Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy New Year with Quick Quotes

Good morning, Alicia here today.  We at Quick Quotes hope you had a Merry Christmas! Now onto thinking about the next holiday...can you believe it will be 2017 next week?  Where has this year gone?  I am welcoming the new year with a little bit of a fancy card.  We all need some sparkle in our lives! 

I used one of my favorite techniques with the Quick Quotes Powderpuff Chalking inks and that is to highlight embossed surfaces.  I also used another favorite and that is simply to color the white paper with ink.  I wanted the cork to be, well, cork colored. So I made the cut in white and dabbed the ink over the entire cut.  I also inked the "label" slightly with the same color to give it a vintage look.

I chalked all the edges of my cuts with Quick Quotes Powderpuff Chalking inks.  It really helps to soften the edges of manual and electronic die cuts.  I added Want 2 Scrap bling to the lattice created by the embossing folder for a festive look.  The Want 2 Scrap Mother of Pearl rhinestones blended perfectly with Earth Wind Fire 105 paper.

Quick Quotes products used:

other products:
Cricut cuts:  Creative Memories Divine Wedding and Quarter Note font
Wink of Stella pens:  clear and silver
Sizzix embossing folder
white cardstock

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Clara with Sketch N Scrap sketch

It is time for my last post for Sketch N Scrap, I absolutely love their sketches, Lisa and Heather are fantastic ladies.  It has been a great couple of years,  I will miss being on the design team but I promise to play along regularly.  

Here is the sketch:

Some of my details:

Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet collection
Adirondack Eggplant ink
Creative Memories punch
Stampin Up Red Riding Hood
Spellbinders label die
Quick Quotes Milk Chocolate chalking ink

Don't forget to play along at Sketch N Scrap!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Last Minute Gifts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Last Minute Gifts Blog Hop!  You are at the beginning Alicia's blog.  As we approach the holiday season, I am sure we are all scrambling to find unique gift ideas. We hope as you hop along you are inspired by each bloggers ideas.

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Email her at scrapsbygracie AT with your order. 

All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is commKiment on each of the blogs.
That's it! It really is easy.  
Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too. 

Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs).
Now on with the hop!

I am having fun with up-cycling lately.  Sshhhh, this one is for my sister.  I was going to throw out this cheese grater it was cheap and starting to rust.  So I searched Pinterest for something to do with it.  My sister loves owls, so this idea was perfect.  I used some lids, glitter bottle caps, bead caps and glitter brads to make the eyes.  I added a Tim Holtz pen nib for the beak. 

I found the stick in my yard and used bead chain to create the claws.  The hardest part was manipulating the handle to make ears.  I glued it all together with hot glue.

Next up is Amanda, let's see what she has for a last minute gift.

If you get lost along the way, here is the entire lineup:

Alicia ~

Amanda ~
Sue ~
Kim ~
Holli ~
Lisa ~
Jearise ~
Card A Day Challenge blog ~
Theresa ~

I would like to enter this in the following challenges: until 12/30 x until 12/31x until 1/31x

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Sketch N Scrap layout sketch with Spice Market

Hello!  Sketch N Scrap readers!  Today I have a layout of dinner.  All I do on vacation is eat, drink and lay on the beach.  I find it very relaxing.  I don't do coffee drinks but this was a special Italian one, so I tried it!  

Here's the sketch from Sketch N Scrap:

Some details of my layout.  I love the embellishments I recently picked up at Tuesday Morning.

Basic Grey Spice Market papers
Echo Park dark green papers
Creative Memories sticker letters
Quick Quotes chalking inks:  Barnboard and Rusty Nail
white card stock
washi tape

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to play along this month at Sketch N Scrap!


Holly Jolly Hex Card

Hello, Alicia posting today with a hex card inside the Spellbinders Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box.  I used holly paper and pearls to make this festive shaped mini card.

I created the perfect fitting hex card by using the hex die itself.  I folded a scrap piece of paper and traced the inside of the die leaving the fold inside the hex.  I then fussy cut leaving the folded side uncut.  I traced it again on another patterned paper and simply cut it about an eighth an inch shorter on all sides.I added a sticker and pearls to finish off the card. It slips inside perfectly!

Dies R Us Products used:

CLOSEOUT - Spellbinders Boxes - Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box
Spellbinders Hexagon Pinwheel Box

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Check back daily for more great inspiration from the girls on the design team.

Why not check out all the fabulous dies available at the Dies R Us store AND, 
don't forget we have a Dies R Us Challenge Blog too!

