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Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Summer Dress...


Charming image from A Day for Daisies... perfect for a "Summer" challenge.
After coloring the focal image I masked off the edges and used Distress Inks to create a faux frame.  I used a lace punch to make a "ribbon" for down one side, a Cuttlebug folder to create the plaid on the base card and finally colored white Candi with the same pink Copic I used for her dress to fit the corners punched with the stub shape.

This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
One Stitch at a Time #119 - Summer Dresses
Pile it on #26 - Make your own embellishments
Craft Your Passion #116 - Things With Wings
Digital Tuesday - Amazing Animals
Catch the Bug - Seasonal Challenge

IMAGES:  The focal image is from A Day For Daisies
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; all other paper and the base CS is from my stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS: Lace Ribbon I made with a punch by Martha; the plaid embossing on the base card is with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Candi colored with Copics
INKS: "Weathered Wood" Distress Inks were used to create the faux frame; the image is printed on a Canon PIXMA printer & colored with Copics:


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Two Flags...

 The VERY last of my patriotic cards... I promise!  
This is a Sassy Cheryl image colored with Copics and a 2nd print out of the image was made to allow the flags to be cut out and adhered with foam tape for dimension.  The panel was cut with the flag out of the box,  the edging done with Distress Inks and finally white star eyelets were put on the corners.  The white on white panel was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and a "stub" corner was cut with a punch.  Both panels were assembled on the dark blue base card.  I wanted something plain and simple (for me that means no ribbons, glitter or flowers) yet with texture.


This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
Sassy Cheryl #121 - Summer 
Simon Says - Sporty  or Patriotic
2 Sisters Challenge #97 - Anything Goes

IMAGES:  The focal image is by Sassy Cheryl 
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; all other papers from my stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS: Eyelets from my stash; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Punched corners with We R Memories - Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper.
INKS: "Weathered Wood" and "Bundled Sage" Distress Inks were used to edge the frame; the image is printed on a Canon PIXMA printer & colored with Copics:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

SuperBird...

 Another fun image for the 4th - I enjoyed coloring him!  He was "fancy cut", sculpted from the back, mounted on foam tape for dimension.  Two layers of DP, twine, button, tag and faux brads finished him off.  Only regret is that my handwriting is not better today - heavy sigh.
TOP TIP for Top Tip Tuesday:  Once you have cut out an image to mount on your project, don't layer it flat, instead add dimension by "sculpting" the image from the back.  This is easily done by using a Pergamano pad if you have one, or a mouse pad or rubber mat - place the image face down and in small circles emboss the entire back using a large ball tool or the back of a spoon.  Mount the image on silicon or foam double sided tape to maintain the curvature.


This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
Fussy and Fancy #65 - Boy Attitude
Top Tip Tuesday - Stars and Stripes with TOP TIP
Robyn's Fetish #112 - No Flowers Anywhere at All
Catch the Bug - Recipe: Twine, button and sentiment
Craft Your Passion #116 - Things with Wings
Digital Tuesday #166 - Amazing Animals

IMAGES:  I can't find my source for the focal image - if someone knows, please contact me!
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; base CS is Georgia Pacific; DP is from The Paper Studio - "Back to Basics"

EMBELLISHMENTS:  Twine, button and faux brads are from my stash.
INKS: The image is printed on a Canon PIXMA
 printer & colored with Copics:

Tilda and Edwin...


This Magnolia image of Tilda and Edwin has been pretty versatile - useful for all kinds of celebrations depending on the color choices and the sentiment. Now I am adding "romance" to it's list of uses. 

After coloring with Copics, I added the strip of paper to  the right with one edge punched with lace and the other side embossed with my Score-It - plus a ribbon.  It was still too plain even after adding the Hero Hues Dots on the corners, which brings me to a TIP:  I ended up using a pen to draw in the three frame lines - which is amazingly simple!  You don't have to draw straight - you deliberately wave the lines and cross them with each other.  It helps to have a pencil dot in the 4 corners to aim for so that the frame remains somewhat of a rectangle.  It doesn't hurt to allow the lines to go behind your image so that the focal image is partially "out of the box"!
That image panel was then mounted on a sparkly lavender panel and then on to the card base.

