"We do not remember days, we remember moments." Cesare Pavese

Monday, August 8, 2022

Letters to Santa

 Hello!  Spellbinder's August release is just around the corner, but I have one more project to share using products from the July release.   This project features the new Parcel & Post collection.    The main Parcel & Post die set includes all the dies to create a mailbox along with dies to create floral elements.  I did not use the floral element dies for today's project.  Instead I used the Parcel & Post Christmas Decorations along with a sentiment from the Christmas Mailbox Greetings Glimmer hot foil plates set to create a wintry Christmas scene.  (A list of affiliate linked products is at the end of this post.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.   Thank you for your support should you decide to use my links.)  Let's take a look at my project.

Just like with the little decor piece I made using the Winter Welcome Sled die set I had an idea to create a wintry Christmas scene with the Parcel & Post die collection.  Once I had assembled all the materials needed I got to work.   The frame was painted with dark green craft paint.  Once dry I added a some brown paint using a dry brush.  Some of the paint was also wiped off with a cloth.  I then added Gilded Foundry wax to parts of the frame and heat set it.  The back panel was covered with papers from the same collection I used to create my small decor piece.  Once the papers were secured and dry I added some Icicle crackle paste to the panel and let it dry.   I also added little dashes of the Gilded Foundry was to the panel and heat set them.  The mailbox was die cut from red cardstock as well as a thin chipboard.  I die cut three or four (I can't remember) mailboxes from the thin chipboard and then glued them together.   The side panel on the mailbox was die cut and adhered, along with door (I guess that is what you call it) that opens to put the mail inside the box.  Everything was then inked with Walnut Stain distress ink.  

The trees are from a Glimmer hot foil plate and die set that was released in July of 2021.   The dies allow you to cut out the top layer with all the openings and a solid bottom layer.  I applied Multi Medium Matte to the bottom layers and added Rock Candy glitter.  Once dry the top layer was adhered.  I die cut the candy canes and peppermint candies from red and white cardstock the glittered them up with more Rock Candy glitter.   Once dry everything was adhered together and the candy canes were attached to the mailbox along with the bow.  I also created five "letters to Santa".  Two of the trees were trimmed on one side so they would be flush with the frame that I glued in place.  Once the frame was secure I began adding all my elements.  I placed the "letters to Santa" at the top of the mailbox opening to make it look like the mailbox was stuffed and those were coming out.  I finished up with the sentiment that I hot foiled in matte gold and the little holly cluster in the one corner.  Then came the fun part... adding all the "snow" using Snowfall grit paste.  I love the Snowfall grit paste and I'm almost out.  I really hope Tim Holtz decides to bring it back this year so I can get some more!

Affiliate linked supply list:

Spellbinders Platinum 6

Spellbinders Glimmer hot foil system

Parcel & Post bundle

Parcel & Post Mailbox dies

Parcel & Post Christmas Decor dies

Parcel & Post Christmas Mailbox Greetings hot foil plates

Matte Gold foil

Shining Christmas Tree Glimmer/Die set

Ideaology Framed Panel

Bearly Art Glue

Distress Collage Medium

Multi Medium Matte

Rock Candy Glitter

Gilded Foundry Wax

Walnut Stain distress ink

I hope you enjoyed my little wintry scene.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Monday, August 1, 2022

Spellbinders August Club Release

 Happy August everyone!  Can't believe it is already August.  Where did July go?   It is the first of August and that means that all the new Spellbinders clubs have been revealed.  This month is another good one!  As is always the case I have several cards to share.  You can see all the clubs here.   Joining is easy and a really good value.  Please check it out.  (A list of affiliate linked supplies is at the bottom of this post.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.)

