Monday, December 4, 2023

Teri Decks the Halls

 Teri Wilson - TerisMailbox

Hello friends! It's Teri with TerisMailbox posting for TFJB Inspiration Ave sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Our theme is Deck the Halls and I'll show you how to change simple Dollar Tree Ornaments into Holiday Scenes - Santa included!

I have a video HERE if you would prefer to watch.

Gather a few blank ornaments that are large enough to add items inside. These ornaments came from The Dollar Tree.

Paint a few different Small Salvaged Figures using Distressed Paints. Once dry add Collage Medium and Rock Candy Glitter if desired. Do the same with the candy canes from Ideology Confections.

Add a small circular piece of packing material in the bottom of the ornament. Cut a piece of polyester quilt batting for the snow base. Use hot glue to attach the packing, snow and the figures to the snow base. Add a candy jar to the ornament with the soldier as well as a candy cane from Ideology Confections.

Die cut a set of trees using dark forest green cardstock and the Tall Pines die cut from Sizzix. Trim the height and length for a good fit within the ornament. No need to glue the trees, they just float in the ornament.

Pour Mica Flakes and Rock Candy Glitter into the ornament and attach the bottom lid.

Here are the other two ornaments I made. The girl and the deer are older Idea-ology pieces from my very large stash. I have bought Tim Holtz's products for years. How about you?

Check out the top of the ornaments. The seam binding is dyed using Candy Apple Distress Ink. The berry branch is made using the new Sizzix Festive Gatherings Die set. A perfect fit! Glossy Accents add the sine to the berries!

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Products Used: 

Sizzix Tall Trees Die - Forest Shadows would be a great substitute.
Festive Berries Distress Paint - Candy Apple Distress Paint is a good substitute

Friday, December 1, 2023

Janna Decks the Halls

This week for TFJB Inspiration Ave we are creating to the theme of “Deck the Halls”. Here I have created a Christmas themed reliquary dome.

If you would like to see a step by step tutorial click the link here.

For this project I used: a Reliquary Dome, Salvaged Soldier, Vintage Bells, Confections, Pine Twine, Iron Gates, Faceted Stars, Bottle Brush trees, Baubles, Bubbles, Distress Glitter, Snowfall Texture Paste, Collage Medium, hot glue, tinfoil, and twine.

For this Christmas project I am starting with a base of a Reliquary Dome. I chose this because it has a large base to work with and great height to build upwards with.

To start I crumpled up some tinfoil to make the foundation of some snowy hills. I then attached the tinfoil with a surebonder hot glue gun.

Once the structure for the hills was in place I then added a bottle brush tree. I attached the tree with more hot glue and pushed the base into the tinfoil.

After the tree was in place I then covered the tinfoil and cork base with Distress Snowfall Texture Paste. I applied the Snowfall Paste with one of the Ranger pallet knives.

Here is the fully covered base below. I absolutely love the Snowfall Texture Paste. When it dries it turns into a sparkly semi transparent texture.

Next it is time to decorate the tree. I used some alcohol inked Babbles to decorate the tree. These I glued to the tree with some collage medium.

Now it is time to add the altered Iron Gates. I pressed the gates into the still wet Snowfall Paste to leave myself some guidelines. Then I added some hot glue over the indentations.

I then pressed the gates into the impressions and the hot glue. This gave the gates a solid foundation to 
rest on.

With the gates in place I then added an altered Salvaged Soldier in front of them. I altered the Salvaged Soldier with Distress Paints Lumberjack Plaid, Aged Mahogany, Dried Marigold, Black Soot, and Tarnished Brass.

Then I added an altered wreath adornment. I altered the wreath with Distress Glazes Lumberjack Plaid and Rustic Wilderness and some distress embossing ink.

Now for some glittering details. This year no Christmas scene is complete without a dash of Distress Glitter. I added some glittered Confections around the front of the cork base and a thick board glittering star to the tree.

For the last detail, inside the dome I added some sparkled Bubbles. With a bit of Collage Medium and glitter they transform into snowballs.

Now it is time to decorate the base of the dome. For the base I have added some Pine Twine and some jute twine.

With the jute twine I attached three Idea-ology vintage style sleigh bells.

Here is the finished dome. For details about the embellishments click the links below from some Idea-ology alterations.

Thank you so much for joining me here today for TFJB Inspiration Ave. Until next time, happy crafting!

