Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap by Guest Artist Vanessa Spencer

December 21st, 2014

Vanessa Spencer - Green Gift Wrap Inspiration



We’re getting down to the wire; Christmas is literally just around the corner! This is the time when people tend to get a little stressed out, but we’re here to offer a helping hand! Today we’re joined by the wonderful and talented Vanessa Spencer, who is going to show us a creative and artful way to wrap gifts — which is especially helpful for last-minute shoppers, like myself! This project is a great way to reuse old gift wrap, magazine pages, and even old newspapers. While getting ready for Christmas might be a little taxing, don’t forget to take some time to be creative.

Grab some twine, ribbon, and decorative washi tape, and join us for a crash-course in eco-friendly gift wrapping!

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Vanessa Spencer - Green Gift Wrap Inspiration



I love to add character to gift-wrapping and I’m fairly passionate for green crafting, so I thought I’d share a little inspiration for some last minute holiday gift-wrapping ideas.

Home décor magazines are one of my weaknesses. They’re full of inspiring decorating ideas and articles. I will often tear out the pages I want to keep before throwing the rest away into the recycling bin. I will add — I’ve never thrown a Somerset magazine in the trash… They’re more like books, so I could never do that.

Vanessa Spencer - Green Gift Wrap Inspiration - Materials

Using old magazine pages works well for small gifts. If the page doesn’t completely cover the box you are wrapping, just connect a few pieces with washi tape. After wrapping these small gifts with old magazine pages, I added a little character with some various crafty odds and ends including:

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Vanessa Spencer - Green Gift Wrap Inspiration



I know that I will be applying many of these ideas to many of my Christmas gifts — most of which are still waiting to be wrapped. Please join me in thanking Vanessa Spencer for providing us with this useful bit of holiday inspiration.

Vanessa Spencer is a mixed-media artist and crafter. She lives in Logan, Utah with her husband Ross, daughter Izzy, and son Brin. You can learn more about Vanessa by visiting her blog: Hearth Handmade

You can also email her at: vanessapspencer@gmail.com.

See More of Vanessa Spencer’s Work in GreenCraft Magazine

1GRE-1501-GreenCraft-Magazine-Winter-2015-300x300This holiday season, give the gift that keeps on giving by turning the recycling bin into Santa’s magic sack! The Winter 2014 issue of GreenCraft Magazine is overflowing with inspired, environmentally-safe craft projects that also happen to double as one-of-a-kind gift ideas. Best of all, there’s even more of Vanessa’s beautiful gift wrap ideas.

Click here to explore the winter 2015 issue of GreenCraft Magazine.



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We’re getting down to the wire; Christmas is literally just around the corner! This is the time when people tend to get a little stressed out, but we’re here to offer a helping hand! Today we’re joined by the wonderful and talented Vanessa Spencer, who is going to show us a creative and artful way […]

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December 18th, 2014

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Coming Soon: Guest Artist Post by Vanessa Spencer

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As artists, writers, and photographers, we know how important it is to nourish our creativity. Now that Christmas and the New Year’s are just around the corner, consider giving your friends, family, and even yourself the gift of inspiration with a subscription to a creative Stampington Publication. Best of all, we’ve sweetened the deal when […]

Stamped and Stuffed Snowman Ornament by Guest Artist Melony Miller Bradley

December 16th, 2014

Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley



Nothing says Christmas like a cheerful snowman, and what better way to add a festive touch to your home than by bringing these sweet, little guys in from the cold and right onto your Christmas tree! Today we’re joined by guest artist Melony Miller Bradley, who is going to show us how to make this darling ornament. Melony is a regular contributor to Stampington, and has been featured in Sew Somerset, Altered Couture, and Somerset Life — just to name a few! This talented, mixed-media artist incorporates sewing, stamping, and many other creative techniques into her work, which makes her style unique and easy to admire.

We hope you enjoy this project and that you create many of your own snowmen ornaments.

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I love sewing with text and script fabrics. I have created many projects using fabrics that feature words, both printed and in script. I actually had a lot of trouble locating some plain, white fabric with printed black text in Times New Roman font. So I decided it would be easy to make some digitally. I used the fabric I created to make this stuffed and stamped snowman ornament.

