Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last post for 2013 and Happy New Year

Dear Scrappers,
For my last of the year, I saved the little favor boxes that I decorated for my dear friends and my children's teachers:

I bought the take-out boxes last January at Big Lots and got some ceramic crosses, corn flowers, and a corn-angel from the Market downtown...
I made the tags using the dimensional element shapes from CTMH and some tags from a Christmas favor kits (CTMH). I stamped in archival black ink (CTMH) the baby Jesus and in gold the start. In ruby ink, I added a "December 25" from the Sparkle and Shine WOTG (CTMH).

On the back, I stamped either my children's names, or our family name and some sayings...

This is how the teachers' favors looked like when done...

This year, I didn't have much trouble finishing around 20 of those taking those nice shortcuts ;-)
Thank you for following me through this year. I hope to see your comments during next year as well and wish you best luck, health, love, and happiness for the 2014!!!!
Happy New Year

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Vicky Tovar

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Time for Christmas Cards and more Challeges

Dear scrappers,
So many project, so little time, and so many blog challenges to get inspired:
For today I took two, time to Sparkle & Shine at H2H blog and Ruby & Juniper at Color my Heart Color dare Blog:

I helped a friend to make some cards (thank you Dawn) when she bought the big card kit from CTMH Shine & Sparkle at Gloria's (my CTMH upper line) and we made the 2 cards suggested in the instruction and them we had fun making changes using the cut kit pieces, the flourish, and ruby glitter tape from CTMH:

Here is my take for both challenges:

I hope you enjoy my cards, and get further inspired.
Have a blessed week and wish you Merry Christmas if I don't get to blog before the 25th,

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Vicky Tovar

Friday, December 20, 2013

Another Quick Project: "Gift Card Holder"

Dear scrappers,
Once again, I decided to do a quick gift card holder for my Angel project at my local parish:

I used the BigZ die for memo holders and updated to hold a gift card by scoring it the size of the card and attaching another piece of paper with washi tape (CTMH).

I used one 6x12 piece of B&T from CTMH to cut the holder, the flowers (included in the died) and the small piece to hold the card.
This paper is great because is thick enough and double sided. The piece I used was from last year Christmas collection...
I added a piece of ribbon as handle and fussy cut two small leaves from glitter ribbon. The flower should had 3 layers, but I lost one and didn't want you waist more time cutting it again, my has only 2 and serves to keep the holder close...
To finish the look, I just added a Rhinestone to center of the flower, a small piece of the edge paper strip of the paper, and another star rhinestone to highlight the paper strip.

I was finish in less than 6 min., thus I decided to enter this project to the 10 min. Craft-32 challenge:
This is my second entrance...
I am also participating in the Blog Quick Quotes Friday Challenge 34:

I hope you enjoy this quick and neat project. Right due cut can make your life so much easier...
Have a wonderful weekend,
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Vicky Tovar

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Quicky Project and Nice Card for a Wine Bottle

Dear scrappers,
I made this quick wine card for a friend and had less than 10 min. To finish it, thus I decided to use the 10 minute craft-32 challenge as my inspiration:

I used a 3x12 inches of B&T CTMH paper from last year Christmas collection. I folded it in 4 and sealed it with a CTMH poinsettia brad. I added a piece of ribbon and glued it to the middle to served as a handle.

I used a piece of the CTMH tags dimensional elements to stamp my Sparkle & Shine sentiment. I added a ruby inked veneer bird as accent to finish the look.

I added another sentiment to the back and hand -wrote the names. I was done in 7 min. With enough time to wrap the bottle with cellophane paper and add a ribbon...
I just added 2 chocolates to the little pockets and voila I was done ;-)
It was a fun project to make, thus I made 3 more using the Shine and Sparkle left over pieces from my WSOTG... And used the
Heart to heart spark and shine blog challenge to make 3 more for other gifts:

I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I did. I got the little card ideas from another CTMH consultant: Linda, thank you girl...
Merry Christmas

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Vicky Tovar

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Canvas- 2nd Sample

Dear Scrappers,

After finishing my previous sample, I realized that I didn't have enough white embroidery paper for all the class kits. Thus, I decided to do a sample using an more gold color palette coordinating with the other papers included in the handmade paper pack:

I let my kids (my 6 yo boy and my 4 yo daughter) help me cover some of the dimensional shapes from CTMH with washi tape. Btw they each did a triangle of my Christmas tree sample...
I know they might not be perfect, but I love them because they made them :-)
Thus, I left mine out and just showcase theirs. I might put a note in the back of the canvas to journal their ages and the date they made the ornaments...