This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
ABC Challenge - R = Romance
Robyn's Fetisb #112 - No Flowers Anywhere at All
Tilda's Town #6 - Edwin...
Pile It On #26 - Make your own embellishments... (hand drawn frame & strip of lace and embossed lines)
2 Sisters #97 - Anything Goes

IMAGES:  The focal image is by Magnolia 
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; base CS is Georgia Pacific; all other papers from my scrap pile.
EMBELLISHMENTS: .5 Micron black pen used for hand drawn frame; Martha's punch for the lace; Score-It made the dry embossed lines; Hero Hues - Floral Dots from Hero Arts; ribbon from my endless stash.
INKS: The images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black & colored with Copics

Extra!


I printed two copies of this Mo Manning image called "Extra", colored the images with Copics and layered  the sculpted focal image.  Embellishments include lettered "Headlines" onto the newspaper regarding the 4th, a sentiment tag of "Happy Birthday USA", layers of DP, twine and a button.


This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
Fussy & Fancy #65 - Boy Attitude
Top Tip Tuesday #79 - Stars and Stripes
DP2 Chaqllenge #140 - Masculine
Robyn's Fetish #113 - No Flowers Anywhere at All
Catch the Bug - Recipe: twine, buttons & a sentiment
Pile it On #26 - Make Your Own Embellishment (tag & sculpted 3-D image)
2 Sisters #97 - Anything Goes

IMAGES:  The focal image is "Extra" by Mo Manning found at Digital Pencil Too  
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images;  DP is from The Paper Studio - "Back to Basics"
EMBELLISHMENTS: Twine, button and tag from my endless stash.
INKS: the image is printed on a Canon PIXMA printer & colored with Copics:


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WINNER! Bella honors the 4th...


 Anything but a card... how about a tag for the 4th?

Started with Sassy Cheryl's "Bella Honors the 4th" digi which I colored with Copics.  After masking off the edges, I made a faux frame by sponging on Distress Ink, embellished with another "Thinking of You" tag and added Candi to the corners.
TOP TIP for TTT:  Instead of buying all the different colors of Candi, buy only white and color with a Copic that you have used in your image.  It takes the color easily and then you have something that matches exactly!
For the tag itself - I used scrap blue paper and cut it's corners & punched the hole.  I added two layers of ribbon on each side - the first layer is shiny and I didn't like the look so I added grosgrain red, turned the tag over and cut off the excess ribbon. You can still see the shiny ribbon as it was slightly larger.  The white grosgrain used in the tag's hole is held in place by tying the red twine around it.  Because I could not find a stamp that fit down the middle, I hand drew stars, cut them out and glued down.

This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
2 Sisters #96 - Stripes &/or Plaids
Sentimental Sundays #107 - Summer Fun WINNER
Robyn's Fetish #112 - Anything Goes
Clear It Out Challenge - Anything Goes w/ stash - more than one ribbon
Sassy Cheryl #120 - Celebrate Red, White and Blue
Top Tip Tuesday #79 - Stars and Stripes/ Independence Day  TOP TIP WINNER!
Everybody Art Challenge #198 - Thinking of You
Simon Says - Anything But a Card

IMAGES:  The focal image is Sassy Cheryl's "Bella Honors the 4th" digi; the sentiment is Hero Arts  "Sentiment Set"
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; all other paper pulled from my scrap drawers.
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Sentiment tag is from a Tim Holtz die & held with a brad - faux stitching with a Signo Uniball White pen; stars in the image filled with "Icycle Stickles"; Candi colored with Copics; ribbon from my stash; stars hand drawn on scrap white and cut out.
INKS: "Faded Jeans" Distress Inks were used to create the faux frame; the image is printed on a Canon PIXMA printer & colored with Copics:



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Carly's Carrot...

Carly has her first carrot of the summer -  
The Copic colors are based on a Joy's Summer Inspiration Photo on Simon Says .  The green vellum doesn't show well here, but the circles of the background and the Cuttlebug embossed vines on the blue panel show thru quite nicely.