Stamped and Stuffed Snowman Ornament Materials

-Book Pages with Desired Font
-Inkjet Cotton Sheets
-Polyfill Fiber
-Scraps of muslin
-Orange wool felt
-Fusible Webbing
Tiny Alphabet Stamps
Black Ink
Ribbons
Embellishments
-Black Pebble Beads
-Sewing Machine and Thread
-Needle and Thread
-Fabric Marker
Scissors
-Fabric glue
-Computer, Scanner, and Printed

 

Stamped and Stuffed Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley

Step 1 – Select the book pages that you want to use and then scan them onto a computer using a scanner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Once you’re done, print the pages onto inkjet fabric sheet.

Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley Step 2

Step 2 – Set your fabric sheets down and trace two sets of circles, a small one and a bigger one, and then cut them out.

Step 3 – Next, fuse your webbing to muslin and the orange wool felt. Cut out a small carrot-shaped nose and use a little more webbing to fuse it to the center of one of the smaller circle.

Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley Step 4

Step 4 – Cut out a 1-1/2 inch square from the muslin and stamp a holiday sentiment onto it using your small alphabet stamps. Glue the square onto the larger circle and use a sewing machine to add some stitching around the edges. You can do the same for the carrot-shaped nose.

Step 5 – To create the eyes, use a needle and thread to sew the black pebble beads onto the snowman’s face.

Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley Step 6

Step 6 – Sew the circles of the same size together leaving a one inch opening for stuffing. If you want to hang your snowman, sew a folded piece of ribbon at the top of your snowman’s head when you’re stitching the circles together. This will help you hang your ornament onto your Christmas tree.

Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley Step 7

Step  Stuff circles with polyfill and sew the opening closed.

Step – 8 To create the snowman’s scarf, double about nine inches of ribbon and adhere it onto the stuffed head with a little fabric glue.

Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley Step 9

Step – 9 Adhere the two stuffed circles together with fabric glue to assemble the snowman ornament.

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Please join me in giving Melony Miller Bradley a heartfelt thanks for providing us with such a unique and fun project. This little guy is the perfect last-minute addition to your holiday décor and a great way to spruce up your Christmas tree. Make one to represent each member of your family, and give them a little extra flair with special embellishments. There’s lots of creative potential with this project! Let us know how you plan to use them in the comments below.

To see more of Melony Miller Bradley work please visit her blog: Mel Designs

 

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Nothing says Christmas like a cheerful snowman, and what better way to add a festive touch to your home than by bringing these sweet, little guys in from the cold and right onto your Christmas tree! Today we’re joined by guest artist Melony Miller Bradley, who is going to show us how to make this […]

Mini Christmas Tree Place Cards and Ornaments

December 11th, 2014

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If you’re looking for that perfect last-minute touch for your holiday décor and crafting projects, then you’re going to love Melissa Frances Mini Christmas Trees. These charming little trees are ready to go right out of the box, and can easily be used as gift toppers to make your presents extra special. You can also alter them with glitter, mica flakes, and paint, and whatever else you can think of. It won’t be hard to add a touch of holiday magic to your crafts by simply including one of these trees, or better yet — using them as the centerpiece of your next project!

Melissa Frances Mini Christmas Trees Details:

– Package includes an assortment of six snow-covered bottle brush pine trees.
– Three of the trees measure 3/4 inches tall (one green, one pink, one white).
– Three of the trees measure 1-1/4 inches tall (one green, one pink, one white).

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What Does Our Resident Crafter Have to Say?

Vintage bottle brush trees are the one Christmas item that never seems to get old or go out of style. When I was approached to share my thoughts about this product I immediately had an idea for a project that I just had to share! I wanted to make something that was functional and decorative, but with a touch of holiday whimsy. I ended up creating these little place card holders for a holiday dinner and a few Christmas tree ornaments, but you could easily use them as party décor too. These darling trees lend themselves to many different types of projects — they’re perfect for Christmas-time crafting.
 

