Saturday, April 30, 2011
I decided I wanted to do something different and unexpected...so here is my first project.
Now it is time to hop on over to check out Dawn's Blog. For Now, Happy Crafting!
Friday, April 29, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
365 Cards Challenge Day 55. The challenge was a sketch challenge and you can find it by clicking on the link. I wanted to make a card using flowers. I work really hard in my garden in the spring and summer and having the opportunity to sit outside yesterday really got me in the mood. The image comes from a CTMH set called "Flower Pot." I love the set. It includes several pots, a window with shutters and all kinds of flowers that fit perfectly into the pots. You decide the look that you want. You can color them with anything you wish...I used my Copics. The "stitching" is from a set a just got called "Stitched Together." It includes a number of images that give the appearance of hand stitching. I like to stitch on cards, but sometimes it just isn't time effective. This set is perfect for the simulation of stitching. By the way, the pattern paper is from Sophia. Most people recognize Sophia for the wonderful pinks, but the reverse side is this subtle yellow. I used Goldrush and Creme Brulee for my accents. The double sided CTMH paper packets are so versatile.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Fancy fold cards and fun and always delight the receiver. Just remember to score at the 3 and 9 inch mark and you've got it! Thanks again to the gals at City Crafter Challenge Blog for another fun challenge. For Now, Happy Crafting!
Friday, April 22, 2011
Doing the unexpected is so much fun. I just recently received the CTMH stamp called "Heartfelt Treasures." It is the perfect companion for the Sophia Paper Packet. As I was going through my "old" pattern papers, I realized that the leaf would work well with the pattern in "That's Amore," a paper packet that was released 2 years ago. The flower image has been stamped in Chocolate twice on Colonial White paper and then colored with my Copics. I cut out the images and attached them after curling the edges upward. The center piece was also stamped, colored, cut out and attached. The leaf is also from the same set as is the sentiment. By the way, I have had the pattern paper and ribbon for 2 years and I used a corner rounder tool that I bought at the first home demo I attended about 15 years ago...WOW... :o)
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I followed today's 365 Cards Recipe Challenge (#51). The challenge was to complete a card with the following...one piece of pattern paper, twine, 3 buttons, a stamped image, a sentiment and the card was to be 4 x 4 inches. My image and sentiment are from a CTMH set called Ms. Scrapbook. I had to color it with my Copics! :o) For Now, Happy Crafting!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The 365 Cards Blog Challenge Day 49 is a challenge for us to use colors on a card that we would not normally "put together." I chose to use the Mayberry Paper Packet. My card base is done in Olive with a Cocoa mat. Prior to this challenge, I would not have made Olive and Cocoa as the focal colors of my project.
I purposely did a very simple layout because I wanted to see if the colors appealed to me before I made a more elaborate card. Remember, there is a "reason" that our eye is drawn to certain color combinations and in the coming weeks, I will share those reasons. The more important thing is to use colors that appeal to YOUR eye. For Now, Happy Crafting!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
So, here we go PPPC#1 Sketch Challenge...
Nancy made the cute little bunny and I made the other two samples. Remember, with the idea of a sketch is to give ideas for layouts, so if you don't have a 4 inch oval, you can use a square. Feel free to alter the sketch a little, but keep with the basic design. Also, this is a "project" challenge...use this sketch on a scrapbook layout, on the top of a decorated box...you decide and don't forget to post your work and leave a comment. Now, for the fun part...everyone who joins in the fun these next two weeks will be eligible for a prize! We will also have cool blinkies for your very own web pages, blogs and facebook. I will be using a random generator to select the receipent of a complete CTMH Level 2 Wings Paper Packet and a matching "A" size stamp set called "A Flitter." Retail value of the prize is approximately $21.00. Yippieee!!! I'll have a "sticky" post at the top of this blog where you can link all of your artwork! Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. For Now, Happy Crafting!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The large star was done using a technique called "tissue stamping." If you look closely, you can see that the image is actually a mixture of red and yellow. I took a paper towel and rubbed it on my stamp pad. I then blotted the stamp. I repeated the process several times using both colors of ink. Another great thing about a clear stamp is that you can see when you have enough ink on the image. I cut the star out after it was stamped.
