When choosing my images for my DT work one of the digis I chose was the Millie American Flag digi stamp. I chose it with the express purpose of making a card for Operation Write Home. Isn't she adorable? I stamped out a background of stars, cut a tag on my Cricut, and tied a bow with linen twine with a Tim Holtz star trinket attached. For Millie I wanted her to be her own girl, meaning she didn't have to wear red, white, and blue as I felt that would be way too matchy matchy. I colored her with Copics and colored a small paper flower I had with the same blue and purple as her dress. Then coated the flower in Glossy Accents to make sure it stayed 3D and didn't lay flat. Lastly adhered a purple gem in the middle for an extra touch of girly.
Don't forget to enter this month's Karber Challenge! There's a couple of days left, but then a new one starts so don't fret! :)
This week's challenge at Made Especially For You is to use stitching on your project. I chose to use a shamrock digi from The Cutting Cafe. I colored it with three different green Copics then punched holes with my Tim Holtz piercing tool as evenly spaced as I could. Then I sewed it with an embroidery needle and green embroidery floss. I fussy cut it and colored in the edges with the darker of my green Copics. I made my own background paper by stamping the word Lucky repeatedly with a small shamrock stamp. I colored in the small shamrocks with Copics and flicked gold acrylic paint and then sprayed with gold glimmer mist. Then I distressed it with my Tim Holtz distressing tool and edged it with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Stamped the sentiment on a flag, then took a metal button and painted it gold with the same gold acrylic paint I flicked earlier. Lastly I sewed on the button with linen thread and tied a small bow.
Please stop by the Made Especially For You blog today and enter this week's challenge. It can be any kind of stitching, even faux with a pen. Don't hesitate to enter, you don't want to miss out on this week's prize from The Cutting Cafe!!
Also please don't forget about Made Especially For You's upcoming blog hop!! It has a spring fling theme and you definitely will want to check it out and hop along with us! We'll all have prizes to give away and some amazing projects to share!!
Last week was my husband's birthday so I made him a manly card, hahaha well semi-manly. The tin man is definitely more manly than say a teddy bear, right? I actually was hoping the tin man came off more like a robot, which I think it did. I used a woodgrain paper from Studio Calico and distressed it with my Tim Holtz Distressing tool and ran over the distressed bits with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Totes manly, no? ;) For the banner I stapled it on slightly askew with my Tiny Attacher, also from Tim Holtz. The super cute Tin Man is from Karber's new clear stamp set, Karber Wizard of Oz! The Balloon is from Lawn Fawn's Admit One stamp set and the happy birthday sentiment is also from Lawn Fawn and is part of their Sophie's Sentiments set.
My first project is a magnetic Post-It holder for the refrigerator. The Inspired stamp I used was John 14:6, I stamped it on a die cut circle with a scalloped edge and distressed it lightly with Hero Art's ink in wet cement. I cut out another die cut with a scalloped edge slightly larger and adhered the scripture on top of it and also distressed it lightly. For the Post-It's base I used some scrap cardboard and cut it out into a rectangle. I adhered a light weight cardstock (Mine was Close to My Heart, but Doodlebug, Hambly, and 7 Gypsies also make thin cardstock) to the cardboard and folded it over the edges and cut off any pieces that hung over the edge. Then I adhered the scripture and adhered the Post-It notes below with a strong adhesive. I used Glossy Accents, but a hot glue gun would work well or maybe permanent glue dots. For some extra embellishment I ran some linen thread through three buttons and adhered them with glue dots between the scripture and the Post-Its. Lastly I adhered some self adhesive magnetic strips to the back that I got in a big roll at my local craft store.
My second project was a star burst card featuring the Isaiah 30:15 scripture stamp. This is a great way to use up scrap paper and still make a gorgeous card! Basically all you do is cut strips of paper at 4 inches long by 1.5 inches wide, then cut them in half on the diagonal. Piece the diagonal papers together, it doesn't have to be perfect because you'll have the ribbon and the scripture in the center to cover any imperfections.
