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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Some of My Best Friends are Flakes

I just love this sentiment. It makes me giggle a little everytime I read it. The sentiment and image are from the Flaky Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!. This is a card I made for this weeks' Christmas in September Challenge over at Creative Inspirations.

I decided to use up some of the Basic Grey Christmas paper I bought last year and hadn't even opened. I also tried using Fantasy Film for the first time. I know if you heat it you create a bond between layers but I decided to go easy the first time. I just ran it through my Big Shot with the new Spellbinders Snowflake die then separated the layers to add some dimension. I also added some dimension with liquid applique (do I ever love that stuff) covered in glitter.

Copics used
Shading - C1, C00, BG000
Clothing: BG01, BG000, BG0000, R08, R05,
RV34, RV32, C7, C5, C3, Y08, Y04

Challenges I'm putting this card in:

Friday Sketchers - for the sketch
Lollipop Crafts - Glitter, Sparkle, Gems
Totally Gorjuss - Christmas
Paper Playtime - use Water in some form
Sentimental Sundays - Let's see some Dimension
Crazy 4 Challenges - Bling
One Stop Craft - Christmas in September
Creative Belli - B-themed Embellishments
Everybody Art - Friends

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dutch Dare - OWH Christmas and Birthday

Hello, hello! The challenge this fortnight over at Dutch Dare Challenge Cards is to make a Christmas or Birthday card for Operation Write Home. This is the card I came up with for the design team and I have made 20 of them. I think I will make 20 Birthday cards and then off to the Post Office I go.

OWH has some specific requirements for their cards that I had a hard time designing around. Cards need to be A2 sized and *gasp* NO GLITTER. As well, I didn't think the military would appreciate a card with 7 seven layers, a bunch of flowers and an inch thick. lol It is funny how we evolve over time. When I first started papercrafting, all my cards were A2, no more than 2 layers and very few embellishments. Now, I have a hard time making a card like that. It will be interesting to see what my cards look like 3 years from now.

The image I used is from the Flourishes "Sleigh Ride" Set. I know I used way too many Rhinestones on the antlers but I had to make up for the lack of glitter, especially on a snowflaky Christmas themed card. Besides, I have about a kazillion of these little stones cause last year I was looking for a specific size and ended up ordering 2 packages of the wrong size before I finally ordered the right size.

Copics used:
Reindeer - E59, E29, E25, E53, C7, C5
Background: B37, B32
Shadowing: W5, W3, W1, W00

Challenges I'm putting this card into:
2 Sisters - OWH Christmas Card
Catch The Bug - is also OWH Christmas Card
Totally Gorjuss - Animals
Crafty Calendar - Blue & Flowers(optional)
Daring Cardmakers - Come Fly With Me

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Southern Girls - Jewelry Recycling

WooHoo!!! Are you all set for my first DT card for the Southern Girls Challenge Blog? Here it is!!! I've been on a really rich color kick lately. I made this card to coordinate with the Dragon Card I made a few weeks ago. Not sure why, it just kinda felt right. The piece of recycled jewelry I used for this challenge was the chain from an old necklace I found, belonging to my hubby. I swear he is going to disown me if I don't stop raiding his stuff. First it was his toolbox, then his tackle box (which he doesn't know about yet so I hope he doesn't read this *heehee*) and now his jewelry.......

The image I used on this card is called "Princess Shona" from Digital Delights who is the sponsor for Southern Girls - Recycled Jewelry Challenge. I've seen this image a few times while blog hopping and she was always done in light colors. I wanted to see what she would look like in deep rich colors. I really like how it turned out. The ribbon is airbrushed with my copic marker R89 cause it was more purple than burgundy and stuck out like a sore thumb. I gave it a few squirts with the ole R89 and presto, it matched beautifully. Ahhh....I love my airbrush.

So as they say "Waste not, want not". Start digging through that old jewelry you don't use anymore, make a paper project and then head on over to the Southern Girls Challenge. We would love to see what you can come up with. :)

Copics used:
Dress & hat: YG99, YG95, R89, R85, R83
Skin: E13, E11, E00, E000, R20
Eyes: B01, B000
Hair: E25, E35, E31, E53

Challenges I'm entering this card in:
Stamp Something - Use Something Digi
Oh Alice - Fighting for the Crown
Cinema Saturday - Use Metal
Anything Goes - Cute
Digital Tuesday - It's All About the Girls Digi
Cooking It Up With Katie - Is that sweet metal ribbon I see?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Creative Inspirations - 2 or more stamped images

I am sooooo excited. The team over at Creation Inspirations has asked me to stay on as a full time design team member. I couldn't be more honored. So, this is my first challenge as a Creative Inspiration Team Member and it is to use 2 or more stamped images. So if you have time, make sure to join it. They have an awesome prize this week.

This card gave me a lot of challenges. First off, the flu has be running rampant through my home. With a sick 2 year old, that means not much crafting time. Secondly, I just got a new prescription for Contact Lenses and the funny thing is, colors were just not looking right to me. Luckily, the Copic Fairy visited last night and when I put my card together today, things started looking right to me. lol

Copics used:
Skin: E13, E11, E00, E000, R20
Hair: C9, C7, C5, C3
Dress: B18, B16, B24, B12, Y26, Y23, Y21, R29, R27, R24, BG10,BG000, 0
Hair Ribbon & Apple: R29, R27, R24
Fence: BG10, BG000, 0
Grass: YG99, YG95, YG93

Challenges I'm putting this card into:
Just Magnolia - Lace It Up
Wild Orchid - Ribbons & Bows
All Sorts - At Least 3 Punches
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Paper Pretties - Use Pearls, Rhinestone or Glitter Dots
Raising the Bar - Yummy

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Creative Inspirations - Tag It!

I will have to make my post short today. We have been a house full of sickies since yesterday and we probably only got 3 hours sleep last night. I feel really bad for my husband cause after all that, he had to get up and go to work this morning.

Today's project is a gift tag I made for the Creative Inspirations Tag It! Challenge. No patterned paper for a change but I didn't think it fit.

OK I'm back with a few more details. It's been a long day.

This "Tilda Goes Shopping" stamp has to been my most favorite Magnolia image to date (with the beach wedding couple coming in close second). The flowers are airbrushed with RV93 and I masked the Tilda image and airbrushed wit BG000 for the background.
I used the stem on the middle flower as a charm holder. I was going through my stash of embellies and came across some hat pins with these beads. I am hat pin inept because not matter how hard I try I can't make those hat pins look nice on a project. But I was looking at the beads, then the flowers and a light bulb on. I like how it turned out.

Copics Used:
Hair: E25, E31, E53
Skin: E13, E11, E00, E000, R20
Shirt: RV95, RV93, RV91
Pants: B99, B97, B95, B91
Shoes, Purse, Bags: E35, E34, E33, E31
Shadowing: W5, W3, W1, W00

Challenges I'm entering this project in:
Paper Playtime - If The Shoe Fits, Buy One Of Every Color
Paper Sundaes - use a minimum of 3 different types of embellies
One Stop Craft - Fashion
Totally Gorjuss - Flower
StampInsanity - use Elements in 3's
Copic Creations - Shading on & around images

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dutch Dare - Back to School Bookmark

I have been so fortunate lately. Not only did I make the Southern Girls Design Team, I also made the Dutch Dare Design Team. This is my first challenge for Dutch Dare which is a bookmark with a Back to School Theme. So stop by Dutch Dare Challenge Blog and check out all the fabulous creations by the other design team members and play along.

The images used for this bookmark and pencil holder are from The Stamping Boutique which is the sponsor for this challenge. These are some awesome digis for back to school.

Copics used:
Skin: E13, E11, E00. R20
Hair: E49, E25, E53
Apron & Shoes: B45, B41
Dress: R27, R24, R22

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Southern Girls First Challenge

Well the day has come and the Southern Girls Challenge Blog is in full swing. The design team has been divided into 2 groups and my first official challenge starts on Sept 23rd but I just had to play along with this challenge. Lou and Tracy have lined up some amazing sponsors with some great prizes. So make sure you check it out and play along especially in the first challenge, it's "Anything Goes" so there is nothing holding you back. :)

The image I used on this card is a *Wink *Wink Ink digi image (who btw is one of this week's sponsors at Southern Girls) called Jewel. I fell in love with this little dragon as soon as I saw it and knew I had to make a card with it. I used the Once Upon a Time stack from DCWV, I think it was a good fit.

Copics used:
Skin: YG95, YG93, YG91, R20
Eyes: YR24, YR23, YR21
Nails: W5, W3
Diamond: YG91, C1, Stickles
Shadowing: C1


Challenges I'm putting this card in:

Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Monsters & Such
Stampin With The Dragon - The Eyes Have It
Sisterhood of Crafters - 1 Ribbon, 2 Designer Papers, 3 Flowers
Paper Pretties - Use Brads or Eyelets
Cupcake Craft - Books & Stories
Lexi's Creations - Flower Power
Paper Playtime - Castles, Knights & Damsels in Distress

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Creative Inspirations - Lace & Sparkle

This is my second week as a Guest Design Team member at Creative Inspirations challenge blog. The theme this week is Lace and Sparkle. I think I went a little overboard with the sparkle on this card. Although the camera didn't pick it up that well, I probably used about a half bottle stickles on this card. I decided to go monochromatic with this card and used all creams and browns. It was fun. Make sure to go check out the Creative Inspirations blog and the other amazing samples by their DT.



Copics used:

Skin: E00, E11, E13, R20

Clothing: E21, E25, E27, E29, E50, E51

Hair: E59, E29, E25, E53

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Halloween Gift Set

I saw this little folder for the sample bottles of Halloween Theme hand sanitizer from Bath & Body Works and I had to make one. The idea came from Erica Cerwin over at Pink Buckaroo Designs and she has an awesome tutorial. My version came about after visiting Mo's challenge blog. The theme is Halloween. Now I already did a card using one of Mo's images a little while back but I had printed two sizes of the image cause I wasn't sure which one I wanted to use. Then I thought to myself "Self, that small Mo image would go perfectly on one of those hand sanitizer thingies". So now I have a set to give to a friend. :)

I modified the measurements of this little folder form the original tutorial. This box is 3.5" x 4" where the original was 3" x 3.5" cause my image was too big. I added the goo border to the bottom flap to match the card. The image and sentiment is sponged with Black Soot distress inks. I think that gives it a cutesy spooky feel.

Copics Used:
All black parts: C9, C7, C5, C3, C1
All brown parts: E49, E47, E44, E43
Dress: YG25, YG23, YG21
Skin: E13, E11, E00, E000, R21, R20
Shadowing: W5, W3, W1
Pumpkin: YR18, YR16, YR15
Moon: Y08, Y02

Challenges I'm putting this card in:

Mo's Digital Pencil - Halloween Projects
Digital Tuesday - Make a Gift Set
Stampin' Sisters - add some form of metal
Oh, Alice! - Little Girl Theme
Bee Crafty - Anything Goes with a Digi Image