Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Gecko Galz Christmas Tag Celebration

Welcome to all my friends visiting from the Gecko Galz blog. Today my tags are featured on the blog and you are likely here to find out how they were made.

I love the vintage metal look of these tags. It reminds me of an old Victorian Copper Ceiling. It's hard not to go all Victorian when Christmas come to the blog. Its everything I love, lavish laces, ornate decorations, fresh pine swags and bows, It is my favourite era this time of year.

Vintage Tag How To:

The tags were created using a cover weight white cardstock. I used the tag die from Heartfelt Creations Snow Kissed Flake and Tag.

Using the round Tim Holtz ink sponger I applied Faded Jeans, Ground Espresso and Forest Moss to the tag. I tried to colour a triangle shaped area of each colour.

Next  I lightly misted the tag with water to activate the ink. Use a damp paint brush to mix the ink to achieve your desired pattern.

While the tag is still damp, gently put it in your chosen embossing folder. I used the leaf flourish folder from Darice. To add interest to the piece I only put 2/3 of the tag inside the folder and turned it slightly to create an angled effect.

Once the tag dried I applied a tiny amount of Faber Castell Texture Lux. Be sure to barely get any on your finger as it goes a long long way. Gently rub the raised area of the tag. Be sure to be sporadic and don't cover the entire embossed pattern.

Using Kraft Cardstock I created a neutral base for the tag and glued it down.

Once the two pieces were dry I used my cropadile to punch a hole in the top of the tag, being sure to go through both layers for added stability.

Using the beautiful Gecko Galz images I fussy cut my focal image and popped it up using foam squares.

To finish the tags, I tied a pretty crimson ribbon to each.

I hope you enjoyed my tags and can't wait to create more projects for you in 2017.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Merry Christmas

Technically it is Boxing Day, but the warm wishes I send are none the more diminished.

This year was challenging for many of us. We all seem to have lost loved  ones, weathered illness, family feuds, health issues and financial burdens. I am grateful for the gift of Christmas. It gives me the opportunity to reflect on the many blessings in my life. A tiny baby changed history forever. Our Lord came to save us from our sins. Our debt is paid, still his love protects us and carries us through times of fear and darkness.

I am so glad to count so many talented crafters among my list of blessings. Each of you inspires me and pushes me to use my creativity in new ways.

I have big plans for My Grandma's Teacups in 2017. Thee monthly newsletter is going to be revamped to include more insiders tips on new products being released, vip sales and events as well as information about retreats, crops and markets so that My Grandma's Teacups subscribers can stay on top off all the happenings in the papercrafting industry.

In 2017 you will see changes to the blog, including regular posting as well as scheduled guest posts from some extremely talented crafters.

Our online and pop up shop will be getting a face lift as well as bringing in a large selection of new product lines. Organizers who are planning events requiring a vendor or supplies for a class, please email me at mygrandmasteacups@gmail.com.

Our youtube channel is going to be much busier this year with a goal of 3 new tutorials a month covering papercrafts, planning and Bible Journalling.

2017 will also find me creating for both Canvas Corp and Gecko Galz for the second year. Both of these teams are incredible and I am looking forward to my second term.

From my family to yours this Christmas, have a Merry Christmas and a very happy 2017.