Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tin Can Lid Ornaments

Wondering what to do with those tin can lids after you take them off of the cans?  I wondered the same thing as well and came up with these Christmas ornaments.  I would suggest running out and buying a smooth edge can opener, so you or someone handling the ornaments doesn't get cut.

First, I primed each lid with Gesso, which you can find in any Craft or Art store.  I let this dry and then broke out my acrylic paints.  I chose a paint that would compliment the colors in the die-cuts that I used for the main piece of each ornament.  I gave each lid a good coating and then let that dry over night.

Next, I broke out my Cricut machine and cut some circles out of scrapbook paper that fit just inside each lid.  Since my Cricut only cuts out certain sizes I went ahead and cut out larger circles and then trimmed them until they fit.  I then glued each circle onto the colored side of the lid that it went with and let the dry for about an hour.

Finally, I took the Christmas die-cuts and put clear glue dots around the centers and then centered them on each lid.  Some of the die-cuts were bigger than the circle, but I like that.  I didn't want to cut the edges, but that is your preference.

Here are the finished ornaments:

  Have fun making your own and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Etsy Treasuries I'm In

Yay, I've been back selling on Etsy for over a week now and have been included in two Etsy Treasuries.  The first one is The Frosty Blues of December, which showcased my Blue Millefiori Chip Bead Bangle Bracelet. The second one happened today and it is Orange Dreams., which showcased my Orange Millefiori Chip Bead Bangle Bracelet. They are both brilliant and beautiful treasuries and you definitely should go check them out.

While you're there, please stop by and check out my Etsy shop Ivonnardona's Creations.  I am offering FREE SHIPPING through the end of the year and a 10% discount on all items.  Just use coupon code XMASKISS10 to get 10% off your entire order.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Lots of Jewelry Going Back Up For Sale!

I'm exhausted, but I hope it will be well worth it.  I have been busy posting my jewelry back up for sell in my Etsy shop.  I have also created a new shop over at TheCraftStar and am posting the same items in hopes to start moving them out of my inventory and into someone's hands.

I truly love creating and today I made a couple pair of earrings and fixed a necklace.  I forgot how to wrap wire, but quickly figured out something new that I tried and it worked out rather well.
Yellow Jade Dangle Earrings

Leopard Jasper Dangle Earrings

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Burning Impression Necklace

I am getting back into making and selling jewelry. My big project for this week is going through the jewelry I have made and revamping some of them.  I've posted four items so far this week and this is one of my favorites.  I used a Peyote stitch for the bottom portion of the necklace and then beaded the through the silver cones and added acrylic beads and glass seed beads.  I call this one "Burning Impression" because of the beautiful red, orange, and brown colors in the piece.  I am back selling in my Etsy shop and now have a new shop with TheCraftStar.

For the month of December I am offering a 10% discount on all orders; just use coupon code XMASKISS10.

Rolled Taco Casserole

Inspired by Pinterest by all of the wonderful recipes I've been seeing lately; I decided to post a favorite of mine.  This has been made in my family for as long as I can remember and it is always a favorite.  I also make it without the rolled tacos on occasion, when I'm feeling a little lazy. I make my own rolled tacos one night and then save the appropriate amount to make this the next day.  Yields: About 6 to 12 Servings.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

More Christmas ATCs

I am not a big collage person, but since my muse left me about a month ago, I decided to use some Christmas die cuts my mom bought me and make some ATCs.  At least I'm doing something creative and it actually turned out to be fun.

Last night we went to the NEO Christmas tree lighting ceremony and that kind of inspired me to come home and do something artsy.

Be Merry Bear
Frosty Nutcracker

Just the right tree for me

Sugar Cookie Bear

Winter Wonder
I used art markers, permanent markers, glaze pens, diamond glitter fabric paint, Christmas diecuts,, scrapbooking paper, and washi tape to make these.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Swap)

Here are my cards for Groups 3 (Christmas Trees) and Group 4 (Christmas Animals).  The point was to keep them simple.  The cards are mixed media collages using glaze pens for accents.  I also used Silver Snowflake Stickers for the tops of the trees.

Christmas Trees - Group 3

Christmas Animals - Group 4

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Memorable Christmas Ornaments

It took me two days, but I figured out what to do with those can tops that I saved up and asked my sister-in-law to save up for me.  I found a tutorial that used the frozen juice metal lids and kind of followed that.  Instead of using some "template" that someone else was selling; I broke out my Cricket and made circles out of my pretty Christmas paper and I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 to manipulate some of my favorite artwork and pictures of the girls.

I spray painted the metal lids with black spray paint.  When those were dry I looped some velvet and glued that on the back and then covered the entire back with a felt cirlce.

Finally when they were all dried I brushed on some Glossy Mod Podge and beaded them with Diamond Glitter Fabric Paint.

I'm really proud of how these turned out and can't wait to see them on the Christmas tree.

These paper ball ornaments were based on another tutorial I found and was easy enough that my youngest helped me make all ten of them.  The tutorial can be found here.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

I've been busy making Christmas ornaments since we lost about half of the ones we had out in the shed.  The shed we use to store our boxes is in the backyard and leaks.  Needless to say, the owners won't clean the shed so we can move our boxes to the other side where it doesn't leak.

My box of ornaments filled half way with water and it ruined most of them.  I'm not sure how long they suffered, but when I got to them it was too late.

Because I have an ample amount of crafting supplies I decided that I wasn't going to buy any Christmas ornaments, but rather I was going to set out to make them.  I found this awesome list of 101 Handmade Christmas Ornaments put out by Everything Etsy and saved my favorites for inspiration.  I've also decided that I would like to make tutorials for the ones I did make and am happy with.

