Make Something Monday #13

Welcome to a new week! Did you get to be creative this past weekend? I did, and it felt GREAT! I was able to clear most of my desk and get some things put away and organized a bit better. I’m not done, but it’s MUCH improved!

Last week, our challenge was to use a doily. We had 5 crafters jump in with projects ranging from altered art, cards and layouts! We had a great variety! There was a card that caught our eye this week, made by

Dian Ratna!

dian

She packed this card with amazing details and layers of embellishment! This card is a work of art! Beautiful job, Dian! Be sure to stop by and visit her blog to see more of her work. Thanks for sharing your card with us!

This week is lucky 13 for our Make Something Monday Challenge! We all love things that sparkle and shine, am I right? This week we are focusing on the SPARKLE! We want to see you use glitter, rhinestones, gems, and sequins.

Here is my card this week:

wonderful friend

All over, cardmakers are layering diecuts to make their own thicker embellishment pieces. It’s particularly popular with sentiments. I’ve also seen layering a different color underneath to give a surprise fun pop of color. I decided to do that for this card!

pink

I cut 5 layers of pink and one in black. I glued the pinks on top of one another and then finished with the black on top. The first layer was the most tricky to glue. The die cut was very delicate and just wanted to move all over! With each layer, it was easier to glue the next layer because it had more stability and body. The second part of the sentiment was stamped in versamark ink and embossed in black.

sparkle

I added some clear wink of stella to the top of the black for some sparkle! I actually did two layers for extra glitter. :) And of course, I also added sequins to the card front. In the future, I’ll be sure to move the sentiment up – it ended up a bit lower than I intended. Still a lovely card!

My layout this week over at Nuts About Sketches also has a bit of sparkle – click over there to see what the design team has shared.

Today is also a very special day for Sam….it’s her BIRTHDAY!! Happy Birthday, friend! Be sure to stop by her blog to leave her some happy birthday wishes and see what she’s made that sparkles!

So, time to get your SPARKLE on! Break out the glitter! Sprinkle on some sequins! Bling it with rhinestones! Then be sure to link your creations below for a chance to be our featured crafter next week! See you on Wednesday!

Make Something Monday #10

We didn’t have anyone participate in the sketch challenge last week. I love working with sketches, but I do understand they aren’t for everyone! :) This week our challenge will be another color challenge. With St Patty’s day around the corner, the challenge is to use GREEN and GOLD on your layout, card or project. It doens’t have to be a St Patty’s day theme, just use those two colors. :)

Here is a card I made to share with you that uses green and gold.
hi card

An easy mix of hexagons in green and gold make a great all occasion card. :) Now it’s your turn to use green and gold and link up your project below. Check Sam’s blog to see her green and gold card, too!

See you Wednesday – I’ll share what I’ve been up to the past week! Hint: I had magical days! 😀

Learning New Things

I love crafting. That’s no secret. I also love learning new things! I have seen tons of videos and cards with beautifully colored in stamped images. I love the look and want to learn how to do it. Usually the images are colored in using Copic markers. It’s an alcohol based ink marker. I recently stumbled upon someone selling their collection of Spectrum Noir markers – another brand of alcohol markers. It was a fantastic savings to purchase them used. I jumped on it! I’ve played a bit, and still have TONS to learn. I may still want to invest in Copics one day, since they seem to be the cream It of the crop, but for now, I can learn and play with the ones I have. Here’s a card I made with them and some of my new Unity Stamp Company stamps.

hello card

It was pretty easy to color this image and get some nice blending in the yellow flowers and the green leaves. I don’t feel like you can see much shadowing in the red flowers and the purple flowers. It’s a learning process! I’m pretty pleased overall with the result!

sparkle

I also used my Wink of Stella marker to add some clear sparkle and shine to the floral cluster. I can totally see what all the fuss is about!! It’s awesomely sparkly, and so easy to use. I can see myself reaching for this over and over!

Don’t forget to join in our weekly Make Something Monday Challenge. This week we have a stamp set from Unity Stamp Company that will go to one lucky crafter!

Check out Sam’s Blog to see what she’s made this week and come back here Friday for another post! See you then!