My last project I was feeling a lil ROY G BIV ;) So I made a distressed resist rainbow for my tag and scripture. The scripture featured on this tag is James 1:2. After die cutting the tag on white paper I heat embossed the scripture with clear embossing powder. Then I started on the bottom with my red ink with my distressing tool, then my orange, then my yellow, then my green, then my blue, and finally my violet. I missed the indigo, but I'm sure Roy will forgive me. :) I then wanted the scripture to pop just a wee bit more, so I white washed around it with some white opaque mist. Except I didn't use the mister, I used a dry brush so I'd have more control on where the white wash would go.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to drop by Inspired Stamp's blog to see all the other projects the Design Team came up with!
This week the design team was asked to make a card using this sketch:
I used Sweet Stamping Treats' Hearts Flower Digi Stamp and colored it with different shades of purple Copics to give it an ombre look. I layered it on top of a Maya Road Kraft die cut doily. I added some pink self stick pearls and stamped Hero Art's Operation Write Home's 'Happy Birthday' from their sentiment set.
Be sure to check out SST's current challenge, it ends February 26, so you still have some time! It's an anything goes challenge and the prizes are an issue of paper Crafts Magazine, an issue of Card's magazine, and an issue of Cricut magazine!
This week I used Karber's Best Friends digi stamp. I wanted to go shabby chic with this card, so after coloring the girls' dresses I white washed it with a dry brush and Studio Calico Mr. Huey's cream mist. Just unscrew the cap and lightly dip a dry brush in the bottle and it works as a great white wash to dull colors. I also used a little white metal frame from Stamp'n Up and tied it to the card with linen thread and two white brads to frame the sentiment.
I hope you like my card this week. Please check out Karber's blog as they usually have a contest going on. Would love to see what you come up with!!
This week the challenge was to make a card with three papers, no more, no less. I used the card's cream base, Kraft, and that itty bitty piece of red under the heart. I stamped Hero Art's new Newspaper Background woodblock stamp in Hero Art's Shadow ink in Wet Cement for the background on the card base. Then I took some yellow arrow washi tape and adhered it to the edge of the card base. I die cut an Amy Tangerine file card in Kraft on my Silhouette and edged it lightly with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I stamped a Thinking of You sentiment from Hero Art's new stamp set for Operation Write home and an Xoxox stamp from Lawn Fawn. Punched out a small heart in red and adhered it to the back of the file card. Lastly I adhered the file card to the card base and attached a tiny paper clip from Tim Holtz.
This week's challenge is sponsored by 3 Girl Jam. Click their badge below to check out their awesome crinkle ribbons! They also have some vintage buttons I've got my eye on!!! The winner of this week's challenge wins a two piece bundle of crinkle ribbons, you don't want to miss out!!
Also be sure to join us for our very first blog hop of the year! It's happening March 16 and is Spring themed, mark your calendars! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you join us in this week's challenge!! Can't wait to see your creations!!
This week the design team was asked to make a project that was inspired by nature. I thought a His Little Ones Soldier with Helmet in the field would be cute. I put a couple words from the Fruitful Flourishes set in the clouds from the Scenic View set. The cute little trees are from the Whimsical Trees set and come in many different shapes and sizes. I Copic colored everything and put half of the clouds and trees on pop dots and half were adhered flat with wet adhesives. I wanted the card to be masculine as I'm planning on sending it to Operation Write Home as an any hero card. Any hero cards are cards we make for the service member to thank them for their service while they are abroad. Inspired Stamps has awesome stamps for this and also for making beautiful cards for the service member to send back to their loved ones at home. :)
Make sure to stop by Inspired Stamp's blog as their February Favorites continues! Lots of giveaways and inspiration! You definitely don't want to miss it!
Hello blog friends! This week I made a card with two of the images from Sweet Stamping Treat's $1 Digi sale. Be sure to head over to their blog and check it out, you won't be disappointed! Just click the image below and it will take you directly there! :)
This card features the lamb and the row of tulips from the $1 digi. I made a tent card with a scalloped edge flap. By taking two squares in the Silhouette software I made my own Polaroid die cut and cut it out in Kraft. I also used my Silhouette to cut out the two die cuts for the sentiment. For the lamb I used a Copic marker and my ever trusty snow making pen for his fur. I sewed on three buttons with linen thread and tied a bow for the largest one.
I hope this gave you a little inspiration for the Sweet Stamping Shop's $1 digi. Have fun with it and be sure to show me what you make!
