Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rustically Thankful

One of my favorite things about volunteering at Paper Playful is that I keep updated on all the great crafting challenges out there. While doing Monday Challenge List this week I was inspired by two of my favorite long-time challenges, Mojo Monday and The Shabby Tea Room.

I made the flower with a pre-cut white doily, folding it snowflake-style and inking it with ColorBox pink pigment ink. I colored the wood starburst with bright green Liquid Pearls, and attached it all with Glossy Accents. The stem-and-leaves is die cut. The sentiment, by SP & Company, is heat-embossed in bright pink on a white die-cut.

The banner is made with a textured gray cardstock that I stamped with a light silver ink & heat-embossed with a sprinkle of glitter. I covered a strip of white paper with a decorative tape. The green bracket shape is actually a scrap from a previous project. The background patterned paper is from my stash, and I placed it all on a kraft base.

This was a relatively quick project, and a design I'll probably use again. Thanks for the inspiration!

Shabby Tea Room #247
Mojo Monday: Sketch #387
The Shabby Tea Room: Pop of Pink photo inspiration

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Harmony/Peace at Unstampabelles

The UnstampBelles March challenge is Harmony and/or Peace with the optional twist of incorporating flight in your 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 decided to make a card with the theme of "under the same moon". The card design was inspired by this gorgeous Angle card by Crafty Sunflower. I used the star border by Bird to create my own angle card in SCAL. I cut it from a thick cardstock that's glittered on one side & white on the other, and painted the entire white side with Tumbled Glass distress ink. I made white panels using the same template, and inked them individually.

Card Closed with Belly Band
The moon circle is cut from the same sparkly blue paper as the card base. I embossed it with my BigShot, covered it with silver ink & sprinkled it with shiny powder and melted it with my heat tool. This worked great, but it did smoke a bit!

The cityscapes were cut from a shiny white paper with a Silhouette file; I used the flat-white side for the smaller piece. I inked them with a red brick ink.

The ocean was made with some die cuts by SVG Attic (my tutorial is here). The sand is simply Brown Sugar embossing powder. The starfish are by Paperscissorsink and were inked orange.

The grass on the first panel is the decoration that comes with sushi.
The birds are from the Birds of Earth & Sky die from Cheery Lynn Designs (purchased from Sweet Stamps), except for the chicken, which is a Silhouette cut file. They are cut from shiny white papers and colored with Copic markers.

The sentiments were created in SCAL and cut from a glittery black vinyl. The "Together" is on a piece of wood tape cut with a banner die.

I'm entering this card into Crafty Gals Corner Fancy Folds Challenges.

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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Pilin' on the Adhesives

This week at the Pile It On Challenge our theme is Adhesive Embellishments, such as stickers & decorative tapes. We're sponsored by Oak Pond Creations and I used Kim's adorable Camel digi stamp.

I used a cling stencil of a cut file by Bird (previously used for my ampersand card) to heat-emboss the shiny green design directly onto the patterned paper from my stash. I masked the edges and inked over the embossing with Wild Wasabi SU! ink.

The sentiment is from an Inky Antics set, and I stamped it directly onto wood tape that was partially cut with a QuicKutz die. I hand-cut the banner end.

I colored the adhesive pearl flourish with a blue Copic marker and used my Pearl White Copic for the individual adhesive pearls.

The outside border was created with heat-resistant red tape and blue embossing powder (thanks to Dr Sonia for the tutorial). I placed the front piece onto a Kraft card base.

I received some Michaels gift certificates for Christmas, and my husband helped me choose these rounded Spellbinders Nestabilities label dies. I've really enjoyed them! I used an adhesive sheet to adhere a large piece of raffia ribbon to a white cardstock, cut it with one of my label dies, and edged it with China Blue distress ink.

The happy camel from Oak Pond Creations was colored with Copics and attached with an Action Wobble.

CC&CC #85
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #85: Sketch
Crafting By Designs: Thinking of You
Crafting for all Seasons: Dies
Cut It Up: Exotic Animal + Die Cuts
Fresh Brewed Designs: 1 Image and + 1 Sentiment
PDE Linky Party #41: Animals
Shopping Our Stash #190: Out of a Jar (embossing powder + background DP has been in my stash for many years)

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Simply Ampersand

I had so much fun with my stencil card that I tried the technique again, this time using a cut file from Bird's Cards. I cut the stencil from white window-cling material, which worked pretty well. Plus, the plastic washes right off and I can stick it on my window for safe-keeping!

I inked the stencil with watermark ink, removed the stencil, sprinkled it with silver powder & heat-embossed it. Then I inked it with an orange ink.I'm happy with how it came out, as I took some risks with the faded look. I'll definitely be making more of my own paper!
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The banners were cut/embossed with a die from a mirror-like silver paper. I edged the banners with a black marker, and carefully hand-stamped the sentiments in watermark ink using rubber stamps. The letters are heat-embossed in orange; I used a brush to clean up the extra powder to get a clean surface.

I cut the ampersands from black paper on my Silhouette. I covered one of the ampersand with orange embossing powder and, while the powder was still hot & melty, stamped it with a decorative rubber stamp inked with silver.

Stampin' Royalty #267
Addicted to Stamps #98: Embossing + Stamping
Stampin' Royalty #267: Photo Inspiration
The Male Room #4: Create Your Own Background Paper

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Simply Fan-tastic

I had lots of fun with the color combo at CAS for my stencil card yesterday, so I used the same inks & embossing powders to make another card, with more stenciling and inking. My fingers are blue, and not from the cold!

Everything is stamped/inked directly onto a shiny white cardstock, which is mounted on a white card base. I inked the Retro clear stamp by Kaisercraft with Versamark watermark ink and heat-embossed it with orange & yellow powders. The fan & sentiment are a rubber cling stamp from the Retro Technology set by TPC Studio, stamped with blue & orange inks. I added details with a yellow marker & an orange gel pen. I used simple masking to ink the blue stripes. The splashes are made with a Tim Holtz stencil.

CAS: Colours and Sketches #112: Blue, Orange, Yellow + CAS (2nd entry)
Freshly Made Sketches: Sketch #174

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