Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spice Girls


It's time to spice things up girls!  With colour!!!  This challenge at Quirky Crafts Challenges is being sponsored by The Cutting Cafe.  She sent us colured and uncoloured images labelled 'All About Girls' and 'You Color My World'.  I took a shine to the coloured versions to the swirls:
So organic!  I wanted to highlight the background, so I printed it out twice.  The card is 5.25" square.  The fist layer is the whole image 5" square.  I trimmed a smaller piece of the second to be matted and adhered on top of the right side of the first layer.  The corners have all been punched with a small corner rounder.  To help the red curl to pop, I used red polkadotted washi tape by Queen and Co.  The greeting is cut out using Spellbinders Fancy Tags. 
Let's see your girls and colour artpiece! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Something of me


I belong to a stamping club who celebrated their 15th anniversary last year.  As part of the fun, we we all asked to create a small 4.25x5.5" postcard that depicts something of ourselves.  On the backside it was to list our name and some basic things like our stamp interests, why we continue to be members of our club, ect.  I don't know about you, but narrowing down my interests is difficult!  Here is my attempt:
So I started with a 4x5.25" piece of Stampin Up leaf paper.  I ran 4 different types of washi tapes along the bottem right.  I partially attached the two layers with 3 leaf brads in the bottem left.  I stamped this greeting stamp onto scraps of SU! paper and adhered to the centre.  We had leave a clear  border along one side in order for the pages to be mounted in a book.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Recycled Easter

Hi there!

Last fall I was in a tear to use my scraps and created a pile of these card bases with punched out pieces of cardstock.  With Easter coming, I thought I'd share an Easter version of this layout.  The card base is 5x6.5" covered with bright yellow cardstock. Next layer is brown, then pink mulberry paper under the punched squares.  I stamped and coloured in the retired bunny image from Stampin Up with watercolour crayons and a water pen.  Spellbinders Labels 2 was used to cut out the image and the mat of scrap pink paper.  I edged the mat with a darker pink ink to finish it off.  Egg stickers in the bottom left are by Mrs. Grossman and the egg metal tag I cannot remember where it is from. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cupboard Reminder


One more week to enter into this challenge at Quirky Crafts Challenges!  I managed to make another card with the images from Crackerbox Palace.  Check out her other cute images by clicking on the link! 

I printed everything onto white cardstock and coloured in the selected images with my Stampin Up markers.  The 5x6.5" card front was covered in papers from the Boho Chic 8x8" pad from Michaels to simulate and older parlour setting.  I adhered the cupboard accordingly into the room and added the wrapped boxes on the floor and the pictures on the walls.  (stickers from my vintage stash)  That's it!  Quick and easy card.  Hugs!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cupboard Challenge


Quirky Crafts Challenge is being sponsored by Crackerbox this time and she gave us this cute cupboard image to play with along with accessories. I printed out the image onto wood printed paper and fussy cut it out.  The tea and plant were printed onto white paper.  All were accented with my markers, then adhered to a Spellbinders Labels 25 panel cut out of Die Cuts With a View red Shimmer paper.  This then onto printed paper from my stash and then a 5x6.5" kraft card base.  Everything was edge in black once cut to finish it off.  
I also cut out the top heart accent.  My mom had a similar cupboard and the top element was cut out like this.  See the plant peeking out from behind the cut out? 
Until next time, hugs!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Aunty Olive

Hello all!

In the middle of this flu, Jim and I were told of the death of his Aunty Olive.  She was a neat lady!  An adventurous classy woman who worked, traveled and never failed to spend time with her family which included us.  When Jim and I were first engaged 20 years ago, she came down the following summer and did an 'inspection' of the woman her nephew had decided to add to the Connell family.  We spent quite a bit of time talking and visiting Edmonton and when a routine call was placed to the patriarch of the family, I was surprised with her shouting to her older brother "She's a keeper Ken!"  It still makes me smile today. 
I don't know about you, but when given the news of a loss like this, I need to create.  I put some classical music on the CD player, went through my stamps and supplies and picked out items that made me think of her.  The result was this card I created and sent to her remaining brother and sisters. 
The stamp set is a retired one from Stampin Up.  I coloured the flowers with markers directly on the stamp, spritzed with water and stamped.  Spritzed again and did another impression.  I repeated the procedure for the opposite corner.  The center of the lattice die was cut out to allow space for the greeting.  I layered both of these onto printed vellum, then torn mulberry paper, then the 5x6.5" card front.  The paper flowers were added and embellished by half pearls from Stampin Up.  Simple and elegant, just like the lady. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Flower Reminder Time!


So... I've had the flu... AGAIN!  Hope all of you are keeping healthy!  This is a nasty one that is circulating this year....

I've created two more cards with more images provided by Unky.  This time I got 'Hipster Goddess' and 'Aurora Cherry Blossom'.  Every time I see an image fashioned from the 60s I think of my sister.  Not because she is from that era (she's an 80s child) but her attitudes and beliefs are from that generation.  Check out the Quirky Crafts Challenge for what the other ladies created!

This lovely image was coloured with my watercolour crayons and water brush then fussy cut. The papers are from a Michaels paper pad called Boho Chic and I used my new Spellbinders Labels 25 to cut out the two mats the fussy cut image is placed onto.  The 8x8 paper was folded in hald with a gap to the left that I placed another sheet of patterned paper.  The final card is 5x8".  Down the edge of the card I placed a strip of flower ribbon I purchased last year, then two metal peace symbols I've had in my stash for a while.  The word 'love' (Dylusions) was stamped then outlined with a fine black pen to make it pop.
My second card is this lovely oriental lady.  I have a HUGE appreciation for oriental art and dove into my supplies for this card.  First I printed her twice onto cardstock, and once onto the flower washi paper her dress is made of.  I used the Spellbinders Labels 20 to cut the cardtock version of the lady along with a mat out of paper from Graphic 45 Bird Song.  I then cut out only the dress out of the washi paper and layered onto the cardstock image.  I used my markers to colour the lady.  The purple square paper is from a Walmart pad and then the whole thing is placed onto a 6" square folded black card.  I finished off the card with flower petals off silk flowers I got at the re-use centre and in the centre is gold Candi. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Secret Garden


The challenge for the next two weeks is the Secret Garden.  That is FLOWERS!  Use lots of them!  The image I was given to use is by Unky.  She has beautiful images!  Be sure to check her out.  And when you have completed your card featuring flowers, upload it to Quirky Crafts Challenges for a chance to win some images of your choice! 
I printed and coloured the image with watercolour crayons and a water brush.  I added accents with the silver and purple Wink of Stella pens by Zig.  The image was cut out using Spellbinders Labels 2 then accented with some Nestabling made for this die by Want 2 Scrap. 
I used pieces from a layout swap I was part of to make the card base.  I cannot remember the artist's name but she did a great job with the punch art flowers. 
Finally I took a printed piece of acetate and trimmed a piece 5.5 x 12.75".  Folded the hinge and then adheared the card front to the hinge.  Other pieces from the kit were used on the inside to mat a future greeting and hold up the hinged card front. 

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