Dylusions Shimmer Spray Mini Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Trees

Dylusions Shimmer Spray Mini Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Trees

Hello,

Today I am back with a quick holiday hack courtesy of Mr. Tim Holtz. I was watching his holiday tip trick videos for 2018 and he showed dying his idea-ology trees using his distress sprays. Now I don’t have any distress sprays (yet), so I was wondering hmm, what do I have that I could use to dye the trees now. I looked around and there were my Dylusions shimmer sprays. Now I know for some folks the Dylusion line can be bold and bright but I am one of those that has two hearts for Christmas, one leans to vintage and the other is very colorful bohemian. Therefore, I took out my sprays and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the results. The Dylusions sprays worked lovely on the trees and I can’t wait for some time to incorporate them into some vignette box decorations! Just remember they are not permanent though and will react with water so if you make this lovely craft be sure to store it somewhere it will stay dry.

All I needed for this project was:
1. A cardboard box to spray over/in
2. Dylusions Shimmer Sprays in Pure Sunshine, Crushed Grape, Polished Jade, London Blue, and Bubble Gum
2. The Tim Holtz Idea-ology woodlands small tree lot
3. A container for water
4. Small cups to dip the tree tips in
5. Lots of paper towels (An old towel would work too)

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You can see the process video on my Youtube channel: Dylusions Shimmer Trees

Here are some still shots of these lovely trees:

I hope these lovely vibrant trees gave you some holiday ideas to break out those Dylusion sprays and brighten up this holiday season.

Here is a full list of the supplies I used:


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Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Doll Artist Trading Coin Ornaments

Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Doll Artist Trading Coin Ornaments

Hello Folks,
I am back and in this post, I share a way to use up some of the scraps we have left from our busiest card making time of the year.
So, last weekend I made about thirty (30) handmade Christmas cards. When I was all done I had all these lovely bits of scrapbook paper left over that were a bit on the small side. I hate to waste the paper so I started brainstorming on what I could do with them.
I knew I had some Artist Trading Coin swap mail coming up so I decided to use the bits for my background. I got out my 2.5″ hole punch by The Paper Studio (Purchased at Hobby Lobby) and I punched out four (4) pieces of watercolor paper and then four (4) pieces of scrapbook paper. Then the magic began.

1. I glued the scrapbook paper to the watercolor paper.
2. Using a small hole punch I punched a hole at the top of each card.
3. Prior to starting the project I pulled out my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Paper Dolls and pulled out the smallest ones I could find.
4. I also pulled out my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Ephemera Snippets and poured that on my desk.
5. I then went thru and matched a doll to ephemera for each card.
6. Next I grabbed my Tim Holtz Christmas Remnant Rubs and picked a phrase for each coin and rubbed it on.
7. Next I grabbed my Glossy Accents and used that to seal each card.
8. I let the coins dry overnight, as you are not supposed to heat them.
9. I then took my Potting Soil Archival ink and went around the edge of each one carefully to hide the white.
10. Next,I pulled out some if my Lawn Fawn twine and make a loop/string for each coin which now could also be an ornament.
11. My last step was to paint the back of each piece with some gold paint, and I signed it using a uni-ball black pen.

That was it. I had some simple ornaments that were also artist trading coins for swap mail and I was able to use up some of my stash which was also great.
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If you want to watch my process video you can see it over on my youtube channel: Artist Trading Coin Ornaments

Here are some still shots for you of the finished treats:

I hope these cute little mini art pieces gave you some inspiration. For your convenince, a list of the supplies I used is below. Thank you for crafting with me and Happy Holidays


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Quick Watercolor Holiday Greeting Notecards

Quick Watercolor Holiday Greeting Notecards

Hello!

I missed you all during the November month. The holidays have been creeping up and as I’m sure you all know life has just gotten so busy! I wanted to pop on my blog today to share with you a super easy way to make a mass grouping of holiday notecards. All I used to make these cards were premade card blanks, one stamp set, Dina Wakley scribble sticks, and archival ink. By limiting supplies it kind of helped me hone in and produce more quickly. There are so many great stamp sets out there nowadays and so many supplies we can use, streamlining can help you narrow in and batch your cards.

For this set I used:

  1. White cards that are 3 1/2″ x 5″ from Amazon
  2. A Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz “Scribbly Christmas” stamp set.
  3. Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (set 2)
  4. Black Archival Ink
  5. My Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp platform
  6. some generic watercolor crayons from Michales
  7. ….and lots of Christmas Music

Tip. Stamp using archival ink to ensure the ink won’t bleed when using wet medium and ensure your cardstock is heavy duty. I also made sure I did all the stamping first so by the time the last card was stamped the first was dry and ready for the watercolor.

You can follow along as I make them in my video:  Easy Holiday Notecards

I have a few sets for sale in my etsy shop: Holiday Notecards

Below are some still shots for you:

This is a great way to use your favorite stamp set to make some custom cards for this holiday season.

