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DIY Valentine’s Gift Ideas with Deco Foil Plus Exclusive Freebie!

It’s the cutest month of the year, with oh so many hearts, chocolate and candy and cupids bringing a smile to everyone’s faces. That being said, today I have a post full of fun tips and gift ideas for Valentine’s day using Deco Foil.


Therm O Web Suppies: 

Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets • Summer Rainbow
12″ Foil Laminator
Deco Foil™ White Foam Adhesive
3D White Foam Squares • Combo Pack
iCraft Adhesive™ Tape • 1/2 in
iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive 2.1 fl oz
Zots™ Roll • Small

Other Supplies: 
Free Digital Confetti Hearts Patterned Paper
Papers: Vellum, acetate, kraft, tissue, patterned scrapbooking paper. Also, corrugated cardboard.
Tools: Scissors, Paper trimmer, die cutting machine, Laser Printer, Heart dies (Large and small), Pillow box die

Other: 7/8″ hot pink grossgrain ribbon / Turquoise and pink paper twine / Iridescent thread

These projects were created with some of the new products released at CHA just recently! Be sure to check them out on TOW’s website!

A complete step by step tutorial is waiting for you on Therm O Web’s blog! Here are some cute and colorful DIY’s you might want to check out:

Transparent Mini Tags
Cute Layered Valentine’s Cards
Quick Candy Bar Wrapper
Foiled Acetate Pillow Box
I can’t wait to hear which gift idea is your favorite! Do leave me a comment here and on TOW’s blog letting me know! Plus, I have an exclusive freebie you can use to create these projects!

Thanks for visiting!

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2016: A Year in Review – Easy Cardmaking Techniques to Try Out!

Foil Stamping: 3 ways

This year I tried out the trendy look of foil on cards in as many ways possible. Here are 2 different techniques I used to stamp with foil:

Foiling without expensive tools, using traditional rubber stamps is possible. This technique requires a bit of time and patience and won’t give you perfect, even foiling as when using a laminator, but the result is equally stunning!

Though some still haven’t jumped into the world of digital stamping, “digis” have proven to be so versatile over and over again. Use a laser printer and a laminator for a quick foiled result (here) or use a regular ink jet printer, embossing powder and a heat gun (here).

Though you can use clear stamps to foil images just as you do with rubber stamps, this technique uses embossing powder and a laminator which makes the task even easier. 

Ombre Backgrounds

Use the inks on your stash to create a fresh, colorful background and even add some texture to it with some embossing. All you need is inks, sponge daubers and an embossing folder!
Gold dipping has been trendy for a while now and you sure can translate that cool look to your cards too! This technique gives your usual stenciling a twist to achieve a modern, colorful ombre look with a metallic touch!

Heat Embossing Digital Stamps 

Heat embossing has been usually used only with traditional stamps, but it is possible to do it with digital images too! The trick? Using a regular laser printer on glossy papers that allow the ink to dry slower (watch video here).
More inspiration here.
 

Distressed Foiling

Another fun, unconventional way to use foil is adding distressed touches to patterned paper or even regular solid colored cardstock. There are many ways and many distressed effects you can achieve depending on the application you use (meaning type of glue and tool used to apply), but this is certainly a super easy way that doesn’t necessarily requires a laminator (you can skip that step) and will give you a striking unique effect every time (here).

Foil Resist Watercoloring 

Stamp foiling can be taken to another level using this technique. Watercolors give you a beautiful result every time… Now imagine it paired with foil! Just a few splashes of ink sprays or other water reactive mediums will help you get this effect (here and here).

Foiling Transparencies 

Another fun way of using foil is on transparencies. I’ve tried it out on acetate and heavyweight vellum, both with the help of a laser printer. Vellum can be foiled without a laminator using the technique shown before (here), but make sure to check out how I created these two cards to create custom foiled elements (here) and foiled vellum backgrounds with digital patterned papers (here).

I was drawn to try out different tools and mediums this year… I hope you feel inspired to let your creative curiosity and imagination run wild the upcoming year just as I plan too! I look forward to continuing to play with my stash and explore my craft even more!

As a thank you for being part of my journey on the blog this year, I prepared a couple of freebies you might like to grab! Find links to download on my previous post (here).

Also, I invite you to my Blog Anniversary celebration! The big giveaway party goes up on January 1st. See you there!

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Layered Poinsettia Canvas – DIY Christmas Crafts & Holiday Decor –

‘Tis the season to be crafty… Yes, it’s time for holiday crafts! If you’ve followed my tutorials you’ve noticed that I’ve made a few DIY Christmas decor projects since last year. Today I have a poinsettia canvas with lots of layers for a full, tridimensional look. My Christmas decor theme is usually white, cream, gold and bronze. I went ahead and used elements in the same color scheme for my mini media canvas too.

