Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday Throwdown- Bows and Butterflies

It's Tuesday- time for a new Tuesday Throwdown challenge!  We are crafting with Bows and Butterflies this week using images from our sponsor- DeeDee's Digi's.
 DeeDee generously allowed us to choose images- and I loved the In Season set- it has four seasonal images- they come as line drawings or as pre-colored images- and it has great sentiments as well : )
 I used a Technique Junkies technique for the background- it is called Simple Sumi.
 The butterflies are cut using a Memory Box die, rhinestones in the centers. My bow is made using twine.

 Be sure to stop by the Tuesday Throwdown blog and see what the other designers have come up with!

Challenges:
Words 2 Scrap By- To Every Thing There is a Season
Creating in Faith, Hope and Love- Scripture and celebrate something
The Craft Blog- Sentimental
My Heart Pieces- Use a digi stamp
Simon Wednesday Challenge- Make your own background

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Anything Goes

The challenge at Sweet Stamps for this week is Anything Goes.

 Sweet Stamps new line of stencils came with some more fun 'stuff' being added to the store- Wendy Vecchi Embossing Pastes!  I had to break out the Metallic Gold here- Ohh la la! It is very shimmery IRL: )
  I first did smooshed Distress Inks Worn Lipstick and Weathered Wood onto my non-stick craft mat.  I spritzed them with water and ran the cardstock through it.  After it dried, I used the Embossing paste thru Circle Pavers stencil. The 'runway' is a strip of the leftover background piece.
 I used Copics to color the image: RV21, RV23, RV25, R02, R20, BG000, Y21, Y23, Y26, E000, E00, E02, E04, E11.

Products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store:



We have a weekly challenge and a monthly technique challenge. The monthly challenge 9/15-10/14 is Chalkboard Stamping. Our winners are chosen by Random.org- and if you use a Sweet Stamps image, your entry will count x's 2!

Sweet Stamps has a Pintrest board HERE

Sweet Stamps has a Facebook group HERE

Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations- AG and/or Bling
Simon Monday Challenge- Techniques
Fashionable Stamping Challenge- Fashion
A Creative Need- Textures or Patterns
Left of Center- No Designer Paper
STAMPlorations- Stamps and Markers
Scrap It Girl- Stencils or Masks

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sweet Stamps-Chalkboard technique

The challenge at Sweet Stamps for the Month 9/15-10-14 is Chalkboard Technique Stamping.

 I made napkin rings and place cards- currently there is no name on them- just add that with your White paint pen when you are ready : )


The Technique Junkies taught Chalkboard Stamping (April/May 2013 newsletter), and that is the method I use.

Here is how I made the napkin rings:
-Cut strips of cardstock 1 1/4" wide x's 5 1/2 " long
-I ran the cardstock through the paper crimper (or you can score it every 1/8").
-secure the ends together- I did not use brads or staples, as I worry they will grab on the napkin fabric or paper.
-decorate the top to your liking

For the placecard:
- choose what size you would like to have -cut cardstock.  I used cardstock that is    4 1/4"x 5 1/2"
-Score at the center- but ***just at the sides*** so you can have a landmark for where the place card will fold.
-Stamp your designs on black cardstock- use the antistatic pad first. Emboss with White EP.
-finish scoring across the remainder of the placecard ***DO NOT fold it yet
-cut out the areas above the score with an exacto knife
-Now you can fold the place card in half.
-doodle, add white ink, embellish, add the name of the person in white paint pen.

I used a black spider brad, covered it with Piccolo Enamel and Embossing Powder Adhesive, added Piccolo Girl's Night Out Enamel EP-and Embossed. It's very sparkly- and what a cool accent!  You can also see in the picture the cat has green eyes and purple rhinestones on his hat.

Products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store:



We have a weekly challenge and a monthly technique challenge. Our winners are chosen by Random.org- and if you use a Sweet Stamps image, your entry will count x's 2!

