Sunday, November 11, 2018

Autumn Wine Bottle Tags

The holiday season means lots of delicious feasting. As a guest it is customary to bring a side dish or even better a bottle of wine.  To dress up the naked bottle (especially if it is under $100 LOL!) I think these wine bottle tags are the perfect way to show that you put some thought into your gift.  With the Avery Elle die it is a simple task to turn an autumn print card stock into a festive decoration.
For this bottle tag, I used the cute Lawn Fawn stamp and die sets (Forest Feast).  I really like the tree stump table (trimmed to fit the tag) which was easily made by stamping black ink onto brown card stock. The animals and food were colored with Copic pens before die cutting. The 'cheers' label was cut with the Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio and the word was cut with the die from the Avery Elle set.
For both tags the ribbon was strung through the tag which made the words stand out.  I tied the ribbon on one side to give the tags an asymmetric jaunty look. The gnome image (Viva Las Vegas Stamps) is one of my favorite images....maybe I should get a lawn gnome decoration...LOL!  I cut some burlap (large sheet purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) to fit under the gnome after I colored the image with Copic pens and fussy cut it.  Both bottle tags are similar but equally attractive to dress up a wine bottle.  If the dinner host is not a fan of wine, you can use these tags on a gift of Balsamic vinegar or a specialty bottle of olive oil.  I have another idea for using these tags so please visit this blog site again and leave a comment if you have some time to spare.  I love hearing from you!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Recycled Autumn Container #2

 Just a short post today.  I have a bunch of these empty cookie containers....hmmm where'd the cookies go? They are sturdy and just the right size for recycling into homemade cookie, soap or bath fizzy bomb hostess gifts. It was so simple to use double stick tape to attach printed stripe autumn paper to the outside of the cylinder and add a strip of burlap, ribbon, leaves and a dried baby's breath sprig. You can find a large supply of these autumn items at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. As with the box on my previous post, this decorated container can be useful after the contents are used up.  With a calendar on the back, this tall box can hold scissors, pens, pencils, etc. and look attractive on an office desk.  Enjoy the season of giving!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Autumn Hostess Gift Calendar Box

 I love recycling because I can't bear to throw out perfectly good containers.  This project started with an empty box of Diamond Head cookies.  It was simple work to cover the box with faux marbled paper from a Paper House 12x12 pad.  A decorated box makes a great hostess gift (definitely needed for holiday parties) when filled with homemade baked goods or beauty products.
 To enhance the look of an old Venetian paper mache box, I rubbed Viva Inka- Gold paste (HM BFC may not have this brand any more but it should carry some other rub-on metallic paste.) along the edges of the box, on the artificial autumn leaves, and over the wooden word on the top of the box.
 I had the wooden 'gather' in my stash of autumn stuff and it seemed just right for the top of the box. One of my stamp sets had an Emily Bonte quote which I thought was perfect attached to the box back.
I haven't ordered my mini calendars from Vippies yet, so I used the last pages of a 2018 calendar.  I thought that a calendar was a good addition to the box which when empty can make an elegant desk holder for memo pads, paper clips, etc.  I hope that you will recycle what you can and craft something that will give pleasure to someone. Autumn blessings to you for recycling!



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Happy Halloween!

 I've been having fun with Ranger Distress Oxides, making backgrounds for my cards. Using yellow, orange and purple, I applied the colors to a strip of watercolor paper. Then I sprayed it with water, blotted, added more color and repeated the process until I was satisfied.  Next I attached strips of scrap Halloween themed card stock to a piece of card stock slightly smaller than the black card blank.  After all the strips were attached I trimmed around the edges and added the watercolored strip with the die cut black silhouettes.  (I cut off the umbrella and added a die cut bat but didn't glue down its wings.)  For the words, I used a strip of Doodlebug washi tape that I had in my stash.  I am happy with the way this card turned out and especially glad to use up more paper scraps.  Hope that you will have a safe Halloween....be happy and eat all the candy you want!!!!!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Autumn Blessings Card

Even though many dogs think squirrels are annoying, I think they are adorable. When I saw this squirrel stamp in a freebie set from a card making magazine, I just HAD to buy the magazine. 
I paired the Copic colored squirrel image with a Sizzix die cut of barren trees. The trees look pretty realistic because I used a woodgrain print card stock.  For the sunset background I used Ranger Distress Oxide Inks and sprayed the watercolor paper generously with water.  For a little sparkle, I used a stiff brush to flick on some gold ink.
Here is a better look at the gold flecks which I also added to the Little B die cut leaves.  I now appreciate Mother Nature more as it took lots of color adjustments to get the leaves to look realistic.
A little Crystal Lacquer on the acorns gave them a nuttier appearance....see the squirrel is smiling! I hope this card make you think about your Autumn Blessings and look forward to blessings all year.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Halloween Homemade Lotion Solid Bar Treats

 Who says that Halloween treats have to be candy?  After making solid lotion bars using supplies I purchased at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I had a Halloween idea to put the lotion bars in Halloween matchbox treat boxes (purchased in a make it yourself kit at HM BFC).
The matchboxes are super simple to make and provide the perfect container for cellophane wrapped and washi taped solid lotion bars.  (The lotion bars need to be wrapped because the oils will stain the matchboxes.)  Be sure to tell the recipient of the lotion bar treat that it is for smoothing skin NOT eating. Like the soap and lip balm in previous posts, the unscented, colorless base comes ready to microwave and can be varied with many scents and colors available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts.  To add more interest to the lotion bars I added some cosmetic sparkle powder (from HM BFC) after the microwaved liquid has cooled down a bit. The scents and colors can be added at this time too.  Tip: To easily remove the lotion bars from the mold, put the filled mold into the freezer for a few minutes and the bars will just pop out.  Well, hope you have lots of spooky fun this Halloween and give body lotion bars to all your special friends!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Candy Corn-y Tags




 As a kid, candy corn was my favorite Halloween candy, so when I saw the Whimsy Stamp set and dies, I had to get them. I used the tombstone shaped dies to cut the tags from watercolor paper that I had splattered with Kuretake watercolors and Ken Oliver pigment powders. (Both color mediums can be purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts.)  I love the funny sayings and facial expressions that come with the stamp set.
 For the back of some of the tags, I added a smaller black die-cut tombstone so that I could write a message with a white gel pen.
Here is what a tag looks like fastened to a cellophane treat bag (from Celebrations). If I have time, I will make tags or cards using the uni-corn stamp....so cute!  I love unicorns almost as much as candy corn....LOL!