Monthly Archives: December 2017

I Brake For…Bisters!

Hello crafty friends.  It’s my turn on the I Brake For Stamps blog and today I am sharing a gift bag made using Bisters for the colors.

What are Bisters?  Bister is a wood stain that creates beautiful backgrounds. It is water soluble. To use, put a tiny amount on card stock and spray with water. You can use a light spray or a heavier spray, depending on the background that you want to achieve

You can find Bisters on the IBFS store here.

For my bag I used Bisters in the Mahogany and Green colors to make the Poinsettias,  leaves and the background.  These colors have a rich and rustic look to them. They are beautiful and it is hard to capture the colors in a photo.

For the main flower I sprinkled mahogany bister on watercolor paper and spritzed water.  Here is what it looks like before cutting out the shapes.  The color is a rich dark red.

Here are the poinsettia die cuts -I used the Spellbinders Poinsettia dies.  I just put the pieces together and attached a dark red glittery  pearl to the center.

Here is the sheet with Green bisters and the leaves cut out.

Once I had the flower finished I made a bag using the We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board.  I made several bags this season for gifts and really love this tool.

I lightly sprinkled some Green Bister onto the bag before I put it together -it gives the bag a bit more of a rustic look. I also punched out some leaf branches and a tag with the leftover piece of green stained paper.

Hop on over to the IBFS store and check out all the Bister colors.  They are so much fun to work with!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sisterhood of Crafters

Hello friends – today marks a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters Blog – and the theme is All About Christmas!

I know you have many Christmas cards  either ready to hand out or already mailed, so why don’t you show us what you have?  All the details can be found here.

Here is one of the cards I made this year.

I used the beautifully drawn image from Power Poppy on a stitched oval die cut.  It was colored with copic markers using reds and blues.   A stardust gel pen was used to add sparkle throughout the image.  The patterned paper on the bottom was some holiday paper left over from years ago.  A snowflake punch with a blue rhinestone were used to tie it all together.

I used this image as my main holiday card this year and decided to do two versions of the card.  Here is the same image and card design, but using different patterned paper and a slightly different coloring scheme.

Thanks for stopping by today!!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

I Brake For…Tags!

Hello friends!  It’s December and just about 2.5 weeks away from Christmas!  I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the season.

It’s my turn on the I Brake For Stamps blog and I have a couple of holiday tags to show you.  To get the most out of my Christmas stamps I like to use them not only for cards, but for tags as well.   My craft room is filled with enough paper, ink, ribbons and stamps so I really don’t need to buy ready made tags.

Here is the first..

 

This tag uses the cute North Pole Postage stamp found here.

I colored it with copics and adhered it to a tiny red card that opens up and provides a space for you to write To/From.

From there I attached it to a base that consisted of red cardstock and a snowflake die cut.  The die cut was attached to the red cardstock with spray adhesive – its the best thing to use when you have a die cut with a lot of open spaces.  The only problem is you only get one chance to attach it.  Once it is on the paper it is stuck!  No repositioning!    And forget about the fancy twine in the scrapbook aisle.. that white string is crochet thread – cheap and lasts forever.

The next tag uses the beautiful stamp called Poinsettias…found here. 

As you can see I only used part of the stamp – I colored it with copics, cut it out and attached it to a die cut tag.

Over the years (decades?) of paper crafting I have learned not to spend a lot of money on gift wrap.  For small items I use my (large) stash of patterned paper to make gift card holders, envelopes, boxes and bags.  For larger gifts I have a roll of white wrapping paper that I purchased at a local retail supply house.  With white wrapping paper you can do so much – it can be used for any occasion – just dress it up with ribbons or stamp on it and you have a custom design.

For this package I used a pretty gold ribbon that I saved from  a gift I received last Christmas along with some plain red satin ribbon to wrap the box.  Add the tag and I’m done!

Hop on over to the IBFS store and check out the thousands of stamps – I know you will find something to you liking.

Thanks for stopping by today!