Thursday, November 20, 2014

Top Dog Dies Guest Post: A Typical and Not-So-Typical Use for Tags


Today I've got two projects using the Top Dog Dies Gift Tag Set.



Love how the smaller tag has a dotted mat around the edge, and that the set comes with a tiny "to" and "from".  The other neat thing about this set is that both ends are different. Did you notice? I think it's a small detail that adds a lot.


The first project is what you might expect from a tag die ... a tag! To mix it up a bit, I die cut the larger tag shape from an old pair of my son's jeans. I was quite impressed that the die handled that strong material very easily. Two different patterned papers are used for the smaller tag (I saved the other half of the floral tag for another use). Instead of punching a hole for the gold thread, I used a little pink button and sewed the thread through that. I also didn't match the edge of the inside tag with the outside tag ... subtle, but I think it looks more eclectic that way. Finally, I'm really happy with the tiny "to" on the tag. So cute!

I picked up the wooden container at a flea market to use as a gift box for my friend's birthday present. That was FIVE years ago. Somehow I keep forgetting to use it. Hopefully this will be the year! I have her tag all ready : )

The next project isn't a tag at all, but a ...


graveyard!!

Right? Do you see it!? I think each of the 10 ancient tombstones are a different shape, with only using the two tag dies. Remember how each edge is different? That's two different looks, then you have the two different sizes (up to 4 combinations now), then I chopped of the middle hump on some of them (another combination) and finally I made some of them really tall and really short depending on where I cut them in half.
 


Here's a closer look at the worn text on these old grave stones. This is from the CAS-ual Fridays Out Loud stamp set which is great because it has four different fonts. I just inked up different parts of the text, STILL ON THE PACKAGING, and used my finger to stamp it. Boy did that feel good to be so completely lazy and not even mount the stamp before stamping! And it totally gave me the I'm-so-old-the-words-have-worn-off look I was going for.

Hope you enjoyed these! Thanks for looking!


 Top Dog Dies is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies, along with dies from brands you already know and trust, including Little B, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions, Savvy Stamps and Cheery Lynn Designs. Top Dog Dies is also the leading U.S. retailer for Tattered Lace, a new line of intricate dies designed by British designer Stephanie Weightman.

-Kelly

Fusion Challenge: Shaped December Daily Page




If you didn't get a chance to check out the last Fusion Challenge gallery, you should most definitely do so. SO many great entries, so difficult to chose just one. I expect that this challenge is going to be similarly popular, with all the silver-glittered goodies.



Using the photo and the sketch, I created another December Daily page. I haven't been the best at making the DD pages ahead of time, but I really feel after this weekend I'll be able to focus my efforts more on that project. For this page I used several silver glitter star dies from Papertrey Inc., and the Leafy Branch die from Top Dog Dies to give it more of a laurel wreath look. The clear Pretty Pink Posh sequins give another kind of sparkle.



I didn't completely adhere all the stars and I'm enjoying how much I'm drawn to touch them. The red star in the back is an extra barn star I had from this project last year.


One of the nice things about making your own shaped pages for December Daily, or any mini album, is that you get peeks of the pages coming up. That's a good reason to keep a consistent feel throughout the album (in terms of colors, style, fonts, etc.) To make this page I took a strip of mat board (will punch holes where needed for the album posts) and used double-sided patterned paper as an arm to hold the shape out. The photo is just temporary until I fill it with a December memory. If you will, imagine large script writing in ink on the bottom of the circle.

Here are some fabulous projects by our design team!




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Thanks for looking!
-Kelly


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Dog Dies Guest Post: Nine Layer Ornament


Hi folks! If you get a chance, check out the Top Dog Dies blog today where I've got a step-by-step post on making this nine-layered snowman shaker ornament. Sure hope you like it! I had a blast making it : )


 Top Dog Dies is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies, along with dies from brands you already know and trust, including Little B, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions, Savvy Stamps and Cheery Lynn Designs. Top Dog Dies is also the leading U.S. retailer for Tattered Lace, a new line of intricate dies designed by British designer Stephanie Weightman.

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Top Dog Dies Guest Designer - Tag Christmas Trees



Hi folks! I'm excited to share several projects using some of the new Top Dog Dies with you this week!


 Top Dog Dies is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies, along with dies from brands you already know and trust, including Little B, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions, Savvy Stamps and Cheery Lynn Designs. Top Dog Dies is also the leading U.S. retailer for Tattered Lace, a new line of intricate dies designed by British designer Stephanie Weightman.


The two projects in this post both use the Top Dog Dies Mini Tag Die Set
  

 With six different mini tag styles all connected, it's easy to make a lot of tags without a ton of work. So that's what I did! Raiding my folder of green scraps, I cut about ten sets of tags from different papers to make a fun tag tree.


  
Here's how I did it. I started with adhering a few skinny tags on top of my 8.5 x 11 cardstock. Then I laid down the bottom row and worked my way up so the tops of most of the tags were covered. For the red ornaments I used the circle tag, and later slid them underneath one of the tree tags.

 

I bent up the bottom edges of some of the tags for some dimension.



 I cut a trunk out of some woodgrain paper and then embossed Winnie & Walter's "christmas" over it. The "merry" is embossed on one of the tags on the bottom layer. The art deco frame is a flea market find from a couple summers ago that I bargained down to $5. LOVE. IT.

As I was cleaning up the left over tags, I figured I would make something with them instead of putting them back in the die packaging. So I made a tag tree on a card.



Can you tell what's different with this tree, other than the size?

