Christmas in July

Happy Christmas in July! I told you that I’d find a way to sneak some Christmas in. I love starting my Christmas cards in July because it’s low pressure and the crafting companies start debuting their Christmas products.

This year more than ever, we need a little Christmas cheer. Let’s get in the Christmas spirit with a few fun cards.

Tim Holtz poinsettia 3d embossing folder

Tim Holtz released this fabulous 3d embossing folder with his chapter 3 release. It stands alone and is perfect to get creative with. Let me show you what I’ve done with it so far.

For this first card I embossed it using my favorite mixed media paper (go take a look at that blog post). Then I water colored the image. These 3d embossing folders are perfect to color in. I started by wetting the paper first then adding color, this method spreads the paint nicely. Once dried, I continued to layer the color. I didn’t do a lot if shadowing because I was afraid of coloring outside the lines but I definitely will next time! Afraid, really HAHA. It’s paper and water. Once complete I attached it to a layering piece and adhered to the card front.

Next up is much more simple. I embossed using shiny paper. My layering piece here is bigger as it’s a 5×7 card. I used some dollar tree ribbon glued that down. Any ribbon practice I can get, I take. TIP, tie the bow before trimming from the spool.

All done! There are a million more ways to use this folder and I can’t wait to try more. Tell me what you have done for Christmas in July by leaving a comment below. Hop on over to my Instagram or Facebook @sewmuchglitter to check out what’s going on. If I have inspired you, tag me #sewmuchglitter with your version of what I have shared.

Have a great week and spread some Christmas cheer. I’ll be back this week with some great kitchen creativity.

Sewmuchglitter

Red, White and Blue Sweet Treat!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND! While our celebrations may look different this year, we can still enjoy some of our favorite traditions. FOOD! Before we heat up the barbecue let’s prepare a flavorful dessert.

Our gardens or markets are full of flavorful goodness this time of the year and I enjoy taking advantage of these seasonal foods. This shortcake is no different. I’ve had this recipe for awhile and love doing something different with it each time. Let’s start with the basics.

  1. 1 package yellow cake mix (angel food cake, chocolate cake or white cake work beautifully).
  2. 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (thawed). Homemade whipped topping is delicious too. (Pioneer Woman has a GREAT recipe)
  3. 1 small package instant vanilla pudding mix.
  4. 1 Cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  5. 1 pint blueberries, 1 pint strawberries sliced (rinsed and drained)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare the cake according to directions in a 9×13 inch pan. COMPLETELY COOL THE CAKE.
  2. in a separate bowl: Mix the vanilla pudding mix, milk and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping (gently).
  3. Place the blueberries in a square on the top left of the cake and place the strawberries as stripes to make the American Flag. Chill until ready to serve.
  4. ENJOY!

I would love to hear what sweet treats you enjoy on this holiday weekend. Comment below how you would mix up this recipe. Sometimes I like to macerate the fruit but be careful not to turn them into mush. This is a versatile process that is all about your choice of taste. I enjoy getting my recipes from multiple sources such as Pioneer Woman, All Recipes, or the good old Food Network. I always enjoy the creative process and have fun making things my own.

Don’t forget to stay safe and healthy this weekend. Check out my Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter for the latest creations. If I have inspired you, post to your social media and tag #sewmuchglitter.

HAPPY FOURTH! ENJOY.

Sewmuchglitter

Let’s talk paper

Thanks for joining me. I hope everyone is safe and well. Just as we thought 2020 couldn’t get anymore challenging, we are faced with sad circumstances. On a positive note, it is great that we can still still come together to witness the revolution of space exploration. I grew up during a time that NASA was embraced and it’s exciting to see that become a reality again.

I’m not here to create a forum about our differences but here to create a place where we can share our creativity and gather inspiration. So, on that note……LET’S TALK PAPER!

We all create things differently and have different design tastes, but we still use the staples, like paper! I am a big paper crafter and have realized that not all paper is created equal. We see some retailers or influencers tell us that the paper doesn’t matter but the other products do, and we have some tell us only the paper matters. So which is it? We kind of have to figure that our on our own. I am here to share my experience with you and hope it helps guide you the next time you are walking the craft store isles.

