Wednesday, February 6, 2013

It Almost Looked Like Christmas

Let me first start off by saying 2 things. I know it's Feb and I'm late posting this. 2nd  - I'm still learning crafting and time lines.

I started too late...making my Christmas cards. I actually started in November and thought I would have had them done. I believe I would have but I went on a deployment for work for a week, came back sick, and was down til mid December. I stayed in bed that weekend I got back...the ENTIRE weekend. I had no strength.

The only person that received a Christmas card from me was my mom. I had to get it done to mail her Christmas gift with it.

I used a Sizzix textures plate that I got from Joann's. I really like it. It don't recall the name of it, but it's clear. I inked the plate with Stampin' Up and ran it through my machine. The green cardstock I used the Cuttlebug Honeycomb folder. This one also has a border folder. The seam binding I purchased on eBay a while ago and I do not recall which online store the fabric flower is from.

I used Lindy's Stamp Gang scintillating silver on the sentiment. BUT...I should have sprayed then stamped. My mom liked the card, which is what matters.

I tried to use a variety of my dies; some had never been used.

I actually got a few more cards done but did not get them mailed. I think next near I will definitely have to start in late summer to complete them.


Stampin' Up Wondrous Wishes

The card with Santa and the children took me the longest. I don't believe I will ever try to stamp a color another image when I have so many cards to do.

This is 4 seperate cards. I think I was getting tired of making cards at this point.

My vintage take.
This is my favorite card.I like that it feels vintage and has the feel of old times; using what you have in the house to make cards...(the raffia, the plastic snowflake, burlap).

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Homemade Vintage Tags

Happy New Year,

Better late than never! :)

I have been neglecting posts and actually have much to post. When I didn't have much to post I wanted to post all the time.

I've been enjoying using my Sizzix Movers and Shapers L Die for tags & bookplates. I especially like that I don't have to buy tags, I can cut them. I cut a few and wanted them to have that vintage look.  I had some coffee that had reached its expiration date so it came in handy.

I boiled some water and added a few tablespoons of the coffee to the pot. At first it wasn't getting dark enough so I added about 5 tablespoons all together. I added the cut tags to the pot and let them sit for a minute or two.

After taking the tags out of the water, i sprinkled them with the cinnamon. Oh yeah, I added a few drops of vanilla extract to the water for smell.  then sprinkled them with cinnamon.

As they were drying, the cinnamon seemed to dry to the card. I used my Tim Holtz sanding block to get most of the cinnamon off.

These are the final tags. I don't mind that the writing is on the other side since they were cut from the file folders. I can cover them or let them show through. I actually enjoyed making these tags. I 've got so many folders to use up.

Hope you enjoyed the post and give this a try if you have not already. If you have the die, it's cheaper to make your own tags than buy them. You can cut them to the size you'd like.

Happy crafting!