Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gentle Thoughts of You *Flying Unicorn*

Using more of the beautiful Riddersholm paper from Flying Unicorn. Followed a sketch by Cardabilities. Border punch by Fiskars.

Butterfly punches by Fiskars and Marvy Uchida, topped with stickles and gems. Ribbon from Michael's and the charm is Tim Holtz.

Stamp by Stampin Up. Colored with Loew-Cornell pencils. Cut and matted with Spellbinders.

I really have a hard time with flowers. This took me forever. The gold flower is by Recollections from Michael's. I cut the stamens out and replaced with roses from Flying Unicorn. Accented with blue flowers and punched greenery, punch by MS.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Whimsy Inspirations Magazine Issue No. 2 (Reminder)

Have you checked out the magazine yet? So many great creations to see!

My Contribution: Altered CD Case

Anne altered a CD cover into a card and I definitely wanted to try something similar. While I was thinking about how I wanted to do mine, I decided to make it a mini album. 

Papers from Gabrielle by BoBunny.

This embellished square is by Raindrop Echo Designs for Whimsy Stamps. I used shimmering chalks by Pebbles Inc for color and cut out.

Butterfly punch by Fiskars, topped with pearls and stickles.

Lotus-lookin' flower by Stephanie. Gemmed flowers are Petaloo and sprayed with glimmer mist.

Inside view, standing.

Inside view, laying flat.

Printed the blank embellished square and filled with a rub on sentiment by Fancy Pants.

Pleated trim by Pink Paislee.

Die cut from Storybook, topped with glimmer mist.

My favorite corner punch. This corner is foam dotted to allow room for photos.

Just a row of sparkly gems.

The back.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

just a note *Whimsy Stamps*

I made this card for the challenge blog this week. There's still time to play and win prizes!

The flowers are by Natalie and the sentiment is by Raindrop Echo Designs for Whimsy Stamps. I also did this card for Amber's Crop Chocolate Focus Group Challenge. I had to use four items that I bought from Crop Chocolate. Papers (3 different pieces) from Obscure by BG. Butterfly from Paper Reverie by MM. Ribbon from Passport by MM. Stick pin from Chloe's Closet by MM. Followed a sketch by Mojo Monday.

Digi is colored with Loew-Cornell pencils. Check my tutorials label on the L for coloring help.

I've ignored this Obscure paper for quite some time but never purged it and you know I'm the queen of purge. I thought it worked out really well on this card. I'm certainly looking at it with new perspective.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Crop Chocolate DT Challenge (Never Dunnit)

Never Dunnit.

I've never made a waterfall card before so I decided to try it for this challenge. I found a tutorial at scs.

Paper from Union Square by MME. Available at Crop Chocolate!

Stamp by Inkadinkado. Colored with chalk.

 Have trouble getting a good impression with highly detailed stamps? Watch my video for making a good impression every time.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sympathy and Thank You cards *Flying Unicorn*

I made a set of 5 of these for a very dear friend of mine. Papers from Turquoise Hills by Riddersholm, available at Flying Unicorn.

Lighthouse by Inkadinkado. Stamped with Versamagic Sea Breeze. Outlined with a Micron pen.

A sympathy card for the same friend. Papers here are also from Turqoise Hills by Riddersholm. I was inspired by DeborahLynneS. Amazing Grace stamp by Heartfelt Creations.

Ribbon from dollar bin at Michael's. The charm is also from M's. Thank goodness for impulse clearance section purchases :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges

Join in our challenge this week for a chance to win prizes!

Head over to the challenge blog to see more!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Art Journal

I bought one last winter and did only one page. Didn't really have a clue. Watched some youtube videos, bought some gesso (Michael's, art supply) and tried again.

I had such a great time doing this. All the fun and all the mess and no pressure about keeping it sensible. I used pictures that didn't make it onto a scrapbook LO and just sitting in a box.

Random flowers sitting on my desk. Stamps by Fancy Pants and Fiskars. Used Archival ink. Used a variety of watercolor, acrylic, and crackle paint.

Recent project leftovers.

Prismacolor pens are excellent for journaling on all these paint mediums. The ribbon was just another random thing on my table and it just happened to go nicely with this Easter photo. Not really planned. Sealed most items with mod podge.

Check out these videos for inspiration. Some are a little long but I encourage you to watch them entirely!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Enchanting Creations Magazine- sisters

Check out my die cut tutorial in the Enchanting Creations Magazine! I'll show you how to cut chipboard with the Expression and some tips for dressing up die cuts.

I used my fun chipboard piece on this LO.
A photo of me and my sister the xmas before we were expecting our boys. Papers from the Butterfly Collection by Pink Paislee, available at Flying Unicorn. Based on a sketch by Alda. She has great sketches!

Stamp by The Girls Paperie, embossed and cut out. I believe the chipboard piece is by Dusty Attic. Painted with a white dabber, glimmer misted, and then stamped, Inkadinkado.

Die cut by Spellbinders, topped with glittery embossing powder. Brads by Creative Imaginations, I think. Stamp by Stampendous.

The flower on the left is a Stephanie flower. The wrinkly flower in the upper right was made by my sister (yep, in the photo). The hydrangea is Prima and the little rose is from Flying Unicorn.

The flower on the left is by my sister and the flower on the right is by Stephanie.

I bought these metallic looking frames (actually plastic) on ebay and cut ovals with my Gypsy/Expression to fit. The rose stamp is by CTMH. I colored a bit with chalk, sprayed with glimmer mist and topped with crackle accents.

Another flower by my sister Vivian! The dress form stamp is by The Girls Paperie and the goddess was fussycut from the Pink Paislee paper.

Rub ons by Fancy Pants.

The Chandelier is a rub on by 7Gypsies and the lace stamp is by Technique Tuesday.

Don't forget to check out the magazine for tons of great inspiration!


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Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

For Chance's Teacher

My little guy is going with me to Kindergarten this year! I teach music and his classroom teacher is a DOLL! So, I made a few things for her to show my appreciation.

Okay, I'm gonna admit that I will be just a little sad when I give this away! The box is a Smirnoff carrier. The papers are from Hittin' the Books by DCWV. It took a couple of hours to cover this in paper so I kept the embellishments simple. For adhesives: mod podge, scotch quick dry, glossy accents. I filled the pockets with die cuts, erasers (in the frappuccino bottle), pens, and pencils.

I lined every bit of this carrier. It was very strong, sturdy by the time I was done with it. I used Glossy Accents to attach the trim. I used mod podge to attach some of the paper but found that I preferred Scotch Quick Dry.

Decorative border is from MS punch.

The vintage cards were cut from paper in the DCWV stack.

I've altered frappuccino carriers before. This time, I measured my paper and then attached. In the awkward spots, I attached a piece of paper and used a pencil to trace lines where I needed to cut by hand. This worked out very well! To cut the hole for the handle: cut the paper fit, attach with repositionable adhesive, use the hole as a template to draw the oval on the back of the paper. Remove the paper, pick a spot to cut straight through to the hole (no one will notice in the end) and cut along the line. 

Clear as mud? If anything is ever unclear on my blog, you can check the box "show me a tutorial" at the end of the post :) This is especially great if you don't have time to leave a comment or blogger is being difficult.

More die cuts.
Some die cuts for her bulletin board. I used my 12x24 mat and cardstock so these cuts are rather large. I get my 12x24 Bazzill cardstock from Oh My Crafts! Also notice the 12x12 packs. They're a great price, great variety, and it's a LOT of paper! I've got one of the blue packs last year and I don't think I'm ever going to run out.

Volunteering die cuts are a great way to help your favorite teachers!