Janna~ 💕🎨💕

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Lyla Decks the Halls

   It's that time over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology is back for the 2023 Holiday Season and TFJB owner, Linda Coughlin, has the Design Team busy with her newest theme for these next two weeks: "Deck the Halls" and instead of decking the halls with boughs of holly, we're using Idea-ology! This is always one of my favorite types of crafting and I'm sliding right in!

Here's that handy list of LINKS:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas 2023 Holdiay Bells
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas 2023 Sticker Book Christmas
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas 2023 Woodland Trees Alpine
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas 2022 Baseboards Christmas 

I chose a couple sheets from an old TH Seasonal pad and burnished it (Glossy Accents glued and sanded edges all around) onto both sides of my Etcetera Mini Tag. I had a leftover reinforcer, so this Mini Tag got one on both sides.

I always make a physical plan with my Ideao-logy pieces so I’m not left squishing things in, or worse: not enough space for the most important pieces.

I do the same planning on both sides. Sometimes my plan will change but it’s usually because I come up with a better idea this way.

Then, I was able to match up the Etcetera Shelf pieces (both Scalloped and Bracket) to fit around the Baseboard Lace Frame, to form a box.

There was a LOT of burnishing going on. While I do love this technique, my hands were pretty sore afterwards. (I knew I should’ve gotten the TH Thinlits Set for die cutting pieces to cover the Etcetera Shelf pieces!! When will I learn to grab it instead of taking too long to mull it over???)

Time to add Distress. And, of course; the new Christmas Crayon Set #3 added the right pearly sparkle, with some Vintage Photo Oxide Ink.

My, Oh, My: that new toy soldier!!!! And now you can get Santa and the Snowman in a LARGE size!!! I had to have that larger sized set because I wanted a Toy Soldier like the tall ones around the lake I walk around in Florida - Lake DeFuniak. 

The Alpine Tree had to come first, so I’d be able to tuck the top into the Shelf inside the box. Since I planned a Dura-Lar window, the tree has to be cut down on the front and back to thin it out.

Yet, from side to side, it was thin enough to fit perfectly. LOVE these new skinny Alpine Trees, Tim!!!

Here, you can see I’m attending to little details: the rug is fussy cut from TH Patchwork Line Tape. Even though you might not see it, I wanted it all to be as realistic as possible- the small details are important!

I made “presents for each Grandbaby, using retired TH Letterpress letters. I used those yummy new pearly Distress Crayons (RED - for the girls Judith and Chloe, and BLUE for the boys - Jamie and Cole) and “wrapped each with sticker ribbons from the Christmas 2023 Sticker Book. Numbers 2 & 5 are in there, too.

Here, you can see I needed to lift up all the presents a bit higher to be seen in the window- and allow Paper Doll Judith to get higher up - so I pulled a “Paula” aka Paula Cheney, who likes to use little blocks and bits to stabilize items or add height. Going for the small details; I wrapped retired TH Chip Block Letters in the same Patchwork Linen Tape as the rug.

If you liked the 2022 Confections, you’ll LOVE the 2023 Confections which now are shaped like real Candy Canes as well as being a deeper red, there are new GREEN candy pieces!!! Time to cut a few up for dipping into the TH Mica Flakes and toss them into a Vial jar!

Making a doorway is easy: use TH Baseboards and Linen Tape, covering the backside of the door’s Long Fasteners with more Tim papers.

I needed my (smaller sized) Santa to go on a bit of a diet to fit where I needed him, so I used some rougher sand paper scraps to give him a rubdown.

And using Black Soot Crayon rubbed into the cracks with a bit of water on a paintbrush - after a couple of good FAST coats/heat treatments with Foundry Wax… viola!

And here's the finished project...


FRONT- the 3 older Grandchildren are waiting to get out the door and into the snow. And yes; it did snow when they were at our house, as if by magic!

Closeups follow…

The new 2023 bells are SWEET!

Little Judith just started walking and stayed inside. But she’s a CLIMBER!! Here she is - going after the candy…or is she curious to see more of the Baby JESUS in the manger….??

She’s better get back to bed because Santa is taking advantage of the older Grands being outside; he’s got places to go and toys to leave!

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care… with the help of TH Baseboards (both 2023 & 2022).

JESUS: the Reason for the Season!!!

Letterpress presents… for my Grandbabies with LOVE!

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