Saturday, January 26, 2013

CAS card

Hello Crafters!
I have a quick post for you today then I am off. 
 Today's card is made as a 4x4 and I used Kraft, Chocolate Chip, and True Thyme card stock. There is also a layer of designer paper. I just layered everything in 1/8" or 1/4" increments. I colored with my chalk pencils and blender pen, not the easiest thing to do on kraft paper (random flecks to work around). Mind you, it's a technique of putting on and taking off. I just love the curly hair and hat on this cute and girly image though. I made this card as an easel card to go with another project I will show you in a few days.
Again, simple layers. The flower is made from a scrap of lace ribbon and 2 paper flowers with a button for the center. The sentiment seemed to match perfectly to the pose this little cutie was making so I popped that up on a punched label. All the edges are distressed with brown ink. That's it.
Have a great weekend!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Artistic Inspirations Challenge # 25 - More Than One Fold

Hello Crafters!
The new challenge at Artistic Inspirations this week is "More Than One Fold". Our sponsors are:

I chose "Basket of Apples" from Robyn's Fetish for my card:
 The special fold on this card is one I have used many times but until I made a card from Susie Woods' Stampin' Up! stamp class recently I had not done it with a die cut. To make this card I started with SU card stock (of course) and I embossed the card front with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I added the button on the bottom left of the card front being careful to only put the glue dot on the bottom half of the button.  Then I die cut with the Bigz Note die from SU. Once I had the die cut, I scored about 3/4"-1" in from one of the short sides and tucked in between the back of the card (red) and the back of the card base (tan) allowing the larger portion to overlap onto the embossed front of the card and tucked the corner behind the button to hold the card shut.
 I had to cut a small slit along the fold of the flap just a teeny bit bigger than the width of the ribbon to pull the ribbon through and tied into a faux bow on the front of the flap. The image was printed out on white card stock and colored with my Spectrum Noir markers. It was then cut out leaving a small border of white card stock showing. I popped that up with foam tape and adhered to the green die cut flap on the bottom right corner.  The sentiment from TAC was stamped (part of it) on tan card stock and punched with SU large oval punch, layered on red card stock and cut out by hand for a small border. This was also popped up and layered onto the die cut flap. Bling from my stash was added to the upper right corner of the card front to even out the visual weight of the card.
On the inside I stamped the other half of the sentiment.
Here you can see both folds and the ribbon on the backside of the die cut flap. This was a really fun card to make and I loved using the red/green/tan combination with the image from Robyn's Fetish.

Well, I hope you'll play along with our Artistic Inspirations challenge this week. Be sure to check out the rest of the DT's inspiration and start creating. I can't wait to see what special folds you come up with.

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Eclectic Ellapu Challenge #13 - Special Birthday

Hello Crafters!
It's time again for a new challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu. The Purple Team is up to bat with a Special birthday theme. My God-daughter is having a very special birthday this month so I made this for her. She loves the girly girl stuff. So here's my (her) card.
It has a special fold too (another one from my SU classes with Susie Wood). This picture also gives you a good view of the dimension on the flower element. I just love the subtle colors on this card too.
I used SU card stock - vanilla and pink pirouette - and ink - going gray - for the base of the card. I stamped the background with a swirls stamp set from Flourishes in the gray ink as well. I chose a beautiful pink flocked damask paper from My Minds Eye to layer the flower on and layered that on another piece of vanilla card stock with foam tape after inking the edges of both. I made a ribbon yo-yo with gray organdy ribbon and attached it to the card with a "Gluber" (2" round glue dot). I used another Gluber to attach a pink ribbon flower and added a small piece of green organdy ribbon folded in a leaf shape to both sides of the flower before attaching the flower to the ribbon yo-yo. You could choose to use hot glue to reinforce the glue dots if the assembled flower seems a little heavy. I wanted the sentiment - SU - label to curl quite a bit so after stamping, cutting the points and inking I added about 3 layers of foam tape under the middle of the label and only one layer on each end curling the points up afterwords. Good thing I am hand delivering this one! I hand printed the "21st" with SU going gray marker and punched out with a 1/2" circle punch, inked the edges and attached with a small glue dot. Now all that's left is the bling! I really wanted this card to be special as this girly girl loves sparkle so I added plenty of bling just for her. I sure hope she likes it!

