Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Fun at the Crafter's Cafe

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge this week is Summer Fun, and we have two great sponsors: Angie's Cards & Digis and Deedee's Digis. I used Life's a Picnic by Deedee's Digis.


I made the sentiment banner using a sentiment & ant border from the digi set. The red-and-white, tablecloth-like paper is also from this set; I used it as a background as well as paper-pieced it into the image. I colored the image with Copics. The lemon-patterned paper is from my stash. The grass is recycled from Sushi dinners. The ants are buttons, which I heat-embossed with shiny black powder. I sewed them onto the card with white ribbon. I added a hand-drawn border to the blue background.

Digi Sketch Challenge
Inspiration/Challenges:
Brown Sugar: Summer Fun
Digi Sketch Challenge: Sketch
A Gem of a Challenge: Summertime
Glitter n Sparkle #143: Uuse a sentiment
MarkerPop! Challenge #72: Anything Goes (colored with Copics)

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My 6th Blogoversary!

art © Robert Jackson
My Blogoversary is on July 5th, which will mark the 6th year of this blog & the 5th year of my becoming a serious cardmaker.

So many thanks to all my followers; I've known many of you for all my craft-blogging years, and have found such fun & support from our community. I now have over 200 followers, and I hope you'll join me if you haven't already (see the links on my sidebar.)

It's also time for my yearly Blog Candy! This year, I'm offering two sets of 3D stickers, three stamp sets, a set of plastic embellishments, and two Shake-It card templates (not pictured).

To win this pretty package, simply enter your info in the Linky below (I'll ship anywhere in the world) and stop by on July 6th to see if you're the lucky winner.





Thank you for visiting and for inspiring my crafting,

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pilin' on the National Seaside

The theme this week at Pile It On is to Use your Nation's flag colors (as main colors; other colors are fine), and we're sponsored by A Day for Daisies. I used the freebie that ADFD offered this fortnight for its Piece or Pierce challenge. The card design was inspired by The Pink Elephant's Card Sketch Challenge.


The Shell Baby is printed on a water colored-patterned paper, and the big shell is pieced from one double-sided DP. I used papers from Graphic45 for the background. I love the kraken-patterned paper! The sentiment is from the same paper set. The white piece is cut from a mulberry paper & embossed with a border folder on my BigShot. I added a bit of blue distress ink on the bubbles.

I used a very thick foam to attach the image to the card: scrap foam weather-stripping, actually! The sentiment pieces & white background are popped with regular 3M foam tape. I machine-pierced the border and went over it with an awl to widen the holes. To embellish the card, I added some actual fish-netting & real sea-shells.

Challenges/Inspiration:
A Day for Daisies #124: Pierce or Piece + ADFD image
Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas: Red, White, Blue
Crafty Creations: Red, White and/or Blue
Eureka Stamps #146: Paper Piecing
Jo's Scrap Shack: Red, White & Blue
The Pink Elephant Monday Card Challenge: Sketch
Ruby's Rainbow: At The Seaside

Update: This was chosen as a Top 5 for Eureka Stamps #46!

Thank you for visiting & inspiring my crafting! Hope you'll join us at Pile It On,



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pilin' on the Summer Camp

The theme this week at Pile It On is Cultural/Family Traditions. Check out my other cards for this challenge here & here.

This time, I focused on a tradition I grew up with, which is roasting marshmallows over a campfire. It was a fun childhood experience: we'd go out and find proper marshmallow-roasting sticks, and then sit around a freshly-made fire & try not to burn our mouths too badly on the resulting S'mores. Personally, I liked to catch mine on fire...you get a show and a marshmallow crust! To create this scene, I used the Cricut's Campin' Critters Cartridge with Cricut Craftroom & my Cricut Expression.


I couldn't get the sentiment to cut correctly, so I used a Cricut marker instead. I then cut the shape around it, backed it with a black shadow layer, and filled in the letters with a black gel pen. Isn't this hedgehog(?) too cute I even used the funky eyes that come with the design, adding pupils with a black pen. I covered the marshmallow piece with a Marvy Snow Pen, which gave it a fun texture.

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder to add the trees to the background. I inked the raised trees with a Copic marker. I distressed all the mattes with a nail file. I think you can guess why I chose the colors I did! I hope this will inspire you to share a custom or tradition with us at Pile It On!

Challenges/Inspiration:
Bitten by the Bug: Food + Cricut Cut
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge: Anything Cricut Goes


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Pilin' on the Flamenco

The theme this week at Pile It On is Cultural/Family Traditions. We're sponsored by Ike's Art and I used her wonderful Spanish Dancer digi stamp. I grew up in Spain, so this reflects the culture I grew up with (although I live back in the States now):

I added some actual lace to the Flamenco dancer, something that artisans used to do on postcards in Spain. The tiny castanets were cut on my Silhouette with a file I created for my Castanets book.


Challenges/Inspiration:
Craft-Dee BowZ: Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper (3rd entry)
Deconstructed Sketch: Sketch #204 (final challenge...you'll be missed!)


Check out my other cards for this challenge here & here.

Thank you for visiting & inspiring my crafting! Hope you'll join us at Pile It On,