Thursday, September 30, 2010

Firecracker Designs Digi Stamp Guest Designer

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I was thrilled to be selected as a guest designer for Firecracker Designs by Pamela.  I will be working with a few of her digi stamps and will post a new design each Friday.  I am very sorry to hear she is closing her store, but life has a way of rearranging priorities.  Her close-out sale starts October 1 (today) and her last sale day will be mid-December.  I am doing digital stamps, but I have many of her rubber stamp sets and I enjoy using them!

  My first card uses Pumpkin Head which was a fun design to work with. 

I colored him with Copic markers and I am the first to admit, I am a beginner at coloring!  I wanted more of a playful rather than scary, so he is done in light colors.  I colored a second head and skull, cut them out and popped them for depth.  I also used P K Glitz glitter in the pumpkin's facial features and the skull's one eye.  I didn't do this yet, but I think before I mail this to one of my kids away at college I will use glossy accents on the glitter to keep it in one place (my boys never look at my blog, so I'm safe posting a picture. LOL).  The sentiments are part of the digi set; I printed them out tore them and edged them with metallic purple ink.

I love easel cards, they are easy to make and are a great presentation.  I ran the purple layer through my Big Shot using the Swiss Dots folder for texture, then added the zig zag paper (I've had it for at least a year and don't know who's it is - if you know, please leave a comment and I will add it) and the last layer is bright orange.  Some ribbon from WalMart finished it off.

I hope you like him!  I'll be back next week with a project using another of Pamela's wonderful images.

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My projects are highlighting Shine Design Papers from Paper Wishes


This card is covered with red shine design with green used as accent pieces, the medallion is on a gold DP also from PW and the gold brad comes from the Christmas Creative Kit. I love tea bag folding, they add such a WOW factor to cards and they are very easy to do.

I also wanted to share 2 quick and easy cards with you!

I cut my folded cardstock with Nestabilities leaving the top uncut to form the card bases.  I then cut the White Shine Design with the same Nestie, added a large brad buddy (I love the snowman and his carrot nose!) and some ribbon from my stash.  The Ho Ho Ho is a rub on and I used blue foil both from the Foil, Glitter, Flock collection from We R Memory Keepers.

All 3 of these cards are headed for my Operation Write Home box which will be going out this weekend.  If you can, please think about sending on some of your cards for deployed troops to use to keep in touch with their families back home.  I know I would have loved to have these cards available when I was deployed.  I hope you liked my cards and are enjoying the hop.

Please remember, to follow the instructions above to be eligible for the prizes and good luck!  Now you need to go to the next blog on the list, all the talent is absolutely amazing!

Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing:
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Becca's Heart for Creativity :
Crafty Imaginings by Jen:
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Crafty Patti' s Card Crafts:
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jumping Around for PaperCutz Challenge 60

Happy Friday to you!

     This week the PaperCutz challenge is to use a hand drawn, digi image or hand stamped image of a critter with any colors or theme you would like.  I had been planning a card in my head all week, but when I sat down to make it, the end result was totally different!  I'm sure that's happened to everyone a time or two.  Last night I was looking through an old craft magazine and they had a feature on brayers, one of the techniques shown was to put elastics on your brayer.  Now this is probably an oldie for many of you, but I have never tried it until this morning.  As soon as I saw what I got, I knew I had to use my frogs for the card. 

The frogs are actually a stencil by Nellie's Choice which is available through Inspired Designs.  There are a lot of other fun designs available along with Christmas styles.  I used a green shimmer cardstock and ran the stencil through my Big Shot and cut the little guys out.  I didn't have googly eyes small enough so I used a white gel pen and a black Sharpie.  I then used my Quickie Glue Pen to add green flock to just their tummies.  I layered the top piece on blue corrugated paper and then on a green card.  Really pretty quick and simple, but it will definitely bring a smile to your face!  This card will go in my box for Operation Write Home.  I pledged to make 100 cards this month in honor of their birthday and I have 15 more to go.

It would be easier, I know, to make multiples of cards and I did do that with birthday cards I scraplifted from Cheryl at Inspired Designs.  I like to make different cards, keeps the creative juices flowing.  Thanks for stopping by!  Please join us at PaperCutz Challenge this week and also consider donating some of your home made cards to Operation Write Home!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

PaperCutz Challenge #59

This week the PaperCutz Challenge is to make a card, layout or other project with a Halloween theme using no black or orange.  All of my Halloween paper has black and/or orange on it, so that was out.  I needed to take a different angle.  I used a digi stamp from Sew Many Cards which I printed out twice.  The distinctive thing with each of this company's images is they each have a patch or two in the design.  I couldn't seem to incorporate them into my design, so the alterations are mine and don't reflect on Sew Many Cards!

I cut apart one of the images into four pieces, ran them through my Xyron sticker maker and then used loose glitter on the sticky side.  I then coated each of the pieces with Inkessentials Glossy Accents.  This card is going to my dau who is away at College; I didn't think she would appreciate getting a card that "shed" glitter all over the place.  I then glued the pieces on the second image to complete my focal.  The patterned paper is from K&Company and I checked closely, there is no orange or black.  The photo doesn't show the color well, but the second layer is lime green and the bottom layer a bright purple.  I printed the sentiment using purple ink and then ran lines of 1/8' scor-tape and added more purple glitter.  The hat was pop-dotted and I finished off with a purple fiber from HOTP.  The inside has the sentiment of "Wear it!  Happy Halloween" layered on the green and purple cardstock.  My scrap room and my dog are covered in green and purple glitter, but that's all part of the fun.

It's your turn now!  Please play along with us and post your creation at the PaperCutz Challenge blog for a chance to be entered in the grand prize drawing at the end of the month!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 10, 2010

PaperCutz Challenge #58

Good morning!  I'm a little late posting my design for this week's PaperCutz Challenge!  This week, your mission is to make a project using a tag and any theme you want.  The winner of each week's challenge is then eligible for the monthly grand prize, so play along!

I used alcohol inks to make this gift bag and tags.  The bag is a frosted plastic bag you fold together, I use Copic marker reinkers for my alcohol inking.  I have a home made applicator which is a stamp block left over after I unmounted all my wood stamps and I buy the sheets of felt at Walmart and cut them up.  I used R39 and G28 and a Krylon Gold Leafing Pen.  I inked the inside of the bag, but you can certainly do the outside which would make a much shinier appearance!  For the tags, I cut a large red cardstock tag and used the Leafing Pen around the edges as I did for the rest of the tag group.

I then alcohol inked a vellum envelope and another scrap of vellum for the second tag.  The last tag is red cardstock which I gold embossed from a $1 stamp set which I think I bought at Joanne's or Michaels.  I used a gold brad and a small piece of gold edged mesh ribbon to hold the tags together.  Then I finished the whole thing off with some gold curling ribbon.  This will make a fabulous presentation for my sisters-in-law at Christmas.  I'm working on a set of note cards for each of them (don't tell!) LOL

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to join in the fun and post your creation on the PaperCutz Challenge blog for a chance to win the monthly grand prize!

Friday, September 3, 2010

PaperCutz Challenge #57

Good morning!

  Today is my first PaperCutz Challenge as a Design Team member!  This week's challenge is to make a project using 1 ribbon, 2 buttons and 3 colors and any theme you want.  I made a card that will go in my Operation Write Home box.  The double sided paper and the sentiment are from Stampin Up.  The ribbon came from WalMart and the buttons have been in my sewing basket for a very long time. 

 Challenges are a lot of fun!  Please join us this week at PaperCutz Challenge and play along!