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Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'D PICK YOU

OMGosh...today is the last day of March.  Seriously, where did the time go???  I thought I would pop in this morning and share a card I made using two Our Craft Lounge sets:  Fabulous Florals and Say it With Flowers.  They coordinate perfectly with each other!  This is the first card that I've made in a long time that is strictly ink.  I kinda like it...but I do love to color!  I have some pretty cool ideas for upcoming projects floating around in my head...now to find the time to sit down and work them out.

There isn't a whole lot to say about this card.  Kind of an odd color choice, but I think it works.  Believe it or not, I actually got my color inspiration from a package of rhinestones.  My first attempt at layering all those flowers was done with embossing.  It didn't turn out the way I was imagining, so I turned my card stock over and this is how it ended up.  I used the Masking Technique and I like it much better this way.  Since it was such dark card stock, I opted to use white craft ink.  It's okay, but give me regular old ink any day of the week!

The green popped up flower was also stamped with Craft Ink.  It was cut out and a rhinestone was placed in the center to finish it off.  It really doesn't get much easier than this.

Thanks for stopping by!




SUPPLIES
STAMPS:  OCL's Fabulous Florals, Say it With Flowers
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; SU Cajun Craze, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso
INK:  SU Whisper White Craft Ink
ACCESSORIES:  Rhinestone; Foam Square
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  A2 (4 1/4" X 5 1/2")

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

WELCOME BABY!

I'm back with the other project I was telling you about earlier.  My local scrap booking store, Memories of Time, is hosting a CHA Make-n-take Day on April 16th.  If you are a VIP, make-n-takes are free...if you aren't, they are only $1.  How fun is that!?!  Michelle asked me to come up with a quick project that uses supplies purchased at CHA.  The stamp set I chose was from the Our Craft Lounge CHA release called Bundle of Joy (love that set!) and the other product is called Best Glue Ever from ScrapPerfect.  You may not know it, but I am all about choices so I couldn't just make one sample...no siree, Bob...I had to make four!  Actually, there were going to be five, but the blue onesie with the blue sky just wasn't working for me.  My friend, Dianna, made this card a while ago and posted it in her gallery.  I've wanted to make one ever since.  Thanks for the inspiration, D!

This was a really fun project to make.  I stamped the onesie on a scrap of Neenah card stock, colored it with Copic markers, cut it out then glued Sugar Crafty Sparkles on it.  I used a Big Shot and Spellbinders dies to make the sky and the lacy accent that was used to tie the "clothes line".  A Fiskars punch was used to make the clouds then Sugar Sparkly Fluff was glued to them.  If you haven't ever used Sparkly Fluff, you're in for a real treat!  When it dries, it's soft (almost fuzzy) to the touch and it's full of fun sparkles!  The sentiment was stamped then all of the layers were assembled.  The Kraft background layer was made with an embossing folder.  Oh, I almost forgot, Michelle is carrying those adorable little clothes pins in the store now.

Copic coloring:

Onesie:  G00, G000, G0000

Copic coloring:

Onesie:  RV00, RV000, RV0000

Copic coloring:

Onesie:  BV00, BV000, BV0000

Copic coloring:

Onesie:  Y00, Y000, Y0000

Thanks for stopping by!




SUPPLIES
STAMPS: OCL's Bundle of Joy
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; assorted card stock from Bazzill
INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES:  Copic markers; Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Small, Lacey Circles; Sizzix embossing folder; Sugar Crafty Sparkles; Fiskars Cloud punch; Sugar Sparkly Fluff; 2-way Glue Pen; Best Glue Ever; Cappuccino twine from The Twinery; Loew Cornell Tiny Spring Clothespins; paper snips; Pop Dot
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  4" x 4"

THINKING OF YOU

Hi there stampers!  Long time between posts...I'm finding it difficult to juggle work, family, exercise (now that the weather is getting better), sleep, classes and my blog.  I'm sure it will all work out, but what does everyone else do to find balance?  I wanted to do a quick post this morning to share a card I made over the weekend using an Our Craft Lounge set called Nature's Note.  I seriously LOVE this butterfly!

