Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DT Call at The Crafter's Cafe + Xmas in July Challenge Reminders

Hi everyone! I just wanted to pop by and let you know that we're having a DT Call at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog. It's a fun team and I encourage you to try out!

Our theme this week at The Crafter's Cafe as well as Pile It On is Christmas in July. I know that's a popular theme this week, so I hope you'll find a project or two to link up!

Just to add a bit of fun to this post, here's a photo of my dogs Walt & Allen after their summer shaves!


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Sunday, July 19, 2015

In the Flower Garden with UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles July challenge is to Make some flowers, with the twist of creating a garden. You can make whatever you like, but remember: no stamps!


I made a little garden that pop out from the front of the card, but lays flat. The flower tops are made with a Sizzix Triplets die set. The stems are cut with dies from a Sizzix/Hero Arts die set. The fence and grass (behind the fence; you can't really see it) were cut on my Silhouette. The little butterflies were cut/embossed with an SU! Embosslit die. The tag is from a Graphic45 paper, and I attached it a flower-shaped brad.

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teamies and hope you'll join us this month at UnstampaBelles!


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Pilin' on the Snowmen

The theme this week at Pile It On is Christmas/Winter in July, and we're sponsored by StitchyBear's Digi Outlet and I used Snowman with Sign by Ken Benner Designs.


This was a relatively easy card to make, as the base is from an IO Shake It card set. I made the top layer from a DP using a circle die.

I colored the snowman (other than the snow part) with Copic markers. I made the background by coloring it green and going over it with a blender pen. The "Warm Wishes" sentiment is a physical stamp that just fit onto the image! I filled the shaker card with Polar White Flowersoft and silver & blue glitters. I covered the white border with Glossy Accent & Diamond Dust.

Challenges/Inspiration:
  1. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown: Snowman
  2. Addicted to Stamps and More #15: Holiday
  3. Christmas Stampin' All Year Long: Snow or Glitter
  4. Crafty Calendar: Christmas in July
  5. Hanna & Friends #226: Shaker Card + Cute Person/Animal (Cute Snowman)
  6. Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge: Winter Wonderland
  7. Little Claire's: Holidays
  8. Love to Scrap: 3 Embellishments (3 bows)
  9. Sparkle N Sprinkle July Challenge: Anything Goes with ... Loose Glitter (2nd entry)
  10. Tuesday Throwdown #235: Tic Tac Toe (Top Row: Stamp, Pattern Paper, Brads)
Update: This was chosen as a Top 3 for Tuesday Throwdown #235!

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



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Stars & Stripes with the Crafter's Cafe

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge this week is Stars & Stripes. We're sponsored by Melonheadz, and I used their 4th of July Bundle along with Graphic45 papers to create this baseball-themed card:


The baseball is a digi from Fitztown. I colored it with a red marker & distressed it with Antique Linen ink. It's attached with an Action Wobble.

The pre-colored star borders from Melonheadz were cut with a YNS die and edged with Copics. I went over the Copic edging with a Blender pen to create a distressed feel. The background papers and baseball card are Graphic45 papers. I used a distressing tool to age the card. My dad played baseball in Cornell, Wisconsin, when he was a boy so this card has special meaning to me!

Inspiration/Challenges:
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe #234 Challenge: Sport
Dream Valley Challenges: Distressing
Morgan's Art World: Red, White & Blue
Wobble Wednesday Challenge: Sports + Action Wobble
YNS Challenge #18: Sketch + YNS die


Thank you for visiting & hope you'll join us at The Crafter's Cafe,


Drink Up! - Guest Designer at Stick It Down

Stick It Down
Back in May, I was inspired by the Stick It Down sketch to create a Get Well card. Not only was I honored with a Top 3 spot, I was asked to be the Guest Designer for their July Card Sketch Challenge. Their lovely sketch challenged me to make a mixed media card.

The sentiment, cork frame, grapes, wine glass, and gold coffee beans are all pre-made stickers. I made a bow with a scrap of ribbon & adhered it with a coffecup-shaped brad.

For the background, I used a Memory Box die to create a stencil from plain paper, then inked it onto white cardstock with Versamark ink & heat-embossed with a shiny violet powder. I then inked the white cardstock with two shades of green ink. I rounded the corners & mounted it on a black matte & white card base.





Challenges/Inspiration:
One Stitch At A Time #241: Anything Goes with CHILLAXING
Southern Girls #114: Sticky Stuff (stickers, embossing powder)
Sparkle N Sprinkle July Challenge: Anything Goes with ... Embossing Powder
Stick It Down: Sketch

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