December 29, 2017

Home for the Holidays - Scrapshotz Design Team

Hi there!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

Today, I am up on the Scrapshotz blog showcasing two layouts made with Kaisercraft's Mint Wishes. One page is very Christmassy and the other is not at all!

For all product information and details on the layouts, be sure to check out Scrapshotz.

Thanks for looking!

December 20, 2017

Merry & Bright - Scrapshotz December Design Team

Hi there!

I'm up today with a couple of layouts that I made for Scrapshotz with the beautiful Kasiercraft Mint Wishes.

This month, we are using the December sketch from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  When I saw the sketch I thought of Christmas ornaments.  I used my Silhouette and a cutfile from Lori Whitlock to cut the ornaments.

I embellished each of the ornaments with Nuvo Crystal Drops and glitter. And I made the Thicker alphas look wintery by inking the edges of each letter and sprinkling them with white acrylic paint.

For the next page, I started by using Nuvo Embellishment Mouse and a Tim Holtz stencil in the top left corner and where I wanted my photo.  The mousse is a pretty cool product which gives a a shimmery texture. The rest of the page is pretty simple, just decorated with the stickers and die cuts from the kit. 

Be sure to check out the Scrapshotz blog  for all the details and for links to all the products.

I'll be back in a few days with a couple more pages!

Thanks for looking!

December 4, 2017

Reindeer Training Academy

Hi there!

At this time of year, I don't have much time to scrap because I am usually working on Christmas crafts.  This is what I made this weekend.

I saw this project on the Lori Whitlock blog and knew I had to make my own. I have had this piece of mdf board in my stash for years.  It's 12x16 inches which was the perfect size for this cut file.

I started by painting the background with dollar store white acrylic paint and letting it dry. The cheaper the paint, the easier it is to distress later. 

I cut the "Reindeer Training Academy" cutfile from vinyl.  For these types of projects, I choose to save my Silhouette vinyl and use mac tac from a home improvement store. I just change the cut settings on my Silhouette to cut a thinner vinyl, but it works just fine.

Using a makeup sponge,I dabbed the red acrylic paint over the vinyl stencil. I like using a makeup sponge with a stencil as it helps reduce the amount of paint I use and I'm less likely to have bleeding under the stencil.  I drug the makeup sponge along each edge of the board to give it a frame.

Once the paint was completely dry, I removed the vinyl and using a sanding block, I sanded off some of the paint. I moved the sanding block in a vertical motion only to give it a worn look and sanded some areas more than others so it wasn't even. I did extra sanding around the edges so the wood could show which created the distressed red and wood border.

Since the mdf board was only 3/8" thick, I used my Crop A Dile to punch holes in the upper corners, threaded some leather ribbon and viola!  A Christmas wall hanging.

I just love it!  It looks great on my orange living room wall. 

Thanks for looking!