Friday, December 30, 2011

TOP 12 of 2011

Okay, I thought I would do the cliche thing and post my 12 most favorite craft projects I made this past year.











No surprise that many of these are projects I created using Donna Salazar products. Several of these have been published online, featured in magazines or blogs. I feel fortunate to have such appreciated artwork.
Do you have a favorite? I would love to hear your thoughts...
Happy New Year!!!

Kim

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Have you finished....

shopping for the holidays yet? Only 4 days left! ahhhhhhhh... is it just me or as it gets closer to Christmas, there is so much more to do and time moves much faster?  Hmmmm? 
I did manage to heal myself of this cold and bake 4 types of cookies... Chocolate balls, Sandies, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Gingerbread and a special little biscuit for my sweet little daddy who will be alone in Arizona this year :(  His presents are due to arrive... as I write this and I will add this little box of goodies just before his birthday (Jan 2).
The teachers gifts are bought... Im just trying to figure out a unique way to wrap them all... maybe some paper stockings? 

Looking forward to spending a few days with down time... where nothing is open, no place to go and family out of town... I want to spend the day purging and cleaning but doesn't seem too festive for Christmas, huh?  ;)

Thinking of everyone during this busy time of year. Hope you take some time to slow down a bit and take it all in... so much to be grateful for, so much to celebrate. Cheers!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Holiday Ornaments

"Its the Most... Wonderful Time.... of the Year".... okay, enough singing... :)
  Its me Kim and I am here to share some projects I made for Christmas.
I created these two cute little ornaments with some of Donna's fun new Embossing powders. They match the colors of her Mix'd Media Inx... so there are so many fun techniques to try!
Today, I am sharing these ornaments that I created . They are easy to make and adding the touches of embossing gives them some dimension and lift.


The Santa ornament is a piece of Nestaboard.(pre shaped chipboard).  I used Mix'd Media Inx in Jasmine. I added directly from pad to surface like shown below... I applied two coats, allowing it to dry in between.

When the chipboard is completely covered with ink and dry, I layered a favorite vintage image right over it. You can use a sheer transparent accent like I did or print one onto transparency from your favorite vintage clip art graphic.
Punch a hole through the top, tie a bow and  some twine to create a hanging ornament.




To create the next ornament, I embossed an image from a favorite pattern paper.



I really wanted it to pop so I used the Embossing Gloss which has a narrow wand that allows you to literally hand paint on the embossing gel.


Add Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx Embossing powder to the wet image.



Heat set with a gun .




The unique thing about this Gloss is that you can go back over small sections you may have missed.. or go over the entire image again for a thicker coat. You can also draw images free hand with the wand and get a completely individual image !





Once the image has dried, I cut the paper to create a border adhering it  around a empty ribbon spool.I punched two small holes along the top to add twine for hanging





While taking a break, I  noticed one cute but  naughty puppy trying to do her own form of "distressing" a piece of chipboard... ;)
Who me?


Okay, back to crafts.... Next up , I added a small paper image to the inside of the spool. I thought it would be fun to use the embossing powder to add "snow" to a few areas in the image.



I cut a favorite quote from the Crafty Chronicle news and added it around the spool



I added a lace bow and a cardstock punched border to the front of the spool.



Hang ornaments and admire how crafty you can be with ink and embossing powder!


Supplies:

Cardstock, Bazzill
Pattern paper, Antiquities, Donna Salazar Designs, GCD
Edger Punch, Martha Stewart
Lace and satin ribbon, Offray
Paper quote from Crafty Chronicle, Donna Salazar, GCD
Sheer and paper die cuts, K and Co.
Mix'd media Inx, Jasmine, Donna Salazar Designs for Clearsnap
Twine, craft supply
Nestaboard, lacey oval, Want 2 Scrap
Embossing Gloss and Mix'd Media Embossing Powders, Donna Salazar Designs, Clearsnap

Have a very Happy Holiday!