Sunday, September 25, 2011

My Mind's Eye Blog Challenge 27: Layout


















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The challenge: Design a card based on this fabulous sketch and use “Back to _______” as your theme (sketch by Anam Stubbington).  You get to fill in the blank! Here my take on the sketch, mine is to say "Back to Jasper" We started going to Jasper when my son was 5 years old and pretty much every year we went to Jasper to see all tourist attractions because my husband really loved the mountains. We also didn't have a lot of money at the time too. Anyways my husband lost his battle to Cancer three years ago and now it was time to do something with his ashes. After 5 years which I haven't been able to go to Jasper because of the difficult memories. So in my heart I knew I had to go to Jasper with my son who is 16 now and Sarah (Dog) to spread his ashes at Athabasca Falls where we had gone so many times before. So I started out using bronze metallic paper then I used Lost & Found Two 'Boyish' Plaid paper by My Mind's Eye and distressed the edges using the Distressing tool. I inked up the edges using Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk by Clearsnap. I then did the same with the following paper Lost & Found Two 'Fun Day' by My Mind's Eye and using Deep Lagoon Fluid Chalk by Clearsnap on the distressed edges. I then cut out a scallop circle using the largest Spellbinders 'Grand Scallop Circle' die and using My Mind's Eye Lush 'Brown Diamonds' paper. I cut out the letters 'Jasper' by using Lifestyle Crafts Alphabet called 'English Rose' out some blue paper that I found in my stash. I cut out the Flourishes using brown, blue glitter paper by American Crafts using the Tim Holtz die called 'Elegant Flourishes'. I used Tim Holtz 'Type Charms' to spell out "Back To". I cut out 2 roses using the new Spellbinders die called 'Spiral Blossom one' using the same blue paper that I cut out the letters. I also used resin flower from the Cabachon collection by Prima Marketing as shown. I added some Glue Gloss by Clearsnap and dusted them using Donna Salazar's 'Fairy Dust Glitter Mixed Berries' I used Lost & Found Two layered stickers pennants for the date at the bottom. I cut a rosette using Tim Holtz die called 'Rosette' using My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two 'Precious' Motif paper and added layered chipboard from the same collection for the middle.  I added blue pearls by Prima Marketing as shown.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge 057: Frugal Friday

 For this week’s challenge, we want to see your inexpensive/frugal gift ideas (anything but a card), using something you have recycled and reused from around your house.  We'd like to see you repurpose a 3D item and turn it into a fabulous gift or gift packaging, using your JustRite stamps! I used an old Q-tips box and turned it into a gift box with homemade tags for presents. I used Stampin'Up 'Letters to Santa' designer series paper for all my paper needs plus the addition of brown, green, blue, gold, pink and white glitter paper by American Crafts. I used the following stamps 'Charmed', 'Charming Christmas', 'Merry and Bright' and 'Deck the Halls' all by JustRite Stampers. I stamped sentiments using black archival ink by Ranger. Some of the images were stamped using black pigment ink and emboss using black embossing powder, others were just stamped using Warm Red, Azurite Fluid Chalk by Clearsnap all were stamped on shimmery white paper by Stampin'Up. I used  1/8th Taffeta ribbon in the following colors: Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight and Pretty in Pink for the ties. For the outside of the box I used the Nested Poinsettia Die by Spellbinders for the first Poinsettia and the second was from Prima Marketing and the leaves were from Recollections by Michael's. I cut out the elegant flourishes using Tim Holtz die using White glitter paper.



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Thursday, September 15, 2011

ODBDSLC76 Lacing and Flourishes - A little Fall Fashion Challenge

 
This weeks challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs was to use lacing on your projects, actually lacing ribbon, lace, string or paper thru something. At Flourishes it was to use the Colors of Fall as shown by the picture.
So I decided to enter this card for both the ODBDSLC76 and FLLCSEP11 challenges. I started off using Soft Suede as a base then used Island Indigo by Stampin'Up as the second layer. I used the retired paper called 'Manchester' Designer Series paper by Stampin'Up for the rest of papers. I stamped saying from the set called 'Full of Grace - Faith' by ODBD using black pigment ink by Clearsnap and emboss using detail black by Ranger on shimmery white paper. Then I used the following colors: Island Indigo, Soft Suede, Summer Sun and Concord Crush by Stampin'Up to tone down the white paper. I cut out the sentiment using Spellbinders 'Lacey Circles'. Then I cut out 3rd largest die (Lacey Circle) out of Crumb Cake laid over the saying and then cut out the largest die using the same die out of Island Indigo. I then ran 1/4" Daffodil Delight taffeta ribbon thru the Lacey Circle as shown. I used the lace ribbon border punch by Stampin'Up to punch out a strip of Certain Celery Designer Series paper and ran 1/4" Early Espresso taffeta ribbon thru it as shown. I stamped 'Spring Bouquet' by Flourishes using black craft's ink by Clearsnap and heat set so it would be permanent. Then I colored image using a watercoloring technique using the following colors; Island Indigo, Summer Sun, Concord Crush, Rich Razzleberry and Lucky Limeade by Stampin'Up with a watercolor brush. At the base of the flowers I tied a bow using 1/4" Marina Mist taffeta ribbon. I add 3 flowers by Prima Marketing as shown and added pearls using a Viva decor pearl pen Ice White as shown.
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

