Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Visions of Sugar Plums 2016 Day 3!



Welcome to Day 3 of Visions of Sugarplums hosted by Lori Hairston at Choux Choux Paper Art!

There are bunches of wonderful sponsors for this event and lots of prizes for commenting on the designers' blog posts:

And here's what you could win!

The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 gift certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique:  $25 worth of new Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology Products
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

Also, there is a challenge!  Link up your creation with a Christmas and/or Winter theme and you could win a $25 gift certificate to shop with Freckled Fawn!  You can link up here!  Link up by Saturday December 17th!



Today I'm sharing with you a couple items I made using some awesome products from The Cutting Cafe, one of the sponsors for this hop!  Here's what I've made for you today!


If you've been with me for a while you may remember these little jars that my friend Mitra and I painted when I got to spend the day with her over the summer!  The jars were a clear blue color and she showed me how to use mirror paint to give it a cool mercury glass kind of finish... the paint goes on the inside... it's pretty cool!  Anyway, I thought one of them would be perfect to hold a little holiday decor/centerpiece!  When I thought about what to put in it, I decided not just some traditional Christmassy foliage but something different and I thought of these shaker ornaments from The Cutting Cafe.


I always wish for Peace for the holidays... if I could have anything that's what it would be so I just love these ornament shaped shakers because they contain the perfect sentiment.  And my order of My Minds Eye Sugar Plum paper from The Cutting Cafe Shop came just in time... oh my... I'm gonna need another one of these pads... beautiful beautiful colors and gorgeous patterns... love it!


AND my custom stamp came just in time too to offer up a cute holiday sentiment as well... Happy Owl-idays... lol... cute, right?  I picked a few digital images from The Cutting Cafe and gave Regina the images and sizes I wanted... a quick proof.. and it was on its way to me soon after... I am so excited about it and I'll put a pic of it at the end of this post.


The snowflakes are also from the shaker cutting files... see that little snowflake on the ornament?  I just resized it a few times and cut a few out of some seaglass and white glitter papers.  And that foliage... more clearance holiday foliage from Michael's end of season sale last year.

I also decided to use this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch to create a card with the Sugar Plum papers, some extra snowflakes and my adorable custom stamp set:


Tee hee!  I think I might make some more of these... and yup!  That plaid is in the Sugar Plum pad.  #madforplaid  I'm pretty sure that twine came wrapped around one of my Cutting Cafe orders and the sequins are those fantastic clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Now...be sure to visit everyone and leave them some love... because it will make them happy and because you'll have more chances to win!  And be sure to comment over at Lori's Choux Choux Paper Art Blog for sure because that's where it all begins and how she will know you are participating!

Lisa Bzibziak (You Are Here!)

I have enjoyed participating with all of these talented ladies so very much!  Thanks to Lori for hosting the Visions of Sugar Plums and thanks to all of you who have stopped by and let me know what you think!  (And thank you to those who didn't let me know what you thought if you didn't like what I had to show you...lol... haha. no really... :P).  Don't be a stranger!  I'll be back this month... not as often... lots of holiday stuff to do... but I'll be here!  And don't forget to play along and link up!  You have until December 17th to add your winter/holiday themed creations!

So here's my oh so adorable stamp set:



And here's the Atlantic Hearts Sketch... hope you join us!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Visions of Sugar Plums 2016 Day 2!



Welcome to Day 2 of Visions of Sugarplums hosted by Lori Hairston at Choux Choux Paper Art!

There are bunches of wonderful sponsors for this event and lots of prizes for commenting on the designers' blog posts:

And here's what you could win!

The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 gift certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique:  $25 worth of new Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology Products
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

Also, there is a challenge!  Link up your creation with a Christmas and/or Winter theme and you could win a $25 gift certificate to shop with Freckled Fawn!  You can link up here!  Link up by Saturday December 17th!


Today I've made a couple more ornaments... I love to make ornaments out of all of my papercrafting supplies!  For these I've decorated some premade ceramic ornaments I got at Hobby Lobby.. they came as white ceramic ornaments and this is what they look like now:


So... if you didn't know it before... you know now... I LOVE gold... it's just my fave and it goes with almost anything.... no... anything!  So the first thing I did was use some shimmery gold acrylic paint and painted a couple layers on the ceramic ornaments.  Once that was dry, I stamped on the ornaments using a couple old CTMH background stamps with Memento Ink.


After the ink was dry, I used a lace stencil and added some clear texture paste to create some cool texture and sparkle without covering up the background.  You can see it a little better here:


Looks way better in person... but there it is.  And then once that was dry, I added my flowers feathers and bling.  And I'm excited to be playing along with Color Dare Challenge this week!  Love it when they include Gold in their colors and this combo is delicious in my opinion!.


Of course I added some Nuvo Gold Mousse to the flowers.  And those pretty sparkly gold leaves... cut them off of some really cool floral picks I got at Michael's after the holiday season last year for almost nothing.  And my favorite gold bling gems make an appearance as well.  I stocked up on them when CTMH discontinued them.


I used black instead of white on this one... and an extra leaf die I had cut out of gold vellum.. an extra from my table.  Like a good momma... I don't have a favorite ... I love them both equally and for different reasons... they are alike yet different!


Yum.

Now get going and check out all of today's makes by all of these super talented designers and leave them some love... because it will make them happy and because you'll have more chances to win!  And be sure to comment over at the Choux Choux Paper Art Blog for sure because that's where it all begins and how Lori will know you are participating!

