Tuesday, October 15, 2019

                  Spooktacular Bash

Emboss the coffin lid, glue the lids and bottoms together, add some decorations to the top, then slip in a few pieces of candy. Quick and simple! I used Spooktacular Bash and the coordinating dies called Ornate Frames for this one. Stampin' Up blends make coloring a breeze.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Lovely as a Tree

Have you seen the foil paper in the sale-a-bration catalog? Not only is it beautiful it is also FREE!! With each $50 purchase from Stampin' Up! you get to choose something free out of a special catalog. Choose this foil paper! You get 4 sheets of Grapefruit Grove and 4 sheets of Lovely Lipstick. For this project I used Grapefruit Grove.

The Old Olive card base is 11 x 4 1/4, scored at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2.
The Cajun Craze layers are cut at 5 1/4 x 4 and 2 1/2 x 4.
The Very Vanilla layers are cut at 5 x 3 3/4 and 1 1/4 x 3 3/4.
The Wood Textures paper is cut at 3 1/2 x 2.

Stamp the trees from Lovely as a Tree in Early Espresso ink. You will need to stamp them twice to stretch across the bottom edge from right to left.

Use sponge daubers to add the colors to the trees. I started with Old Olive so it didn't get muddied up. I swirled on the Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze ink in small areas until I had color everywhere.  Be careful with the darker colors making sure to use a very light touch. I added more Crushed Curry over the other colors in the end. It seemed to brighten them all. You will need to repeat this process on the edges of the smaller Very Vanilla piece.

Attach the Wood Texture piece to the swirled Very Vanilla piece. Wrap and tie a the Old Olive thread around this before attaching it to the Cajun Craze piece. Attach all of this to the front flap.

Using the leaf from Seasonal Layers, cut out two leaves from the Grapefruit Grove foil paper. Do not remove all of the tiny cut pieces from the leaves. Use mini dimensionals to attach the leaves to the Wood paper.

For the words (from Humming Along) I used the daubers to the add the ink to the rubber stamp in small areas until it was covered with the olive, curry, pumpkin, and cajun inks  then I stamped it above the trees. Be sure to stamp off the ink left on the daubers onto scrap paper in the end because this will muddy up the ink on the dauber. for future projects.

Attach the layers for the inside and you are finished. I did stamp the left corner of the envelope with a few of the trees and swirl some color on it but that is optional of course.

Click on any of the products below and it will take you to my store where you can order the supplies to make this card. You can easily turn it into a get well card or a sympathy card.

Thank you!

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

All crafters share the same New Years goal. We are all going to use what we have already bought, lol. This is my second use it up creation! I found the wooden snowman head at Hobby Lobby months ago. I knew his hat needed something so I stuffed it in my craft closet to think about it.

I pulled it out and added about 30 minutes worth of time. Look how adorable he is! And since its just a winter thing I can actually display him right now.

The dies are from the special snowflake dies Stampin' Up sold around Christmas. It was a one month special. I used dazzling diamond glimmer paper, dimensionals, and rhinestones. A quick project that is now out of the closet and on display. Hooray!!

What can you find to decorate with the snowflake dies? A candle? A picture frame? A scrapbook page? They are beautiful!!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

December Paper Pumpkin 2018

I have to say that I LOVE this Paper Pumpkin kit. I didn't when I first got it. I used a little creativity and a lot of retired things and came up with this. I really love it. The best thing is is that I can enjoy it for the next 18 months. That's right, it came with 18 months of calendar pages so it will last until June 2020. Whoooohoooo!

I decided to use some of my retired things simply because I could. We all buy and buy and buy. I rarely use the old stuff because I am too busy creating with the new sets. I am going to use more of what I have this year. But of course I will continue to buy and buy and buy, lol.

I found the picture stand at Michael's. It came with the silver clip attached. I could easily slip the paper underneath the clip. I chose the stripes from the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper because it would match all the months yet it was subtle enough to fade into the background. It is cut at  4 1/2 x 5. I backed it with Coastal Cabana cut at 4 3/4 x 5 1/2. The ribbon is from the Paper Pumpkin kit. I used tear tape to attach the cardstock to the stand.

I cut all the calendar pages off just below the holes. I cut white cardstock at 3 1/4 x 1 to stamp on. The kit does come with stickers. I needed to be able to experiment so I cut my own. I back them with different colors of cardstock cut slightly smaller than 3 1/ 2 x 1 1/4.