To make this project, I stamped the first and third butterflies with Memento ink on Neenah card stock.  They were masked with sticky notes then the second and fourth butterflies were stamped.  One additional butterfly was stamped on a scrap and cut out.  All of the butterflies were colored with Copic markers and one was popped up.

To make the background panel, I used a Stampendous Marble Cube.  I've had it for a long time but have never inked it up.  It's really easy to use...it has three rubber sides (A, B and C) and you stamp in that order from lightest to darkest ink.  Easy peasy!  I have one more project to share, but I'm afraid that will have to wait...I'm off to work now.  Got to go support my habit, huh?  SmileyCentral.com

Copic coloring:

Butterflies:  B02, B01, B00, YG41, G12  Outline:  110

Thanks for stopping by!




SUPPLIES
STAMPS:  OCL's Nature's Note; Stampendous Marble Cube
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; SU Sage Shadow
INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Baja Breeze, Sage Shadow, Tempting Turquoise
ACCESSORIES:  Copic markers; Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8; Punch Bunch tool kit; Glue Dot; adhesive
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")

Sunday, March 13, 2011

THE EARTH LAUGHS...

I'm on a roll!  A project yesterday...one today...heck, I'll have to see about posting another one tomorrow just because!  LOL!  It's a stormy day here on the Oregon Coast so I might as well be inside creating stuff, right?  The challenge over at The Lounge this week is to use bling so I'm back with another blinged out project.  Did you know you could win an Our Craft Lounge stamp set of your choice if you play along in the challenges?  Click on the word "challenge" above for all of the details.  I also decided to use the Mojo Monday sketch...only I had to switch sides with it.  I used the GORGEOUS new Bo Bunny designer paper and wasn't really thinking it out too clearly when I cut the paper.  If I would have used the sketch as it was, the words on the DP would have been sideways.  I couldn't have that, now could I?  So I switched it and all is right again.  Whew!

I started by stamping a flower from the OCL set, Fabulous Florals, four times on Neenah card stock using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Each flower was colored with Copic markers, the different layers were cut out then shaped with a Punch Bunch Tool Kit.  Glue Dots adhere the layers and a rhinestone is the flower's center.  Three Spellbinders dies were used to cut out the circles and the Neenah layer was lightly sponged with Sage Shadow while it was still in the die.  I just love the sentiment, "The earth laughs in flowers"!  It is also from an OCL set called Say it with Flowers and it is all about sentiments!  The swirls are from a Magnolia Doohickey die and rhinestones from my stash were used to make a few extra blinged out swirls.  An EK Success punch was used on a few of the back ground layers.  I guess that's it for this one!

Copic coloring:

Flower:  R02, R01, R00  Leaves:  BG72, YG45, YG41

This project includes the following challenges:

The Lounge ~ Use Bling
Anything Goes Challenge Blog ~ Die Cuts
Craft Us Crazy ~ Be One With Nature
Craft Your Passion ~ Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up Challenge ~ Layers
Mojo Monday ~ Sketch
My Time To Craft Challenge ~ Jewels
Sugar Creek Hollow ~ Handmade Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Stampin' B's Design Team ~ Use Bling

Thanks for stopping by!




SUPPLIES
STAMPS:  OCL's Fabulous Florals, Say it With Flowers
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; Bo Bunny Gabrielle Stripe, Gabrielle Elegance (both sides), Gabrielle Fairest (both sides)
INK:  Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink; SU Sage Shadow
ACCESSORIES:  Copic markers; Big Shot; Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Small, Standard Circles Large, Lacey Circles; Magnolia Doohickeys Leaf and Swirl die; EK Success border punch; sponge; Punch Bunch Tool Kit; Foam Squares; Pop Dot; Glue Dots; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; rhinestones from my stash
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  5 1/2" square

Saturday, March 12, 2011

HERE COMES SPRING!

