Saturday, April 30, 2011

There's a train coming.....

Spent all morning putting in tile in the bathroom, felt that was as good an excuse as any to get to spend some time in my craft room!  As if I need an excuse!  LOL.  Anyway.......I have no "male" cards left in my stash (and you know how lonely those 'female' cards get)  :)   I decided I needed to get cracking and this is what I came up with..................
Both the image and the background paper are digi's from Create with TLC.  Aren't they just wonderful!  Paulette gives away an amazing number of digi's (she loves vintage) and word art.  She always seems to know just what I am trying to say, LOL. 

The train image is printed and colored twice with one copy popped onto of the first at the front of the train up flat on the paper at the back.  Sort of looks like it is coming out of the page.  It image is colored with what else:  my copics.  The bakers twine is from the twinery and the button from my stash.

This card may be entered in the following challenges:
Aly's Sunday Challenge:  Bakers twine
Digi Doodle Shop:  Anything Goes
Creative Friday:  Open Theme
Paper Cutz Challenge:  Anything Goes

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses

Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses.....isn't that a wonderful sentiment!  And check out this DP.  Isn't it just to die for.  I picked this up in Maui (in December) at Island Paperie and finally have decided that I had to cut into at least one piece of it!  LOL..

The DP is cut just under the size of the kraft card base.  The image (from OCL) is stamped directly on the DP.  The ribbon is layered directly under the stamped image.  Spellbinder Fleur de Lis shapeabilities are used for the embellishments and the base for the sentiment.  Memento inks for stamping and sponging.
The shadings of the blue work perfectly for sky scene and the hibiscus flowers are just amazing.

This card may be entered in the following challenges:

Our Craft Lounge:  Use punches, die cuts, etc.
Take a Word:  Travel (Maui)
Totally Stampalicious:  Keep it Simple

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pretty Petals

Spring may not be in the air here, (way to cold!) but it should be!  So, I decided to create a card that brought spring into my craft room.  An acetate card (never done this before), some beautiful flower stamps and great spring colors.  Add my new do-hickie die from Magnolia and I had it made!

Check out those gorgeous blooms!  And how about that beautiful butterfly diecut.
The blooms were stamped (and masked) on Neenah white cardstock.  This was mounted on the inside of the acetate card after coloring with copics.  The spellbinders die cut (yellow) is mounted on the back of the card to surround the bloom page.  The sentiment is stamped in Stazon black ink and allowed to dry.  The butterfly die cut is punched out in yellow and pink.  The body punched a third time in brown.  This is all put together and then mounted in the front of the card.
The blooms and sentiment are from Our Craft Lounge.  "Pretty Petals" and "Say it Big".

This card may be entered in the following challenges:

Our Craft Lounge:  Keep it Clear
Pixie Dust Studios:  Say it out Loud
Pals Paper Arts:  Flowers
Clear It Out challenge:  Flower Challenge
Stamp Insanity:  Flower Power
Wild Orchid Challenge:  Wings
Papertake Weekly:  Truely Dimensional
Creative Card Crew:  Spring
Fresh Brewed Designs:  Flowers
Rainbow Lady's Challenge:  Springtime
Digi's with Attitude:  Spring has sprung
Card Makin Mama's:  Spring Colors
Totally Papercrafting:  Springtime
Pattie's Creations:  Spring Theme
Totally Gorjuss:  No patterned paper
Challenge up your Life:  Masking
Sentimental Sundays:  Spring
Pretty Petals:  Spring
TSB:  Monthly Challenge

Sketch design with GingerLoft

GingerLoft Designs is once again sponsering a challenge!  This week the Gingerloft team has a sketch for you to try. We are also welcoming several new wonderful members to our Gingerloft team and are also saying goodbye to Marcy and Leesa aka The Navy Wife. Although we are sad that they are leaving we are excited about our new team mates. Say hello to...

