Hi Everyone! I hope you've enjoyed my gift tag series and have gotten some inspiration for your holiday projects. This week, for my final project, I'll be doing some ink blending and heat embossing onto die cut snowflakes. To add some fun layers, I'll ...

 


Video: Gift Tag Greetings: Holiday Cheer Part 6: Shaped and Layered Tags

Hi Everyone!  

I hope you've enjoyed my gift tag series and have gotten some inspiration for your holiday projects.  This week, for my final project, I'll be doing some ink blending and heat embossing onto die cut snowflakes.  To add some fun layers, I'll be digging into my printed die cuts and stickers from Pinkfresh Studio and Crate Paper to add texture and color.  Scroll down for a video below showing my entire process including how I made my choices for embellishments.  I have all the products I used linked below for easy shopping.  Enjoy!

 Here is a list of the previous posts from this series:

 Intro to Series

Part 1: Glittered Wine Tags

Part 2: Tags for Food Gifts

Part 3: Using Patterned Paper

Part 4: Layered Tags with Foil

Part 5: Watercolor Shakers

 


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 Pinkfresh Studio - December Days Collection - Christmas - Puffy Stickers

 

 

 
 

Crafty Friends Gift Guide

 

 

Crafty friends' gift guide

Hi Everyone!

With the holidays approaching very soon, I wanted to do a quick little gift guide for those of you looking for  ideas for your papercrafting friends (or even yourself).  I kept the list to mainly favorite tools as I have so many stamps and dies I love, the list would just be too large.  I figure, how can you use all those great products without the right tools?  I've also included a few extra items for other types of papercrafting.  Though I don't share much of it on my blog, I do love scrapbooking and planning and have discovered some great new products that have helped me in my projects.  Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any specific questions on any of these items.   I own all of these and am happy to recommend them all.

 **My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, ConsumerCrafts, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, ScrapbookPal, Blick Art Materials, Blitsy and Kat Scrappiness.   I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  

 

 For the Stamper Friend:

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I bought these colored Spectrum Noir glitter brush pens in packs of four.  I didn't realize they actually sell the colors in bigger packs!  This pack includes the Spring and Summer colors (my favorites) along with the clear shimmer pen.  You can see on the dresses above how pretty they look colored in with the pens.  You feel like a watercolor artist without actually being one :).  

Crafter's Companion - Spectrum Noir - Glitter Brush Pens - Spring Summer - 12 Pack

 When looking at my craft desk, the following items were the ones that have helped me the most to bring my creativity to the next level.  They have helped me cut, stamp and emboss easily with less waste as far as making mistakes.  I highly recommend these to people that are maybe not new to the cardmaking hobby, but just need a little tool upgrade.  
 
 
 
 
This heat gun is great!  I do a lot of heat embossing and need a heat tool that evenly distributes the heat.  I tried cheaper versions, but they didn't do as good of a job as this one.
 

Hero Arts Embossing Gun (Wagner)

 

I bought this trimmer after hearing Jennifer McGuire talk about it on her blog.  It's the only one I use now.  It has a thin wire that sits over the area where the blade cuts so you can get an exact cut where you want it.  When you need to make lots of A2 size notecards, this is a must-have.  

Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer (12")

 

This black ink is another great basic tool.  It stamps sentiments crisp and clean with no feathering.  This sits side by side with my Memento Tuxedo Black (used for Copic coloring).

Hero Arts Dye Ink, Black

 

When you want an upgrade from a smaller die cutting machine or if you are ready to buy your first one, this Sizzix Big Shot is a great option.  The price is reasonable and it's quite a workhorse.  I've had mine for years and it's been extremely reliable.  I like the extended cutting pad option when you have extra long border dies or you just want to die cut a few things at a time.  

Sizzix Big Shot White & Gray

 

This Tonic scissors are non-stick and long.  I like to use them to  trim down my foam tape or to trim off excess cardstock from the edge of a card.  Plus, they have a really comfortable grip so your hand doesn't get tired.  

