Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I love Christmas! I love decorating and preparing and visiting with friends and family and the wonder of watching it through the eyes of my young son!

Here is a lovely Christmas card made with unexpected colors of “cranberry” and “light blue”. Always, supplies and directions are below!

Have yourself a merry little Christmas this year!

Eileen

Supplies: Heartfelt Creations Poinsettia & leaf stamp and die, Cherry Lynn “Merry Christmas” and “Holly” die, Sue Wilson holly leaf embossing folder, Sue Wilson pine bough, white feather, faux rhinestone swirl, 6″ x 6″ white card base, 110# white cardstock, cranberry cardstock, 65# white cardstock, adhesive, bling for middle of flower, Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink, Memento Light Blue ink.

Directions: Cut a 5.75″ square of cranberry cardstock, 5.5″ square of light blue. Emboss the light blue piece in the folder using letterpress style- rub light blue ink on one side of the folder put in the paper and emboss, layer both pieces with adhesive and attach to card base. Cut “merry Christmas” from 110# white cardstock three times and adhere together- this will thicken the piece and make it stand out. Stamp the poinsettias both the large and medium/small set on cranberry paper with rhubarb stalk ink. Die cut poinsettias, shape and layer. Cut leaves, pine bough, and holly pieces from white cardstock. Assemble the card flower and embellishments! Double matt inside with cranberry and white. 🙂

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Zinnias

I love Zinnias! They are my favorite annual flower to plant in my front yard. They grow and bloom all summer long until a hard frost. I decided I wanted to capture their beauty by making a stoneware clay dish- a shallow dish, great for use and display. I used my paper crafting zinnia stamp along with a dragonfly stamp, a leaf stamp and a doily all pressed into clay to make this beauty. It was bisque fired to cone 05, glazed with colorful underglazes and coated with clear glaze and fired again up to cone 5.

Enjoy the beautiful pictures and a sad farewell to fall as frost and winter are soon to arrive.

 

As you can see, you don’t have to use all bright colors, just using royal blue underglaze to highlight all the outlines makes for a pretty bowl and plate.

This idea of stamping onto clay can work with already made bisque at a “paint your own pottery” place too. Just bring your stamps and stamp on a piece of bisque they sell! They will clear coat it and fire it and there you have your own unique piece!

Have a beautiful weekend crafting and don’t forget you can use your paper crafting stamps for more than just paper!

Eileen

 

Thinking of you

A clean, simple, thinking of you card featuring a yellow mulberry paper rose, jute, vellum leaves, and a woodgrain embossing folder! Come see how to make this simple, yet thoughtful card!

Supplies: rectangle & square dies, woodgrain embossing folder, Cheery Lynn flourish #9, We R Memory Keepers Woodgrain embossing folder, jute string, vellum, Thinking of You sentiment stamp, Staz-on jet black ink, mulberry paper flower color of choice, foam dimensional squares, 110# white cardstock, cream cardstock, 80# white cardstock

Directions: Cut a 5″ x 7″ white cardstock card base (cut an 8.5″ x 11″ to 10″ x 7″ and use a scoreboard & bone folder to fold in half) from heavy cardstock. Building from the bottom layer up, cut one mounting base piece of 4.75x 6.75″ 110# white cardstock, then using the rectangle and square dies cut the top piece from 110# white cardstock. Cut a piece of a white cardstock about 1 inch bigger than the square hole you made, emboss with wood grain embossing folder, cut flourish from vellum, stamp sentiment, set ink with heat tool, cut out with scissors, wrap jute around opening, tie with a square knot (to make a square knot cross the ends of the string right over left then left over right, pull gently).  Layer the woodgrain piece behind the open square with dimensional foam.  Layer the rectangle with woodgrain piece on top of the 4.75x 6.75 piece with the dimensional foam. Mount onto card base. Attach leaves, sentiment and finally the flower with hot glue or other adhesive. Double matt the inside with a creamy light yellow and white.

This design can have many variations using this layout. Use different colors, different twine, colored leaves! What about a pumpkin and gourds and fall leaves? Play with it and see what you come up with!

Happy Crafting Adventures!

Eileen

 

Fused Glass Fish Soap Dish

Here is a fun fused glass soap dish project using a whimsical fish stamp from Heartfelt Creations! Supplies and directions are as follows! Because of the many specialized tools and products used to make this projects I recommend to do this project at a “Paint your own Pottery & Fused Glass Shop”. You could also to this at a paint your pottery shop with ceramic and your own stamps. Use underglaze with the stamps.

