Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dies and Punches- Crafts and Me Challenge

     Good Morning!  I have a card to share with you today for the Crafts and Me rubber stamp challenge that begins today.  The "Rockin Rubber" team theme is "Die Cuts and Punches".  The stamp I selected is a new one by one of my favorite artists, Hannah Lynn. This lovely mermaid is called "Tatiana".  She is colored with copic markers and spica pens.
       I had a lot of fun coloring her. For some reason, I am in the "black and another color" mood and I was wanting to play with intense reds so here she is!  My copics are still not playing nice, so I had to limit the amount of shading and laying down of layers of color on her hair and the deeper skin shades...can't wait to get my Touch Twin markers so I don't have to stress when coloring my images! As I said in an earlier post, I am not giving up my copics, no way! I just want some TT's to replace the E's that don't always want to do what I want them to do! LOL!
        The design paper is from ETSY... I had no black and red paper (can you believe it?) and so I thought to go digital.  The shop is called Baer Design Studio and this is the Red and Black Damask which you can find here. There are lots more digi papers in her store, and downloads are immediate.  I printed this paper out on a color laser printer at work (Ssh, don't tell) but it would print just as beautifully on my inkjet at home.
      I used black and deep red cardstock to mat my dp.  Now since this is a "die and punch" challenge, I used three dies: the Memory Box filigree heart, Magnolia flourish and while you may not see it, a Spellbinder frame on which I mounted the image and the roses.  Some black tulle behind the image, black lace, red velvet ribbon and red roses from Kort and Godt found here at Live and Love Crafts embellish the card. I glued tiny pearls from my stash inside the roses.
       Why not pop over to the Crafts and Me challenge blog to see what the design team has created to inspire you?  We would love to see what you create with your dies and punches this week, so please join in the fun and the chance to win a great prize!  Have a great day, and, as always, thanks for your kind comments. I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Bearly Mine- Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays- Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Flowers and Pearls
Creative Stamp Friends- Pearls. Lace and Swirls
Ooh La La Creations- Sparkle and Shine
Pretty Little Ribbon-Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping- Red, Black and Brown
The Squirrel and the Fox- Fantasy
Color Me Creative- Girly
Clearly Inspired- Black, White and one color
Divas by Design- Anything Goes
Creative Belli- Red, White, Black
House that Stamps Built- Red, White and Black
Simon Says Stamp- Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund- Anything Goes

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Some Bunny Loves You-Saturated Canary "Honey"

     Happy Sunday! For my card, I colored up a new  Saturated Canary image called "Honey".  I just love those pleats in her skirt - so much fun to color!  I colored her with copic markers, but had to use some prisma color pencils as my E's were not playing nice.. again! (see note below).

       The design paper is Bo Bunny's "Little Miss"- all from the same paper pad. I just love how easily it all coordinates.  The edges of all the papers are distressed with Brushed Courduroy Distress ink.  The cardstock is from Bazzill. Crinkled seam binding is from Live and Love Crafts and the flowers are a mix from WOC and my stash.  The little butterflies are made from excess cardstock and a MS butterfly punch.  The peach lace and pleated green ribbon are also from my stash.

     I polka-dotted (is that a word?) her stockings with a white sharpie paint pen and added some Glamour Dust here and there.  Pebbles blue chalk shadows the image.

     Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your kind and encouraging congrats on my recent "good news".. it means so much to hear from all of you and I thank you so much for taking the time to say hello!  Big Hugs to all of you!
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      I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge- Add a Bow
Delicious Doodles - Flowers for Spring
Jellypark Challenges- Lots of Shapes on Project
Saturated Canary Challenge- Love
Cards by Lade Anne- Anything Goes
Color Throwdown - Colors
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Stampavie and More- Lots of Layers
Crafty Creations- Bingo/Orange, Pearls, Distress
Loves Rubber Stamps- Lots of Layers
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody-Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenges-Rainbow Bright
Joanna Sheen- Layers it Up
Sentimental Sundays-Flowers, flowers & flowers


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Life is Better with Friends & Great News to Share

      Happy Thursday!  Let me begin with great news to share... I have been invited to join another one of my favorite Design Teams...Crafts and Me.   I will be joining the Rocking Rubbah Team which posts challenges along with the Dynamite Digi Team every other week! Additionally, each day a design team member will feature several of the newest stamps on our store blog with a beautiful card that showcases the latest digi and rubber stamps. We hope you come visit and moreover, join us for our challenges!

     I have been drawn to Crafts and Me stamps from the time I first began to blog, in fact, my very first blog post featured Crafts and Me stamp, Little Mermaid, below.  I also posted a few other favorite images that were fun for me to bring to life! If you want more info on any of the cards below, just click on the title and it will take you to the post!



