Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jingle Belles "think pink" challenge

Just getting this one in under the wire, but I wanted to get at least one card made for the current Jingle Belles challenge to make a pink Christmas card.   For every card entered, Jingle Belles' owners will be donated $4 to the Susan G. Komen foundation - what a wonderful thing to do!

I used the Jolly Wishes stamp set from Technique Tuesday for this card.  I stamped it on the cream cardbase and embossed it with gold tinsel embossing powder.  I stamped it again on the pink snowflake paper and fussy cut around the curve and the word "joy", then adhered the paper over the cardbase.  A few tiny pink crystals were added to the snowflake centers.

Monday, October 20, 2014

We're going dotty @ Love to Scrap!

It's time for challenge #40 @ Love to Scrap and this time we want to see polka dots on your project!
I made a gift bag and tag using the "Birthday Cheese" image from Dr. Digi's House of Stamps, one of our sponsors for this challenge. 

I started with a plain white gift bag and then covered the front and back with polka dot paper from Simple Stories.  The digital image was printed, colored with Copics and then cut out and adhered to the tag with foam tape for some dimension.   Here's a closeup of the tag with the digi image:
I added some Glossy Accents to the lens portions of the camera and also over the happy birthday portion, so it would be glossy like a real Polaroid photo.  (Yes, I'm old enough to remember real Polaroid pictures!)
Be sure to link up your polka dot creations to the Love to Scrap blog for your chance to win a prize from Dr. Digi's House of Stamps or Lacy Sunshine Stamps, our two sponsors for this challenge!
I'm also entering this in the current challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks - make a birthday themed project.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We're getting' SPOOKY @ Scrap & Play!

It's that time of year, for ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night!  We're celebrating Halloween with the new challenge @ Scrap & Play - create something spooky!  This can be a card, layout, home décor item, treat bag.....whatever shows your Halloween spirit!

I used my Cricut to cut the banner, alphas and ghosts for this Halloween banner. 

The ghosts were embossed with tiny dots and the alphas were embossed with a Tim Holtz Halloween embossing folder.  Here are a couple of closeups:

After embossing, I painted the alphas and ghosts with glow in the dark paint.  Some stamped images and Jillibean Soup diecuts were added to the banners, along with some ribbon bows and buttons.  The googly eyes on the ghosts were colored green with Copic markers.

We can't wait to see your spooky creations!  Link them up to the Scrap & Play blog for a chance to win a prize from this month's sponsor!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Challenge #39 - Love to Scrap - Rubber/Clear stamps only!

It's time for our first October challenge @ Love to Scrap!  This time it's an "anything goes" challenge, but with one exception:  you must use either a rubber, clear, or cling stamp on your project.  No digi stamps allowed. 

Our sponsor for this challenge is Taylored Expressions.  If you're not familiar with their products, they have fabulous cling stamps and some awesome dies, too!  I used their Poinsettia Bouquet stamp set for this card. 

The poinsettia bouquet was colored with Copic markers, then I added a little bit of shimmer with some gold and clear Wink of Stella markers.  This stamp set has several great Christmas greetings along with the floral image, and I used one to make the little tag.  I added a real bow to the poinsettia pot so I could tuck the greeting tag underneath it.  The diecut scallop frame is coated with rock candy distress stickles for more shimmer. 

Link up your project to the Love to Scrap blog for your chance to win a petite stamp set of your choice from Taylored Expressions.

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.