Mini Christmas Tree Card Holders and Ornaments Materials:

Melissa Frances Mini Christmas Trees

Mini Wooden Spools

Cotton Candy Baker’s Twine

Mica Flakes

Hat Pins

Gel Medium

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Mini Christmas Tree Place Card Holders and Ornaments Tutorial:

Step 1 – Adhere vintage text to mini wooden spools with gel medium, and let dry.

Step 2 – Wrap spool with Cotton Candy Baker’s Twine, and tie in a bow or a knot.

Step 3 – Adhere bottle brush tree to wooden spool with gel medium, and let dry.

Step 4 – Computer-generate name tags,  and then print and cut out into a small banner. Wrap the banner around a hat pin and hold in place with glue or tape.

Step 5 – Embellish the base of the trees with mica flakes using gel medium.

Step 6 – Stick the hat pin into the tree for place cards, or attach Baker’s Twine to create an ornament.

 

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If you’re looking for that perfect last-minute touch for your holiday décor and crafting projects, then you’re going to love Melissa Frances Mini Christmas Trees. These charming little trees are ready to go right out of the box, and can easily be used as gift toppers to make your presents extra special. You can also […]

Mixed-Media Holiday Cards by Guest Artist Lynne Moncrieff

December 8th, 2014

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards



It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier! I love this magical time of the year — I love the smells, the sights, and the sounds. But by far one of my favourite things about this holiday is all the beautiful and creative Christmas cards that I get. I collect these cards and proudly displayed on my Christmas tree every year. While there are only a few weeks left until Christmas, there is still plenty of times to create your own unique, mixed-media holiday cards for all your friends and family — especially when you have a fun tutorial by a gifted guest artist.

Today we have a special treat. We are very fortunate to be joined by the wonderful Lynne Moncrieff. This talented mixed-media artist has been featured in a number of our magazines including the spring and autumn issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. Please join me in welcoming Lynne to our little creative corner of the internet!

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Whether it be creating cards, tags, altered art, working with fabric, jewellery supplies, or mixed-media, stamping will always make an appearance in my artwork as it is my passion. One of the busiest times of the year for any stamper is the time leading up to these festive celebrations, when we are in the middle of creating cards, tags/gifts, and other goodies to mail to family and friends.

The labels “shabby chic” and “vintage” are commonly used in reference to my work and that’s alright with me, being that those styles are what I am naturally drawn to.  However, I believe every now and then we should step out of our comfort zones.  For me that has entailed playing with stamps I might normally have overlooked and also taking the bold step of working with colour.

When it comes to card making, especially for the holidays, I normally play it safe with my colour choices. But this year I am trying to be a wee bit bolder in my approach. So this project features holiday cards with a brighter colour palette, although — I did manage to sneak in a little bit of lace!

 

Mixed-Media Holiday Cards by Lynne Moncrieff Project Materials:

Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds (bird)
Handwritten Quotes (magic)
-Darkroom Door Reindeer (reindeer and stars)
-Stitched Christmas (Christmas and stitches)
Dots Background Stamp
Dots Texture Stamp
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Broken China, Picket Fence, Fired Brick
-Martha Stewart Satin Acrylic Craft Paint: Sea Lavender
-Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour Paint: Christmas Red
Staz-on Jet Black
Golden White Gesso
Golden Soft Gel Matt Medium
-Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Bubble
Sakura Stardust Pen
Sharpie Extra Fine Point Poster Paint Marker: White
Watercolour Paper (Hot Press/Smooth)
White cardstock/Pre-scored Card Bases
Scraps of Lace, Muslin, and Fabric
Washi Tape
-Lace Rose Trim
-Flat Back Pearl Stickers

Tools:

-Heat Gun
Craft Knife
-Water Mister Bottle
Acrylic Stamp Block
-Tim Holtz Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors 9.5”
-Artist’s Watercolour Brush
-Foam Tulip Craft Brush
-Old Gift/Credit Card
Artist’s Plastic Palette Knife
-Baby Wipes

 

Mixed-Media Holiday Card Project by Lynne Moncrieff

I would like to share with you a step-by-step tutorial for the Christmas Magic card; then at the end of the tutorial, I will outline some brief instructions for the Reindeer and Christmas Trees cards.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 1

Step 1 – Adhere strips of fabric, muslin, lace and washi tape to watercolour paper panel with Gel Medium, and leaving to dry for a few moments.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 2

Step 2 – Apply paints with an old gift/credit card. Start with Distress Paint Broken China and Martha Stewart Sea Lavender, followed by Distress Paint Fired Brick.  Add a touch of white gesso if required.

