Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sugar Kissed Cottage Tag Tutorial

Hello friends!
Here is the tag I created using our Sugar Kissed color theme of pink and red.

I start by taking a manila tag and inking it with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
See the brown background? That is my nonstick craft mat. I love this mat! I definitely recommend it as the perfect work surface. I heard about them by Tim Holtz, who always uses them. They are by Ranger and are perfect for painting, inking and gluing. Nothing sticks and they are heat resistant. They are very similar to silpat mats, which are baking sheets made popular by Martha Stewart.

I stamped lace ribbon along the edge of my tag using Coffee Archival ink. Archival ink is the best ink for stamping! It's fade resistant, waterproof and non smear capabilities makes it wonderful for stamping and coloring. Archival ink is also available by Ranger. The stamp is by Prima but you can use a strip of real lace across the edge too!

I then stamped a swirl at the bottom of the tag using Barn Door Distress Ink.

I am creating a paper rosette for this tag, so I start with a 1 x 12 inch strip of patterned paper, scored every 1/4 inch.

I have a Tim Holtz paper Rosette Die that perfectly cuts and scores my paper, but cutting it yourself and fan folding your strip works as well.

You will then glue the 2 ends together giving you this tube shape.

You can then flatten out your rosette. You will need to glue a circle to the center of your rosette on the back. This keeps the rosette laying flat and not popping back up as it tends to want to

I then took a small scrap of paper about 2 x 3 and added a decorative strip across the bottom.

I distressed the edges and inked it with Red Barn Distress Ink. I then glue it to the tag. Next I added the rosette to the center.

I added 2 decorative circles to the center of the rosette.

I added silver glitter glue around the edges of the paper rosette.

Print and cut out Sugar Kissed cottage.

Glue cottage to center of rosette.
I stamped Merry Christmas along the top of my tag with Barn Door Distress Ink.

I added glittered dots that I found at Hobby Lobby along the side of the tag. I also added touches of glitter along the edges of my tag as well as along the top to create the look of icicles.

Thank you for visiting us today! Come back tomorrow when we will announce the winner of our first Sugar Kissed giveaway!


Monday, November 29, 2010

Sugar Kissed Gift Bag Tutorial

Hello friends!
Today I am showing you how to create this great little gift bag!

I start by cutting 12, 4 x 1 inch strips of red cardstock.

Then bend each strip in half and staple together. I am using the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher for this. It's a great mini stapler!

Now glue all 12 pieces together.

Next I created a paper rosette for the center. A rosette can be created by taking a 1 x 12 inch strip of paper and fan folding every quarter of an inch. Then glue the 2 ends together. Afetr it dries completely you can flatten the paper to create your rosette.

I have a paper rosette die by Tim Holtz which can be used if you own a Sizzix or Cuttlebug machine. It cuts and scores the perfect sized strips. This is definitely one of my favorite new tools!

I added silver glitter to the edges of my rosette.
I then cut a 1 x 6 inch strip of red music note paper and distressed the edges. I then inked and added gold glitter around my banner strip.


I glued the strip across the bow and then added the paper rosette.
I stamped Merry Chrsitmas from a Tim Holtz stamp set on to a sheet of white cardstock. I cut it out and inked over the words with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give it a more aged look. I then added pink glitter around the edges and glued to the center of the rosette. 

For the bag I took a plain lunch bag and cut off about 3 inches from the top using my pinking shears.

I took this paper ribbon punch by Martha Stewart to cut 2 strips of red paper. This punch is one of my very favorites out my large collection of punches! It is so versitale! I love how it looks on everything!

I glue the strips on to the bag and then added the bow to the center.

I hope you try this project! It's a great way to make a festive looking present and be very green by using lunch bags!

Wishing you a crafty day, Lindsey

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Carols

Hi friends!
Today we are sharing a vintage songbook from our collection.

The illustrations are so sweet and brings back fond childhood memories.

Feel free to enlarge these images and print them up if you wish.
It would be fun to share it with your little ones.

We hope you are enjoying Sugar Kissed Christmas and I want
to remind you of the giveaway.  Just leave a comment on this post.
It ends Dec. 1st.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday.

Twyla and Lindsey

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Sugar Kissed Wreath

Hello friends!
Today we are sharing a tutorial for this lovely wreath created for our Sugar Kissed Christmas Vignette!

Start by taking a styrofoam wreath which can be found at any craft store, and wrap all the way around it with yarn.  The easiest way we found to do this is by making two balls of yarn and just wrap them around
the wreath together pushing the yarn together as you go to create a plush look.  Hide ends on back side.

I then created this little mini banner using a chipboard banner set by Maya Road along with pink snowflake paper by October Afternoon. Vintage song sheet paper circles, OA alphabet stickers and red and white bakers twine finish off this banner.

I wrapped the baker's twine around the wreath and tilted the wreath so that the banner would hang off center.

A strip of wide red lace ribbon wrapped around the wreath and tied with a bow at the top made the perfect hanger for the wreath.

A variety of paper rosettes, velvet leaves and chipboard holly were the perfect accents for this wreath.

The possibilities of color combinations and styles for these wreaths are endless! A truly fun project!

I hope you try creating one this season!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend, Lindsey and Twyla