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Winter Snowflakes Tag

Winter Snowflakes Tag for 613 Avenue Create

Hello, Friends!  And Happy First Day of Winter!  There’s a brand new challenge up at the 613 Avenue Create Blog:  create with snowflakes.  As with all 613 Challenges, it’s anything goes, but if you’d like to add snowflakes to your project, that would be great! I have a technique laden Winter Snowflakes Tag to share with you here today.

This is officially the shortest day of the year…it gets light late and gets dark early, and winter settles in for a nice long visit.  Growing up in Vermont, winter never paid too much attention to the dates on the calendar.  It just showed up whenever it pleased.  Sometimes, as early as October…and it hung around waaaay too long for my tastes.  I remember marching in the Memorial Day parade one year in 8″ of snow.  Now, people, “that ain’t right!”  Thank God, I married a Southern Boy and was whisked away to warmer climes that I happily claim as “home.”  But like every season, winter has it’s own special beauty, and I wanted to try to capture its unique light, color, and sparkle in my Winter Snowflake Tag.

613AvenueCreate01I pulled out a ton of techniques while making this tag.  To begin with, I painted a jumbo manila tag with a coat of “Everlasting” Americana Decor chalk paint.  I spritzed on some inks from the Tattered Angels Turquoise Precious Stones Kit because I wanted to capture the beautiful blue glow that snow takes on at dusk. Next, I inked up the flat side of an embossing folder with Tea Dye ink, inserted my tag partially into the folder and ran it through my machine.  I then ran the other side of the tag through with a snowflake embossing folder.

613AvenueCreate04I went back in with more of the white chalk paint and just dry brushed it onto the trunks of the trees.  I covered the entire tag with Tim’s Frosted Film and carefully ran it back through the folders again.   This added a wonderful icy shimmer to the tag….which is awesome in real life, but hard to capture with a camera…I hope you can see it here because it almost looks like snow sifting down from the branches of the trees.

I created a bunch of Tim’s Snowflake Rosettes out of some Basic Grey text paper that I found in my stash.  These were brushed with more chalk paint and heat embossed with Bridal Embossing Tinsel.  Then I spritzed them very lightly with more of the TA Sprays.  They were stacked and glued onto the tag, and I topped them with a little silver snowflake.

613AvenueCreate05For the deer, I die cut Tim’s Reindeer Flight from vintage music paper and hit it with a little Tea Dye DI.  I cut two more out of lightweight chipboard (old cereal boxes) and glued the three together.  I covered the whole thing with UTEE and heat embossed it.  Then I tapped it with Versamark and embossed it again with the Bridal Embossing Tinsel.  I tied a little silver embroidery floss around the neck and topped it with a wee snowflake.  I have to confess…I love the way this turned out.

I also stamped music notes onto Cream Seam Binding using Ranger Aquamarine Archival ink.  I spritzed the ribbon with water, crumpled it and left it to dry.  Then it was wrapped around the base of the tag and tied in a square knot.  I sanded one of Tim’s Christmas tokens and tied it on with more silver embroidery floss.

613AvenueCreate04aThe little chalkboard was in my stash…and I honestly don’t remember where I got it…a clearance bin somewhere, no doubt, because that is how I roll!  I wrote the quote from Robert Frost’s “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” using a Sharpie white paint pen. I painted the edges with more of the “Everlasting” chalk paint, then brushed on Crystal Stickles, pulling some down to create “icicles.”   The tree and bird were also in my stash and seemed to fit the project, so I added those, too.

613AvenueCreate02Here’s one last look at the whole tag.  I have to confess…I really like this one!  It reminds me of those dusky, silent winter evenings where the whole world is covered in a glittering blanket of snow.

Be sure to link up your project at the 613 Ave blog.  There are some great prizes this week. You can find out more about them on the 613 Blog.

Also, don’t forget about the big block party that’s coming up in January!  BalloonBorder1This event will be loaded with inspiration and prizes, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Thanks for stopping by today…I hope you were inspired by my winter snowflake tag.  I’d love to hear some of your snow memories!



