Friday, June 28, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle June Challenge


Sparkle N Sprinkle have a challenge once a month and this month's challenge is to use an image from their catalog and to follow this sketch:
SNSSC20 - Due May 25

So I have used an image from Beccy's Place which I coloured with my Stampin' Up! markers.  I also used my Creative Memories metallic pens to accent the tools and leaves that I die cut (Spellbinders Garden Weave Corner).  I cut out the image and placed it on the Spellbinders Labels 28 piece I cut out in green.  The main ribbon in the background is one I found at our local ReUse Centre.  I go about once a month because I constantly find ribbons, fabric pieces and other ephemera to use on my cards.  Love it! The left side paper background is from my stash and I cannot remember who made it :)  Adhesive cork and a trimmed sticker from my stash finish off the card.

Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

VSN Published!

Hey all!

I fell in love with Vamp Stamp News a few years ago.  Then last June, Nancie had to make the decision to go with eArticles.  I still get those now and when I get a chance, I order some of her many back issues.  This month's article was about using Powdered Pigment Techniques.  I submitted 3 cards and she published all 3!  Here is one of them.  The rest is on the Published Cards page. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Day For Daisies


I am off work for the summer and my goal is to work on more challenges and get caught up on my art projects!  So here is my first one this week; a challenge by A Day For Daisies to use one of their images and add nature!  I took a look at their site and she had GORGEOUS digital images!  I HAD to buy this little sewing fairy when I saw her... So much I can do with her! 

The card is 4x 8.5" folded green cardstock on which I placed a scrap piece of fabric I trimmed with my pinking sheers.  I wrapped the card with a piece of shimmery green Marayuma ribbon by Magenta.  The image is coloured with my watercolour crayons and water pen and then trimmed with the same pinking sheers.  To finish off the card I dove into my stash and used some skeleton leaves and leaf die cuts I've been hording for a while :)  I love leaves...

Talk to you soon!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Baby Cards

Hi !

I realised that I needed to do some work on my stash of cards...  I gave my mom a chance to pick out cards she'd like to use and I sent off another box of cards to From Our Hearts and now I need to make up some cards for me to send!  My circle of friends is generally past the baby stage, but I like to have extras of cards just in case... So I made up a couple baby cards.  I used a sheet I made up years ago with a technique called Double Time.  The stamps used for this background are all from Stampin' Up!

This first card is 5x6.5".  I cut the inside stamped background panel 4.5x6" and wrapped a green ribbon around it, accenting it with 3 mini baby pins.  The image is a free download from Crafts on the Net.  Isn't she cute!?  I love giraffes! I coloured her in with my watercolour crayons and a water pen.
 This card is 6.5x5".  I cut the inside stamped background panel 6x4.5" and wrapped a green gingham ribbon around it, accenting it with 3 mini baby pins.  I did a swap of House Mouse images years ago and this is one of the images I got.  I coloured in 2 same images with my Stampin' Up markers, then cut out the two mice and the bottle and pop dotted them.  I accented the bottle with Crystal Effects to make it more bottle like.  I then cut out the image and a mat with Spellbinders Labels 23.  Finishing touch is a "Welcome, Baby" stamp by Stampin' Up! in the bottom corner. And another baby pin in the corner of the mat.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Doodle Dragon Challenge


I love a challenge and I love these cute images from Doodle Dragon!  Dustin has a challenge to make a square card this week so I am submitting this card.  And then I had to make 2 more for my stash. :)  I coloured all the images with watercolour crayons and a water brush. 

After colouring the image I cut it out with Spellbinders Labels 8.  I then hand cut a black mat.  I placed it on a 6x6 card with a piece of Fancy Pants paper and a ribbon from my stash.  The greeting is Dylusions by Ranger,  I just couldn't help the humour in it!

Also a 6x6 card I wrapped up with ribbon.  I coloured and fussy cut the image and placed it on a panel cut from Spellbinders Labels 28, then one from Labels 20.  I stamped the Stampin' Up! greeting onto a round tag and adhered with a button brad.  Finished the card off with 3 buttons in the bottom left. 

 I cut the coloured image out with Spellbinders Mini Scallop Small and then a mat with Mini Scallop Large.  I made a 6x6 card out of Invisibles Heidi Swap cardstock, covered it with green then purple cardstock.  Wrapped the entire card with fibre, then placed the matted image.  The Stampin' Up! greeting was stamped on a tag and then a button brad.  I rubbed pale purple ink to bring out the inside pattern of the invisibles cardstock.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

100 posts!


Just realised this is my 100th post to this blog!  Tell you what, leave a comment and I'll draw a name to send a little surprise to!  I have 25 followers now, it would be nice to have more, but we will see. 

My post today is a card I made for a friend who is moving away this summer...  She is part of the PMS stamping group I've mentioned before.  Her husband is retiring (YAY!) and so they are moving to another province (boo!).  Today the whole group is meeting for our last meeting before summer and so she is getting this card and many more...

I stamped the Hero Arts Hexagon Background onto the inside of a blue security envelope, which gave a funky effect!  Matted it onto the same blue shimmer paper then onto a 5x6" white card front.  I stamped this little monster I picked up from Stampotique onto white paper and coloured him in with my Stampin' Up markers.  My new Spellbinders Hexagon Dies were pressed into action to cut the monster and a mat out.  I ran a blue ribbon across the bottom, then some Magenta Marayuma ribbon on top of that.  Held the layers together with a jumbo white brad.  The letters are also by Hero Arts and cut out using their dies that go with this set.  Then I tucked part of a greeting stamp by Stampin' Up! under the 'O' to finish it off.  (O is for One ~ {of a kind} that's YOU)

Hope she likes it!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Use a Digi Stamp!


