Friday, September 19, 2014

Booty Shaker -- Talk Like a Pirate Day

Today (September 19) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and for some reason I get a real kick out of this new tradition. I've made Pirate-themed cards for the past few years, and this year I had lots of fun participating in today's Talk Like Pirate Blog Hop.

I've received many positive comments on my star-themed ATC shaker, so I used the same technique to make a pirate-treasure-themed shaker ATC:
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The treasure chest is cut from shiny gold & brown papers using cut files from KLDezign. I filled the chest with spots of gold & silver liquid pearls and put it on a a blue, metallic-coated paper.

The wood-patterned paper is backed with the same textured, brown cardstock I used for the porthole frame. I glued some scrap plastic onto it and popped it up with foam tape. The frame is decorated with a silver pen.

The ridiculous sentiment was set in the Snidely font and heat-embossed in gold on shiny black paper. I cut it with a banner die and lined it with a gold-leaf pen.

The seashell is cut/embossed from a lager can. I wrapped the ATC with a brown raffia and added some fishing net.

I'm entering this project into the "Pirate Day" challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gift Card Holders at Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're challenging you to make a Gift Card Holder. We're sponsored by Bugaboo and I used their wonderful Cat in Hat - Youer than You digi stamp:

I had so much fun using this Buagboo image for my Tissue Box Cover, so I couldn't resist using it again for this card for a good friend of ours. He was amazing supportive during a rough time, grabbing us groceries & driving us around. I told my husband that we couldn't just reimburse him, I needed to make a card! Our friend's cat and dog were my inspiration and I did my best to reference their coloring. I colored the Buagboo image with Copics and distress ink, and added FlowerSoft and flocking to the cat. The dog is heat-embossed in yellow on black paper with a clear stamp from an Inkadinkado set.

I'm not sure why, but when I thought about the design for this card I immediately wanted to include an origami cat made from a dollar bill. Just seemed like a fun idea! I decided to make an Origami Money Cat, based on the video tutorial by Jo Nakashima. I didn't want to glue it down, some I created a pocket with a die-cut fence.

I used drywall tape for the grassy background on the front, coloring each piece with different greens. The clouds are die-cut from a white metal from Add a Little Dazzle. The sign image is glued onto a wood coffee stirrer.

For the inside, I made a simple pop-up base and attached a blue rubber band (an upcycled tourniquet actually) with leaf-shaped eyelets and gemstone brads. I used a Chinese money envelope for the gift.

I'm entering this project into the following Challenges:
Sweet Pea Stampers: All Creatures Big and Small

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Private Time - New images from Coosty Creations

Sitting Waiting by Coosty Creations
This is the 2nd week of our Use a Die challenge at One Stitch at a Time (OSAAT), and one lucky winner will receive the super-duper September prize pack. StitchyBear's Digi Outlet has hundreds of digital products from many wonderful artists, one of which is Coosty Creations

I really enjoy using Coosty Creations' digis & paper packs (see my past projects here), so I was excited to get a chance to use her newest collection, Sitting Waiting.

My OSAAT teamies CraftyGirl and Anne Lise have also made unique projects using this fun digi collection!

I made a Potty Training Congratulations card... I don't have children, but I know what a frustrating process it can be for child and parent. So it seems like as good an occasion to celebrate as any!

In PhotoShop, I digitally paper-pieced some of the digi paper into the digi stamp image. I then printed it and colored the image with Copics, using the blender-texture technique for the floor. I used some pink flocking on her pretty boots.

Although it's almost impossible to see, I added lace & a blue background to to the window. I painted the toilet with Glossy Accents.

I created the door flap in SCAL and cut it on my Cameo. The door is cut from a shiny Core'Dinations cardstock and embossed with a SU! woodgrain embossing folder. I made a doorknob with a brad & made a little "privacy sign" with a Doodlebug tag die. I hand-wrote the sentiment with a purple glitter pen. The stars are cut/embossed from a toilet paper tube with a PageMakers die. I heat-embossed two of them with hot pink and purple.

