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!

Another "home" card - a haunted home, that is!

Here's my second card for the "home" themed challenge sponsored by Catherine Pooler in celebration of her new blog.  Another way to use the "home" theme is to incorporate items that start with the letter H-O-M-E.  For this card, I used Halloween, Orange, Monster, and Embossing. And for a double home theme, there's a haunted house in the background because even monsters need a home, right?  :)

The haunted house was diecut with my Cricut and the Artbooking cartridge.  The pumpkin, monster, test tube and greeting are all Paper Smooches stamps.  I added some little touches of clear Wink of Stella pen for some shimmer, and some google eyes to the pumpkin and monster.
Catherine is giving away some fabulous prizes for her housewarming party, so be sure to link up your home-themed party here for your chance to win!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Warm holiday wishes

I made this card as part of the "homecoming" celebration going on at Catherine Pooler's blog.  Catherine is the owner of StampNation, a SU representative and pretty much an expert on rubber stamping!  She just gave her blog a completely new look, and to celebrate, she is hosting a challenge to create a card with a "home" theme. 

The stamps used on this card are from Hero Arts (house and tree) and Mama Elephant (sentiment).  The house was stamped, then masked off so the trees could be stamped behind the house a little bit.  The image was colored with Copic markers and then I added some Stickles for a little bit of snowy shimmer.

Check out Catherine's blog and join in the challenge for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!