Supplies:
May Arts Ribbon – 1 inch Gold Faux Suede Leaves, STRING/BURLAP – IRIDESCENT WHITE, 1.5 inch White Lace with Ivory Satin Center Ribbon, 3/4 inch Ivory Lace with Pearl Center Ribbon, 3/8 Inch Multi-Size Beaded String – Ivory, 1 Inch SOLID/WRINKLED – IVORY, 5 inch Ivory Tulle
Die Cuts – Spellbinders: Layered Poinsettia / Prima: Forest Leaves
Stamps – Justrite: Festive Poinsettia
Embellishments – Eyelet Outlet: 12mm sticker jewels in white, gold and flower / Twinklets Diamond Dust / Bead Landing word beads / Miscelaneous: Vintage buttons, large pearl stickers, rhinestone stickers, Christmas tree mesh
Adhesives – 3M spray adhesive / UHU all purpose adhesive / hot glue
Tools: Evolution Advanced die cutting machine, American Crafts heat tool, Stanley mini glue gun, SU Simply Scored Stylus, Stamping block
Other – Therm O Web: Amber Watercolor decofoil, Gold decofoil / Cottonwood Arts

To create this piece I started off by putting together the multi layered poinsettias. Click below to learn how I made them.


Layering the canvas is not as difficult as it seems, but again I mixed many different materials:

1. Use spray adhesive to attach gold Christmas tree mesh. (I used a delicate fishnet mesh.)
2. Add several pieces of lace and ribbon to one side of the canvas. (I attached pearl center lace on top of gold satin ribbon.)
3. Make a triple bow from white crinkle ribbon, layer it with iridiscent and pearl beaded string.
4. Gather together tulle ribbon and attach it underneath the white bow.
5. Add the poinsettias on top of the bow.
6. Embellish the tulle with jewels, rhinestones and buttons.
7. Die cut leaves in white cardstock, adding Diamond Dust or any kind of snow glitter and adhere them around the flowers.
8. Die cut more leaves and foil them with decofoil. (I used a multi colored foil.) Adhere the foiled leaves around the flowers.
9. Add a sentiment. (I used a bead word.)

I hope you are inspired to create your own DIY decor pieces this Christmas using craft supplies you already own! This piece is now sitting on one of my book shelves and it goes along perfectly with the rest of our Christmas decor.

For even more inspiration check out our 
Most pinned Christmas card of the year…(click here)



I also invite you to stop by our Etsy shop and check out our NEW Christmas Collection Stamps and Papers! They are available for instant download and just perfect for those last minute cards and tags! 

Click here to shop.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wish you a wonderful and creative holiday season! Until next time.

Sharing with the following challenges: Frilly & Funky – Home for the Holidays / House of Cards – December challenge & DT call / The Mixed Media Challenge – Merry & Bright / Pearly Sparkles – Merry Christmas / As you like it Challenge – Favorite Gold or Silver / Moving Along with the Times – AG Christmas / Word Art Wednesday – AG / Crimbo Crackers – Non-traditional Christmas / Retarte – AG

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DIY Distressed Foiling – Decofoil Backgrounds –

This month I’ll be featuring new Thermoweb Decofoil techniques and tutorials on how to create unique foiled effects on paper. Today I’m sharing the first tutorial. You’ll learn in a few quick steps how to create unique distressed backgrounds using foil. The result is almost as if you would have painted, splattered and splashed your paper with paint only with a much more beautiful texture, foil.

Supplies:
Thermoweb | Decofoil Transfer Sheets in Gold and Silver, Decofoil Adhesive Pen
Minc Mini machine (or a Foil Laminator)*
3M Spray Adhesive (also suggest Decofoil Fusible Spray Adhesive)
Digital Stamps | Graciellie Design Thoughtful Greetings set
Dies | Spellbinders: Arched Elegance Pocket, A2 Matting Basics
Coloring | Spectrum Noir Markers: CG1, CG2, FS3, TN2, GB8
Miscelaneous | Papers: Vintage handwriting patterned paper, White and Black cardstock / Tools: Printer, scissors, paper trimmer / Embellishments: Crinkle ribbon, silver heart button, gauze
*Not strictly necessary.