I'm entering this card into the following fun Challenges:
Cards Galore Encore September Challenge: Make a Card
CMD-Challenge: Copics
Crafter's Cafe #81: Card for a child
Digi Sketch Challenge: Sketch and/or Theme, Girly (T)
Words 2 Scrap By: To Everything There Is a Season (I know this is a different take on theme, but somehow I think it's very appropriate! It is certainly an important part of growing up!)

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Monday, September 8, 2014

ATC featuring Aud Sentiments

The current challenge at Aud Sentiments is "Any Sentiment but Birthday" and they are offering a wonderful freebie wordart by Marie-Clare. Since the theme of one of my group's ATC swaps this month is "Stars" I couldn't resist combining the two to make this shaker-ATC:

I assume this quote is from "Yellow" by Cold Play, and although I'm familiar with the song and incorporated yellow stars into the design, the blue coloring had nothing to do with the video theme (a happy coincidence!) I printed the sentiment onto a shiny white cardstock and attempted to heat-emboss it in yellow, but it didn't work so well this time. However, I liked the effect and was still able to ink it with blue inks. I also sprayed it with blue Glimmer Mist.

The frame is two layers of a glittered cardstock; the top piece is inked to be slightly brighter. I cut the apertures with a Spellbinders die. The plastic cover is cut from a scrap packaging plastic, and the shaker is filled with chunky glow-in-the-dark glitter.

The wood stars were inked with a yellow ink & heat-embossed with Holographic embossing powder. I also added some gem strips. I added an outside layer of blue tulle.

Add a Little Dazzle #41: Glitter/Anything goes
Aud Sentiments #114: Any Sentiment but Birthday
Opus Gluei: #191 ATCs (artist trading cards)
WordArt Wednesdays: Anything goes + an uplifting sentiment

Thank you for visiting & inspiring my crafting!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pilin' on the Pencils

Our theme at the Pile It On! Challenge this week is Pencils: You can use an image of pencils, color with pencils, or even use an actual pencil! We're sponsored by Jellypark, and I used their great Craft Basket digi stamp from their store:
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I colored the image with pencils, although I did use a Copic marker for the background. The ribbon elements are fussy-cut & colored with watercolor pencils. The craft box is pieced with a Graphic 45 DP and decorated with some green Sparkly Fluff.

I made the ruler embellishment with yellow paper and medical paper tape. I inked the tape with a darker yellow and stamped the ruler (from the Sew Pretty set from Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine) on it with black ink.

The "Creativity Takes Courage" quote (by Henri Matisse) comes from Graphic 45's Typography collection, and is popped up with foam tape to secure the easel. The scissors are a Silhouette die cut, cut from gray paper & sprayed with Glimmer Mist.

I can't remember where I got the base card DP... if you recognize it, please let me know! I added some drywall tape that I colored with a green marker. The flowers & buttons are from my stash.

  1. Brown Sugar #110: Use Lace
  2. Crafting Musketeers #17: Use Buttons
  3. Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge #192: Digital (digi stamp)
  4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper September Challenge: Anything goes with Patterned Paper
  5. Fussy and Fancy #122: More than one fold
  6. Paper Minutes #337: Buttons
  7. Sisterhood of Crafters: Fancy Fold

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Teatime - Using Dies at OSAAT

OSAAT September Prize Pack
After a summer break, we're back with challenges at One Stitch at a Time (OSAAT)! Our theme this fortnight is Use a Die. StitchyBear's Digi Outlet has hundreds of digital products from many wonderful artists. Even if you don't use a store image, you'll still be in the drawing to win the super-duper September prize pack.

I used this whimsical Chores digi by Stitchy Stamps and I "stamped" it onto the teacup using the acetate rub-on technique. The teacup is a rubber stamp from the China Fragments stamp set by Heartfelt Creations (it actually has a coordinating die that is on my wishlist!), and I masked the center design with blue tape in order to place the digi. I've used 2 dies on this project: a large Sizzix doily and a Doodlebug tag die.

