Friday, October 21, 2016

Believe In The Season - Simon Says Stamp Holiday Release

Today I created another card from the new Simon Says Stamp Holiday release, Believe In The Season. This card was made from the Color Me Trees stamp set.

For my card, I decided to use nontraditional Christmas colors. Black, red and green aren't typically colors one would use to create a Christmas card but I thought it had a rich look to it and love how it turned out. I stamped one of the trees from the Color Me Trees stamp set onto a sheet of card stock from the Tim Holtz Tidings 8x8 Mini Stash card stock. The trees in the stamp set are perfect for a really fun technique called paper piecing. I cut out the individual pieces of the stamped tree and placed them inside an oval frame to make it the focal point of my card.

See all the beautiful products from the new release here.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Holiday Release - Believe In The Season

Are you ready for a new and amazing Simon Says Stamp holiday release. I'm excited to reveal one of my cards to celebrate the new, "Believe In The Season", release from Simon Says Stamp. This newest release has beautiful dies, stamps, new inks and watercolor paintable prints. Check out all the new products here, and celebrate the season with Simon Says Stamp.

For my card, I used the new, Color Me Trees, stamp set. First, I created my top panel by stamping some of the trees and snowflakes from the stamp set using Ranger Silver Embossing Powder onto Neenah Solar White card stock. I colored in the trees with Salty Ocean and Broken China Distress Markers by applying some of the marker onto my craft sheet and picking up the color with a Ranger water brush. I distressed the edges using a Prima Distressing Tool and inking the edges with Broken China Distress Ink. I cut out the Merry Christmas sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas die out of black Tim Holtz Halloween Deco Sheets and applied that onto my panel using multi matte medium. For my base panel, I applied Ranger Clear Emboss It on all four sides and sprinkled Ranger Silver Embossing Powder over the ink. I heat that with a heat tool and after it was completely dry, I adhered the top panel.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Treat Bag/Box

Hi Friends! Happy Monday to you all. I hope you had an awesome weekend. This week our challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to create a treat bag or box. As things begin to cool down here with temperatures in the 80s and 90s, (cool for us), it's exciting to see all the fall decorations making an appearance. With Halloween fast approaching, I decided to make a treat bag with a zombie that has personality. She's sort of a zombified rendition of Cruelle Deville from the movie, 101 Dalmatians. I dressed her up in jewels, a pretty hat with flowers and even gave her lips some pucker with lipstick. I hope you enjoy her and enjoy seeing how I created some of the elements for my treat bag.

Here she is:

Ms. Zombie sits on a treat bag created with the Tim Holtz In The Bag die held up with gear wheels. It's a sturdy bag that can hold several treats. The completed project is 7" x 4-1/4". Follow along below to see how I created the treat bag.

I cut my first bag out of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. cardstock. This is sturdy cardstock that provides enough stability to not only stuff the bag with treats, but sturdy enough to support all the elements I used to decorate the front of the bag.

I cut another bag out of one of the card stock sheets from the Tim Holtz Materialize 8x8 card stock collection. The 8x8 piece of cardstock was just big enough to create the bag. It's a very tight fit so you need to be aware of where the left and right side of the cardstock sits on the die. I actually had to put the two ends right on the cut line.

I creased both bags on their crease lines with a bone folder and then placed the patterned paper bag on top of the white cardstock bag and adhered that with a strong glue from a glue runner. You need to work with it a little to make sure all the edges fit together. It creates a wonderfully sturdy bag where the candy will not tip the bag over or fall out the bottom. I used very strong double sided tape 1/4" Scor-Tape to adhere all the edges together. I set this aside and began working on Ms. Zombie.

The first thing I did was plan out my Zombie. I selected all the colors I wanted to use to create her and began cutting them out of the Tim Holtz Zombie Thinlits die set using the Kraft-Core Nostalgic Cardstock Collection.

After cutting the base for the face, I removed the hair where I will place the hat and adhered the neck with its scar.

I adhered all the pieces of the face using Ranger Multi Matte Medium. I like this glue because it won't leave behind a shiny residue. To create the lips, I cut out three pieces from the center of the left eye die and placed them along the open mouth area as shown above. I also trimmed a little off the bottom of the eyebrows to give them a more feminine look before attaching them. For the silver tooth, I used Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. To create her hair, I used the hair die, that is included in the set, and cut out three of them from black Kraft-Core cardstock. To get a better idea of how each piece is cut out and fits on the zombie's face, there are excellent videos on YouTube showing the process.

Here you can see the completed zombie.

I wanted to add earrings to Ms. Zombie so I poked a whole with the Tim Holtz Craft Pick Tool. Remember to use a self healing craft mat when piercing the ear. 

I created the earring with a Tim Holtz Jump Ring and attached a spider from the Idea-ology Wicked collection.

For her necklace, I used extra thin metal wire and added one of the Tim Holtz Halloween Typed Tokens in between some black beads. I attached that around the neck and twisted the wire to tighten it.

To create the hat, I cut out two coffee lids from the Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed Bigz die set. I used the coffee lid pictured on the left. It's hard to see because it shows it cut out of clear plastic. I cut the orange and black pieces out of Tim Holtz Halloween Deco Sheets. On the black hat, I cut the strip along the bottom and used that as trim for the orange hat.

Here, you can see the completed hat.

To create the wheels, I used two gears from the Tim Holtz Gearhead Thinlits die set. I cut the black gear out of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. cardstock and colored it with Black Soot Distress Ink. I used this cardstock again for stability. The wheels will not collapse under the weight of the candy in the bag by using this thick, sturdy cardstock.

I adhered the two gears by offsetting them to create a wagon wheel type wheel. The kind you see on old covered wagons. I adhered them with Ranger Multi Matte Medium

I adhered the wheels to the base of the treat bag using hot glue and used Idea-ology Nailheads to adorn the center of the wheels. I adhered the nailheads with Ranger Multi Matte Medium.

I attached the zombie head to my bag using hot glue.

To finish off my treat bag, I added the Tim Holtz Dripping thinlits die along the base of the zombie, some Tim Holtz Materialize Design Tape and one of the pieces of ephemera from the Tim Holtz Curiosities Ephemera collection. I also added a pretty black flower to her hat using the Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals die set.

I hoped you enjoyed seeing the process I used to create my Ms. Zombie treat bag. Please join us in all the fun and add your project to Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 gift voucher to their amazing store.

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