Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tiny Glitter Heart Valentine Backgrounds



Hi, there!  Oh my goodness, it's been a busy last few weeks.  I wasn't  able to create anything or even take photos of things I'd already made.   We had to get totally new heating and air conditioning in our old 1909 house.  New units, new ducts.  What a mess!  We had crews in our house for 3 weeks and dust and plaster bits everywhere.  



But, I also got to do something fabulous - we had Louisa here for 4 days.  Here we are playing with homemade playdough, sitting at her mommy's old table and chairs.  We got to be with her every day for over a week.  Three days in Savannah, here for 4 days, and then back to Savannah for a couple of days.  Complete joy!  Our house seems to be missing a little something or I should say a little someone!



I finally got started on Valentines.  I've got to get busy, so I can get photos sent out to all my customers.   This one is designed for Louisa.  One of her first words is "Rawr!"  Totally adorable, shakes her head and growls.  It started with a little tiny stuffed lion that her mommy would show her and roar.  She started roaring and then would roar at lions in books.  When we were leaving from OKC Airport, there was a huge banner for one of our local collages who's mascot is a lion.  She saw it and "rawred" at the top of her lungs - seriously she was the hit of Will Rogers World Airport!

Love this adorable lion.  It's an old stamp from SandyLion.  I love the paper too.  It's not old - it's a new digital paper set.  It's listed below in the supplies. 

I decided I wanted to add a little sparkle and tiny pink glitter hearts were required.  Who knew that would be such a pain?  More about this matter and how I solved it later...



I made an envelope from 22 lb copy paper with one of the patterns from the digital paper set and cut a heart from sticker paper to use for the closure.  



I adore this vintage valentine!  I'm calling her French Valentine Girl.  Who knows if she's French?  I'm just going with the white wig being French...  She's ready for you to download below.

Of course, the background needed a little sparkle!  She got the heart treatment as well as a panel (frame?) of tinsel glitter.



Super easy to create the panel of glitter.  I really like using good old Glue-All and a paint brush for glitter.  The glue's not too thick and all these years has worked beautifully.  



The blue tape helps with the straight lines.  Just peel it off.



Okay, now for those pesky little glitter hearts.  I first thought I would try Sticky Embossing Powder. I couldn't get the glitter to stick to it at all.  (I don't want to say this product doesn't work, because I've seen videos where it obviously does.  Does the glitter have to be the same brand or something?  Anyway, it did not work for me!)  

Next, I tried Stick It Adhesive sheets which is a great product for sticking intricate die cuts to cards.  These hearts were so small that I couldn't get the backing off without ruining the delicate adhesive.

Then I remembered my Be Creative Tape.  The problem here is that it doesn't have release paper on both sides.  I tried freezer paper and that worked pretty well, but I still had problems getting the release paper off without ruining the adhesive.

So, what I finally did was adhere a regular piece of copy paper to the Be Creative Tape, die cut the hearts and glue the tiny hearts to the decorative paper, peel off the release paper and pour on glitter.  It worked!  Any other ideas?

The Be Creative Tape is available in various sizes.  I've linked this size below (which is really too expensive), but Simon Says Stamp has all the other sizes, too.  They have the sheets, too, which I think would be even better.



Download French Valentine Girl HERE.

I guess I'll have to post my Christmas projects throughout the first part of 2018.  I also know that I've promised a video from Visions of Sugarplums and I'll get on that too.  

Hope you had  a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Adorable Christmas Boy and Girl + VOSP Winners



Hope you all had a lovely week!   I just got back from Savannah visiting my daughter, her husband and Louisa.  So, so wonderful.  We did a little Christmas decorating - I found a darling vintage Santa and reindeer for one of their mantles.  



