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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday with Frosted Design's Garden of Abundance Kit!

Hello fellow crafters!!!  I'm up on the Frosted Design's Blog today with a tutorial for a mixed media card!  Let's take a look, shall we?!?

I used this month's Garden of Abundance Kit which was designed by yours truly!  Here's my finished card:


I used the current sketch #109 over at Cardabilities by the ever-so-talented Karen Gerber:

Now, here's a look at how I made this cad in just a few simple steps!
 First, grab the papers you want to use and measure them to size (4.75x6.75 here to mount on 5x7 card base).  Add some texture using your favorite stencil and molding paste or something similar.  Ink the edges with the lighter ink in the kit, making sure to come in some on the actual card.  Finish the edges with black ink.  


Ink the edges of your outer piece, then use a distress tool around all the edges!  Grab some chipboard (flourish 18 used here from the Creative Embellishments Store) and color it with your favorite mediums! Layer it all on your card base and embellish as desired :-)

See how easy that is?!?  Here are some close-ups:




And here is another card I created this month's fabulous kit!  Details for this one can be found here!!!


Well gang...  Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Handmade Sympathy Card for Creative Embellishments!

Hello there fellow crafters!!! It appears the "Fall Season" is well underway in most of the U.S. with beautiful hues shining through on almost everyone's favorite social media pics. I, however, reside in the Sunshine State where Fall is simply a made up term as we only have two seasons: Spring and Summer! Hahahahaha!!! So, I used this month's inspiration photo over at Creative Embellishments as a starting point to create a sympathy card for a friend in need, grabbing the beautiful hues in the picture to make up my card!

Here's another look at this month's inspiration pic:


I truly love the colors in this pic which is very apparent with my project.  I completed the card using this month's Garden of Abundance kit from Frosted Designs!


I also distressed the edges of my card with a distress tool and some ink as part of this month's challenge! 

Here are some close-ups of the yummy chipboard pieces I used on this project:
First I created a background with the Binary background stamp and black distress ink.  I also used my Tim Holtz layering stencil with molding paste for some background texture.


I painted the Flourish 18 with some Luminarte Paint from my stash, then added a coat of crackle paint for texture (yes, this is my FAV technique right now!!!).


I grabbed flowers and embellishments from this month's and previous month's FD kits to dress it up a bit!


Finally, I added various sized hexagons which were painted with brown distress paint and inked over with black distress ink.


Well gang... Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Trick or Treat with Sketch N Scrap!!!

Hello fellow crafters!!!  Just popping in to share another card for the World Card Making Month over at Sketch N Scrap!

This challenge is to make a card for your favorite holiday... And that just so happens to be Halloween!!!
Here's a look at my card:



I used an old K&Company paper pad I had lying around and added on some coordinating embellies and liquid pearls for accents!



Well gang... Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)


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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Garden of Abundance Layout and New Kit Challenge!!!!

Hey there crafters!!!  Happy October!!!!  We are here again with another fabulous kit (designed by yours truly!) and a layout to showcase all the wonderfull-ness included this month!

Here's a look at the kit:

Authentique's "Harmony" collection is featured in the kit as well as goodies from Prima, Fabscraps, Kaisercraft, and more!

The colors in the kit were perfect for a photo of me and my sister at my wedding a few years back.  Here's a look:

The blue in her dress just makes the photo pop!
Here are some close-ups using other goodies from the kit:

 
 (I used the background stamp to add some detail to my page and the ink included to color my wooden and chipboard pieces!  LOVING those butterflies as well!)


  
 -I also used tons of goodies from past kits (like the blue Prima wire, burlap flower, metal findings, and Lindy's yellow embossing powder for the bird cage!).


 I finished the page with one of the beautiful Prima burlap flowers included and some other "found" objects!

What will YOU create?!?!?

Our kit challenge is simple...  All you need to do is create a project, ANY TYPE OF PROJECT, using ANY past or present FD kits and submit below!  You'll be entered to win a fabulous prize!

Scrapmatts is providing a $30.00 prize package to one lucky winner!!!!!!!!!!!  So get to it gang!!!! 


