VIDEO: Handmade Holiday 2015: Day 5 ~ Metallic Finish + The Greeting Farm

Hi guys!  Welcome back to another day of my Handmade Holiday video series!  I hope you've all had a very uneventful Friday the 13th (meaning nothing untoward has occurred, no scary guys in hockey masks, etc).  I tried to get this video up yesterday but was having some very technical difficulties and let me tell ya, computers are so not my thing!  But it seems to be working today so better late than never!

For today's project I am using the ADORABLE stamp set Let It Snow by The Greeting Farm.  This polar bear sipping his hot chocolate/coffee/tea/favorite winter beverage just stole my heart!  The layout I used was inspired by my favorite winter Bath & Body Works candle scent, Twisted Peppermint!  I wanted to create a fun red and white stripey holiday card to channel the yumminess of the season.  I dry embossed my background panel with some fun diagonal stripes (very peppermint) and then used some red Distress Inks to color the panel. Once that was done I covered the whole thing with Perfect Pearls and then lightly burnished it in using a dry paper towel.  After I had wiped off all the excess I gave it a couple of very light spritzes of plain water, holding my Mini Mister about a foot away to create a fine spray, just to set the Perfect Pearls.  This technique was inspired by this video by Jennifer McGuire (she's pretty fabulous)!

The polar bear was colored using Copic markers and I really like the sparkly two tone greeting I created using some sparkly embossing powders.  This card was super fun to make and came together pretty quickly.  Some finishing touches of Glossy Accents, Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh with some Christmas Red Stickles in the center, and white gel pen snow really added some extra holiday spirit! 

Now that I am designing for TupeloDesignsLLC I will be linking any products that I can to their shop because it's too fabulous not to!  If I'm not able to link to TupeloDesignsLLC I will list the name of the product I used for your reference.  Only ten more days until we leave for Disneyworld so my brain is scattered in about a thousand different directions but I will try to get a couple more videos up before we leave!  The full video tutorial is linked above and the supplies are below.  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Friday the 13th! Bye! 

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VIDEO: Handmade Holiday 2015: Day 4 ~ Watercolor with Perfect Pearls + Paper Smooches

Good evening!  I hope you have all had a fabulous weekend!  I am a little bit in shock because we leave for DisneyWorld two weeks from today!  I've been counting down for this trip since February so it seems totally unreal that it's finally almost here!  BUT I did manage to get some quality time in my craft room this weekend to film two new videos to share with you, so yay!

For this project, I did a bit of experimenting.  This idea came to me as I was drifting off to sleep one night and I honestly wasn't sure if it was going to be a tremendous success or a complete disaster.  I think it fell somewhere in between, way closer to success than disaster!  I decided to take some of my Gold Perfect Pearls pigment powder and add it to a little bit of water to create my own shiny, shimmery watercolor paint for my background!  And it worked like a charm! 

I combined with paint with an adorable holly berry image by Paper Smooches and some very simple Zig Clean Color Real Brush coloring for a striking and elegant holiday card with just a touch of whimsy.  I think the circular shape really adds something special as well.  The best tip I came away from the this project with is to add more Perfect Pearls for a more opaque finish and more water for a more transparent wash.  I can't wait to try this with other colors of Perfect Pearls!

The theme of the Paper Smooches November Challenge is GOLD so I decided to enter this project.  It is open all month long so go check it out!  For a full list of supplies and the full video tutorial, keep scrolling!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with Day 5 of my Handmade Holiday series.  Bye!


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VIDEO: Handmade Holiday 2015: Day 3 ~ Dry Embossing + Unity

Hey, all!  Welcome to Day 3 of my Handmade Holiday series for 2015!  This has been a long and stressful week in my real life so I was happy to take a long weekend and retreat into crafty land with you all!  For today's project I tried a new technique using a product you can add to your dry embossing folders to create a smooth surface inside your embossing.  This let's you create the focal piece on the same piece of cardstock that you add the texture to.  Super fun!