Sweet Stamps has a Pintrest board HERE

Challenges:
My Time to Craft- Halloween
Vandicrafts- All Hallows Eve
Art Impressions- Orange, Purple or Black

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Altered Playing Cards #2

Week 1 of the Altered Playing Card challenge was to prep the cards. Week #2- instructions are HERE


 The backgrounds are sprayed with Dylusions spray. The digi images by Vera Lang Studios are colored with Copics. There is a touch of football Washi on the 2nd one- I am from the Chicago area and our team is the Bears- who are starting out on the wrong foot......  I am a football widow- but that is OK- I get the time to myself then to color and stamp : )
 The butterflies were cut with a SU Sizzlet and I used the newspaper that was in the bottom of my 'Spray' box that I sprayed the Dylusions into.

Claudine has a Facebook page HERE 

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge #1

 I dropped by Hetty's blog after I saw she had made altered playing cards- this is something I have always wanted to do....... I am going to try to do this- sounds like a blast!
Step one is to prep them- this took about 20 minutes- while I was making dinner- you prep your cards with Gesso- or sand them.

 Here is a link to Claudines blog post for instructions- you let these dry for 24 hours, and then.....create!!! It looks like we will make 2 a week. 

Thanks for always inspiring me Hetty :)

Thanks for stopping by
Shelly

Sweet Stamps- Wedding

The challenge at Sweet Stamps for this week is all about Weddings.
 I had to use this beautiful image that comes with the scripture as well. I colored the image with Copics. The DP is by Prima and is layered on a shimmery cardstock. The flower die is from SweetCuts die and I added a pearl accent to the top.

Products I used from Sweet Stamps:



We have a weekly challenge and a monthly technique challenge. The monthly challenge 7/15-8/14 is Parchment Crafting. Our winners are chosen by Random.org- and if you use a Sweet Stamps image, your entry will count x's 2!

Sweet Stamps has a Pintrest board HERE

Sweet Stamps has a Facebook group HERE

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

COF- Friendship

It's the 9th- time for the Crafters of Faith monthly post.

Hostess: Jeanette

September Challenge – Friendship

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work;
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
Also, if tow lie down together, they will keep warm,
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. It reminds me that God did not create us for isolation. He wants us to connect with other believers.

There really are many applications found in these four verses, but for the purpose of this month’s challenge, I would like us to focus on Christian friendship and create a card (or scrapbook page, etc) that focuses on friendship. As an extra challenge, in your blog post please tell us about a special Christian friend who means a lot to you, and then, if possible, mail your card to that friend.

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 What things encourage you choose to connect to another person?  I am fortunate that I am from a large family and really enjoy being in groups- I love belonging to groups and I also enjoy being alone- like I am when I am making cards.

 I have met many ladies in my creative journey of sewing/smocking/embroidery and paper crafting that also share similar beliefs. And, on Splitcoaststampers, I found a group that has at the center of its group- faith. It is a wonderful group of ladies and I look forward to the monthly cardmaking and thinking about the themes of the week.

 Kelly is the wonderful lady that started this COF group-  she has a big  heart, full of love and is so warm!  Thank You my dear : )  I truly appreciate meeting all of these ladies because you took the time and energy to begin this group.


So, for my challenge, I printed out 4 copies of an image from Create with TLC. I had fun coloring the images with Fall colors.
  I do not usually go for yellows, but I LOVE this Prima Botanical DP and love the way the flowers look with the yellow and green combination.
Copics:Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, Y38, E31, G63, G67, C2

I used a Sketch from STAMPlorations -Sketch #19

 Next for card #2:
 This uses the MoJo Monday Sketch 362 - turned on its side. The DP is from Basic Grey Euphoria, and the cardstock is Cherry Cobbler. Ribbon is SU.
Copics: R32, R35, R37, R39, YR23, YR24, E31, E37, C2, G63, G67

Card #3
 This DP is SOOOOO old!  I bought it 5 or 6 yrs ago at the first Wilton Baking sale I ever attended. It is labeled KC&Co. BW Mira.
Copics used: G63, G67, Y11, YR23, E07, YR14, YR18, YR09, C2
Sketch N Stash- Sketch 146


