Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Pointed Post

It's Wednesday, and... wait? What's that you say? It's the last day of July? How is that possible? A few days in Ottawa, ten days in B.C. and an amazing weekend-long summer student work reunion and the month is over? Wow. :D 
Back to the topic at hand. It's Wednesday, and that means a new challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges. This week we are asking you to add an arrow to your card or other crafty project. Our teammate and Close to My Heart consultant Jaime is offering a terrific prize this week, and also generously sent some stamped images to the design team members to use. She sent me a sentiment that was just what I needed to make a birthday card for a certain person in my life. 

The sentiment of course made me think of Broadway musicals, so the music panel, sponged with pastels (a new love!) came first, followed by a few elements to set off the sentiment.
It's fun to see the different ways arrows can be incorporated into a design, so be sure to check out the rest of the design team's creations, then show us yours! 

Supplies: white, mauve & blue cardstock, Local King Rubber Stamp music background, Paper Smooches A Little Lovin' & Close to My Heart sentiment stamps, Memento tuxedo black Versafine onyx black & Memories passion red inks, Zing! clear & Ranger ruby red embossing powders, Stampin' Up pastels, small heart punch, Studio Calico wood veneer, pop-dot tape

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Monday, July 29, 2013


That's me! While normally I try to avoid ever having to be a designated driver ;) I am thrilled to be joining the other Designated Designers over at the Drunken Stampers Challenge Blog. You can see all the newest designers here. I am on Team Yellow Canary, along with my stamping buddy Jessi, who encouraged me to try out. (Thanks, Jessi!) A Yellow Canary is not a cocktail I've ever tried, but it sounds quite delightful, particularly if I accidentally leave out the Galliano. :P 
I wanted to have a card to go along with my announcement, but this has been one of those weeks of much to do and little time to craft. So a reprise of a card that to me fits with my new design team's philosophy...

Original details here

My official duties start Saturday, when I'll be back with a project for my first challenge as a designated designer! 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Magic Mushrooms

It's time for a new challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges! This week, it's Time to Sparkle. Use glitter, bling, or any other way you can think of to add a little sparkle to your crafty item. Our sponsor is Stitchy Bear Stamps, who offer a variety of stamps and papers by great designers. I'm using an image called Mushroom Town by Alipeeps Art for my card today:

In my ideal world, all magical mushrooms would have red caps with sparkling polka-dots. The caps are paper-pieced, and the stems shaded with watercolour pencils. For the dots, I first coloured them in with a white gel pen, then painted them with iridescent paint for the shine. The windows have black gel pen with silver mullions (why yes, I did look that up) as well as sparkle. And I'll admit, I did come up with the sentiment all on my own. ;) A half pearl in the sentiment and tiny ones for the doorknobs add a different bit of bling. 
Whether you add a bit of sparkle, as I did, or decide to go all out, come and join us! 

Supplies: white & red cardstock, Alipeeps Art Mushroom Town image, watercolour pencils, black, silver & white gel pens, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, Recollections black half pearls

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mmm, Gelatos

Of course you know I don't mean the delicious frozen treat. :D Yes, I'm the latest person to jump on the Gelatos bandwagon, and wow, are they fun! Here's my very first attempt at using these fun watercolour sticks:

I hope further use will lead to more finesse, but I'm still quite happy with how the background layer turned out. I clear-embossed the background stamp, rubbed three colours of Gelatos on, and blended them with my fingers! Could it be any simpler? A fancy sentiment and banner was all that was needed. 
That's all from me for now, I have Gelatos to play with.

Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla & melon mambo cardstock, watercolour paper, Impression Obsession roses cover-a-card & Judikins calligraphic sentiment stamps, Versamark & Memories black inks, clear embossing powder, Gelatos, My Favorite Things layered label dies, May Arts black ribbon, Queen & CO. black brads

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Best Fishes

This week for the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge, the inspiration is all things ocean.

They are also encouraging Clean and Simple designs, and that is definitely what I've done: 

Why I couldn't be happy with saying "birthday fishes" I don't know, but I decided to use the word "best" from Woofers and Tweeters with the "fishes" instead. I tried the fish in a Polaroid frame, but decided a faux porthole made so much more sense. :P The eye is glossy and the hat Stickled, of course. 
Best fishes to you! Have a great weekend.

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, My Mind's Eye Six by Six Away We Go patterned paper, Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies & Woofers and Tweeters stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Sharpies, Spellbinders circle dies, clear rock candy Distress Stickles, Glossy Accents, pop-dot tape

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Baby Time at Crafty Creations Challenges

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another Crafty Creations challenge, and this week we are looking for your baby-related projects. Our challenge this week is generously sponsored by Beccy's Place, and I've used one of her digis for my card: 

As soon as I saw this image, I knew I wanted to paper-piece the letters and shape the card around them. All the many patterned papers come from Echo Park's Little Girl line, and I so like that I could make a card suitable for a girl OR a boy using them. I played with a few ideas to make the balloons more, well, balloon-like, but in the end decided I liked them best keeping them the same as the rest of the design. I did trace the balloon strings with a clear glitter pen. With so many happy patterned papers, I think I'll enter this in Moxie Fab World's Mixy-Matchy style challenge.
Link up your baby-inspired project for your chance to choose three images from this week's fabulous sponsor! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Echo Park Little Girl patterned paper, atyou Spica clear glitter pen

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I Aspire

... to be a Drunken Stamper. :D Seriously, is that not the best name for a challenge blog ever? I've been watching my friend Jessi play for a while (not to mention that she joined the design team!), and decided it was time to jump in. 

This week's movie challenge is Enchanted, or alternatively, you can riff on the theme of fairy tales. I think I've managed to cover both with a card celebrating true love, because isn't that one of the themes of the movie, as well as some (okay, certainly not all) fairy tales? Not to mention cute critters. (Pip's cute!) :D

Simon Says Stamp has been designing some seriously sweet animal stamp sets, and this is one of the ones I had to have. The watercolouring is based on our current cat and her late lamented brother. I hadn't tried just colouring the edges of a calico cat before, but I think it worked rather nicely. The photo may not show this clearly, but the thin blue heart is actually a frame on top of the popped-up patterned paper layer. The sentiment is from the same set (with part masked off), cut with a Simon Says Stamp die. It's a bigger card than I usually do -- 5 1/2" square -- so now I need to make an envelope. 
Speaking of Simon Says Stamp... one more entry for their current Anything Goes challenge! 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up bashful blue cardstock, Echo Park Little Girl patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp Furry Kisses, Versafine onyx black & Memento rosebud inks, clear embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp small folded banner die, Lifestyle Crafts heart dies, watercolour pencils, pop-dot tape

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