Friday, August 28, 2015

Under Water with Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies our theme is Under Water. No beach scenes, just under water views. I made a sparkly scene:

The watery background paper is from my stash, and I heat-embossed the whole piece with glittery embossing powder. I cut out the "Oceana Corner" die by Memory Box twice from a shiny green paper, mounted the pieces onto a double-sided adhesive sheet, and covered it with blue glitter. The fish are a rubber stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamps. They were heat-embossed with a shiny orange powder on a copper paper. I decoupaged two of the fish with foam tape. The sentiment is spelled out with Junkitz alphabet buttons, which I strung onto a green fiber ribbon and ahdered to the card base with adhesive dots.

Crafty Calendar August Challenge: Bingo (third column: Ribbon, Blue, Buttons)
House That Stamps Built: Sketch A2615
Inky Impressions #27: Decoupage Your Image
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations August Challenge: Anything goes with a stamp and die

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back to School with The Crafter's Cafe Challenge

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge this week is Back to School. We're sponsored by Décosse's Dynamite Doodles, and I used papers & elements from their Touch of Class set to make an interactive, magnetic card. Here it is all put together:

All the patterned papers & images are from the Touch of Class set (be sure to click the link for more info on this great set + a freebie!) and are printed on magnetic paper.

I created the notebook-edge border with a Die-namics die; it's all one piece of regular paper, and I cut out the center square to create the frame. I stamped a sentiment from Verve Stamps onto the notebook-sheet, which I had cut out with a Pagemakers die.

I obviously had lots of fun making this! Here's how it's put together:

 Magnet card

Cheerful Sketches August Challenge: Sketch
Crafty Boots: Anything Square
Crafty Creations: Back To School + New-to-you Technique (magnet card)
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations: Back To School
Kitty Bee Designs: School
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge: Add a border

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Simply Best Furry Friend

Today, August 25, is my dog Walt's 10th birthday. He was the first dog my husband & I owned together, and was bred by my sister-in-law from her sweet black & white miniature schnauzers. Both parents are still alive, as are most of the litter (I can't talk about the loss of his sister...) and all have wonderful personalities and are well-loved! Walt was actually the runt, but has grown into quite a husky boy! I decided to make a quick card to celebrate the joy that he continues to bring into our lives, along with his "brother" Allen. The card design was inspired by Walt's penchant for playing in the snow. The deeper, the better! He's sporting his summer shave right now, but should have his schnauzer beard back in time to get it full of snowballs!
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I used three different white cardstocks. I used the same embossing folder for both backgrounds, just the opposite sides. I used a Memory Box die to create the tree-lined background, which I popped up with foam tape. Before embossing, I heat-embossed "BFF" (from an Art Impressions stamp) in transparent yellow. It's silly, but I couldn't resist! I used my favorite Art Impressions stamp for "Walt", heat-embossing it in black on a shiny silver paper; I used a gray marker to give the dog Walt's coloring. The whole background is popped up from the base card with more foam tape.

Art Impressions Challenge #166: Anything Goes
Lawnscaping #112: Embossing
Less is More #238: Sketch

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Simply Wonder Woman

I was the very lucky winner of Sketchy Colors' Sketch Challenge and received an awesome prize from Korthobby: a large bag of metal embellishments & charms all the way from Norway! I decided to make a Wonder Woman-themed card using one of my new metal embellishments & the 200th anniversary sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

For the belt buckle, I heat-embossed the back of a metal embellishment from Korthobby with an antique-gold powder and carefully placed gemstones in some of the indented portions. Both the gemstones & the final metal piece were adhered with Glossy Accents. The friend I made this for loves pink, so I used pink gemstones.

I created the sentiment in SCAL and cut it from adhesive silver vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo. The red & blue portions are white cardstock inked with chalk inks. The belt is a scrap of gold paper. The little stars were also cut on my Silhouette, and were leftover from another project.

I'm pleased with how this came out ... almost like how it looked in my head!

Freshly Made Sketches: Sketch #200 + Clean Lines
The Paper Girls: Super Heroes
Sparkle N Sprinkle: AG with Embossing Powder etc.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Let them drink Tea - Screen Divider Card

I was inspired (again) by the Screen Divider card challenge at CCEE Stampers & the Ugly Paper challenge at the Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers. This time, I made a 3-panel Birthday Card for my husband.

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Apart from the shiny yellow & white papers, all the DPs are from Graphic 45. I feel guilty calling Designer paper "ugly" but for me that's not necessarily a bad thing. This "Gilded Lily" collection by Graphic 45 certainly captures the style of the era, but basing a paper pack on a history that ended in infamous bloodshed seems a little much...looking forward to their "Perfectly Pitchfork" collection, ha (sorry, too soon?)!

Anyhoo, I had tons of fun making this! The fancy cake was cut in 3 layers on my Cricut. The teapot is a die, as is the scalloped label I used for the bottom. The top is cut with a punch. I used a Sharpie to color the adhesive gemstone flourish. My husband definitely got a kick out of it!

CCEE Stampers: Screen Divider card / 2nd entry
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers: Ugly Paper / 3rd entry

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