      For my post this week on the Crafts and Me blog, I colored up a rubber stamp, Robin Pushay's "Just a Little Love."  I am a lover of all things mermaid and under the sea, so this was fitting for me to choose.  This little mermaid is colored with copic markers and spica pens on Make it Colour Blending Cardstock. The image is colored using the "feather blending" technique. (YG99.97.95.93, 25, 21 and E35, 33, Y17, 15, 11, 01/ Hair E25, 29, 50 and Skin E000, 00, 21, 11 & 13))

        The design paper is from my stash.  I believe it was from a box of "favorite K & Company" papers.  Too bad the photo doesn't show the vibrant green in the paper... I was in the mood to work with black with this image, so I incorporated die cuts from Marianne Creatables Dies, Decorative Elements and Garden Branch, and they actually accented the flourishes in the design paper. I think the  Decorative Elements dies look like undersea flora.  I also placed some Recollections Bling on a Roll pearls under the black tulle which hopefully created a "bubbles" look- I love them underneath the netting rather than on top.  Last I added some black/rhinestone lace trim and a clear stamp sentiment from Pink by Design.
    I hope you will visit the Crafts and Me blog and take a peek at the newest stamps featuring beautiful digi and rubber images from Sweet Pea, Hannah Lynn, Lemon Shortbread, Sara Burrier and Molly Harrison, to name a few. There are lots more for you to see HERE.
    If you are inspired to join us, our current challenge is "Charmed, I'm Sure (Add a Charm)".   One lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a clear stamp set, dies and ribbon from Marianne Designs!  You may also be one of our "Top 3" winners... Hope to see you there. Thanks always for your kind comments.  I will be entering my card in the following challenges:

Cards by Lady Anne- Anything Goes
The Color Throwdown- CTD230
Crafting for All Seasons- Dies and Punches
Whimsical Designs- Going Green
Color Throwdown- "Distress, Pearls, Orange TicTacToe
Through the Craftroom Door- Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Flowers and Pearls
Pretty Little Ribbon- Anything Goes
Stamp with Fun- Friends
Come and Get it Challenges - Color Combo
Sentimental Sundays- Lace and Pearls
Papercrafting Journey- Lace, Embossing, Flowers




Thursday, February 14, 2013

"Pimp a Box"- It's All About the Vintage and Beauty Challenge

    Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!  It's a day to give someone you love a big hug and let them know how much they mean to you...
     Today, I am sharing a "first" with you.... I was invited to be a guest designer for this month's challenge at a blog new to me called "It's All About the Vintage and Beauty".  The blog features projects that are vintage, retro, old fashioned or antique!
   A day after I accepted the invite, the challenge theme was revealed, and yes, it was to "Pimp a Box."  Now I am sure that since the blog is written in another language, that something might have been lost in the translation to English, so after I had a laugh, I went into an immediate panic as I did not know where to begin.  Of all the challenge themes I might have anticipated, this was NOT among them!
    Thank goodness for Pinterest, as there were so many gorgeous altered boxes and books from which I could draw inspiration. I even created two new boards on my Pinterest page featuring all the wonderful altered books and altered box creations of some talented artists!  You can check them out HERE or click on the Pinterest link on my sidebar!
     For my project, I purchased a 5 inch unfinished wood box from Joanns. I knew a square would be the best shape to begin with and the size was perfect for a beginner!   Working with a soft shade of blue, I painted the entire box, inside and out with a beautiful soft  blue Martha Stewart satin acrylic paint - "Cloud".


     Next, I pulled out an old K&Company 12x12 paper pad called "Bailey". All the papers are so lovely and vintage- they look like canvas and many are already distressed on the edges.  I fussy cut two five inch squares, one for the top of the box that featured two lovely flourishes, and a square for inside. I glued them down with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. This glue is perfect for attaching paper- no bubbles, no wrinkles!  Once attached, I sanded the edges for a more distressed look and then inked the edges with Brushed Corduroy ink.
     Then, the "fun" began.. I painted a silver WOC metal corner with White Pearl (Ranger) paint dabber and sprinkled it with Deco Art Glamour Dust before attaching to box. Next, I added the pearl/bling flourishes over the white flourishes in the design paper.  I added WOC and Prima roses, but the white/blue combination did not pop until I added the deep red roses to the mix.  Then, I stamped "DREAM" with an Inkadinkadoo wood stamp on a piece of manila tag and cut the letters apart, again distressing the edges with Brushed Corduroy ink.  I added blue swarovski crystals to each letter.
      Last, I embellished the side of the box simply with lace and trim.  I added some ivory shabby crinkled seam binding (oh I hate to use it because I love to look at it....) from Live and Love Crafts, and roses.  The lace and trim were attached with a Fabri-Tac glue (open the windows) and it went on effortlessly.  Because of the snow blizzard, I was unable to get out to Michaels to buy the Tim  Holtz Foundation Feet  to add to the bottom of the box before this post. I am getting them tomorrow!
   I hope you like my project... while I stressed out initially, I knew the challenge would leave me feeling good about trying something outside my comfort zone!