Make Something Monday #8

Apologies first – I forgot to come back on Saturday and post!! I’m not used to having a post on Saturday! 😉 My guest post went up Saturday at 3 Scrappy Boys, click through to see all the details on this adorable doodle book I made for my daughter.

doodle bookWe have another new Monday Challenge for you today! This week the challenge is to use STAMPING on your project. Your item can be anything – a layout, a card, altered item, or well – anything! We are also giving away a stamp set from Unity Stamp Company to our favorite project as well as featuring them next Monday right here on the blog.

A few weeks ago I tried a single layer card. I was wanting to try another technique for a single layer card. I’ve always loved cards with a sunset or multicolored background and a dark silhouette layered on top.

card

To do this technique you have to mask off the area you want to ink, or use a cut piece of paper to do the colored area. Since I was wanting the single layer, I used a new favorite tool in my arsenal – Post-it Tape. I picked mine up at Office Depot. Sometimes washi can be a bit TOO sticky, so I wanted something that I knew would peel up cleanly without damaging the paper underneath. I used the tape to mask off the center of my card front. mask

I knew I’d be using my distress inks to make this background because of the amazing blendability of these inks. I pulled out my color chart and selected three colors to use. I wanted a soft pinkish purple blend, so I chose Milled Lavender, Victorian Velvet, and Dusty Concord.

colors

I used my blending tool and the inks to color the area that was open on the card and removed the masking around the edges to reveal a crisp edged area of color. I love how well the Post-it tape works for this!

inked

I then used Black Soot to stamp a floral silhouette stamp and my greeting. This card is elegant in its simplicity and I love how it turned out! I will definitely be doing this technique with masking again! Here’s another look at the completed card.

card 2

Sam is sharing a stamped card on her blog Scrapping With Pirkie – be sure to check it out!

Now it’s your turn to show off your stamping skills! If your project is picked to be featured next Monday on the blog, you’ll also receive the following Unity Stamp Company stamp set mailed to you from me! This set is brand new and from their most recent release!

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To enter for a chance to win this prize, and a feature on the blog next Monday, link up your stamping project below. Remember you may enter up to 3 projects, but they must be made new for this challenge. I can’t wait to see what you create! See you on Wednesday!

 

The Sky’s The Limit – Photo Love Friday

Happy Friday, everyone!! I hope your week has been going well. I’m looking forward to the weekend! Are you? I have a super busy weekend planned so I’m going to kick it off with some scrapping this morning while the kiddies are at school. If I don’t squeeze this time in right now, I won’t be able to find it later this weekend!

Now, on to today’s post! Every Father’s Day weekend there is a Hot Air Balloon Festival nearby. We’ve gone and seen the beautiful balloons a couple of times. The balloons fly at dusk and dawn, so to get some photos, you’ve got to be up pretty early! I was lucky enough to get there early in 2010 and I took about a million photos of the balloons as they were being assembled and inflated and as they gracefully floated away. (ok, a million was an exaggeration….but not a big one…) Here is one of the photos from that weekend.

hot air balloons

Aren’t they beautiful?? I have photos with one or two balloons, and then I have some photos that probably have 50 balloons in the air! It’s quite the sight! The festival has challenges for the pilots of the balloons and there are pilots and crews from all over the states that come in to participate in the challenges and fun.

I was reminiscing about seeing those balloons, and used it as inspiration for the card I made. (I borrowed Sam’s stamp set to make this card, and I’m going to be very sad to give it back! I think I might just have to get this set for myself one day!)

Balloon Card 1

Isn’t that fun? I love how it turned out! I used a technique that I’ve seen other crafters do, but had never tried myself. I stamped the image onto several pieces of patterned paper, cut the images apart, and reassembled the parts to make a paper pieced image. It was a perfect technique for this stamp set! So many of the hot air balloons are colorful, bright, and full of pattern! The stamp set I used is Blue Skies by Lawn Fawn. I also used the coordinating dies. All of the patterned papers are from We R Memory Keepers 6×6 pads. I love how the patterns are resized smaller in these pads. It makes them perfect for cards and piecing small images like these.

I used Broken China Distress Stain and a water brush on watercolor paper to make the sky background. I put some of the stain on my craft sheet and then used my water brush to paint the background. I used my heat gun to dry it and added more color to achieve the look here. I did that several times to build up the layers of watercolor.

The hot air balloon was raised on pop dots to give it the feeling of floating in the sky. I allowed the clouds to extend beyond the edges of the sky background for added interest. I embossed the greeting and cut it into a banner shape and used pop dots to adhere it to the bottom of the card. I also rounded the top two corners of the card.

