Friday, December 19, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - December

Happy Friday Everyone!  I'm here to post my final tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2014!  I actually made all twelve tags for the first time EVER!!!

I really liked the tag that Tim created for this month.  I have the previously released Reindeer Flight die but not the new Prancing Deer.  I thought about using the older die and creating some antlers with the Branch Tree die but I decided to use the new Angelic die instead and I'm really glad I did!

Here's my tag...

I attempted Tim's method for the background on the tag but it didn't work out for me.  I don't have the distress stain sprays so I used Perfect Pearls for the metallic spray and it didn't mix well with the distress paint and my homemade Mini Mister spray stain.  The tag remained sticky after it had dried and it was a little brighter than I liked.  I'm sure there's a lesson on that somewhere in the Creative Chemistry 102 class!!  Although I've paid for the class I haven't watched any of the content so I found out the hard way!!  I went back to the drawing board and created the background by misting the tag with water and then swiping it through Faded Jeans and Brushed Pewter distress stains.
The rest of the tag was made based on Tim's tutorial.  I used the Starry Night embossing folder on the Frosted material.  The angel was painted with Antique Linen distress paint. I added Mustard Seed distress glitter to her wings for some extra bling. The trumpet was painted with a Ranger Adirondack Metallic Gold paint dabber. If I had it to do over I probably would have painted her wings with the gold paint instead of using the distress glitter. I sprinkled the rock candy distress glitter on using my thumb and index finger (similar to the way you'd add a pinch of salt to a recipe) since I don't have that type of tea infuser. Walnut distress ink was then used to tone everything down.  Originally I was going to use the word "Joy" on the tag because that's what this angel represents to me. But it didn't seem like enough so I chose "Peace on Earth" and added the Joyful muse token.
I'm totally impressed with myself for taking the time to do the actual sewing instead of stapling the Frosted to the background.  I think it's a first for me!  It only took two minutes since my sewing machine was already threaded with the right color of thread.  Had it not been I might not have done it!  It's also a little uneven because I was under the influence of pseudoephedrine for a sinus headache and my hands were shaky!
The Industrious Border sticker was in my possession thanks to Paula Cheney as it was in the Collection Folio class kit from her recent teaching trip to Whim So Doodle!  The Frosted material was graciously supplied to me by my good friend Sue. She shared part of the package she bought when we met to take Paula's classes. Thanks Sue!  Sometimes it takes a village to make a tag!
And there you have it!  The final tag for 2014!  This will probably be my last post for this year so I want to wish all of you Happy Holidays and may the New Year bring you joy, health and lots of love!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Ornaments with Rubbermoon Arts

Happy Holidays to everyone!  I'm here today to share some cute ornaments that I made with some holiday images that I recently bought from RubberMoon Art Stamps!  Aren't they cute?!  I just love how they turned out!  Below I've shared how I made them.


I stamped the central images twice so that I could mount them with foam tape for dimension.  The images were colored with Distress markers and a water brush.  I also added stickles glitter accents to them.  The finished designs were mounted on a scalloped circle die cut (Papertrey Ink) measuring 3 1/4".  To complete the ornament I placed a couple of spoonfuls of iridescent artificial snow in the center of the assembled piece.  I used the two-piece plastic ornaments that you can buy in your local craft store.  I tapped the edge of one half of the plastic ornament into a clear and quick drying liquid glue.  I centered the plastic ornament on the scalloped circle and held it in place for a bit.  Then I let it sit undisturbed until the glue dries.  If you pick it up and shake it before the glue dries completely the iridescent snow will stick around the edge.  (I know this from experience!)  If you want that look then shake it gently and sit it back down until it dries completely.  I added a little die cut bow to the top of the ornament.  You could also add tinsel or ribbon around the edge.
So there you have it!  Really easy and fun to make!  Make sure you take the time to check out the great images available at RubberMoon Art Stamps!  And right now they have a section of retiring images that are on sale for 50% off!  I already placed and received my order, shown below, and can't wait to get them inky!!!
While you're there make sure you check out the RubberMoon Mail Club!  Each month you'll receive an exclusive stamp, sometimes along with some really cool extras, and will have access to a club Facebook page and monthly tutorials from Kristen Powers!  There's also a monthly ATC swap and periodic special offers on RubberMoon Art Stamps.  Kristen is very generous with the discounts she offers exclusively to club members!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!