Products Used: The image is a digi called Flopsy from Crafty Sentiments Digital Designs, the Sentiment is a digi from Create with TLC, Paper comes from Pressed Petals Dogs and Cats collection and Mocha collection, the bow is from a girl's pack by Recollections, the button paper clip is also by Recollections, I colored Flopsy with a set of colored pencils and made the green sparkle crystal swirl with acetate and puffy paint. The edges are inked with Tim Holtz Distress inks in Broken china and Antique linen. The edges were frayed used my x-acto blade.
I took a close up of the swirls since the above picture doesn't show the sparkles very well. You can also see all the glitter in the dots on the stitched paper.
I really liked the way this card turned out. I followed a sketch for the overall design though I changed around some elements. I also was only allowed to use two embellies for a challenge going on over at Crafty Sentiment Digital Design's blog. How TOUGH!
I have been BUSY these past few days since I have posted last - and I'm not talking about moving! I have found some GREAT blogs with a TON of tutorials that I have been trying out and LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I have been working on the same card for three days straight b/c I have re-done every little detail until I was satisfied. And I am! here's what I have been up too:
Products Used: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Broken china and Antique linen, Diamond Dust, Royal Blue puffy paint, Martha Stewart's floral lace edge punch, Papers are basicgrey's offbeat collection and Bella Bella by Carina Gardener, The sentiment is from a rub on set by Kelly Panacci, The words covering the bottom paper are stamped using Friendship Writing by Hero Arts, butterfly was made by using the Beautiful Butterfly stamp by Hampton Art, Flowers were in my stash and I pinned them on using glitter brads by We R Memory Keepers, the stamp was a freebie from Sliekje digi stamps, lastly I stiched around the image using Cutter Bee piercing bugs.
Oh where to start!? There is SO much to talk about with this one!! But as usual I will start out by saying that this card will go in the celebration tab of my card box. I don't know the gender of the newest niece/nephew that's coming my way, but with the big move coming up I want to be prepared for either - so another card to come soon (hopefully!) hehee
I was browsing around some blogs looking at tutorials to take a stab at some new and fun techniques, but I hit a gold mine at Angelica's Scrappenings. She has a way to save money in all these creative ways!! (More links to specific techniques coming!!)
For this card I followed a sketch going on over at the Paper Take Weekly Challenge. I really enjoyed this sketch and am saving it to my desktop for future uses!
The butterfly I made is called 3D butterfly and can be found HERE. I have really been getting into using butterflies and flowers lately, and it ends up adding up by going to my local craft store to keep buying them. I have shown you flowers I have created by hand - there are sooooo many tutorials out there to make handmade flowers and they're so simple! Well now this butterfly can be added to my bag of tricks and it pops off the page so beautifully that it looks like it's just going to fly away - stunning!
I also followed another tutorial to make my own crystal swirls - click HERE to go to the tutorial. I will be using crystal swirls on EVERYTHING now! It's soooo easy to do and you can resize your image to fit any project - LO or card. I also love that I can make them any color. I did royal blue here with some puffy paint I had in my stash. Odd enough, when my grandmother gave me this huge bucket of paints I was thinking I will never have a use for these - well tada! I have a use!! And they will be USED big time. I scanned all my swirls and saved them as word documents - so I have an entire stash of them at my disposal! Try it out - you'll be hooked!
This is my first time using Diamond Dust, and OH BOY! I love love love this stuff! (not the clean up part though, hahaha) I used Aleene's tacky glue and a paint brush to outline the rectangle's and then dipped them into the dust and WOW! This stuff makes any piece of paper just STUNNING! I enjoyed using it and have a feeling I will be putting it on EVERYTHING! heehee, it's pretty addicting :)
Another cool thing I got from Angelica's blog was a way to make your own glue dots! Yes, really! After a very sad trip to my local craft store with only ten bucks and eyes taking in everything in the store, I realized a graduate student's budget isn't meant for a crafter like me. hehee. But I am one to cut corners where ever I can, and I new that I would figure something out. And then I found this tutorial. I just had to pick up the Aleene's glue and WOW... it really does work! I found a ton of sticker sheets that were half used in my stash, and I just cut off the halves that weren't being used. I dotted away and let them dry over night. This morning I peeled one off and it comes off without hardly trying! And they are sooooo sticky! Please please please give this a try! It's simple and I promise you it works sooooo well. Plus you can get a lot of glue dots - and any size you want - without paying for those expensive glue dot boxes in the different sizes from the store.
Ok, I think this post is getting pretty long so I'll end it here. But don't fret! I have soooo many more fun tutorials to try and I'll post them here once I do!! You're going to love the new things I've discovered!
Challenges I'm entering this card into:
Crafty Sentiments Digital Delights - 3 design papers (I used two as rectangles- one horizontal under the image mostly, and the other verticle under the butterfly and swirl, the third I turned into the lace and the butterfly has that same paper)
Design Dollies - Element week 4 - Recipe: Baby Blue (got it!), Ink (I inked all the edges of EVERY paper with Tim Holtz distress inks, inked the butterfly and flowers, and inked the back ground paper with a friendship stamp), Masking (I tried my first attempt on the background paper, it's mostly covered up and you only can see bits of it. I wasn't too thrilled with my first attempt, but I'll definitely keep trying), Newspaper/Words (I used the large friendship stamp to cover the entire cream paper with blue writing), and Stripes (I have striped paper).