 I started this card using a Sketch challenge and then I decided to change it.....  I used DP from Websters Pages from the Triple Pack collection- a couple of years old....
Copics used: G63, G67, Y63, Y67, R24, R27, R29, R59, Y11, YR23, C2

The Crafters of Faith Blog roll is on my sidebar- stop by for some more inspirational posts : )

Challenges:
Make My Monday- Indian Summer
Ohh La La- CAS
Crafting Muskateers- Use Buttons
Really Reasonable Ribbon- Autumn Colors + use ribbon ; Card #2
Seemacrafts- Autumn is coming
Amusing Challenge- Ribbon or Twine
Come and Get it- Autumn
Hiding in my Craft Room- Think Fall

Have a Blessed Day!  Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Saturday, September 6, 2014

ATC Envelope Art

My monthly ATC group met today and we traded 'Envelope Art' . The swaps are always open to our interpretation. I made a number of different designs and challenged myself to use some supplies that are in my stash...... I made a number of different ATC's- so lots of pictures.....  I used Manilla folders from my work that were going to go in the garbage- have had them for over a year......  I cut out 2 different designs of envelope templates I found on google and used Distress stains to add color to the envelopes. I also made some stencils with my Silhouette Cameo, and used light modeling paste on all of the envelopes.
  I used a die from SweetStamps.com and cut it out of foam and used it as a stamp- the brown/purple and the black is a die as well. The flower die is also from Sweet Stamps.


Here is the back- and inside are some purple shimmery butterflies for the recipients.

 Next is a Fall ATC:
 More dies- on the back- forgot to get a picture- are leaves cut from a Memory Box die in Orange, yellow and Green. The Tree is also Memory box, the squirrel is from a Cheery Lynn die set ( a large tree and 5 animals). I cut out extra leaves and put them inside of the envelope and an extra tree for all of the recipients.

This set is a Halloween duo- I cut out a black cat and a tree and placed them inside of this envelope. The images are from SweetStamps.com. There is a witch and a swirly flourish on the back.

 I had to add an Asian ATC into the mix:
 Ohhh I think this is my favorite : )  The flower/butterfly is from I Brake for Stamps. Here is the back:
 This image is also from IBFS and the Kanji is from the stamp with the  floral image on the front of the ATC.

Next, I had some fun with a Shaving Cream background I had in my stash:
 I used a card 4.25x5.5- cut to 3.5, scored at 2.5" from the top and scored @ 1.5" and folded that up. I cut off the remaining piece. I used ~ 1.5" for the top piece, scored at 1/4" and used score tape to add this piece to the top- making my envelope- then adjusted the depth of the top piece. I added the SweetStamps swirl in purple and the Michael Strong Circle Stamp in Purple- new SU color.
Here is the back:
The purple cord is from Target -dollar spot : )

Next, I pulled out some rub-ons- I have never used any of these sheets- time to use some of the stash!
Front of #1:

Back of #1

I put a couple of the wooden trinkets inside- they come on a pin.

 Here is #2- a little Steampunk- used gears from a SU punch (and I added a couple more punches inside).
and the back:





 And the last one with rub-on's:
and the back:
and the twine was intended to be at an angle- there is some cool ribbon hidden inside of this one : )


 What a fun time I had creating these!

Oh- I created with a couple of challenges in mind:
Mixed Media challenge- use Fall Colors- metal on the leaf brad, the leaves are on the back
Just Us Girls- Leaves- brad-front and die cut leaves on reverse
Papercrafting Magic- Inspired by- Terry- she is a master at using the Ranger Distress inks and adding textures!
Sisterhood of Snarky- Monochromatic- yep- a few of the above ATC's- love playing with these talented girls!
Creative Corner- Cutsy animals- squirrel on Fall themed ATC
Simply Create Too- Something new- ATC sized stencils made with my Cameo : ) and die cut with foam and used as a stamp.
Simon Wednesday- Stamp it!
Altered Eclectics- Mixed Media
Stamp It Girl- Stencils/Masks

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly
 
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