I've had this thing for punched flowers lately.  They are so cool, but a little time consuming to make.  I'm not sure if it's because I'm still learning.  Maybe it will go quicker as I get a little more comfortable making them.  Who knows!  I showed Cami, from Our Craft Lounge, this project yesterday and she told me she hated me.  LOL!  She's never been interested in punched flowers like this before...but she might have to make a few now.  Teeheehee!

After this project was completed, I decided it would make a very nice Mother's Day gift...just ditch the jelly beans and use chocolate or whatever candy mom likes. 

Michelle recently got in a bunch of these test tubes at Memories of Time (MOT).  I couldn't wait to make a project with one, but I knew it would need a box to keep it stable.  I got out my ruler and started figuring out what size it needed to be (I already had a general idea for the shape).  A bunch of little pieces were cut and taped together and eventually, I made a template!  Woot!

A cover was made for the cap then the full-sized rose was glued on top.  To make the rose, I followed the directions in The Paper Garden, by Susan Tierney Cockburn.  I punched about 25 medium Punch Bunch pears then lightly sponged the edges before setting to work shaping and gluing the petals.  I love the results!  It's a very realistic looking rose!

The rosebuds were made the same way with 5-6 pear punches each.

Daisies accompany the roses.  I didn't have the same punch Susan suggested for the centers so I improvised and use the mini sun instead. Two different sized daisy punches were used and each daisy was punched twice; the small daisy only has one sun for the center where the larger daisies have two.

Copic coloring:

Butterfly:  RV14, RV13, RV11  Outline:  110

The current challenge over at The Lounge is to use bling.  I opted to use rhinestones on the butterfly's bodies and a few on the designer paper.

This project includes the following challenges:

The Lounge ~ Use Bling
Delightful Challenges ~ Butterflies
Flutterby Wednesday ~ Photo Inspiration
My Time To Craft Challenge ~ Jewels
Paper Crafting Journey ~ Things With Wings
Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog ~ Flowers
Southern Girls Challenge ~ Flowers
Stampin' B's Design Team ~ Use Bling
Stampin' For The Weekend ~ Springtime
The Three Muses Challenge ~ Spring

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SUPPLIES
STAMPS:  OCL's Nature's Notes
PAPER:  Bazzill ; SU Garden Green; Imaginisce Flower Power DP
INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Rose Red
ACCESSORIES:  Copic markers; paper snips; Kaiserkraft Basics rhinestones; The Paper Garden; Punch Bunch Small Circle, Medium Pear, Medium Birch Leaf, Small and Medium Daisy, Mini sun, 3D Punch Craft Tool Kit, Magnum Power Punch;
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  2" square x 8ish" tall (including flower)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

GARDEN BASKET

Wow...what an unexpected surprise!  I woke up this morning to discover I was selected to receive a Stylish Blogger Award.  Thank you so much, Anniebee!  I'll get that posted soon...but first, I wanted to tell everyone about this basket that I saw in the SCS gallery.  It inspired me so I just HAD to make one too...only different!  Ha!  Needless to say, I have lots of pictures to share so kick back and enjoy!

The stamp set I used throughout this project is from Our Craft Lounge.  As soon as the basket was assembled, I knew the Hoppin' into Spring set would be perfect!

It totally reminds me of the children's story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter.  It's the story of a mischievous, young rabbit that gets chased around the garden by Mr. McGregor before escaping and returning home to his mom.  I loved that story as a kid!

Like in the story, this little bunny couldn't resist these tasty carrots as an afternoon snack.  I wonder if Mr. McGregor heard the commotion in his garden and will go investigate...

Copic coloring:

Bunny:  E35, E34, E33, E31, E30, R20  Shirt:  B26, B24, B23, B21  Basket:  E39, E37, E35, G19, YG25  Eggs:  RV14, B34, Y19, V17, 0  Carrots:  YR68, YR04, YR000, G19, YG25  Outline:  110, Copic Multiliner .03

Yes, Mr. McGregor is on his way...quick, Peter, hide!  Oh no, not there.  He's sure to see you if you hide behind that flower pot.  There has to be a better place than that...keep looking, Peter!

