Wednesday, November 25, 2015

30 gift card holders before Christmas giveaway !

It's this time of the year again !
Two years ago, you saw my 30 cards, last year my 30 tags, and this year it will be 30 gift card holders ! I choose the gift card holder, because, obviously, we all need them during the holidays...

I think I'm crazy, and I don't know if I can do this marathon, but I will try anyway !

So each day, starting today until the 24th of December, I will reveal a gift card holder I made.
I will also have two giveaways, on the 9th and on the 25th of December. All you'll have to do to participate is being a follower of my blog and left a comment on one (or more, don't be shy...) gift card holder. Each follower's comment (one per post) will count as an entry for the drawings.

Let's start with the first of my gift card holder !

It's in fact a box in shape of a Christmas tree. You can open the box at the bottom of the tree, and a gift card fit perfectly inside.

I used my Cricut Expression with the Tags, Bags, Boxes and more cartridge to create it. I cut the shape "tree" with the feature "window" (p.127 of the handbook) at size 7". The trick is to set the mat at 12x24 even if you have only a 12x12, but place the blade at the very top of your paper.
I cut a red triangle to fit behind the window, using foam adhesive to adhere it. The papers are from the Christmas Creations stack and Merry Meories stack by DCWV. I add a white pompom ribbon and a word sticker by Jillibean Soup to acheve it.

I hope to see you tomorrow (and the day after, and the day after,...) for the next gift card holder.
Don't forget to let a comment (and follow my blog), if you want a chance to win this fantastic Banners stack by DCWV on the 15th of December !

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Stenciled paper lantern

Hello !

Life is taking over sadness and fear here in France, and I have to prepare for my 30 days of... before Christmas. You will discover what the 30 things are next week on Wednesday, but I can already say there will be prizes... 

To wait until then, I will share with you my new project, a paper lantern !

 I do not have a tutorial for this project, because it's super easy to create. All you have to do is take a sheet from a 16x20 stack (DCWV), your cutter, a score tool and a 12x12 stencil (I used a Prima Marketing one).
First you need to cut your paper into a 19,5"x16" rectangle, and to score your paper at 1/2", 5 1/4", 10", and 14 3/4" in the length. Score at 13 1/2" in the width. Here is a drawing of what you will have to cut and score :

With a pencil, draw a rectangle in each section (4,75x13,5) with a 1/2" border. Using your stencil, draw the pattern inside these rectangle. Cut out the pattern within the rectangle limits. 
Once the cutting is done, fold your lantern along the dotted lines, and adhere the 1/2" side with Scor-Tape to the other side. You can now adhere the bottom. I added a ribbon on the top and bottom, and use a small LED garland to light the lantern. Et voila !

You can use the design you like and make the kind of lantern with any size of paper you want to. Just remember, the more detailed the stencil is, the more time you will to spend to cut... (I know...I choose a very detailed one...).

Give it a try, it's fun and easy !

Monday, November 16, 2015

Today I cannot...

I cannot create pretty things. Yesterday and the day before, I couldn't even think about pretty things. Friday night was all about ugly, dark things.
I wasn't there. I was up all night listening and watching every bit of information. I got friends living in the same street, or just near by. I did ask and wait to know if they were safe. But I wasn't there. I did follow every steps, from insider's twits to outsider's video. But I wasn't there to hear the shootings, the screams, the tears.
So why I am crying ? I'm safe, my friends are safe. Am I ?
Politicians, journalists, they say "don't be afraid". Why ? It is scary. I am afraid. Not for me or my family. I'm afraid because anywhere, someone can decide to kill, anybody. Not a precise target, with a real political impact. Anybody. Numerous anybody.
So I am afraid. It's not the first time. It will not be the last. But I will go over it. And the whole country will be over the fear. Because those who know the fear can control it and act. It's not about fear, it's about courage.
I will probably cry some more. I will not hide my tears. And I will not speak about them. They're mine. But I will share an art journal page I made today. It's not pretty. It's my way of remember November 13th.

Tears, blood, and tainted innocence.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Stuck?! Sketches mid-month challenge

This new Stuck?! Sketches challenge has two great prizes offered by :

(a $20 gift store certificate)


(a $15 gift store certificate)

Here is the new sketch :


And my take on it :

The papers came from the Ocean Breeze stack (DCWV), flowers by I Am Roses, a rick rack ribbon so old I can't remember the brand.
Here a close-up of the stamped and heat embossed wreath design (Inkadinkado wheel stamp) :

You will have until the end of this month to participate in our challenge. You could even be our next guest designer if you do so...

Have fun creating with the sketch !

Friday, November 13, 2015

November Prima BAP and PPP challenges layout

For this month's Prima Marketing challenges, the moodboard is full of not-so-wintery colors I had to do something with it. And the sketch was attractive too, so I used them both :

Materials :
- Ledger papers (Prima Marketing)
- resist canvas (Prima)
- Stationer's desk papers (Prima)
- Cartographer and Stationer's desk wood icons (Prima)
- berry microbeads (Prima)
- flowers (Prima)
- bamboo stencil (Prima)
- Walnut stain distress ink (Ranger)
- acrylic stamps (Prima)
- gesso
- pale yellow chalk (Prima)
- turquoise PITT pen (Faber-Castell)
- Cartographer brads (Prima)
- Plain Jane ivory paint (Tattered Angels)
- bahama blue and sun sisters glimmer mists (Tattered Angels)

Thank you for looking, and see you soon !

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas panel decoration

Hello there !

You saw my yesterday's post about my upcycled ornament ? I'm not done with decorations (yep just a start...), and made a decorative panel with beautiful and surprising papers from the Mercury Glass stack by DCWV. When I received it, I immediately thought of something vintage and intricate, and my Cricut Ornemental Iron cartridge was exactly what I had in mind ! I choose one of the window cut to create what I think looks like a decorated mirror :

You can hand cut or machine cut the poinsettias, here is a file you can use (along with other designs) : poinsettia

You can see that I outlined the intricate design and poinsettias to make them pop. I also added some black ink on the edge of flowers.

Materials :

- Mercury glass stack (DCWV)
- black glitter Specialty paper (DCWV)
- Cricut Expression, Ornemental iron and Noel cartridge
- Celebrate it Christmas ribbon
- Bowdabra (to help you make you beautiful bow)
- leaves (I Am Roses)
- black pen (Faber-Castell)
- self adhesive half-pearls (Recollections)

Have fun with this Holidays Season and see you soon !

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Upcycled Christmas ornament

Hello crafters !

You maybe have gone through your Christmas decorations and wonder why you kept these old ornaments again ? I will tell you why ! To get crafty with them and make new one !

Last year I bought the all golden decorations package and stored the blue and silver we had for years... I've been through my Christmas stash lately and find very old ornaments, and an idea popped up ! See what I did with it :

If you like these two , I made a video tutorial on how I created them, so you can upcycle yours before Christmas !

Here is what I used :

- old ornament
- Mod Podge
- Santa's Journey papers (7Gypsies)
- charms (7Gypsies)
- glimmer mists (gold, Baby Santa, Crocheted doily) by Tattered Angels
- flowers and leaves by I Am Roses
- jute cord (canvas Corp)

I hope I gave you some ideas to upcycle your old ornament...
See you soon...