Poor Louisa is teething, which she has been practically her whole life.  I didn't know babies could start teething at two months!   Louisa teethed that whole time and didn't get any teeth until she was about 10 months.  She's got two teeth now and I'm afraid every tooth is going to be hard won.  She is so sweet, in spite of not feeling very good!  You can see her two teeth, plus on the floor, the mess we've started with her ice cream cart!  That little reindeer's cheeks light up and it sings.  Louisa is singing "All I Want for Christmas Is my Two (Top) Front Teeth"!




Both of these images, the girl and boy with umbrellas, are sweet, too.  I love how soft and pretty they are.  I made a double tag with the little girl to top a pillow box and turned the little boy into a card.



They both got a bit of sparkle and some Copic Opaque White snow.



If you would like to create a little something with them, I've got them ready to download below.






You can download the Christmas Kids with Umbrellas HERE.




There are 13 VOSP Winners!  They are:


Betty Keefe:  3 files from Iralamija

Sylvia/Little Treasures:  3 files from Iralamija
Verna Angerhofer:  3 files from Iralamija
Scrapmondo:  $25.00 from Paper Sweeties
Debbie Johnson:  Custom Ribbon from The Cutting Cafe
Sierra Winters:  Merry Mail from AmyJDelightful
Fikreta:  Merry Mail from AmyJDelightful
KT Fit Kitty:  Small Town Journal Cards from  AmyJDelightful
Marjorie Dumentier:  Small Town from AmyJDelightful
cm: $25.00 from Lawn Fawn
cghundley:  Snowman Embellishment Kit from me
scrapper69:  flair from me
Ester Asbury:  flair from me

If your name is listed above, email me at lhairston@cox.net or use the button in my sidebar.  Congratulations!!!

Thank you to everyone who hopped around and left such sweet comments for all the lovely projects!

I'll be sharing projects I've made from the Snowman Embellishment Kit later in the week (as well as that video I promised on the magic slider/shaker card).  



I added two small prizes of flair from my etsy shop.  I think the snowman and gingerbread girl are adorable!




The VOSP Challenge is still open.  Check it out HERE.   Prize is $20.00 to Mama Elephant.

Have a lovely week!




Monday, December 4, 2017

Visions of Sugarplums 2017 Day Three




It's the last day of Visions of Sugarplums!  So glad you've hopped with us.  I'll be announcing the winners on Sunday, December 10th.  So be sure to come back to see if you've won!

A big thank you to everyone who created such wonderful projects for us to enjoy and to all of you who have sponsored Visions of Sugarplums this year.  I appreciate you all!



I just love sweet little Christmas houses.  I make one almost every year.  Well, probably no almost about it.  I really like them!  What makes this sweet little house is the very pretty papers from Iralamija Shop.  The very suble pink and creme is just gorgeous.  The house was super easy to make because of the dies from Papertrey Ink.



What do you think about the crepe paper fringe?  I think maybe it adds an element of fun. 



This mini album isn't finished yet and I'll share it again when it is.  I'm going to use it for Christmas this year and fill it with pictures of ....(can you guess?)... my granddaughter, Louisa!  She just turned one, so Christmas is going to be a lot of fun!


These adorable postcards are also from Bety's shop, Iralamija.  They are perfect for cards or a mini album like mine. 



Won't it be fun to add Louisa and journaling and more little Christmas goodies?

The cute flair are in my etsy shop.  Starting today through Sunday, December 10th, get 10% off in my shop with the code:  SUGARPLUM.



Next up, a mason jar lid ornament.  I've done several of these, too.  If you like the image, I've got it ready for you to download below to use in one of your Christmas creations.


You can download the girl with reindeer HERE.

Dropbox seems to work differently for different people.  Either right click and save when image appears or click the download button in the top right corner.  If neither method works, email me and I'll send the files to you.



I love Magic Slider Cards and it really is easier with the Lawn Fawn dies.  But I couldn't just leave it at a Magic Slider Card...


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I had to make it a Magic Slider meets a Shaker Card!



It's just so fun!  Not only is the color revealed when you pull the tab, but it's a shaker card, too!



And a look at the inside.  Love that sweet little unicorn!