Copic coloring:

Flower pot:  E09, E08, E07  Shovel:  C4, C3, C2, C1, B95, E39, E37, E35  Dirt:  E35, E34, E33  Seed packet:  YG25, YG000, YR04, YR000  Carrot:  YR68, YR04, YR000, G19, YG25  Radishes:  R29, R27, R24, R22, G19, YG25  Outline:  110

What a great hiding place, Peter!  Mr. McGregor will never look for you there.  Once he's gone, hurry home to your mom, you naughty little bunny!

Ok, ok...enough silliness!  Seriously though, don't you love how this basket tells a story?  It was so much fun to create!  And how awesome would it be to give as a gift with a copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit?!?

Copic coloring:

Bunny:  E35, E34, E33, E31, E30, R20  Shirt:  B26, B24, B23, B21  Watering can:  C4, C3, C2, C1, B95  Carrots:  YR68, YR04, YR000, G19, YG25

Now onto how I made it.  The trellis is made with an EK Success punch and makes a perfect handle!  A Doohickey die was used to cut the swirls "vines" and they were woven into the trellis then adhered with a little bit of glue.  The flowers (I chose Bazzill card stock that would coordinate with the eggs in the bunny's basket) are made with Punch Bunch punches.  This was my first time working with these punches but I loved them!  They are difficult to punch on their own, but I bought this awesome tool called a Magnum Power Punch.  It's like slicing through butter, it's so easy!  After the flowers and centers were punched, I used the Punch Bunch tool kit to shape them.  It was a little time consuming...but only because I had a kazillion (that might be a slight exaggeration...ha!) little pieces that makes up all of the flowers.

Michelle, from Memories of Time, asked me to try a new product she picked up at CHA.  It's called Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect.  It comes out easy and dries fast.  It dries tacky so even though it dries clear, you will still want to be careful not to get it anywhere you don't want it!  It was perfect for these little flowers though!

The picket fence was made by cutting 20 strips of white card stock 1/2" wide x 2 14" high.  The corners of the pickets were "dog eared" then ran through a Big Shot in a wood-grained embossing folder before being lightly sponged with London Fog ink.  They were adhered to two 1/4" strips of white card stock.

To make the box, cut an 8" square piece of green card stock and score at 2" on all sides.  Cut, notch then crease the score lines and attach Scor-Tape as shown in the picture then assemble.  Two strips of grass were cut then the ladybugs (look close...there is a lady bug on the grass on each side of the box) were colored with red and black Glaze pens.  Once they were dry, they were adhered to the inside lip of the box.

Just to be clear since I jumped all over the place (sorry about that!)...I assembled the box, added the grass, trellis, flowers and popped up the stamped images in that order.  Oh, and did I mention that this project will be my next class at Memories of Time?  Yep, it will be on March 26th and we are going to have some fun!  Woot woot!!

This project includes the following Challenges:

Aly's Sunday Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Gingerloft Challenge ~ Use Those Flowers
Cooking It Up With Katie ~ Show Me Some Yellow Springy Flowers!
Lexi's Creations ~ Easter
Lollipop Crafts ~ Critters
Order of the Opus Gluei ~ Show Us Some New Tricks (new punches/flower shaping)
Scrapbook Sisters ~ Spring
The Pink Elephant Challenge ~ Spring Time
Wild Orchid Challenges ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!




SUPPLIES
STAMPS:  OCL's Hoppin' into Spring
PAPER:  Neenah Solar White; Bazzill Green Classic, Grape Delight Smoothies, Ocean Blue Orange Peel, Slicker Orange Peel, Watermelon Smoothies
INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black, London Fog
ACCESSORIES:  Copic markers; Big Shot; Sizzix Grass Decorative Strip die; Tim Holtz Alterations wood-grain embossing folder; Magnolia Doohickey Leaf and Swirl die; EK Success punch; 1/4" Scor-Tape; Sakura red and black Glaze pens; Punch Bunch 3D Punch Craft Tool Kit, Magnum Power Punch; ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever; Foam Squares; Pink Sorbet from The Twinery
SIZE OF FINISHED PROJECT:  4" square x 6 1/2ish" high (including handle)
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