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Monday, March 23, 2015

Wishing you a bright & sparkling holiday!

I know we're a lot closer to Easter than Christmas, but I just finished a card for a couple of Christmas challenges.

 
The background was done with the embossed resist technique, in Catherine Pooler's recent class on using dye inkpads.  The sentiment and images are from Mama Elephant's "Polar Pals" stamp and matching die set.  I added some Wink of Stella glitter pen to the penguins and some crystal Stickles to the snow and sky.
 
This is for the current "F is for Frosty" challenge at ABC Christmas Challenges; the inspiration photo challenge at Tis the Season (I was inspired by the colors of blue, white, red; and the star) and the anything goes challenge at Christmas Card Challenges.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

April showers quilt

I have a wrought iron quilt holder that holds a 12" square quilt block, and every month I change out the quilt for a monthly or seasonal one.  Since I didn't have one made for April,  I experimented with the Cricut Explore and cutting fabric.  The image is included in the Design Space subscription; it's from the Classroom - April & May cartridge.

The fabric was 100% cotton, with Heat 'n Bond Ultra ironed to the back.  The Heat 'n Bond side was placed on the regular grip Cricut mat, and the fabric was cut using the fabric setting on the dial.  The fabric cut really well; just a couple of little places where I had to snip a thread or two.  The hardest part was getting the fabric off that mat with the backing paper attached. There were a couple of places where the backing paper stuck to the mat. Next time, I'll use the Cricut spatula to help get the fabric off the mat.

 
After assembling and stitching the block, batting and backing together, I quilted around the image and then added a few silver sequin "raindrops" and added a little Rock Candy Distress Stickles and clear glitter to the blue raindrops, just for a little sparkle.  I'm entering this in the Die Cuttin' Divas Spring project challenge, and the Cut It Up challenge to make anything but a card, with a Spring theme.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sketch #102 is up at My Scraps & More !

It's time for a new sketch at the My Scraps & More Sketch blog!  This fabulous sketch is from Ashley Horton: 
 
 
I made my photo slightly larger than the sketch, and did groups of circles instead of single ones, but really stayed pretty true to the design of the sketch.  That's what's so great about sketches - they give you a starting point and you can work from there to fit your photos and style!  I'm not the best hand at adding paint splatters, so a few of the drops on this page ended up a little bigger than I intended, but I just added a few more small drops of white paint close to the large blue drops and it ended up okay.

 
Link up your page to the My Scraps & More Sketch Blog for a chance to win this month's prize:  a Basic Grey Prism collection!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Challenge #50 at Love to Scrap

Time for another "Anything Goes" challenge @ Love to Scrap!  Any theme, style, colors you wish, as long as there is at least one rubber or digital stamp used on your project.

Here's my card for the challenge, using the "Purrrfect Together" digital stamp from All Dressed Up Stamps, one of our sponsors for this challenge.

 
I wanted a mostly white kitten, so I just shaded around the edges with a warm grey Copic marker and then used three shades of yellow Copics on her bow.  The background paper was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, and then I added some pearl hearts.  The scalloped oval is a Cricut cut from the Elegant Edges cartridge.
 
We have three sponsors for this challenge:  All Dressed Up StampsDRS Designs,  and Leslie Turner, who is the driving force behind the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog!  Link up your creation to the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog for your chance to win one of the sponsor prizes!
 
I'm also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week (use animals on a project) and the Moving Along With the Times bingo challenge (I used a diagonal row of die, image, pearls)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Another Christmas card!

The weather has finally turned Spring-like here in Ohio, but I still worked on a couple of Christmas cards this week.

 
Still playing around with my Cricut Explore (love this machine!), so I used it for the bell and circles. The bell is from the Winter Wonderland cartridge. I embossed the white circle behind the bell and layered it over a green circle.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.
 
This card is for the Holly Jolly Christmas challenge (die cuts/punches) and the Jingle Belles challenge (embossing).

Friday, March 6, 2015

My Scraps & More - Sketch # 101

 


I'm excited to be joining the awesome design team for the My Scrap & More Sketch Blog!  If you need some inspiration for scrapbook pages, this sketch blog is a great place!  (And if you are looking for even more scrappy inspiration, check out the My Scraps & More message board site!  Just click on the "forums" link on the sketch blog.)

Here is sketch #101:




And here is my layout based on the sketch:
 
I think this is the least amount of patterned paper I've ever used on a page, LOL!  I just used some small scrap pieces, along with several stamps, diecuts, a chipboard frame, sequins and a star stickpin. Love the "messiness" of the sketch; it worked perfectly with these silly photos of my nieces and grandkids.  (You would think I'd learn not to leave my phone around....I end up finding dozens of crazy selfies on it later!) 
 
We'd love to see your take on the sketch.  Link up to the My Scraps & More Sketch Blog for a chance to win this month's prize package!
 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Challenge #49 @ Love to Scrap - Buttons & Bows

Time for our first March challenge at Love to Scrap!  We want to see your project using buttons and bows!  This can be a card, scrapbook page, altered object, mixed media....as long as you include at least one stamped image (rubber or digi) and button(s) and bow(s).

I used the Ducks in a Row image from A Day for Daisies, for this Easter card.  The sentiment is a Cricut diecut, and then I added some ruffled gingham ribbon, a button, and a twine bow.  The digi image was colored with Copic markers, then I used some white flocking powder and crystal Stickles to make the fluffy, sparkly dandelions.

 
We have three sponsors for this challenge:  A Day for Daisies, Bugaboo Stamps, and Limited Runs Stamps.  Link up your project to the Love to Scrap challenge blog for a chance at the prizes offered by these great sponsors!
 
I'm also entering this card in these challenges:
Sentimental Sundays (anything goes)
Fantabulous Cricut (St. Patrick's Day or use the color green)
Craft Your Passion (anything goes)