FIRST, let’s talk watercolor paper. In my experience, this DOES matter. Water generally breaks down paper and eventually rips it. The thicker the watercolor paper, the better. There are different textures, hot or cold pressed. I’m not a scientist so I will share that Strathmore watercolor paper cold pressed 300 series is my favorite. It is thick enough to take on a lot of water and allow the colors to remain as vibrant as you want them. I am a stamping water-colorist because my free hand skills aren’t great. This paper can handle it all and remain intact. Water coloring on regular card stock, no matter how thick can be a mess. This is my best recommendation. The price point is a bit higher but so is the quality (get your coupons out!)

NEXT up let’s discuss mixed media paper. There is a world of mixed media paper to be discovered. I don’t just watercolor, so mixed media papers are my go to. Especially when Michael’s has BOGO! I’ve experimented in this area a lot. My work horse has been Canson XL mixed media paper 98 lb. I can watercolor without the paper pilling as long as I do not stay in the same area for too long (it’s not Strathmore but it’s versatile). I can use my prismacolor pencils and gamsol on this paper and I can use my alcohol markers without a problem. The price point is great too, that’s why it’s my most used.

Another mixed media paper I have tried is also a Strathmore, but mixed media (98lb) I got this at Target. Now that Target has spruced up their craft section I always have to look. This price point is a little more than the Canson XL and the quality does NOT hold up. I was very disappointed. The paper pills with very little water and it smears other mediums. I do not know if the quality was subpar because it was sold at Target or if it is just that paper. Either way, there are plenty of other products to spend your money on. Let’s talk about those!

As we keep moving along, lets address marker paper. I’m specifically referring to alcohol markers when discussing this paper but the marker world is large, so please share your experiences with me in the comments below. Ok, We’ve rounded back to Strathmore again. I LOVE their marker paper 400 series 50 lb. It is smooth, spreads the color beautifully and does not soak it in. Your projects remain vibrant and clear. Again, another great Micheal’s BOGO opportunity! This price point is comparable to that of Canson XL, so even without a sale, you get your money’s worth. On a side note, I have used Crafter’s Companion alochol marker paper and really enjoy that too. It is harder to find in retail but is sold online and HSN. I feel the better deal is the Strathmore because Hey, I make mistakes and throw things out sometimes. I don’t feel like I’m loosing with the Strathmore when that happens.

OK, those are a few of my favorite papers. I hope this helps you. The options can be overwhelming. Please share with me your favorite papers in the comments below. Don’t forget to checkout my Instagram/Facebook: @sewmuchglitter for the projects I have completed with these papers. And tag me #sewmuchglitter in the projects you have used or tried because of my recommendations. I realize this was long-winded but chats can be that way.

If there’s a project you’d love to see, tell me in the comments below. I’ll be back very soon! Checkout Instagram for sneak peeks.

Spring Forward

Happy daylight savings time. These are the hardest days to get used to the older I get. But, it does mean brighter days are ahead. We don’t experience much rain or cold weather in San Diego but when we do, it is extreme. With the news freaking out about this virus spreading like wildfire, I am excited to get fresh air and spring cleaning underway.

Speaking of spring cleaning, it is also time to evaluate my crafting organization. I recently re-organized my stamp and mini ink collection. You can check it out on my Instagram: sewmuchglitter. Michael’s is a great resource for organization and coupons!

As a crafter, I don’t normally purge my collection. So, I try to save space as I can. And of course, we all want the latest and greatest to improve our crafty skills. When new products come out, they are not always the same quality as others. I find that I cannot use the same blender applicator with different type of inks because they are all meant to be used in different ways. I LOVE using Tim Holtz distress inks but they are a different formula than my other inks. So of course……I want them to have their own applicator because it is one more thing I can shop for (shhh. our secret). In the name of saving space and using the right supplies for the right job, I found a fun way to store my applicators.

I have the scrapbook.com blending tool and enjoy using the domed applicators but find that Tim Holtz applicators are more available and I can use those fun COUPONS! I discovered that either of those applicators fit nicely under my mini distress inks, and they still fit in my storage. WIN WIN! In order to get them to stay in place I use Velcro dots. The opposite side of the applicator adheres perfectly. I have found Velcro dots at Walmart and the Dollar Tree. That is my fun tidbit for now. I hope this helps or inspires you. I would love to hear how you save space while still adding to your crafting collection. Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram where you can see my new stamp storage.

I hope you have a fabulous week! I am having a lot of fun exploring my creativity with the 30 day coloring challenge. You can hop in and out as you desire or just check out everyone’s creativity. I have the # on my Instagram where you can find the details and beautiful artwork.

I’ll be back soon with a fun tutorial that will add sparkle to your spring gatherings!