Thursday, November 27

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Twocraftingsisters wishes you and your family a warm and fulfilling day today. We are truly grateful to you, our readers and friends!

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Monday, November 24

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

For all you crafting coffee lovers out there, look for this coffee themed hop on December 10, 2014! Twocraftingsisters will be giving away some blog candy, and I know a lot of others on the hop will too, so mark your calendar, and be sure to stop back.

To get you in the coffee mood, be sure to check out the CampfireDesigns Etsy shop (link top left) to see all the great coffee themed items Sheila has created - great stocking stuffers!

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Sunday, November 16

Curiosity Challenge: Cabinet Cards

The challenge right now at CC3C is using Tim Holtz's book and cabinet cards. This challenge is sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium - thank you! More challenges are coming, so there is still time to dive in!
With an impending snowstorm heading our way, I got inspired by this little snowman.
Playing with the distress inks, card, watercolor paper, hand dyed ribbon, stickles...
A bit of detail...

And, all done! Ready to turn into a card or topper for a gift.
Now, the only question remaining is how many inches of snow will really fall!

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Friday, November 14

Celebrating November

I just got back into making "little fat book pages" (LFBP) which are basically 4"x4" with a group, and the theme for this month is November. I decided to showcase he beautiful fall colors (even though we just got snow). My Tim Holtz mini blueprints are just right. Stamp on watercolor paper, distress inks and water on my mat, drag the paper through, flick a few drops on it, let dry, and this is what I got.

A little fussy cutting, glue and seal some tissue wrap over the patterned paper to tone it down, crunch up glassine paper and adhere, then touch up with tarnished brass distress paint.

Write on "November leaves are falling... (Pretty much fallen around here, except for the oaks), and I am done. Nice thing about LFBP, they are small, so you can finish quickly.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Thursday, November 13

Sparkle, Sparkle

The challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp is "ornaments" and since I also needed to make a few holiday gifts, this is perfect. I enjoyed seeing the great projects the DT came up with, as always, and started to look through my stash for ideas.

I've also been inspired by the Holiday Crafting class with May Flaum which you can join here, and watch the project videos, and start working on your holiday projects! My friend Ashli Oliver aka SoapHOUSEmama is showcasing wrapping paper and a gift topper in the class in her always unique style.

It all started with coasters, distress paint, Prima color bloom spray, and the Balzer mini tri mosaic stencil to create the background. I used snowflake paper on the back later in the process.

I am loving the blues and purples!

Stamped the Tim Holtz blueprint jingle bell on watercolor paper, then used distress stains and water to blend a bit, let dry and cut them out. Also dyed ribbon with the distress stains, and ended up with very inky fingers.

A little distress glitter, let it dry, mod podge the coaster, let it dry...mount the bells on cardboard to make them pop...

More distress glitter around the edge, let it dry...outline in liquid pearls, let it dry...hmmm, can you see all the stages here? Add a couple of gears, and the ribbons, and these ornaments are ready to hang on the tree!

 

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Friday, November 7

Parisian Adventure, Steampunk Style

I recently took a class with my friend Doris, to make an accordion fold book from scratch. Once I had the bones of my 6x12 book, I had to decide how to use it. I knew I wanted to work in a steampunk style and use my Tim Holtz "french industrial " papers, and I thought I was going to turn it into a gentleman's photo book, maybe take black and white photos of my guys, and use it to highlight past projects I personally made, or received in an art swap. It would be a great place to put them all together. I found a couple of old photo books of NYC that would give some realism to the Victorian time, and figured I could "pretend" they were from Paris, and I would end up with this cool photo album.

I also wanted to make this project meet these challenges: Compendium of Curiosites 3 - colored crackle, sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique, following the directions using Tim Holz's book; SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk challenge - Steampunk Destinations; and Simon Says Stamp challenge - Good Ol Days.

Well, then the muse visited! As I looked through the steampunk pieces I gathered and the old photos, a story began to emerge. Off I went, grabbed a pad of paper and started scribbling out my steampunk adventure (I have not written like this in years, and I mean years!) Talk about!

So off we go...

Covering the book board, inking the pages up with Distress inks, water drops, drips, stenciling...yes, it is going where I want it to. And back into the book anchored with brads.

What better way to get to Paris, than by airship, so getting that crackle started...And set aside to dry.

Digging deep into my stash of gears, embellishments and previous steampunk projects, I began to lay it out. It all started with the cover.

Some details...

I had so much fun playing with this and adding more layers and fun items, like the filmstrip and perfume bottle. Guess I can rate how much I enjoy working on something by the mess on my desk. Snapped this before it got too bad, and you can see one of my crafting musts - coffee!

With my story written and the pages in the book, time to play with the photos and collections of steampunk tags, atc's, cards...made by myself or friends. Now, I have them in one place to enjoy!

How about we open the book, and read the story? "The Most Amazing Parisian Steampunk Adventure or the Clockwork Adder Case", and our heroine, Major Louisa Rawlin-Grudgings, and our hero, Duke Lewis Byfield Pursglove.

Travel arrangements, and the renowned scientists on the Clockwork Adder Case.

Major Louisa's adventures on the airship...

The Major and Duke in Paris...

Adventures around Paris in search of the Clockwork Adder...

Solving the mystery...

Time to finally enjoy Paris...

Cast of characters...

Well, I certainly had fun! Hope you enjoyed the book, and if you took the time to read the story, you get a 13 aether gun salute off the port side of the airship!

 

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Sunday, November 2

It's Time to Start the December Daily

Sheila and I have been doing December Dailys for quite awhile, so I thought I would take a trip down memory lane with this post and share past ones we have done. Click on the "December Daily" label on the side for many more posts and ideas for pages. Hope this gives you some inspiration!

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Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Choose the style of book you want to use, whether it is chipboard, plastic, fabric, a Snap album, or a Smashbook.

2. Choose a coordinating kit to work with or create your own kit. Put the paper and embellishments in a pretty basket near your work space. You will work much faster if you are not continually digging through your stash.

3. Build the base this month, so in December you can focus on snapping some great shots and journaling your story.

Above all, have fun with your December Daily! I'll be starting mine soon and will post my progress, and will be looking forward to seeing yours!Pin It Now!