Monday, December 10, 2012

Merry Creepmas with Poisoned Peas

This month's Poisoned Peas challenge is "twisted holidays" and Rick St. Dennis is once again our sponsor.  He has some really great images- both twisted and traditional.

I couldn't decide between two images this month so I went with both, one "twisted!" and one a bit askew.  First, my "twisted!" one.  It's colored with Distress Markers and I took a picture of it before I spritzed it with water not knowing if I was going to utterly destroy it in the process.  As it was, I DID water it more than I intended but I kind of like the result- it's almost like the glow of Christmas lights.

The second piece is something I think I'll give either my father or husband for Christmas.  I haven't added a sentiment but it'll be something to the effects of "Hope you have an OUTstanding Christmas!"  What can I say- I just can't help myself.
Both images have Decor pen "pearls" added to them, the red lights on the tag, and the pearls and red lights on NOEL on the card.

I hope you can join us this month in celebrating the twisted holidays!

The Crafter's Cafe: Tags
Here Come the Boys: Anything Goes
The Kraft Journal: Anything Goes

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas ornaments

I know, I know.  It's been a while.  I haven't been crafting much and I'm struggling to get into a holiday mood this year.  It seems to have come up SO fast and the weather is SO not conducive and I have SO much to do this year that I've been in a bit of a funk.  All that aside, here's a project that I undertook that took on a life of its own for a while.  I love love LOVE the ornament on the front of Stampin' Up's fall/winter mini and I HAD to have it all when the stamps and dies were on special.  I knew I didn't NEED them but I HAD to have them.  I started out by making two ornaments just to see how it would go.  Then I decided that these would be gifts for friends of ours and we'd give one to each of our relatives that we do gifts with.  Come to think of it, I need one more for other friends if we're to keep one for ourselves.  UGH.

I made the all blue one (without tulle) and the one from the catty front (the classic pine/cranberry one) to start.  Then I cut out ~280 pieces to make the other 7.  I stamped the images one morning, spent a few hours in front of the TV with my Big Shot cutting them out, scored them in the car on our 6hr drive to Thanksgiving, glued them together at my mom's house with my aunt handing me the pieces, bought the tulle at the local JoAnn's Etc. there (I WISH we had one of those here!!), and glued the tulle on during the 6hr return trip.  I finished up the center bits here at home.  Needless to say, they are TIME CONSUMING but if you've got time to kill (like a car ride), it's a project with a great end result.

Shopping our Stash: Christmas (while a lot of this was new, the inks I used have DEFINITELY been around a while- the blue w/out tulle was the first ink pad I bought back in... 2003? and the papers for the rosettes is not new by any stretch.)
Top Tip Tuesday: Christmas