Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gina K Designs ~ The 12 Days of Christmas Sketch

Hello, Hello!!!  Christmas is coming so quickly & today it is my turn to host the 12 Days of Christmas challenges countdown with Gina K. Designs and StampTV.  For all the rules and prize info, see below.*

I have decided to do a sketch based on THIS Stamp TV video by Gina!

Here's my card...

Use the tag STV14TWELVEDAYS5 when you upload to StampTV for this challenge.  You can view all the entries for this day HERE. Awesome prize at stake if you complete all 12! :) We hope you have fun getting creative with us and sharing the festive holiday spirit!

 *Each challenge is different, and to play along you will need to enter a new card for each challenge in order to be eligible for prizes. You also will need to use Gina K. images and sentiments to be eligible, although any other products may be from other vendors. There is one prize per challenge of a Gina K. Designs stamp set of the winner's choice up to 23.95 value. The winners are chosen by the host/hostesses however they want to choose their winner. There will be a special badge made by Gina for both the STV 12 Days of Christmas event, as well as a special one for those who complete all 12 challenges!  There will also be a Grand Prize of a $50 GKD gift certificate.  One winner will be chosen from among those who play along with all 12 challenges! You may enter the cards you use here for challenges at Stamp TV into other challenges on other stamping sites. You have until December 31st to complete and upload your entries.

Tutorial Details:

For my project today, I will also share how I colored my sweet little fox from the Winter Cheer Stamp TV Kit with Spectrum Noir Markers and Blendable Colored Pencils.

Step 1: Begin with selecting colors that match your card for the skates & scarf.  I used JG7 for the skates and DR2, DR3 & pencil 025 for shading on the scarf.

Step 2: I selected several Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils for the fox ~ 090, 092 to start.

Step 3: I started with the darkest (092) around the edges and add the lighter pencils (090) for the rest.

Step 4: Next I used the Spectrum Noir Gamsol and paper blending stumps to smooth out the pencil lines.

Step 5: I added a reddish/brown (095) for more contrast on the fox and then blended again with the Gamsol.

Step 6: I pulled a few light tan markers (TN2, FS1) to color the remaining parts of the fox (tummy, paws, face and tail) & added FS3 to the ears.

And that's all that is needed to complete this sweet little guy!  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Festive Christmas Cupcake Box Tutorial

Today I’m sharing a Christmas project I made using the new Cupcake Presentation Box Template from Crafter's Companion. This cute little box could be used for any small holiday gift or yummy treat.

Step 1: Gather the desired template, cardstock, pencil and scissors.  For this project, I used the Single Cupcake Presentation Box Template and the 12”x16” Construction Cardstock.

Step 2: Line up the template on the cardstock and use EZ Release Tape to secure the template while tracing the outline.

Step 3: Once the template is traced, remove the template to make sure all of the lines were completed, including the score lines (inside broken lines).  If any were forgotten, replace the template and complete.

Step 4: Trim all solid lines with scissors.

Step 5: Using the scoring board on The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion Tool, score the broken lines on the box and fold all of the score marks.

Step 6: Add Distress Ink (Antique Linen) to the scored edges.

Step 7: Trim red, green and patterned paper pieces to decorate the box.  

Step 8: Use the Presentation Box template to trace a piece of pattern paper layer using the inside broken lines.

Step 9: Attach all of the cardstock and patterned pieces to the outside of the box.

 Step 10: Attach the alternate pattern and cardstock to the inside of the box.

Step 11: Trace the Cupcake Insert from the template (this is included with the Presentation Box).

Step 12: Trim the spot for the cupcake using the Cupcake Insert Die.

Step 13: Using the Scallop Cupcake Wrapper, trim 2 wrappers ~ one from green cardstock and one from coordinating pattern paper.  Attach them and assemble the cupcake wrapper by inserting the tab into the slot.

The inside of the box with the assembled cupcake wrapper.

I decorated the outside with May Arts Ribbon and two Classique Christmas Dies - Filigree Bauble & Scenic Pines

Make sure you check out the Crafter's Companion Blog today for more great giveaways!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TE Die Focus: Hearts A Plenty

Hi Friends!  I've had tons of Christmas projects posted on my blog lately, but today I have a sweet little tag that I made for my daughter's birthday package using some sweet products from Taylored Expressions.

I used the sweet heart set called Hearts A Plenty and added them to elements of the Build-A-Tag 1 die set.  I embossed the tag with the Twirls and Swirls Embossing Folder and the panel with Lots of Dots.

Happy 18th Birthday Megan Lynn!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Crafter's Christmas Wishes... Christmas Cupcakes

Hey friends!  Have you been checking out the Crafter's Companion Blog this past week?  There are giveaways & Christmas Inspiration GALORE!!  The projects today feature the fun Die'sire Cupcake Wrappers and Cupcake Box Templates ~ so much fun and soooooo easy to use.   I made this fun little Hot Cocoa Kit using the Scallop Cupcake Wrapper

Go take a peek & you might win a Cupcake Wrapper and Cupcake Box Template!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Crafter's Companion: 5-Minute Friday

Hey Friends!  Have you checked out the Crafter's Companion Blog this week?  There is a HUGE Crafter's Christmas Wishes Blog event going on AND there are some great giveaways {psst... there is one today too}.  The theme today is quick and/or Clean & Simple Christmas cards.  So I decided to play along and do this super quick Christmas Thank You card ~ {supply list below}.  I just love how this turned out & the unconventional Christmas colors.

Supplies Used:
Sentimentals - Love Is All You Need
Die'sire Classique Christmas - Seasonal Tree
Shimmering Cardstock - Pearl White; Pearl Pink; Pearl Rose; Coastal Pearl
Embossalicious Folders - Let It Snow; Christmas Elegance

Now go check out the Crafter's Companion Blog so you can enter to win some fabulous prizes!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Taylored Expressions Release Day!

Yipee!  It's December Release Day for Taylored Expressions & I just love the products being released this week.

For my projects today, I made these fun little 2" x 3" mini Valentines with the You've Been Framed -Valentine Dies.  These are so fun to use for tags, gifts or cards.  I also used the Formula for Love Patterned Paper Pack on each card.

For the inside of each Valentine, I built a sentiment using the Little Bits of Love Stamp set and added more Formula of Love Patterned Paper.

Here are a few close ups of my tiny cards.

The rest of the designers have some AMAZING projects today, so make sure you hop around and check them out.  You can find all of the links for everyone in the hop on the Taylored Expressions Blog.

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