To achieve the foil distressed effect You will need these basic supplies (detailed on the supply list above). I’m using spray adhesive and an adhesive pen today but I have tried a different distressed foiling technique before with another adhesive (see tutorial here).
1. Protect your work surface and spray a piece of patterned cardstock with the spray adhesive. To create different splatters try out spraying the paper from different distances. The further you spray the smaller the splatters will be. For bigger splashes spray closer to the paper.
2. Once sprayed place a Decofoil transfer sheet right on top the paper and run it through a Minc machine or laminator at the lowest setting (in this case 1). This step isn’t strictly necessary. If you do not own any of these machines all you need to do is wait between 15 to 30 seconds once the adhesive is applied until it gets a bit tacky and then transfer the foil, burnishing softly with the help of your fingers. (Since the result we’re looking for is distressed it really won’t matter if the foil doesn’t transfer perfectly to the paper.)
3. Remove the foil to reveal your first layer of foil distressing. You can always add more splatters if you wish.
4. Use the adhesive pen to draw random splatters around the edges and even larger dots. 
5. Then cover the paper with a gold Decofoil transfer sheet and run through a Minc machine or laminator. (Again you can skip this step if you wait until the glue gets tacky.)
6. Peel the transfer sheet to reveal the second layer of distressed foiling in gold.

This technique is super easy to achieve and it creates unique backgrounds every time. You can get a lot of backgrounds from 1 single foil transfer sheet and you really don’t need that much adhesive, so this DIY is very affordable too! Make sure you visit Thermoweb’s shop to check out their Decofoil line of adhesives and transfer sheets.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you found this tutorial useful please let me know in the comments. I will be back soon with a second technique using Decofoil, so stay tuned!

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Sharing with:
The Card Concept – Anniversary Inspiration / The Paper Girls – Mixed Media / The Mod Squad Challenge – What’s in your background / SSS Challenge – Happy Birthday / Dies R Us Challenge – Add Scallops / Double D Challenges – Yellow / Scrapyland Challenge – AG / Crafting for all Seasons – Use die cuts / House of Cards – Add Script / Word Art Wednesday – AG

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Valentine’s Treat Bags + DIY Rosettes Tutorial

I’m glad to be able to share a DIY tutorial on a couple of pretty Valetine’s treat bags I created! Ann Butler Designs’ products were key during the process of making these projects I’m showing you today!

Supplies
Stamps: Colorbox Background Basics by Ann Butler – Basket 1 and Picnic 1
Inks: Colorbox Crafter’s Inks by Ann Butler in Sunshine, Colorbox Crafter’s Inks in Bark and Snow
Tools: Colorbox Color Blender, Westcott Titanium Bonded Trimmer and Titatium Non-stick Scissors. WRM Gift Bag Punch Board
Velcro Mini Fasteners – Round 3/8″ Dots
Adhesives: Ad-Tech Crafter’s Tape, Bazic two sided tape and foam tape, Uhu silicone glue
Enviromental Technologies Easy Cast Resin and Easy Mold Silicone Putty
Embellishments: White tulle, SU linen thread, Lara’s Crafts jute twine, gold vintage button, handmade resin flower, staple, mini tag
Paper: Leather textured cardstock

I absolutely love the final look of these pretty treat bags, but for them to look like this I had to create every single thing from scratch. That’s right! The embellishments, the bags themselves were all made from scratch! To see my step by step tutorial click HERE.

I have certainly been inspired to create pretty Valentine’s projects lately, especially for friends and family. I also like to make projects in non-traditional Valentine’s colors. In this particular ocassion I was also inspired by a nice blog hop and challenge being hosted by Latina Crafter!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and tutorial! Have a nice and creative weekend!

I’m sharing my projects with:
Moving Along with Times – Button It
The Cheerful Stamp Pad – Valentine
All Crafts Challenge – Anything but a Card
Crafty Cardmakers – Something Old (cardstock), something new (stamps)
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes
Latina Crafter – Blog Hop Party Favors con Amor

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DIY Pearl Pins


I´m so happy to be able to show you something that´s been on my mind for a while. The other day I went to a craft store and I wanted to buy some pearl pins. In the end I didn´t buy them because of the sole thought that someone could pinch their finger with an embelishment… Uh oh, no sir.

So I remembered something, I made jewelry in my past life (meaning 7 years ago or so). I have a big box of pearls, crystals and stones… And I had the idea of making them myself, using earring pins. Take a look:

So, first of all, arrange the stones you’ll be using in the pin, because you have to glue them fast. You will only need a tiny drop of glue for each stone. Apply the glue and run the pearl immediately to its place. Repeat it for the crystal. If when applying the glue there is any excess, clean right away, don’t wait until it’s dry (it worked better for me that way). And that’s about it… It’s sooo easy I couldn’t resist to make a BUNCH of them!

These are meant to be used in between a bow on a card. My next post will include one of these for sure. The best thing about them is that no one is going to pinch themselves, since these pins don’t have a sharp point.

Hope you enjoyed this DIY tutorial, and most of all, that you found it useful!