The top 3 entries will be asked to join the GDT for the next challenge and our random winner will win 3 digis of their choice from our Gingerloft store You have until April 30 at midnight to play.   Check out the web page for the sketch layout, pick up a freebie or purchase a great digi and play with us.
Here is my DT entry for this fortnight:

The image is called Dragonfly Bamboo.  One of my favorites from Tami so far.  It is colored with copic markers and the dragon fly is heat embossed with copper and gold.  The cardstock is actually brown (I couldn't lighten the photo without washing out the image) and dry embossed with a CB folder.  The corner decorations are a new spellbinder die (can never have too many of these)!  Finished with flat backed pearls and some ribbon (the green stripe behind the image) from my stash.

This card may be entered in the following challenges: 
Totally Gorjuss:  No Designer paper
The Stamp Man Challenge:  Embossing
Card Ideas:  For a guy (This is a thank-you card to Brett)
Your Next Stamp Challenge:  Texture
The Crafty Purple Frog:  Touchy-feely texture and ribbon
Anything Goes Challenge:  Pearls
A Spoon Full of Sugar:  All creatures great and small
Wild Orchid Challenge:  Wings
TSB:  Monthly Challenge

Friday, April 8, 2011

Birthday Wishes

There is a beautiful picture of a cake on Our Craft Lounge to use as an inspiration for a project.  Couldn't wait to play with the idea that immediately popped into my head.  I would use my circut and design studio and make a card in the shape of a cake.  Only..........there has to be a stamp from OCL used to be able to enter their challenge.  Well,  I dug out "Life's a Picnic"  and this is what I came up with..................
Don't you just love those hungry little ants!  LOL,
The ants are stamped, colored, cut out and placed on the card.  The flowers are also individually completed.  The petals are curved out and the flowers mounted on the the cake. 
The 'happy' is from "Sunshine Cheer" and Birthday is from "Say it Big" stamp sets.
It is cool how you can mix and match the different sets to make your projects.
The decorative "icing" is made with an EK success border punch.  The ribbon and flat back pearls
are from my stash.  All coloring is with Copic markers and the stamping and sponging is all done
with Memento markers.  The center sentiment is from the "Life's a Picnic" set.  The die cut
is a new Spellbinder nestibility.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
This card may be entered in the following challenges:
Our Craft Lounge:  Photo inspiration
Birthday Sundaes:  Birthday card
Crafty Ho's:  Scrappy Birthday
There's Magic in the Air:  Let's use flowers
Fairy Tale Challenge:    Happy Birthday
PaperPlay Challenge:  Critters Galore
Paper CupCakes:  Let's use flowers

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring may have Sprung!

This is a picture heavy post!  Be warned!
Spring is trying hard to come out and it definitely is influencing me.  My friend Marsha just had her birthday and I made her a beautiful spring lantern to celebrate it.  This is my first attempt at a lantern and I think it turned out just wonderful.  (Remember, this is paper.  Use a flameless candle)!

Isn't this just gorgeous?!  The tutorial that I started with for this lantern is on 'From my Craft Room'.  I did some changes, ie:  windows in all 4 sides, slight changes in size, added a shelf with a holder for the flameless candle inside the lantern, etc.  The basic frame is almost the same though. 
This beautiful butterfly is one of my new dies from Mariannes Creatables.  (see last post for another die cut from Mariannes).  I cut it out of white cardstock and colored it with my copics.  All of the flowers are cut out with my cricut, shaped, sponged and assembled with brads.  All of the leaves are a sizzix die cut.

The ribbons are from Michael's.  The papers and brads are from my stash.  The windows all have acetate (fastened on the inside with ATG adhesive).  I use overhead transparencies for this.  To access the inside to place/replace the flameless candle, the top comes off.  Didn't Norma do an amazing job designing the top to this great lantern!? 

Including the top, this lantern stands close to 7 inches. 

I can't think of a better celebration of spring than flowers and butterflies.  What better way to say happy birthday to my friend!

