Showing posts from October, 2013

A Banner Fall

I have been working on this for a couple of days.  Just for fun.  I thought a little banner in my entry way would be fun.  I saw these little canvas flags at Hobby Lobby and the ideas started flowing.
 I have this mirrored coat rack in my entryway.  It is about 4 feet wide. There are 5 flags total.  I used a lot of die cuts.   I first cut the letters and covered them in glitter.  I started making flowers and then had the idea for the leaves.  I cut one leaf from burlap and put tiny gold beads around the edge and then cut the second one from paper and covered in UTEE.  The acorns are from a bunch I found on clearance at Joann's.  They look real, but am pretty sure they are not.  I first made this large leaf combo and realized it was way to big to add to one of the letter flags, so I decided to add a separate flag in front for it.   I then made a smaller one to add to the L flag.

 (oops.. there I am in my nightgown.  guess I should have taken the photos before I hung them up in front…

First: a HUGE thank you...

to Tara and Deborah at Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge Blog.  They, so kindly, gave me a special mention on the winners page from their last challenge (scroll to the bottom).  I am very honored.
On to the next challenge, #4.  Luckily for me, it is a sketch this time:

 I hope you all like the Funky flowers set as much as I do,  cause I'm using it again:  A couple of notes on this one.   I do not have a fancy photography set up, nor a fancy camera.  I basically stand the cards on my desk, turn on my very old desk lamp (from the 60s, I think), turn off my flash and shoot away.   So, first off, the band across the center looks brownish in the photo.  It is not brown at all; it is actually a pewter color.  Very similar to the Pewter SU embossing powder (love this stuff) that I used on the flower centers and around the larger oval.  I really like how the edge of the oval came out.  I new it needed a little something.  I just rolled the edges on my Versamark pad.

Secondly, the pearls a…

Moxie Fab World: Tuesday Trigger

Most times when I look at a challenge photo I get an idea in my head pretty quickly.   Not so with the current Tuesday Trigger:
I was stumped.  I played around with some ideas in my head and...   zero, zilch, nada.  I was at my favorite store, Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley, the other day and saw this paper:

It's MME, Cut & Paste, Presh, Tribal.  The colors are more subtle in real life and almost a perfect match.  Along with the colors and design, it couldn't have been more perfect.  Had to have it.

So I purchased the sheet of paper and a new Sizzix Framelits Flip-it die.   Here is my card:
 And a close up of the flower.
Ugh, I just noticed.  When you die cut these flip-it cards the back of the paper actually ends up on the front of the card for the flip section.  Check out the paper behind the blue frame.  All of those marks are from my ugly, way over used, cutting plates.  The back always look bad but usually don't matter.  I'll have to remember to use a newer …

Papercraft Star Challenge #165

Today I am participating in the Papercraft Star Challenge #165. Here is the inspiration:
The first thing to catch my eye in the photo were the vertical columns and the light green color of the building.  I wanted to play off those things and the orange color. Here is my card:  I learned something with this card.  Embossing even heavy cardstock really weakens it.  The green is a piece of PTI cardstock which is pretty heavy.  I adhered it with demensionals and then I noticed that the cardstock was really week and the edges were kind of caving in?  I had to go around and add dimensionals on almost all of the edges.  In real lfe it doesn't look lumpy like it does in the photo.  I think next time I want to do this I will have to adhere it to another piece of cardstock before poppoing it up to give it strength.
I added a strip of sparkle tape between the two green pieces:

If this card looks a bit familiar to you it is probably because I cased it almost exactly from an Ellen Hutson…

Sketchbook Saturday #107

I have long been a fan of Iwona Palamountain's blog. I really like her style, I always love her cards. I don't think I have ever participated in any of her challenges though.   I fell in love with her card and the sketch this week:
So I decided to give it a go.  I found an old 6X6 Prima pad, Madelaine.  This collection has some of the most beautiful papers in it.  I just think they are so pretty.  Here is my card:
The card base is PTI soft Stone.  It is a really lovely shade.  The butterfly is a Memory Box two-part die.  love it.

You can't really see it in the photos, but I added Wink of Stella pen (clear) over the butterfly body.  Love that pen, I think I need more colors.  I tried a ribbon across the top like the sketch but it was just too heavy.  I found this little MFT scroll die in my stash and went with that instead.   It also has Wink of Stella on it.
 I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment and added bling to the bottom.  I'm really happy with how this card came out…

Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge 3

Now, this was a challenge!   The third WMS Fanatic Challenge is Halloween themed and you must use WMS stamps.  I only have two sets and they are not even close to Halloween themed.  I really wanted to participate.  I have a girlfriend whose birthday is on Halloween and I wanted to make a gift tag for her.   I struggled, thinking of how I could make a Halloween themed tag with the sets I have.   I took a good look at the Simple Srig set:  See those round flowers on the right.  I stamped them and cut them out to resemble pumpkins.   So I used those and the leaves to create this tag:
I made a lot of mistakes on this.  It actually turned out alright though, because I wanted a kind of grungy feel to it.  The lamp post is an old Sixxlets strip die I found on clearance somewhere. Here is a close up of the pumpkins, I kinda like them:
 Found a small piece of ricrac in my scraps and tied in on here:
I can't wait till the next WMS release.  Hopefully there will be something I can't liv…

Moxie Fab - Tueday Trigger

Hi there,
When I saw the current Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab:

I immediately thought of a Hero Arts gate stamp that I purchased a few years ago.  I found a pretty scrap of patterned paper and embossed the gate over it.  I used SU pewter embossing powder; this stuff is so pretty.

I tried to recreate the flowers from the trigger on top of the gate.  First, I put liquid pearls in the center of the flowers but it looked terrible once it dried.  I have no luck with that stuff, it never turns out well.  I then glued some little pearls over the centers.  It looks better not so close up. I was also trying to recreate a trailing vine.  I didn't have exactly the right die for the vine, but am still pretty happy with the way the card turned out.
 I thought the card was so pretty so I decided to not add anything else; sentiment etc.  It came out a little smaller that an A2 card.

Thanks for visiting.
See you soon,