Do stop by Eclectic Ellapu and see what my other teamies have made to inspire you. You won't be disappointed! I hope you'll also go back to join in the fun.
Have fun crafting!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Create Your Classroom Project

Hello Crafters!
I have one more project for you from Create Your Classroom Design Team. I have used the "Back to School" stamp set that you can get here.
I am just loving the way this card turned out. Besides the Back to School stamp set, I used SU card stock for the card base and heart die cut  from Nestabilities. I ran the card front through a dotted embossing folder from Tim Hotz, added papers from Simple Stories, and a little balled up ribbon from my stash for texture. I used the recipe file punch (not sure that's what it is called) from SU on the side of the month paper also.  I added a heart brad to the sentiment which was a perfect fit. I faux stitched the heart and added dots along with the faux stitching on "feb." on the month paper to add a bit of detail. Once I got to this point it just seemed to need a little something extra so I added some feathers I purchased at Hobby Lobby tucking them under the month paper and carefully gluing in place. Interesting prints on the feathers too, don't you think?  To fill the empty space between the month and the heart I used some foam letters from Tree House Studios and altered the capital H to look like a 4 (the capital I was ready to use for the 1).  OK, that worked out.  Once done, I decided to work on the inside of the card:
The stamped sentiment is from PSX (2001) layered onto black card stock.  I used the heart border punch from SU on a strip of the paper to match the front of the card and added the white card stock so the design wouldn't get lost. Of course, I inked up all the edges of everything on the front and the inside for a distressed look. So, there you have it, a great Valentine for my son to give to his teacher. Be sure to stop over at Create Your Classroom to see the rest of the teams' projects and to get your own "Back to School" stamp set.
Thanks for stopping by today - hope to see you again soon!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Artistic Inspirations Challenge #24 - Anything Goes

Hello Crafters!
It's time again for another challenge over at Artistic Inspirations Crafts Challenge Blog. The theme this week is anything goes. Gotta love those kind of challenges. Easy peasy, right? Our sponsors this week are:

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I made a CAS card for this challenge. I used "Dottie Baking" from Bugaboo. Isn't she cute? I don't know about you but, I think she's a winner - cooking with heels on and all.
I used Mellow Moss and More Mustard card stock from SU to start my project. I used my score board to make the embossed lines on the bottom of the card. The designer paper is from my stash and the ribbon is from Offray. I colored in Dottie with my new Spectrum Noir markers and matted on the Mellow Moss card stock. I hand printed my message and punch with the small oval punch from SU then punched a hole for the string. The string I colored with my Spectrum Noir markers then heat set to dry then attached to the image. Lastly, I added a bit of bling from my stash to the upper right corner of my card. I love the angle of the image on this one. This is a layout sketch from my drawing book.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Eclectic Ellapu Challenge #12 - Recipe

Hello Crafters!
It's time for another challenge  with Eclectic Ellapu. Laurian from the Pink Team has chosen our theme and it is a "Recipe". The recipe is 1 die-cut, 2 patterned papers, 3 embellishments (can include a digi image) and ribbon.  How fun is that? So here's my submission:
 I started with SU card stock - Sahara Sand - and added papers from a NEW 6x6 paper pack from MME. I used my distressing tool from Tim Holtz on the edges of the top paper then inked both of the papers before attaching them to the card. I just love the  polka dots on the reverse side of the "Love" paper. I cut the heart with a Tim Holtz die from SCRAP chipboard leftover from an old note pad. I inked it up with Cherry Cobbler ink from SU then used black ink on the edges.  I wrapped the heart in wire (soldering wire - don't laugh, I love that stuff!) then added the foam tape between the wires.  The wings are cut from the same Tim Hotlz die but cut from a SCRAP of flashing tape that I taped down to card stock first. Of course, I had to dirty it up with Stazon ink. The wings are attached to the heart underneath then the heart is popped up on the card. I turned up the corner of the top paper and added a piece of ribbon with a vintage brad (see how the design sort of matches the starburst behind the the love label?). Those are glued down with a glue dot - nothing else holds as well. I also added just a bit of Stickles to the starburst for a smidgin of sparkle. It has a sort of VINTAGE feel, doesn't it? Well, that's it. I hope you have fun playing along with this. So go check out the inspiration from the Pink Team and get started. I can't wait to see what you all come up with. You have until the 19th to post your entries at Eclectic Ellapu.

