Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Make your Own Tissue Box at Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're challenging you to make your own Tissue Box cover (any size). This might seem daunting, but there are lots of easy tutorials out there, plus my fellow Design Team members have some gorgeous inspiration for you.

We're sponsored by Bugaboo and I used their wonderful Cat in Hat - Youer than You digi stamp as the inspiration for this design. The Dr Seuss-themed papers are from my stash, and I also included this colorful quote from TLC Creations.

I modified the Tissue Box Cover tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers. I used scalloped ovals dies for the top opening (Spellbinders, I think).

The only coloring I did was on the cute cat from Bugaboo. I also added some detail with a Blue gel pen on the top.

I liked the box without any embellishments, but I couldn't resist make a little bow for the top. I cut it from a blue rubber tourniquet (my poor husband has been having a lot of blood drawn & he always gives me these rubber strips to craft with!) and added a bit of white pom-pom ribbon.

Even if you don't usually make 3D projects, I hope you'll join us at Crafting with Dragonflies and make your own tissue box cover. I haven't had a box of tissues in the house for a long time, and I know that this have given me plenty of smiles as I grab a tissue running out of the house!

I'm entering this project into the following Challenges:
All Crafts Challenge: Anything but a Card
Crafty Catz #244: Recycle It (rubber for bow)
My Craft Spot: Bags & Boxes

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

School Time! - Pilin' On the Primary Colors

This week at the Pile It On Challenge our theme is Primary Colors (as the main colors) and we're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps. They have some of my favorite school-themed images, so I made this Joy Fold Card for two of our nieces:

I used two of my favorite DPs (can't remember who they are by... Jillibean? October Afternoon?).
The small card was cut with a Spellbinders/PageMaps die. One of the notebook-edge borders is cut with a Die-namics die and the other is from an actual notebook! The bottom border was cut from DP with decorative scissors, and I punched the holes with my Crop-O-Dile.

The sentiment is a rubber stamp from Hero Arts, and the stars were heat-embossed in gold using a handmade wood-and-cork stamp. The flowers were cut/embossed from a SU! paper on my BigShot. I colored the adorable Bugaboo digi stamps with Copic markers. The sun paperclip is from my stash, and I added a scrap of red raffia to it. The gold spiral in the flower is also a paperclip. I used an actual mini-notebook sheet for the message section on the back.

As You Like it Challenge: Favorite Papers and Why (I adore Design Papers featuring regular-paper patterns; guess I could just use the real thing, but the DPs are so fun!)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Hobbybook Designer Challenge: All about Kids
MilkCoffee Challenge: Use 2 or more die cuts
Party Time Tuesdays #184: Back to School
QKR Stampede #100: Back to School
STAMPlorations August Challenge: Stamps and Die Cuts
Whimsy Inspiration #73: Back to School

Update: This card placed in the Top 5 for QKR Stampede #100!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gnome Place like Home -- Step Cards with Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're challenging you to make a Center- or Side-step Card. We have two sponsors, Handmade Harbour and Make It Crafty, and I used this whimsical Mushroom House digi stamp by Make It Crafty.

The Gnome with Toadstool digi stamp is a freebie from Spyder's Corner (thank you!) and I generated the sentiment myself (although I'm certain I've seen it as a stamp somewhere). The images are colored with Copics markers with details in glitter and gel pens. The googly-eyed ladybugs are brads from Michaels that I trimmed and glued on with Glossy Accents. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the corners.

City Crafter Challenge #223: Home Is Where The Heart Is (include a house)
Crafty Cardmakers: Fancy Folds
Fitztown Challenge: Step Card

Update: I was the lucky winner for Fitztown Challenge!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Inky Antics stamp set for Sunshine Mail

I was on the fabulous Design Team at the Sunshine Mail Foundation for almost two years, so I was especially pleased to be the winner of the Inky Antics giveaway benefiting Sunshine Mail. I won one of their adorable Balloon Buddies HoneyPOP Clear Stamp Set by artist Tammy DeYoung, as well as two packs of rainbow honeycomb paper! 

Because this design is all about the pop-up inside, I kept the front simple. I stamped the sentiment (which are separate stamps for each phrase) onto the large balloon stamp. I drew the ropes myself, and added a 3D bow from American Crafts.

For the inside, I stamped the image directly onto the base card and colored it with Copic markers. The honeycomb paper was easy to cut, with help from the template stamp in this fun Inky Antics stamp set. The trick with the honeycomb pop-up is to score the base card with a slight spine; I just followed the directions on the package, not what I usually do! I added some strips of the same DP I used for the front.

