Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Stamps of Life Ornament Tags

Living in Germany has provided me with unique opportunities to explore craft purchases on-line.  One said purchase is joining The Stamps of Life stamp of the month club.  You can find more about it here: The Stamps of Life.

I have the basic membership and was graced with my first set this week: Ornaments4Christmas.  This cute set has 6 sentiment stamps, a retro style snowflake, a solid ornament, a swirl ornament, an ornament outline and last but not least the little ornament topper.

I am getting ready for a fall craft fair and I thought these stamps would make a perfect tag for the 'KissMas' Trees I made as table filler.  You can find the tutorial for the KissMas Trees at Qbeesquest's blog.

The first thing I did with the set was stamp all the images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock.  Then I scanned the images and opened the file in Photoshop Elements and removed the white background of the file and saved it as a jpeg. I then opened the file up in my Silhouette program and traced each of the stamped images.  Using the traced image I then created an offset for each one.  I then cut out the offset images I wished to use for the tags.  The sentiments are attached to each of the tags using 3M foam tape.  I think that the overall tag turned out very cute.  I used various colors of bakers twine to attached the tag to the trees.

Til Next Time,
Stay Crafty

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Greetings from Germany.....

  So after three months we have finally finished our transatlantic adventure and have started making our home in beautiful Bavaria.  Admittedly, we still have a couple of boxes left to unpack but for the most part our new place is starting to feel like home.

  Our little Georges are settling into routines and we will be starting our homeschooling in about a week and half.   We have been able to explore a couple of the town nearby.  Driving is not too bad here.  The autobahn is not as scary as one might think until you realize that it is just like being on the freeway system back in the states.
 The last three months have not been without some type of crafting.  I managed to make a mixed media canvas while we were living in the on post hotel and make a few cards.

(I used water color pencils to color in the image.
Stamped image from Tiddly Inks)

Not the best pictures of either projects but I do what I can with what I have to work with.

Til Next Time, Stay Crafty Friends...