Lisa Bzibziak (You Are Here!)


And come back tomorrow for the final day of the Blog Hop!  You can't stop now!

Paper Sweeties Countdown to Christmas!


It's time for 25 Days of Christmas over at Paper Sweeties!  All month long Paper Sweeties is celebrating with a month-long holiday blog hop and a different special every day to save in the shop!  Today is my day to share a project and here is what I've created:


If you haven't gotten one of these Sweet Chips sets yet you really must!  So many possibilities!  There are four layers of chipboard... a base and three window layers!  I made this shaker decor item for my Mom for her birthday which is today!  I made it while we scrapped together and she didn't even realize it was for her...lol! 


I had the perfect piece of design paper in my Sugar Plum paper pack from My Mind's Eye to serve as my first layer and background.  Then I used the landscape die from The Tree of Life Sweet Cuts set to make multiple layers of snowy hills.  Then I stamped my snowman from Holly Days Stamp Set and the reindeer from Jingle All The Way and popped them up with foam tape.  I used one of the layers to trace it onto the woodgrain paper for my top layer before I attached them all.  And don't forget to add the clear cardstock if you're creating a shaker before you attach the top layer..'cause I would do that...lol!  And before I put my top chipboard layer on, I filled the bottom parts with lots of sequins and beads.


I embossed a piece of gray cardstock for my base... I'd originally used a shiny metallic paper, but it just wasn't right... I like the gray much better.  And I decorated again using glittery holly leaves cut with the Holly Days Sweet Cuts and those pretty felt flowers from my stash.  Not to mention one of my very favorite crinkly seam bindings, robin egg blue.


Oh... and did I mention one of my favorite group of dies.. the word dies... love the delicate script on these!  Believe is from the Joy Sweet Cuts.

There is an awesome set of directions that comes with these kits with pointers and tips and as always, we're always over at the Paper Sweeties Inspiration Facebook Page if you have any questions.


Also!  Don't forget to play along with this month's Inspiration Challenge!  It's a beautiful picture to gain inspiration from... It's Anything Goes... pick something that inspires you and just create!  And for December the prize is a whopping $100 to spend in the Paper Sweeties Shop!

Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to come back to the Paper Sweeties Blog often to see who is up for the day and what the special is for the day!

And don't forget about Visions of Sugarplums still going on... you can find today's post here.





Sunday, December 4, 2016

Visions of Sugar Plums Day 1


I am so very excited and honored to be playing along with a lot of my favorite crafty friends for the Visions of Sugarplums hosted by Lori Hairston at Choux Choux Paper Art!  Hang on because over the next few days we are going to take you on a wild ride!  Ok... it might not be wild... but it is gonna be pretty cool!  I'm just hoping I can keep up with my Partners In Creativity!

There are bunches of wonderful sponsors for this event and lots of prizes for commenting on the designers' blog posts:

And here's what you could win!

The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 gift certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique:  $25 worth of new Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology Products
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

Also, there is a challenge!  Link up your creation with a Christmas and/or Winter theme and you could win a $25 gift certificate to shop with Freckled Fawn!  You can link up here!  Link up by Saturday December 17th!

Pretty cool, right??? So with all of that said, here we go!

Today I'm joining some of my Paper Sweeties teammates and my project includes some great Paper Sweeties products:



So I was emptying out one of my little packages of flowers the other day and I looked at the packaging and thought.. I could make a dimensional shaker ornament out of this!  So.. I did! 

Here's what it looked like before I started:


So I started by measuring the size of the package and then I created my little scene... starting with some cardstock... I layered on the design paper with some birch trees on it... then I used a die to cut out the birch tree cutouts and popped those up.  Then I stamped and colored up my reindeer from PS Jingle All The Way stamp set and the Christmas Tree from the Trim the Tree Stamp set.  I also cut some sparkly snow mounds using the landscape die from the Tree of Life Sweet Cuts.  I used lots of layers of popup tape to give them all different dimensions.


Then I attached the scene to the inside of the packaging.  I swiped some glue on the bottom of the box and dumped in a bunch of glass beads (the glue was to be sure some of the beads stayed attached to the bottom so no one would see the ugly parts of the inside of the container)... and some beautiful Paper Sweeties clear irridescent Sugar Sprinkles Sequins.


I closed it all up and secured it with some washi tape and Modge Podge.  More Washi Tape on the top along with more Modge Podge.  I also Modge Podged some birch paper on the back of the ornament.  When it was dry (kind of) I used a stencil and some clear texture paste and added some snowflakes to the front of the ornament... glued on some more PS Sequins and then added sparkly texture paste to the edges.


I used some lacy ribbon for hanging and some felt flowers from my stash.  I cut off the leaves that were on them and cut some holly leaves from the Holly Days Sweet Cuts out of glitter paper and attached them instead.



Thanks so much for stopping by today and be sure to come back tomorrow because we're doing it all over again!  It seems my theme for this event is ornaments... I have a couple more for you tomorrow!

Now Be sure to hop on over and check out all of the awesome projects created for your viewing pleasure by all of these super talented designers and leave them some love... because it will make them happy and because you'll have more chances to win!  And be sure to comment over at the Choux Choux Paper Art Blog for sure because that's where it all begins and how Lori will know you are participating!


Lisa Bzibziak (You are Here!)


Don't forget to play along!