Friday, December 17, 2010

More christmas cards...

I love using the Crafty Secret stamps. I made this card for our good friends. I just love how it turned out. Very vintage and warm. I added some distress stickles for some glitz and some half pearls for added interest. I followed the tutorial for making the accordian medallion from this site . These are always great embellishments to add. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A cocky kinda christmas...

Well, can you believe I used a rooster for a christmas card. Well, when your last name is Cox, anything goes. This goes to my mom's friend whose maiden name was just this. She laughs when she receives anything foul-related. So I couldn't resist. I heat embossed a border around the edge with versamark and clear EP. Designer paper is from basic grey and the fantastic rooster is embossed in vintage photo distress ink from Tim Holtz. The stamp is from SU! and it is just wonderful. I decided not to colour him as there was enough going on in the DP. I raised up the Merry Christmas and sent it off. Oh and make sure when you complete your homemade cards that once you are finished, don't just relish in the thought that you are tickled with the final creation, but make sure you actually write something inside. I did this!! I was so excited with the final card that in it went into the envelope, addressed and stamped (but not mailed yet!) and ready for lift-off. What a goober I am. I did this not once but twice!! Lucky thing I have alot of sticky strip around to re-stick the envelopes with. Egads!! TFL.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

12 tags of christmas - tag 8

Here's tag #8. I love using Tim's masks. The edges are so sharp and so easy to sponge inside. I didn't have a metal clock so I silver embossed a compass. Close enough. I also didn't have the die for the houses so I cut out some house shapes and added some very thin silver wire for the chimney smoke. It's so small that it's really hard to see. I added some iridescent ice to the rooftops of the houses to add some sparkle. Hope you're playing along.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12 tags of christmas - tag 3 and tag 6 revisited

Well I've been backpeddling and trying to get the tags completed that I have neglected. Here is tag 3 and tag 6 re done. I gave the first tag 6 away to a friend and I wanted to make another anyways. I really love both these tags. I've used some spanish moss for the bird's nest and below the tree. For the bird, I used the birds and blooms die from SU! I don't have any of the tape that Tim uses so I just stamped a music theme on some thick board and then die cut it out. It turned out really good, so easy to sponge with fired brick distress ink. I had made some scrunchy crunchy flowers using scallop circle punch awhile ago. Luckily I had one left so I used it on tag 3 and used one of the antique brads from SU! to fit the center. I think it fits in nicely. I added some pearls around the deers neck and made a nice metal charm with DP and added crystal effects on top. I hope you're playing along. It is so much fun. TFL.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My other half....

1)Favorite board game : scrabble
2) Would you prefer to read a book or watch the movie ? watch the movie
3) Share one of your bad habits....don't be shy, we all have at least one : misplacing my phone, keys and wallet
4) How did you meet your significant other? we were neighbours and lived in the same townhome complex
5) Do you tend to prepare or procrastinate? : procrastinate
6) What pet name does your significant other have for you? Chrissy
7) Potato Chips or Corn Chips? corn chips: corn chips
8) Coffee or Tea? coffee in the morning and the afternoon and the evening and then some more
9) What's your home decorating style? craftsman
10) What color is your kitchen? creamy taupe
11) What does your go-to Chinese take out order consist of? sweet and sour and rice
12) What time do you typically go to bed? around 11pm
13) MAC or PC? neither don't use the computer
14) What is your favorite Christmas movie? Christmas vacation
15) What was your favorite class in school? P.E.
16) Do you read the newspaper? no but I do read magazines
17) Have you ever been to Africa? no
18) Are you allergic to anything? no
19) Where did you go on your honeymoon? still waiting to go somewhere

Monday, December 6, 2010

12 tags of Christmas - day 6

Hey, what happened to day 3, 4 and 5? Well I had to go to work so I couldn't play and now I have to bust my butt to get back on track. I decided to tackle tag 6 and work backwards. I love this tag. This is a true Tim Holtz tag using his dies to cut the reindeer and tree. I added some crotcheted lace on the bottom and embossed the reindeer with swirls. I love the speckled snow drops along the border. Hope you're playing along.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Stylish blogger award

I've just received a Stylish blogger award from a fellow stamper named Kelly. She is so sweet and loves all things vintage. Check out her blog . I have to get back to making Tim's tags...I'm behind 3 tags already. Good thing I started the first and second right away. Ciao for now...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

12 tags of Christmas - day 2

Here is day 2 of the 12 tags of christmas. Follow along and create your own. For my back ground I used broken china and faded jeans distress ink and sponged all around. I edged the tag with vintage photo. I stamped the pinecone in vintage photo and clear embossed it. I used the music stamp from Crafty Secrets and the Christmas sentiment stamped in fired brick and clear embossed. I added some splatter dots around the perimeter and stamped a flourish in soft suede from SU! The little birdie is from Crafty Secrets and cut out and popped up for added dimension. The ribbon is custom dyed with fired brick and peeled paint. I also added a lock and key for added interest. Another fun tag to complete. Can't wait for tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

12 tags of Christmas - Day 1

I'm playing along with Tim Holtz and his 12 tags of christmas this year. Check it out. It's guaranteed to stimulate your creativity.

He says you don't need exactly all the supplies and embellishments that he uses so I collected some supplies and played with what I had. I now know I am seriously in need of chipboard shapes for christmas. I followed his directions for making the background on the tag using broken china and faded jeans distress ink. I stamped a few snowflakes in faded jeans ink. I sponged around the edge with vintage photo ink. I didn't have the house chipboard shape so I used the positive of the reindeer mask(Tim Holtz) to sponge my shape onto my tag using vintage photo ink. I then stamped some holly leaves onto a piece of cardboard in peeled paint and clear embossed it and then cut them out. I then added some peeled paint distress stickles on top to add some sparkle. The berries are pearls coloured with red lipstick copic marker. The snowflake is a chipboard piece with a white embossed pattern on top and then sponged with broken china distress ink. I also added some faded jeans distress stickles on top to add more sparkle. The fence is from the halloween fench punch from MS. I painted it with white acrylic paint and added some chunky glitter from SU!(retired). I also white embossed "Celebrate" from Crafty Secrets as my sentiment. I added a vertical date line of numbers on the right side (also Crafty Secrets). The ribbon was moistened with water and then dragged over broken china distress ink (just like Tim does in his tutorial). The little pin on the ribbon is Tim`s and it says `treasures`. I hope you want to join along and make your own tag creation. Thanks for stopping by.