Balloon Card 2

With the exception of the time it took to fussy cut the parts of the hot air balloon, this card was a really quick one to make! I am not really keen on fussy cutting, but the results are worth the effort! I will definitely try this again!

Thanks for visiting today. Tomorrow I’ll have a bonus post! It’ll be a peek at what I’ve made with the Trio Kit from 3 Scrappy Boys! Be sure to stop back in to see what I’m making so far with this fun kit!

Sam’s got some cards up on her blog – be sure to visit with her!

There’s still a few days to join in our Make Something Monday challenge this week. Get all the details and join in the fun! Have a great Valentine’s Day and I’ll see you tomorrow for that bonus post!

Make Something Monday #5

Welcome to another new weekly challenge! Last week we had two participants link up to the challenge to use dimensional adhesive. Darcy made a dramatic layout questioning where spring was in early 2013!

darcy

Visit her blog to see her full layout and details! Thanks for participating, Darcy! I love how the black background makes the spring blue and yellow pop. I also love how you were able to catch that splash in the photo!

This week’s challenge is a color challenge! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the challenge is to use PINK and RED on your layout, card or project.

I’ve been wanting to do a single layer card. I’ve seen several other crafters make this type of card so I decided to try it myself. My first attempt was a bit more simple looking than I had hoped, but I still think it’s lovely.

pink and red card

I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of paper and fussy cut it out. I then used temporary adhesive to mask the area for the greeting while I stamped the floral pattern in two shades of pink. After removing the mask, I stamped the sentiment in red ink and added some rhinestones to add some sparkle.

I also made my first process video. Be gentle. It was my first attempt at a video. 😉


Check Sam’s Blog to see the adorable card she made for this week’s challenge!

To get in on this week’s challenge, simply make a card, layout or any project featuring the colors PINK AND RED. Link up below and you may be featured next week when we issue a new challenge! I can’t wait to see what you’ve made! See you on Wednesday!

Faux Letterpress Cards

Well, last week’s attempt at faux letterpress went ok, not the best results, but still usable. I am wanting to try letterpress again, but I’m waiting for some new ink to arrive! In the mean time, I used last week’s faux letterpress panels to make two cards.

This first card used the soft mint green ink panel that wasn’t inked very well.

faux letterpress green card
I wrapped some bakers twine around the panel and tied a bow. I then layered several flower die cuts, gently curling the petals, and secured it with an epoxy brad. I attached it to the panel with glue dots. I used my Martha Stewart butterfly punch on some glitter paper and glued those onto the card, bending the wings up for interest. I secured the panel to a card base using a generous amount of pop dots. The embossed panel can be a bit warped and twisted, so using a bunch of adhesive was good to make it lay flat. The soft minty green compliments the muted teal in these papers from Teresa Collins.

The next card is made from pieces of two panels. These panels didn’t come out well on one end, so I cut parts from the good end to make smaller bits to use.

faux letterpress brown card
I attached the panels with Crafty Power Tape to the top and bottom of the blue card front. I heat embossed a sentiment in gold embossing powder in the center. The card still needed a little something, so I took two wood veneer hearts by Freckled Fawn and embossed those in the same gold powder. To heat emboss the hearts, I pressed them into an embossing ink pad, then dipped them into the embossing powder. I used tweezers to make it easier, and to hold them while I heat embossed. I then attached them to the bottom embossed panel with glossy accents. I then attached the blue card front to a blank card base.

Two quick and easy cards from the faux letterpress experiment from last week! Even if something doesn’t turn out exactly how you thought, it can still be used beautifully! I’m glad I tried this technique, and can’t wait to try it again!

Don’t forget to make time to be creative this week! Join in our Monday Challenge and use wood veneers on your project and link up your blog! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Check out Sam’s Blog to see what’s on her desk this week!

Make Something Monday #2

It’s the start of the second week, now, and I hope that last week’s posts inspired you to make some craftiness of your own!

We only had one link up last week, but I know this is a new challenge series. I hope that more people are able to join in this week! Before I share the new challenge, let’s see the submission we had for the last link up.

moni card
This is Monica’s card. I adore those teal butterflies! They give just the right pop of color and I just love them! Thanks for joining in, Monica! Monica has a new blog started, and I hope we’ll see more of her beautiful creations again soon!

