Friday, November 12, 2010

Winter Birds Tea Light Cover

Hi all, are you ready for a Blog Hop?  I hope so because the Fred She Said DT have some really awesome projects for your inspiration!  If you stopped by my blog to visit and didn't know there was a hop today, and want to start the hop from the beginning it is with Tracey-Lynn and the Fred She Said Blog here.  As you hop along, in the order given, to each design team members site you can collect their special CODE WORD.  When you have all the special code words and you make the final hop stop at the Fred She Said Challenge Blog you will be given instructions on how to enter your cord words that now form a phrase for a chance to win:

This time 2 Winners will be selected, one to win a

$25 Gift Certificate to the Fred She Said Store

and the other to win a
$25 Gift Certificate to CropStop

Before we get to my project here is the order of the hop in case you loose your way or want to re-visit any site:

1. Tracey-Lynn Fred herself, the designer of all these lovely images!!

2. Ann

7. Sonya, that's me, you are HERE!

11. Michelle our DT Leader, Thanks Michelle!

12. Lora

Ok, now to my project for the hop.  I love birds as much as I do flowers and Tracey has created these lovely Winter Birds images.  They come colored or black and white so that you can color them yourself.  I personally LOVE the pre-colored ones.  They are so vibrant when printed out on matt photo paper, or on vellum as I did here.  These images are so pretty that I couldn't choose between them so I used all of them. I also love candlelight and thought that these images would be beautiful as a tea light cover.  Note:  use a battery operated tea light or tea light in a candle holder that does not allow the flame to rise above the rim of the holder, it is paper and we don't want any firey accidents!

I printed out two of the Cardinal images and one each of the Chickadee and Robins onto vellum.  Each panel side is 5" and has a front and back piece. There is no bottom and the holder sets around the tea light like a ring.  I laid two 5" side pieces down, one on top of the other, on my Cuttlebug and used one of my Nesties to cut both pieces together to get perfect window alignment.  The vellum image was sandwiched between them.  You could use your Cricut and cut any shape you desire for the window.  I did use my Cricut and the Heritage cartridge to cut the scroll work on the top and bottom of the holder and is holding the sides together.  Mini black brads, 6 on each side also help give it an ironwork look. There is also a strip on the inside along the corners for added support. You can see it in the picture below. I added red bows to each corner and a bit of red glitter to the berries on the bird images for sparkle. 

Shows the holder with a tea light lit inside (with additional lighting of my box) just a bit of a glow showing.

This picture is without any extra lighting showing the tea light through the panels. 

You could change this up and make any number of designs with countless shapes for the window panels and images!  I will be making more of these!  My special CODE WORD  is: but !  Have fun hopping, your next stop is at NANCY'S, she has another great project with a Fred She Said image!!  Don't forget to collect the CODE WORDS for a chance to WIN! If you want to see the wonderful images that Tracey has in her store, you can click here.  Thanks for all the comments and I want you to know that I read and appreciate each one.  If you have any questions please leave me a way to contact you so I can answer!


Good luck to everyone!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Quilled Tassel Tag

Hi all, back to share another of the projects that I made for the November Custom Quilling newsletter a quilled Tassel Tag.  I have always loved tassels and beautiful tags.  So I decided to combine the two and make a tag that is attached to a large tassel that can be hung from a doorknob, drawer pull or lamp.  The tag can be changed for whatever occasion, season or holiday that you like.  Both are oversize and are very versatile in the way you can decorate them.  It is hanging below on the cabinet in my hallway.

For this first tag I chose to use the quilled poinsettias and scroll work in red and white. The tag is over 6" and the base layer was colored with Red Appel and Gold Glimmer Mist as well as the red top layer tag.  The quilled poinsettias are made the same way as those on the Tea Box with the added scroll work.  I love the dimension that these wider strips give.  The snowflakes are stickers and look like they have been embossed onto the tag.  I added crystals and  holographic embossing powder to the sticker and heat set it for extra shimmer. In real life it is very sparkly and the crystals catch the light beautifully as well as the metallic edges on the quilling strips. It is just hard to get it to show in a picture.

The tag is attached to the tassel with a double bow in deep red and wine taffeta so it can be easily changed out for another. Be sure to check back Friday to hop along with the Fred She Said DT blog hop! Until then,

Y'all are sooo sweet and leave awesome comments!  If you have a question please be sure to leave a way that I can contact you to answer!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

One in a Million

Hi all!  Back again with another card project.  This is one that I made using my Cricut and the Lacy Labels (vine), Wild Card (card, sign) cartridges.  I wanted to try out my new stamp and coordinating dies from Heartfelt Creations.  The hydrangea was stamped onto water color paper and embossed in gold.  I stamped the individual blossoms the same way and water colored the images with Tombow markers.  The main image can be overlaid with the smaller blossoms for a dimensional flower but I wanted only the one blossom, in gold/gold crystal to stand out to use with my sentiment, Your One in a Million.  The stamp set comes with a "one in a million" sentiment, but I used the one from a Flourishes set because of it's size.

The image was popped up with foam dots and then the sign with the sentiment is popped up with double foam dots on top of the flower on one side to make it level as you can see in the picture below.  I added some doodles and accents with gel pens and colored my clear Dew Drops with a purple and blue Copic markers to match my flower.