This card features the Glimmer kit called Illustrated Floral and Solid and as you can see the floral element is beautiful!  You also get a roll of matte gold foil.  I had never used the matte gold foil before so was eager to try it out.  I absolutely love it!  I also used the July embossing folder called Intertwined Lattice.  I just love this new embossing folder!   After foiling the floral image I colored it very simply with Copic markers and die cut it with the matching die. I embossed Spellbinders Raindrop cardstock with the July embossing folder after die cutting the panel with an Essentials Rectangle die.  I adhered the panel to a cardstock base and then popped up floral image, as well as the foiled sentiment.  I finished off the card gold fashion embellishments.  Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

This card features the July stamp and die club called Perfect Floral Bloom.   This set is full of so many pretty floral images and there are dies to match all the florals and leaf stems. The stamp set also includes several sentimets.  For my card I used a sentiment that was foiled when I was creating the first card.    And again, I used the July embossing folder.  This time I flipped the embossed panel over and used the debossed side.  I created the little envelope using a die from a Spellbinders card kit from last year and Simple Stories Vintage Indigo Garden patterned papers. I kept the envelope neutral so that the bright flowers would shine. I then filled my little envelope with all the different blooms and leaves from the stamp set.  I also used the sentiment because I thought it was very appropriate with my little envelope.  I finished off the card with tiny crystal gems from the Spellbinders crystal mix essential gems.

My final card is a bit of a bonus card.  As indicated by the name of the Glimmer kit there is a solid plate that comes in the kit.  I used it to do the reverse foiling for the sentiment.  I used my square solid plate to reverse foil the large floral image.  I then die cut them with the matching die.  I had the dark green cardstock on my desk from another project so I embossed it with the folder.  I thought it looked nice with the solid matte gold foiling.  I decided to keep things simple and not add any additional embellishments to the card. 

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

a quick share...

 Hello!  Hope everyone is well.  Popping in with a quick share of a card that I made for Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches.  I will be adding it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes, too.

Several months ago I was finally able to get the Reverse Confetti Poppies stamp and die set.  I was very popular and sold out for months.  Once I finally got it I still didn't have the time to create with it.  When I saw the Color Throwdown combo and the Freshly Made Sketches layout I thought the main image would work for both.  Super simple and I got to do a lot of stamping!  Something I have been able to do much lately.  The inks are from Pinkfresh Studio.  I finished off the card with tiny blue pearls from Trinity Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

belive in the magic...

 Hello!  I'm back with another project using new items from the Spellbinders July release.  This one is my favorite so far!  I used the new Winter Welcome Sled die and some fun products from Tim Holtz to create my little scene.  (A list of affiliate linked supplies is listed at the end of this blog post.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.)  

I had the idea of this rolling around in my head for the last several weeks.  I finally put down another thing I was doing and got my little wintry scene completed.  I started by covering two Tim Holtz vignette boxes that I had with paper from the Tim Holtz Christmas Worn Wallpaper scraps.  I used Distress Collage medium to adhere the papers.  I did use some Christmas washi tape on the corners of the large box, but you can't see it in the photos.  Once the boxes were dry I adhered the large box on top of the small one using hot glue.   Then I got to work creating the sled, skates and my floral pieces.  Once everything was die cut I used Vintage Photo distress ink to give them an aged look.  Then I adhered all those little pieces together.  I added some Tim Holtz Snowfall grit paste to the top right corner and then pressed my sled into the paste.  I added a bit of hot glue to the sled runner on the bottom right to hold it in place.  Once the hot glue was dry I added more grit paste around the sled and to the left bottom corner.   I then added the skates to the top left corner along with the poinsettia and pine branches.  The poinsettia, pine branches and bow were all covered with Multi Matte Medium and dunked in Rock Candy glitter.    I then added more grit paste to the bottom left corner and then pressed in some glass pearls (also from Tim Holtz).  A bit more grit paste was added to the top of the sled and since the paste up in that corner was still wet I pressed two more pearls into that although you can't really see them.   Here is a close up of my little scene:

I finished things off by adding a bit of twine tied in a bow to the skates, as well as adding the twine to the sled to look like the rope to pull the sled behind you.  The sentiment is one that I hot foiled in July of last year using the Mini Christmas Sentiments set and green foil.  I added some Vintage Photo to the sentiment, adhered it to the base and then added a little grit paste around it.   I just love how my little scene turned out!  I'm going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes. 

