Saturday, 21 December 2013

It`s all About the BLING!! Use Your Stash Blog Hop

Glitz Glitter Gel and Prisma Glitter

Two of my favourite items are being retired from the Close to my Heart product line and I am really sad to see them go! So, this month, our Use Your Stash Blog Hop is honouring these oh, so pretty and useful items and wishing them a happy retirement. 

If you got here from Theresa Morrow`s blog, you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, just return to Wendy Kessler's blog where you will find the list of hoppers.

For my project this month, since it is Christmas and I needed a ton of gift cards, I decided to make these as my part of the hop. I don`t think my gift cards have ever sparkled as much as they do this year! 

 This is the only Christmas card I have done with our retiring items, but I love it! And the first time I have ever tried a side-step card and it turned out great! I used Red and Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel on the holly berries and to add a bit of "snow" to the branches. The stamp set is Yuletide Greetings (D1553). I cut the branch swag three times then cut the bow off of two of them so I could add the branches behind the main swag to add depth. The glitter gems are from last years Pear and Partridge card making kit and the paper is from this year's Sparkle and Shine kit.
I coloured the bow and holly leaves with my watercolour pencils and blending pen using Cranberry and Garden Green.
I popped out the right holly leaf and the main swag on the bottom of the card with a bit of foam tape to add some depth too.
 And here are my gift cards. They are all 3"X3" with some having a side fold and some a top fold. I used the little M-sized stamps for these as they are just the right size!

Notice the bows on the two packages. The pink bow is actually Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel that sucked the red from the stamped image. The yellow one is Liquid Glass and Prisma Glitter. The LG pulled the yellow component of the Cranberry ink I used and made the bow a pretty gold!
Materials used: 
Sparkle and Shine paper pack
White Daisy cardstock
Glitz Glitter Gel - Silver, Red and Stardust
Liquid Glass
Prisma Glitter
Stamp sets - Yuletide Greetings (D1553), Santa's Greeting (M1028), Tree Delights (M1032), and A Little Gift (M1030)
Ink - Cranberry and Topiary
Silver Glimmer Tape

Next on the hop is Joy McHargue, so keep hopping to see what she has in store for your viewing pleasure!

If you are interested in any of the retiring items used in this blog hop, please talk with your local Close to my Heart consultant.

Merry Christmas, everyone, and a very happy and safe new year!!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas - December Cross Canada Blog Hop

Christmas time again!

I love Christmas! The lights, the music, the food, the gifts and the feeling of love and joy. My Christmas shopping is almost done and I am thinking this year of hand made gifts for a few people. All of my cards are made by hand and will be sent in the next few days. So this months blog hop is all about hand made gifts. items we have made to give, or could give. The My Creations Star would make a beautiful home decor item for any season, depending on how it is decorated. Or how about those super Decor Frames! They can be easily be updated depending on the season. Hang photos on one and change them as the kids grow, or as the seasons change. So many possibilities.

If you came here from Brandy's blog, you are on the right track. But remember if you get lost, you can always return to Michelle in Nova Scotia where you will find the entire list of hoppers!

Here is my project this month (speaking of decor frames). This one transformed into a Christmas card holder! I discovered washi tape this week and am IN LOVE!!! As much as I like the black frame, it REALLY needed something to make it more Christmassy.

 Here it is! I cut the Merry Christmas with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and the holly leaves with the Art Philosophy cartridge. Merry Christmas is cut in both Cranberry and the darkest green Glitter Paper, and then they are offset so the green creates a shadow.
The holly leaves are cut with the darkest green Glitter Paper and also with Topiary cardstock, then layered for contrast. I used the darkest red gems I could find in my stash for the berries.
 The frame is covered in the gold polka dot washi tape from the Cloud Nine card kit, as well as the silver from the Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape. They work really well and because they are so pliable, it was easy to shape it to the contours of the frame.
Here you can see the shadow effect with the green glitter paper and the Cranberry cardstock. I love the effect and contrast it gives.

So that's it for this month! I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year!
 Next on our Cross Canada Hop is Kathy so hop on over and see what goodies she has created!

If you would like more information about any of the beautiful creations in this month's hop, contact your local Close to my Heart consultant!