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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Another C'EST MAGNIFIQUE project

If you came for the Something Tattered blog Hop, please see previous post.

Today I am revealing yet another creation made with the gorgeous C'est Magnifique December kit. A 4x4-inch kirigami. You can find my tutorial on how to create this wonderful, sturdy little gift box HERE on my blog. The large flower is from the add-on and the leaves are from my stash. I cut up the lace and added a wonderful chipboard MME title from this glorious kit.

Here is a peek at the main kit contents - so beautiful and so much to work with. A Christmas crafter's dream!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Something Tattered Blog hop!

You can feel Christmas in the air! The kids are so excited and so am I... so are you ready to a fabulous blog hop with LOTS of stamp prizes? 10 PRIZES TO BE WON!

Welcome to the First Annual Something Tattered Holiday Blog Hop!
If you came here from Misty's Blog, then you are on the right track. If not, head to the Something Tattered Blog for the full blog roll.

We are so excited to share our creations using the gorgeous vintage style stamps created by Beth Neumann. Our Design Team has been hard at work crafting their Holiday projects for you to see! We hope that you will be inspired and want to try some of these beautiful and elegantly detailed stamps for yourself!

First off here is my project, using the Paris Script Stamp set. I used the script stamp on both the snowman and stocking die cuts. I thought this card and tag set would look really cute together - maybe even make a nice teacher gift. Now... what to fill the jar with? Cookies I think!

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Here is a close-up of the card. I actually don't own a die cutting machine since I primarily work with chipboard so a big shout out to my generous friend Bonnie for sending me Christmas die cuts (she sent lots!).

There will be a chance to win a monogram set of your choice for every blog that you visit and complete the steps below.
Here are some examples:


The Grand Prize is a complete set
of French Months Stamp Sets!
Here are some examples and you can see the entire set here.


 Grab a mug of something warm and yummy and start hopping!
 The Blog Hops ends at Midnight, Monday, December 2, 2013 - 10 PRIZES TO BE WON!

To play along:

1. Become a follower of the Something Tattered blog
2. Visit each Designer's blog and become a follower if you are not already.
3. Leave a comment on each blog so we know you were there!
4. Enjoy the projects!
4. If you have a blog,post our button on your blog (see sidebar on Something Tattered Blog)
5. Like our Facebook Page  and let us know you completed the hop!

One winner will be selected at random from each blog and all participants that complete the hop will be eligible to win the Grand Prize!

Your next stop on our Holiday Hop
If you lose your way here is the entire Blog Hop Order:

Have a happy hop and  Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My first C'est Magnifique reveal

My very first C'est Magnifique reveal! I'm posting most of my projects made with the gorgeous December kit today (only 2 more projects to come). This kit features some gorgeous Inkido and Kaisercraft papers, plus perfectly matched embellishments. I love Christmas kits and had so much fun with this one that I created 7 projects in total!

Up first is a picture of my daughter's first Christmas - asleep most of the day, LOL! These 3 papers were my favourite ones in this kit! I added some diamond dust to the cream roses to compliment the sparkling vine. I inked, ripped and rolled the edges of my papers to add texture. Everything is from the main kit and flower add-on.
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Next is a layout of my middle child as a toddler. I loved his little bear snowsuit! I added some doilies on here to complement the gorgeous lace in the kit. The details in the Inkido papers are so cute too! I simply finished the chipboard with some brown ink for a natural wood look. Everything else is from the main kit and flower add-on. Awesome zipper flowers this month!

This is a display layout for my fireplace mantle... I do a new one for every season. Again, I added a doily on here. There was some red ink in this kit so I made good use of it on the chipboard (along with some splattered gesso) and around the banner quote that I cut from one of the papers. Everything else is from the main kit and flower add-on. Love the red flowers - so festive!

Here is a card and tag set I made with some kit scraps for my mother in-law. I used a few leaves from my stash on here. I inked the paper edges for a classy vintage feel. Everything else is from the main kit and flower add-on. Such a great flower variety in this kit!

And yet another card and tag set made from this kit for my father in-law. I used a few leaves from my stash on here too. Heavy distressing on these for a shabby look. Everything is else main kit and flower add-on. Love the vintage images on the Inkido papers!

This kit was so was so easy to work with and I still have 2 more projects to reveal very soon! I was VERY inspired to create with this kit and it feels so good to be back to designing with monthly kits again! Leslie really puts together incredible kits and it is my pleasure to be designing for C'est Magnifique! They have a really great forum too so be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dusty Attic "flying high" theme

I was so inspired by the "flying high" Dusty Attic theme this month that I made two ATCs and turned each of them into cards (sympathy cards) - unfortunately need a few of these for friends of mine.

For my first ATC, I used a shield and eagle wings from the coat of arms set. I mounted the ATC on the mini Marrakesh trellis and used 2 discard pieces from the casing of the Morroccan design set.

TIP: How did I achieve the faux embossed swirls on the shield? I painted a generous coat of gesso and right away topped it with DA clear crackle varnish. I used a kabob skewer and "drew" swirls before the crackle started to dry. On the wings I simply used metallic distress stain and on the trellis several inks were applied.

Here is my second card, using mini wings, a mini word and discard pieces from a corner scroll. I finished the wings with DA's Navajo white paint and clear crackle varnish and the other pieces I left natural and simply topped with the crackle. I love the way crackle looks on plain chipboard.

*Spend over $25.00 on Dusty Attic chipboard in my Etsy and you will receive 20% off your ENTIRE purchase. Enter the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY upon checkout (in the area provided for it) to receive the 20% discount. This offer expires on December 1st, 2013.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Make something old new again (Dusty Attic)

Something old, something new and definitely not blue (anymore). I made an advent calendar last year for a class I was teaching, thinking I was going to give it away as a gift. I knew it didn't match my house style (a bit too rustic and lots of blue), but it was perfect for the class. Well, I selfishly decided to keep it. So, I changed the numbers and took out the middle (since I had never glued it down permanently). I finished a Dusty Attic advent insert this year so that it now matches my house a bit more. My Chrismas colours are burgundy, pink, white and gold. I think this will do.

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Here is a closer look at the numbers, the advent insert and even the brand new mini fence. I stacked white numbers on top of the old brown ones, off setting slightly to create a shadow. The gold trees I found at Michaels. I finished the chipboard with gesso, gold glimmer mist, stickles, diamond dust and snow writer for dimension. To see my the rustic version of this calendar, see last year's post HERE.

What did I do with the "old" middle of the calendar? I heavily distressed the edges, added some lace and then glued it down onto a folded sheet of cardstock to make a card. This oversized card (for my parents) is 4x12 inches and features the Santa and reindeer chipboard as well as a mini word title.

*Spend over $25.00 on Dusty Attic chipboard in my Etsy and you will receive 20% off your ENTIRE purchase. Enter the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY upon checkout (in the area provided for it) to receive the 20% discount. This offer expires on December 1st, 2013.