How about a video on how to turn the Magic Slider into  a "Magic Slider+Shaker"?  I'll do one next week and get it posted.  Come back for that!  I'm heading to Savannah to see Louisa, so I'll have to do it when I get back.  

Okay, let's talk prizes!




How do you win???


1.  Start by leaving a comment here that you would like to win. 
 
2.  Visit all the other blog's and leave comments.  

3.  I'll pick up your name from here, check all the other blogs and put your name in the "hat"  as many times as you leave comments.  Example:  Leave 14 comments = your name 14 times in the "hat".



My husband is the official "draw-the-names-out" guy.  Yes, we go old school here!  

Winners will be announced Sunday, December 10th.  So you have until Saturday night at midnight to leave comments.


Here's the info on the Visions of Sugarplums Challenge:




You can find the Challenge link HERE

Be sure to come back often during December for more free printables and Christmas ideas.

Join me in visiting these wonderful blogs for more Christmas inspiration right now:









Sunday, December 3, 2017

Visions of Sugarplums 2017 Day Two



Welcome back!  Wasn't it fun yesterday hopping around to see all the Christmas goodies?

It's Day Two of Visions of Sugarplums.  We've got lots of projects for you to see today.  Don't forget that the more hopping and commenting you do, the better the chance of winning one of our prizes.


Seriously adorable!  Love the cuteness of this little car.  It's a cut file from The Cutting Cafe
(Thank you, Regina, for being one of our sponsors).

Here's how I put it together:



I used circle dies to cut the tires.   The silver glitter piece is 3/8" and then cut to fit the length of the car.


How about another cute little car and tree? And I have to say I love that cool doodle frame, too.  (These stamps and dies come from Lawn Fawn - a sponsor of VOSP.)  The pretty blue paper comes from another sponsor, AmyJDelightful.



I found it easier to just cut out the middle and ink it up rather than trying to mask off the rest of the frame.



After putting all the tag pieces together.  I used Copic Opaque White to create some snow.  Just dotted it on with small paintbrush.




On this closeup,you can see the snowflakes made with Copic Opaque White. 




Mistletoe 50 cents and Kisses For Free!  Do you see my smile?  I think that sentiment is so cute.  The stamps and dies are all from Paper Sweeties (Thank you, Debbie for sponsoring VOSP).  Such a sweet kitty and tiny bird.  The paper is from Amy again. 

I inked up a circle and layered it on top of the scallop tag.  I didn't cut the middle out of this one.  Just die cut a circle and layered it on top.  

The kitty has been cut off to fit the curve of the circle.



Here is a great idea for easy packaging.  Envelope bags!  I think they're a great idea and I use them a lot.



Seriously that's it!  Seal the envelope and cut off one end.  Instant gift bag!



Of course, the mice tags are a little more involved.  You can see the base of the tags were made the same as the one above.  

Tip:  The mice have a very nice texture.  I sponged the ink onto the stamp, instead of putting the ink pad direct to the stamp.

Now for prize and challenge information...

Visions of Sugarplums has some really nice prizes for you!
How do you win???


1.  Start by leaving a comment here that you would like to win. 
 
2.  Visit all the other blog's and leave comments.  

3.  I'll pick up your name from here, check all the other blogs and put your name in the "hat"  as many times as you leave comments.  Example:  Leave 14 comments = your name 14 times in the "hat".


My husband is the official "draw-the-names-out" guy.  Yes, we go old school here!  

Winners will be announced Sunday, December 10th.  So you have until Saturday night at midnight to leave comments.


Here's the info on the Visions of Sugarplums Challenge:




You can find the Challenge link HERE.  

If you haven't already, check out the cute polar bear on the Challenge post.  I'll count comments you leave on the Challenge post too!

Let's go visiting!  We've got a nice long list - Paper Sweeties DT member are joining us today.   Can't wait to see all the goodies!




Come back tomorrow for the last day of Visions of Sugarplums.  Lots more Christmas fun.  See you here!


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