When closed the pattern paper shows through the scallops on the front of the card and there is a lavender circle inside to write a message on.  I will do another with this versatile stamp and die set with the smaller blossoms.  Thanks for all the sweet comments!! Next post will be another quilling project.  Until then,


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Quilled Tea Bag Box

Hi all, back with the quilling project that I promised!  This quilled embellished 3D project is for all you who love to drink tea.  I have seen boxes of tea bags that have a little pull out portion that allows you to "dispense" the tea bag packets right from the box and I thought it would be a great gift idea.  I used the supplies from the November Custom Quilling kit for the quilled poinsettias, leaves, and box decorations (except pinecones and white punched flowers).  I designed the box with lid and panel layers with SCAL2 and the cut file is emailed to you with your kit purchase. 

After cutting box pieces and layers with my Cricut, I assembled the box and lid I inked all the card stock and designer paper panels, then added gold gel pen dots for some glimmer.  The pretty holly paper gives it such a vintage look.  For the quilled poinsettias I used the 1/4" white/red metallic edged quilling strips.  I have never used this width for quilling before, only making roses.  By the way they makes beautiful roses!  When you make folded roses with these strips the petal edges have a shimmer.  You can see the dimension that these wider strips give the quilled flowers.

The poinsettias are made by quilling and shaping a coil into a marquis, 5 for the top layer of petals and 6 larger marquis for the bottom layer of petals.  The centers of the poinsettias are made from tight coils using the 1/8" white/gold metallic edged strips, either 3,4 or 5 coils.  If you want you could make the centers and then add the top layer of red petals against them, or add the center to the top, either way.  The leaves are also made from the gold edged strips and are the same marquis shape.

Next I added to these poinsettias, some punched flowers from a patterned white pearlized paper and added some cranberry colored beads for centers.  Punched greenery is tucked in and around along with  pine cones.  The pine cone are made from punching the pine cone shape punch 7 times (or more for fuller one) and then scoring, folding down the middle of the pine cone punch shape.  Glue all 7 folded pine cone punches side to side and you get a "book" like shape you see that fans open.  I glued it flat against the box but you could add more "leaves" of punched pine cone shapes and then glue the first and last sides together and have a round 3D life-like pine cone.

I will be making more of these for gifts and one or more for myself as they could be made for any season and occasion with the change of paper and card stock and embellishments!  The side panels would look so pretty embossed with embossing folders! Put it in a little basket with other tea goodies and your friends that love tea will feel so special!

If you remember yesterday I added the "disclosure" for my FSS DT projects.  I also am disclosing that as a Design Team member for Custom Quilling that I recieve the monthly kit to create projects with and to review.  I am not paid by either FSS or Custom Quilling to promote or recommend products, just images and supplies to create projects.  As you can see I really do LOVE the kits that Denise puts together from Custom Quilling, and I have to tell you they are a great way to build up your stash to work with!!  The contents always have generous amounts of card stocks, papers, embellishments and STRIPS, plus more! I have to narrow my project ideas to three for the newsletter! So I can honestly recommend them. 

I still have more cards and the other two quilling projects to share, check back!  If you are inspired to create any projects please share the link in the comments section below, I would love to see them!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Phlippians 1:3-4 Sunflowers and Pumpkins

Hi all, here is one of my projects for Fred She Said DT.  I used the FSS Colored Sunflower Trio, Philippians 1 versePumpkins and Sunflowers, and Sunflower Frame.  Can you tell I love these images? You can find them here.  The design of the card is one of my favorites of Bonnie McLain and she has a great tutorial for it here.  There is a lot going on with this card and the surprise is when you open it.  The inside reveals a V fold that holds pop up images in the window.  Even the back of the card is decorated and holds a tag pocket.

I added some metallic gel pen highlights to the images for some subtle sparkle and gold gel pen to the edges of the embossed panels. The card has a lot of dimension and I used a lot of pop dots!

I love the way the striking colors of the images pop against the white background.  The card is really easy to make and Bonnie's tutorial is great.  I changed a few of the embellished panels and added the pop up in the window, but it is basically the same design.  And it is so versatile that you can embellish and use whatever papers and card stock that suits your images and desire.  You can see more of the images in the window in the picture below.

Here is a picture looking down into the card from the top when open so you can see the mechanism of it.

Here is a look at the back of the card with the tag pocket and tag that can be used to write a personal note as there isn't really any place to do so on this particular design.  You could put pockets or panels for writing on the inside if you wish. 

I enjoyed making this card and will make several more.  I love this style of cards with the white embossed backgrounds.  Bonnie calls them "Confection Cards" and I couldn't agree more, they look like elegant frilly eye candy confections!  Tracey has awesome digi designs that come either pre-colored or ready to color.  Either way I'm sure you will love them and you can see them here. 

I have seen that other bloggers are putting "disclosures" on their blogs and so I will put one here.  As you know I am on the Fred She Said Design Team.  As a DT member I do receive images at no cost to create projects with.  Having said this, I really do LOVE the images that Tracey creates, especially the pre-colored ones!  I am not compensated to say that though!  I recommend them because of their ease of use (you see me, who needs a "Didn't grow up with a computer" book for Dummies can use them easily) and wonderful designs. 

I finally updated the side bar with the new FSS DT members and their blog links I'm sure you will enjoy exploring!  And if you haven't visited Paper Craft Planet and the Fred She Said group, please do and you will see some eye poppin' creations using FSS images for lots of inspiration!

I still have unposted projects and new ones coming up, tomorrow I will post a quilling project. If you have any questions please email me or leave a comment where I can answer you! Until then,

Thanks for all the super sweet comments!