June 2014

June 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tim Holtz Double Time at Sketch N Scrap!!!

Hello everyone!!  I hope you're having a fabulous July so far!!!!  

Just popping in to share some cards I made for the new card sketch over at Sketch N Scrap!
Here's a look at the fabulous new sketch:

I LOVED this sketch sooo much that I used it to make TWO cards!!!!  That's right...  And of course I had to use products from one of my all time favorite people ;-)


Aren't they so wonderful?!?  Seriously?!?  LOVE them :-)
I started with Neenah Kraft as my base, then added my layers of inked up paper, using pop-dots for dimension along the way!


I created the windows using my Cricut Explore machine, then added liquid pearls for added dimension!


I then finished each card with a different sentiment, all by the wonderful man known as Tim Holtz!

There you have it crafters!!!  Two simple cards with one fantastic sketch!!!  

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

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Handmade "Frozen" themed Invitations!

Hey there crafty neighbors!!!  I'm just popping in to share some adorable invitations I made for my daughter's birthday next month! 

For the past few months she has insisted that she wants a "Bubble Guppies" party.  So, being the "crafty" mom I am, I spent hours creating cut files for Bubble Guppies invitations and party decor.  Then, like almost all four soon-to-be four year olds do, she changed her mind!  TRUE STORY!!!  Now, what kind of party does a four year old want these days?!  A Frozen party, of course!  So again, I spent hours creating cut files for a Frozen themed party using my new Cricut Explore and Design Space.  I absolutely could not be happier with the results!!!  

Here's a look:

Aren't they just adorable?!?  I am in love with these cute little pop-up cards!  
 The detail on these snowflakes in AMAZING!!!!  I really don't know if there's another machine out there that can cut this intricately!  I mean, these flakes are probably smaller than a quarter!

The best part?  These fold up nicely to fit right into an envelope for mailing!  How cool is that?!?  

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

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Friday, July 18, 2014

New Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs with Prima's Time Traveler Collection!!!!

Whew!!!  It has been one busy month for me!!!  I feel like I've been writing a post every other day or so!!!!

Any who, I'm here today with a fabulous new Friday Challenge posted at Frosted Designs!   Your challenge is to use stitching AND flowers on your project!!
Here's what I created:

This is a card I made for my husband using the June "Capture the Moment" kit at Frosted Designs!  
I started with a Kraft base, then layered up several papers and embellies from the kit!

I used several techniques to alter the wood ATC pieces included in the kit, including using mists, markers, white gelly roll pen, Prima Stamps, and letter stickers from past kits!  

I added some pop dots for dimension!

I cut up a brick panel piece from Creative Embellishments  , then added some inks and mists!

I finished the card with the beautiful Prima script ribbon from the kit, and used my gelly roll pen to create some faux stitching around the border!

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

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Reveal for Week 2 Sketch Challenge at Let's Get Sketchy!!!

Hello there crafters!!!  I hope you are having fabulous weather in this hot July we are having!!!

I'm here today with an amazing new sketch challenge over at Let's Get Sketchy!
Here's a look at this weeks' sketch:

And here is my page:

This is my first attempt as using a large die-cut in my background so I had quite a time! 
I used a cut file from A Cutt Above the Rest for my background die-cut, then inked it with a number of different distress inks and misted it with black Dylusions mist!  After it was dry I matted it with smooth white cardstock.  

I added my photo (this is my oldest daughter on a cruise we took last year! This giant octopus sculpture is on the ship!  I made a flower cluster to the corner of my pic with machine cut die-cuts and hemp cord!

I knew I wanted to use the "Summertime" title from Creative Embellishments for this page.  I applied a thin coat of gesso atop of it,  a small amount of molding paste for texture, then added Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain.  Once dried, I applied Smooch Accent ink in Sundance for some shimmer!

Here's another close-up of the texture and mixture of mediums :-)

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

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Somewhere In Time Layout + Snapguide Tutorial with Frosted Designs "Enchanted" Kit!!!

Hello again my crafty friends!!!  Just popping in to share a wonderful layout created using this month's "Enchanted" kit from the Frosted Designs Store and a quick tutorial on using the Distress Crackle Paint included in the kit!!!

First, let's altered some chippies!  I am a HUGE fan of the Creative Embellishments chipboard... It's durable, easy to alter, and extremely beautiful!!!  So I grabbed a couple pieces from my stash and went to work!  This is my first tutorial in Snap Guide so bear with me!

Check out How to Add Texture to Your Chipboard With Crackle Paint! by Brandi Matos on Snapguide.

