Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas Songs Shadowbox

On one of my favorite challenges, Creative Carte Blanche, the challenge this month is Song Lyrics. I had just found some Christmas paper that would be perfect for this challenge. In addition, I bought a tripod that came in a very interesting box with a little door on it. I had to use that as well.

I searched through all my Christmas dies and stamps and picked out some that I thought would work and this is what I came up with.

This is the cover of the box. The lyrics on the scrapbook paper are for Jingle Bells so I included bells on the cover.  As always whenever I try to make a book or a cover to open, I have trouble. That's why there is a funny flange on the edge of the cover so it can open adequately. One of these days I will make a cover that both looks good and opens easily. 

The shadowbox portion of the project
Inside cover of the Christmas Songs Shadowbox
I used a ton of dies and stamps from many different companies. I will try to list them below:

Sizzix Tim Holtz Ornate frame #2 
Sizzix Tim Holtz Block Letters - Alterations Collection Holiday Thinlets
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Collection Christmas Prancing Deer
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Greens Thinlets
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Paper Snowflakes Thinlets
Martha Stewart Label Punch
Martha Stewart Icicle Edge Punch
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Scribble Woodland Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Idea-ologu Mini Plaquettes
Hero Arts Lia Griffith Gingerbread House Die
Hero Arts Vintages Wishes Stamp and Die Set
Papertrey Ink In the Meadow Stamp and Die Set
Papertrey Ink Tiny Town Scallop Shingles Die

I used a generic tree die to make the 3-D die on the upper right hand corner of the shadowbox. The gold yarn tree I made like I made the sisal trees. I glued it in a green wooden cup I found at one of the craft stores.

All of the snowflakes are glittered with a fine glitter from Martha Stewart. I also glittered the Holiday greens as well. The prancing deer is painted with a gold mother of pearl paint from Martha Stewart. It's a lovely color.

The snow around the one horse sleigh and the house is a combination of Ranger texture paste and Snowtex. Washi tape lines the inside of the shadowbox.

I'm pretty happy with this shadowbox, but I find that always learn with each project.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Little Cabin in the Woods

The Christmas stamps and dies arrived! I was so happy to get my packages yesterday. Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge - O' Christmas Tree - is perfect for what I ordered.

Here is my project called the "Little Cabin in the Woods".

I covered a small box with distressed scrapbook paper and painted the background a light blue. I made 2 cardboard copies of the new Tim Holtz Tree Line on the edge die, glued them together and painted the trees a dark evergreen color. Then I used Snowtex on the limbs and sprinkled fine glitter on top.

The cabin is made from Tim Holtz' new stamp called Scribble Woodland. Seriously great stamps in that set. I cut out out 3 layers of the cabin to give it a little more dimension. I also cut out the cabin from the stamp's background so the tree line would provide the background. I glittered the snow on the roof and the ground with more fine glitter. I made a slope for the foreground and drew some lines similar to the ones on the Scribble Woodland stamp. That slope was also lightly glittered. To cover up the seam at the bottom I applied some more snow and glittered that. I used a Hero Arts deer stamp and die in the front. The large tree is the Tim Holtz Pine Tree Bigz die. As usual, I cut out 3 layers of the tree to make it more sturdy. On the top tree layer I cut off the trunk because I wanted the tree to have more depth. I also offset the top layer of the tree just a little bit to give a little shadow to the limbs. Then I added snow and more glitter and glued it to the front.

I will enter this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This was a fun, quick project for me. Now I have to figure out who to give it to.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas 2016 Little Houses

I decided to make some little glitter houses for some friends who were very encouraging when I was on my bike tour. I did 2 quickie houses using various dies to make it easier. One thing I did not do which really sped up the process is fences. I basically omitted fences. Fences take me a long time because I sandwich so many layers together to make them stable and more long lasting.