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Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Spellbinders July Release Part 3

 Hello everyone!  I have more Spellbinders July release products to share!  Today is all about sparkle and shine!  Did you know that you can foil on glitter cardstock?  I didn't until I watched a reel on Instagram by the super creative JJ Bolton where she shared that you can foil on glitter cardstock.  As a rule I generally don't watch reels because I find them irritating (apparently Kim Kardashian doesn't like them either, lol!).  But occasionally one will catch my eye and JJ's did.  I had some silver glitter cardstock that is very smooth, I gave it a try and it worked!   (A list of affiliate linked products is at the end of this post.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.)  Take a look at what I made.

This card uses the new Blooming Ornament Glimmer plate along with the new Merry Glimmer.  Sentiments plates.  Obviously I figured you can't have too much glitter or too much foiling, lol!  I used the pretty Forevergreen embossing folder, again, for the background.  I thought it would look nice to have the ornament appear to be hanging from a pine branch.   The foiling wasn't perfect on the ornament, but I have stopped looking for perfection!  Adding this to the 

When I did all the foiling on the first card I decided to foil some additional sentiments using black foil.  I love the look of the black foil against the silver glitter.  The sentiments set the theme for my card of black, white and silver.  At the time I did all the foiling I was also foiling different colors of cardstock with the Plaid Tidings Glimmer plate.  This panel was created with black cardstock and Prism foil.  It is very pretty in real life.  I found a panel of white cardstock that I had embossed with embossing folder called Faux Stitch from the May embossing folder club.  Unfortunately, this embossing folder is not available any more.  I thought it looked like snowflakes.  I cut the panel with an oval from the Fluted Ovals die set.  I die cut down the black and silver panel with a die from the Fluted Rectangles die set and adhered it to a white cardstock base.  The oval was layered on top of the foiled panel.  I then used the poinsettia and holly leaf dies from the Winter Welcome Sled die set and cut the pieces from black and white glitter cardstock.  I created the clusters at the top and bottom and then added the foiled sentiments.   Too much glitter and foil?  I don't think so, lol!

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Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Friday, July 22, 2022

Spellbinders July Release Part 2

 Hello!  I'm back with two more cards I created with new products from the Spellbinders July release.  It is definitely Christmas in July right now!   Today's cards feature products from the Christmas Stitchmas collection.  My first card features the new Stitched Petal Diamond die and the colors from Color Throwdown.  (An affiliate linked list of supplies will be at the end of this post.  Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.)

I am not going to lie, but this card front took a long time to stitch.  I could have made things easier if I had stitched in all one color, but I wanted to used the Color Throwdown palette because I love yellow, aqua and green with kraft.   So decided that the large flowers would feature some petals in yellow and some in aqua.  Once I finally got the stitching done it was easy to put the card together.  And as you may have noticed, this isn't a Christmas card.  I guess I could have gone Christmas with the colors, but decided to go with a friendship card.  I used sentiments from the Just Wanted to Say stamp set released last month and stamped then in VersaFine CLAIR green ink.  I finished off the card with tiny green gems.

This next card is definitely Christmas!  It features the new Stitched Joy die set and a new Glimmer plate called Plaid Tidings.  You will be seeing more of that Glimmer plate in a few days.   Before I started making card I cross-stitched.   Cross-stitching is kind of what got me into card making as I started cross-stitching Christmas cards for family and close friends.  I stopped cross-stitching when I started having problems with my right shoulder.  Recently I decided to give cross-stitching a try again and I have been spending more time doing that then card making!  Because I used to stitch I have alot of floss.  I found a bag of coordinating floss that I was going to used to make something with and decided to use those colors for the main stitched piece on the card.  The Plaid Tidings was foiled in red a on dark green cardstock.  I die cut the piece to be stitched from kraft and then got to work.  To tie in the dark green a bit more I die cut the letters from the same dark green cardstock as the foiled piece.  I thankful that the lighting was right so you can actually tell that it is red foiling.   The are extra little dies in the Stitched Joy die set so I die cut three of them to create my little stitched cluster on the 'o'.  I finished this card with red and gold Spellbinders gems.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.