I also used the following picture as inspiration from the July challenge over at Creative Embellishments:

And here is my layout!
I took several pictures of my daughter on Halloween of last year.  She was so anxious to be a "purple tooth fairy"!  I made her wand and costume, then took tons of pics and printed them in color and black and white!  This was my first attempt at an accordion fold on my paper so please be nice...  This paper gave me an excellent opportunity to do this!!!

Isn't my "baby" so beautiful?!?  I don't mean to brag but I just can't help myself sometimes :-)

I was totally inspired by the beautiful blue hues in the inspiration photo, the color of the pineapple (these papers and flowers were perfect for that color!!), the beauty of nature behind the main focal point, and those big, luscious flowers in the drinks!!!  

I started by creating the fold on my paper, then heavily distressed the sides with the teal Prima inker and my distress tool.  I also used a chevron cut file from A Cutt Above The Rest to create a stencil, then sprayed black Dylusions ink from the store over it right down the center of my page!  I grabbed some of the Tim Holtz rub-ons from the kit and added them around my page :-)

I fussy cut several elements from the papers in the kit and added them around my page!  I also added several embellies, including the resin clock, Maya road trinket, and the beautiful Petaloo flowers!  I added additional Prima flowers from my stash and even tucked one inside the large bottle cap from the kit!

I finished my page with the yummy chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments that I altered in the above tutorial!  They were painted, heat embossed, then inked!

Although this is my first try at the fan fold on one of my pages, I assure you, it will not be the last!

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

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

It's a Wonderful Life at Sketch N Scrap!

Hello all!!!  Back again with another challenge for you over at Sketch N Scrap!  

Here's a look at card sketch #29:

This sketch totally rocks!!!  The simplicity of the sketch means you can leave it as is, or dress it up as much as you like!
Here is my card:

I used an old Studio Calico 6x6 paper pad from my stash!  I was a little "iffy" at first but it's starting to grow on me!!!
I switched the sketch up a bit, flipping the long banner pieces and turning the card long-ways.  I added the sequins in the right place though!

I used Tim Holtz rub-ons for my sentiment piece that were included in this month's "Enchanted" kit over at Frosted Designs!

I added it all to a kraft base and called it a day!

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

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July's "Enchanted" Kit Challenge at Frosted Designs!!!

Hello there everyone!!!!  For all my Americans, I hope you had a fabulous (and safe) 4th of July!!!!

I'm popping in today with a project for this month's kit challenge over at Frosted Designs!  Here's a look at all this yumminess I had the opportunity to play with:

Can I say fabulous?!?  Seriously... In love with these papers!!!!  As with all of our kit challenges, all you need to do is create a project, ANY TYPE OF PROJECT, using ANY Frosted Designs kit and share it with us here, or on our Facebook page!  It's that easy!!!  At the end of the month, we will randomly draw a winner for that month's prize!!!

Speaking of prizes, this month we have a fabulous one lined up from our friends over at Scor Pal!!!!!!

Scor Pal will be providing a surprise Magnolia Package to one lucky participant of this month's kit challenge!!!! Stop by their site for all their fabulous projects perfect for all your crafting needs!!!!

Now onto my project...  I found this fabulous key cabinet at an outlet store and decided to give it a makeover!  Here's my finished piece:

Isn't it darling?!?  I just LOVE the colors!!!!
I started by coating the entire cabinet with gesso, then applying a heavy coat of the Distress Crackle paint for color.  Once that dried, I added some Smooch Accent in Sundance from the store for some shimmer and added contrast!

I cut up some of the beautiful paper in one inch strips and inked the edges with the Prima chalk in "teal damask" included in the kit!  I added them to the cabinet using some mod-podge and began to embellish!  I grabbed the tiny Petaloo flowers and added them around in various areas, adding some pearl spray behind them.  I clear embossed two of the butterfly stamps using the Prima ink, then colored them in with the same Smooch ink mentioned above :-)

I wanted a small cluster in the bottom right corner so I added a couple flowers from the kit and store, and some other embellies from the kit!  The resin clock was colored using Lindy's Starburst spray in Tibetan Poppy Teal, then coated with gesso, Prima ink, and some of the distress paint.  I added some Smooch to the Maya Road vintage scissors and added them to the cluster as well!

I used other papers from the kit to decorate the box, inking all the edges with the chalk ink!

To finish the cabinet, I grabbed papers from this kit, and paper from the Beauty of Nature kit, and adhered them to the inside with mod podge!  I hung one of the keys from the kit just for show ;-)

And there you have it!!!  Just one of many ways you can use your kit!  We have a BRAND NEW Kit Team lined up with some fabulous inspiration this month so stay tuned!!!!!  

So what are you waiting for?!?  You have until noon, August the 3rd to submit your projects!!!!

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

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