I’m entering this tag in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create Your Own Challenge

613 Avenue Create Your Own Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challege at 613 Avenue Create!  As always, our challenges are “anything goes with an optional twist.”  The optional twist is a 613 Avenue “Create Your Own Challenge.”  You can get all the details on the BLOG, but the basics are this.  Use the chart below as your guide, and choose at least ONE item from each column to create your own challenge.

Here’s the project I designed using items from each column….just to challenge myself!

613 Ave Dec 7 01I just received the new Graphic 45 “A Time to Flourish” paper this week, and i could not WAIT to dig into it for this challenge!  These papers/images are from the December pages.  I love winter birds, so this was right up my alley!  So, can you spot all the different items I chose from the chart while making this card?

  • From Column 1, I used patterned paper and bling
  • From Column 2, I used the sentiment from the paper collection, and a die cut tucked in behind the flowers…which are made with the Sunkissed Fleur die and Christmas Poinsettia Stamp from Heartfelt Creations.
  • From column 3, I matted everything with solid colored paper, and I used embossing on my flowers and on the die cut.
  • from Column 4, I made my flowers and stitched on the card
  • Column 5:  I used gorgeous Gray Plaid ribbon and topped it with Silver Metallic Grosgrain ribbon and I used a square focal on my card.  Which, technically, is not a square card, but the focal is square, so I figured I could squeak that in, right?

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613 Ave Dec 7 02I love this sentiment!  Truer words have never been spoken!

613 Ave Dec 7 04I really like the dark gray card base with these colors.  It sort of grounds everything and keeps them from floating off into space.

There are some great sponsors and PRIZES for this challenge, so you will want to play along.  You can find out all about them and the prizes on the 613 Avenue BLOG.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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Subway Art Canvas for 613 Avenue Create

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Hello Friends!  There’s a new challenge up today at 613 Avenue Create.  Like all 613 Ave challenges, this is an “anything goes” with an optional twist to add subway art to your project.  If you’re not quite sure what classifies subway art, here’s a little definition  for you: subway art is consists in arranging type and type design, and using different styles and varying font sizes to create a piece of work which can be visually captivating or to convey a thought provoking message or action.  I have been rolling this challenge around in my brain for weeks, now, and I finally decided to create a subway art canvas for this unique challenge.

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 01This 8″ x 10″ canvas was inked, layered, distressed and I even created a brick wall with a stencil and texture paste.  Then I covered most of it up with my flowers, vines and stamped subway art sentiment.  Just call me a “Silly Rabbit.”  It’s OK!  I started creating, and just couldn’t stop myself!

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 02The sentiment is a beautiful STAMP from Heartfelt Creations.  I stamped it with Jet Black Archival Ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The papers are from the Once Upon a Time Collection and the handmade flowers are made with the Vintage Floret Stamp and the matching die.

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 04I made a cloth flower using the Tattered Floral die from Tim Holtz and then attached a clock face that I’ve been hoarding in my stash of vintage jewelry for some time now.  I knew this was just the right project to bring it to life.  I added a bunch of stamped and die cut clocks made with the same Once Upon a Time Collection from Heartfelt Creations.  The leaves are also made with HC stamps and dies.

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 05I had some fun with my Stampendous Rose Encrusted jewel kit and some seed beads that I picked up at Tuesday morning on a shopping trip with my sis.  I love the seed beads as centers in the flowers and mixed in with the thick embossing powders, glitter and mica flakes.

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 06Everything was spritzed with homemade gold Perfect Pearls spray.  It gives the vintage florets a beautiful aged finish.

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 08613 Avenue Create Subway Art 09In this photo, you get a close up view of the “frantage” layer of embossing powders, mica flakes, glitter and seed beads.

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If you look real close, you can see the brick wall I labored over and then covered up with die cuts.  I figure it was good practice, right?

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 03So that’s my Subway Art Canvas.  And now it’s your turn to link up your anything goes project with an optional “Subway Art” twist on the 613 Avenue Create BLOG.  There are some nice prizes up for grabs this week:

Lacy Sunshine is providing a $20 Gift Card to their shop for one talented artist.