Hope you enjoy all these links and try out these techniques if you haven't already!
I'm a little rushed posting this tonight as I have a VERY early morning and a LONG day of moving furniture :)
This card was inspired by a card I LOVED on Bev's blog - I love everything she does, and I just HAD to give this card a shot... jump over and look at her blog HERE. I changed the style up a little to accommodate for what I had in my stash.
I will be entering this into the Totally Papercrafts challenge this week which was a recipe: 1 image, 1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 embellies :)
They have three prizes for three lucky winners - go check them out :)
I'm in a COLORFUL mood today, which explains all the colored font hehee :) I followed a sketch from the Creative Card Crew blog... oooo it was a good one!
And here is my take on it!
Products Used: Papers are from the Bella Bella collection by Carina Gardner, Sentiment is a sticker from a swatch of sentiments by Marcella by K, The image is a digi called "At the moon" which I don't remember who from :( , The butterflies and flowers are from the EcoModern collection by K & Company, and I finished the look with mounting squares.
There are SO many fun challenges this week!! I can't believe how many I am excited to create for!!
I made this card to b a "miss you" card, who knows who will be the lucky person to receive it, but I know there will be a TON of people to miss once August comes and I make my way 6 hours south of "home".
I didn't have any ribbon that I felt went perfect with this card, so I made my own! I even cut the cute little "holes" into it to make it look like a belt buckle! I added the stitching to give it a more "ribbon" look.
Products Used: Fairy Doodle stamp, SNF Confidence quote digi, Martha Stewart star edge punch, flowers were in my stash and I added the pearls by Recollections, Tim Holtz distress inks in: Walnut Stain, Broken china, antique linen, and tea dye, and the paper is from a black and white collection by Making Memories I bought a year ago.
This was my FIRST attempt at painting an image with distress inks. I really am pleased with the "edgy messy" look it makes. I feel like this painting technique really adds character to this card. I am just LOVING it :) I'm very pleased.
I made this card to go into the "inspirational" section of my card box. I really want to make more. I found the digi quote through the free digi blog which links you to all sorts of blogs that are posting free digis!! I got a whole set of them collecting in a file on my computer. I figure with graduate school coming up these next two years there will be PLE NTY of opportunities to give the girls and maybe even a professor or two a little pick me up before a very stressful exam or during just a tuff week. :) I'm so excited to get a collection of these cards made up!!
2. Some Odd Girl - Spots, Stripes, and BIG TITLE (idk if my "YOU'RE RIGHT" counts or not... but it's big for me in terms of what I normally put on a card.. idk)
3. Just Magnolia - Bev's sketch (unfortunately I followed the sketch but I don't own any Magnolia stamps - Christmas gift idea to my family!! But I'll include it here anyway since I LOVED LOVED LOVED this sketch!!)
Products Used: Sentiment is by Colorbok - paper crush edition, Flower made from pieces in the Paper whimsies packet by sassafras, Brads used: Recollections Metallic Mini Flowers and Bright Mini Circles (pink). The papers are all in my stash as scraps and the picture is just from a cartoon website (copyright is printed on image).
I made this card for a my "Birthday" tab in the card box I have been trying to fill up. I am ALWAYS in need of birthday cards so I know that It will help to have a LOT in this tab... if I can keep them stocked (hahahaha).
I will be entering this card into two challenges this week:
Products Used: Basicgrey Offbeat collection pack, The digital stamp was a freebie I downloaded and the only information I have is 'LDS' - so no real clue where it comes from, the Gringham paper is made by Martine McKnight, and the sentiment was typed in word and printed.
I made this card for my future roomie... she is so excited (as am I) to be moving to VA this coming August. As we get ready to move into our first apartment together we are trying to think of EVERYTHING we may need... without us buying double. Basically we are talking A LOT! hahaha
Here is a close up image of the sentiment I printed. I love this paper! The little poka-dots that are embossed make it so adorable. I bought this paper in many colors from my local craft store. I also added stictching around the stripes I made from my FAVORITE basicgrey line (the offbeat collection pack) and around the sentiment.
Charisma Cards... "Watch the birdie" - My Sentiment, stamp, and the one Basicgrey paper stripe
WOW!!!! It's been WAY to long since I've been able to sit down and create, then blog about it! Sheesh.. well on to the newest creation!
So Sunday I went to NJ to visit with my mommom and hit up a TON of yard sales (trying to furnish my first apartment and kitchen). I found an awesome antique card box with all the dividing tabs still in it (I should have included a picture..darn). I am so excited about this card box that I decided to focus on making cards to put into all the categories - fun right!?
The card I made this go around is for the "sympathy" tab... It's actually my first "get well soon" card :) I even made the card in the shape of a heart!!