Tim Holtz Tonic Kushgrip Titanium Shears

 

These scoring boards come in large or small.  For cardmaking, the small is really all you need.  The grooves give you that nice, crisp fold you want when making your own notecards and want a more professional look.

Scor-Buddy Mini Scoring Board 9x7.5

 

Solid stamps, multiple stamps at one time, this tool allows you to use all of your stamps with ease.  No more mistakes thrown in the garbage because you didn't line the stamp up correctly.  This tool is perfect for a stamper just starting out who may be getting frustrated trying to get the perfect placement.  This was a game changer for me when it first came out a few years ago.  I also like that it's pretty compact and fits easily in a drawer.

My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (8-1/8 X 10-1/2)

 

A quick swipe with this shammy and your stamps are pretty much squeaky clean.  This comes in handy when you're stamping the same stamp with multiple colors and you don't want to wash it with cleaner in between.  I use it all the time when I'm making my floral cards.  

 

Though more mixed media, than tool, I have found these to be the easiest product of its kind to work with.  The little enamel dots you can create always seem to turn out perfectly without much of a learning curve and the color variety is huge!  A perfect stocking stuffer. 

 Nuvo Jewel Drops 2017 Complete Set

 Do you need a Misti and a Tonic Stamp Platform?  Maybe not, but I'm happy I have both.  The Misti is great for those small card projects, but what about scrapbooking or planners?  The 2 open sides of this stamp platform allow you to fit large sizes of paper to stamp.  I have used this when creating titles in my Happy Planner and it's really come in handy.  Plus, it's fairly inexpensive.  

Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

 

 For the Planner Friend:

 

This versatile tool allows you to punch all types of holes for your planners so you can create and customize your own pages.  It includes a disc punch, 3 ring hole punch as well as spiral punches.  I have started a December memory project in my Happy Planner and this has been so useful in adding my own pages.

We R Memory Keepers Punch Board Kit

 Speaking of Happy Planners, I recently purchased this one to start my December project as well as my memory keeping in 2018.  I like it because it has a neutral color palette which makes it easy to add all types of embellishments and not just stick to one color palette.  Since it's a memory keeper, it contains journal prompts and sections for pictures so you can create your own scrapbook throughout the year.  

Happy Memory Keeping Big Box Kit--Kraft

 

For Any Papercrafting Friend:

 

 This is a handy tool for all types of papercrafting projects that require lots of adhesive.  You simply run your paper through the machine and it covers the back with a thin layer of adhesive.  This is great for card panels as well as creating your own stickers for layouts.  I demonstrated it in my most recent gift tag project video in this blog post.

 

Xyron Creative Station

If you are looking to print your pictures at home, this is the printer I use.  The quality is just as good if not better than if you sent them out, plus it's wireless so you can print from your phone very quickly.  I've found it useful this month as I'm printing out more pictures than usual for my December scrapbooking.  I just snap a few pictures with my phone, hit the app, choose the pictures, and hit "print".   

Epson Picturemate PM-400 Wireless Compact Color Photo Printer

For the times when you just can't figure out why your card or layout just doesn't look right, you can find out why in this book.  It teaches you the elements of design with lots of examples.   Though it's not a scrapbooking/cardmaking book, it has so many great tips on design that papercrafters can use.  I refer back to it all the time. 

The Non-Designer's Design Book

 

Hope you got a few good ideas from this list.  Let me know if you have any questions about the list above or any other types of products you were considering.  Have a great day!

       
 
 

Kat Scrappiness Design Team Project: Retro Christmas

Hi Everyone!

 I have a project today inspired by the Kat Scrappiness Retro Christmas sequin mix.   I love the old-timey, retro Christmas images of the 40s and 50s, so  I had to get a project in this month using that theme.   The teals, reds and whites bring back memories of those old glass ornaments and aluminum trees of the past.  

 
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This is the card I came up with.  I used the colors along with the cute pink house to create that retro feel.  

