Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last Minute Wrapping

Ok, I admit it. I'm spending today doing some last minute wrapping of gifts. How about you?

Well, just in case you are sitting around your computer procrasinating even further than I am, here's a surprisingly quick way to dress up your gift bags (because let's face it, those are HEAVEN for last minute wrapping!). Cut a tag from kraft paper and stamp one of the beautiful trees from Lockhart Stamp Company on it, like this Snowy Tree With Birds.

This is just three colored pencils - green, red and white! Colored pencils on kraft paper are fantastic - if you haven't tried it you absolutely must!

Add some curvy snow drifts and stamp the "Celebrate The Season" sentiment. Ink the edges with a very light blue chalk ink for instant softness and dimension, then simply tie it on your gift bag with a little baker's twine for an on-trend, festive look.

The amazing Lockhart image makes it look like you spent all day prepping your tag - and your recipient will be wow'd! Only you and I will know how quick and easy it really was - and I won't tell if you don't!

OK - now go wrap up those gifts! Be well.  ~ Jenn

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wishing you JOY!

There really isn't anything better than sending just the right card to the right recipient, is there? I love that contented feeling I get when it matches up perfectly. This lovely was sent off to none other than Karen Lockhart herself. Her images bring me such joy through the year that it is only appropriate to send back a little joy, don't you think? This holiday installment of her fantastic windows series is full of detail (you can click on the picture for a larger image). A real joy to color. I used Copics on this one, with Copic Spicas for some sparkly detail in spots.

Lockhart Stamp Company has some brand new images coming soon! I can't wait to see what Karen has up her sleeve for this release.

It is a great time for me to let you know how grateful I am to have you stop by. I know a bunch of you aren't too chatty, but if you would like to say hi, I would LOVE to hear from you. Be well!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 7: Treat Bag Toppers

I can't hardly believe this is the last week of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop. I think this week's die, Eileen's Treat Bag Toppers is the perfect die for last minute holiday gift giving! It's perfect for dressing up small bags for special treats. On this example, I used it on a small glassine bag filled with chocolates. It's dressed up with stamps from Papertrey Ink (Distressed Stripes and Tiny Treats: Christmas) as well as some fun baker's twine. I used my japanese screw punch to punch the holes in the matboard and just stamped away. Stamping on matboard is so effortless - matboard takes ink beautifully!


Here's another example of using a treat bag topper on a kraft tin tie bag. This clever die actually cuts three toppers at once - each one a different size for a variety of options. LOVE that! I quickly stamped the kraft bag with snowflakes (PTI's Peace Be Still) For this topper, I adhered some patterned paper with Sparkle Mod Podge for a fun & festive look. And just look at that fun scalloped edge - Eileen is so great about those fun details! The tag that is hanging is part of Eileen's die, as well. I used a few steps on that, stamping and embossing the JOY sentiment, then airbrushing the green background with a Copic marker. Next I used Sparkle Mod Podge again, then painted the edges with white acrylic paint. Add some silvery trim and you have a fantastic treat bag that will wow your recipient.
As always, you can use the widget on the right for navigating through the hop.Thanks for checking out the Triple Play Blog Hop these past several weeks! Please visit http://www.tripleplay.typepad.com/ for more fun ideas from Brenda Pinnick, Karen Burniston, Eileen Hull and friends. If you have enjoyed seeing all of the inspiring ideas on the blog hop, you can also "like" Triple Play on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Triple-Play/125068950891362.

Be well!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 6: Album, Brackets


Good morning, Sizzix Blog Hoppers (as well as my blog friends!). Welcome to Week 6 of the Triple Play Blog Hop. This morning, all 60 of us are showing what we've done with Brenda Pinnick's Album, Brackets die. I wanted to create something that was a little different that its original use, but wanted to keep it simple, so I ended up with a fun holiday banner.

Since the shapes already have a hole in the corner to bind the album, this was a very simple task! I hung this in my butler's pantry doorway and used Ripe Avocado and Scarlet Jewel (ink, ribbon and paper) from Papertrey Ink. The sentiments are all from Big & Bold Holiday Wishes and the embossing powder is Silver Zing from American Crafts. That fun, festive border is a stamp from Background Basics: Christmas.


This Album Brackets die from Sizzix makes for a quick & simple banner - I did this one in about 30 minutes! You could hang one in every doorway of your house in no time flat!

Enjoy the rest of the hop today! The Sizzix Blog has the master list of participants, and the magical widget on my right margin allows you to follow along forward or backward. Have a great day - be well!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday


Since the holiday party season is in full swing, I thought I would show you the invitation I whipped up for the annual party we host for people from my husband's office. I cranked out 40 of these pretty quickly (in one evening!), so you know they are easy to reproduce!