August Diva Dare - Sending Some Sunshine creation - Verve Stamps

This month's theme is Sending Some Sunshine!  So, we're actually going to SEND our card to someone for this challenge. So, we DARE you to make an uplifting and encouraging card AND send it to someone in need of a little pick-me-up!
So here is my card Sending Some Sunshine to a friend who is battling cancer.
I used Basic Black for the base and then used 'Flirtatious Doilies' Designer Paper by Stampin'Up as the second layer. Then I used some retired paper by Stampin'Up called 'Groom Specialty Paper' and then added another piece from the Flirtatious Doilies. One of the papers in the pack  is laser cut doily which I flipped over and color the white doily using Rose Fluid Chalk because the other side was way too pink. I added a natural crochet ribbon from Maya Arts and 5/8 satin Pretty in Pink ribbon by Stampin'Up as shown. I stamped the sentiment from the set called 'Text Objects' by Verve Stamps in black crafters ink by Clearsnap on Very Vanilla paper. I cut it out using the newest Spellbinders called 'Twisted Metal Tags and Accents and then I cut out another tag by using Groom Specialty paper. I cut the corner flourish using pink metallic paper and the new die called 'Victorian Romance Flourish' by Cheery Lynn Designs. Add flowers as shown and used a Jolee sticker on top of the satin ribbon.Pin It Now!
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Week #78 - 'Pink Wedded Bliss' & Timeless Tuesday #134

 For the Shabby Tea Room Challenge  was to create a card or project with a wedding, anniversary or celebration theme and use PINK, BLACK AND ANY NEUTRALS (white, cream, kraft). Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge (FTTC134) was to  *Keep Calm and Play with Water* – Use water for your creation. You can use images and/or elements that include water or use any techniques that include water as its supplies (for examples : water coloring, misted BG with water, water color wash). I used Crumb Cake for the base then used Groom Specialty paper by Stampin'Up for the second layer. I then added another paper using Bride Specialty paper by Stampin'Up which has now retired. From my stash I found some paper by Kaisercraft called 'Chartreuse' for the third layer. I cut out the flourish called 'Victorian Romance Flourish' by Cheery Lynn designs using pink metallic and Regal Rose paper. I cut the tag using Spellbinders newest release called 'Ornate Artisan Tags & Accents using Groom and Bride Specialty papers. I spritz all the papers using Smooch Spritz called 'Vanilla Shimmer' I stamped flower from the set called 'Butterfly and Blossoms by Flourishes using black crafters ink by Clearsnap and embossed using Ranger's detail black EP. I then watercolored the image using the following colors by Stampin'Up; Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Lucky Limeade and Always Artichoke. I then used some US ArtQuest  Mica Paint palette to add some shimmer. Cut image out leaving a little halo. Add a new Jolee sticker to the left side of the card. I used natural crochet ribbon by May Arts ribbon and then added black and Pretty in Pink satin ribbon by Stampin'Up. Add some basic pearls by
Stampin'Up as shown and Flowers from Prima Marketing too.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

ODBDSLC75 Dots or Stripes

Here is my card for Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge to use dots or stripes on their card. I started out with a square card 5 1/2" X 5 1/2" using Early Espresso for the base. I ran it thru a cuttlebug folder called 'Swiss Dots' twice. I used the new BoBunny paper that just came out called 'Forever Fall Stripe' for the second layer. Then I took 'Orange Citrus Stripe' again ran thru a cuttlebug folder called 'Swiss Dots' twice. I attached a stripe ribbon from Michael's before applying both layers to the base of the card. I then cut out Early Espresso by Stampin'Up  using Spellbinders 'Label 20' and then I cut out 'Labels 11' by Spellbinders using some more stripe paper from BoBunny. I then cut out Heartfelt Creations 'Decorative Window Scene' die using Brown glitter paper. I cut the paper up so I could place parts of the die where needed. I stamped the sentiment from the set called 'Full of Grace' by ODBD using black pigment ink by Clearsnap and embossed using detail black EP by Ranger on Very Vanilla paper by Stampin'Up. . I used the following colors; Aquamarine, Burnt Sienna and Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk by Clearsnap to tone down the Very Vanilla paper by Stampin'Up. I added leaves and flowers by Prima Marketing as shown, as well as using Viva Decor Paints in bronze for the pearls.Pin It Now!
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge 057: Shabby Chic!



