Friday, February 27, 2015

The Challenge Sketch

For whatever reason, if there's a butterfly on a sketch, I end up going with a butterfly. I know you can change the shapes, but butterflies...they make my crafty heart happy! Here's my card using just the sketch from the current Challenge at Always Playing with Paper:

Supplies: all papers from Basic Grey; smidge of pink vellum; Wplus9 banner die; classic small oval Nesties; Spellbinders butterfly die; Lawn Fawn sentiment; Memento Tuxedo Black ink

You'll see in a few hours why I had this paper pad out to play...and just kept playing :)

I had another card started with the colours, but as usually happens I made a left turn and kept going :) 

Inlaid Die Technique...oh my!

You know those crafty ideas that sound so great before you get started, and once you're halfway through you're questioning your sanity & wondering what the heck you were thinking? Yeah, this card.

Supplies: Memory Box floral die; two colours of kraft cardstock; Paper Smooches sentiment; Antique Linen distress ink; Corner Chomper

Swear to peanuts, the sentiment is legible in real life. I wanted it to be tone-on-tone, and the camera just wouldn't cooperate nor would my editing software. (ya gets what ya pays for). Everybody and then some seems to be using this inlaid die technique all over the place, and famous last words I thought ohhhhh how hard can it be? Some of those pieces are really little. I said some bad words. I picked lots of little pieces off my shirt after they magically flung themselves away from the paper. All that said, OHHHH EMMM GEEEE look I did it! (possibly never again). 

I was inspired to try this lunacy because of the Kraft Journal's challenge to create a CAS one layer card. I did have to trim my card & place it on a white base because crooked sentiment. Keeping it really real this morning ;)


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thank You!

A second card for the Stamp Smiles Geometric challenge, and using the sketch from The Paper Players!  My oldest shaped stash besides my circle punches are my circle Nesties, and here they are.

Supplies: Memory Box leaf frond die; small classic circle Nesties; Wplus9 banner die; sentiment from PTI; vellum; patterned papers from AC and Bo Bunny; Peeled Paint distress ink; button and burlap thread from stash

My circle Nesties were the very first ones I bought - probably about eight years ago. I use them nearly every single day! 



I worked in a donut shop as a teenager, and ohhhh I still love donuts. Completely irresistible! I've seen this sentiment from Simon Says Stamp around blogland and love it, so I printed it out myself on the computer.

Supplies: Donut digi stamp from Tiddly Inks; computer-generated sentiment (wording from Simon Says Stamp); Spectrum Noir markers; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic; chocolate liquid pearls; 1" circle punch

I 'iced' the chocolate donuts with Liquid Pearls, and glossed the rest with Dimensional Magic. When they were dry I punched them out with my 1" circle punch that's been a trusty craft companion for....ever.... :) 

I'm entering this at Vicki's Stamp Smiles Geometric challenge (that ancient punch!) and also at Curtain Call - Donut Delight. Inspired by the donuts & by the layout as well!

ETA: dangNABBIT missed the deadline for Curtain Call too. I need to keep better track!!


A Colour Challenge? Whoa.

I am colour-challenge challenged...I start out with good intentions and then usually make a left turn somewhere, but darn it, I stuck with it this time for the Just Us Girls colour combo - paired with the sketch from Fusion. 

Supplies: papers from AC; flower stamp from PTI; sentiment from Stampin' Up; Picked Raspberry distress ink; Memento Gray Flannel ink; Labels 5 Nesties; buttons from stash


ETA: I missed the linky for Fusion AGAIN (like the third time in a

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Shopping our Stash #190 - Out of the Jar!

This week at Shopping our Stash we have a wide variety of ways to interpret our challenge - Out of the Jar: use anything that came in a jar: flower soft, glitter, perfect pearls, embossing powder, etc.,  OR a jar image - or make something using a Jar! (decorate a jar) 

Lots of options! I ended up using several things from jars on my card - Aleene's Glitter Snow Paint (love that stuff - and guess what? It works like embossing paste! yeah!) - and two colours of embossing powder. 