     Now, it is your turn to join the "Pimp a Box" challenge at It's All About the Vintage and Beauty challenge blog... For the month of February, you can enter to win some candy, too...the winner will receive Goddess Girls -a set of 25 beautiful digital stamps from The Gecko Galz- you must check them out HERE... gorgeous!
      Thank you for your patience in reading this long post, and as always, for your kind comments! I will be entering this creation in the following challenges:

Challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Flowers and Pearls
Eureka Stamps- Swirls and Pearls
My All Crafts Challenge- Show us what you create
Pretty Little Ribbon- Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp-Something Messy
Stamps With Fun- Vintage
Through the Craftroom Door-Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenges- The Letter B (box)
Sarah Hurley Challenges- Anything But a Card
Southern Girls- Bling it On

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Be My Valentine- The Paper Shelter Challenge

     It's Wednesday and that means another great challenge from The Paper Shelter.  This week our challenge is "Be My Valentine" and with Valentine's Day tomorrow, I am sure you will be in the spirit to create something LOVE-LY  and join us!  Before we get to my card, I would like to add that this is my last challenge card as a Design Team member of The Paper Shelter.  There is a Design Team call on right now and I promise that if you win a spot on the next design team, you will have a blast!  I will miss the girls on "A" team and Veronica's fun images... thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship and inspiration!
     For my card, I  used a pre-colored image, "Kisses".  As you know, The Paper Shelter features digi images in both ink and already colored up!  Many also come with digi papers to match. The pre-colored images, like this one, just print out so perfectly from any color printer making it so easy to coordinate and assemble.
      I matted these cuties on Bazzill 6" cardstock.  The design paper is a new 8x8 paper pad by Lili of the Valley called "Perfect Pair".   I embellished the image with Pebbles Iridescent chalk and some Diamond Stickles.  Last, I added pearls, Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers and a stamped sentiment.
   Won't you stop over to the Paper Shelter blog to see what the design team has created for you?  We hope to see your creations this week on our challenge!  The Paper Shelter awards a $30 price voucher to a challenge winner who uses a Paper Shelter image on their project, but you can still enter with ANY image you chose. If you do, you can still win 3 Paper Shelter images of your choice.  Have a great day and thanks always for your kind comments.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Paper Shelter Design Team Call

      Just popping in to let you know that The Paper Shelter is having a DESIGN TEAM CALL beginnning today, February 10th through February 20th.  This Wednesday I will be posting my last project for the team.  I have had a wonderful time on the "A" team and will miss the friendship and inspiration from all.  Veronica and Pedro are a dream team to work for and it was so much fun to bring their images to life.  As I say in my upcoming post, if you are lucky enough to make the team, you will have a blast!

      So, CLICK HERE to learn more about what you need to do to apply for a spot on the team as well as all the requirements and benefits of being part of The Paper Shelter Design Team. Good Luck!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

That's Where I Will Find You

      Happy Saturday!  If you are anywhere in the Northeastern part of the United States, it is indeed quite a sight! I woke up to almost two feet of snow and ice- I thought Sandy was going to be the last big story for New York, but I guess Mother Nature had other "gifts" to give... hoping everyone stays safe and warm as we wait to have roads reopened and life get back to usual!

      Well, there seems to be a silver lining to all this in that I was able to get back into my craft room and play.
     My little man is colored with copic markers on Make It Colour  Blending cardstock.  The brown cardstock is from Papertrey Ink.  All the design paper is from a 6x6 paper pad called "Fair Skies" by Farmhouse. Perfect for a boyish card, I think. Even the little postcard comes as a page in the pad with other cut outs like this to use.  The "bark heart" is from Live and Love Crafts. I sponged distress ink on it and then stamped LOVE with some alphabet wood stamps from my stash, and tied some twine around it.   I researched the sentiment on google, and once I found the words to express what I saw in this stamp, I computer generated it- easy peasy.  I realized, AFTER I put away my light tent and camera that the twine covered part of the "you" in the sentiment, but I so loved the pic, that I thought enough was there to read it.. sorry :(
     You can tell I am experimenting with taking photos that include some "props"... I recently took an online class that gave some tips for photographing cards and scrapbook layouts, and this was a suggestion - to use some of the items right in your craftroom or that you used to make the card right in your photo.  Hope you will try it, it is a lot of fun!  That's it for today... going to make a nice big pot of homemade soup and sugar cookies for later!  In between that, I will be making a few more projects as well.
     Thanks for stopping by, and as always, for your kind comments!  I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Crazy 4 Challenges- Hearts but no pink or red
Card Crafter's Circle- Love is in the Air
Copic Marker Europe- Anything Goes
For Your Inspiration- Picture Challenge
Cards by Lade Anne- Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Love
Papercraft Star- Love
Simon Says Stamp- Heart
Stampin Royalty- Love 
Loves Rubber Stamps- Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly- Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door- Anything Goes
Cards for Men- Love
Ooh La La Creations- Anything Goes
The Paper Girls- Twine

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