This first house is for my friend, Alison. I modified my custom house template from Accucuts by cutting off one of the front gables to make a smaller house. The roof is from the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling roof dies. The puppy is a Hagen Renaker miniature. Alison's family loves doggies. The tree is one of the sisal bottlebrush trees that I made. I used the windows from an Elizabeth Craft design pop-up house. The wreath is from that same set.

The next house is modified from the Tim Holtz Village Bungalow with a gable added to the front. I used 3 different Tim Holtz dies for this house (this is important to know to enter a specific online craft challenge) - the Village Bungalow, the Village Dwelling roof and the windows from the Village Manor. I was bolder about my colors in this house than I usually am. I used 3 shades of blue as well - Martha Stewart Sea Lavender and Greek Tile as well as an acrylic Phthalocyanine blue. The little doggie is the same one from Hagen Renaker. This is for my friend, Kelli, who also loves dogs.

I will enter these houses in the Simon Says stamp challenges. Both houses will be entered in the Wednesday Simon Says: Christmas To Die For challenge.

The second house made of 3 different Tim Holtz dies and 3 different blue paints will be entered in the   Monday Simon Says: Trio-tastic challenge.

I am so glad to be home making things again. So many ideas, so little time. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Inspirational Houses on Tour

As you know, I just finished a bike tour of the Cascade mountains in Washington and Oregon and the Sierras in California. What a grand trip it was, too.

I took a few pictures of buildings, houses that I thought had potential as a pattern for little glitter houses. I was not able to share them on my iPad during the trip, so now I will post them. I can't wait to get back to making things again. I missed that.

First, the Parkdale Bed and Breakfast. I am going to make one of these to send to the owners of the B&B because they are so nice and I enjoyed staying there so much.

You can see my bike and handlebar bag as well as Ben's bike in this view.
Ben's bike is visible here. 
It's a great house. I love the hipped roof. Our room was the one on the second floor on the right. The view from the room - Mt. Hood.

I took this photo from the front yard of the Parkdale B&B.
Two other houses in Parkdale, Oregon were remarkable as well.

Isn't this a wonderful house with the dormers, the steep roof, chimneys and the entrance. I also like the shakes on the outside and the matching garage. 
This cottage below belongs in a storybook. What do you think?

I just love the sloping roof. I think it would be a bit challenging to make though. 
I have a few other houses that I will include in another post. I am so happy to be home.

Thank you for reading.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Bike Tour Update

I've tried to post pictures from my trip here using my iPad but I can't seem to do so. I will posting photos on my Instagram and Pinterest accounts.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Bike Tour 2016 - A Downhill Tour of the Sierra Cascades

I am getting ready to go on my bike trip. I leave Thursday morning and start the ride proper the next day.

I would be able to be very crafty for a couple of months so I will have to content myself with creative imaginings. I did get an iPad pro with a pencil so I can draw at least.

The journal I keep will be on the website - My title is "A Downhill Tour of the Sierra Cascades" so named because if you look at the map and ride from North to South it looks downhill. Of course, that is not the reality. This route - the Sierra Cascades - is actually the hilliest route that the Adventure Cycling Association has mapped. That's ok. I can handle it, slowly no doubt, but I will plod along and finish. This route goes from the US-Canadian border at Sumas, Washington to the US-Mexico border at Tecate. From there I will ride to San Diego and then take a train back to SC.

My specific journal on crazy guy can be found on this link - A "Downhill" Tour of the Sierra Cascades.

I have a lot to do. Talk to you later.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Haunted Houses for Halloween 2016

Well, the Halloween houses are done for this year. I am pretty happy with the collection. I always hope to do more, but every house takes so long. I think I did one house that took only 2 days, but most take 2 weeks or more.


I really enjoyed experimenting with the Tim Holtz Village dwelling house dies. I learned how to modify them and I absolutely love the roof dies. That really helps with the personality of the houses and makes the roofs so much easier.

I'm selling some non-Halloween houses as well that I will include in a different post.

Have fun creating, ok?