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To do the snowflakes, I assembled a bunch of snowflake stamps from Avery Elle's Snowflakes stamp set around the front of my white notecard.  The stamp platform made it easy to stamp everything at once.  I did one half at a time just so I could use some of the snowflakes a second time.  

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Next, I die cut one of the Kat Scrappiness Fancy Scalloped Stitched Border Dies, and heat embossed it with some holographic embossing powder.  I love that these can double as hills!


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Before I placed my hill, I arranged the little house from the Crate Paper Falala chipboard stickers along the bottom half of the card.  For those of you hard core scrapbookers, I'm sure you can understand how it pained me to peel that one and only house off that cardboard sheet to use.   It's so hard to use our stuff and not just hold on to it to look at isn't it???, LOL!

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I added the "hill" with some foam tape along the bottom of the card.  It's hard to see in the picture, but that embossing powder creates such a nice, shimmery snow look.

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The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Poster Christmas Carols stamp set.  I also added the littlest teal sequins from the Kat Scrappiness Retro Christmas sequin mix


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Thanks so much for joining me today.   I have all the supplies I used linked below for easy shopping.  Feel free to use my coupon code Heidi10 to save 10% on your purchase.  Have a great day!

 

SUPPLIES:

  My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, ConsumerCrafts, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, ScrapbookPal, Blick Art Materials, Blitsy and Kat Scrappiness.   I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  

 Kat Scrappiness Fancy Scalloped Stitched Border dies

Avery Elle Snowflakes stamp set

Hero Arts Poster Christmas Carols stamp set

Kat Scrappiness Retro Christmas sequin mix

Lawn Fawn Merman ink

Ranger Classic Cherry Dye Ink

Ranger holographic embossing powder

Versamark Ink

Embossing Magic Pad

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

Heat Gun

Foam tape

Crate Paper Falala chipboard sticker

 

 

 

 

       
 
 

Video: Gift Tag Greetings: Holiday Cheer Part 5: Watercolor Shakers

Hi Everyone!  For this week's tag,  I'm using vibrant watercolors along with shimmer to make a pretty background for a shaker.

 

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This is a fun project, because if you aren't completely comfortable with your watercolors yet, you can just have fun with color and not worry about if it's perfect or not.  

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I'm using these really pretty Solid Confetti Dots from Kat Scrappiness for my shaker that give a gorgeous iridescent shine.  They pick up whatever color your background is which is great for coordinating if you don't have that perfect sequin color for your shaker mix. 

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I have a  video below that shows you how I created these tags.  You can also scroll down to get links to all the products I used in the video to create the tag shape.  Ellen Hutson still carries the Traditional Tag Stax die I used which is great news, although it has in parentheses that it will be retiring.  I highly recommend this set.  I reach for it all the time when I'm creating tags.  Enjoy!

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SUPPLIES:

My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, ConsumerCrafts, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, ScrapbookPal, Blick Art Materials, Blitsy and Kat Scrappiness.   I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.   

 

Impression Obsession Gift Stack Cutout

Papertrey Ink In the Bag stamp set

Papertrey Ink White Tag Stock

Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select white cardstock

Papertrey Ink Clear Cardstock

Papertrey Ink White Adhesive Sheets

Kat Scrappiness Solid Confetti Dots

 

       
 
 

Video: Gift Tag Greetings Holiday Cheer Part 4: Layered Tags With Foil

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to week 4 of my gift tag series.  This week we're having fun with foil.  

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Foiling is such an easy way to make your projects stand out and it's even easier with patterned toner sheets.  


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I have a video below showing you how I put these tags together.  All the supplies I used are linked below if you want to try the project yourself.  Thanks and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPLIES:

My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, ConsumerCrafts, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, ScrapbookPal, Blick Art Materials, Blitsy and Kat Scrappiness.   I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.   

Papertrey Ink Christmas Cheer die set and stamp set

Kat Scrappiness Stitched Scalloped Nesting Tag Dies

Foilables Patterned Paper Pack 2

Heidi Swapp Mini Minc Machine

 Minc Foil-Hot Pink

Deco Foil-Silver

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink

 
 
 
   
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