The My Heart Pieces challenge this week is 'Use a Digi Stamp'.  There are SO many did stamps out there!  And even freebies to test the water with!  I was reluctant to get into digital stamps, but I have to admit, it is nice to have a wider selection of images that I can print at any size I wish!  I even made my Christmas cards with a digital stamp a couple years ago!  Give it a shot and see what you think! 

These cards are using a nice summery image of a mom and son running on the beach "Can You See the Beach".  I printed and then coloured them with my watercolour crayons and water brush. 

Card #1 is a 5x6.5" white card base.  I placed punched out paper patterns I punched out of an old scrapbooking catalog on the background.  I wrapped the left side with Prima washi tape, then a ribbon from my stash.  The coloured image was cut out using Spellbinders' Labels 20, then I hand cut a mat of the pale blue paper.  Finished off the card with a faux wax seal by Sonnets. 

Card #2 is a step card that measures 5.75x8.5".  The image, mat and quote box were cut out with Spellbinders' Labels 28.  I ten placed that onto a 5.25x6.4" checkered yellow paper that had been decorated with old Frances Meyer stickers from my stash.  The steps are accented with lazer cut die cuts from my stash.  The quote is from Digital Princess Designs.  I had my mom on mind while creating this, so I may send it to her on her birthday...

So let me know if you've given digi stamps a try?

Anything but Square


Digi Darla has an 'Anything but Square' Challenge this week.
I used one of her angel images that I love! 
I folded a 12x6" piece of cardstock and used my circle cutter to cut a 6" circle card.  I stamped an old Stampin' Up! star/swirl on the card front and coloured the stars in with a yellow marker. The image was coloured with watercolour crayons and a water pen.  Accented the wings with stickles.  I oval cut the image, then matted it with the Classic Scalloped Ovals- Small dies by Spellbinders.  The greeting is leftover alphabet stickers from a K & Co. album set.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

May Arts Prima Ribbonista?

Hi All!

I do LOVE ribbon and am helpless when faced with a wall of textures and colours in ribbon form...
SO I am going to try out for a design team position with May Arts...  Wish me luck! 

My first card is something I love to do with scrap strips of paper and ribbon... weave.  I find weaving these bits to be relaxing and a fun way to show off the patterns and textures.  When finished other projects, any ribbon 3" or longer get saved so I can do things like this.

So step 1 is gather the ribbons you want to use.
Step 2 is have Glue Dots or Zots handy to adhere ribbon to card front. (regular adhesive will generally not hold ribbon very well)

Step 3 is cut the lengths of ribbon you will need with a bit of overhang
Step 4 is adhere the first row of ribbon, one on top of the lead ribbon, the next under, then on top, etc.
Step 5 is use double sided tape to secure the entire first row to the card
Step 6 is now weave all the other ribbons, opposite the one previous, leaving overhang of the ribbon
I will use the glue dots under the odd spot in order to keep the ribbons against the card

 Once all your ribbon has been woven, use the double sided tape to make sure the edges of the card and the ribbon are in firm contact.
Step 7 is flip the card over and use sharp scissors to trim all the over hang bits of ribbon (keep some bigger scraps for the next card!)
Step 8 is to finish the card!  I tied a darker green and white ribbon into a bow and used double sided tape to make sure it stayed put along the left side.  The image is called Gemma by Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.  She is coloured with my watercolour crayons and a water pen then matted onto green foil.  I purposely mis-wove part of the card in order to highlight the words 'forever friends' printed on one ribbon.

This card I did following a sketch I saw on someone else's blog for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  It looked fun so away we go!  The image is by Gorjuss. I coloured her with Stampin' Up! markers.  I used the scraps from the first card to create this and then added the baker's twine + button.  Fun eh?

And last but not least is another weaving/scrapbooking project.  My godchild Larissa graduated from high school in 2008 and I am finally getting to scrapping her pics!  I wove some ribbons for a mat on the 2nd page and on the first page I used paper I created from strips of brown shimmer paper.  Told you I like weaving!  Ribbon is my go-to decoration for making borders on my pages too. 

Hope you enjoy these projects and hope you explore the uses of ribbon in your projects too!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Clean & Simple

My Heart Pieces Challenge time!
This week it's all about keeping it clean and simple. 
I started with 'Noyontara in the Fall' and tried colouring her in with different papers and mediums. 

First up is a 6x6" card.  After printing the image onto a coated cardstock, I cut out a square around the image then fussy cut to the next square edge, helping to get the image to pop.  I used Stampin' Up! markers to colour in the image and accent the greeting.  The greeting is by Hero Arts.  I layered the coloured image onto old Stampin' Up! paper and then onto older pumpkin printed paper! :)  Punched each corner with an All Night Media corner punch. 

The next card is 6.5x5".  This cardstock was coated and the watercolour didn't blend as well, but the effect is kinda cool!  I fussy cut the image then placed it on top of a 6x6" folded duo orange panel accented with a self adhesive paper border.  The title is a sticker from my stash. 

And this third card is 5x7".  Used more stickers from my stash to decorate the border.  I cut out the first mat with the largest Spellbinders Labels 28.  I adhered it to a rust coloured shimmer paper and hand cut a larger mat.  This was also printed and coloured with coated cardstock and my Stampin' Up! markers.  I also coloured extra pumpkins and leaves.  Once I fussy cut the image, I placed it centre of the mats, then pop dotted the extra pumpkin and leaves.

Now I've got a start on my fall cards! See you soon!

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