Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Think Summer!

On this cold, snowy Minnesota day, it's great to think of a warm summer day!  Here's a layout that I did of my grandsons on a fishing outing one June day a few years ago!  Can't you just imagine the warm sun and fresh air!  It's a fun diversion from the wintery view out my window!
My inspiration for the page colors was the bright colors in the life jacket.  The stripe, small dot and tan grid (journaling and titles) papers are from Fancy Pants Rusted Sun collection.  I added some bright red and yellow mats.  I was a bit frustrated that I didn't have enough of the green dot paper for the 12 x 12 background page.  I couldn't find any other paper that looked right so I improvised.  I stamped dots (Penny Black Pointelle stamp) on green paper to imitate the Fancy Pants paper. 
The journaling shape is cut with Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One #5.  I cut the larger matching green dotted shape with red border using Spellbinders Grand Labels One #5 and #6.  It's so fun to have these big Spellbinders die templates for scrapbook pages!  I also used LF-110 Grand Ovals, LF-114 Grand Circles and LF-126 Grand Squares to cut the photos and red frames, as well as the circles around the journaling. 

I had fun putting this page together!  And I'm starting to enjoy creating scrapbook pages.

Hope you enjoyed this reminder of warm summer days!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Stamped Gift Box

Here's a stamped gift box that's quite quick to make!
This is one of my Artistic Outpost projects for the Jane's Countryside stamps.  I chose a scene stamp hoping for a toille look.  I'm happy with how it turned out!
I started with a 4 x 4 x 4" white gift box that I ordered from Oriental Trading.  You could do this on any solid color gift box!
I offset the stamped images to fit together as best as I could masking with scrap paper as needed to keep from overlapping.  For this box, I used Ranger Bottle ink.  I knew I had this beautiful green ribbon.  So I chose it to match!  Any color will work!
I made a very simple matching tag.  I used a portion of the stamped image matted with green.  I cut the scalloped white base with Spellbinders Eyelet Squares #2.  There's room to write "to" and "from" or a greeting on the back.

This box is almost a gift in itself.  The receiver can easily fold it flat and save it to use again! 

Try this idea with Christmas stamps!  Wouldn't one of the stamps from Artistic Outpost's Sleigh Ride make a great Christmas box?

Thinking of Christmas.........I have oodles to do. Back to my long list of "to dos"!

Have a creative day!

Monday, December 13, 2010

For Someone so Special

Here's another Spellbinders project to share! 
Wish I had time to make something just for the blog..........too many other commitments right now! 


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Santa Ornament

This is an ornament I put together with a wonderful vintage Santa image from Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods. He's one of my favorite Santa stamps!

It's really quite easy to make! I used a frame from Ranger, a 2"x2" Memory Frame and Memory Glass, as the base. No soldering needed, the frame simply closes with a tiny metal tab. Easy!

I stamped the Santa with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cs. I used the 2"x2" glass as a guide to cut it to size. I colored him with Copic markers E00, R20, R59, R89, B21, B23, B18, B69, E31, E35.  I used R46,B14,Y35 for the toys in his bag.  I added a little distressing around the edges with Vintage Photo and Black Soot inks and a touch of Antique Linen over all.
I stamped another Santa, also from Snowy Woods, for the back. He's colored with Copic markers, too, and distressed a bit.
I placed the images back to back with glass on each side, slipped them into the frame and closed the tab. So easy! Actually, there was another step before that. This frame was silver.....the only color I had.  I wanted a more antique color so I applied Copic E39 over it.  Instant color change!
I made the hanger with striped ribbon slipped through the ring on top of the frame. I added a tiny safety pin with a jingle bell over the ring for the front side and tied the plaid bow around the ring. On the back side, I added another jingle bell tied on with a cord. It adds interest to the back side of the bow.

This ornament could easily be made as a tag to add to a package as part of the gift.  Just add a place for "to" and "from" on the back side or maybe just the date. Be sure to do that before assembling it!  Or use the ornament as the main image on front of a card.  The recipient can  keep the ornament for years to come. 

Have a creative day!