This project may be entered in the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges:  Things with wings
Creative Cowgirls Challenge:  Spring or Easter
Sparkles Challenge:  Springtime
The Crafty Pad:  Flowers
I did it Creations:  Anything Goes
Bows and Berries:  Inspired by Nature
The Crazy Challenge:  Just add Flowers
Lollipop Crafts:  Make a box or a gift
There's Magic in the Air:  Lets use flowers
Clear it out Challenge:  Make a flower and use it
Papertake Weekly:  Anything Goes
Flutter by Wednesday:  Open theme, must have a buttlerfly, fairy or angel
Ambers Crafts and Such:  Try a new technique
Craft us Crazy:  Spring or Easter
Little Claire's Designs:  Celebrate Spring
Shannon's Sentiments:  Use an oval (the windows)
So Artful Challenges:  April Showers bring Spring flowers
Allsorts Challenge:  Bloomin' Blossoms
DYSU:  Follow the Yellow Brick Road
TSB:  Monthly Challenge

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Thinking of You

Teal, dark brown and white.  What an amazing color combo!  That is the challenge at OCL this week.  Once again I am breaking out my favorite stamp set "Natures Notes" and playing with that gorgeous butterfly! about that die cut on the front!  I just got that in the mail last week.  From England!  The company name is Marianne's Creatables and they are awesome!  Watch out for some of the other dies that I bought to come up on projects soon. 
Another first in this project, I colored with my copics on kraft cardstock inside the card.  Not to bad although you do have to use quite darker colors to get them to show enough.
Image & Sentiment:  Our Craft Lounge:  Natures Notes
Coloring:  Copic Markers
Paper:  Neenah solar crest
Stamp ink:  Memento
Glitter:  Dazzling Diamonds from SU
Paper, ribbon and half pearls:  from my stash
**Note:  I am still on with my new years resolution and have not bought any DP this year!**
The gorgeouse butterfly is stamped on the die cut.  Another is stamped on some scrap paper, colored, cut out.
The body is glued to the die cut, the wings are popped up for dimension.

This card may be entered in the following challenges:

Our Craft Lounge:  Dark brown, teal and white color challenge
Sparkles Forum:  Spring
Whoopsie Daisy:  Spring
Cooking it up with Kate:  Shimmer, sparkle and shine
Pixie Dust Studios:  Fluttering Wings
Christmas Stamping all year long:  Decorate the inside too
Little Claire's Designs:  Celebrate Spring
Secret Crafter:  Butterflies
Dream Valley Challenges:  Things with Wings
TSB:  Monthly challenge

Missing you-Got the blues

The GingerLoft Challenge is up and running for another fortnight.  (Isn't that a funky word)? LOL
Tami is asking for "the Blues", whatever that means to your!  Grab one of her images and get creating.
For me, when someone says the blues, I always think of that Crystal Gayle song 'Make my brown eyes blue'
Decided to take it to the next level.  I made my brown bear blue!

Isn't he cute!  Isn't he sad.  Just missing you made his brown hair blue!  LOL
I even followed a fellow DTers lead and made my own flower for the card (thanks Lynn).  Stop by her blog, Lynn's Designner Creations and check out the amazing things this lady does with paper.
You night recognize the DP strip from Christmas cards I did for GingerLoft Challenges last year.  Just shows how important it is to save your scraps! 
Image:  GingerLoft digi:  Teddy Bear
Sentiment:  One of those little 3" squares of stamps from the dollar bin at Michaels
Color:  Copic markers
Papers, ribbon, brads and bling:  All from my stash
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders, Paper Shapers corner adorner. SU ticket punch
Shine:  Diamond glaze on nose and eyes.  Clear stickles on the flower petals.

This card may be entered into the following challenges:
GingerLoft Challenges:  DT entry
Pal's Paper Arts:  Punches
Stamp Something:  Digi day
Craft Your Passion:  Use a bear
Anything Goes Challenge:  Make your own embellishment (flower)
Marks Finest Papers:  Spotlight an animal
Two Sisters Challenge:  Thinking of you
Ohh-La-La:  For a special friend
Miami Doodles:  Use a diecut
Really Reasonable Ribbon:  Diecuts, punches and ribbon
Digi's with Attitude:  Anything goes
TSB:  Monthly challenge