Well the day we've been crafting for since January first has finally come! If we haven't started already, we move on to St. Patrick's Day cards and Easter cards after that! Just thought I'd share one last Valentine's day project with you all. It's something that would work with any holiday really, just by changing out the stamps and colors. I did this early this morning because I forgot to buy paper to wrap my husband's present. Luckily I keep the paper bags my Studio Calico kits come in and a light flickered in my head, up-cycle! I've seen it done before, so I'm not going to act as if I am the first ever to come up with the idea. But, I really like how it turned out and love that I could up-cycle the bags. These bags are awesome. I actually usually save them for rolling out sticky doughs. The inside of the bags are coated in a slick material that the dough doesn't stick to. However the coating served a purpose for today's project as it helped stop the red Distress Ink and Copic marker from bleeding. Had I used a plain old paper bag I think I would have had some problems. Granted the Copics did bleed a little, but it wasn't too bad. :)
The picture above is truer to the actual colors. The hearts are hot pink, not red. But I suck at photography. So here's what it looked like all wrapped up, but the colors are a bit off. I tried to fuss with it, but my editing skills also suck. ;)
This week I used Karber's digi stamp called Alice Leslie, by clicking the link it will take you to Karber's store where you can purchase her. Isn't she adorable? I love the white hare, too! Can't you just hear him telling Alice she's late? :)
I wanted to make a red headed Alice, just to be different. I've also never had a go at coloring red hair before, but I had a lot of fun with it! I think I need to buy the proper colors for red hair the next time I try it, but I'm pleased with the final product.
I cut a doily on my Cameo in pink and just went from there with the layering. I also punched out a scalloped edge with a cute chevron patterned paper. I'm also (as I'm sure you've noticed by now) really on a huge flag obsession as of late! I just love the simplicity of them and how you can dress them up with twine, hemp, buttons, or faux white gel pen stitching.
If you have any questions, please just ask! Thanks so much for stopping by!
This week the Made Especially For You has a sketch challenge. Use the sketch above to make a project. This week's challenge is sponsored by Pattie's Creations.
For my card I chose to use Pattie's Valentine Bear. I Copic colored him different shades of brown and layered him on a scalloped heart die cut on top of a heart doily. I wrapped red and white bakers twine around the base three times and tied a bow. I white washed some Kraft cardstock and trimmed three edges and used a Kraft patterned paper for the fourth edge. Hope you like it!
I found this new stamp company called Sister Stamps and I fell head over heels for their cute stamps! I actually won this Yoshimi stamp from a blog giveaway they hosted. Isn't she adorable? I paired her with Lawn Fawn's Lunar Lights stamp set to make this card. I used mostly scrap paper I had sitting in a huge pile laying on the side of my desk. Sometimes I hear it whispering to me ...begging to be used. I gave in this time, I'm such a sucker! Meanwhile my new papers from Studio Calico I just received let out a sigh of relief that they got to stay whole another day. Any ways ...I white washed the polka dot paper with an October Afternoon's Doily mist and a paint brush because it wasn't the right shade of blue, I really like how it turned out! It's more subtle, without being too bland letting the paper pieced images shine a lil brighter.
I'm super pleased to announce that I'm a new member of Inspired Stamp's Design Team!! You can find their super awesome 100% clear photopolymer stamps here: www.inspiredstamps.com or by clicking the cute little girl above. Photopolymer is the absolute best for clear stamps! They stamp beautifully each and every time! They're also beautifully inspired with their messages, bible verses, and adorable characters.
This week we were challenged to make a card with one of their adorable character stamps. I chose to use Mark's Gift and 2 Cor 9:15. I cut out a 5 inch square card in Kraft cardstock. Then cut a 4.75 inch square in an aqua grid patterned paper. Punched three holes on the bottom corner going horizontally and at the top left corner going vertically. I put six silver brads in and fastened them, then adhered it to the Kraft card base. I eyeballed the size I wanted for the two strips of paper and adhered the yellowish orange patterned paper. For the blue strip I cut a flag at the end by freehanding it with some scissors and adhered that down as well. Again I just eyeballed rectangle I cut out with the orange chevron paper and adhered it down. Then I stamped out Mark and Copic colored him, paper pieced, and adhered to the chevron paper. Lastly I cut out the die cut shape on my Cricut and stamped 2 Cor 9:15 and edged the edges in Vintage Photo Distress Ink with my foam tool and adhered it down.
