Wednesday

baby, it's cold outside...

There's definitely a chill in the air- we've had the fireplace going every night for the last couple of weeks and it's wonderful.
I've never made a holiday-themed collage before so when my latest Tammy Tutterow design team box arrived stuffed full of holiday goodness I dove right in. I couldn't resist the darling Jack Frost stamp- and her 3D snowflake coordinated beautifully.
The background went together so easily... a little paint, some gesso and pieces of sheet music, and it was done! I stamped some of Tammy's snowflakes randomly across the canvas before adding lots of silver and blue sparkle with Stickles.
This lovely skating lady and a few rhinestones were the finishing touch.

Now it's to get back to my holiday tunes...

xo,

happy gram...

When I read the email that said I'd made it onto Tammy Tutterow's design team it felt like I'd received a happy gram!
I love her stamps- her handwriting is just beautiful and oh, how I wish it were mine! What I wanted to do was use this stamp on a collage but I worried about how the stamped image would work with the uneven surface that layers of paper present. And then... I had an idea!
What about stamping onto a piece of tissue paper? Would it work? Would it look like it had been stamped onto the surface of the canvas? I was excited to try it.
I like to begin a collage with a loose idea of where things might go. Here is the 'audition' of some flowers that had been fussy cut...
Next I covered the canvas base with some vintage sheet music, a postcard image and some paint. No, the paint doesn't look like much. Yes, it always begins this way but it won't stay like that much longer...
Gesso is the secret. It makes everything better! It just kind of melds everything together...
After that all I had to do was add the flowers...
And a fairy...
It's nice when the images wrap around all the sides wherever you can. 

Now I was ready for the fun part! I stamped the image onto the tissue and tore around the edges, brushed a layer of matte medium onto the canvas and...
The tissue laid down smoothly on top and just kind of melted into the whole thing. 
I LOVE THIS TECHNIQUE. 
So happy I got to use her lovely sentiment on a collage- now my brain is swimming with new ideas! This is one technique I'll be using over and over.

xo,

life is good...

Life really is good. It was especially good this weekend when I finally got a chance to play with all my new goodies from Tammy Tutterow!
I simply couldn't decide between stamps or dies, so... I used both! The whole thing began with 2 canvases; I wrapped the larger canvas with a single sheet of vintage sheet music...
The smaller canvas was painted with distress paint to make a base for the wood-grain stamp. The image was so pretty stamped onto a piece of book print! 
These leaves have such great detail to them- the veins really gave the whole collage some depth and texture. And ya know how I love texture! I'm pretty sure these leaves are going to find their way onto just about everything I make...
I wrapped the sheet music and the flowers around the edges and was pleased with the look. 
The final detail was the little frayed label die stamped with a favorite phrase.

Life IS good!

xo,

Saturday

tiny treats...

Good things come in small packages, right? 
Like chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.
I've got some tiny treat bags to share with you today! The die set they're from is super versatile because you can embellish (or not) as much as you'd like...
The Tent Gift Bag die set is a staple that every crafter should own- it makes the perfect little treat container that can be used for any occasion. It's base shape is cut from one single sheet of paper all in one pass through the die cutting machine. Easy peasy!
There are several choices of interior decoration for the front panels. Here it's just black card stock layered over a tiny script paper. I added a little '31' cut from another scrap of paper, tied the bag up with some seam binding and added a little stamped tag. 
The '31' medallion is bumped up with a tiny piece of scrap chipboard to add a little dimension.
This bag's front panel was cut from orange glitter card stock with another little '31' cut from the same scrap of paper as the other bag. 

The tiny bag can also be made without any decorative panels on it, taking advantage of the paper's own design.

The hardest part of the whole project was stopping after making only three bags! 

xo,

Sunday

let the festivites begin...

This week has been filled with some early Christmas projects and while I've been enjoying listening to my favorite holiday tunes, it's been so hot here in California I've been afraid my paper snowflakes were going to melt!
This sweet little Festive Robin die is SO cute and just perfect for some paper piecing! It was also the perfect opportunity to try out my new Glimmer Paste from Nuvo. I used a small paintbrush to apply it to the hat's brim and the pom pom at the tip.
This product made wonderful snow! It shimmers just like the real thing and dries with the same dimension it has when you brush/spread it on, but best of all- it doesn't melt!

The tiny little branch in the robin's hand is from the great little set of Miniature Wreath Decorations. I love how it cuts out a bunch of pieces with just one pass through the die cut machine.

More Nuvo Crystal Drops as the tiny red berries and green sprigs decorating the hat.
You'd better start preparing- the holidays are on their way!  

xo,
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