Over the weekend I was on a nice Scrapbook retreat at a small hideaway B & B for some due deserved R&R before Christmas. While it was only 15 minutes from home it felt like it was a completely different world and is located in a beautiful pine forest. I love this area, as it is near where I grew up as a child and winds through pine trees is a very beautiful, soothing, “homey” sound for me. There were about 20 of us scrapbooking all weekend long! It was a beautiful creative weekend with friends!
As I waited for my loved one to bring me a few things I forgot at home, I took a break from my scrapbook pages and focused on the latest challenge at the Funkie Junkie blog challenge. The challenge is graciously sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique. Earlier this week I tried a few different ideas for the challenge, but I just could not get them to work. So I left it and let the ideas floating around in my brain.
For one of my ideas in the past I had stitched a heart from some Tim Holtz Symphony fabric and it was at my Scrapbook table just sitting there gazing at me. Daring me in his own sweet way to use it. Then came the idea for a Christmas’s day banner. I’m not usually a very large Christmas celebrator so it is interesting that I went in the direction of travel. After several hours, a couple of different directions on design choices, and helping others at the retreat, here is my Sing, Sing, Sing project. I hope it makes your heart sing!
Process on the tag was sort of sticky, literally, but I got a grip.
I started with last season’s Heartstrings CTMH paper. I grabbed some graphic 45 kraft paper tags. I traced the outlines of 3 tag on 2 different printed papers (one is the darker red hearts and the other with the pink arrow).
I have then used a Circuit stamp cut out of the newspaper printed paper from the package with the paper. I cut out the tags and cut them on G45 tags. I used a 1 inch circle punch for the hole at the “bottom” where the hole is. It is not a perfect cut, but close enough. I have then used some Whisper grey colored paper and made breathed circle badges from Tim Hotlz decorative strip (initially I was going to use these but woudn with them as a height lifter). I edged stamp carvings with Eggplant colored ink and attached them to the circle badges. I edged the main tags with cranberry ink.
Next, I grabbed a piece of Eggplant colored paper and Tim Holtz # 4 creative textures stamp (the swirly,). The stamped image on Eggplant colored paper in Versa Mark. I stamped the images with Wendy Vecchi red Geranium embossing powder. Next came the letters cut out on my circuit (birthday cake font) in black and Red Glitter paper.
I then created the layer for each tag. Before you assign layers, I grabbed my Cropodile and punched holes and added eyelets to the top of the tags.
I used the memories R Us black eyelets. Next, I attached the paper layer to the codes. After that came the decoration of the codes. I colored some white magnolia flowers from really reasonable Ribbon in Tim Holtz wears lipstick. When them dried, I then decorated each label with cream twine, Tim Holtz typed tokens, a red glitter bird, G45 keys, buttons (buttons Galore & more), a Tim Holtz arrow and a Tim Holtz glass bottle filled with Ranger purple Embossing powder for love Potion # 9. At this time I had the main part of the banner. I decided then that I wanted to use the heart as a pause between “Be” and “Mine.” I attached the heart with a bulb pin. The heart had created from the memory box heart dies and I filled it and stitched it in his hand.
I then added to the ATC kraft paper tags covering them in Tim Holtz Symphony substance. I blow holes and added eyelets for them. I took then Tim Holtz # 219 stamp. With the help of Wendy Vecchi red Geranium archival ink I used “I love us” stamp and stamped it on fabric covered roof. On the second fabric covered roof stamped I “you” from “you and me” stamp. I stamped the “do” from “make a wish.” I stamped the “w” and “y: from” you and me “to create” my. ” Next I stamped “sings” by means of the different letters in “Congratulations” to create the word SING (“s” at the end, “in” toward the end and “ng” on the cover). I then threaded a Maya Road wooden heart and linked it, so to speak, said “you make my heart sing.”
I then finished ATC tags off with some Embellishment. Finally, I added some hanging “jewels” with bulb pins (I’ve had these in my basement forever and I have finally found a use for them).
I think that’s all.