And Beansy Doodle has 3 free digital stamps for another talented artist.

I’m also entering this project in the following challenges:

That’s it for me today, folks!  Be sure to stop by the 613 Avenue Create BLOG for more inspiration from the Design team.

Thanks for stopping by!



613 Avenue Create Challenge # 97

613 Avenue Create Challenge #97: RAK Week

Hello, Friends!  There’s a new challenge up at 613 Avenue Create.  Challenge #97 is all about Random Acts of Kindess.  (RAK)  Make a little “something, something” for a friend, a neighbor, your mail carrier, the cashier at the store….anyone at all!  It’s amazing how a small, unexpected kindness can lift the spirit and change the course of a whole day.  A random act of kindness is doubly blessed: it blesses both the recipient, and the one who gives, too.

I’ve been working at my annual craft show all this week, selling lots and lots of paper goodies to lots and lots of different people.  One of the things I made for the show was a whole BUNCH of cute flower-topped bookmarks like these.

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These were created in every color and while I sold most of them, it was really fun to give a few of them away to customers who took the time to not only shop, but chat and share their stories with me.  It’s such a small gift, but you would think I’d given them the moon.  Now THAT is fun!

So, what will you create for your RAK?  Will it be  a card, a mini book, a tasty baked good wrapped up in pretty packaging?  Take a picture ,and share it with us at 613 Avenue create!   I can’t wait to see what you create.

Thanks for stopping by!



Upcycled Tag Mini Book

Upcycled Tag Mini Book for 613 Avenue Create

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challenge at 613 Avenue Create! Challenge #95 is “Anything Goes” and the optional twist is “Bags, Tags, Boxes and More.”  Now, I love a good tag, and because of this, I can’t seem to bring myself to throw away the tags that come as part of the packaging for embellishments.  So many of them are made from a nice weight of chipboard and have a really pretty shape, too.  I had squirreled away a few of these in the Closet of Shame, and knew that I wanted to use them to make an upcycled tag mini book for this challenge. Here’s what I came up with:

613 Ave Create tag book 01These 3 Bo Bunny tags were slightly different in size, but they all had the same shape and a pretty scalloped bottom edge.  I sanded them lightly, painted the edges with Antique Linen Distress Paint and then used pretty vintage images from Crafty Secrets to decorate.  I stayed with a simple blue, white and silver color palette to unify the pages, and used papers from an old K and Company paper stack that I found in my stash.

613 Ave Create tag book 02This sweet little angel was treated with UTEE before she received  her sparkly wings.  I tucked in some velvet leaves and berries that  I tapped with white pigment ink to give them a frosty feel.  The icicles were die cut from vellum.  All the edges of the tag were embossed with Zing Silver Glitter Embossing powder.

613 Ave Create tag book 03My upcycled tag mini book opens from the bottom because the holes were already punched into the packaging I used.  Here, I’ve included the words to one of my favorite Christmas Carols typed out in a fancy font.  The shimmery ribbon is Stiched Sheer/Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  it ties the dreamiest bows!

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613 Ave Create tag book 06I’ve added rub-ons, metal brads that I’ve embossed with Bridal embossing tinsel, sequins and little bitty snowflakes. The silver metallic ribbon is from RRR as well.

613 Ave Create tag book 07I salvaged this dove from a Christmas tag…I knew it would come in handy some day!

613 Ave Create tag book 08613 Ave Create tag book 09The back cover is sort of upside down, but I love the way it looks resting on all those delicious ribbons!  The best thing about this upcycled mini book is that it doesn’t take very long to make.  Once you’ve picked your papers and images, it goes together really fast.  And it will make a sweet hostess gift during the holidays, don’t you think?

613 Ave Create tag book 10So the next time you purchase a package of brads or embellies, you might just want to tuck the packaging material away in your Closet of Shame so that you can make your own upcycled mini book!

There are prizes for this challenge:

Bugaboo Stamps

  is offering a prize of 7 digital stamps!

