Friday Freebie 145 – pink flamingo

This week’s Friday Freebie is a pretty, pink flamingo.

Add a little bit of exotic colour to your next crafting project.

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Tin Teddy Vintage is now.. Antique Dog Prints – Etsy shop name change

After two years of trading as Tin Teddy Vintage, I have now rebranded my Etsy vintage prints shop with the new name of Antique Dog Prints.AntiqueDogPrintsCard

I already owned the dot com for this name, and as I sell over 90% vintage dog prints, it made sense to change the shop name.  I will still stock a few other animal prints now and then but it will definitely be mainly dogs, as before.

I currently have 53 original, antique and vintage dog prints on offer in the shop and will continue to add more.  I have a very large collection of prints as I have been collecting for many years.  My house, however, is very tiny so I am only able to display a few.  Hence the decision to sell my significant surplus prints so they can go to new homes where they can be enjoyed.

If you are looking for a particular breed, do let me know as I may have it, waiting to be listed.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Tin Teddy Vintage in 2015 and I hope that Antique Dog Prints continues to thrive in 2016.

Christmas Wreath Tag Tutorial – Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015, December

TTLongXmasTagGosh, this year has gone by so fast.  Already it is time to make the final tag for 2015. I have been creating tags most months for the 12 Tags of 2015 game that Tim Holtz runs on his great blog.  As with previous tags, here is a little tutorial of how I made my version of the December tag.

As with my previous tags, I started by diecutting a tag shape from mount board using the Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates Die by Sizzix.  I took an old tumble dryer sheet and glued it to the tag using Ranger Multi Matt Medium glue.  Then I used the Holiday Knit stencil, also by Tim Holtz, and laid it over the tag.  I pounced Fired Brick Distress Ink through the stencil.  I loved this effect.  It is not too easy to see in the pictures, but in real life it looks like a snuggly fleece Christmas sweater.

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Friday Freebie 144 – Christmas Wreath

The Friday Freebie for this week is a beautiful Christmas wreath.

Ideal for last minute Christmas cards and other projects.

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Follow the Tin Teddy blog to make sure you get your Tin Teddy Friday Freebie every alternate week (but there are bonus ones throughout December as part of the Christmas Cracker!).

The Friday Freebies are free for at least one month, after this they are grouped into sets for sale in my Etsy shop. Subscribe to the blog to ensure you get them all!

There will be a new Friday Freebie on the 1st January.

Download Here – Tin Teddy Friday Freebie 144 Christmas Wreath

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Please do not give the images to your friends – give them a link to my blog and they can download a copy for themselves.

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Eight Unusual Christmas Gifts from Etsy Sellers

Wondering what to get that difficult-to-buy-for Uncle for Christmas this year?  How about awkward Auntie Agnes?  And as for cousin “I have everything I want already” Clara?!?

Let’s face it, some people are much harder to buy for than others.  So here are eight unusual, but cool! present ideas from the amazing sellers on Etsy.  Check out their full shops for even more great pressie ideas. (more…)

Simple Stamped Reindeer Christmas Card Tutorial

I used a 6″ x 4″ white side-folding card blank from my stash.  I used the stacking rectangles die set by Presscut and chose the die that most closely fit the front of my card, and the one smaller than that.

I cut out a panel of patterned paper with the larger die, and applied Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink around the edges.  This paper is from the “12 Days of Christmas” 6″ stack by Dovecraft.

I then used the smaller of the two dies to cut out a panel of white 300 gsm Sheena Douglass Stamping Card.  I ran this piece of card back through the die cutting machine with the Lattice Flourish Edge’ables die from DieSire (Crafter’s Companion) on the bottom edge.

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I stamped the “nosey reindeer” stamp from the “Christmas Creations” stamp set by Spellbinders.  I stamped him in  Azure Seas permanent dye ink, from Whispers.  I then went around the edge with some Salty Ocean Distress Ink.

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I stamped a sentiment onto some white card.  The “Holiday hugs” stamp is from Crafter’s Companion and was one of the included stamps in the 2014 Christmas issue of their Inspirations magazine.  I stamped it with black Memento Tuxedo Black ink.   Then I cut it out using one of the smaller dies from my stacking rectangles, as before.DieCutSentiment

I then applied Brushed Corduroy distress ink all around the edges to give it a nice vintage feel.

I coloured in the reindeer with a Light Ultramarine Faber Castell Polychromos pencil.  I used a Pthalo Blue pencil to add a bit more emphasis to the deer’s flank markings and nose.  The pencil colouring has not shown up very well in my photos, it looks better in real life (honest!).