I used FREE Collage images from Retro Cafe Art Gallery for their Christmas Contest.   The Santa and two girls were from the collage sheet.

"A Joyous Time" and "Merry Christmas Santa"
Vintage Girls
Styrofoam Ball Snow-girl Fairies

Washi Tape Ornaments

Friday, October 5, 2012

Reindeer - Open Media ATC swap

These were hand drawn and then watercolored for the Reindeer - Open Media ATC swap over at AFA.  I then used gel pens and 3D Glaze pens for the black outlines and details.  My scanner was set at 200 dpi, so the colors didn't come through like I wanted, but they turned out super cool.

I love these reindeer and am sad to depart with them.  I hope I get some fun ones in return.  The one with the lights turned out to be my second favorite and the candy cane reindeer is my first favorite.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ATC Holder Tutorial

I haven't done a tutorial in like forever, but someone asked me to show off my ATC holder that I send my swap cards in.  So, I made a pdf with pictures and step-by-step instructions to show how to make them.  If you would like a pdf version of this e-mail me at and I will gladly send you one.

I use them over and over again and like how they fit right inside a legal size envelope.

Artist Trading Card (ATC) Holder
© Copyright Tammy L. Sexton 2012

What you will need:
·         Scoring Board with Scoring Tool
·         Ruler
·         8.5” x 11” Piece of Card Stock
·         Pencil
·         Stapler
·         Tape
·         ATC (2.5” x 3.5”)
Step 1: Lay the 8.5 x 11 sheet of card stock on the scoring board landscape and put the ATC to the farthest left side. Make a mark with the pencil at 2.75” for the first score line.
Step 2: Move the ATC to just right of the first score line and make a mark with the pencil at 5.5”. This is the second score line.
Step 3: Move the ATC to just right of the second score line, lay the ATC landscape, and make a mark with the pencil at 9.25”. This is the third score line.

Step 4: Take the scoring tool and score the card stock at each mark previously made.

Step 5: Fold the paper at each score line, so that there is a flap on both ends.

Step 6: Tape the outer side of each of the flaps.
Step 7: Place the ATC in the folded and taped side that is shorter than the other side and staple just to the right of the ATC.
Step 8: Place the ATC in the other folded and taped side that is shorter than the other side and staple just to the left of the ATC.
Final Step: Once all of the ATCs are in the holder, simply fold the holder in half and insert into any standard size legal envelope.

Tip: You can use this holder for ATC swaps or personal trades.  I put a label, SASE, and/or postage in the middle before I put it in the envelope to mail out.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tim Burton Fairytale Characters

I'm still going to add some final touches to Hansel & Gretel, but for the most part their done. I'm excited about Tim Burton doing Pinocchio; he also wants Robert Downey Jr. to play Gepetto.

Hand drawn and colored by me for the Tim Burton Fairytale Characters Swap!

1. Pinocchio
2. Humpty Dumpty
3. Hansel
4. Gretel

Monday, September 10, 2012

Halloween Accordion Scene

This is the scene I made from the original post of just one Halloween arch.  I finished this last night and am really happy with how it turned out. I made "hinges" out of card stock and rotated them so the scene would open up accordion style.  I am thinking about starting a swap for this type of scene.

I have some other arches in various themes that I didn't want to punch holes in and am thinking about doing this to those as well, so I can enjoy them by setting them out around the house.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

2nd Annual Halloween Fun Swap

I usually only do hand drawn/hand painted swaps, but I love Halloween so much I decided to do the 2nd Annual Halloween Fun Swap over at ATCs for All!  I found a stash of fun Halloween pieces and came up with these four cards for the swap.  I am now going to make some more to add to my collection.

Then I found an arch laying around, so I used some of those Halloween pieces and made this "Gone Haunting" Halloween Arch.  I am thinking about making two more and hinging them together for an accordion type scene to put out for the holiday with the rest of my decorations.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Trudy Disturbed

So, last year I did a Halloween Art Doll swap and I loved my dolls so much it was hard to part with them.  This year I'm going back and making ATCs based on the dolls.  This one was one of my favorites and her name is Trudy Disturbed.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Halloween Cats

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year.  I'm not sure if it is the mystic of the holiday, the colors, or the general vibe, but I LOVE it!  These ATCs were all hand drawn and colored using various types of markers and pens and are for the Halloween Cats Swap over at ATCs for All!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

More Fiendish HELLoween PAT Swap Art

Here are yet some more Pick-A-Theme (PAT) swap art that I have done for ATCs for All!  This one is called Fiendish HELLoween. 

I used my new Sakura Glaze pens on three of them.  I am so addicted to these pens.

locatry: Ghost Stories
TF Balding: Helloween Party Recipes
ArtDuJunque: Tim Burton Stripey Creepy
cRude hArt: Skulls

Day-of-the-Dead Skull Brides

I bought these Glaze pens from Sakura and am totally addicted to them.  Aside from the fun texture when they dry; they just add a whole new dimension to my artwork.  I did these three DOD Skull Brides and think they turned out rather beautiful.  I haven't put them up for trade yet, because I am too busy enjoying running my fingers over all of the bumps!

With Halloween and Day-of-the-Dead approaching I am in the spirit of making spirits and other ghoulish art.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fiendish HELLoween PAT swap

So, I joined another Pick-A-Theme (PAT) swap over at ATCs for All!  This one is called Fiendish HELLoween.  I'm not sure if these are "Fiendish", but I worked really hard on them. 

I was able to use my new Sakura Glaze pens on two of them and I love these pens.  They are so much fun and once they dry the texture is so cool.

locatray - black cat
Shawnicaitlin - cats in hats
pixiecorpse - crows
mrubyjean - witch


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