 

Here are the supplies I used to make these cards:


 

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DIY Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

DIY Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

This is it, folks. My last Halloween post for 2018. I thought I’d end the Halloween season with another handmade card. I have done two Halloween cards using Tim Holtz Ephemera, so for this one, I wanted to change things up. About a month ago I was in Jo-Ann Fabrics and they were having a really great sale on their Halloween ribbons. Not knowing what I would do with them I stocked up on a few rolls anyway in several widths. I came across them again last week and realized I wanted to use them before the season was over. I decided to try my hand at a Halloween ribbon card. It’s very easy. I used a premade card background (5″ x 7″), 1/4″ wide double sided sticky tape and several rolls of ribbon in varying widths and patterns. I laid down the tape and worked my way row by row until I had covered the whole card, front, and back. In the end, to be safe I put the card thru my sewing machine to ensure if the ribbon frayed the stitch would catch it. As I final touch I added some 3D shimmer Halloween stickers I had in my stash.

I now have visions of book covers and Chrismas cards full of glitter made the same way.  I also noticed if I had left the center ribbons longer I could have tied the card shut as well. Just another idea. Really a fun way to use up those ribbon bits we have tucked away.

You can watch my process video here on my youtube channel: Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Here are some photos of the finished card to get those wheels churning:

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Thanks so much for following me thru the Halloween season. Stay tuned for my Fall and Christmas projects ahead!

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Below are some of the basic tools I had while making the card:


 

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7 Days of Halloween Day 7- Dollar Tree Skull Makeover – Sugar Skull Art

7 Days of Halloween Day 7- Dollar Tree Skull Makeover – Sugar Skull Art

Hello,

Well it is here the last day of my 7 days of Halloween. It has been such a treat to share so many fun projects in a row with you guys. I will still have other videos and posts throughout the month, but these 7 days were just to help get those creative juices pumping.

For today’s share I took a Dollar Tree creepy skull and turned it into a sugar skull. It was very simple and a great project. If you are having a party and want a fun craft project this would be it. With just a little prep work everyone would leave with a project they love and can keep in their Halloween collection.

What you need is:

  1. A plastic skull (Dollar Tree) or store of choice
  2. A light grain sand paper
  3. Krylon Colormaster Paint + PRimer with curable covermax technology White/Flat (Find at Michaels or hardware store)
  4. Some good detail brushes (Smaller tips)
  5. Black Acrylic Paint
  6. 4 to 5 of your favorite craft paint

 

Here is what you do:

  1. Grab a box and mask and in a well-ventilated area spray your sugar skull, give it one coat and walk away for an hour or so, come back and give it a second coat to get the base and areas you missed. I think for my one skull I may have used what feels like a 1/4 of the spray can. *Note: it is a good idea to give the skull a bit of a rub with the sandpaper first to help the spray paint stick.

2. Once you skull is dry bring it inside. (I let mine sit overnight to ensure it wasn’t tacky- Florida humidity)

3. I looked online to get an idea of colors/patterns I may like to incorporate into my skull.

4. I used black acrylic paint to do the outlines of all the shapes I wanted. I colored the eye sockets in black, the nostril area in black. I did black lines around the teeth, then added my shapes around the skull.

5. I then used the black lines as paint by number and picked four of my favorite colors and began filling in all the shapes. I chose Dylusions paints because of their vibrancy and they worked really well over the spray paint.

6. The acrylic dries very quickly making for an easy make and take craft project.

To watch the process video and see step by step how I made the skull you can check out my youtube channel:  DIY Dollar Tree Sugar Skull

Here are photos of the finished skull:

Alright, folks, it’s time to stock up on those Dollar Tree Skulls before they are gone for the season. You can also paint your skull black and use bright colors if you like using the sticky jewels you can make a bedazzled skull, there are just so many options with a little spray paint and imagination.

Thanks for joining me for my 7 days of Halloween! Happy crafting!

Here is a list of the supplies I used to create the skull:

A Dollar Tree Skull

Krylon Colormaster Spray Paint in Flat White


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Days of Halloween Day 5- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments

7 Days of Halloween Day 5- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments

Boo!

Welcome back for Day 5 of my 7 days of Halloween. We all love the idea-ology paper dolls we collect them and save them, especially the seasonal ones right. We use them on cards and tags and journal pages but we often have the little ones left over. I have found that the tiny ones make for great additions to ornaments. For today’s project, I purchased some chipboard frames from Michaels in their woodcraft section and set about making a set of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween frames. They do take a little time, being tiny and intricate but the end result is well worth it.

Some of the materials I used were the chipboard frames, Halloween scrapbook paper, Dyusions shimmer sprays, Dylusions paints, Idea-ology Halloween clipping stickers, the Idea-ology Ancestor Paper dolls, Distress Oxides, Embossing powders…I basically emptied my studio on these, phew you should have seen my desk after. The results I loved. These tiny frames at about 2 1/2″ x 3 /12″ are great for putting into nooks for Halloween, gift tags, party favors or if you have a Halloween tree they work as ornaments too.

This set is listed on my etsy shop: Tim Holtz Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments

You can follow my process video here to create your own: Tim Holtz Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments

Here are photos of the finished projects:

Now it’s time to break out those paper dolls and get to crafting. You can do this for any theme, with the regular paper dolls you can do family themed ones for father’s day, mother’s day a siblings birthday. With the Christmas ones you can do holiday ornaments. I hope this project got those creative wheels turning. Happy Crafting.

Here is a list of all the treats I used to make these:


 

 

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