Friday, December 23, 2016

Fimo Clay Ornaments

Fimo Clay is so much fun to work with especially when you have a couple of little ones to help you out. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of my grandchildren's works of art. My grandson had a blast creating dinosaur impressed stars, hearts and trees. Meanwhile my one year old granddaughter couldn't be left out of the action, she choose the purple clay for her ornaments. It was so much fun.
Once the little ones were content with their projects I could get back to creating some for myself, as well as a few friends. I kept these ornaments to the classic white clay, embossed with elegant background stamps. Once cut into shapes a soft coloured ink pad was applied before baking. Next came the fun part of using my Fine Tec Watercolor gold and silver paints, adding detail to the design. With the paint and ink being water soluble a workable fixative was a must. Finally a gloss sealer, super fine white glitter and a gem completed the clay portion of these ornaments.





So Very Pretty,
Susan

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Card #2

This second set of interactive Christmas cards were made for my sweet little grandchildren. As with most kids they love anything that moves, slides or pulls, which made a slider card most appropriate. As with my previous cards these were created very early, unfortunately, well before all the new interactive dies came along, the slider channels on these particular cards were cut out using a craft knife.
With penguins being so playful, this particular Snow One Like You stamp and die set from Poppy Stamps made the perfect scene for a couple of little ones. Once again the Hills die set from Your Next Stamp came in handy for creating the landscape, while Paper Smooches, Holiday Cheer "ho ho ho" sentiment along with Papertrey Ink's, Petite Places: Holiday Lane added the finishing details to this fun card.



So Sweet,
Susan

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Card

I am sure that everyone has received their Christmas cards by now and if not they will get a sneak peak. So, If you haven't opened them up yet "oh well".
My main Christmas cards for this year were created using a pulled spinner technique. Actually, I first saw this being used by Sandy Allnock where she created these super adorable hedge hog cards.
Loving her idea I immediately went on to create my cards, they were completed in the early summer months, hence the excitement.
Several stamp and die sets were used to create these fun interactive cards. First off were the incredible yet very cute moose from Memory Box, which unfortunately seems no longer to be available, or at least I can't seem to find them. Next are the all popular bottle tree stamps and dies from the Joyful Christmas set by Papertrey Ink, along with the Snow Capped Mountains die by Mama Elephant. Finally to complete this ensemble we have the hill die set along with the wonderfully delicate script Merry Christmas set from a great Canadian on line store called Your Next Stamp.
I must say it was a super fun card to create.





Enjoy the Season,
Susan

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Spinner Tags

While I can't take the credit for coming up with these amazingly cute spinner tags, my daughter and I certainly enjoyed making them. Nichol Spohr is the brilliant designer, not only did she impress me last year with her wonderful reindeer tags, she followed through with sweet sheep this year, needless to say that both were in the making. You will be seeing more ideas from this lady during the season.
The Reindeer Games stamp and die set plus the Wooly Winter stamps from Mama Elephant were used to create these tags. Let me tell you, dies are worth the price when you are making multiples or have a spinner aspect to your project. Not only for a professional look but for the sake of your hands. Once I finally made the decision to order the dies they were out of stock, its the old "you snooze, you loose" kind of thing. Unfortunately all of the sheep had to be painstakingly cut out using the old fashioned scissor method. Oh well they are still adorable and we made it through the cutting of them.

 


Super Fun,
Susan

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Colour Me Tags

Since colouring seems to be the latest rage, I decided to make these next tags a "colour me set". This should be a super fun activity for a select group of family and friends, plus all the stress and prep has been taken out of the equation.
Each of the six tags in the set uses different tag dies and stamps, which you can be found at "Simon Says Stamp"and Papertery Ink.
Although I mentioned colouring and how much fun it is, not all of the recipients are avid crafters, with that being said I figured the easiest method of colouring would be using the tried and true coloured pencils. A simple set which most people have will do the job, my sample tags were coloured with the well known Prisma Colored  Pencils. Mind you they do look super cute in the stamped version, if colouring isn't their thing. 

   

Happy Colouring,
Susan 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Gummie Bear Tags

I must say I am super excited to be sharing these sweet gift tags that I created for the babies. It is wonderful when a project that has been percolating in your mind comes to fruition without a hitch.Of course the most important part of these tags is the organic gummie bears.
Quite a few components were used to bring these little gems together. Luckily, for the highlight of these tags I still had some treat holders, which, by the way were purchased through "Stamping Up" quite a few years ago. As for the rest of the tag it was a mixture of stamps and dies though various companies. The adorable skiing chick, snowman and tree die along with the back door die came from "Your Next Stamp". Followed by items adorning the reverse side of the tag which were from the much favoured Christmas Icons stamp set by "Sunny Studio". The  Happy Christmas sentiment from "Clearly Besotted" while the Love and Joy is "Avery Elle" to complete this banner was a tiny gingerbread man included in "Memory Box", moose crossing stamp set, {which seems to have disappeared}. As far as the tag itself  I used two die sets from "My Favorite Things", stitched square stax along with a couple of the tag builder blueprints 6 components. I have to admit that's quite the list for two small tags.