The color of the teacup was inspired by Delft Blue; my folks were married in Holland and received the most gorgeous Delft Blue Earthenware vase as a wedding gift, and since this is for my Mom I knew she'd like the concept. I colorized the Stitchy Stamps image in Photoshop using a suggested CMYK color build for Delft Blue. I inked the teacup with a mix of blues to match the computer-generated color.

The sentiment (from a freebie set from Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine)was stamped in pink onto a metal-lined tag. The pretty tulip-themed background paper is from Lili of the Valley/NitWit Collections.

I'm entering this card into the following fun Challenges:
Crafty Little Fairies: Sparkle and Bling
Left of Center Creative Challenges #44: Tag It!
Lia Stampz Challenge: Feminine/Girly
Polkadoodles #36: Tag, you're it!
Quick Quotes September Challenge: Bling It On

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Girly & Lacy Cards at Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're challenging you to make a Girly & Lacy Card. This challenge has two sponsors: All Dressed Up and Eureka Stamps; I used Baby Animals by Eureka Stamps.

I'm entering this project into the following Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Stuck on U Diecut Challenge: Birthday Party + Die Cuts (lacy heart die)

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Across the Pond - Pile It On "Best Wishes" Challenge

This week at the Pile It On Challenge we are sharing projects featuring Best Wishes/Congratulations sentiments. We're sponsored by StitchyBear's Digi Outlet, and I used this festive Big Ben digi stamp by Stitchy Stamps:

I printed Big Ben onto a shiny white paper & heat-embossed it with a clear powder. I then inked it with several blue inks. The street-lamp patterned DP is from a DCWV collection. I sprayed it with gold Tattered Angels glimmer mist.

The banner and crown stamps are from the Cool Britannia clear stamp set by Louise Allen that I received from Quick Cards as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebration in 2012, which means I've had this set in my stash for some time! I was so happy to finally have occasion to use it.

I stamped the crown onto Shrinky Dink plastic, colored it with stamp markers, and hand-wrote the "best wishes" sentiment. I shrunk it in my toaster oven & attached it to the decorative pin with gold embroidery floss.

The banner was stamped in blue onto a yellow-inked medical paper tape, a technique I learned from Crafter's Companion.

This card was party inspired by the ATC Swap we're having within one of my other Design Teams (OSAAT) with the theme of "a different culture/county to your own". I like playing with a few ATC ideas and then making cards with some of them. The ATC is on its way to my teamie Susie in the UK (once she receives it, I'll post it) and I hope to send this card to someone special one day!

Crafting By Designs: Rock around the Clock
Crafty Creations #270: Use old something from your Stash (I've had this pin for several years & the stamp set has been un-inked for 2 years!)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Creative Craft Cottage Digi Creations: Charms or Pins
Lia Stampz Challenge #71: Use a crown or put one on your project
My Heart Pieces: Use a Digistamp

Update: I was the prize winner for Lia Stampz's Crowns Challenge!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Make your Own Tissue Box at Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're challenging you to make your own Tissue Box cover (any size). This might seem daunting, but there are lots of easy tutorials out there, plus my fellow Design Team members have some gorgeous inspiration for you.

We're sponsored by Bugaboo and I used their wonderful Cat in Hat - Youer than You digi stamp as the inspiration for this design. The Dr Seuss-themed papers are from my stash, and I also included this colorful quote from TLC Creations.

I modified the Tissue Box Cover tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers. I used scalloped ovals dies for the top opening (Spellbinders, I think).

The only coloring I did was on the cute cat from Bugaboo. I also added some detail with a Blue gel pen on the top.

I liked the box without any embellishments, but I couldn't resist make a little bow for the top. I cut it from a blue rubber tourniquet (my poor husband has been having a lot of blood drawn & he always gives me these rubber strips to craft with!) and added a bit of white pom-pom ribbon.

Even if you don't usually make 3D projects, I hope you'll join us at Crafting with Dragonflies and make your own tissue box cover. I haven't had a box of tissues in the house for a long time, and I know that this have given me plenty of smiles as I grab a tissue running out of the house!

