Wednesday, December 18, 2013

YNS Holiday Hop


Hello and welcome to a special Your Next Stamp Holiday Hop! We are sharing projects made with YNS Holiday Stamps and Dies to wish our fabulous YNS customers a very happy holiday season! You are sure to find lots of inspiration and some great gift ideas along the way! The hop begins on Laura's Blog, and if you've been hopping along, then you should have arrived from Peggy's blog.

You have from today until Saturday, December 21st at midnight (EST) to hop with us! If you leave a comment on all of the blogs along the hop, you could win a $25 YNS Gift Certificate!!! Karen will announce the winners on the YNS Blog on Sunday, December 22nd.

For my project today I made another Fun Journal spread:


The beautiful image is Brandi and the sentiment is from the Holly set. 

First I painted with white gesso, then stamped Brandi with black StazOn ink and colored her with a combo of Distress reinkers and InkTense Pencils.  The tree was cut out from a piece of Webster’s Pages patterned paper and glued into the book in 2 pieces.  I cut the Insta Love Polaroid die cut out of matching paper, and flipped the inside piece over and stamped the sentiment on the back.  I rubbed a blue pastel over the edges of the book and glued down the Merry Christmas strip from the same paper as the tree.  I added modeling paste with a polka dot stencil and a bit of bling from Prima.  Finally, I painted some chipboard letters with gold paint and glued them onto 1 side.  I just love how this spread came out and hope you like it too!

Karen is having the biggest Your Next Stamp sale of the year with up to 30% off your order! She needs to blow out some inventory to make room for new stamps and dies!


Make sure you take advantage of these amazing deals! Now it's time to hop on over to our fabulous guest Laura's blog, but don't forget to leave a comment before you go! As always, happy hopping and shopping, and have a wonderful holiday season!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Dreams Do Come True

Hi all!  Today I’m going to show you something a little different – I’ve been playing around with an old book and am calling it my Fun Journal.  It’s not an Art Journal because not everything I do in it is art, but I definitely have fun with it all, hence the name!

Today’s spread was made for the Little Tangles challenge – White and Gold.  I got all the gold things together in my craft room and went to town!


I painted the whole spread with white gesso, then sprayed it with gold Memories Mist.  I added some modeling paste with a harlequin stencil and then cut some wings with my Sizzix wings die.  The wings were painted with gold paint and glued into the book.  Then I embossed the Dreams sentiment in gold tinsel embossing powder and folded it to make a pop-up element in the middle of the book over the wings.  Finally I added the vellum tag with Believer from Santa's Tags and some white twill ribbon with gold baker’s twine.  The very last step was to stamp the little snowflake from the Santa’s Tags set all over with Champagne Encore metallic ink.

I had so much fun making this!!  Hopefully I’ll be showing more fun journal pages in the future!  I hope you like it and TFL!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Special Delivery

Hi all!  Today I have a little mixed media tag using the Tinsel 'N Trim set from Reverse Confetti:


First I die cut an old Sizzix tag from a piece of corrugated cardboard, then tore most of the top layer off.  I made my own stencil by die cutting the Peek-A-Boo Dots die from MFT and used it to give the tag some modeling paste dots.  I then sprayed the whole tag with Memories gold mist and let dry.  I stamped the squiggly image from Tinsel randomly on the tag with black StazOn.

I stamped and cut out a little So Stripey piece with a Tinsel sentiment on top.  I made the flair (sorry for the glare of the light on it) using another Tinsel image layered on top of a snowflake made from Warm Winter Wishes die set from YNS.  The edges of all the pieces were inked with black StazOn and then I assembled them all together.

The final touches are some twill ribbon and Timeless Twine, both stained with Distress Ink.

This is for the following challenges:

I hope you like it and TFL!