I had so much fun playing with our latest release I just couldn’t put them away.
Since my mother passed away I haven’t felt very creative and Christmas just tends the come and go without celebrating it. My Mom wasn’t a crafter, but she loved art. And Christmas. For some reason, this year, the creative bug hit, and once I started creating I couldn’t stop.
So, today, I’m presenting you with two farmhouse style ornaments that I made using the New Skinny Alphabet Stencilz and the New Hand drawn Scrolls Stencilz. For the years that I’ve been stamping and using dies, doing an alphabet with large letters have been cost prohibitive. But, with stencilz it is no longer so. And, I’m loving it.
For these ornaments, I used two 4” x 6” canvas frames and removed the canvas and dry brushed the frame. I used large popsicle sticks for the back, which I painted in white chalk paint and dry brushed with a brown wash. I created the words with the Skinny Alphabet Stencilz, outlining them in pencil and filling in with red permanent marker.
After I attached the back to the frame it was DECORATING TIME! Can you tell it’s the MOST fun part for me? I used a length of jute and hot glued it to the top of the frame. Then I added leaves and pinecones and berries, along with a buffalo check ribbon bow I tied with more twine
For the “Jingle” ornaments I added jingle bells instead of the pinecone. I have to say that I am loving these ornaments. I can see them personalized and hanging above the stockings on the mantle. I think Mom would love them too.
I am SOOOO excited to present to you our very last Collection of the year. If you ‘ve been hopping along with us, and came from Kerry Urbatch’s blog, you have reached the end of the hop. If not, then, head on over to Cristena Bagne’s blog and the start of the hop.
It’s been so much fun designing this years stamps, dies and stencilz. I think this one has been the most fun, and the most difficult. For November, I wanted to design a collection that you could use for the upcoming Holidays and for Valentine’s Day.
It’s the time of year that we all love to craft. Whether it be cards or gifts or home decor, I wanted you to be able to use this collection for that too. I hope that I’ve succeeded. As a “test,” I created this little mailbox that can be hung from a doorknob or on the inside of a door. 😉
You can also use it as a home decor piece to place on your table or mantle.
The mailbox base came from the Dollar Tree. I painted it black and used Crackle Medium on top. Once the medium was dry, I painted a coat of white chalk paint on and the crackling began.
I painted the flag red and sponged the edges of the mailbox black for that enameled look. Then, I fussy cut a poinsettia napkin and used Mod Podge to decoupage it on the mailbox.
To finish off the mailbox I used a black Sharpie Marker and the Skinny Alphabet Stencilz to add the word “Noel”. Then, I thinned out black paint and flicked a spatter on the mailbox, and touched up any edges with black.
Finally, I filled it with picks and flowers from the Dollar Tree and a Buffalo Checked Bow.
TA DA! I hope you like it. I’ve been having so much fun with this release I plan on playing a lot more in the coming weeks. ’Tis the season, after all.
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Woo Hoo! It’s Day #7 of Sneaky Peek Week! When I was in Canada recently, I had to see the sweet Giant Pandas at the Calgary Zoo. They were in a glass room where we were able to get really really close to them. I fell in love. Their sweet, serene faces and chubby little bodies …squeee! What’s not to love? Granted, most of the “chub” was fur. After all, how can you get chubby on leaves and shoots, right? So, in honor of Er Shun, Da Mao, Jia YueYue and Jia PanPan I present to you, I’m not fat.
Here’s the inside of the card. It just leaves me gob-smacked. I’m going to head on over to her blog to see how she did this. She uses the leaves from the Rectangular Stamp CutUps to create the tree where she stamped the swing from the Hugs Needed Stamp Set. The background was created using the Great Outdoors Stencilz. To top it off, this card moves! Finally, she added the Celebrate die from the Celebration Toppers CutUps.
It was love at Furst sight for me, too, when I saw this card by Kerry Urbatch. She used the heart from the New Stuck on You CutUps Die to cut the hearts from the top layer of the card. She stamped some of the hearts from the set to create the sweet background and added the spatters. To top everything off, is the sentiment and Valentine giving panda. Sweet.
I love that slanted check that Julee Tilman creates on this card with the New Pattern Builder. When I was younger, I loved getting cards with my new age on them. (Now, not so much) So, I know that that special 8-year-old will love getting this card. She used the NEW Shakey Numbers for the “8″
Finally, Cristena Bagne’s adorable card. She uses the hearts in the cards to stamp up the background and the treat box. They create a wonderful backdrop for this bashful bear.
