Friday, October 9, 2015

Recycling with Crafting with Dragonflies

I'm hosting the Crafting with Dragonflies challenge this fortnight, so I chose my favorite theme: Recycling/use something not intended for crafting.

My mom & I visited a great new store near my house yesterday that sells Southeast Asian foods. We found these beautiful sliced "nuts" called Sopari and Mom immediately knew she wanted to use them on cards! You should have seen the look on the owner's face when we bought them...he said, What are you going to do with these‽ but was happy when we told him we were using them as art. Ends up that they are betel nuts, one of the original stimulants. So don't lick this card!

For the background, I cut up a white Styrofoam take-out container and embossed it in my BigShot. The banner is a rubber tourniquet that I cut with fringe scissors. I added some hemp twine & a beautiful Hamsa charm that my best friend gave me for my birthday. The flowers were die-cut from a stiff fabric, and I added betel nut centers & leaves die-cut from an aluminum can. The sentiment is a stamp from IndigoBlu, a happy coincidence considering my color scheme!

Crafting with Dragonflies #45: Recycled items
Mojo Monday: Sketch #418
Dream Valley Challenge #116: Recipe (bottom row: Flowers, Embossing, Blue)

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Keepin' it Kool - Any Card Goes with Crafting with Dragonflies

This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies our theme is Anything Goes, cards only. I used a fun digi stamp from KaDoodle Bug Designs that I've had for quite some time but haven't used.

The background is a white cardstock embossed with a Sizzix folder that I first covered with a yellow ink. I like the effect. The ants are plastic buttons that I heat-embossed with a shiny black powder; I added "thread" with a gold pen. I made the "lemon" with a Sizzix die, adding detail with the gold pen & a yellow Sharpie and cutting out a little wedge. I used a Versamark pen to fill the letters with neon-yellow embossing powder. The shaker portion is covered with vellum, and is filled with yellow-orange mircobeads.

Die Cut Divas' September Challenge
Crafting with Dragonflies: Anything Goes, cards only
Die Cut Divas: Sketch (flipped) + Die Cut & Dry Embossing
Doodle Pantry: Anything Digital Goes
Eureka Stamps: Monochrome

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Cicada Pirate

Today (September 19) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and to keep up my tradition of Pirate-themed projects I made this 3D project using a "dog day" Cicada shell.

I cut the Pirate Ship shape with Cricut's Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge from a gold/tan double-sided paper. I inked the tan sides, and pieced the sails with a shiny white paper.
The pirate hat & eye patch were sized from a printable template by Making Friends that I fussy-cut and carefully glued to fit this little guy.

The sentiment is a classic by TLC Creations that I printed & di-cut and inserted into a slit in a small branch. The base is die-cut from a textured paper. It's all pretty much held together with Glossy Accents.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rare Oddities

My mom gifted me with some sheets of Graphic45's funky & lovely "Rare Oddities" collection, and I've been planning on making a gatefold card with it. I was finally inspired to do so by this week's free Cricut Craftroom cartridge, Chemistry Icons, and ended up adding a shaker to the card.

If you're familiar with this paper collection, you'll notice the little elements I paper-pieced and the color I added to the front text with gel pens. I also added some Candi to the corners.

Here's the card closed:

...right side opened:

...and fully open. I used gold & teal microbeads to fill the shaker portion behind the chemistry set.

Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes with Twist of Magic
Come and Get It: More than 1 Fold
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper September Challenge: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper (2nd entry)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sky Scene at the Crafter's Cafe

This week at The Crafter's Cafe we're challenging you to Create a Sky Scene. One of our great sponsors is Rick St. Dennis, and I used his amazing "Aerocruiser for Lady B" digi stamp to create this tunnel card inspired by the tutorial by Shelly Hickox using Karen Burniston’s Pop it Ups Accordion dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I used a blue, double-sided cardstock that is frosted white on one side (Core'Dinations) for the base and the die-cut clouds (IO). Inspired by the Steampunk quality of the image, I used stamps from Forever in Time's "Old Fashioned" set. I used gold, silver, or glittery white embossing powders, and inked the backgrounds with Sky Blue ink (Inkadinkado). I fussy-cut all the images, using my finger knife to cut the interior sections.

The hot air balloon is a wooden embellishment. I added some gear die-cuts to decorate the balloon, and glued a white cloud onto it. I used Broken China distress ink to stamp the sentiment (HOTP).

I colored Lady B and her Aerocruiser with Copic markers and gel & glitter pens. Her lap blanket is covered with Flowersoft; I didn't have yellow, so I died some Polar White Flowersoft with liquid Sunshine Yellow ink (TH/Ranger).

For the background, I used more of the white/blue cardstock, debossed it with a cloud-patterned folder (Darice), and sanded it to bring out the blue.

Craft and Smash: Clouds
Crafty Friends Challenge: Something beginning with B (Balloons, Blue)
Just Us Girls: Balloons
Rick St. Dennis Digi Fans & Friends: Anything RSD goes
That Craft Place: Steampunk

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