Sunday, February 27, 2011

Believe

Here is another card that I created this weekend.  Although it was not originally a card at all... For a fun challenge the Swirly Girls decided to have us work on an arch, the rules where that the arch be 6" tall, 1 peice of Dusty attic Chipboard and extra points for glass flowers.  After I created the arch I wondered what I was going to do with it and then it hit me 6' would make a perfect easel card ans so, here is what I came up with


Here is the Arch before it became a card!



I was looking through the list of challenges I wanted to participate in this week... Yes I keep a list of the challenges that inspire me... I am entering this one in challenge #16 - Lace... over at Magical Monday Challenge.  TFL!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Another Birthday Card

It's another crafty weekend for me!  My darling Daughter had a birthday party today, she insisted that she needed a funky card for her friend Mindy so here is what I came up with.  I hope she will like it!  I based this card design on the sketch at Cute Card Thursday, I'll link the challenge blog at the bottom of my post.

The image is one of my favourites from Kenny K, the stamp is called Troublemaker but really she looks far too sweet to be much of a troublemaker...

I printed the image on Cryogen White Iridescent cardstock.  I used a coffee mug as a template for my circle... I know, not very high tech of me but it works.  Here are the colours I used on her;

Skin: E00, E21 & R20
Hair: E51, E33 & E35 (same combo as Faith in previous post but much different results using more of the darker shades)
Hoody: E08, YR07 & YR02
Shirt: YG03 & YG11
Jeans: B24, B23 & B32
Shoes: E08, YR07, YR02, E33 & E35
Ice Cream cone: E35, E37 & E47

I layered the stamped image (inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink) on a doily (cut up to a shadow of it's former self) and then a hand cut another circle around that, it's not perfect, but not so bad... would you have known if I didn't tell you it was freehanded?  The random dots on the pattern paper are very forgiving! 

The papers are from Scribble Scrabble, the flowers are Prima solid coordinates Jack N Jill & the pleated ribbon is Pink Paisly, the other small ribbon and Black gem flower centers are from my stash, not sure the brands though.

I intend to submit this card in a few challenges

Kenny K Krafty Girlz - Challenge #33 - All About R's
2 types of ribbon & multiple round shapes
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 153 - Sketch
Copic Creations - Challenge 44 - Warm colors
Crazy 4 Challenges - Add flowers to your card
The Secret Crafters - Challenge 123 - Sweet Treats

It feels like christmas!!

LOL, OK not really but this is as good as it gets.  Hmmm... nope, not quite but it is really good!

Let's see first up I was selected as the winner for Scrapbook Paradise's weekly challenge last week I posted my project well a few posts down, which means that I get to play with the DT staff for the next challenge... stay tuned for that, can you tell that I am really excited!

I also got some new toys to play with including some Cryogen White Iridescent Cardstock, OMGosh this stuff is amazing!  Love the shine that it adds to my projects and speaking of projects I bought myself some Sugar Nellie stamps.  They have some adorable stamps including these gorgeous stamps that I have been seeing everywhere the Simply Adora Collection... of course now they are mine Muhahahahaha!!!

OK so this card feature the ever so sweet Faith.  It is based on the sketch over at The sugar bowl, the link will be at the end of my post.



Isn't she gorgeous and so fun to colour especially since the artist has taken a lot of the guesswork out of this collection by adding some of the shading.  I printed the image on my new shimmery Cryogen White Iridescent Cardstock, this papers is so perfect of copic colouring.  I don't have a huge collection of copics... yet... so here is how I coloured her.

Skin: E00, E21 & R20
Hair: E51, E33 & E35
Clothes & Hat: B00, BG01 & B24
Background: C1, C3, C5, B00 & E51

Here is a close up of the image...



For the papers I used GCD - Ella Blue Collection - Grace, the brown cardstock is Bazzill and the trim is from my stash.


I'm entering this card in a few challenges

The Sugar Bowl - Sketch and theme, clean and simple
My Time To Craft - Hats
DYSU - Anything goes

Well thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed this card!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

TSB's 16th Weekly Challenge: Spots and Stripes!



Here is my entry for The Stamping Bazaar, they have a great weekly challenge and this is my first time playing with them click Here to check out there blog.  I love this digital image Sammy With Ball,  He was coloured with copic markers, the papers are from Scribble Scrabble -Sweet Shoppe Collection.  I distressed the layers with my brand new Making Memories Distresser.  Love it!  The Sentiment was printed from Microsoft Word.  Thanks for looking


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Whiff of Joy & Wild Orchid Challenges

I am on a roll this weekend!  Here is a card I made for the Whiff of Joy Challenge 98 - Paper piecing, I based my card design on a sketch for the Wild Orchid Challenge 17 - Sketch  These are 2 of my favorite sites to go for inspiration as well as just to gawk at all the amazing talent around there.  I had never tried paper piecing but it will not be the last time I use that technique.  I love the way it looks on my image and it is so easy!  Love it!!  Anyways here is my card!


The flowers are not from Wild Orchid... at least not yet... but I will be getting some of those shortly!  They are just so beautiful.  This particular vine was created by a wonderfully talented designer Angelica, you can find these gorgeous vines and flowers and so much more at her Etsy.

Well thanks for looking!

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Couple Of Projects To Share

I spent a little time in my craft room this week and I found some inspiration from a few places so I have a few pages to share today.  Here is the first.