Wikipedia defines Shabby Chic as a form of design where objects are either chosen for their age and signs of wear and tear or new items which are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique.  So in terms of paper crafting and stamping:think distress inks, sponging, painting, collage/mixing different elements and/or stamp sets, feminine lace and papers with a worn fabric look. So here is my card. 
Finished card size is 5" X 7". I used Soft Suede for the base then used Stampin'Up 'Beau Chateau' Designer Series Paper for the rest. I cut out the frame from one of the Beau Chateau DSP papers. I added some Champagne Mist Shimmery paint mixed with a drop of Soft Suede reinker to the scroll work of the frame. I add another piece of DSP to the middle of frame. Then I stamped an oval frame from the set called 'Vintage Oval Labels' by JustRite using black pigment ink by Clearsnap and embossed using Antique Gold Embossing Powder by Ranger. Colored vintage frame using Stampin'Up markers in the following colors; Pink Pirouette and Marina Mist.The sentiment was from the set called 'Signs of Life' by JustRite using black pigment ink and embossed using Ranger's detail black EP. I cut out post by using Soft Suede paper and the Spellbinders 'Elegant Post' die and sponged Soft Suede over it. Attached the frame using gold thread. Cut out 2 lattice using Stampin'Up  Lattice die plus the envelope. I distressed all edges using Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist and Soft Suede. Added pink lace ribbon by Maya Arts and then laid another vintage lace over top. Add 3 side notes from the collection 'Beau Chateau' by Stampin'Up again distressing the edges. Add 3 roses from Prima Marketing as shown.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

ODBDSLC74 - To Use a Doily or Doily Die

This weeks challenge: Use a doily or doily die on your creation. Here is my creation, I started out with Early Espresso paper by Stampin'Up then added paper from the BoBunny collection called 'Beautiful Life' that came out 2 years ago. I used the Birch background stamp by ODBD using Top Boss embossing ink stamped image on shimmery white paper and embossed using clear EP. Heat set and then applied the following inks Aquamarine, Chestnut Roan and Burnt Sienna Fluid Chalk by Clearsnap. Then I used a hot iron to remove the clear embossing ink. I cut out a doily using the Cheery Lynn Doily dies called 'English Tea Party' using the BoBunny papers. I stamped the sentiment from the set called 'Full of Grace' by ODBD using black pigment ink and emboss using black EP. Cut it out using Spellbinder's 'Label 10'. Applied the following inks Aquamarine, Chestnut Roan and Burnt Sienna Fluid Chalk by Clearsnap to tone down the white paper. Cut out 'Labels 20' by Spellbinders using brown glitter paper. Attached this to the doily. I stamped 2 butterflies using the set called 'Single Butterfly' on to BoBunny paper using black pigment ink and emboss using black EP. Cut it out and attached jewels as shown.Pin It Now!
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Flourishes - BIRTHDAY BASH CHALLENGE!






Happy birthday to us! Happy birthday to us! Happy birthday dear Flourishes….. Happy birthday to us! That’s right, this month Flourishes officially turned 4 YEARS OLD! Here is my creation, I used Chocolate Chip paper for the base which is a standard card size 4 1/4" X 5 1/2". I used some BoBunny paper called "Beautiful Life" which came out 2 years ago. They always have really gorgeous papers that come out every year which I love to hoard. I distress the edges using Burnt Sienna Fluid Chalk and Chestnut Roan by Clearsnap. I then stamped the Gerber Daisies using Black Crafter's ink onto white shimmery paper. Heat set the image so I could watercolor the image. I used the following Stampin'Up colors; Peach Parfait, Summer Sun, Cherry Cobbler, Tangerine Tango and Pumpkin Pie to watercolor the image. I used either Peach Parfait or Summer Sun to basecoat the image and then flicked in the darker colors to add shading. I cut out the flourishes using Tim Holtz 'Elegant Flourishes' using light and dark brown glitter paper. I stamped saying from the set called "Seasonal Wreaths" by Flourishes using black Crafter's ink onto white shimmery paper. I embossed using detail black EP by Ranger. I cut it out using Spellbinders 'Grommet Tags'. I used a corner sticker from the new BoBunny collection 'Forever Fall Dimensional Stickers' and used the 'Forever Fall Jewels' turquoise pearls for the brads. I used Stampin'Up 5/8th Organza ribbon which I used Pumpkin Pie marker to color the ribbon orange and then slightly heat set the ribbon to produce the wavy texture.Pin It Now!
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