A new challenge is offered on the 1st and 15th of each month with a PRIZE VOUCHER 
offered to the lucky winner of each challenge.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Surprise gift! Quick Quotes Earth Wind Fire layout

Good morning!  Alicia here today with a two page layout.  I am scrapping an interesting gift my boys received from their aunt and uncle one Christmas.  Since the gift was a ski trip and there was nothing physical to wrap, my sister-in-law made a puzzle out of the surprise!  I used the new Quick Quotes Earth Wind Fire collection to scrap this memory.

I also used several Quick Quotes Chalking Inks to ink up some chipboard pieces to create a tree and gifts.  The finishing touches include ribbon and some bling!

Quick Quotes Products used:
Green with Envy PowderPuff Chalking Ink
Aqua PowderPuff Chalking Ink
Navy PowderPuff Chalking Ink
Java PowderPuff Chalking Ink
Earth Wind Fire 106 paper
Earth Wind Fire 107 paper
Earth Wind Fire 110 paper
Ribbon Grab Bag

other ingredients:
chipboard and bling
Tim Holtz On the edge scallop die
Creative Memories tree border punch
Creative Memories Cricut font Tis the Season Sleigh Ride
Our Daily Bread Designs Stitched Star die

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

I like you a latte: Stick it Down card sketch

 I had one extra minute while I was waiting for some pictures to print.  I saw this cute sketch and was looking for an excuse to use some new product I received from Joann's Black Friday sale.  So I whipped up this cute card.  I wanted to send it to my sister for her birthday today, but I sent a card that actually says Happy Birthday.  I will send this to her at some point.

Some of the details:

I spent some time on the details that I ended up covering up.

Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Fresh dies
Tim Holtz Texture Fades On the Go
Tim Holtz Distress ink Tea Dye
The Paper Studio Coffee Cafe stamps
Quick Quotes chalking inks: Light Moss and Peach Tree
Zig brown pen
misc papers and card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Unstampabelles Flickering light Challenge

Hello dear readers!  Today I am guest designing at Unstampabelles challenges and this month's challenge Flickering lights and remember the caveat is NO STAMPING.  I had to think for a minute but early on settled on using some flickering tea lights left over from my wedding.  Then I saw this youtube video. If you take the time to watch the video, you will notice I did it my own way...isn't that what being an artist is about?  She used rock salt but I used Epsom salts.  They are much cheaper.  She coated a votive and I up-cycled some jars.  

I coated my jars using a sponge paint brush then sprinkled Epsom salts over the jar letting the excess land in my platter.

This step strays from the video in that since she used votives, she did not have lids to decorate.  I did have votives but I thought the lids would be fun to decorate.  I run across a problem, acrylic paint doesn't stick to the jar lids.  I found another video similar in nature that suggested using old nail polish first after which the paint will adhere!  So I dug out the oldest polish I had (that probably should have been thrown out already) and swiped it on liberally.  I painted them silver to match the Ball jar I used that already had a silver lid.

I added die cut papers, felt snowflakes, wooden snowflakes and ribbon to the lid.  Actually I won a gift certificate to DL.ART and purchased this hand dyed seam binding called Mermaid's tale.  I picked all the embellishments to match it!  It is just gorgeous!

Here's the inside of the jar where the votive can be turned on and off.

A close up of the frost effect of the Epsom salts.

A better view of the lids.

glass jars
epsom salts
Modpodge (glue)
nail polish and silver acrylic paint
silver wood snowflakes
Stampin Up felt snowflakes (very old)
Spellbinders large scallop circle die
Our Daily Bread Designs pierced circle die
Basic Grey snowflake paper (also very old scraps)
silver paper
DL.Art dyed seam binding

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Holiday Magic Blog Hop

Welcome to the 
Holiday Magic Blog Hop
Thank you for joining us for a weekend full of the magic of the Christmas Holidays! Our talented crafters have created all sorts of projects to inspire you and bring the joy of the season into your hearts!

You should have arrived from Lisa's blog. If you just happened upon this magical hop, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. 
This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these amazing crafters.

We have an awesome sponsor for this month! 

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.

One lucky winner will win a $21.00 gift certificate to shop their awesome products.
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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday 12/14/16
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Crafter's Companion dies
Want 2 Scrap gunmetal pearls and bling
Quick Quotes Winter Bliss papers

 Up next is my friend Sharon!
Here's our line up in case you get lost:

Shannon H-

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!!

And don't forget to check out the this month's challenge!!