I'm entering this project into the following Challenges:
All Crafts Challenge: Anything but a Card
Crafty Catz #244: Recycle It (rubber for bow)
My Craft Spot: Bags & Boxes

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

School Time! - Pilin' On the Primary Colors

This week at the Pile It On Challenge our theme is Primary Colors (as the main colors) and we're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps. They have some of my favorite school-themed images, so I made this Joy Fold Card for two of our nieces:

I used two of my favorite DPs (can't remember who they are by... Jillibean? October Afternoon?).
The small card was cut with a Spellbinders/PageMaps die. One of the notebook-edge borders is cut with a Die-namics die and the other is from an actual notebook! The bottom border was cut from DP with decorative scissors, and I punched the holes with my Crop-O-Dile.

The sentiment is a rubber stamp from Hero Arts, and the stars were heat-embossed in gold using a handmade wood-and-cork stamp. The flowers were cut/embossed from a SU! paper on my BigShot. I colored the adorable Bugaboo digi stamps with Copic markers. The sun paperclip is from my stash, and I added a scrap of red raffia to it. The gold spiral in the flower is also a paperclip. I used an actual mini-notebook sheet for the message section on the back.

As You Like it Challenge: Favorite Papers and Why (I adore Design Papers featuring regular-paper patterns; guess I could just use the real thing, but the DPs are so fun!)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Hobbybook Designer Challenge: All about Kids
MilkCoffee Challenge: Use 2 or more die cuts
Party Time Tuesdays #184: Back to School
QKR Stampede #100: Back to School
STAMPlorations August Challenge: Stamps and Die Cuts
Whimsy Inspiration #73: Back to School

Update: This card placed in the Top 5 for QKR Stampede #100!

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join us this week at Pile It On,

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gnome Place like Home -- Step Cards with Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're challenging you to make a Center- or Side-step Card. We have two sponsors, Handmade Harbour and Make It Crafty, and I used this whimsical Mushroom House digi stamp by Make It Crafty.

The Gnome with Toadstool digi stamp is a freebie from Spyder's Corner (thank you!) and I generated the sentiment myself (although I'm certain I've seen it as a stamp somewhere). The images are colored with Copics markers with details in glitter and gel pens. The googly-eyed ladybugs are brads from Michaels that I trimmed and glued on with Glossy Accents. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the corners.

City Crafter Challenge #223: Home Is Where The Heart Is (include a house)
Crafty Cardmakers: Fancy Folds
Fitztown Challenge: Step Card

Update: I was the lucky winner for Fitztown Challenge!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Inky Antics stamp set for Sunshine Mail

I was on the fabulous Design Team at the Sunshine Mail Foundation for almost two years, so I was especially pleased to be the winner of the Inky Antics giveaway benefiting Sunshine Mail. I won one of their adorable Balloon Buddies HoneyPOP Clear Stamp Set by artist Tammy DeYoung, as well as two packs of rainbow honeycomb paper! 

Because this design is all about the pop-up inside, I kept the front simple. I stamped the sentiment (which are separate stamps for each phrase) onto the large balloon stamp. I drew the ropes myself, and added a 3D bow from American Crafts.

For the inside, I stamped the image directly onto the base card and colored it with Copic markers. The honeycomb paper was easy to cut, with help from the template stamp in this fun Inky Antics stamp set. The trick with the honeycomb pop-up is to score the base card with a slight spine; I just followed the directions on the package, not what I usually do! I added some strips of the same DP I used for the front.

Aud Sentiments Challenge #112: Thinking of You type sentiment
Craft for the Craic August Challenge: Craft Item You Have Never Used Before (Honeycomb paper)
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes
WordArt Wednesdays: Anything Uplifting goes

The current challenge at the Sunshine Mail Foundation is "Anything Goes" & the only real rule is that you send in at least one card (it doesn't have to be the card you enter in the challenge; Donation guidelines here). My mom and I just sent in over 30 cards, and I thank Inky Antics for this lovely gift that I'll use for more Sunshine Mail.
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