Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #9


The challenge this week was a "White on White Theme".  The digital image could be colored, but everything else had to be white.  I used the Loves Healing Hands digital stamp, printed on Neenah card stock, and colored with copics.
I used a Cuttlebug foliage embossing folder for the background, and a Spellbinders Pendant Die, for the layer under the image.  The image was also cut with a Spellbinders die.  The flowers, and leaves I made with the Cricut Wildcard cartridge.  I also embossed the flowers with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, then bent them a bit for depth, and added a pearl gem.  The ribbon and lace are finds from the dollar store.
This was a really good challenge, and fun to put together!  There is always something fun, going on at Sassy Cheryl's. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Door Hanger Challenge

Thanks to Lynne's amazing talent she came up with a door hanger challenge and tutorial to celebrate reaching 300 members with Michelle Perkett on Paper Craft Planet.  She generously offered a chance to shop at Michelle's store, a super huge bonus, for one lucky lady!


I used the image Enchanted Slumber.  She is printed on Neenah card stock, and colored with copics.  I layered her on orange card stock.  The designer paper is from the dollarstore. I added ribbon around the hole for the door knob.  I used Stickles for their wings, and on their hair.  The flowers I am quite pleased with, they are from a tutorial in the Card Making and Papercraft magazine for April.  They were originally suppose to be cut with a flower punch, but I didn't have one, so I used my Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge, and improvised.  I like how they look, they are quite 3 dimensional, unfortunately it doesn't show the thickness in the picture.  I used green bling to go around the outside of the door hanger.  Here is a close up of the flowers.


There is 6 layers of the white, 2 layers of the yellow, and 1 layer of the green.  Very easy to do, takes no time at all.  Well, there you have it, my finished door hanger, thanks for popping by. 
Thanks Lynne, this was a lot of fun, looking forward to more of your projects!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

EARTH DAY BLOG HOP!

Happy Earth Day everyone!  This is an amazing blog hop.  Lots of creative ideas using recycled materials.  The guidelines were quite simple, use recycled materials only, exceptions are ink, markers and paint.  There must be something green on your entry, and you can use whatever image you would like.  I hope you have been enjoying the hop, you should of arrived here from Jean's blog.
I made two projects, couldn't decide which one to post, so added them both.  The first one is a "Caddy" made from a six-pack.  Here is the before....
and here is the after.....












I reinforced the bottom and the sides with some cardboard (from a shirt my husband bought) just to give it extra strength.  I painted the handles and inside of the six-pack.  I wrapped the handle with ribbon, added designer paper , and then used a border punch for the trim.  I layered the image on card stock, but also added acetate over the image to protect it.  All the other materials were things left over from other projects.  This looks real nice on my craft table, and I hope to use it for a long time.

The second project I did was Coasters from empty CD cases.


All the images for both projects are from Michelle Perkett.  Since recycling was the theme, I chose the images that I had already printed ages ago, and never got around to using.  I colored the imaged and layered them on card stock, and then on designer paper.  I placed them inside the case.  I used vinyl tape for the trim around the edges, and I also added white card stock to the back to give it a finished look.


I thought they would make a nice gift, so I added ribbon as their gift wrap.
To continue on your journey the next stop is Deanne  I am sure she will have another amazing project.
Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Michelle Perkett Challenge #25 - Movement Card and Spring Theme!


Another wonderful challenge for the Michelle Perkett group!  I used the Kissing Fish Digital stamp, which was originally for Valentines Day.  I cropped out the happy valentines day and added my own hidden message behind the fish.  I printed the stamp on Neenah card stock (it came in the mail yesterday yah!!), and colored them with copics, and then used Stickles on their bodies.  For the pink fish I used the color Cotton Candy, and for the other fish I used the color Mermaid.  I cut them out and pop dotted them onto the moving mechanism.  The card base is yellow Bazzill card stock, I then layered blue card stock, and designer card stock that I picked up at the dollar store.  I machine stitched them together with blue thread.  The sentiment is also layered on Bazzill card stock.  The butterfly, pearls, rhinestones and hearts are made by Crafts, which I also found at the dollar store.  The flower is a Prima Caboodles.  Here is the moving part of the card!


Once it pulls apart it reveals Happy Fathers Day!.  This is my own moving card creation.  The sentiment is also layered on card stock.  There are tabs attached to each fish to pull them apart.  When closed they are hidden between the card base and blue card stock.  Thought I would add a close up of the fish when opened.


