Friday, November 28, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays: Flurry Fri-Dies


Happy Black Friday to all my American friends! I hope you either got some amazing deals already, or enjoyed a relaxing evening at home on the couch. I am in the later group; my husband is the crazy one who shops all night!

We've got a fun couple days with new CAS-ual Fridays dies. Not wanting to be left out of all the sales this weekend, Michele has put these brand new dies 15% off right NOW! How fun is that?


Flurry

Totally in love with these new snowflake dies! They're a great mix of having lots of details, but not too many so that they're a pain to remove from the die. 


 I like taking advantage of the fact that dies cut more than just paper (unlike punches) so I cut the snowflake from cork.

  
Using cork for the snowflake gives a lot of texture, but also makes it look less Christmas-y so you can use it after the holidays.



I'm still working on December Daily, and know full well that I will be making the pages IN December instead of BEFORE December like I planned. After browsing Pinterest and blogs for December Daily examples, I narrowed down what really makes me happy:

1) pages without page protectors;
2) different sized pages; and
3) interactive elements.

The first element (no page protectors) meant that I have to change gears and ditch the previous DD pages I made for the 8x8 album I had. Nothing like doing this at the last minute! But now that I have a clear direction, and am using a 6x8 Snap album, I'm happier with my pages. This one is a clear piece of acetate packaging that I've glued glittered snowflakes to.

  
I like seeing some of the next page through the falling snowflakes, and then turning the page to reveal the whole photo.


 The bits and pieces of chunky glitter look like more snow falling! I actually glittered the backs of the snowflakes too since they are on a see-through page. To adhere them to the acetate I used small dots of Glossy Accents. Love that stuff! After putting a heavy book on top of the page to dry for 30 minutes, the snowflakes were all securely on. The small dots of glossy accents blend well with the dots of glitter everywhere.

More inspiration waits for you with the rest of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Design Team:

Deepti
Zoey
Marcie

Check back over the next two days for two additional Fri-Die sets to be released!

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Monday, November 24, 2014

Top Dog Dies: Three More Takes on the Snowman Globe Die Set



Hope you get a chance to check out the Top Dog Dies blog today ... I'm showing three more takes on this Snowman Globe Die Set:




Here's a cute little tag you can make with just the head of the snowman. It also uses the mini tags die set.



Add this tag, along with some ribbon and mini pinecones and you've got a pretty topper for a tube of m&m's. I love these tubes, since they're small enough to make the m&m's stand very neat and orderly without putting forth any effort to stack them. These would make great presents for teachers, mailmen, neighbors, etc.


Here's another tag, but this one uses the full snow globe die. Cutting the snow globe out of white glitter paper makes it easier to leave it unadorned, except for a black hat.


I've used the base of the globe here as the perfect place to address the tag. The tiny "to" is from the mini tags die set and is a quicker alternative to heat embossing on a dark background.


The snowman is so detailed you can definitely use him as a focal point on a card. For this card I kept all the snow OUTSIDE the circle so the snowman is quite comfortable, protected and peaceful, like the sentiment says. To do this I left the negative piece of the die cut inside the circle, put a Winnie & Walter stencil on top, and sprayed with white glimmer mist. When I removed the negative piece, the inside of the globe was free from snow. The Winnie & Walter sentiment from Happy Christmas fits just perfectly on the snow drifts. I added a few layers behind the main panel to finish the card off.

Thanks so much 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

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!




WinnersWill be chosen by all of our teammates in two weeks. We each will choose one favorite. The winners will be announced at 4 am (PST) in two weeks!


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