Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree

Can you believe it - this is my last class of the year! Next week we're doing a nice and easy project, so we have time for a Christmas party after class! 
 My photos aren't perfect, they were snapped with my i-phone (which I've been told is sooo outdated) and printed on my home printer (never my best choice), but who's got time for perfect photos at Christmas?! This time of the year is for enjoying the magic. 
...And fixing the deck...
 So out come the punches and dies!
  Don't like snowflakes in the Aussie Christmas heat? Too bad, cause here they are. I miss white Christmas. Seriously, you can replace them with stars if you really want. 
And here is my Christmas tree in all its glory:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas chipboard blog hop

This is my project for the Scrapbook Creations blog hop. If you just happened to start here, find the beginning by clicking here.

I had some lovely chipboard from ScrapFX and I used the large swirl and the Christmas stars to make a cute little bird house.

I didn't want the bird house to be strictly Christmas cause my little cupboard that houses my Christmas treasures is full and this little gem might have to be on display all year long.

 The chipboard swirl was embossed with "shabby white embossing enamel" by Stampendous. This stuff is wonderful, it is basically chunky embossing powder with mica flakes and glitter already mixed in. Super easy to use.

 On the bottom of my house I used some of my great-grandmother's 100 year old lace (my Mum is cleaning out the cupboards and I'm getting the ribbons and laces!). The pearl strips finished off the edge. 
You can find the white magnolia here ($1.20 for 3)

These ScrapFX stars have a beautiful design on them already, which I didn't want to cover up, so they simply got a coat of white Distress Paint and some inking around the edges with pinecone ink.
That little bow is another piece of my 100 year old haul from Great-grandma.

I hope you like my little bird house. It went from this:
to this:

The stand is actually a candleholder that was given to us on our wedding, but hasn't been used much. It is quite lovely really, made from stone from the Ural Mountains (where we met), but it needed a new lease on life. I simply took off the round metal plate that holds the candle and glued the house on the spike. 

Now don't forget to leave me a comment and keep blog hopping for your chance to win the awesome prize above!
Your next stop is:
Elisabeth B

Cheers, Geli

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Be Merry

If you're anything like me and you love having lots of Christmas paper, you will love showing them off with this class project.

I used lots of my Christmas dies and the Punch-around-the-circle punch, a cute Christmas bird stamp and some bling.

Wild Angel with Filigree and a Doily

Here is how to make a
wild angel from a doily and one of these flower filigree borders

Christmas Angel Cards

 Use strong scissors or tin snips to cut off the wings and 2 of the petals from the flower like this.

Christmas Angel Cards

Take a 11cm doily and fold it in half ...

Christmas Angel Cards

and then fold it into thirds like this.

Christmas Angel Cards

 Draw a line along the edges with Glossy Accents and pour some Glass Glitter over it. You can find several colours of Glass Glitter in the glitter and microbeads section.

Christmas Angel Cards

Now glue the wings, the flower petals ("hands") and a circle pendant on the folded doily like this.

 Make some wild hair by winding some wool strands around 3 fingers 4 times (or more, depending on the wool). Tie the middle with some thread and cut open the sides. 

 Glue it on the head, draw on a face with permanent marker - if you want - and your wild angel is done.

Christmas Angel Cards

 You can use her on a card, or as a tree decoration (tie a ribbon through the loop on the circle pendant). 

Christmas Angel Cards

Here I have made a card using a piece of kraft card, a bit of lace and some gold baker's twine


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Merry Magic

It's almost December and here is our first Christmas class project!

  I wanted to give this page one an old-fashioned look by sticking to papers and embellishments in neutrals, gold and bronze. The red background adds just enough colour so it doesn't look washed out.

The white rose can be found here and the golden flowers here.

