Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pilin' on the Patterns

The theme this week at Pile It On is Same Pattern different ways. I chose to work with a zig-zag pattern (it's cool to call it Chevron.) This Kite digi stamp is a freebie from our sponsor, Digital Delights.

The color scheme was inspired by the tertiary colors yellow-orange/blue-violet and blue-green/red-orange. I printed the kite on white cardstock (for the base) and then on 3 patterned designer papers. I cut out the white piece with deckle scissors (a great technique my Mom taught me) and pieced the patterned papers onto it. I colored the kite's flags with a Copic marker; the original paper is white with brown. I enlarged a set of the flags to fit the sentiment, a stamp from Art Impressions.


Challenges/Inspiration:
Freshly Made Sketches: Sketch #183 + Clean Lines
Shopping Our Stash #198: Use you oldest embossing supplies (I've had these embossing folders for at least 3 years)
The Crafting Cafe: Flights of Fancy



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Not-so-tiny Dancer

A very special lady is having her birthday next week, so I used one of my favorite rubber stamps from Art Impressions:

I used a red & blue color scheme, fudging a bit with the background DP. The background and the doily die cut are actually one piece of paper; I die-cut the shape from the double-sided DP and used the opposite side for the doily. I colored the fun image with Copic markers and gel pens, and added sparkly fluff to her tutu. She's attached with an Action Wobble. The sentiment is by Bugaboo Stamps. I cut it with a die from the same set as the other doily, and trimmed it down to fit the design. I added a border with black Liquid Pearls. I finished the card with some funky metal flourishes.

Challenges/Inspiration:
ABC Challenge: H is for Happy Birthday
Crafty Boots: Red, White and/or Blue
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything goes with Patterned Paper (3rd entry)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ribbons and/or Lace at Crafter's Cafe

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge this week is Ribbons and/or Lace. I used Box of Crayons by Angie's Digi Stamps, the sponsor for this fun challenge, along with a sentiment by TLC Creations.

The little lunchbox was made with Shrinky Dink plastic & a MoMR rubber stamp. I stamped it in black StazOn ink, baked it in my toaster oven, and colored it with a Ranger Distress Marker (Old Paper) and an American Crafts stamp marker (Sunflower). The 3D Kraft-paper butterflies are stickers from Recollections.

The notebook- and arrow-patterned papers are actually from one sheet by Pebbles Inc. that I die-cut with a Pagemaps die. The notepage is popped up slightly with foam tape. The ruler ribbon and adhesive lace are from my stash.  

I printed the image twice, once on white paper & again on kraft. I colored the crayons with Copics and pieced it into the kraft paper box piece. I added a bit of color to the box with Copics as well. I put the box of crayons on an Action Wobble:

The base of the card is double-sided patterned kraft cardstock. I used the notepage die to create a message section:

Cheerful Sketches April Challenge
Inspiration/Challenges:
Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog: April Sketch
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything goes with Patterned Paper (2nd entry)
Dream Valley Challenges: Use Kraft
Top Tip Tuesday: 3 of Something (three butterflies)

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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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