Aud Sentiments Challenge #112: Thinking of You type sentiment
Craft for the Craic August Challenge: Craft Item You Have Never Used Before (Honeycomb paper)
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes
WordArt Wednesdays: Anything Uplifting goes

The current challenge at the Sunshine Mail Foundation is "Anything Goes" & the only real rule is that you send in at least one card (it doesn't have to be the card you enter in the challenge; Donation guidelines here). My mom and I just sent in over 30 cards, and I thank Inky Antics for this lovely gift that I'll use for more Sunshine Mail.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thankful Bubbles -- Pilin' On the Embossing with Add a Little Dazzle

This week at the Pile It On Challenge our theme is Embossing (wet or dry) and we're sponsored by Add a Little Dazzle. They were very generous, and provided our DT with samples of their colorful metal sheets. It embosses and cuts beautifully on my BigShot.

I embossed this dazzling blue metal sheet from Add a Little Dazzle with a Cuttlebug folder, and it was so stunning by itself that I kept the rest of the design fairly simple. The metal embellishments were cut/embossed from a soda can. The sentiment is from TLC Creations and I created the banner shape & border in InDesign. The metal sheet is adhered with ZipDry glue (it glued well, with little need of flattening) onto a silver Recollections cardstock. The white papers are a heavy, coated Hammerill cardstock.

On Friday my husband had a kidney transplant (he and the living donor are doing great!), and my Mom helped me make thank-you cards for the many people who have supported us during this time. I created this design and we ended up making many similar cards (well, Mom did...I've been cleaning and getting life organized for his 6-week recovery). I will try to get a photo of Mom's cards -- they are gorgeous!

Creative Card Crew #66: Sea/Beach
Inky Impressions #169: No DP
Inkspirational #61: Splash
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge: CAS
Scrap it with a song: Foo Fighters - "Times like these" (Boy, this song has made me emotional in times like these!)
Simon Says Stamp: Embossing
Sisterhood of Crafters: Diecuts/Punches
The Crazy Challenge: Die cuts and punches

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bag + Tag challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're challenging you to make a bag with a matching gift tag, either attached to it or separate. There are lots of great bag tutorials out there, and I chose Mini Tote Bag tutorial at Popper&Mimi the to make a set of bags for a recent crafting get-together.

I used the beautiful Pansies digi stamp by our sponsor, Sami Stamps
The tutorial calls for the bag base to be 3.5 inches high, but I made them 4 inches. The pink paper is from Stampin Up! and the other two papers are from Close to my Heart. They are sturdy, if light-weight, papers and were perfect for this project. I used adhesive tapes & ribbons to decorate them.

As I mentioned, I made these for a craft-a-thon at my house last week...several years ago, I met some local crafters online, and we ended up being practically neighbors! We get together every few months and since my Mom is visiting we got together at my house, and I thought these would work nicely to organize our supplies at the table. The green bag was for my Mom, and the pink & blue bags were for my friends and contained small presents. I actually made a fourth one for myself, but it was already filled with crafting supplies by the time I took this photo! Such a handy thing to have, and amazingly sturdy.

I colored the digi stamps with Copics, and used them to decorate the ready-made tags (hand-made, if not by me). I attached them with colored twine.

Fairy Tale: Use a Digital Stamp Image
Miriam's Crafting Blog Monthly Challenge: Containers

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My 5th Blogoversary Candy Winner

Thank you for your lovely comments celebrating my 5th Blogoversary. The online crafting community has touched my life in so many ways, and I appreciate every single one of my readers.

There were twelve entries for my Blog Candy, all craft bloggers that I've had the pleasure of working with. Ya'll rock! I used good ol' to pick the winner...
That's you, Dawn Lancaster!

Congrats Dawn! Send me an email (CGsaysSomethingLoudly [at] gmail [dot] com) with your mailing address. 

Thank you all again for supporting my crafting and being an inspiration,

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pilin' on the Monochrome

This week at the Pile It On Challenge our theme is Monochromatic and we're sponsored by Crafty City.

I just adored Yumi Muraeda's Pop-up Tag Album for Graphic45, and just had to try one myself. Her video tutorial is great, but I really ended doing my own thing. The only tag dies I have are from a Stamp & Die-cut set from Doodlebug/Sizzix, which are very small but I do love mini books! I consider this a pictorial story of the overgrown wonder that has been my garden this year. The pop-up pieces were cut with a QuicKutz border die. The leaves & flowers were cut with Sweet Stamps dies.