In the meantime, go to all The Cat Pack’s blogs below and comment. You could win a $10 gift voucher. We’ll pick a winner each day this week from the comments on the blogs and post the winners here and on our Facebook page.
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Congrats! You’ve made it to Day #6 of Sneaky Peek Week. I’ve been wanting to do a celebration set for a while now. Besides graduation, there are so many other times we celebrate in our lives. A new baby, a promotion, getting a new job, being accepted into college… how about the New Year? And, who better to help us celebrate, but the long- eared bunny! Presenting “Winning!”
We picked a WINNER from the comments on Brenda Nakandakari’s blog. And the winner is:
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It’s Day #5 of Sneaky Peek Week. If you’ve had a chance to take a peek at our full release you’ll see we have a LOT of stencilz. 6 to be exact. That doesn’t include our NEW Pattern Builder which comes with 3 different size of stencilz. So, we decided, in all fairness that they deserved their own day. And,they are available now.
Right now, I am having a love affair with my succulents. Who knew there was actually a plant I couldn’t kill? So, I decided to create a succulent background stencilz. As Wendy McGaffey shows in this card, it creates a BEAUTIFUL background. It’s easy when you use our Big Beautiful Blending Brush to blend in the color.
Brenda Nakandakari’s card is so warm and homey with the bear and sentiment from the NEW Hugs Needed Stamp Set. I think the buffalo check creates a great background, and the corners are decorated using the Hand drawn Scrolls Stencilz.
Finally, this card could not have come from anyone else but Julee Tilman. She uses the exact same Succulent Stencilz and Stuck On You Stamp Set, but her card is so rich with color. Her sentiment uses the NEW Skinny Alphabet Stencilz and Hand drawn Scrolls Stencilz to create “Love” panel. Beautiful.
We picked a WINNER from the comments on THIS blog. And the winner is:
Sharon Gullikson! Congrats Sharon. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
Day 4 is here! Woo Hoo! Seems like I’ve been waiting all week for Day 4. What’s so special about Day 4? It’s the day that we show off our NEW Pattern Builder. Our Pattern Builder comes with the builder and 3 different sizes of stripes stencilz. Using the Pattern Builder, you can create customized stripes and plaids with ease. And, it’s available now.
I’m up first. The Holidays are coming and my thoughts are with decorating. I found a cute wood Scottie Dog and decided to give him a Buffalo Plaid Sweater I made with the NEW Pattern Builder . Alas, my dog doesn’t like clothes, so I’ll just have to make do with clothing a wood one. I made the “Noel” with the NEW Skinny Alphabet Stencilz.
Wendy McGaffey’s card has a plaid that is rich in color. She also uses the NEW Skinny Alphabet to personalize her card.
I love the whimsical quality of Kerry Urbatch’s plaid. After she creates the plaid, she doodles over it. Stunning.
This card from Brenda Nakandakari has a plaid that just SHOUTS Christmas. For those of us who live in the hotter parts of the world, we have succulents and cacti, and Brenda uses the NEW Stuck on You Stamp Set to make plants that say “Ho, ho, ho”. ADORBS!
Okay. I actually did the other side of the little Scottie Dog, too. This time I used the NEW Shakey Serif Alphabet Stencilz along with the NEW Stripes/Plaid Stencilz that come along with the NEW Pattern Builder. It was really easy to make this project. Check out the video.
It was so much fun creating different plaids. It will be so much fun to do stripes next. YAY! I hope you liked the cards and project. Now, go the DT’s blogs and comment on their blogs. You could win a $10 gift voucher. We’ll pick a winner each day this week from the comments on the blogs and post the winners here and on our Facebook page.
We picked a WINNER from the comments on Kerry Urbatch’s blog. And the winner is:
Denise Bryant! Congrats Denise. Please contact me at email@example.com to claim your prize.
Day 3 is here! It’s the last the last Sneaky Peek Week of the year and this time of year I tend to feel a little nostalgic and surround myself with people I love and really miss the people who are not around. So, this set celebrates them. This little set is called Hugs Needed. You can get the entire release on November 26. But, if you just can’t wait, the set is available now.
This sweet little card by Kerry Urbatch is just too adorable. This little boy and girl are two separate stamps, but work really well together. Kerry adds some doodles here and there to customize her card.
Beata June creates a scene on her card. It’s simple but, really tugs at the heartstrings.
Am I the only one that let out a great big sigh when I saw this pretty from Rebekah Weckerly? I love this little dog waiting for his person. The delicate clouds she created in the background just add to the whimsical quality of this card.
Finally, Julee Tilman gives us her spin on this set. The background is created using the NEW Pattern Builder and the Stripes and Plaid Stencils. You get 3 different sizes of them when you get the Pattern Builder that you can mix and match. A swatch of grass really brightens up the card and ties the whole thing together.
I hope you really liked the cards The Cat Pack created. Now, go to their blogs and let them know by commenting on their blogs. You could win a $10 gift voucher. We’ll pick a winner each day this week from the comments on the blogs and post the winners here and on our Facebook page.
We picked a WINNER from the comments on Melissa Chipperfield’s blog. And the winner is:
Meghan Kennihan! Congrats Meghan. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
Today is Day 2 of the last Sneaky Peek Week of the year and today we are sneaking peeking a sweet little set called Hello Darlin’. You can get the entire release on November 26. But, if you just can’t wait, the set is available now.
Even flamingoes and ostriches need love. Brenda Nakandakari gives a vintage twist to her pretty card. Is it just me, or are you waiting for ukulele music to start?
I really, really dig Rebekah Weckerly’s card using the same stamps. Same stamps, totally different look, especially where googly eyes are concerned. Googly eyes add sooooo much.
I like this card by Julee Tilman a lottle. Julee uses the NEW Shakey Serif Alphabet Stencilz to create the “Hi” in her card. Since it’s a stencil, it’s a fantastic way to personalize your cards and projects with your own message for a great price. The stripes are custom too, made with our NEW Pattern Builder. You get 3 different sizes of stripes with the Pattern Builder to get you started. It’s a great way to create custom stripes and plaids. And those darling drops on either side of the sentiment? They were made with the NEW Hand drawn Scrolls Stencilz.
Here’s a little video that shows you how the Pattern Builder works.
I’m so excited to announce that The Cat’s Pajamas is sponsoring the Bella Crafts LIVE Event! Join us tomorrow at 10am pst on their Facebook page. It’s sure to be a lottle fun!
That’s it for today. Now, head on over to the The Cat Pack’s blogs, and then comment on their blogs. You could win a $10 gift voucher. We’ll pick a winner each day this week from the comments on the blogs and post the winners here and on our Facebook page.
We picked a WINNER from the comments on Brenda Nakandakari’s blog. And the winner is:
Sarah! Congrats Sarah. Please contact me at email@example.com to claim your prize.
I can’t believe that the year is almost over. Stores are ALREADY putting their Christmas goodies out in the stores and we are putting out Valentine’s Day 😉 Lucky for all of us, every day is the perfect day to tell the ones you care about that you love them.
Today is the very first day of the last Sneaky Peek Week of the year and today we are sneaking peeking a sweet little set called “Stuck on You” and the matching die. You can get the entire release on November 26.
I don’t know what it is that I just love about succulents. They are so cute, but prickly too. Hmm. Kinda sounds like me. This first card is by Wendy McGaffey and her card is just beautifully colored. This stamp set also has a matching die available, to make it easier to arrange your little succulents. Purchase the bundle and save.
I like the way that Cristena Bagne thinks. Her sweet little porcupine/hedgehog just needs some love.
Kerry Urbatch puts a festive twist on these sweet gift bags, stamping the cactus and doodling sweet colored lights on the cactus and at the top of the card. All it needs is the gift and it goes right up on the tree.
Here’s a look at the other. Love the touch of white for a spatter of “snow”. These sweet cards are perfect for those of us that don’t get snow for Christmas.
Deborah Anton creates easy little 3 x 3 cards. They may be small, but they’re mighty.
Don’t forget our TCP Tuesday Challenge. It’s all about November, December and January Holidays.
These cards are just too sweet, don’t you think?! I could only show a few of the pretties The Cat Pack created. Take a gander at the rest of The Cat Pack’s goodies, and then comment on each of the following blogs and you could win a $10 gift voucher. We’ll pick a winner each day this week from the comments on the blogs and post the winners here and on our Facebook page.