Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Happy Birthday toast

I needed a last-minute Birthday card, so I scrounged through my stash for the components for this card. I made this little scene using stamps from Paper Smooches' Wake Up set.
I colored the image with Copic markers and added detail with glitter glue & Glossy Accents. The tiny glasses are cut from cork with a MFT die. I decorated the scalloped circle with Liquid Pearls. The background DP is by Studio Calico. The Loops were cut with a Sizzix border die from cork & a shiny Recollections paper. I also cut a border from a shiny green Core'Dinations cardstock and used some of the negative pieces in the Loops. I finished the card with my favorite corner punch & a shiny brown paper. This was a fun project to make, and I may use the concept again.

Challenges/Inspiration:
Pals Paper Arts: Sketch #244
Seize the Birthday: Focus on the Sentiment/ Anything Birthday



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pilin' on the Sentiment

This week at the Pile It On Challenge we're challenging you to focus on the sentiment. We're sponsored by StitchyBear's Digi Outlet, so I used this quote by Thoreau from Dreams Sentiments by Coosty Creations.


Some years ago, my mom lent me some heavy-duty fringe scissors which I'm only now getting around to using! I went through my ever-growing scrap box for my ROY G BIV papers. I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the gold & white frames. I used a ruler & a blue gel pen to draw the out border.

I colorized the sentiment by Coosty Creations in Photoshop and printed it on a shiny white paper. I cut some clouds with an IO die on my BigShot from the same paper, and used them to frame the sentiment. To bring it all together, I added a gemstone embellishment which I had partially colored with a blue Copic.

I made the inside message section by masking the center, coloring it with Copics, and added a border with the same blue pen I used on the front. The little cloud inside is actually leftover from another project; it was stamped with blue ink & I added detail with a glitter pen.


Be sure to check out all the projects Pile It On! this week. My card ended up being very similar in design to Jenn's and similar in style to Helen's...great minds think alike I guess! Many thanks to the SBDO artists for letting us play with their great images.


Challenges/Inspiration:
Crafty Catz: No Designer Paper
Crafty Sentiment Designs: Bright Colors
Cuttlebug Mania: Use/make a Frame + die cuts (clouds)
Scrapbooker PhD #21: Bling
Shopping Our Stash #193: I Made This (fringed background) + Stash (scrap paper)
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Sentiment as the Focus + [digi]stamp
Whimsy Inspiration #81: Use A Die Cut (clouds)
WordArt Wednesdays #175: Anything Goes


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Oh Boy! - Guest Designer at Crafting by Designs

I was honored to have my Heart Easel Card chosen as a Spotlight project for Crafting By Designs #62, and pleased to also be asked to Guest Design with their fabulous team for this week's challenge: Masculine Project.

This card is made with my Accordion/Fancy Label die by Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs. I live in Baltimore, Maryland, where National Bohemian Beer is the traditional beer of choice at Baltimore Orioles baseball games. Because everything in my life has become craft-related, the last time my best friend came to visit we enjoyed some Natty Boh ... solely so I could save the cans & bottle caps! I cut the cans into metal sheets and die-cut them in my BigShot with Sizzix dies to make the funky leaves. I flattened the bottlecaps with my BigShot as well.


Keeping with the recycled theme, I cut the base of the card from a foam carry-out container. If you look closely, you can see how the die also embossed portions of the foam.


I used the City Buildings by StudioIlustrado from Silhouette for the city borders and stencils.

The sentiment is set in Buffalo Nickel from FontSpace, with special characters from Brannboll from DaFont and Pea Minjee from Fonts for Peas.





Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafting By Designs #62: Masculine
Crafty Calendar: Add some metal
Our Creative Corner: Junk in your Trunk (package foam, bottle caps, aluminum cans)
Recycle, Re-purpose, Re-invent: Recycled items 
Southern Girls #106: Boys Boys Boys

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pilin' on the Jellies

This week at the Pile It On Challenge we're challenging you to use 3 of something. I used 3 images, 3 bubble embellishments, and 3 bubbles inside the card.

This card is, coincidentally, for our nephew's third birthday. We visited the National Aquarium in downtown Baltimore the last time he was here, and I thought of the fun we had at their gorgeous jellyfish exhibit when I saw this cut digi by our sponsor, Kitty Bee Designs.


The digi stamp comes with the big & little jellies, so I added a smaller version of the little one. I printed the trio twice, once on fluorescent orange paper, and again on a shiny white paper which I then heat-embossed with neon orange powder. Although I usually get good results heat-embossing from directly my printer, but not this time, so I went over the lines with a Versamark pen and heat-embossed them again to get fuller coverage. I inked the white paper with a light blue ink. I also used a TH stencil to create the splashes in a darker blue.

I used recycled plastic packaging and a foam sheet to make the shaker portion. I filled it with blue MS microbeads and small glass beads.


The sentiment is cut from a neon blue paper with a QuicKutz die. I backed the paper with an adhesive sheet before cutting it, so the letters were individual stickers. I outlined the letters with a blue marker after die-cutting them but before taking them off the sticker backing.

The fish-patterned paper is by Recollections. The neon blue and orange papers are from Target. I used a dark blue paper as the card base, and decorated the inside with 3 sizes of circles, including a white one for the message.

Challenges/Inspiration:
Bloggers: Happy Birthday
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards: For a Child
Connie Can Crop: Birthday Wishes
Crafts Galore Encore: Anything Goes with a Stamp or Digi
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything goes with Patterned Paper background
Crafty Sentiment Designs: Birthday


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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pop-out Flower Vase Card

I really enjoy the Card-in-a-box technique (also called a Box Card or Spring Card), so I've been wanting to try the Box-on-a-card version I saw on CraftyGirl's blog. I wanted to create a simple scene, so I kept to a white-and-blue color combo except for the bright images.


The background is a textured white cardstock. The window is cut with a MFT die from an off-white, textured, adhesive cardstock from DCWV. The bottom border is cut from the same adhesive paper. The "vase" is a DP from Graphic 45. It's 2.5 inches tall, scored at 2 inches to create a box that folds flat to fit in an envelope. The tags are from Sizzix/Doodlebug die/stamp set, and I attached them with a brad so that they could fold in when mailing.

The flowers & bee are from a Sizzix/Hero Arts die/stamp set. Instead of using black ink for the stamps, I used different greens for the flowers & orange for the bee. The images are colored with Copic markers and glitter pens. I also added some detail with Liquid Pearls.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Card Mania: Spring
Cut it Up #66: Moving components (pop-out box & tags)
Dream it Up: Marching Into Spring

Update: This card placed in the Top 3 for Cut It Up Challenge #66, and I was also the lucky prize winner!

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