Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's a sketch challenge @ Scrap & Play!

It's our first Scrap & Play challenge for October, and it's one of my favorite kinds - a sketch challenge!  Here's the great sketch:

And here's my page based on the sketch.  The background paper is from the Lucky Stars collection  from our sponsor, Bella Blvd. and the other papers are from their older Halloween line called Too Cute to Spook.  The photos are of my grandkids and daughter last Halloween.  (Trying to get last year's trick or treat photos scrapped before it's time for this year's trick or treat!)

The little enamel dots are actually made by melting perler beads.  I love how the striped beads turn out! 
Be sure to link up your project based on the sketch to the Scrap & Play blog for a chance to win a prize from Bella Blvd!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Practice sheets from Copics for Cardmakers, online class

I'll admit that I hesitated to sign up for the Copics for Cardmakers class at Online Card Classes but I'm really glad that I did.  It's only the second day of class and I've already learned so much about choosing colors and blending techniques. 

Here are the first two practice sheets:

And yes, it's okay to color outside the lines during practice, LOL!  These images will end up being cut out and used on a card sometime, I'm sure.  This is the third class I've taken from Online Card Classes (but the first one about Copics) and I've really enjoyed all of them.  You can check them out here!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Another card for the Paper Smooches challenge!

When I was experimenting with embossing folders and Versamark ink for the Paper Smooches Sparks inspiration challenge, I made two different backgrounds, using the Versamark ink on different sides of the embossing folder.  This gave slightly different looks, as the blue embossing was on the raised portion of one background and the embossed portion of the other.  For this card, I used the part with the heat embossing on the indented portions of the dry embossed folder.

I used the Paper Smooches Notebook Scallop Die to cut the grid paper, and then stamped the greeting from Paper Smooches' Chit Chat set and colored in part of the image with Copic markers.  I added a little black office supply clip, but snipped it in half first so it wouldn't be so bulky.
I'm entering this card in the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge and also in The Pink Elephant's challenge #268 to use embossing.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A "picture perfect" challenge @ Paper Smooches Sparks

Paper Smooches Sparks is hosting a photo inspired challenge right now.  Here is the photo:
And here is my card inspired by the vase on the left, because I just loved that turquoise blue and orange combination
To make the background, I inked up a paisley Sizzix embossing folder with Versamark ink, inserted a piece of orange cardstock into the folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  Then I sprinkled turquoise embossing powder over the orange cardstock, so it would adhere to the inked areas, and heat embossed it.  The banner, sentiment, flowers and leaves were also heat embossed with Versamark and the same turquoise embossing powder. 
The Paper Smooches stamps I used were from the Streamers set (banner), Chit Chat set (sentiment), and Needle Little Love set (flowers and leaves).  I added some white enamel dots to the flower centers.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Love to Scrap Challenge #38 - Anyting Goes!

Time for a new challenge @ Love to Scrap, and this time it's "anything goes"!  That's right, any theme or type of project you want....just as long as you include at least one rubber, clear or digital stamp.

Our sponsor for this challenge is DRS Designs, makers of some fabulous rubber stamps.  I used their Witchly Accessories and Priceless Halloween Greeting on my project.

I'm a huge Halloween fan, and every year I try to add something new to my Halloween décor.  (Pretty soon I'll have more Halloween stuff than Christmas stuff.....and that's a lot, LOL!)   I started with a Tim Holtz burlap plaque and added a piece of Bella Blvd patterned paper.  Then I stamped the Priceless Halloween Greeting on white cardstock, then sponged on Peeled Paint and Black Soot Distress Inks.  I stamped Witchly Accessories once on white cardstock and then again on patterned paper for the hat and shoes.  The brook was colored with Copic markers and I added some clear Wink of Stella glitter to all the images.  A couple of spiderweb stickers, a little bat button and some shimmery black ribbon complete the wall hanging!
We'd love to see your projects for this challenge!  Be sure to link up to the Love to Scrap blog for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the DRS Designs store!
I'm also entering this project into the challenge at Paper Wings Productions (use ribbon or twine), My Time to Craft (Halloween theme)  and at Craft-Dee Bowz (use a handmade bow).

Challenge #10 @ Scrap & Play - give us your Top 10!

It's time for Challenge #10 at Scrap & Play, and this time we want to see your "Top 10" list on a page.  The subject is up to you, as long as you have a list of 10 things on your page.

My page is about the top 10 highlights of Summer, 2014.  It went by way too fast, so I wanted to use a few random photos from some of the fun times we had.

PP: Doodlebug Designs, Lawn Fawn; Stickers: Am.Crafts and Lily Bee
For the journaling, I printed out my journaling in Microsoft Word, using landscape orientation, as a placement draft.  Then I adhered a piece of 5" x 12" patterned paper over the printed draft and ran it through the printer.  That's a good way to print your journaling on your page if you don't have a large format printer.  The "summer" and "2014" are white stickers that didn't show up too well against the yellow background, so I went over the stickers with some white enamel accents from Ranger to get the shiny, slightly puffed up look.  I also added some clear Stickles to the stickers in "highlights".
Link up your project to the Scrap & Play blog for a chance to win a prize from The Paper Bakery, our sponsor for the month of September!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jingle Belles sketch challenge

 Jingle Belles has a new challenge up on their blog, and it's a sketch challenge - one of my favorite types of challenge!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card based on the sketch:
I used the falling stars die from Simon Says Stamp for the background.  The banner, sentiment and image are all from Paper Smooches.  The image was colored with Copic markers and the banner and sentiment were embossed in gold, and then highlighted with a clear Wink of Stella pen.
Be sure to check out the Jingle Belles blog to see everyone's interpretation of the sketch!