Crafting By Designs: Diecuts
Everybody Art Challenge #286: Monochrome
PDE Linky Party #14: Tags
The Sailing Pineapple Blog #10: Nature Calls
TokBobok July Challenge: Monochrome (2nd entry)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

CAS cards at Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies we're challenging you to make a Card in the Clean & Simple style (CAS). This challenge is sponsored by Pickled Potpourri Designs, and one lucky participant will receive a $7 gift certificate to their digi stamp store. 

This is about as CAS as I get! I used the Happiness set by Pickled Potpourri Designs.
I converted the Butterfly PNG into a cut file using SCAL, and I cut it and a shadow version with my Silhouette Cameo.

The sentiment & trail (from the same Pickled Potpourri set) were printed onto a shiny white paper (Recollections) and heat-embossed in neon orange (ZING). The top butterfly is actually cut from a black paper and heat-embossed in the same orange powder, to mimic the effect of the powder on the black text.

The orange and green papers are Recollections cardstocks, and the punches are from a Martha Stewart "Punch Around the Page" set.

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My 5th Blogoversary!

I started this blog on July 9, 2009, wrote 15 posts about cooking that month and then didn't blog until the next June, when I started crafting seriously. By December, 2010, I had made it to my 100th post. I now have published over 850 posts, almost all featuring something I made inspired by the online crafting community. Many thanks to all the wonderful and generous people I have met over the years.
This also means it's time for my yearly Blog Candy! This year I'm offering a small grab-bag of delicious craft items. Don't worry, I won't lob off unwanted stash; I've set aside some of my favorite crafting items, and will tailor the package to the winner.

I hope you'll follow my blog (there are some links on my sidebar) and leave a comment so I can visit you. To my long-time followers, thank you so much!

Update: The winner is posted here.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Green Summer - Flowers + Dilly Beans

Our theme this week at Pile It On! is Flowers, sponsored by Dilly Beans Stamps. This isn't my week to play along at Pile It On as a DT member, but I couldn't resist participating.

I made a relatively simple shaped card using Dilly Beans Digi #541, Doodle Flower 1:
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I printed the image on two different green papers, in two different greens (I colorized the image in Photoshop), and printed it again on a lighter green, which I folded in half and used as the base.

I couldn't resist adding my own doodles to this Doodle Flower. I used Sharpies for the thicker lines, and TEKwriter gel and glitter pens for the coloring and smaller details. For the middle, I added omse Liquid Pearls, green Stickles, and one dot from a VIVA pearl pen.

Craft Room Challenge: Inspired By A Tattoo art + pen work of your own
Digistamps 4 Joy #95: Shaped Card
Dilly Beans Challenge: Summer Lovin' (inspired by my still-green summer yard)
Fitztown Challenge #41: Shaped Card
Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #237: Doodling
Nutcrafters #71: Anything but Square
Sisterhood of Crafters: Monochromatic
TokBobok July Challenge: Monochrome

Update: Many thanks to the Craft Room Challenge team for offering this badge to all the entrants to their Tattoo + Doodle Challenge

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Simply Firefly

One of my favorite things about summer is the beautiful fireworks each evening, in the form of lightning bugs. They are much quieter than the human version of fireworks! I decided to get a little artsy and make this firefly shaker card:

The shaker is made from the plastic safety cover off of a Fiskars paper-trimmer glad I kept one! It has a little bump in the middle, but I felt like that gave the "body" some dimension. I filled it with a chunky glow-in-the-dark glitter (Martha Stewart brand). A lightning bug got into the house the other day and I wanted to recreate the surprise of its glow in a dark room. I couldn't get a good photo of it in the dark, but it does glow!

The wings and antenna were cut on my BigShot with a Memory Box die. The top wings, antenna, and body background are a shiny black paper (Recollections), and the bottom wings are vellum.The bases were cut with a Spellbinders die (included the base card; I cut it from a folded piece of paper.) The top is a shiny green (Recollections again), and it's glued  onto a black piece that I embossed with the die, cut out, and decorated with Holographic embossing powder (Sweet Stamps). I added some red Stickles as a border, reminiscent of a firefly's coloring.

The sentiment stamp is from the Let It Shine set by Verve Stamps. I heat-embossed it with a glittery white, and added a sprinkle of the white and holographic glitters to the card. That was supposed to look "whimsical" but I'm afraid it just looks messy!

I'm always inspired by our garden, and I'm glad I finally got around to making an homage to these real-life fairies of summer.

Cut it Up #48: Twilight
Just Add Ink #221: Just Add Shakers
Simon Says Stamp: Shake It
Tando Creative Challenges: Come Fly with Me

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