Supplies: A glass kiln, glass cutting tools, glass stamp ink, fusible glass- I used System 96 white opal glass and icicle clear glass, hipster soap dish glass mold (Slumpys.com), glass enamel paint G series non-toxic (from Colors of Earth), colored glass frit, millefiori, glass tac or hairspray

Directions: Cut your glass to fit the size of your mold, clean your glass with rubbing alcohol, prepare your glass stamp ink, using a brayer, roll it onto your stamp, stamp your fish onto your glass. When it’s dry, outline with Colors for Earth outlining black, draw your under the sea leaves, let dry. Fill in the fish and leaves with glass enamel colors of choice, let dry. Sprinkle fine blue sky transparent frit for the water,  sprinkle fine light and dark amber transparent frit for the sand, put a few millefiori/murrini for little sea creatures around the plants. Use hairspray or glass tac to keep all your pieces in place. Put in kiln, fire to a full fuse. Put in hipster soap dish and slump into the soap dish shape. What a fun project! If you are feeling super creative, make your own soap to fill your dish! 🙂 fish soap dish frontfish soap dish close upfish soap dish

Happy crafting adventures!

Eileen

 

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday! Here is a new birthday card. Again, I used the embossing folder letter press technique to make my own beautiful background paper. I love using watercolor paper for this as it is thicker than regular cardstock and really glows with the distress ink. Using pre-made mulberry paper flowers makes this card come together quickly.

Supplies: 140# cold press water color paper, embossing folder, distress ink (spun sugar, peeled paint, mowed lawn) 5″ x 7″ white cardstock card base, Spellbinders rose leaves, embellishments: feathers, pearls, Staz-on Black ink, Happy Birthday sentiment stamp of choice- I used one from JustRite.

Directions: Make your background paper by cutting a piece of watercolor paper, spritz with water, ink up the front inside of the embossing folder, put in paper, carefully and gently put your paper inside and close it up. Run it through your machine using the correct stack for embossing – I used the Spellbinder Grand Calibur. Set aside the piece to dry. Using another piece of watercolor paper and Staz-on ink*, stamp your birthday sentiment. Cut it out with a die, run it through with the embossing matt for more detail on the edges, edge with spun sugar distress ink. Cut out leaves from watercolor paper, spritz with water, ink leaves with peeled paint and edge with mowed lawn, shape with fingers while wet and set them aside to dry. Distress the edges of your base piece that you letter pressed. Arrange leaves, a white feather, other embellishments and flowers as shown. Give to a friend!

*Please note: It’s important to stamp your sentiment with Staz-on ink or a similar solvent based ink with watercolor paper. A water based ink will run on watercolor paper and not give as clear of a stamped image. If you use a dye based ink such as distress ink for your sentiment the watercolor paper will suck up the ink (because it has water) and run with it. Granted there are instances when you want a softer look, just not with the sentiment/words. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to leave a comment/question and I will reply. 🙂

Have a beautiful day!

Eileen

 

Thank you!

Persimmon thank you full frontThank you! Here is a bright and cheery, beautiful card that started with a piece of watercolor paper that was letter pressed in an embossing folder. Add some die cuts, a foamiran flower or two and done! Supplies and directions are below!

Supplies: 5″ x 7″ White cardstock card base, 140# cold press watercolor paper, vellum, Distress Ink: Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey, embossing folder, JustRite leaf die cuts, Cheery Lynn swirl die cuts, Magnolia leaf die cuts, Sue Wilson Thank you die and Stockholm die, sewing machine, upholstery thread, distress it all machine, white tulle, pearl brad, flower stamens, white foamiran, flower petal die cut

Directions: Spritz your  watercolor paper with water, ink up one side of the inside of your embossing folder, gently close it, run it through your machine (I used a Grand Calibur) Set it aside to dry. cut your flowers, ink the edges with the DI, shape, assemble, cut all other die cut pieces. Cut “thank you die” three times from heavy paper and glue them together to make it stronger and stand out more. Back it with vellum. Distress your watercolor letter press piece and sew a double line around the edge about a 1/4 inch in. Hot glue some lace along the top. Use foam dimensional tape to make your watercolor piece stand out from the card base and use foam dimensional squares for your “Thank you” focal piece. Attach your flowers and leaves and tulle arranging them however you want. I used hot glue. Double matt the inside. 🙂

Give to a special friend to say “Thank you!” If you don’t want to make your own, this one is available in my Etsy shop, Hyde Park Hill .

Happy Crafting!

Eileen

Thinking of You

When you need a “thinking of you” card to encourage a friend going through a difficult time or as a sympathy card to don’t want it too fussy. Here is a lovely one that isn’t too over the top. 🙂

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Supplies: 5.5″ square card base, lilac paper, white cardstock, seam binding ribbon, mulberry flowers, Cheery Lynn “thinking of you” die cut, Tattered lace corner swirl, Spellbinders square (discontinued), rhinestone bling, 5.25″ background swirl die (unknown)

Directions: layer die cuts on card base with dimensional foam, use hot glue for the flowers, make a seam binding ribbon 3 loop bow attach with hot glue, add bling, double matt inside. Done. Lovely!

If you would like to purchase this card, it can be found in my  hydeparkhill.etsy.com store.

Have a beautiful day!

Eileen

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