Sunday, December 31, 2017

Winter Snow Framed Art Sampler

Greetings Crafty Friends!

I'm writing this blog post on the cusp of the new year. It's about 9:30 on New Year's Eve. I'm nestled in on the couch under a warm blanket (it's been 30 degrees or below for days) while my sons and husband play a video game together. As a mom of three college/grad school kids, the winter break has become one of my favorite times of the year. 
And now we'll celebrate the fun stuff of winter with January's framed art sampler.

The sampler is in a 9" x 9" shadow box frame. I usually buy them from Ikea or Michael's.

Here are all the measurements:
9" x 9" Whisper White
8" x 8" Night of Navy
Top panel: 2 1/4" x 7 1/4" Marina Mist & 2" x 7" Whisper White
4 squares: 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" Whisper White & 2" x 2" Marina Mist
Bottom right panel: 2 1/4" x 4 3/4" Whisper White & 2" x 4 1/2" Marina Mist

Let's take a closer look and I'll share the stamp sets I used. I used pretty much every snowflake stamp I own. Some are retiring and only available through Jan 2, 2018, so if there's one you like, order it quick! But, you can really use whatever snow flakes you have.

The Night of Navy base is stamped with the snowflakes from Christmas Pines stamp set (Annual Catalog) in Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink. The Whisper White background is stamped with the two small snowflakes from the Merry Cafe (Holiday Catalog, retiring) set in Marina Mist ink. The letters are stamped with the snowflakes from Snowflake Sentiments (HC, carrying over). They are die cut with our Large Letters Dies. The circle behind the mittens is die cut with the Stitched Shape Framelits and stamped in Whisper White with the Snowflake Sentiments stamps. The mittens are stamped in Early Espresso ink with the Smitten Mittens set (HC, retiring) and die cut with the Merry Mittens Framelits, they are "attached" with 3 1/2" of Linen Thread.

Another idea/option is using the Cat Punch (HC, carrying over).

This center panel features the stamp from Merry Little Labels (HC, retiring). I colored it with my Stampin' Write Markers, Garden Green, Early Espresso, and Night of Navy. It's punched with the coordinating Every Day Label Punch (HC, carrying over). Backed with 7" of Silver 1/8" ribbon (AC). And then backed by one of my most favorite embellishments, a Foil Snowflake (HC, retiring).

The two side panels feature silver embossed snowflakes. The left from the Colorful Seasons set (AC) with a Rhinestone in the center. The right panel is the medium sized snowflake from the Flurry of Wishes set (AC) with a Faceted Gem at the center.

The bottom left corner is the small cup from the Coffee Cafe set (AC) cut out with the Coffee Cup Dies. And embellished with a snowflake from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and a rhinestone. There's some Wink of Stella on the whipped cream.

To make this right lower panel, start with a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 2" x 4 1/2". Die cut it with one of the rows of houses from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits (HC, carrying over). The background is stamped with the Christmas Pines snowflakes.

Whew! I'm hoping I covered everything. Any questions, let me know. I'm going to enjoy having this on my cabinet all month.

Happy Creating! 
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Stay Crafty!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ICS Blog Hop - Quilted Christmas 6x6 DSP

HI Crafty Friends!
Welcome to the first Wednesday of the month, and the ICS blog hop. This month we're making it a December to remember.

I'm sharing projects made with the Quilted Christmas 6x6 DSP. I'm hosting a team meeting tonight and we are going to have a white elephant gift exchange and I wanted to make a little framed art piece for my gift. If you've been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you might have noticed I'm on a framed art kick. Anyhow, let's take a look.

I am so happy with this project! Can't you picture it on your mantle or hanging in the hallway.
This is a 6x6 frame I bought at Michael's (they've been having some great sales). 

The quilt squares are die cut with the smallest square Stitched Shapes framelits. They are mounted with Stampin' Deminsionals on a piece of Pool Party card stock, 4" x 4". Then attached with Fast Fuse to Whisper White, 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". Then attached with Deminsionals to Whisper White, 6" x 6". 

The circle is die cut from the Stitched Shapes framelits. The little tree is one of out Stitched Felt Embellishments, if you don't have these yet, you should order them, they are so wonderful. I made the tree trunk by cutting one of the Corrugated Elements tags in half. I attached the tree with Demensionals and topped it with a double bow made from Linen Thread attached with a Mini Gluedot. I may have done a little happy dance as the whole thing came together.

Next, I want to show you a project that uses the same paper and basic design, but it's not Christmasy.  We'll be making this card in my Just Cards classes this month.

This card features a Real Red card base, topped with Whisper White, 4" x 5 1/4", and Pool Party, 3 7/8" x 5 1/8". The "quilt" is four die cuts from the small Stitched Shapes framelits, mounted on a 3" x 3" piece of Pool Party card stock and then Whisper White, 3 1/4" x 3 1/4".

I stamped the Pool Party layer in Pool Party ink with the pattern stamp from the Musical Season stamp set. The greeting is from the new Fruit Basket stamp set, available January 3 in our new Occasions catalog. And the star is from the Wood Crate framelits dies.

I'm pretty sure you could make this a Christmas card too.

Thank you so much for checking out my blog post. If you need help or more info on any of the products used here, just let me know.

For more inspiration, take a look at what Joni has to share. Click HERE or the arrow below.

Stay Crafty!