So there you have it, my take on a moving card.  For the spring time theme part, I used pastel colors.  Hope you like, thanks for passing threw.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge #26 - Color Challenge


Mo's challenge this week was to use the colors black, white and kraft.  We could add other colors too!  This little minx is called Mary Tapping, and it was a generous freebie on Paper Craft Planet.
Mary is printed on Neenah card stock, and colored with copics.  I chose to make her skirt red just to add a burst of color.  The card base is kraft card stock.  I embossed the white card stock with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The lace edging is a Martha Stewart border punch.  I cut her out with the round Nesties, and layered her on the round scalloped Nesties.  I then used the color kraft from the Making Memories - Rouge and Mocha paper pad and off-centered the image.  The flowers are from Creative Charms called Shimmer Flowers.  The corner punch is also from Cuttlebug.  The designer paper is some I had and for the life of me can't remember who makes it.  The button is attached with red embroidery floss to the ribbon (which is from my growing stash).
Well, there you have it, another fun challenge over at Mo's!  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #6 - And Lots More


For this challenge we had to use a girl image, and ribbon on either a card or 3D project.  I used the digital image Blue Birds Stamp, only I made mine a red breasted bird.  This is such a darling little image.  I printed her on Neenah card stock, and colored with copics.
The card base and layers are blue and green Bazzill card stock.  I made the tulips with a Martha Steward border punch, layering three different colors.  I loved this designer paper (have no clue who it is by) because of the bird house and trees, which go great with the image.  I cut out one of the bees on the paper and pop dotted it, to give a 3D effect, I also used a glitter pen on the body.  The sentiment is from CC Designs also layered on Bazzill paper.  I added a charm and some rhinestones, doubled layered buttons on the ribbon and attached with blue embroidery floss.  The corners were made with a Fiskars embossing corner punch.
I hope  you like this little card, thanks ahead of time for any comments you leave, they are always a welcome treat.  Have a great week!

Michelle Perkett Challenge #24 - Favorite Color Combo And


This is a Free Standing Pop-Up Card, and my entry for the challenge.  I used the most adorable Bunny Ballerina.  One of my favorite color combo's is red and pink.  We also had to add some lace and pearls.  This is how the card looks when it is folded down to put in an envelope.  I think my finger adds something to the card.

This is my little ballerina popping out of her box!  I printed her on Neenah card stock, and colored with copics.  I used crystal clear Stickles for her wings, and a glitter pen on the flowers and dress.  I added a Prima Caboodles flower, and ribbon.  The corners were cut and embossed with a Fiskars punch.
I used pink Bazzill card stock on the front with some lace and beads.  The sentiment is from CC designs also layered on pink and then red card stock.  The designer paper is from some of the scraps I had lying around, and I can't remember who makes it.  The butterfly and pearls are my dollar store treasures!
Just a quick note, thanks to Michelle and everyone on Michelle's group at PCP for your help and understanding with my email take over.  After a long and frustrating day, things went back to normal, or as close as it can get.  I was so happy I didn't have to start all over with a new blog.  You guys are the best, a big hugs comes to you from Montreal!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #23 - A Little Punchy!


This is the handsome "New Henri" from the Spring Tea Party kit, what a bunch of great stamps.  Punches, or die cuts were what we had to use on this weeks challenge.  I used Spellbinders oval, and scalloped nesties die cuts for the stamped image, and a Martha Stewart border bunch for the lace.  I also used a Cuttlebug embossing die for the corners.
I almost had a heart attack, when I went to stamp this image and realized I had no more Neenah card stock, talk about heart palpitations.  I did have some 90 lb. water color paper, so I figured I would give it a try.  The one I have is kind of an off white, and not smooth.  It worked, but I wouldn't recommend it.  I colored the image with copics, but I found the paper sucked up the color, so it looks a little washed out.
I ended up cutting him out and using pop dots for a 3D effect.  The designer paper is from Upsy Daisy Designs and its called Man About Town.  The card stock is from Bazzill.  The ribbons and gems are from my stash.  I believe the buttons are made by Doodlebug.
Well, there you have it, I think he turned out quite good, despite the lack of Neenah card stock.  Guess what I am shopping for this week-end!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Experimenting with Crochet Flowers!

I love to crochet, and thought it would be nice to make some flowers for my cards.  I tried making them with worsted weight yarn, but no matter what size  hook I used they were always too big.  I guess they would be good, if you were using one flower as the main focus for your card.  Here is a sample of the ones I first tried to make.

As you can see, these are quite cute.  I just used a flower from an afghan pattern I had.  It is the same flower, but each one using a smaller hook.  Of course, with thick wool, using a small hook is a real pain!
Finally, I decided to try them with embroidery floss, and a size 1.75mm hook, and it worked perfectly.  They are smaller, and I like the colors better.  They actually match the copics better than wool.  Here is a sample of some I made.

I find these are much nicer than the wool.  I also figured, you could use a smaller stitch in the flower.  If it calls for a double crochet, you could use a half double crochet.  This will make the flower even smaller.
I have so much embroidery floss,  and this is the perfect way to use it up.  These flowers don't take long to do.  I guess about 10-15 minutes each, and it took about 1 spool per flower, which is very inexpensive.
Well, I hope you will give flower making a try.  There are tons of patterns on the net, just try using floss instead of wool.
Happy crafting!

