copics. And you know what that means - I turn on the compressor for a little airbrush action! (In case you haven't read my compressor anecdote, you can see it here.)

I didn't have a mask cut for this image, so I thought it would be a good time to show you my process when I create a mask for airbrushing.

Sometimes I have an image that is larger than my Eclipse tape or a readily available Post It note (two great options for masking). For those cases, I just stamp on a scrap piece of paper and use some repositionable adhesive. The adhesive I've been turning to most lately is the Glue Glider Pro from Glue Arts. I really like how you can change cartridges mid-stream - making a project like this EASY!

I then just cut it out. You can see that I pay some attention to detail, but not precise attention.

I apply the repositionable adhesive.

Then I place it over my already colored and die cut image. I leave the die in place because I want that to act as a mask, too. This is when I airbrush (which is kind of tough to take a photo of by yourself, so sorry for not having one to show you here!).

When you remove your mask, you'll see that your original image has been protected from the airbrushed color. And the beautiful thing about spending a little time on a mask? You can reuse it! I just store it right on the wood mount (like here) or on my CD case (for my unmounteds).

Let me know if you have any questions about masking! In the meantime, good luck with your holiday prep work. Be well.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Houndstooth Rooster

I just realized that I neglected to post this on Monday. This Lockhart Rooster always intrigues me - the level of detail on this is just amazing. I was working on a different project last week with this houndstooth paper from Graphic 45 when it hit me how great it would look paired up with this rooster. There is something so fall-like about houndstooth - and these colors perfectly reinforce that feeling! Coloring this to coordinate was a great challenge - and FUN! I am so happy with the way this turned out that it only seemed appropriate to use the sentiment "Strut Your Stuff"!

This is a great exercise to challenge yourself - color your image to coordinate with your paper. Or choose a color theme! Who says a rooster can't be, say, French Provencial?

I think challenging yourself like this can be such fun - give it a try!

Be well,

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Wow, I can't believe it's Wednesday already! It's been busy, busy, busy here; I bet it has at been at your house, too. It's that time of year, isn't it? Well, enough small talk - let's get right into today's Inchie project!

While this card looks time-consuming, it is really easy! I used two Lockhart Itty Bitty stamps to create this. First, I stamped a White Inchie Square with the Itty Bitty Three Packages and simply colored it with colored pencils and a glitter pen. You may notice, too, that I edged the Inchie Square with a little red - I achieved that look by running my red Prismacolor right over the edge. Since this is artist-quality matboard, it took the pencil evenly and easily.

For the background on this paper, I simply stamped and colored the Itty Bitty Joy in a relatively consistent pattern. I think it creates a fun background paper, and really accentuates the Inchie Square. A bow tied from red sheer ribbon accents it festively.

I'm going to let you in on a little hint today! Lisa Lee at All In An Inch is going to be announcing some fun news very soon! Keep your eyes peeled - it will welcome news to anyone who loves Inchie Arts products as much as I do! :)

Be well!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Papertrey Tuesday

Hi friends! It's time already for another Papertrey Tuesday, and I have another quick & easy gift idea for the holidays. Here I started out with a 4 oz. round clear top tin paired up Holiday Cheer paper with Scarlet Jewel and Ripe Avocado cardstock, then stamped the image from 2009 Holiday Tag Collection and Vintage Cream ink. I added a little Scarlet Jewel twill and Ripe Avocado buttons and I'm done! Scor Tape makes really quick work of these and before you know it, you've finished a bunch!

Hopefully this gives you just one more option for a fun & easy gift! Be well,

Friday, November 13, 2009

If you're in the DC area...

I have some fun plans this weekend - and if you're in the area, I encourage you to come out and say hi! Eileen Hull, matboard wiz extradonaire, hosts an amazing sale each fall. I stopped by Wednesday to drop off my sale items and I was floored! The barn has been transformed into a wonderland of gorgeous eye-candy! I know I'm going to get a bunch of my holiday shopping done and I just can't wait. If you stop by, please say hi (I'll be there from 9-1 on Friday and 9-2 on Saturday). I LOVE meeting paper-crafters, so if I find out you were there and you didn't say Hi, we'll just have to have words or something! ;) Seriously, though, it looks like it will be an amazing show with a wide-variety of items available - you'll be able to tackle your holiday list! I hope to see you there!

Be well,

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Snowman Soup!

Do you have a tough time with Christmas gifts for neighbors and your kids' friends families? I do, although this year I decided to tackle it early by making up some sweet Snowman Soup presents ahead of time. I found these great jars at a really reasonable price, so I bought a bunch of them knowing they would be great just for this! (And of course, I had this darling Snowman tag from Papertrey Ink's 2009 Holiday Tag Collection in mind when putting this mentally together!)