Other items used:

January: Beautiful Blizzard stamp set (retiring), Coastal Cabana cardstock and ink, unknown snowflake punch, dazzling details glimmer paper, rhinestones, and a sponge for the edges

February: Valentine Defined stamp set (retired), powder pink cardstock and ink, pink glimmer paper (retired), unknown heart punch

March: Lift Me Up stamps and framelits, balmy blue cardstock and ink, pineapple punch and call me clover ink, wink of stella on balloons

April: Basket Bunch stamps and framelits, blushing bride cardstock, pool party and granny apple green ink and sponges for each, blushing bride and daffodil delight markers, pink, blue, and green glimmer paper (retired)

May: Retired Easter stamp set it (it is a bouquet of tulips), real red and granny apple green ink, wink of stella

June: Sunny Fun stamp set (retired), balmy blue cardstock, momento ink, Stampin' Blends, wink of stella

July: July Fourth stamp set (retired) Blueberry Bushel cardstock and ink, real red ink, wink of stella

August: Sunny fun stamp set (retired), granny apple green cardstock, momento ink, Stampin' Blends, wink of stella

September: Retired tree stamp set, pumpkin pie card stock and ink, garden green, real red, daffodil delight, early espresso ink, wink of stella

October: Bat Punch (retiring), 2 inch circle punch, basic black and crushed curry cardstock, black ink and a sponge, black glimmer paper (retired)

November: Seasonal Layers framelits (branch), unknown leaf punch, unknown leaf paper, garden green and soft suede cardstock

December: Christmas Bulb Builder Punch, unknown holy punch, gold foil, green glimmer paper (retired), gold and red glimmer paper

Please find my store at chrisgalbraith.stampinup.net to purchase any of the current supplies you may need to recreate this project. Thank you!!

Happy stamping!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

It is so fun making these samplers. This one uses lots of the Christmas items that are available in the Stampin' Up 2018 Holiday Catalog. Click on any of the picture below and you will be directed to my SU store so you can order what you need to complete your very own framed artwork!

*I used a 8x10 frame. All pictures are popped up with dimensionals so I do not use the glass. 

*When coloring with blends in small areas use the marker looking tip. The brush tip is great for larger areas. Use Memento ink when coloring with blends.

*Attach dotted paper to the real red card stock pieces before starting.

**The dotted designer paper is cut at 2.5 x 2 (5), 2.5 4.5 (1), and 2 x 5.5 (1)
**The real red card stock is cut at 2.75 x 2.25 (5), 2.75 x 4.75 (1) and 2.25 x 5.75 (1)

Mrs. Claus: (Signs of Santa) Highlight her hair with the light slate blend. Highlight the other white areas with the light pool party blend.Their cheeks have a bit of light flamingo blend for color then add ivory over all. Her dress and the heart are colored with red blends. His hat and coat are colored with spruce blends. His hair is colored with the dark suede blend. His belt is colored with the dark mango blend. The holy in her hair is colored with light red and light spruce blends. Add Wink of Stella to anything white.

Branch With Lights: You will need 9 of the shaded spruce pine pieces to create the tree branch (Christmas Staircase). Only attach the bases so they look popped up. The base of the lights are punched from gold foil. The lights have Wink of Stella on them but add this carefully so you don't smear the ink over the words. Use dimensionals to attach the lights. Add 7 red rhinestones on the greenery. The lights are stamped in Call Me Clover, Mango Melody, Gorgeous Grape and Real Red then punch out.

Big Tree:  Use the green and white designer paper to cut out the tree shapes. Pop up the areas on the smaller tree and attach this to the larger tree using dimensionals. Attach a 1/4 inch wide tree trunk to the bottom tree. Cover the areas you want to have "snow" with shimmery embossing paste. Add Dazzling Details glitter to have more of a sparkle. Let dry (you can use a heat tool to speed this up). Add this to the dotted paper using dimensionals. Color the sign with red and suede blends. Highlight any white areas desired with the light pool party blend. Attach it with dimensionals. Punch a large star out of gold foil and attach it with dimensionals. I used a retired 1 inch star punch to do this. Add 9-10 red jewels to the tree. 

Wreath: (Wishing You Well) Stamp the wreath full strength and then stamped off after you twist your wrist around a bit in Shaded Spruce. Hand cut the inside and outside of the wreath. Attach this to the dotted paper using dimensionals.  Use a glue dot to attach the red bow. Attach the 5 real red flowers (Dashing Deer) with glue dots. Add a gold metallic pearl to each flower center. Add a red jewel between each flower on the wreath. 

Snowman: Color the snowman's (Spirited Snowman) hat, scarf, buttons, and boots with the light red and green blends. Color his arms with the light suede blend. Color his nose with the light mango blend. Add some highlights to his body with the light pool party blend and cover with Wink of Stella. Cut him out by hand and use dimensionals to attach him to the dotted paper.

Santa: Use the red, pool party, flamingo, and ivory blends as above to color him. Highlight his list with the light slate blend. Add Wink of Stella to all white parts. Cut out a small belt buckle from some gold foil and black card stock and attach. Attach him to the dotted paper with dimensionals. 

Elf With Wagon: Color the elf with red, mango, flamingo, ivory, and pool party blends as above. Color the wagon with both suede blends. Color the wheels with the light slate blend. Color the presents with light red and spruce blends. Add Wink of Stella to anything white. Use dimensionals to attach all to the dotted paper. 

Cut the diagonal plaid designer paper to fit your frame. Attach it to the frame without the glass. Use this to lay out and attach your pieces in the proper places. Use tear tape (or glue) for attaching so they do not fall off later.

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