Beansie Doodle

is also offering a prize. You can get this info from the 613 Avenue Create blog.

I’m also entering this project into the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin’ Christmas (use Snowflakes)

Word Art Wednesday (Anything Goes)

Divas by Design (Christmas with flowers)

Nutcrafters Challenge #79  (winter weather)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have any questions or comments on this project, I’d love to hear from you!




613 Avenue Create CAS Challenge

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Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in to share my inspiration piece for the 613 Avenue Create CAS Challenge.  CAS, in case you are wondering, stands for “Clean and Simple.”  This is the hardest style of card for me to create, as I love layers, embellies, more layers and detail.  So I had to scratch my head for a while to come up with an design that fit the definition of CAS.  A Clean and Simple card has:

1. One focal image

2. Lots of open space (uncluttered)

3. Limited layers and embellishing

4.) Quick and easy to create

This is almost clean and simple….and honestly, as clean and simple as I ever get!

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I created a set of note cards and matching envelopes . I definitely have more than one layer going on here, but there is a lot of open space, just one focal image, and the card is very quick and easy to create.  I had the set of 4 cards finished in under an hour, and that includes the time it took me to pull materials.  Here’s what I used to make this card:

kraft cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″

Stampin’ Up “Hardwood”  background stamp

ColorBox “Frost White” Pigment Ink and white superfine embossing Powder

Really Reasonable Ribbon Rose Pink Diamond Satin ribbon

MME Lost and Found “Madison Avenue” paper pack

My Favorite Things Plentiful Petals Die

Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Moulding Mat

Crafty Secrets Mini Memories Stamp Set

Heartfelt Creations Luggage and Tags Die

Ranger Archival Ink (Rose Madder)

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The flower center is cut from a scrap piece of brown corrugate that I salvaged from a cookie container.  It was too pretty to toss out!  I also lined and stamped the envelopes.

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When they were all finished, I put some “shreddy” into a clear cellophane bag, added the note cards and envelopes and tied the top with burlap string.  I added a pink ribbon bow and one more flower.

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It is NOT easy to photograph an item that is in a cellophane bag, by the way! But now it’s all ready for gifting!

You can find all the details on linking up your project to the 613 Avenue Create CAS Challenge HERE.  You’ll have one week to play along, and our sponsors for this challenge are offering some very nice prizes!  The prize from Melonheadz is 1 bundle of your choice.

The prize from The Stamping Boutique is 4 digital images.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Anything Goes with a Twist  (female card….pink flower)

Fussy and Fancy Friday   (Lots of pink or breast cancer)

Kitty Bee Designs  ( use dies or punches…die cut flower)

Sister Act  (anything goes)

Thanks for stopping by!  Can’t wait to see what you create for this fun challenge!



613 Avenue Create Challenge 91: World Heart Day

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( and an exciting announcement!)

Hello, Friends!  I have an exciting announcement to share with you today.  I’ve been asked to do freelance design over at the 613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog! I couldn’t be more excited!  I’ve been assigned to Team A, and I’ll be sharing challenge posts here twice a month along with my inspiration piece.  I explained to Chana that I am not a “colorer” (although I wish I were, because I think coloring is awesome!).  Those of you who have followed me for some time know that my design strengths are in collage, mini albums and paper engineering.  Chana said that was why she was bringing me on board…to freelance.  So I will follow the theme of each challenge, but most of the time,  I will not be using the digi images provided by the sponsors.  I hope you will play along with this fun group of crafty ladies!  Here’s the info you need to know about 613 Avenue Create Challenge 91: World Heart Day.

The rules this time around are pretty simple: use a heart in your project.  That’s it!  The sponsors for this challenge are:     

The winners for this challenge will receive a $20 gift certificate to Lacy Sunshine stamps or 3 free digital images from Oak Pond Creations.  Sweet!