Ok, I know you’re wanting to know this week’s challenge……and it’s EMBOSSING!  I think embossing is so cool! It’s so easy to do, but has a huge wow factor! To enter this week, you need to make a card, layout, or any project that has embossing on it. (mixed media would be awesome with some embossing!) It can be either wet embossing, dry embossing, or both!

Here’s an easy card that has both types of embossing on it:

embossed card

I dry embossed the bottom portion of the card by selectively using an embossing folder in my big shot. I figured out where I wanted the silver glitter tape, then tried to emboss a phrase above that. I forgot to use a powder tool to eliminate the static, and ended up with a less than desirable result. boo! I then cut off the top portion, and spliced on a new piece of cardstock to make it the original size I started with. The glitter tape covers the seam. (the photo shows the seam, but it must have caught the light just right – it’s not noticeable in person.)

detail embossing

I then covered a piece of raw chipboard with embossing ink and used white embossing powder to cover it. This gave me a shiny white element that was perfect for adding my greeting. I added a few silver stars that matched the greeting, and mounted it all onto the card base. The above photo shows all the dimension in the dry embossing, too!

Of course, Sam is joining me again this week on the challenge! She’s awesome! 😉 Go visit her blog to see her creation!

Here’s how the challenge works: Create a NEW project with EMBOSSING and link your blog post below. Take some time out of your week and be crafty! I can’t wait to see what you make!

(I will be making some changes to the blog soon to allow the thumbnails to be listed at the bottom of the post. Please click through to go to the linky page.)

Challenge Rules:
*If it’s a color challenge, be sure to feature the colors in the challenge, additional colors may be added as accents.
*Limit of 3 projects linked per challenge. Each submission must have a unique link. Do not upload multiple submissions with the same link.
*Only link new projects.
*Please provide a link back to the challenge on your blog post.
*We reserve the right to remove any posting that does not meet this criteria.

Photo Friday – At the Fair

Fridays are going to be my photo sharing days. I hope to share a photo with you and the layout I made, or the card that was inspired by the colors in the photo.

Here’s the photo that I used to inspire the colors chosen for my card. (I ran out of time to finish my layout, so I whipped up a card from another photo, instead! I’ve been cleaning/reorganizing my scrap space. It was all kinds of crazy since we moved back home after some major renovations to the house.)

inspired fair photo
I took this photo while our family was waiting in line at the Fair. This was the first year we went, and we all had a blast! You could purchase tickets for ride admission, or you could pay one flat fee, and get a bracelet that let you ride everything. We all got the bracelets, and it was nice to not worry about how much each ride cost. These signs were posted at every ride with the ticket requirements and height restrictions. There were 3-4 different characters that were on various signs. This little dude cracked me up. He appears shocked to find that this ride costs three whole tickets! I giggled every time I saw him. (maybe you had to be there….or we can just accept the fact that I’m weird!)

I took a photo because I thought it was funny, but I also realize I’m probably not going to be scrapping that photo. The colors at the fair were so vibrant and happy. I’m pretty sure all fairs are that way! Since this photo won’t be in my scrapbook, let’s use it in another way – as inspiration. I loved the dark pink, rich blue and touch of yellow. Here’s what I created:

fair inspired card colored copy

The Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper collection had the right mix of saturated, happy colors. I used several pieces from my 6×6 inch pad. The floral pattern had all three colors and the deep denim blue gave visual weight to the bottom of the card. I rounded the top corners of the floral pattern and inked it in blue to help define the edge. Pink enamel dots gave a punch of color to those top corners and two pink bands covered the seam.

For the greeting, I used a PinkPaislee clear stamp from their Portfolio collection. I stamped it onto some patterned paper and clear embossed the image. Then I used Faded Jeans Distress Ink to darken the negative space to make the greeting stand out. After fussy cutting the image, I used pop dots to adhere it to the card. To finish it off, I rounded the top corners of the card base, and added some faux stitching to the pink strips behind the greeting.

That wraps up today’s creative share. Next Friday I’ll share another photo, and the layout using that picture. Be sure to stop by Sam’s blog to see what cuties are showing up in her photos!

There’s still time to make a window card and link it to Monday’s Challenge! If you haven’t had a moment, try to find a small bit of time that you can use to be creative and recharge! Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!