So Scrapbook Paradise started a weekly challenge.  They are a Canadian scrapbooking company that I like to shop at from time to time.   I love the challenge this week... Challenge 3 Distressing.  One of my all time favourite things to do to a page  For this page I used some water distressing techniques on... well... just about everything.  The base paper is from Gramma's attic I think... I used Walnut stain distress ink on the Dusty Attic frame around the photo I also added a few gems to it because I love bling on everything!  The flowers were cut from my Tattered floral die, I wet them again with water and bunched them up in tightly so that the flowers would have some dimension  Once they were dried I layered the flowers glued them and shaped them as I wanted, sprayed them with smooch and glimmer mist and dried them with my heat gun to make them nice and sturdy (this step makes a big difference in how well your homemade flowers hold up in your album); then I added punched snowflakes from a MS punch I have to great the middles and topped them off with some more gems.  I love making my own flowers!  The flourish has a sort of white polished finish to it.  Not sure what the brand is, I sprayed with walnut stain which is a product that I bought when I first started scrapping but hardly ever used so I spayed it and left it over night in the morning to my surprise it was not dry so I hit it with the heat gun again it was cooking on top but was still tacky so I took a rag and started sponging it off and what I found was a great leathery piece of chipboard that I absolutly love!  A happy accident!!!  I love those!!  that is how this LO was created.  Here is a close up of the flowers and flourish



The second LO that I am sharing is the another page that I was going to submit for last weeks challenge at scrapbook Paradise but unfortunately it took me to much time to get it photographed and posted and I missed the deadline but I will share it anyways.  There was a cute little owl that we were suppose to use as inspiration and it just so happened that I had just received the cutest little chippy owl for another challenge at Scrapbook.com so I created this page with it



the owl has 3 layers  I glimmer misted the top and bottom layers and covered the middle section in paper.  The journaling has some advise to my daughter about working hard and being able to achieve anything! 

Well thanks for looking hope you had a whoot!
LOL sorry could not help it!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Denim Pocket Hangers

Well I haven't been blogging as much as I had intended to but I am going to try and fix that!  I have a lot of projects that I wanted to share with everyone, some layouts, some cards and a few altered projects so I thought I would share these awesome altered pockets I have been making they are for a swap over at scrapbook.com.  I started in one group so I had to make 2 pockets but they are so much fun to make that I decided to join a second group.  The really cool thing is that each of my partners have way different tastes so I got to make all different styles of pockets!

The first one I'll share is a steampunk pocket!  I've had this paper for quite a while and had not had a chance to play with it so when my partner requested a steampunk well I was just so happy to finally have a chance to play with these!!

The best thing about these papers is all the fussy cutting options which is one of my favorite techniques.  I have to show you the coolest part of this pocket, at least in my opinion

I had all these great old watch parts from an old Swirlydoo kit that I still had in my stash  I thought it would be cool if I could layer some pieces so I put some glossy accents on some paper then sprinkled some watch part... I added some more clue and then some more watch pieces... there are 4 layers of clock pieces in all there is just so much dimension to this pocket I absolutely love it!

A little tip while fussy cutting, a little inking all along the edge of the cut piece really helps to hide any flaws in the cutting.


Then I got to do a girly pocket, my partner wanted purple which is one of my favorite colors.  Here is what I came up with

The leaf and flower are Prima... the pocket was missing something though so I added a stamped image  The little girl is from Whiff Of Joy, they have the most incredible stamps!  Gorgeous every one of them!  Cant wait to order a few more from them.  Anyways I colored her with my copic markers.  Here is a close up of her.  Isn't she sweet!

Then I got my second group and the biggest challenge for me I was asked to create a country style pocket.  Man I didn't have any clue how I was going to do this one.  It took me 2 days looking through my stash going I don't own anything country well I was lying in bed talking to my boyfriend about how I had no clue what country was and how I was going to do it and then it dawned on me.  I think country; I think bright colors bold designs...  Here is my take on country and I didn't even have to go out and buy anything new.  I had it all in my stash.

Once again my copics save me.  I was looking for brads to layer these Prima flowers and I found these in my stash but the blue one was way too pale, didn't work at all so I took out my copics and died the fabric on the brad and now I love it!  I really like the way this pocket turned out.


The last one I wanted to share is the vintage pocket that I made.  This one was really fun to create too.  I wanted some lace for this one, unfortunately in this small town there is no fabric store, heck there is no Micheal's... there is a local craft shop but her scrapbooking department consists of on shelf unit and honestly I already bought one of everything she had when I started this obsession (hobby), I found a little bit of lace at Walmart but it was white and not quite right for vintage so I sprayed some Spun Sugar Smooch to the lace to give it the right look and started layering all sorts of embellies and here it is

The added bonus of dying fabric with Smooch is that it leave a beautiful glimmer to the fabric which is incredible in real life!  I have to show you guys a close up of the gorgeous brooch I used on this another Swirlydoo treasure I was hoarding...

Isn't it gorgeous?  I love it on this project!  I also added a little pop of color on the cards with my copics again.  I'm finding it really hard to complete a project these days without my copics.  I'm not sure what I ever did without them! 

Well that is enough for me tonight.  Good night and sweet dreams!

Monday, February 7, 2011

CHA goodies Giveaway!!

Swirlydoos is giving away brand new Bo Bunny goodies!  All you have to do to win is comment on what caught YOUR eye at CHA!  Here is the link!  Swirly blog