Monday, April 20, 2015

High on Life!

I really enjoyed using this week's Try Stamping On Tuesdays Sketch for my Window Shaker card, but the first background I made for it didn't work for my final project. Since I still had the pieces cut, I decided to try my hand at the sketch again, this time using my new "His & Hers Flying High" clear stamp set from Art Impressions:


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I used a rainbow-inspired color palette. The dotted papers are digital overlays from MelStampz. The white linen-patterned paper was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The center piece was popped with 2 layers of foam tape & edged with a glittery violet ribbon.

The images & sentiment were stamped in Memento ink. I fussy-cut the dog, parachute, and cloud. The dog is colored with Copic markers. I also stamped the main image directly onto the yellow-dotted paper, and traced the strings with a glitter pen. The cloud is stamped in a dark silver ink; the double-line effect was actually an accident (I think I pressed the stamp too hard) but I really like the result! I stamped the fun sentiment directly into the cloud. What a fun way to use my scraps!

Challenges/Inspiration:
Art Impressions Challenge #157: Make Me Smile
Crafty Creations: Seeing Spots
Red Rubber Inspirational #216: Fussy Cutting + Stamping
Try Stamping On Tuesdays #214: Sketch (2nd entry)
WordArt Wednesdays #179: A Family Friendly Challenge For ALL


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pilin' on the Rainbows

The theme this week at Pile It On is April Showers Bring May Flowers. I used the beautiful Pansies digi stamp by our sponsor, Sami Stamps:


The sentiment is from Paper Makeup Stamps. I've seen this quote several different ways, but I do enjoy Dolly Parton! It's printed onto an ombre-patterned paper. The tiny umbrellas are a cut file by Bird's Cards. The window and matching windowbox dies are by Poppy Stamps; I cut them a textured white cardstock and white foam. The window is covered with scrap plastic and filled with MS microbeads.


Challenges/Inspiration:
Alphabet Challenge: E for Eye-Catching Edges
Craftin Desert Diva's Craft It Up Linky Party: Shaker (2nd entry)
My Time to Craft: Umbrellas
Sisterhood of Crafters: April Showers (2nd entry)
TIME OUT Challenges: Inspired By 'You can't make a Rainbow without a little Rain'
THTSB WIW Challenge: Photo Inspiration
Try Stamping On Tuesdays #214: Sketch


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Good Day Shaker

I was really intrigued by this week's ColourQ challenge: Black, Gray, White + One Color. After a great deal of thought, I decided to use neon yellow as my color pop:


I embossed the pattern on black and gray white-core, textured cardstocks in my BigShot with a Sizzix folder. I used sandpaper to bring out the designs. I added a bit of neon ribbon to create the background. The sentiment and flourishes on the frame are from the Greeting Labels set by HOTP, a gift from a dear crafting friend. I heat-embossed the sentiment in neon yellow onto black paper and cut it out with a Spellbinders die. I used a foam sheet to pop up the frame; I cut the foam & white paper at the same time using Spellbinders dies. The shaker piece is covered with scrap plastic.

Challenges/Inspiration:
colourQ challenge #287: Black, Gray, White + One Color
Craftin Desert Diva's Craft It Up Linky Party: Shaker
Freshly Made Sketches: Sketch #182 + Clean Lines
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Recycled Cat Food Can

I've often been inspired by our neighborhood cats, so I was excited to be able to help out my neighbors this week by feeding their sweet felines. The first time I fed them I knew I just had to alter one of the cute little cans!

I used cat food packaging for this entire project, from the can & lid for the box, to the outer cardboard for the book pages. Everything is covered with paper or ribbon, except for the outer parts of the can lid (because any embellishment on those parts impedes the opening of this fun box, which I know from experience.)


My husband figured out how to flatten the can's interior edge, using a spoon & a can opener. I covered the inside with a burlap ribbon that I bought at a rummage sale at the church across the street.

I made the paw-print pattern using the Catty font by Anke-Art. I converted two of the letters into cut files in SCAL and made the round frame for the front. It was cut from the same woodgrain-patterned paper I used throughout this project. I printed the "2015" in brown on a textured yellow paper using the same font. I think it look a bit like a flower! To finish the cap, I simply wrapped the top side with a green ribbon.




The cat cut file is from the My Family set by Bird. The cats are cut from textured papers to represent the colors of the featured felines.

The pages are bound with an orange ribbon. I wrapped more ribbon around the book, adhering it only to the front so that it easily unwraps. To secure it, I used a tiny key charm from Cousin/Designs By Me.

I had so much fun making this, and I got the best hugs from my neighbor when I gifted this to her!

Challenges/Inspiration:
2 Creative Chicks Challenge #25: "Anything Goes" (No Cards)
All Crafts Challenge: Anything But a Card
Open-Minded Challenge #34: Recycle (2nd entry)
Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent April Challenge: Recycle
That Craft Place: Alter Something


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Non-traditional Baby Card with the UnstampaBelles

This April, the UnstampaBelles are challenging you to make a Non-traditional Baby project. You can link up your projects until the end of the month, but remember that you can't use ANY STAMPS (digi or otherwise).

I made a vintage-style card to celebrate a new "fur baby" ...  adopting a pet can be a real life-changing experience, as I well know. 



The inside of the card was inspired by the Flag Book technique. I winged it, but it came out great. It's a bit difficult to see in this photo, but each gray piece is folded in half and cut down to create the flag. I placed the gray pieces slightly away from the center fold of the card so that the flags pop out.



Obviously, I was inspired by the fun "Cats & Dogs" paper collection by Graphic 45. I used it for my base card, as well as for all of the images. I made the "Welcome Home" sentiment in SCAL and cut it from black paper & silver vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo.

The background frame on the front is packaging from a bag of dog food. We buy our dry dog food is large bags, and my husband got a smile from seeing the top edge of the nag being cut off ... he knew it was for crafting purposes! The charm is from Maya Road.

Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Dream it Up: Showers of Showers
Open-Minded Challenge #34: Recycle (dog food bag)
Simon Says Stamp: April Showers and/or Spring Flowers
Sisterhood of Crafters: April Showers


Just for fun, here are photos of our dogs way back when... they are known around the neighborhood as "the children" as they are enthusiastic barkers but everyone knows they are sweeties too!
Walt, 2006

Allen, 2007


Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teamies and hope you'll join us this month at UnstampaBelles!


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