Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Distressed Tag

Hi there,

Christmas tags are one of my favorite projects to work on. They are super fun because they can serve so many purposes. In the tag below  I used texture as my inspiration. To carry texture throughout, I used embossed elements, stained and dimensional ribbon, metal bells, 3D trees, and uneven application of distress stains. All of these offer texture physically and visually. You can also find my tutorial for this tag over on the Scrapbook News and Review Blog.

Christmas Tag by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Stampin Up; Ink, Stain: Ranger; Punch: EK Success; Embossing Folder: Sizzix; Other: Chipboard, bells, ribbon

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Happy Holidays,


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Card-Happy Holidays!!

Hi there,

Are you ready for Christmas? I am definitely ready, but still looking forward to a little more Christmas crafting time...:)

This is one of my Christmas cards that I created using stamps by Close to My Heart and Hero Arts, corrugated board, seam binding, and buttons. I love creating cards with fun simplistic products. The card measures 5 x 6 1/2. The corrugated board gives the card more depth and texture without adding a significant amount of weight to it. The ribbon and buttons add just the right amount of fun. The curly hemp also contributes greatly to the fun element.

I loved these trees so much that I also created a calendar card using them.

So tell me, what fun elements have you added to your Christmas cards this year?


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Super Cool Altered Camera

Hi there,

I would like to share one of the most enjoyable Altered Art pieces that I had an opportunity to create. It’s an Altered Camera!!! I love how it turned out. Several months ago, I was racking my brain trying to figure out what would make a great tutorial for Scrapbook News & Review Magazine. So, I visited one of the nearby thrift store in my area and ran across a few old super cool cameras. I just knew that playing with them for an Altered project would just be perfect. Well, this is the result…

When I started, the only requirement that I had was that it still needed to look like a camera in the end…I then dug through some fun stuff from my stash and pulled out some Nature related embellishments. With nature in mind, I decided that the base of the camera needed to be full of texture to compliment the nature theme. I covered the camera with cheesecloth and gesso- Love that stuff!! Then sprayed various inks on it to age it a bit and added my embellies. One of the fun things about using various inks is that you get a chance to just go wild with them until you have achieved the look you desire. I enhanced the "camera” with a brown brush marker to ensure that it was still somewhat clear that this was and still is a super cool camera. Loved the end result!

This was SUPER fun.
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Altered Bottles Are Great Gift Giving Options...

Hi there,

I hope that you are enjoying the Holidays. I carved out a little time to post today. I made this Altered Bottle for a tutorial feature in Scrapbook News & Review earlier this year.  It was absolutely fun to make. I wanted to share this one prior to Christmas mainly because it's such an awesome gift giving option. The base for this altered item is an individual wine bottle that I covered with cheesecloth and then lovingly applied various mists and inks. I dug deep for these funky fibers from Basic Grey that I draped on the bottle.  They are extremely old, but perfect for this project. I combined a few old charms from my stash to make the necklace on the bottle. This was a great addition to my stamp room. I will share additional altered items leading up to Christmas, so please stay tuned.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed creating it..:)

Thanks so much for visiting today.