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I glued the two panels together, then added them to the card blank.  I fixed the sentiment on with some foam tape to give it a bit of dimension.  Then I finished it with two sticky faux pearls from Sticker Mania.

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If you want some hints and tips to help with last minute Christmas Card making, check out my blog post from earlier this week.

Hints and Tips for Last Minute Christmas Card Making

Argh! Christmas is so nearly here and you haven’t finished making all those lovely handmade Christmas cards you promised yourself you would do this year!  Don’t panic.  There is still some time, and these handy hints and tips could help to save you time (and money too!).

1 – Make Multiples at Once

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Making 6 copies of a card does not take 6 times as long a making one would.. it is much faster than that.  Making small batches of each card design can save a lot of time.  Get all your equipment and materials ready, pop a good movie or nice album on.. and go for it.

It can also help to group tasks, for example do all your stamping at once, then later on do your colouring (I like to colour whilst watching tv).  Again this saves time as you don’t have to keep getting your gear out over and over. (more…)

Friday Freebie 143 – Christmas Kitten

This week there is a bonus Friday Freebie as part of the Christmas Cracker – an adorable Christmas kitten.

Perfect for use on Christmas cards, invites, tags and more.  What will you make with yours?

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Follow the Tin Teddy blog to make sure you get your Tin Teddy Friday Freebie every alternate week (but there are bonus ones throughout December as part of the Christmas Cracker!).

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Craft Book Review – Mini Christmas Crochet by Val Pierce

 

Title – 20 to Make – Mini Christmas Crochet
Author – Val Pierce
Publisher – Search Press
ISBN – 978-1-84448-740-0

As part of the Tin Teddy Christmas Cracker,  I am reviewing the fun crochet book “Mini Christmas Crochet” by Val Pierce as there is still time to make some of these adorable little creations before Christmas.

This a small, 48 page book and part of the popular “20 to Make” series from Search Press.

The book starts with a general introduction then a page of Hints and Tips.  This includes a table showing American and British stitch name differences.  Instructions on how to crochet are not included so some experience will be required. (more…)

Ten Great Christmas Card Tutorials on YouTube

Ten Great Christmas Card Tutorials on YouTube

Looking for some inspiration for your Christmas card making this year?

Check out these ten great Christmas card tutorials from my favourite crafters on YouTube.  Different styles, different techniques but all fun to watch and very inspirational.

Cute Penguin Christmas Card from Vicky Papaioannou

Vicky demonstrates some great techniques to get more from your stamps in this video.  And the result is such a sweet card.

Stamp your Own “Family Photo” Card from Sandy Allnock

These cards are so original and fun.. plus great for adapting to use whatever stamps you have in your stash.  Check out Sandy’s other videos for many more Christmas projects too.

Simon Says Stamp From All of Us from Nicol Spohr Magouirk

Sadly Simon Says Stamp products are really hard to get hold of here, in the UK.  But I love this video as Nichol uses a great technique for the background, and the finished card is so cheerful and inspiring.  Plus Nichol’s videos are always fun to watch.

Brayered Christmas Eve from ileana29

I love the gorgeous 3d effect on the trees.  This card looks so unusual and impressive.  Very inspiring indeed.

Colored Die Cut Inlay Card by Jennifer McGuire

A simple but really great technique in this video from Jennifer McGuire.  All Jennifer’s videos are very professional and full of great hint and tips for card makers.

How to Draw a Snowman for a Christmas Card from Shoo Rayner

I very much enjoyed watching Shoo draw and paint a cheerful snowman. He makes it look so easy!

Clean and Simple Christmas Card by Little Crafty Pill

Some rather good ideas in the tutorial for this very attractive card.  I love that edging technique and must try it with my own edge dies.

A Very Trendy Christmas Card – Two Ways! with Catherine Pooler

Two for the price of one here.  Some simple but very effective techniques are used to make these very elegant cards.

Winter Card from Vicky Papaioannou

Another one from Vicky, this time a shaker card.  This card could be easily adapted to use whatever lovely Christmas stamps you have.  I love the little cluster at the top of the card and the use of faux snow in the shaker.

Shape Stamping Christmas Card by Jennifer McGuire

Another great video by Jennifer McGuire.  Here she demonstrates how to create a unique designs using little stamps.  I found this idea very inspiring indeed.

 

If you are getting stressed and running out of time to make your handmade cards, check out my blog post – Hints and Tips for Last Minute Christmas Card Making