Tuesday, June 28, 2011

WMSC53 and CR84FN (again!)

Hi Folks!  I wanted to do a challenge card for the Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge #53, and decided to use the colors from CR84FN32 again.  My card is very simple:

I think this darling Sewing Box Hugs set from Waltzingmouse looks best if not overdressed!  I also used the WMS Pic Nic Patterns for the background, stamping in Versamark and embossing with pale yellow embossing powder.  The patterned papers came from DCWV ("Citrus") and Memory Box ("Jubilee"), and the eye of the bird is an aqua Jolee's Jewel hotfix crystal.  The ribbon is seam binding colored yellow with Copic Y11.  The sentiment was stamped with black pigment ink.

Yes, as usual I'm the last person on the planet to pick up on a trend:  I just bought a reel of seam binding after seeing so many cool things done with it.  I LOVE this stuff!  I think the shininess of it is what hooked me, it just looks so rich!  I'll try not to overuse it in my future cards but it will be a struggle...

Thanks for looking--have a nice day!


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

It's Papertrey Blog Hop time!  This one really had me scratching my head--the challenge was to use this inspiration photo in a project:

I tend to save my best project ideas for blog hops because it's such a fun time, and if you don't already know this about me, I tend to specialize in three-dimensional projects more than in flatter (i.e., card) projects.  Here's what I thought of as soon as I saw the inspiration photo:

Here's how it was made:

Eight colors of SU card stock were used to make the beads:  a 1" x 3" strip of each color (Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Blush Blossom, Groovy Guava, Rose Romance, Purely Pomegranate, Bliss Blue, and Tempting Turquoise) was run through the Xyron then trimmed to a long triangle using deckle edge scissors.  Short 1/2" pieces of very small plastic straws were placed on the sticky long end, and rolled up to the short end, securing with a little tacky glue.

The pendant was made by stamping the quilt motif from PTI's Quilter's Sampler onto PTI Stamper's Select White card stock, and coloring in with Copic markers.  The motif was punched out with a 3/4" square punch and sandwiched between two pieces of 1" square glass microscope slides.  Brass adhesive foil was wrapped around the glass, enclosing a handmade 20 ga wire bail.  The pieces were strung onto fine leather cord, which was attached to the clasp findings by whipping 30 ga brass wire around the loop.

I hope you enjoyed this project, now hop along to the next stupendous creation!



Friday, June 24, 2011

Some Challenges

  Hi blog folks!  Here's a card I did this morning in hopes of submitting it for the Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge before the deadline.  I think I'm gonna make it!  I'm also submitting it for the CR84FN32 challenge (aqua, green, yellow) and the iCopic challenge #35 (Anything But White).

  This week Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenges is celebrating their 52 week anniversary by allowing folks to choose their favorite challenge sketch from the past year, and I chose this one (WMSC46) because I had wanted to do a doily for this sketch but my doily stamps had not arrived yet (I received them the very next day!).

Here's my card:

I just love the look of Copics on kraft, and these stamps give a really cool stained glass effect when colored in.  Waltzingmouse stamps used were:  Dainty Doilies 2 Small, and Rescue Remedies Additions.  Copics used were: BG15, Y18, and YG25 (I chose a yellow-green instead of green because they looked more "green" on the kraft cardstock.  The black stamping was done using Memento Tuxedo Black.

I can't remember the last time I did a one-layer card.  It's probably good to do one once in a while and not depend so much on all those embellishments.  Anyhow, thanks for looking!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Make It Monday #20: Reverse Masking

 Greetings, all!  I've been out of circulation for a little while, here's a little project to get me back in the swing.  This was done for the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday series (#20, Reverse Masking).  I had to really scratch my head on this one to come up with a stamp shape I could use as an outline.  Here's what I ended up with:

The basket stamp from PTI Vintage Picnic was used to create the outline (those bumps on the sides are the handles).  The edges were sponged with Ranger Antique Linen distress ink, then stamped with various birthday greetings from Birthday Basics.  The apples came from the Vintage Picnic set, and were colored in with Copic markers.  The background paper is Cosmo Cricket Cherry Pie, and the red borders were cut from SU Real Red cardstock using Spellbinders Floral Doily Accents.  The button came from a stash saved by my great-grandmother, and given to me by my mother for card making.

I'm not totally happy with how it turned out but at some point you just have to call it done.  Anyway, have a nice day!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz and WMSC51

Today's card is doing double duty:  I created it for the June 2011 Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz, using the sketch from WMSC51 sketch challenge as a guide:

And here's the card:

The Blog Waltz theme this month is Americana/July 4th, and while I don't need a July 4th card I thought I could do a Thank You card (always handy!) using patriotic colors and a sort of firework theme.  (All of my cards get used--there are no freeloaders here!)  The pinwheels were made by stamping doilies in craft ink onto vellum cardstock then clear embossing, cutting four slits, and twisting into the usual pinwheel shape, securing with tiny brads to which I've added Jolee's Jewels.  The tips were trimmed with scissors.

Waltzingmouse sets used:  Dainty Doilies 2 Small, Rescue Remedies Additions, Pic Nic Patterns, Sewing Box Christmas (under the pearl).
Ink:  Brilliance Moonlight, SU Brilliant Blue craft (retired), Real Red craft; Bashful Blue classic.
Paper:  White, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, vellum cardstock.
Other:  White embossing powder, half pearl, Jolee's Jewels Swarovski crystals.

So, I hope you are enjoying the Waltz--now on to the next breathtaking creation...


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

CR84FN31 and SC83

I've had something like this in mind ever since I received my Dainty Doilies 2 Small stamps from Waltzingmouse;  finally got to put it together into a card:

I just had to put something together for the CR84FN31 color challenge (light pink, medium green, neutral) as it's one of my absolute favorites.  Since there are so many circular elements, I think I'll also put it into my Splitcoaststampers gallery under the SC83 keyword (sketch challenge to use circular elements).  I also got to use my new Spellbinders Floral Doily dies!  

In case you are wondering, here are the layers from bottom to top:
1.  The largest doily die was used to cut a hole in the front of the card, and pink patterned paper from Best Of K & Company stack was adhered behind it.  The tiny lacy embellishments were added with SU Certainly Celery ink.
2.  The largest doily die was used to punch a doily from a dotted green patterned paper.
3.  Pink parchment paper was cut into a circle using the largest Spellbinders Classic Circles Large, then punched around using the Martha Stewart corner punch Gothic Arches.  This punch was also used on the ends of the sentiment strips.  After making the doily, it was shaded in the center with SU Regal Rose ink.
4.  A smaller doily was punched out of pink patterned paper.
5.  The small complete doily in Waltzinmouse's Dainty Doilies 2 Small set was stamped in white craft ink on vellum cardstock, then embossed with opaque white embossing powder.
6.  The sentiment (from Celtic Heritage) was stamped on the pink parchment with SU Regal Rose.
7.  After adhering all the layers together, pearls were added.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

WMSCCC06 Waltzingmouse Christmas Card Challenge

 So here we are, half way through the year on the Waltzingmouse Christmas Card Challenges, and I've been trying to keep up.  This month's challenge was to use a fancy bow on a Christmas card.  I hope this qualifies as a bow; I decided to make mine with beads:

I won't tell you how long I fussed with these beads--suffice it to say that I'm far from satisfied at how they came out but after breaking countless glass and crimp beads I finally settled for this.  The beads were strung on Beadalon beading wire then stitched to the card with invisible thread.

Waltzingmouse sets used on this card:  Dainty Doilies 2 Small, Sewing Box Christmas, and Pic Nic Patterns.  I am SO happy with these sets which were all from my most recent order.  They are just the coolest.

The doily was stamped using SU Real Red craft ink onto white silk fabric, and heat-fixed with heat tool. It was glued in place over a circle of quilt batting to give the ornament dimension (hard to see in this photo, see the one below).  In the center is a hotfix Jolee's Jewel.  Then a ring of Real Red cardstock was stamped with another different doily then cut with Spellbinders Classic Circles, and the whole assembly was centered in a hole cut in the SU Certainly Celery cardstock.  Merry Christmas was stamped in Close To Cocoa craft, and the Pic Nic pattern was stamped in Certainly Celery.  There are score lines from left to right, framing the greeting, but they are hard to see here.   Corner rounders finished the job.

That's all for now, thanks for looking!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Make It Monday #18: Texture With Tissue

 This week my Mojo has been drowned out in the cicada shrieking we are experiencing here (hatching of the 13-year Magicicada brood).  I did however finally manage to scrape up enough to create an entry for the Make It Monday series at Papertrey Ink.  This week's Make It Monday is all about using tissue paper to create texture on a card.  (On Splitcoaststampers, look for the Faux Silk technique.)  Here's my card:

The tiny strawberries in PTI's Vintage Picnic set were used to create background paper, colored in with Copics, run through a Xyron to put adhesive on the front, then white tissue was crinkled and laid on top. Used the Cuttlebug to press it down.  The other strawberries and sentiment were stamped on Inchies and framed with Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Square Large die (smallest size).  The scalloped border was from a Stampin Up border punch, the lace was from my stash of lacemaking supplies (it is used to make Battenberg Lace), and the jewels are Jolee's hotfix Swarovski crystals (can't see the sparkle--looks much better in real life).  The background paper is from DCWV stack Citrus;  I like it because it looks like blue jean material.  The whole card seemed to have a slightly vintage look to me.

Hope you like it!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #50 and Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger


Much as I love this week's Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger image, I couldn't come up with anything until now.  The colors seem to fit very well with this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #50, so I combined the two:

I wanted to use two patterned papers that had the same images only reversed, in blue and white.  Couldn't find anything in my stash, so I made my own.  The only thing I didn't get in was the touch of pink, which I just couldn't seem to get into this card without disturbing the symmetry, which for some reason I wanted.  Anyway, this card was made using Waltzingmouse sets Rescue Remedies (white embossed image on metal die cut) and Rescue Remedies Additions (patterned papers and sentiment).  The die cuts were done using Spellbinders Floral Doily Accents and Floral Doily Motifs dies.  The cardstock is Stampin Up (Not Quite Navy, Blue Bayou) and PTI (Stamper's Select White).  Ink used was Brilliance Moonlight, Stampin Up Not Quite Navy craft, and Ranger Broken China.  White silk ribbon and blue-green rhinestones finished off the card.

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!