Products Used: The stamp is from Karen's Doodles - check out her blog!! She has some AMAZING things...and this one was a freebie!, The tiny flowers come from a bag of flowers in my stash, the ribbon is Celebrate It's Holiday collection, The sentiment comes from Marcella by K, and I finished off the flowers with pearls by Recollections. All the paper are from scrap packs you can get at Michael's.
Here is a close up of the digi from Karen's Doodles. I painted the image with simple water color paints I had in my stash. The cute little mouse sharing the flower seemed so girly and cheery!!
I've also included a close up of the ribbon and flowers so you could see the pearls better. The pearls really added an elegant look to the simple flower :)
The green and pink papers got a little covered up but the pink is covered in sparkly swirls and the green paper is embossed with flowers (I didn't do the embossing myself - I'm very new to embossing and they wouldn't have looked NEARLY as clean cut hahaha).
Products Used: Deja Views Wonderful Words in Cheers, Recollections Dimensional stickers, Nicole Cardstock in Naturals and Precious Metals, DCWV Rock Star Collection 8x8 papers, Prima Marketing Rock on Love 5x7 papers, Making memories shaped gem brads. The "happy birthday!" was in my stash, the images I printed from online.
This card was made for my one big brother, he is a "rock star" in his own head. I thought "what better way then to use up some of my "rock n roll" stash!?" And better yet... a challenge over at Design Dollies is all about using your favorite song lyrics as inspiration!
Another challenge - over at Party Time Tuesdays - is all about making a birthday card with a decorated inside! Wow... I have NEVER decorated the inside as well, so I gave it a shot!
It worked out so well with the lyrics: "Hey, Hey I wanna be a" on the front of the card - and "rock star!" on the inside. Plus I lined it with more paper from the "Rock on Love" collection (which I just ADORE). I added the guitar - which resembles my brother's fairly well - with some mounted squares for more dimension.
Well... off to write a small sentiment inside, and then to the mail box for the AM carrier to take away! hehehe... I just LOVE sending cards :)
Products Used: The paper is just ordinary card stock in yellow/orange, The squares were created from images found online and the making memories Autumn Splendor in Foil.
This card is headed off to my brother who is a HUGE sports fanatic for his birthday tomorrow - yes it's running late (*shhhh*).
I followed the sketch at Papercraft star - though as usual my interpretation is semi far from the original. I also will enter is into the Cupcake Craft Challenge number 98 which just so happens to be a SPORTS theme!! yay!
Products Used: Making memories shaped gem brads, We R Memory Keepers White Out Collection in "Frenzy", Pilot G-2 gel pen in black, Nicole Card Stock in Teal, and the digital stamp is "Flopsy with ice cream cone" by Crafty Sentiments.
This card was done for the Crafty Sentiments Challenge which was a sketch! Ugh... I'm never that good at sketches, but I like the way this card turned out. I added the cute little newspaper page about the Nutcracker being danced to hip hop music because of the bunny of the page. It may seem cheesy... but I got a little giggle out of it. This was done to enter the Magnolia Down Under Challenge of using newspaper in your creation! Never done that before! :)
The "Flopsy" stamp I used also came from Crafty Sentiments, and better yet it's a Freebie!! Check it out here.
This card is also entered into the Simon Says Challenge which is a photo inspiration this week. They posted a GORGEOUS picture of a blue drink that just inspired all this bright blue in my card!! I even colored the ice cream cone Flopsy is holding the brightest blue I could. The small paper used to hold my journaling even has bright blue stripes!! Love Love LOVE this color so much - it just fits the "summer time" feel.
Lastly, but certainly not least... I entered this card into the Charisma Cardz Challenge! This is my first challenge with them and I am super excited to continue following this new blog :)
The challenge was to add some type of medal to your creation... and what better way then to use some of these new brads I got!? They are ultra sparkly - Which I absolutely LOVE! I tried to give a close up of the sun shaped brad.. picture is a little blurry though!
Well that is all for now!! Off to send this little guy to a friend who is in much need of a small pick me up.
Just a quick post before I run off for the day! I feel so behind in my scrap booking and cards! It's been a VERY busy holiday weekend as well as week - getting ready for the big move to VA! wahoo!
This is a simple card following the sketch over at Friday Sketches! The paper was picked to follow a "checks" theme over at the awesome Simon Says Stamp! Challenge blog. And the "Stitching" was done to enter the Stamp and Create July Challenge.
Products Used: Tim Holtz distress ink in walnut stain, and Hampton Art stamp-Happy Birthday Arrow. The rest of the card is made from scrap papers, a permanent marker to draw the lines, a pair of scissors to distress edges, and I printed the car and the '#1' on card stock.
This card is for my baby brother's birthday in a week. He is going to be 13! So I guess he isn't really a "baby" brother anymore. I am entering this card into the "oh boy!" challenge over at Papercraft Planet! blog. Design Dollies blog also has an Elementary Tuesday Challenge to use ribbons in creative ways. Since he's my #1 brother, I added the first place ribbon along with the race car theme.