Thursday, December 15, 2016

Sparkles on Things and Fairy Wings

Today's project is a Fairy Wing Dispenser.
One of the best things about paper crafting is the ways we find to illustrate our memories. My kids and I have a weakness for vending machines that spit out the latest collectibles in toys and trinkets. We have quite a stash from our visits and keep a quarter jar on hand. This vending machine commemorates those fun times and is for all the little fairies who visit my house.
Free wings for all!
~ Fairy Wings ~
This project evolved slowly. I began with scraps and watched my idea change repeatedly. The wings were my first creation. I used bits from Rosy Diamond Cardstock,  Girl Swirl Glitter Cardstock, Robins Egg Glitter Cardstock, and Moss Green Glitter Cardstock. I stamped and heat embossed the wing onto the cardstock then cut out the shape.
I strung a needle with thin fishing line and used it to tie a loop through a circle of foam adhesive. I stacked a pair of wings with the foam dot between so they could be hung in the dispenser.
I painted the inside of the glass globe white and sprinkled it with green glitter. The outside of the globe I painted with a clear adhesive and sprinkled heavily with blue glitter.
I added trim to the base of the globe and Metallic Gold Dew Drops to the dispenser and to the trim. Because of the varied materials and a need for a very strong bond I used E6000. It takes time to dry but holds well.
I used a tracing book to copy and cut two fairy shapes for the sides of the spout. I traced the shapes onto the Robins Egg Glitter Cardstock, cut them out, then dry embossed the edges with gold. I also stamped and embossed a pattern onto the back of the fairies.
I stamped and embossed a set of wings for each fairy and spread gold sparkle paste on the back of the wings. I attached the fairies to the dispenser with the E6000 adhesive.
The flower clusters on the sides of the dispenser were made from flower punches and Celebration Swirl Glittered Cardstock, Girl Crown Glittered CardstockPrincess Cardstock, Rosy Diamond Cardstock. I glued Flame Dew Drops to the centers of the flowers.
The swirls were cut with a die from Robin's Egg Glitter Cardstock. I adhered the flowers and swirls to the globe with hot glue.
From the back of the dispenser the gold wings and body patterns of the fairies peek out.
As a final touch I placed a spare set of wings in the spout of the dispenser, as if a fairy child had just used her hard earned coins to win a magical pair of wings!
This sweet little Fairy Wing Dispenser was in great demand from my children. My oldest daughter won the prize. Her little pink Christmas tree looks adorable next to it!

Paper, Dew Drops:Robins Nest
Stamp:Hot Off The Press
Ink:Clear snap
Embossing Powder:Wow Embossing Powder
Trim:Webster's Pages
Glitter:Martha Stewart
Paint:Delta Creative
Punches:Martha Stewart, EK Success, McGill
Flourish Die:Poppy's Stamps
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Scattering Holiday Cheer with Kreaxions' Snowflake Punch

The last week before winter break is such a hurry scurry of school events. Parent-teacher conferences, choir concerts, and exams jockey with shopping, baking, and holiday plans. It was no surprise that my eldest rushed down the stairs this morning exclaiming, "Mom, Mom, I need Christmas cards for all my teachers!!!" I knew I needed a quick, cute, and easy to reproduce design, not to mention limited to supplies on hand.
 ~ Snowflake Tab Cards ~

Stop by the Just Imagine Crafts Blog for a full tutorial.
Paper:Teresa Collins
Doily:Spiegel Mom Scraps
Snowflake Punch:Kreaxions #312

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Joy

Today's post is a Christmas card I designed for a Professor friend. He loves all things literary and is invited various places to give talks on his favorite authors. A dragon with a horde of books seems to fit him exactly!
~ Christmas Joy ~
This card is constructed with layer upon layer of stamping, embossing, rub-ons, and cardstock. To begin with I cut the Red Glitter Paisley Cardstock to a little less than 5x7. I stamped the dragon in black pigment ink, dusted it with sparkling black powder, and heat embossed it. This process curled the paper heavily but I knew more embossing was on the way so I didn't let it bother me.
The only book stamp I have is a stack of three books so I dipped it in pigment ink and stamped and gold embossed repeatedly on the card. I tried to stack the books up, but the process was a bit haphazard.
The edges of the red paper were rather ink smeared by the time I was finished with the book stamp. I trimmed an 1/8 inch off the sides and a 1/4 inch off the bottom. This gave the impression of even more books, just out of sight.
I layered the dragon on top of the Wedding Cut-Outs Cardstock and the Snow Covered Trees Cardstock so that each layer had an 1/8 inch rim showing and the card fit a 5x7 card blank and envelope. 
With as much embossing as I had done the red cardstock was rather warped. I reheated it from the other side to smooth it out, then stitched all the layers together. The stitching gives the red cardstock a visual frame. It also provides a secure hold for all those layers.
To add the Christmas flavor to the card I used the Christmas Rub-On sheet. I cut the holly garland so that I could add it to the top of the card in a line rather than the corner shape offered.
I inked the edge of the card to give it just a tad bit more definition.
My final step for this card was a sentiment, also from the Christmas Rub-On Sheet. I added it to a strip of the Wedding Cut-Outs Cardstock. I used a corner punch on the end and inked the edges, then adhered it to the card front.
As with any handmade card the best part is the inside inscription. I hope for many years of friendship with my literary friend and many more handmade cards sent off to Mexico!


Cardstock and Rub-ons: The Robin's Nest
Stamps:Stampin' Up and Inkadinkado
Pigment Ink:Clear Snap
Embossing Powder:Wow
Corner Punch #301:Kreaxions

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