Enjoy the day,
Susan

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sweet Picture Frame Ornaments

   Well, I made it through Black Friday without too much damage. Or at least that's what I tell myself {wink,wink}.
   Today's projects is dear to my heart because it includes photos of my sweet, adorable and amazing grand babies. As any grandparent can attest to, it really is a wonderful and exciting time of life. For us we are super fortunate that our grandchildren live in the same area plus they visit often.
   I must admit that this particular frame die from Waffle Flower went undetected, actually, it was skipped right over, that is until Laura Bassen made some wonderful Christmas ornaments, including one of her daughter. Oh, the memories that came flooding back, all the photos hanging on the grandparents trees of our children, so into the cart it went.  


Simply Adorable,
Susan

Friday, November 18, 2016

Christmas Circle Pouch

    One of my Favourite things to do is to create for others. As I belong to a couple of different groups I am always on the lookout for simple yet functional projects.
   These wonderful ornament pouches are perfect for this years gift. Not only will they look cute on the tree but they can be very useful; a key fob, earbud case, hold spare change or emergency money, an adorable advent with treats in for the kiddies, the options are many. Mine contain a silly Christmas joke plus a healthy 85% delicious chocolate.
   Using  Circle dies along with a die cutting machine made the cutting easy and precise, which is very handy when making many of these cute Christmas ornaments. Since the average shop does not carry small zippers I found a great resource called  "Zipper Stop", they do have a lot of choice at great prices.

Enjoy a wonderful season of creating,
Susan

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Watercoloured Christmas Trees

   What a super fun day I had guiding the ladies from the Women's Wellness  group, as we made these wonderful yet simple watercoloured tree cards. Last year when I saw this technique, by Kristina Werner, during her Holiday Card Series, I knew it would be the perfect project to bring to the girls.
   With that being said, it was so much fun to show and teach them how to use some of the tools of the trade. I could hardly contain my excitement when I revealed the Misti tool along with some wonderful sentiment stamps.What fun! Scoreboards, double sided tape, stickles and such were all new to their experience.
   Not only did their cards turn out great but seeing all the different expressions of design, colours and tree sizes made a super fun morning of connecting through creativity. 


 Last years samples:

This one got a little warped in storage, hopefully it will flatten out.


A great day,
Susan

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Wooden Tree Ornaments

   As promised I am back with part two of the wooden disk project. Once again thank you Jennifer.
   Now, I am sure most of you will think that this girl has to be obsessed or plain crazy which I am probably a bit of both. I must say that I take after my dad in that regard, if you make one you might as well make many.
  These wooden disk started out as being 6 last year morphing into an additional 64 making for a grand total of 70 ornaments. Either I am absolutely bonkers or I had a really fun time with this project. I think I will go with the later.
   As you can see I used a lot of different stamps on these ornaments many being from "Clearly Besotted", "My Favorite Things" as well as a few other companies. The main goal was they had to be small enough to fit on to the disks.
   Once again these images were coloured with Prisma Colored pencils, using the same method as the coasters.  Although, get this, they are all double sided, that's right both sides are coloured, just in case they spin around on the tree, mind you, I did drill two holes for the bakers twine to go through to stop this from happening as much as possible. Oh dear, I think my tiny tree is going to be very full.









Enjoy Creating,
Susan


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Winter Coasters

   Today's post is going to be the first of two parts. This first post is going to be on some winter coasters created from disks that my friends husband cut. The following post will be on some tree decorations also created from wooden disks.
    First off I must thank Jennifer McGuire for all of her inspiration and creative ideas, she is one talented lady. As you have probably figured out this idea originated from her, making these small wooden tags. For my creations I have taken that same idea and turned them into these wonderful coasters which will adorn my tables during the Canadian winter months. Although I despise being cold this frosty polar bear from "My Favorite Things" would be perfectly suitable for the up coming temperatures.  
   Now, I must admit that colouring these images with Prisma coloured pencils made for an easy and controlled way to colour on wood. Prisma pencils are a nice and creamy pencil that covers well. My daughter did try this method using other coloured pencils but the results were not quite the same. Although, she did however come up with a brilliant idea of stamping a summer image on the opposite side, now all she has to do is flip them over and a new season appears.
  One other thing I did discover was that applying one or two coats of Poly Urethane after the initial colouring, then, going over this thin coat touching up some of the shading or re-colouring the white really helped the colours from sinking or disappearing into the wood.
   These coasters were hard to photograph as there were many layers of finish applied to them, I'm sure you will still get the idea.

 




Have a great day,
Susan

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Returning to Blog Land

   Well its time to get back in the saddle as they say, a new laptop so no excuses. I now need to figure out how this program works, plus make time and commitment  to share and blog. Here it goes.
  I have to say even though my blogging was at a standstill my creativity continued on, many projects were created and many of those flew out the door.
    Papertrey Ink puts out some fantastic products. Every time I think "this year I am not going to order anything", I am mistaken. Over the past few years not only have I purchased their "Make It and Market" kits but I have also added many of their seasonal items such as these adorable Christmas mitts and stockings, These sweet handcrafted wool felt mittens adorned my table holding the cutlery at each place setting adding an extra special holiday feel.
   The stockings on the other hand were added to gifts as labels, used as gift card holders or for a small treat or gift. The first two in particular were made for my super, wonderful, amazing grandchildren.
   Not only do they make wonderful gifts, they are also super portable, making them the perfect on the go project.





Have a great day,
Susan