Yep, the tags are now upside down. I love the way it looks with the tag tops showing, especially since they are all a little different. It makes the tree look more eclectic, I think. I was tempted to go back and re-do the larger tree to have the tag tops showing, but crafting time is tight right before the holidays so I let it go. 

 

I have the tags on a panel, and then cut a trunk that extends beyond the panel to the edge of the card. The inside of the card is lined with some festive white polka-dotted red patterned paper.

I'm linking this up at the Treemendous Tree Challenge at Moxie Fab World
(not sure if Teri is still keeping this challenge open, but I'll link it up anyway!)

Thanks for looking, and I'll be back with a few other Top Dog Dies posts this week.
-Kelly

Friday, November 7, 2014

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Burlap Bell Tag




Hi folks! It's time ... Tracey McNeely's annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags series has started up already! If you are at all looking for inspiration for Christmas tags, you need to head over to Tracey's pinterest boards from the last couple years that she's hosted this event. I guarantee you'll find something to get you started!

This tag was die cut from burlap. HINT: if you're die cutting burlap and have a thin piece like the hole at the top of this bell, I recommend that you secure the burlap to cardstock before cutting. Otherwise the thin section will just fray away. I used glue to make sure the burlap was firmly attached to the paper, and put the whole thing under a heavy box to set for 10 minutes.

The flower is made from the CAS-ual Friday's 4 Petal Fri-Die. The green leaves are from that same die ... I just cut the 4 petal die in half, and bent the two remaining petals closer together.


Inside is where I stamped the "to" and "from" so I could keep the outside pretty : ) I'm excited about this handmade paper because:

1) it has an actual evergreen branch inside it; and
2) it's probably one of the first "fancy" papers I bought about 15 years ago (I also think that's the last time I used it!)

All stamps and dies are from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps
Bell Tag Fri-Dies, 4 Petal Set Fri-Dies, Sleigh Bells

Tracey has assembled an impressive amount of companies who are giving away prizes during the 25 Days event. You can check out the details here. There are also prizes available for commenting on the Guest Designer posts like this one along the way. Just leave a comment by November 26th!

Thanks so much for looking!
Kelly

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fusion Challenge: December Daily



The photo inspiration from the Fusion Challenge is so amazing ... gorgeous ombre blue with crisp white detailing on top! I really wanted to make 3 or 4 different projects! I went for a sponged peacock background with 4 layers of heat embossed snowflakes on top (from CAS-ual Fridays Must Love Snowflakes). 

 

 It's not on a card this time, though ...


  
This is FINALLY THE YEAR that I am going to do December Daily!

For the last 4 or 5 years I've wanted to jump on the Ali-Edwards-bandwagon and join her and thousands of others in documenting my favorite month of the year. Instead of mourning over the years I've missed documenting, like I was doing earlier in the week when I found a folder of December Daily things I collected 5 years ago when my youngest was still a toddler, I'm putting my big girl panties on and committing to do it this year. It's especially important to me to do while Santa is still a real presence in our house : )

The photo is from last year to give you an idea of what will go there, as I'm assuming I'll have a White Christmas shot sometime in the month of December. Journaling will go on the lined paper. I was happy to follow the challenge sketch, making this a true fusion!
 
I love adding vintage seam binding tape when I can ... here I sewed a running stitch down the middle, gathered it loosely, and adhered it along the side of the journaling block. Instead of hiding the end behind the journaling block, I left it hanging to the side with the thread still attached for a more whimsical feel.

To give the 16 (representing December 16th) more weight, I added layers below including a vellum die-cut snowflake from Papertrey, a snowflake cut from some trim, and some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.


I forgot about these awesome High Rise Uppercase alpha dies from MFT which I love for larger scale projects like this 8x8 scrapbook page. Cutting them in vellum will allow for some of the photo to show through. They're just adhered with vellum tape on the bottom since I'll switch out the photo as soon as it snows in December : )

I really can't wait to get started on more December Daily pages! Thanks for letting me share this with you, as now I feel more accountability to really see this project through. It's my hope to finish the shell of all 31 pages before December starts. That will be the only way I'll have any hope of staying on track!

And now check out some fabulous projects by our design team!




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I'm also entering this into the Virginia's View Challenge with the theme of All Things Metallic. The crisp and cool metallic finish just goes so well with anything winter-related!

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CFS Feature: Stamping with Cork + Some Great News!



Want to get more use out of your dies? Another way to get a different look is to die cut a piece of cork (in this case I used the 4 petal die from CAS-ual Fridays), 


adhere the cork die-cut to an acrylic block, and stamp. Instead of a smooth, saturated image you get a soft, blotchy image. Note that the cork absorbs A LOT of ink. The good thing is that you can stamp a dozen times without re-inking. The bad thing is that it's hard to change colors, especially if you start with a dark color and want to switch to a light color. For that reason, I often just cut another piece of cork and used a fresh "stamp" for each color. You can see a third stamp on the other side of the block above.


For this wreath I used the cork stamp to make the green 4 petal flowers. Layered on top is a solid red stamp, and layered on that is a small silver-embossed 4 petal flower. The wreath is filled in with more small 4 petals and sequins. The white panel and burlap are sewn to the card base. Afterwards it looked a little too stark, so I used the cork stamp on the edges of the white panel.


Here's a tag which is designed the same way as the card ... you might be able to see the stamped layers better here.


This card and tag are over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today.



So, can I share my great news with you?

One of my cards is going to be on the March 2015 cover of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking! Eeek! When I got the news yesterday I was the only one home and had no one to share it with in person. But, I'm sharing it with you all now ... whew ... I thought I would burst!

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly