Sunday, May 30, 2010

3 challenges in 1 Wedding card!

I made another card this week for the H2H challenge to random stamp your background. This card also fits with the OCC sketch challenge last week and the color/texture challenge this week.

I random stamped the card base, and also the 2nd layers. The 1st layer is embossed with an Impressabilities die, and the sentiment on the oval is heat embossed in silver pearl (it looks silver on the picture but IRL it matches the pearls on the little hearts) Each layer is matted in black cs. I used a black satin ribbon to anchor it all.

Card sketch from OCC weekly challenge
CTMH cs in White Daisy and Black
CTMH inks in Black and Grey Flannel
CTMH My Acrylix stamp C1227 Our Wedding Day
CTMH Embossing powder Z678 Silver Pearl
Impressabilities floral embossing die
Black satin ribbon
pearl hearts found in my recycle drawer

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Big News Giveaway Candy

 Zoe from Make It Crafty has some fabulous blog candy for one lucky person to win!

Check it out:

Yes, those are Copic markers!

I really shouldn't spread the word like this, because I'm just going to decrease MY chances of winning this candy! But Zoe is so talented, you just have to check out her blog.

She makes fabulous things like this 3D pop up card:
Can you believe the coloring on this?  This gal knows how to use those Copic markers!  And each of those leaves is glued on separately....

Get yourself some EYE CANDY right now, and visit her blog. Trust me, you'll be there for a while. And while you're there, enter in her Big News Giveaway Candy.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Just a taste...

I'm working on a new project, but it's top secret.  

I can't show you until next week. 

So, I'm just going to post a teaser, a little peek.....

It's just a piece of my new project for Paper Cubed (P3),
I'm having fun with this one!

I can't wait to see what the rest of the design team has created!
But, like you, I have to wait until the first of June
to see what they've all come up with.
The suspense is killing me!

If you haven't heard of Paper Cubed, click HERE to pop on over and check it out. It is a new challenge blog for 3D paper crafts, with a new challenge each month,  where pretty much anything goes except for cards.

So, if you're up for a 3D challenge, come play along with us! The current challenge is to create a shadowbox, and is still open until May 31, so hurry on over and link up your shadowbox for a chance to win some Prima Flowers! Don't forget check back into P3 on June 1 to get the new challenge and see what the DT has created to inspire you!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

H2H #8 Stamp Your Own Background

Yay me! It's Monday and I managed to get my card in early for a change! This week's challenge from Heart to Heart is to random stamp your own background. 

I random stamped a vellum overlay to created these cards:

Since I had stamped whole sheets of vellum, I was able to make a whole set in different colors.  The clocks just screamed pocket watch to me, so I made them in mascline colors. I never seem to have enough manly cards (I have 7 brother-in-laws!) I left the insides blank, as the outside sentiment could be suitable for a birthday, grad or thank you.

Here is what the card looks like spread open:

The card is standard size 5.5 x 4.25". I random stamped the vellum in Staz-On white ink, then cut 8 x 5" pieces to fit over the card, scoring them in the middle. Place the vellum inked side down, and adhere with mini glue dots at the fold and under the sentiment so they don't show. The sentiment was stamped in ink to match the cs used, and embellished with a matching button.

CTMH card stock and Exclusive Inks in black, white daisy, outdoor denim, cocoa, garnet, grey wool and brown bag
My Acrylix Stamp Set D1257 Make It Count
White Staz-On ink
Assorted buttons
White hemp
Mini Glue dots

There's a whole lot of creative random stamping techniques on display this week over at the Heart to Heart challenge blog. Go check it out for some inspiration!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

H2H #7 Challenging Color Challenge!

The Heart to Heart challenge this week is a color challenge.
We are to use these colors, plus a neutral like black, cream or white:

I'll admit, I'm not crazy about this color combo, and I struggled with his one!

Here is what I finally came up with, I think it'll make a nice get well or sympathy card:
The main image was stamped onto white cs twice, and since I don't have many CTMH markers, I colored the scenes using only ink pads, sponges and a blending pen. I like the way it turned out.
After layering it on the card, I thought it looked a little bare, so I drew in the fine black outline to anchor it all, I think it helped.  I had a little oops in the bottom corner, so I covered it with the leaf stamp from the set, shh...don't tell. (If you could only see all the mistakes hidden under things on my cards... :)
All in, I think this was a very successful challenge...I never would have tried this color combo!

CTMH cardstock in White Daisy, Ocean, Topiary and Desert Sand
CTMH  Exclusive Inks in Black, White Daisy, Ocean, Topiary and Desert Sand
CTMH My Acrylix Stamps: D1298 Beautiful Things, and C1366 Fringed Phrases
Blending pen
Black satin ribbon
Black Brad
Fine Black Sharpie marker

I apologize for the late's already Saturday! Finished just in time for the next challenge! I have managed to play along with all 7 challenges so far, I'm really trying to keep up each week. I love these challenges, they really get the mojo going and push me out of my box.

For some CTMH inspiration, hop on over to the H2H blog and have a peek at all the creativity, then play along with the challenges!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Birthday Blog Candy!!

Happy Birthday Debbie at Passion For Crafts!!! To celebrate, she's giving away some fabulous stuff!!
Pop on over to her blog to enter! You have until May 26th, so go wish her Happy Birthday!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

H2H Challenge #6, Rockin' Birthday Card

The Heart to Heart Challenge this week is a "techie" challenge, meaning to use a technique on the project. You must check it out if you haven't already, this week's entries are full of new techniques and tutorials!

This also fits with the "masculine" challenge at TreehouseStamps.

I made a "Heavy Metal" Rock card for my son's upcoming birthday.
See if you can spot the techniques I used:

If you guessed 1) off-stamping, 2) embossing and 3) edge distressing, you'd be right.

1) Off-stamping is when you stamp the image several times without re-inking. In this case I stamped the rocker dude 4 times to imply motion. I think it turned out nice.
2) Embossing: I used a Sizzix texture plate with my Cuttlebug to emboss the silver metal in a "manly" way.
3) Edge distressing can be done several ways, here I used my scissors to distress the edges of the white cs, and inks to distress the edges of the orange cs.
I also layered the stamped images on the sentiment, but I'm not sure if that is a "technique" with a name.

My Acrylix Stamps:
D1432 X-Treme
C1257 Happy Birthday
D1320 Shining Star
X7122B You Rock Level 2 paper pack
CTMH Exclusive Inks in Outdoor Denim, Goldenrod, and Orange

Also, EK Success Silver Architexture Sheet Metal and Sizzix embossing plate

This card is for my baby's birthday on Monday, he'll be 9! (He likes Heavy Metal music when he works out with Dad)

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My card was chosen for the Friday Five this week,
Thank you ladies!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

H2H Challenge #5

The Heart to Heart challenge this week is to make a Mother's Day Card. I already made one for last week's challenge to use ribbons, but I really wanted to play I made another one!  I just LOVE this stamp set...I altered the sentiment with the word "mother" from the retired May Word Puzzle stamp set.

X7124B Splendor Level 2 paper pack
X7121B Caboodle Level 2 paper pack
C1398 Love You Forever My acrylix stamp
Z1114 Piercing tool kit
Z1123 Sorbet ribbon collection
Z1284 Winter craft buttons
4275 Black My Legacy Writer pen

All product CTMH except for DMC floss #352

Now I can't decide which Mother's Day card to give to my Mom, I like them both! (see post below this one) Which one do you like better? Leave me a comment with your vote :)

Thanks for visiting my blog,

I Made the Friday Five this week with this card! I'm so flattered!

P.S. I chose to give this card to my Mom instead of the ribbon one. She loved it.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

H2H Challenge #4

The gals at Heart to Heart Challenges have done it again! This weeks challenge is to use at least 2 different ribbons on your project. I'm a little late this week, but better late than never! I SO wanted to play along! I love ribbon!

Here's my card, a bit late for the challenge, but I got a head start on my Mother's Day card!

All product CTMH
X7119B Veranda Lavel 2 Paper Pack
C1342 Damask Tiles My Acrylix stamp
D1261 Simple Beauty My Acrylix stamp
stitched ribbon in Creme Brulee
grosgrain ribbon in Garden Green
whie satin ribbon scrap
Exclusive Inks in Juniper, Garden Green, Cocoa, Creme Brulee

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P3 Challenge May 2010 - Shadowbox

It is the 1st of the month, time for a new challenge from Paper Cubed! I'm especially excited today because it's my very first Design Team assignment!

The challenge is......create a SHADOWBOX! 

Now, I've never done a shadowbox before, but I've always wanted to try one. This is what challenges are meant to do, challenge you to step out of your comfort zone once in a while!  Try it, you'll be amazed at what you can create!

Here is what I came up with...

I modified Dawn Griffith's Shadowbox Card template/tutorial from SplitCoastStampers, click HERE to see the basic instructions.


CTMH Products:
Cardstock: Cocoa, Bamboo, Colonial White, White Daisy
Exclusive Inks and markers: Cocoa, Desert Sand, Bamboo, Ponderosa Pine, Olive, Garden Green, Topiary, Sweet Leaf, Black, White Daisy.
My Acrylix Stamps: D1067 Racoon and Friends, D1298 Beautiful Things
Z906 Bamboo Waxy Flax
Z1114 Piercing Tool Kit
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z903 Soft Chalks (Summer)
3505 Watercolor Pencils
1171 Waterbrush
3174 Blending Pen
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z534 Micro-Tip Scissors
Z1252 Cutting Knife
Z1279 Versamat

Other Products:
Oval Coluzzle Cutter (retired CTMH)
Flower Soft in Summer
Sizzix texture plate
random twigs from my backyard! (I knew I had a good reason to put off the spring clean-up :)

Now, go on over to the P3 Challenge blog and check out what the super-talented design team has to inspire you!  The gals have come up with all very different takes on this challenge, and they are all fabulous!  You're bound to find  one that will spark your creativity!  You've got until the end of the month to create your own 3D Shadowbox and upload it to the gallery. Winners will be announced by June 5.