The fan folded "star" is the upper right corner is scored, accordion folded and held together with glue dots and Liquid Glass. I scored and sanded. I even stamped on ribbon!
Last but not least is the card sketch is from CTMH's "Wishes" sketch book. I just love that book! It is filled with sketches, tips and ideas. There is even a CD included that is used to make fun shapes like the "wind swept" Cranberry part of the card. All you need to do is print out the template and cut your card stock. So easy... As a matter of fact, the sketch for this card is called "Windswept."
Fanfare is a fun paper packet. I can see you using it for so many things. For Now, Happy Crafting!
Monday, April 11, 2011
The cake image is from a CTMH set called Precious Love (C1444). I heat embossed it, cut it out and colored it with my Copics. I added a few Opaques for bling. The pattern paper is from a Paper Packet called Bliss which is perfect for Weddings and Heritage scrapbooking. The blue is Moonstruck. I haven't seen Moonstruck used with Bliss, but I thought the shade worked well with the gray tones of Bliss. What do you think?
One of the things that makes Mircle so much fun to work with is the matching chipboard. The chipboard is called Miracle Irresistables. Each chipboard piece coordinates perfectly with the paper. If you look closely, you'll see the the ink resist images. The pieces are designed so that when you sponge them with ink, a pattern emerges. So fun! The sentiment is from a stamp set called Tasty Treats. Not only is this set a great set for recipes, but it also has a number of sentiments that work for a number of cards. I finished off the card with Colonial White ribbon, and Bamboo, Crystal Blue and Colonial White card stock. Those are Sweet Leaf sparkles for just a touch of bling!
My thanks once again to the gals at 365 cards. They always seem to have a fun challenge. For Now, Happy Crafting!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
I colored that "cool cat" with my Copics. The sentiment is from "Sweet Treats" a CTMH set that I use all the time. I used some retired CTMH colors that I have always liked...Ocean and Breeze. I added just a few sparkles for bling.
It's always fun to have a reason to play with my Copics...thanks CCCB! For Now, Happy Crafting!
Friday, April 8, 2011
Just like the Bell Pull that I made, this photo frame features the Miracle Paper Packet. The roses were made using a stamp set called "Spring Up." What a fun stamp set. One of the images is a flower with a squiggle line in it. After you stamp the image, it is cut out and rolled to form the roses....a very quick and easy way to make paper flowers. An easy way to secure the rolled rose is with Liquid Glass. One can just not say enough about Liquid Glass. It is an adhesive, a texturing agent, a way to create an ink resist image...the possibilities are endless. I even used Liquid Glass to adhere the strips of Bamboo card stock on the center acrylic frame. By the way, those are Mocha Opaques in the center of the paper roses.
If you are in the Philadelphia PA area on April 16th and would like to join in the workshop, please email me. For Now, Happy Crafting!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
One of the sessions focused on Close To My Heart's online scrapbooking program. I admit that I really haven't done much with Studio J since it was introduced about a year ago, but after listening to the lecture by one of the Corporate Representatives, I was determined to learn to work with it more than I had in the past.All I can say is "WOW!" I have done some digital scrapbooking in the past but never have I worked with a sophisticated and easy program. Unlike the average digital scrapbook program, Studio J is done totally on the computer. There is no software that needs to be downloaded. New embellishments, new papers and new layouts are immediately available. The "kits' include many of the current CTMH paper packets, some all time favorites and a few members only kits. You never have to pay to "upgrade" your program. You can experiment and design to your heart's content. You only pay for printing. There are even a variety of Studio J memberships that cut the cost of printing and offer all kinds of perks like free shipping and page protectors! In a day, I was able to scrapbook my ENTIRE trip to Leadershare in Navarre Florida!