Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Shaker Cards to Show Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving Crafty Friends.

Today is a day for thanks and gratitude, for family and friends.  This has been a hard year for sure and Thanksgiving has it's challenges as well.   I'm here to let you know I'm so very thankful for your continued support and we wish you a holiday season of health and crafty creativity.

Today I am sharing some shaker cards featuring two of Creative Embellishments autumn shaker sets - the Pumpkin shaker set and the Leaf Shaker set.

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The Creative Embellishments chipboard shaker sets used (Pumpkin shaker set and the Leaf Shaker set) were left natural with no treatments.  I liked how the kraft neutral color of the chipboard blended with the papers I used.

The shakers are filled with mix from Buttons Galore and More.  I also have accented both of the cards using 3D Buttons from Creative Embellishments.

Happy and peaceful Thanksgiving wishes.  Happy Crafting


Happy Thanksgiving - Pumpkin Pie Festivities with Authentique Paper and Buttons Galore

  


Happy Thanksgiving   

 Today is a day for thanks and gratitude, for family and friends.  This has been a hard year for sure.  This Thanksgiving has it's challenges as well.  Know that my crafty friends are in my thoughts and I am grateful for you all.  Through the years I have been welcomed with such kindness and have made so many friends along the crafting journey.  Thank you and blessings to you all.  

This is a great opportunity to give thanks for the amazing companies in the craft/papercrafting industry which have given me that chance to showcase products.  Today's posts calls out Authentique, Spellbinders, Buttons Galore, Sassy & Crafty.   Amazing companies with steadfast commitment to quality, beauty and creative inspiration. 


The paper used on the cards today is from Authentique Paper - Splendor Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Pad .  This is a perfect collection for Thanksgiving with it's warm colors and festive patterns.  

Authentique Paper - Splendor Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Pad


The card below was embellished using Buttons Galore's Sparkling Sentiments - Autumn collection.  Sparkling Sentiments are a new product line for Buttons Galore.  They are perfectly sized embellishments made of wood and topped with festive glitter.




The Stamps
The stamps used on the cards today are deliciously adorable clear stamps from   Sassy & Crafty  - Pumpkin Spice Stamp Set

The stamps were colored using watercolored pencils from watercolor pencils from Faber-Castell.  I stamped the images using Spellbinders Dark Roast  Ink Pad and a stamping platform ( I like the Hero Arts - MISTI ).  I use the platform because I can keep stamping until my image is perfect.  




Thanks for stopping here.   I appreciate your time. 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Christmas Shadow Box Makeover - Spellinders and Authentique


Hello friends. Today I am sharing a dramatic Christmas DIY home decor makeover made using some products that make a perfect pairing;  Authentique's Christmas Greetings collection and coordinating Authentique's Spectrum solid colors collection accentuated by Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace (APG) Die of the Month  for November.  

The idea was to take a boring wooden plaque and turn it into a dazzling shadowbox.  Scroll down the blog page for the instructions. 

Below is the image for the gorgeous APG Die of the Month for November from Spellbinders.  The APG stands for Amazing Paper Grace designs by Becca Feeken.  The photo is from Spellbinders and is the sample image for the die.   

Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership

Below are the Authentique products used on the Christmas Shadowbox:   Authentique Paper - Christmas Greetings Collection - 12 x 12 Paper PadAuthentique Paper - Christmas Greetings Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Number Four, a mini ephemera card from Authentique Paper - Christmas Greetings Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad.  I also used two sheets from Authentique's Spectrum paper pad: Lady Bug and Crocodile Smile. 

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I am always on the hunt for clearance and discounted home decor pieces at big box stores and thrift stores that I can flip around and use as shadowboxes.  I'm interested in wooden frame type items that are deep enough to gussy as I want.    

 Today's featured piece was found at a big box national chain (on sale of course) and it has rich brown wood sides so I really don't need to do anything to the wood frame.  

I have some simple instructions to show you this dramatic transformation.  


Step 1.  Flip frame around to decorate the inside.  Cut the Authentique Paper - Christmas Greetings Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Pad to size and glue.  


Step 2.  Add trim or decorative cording around the inside edges of the box to hide the imperfections.  My favorite trick to use to make the project appear finished and polished. 

Step 3.  Fill the box with embellishments.  Die cuts, tree, flowers.  I also cut a mini ephemera card from  the Christmas Greetings Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad to convey the Christmas message.  There are so many great ephemera cards to choose from in the collection. 

Step 4.  Finishing touches - include gold floral berries, pearls for the tree from Buttons Galore (Pearlz),  and 3D Holly Buttons and gift buttons from Buttons Galore.  

Step 5.  Final step was to add ribbon around the outside of the box.  



This image below shows some of the details and embellishments used on the shadow box.  
The dies used are included in one die set from Spellbinders (APG Die for November).  This set has the fabulous festive poinsettias and greens along with the ornate sleigh.  

Next I used a white decorative tree and glued in with very durable glue (Beacons 3 in 1).  I added the Buttons Galore (Pearlz) to the tree as a subtle decoration. 


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The next two images shows the ribbon added around the outside of the box.  


Thank you for stopping here today and happy crafting.

Supplies: 
Gold Floral Berries
Beacons 3 in 1 glue
Wood Decor Shadow Box