This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
Simon Says - Photo Inspiration
Sentimental Sundays #107 -Summer Fun
Robyn's Fetish #112 - Anything Goes
Clear It Out Challenge - Anything Goes with two ribbons (ribbon & twine)
Digital Tuesday #165 - Tag It
Everybody Art Challenge #198 - Thinking of You

IMAGES:  The focal image is "Carly's Carrot" from Digital Pencil Too  by Mo Manning; the sentiment is the "Greetings Set" from Hero Arts
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; DP is from K & Company's "Sweet Nectar" collection & DCWV's "Tahiti Beach Stack"; base CS is stash and CS & vellum panels are from my scrap pile 
EMBELLISHMENTS: tag is from a die cut from Provo Craft & the scalloped circles were punched with Marvy Uchida punches; ribbon, embroidery thread & button are from my stash.
INKS: "Chipped Sapphire" Distress Inks were used for the edging; the image is printed on a Canon PIXMA printer & colored with Copics:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Peachy Girl...

This is a Mo Manning image that lends itself to several challenges this go around.  The images were colored with Copics, including the Zentangle garden I created in the background.  The panel was trimmed so the butterfly and hem of her dress were cut "out of the box".  The edge was sponged with Distress Ink and then I layered it on panels of CS with a lace ribbon inspired by the sketch from the 2 Sisters Blog.  The three buttons were added when I could not find a sentiment to fit.

This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
Robyn's Fetish #111 - Add Some Lace
Craft Your Passion #114 - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday - Butterflies
Simon Says - Joy's Summer Photo Inspiration
DP2 #139 - At the Park

IMAGES:  The focal image is by Mo Manning from Penny Black; Zentangled garden background I drew with a Micron .01
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; base CS is from my endless stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS: lace ribbon and buttons from my stash. 
INKS: "Aged Mahogany" Distress Ink was used on the edges of the top panel; The image is colored with Copics: 


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Three Fishes...

This is one of several cards that I made using tissue over the background.  In this case I used a background stamp from Stamp Out Cute, adhered plain white tissue paper, cut down the edges and glued to the front of black CS.  The final step was to stamp the fish three times, cut out and glue on top.  Done!  I like how the tissue mutes the background.

This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
Just Some Lines - Black and White Only
One Stitch at a Time #117 - The Man in Your Life
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes

IMAGES:  The focal image is from The Herbarium; background is from Stamp Out Cute
PAPER: Base CS and white tissue paper are from my stash
INKS: The images are stamped with Versafine Black

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Quilted Bunting...

All in all - a pretty quick card... I used a 1" punch to punch out the squares from Basic Grey DP, mounted them on a black panel in a quilt pattern and centered the panel on my card front.  Next was to use a larger square punch, cut each square in half and cut the V in the bottom.  The top was scored about 1/4 inch so I could easily fold the pennants over and tape to the black embroidery thread.  Two holes were punched in each corner of the base card front, the thread was sewn through and then knotted on the front.  The sentiment is Hero Arts - Operation Write Home collection.
The inside is shown at the right.


This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
Quirky Crafts 12-2012 - Sky's the limit
Basic Grey - Clean and Simple
One Stitch at a Time #117 - The Men in your Life
Catered Crop - Banners and Bunting
Sentimental Sunday #106 - For a Special Guy
ABC Challenge - Q is for Quilt

IMAGES:  The sentiment and stars are from Hero Arts - Operation Write Home
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; DP is from Basic Grey -"Life of the Party"; base CS is Georgia Pacific and my stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS: Pennants are strung on embroidery thread.
INKS: The images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black & colored with Copics:E07

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Three Crowns...

This clean and simple card was made with a color blocking technique I saw on a video recently.  So easy and a great way to use up scraps.  It requires a panel cut down smaller than the A2 base card, lay down several strips of double sided tape and then lay down color strips cut randomly from scraps.  Once covered, turn the panel over and cut away any overlap with scissors.  The "Crazy Crowns" were stamped on left over pieces and then embossed.  At this point they were fancy cut and turned over and dry embossed from the back.  This allows the crowns to curve outward and they were mounted with foam tape to maintain the dimension. Gemstones and pearls were added to embellish them and the sentiment was put on a banner and mounted last.  Inside is also simple...



This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
2 Sisters #94 - Inside and Out
Less is More #70 - Red, white and blue
Simon Says - Crowns or Gems
Cuttlebug Spot - Fit for a Queen

IMAGES:  The focal image "Crazy Crowns" and the sentiment are both from Stampendous.
PAPER:  Base CS is Georgia Pacific; all the other paper from my stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS: Pearls and gemstones are from Pizzazz Aplenty.
INKS: Tim Holtz Embellishing Ink and Versafine black.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Red, White and Blue...