Couture TP Mini Album Tutorial

I gave a lot of thought about what to make for this challenge, and decided I wanted to create something with words for the heart…encouraging and uplifting quotes.  I went searching online, and found a page dedicated to quotes from Audrey Hepburn, and that was the spark that ignited the idea for my Couture toilet paper roll mini album. Audrey Hepburn, in my opinion, was the epitome of style, class and grace, so I used Graphic 45 Couture paper in my design because it is also classy and stylish!  I have lots of photos and tips coming, so go get yourself a drink and a snack and then we’ll move along.

Ave 613 Heart Challenge 01This is the finished TP Mini album in all it’s glory.  If you look at the two red roses, you’ll see a pair of little pewter hearts tucked in…and these little hearts appear on almost every page of the mini album.  To make this album you will need 5 toilet paper rolls and 2 12 x12 sheets of designer paper.  Oh, and lots of ephemera and ribbon!

Step One

Select 5 clean TP rolls that are identical in size and flatten them with your hand.

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Step 2

Use a warm iron to completely flatten the TP roll

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Step 3

Choose a double sided sheet of 12″ square designer paper. Cut 4 1/8″ x 2 3/4″ rectangles, 5 from each side.

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Step 4

Ink the edges of all the paper and all the TP rolls.  I used black soot Distress Ink because of the colors of my paper.  Pick a color that will work well with your chosen paper.

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Step 5

Stitch around all the edges of the paper and then distress all the edges.

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Step 6

Lay out your pages so that they will alternate as you add them to the album.  Do not glue down the pages yet.  It’s much easier to decorate them BEFORE you glue them to the TP rolls.  But you will want to keep the order straight so that your album has a continuous flow.

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Step 7

Use a 3/8″ circle punch and add a thumb hole to one side of each INNER page of the TP album.  Line the pockets you’ve created with 2 3/8″ x 2″ contrasting papers.

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For the pages with the thumb hole, you will need to punch a hole in the page as well.  I just traced around the hole in the TP roll onto my paper and then lined up my punch with those lines.  Easy peasy!   Go ahead and punch the holes in your TP album now, too.  I just did one hole at the top, about 1/8″ in from the side and 1/4″ down from the top.  Line your papers up with these holes and punch them as well so that you don’t add some crucial element right in the spot where you need to punch a hole!

Now, just go ahead and decorate your pages, gluing them on as they are finished.  When that is all done, just add “O” rings to bind the book together and tie ribbons along the rings to finish.  Here are the photos of my finished pages.

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Can you find the hearts on these two pages?  Also, see the tags inserted in the TP rolls?  Here’s a look at one of those.

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I cut the all the tickets and tags using a tag die from Heartfelt Creations.  The black gingham ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I don’t know where the little heart brads came from.  I’ve had them in my stash forever.  I computer journaled the quotes onto parchment paper and added them to the tags.

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The clock was punched from the paper and then treated with UTEE.

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I used one of the cardstock envelopes to make a holder for a couple of little journaling tags.

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I love this final quote about people needing to be restored, renewed, revived and reclaimed. Audrey Hepburn was one amazing lady, and her words really do speak to my heart!

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This is the mini mini album opened so you can see the front and back covers and all those yummy ribbons!

So, now it’s your turn! Like all the fun challenges at 613 Avenue Create, this is an “Anything Goes” challenge with the optional twist of using hearts in your project.  The challenge runs for 1 week and the rules are simple:

Challenge Rules

We are a fun challenge and we do not seek to limit what you do with your projects so here is all we ask:
1. New Creation
2. Link to your post and not your main blog url
3. Mention our challenge
4. Limit your entries to 3 (for the sake of our designers. Plus, Kathi and I like to try to comment on every entry)
5. HAVE FUN!!!
That’s it!!

I’m also entering this in the following challenges:

1) 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog #109 Anything Goes with a Twist of Ribbon or Lace

2) Word Art Wednesday # 151  Anything Goes

3) Little Miss Muffett Challenges #95   Make it Mini

I hope you were uplifted and encouraged by these “words from the heart” on World Heart Day.  If you have any questions about the construction of this “mini” mini album, just ask in the comment section below, and I promise to get back to you.  Thanks for stopping by!



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