Stamp Something - Pink Somethings Challenge


I guess the challenge is pretty self-explanatory, yep you guessed it, "Pink".  As you can see this card is all decked out in pink!  Many many shades of pink.  I used a Stamping Boutique digital image, called Audrey's New Dress.  It was printed on Neenah card stock, and then I colored her with copics.  I used the Spellbinders oval nesties to cut her out, and then the scalloped nesties to layer her.  I cut the pink one in half, so I could have pink on both sides, I like the look it creates.  The card base is pink Bazzill card stock, and then I layered on some green.  The designer paper is from Doodlebug, called Cherry Amore.  The ribbons and gems are from my stash.  The sentiment is from the Kraftin' Kimmie line.  Again it was cut using Spellbinders.
 I added some homemade touches to the card.  First off, is the butterfly.  I stamped a flower background on some acetate, then cut out a butterfly shape, then I cut a smaller butterfly in pink and layered on top.  I found you couldn't really see the acetate against the card, so I decided to add a pink trim to the butterfly.  I got the instructions for the butterfly in the magazine Card Making and Papercrafts,
if you haven't tried this magazine I urge you to pick it up. The pink trim is my idea.  Here is a close-up of the butterfly.


I have also been experimenting with crocheted flowers, but found they always turned out to big, no matter what size  needle you use.  I solved the problem and will explain at the end of this post.  Again here is a close up.

So that pretty much is my card, I love pink, so it was no chore creating a card with it.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Meljen's Designs Challenge #1 - Anything Goes!


Anything goes, applies to many things....especially when it comes to cards.  I used the digital image "Tom Cat Goes Fishing", I wanted to use this for a man's card, so I decided to go with mostly browns. This is a sweet little image, and a freebie for the PCP group, we are so lucky to get such beautiful images!  It was printed on Neenah card stock and colored with copics.
The card base is dark brown (looks like black in the picture), the designer paper, is gorgeous and a great find at the dollar store.  The buttons and brads are from Doodlebug designs.  I made the butterfly out of leftover card stock and wrapped ribbon around the body and fastened it with a button and some embroidery floss.  I distressed the edges with brown chalk ink.  The green lace was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.  The brown pearls were also a dollar store find.
I purposely kept it simple, to keep with the "man" theme.  I might just use this as a father's day card, which is why there is no sentiment on the card yet.
I really liked doing this challenge, it is always great just putting things together as you go.  I hope you enjoy my card!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #5


For everyone who has daughters, doesn't this adorable image remind you of them.  I smile every time I see this cutie, it reminds me so much of my girls!  For this challenge we were required to either use distressing, rip, tear or antique some part of our card.  I distressed the image using chalk ink.  This was printed on Neenah card stock, and colored with copics.  The designer paper is from Imaginisce called Enjoy Being a Girl, which I think goes hand in hand with this digital image.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch, and  a Cuttlebug corner embossing die.  The sentiment is from Kraftin' Kimmie stamps.  I layered two buttons together with 1/8 inch pink ribbon and then attached it to the bow.  The card base is Bazzill card stock.  I used a Sakura glitter pen on her glasses and jewelry.   I mixed together some red flock and red glitter for the embellishment on the shoes.
I'm always excited to work with the images from Sassy Cheryl's, they always seem to spark some memory for me.
So, there you have it, another challenge card completed, thanks for passing through.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge #25 - Pastel Colors

I found a tutorial for a "Joy Fold Card" and thought I would give it a try for this week's challenge.  I used the freebie that Mo so generously gave us on PCP.


My picture is a little dark, I think my flash wasn't working, have to get the manual out and see what is going on!  The pastel colors I chose were greens and yellows, with some pinks thrown in.  Unfortunately, because it is so dark it is hard to really see the pastel colors.
The delightful digital image was printed on Neenah card stock, then I colored her with copics.  I used green and yellow card stock from Bazzill.  The designer papers I used were  Imaginisce Lucy Bird - Good Morning Sunshine and the plaid is from a Basic Grey paper pad.  This is how the card looks when it is opened.


The ribbons, bling and butterfly came from the dollar store.  I used some light green flock on the butterfly body (it's hard to see on the photo), and gems on the antenna.  The sentiment on the front is from Kraftin' Kimmie.  Here is a close up of the inside.


I used the cuttlebug corner embossing dies on the inside corners.  The cute tulip border is from Martha Stewart.  I really like this type of card, and plan on using it more often.
For anyone interested on trying the joy fold card, you can find the tutorial here at Shelley's Images http://www.shellysimages.com/make-a-joy-fold-card.html
Thanks for stopping by.

Michelle Perkett Challenge #23 - Anything But A Card!


Anything but a card, made me put my thinking cap on, as I don't usually do 3D.  A while ago I was given a site for a tutorial to make a Card Purse, which is what I finally ended up with.  This little purse holds 5 x 4.5 inch cards.  You could always make it bigger.  I think it would be good for invitations, note cards, the sky's the limit!
I used the Cutie Patootie Mermaid digital image by Michelle Perkett.  I printed her on Neenah card stock and colored with copics.  I used Martha Stewart glitter on her tail, and a glitter pen on the flowers and other areas.  She is cut with a circle spellbinders nesties, and then layered on a scalloped circle also cut with a nesties.  I used Bazzill card stock, and the designer paper is from the dollar store.  I glued white beads around the image.  The flowers are from Prima.  Here is a side view,


This purse takes no time to do, actually took me longer to color, than make the purse.
Thanks for stopping by, have a Happy Easter!