Friday, September 25, 2015

Keepin' it Kool - Any Card Goes with Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies our theme is Anything Goes, cards only. I used a fun digi stamp from KaDoodle Bug Designs that I've had for quite some time but haven't used.

The background is a white cardstock embossed with a Sizzix folder that I first covered with a yellow ink. I like the effect. The ants are plastic buttons that I heat-embossed with a shiny black powder; I added "thread" with a gold pen. I made the "lemon" with a Sizzix die, adding detail with the gold pen & a yellow Sharpie and cutting out a little wedge. I used a Versamark pen to fill the letters with neon-yellow embossing powder. The shaker portion is covered with vellum, and is filled with yellow-orange mircobeads.

Die Cut Divas' September Challenge
Crafting with Dragonflies: Anything Goes, cards only
Die Cut Divas: Sketch (flipped) + Die Cut & Dry Embossing
Doodle Pantry: Anything Digital Goes
Eureka Stamps: Monochrome

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Cicada Pirate

Today (September 19) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and to keep up my tradition of Pirate-themed projects I made this 3D project using a "dog day" Cicada shell.

I cut the Pirate Ship shape with Cricut's Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge from a gold/tan double-sided paper. I inked the tan sides, and pieced the sails with a shiny white paper.
The pirate hat & eye patch were sized from a printable template by Making Friends that I fussy-cut and carefully glued to fit this little guy.

The sentiment is a classic by TLC Creations that I printed & di-cut and inserted into a slit in a small branch. The base is die-cut from a textured paper. It's all pretty much held together with Glossy Accents.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rare Oddities

My mom gifted me with some sheets of Graphic45's funky & lovely "Rare Oddities" collection, and I've been planning on making a gatefold card with it. I was finally inspired to do so by this week's free Cricut Craftroom cartridge, Chemistry Icons, and ended up adding a shaker to the card.

If you're familiar with this paper collection, you'll notice the little elements I paper-pieced and the color I added to the front text with gel pens. I also added some Candi to the corners.

Here's the card closed:

...right side opened:

...and fully open. I used gold & teal microbeads to fill the shaker portion behind the chemistry set.

Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes with Twist of Magic
Come and Get It: More than 1 Fold
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper September Challenge: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper (2nd entry)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sky Scene at the Crafter's Cafe

This week at The Crafter's Cafe we're challenging you to Create a Sky Scene. One of our great sponsors is Rick St. Dennis, and I used his amazing "Aerocruiser for Lady B" digi stamp to create this tunnel card inspired by the tutorial by Shelly Hickox using Karen Burniston’s Pop it Ups Accordion dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I used a blue, double-sided cardstock that is frosted white on one side (Core'Dinations) for the base and the die-cut clouds (IO). Inspired by the Steampunk quality of the image, I used stamps from Forever in Time's "Old Fashioned" set. I used gold, silver, or glittery white embossing powders, and inked the backgrounds with Sky Blue ink (Inkadinkado). I fussy-cut all the images, using my finger knife to cut the interior sections.

The hot air balloon is a wooden embellishment. I added some gear die-cuts to decorate the balloon, and glued a white cloud onto it. I used Broken China distress ink to stamp the sentiment (HOTP).

I colored Lady B and her Aerocruiser with Copic markers and gel & glitter pens. Her lap blanket is covered with Flowersoft; I didn't have yellow, so I died some Polar White Flowersoft with liquid Sunshine Yellow ink (TH/Ranger).

For the background, I used more of the white/blue cardstock, debossed it with a cloud-patterned folder (Darice), and sanded it to bring out the blue.

Craft and Smash: Clouds
Crafty Friends Challenge: Something beginning with B (Balloons, Blue)
Just Us Girls: Balloons
Rick St. Dennis Digi Fans & Friends: Anything RSD goes
That Craft Place: Steampunk

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pilin' on the Birthdays

The theme this week at Pile It On is Birthday. We're sponsored by Craftin' Desert Divas and I used their fun Birthday Girl Bears set by Too Cute by Jessica/Marjorie Ann Designs to make this 2nd Birthday card for our niece:

The base card is a double-sided DP from my stash. I covered the bear with flocking, and used FlowerSoft for her tutu & the hat tops.

The inside pop-up sentiment was made with SVGcuts' Premium Pop Up Cards SVG Kit.

4 Crafty Chicks #263: Birthday
Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas: Just for Kids
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Moving along with the Times: Cute Animal
Paper Minutes #399: All About Children
Seize The Birthday: Birthday
WordArt Wednesdays Challenge #200: Anything Goes (2nd entry)

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