Sunday, December 19, 2010

I’m still here!

Whew!  Sorry it’s been so long since my last post.  Lots of life just seemed to get in the way (surgery, family, holidays…).  Well, not in the way, it just pushed other things farther down on the list…Like posting to my blog!

I’ve got lots to catch up on and although Christmas is upon us, I thought I would post some of the fall stuff I’ve made first.  Since I’m so far behind there probably won’t be any rhyme or reason to my posts for awhile. lol

Photo Block

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This was fun and easy to make.  Well, figuring out where I wanted to put the leaves took me way longer than it should have!  I covered one of the Stampin’ Up! decor blocks with Autumn Spice - Specialty Designer Series Paper. It’s “Special” because it’s a heavier weight than our normal Designer Series Paper and it has a texture to it.  It’s hard to see the texture in these pictures but in person it looks wonderful.  Autumn Spice is one of my favorites.  Maybe it’s because I love fall colors!  It’s also great for masculine cards.  You can find it in the Holiday Mini Catalog - pg 13.  This catalog is only good until January 3rd, so stock up for next fall, or the men in your life!

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The leaves were cut out using the Leaves #2 die on the Big Shot.  I punched the piece that says “family” with the Decorative Label punch and the Decor Elements Chalkboard Sheets.  I love the chalkboard sheets! They really work like a chalkboard.  You can write on them and then erase as well, and they already have adhesive!  Since they’re Decor vinyl you can put them your walls, mirrors, blocks, paper, you name it. And they won’t hurt your walls when you want to take it off.

I’ll list the supplies for all these projects at the end of the post.  Please feel free to send me a note/post if you have any questions on these projects.

Fall Candle Vase

I found this vase at one of those $1 stores along with the stones, making this a very inexpensive center piece or gift.  You can change the card stock and ribbon color to fit the season or occasion.

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If you look closely at the picture above you can see what looks like frosted leaves.  Using the Leaves #2 die I cut leaves out using the Decor Elements Clear vinyl sheets.  They’re prefect for a frosted look.

Tea light holder in a “flash”

I was inspired by Chera Wiest’s candle holders.  I would link to her but I don’t think she has a blog.

These are so easy and fun and make great gifts.  Since our Big Shot will cut just about anything, roof flashing is a great choice for these holders. The flashing is thick enough to hold it’s shape but thin enough to cut with Craft & Rubber scissors or our Tabletop Paper Cutter.  It will actually sharpen the blade!  I cut a piece to fit on the Flower Folds die and ran it through the Big Shot.  I would add a piece of cardstock as a shim.  It will help the die to cut completely through the flashing.

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I added a strip of DSP to the tea light to jazz it up a bit.  I used the Scallop Circle die to cut the base and then ran it back through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder.

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Here is a second, larger tea light.

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Supplies:

Stamps:  Day of Gratitude (Holiday mini - pg 12)

Ink:  Early Espresso classic ink

Paper:  Autumn Spice Specialty DSP (Holiday mini - pg 13), Cajun Craze and Naturals Ivory card stock (Idea Book & Catalog - pg 168 & 170), Chalkboard and Clear vinyl sheets ( Idea Book & Catalog - pg 205)

Accessories:  Early Espresso 1/8 Taffeta ribbon, Natural Hemp Twine, and Old Olive 1 1/4” Striped grosgrain ribbon ( Idea Book & Catalog - pg 190-191), Cherry Cobbler 1/2” Seam Binding & Big Designer buttons - Deck the Halls (Holiday mini - pg 21 & 16), Antique Brads (Idea Book & Catalog - pg 187), Decor Block (Definitely Decorative catalog - pg 9)

Tools:  Big Shot die cutting machine, Leaves #2 die, Flower Folds die, Textured Lattice impressions folder, Scallop Circle die (Idea Book & Catalog - pg 204-217), Decorative Label punch (Holiday mini - pg 25)

View any of these items by clicking the catalog in the right hand column.

I hope you were inspired!  Thanks for looking.

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