 A "CASE" card based on the Penny Black sketch (see below) was fun and definitely a challenge.  The Penny Black bear image was colored with Copics and then the assembly began.  The base CS was embossed with a Cuttlebug, the circle cut with a Spellbinder die,  tags with a Sizzix die -(eyelets used for all three), flowers and centers punched out and all was assembled.  A 2nd balloon was colored, cut out and mounted on foam tape as was the "Wish" tag.

This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
Penny Black #204 - CASE it
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Clear It Out  - Male project w/ eyelets
Quirky Crafts 12 2012 - Sky's the Limit

IMAGES:  The focal image is Penny Black 
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images;  all other CS from my endless stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Eyelets and ribbon from stash
INKS: The images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black & colored with Copics:


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Wishing you well...

 This card was made for a couple of challenges - including one that calls for pink and green and one following a sketch by Agnieszka from "Case Study".  (See below)
When I found this paper that I made years ago, I decided I had finally found a good use for it. And while I was at it, I decided everything needed to be recycled or from my stash pile.  The bear image is one colored months & months ago, the vellum and green paper are scraps.

This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
Case Study - sketch by  Agnieszka
Simon Says - Anything Goes
CMC #44 - Pinks and Greens

IMAGES:  The focal image is ??
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; background is my own handmade paper; base CS is from my stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS: Vellum strip and green CS punched with a Martha punch.
INKS: Distress Inks were used on the sentiment piece; the image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black & colored with Copics: R30, 32, 35;  G20, 21, 24; E31, 33, 35

Monday, June 4, 2012

Celebrate Wildly...

 An unassuming front opens into something a little more fun...
making the inside piece is actually easy - use the photo below as a visual guide...

  • Fold CS a little smaller than an A2 card and fold back both flaps so the edges meet the center fold making an "M" fold  This makes your inner pop-out.
  • Open the side panels back up and then, along the fold, punch a shape - any one will do - a heart, circle, square, etc  Make sure  the fold is cut when you punch... see my sample - I used a heart shape..
  • For your base card, in this case an A2 size card, add DP as desired and then glue or tape down the flaps of the "M" shaped inner CS - center it - and be careful to check that it does not show outside the A2 card when it is closed.
  • Decorate as you like... you can put things inside the window or hang things from the top of the window.


  
This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
Simon Says - Anything Goes (w/ twine)
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
2 Sisters #94 - Inside and Out
Quirky Crafts Challenge 12 2012 - The Sky's the Limit (birds)

IMAGES:  The crows are from Peddler's Pack; "Fab Birthday" & "Thinking of You" sentiments are from Hero Arts;stitching from Sew Stamper; "Celebrate" is from Rubberman.
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; DP is from K & Company; base CS is Georgia Pacific or from my stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS: Pennants are by My Mind's Eye; Ribbon and twine from my endless stash.
INKS: The images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black & colored with Copics:

Not Amused...


OK, fun inspirational challenges leading me to a little quirky play with Mo Manning's image - "Bossy".  I printed her out twice - one for the background and one to color and fancy cut to layer.  I sculpted the image to give her dimension by dry embossing the focal image and crown from the back.   The background was created by adding a shadow around the image to help add depth, then with two shades of light blue Copics I created the rain and the puddle bottom right.  Finally, using Distress Inks, I sponged in the background color from the edge toward the image.  The crown was gold heat embossed on blue CS and all kinds of gemstone bling added in honor of the Diamond Jubilee.  All the cut out pieces were attached with foam tape to maintain the curvature.  Finally the focal image panel was layered on a blue panel and then the red and white polka dot DP from Basic Grey.  Specific sources can be found below.



This card should be eligible for the following
CHALLENGES:
Basic Grey #69 - Diamond Jubilee
Simon Says - Anything Goes
DP2 #137 - Weather Related (rain and mud puddle!)
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time #116 - Use a Digi
Quirky Crafts Challenge 12 2012 - The Sky's the Limit (rain)
The Cuttlebug Spot - Fit for a Queen

IMAGES:  The focal image is "Bossy" from Digital Pencil Too  by Mo Manning; crown is from Stampendous.
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; DP is from Basic Grey's "Oliver" Collection; base CS is Georgia Pacific or from my stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS: Gemstones are from Pizzazz Aplenty
INKS: "Weathered Wood" & "Stormy Sky" Distress Inks were used to create the background color; the image is printed on a Canon PIXMA & colored with Copics: