Saturday, 30 November 2013

December Daily all prepped and ready to go videos!

December Daily 2013 album Part 1

December Daily 2013 album Part 2

Final mini clip of remaining pages.

I sound so serious!!! Ha ha ha! TFLx
Just to clarify I did not buy the Dec Daily 2013 kit from Studio Calico, I bought the 25 days class that came with a free bonus kit, now sold out.
I also included cards from the Holiday cards add on for Project life kit

Bumper Christmas Final Countdown close-down!! So sorry......

we were a few days short this year, but Ofsted got in the way!! (If you are a teacher you will totally relate!!)
Here are the few ideas I did not get to share with you, all in one bumper post!!
This is my first Pinspiration board of ideas for Envelopes, stitched page protectors, doileys, and twine.
There are lots of mini envelopes out there to buy or you could make your own.
Here are a few I collected from my stash that I intend to include. Also glassine bags for layering and as pockets.

Doileys are a big trend at the moment and I have even seen them made into envelopes (see above). I used a gold doiley on my front cover.
Twine is a lovely thing to include, I love the red and white but there are lots of choices!
I have used it for tying and for stitching as well as on tags and envelopes.
Fabric, ribbon, alphabet thickers, buttons, brads as well as embossing folders, vintage graphics and Christmas Quotes.
Fabric can be included in various ways. You can stamp on it and print on it as well as make a complete page out of it and mist it! Above I have pinned some ideas for brads and buttons in the shapes of trees and baubles, as well as just grouping them in coloured rows. You can even stitch them to paper clips or sticky back canvas. 
Cover plain or mismatched thickers with Washi tape.
I have a Christmas quotes board over on Pinterest and I have used a few already but there are loads more you could include. I typed one onto some fabric. 
 Embossing folders can be good with metal foil and starched fabric, that I pre-misted.
 Here is one of my favourite graphics from the Graphics fairy, but she has lots of free images you could use.
I printed this on book paper and calligraphy scrapbook paper, but you can also sketch them with sketch pens and print them on fabric! Possibilities are endless!
Finally you can stitch straight through your page protectors to make great little pockets and frames. I love what Maggie Holmes and Lisa Truesdell have done with theirs.
Maggie Holmes
Lisa Truesdell
More ideas on my December Daily Board here.
Here are some pockets I stitched from a cut down 12 x 12 page protector, that I can add as and when. I secured the wood veneers with sticky dots and stitching. The sequins are free. The first pocket has one of my quotes printed on acetate in it too. 
I hope you have enjoyed these ideas I have shared and you are inspired to create your own December Daily kit or use some of them to add to one you have bought. I hope to make a short video of mine today to share what it looks like already. TFLx

Christmas Countdown Day 22 Die Cutting

You can cut any shape from the Silhouette store easily but you can also make your own.
I have bought quite a few digital files to include in my December Daily and they are so easy to use on the Cameo. You just need to open the png or svg file in your Silhouette software and click on the trace button then highlight the shape, trace it and remove the High pass filter and fiddle with the threshold until you get a good solid outline, then click on outer edge or outer and inner to get the cut you want.
Don't forget if you are printing and cutting, to work on A4 or letter sized mat and add registration marks. Print it first then place it on the mat for cutting and detect the registration marks automatically.
There are also lot's of freebies out there too! This one I had pinned to my Cameo board on Pinterest and I used it to cut the POW glitter paper for my front cover.

You can also design your own die cuts from any image.
This was an image I got off the web as clipart or outline and then traced it, removing any really fine details that were too fine to cut.
This one I decided to experiment with how fine I could cut and on thin card stock it worked well!
I made it 6x4 size for a pocket but liked it so much I used it for a card! I can always cut a few more!
You can also make cuts from fonts and dingbats on the web, I made these tags in Kraft.....
I cut vellum cards on my Cameo.........
And some die cut shapes and envelopes.................
I don't have many dies for my Cuttlebug, but you could use that just as well. I have also die cut the new Silhouette chipboard.
Watch out for all of the above appearing in my Jingle Journal! TFLx

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 21 Heat Embossing

Heat embossing is something that I had stopped doing because I could not be bothered to get out my heat gun and all the powders, but I have rediscovered it recently! I made these enamel look discs a few years ago in a Christmas countdown here and thought I might use the same effect to make some fake flair!
The base for these discs was a metal charm from Tim Holtz, but a chipboard disc or wood veneer disc would work just as well. 
Here I used a chipboard disc and punched a patterned paper circle and glued it on the chipboard, then I triple embossed it with UTEE.
I embossed some wood veneer shapes......

I embossed on vellum.......
I embossed on Kraft card stock with silver pearl.........

I embossed on chalkboard paper and patterned paper in white.......

I embossed in gold glitter zing and silver tinsel.........

Add some sparkle to your December Daily with heat embossing! TFLx

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 20 Using Vellum

We have not being doing much with Vellum recently, it has fallen out of favour a bit but I wanted to include some of my favourite techniques in my Jingle Journal. This is a stamp I embossed in white Zing embossing powder. I love the white on white effect.
Another thing I like to do is print on vellum. I had some printable vellum but I am sure if you print on the draft setting and let it dry thoroughly, any vellum would work.
 I selected photographs from my Pinterest board and then sized them to 6x4 cards or 3x4.
 Some of the smaller ones I also stamped and embossed words on top too! I tried gold, silver and white.
I also used vellum to make my own envelopes for confetti or journaling.
I stamped on vellum with gold brilliance ink and then ran it through  my typewriter.

I punched vellum snowflakes for see through page protector pockets and stars that I stitched or stapled on Kraft tags.

I ran vellum through my Cameo and cut out some great shapes including the deer head and the envelope pocket from the Silhouette online store.
 I also designed some cards using shapes I had in  my library on a pre-sized 6x4 and 3x4 card size and cut them in patterned vellum.
You can even emboss it in some embossing folders.
So what's not to like? Dig out that vellum!! TFLx