Hello, blog friends! This week the Sweet Stamping Treats design team was challenged to make projects with the colors blue and yellow. I chose to use their Baby Raccoon stamp from their February new releases. I cut a bunch of shapes with my trimmer and used my Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge to cut the scalloped die cut. Copic colored the cutie raccoons and added googly eyes to them. For the raccoon in the party hat (I'll just call him the birthday boy) I made a teeny tiny poof ball out of blue and yellow twine and adhered it with glossy accents. Affixed some self sticky pearls and stamped the sentiment with Colorbox chalk ink on a hand cut flag. Hope you like it!
I am sooo pleased to announce I'm a member of Karber's digi design team!! Karber's super sweet stamps are adorable and work with so many different types of projects! They too offer prize challenges and you can use either their digi stamps, rubber stamps, or their clear stamps to enter! Please click the HERE to see their current challenge.
This week I chose to make a Valentine card for my debut design team design using the Lollipop Leslie digi stamp. I'm a big fan of Fox's 'New Girl' show and knew exactly what I wanted to do with this image as soon as I saw it! Hello, adorkable!! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, definitely Google it! Basically it's someone who is an adorable dork. I love Leslie's huge glasses, they give her so much character! I wanted them to be big, red, and shiny! I Copic colored her in and printed a second Leslie so that I could paper piece her glasses with a two small circles of see through plastic underneath. You can't see it too well straight on in the image above, but you can see it in the picture below.
I'm pleased to announced that I'm now a member of the Especially Made for You design team!! Please click the image above for a link to their blog. The Made Especially for You blog has challenges with prizes for you to participate in, as well as heaps of inspiration!
This week with my debut project we were challenged to make a Valentine card with a tag! I started off with the stitching on the Kraft card base by just using my Tim Holtz ruler and poking a hole in every other hole in the ruler's guide. Using an embroidery needle I just ran some off white embroidering floss through. I took a dinner plate and drew a quarter of a circle to make the arch in pink and cut it out leaving the straight edge of the paper as it was. I die cut a doily, a heart, and a tag with my Cricut and adhered them on top of each other. I stamped a stamp from last month's Studio AE set on the tag and tied some Divine twine at the top of it. Then I flicked some mist paints from October Afternoon in Doily and Tattered Angels in gold by unscrewing the sprayer and flicking the tube that normally rests in the bottle. This way I got bigger dots of paint for a bolder look. I tried my best to angle them in a diagonal line ...only a few went astray! ;)
Won't you join us in this week's challenge?
Our sponsor for this week is: Decade of Scrap!
Prize: The winner will receive up to three sets of digital Valentine's Day sentiments!
Here's my entry for CAS-ual Fridays' CFC38: Clean And Simple Movie Inspiration challenge!
My movie is of course, Gnomeo & Juliette! Since it's a Clean and Simple challenge, the only thing that really pops is the gnome's beard and the banner. Everything else is all flat and very mailable. Well the gnomes beard is pretty pliable and squishy, so he'll definitely mail well. ;) His beard was made with a snow making pen and heated with a craft heater to puff up and the banner is just propped up on thin foam adhesives.
Hope you like him! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Well I've been pretty inactive on my blog lately, though not at all inactive at my craft nook! Reason being is that I was lucky enough to get picked up on a couple design teams! Seeing as everything has to be hush-hush till the official announcements, I couldn't post anything I was working on. However, today I get to officially announce and post my very first project from the Sweet Stamping Treats digi stamp company!! You can find their store and blog by clicking here!
This week we were challenged to use their sweet stamps to make a Valentine card. I chose their super cute Tweet Hearts Roses digi. I cut two sets of two different sizes of smaller hearts on my cricut with different patterned paper. Then I layered them down and adhered them with tape runner glue. I wanted the Tweet Hearts Roses digi stamp to really stand out, so of course it went in the middle. I also punched a small heart in the bottom right and tied a piece of light pink twine through it. To balance the twine and heart out, I placed some mini red bling in the upper left part of the heart. Then I just adhered it to the other hearts with foam adhesives. Lastly I stamped a sentiment in memento black ink. Easy peasy and super sweet, err tweet! :)