I've been enjoying Pure Poppy and Spring Rain together for Christmas this year, and it's funny because I have been seeing it paired up a lot in stores already. I'm a pretty traditional girl, but I admit that shaking up sometimes is just what I need to keep me on my toes! So I pulled out my PTI cardstock and went to town with circles for the top and tags.

Here's what's inside:

I don't know if you can really make it out or not, but guess what I put inside my glassine bags? Snowman-shaped Peeps! They were perfect for this package! (And if you know me, you know I had a little giggle to myself when I found them...let's just say I'm easily amused sometimes!)

I hope this gives you a fun idea for those gifts where you just need a little something! Be well,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

ScoreBoards Blog Hop

Welcome to another Sizzix ScoreBoard Blog Hop! We're taking a look at the Check Book Cover. I hope you're going to enjoy all the great ideas you're going to see today with all the talented designers that Eileen Hull has put together.

I decided to go in a little different direction and use this great die as a notebook cover. If you're familiar with Papertrey Ink, you know we've been playing with our new notepads a lot lately. It made me realize what a great combination these two products could be!

I started out by stamping and embossing the matboard with Polka Dot Basics II. I put the ScoreBoard together with white brads what matched the embossed dots. (Don't you think that scalloped edge is the cutest?) I then stamped the Santa image from Holiday Button Bits and framed it with this Sizzix frame. The little banner on the bottom was stamped with "Holiday Planner" from the Take Note set and accented with a felt button cut from Buttons 5.

For the interior, I created a pen loop from grosgrain ribbon (that I picked up this past weekend on a road trip with Eileen to the Offray outlet in Hagerstown MD. See, Eileen? I told you I would use it!) ;) I cut the pads a little bit, then stacked two pads together and adhered them to the check book back cover. I hope you can see just what a quick and easy project this is! It's so practical, too; the matboard makes such a sturdy cover that it would be great in your purse.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this idea and I will send you on your way to Ann Butler. You'll love what she created!

Be well,

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Papertrey Tuesday

Have you seen Heather Nichol's new Rustic Snowflakes paper? It has this season's hot holiday color combo with some great patterns! I'm having so much fun mixing and matching it, as you can tell by this card that I put together. I stamped this fun tag image from the 2009 Holiday Tag Collection onto red gingham paper, then layered it onto Pure Poppy cardstock. Then comes Heather's fun papers! The cardbase is cut from Aqua Mist and a little machine stitching with a button and ribbon polishes it off with festive style!

And just so we're all on the same page - I am in no way advocating the need for the white stuff that falls when it's cold. ;)

Be well,

Monday, November 9, 2009

A clean and simple Lockhart card

I have a clean and simple Lockhart card to share with you today! I used one of the new Kitten in Mitten images (the Mitten Kitten Star). I stamped it onto kraft cardstock and started coloring! (Coloring on kraft with colored pencils is so fun - you should give it a try.) I especially love the way that white POPS on kraft, making this sweet faced kitty the center of attention on this. The "celebrate the season" sentiment is a new one in the Lockhart collection, too - definitely a great one to have!

I hope you had a fun weekend! Lots of stuff to catch up on this week, so I will see you tomorrow! Be well,

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Have you seen these cute little wood boxes at Michael's? They're in the wood crafts aisle? They're .99 and have a nice shadow box effect. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for an Inchie square. And once I received the new Neutrals, bells starting ringing in my little creative mind signaling a winning combination. I started by painting the wood box, first with an off-white acrylic paint, followed by a couple layers of Evergreen Shimmerz. (I have to say, I'm a little disappointed in the pics, it's pretty cool in real life!) A little bit of Stickles along the edges, and the box has finished it's transformation.

The Inchie Square is a new neutral in Ivory. I stamped it with Lockhart's Itty Bitty Three Packages and then colored it in with Copic Spicas (just another coloring medium that works perfectly on these high-grade, artist-quality Inchie Squares!). I edged it to match the box, then adhered it to the shadow box interior base with foam adhesive for a great dimensional look.

I think this would make a great box for gift-giving this holiday season. It could be an unique presentation for jewelry or other small gifts! Give it a spin.

Be well,

Monday, November 2, 2009

How to make your holiday cards sweet!

Every time I think that Karen Lockhart has come up with the most adorable illustrations, she goes and does it again! Just take a look at this fantastic candy wreath! The coloring on this goes very quickly, and the deeply-etched rubber lends itself so well to the incredible detail on this image. Anyone who receives this is going to be filled with sweet thoughts about your stamping prowess!

You can't see it here, but I also used a Sakura Clear Glaze pen to give the wrappers an extra little effect. You could also use a Stardust or Spica pen for a glittery effect - either way, it gives an extra texture to your creation. You can see, too, that when paired up with this Basic Grey paper, you get the added bonus of even more sweet candy!

This Lockhart image, along with the others from this latest release, are now available in your local store (although, if yours is anything like mine, they're going fast!)

Happy Monday - be well,