Christmas Layouts that Shine

In 1993 I moved to Germany as a college transfer student. In the market there was the most beautiful shiny paper. I thought it was wrapping paper, but it was expensive. I later learned that it was foiled paper used to make stars to decorate Christmas trees. Upon returning to the United States I forgot about the gorgeous foiled paper until 2017.

In 2017 I attended Creativation and met the owner of Rinea. The owner had lived in Germany and learned how to make them as a little girl. She had a hard time finding it in the United States when she moved back and set out to bring it to America. That is how Rinea was born! It is a small business specializing in foiled paper. Of course there is so much more that can be done with the paper besides making stars. One of my favorite things to do with the foiled paper is create delicate dies by running it through my cuddle bug.

The foiled paper is surprisingly durable while feeling fragile. There is paper center that is sandwich between two pieces of thin foil.

When creating dies with Rinea Foiled Paper it is best to do two at a time. By folding the paper in half it allows it to release easier from the die.

The blush matches perfectly with Prima’s Frank Garcia Santa Baby line. The gold is a great addition to anything for Christmas as seen on the layout above.

There are so many things I use this paper on in my craft room. It has become a staple! Here are a few more things you can do with it:

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Be You Card (DCC Hop Featuring Rinea)

I am super excited about today because it is the wonderful Rinea hop with my designer friends from the Designer Craft Connection Blog. This hop is personal because I am not only a design team member on the Rinea team, it also it the company that pulled me back into the industry. The designers in this hop are some of the best in the industry and I actually know a few of them in real life! Needless to say, this hop is special to me.

What is Rinea Foiled Paper?

Rinea Foiled Paper founder grew up in Germany in which she learned how to make a traditional German star using foiled paper. Upon returning to the United States she had a hard time finding the correct paper to pass on the tradition to her family, so she decided to find a manufacturer and bring it here. The name is the first two letters of her children followed by the initial of their last name. Since bringing it to the United States the company has grown into carrying many colors, sizes and tools that can be used with the foiled paper.

My Project

One of the things I am most impressed about Rinea Foiled Paper is how well it cuts delicate dies! For this card I die cute the butterfly and the mandala. I like to die cut two at a time. By cutting it in pairs it allows all the little bits to release from the die easier. I used the Starstruck in Blush to matte the focal point. To distress it I crumpled it up, ran some ink over it and flattened it out. I really like how it flattens back out while keeping the crumpled look. For the dog I cut the hat and cape out of Starstruck Lavender.

I like to mix the foiled paper with regular cardstock on projects otherwise the shine can be overwhelming. By using the foiled paper in place of cardstock in areas it really takes your project to another level.

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Kiss Me I’m Irish Pop Up Box

The leprechaun from the Lucky Clover Joy Clair set looks adorable, but naughty. I knew that I wanted to create something of a surprise with it.

From the outside it looks like a pretty little box, but on the inside…

This little guy pops out! Isn’t it fun? Here is now I created this pop up box.

Material:

The box is just an old jewelry box I have hung on to for years. The pattern paper is from a Christmas line as well as the gold ribbon. I ended up painting the box over with an artichoke color. The green pictured was a bit to bright. I never used the stickles, but had them out just in case.

Directions:

First layer on some Gesso as to prime the box and paint it.

Using a gold paint dry brush a flower just enough to add highlights.

As the paint dries, color in the stamped images and cut them out.

Once the box is dry add the rainbow and sentiment in the lid.

To create the springs cut two strips of card stock and according fold every 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

Adhere to box and leprechaun with glue dots.

Now your box is ready to be given away!

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Until Next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Little Angel Door Decor

I recently made some paper clay pieces from molds. They have been pretty much just sitting in my stash and getting no love. I decided to create a mixed media piece with one of my favorite pieces.

Video Tutorial

Here is how to make the clay pieces:

Just because Christmas is over does not mean the time to create ornaments is over. Make a door hanger instead! Door hangers are versatile and can be used anywhere in a house. They are perfect with a little stamped “Do not disturbed” image for craft rooms or bedrooms.  The Mini Origins Wings are the perfect backdrop for a sweet little Tattered Angel Door Hanger. The wings are printed on a high quality super absorbent paper that works beautiful with paints and mists. For this project I used Glimmer Mist on them, but you could use paint too!

Materials

In addition to the wings, you will need your favorite Glimmer Mist, Color Wash and High Impact paint. I choose a blue color scheme for my sweet little angel. I also pulled from my stash a paper clay piece I had created from a mold, Lisa Kettell clay piece, lace and sequins.

Directions

First, color your lace piece by dipping it in the Color Wash. Lay it flat to dry as you work on the rest of the angel. It is important to do this first as to allow time to dry.

Paint the body of the angel with High Impact Paint.

Mist two of your favorite wing sets with different colors. The two wing sets will sandwich the ribbon and lace to give it a clean finish and stability.

Distress the wings by cutting them out and inking the edges.

Using your favorite adhesive assemble your angel. I first adhered the sequins and lace to the larger set of wings and placed the smaller pair on top.

Think outside of the box when creating your angel. You don’t have to use a traditional body or head. Think about a paintbrush, old pencils, or a clothes pin for the torso and neck of your angel. The head can be created with a marble, ping pong ball or anything that is a small ball. The more out of the box the items you use to create the angel the more unique the hanger!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Bad Bad Girl Couture

A longtime favorite paper crafting subscription club on mine has recently changed directions and are discontinuing all their kits. I took advantage and purchased a few for 50% off. Bad Girls Couture created the edgiest vintage kits around. This is what I did with a couple of them.

For this page I used a stencil by Prima and Nuvo mouse to give it some texture. Layering was a big part of the success of it all. The little ribbon trim with gems was one of my favorite things included in the kit.

The same techniques were used to create this layout. The leaf is my favorite element on the page.

By incorporating simple techniques creating stunning pages is easy.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Make 16 Christmas Cards from Three Sheets of Paper

One of my favorite things to do for Christmas is make all my cards. I love to send snail mail at this time of year. This year, however, is jammed packed with tons of activities. I just don’t have as much time as I would like, but I still want to make them! I decided to spend two hours on them and this is what I came up with — 16 cards!

Here is the video on how to create 16 cards in 2 hours:

The measurements for the half sheet (I used Rinea Foiled Paper ) is as follows:
You will need two of each:
8C: 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches
7B: 2 3/4 by 1 3/4
2E: 3 1/2 by 2
1D: 2 by 1 3/4
3C: 2 1/4 by 1/2

Here is the measurements for the cardstock:
Here is the measurements for the pattern paper:
If you have not watched the video, now would be a good time to do that. I share how to cut the paper without any waste and how to lay each card out. Once you get done watching it head back here and use these pictures as your guide to create your own.
Card 1:

 Card 2:

 Card 3:

 Card 4:

Card 5:

 Card 6:

 Card 7:

 Card 8:

The Nuvo Drops can be found here
The sentiment dies can be found here
Rinea Foiled Paper can be found here
I am so excited to have cards to mail out to family and friends that did not break the bank or take a long time.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Art From the Heart

Have you ever found something that you love, but want to use it differently than how it is intended to be used? That is what happened when I found this to make heart charms. I really wanted to make a mixed media canvas with the hearts as part of the body and a beautiful clay doll head from Lisa Kettell Designs to create this:

¬†I also had some medal wings and crown by Tim Holtz as well as angel wings from 7Gypsies that were perfect for this piece. I used the new Prima rust paint system with some modeling clay to create the background and used Nuveo Dew Drops to outline the hearts in the body. I recorded the process as a segment in my “Behind the Art” showcasing how it came together. You can watch it here:¬†¬†
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!