I started with a cardbase of Pure Poppy cardstock from Papertrey Ink. Cut, score and round the corners -easy peasy! I then stamped the frame image and a sentiment from this year's PTI anniversary set (Round & Round) with Versmark ink. Sprinkled on silver embossing powder and went to town with my heat gun. (As always, you can click on the picture for a more detailed look.)

The bell is punched from a text weight silver shimmer paper that I picked up at A Happy Stamper. The punch is from the Martha Stewart line. I tied a small bow from red and white baker's twine for a nice little touch, too. So far, so good - right?



I turned to my computer to start the interior. Find a postcard template and simply fill in your information. You can then print four on one sheet of paper - nice and quick! These are printed on an off-white text weight paper. Once I printed them, I trimmed them and rounded the corners. I added the flourish that you see there with a stamp from Big & Bold Holiday Wishes - the stamping ink and the printer ink matched seamlessly. (Hubby couldn't even tell that it was stamped!) I adhered that text weight sheet and voila! I was done.

I work pretty quickly, but anyone could easily make a bunch of these over a weekend. Simple techniques (like the heat embossing I did on the front) are techniques that always make a BIG impact, so choose just one WOW factor to incorporate into your design, whether it be embossing or die cutting, or something similar. Give it a try - your recipients will be impressed!

Be well. ~ Jenn



Monday, December 6, 2010

Lockhart's Angel With Gift


Hi friends! I just had to show you this Lockhart Angel today! I've been itching to ink her up for sometime now, but haven't carved out the time to do so. See, it ends up that I desperately need a new pair of glasses. I haven't been doing that much detailed coloring lately because of it, but today I decided to throw caution to the wind and go for it!

(I saw the eye doctor last week and have my new glasses ordered - just waiting for them to come in. I've had glasses since I was a kid to see distance, but over the last year, I've been looking out the bottom of my glasses a bit more, and low & behold, it has gotten to the point where that's just not good enough. I've got a nice pair of no-line bifocals coming my way really soon, ha ha! Merry Christmas to me!)

OK, so back to this beautiful image! This is the new Angel With Gift, Karen's addition to the Angels this year. Isn't she beautiful? Here's a closer look:



I did a little less blending with my Copics than I would ordinarily do, mainly for just one reason! I stamped the image with Versafine instead of Memento. The Versafine pad tends to bleed a bit more than the Memento, so I tried not to add as much of the alcohol-based Copic as I normally would. (And yes, I'm a little gun shy since finding out just how badly I'm really seeing, HA!)

I know my Tuesday friends from Angela's Happy Stamper will smile at the color combination; I've told them I'm just not feeling the red & green this year, so this combination (PTI's Ocean Tides and Scarlet Jewel) is a nice change of pace, I think!) Speaking of Angela's Happy Stamper, you can find a great selection of Lockhart images there, or at your local stamp store. Karen has a great store locator on her site, too, in case you're traveling over the holidays.

I'd love to see your non-traditional color combinations for your holiday cards, too, so leave me a link in your comment and I'll pop by and visit! Be well.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 5: Gift Card Holder (For You)


Welcome to another installment of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop! This week we are taking another turn with Karen Burniston and taking a look at her incredibly useful Gift Card Holder with Phrase For You, 3D Pop-Up. This die is so much fun!

First, I created a 5" x 7" card. I used Shimmer cardstock in Silver and White from Papertrey Ink. For the background, I stamped Fancy Flourishes (also from PTI) and heat embossed them in silver (Zing from American Crafts - love this embossing powder! Seriously - best stuff ever!). Then I used the Ornate Flowers embossing folder from Sizzix on the white shimmer. I heat embossed the edges of this piece with silver EP, too.

The NOEL was cut from this die from Sizzix (and it's in the Sizzix Outlet for a BARGAIN!!!). I used the same flourish stamp for the embossing, too. Add a string of pearls and a few rhinestones for a touch of elegance and you're done with the card front.





Just take a look at this! Don't you just LOVE IT?! Karen Burniston is the Pop-Up Queen! Honestly, I left it unadorned so you can see just how brilliant this is. The details are so well thought out, from the way it adheres on both sides of the interior so nothing falls out of place to the handy-dandy slots for the bottom of the gift card. Brilliant. It goes together easily and you can make a bunch in no time flat (no pun intended!). I send bunches of gift cards to my nieces and nephew, so this die is a must have in my book! Karen supplied this piece of cardstock from Die Cuts With A View, but I can't wait to try it with some fun patterned paper for a different look!

Karen, I'm sitting in Virginia doing the Wayne & Garth "I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!" bow towards you! ;) Thanks for such a useful, fun die!

Go take a look at all the great stuff everyone else has done with this brilliant die! The Triple Play Widget on my right margin can take you forward, back or right back to the beginning at the Sizzix Blog. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. Be well!