I added the same elements to the canvas and this time I distressed with brass Tim Holtz distressing ink...
I added three silk flowers from Michaels and used a different punch around the page punch from MS...

I was very surprise to realize that my son's ornaments weren't that different from mine, meaning that he is very talented (or I that I not that much... Let's keep it at he is really talented ;-)
He even added a smily face with my crop-a-dile...
I added some inked veneer birds that I got from Stamp Antonio last year.

I stamped some Christmas flowers with clear ink (CTMH) and sprinkle some golden glitter embossing powder and heat embossed the sole background:

I used a different sentiment from another CTMH stamp set from last year and stamped directly to a piece of the gold-pieces-containing paper, trimmed it, and attached with dimensional glue dots:

I will submit this project again to the Connie can Crop blog challenge, We washi you a Merry Christmas:

I hope you enjoy this project and its versatility...
Best weekend to you my dear scrappers,

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Vicky Tovar

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Canvas- playing with textures

Dear scrappers,
I hope this third time is the charm... I try to post this since yesterday ;-) and my iPad died or the app crashed :-(
Finally, the sample for the coming class is done. I used two different challenges as inspirations:
"We washi you merry..." At Connie can Crop blog:
And "All framed up" at Heart 2 Heart blog:
Here is the final project:

I used it to frame my last year Christmas card, but the best thing is that I can replace the picture as many times as I wish because of the clothespin (I bought from Michaels $1 bin and embellished using liquid pearls and green Glitz, CTMH). Btw, The silk flowers also came from the $1 bin from Michaels:

For the Christmas tree, I got inspired by the washi you merry challenge and covered some corrugated board pieces from CTMH, which were in the "while supply last" section, with washi tapes from CTMH and Tim Holtz...:

I made the star out of some glitter ribbon and added some Rhine stones and white star sequins to embellish the tree. For the trunk, I stained an arrow from that corrugated boards set with Tim Holtz distressing ink.

I used some many different papers, some from SEI (the blue with the snow flakes) and from another paper packs. I used some hand made papers for the frame (with embroidery and metallic ships), which I bought at Marshall's.

I embossed the red typed card stock with embossing folders and in the blue card stock, I made some faux stitching using a black CTMH marker and a hole piercing tool.

I punched around the lower card stock edge with an snow flake punch around the page set from Martha Stewart and distressed all card stocks with silver distressing inks from Tim Holtz.
To finalized the Christmas look, I stamped my title with CTMH ruby ink and the Shine & Sparkle stamps set from the workshop on the go kit.
Today, I finished the other canvas using a more gold color palette. I will post it tomorrow ;-)
I hope you enjoy and get inspired by this fun project. Let's hear your comments...
Have a wonderful midweek :-))

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Vicky Tovar

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas little gifts 2010- challenge

Dear Scrappers,
I am trying to catching up with my posting as my 12 days of Christmas or advent own challenge ;-)
I did this little gifts for my close friends and one of my son's teacher:

I used some paper included in the Paper Work's monthly club kit for November or December 2010.
I stamped the border with one of CTMH stamps...

The little box was provided by a friend of mine as her workshop for our unit CTMH meeting and from there I combined the idea with another consultant 25 Christmas cards pieces.

I used some squares from the CTMH mistletoe paper pack, juniper, New England ivy, ruby, and parchment card stocks, a Marta steward edge punch, and some Rhine stones using the ibond.

I will post this project in the Monday Challenge from Craft spot by Kimberly blog:

I liked so much the results that I did little treat pouches using the same stamped images and papers...

I hope you enjoy this post and have a wonderful week,

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Vicky Tovar

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Scrapbooking Layout

Dear Scrappers,
I made these two 2-page layouts for my non-stamping club scrappers.
I used the Shine and Sparkle workshop on the go' sketch and adapted it using the Sparkle & Shine Complements Dimensional Elements to replace all the stamped elements. I flipped the color palette to make it more fun:

I used Red Glitz™ Glitter Gel to add some shine instead of using the Sparkles Flourishes included in the workshop on the to version:

For the extra layout, I ran out of the ruby paper, thus, I replaced with a dark red card stock I had. I flipped the papers again and added some shine drawing some flourish using the liquid pearl (glittery) paint. I used the left over or negative shape from the red B&T cricut cut after cutting the shapes for the stamping layout.

I had so much fun playing with this workshop on the go kit and after 8 finished pages, I only needed to add 4 pages of solid card stock for the bases of the extra layouts and still have left over papers to make some cute cards :-)
I hope you enjoy this reminder to simplify and still get great results...
Have a wonderful Sunday,

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