Christmas Past: Vintage Page

I am having a grand time going through my old photos and remembering some fun times (and not so fun tinsel hanging times LOL) as a child.  I look back and think..."This is vintage?"  Yes, it is.  Do you still hang tinsel on your Christmas Tree?

Do you know what brand this paper is?  I have a lot of friends who might remember this awesome line.  Leave me a comment and see if you can guess it.

A couple of techniques were inspired by a layout from a design team member of Bo Bunny.

A couple of fun things here.
Tim Holtz Thinlets "Village Christmastime"
Tim Holtz Mini Thinlets die "Snowflakes"
Vintage milk/juice bottle caps from the master "picker" Conner Mercer of Crafty Goodies.

I don't know why I decided to add the vintage bottle caps other than I have a vague memory of having milk delivered to our kitchen door when I was little.  I do remember the best part of the milk of the cream off the top. 

Tim Holtz stamp/die set "R…

Christmas Angel with Julie Nutting

More fun with Julie Nutting doll stamps and a bit of mixed media.

Julie Nutting's doll stamp "Steffi" and background paper.
Graphic 45 paper
Creative Embellishments chipboard butterfly
The "wings" are a butterfly I sort of messed up.  So I inked and embossed...overheated to get the burst bubbles then painted with white gesso.  A bit of a wrought iron look. 
Tag:  Bo Bunny Christmas glitter paper that I gessoed.
Plastic gears, gessoed.  Prima flowers, buttons, Brea Reese textured pebbles with texture paste, painted and glittered with Tim Holtz Distress Glitter.
Foam reindeer from a friend.  I ran it through an embossing folder and painted one of the snowflakes and tipped the antlers with white paint.  The eye is Ranger's peals and the nose is Ranger's Stickles.
Swirl is an Art Part from Wendy Vecchi's collection.  Painted with white crackle paint, painted over with blue paint and added Tim's Distress Glitter.

I've been under the w…

Home for the Holidays...Blast From The Past

For the month of November every Thursday I am going to revisit some of my favorite blog posts from my past yearly event "Home For The Holidays."  Guests from around the crafty world were invited to share their family traditions and many included crafts, techniques, recipes, and always many warm family traditions.

I want to start out with one of my all-time favorite crafters Cheryl Waters and her post from 2012.

A Tradition of Gratitude
Traditions are such an important part of each culture and people group.I love that each of us have unique traditions that we pass down that help make us who we are as a family and individual.Both Thanksgiving and Christmas are rich in traditions for my family and I.It is a time that we cherish all that the past year has brought and look forward to what the new year holds.
Some of you may celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanza.I feel that this a tradition that can transcend to any way you celebrate the season.This is a tradition of gratitude and thankfuln…

Spooky vs Cute

I have struggled with all the wonderful Halloween paper collection on the market for years.  The style I like was always TOO scary.  I broke down this year and made it a little "spookier" with my cute grandchildren.

BOO-ED at the Zoo
My four adventurers ready to trick or treat at the zoo.

The background (banner and three tags) was inspired by Irene Tan.  She is an artist I greatly admire.
Bo Bunny Wicked collection
Graphic 45 Stickers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology, Distress Ink, Sizzix, Stencil
Finnabair's Brown Rust Paste
Double Photo Mat
This is what you do when you print one size too large.  Make it your background mat.
 I pulled out my collection of buttons to add a fun element.
The fun in using multiple tags is each one can be designed differently.  I added the photo of my littlest grand because his back was to the camera in the main photo.  The main photo was so fun with little brother seemingly taking the lead for trick or treating.  LOL
Using Tim Holtz Speckle stenc…

Boo! My Haunted House

One thing led to another.  I purchased this at a yard $1.00.

Then Julie Nuttings Facebook group issued this invitation:

When I decided to make this.

Then I decided "Rita" needed a background.  So I put 1 together with 2 and got this...

Here are the parts and pieces along with just a few notables.  Enjoy.  Keep your eyes open there are a few ghosts hanging around.

A spooky spider book.  Here is the link where I attempted to make my first book like this. Artsy Fartsy: Spell Book.

What not to do: 
Do no use a very small book.
If you have time to let it dry use a thick glue that you can control more than hot glue (the web).
If you do not draw use a pattern of some sort to create your web.

The key is from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Keys Adornments Findings.  I used Finnabair's (Prima) Rust Paste Effect to create my old, rusty key.

Bottle with flower and doll is behind the spider web on the top shelf.  The candle is behind "Rita's" dress. Candle.. Top fro…

BOO with Fashion Treat Buckets

It's Boo Bucket time at Mimi's.  Every year I create fashion treat buckets for the grands to match their Halloween costumes.  The buckets come from Michael's Arts and Crafts and I use what is in the craft room to make it personal to each of the kids.  The start of Halloween starts with the arrival of Mimi's buckets.

2017 Fashion Parade from Boo At The Zoo

Blue and Pink glitter paper
Clip Art from Disney website
Pattern bat adhered from the inside,  Ranger's Soot Glitter Glue outlines the bats and adding movable eyes on the outside of the bucket.
Catboy, Gekko, and Owlette
Blue, Green, Pink glitter paper respectively.
Clip Art for each PJ Mask, lighting, geckos, and symbols for each character.
Spellbinders (appropriate for Halloween) feather die cut with gold glitter paper.  If you run this back and forth and few times the thin die will cut the heavier glitter cardstock.  The tail is a boa, cut and the end sealed with E6000 glue for Catboy.





Christmas Tag: A Partridge In A Pear Tree

I continue to enjoy my new love of mixed media and Julie Nutting doll stamps.  If you have been following my adventures making a few Christmas cards, aka tags you know I have been attempting to make Christmas tags that will be keepsakes:  Peace and Hope.    Here is my next attempt.

A Partridge In A Pear Tree
Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas
Julie Nutting doll stamp "Camille"
Bo Bunny's Provence Porcelain
Tim Holtz's Big Diez Caged Bird
Aleene’s Glitter Snow
Prima crystals and flower
Camille is stamped onto Bo Bunny's Provence Porcelain paper and again on Graphic 45's The Twelve Days of Christmas.  I cut out each piece of the clothing and adhere it with Xyron Sticker Maker with the exception of the smallest pieces where I use Ranger's Glossy Accent.

Note: Using Tim Holtz Stamp Platform makes creating these dolls so easy.
The cage is cardboard cut with Tim’s Big Diez Caged Bird.  I used a gold pen to color the cage.  My husband said, “The part…