A bright green and pink wooden bird from Art Stamps Australia got a makeover to match the colour scheme: 
Would you like to make your own Christmas layout? Why not join me in class. Everything you need to make the bird is included, by the way.
Classes run:
Tue 10am
Thu 6pm
Fri 9:30am

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Krafty Christmas ideas and how to emboss with a charm

Feeling a bit krafty this season? Here are a few ideas how to make a card, tag and gift wrap with kraft paper, doilies and some lovely embellishments from my2angels

Tracy sent me the new deer charm in antique bronze (also available in shiny gold!) and it is so lovely, I couldn't bear to use it only once. So I embossed a tag with it first! (I know you can't really see it on the above photo, but bear with me and all will be revealed)
The deer is 6cm tall, so a pretty decent size and chunky enough to go through my Cuttlebug without bending or breaking.
Take a piece of kraft cardstock (3x6"), lightly wet it and make the following "sandwich":
 A plate, silicon mat, cardstock (moist), charm, silicon mat, C plate. 

The sandwich could vary a little if you have a Bigshot or other machine. Just experiment.

Here is what it looks like after embossing: 
 All the details are nice and crisp, but it's stubtle enough to suit the gringiest of your friends.

Punch a pretty bottom border with a border punch. Spray glue a small doily on the tag (half on the front, half on the back) and cut off the top corners:

 Die cut a roundish shape (star, flower, etc) from a brown patterned paper, ink it with pinecone ink (which is the best brown ink in the world and matches everything!) and glue it on top of the doily. Fold it over and trim the corners.  
 Punch a hole and stick on one of those reinforcer thingies: 
 Tie a Christmas tree and bell charm on some red & white baker's twine and ink around the whole tag with the above mentioned pinecone ink and stamp a greeting:
If you make a bit of a production line, you can whip up a whole pile of these in no time. 1 piece of 12x12" cardstock will make 8 tags.

Now that you've embossed a million deer on tags it's time to stick that pretty deer charm down on a card!

Take a kraft card and emboss it with an embossing folder. 
The card packs from my2angels are a really good deal at 10 for $1.40, but I loved mine so much they're all used up. I used a 4x11" piece of kraft cardstock instead. 
Spray glue a doily on and layer 2 ribbons across the cards: 
 Die cut a hexagon or other roundish shape from a brown patterned paper, ink the edges and attach two short lengths of antique bronze chain with 2 lobster clasps
 If your die cut shape doesn't have holes, punch 2 first. Glue the paper and chain down using Glossy Accents
 Add some dots with Liquid Pearls in platinum: 

Glue down the deer charm and you're done! 

For 10 cards you will need:
-10 doilies (11cm)
- 2x cotton lace 
- 5x deer charms 
- some leftover brown patterned paper from your stash. 

Presuming you already have an embossing folder, ink, Liquid Pearls and Glossy Accents, that's just a little over $1.80 per card.
If you haven't run out of puff by now, you might want to wrap some pressies next: 
Wrap your gift in kraft wrapping paper (from the cheap shop) and spray glue a doily over the top edge (size will depend on the size of your present).
  Cut out 3 stars and fold them as shown in my button & stars wreath post (I had some left from the wreath). 
Wrap some red & white baker's twine around the present twice, tie on a candy cane charm and finish it with a bow. 
Glue down the stars like shown in the wreath post and stamp or handwrite the name.  Done! 

This looks great for a pile of presents. I would show you, but they are on the ship as we speak; slowly, slowly making their way round the world to my family (thanks Australia Post for exorbitant airmail prices!). Christmas in January is also nice, right?

Someone asked if you can use the embossing technique on wooden embellishments, like the one Kaisercraft sells. No! I think they will most likely crack in the Cuttlebug. You will need a chunky, thick metal charm and I can't think of a better one than that deer. So come on, pop over to the shop and get a couple.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Latest issue of Scrapbook Creations

Issue 102 is out and it is full of scrappin' goodness! 

 If you'd like to learn how to use masks and stencils with texture paste and mist, check out my latest technique in the technique journal section:
Photography by Scrapbook Creations/Amanda Reddicliffe

I'll also show you how to make a perfect shabby rose with a celery. Yes, a celery!!!
Have a closer look here.