 You have until noon on October 31st to submit your entries!!





Products used from the Frosted Designs Store:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Altered Witch Hat with Creative Embellishments Chipboard!

Hello everyone!!! I am so excited to announce that I am up on the Creative Embellishments Blog today with my first "solo" post!!! I've made a fabulous Halloween themed project to share :-)

Here's another look at this month's inspiration photo:

And here is my off-the-page project:


 
I am in love with this month's inspiration photo as Halloween is my favorite holidays to decorate for! I was, of course, inspired by the jack-o-lanterns, bats, and overall "spooky" set up in the background! I pulled some colors from the pic to create this altered witch's hat! 
I first cut a rose from the "Giant Flowers" cart on my Cricut Explore. I distressed the flower (which started as regular pattern paper that was misted, inked, sprayed, and attacked with a ton of glitter!!!!) and edges of all the papers, as well as the chippies!


I used several 1 1/2 gears and inked them, misted them, then coated them with crackle distress paint in rock candy.





I applied the same treatment to the Flourish 15, using orange and black based distress inks and rock candy distress paint.



There you have it!  My first Halloween project of the year!!!!





Well gang... Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

G45 Steampunk Spells with Creative Embellishments!!!

Hey there crafters!!!  Today is my first post with my new DT over at Creative Embellishments!!!

Here's a look at this month's inspiration photo:

Your challenge is to ALSO DISTRESS (any number of ways to accomplish this technique!  Feel free to use one, or all of them!

 And here is my project:

This is one of my all time favorite collection from Graphic 45!!!  Halloween is absolutely my most favorite holiday to decorate for so this challenge was "right up my alley"!!!
I started by layering up all my papers, distressing them with black ink along the way.  I added a fancy oval frame that was inked, misted, and coated with distress crackle paint in rock candy!  I added liquid pearls for accents :-)


I finished the card with a steampunk corner that was inked with Iced Spruce and Black Soot distress inks, as well as other embellishments from this collection!


My first Halloween card of the year!!!  You'll be seeing a lot more in just the next few days ;-)



Well gang... Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Last Reveal for Let's Get Sketchy with 7 Dots Illumination Collection!!!

Hello fellow crafters and happy Monday!  It's a bitter sweet day for me today as I say goodbye to the wonderful ladies over at Let's Get Sketchy!  As much as I love working on the team, my life has become quite a bit hectic with my invitation business in full swing! 

So without further ado, here is this week's sketch:

I also combined this sketch with Scrap Around the World's FAB-U-LOUS moodboard for the month of September:


I knew as soon as I saw this board that I wanted to scrap my wedding pics of myself!  My wedding was everything I could've asked for and more and to marry my best friend was (and is still) a fairy tale come true!!!  He is truly my soul mate :-)

I won't get all mushy here on you guys so here is my take on the sketch and board:


I was inspired by the overall "fairy tale" theme of the board and of course incorporated that into my layout in various places.  Also the colors, especially the pinks, greys, and blacks!  The heart box with cogs reminded me of a clock so I added a large clock die-cut in the background and colored it to match the hues on my page!  

I started my page by adding my background using a layering stencil with some molding paste.  Once dried, I used my finger and rubbed various gelatos over top to add some color.  I also flicked some Lindy's Stamp Gang mist for added detail and some shimmer :-)  I found some shipboard squares in my stash and decided to add them to my page as well!  They were colored with Maya Road white mist, gelatos, and mist.


I LOVE Creative Embellishments chipboard and had to add some to my page!  My title and circle panel were coated with gesso, then colored with various inks and/or gelatos, then misted with clear shimmer spray for some shine!  I also added a resin fairy from last month's kit over at Frosted Designs to tie in the overall theme!


I knew I had to have a healthy portion of flowers on my layout so I made a cluster in between the pics, adding more resin pieces along the way!  I used some liquid pearls for added accents in areas around the page!


I finished the page with some letter stickers and bling!!!


Well gang... Thanks so much for stopping in and have a LUCKY day :-)


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