I'm using the Little Frosty Friends stamp set from Unity Stamp Co.  I love their Littles line - every image is stinking adorable!  I used some simple Copic coloring for the little snowguy and a few shades of Distress Inks to lightly distress the raised portions of the embossed background, creating even more texture and dimension.  I cut little slits on the outside of the flat area that the snowguy is stamped in to allow my vellum sentiment to slide behind the image and come out the other side for a seamless look.

And, of course, I finished everything up with tons of sparkle!  I used my Stardust Gelly Roll pens, Stickles, and Glossy Accents to make sure this card has glitz galore!  And since there is so much glossy shine, I decided to enter this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: So Glossy!  So bust out your Glossy Accents and go play along!  For a full list of supplies and a full video tutorial, see below.  I hope you enjoyed today's project and I'll see you soon with Day 4!  Happy Friday!  Bye!

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VIDEO: Handmade Holiday: Day 2 ~ Stretching Your Supplies with Lawn Fawn + Announcement!

Hi, all!  And welcome to Day 2 of my Handmade Holiday video series!  Today I am super excited to share with you that I will be a part of the TupeloDesignsLLC design team!! Starting in December I will be doing at least one project a week featuring some of the fantastic supplies from this online shop.  I love all of the support that the crafty community provides for one another and I'm so jazzed to be a part of this team!  So go check it out and do some shopping!

For today's card I have a really quick, clean and simple card that could be mass produced in no time flat!  AND it's a great example of how you can take the supplies that you have and make some minor tweaks to create a whole new look!  I wanted to make a strand of lights out of the Merry Christmas sentiment in the Winter Scripty Sayings stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  So I found a set that had an image of some holiday lights (Cozy Christmas by Lawn Fawn - I've been wanting this set FOREVER and could never find it in stock but I found it at TupeloDesignsLLC!!) and I used my scissors to carefully trim one bulb off of the end of the image. 

I then used that single bulb to create my sentiment lights!  If I wanted to, I could mount the stamp back together on an acrylic block how it was originally intended or I can use the altered strand with one less bulb.  Either way, I got more use out of that one stamp than I would have otherwise!  I then used my Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pens to color in the bulbs for a non-traditional coloring medium that gave the lights beautiful sparkle!  To finish up, I rounded the corners, added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, distressed the edges, and applied glossy accents to the bulbs for that glass-like finish.

This card came together very quickly and turned out really fun and whimsical!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I will be back shortly with Day 3 of my Handmade Holiday series.  The full video tutorial for this card is linked above and the products are linked below! See you soon! Bye!

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VIDEO: Handmade Holiday 2015: Day 1 ~ CTMH Edition Santa in Watercolor

Good evening!  I hope you all are enjoying your extra hour on this first day of November!  I cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by!  Today I have the first project in my Handmade Holiday video series to share with you.  My hope is to have 12 videos in this series, however, my family is taking a vacation to DisneyWorld this month (I can hardly contain myself!!!) so I will be gone for two weeks but I'll try my best to stay on schedule!

For today's card, I am using the super cute Reindeer Bells stamp set from Close to My Heart.  This set has some absolutely adorable images to color and I thought it would be a great way to use my brand new Close to My Heart watercolors.  I have only ever watercolored using my Distress Inks so this was a fun learning adventure for me as I got acquainted with these paints and how they work.

I was pleasantly surprised by how vivid and opaque the colors were when I applied them to my cardstock.  Obviously, you can water them down for a completely different look but I tend to prefer a drier watercolor technique with lots of bright color.  The CTMH watercolor set has 36 colors so I was really able to do a lot of fun shading on my piece.  

I couldn't resist turning this into a little frame shaker card and I love how the CTMH cranberry cardstock looks shining through the shaker.  For a full video tutorial, click the link below.  I've also listed and linked all of the supplies that I used to create this card if you're interested in anything that you see.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon for Day 2 of my Handmade Holiday series!  Bye!

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