Wow, we just love this month, and all of the fun holiday crafting that goes with it, but we’re especially excited this month to welcome Heidi Blankenship as our Guest Designer! Heidi shows some amazing ideas using so many things-Dimestore Vogue, Party Games, Family Fun and vintage Christmas! So many ideas in one post-you’re gonna love it!
Hello, my name is Heidi Blankenship and I live in Minnesota with my husband Eric and two boys, Dusty and Evan. I have been involved with paper crafting for over twenty years. I was introduced to stamping in 1988 and, over the years, I have taught many classes at the local stamping and scrapbooking stores. I love to create a large spectrum of projects with a broad range of styles, but I lean towards the vintage, artsy style. I’ve been very fortunate to work with some wonderful companies in the industry. I am currently on the Spellbinders™ Blog Team, JustRite Stampers, Crafty Secrets, Discount Cardstock and Really Reasonable Ribbon Design Teams. I have been published in a variety of national and international magazines, catalog/idea books, newsletters, sales ads and packaging. My design work has also been featured on Scrapbooking Memories (now Scrapbook Soup), QVC, HSN, Creative Home Arts and Create and Craft TV in the UK just to name a few. I love creating cards, altered arts, home décor, and scrapbooking— traditional and digital. In my spare time I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, photography, floral design, painting, gardening and jewelry making. To see more of my artwork and step-by-step tutorials please visit my blog Embellished Dreams.
I am honored to be the Guest Designer for the month of December! Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity—I love creating with all of the fantastic Vintage Street Market products!!
Hugs & Smiles,
Blue Foil Wreath
I used the aqua foil from Dimestore Vogue Paper Sheets & Tags to create this beautiful, shiny and sparkling Christmas wreath. I used Fancy Flourishes Grand Impressabilities® to emboss the foil and then I added chunky clear glitter to the edges of the cones. In the center I used a piece of vintage tinsel and added a mini snowflake with turquoise rhinestones.
Powder Room Beauty
I created a wall hanging for the powder room using Family Fun Set Paper Kit. I love the vintage paper dolls in this kit! To create the shape I used Grand Labels Twenty-Three from Spellbinders and Grand Labels Twenty-Three Nestaboard from Want2Scrap®. I fussy cut the powder, purse and shampoo and added pop dots for some added dimension. I added a few trinket pins, lace, glitter and a seam bindging bow. I also added a flower and pearls to the paper doll.
Dimestore Vogue Cards
To create both of these cards I used Dimestore Vogue Paper Sheets & Tags. I love the tags and die cut button shapes in this kit! I punched tiny holes into the buttons and threaded them with silver wire and added pop dots for some dimension. On the first card I layered paper, a button tag, a lady die cut, a doily, seam binding and trinket pins. For the second card I layered papers, lace, trims and made a paper flower. I added touches glitter to both of the cards.
Sweet Treat Ice Cream Photo Holder
I have to tell you I love these little vintage ice cream cups and I had so much fun creating my ice cream picture holder! I started with a styrofoam ball, covered it with ivory felt and added glitter (because everything looks better with a little sparkle—LOL!). For the chocolate I drizzled hot glue and applied paint once the glue was cooled off and for the whip cream I used artist spackle. The cherry is a vintage red button. I used Artistic Wire to create the photo holder and added the spoon with a little bow.
To create the party card I used a tag, tickets and red foil from Party Games Paper Sheets & Tags. I left the image of the boy on the tag as is so the little birthday boy could color it. I cut the diamond shapes in half, added pop dots and string to create a mini banner.
I used bits and pieces of the paper, tags, red foil and yellow crepe from Party Games Paper Sheets & Tags to create this fun party banner. The banner would be perfect for a child’s birthday party (boy or girl). I used Nested Pennants and Nested Lacey Pennants from Spellbinders to create the die cut shapes for the banner. Using the red foil I created little rosettes. Then I trimmed the tops with the numbers tinted tape, yellow crepe paper and added a little glitter.
O Holy Night Picture Frame
I used the vintage sheet music (Firestone Songbook)to cover the entire frame. Then I added pieces of paper doilies and inked the doilies with Antique Linen Distress Ink to give them an aged look. I inked the outer edges of the frame with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I added Antique Sliver Glitter on the inner and outer edges and then lightly added more glitter to the entire frame. To embellish the frame I added a piece of vintage tinsel and on one side I added a seam binding bow, twine and a vintage Christmas ornament. On the other side I added a vintage snowflake ornament covered with Antique Silver Glitter, holly leaves and berries. I love the little pop of red from the ornament, twine and berries. The photo in the picture frame is from Christmas at my Great Grandma Clara’s (late 4o’s).
**Tip: To apply the glitter I used Liquid Laminate from Beacon Adhesives. Just add glitter and use a paintbrush to brush on as little or as much as you would like.
Heidi, thank you SO MUCH for sharing such wonderful ideas with us this month. So much inspiration!