Supplies: Martha Stewart Butterfly stamp; Hero Arts sentiment; Versamark; Broken China distress ink; clear & white detail EP; Aleene's Glitter snow paint; Memory Box bubbles stencil; embroidery supplies, vellum, rhinestones

I initially stamped the butterfly directly onto the square panel, and it just didn't pop enough. Rather than starting over I decided to stamp & fussy-cut another one using Versamark & Broken China distress ink to give it a little colour. Some wonky-not-enough-room-for-cross-stitching-oh-who-thought-tilting-this-panel-was-a-good-idea and tada!

The snow paint I've not seen to buy except at Christmas, but now that I know it holds up as well as embossing paste for using with stencils...the jars I bought 4-5 years ago are probably not going to last much longer! I think they cost about $4 each, which compared to $12 for embossing paste is a great way to try this technique out and see if you like it before investing too much!

Surely you've got some crafty things in jars - or jar stamps - or heck, have a present to wrap that would fit in a jar?   join in with the SOS crew: 

And you have until Monday,March 2nd to join in!

I also was inspired by the tic-tac-toe board at Our Creative Corner 

I used the right-hand column (embossing powder, stencils, and mediums-snow paint) plus stamps :) 


Tuesday Morning Sketches #289 - All Dressed Up!

Good morning sketchers! This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we have the cutie-pie All Dressed Up as our sponsor. There are several adorable freebies available if you are new to All Dressed Up (please, please respect the terms & conditions!). I've used Abi Ballerina on my card.

Supplies: Abi Ballerina digi stamp from All Dressed Up; Spectrum Noir markers; PTI sentiment; Gray Flannel Memento ink; papers from Heidi Swapp; classic small oval Nesties; buttons from Stampin' Up; flowers from Prima dyed with Yellow Daisy Tattered Angels glimmer mist

Here's the fun sketch from Melissa:

This challenge is open until next Sunday, March 1st hop on over & see what the design team has created for you! 


Monday, February 23, 2015

Birthday Robot!

I absolutely adore this robot from Tiddly Inks - he is just the perfect birthday dude!

Supplies: Robot digi from Tiddly Inks; Spectrum Noir markers; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic; googly eyes; papers from Bo Bunny

I added gloss to the balloons, and googly eyes to the cutie pie robot. I've followed the current Tiddly Inks sketch but turned it to fit a vertical layout.


Wishing you a Happy Birthday!

Well, my back WAS getting better, and then I dropped the soap in the shower. *sigh* Being old kinda stinks! And the laundry's piling up, so I envision another week with muscle relaxants and lots of naps. Actually, that doesn't sound all that bad! I've still managed to spend some time sitting gingerly at my desk, so I have a few posts for you today. 

Supplies: Chibi flower girl from Bugaboo; Spectrum Noir markers; patterned papers from Heidi Swapp; Wplus9 banner die; PTI sentiment; Festive Berries distress ink; classic small oval Nesties; embroidery supplies

I printed out & coloured two copies of the chibi girl so I could pop up the flower and her head. She's so cute! I'm entering three challenges with this card:

Catch The Bug - Bingo: I used the right-hand column, adding stitched borders to the panels, flower, and 3D

Creative Card Crew - Birthday with Sentiment 


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Super Sparkly!

I decided to play a bit with this week's Kraft Journal challenge - misting on kraft isn't something I've tried before, and I love it! I'm using this bird stencil for the first time, and entering in Open-Minded Crafting Fun's Up in the Sky challenge too. 

Supplies: unknown stencil; Sizzix Labels die; Paper Smooches sentiment; Versamark; Pirate Gold & Carnelian EP; kraft card stock; Tiger Lily Tattered Angels glimmer mist; scraps of vellum & textured gold paper

I used two colours of embossing powder on the sentiment, which I also curved on the block to get it 'wonky'. The coppery colour from the mist is just stunning - much more copper than orange as the mist usually turns out. 

The Kraft Journal - Celebrations