*Remember not to obliterate the patterns of the fabric and washi tape.  If this happens simply wipe off excess paint with a baby wipe. 

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 3

Step 3 – Highlight the areas of Fired Brick with Christmas Red Iridescent Watercolour. Allow your paint to fully dry before moving on to Step 4.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 4

Step 4 – Apply Distress Paint Picket Fence directly onto Dots Texture Stamp and stamp onto the red areas.  Re-apply paint to the stamp if required, and remember to immediately wash stamp thoroughly after stamping with paint.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 5

Continue stamping with Picket Fence by applying a light coverage to a section of the Dots Background stamp.  Stamp the top right corner of panel and again remember to immediately was stamp after use

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 6

Highlight some of the smaller dots with white marker pen.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 7

Step 5 – Apply Broken China to watercolour paper and when it is dry stamp a Scribbly Bird with Staz-on.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 8

Step 6 – Transform the Scribbly Bird into a festive Red Robin by stencilling Bubbles with Fired Brick onto bird’s tummy. Highlight the tail, wing, and eye with the white marker pen before fussy cutting with detail scissors and craft knife.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 9

Step 7 – Create a festive sentiment by mix and matching stamps.  Stamp Christmas (Stitched Trees) then ink up Magic (Handwritten Quotes). Finish by stamping some stars.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 10

Adhere bird to panel then highlight bird and sentiment with Stardust pen. Now adhere the completed panel to pre-scored card base.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 11

Your card is now complete!

The other two cards I would like to share feature traditional holiday images with a reindeer and Christmas trees.

Lynne Moncrieff - Reindeer Card



Reindeer Card Create a variation of the previous background.  Stamp Dots Background stamp with Picket Fence and again use paint to stamp the reindeer, Black Soot. Remember to immediately wash stamp after use with paint.

Lynne Moncrieff - Christmas Tree Card



Christmas Trees CardApply Broken China to white card stock before stamping trees. Apply Picket Fence to Dots Texture Stamp, stamping onto each of the trees.  On the two smaller trees highlight the dots with white marker pen. Stamp sentiment on the large tree. Create shimmer highlights on all three trees with Stardust pen

By utilising scraps of fabric and washi tape with a couple of background stamps and paint colours, you can see how easy it is to create these mixed-media backgrounds for any holiday card, and of course — even beyond the holidays!

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While we’re all running a little short on time to send out our Christmas cards, we can still create unique holiday greetings to give to our next door neighbours, or friends and family who live in the same town. What’s better than getting a Christmas card? Getting one hand-delivered by a special loved one.

Thank you so much Lynne for the creative tutorial! To learn more about Lynne Moncrieff and to see more of her beautiful work, please visit her blog: Adorn

 

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1SAM-1404-The-Stampers-Sampler-Autumn-2014-600x600The autumn issue of The Stampers’ Sampler offers the most variety and original stamping techniques yet to wrap up 2014. Our Tempting Template Angel Challenge results will be showcased — ranging from Art Deco-esque designs to celestial to contemporary and more! One of our most prolific artists, Lynne Moncrieff, adds a touch of rustic glamour with her Christmas cards and wall hangers, and Guest Artist Sandee Lindmeier takes the stamping art form to the next level with her intricately detailed, hand-painted cards and gift bags.

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Sarah HolidaysHow-To Project TutorialsStamping ,,,,,,,,

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier! I love this magical time of the year — I love the smells, the sights, and the sounds. But by far one of my favourite things about this holiday is all the beautiful and creative Christmas cards that I get. […]