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Have a great day!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Artistic Inspiration Challenge #23 - A Bit Of Sparkle

Hello Crafters1
It's time for another challenge over at Artistic Inspirations. This week our theme is "A Bit Of Sparkle". The other DT's and I have some lovely projects that I know will inspire you to get some great projects done so you can join us. Our sponsors are:

I used my image from QKR called "Girlfriends" which I colored with Spectrum Noir markers.
My papers are from Stampin Up that I bought at least a year ago to which I added purple bling flowers from my stash to for the base. I used Label 1 Nestabilities that I got a couple of years ago and cut in half diagonally. I added lace (yard sale find) to the back of the diecut striped paper using scor-tape. I added purple hemp (my stash) at the top edge of the diecut with wet glue. I cut the new image in an oval after coloring it with my new Spectrum Noir markers and matted with purple card stock then popped up a bit on the die-cut. Of course, all my edges are inked up to add dimension. My "bit of sparkle" is the hearts on the dolls shoes and the purple bling flowers from my stash.

Eclectic Ellapu Challenge # 11 - Snow Much Fun

Hello Crafters!
It's time for a new challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu. It was my turn to host the challenge this time. I chose the theme of "Snow Much Fun" and of course anything goes within the challenge. Here's my inspiration for you.
I made a gate fold card from Not Quite Navy card stock (SU) but, flipped it to open top to bottom. I embossed the top portion of the gate with a snowflake folder and used designer paper on the bottom. Then I inked the edges of the card and paper with the navy ink. I then used my brayer and colored the paper doily with Bravo Burgundy ink (SU). I sprayed it with Champagne Mist glitter spray (SU) then added a card stock circle to the back for support. Once dry, I attached the doily to the top portion only of the card. The ice skates were cut on my Silhouette machine. I added silver string to the skates for laces and stamped a small snowflake on the heal. The top skate is popped up with foam tape. I wrapped gray ribbon around the middle of the bottom card section and tied a bow. I use the label punch (SU) to punch the sentiment and mat then added the snowflakes after inking the edges and attached to the bottom portion of the card and tucked the doily behind to hold the card shut. Last, I added bling all around on the skate, doily and snowflakes.

Thanks for stopping by today. I  hope you will join us at Eclectic Ellapu this week, it's sure to be snow much fun!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Artistic Inspiration Challenge #21, Project #2

Hello Crafters!
My second project is from one of last weeks sponsors - Robyn's Fetish - with the image called Home for the Holidays.
 I used supplies from my stash for this card including the sentiment. I used Versa-mark with a snowflake stamp on the card base for a subtle background. The image was colored with pencils and I used Gesso in small amounts for snow including the snowflakes. I added punched snowflakes and some bling for embellishments. I inked the edges of all paper and card stock.

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See you again soon!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Artistic Inspirations Challenge #21 - Celebrations/Anything Goes

Hello Crafters!
It's time for a new challenge over at Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog. The theme is Celebrations/Anything goes. Our sponsors this week are:
Limited Runs
3 Digis of Winners choice
5 Digis of Winners Choice
5 Digis of Winners choice
As you can see there are great prizes being offered so make sure you get over there and link up your project real soon. We would love to see what you've made.

My project image this week is from QKR called Gone Fishing :
I used some Stampin' Up papers for the backgrounds, inked the edges, made my own fish hook and added a little feather to match the boys vest. I wrapped the extra fishing line around the sentiment (not sure what company) for a little interest. The image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers that I got for Christmas (score!). I wrapped twine around the card front to add a rustic embellishment.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ringing in the New Year

Hello Crafters!

 Well, it's time for my first post of the year. Boy, has this last year really gone by fast. I would like to thank all of you for stopping by and supporting me since I started this blogging journey back in February 2012. I look forward to the New Year and all the wonderful adventures ahead.  I hope you will be joining me.
Now, on to my project. I have been saving this cute and simple project for you just for today so I could ring in the New Year so to speak. It's perfect for the classroom don't you think? I'm using the Create Your Classroom stamp set "Back To School", specifically the "Ready to Learn" stamp. With a couple embellishments and some glue, you can have this project done in no time. Take a look.
I started with an unfinished bell I bought at Hobby Lobby. I tore some red mulberry paper using my water and paint brush to prepare the paper as I did with the ornament from my post a couple of days ago. In fact, I did the same application on the bell as I did on the ornament, applying glue to the surface and attaching the paper slightly overlapping as I went along and pushing the paper down off the the handle. The stamped, embossed piece goes on last.  For best results, trim the excess mulberry paper off the bottom of the bell after it's dry. Once dry and excess paper trimmed, I used hot glue to attach the braided trim to the top and bottom of the bell and added the gold ribbon to jazz it up a bit.  The paper on the bell made the ring a little softer but still loud enough to be effective. Pretty simple project, right? I hope you'll give this one a try, it really is easy.

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