Huge card share

Wednesdays will be a grab-bag of randomness. It may be a tutorial….a video….a creative share…crazy ramblings…. It could be anything. It’s going to be my Whatever Wednesday post! :)

One of the things I really want to do more of this year, is card making. I love homemade cards. There are so many elegant, fun, quirky, and, well, WHATEVER kind of card you need! I’ve been pinning on Pinterest like crazy tons of beautiful cards. (you can follow me on Pinterest by clicking this link.) I’ve been challenging myself to make more cards these past few months, as I’ve had creative time, and I wanted to share some of them with you today.

The first card I’m sharing is one I love for the simplicity of the design.

love

The charcoal shimmery cardstock, wood veneers, and silver twine under the label made the card come together very quickly, but elegantly.

The next two cards use a file I created on my silhouette. I have seen an owl punch that people used to create all sorts of animals and creatures by simply manipulating how/where the pieces were glued down. I looked for a similar basic outline, and traced the free clip art shape. It was a bit tedious to make all the smaller parts and figure out what I wanted to weld to it or alter to make it unique to me.

owl

This card shows the owl put together as he’s designed. Cute, easy, and fast!

alien

This variation shows that by welding some of the shapes together, resizing some elements, and moving around parts – you can come up with a completely different look! I also wanted to have some fun on the inside….

alien inside

I made three more adorable aliens and made a pop up card. I think my favorite alien is the purple spotted one!

With trying to make more cards, I found a blog that issued weekly card challenges to help inspire me and push me to carve out some creative time each month. I started joining the challenges at the end of October. I was able to get one of my cards submitted, but the rest of the cards I made when I followed along, never were uploaded in time. We were going through some major renovations at our house and were displaced into a hotel, so it was a bit crazy for a while as we moved back home and unpacked. The blog took a break for the Thanksgiving holidays, and it ended up closing down at the end of November. :( (and if you’re friends with me on FaceBook, some of these may look familiar.)

One of the challenges was to make a poinsettia card. I cut a bunch of poinsettia flowers and some leaves out of some white cardstock. I started playing with some supplies that I had allowed to gather dust for far too long…. Here’s my poinsettia card.

poinsettia

I’m very pleased with how it looks! Such a rich looking flower and with the right touches of gold. The little yellow sequins made the perfect center for the flower.

I had some left over flowers, so I started inking and playing.

pinik flower

A 3×4 cut apart sheet card and a die-cut that was cut down gave a perfect landing spot for this pink flower. I don’t even see that it’s a poinsettia because the coloring and theme are so different, but it’s the very same cut on my silhouette!

purple flower

Some ink drops and spray….inking petals and layering them together….and a sprinkling of sequins and tiny punched hearts.

The next issued challenge that was to create a card with Fall/Autumn colors. (I think that’s how the challenge was worded)

golden leaf

I’ve had these gold leaves in my stash, but hadn’t used them, so I really wanted to break them out and get one used. I love how it came together. Here’s a secret – the die-cut in the background had words that didn’t go along with the theme, and was a smidge too long for the card front. The shape and coloring of the edge was just what I wanted. So, I got a bit creative… I cut it in two and put the cut edges hidden behind the leaf. When you first see the card you probably didn’t notice that the “center” of the die-cut is off center. 😉 The banner also helped hide the unwanted text on the die-cut. It’s about adapting what you have to make it work for you.

The next three cards use the WeRMemoryKeepers Storytime papers.

hello

This card uses a large ornate sticker from my stash that coordinated beautifully with the paper’s colors. Some sequins gave it a bit of shine.

thinking of you

This card also uses some stickers and a piece of chipboard from my stash. Again, the colors are just beautiful in this collection, and I also love the weight of their papers.

Ever After

The last card I made with these papers would be great for an anniversary card. “…and they lived happily ever after. THE END” The greeting is actually cut out from a 6×6 patterned block on the B side of one of their papers.

This last card I want to share with you was just me playing around with some pretty colors, and using border strips to make some pennants as a backdrop.

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Using a border punch on the front edge gives a peek to a strip of coordinating paper inside. A lovely detail.

Whew! That was 11 cards! I’m so glad you stopped by today. If there is any technique or product that you’d like to learn more about, leave me a comment and I’ll put it on my schedule to cover on a future Whatever Wednesday. You’ve still got lots of time to link up to Monday’s Challenge. Take some time to be creative this week!

P.S. Be sure to stop in on Sam’s blog to see her recent crafty haul and find out where she finds bargains!