Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Scallop Petals {Scrapy Land}

Greetings, Sweet Crafty Friends!
Welcome to Scrapy Land Challenge #35!


Theme: Anything Goes Using Die Cut brands sold by Scrapy Land
Up for grabs is a $15 gift card to the Scrapy Land Store, and several badge opportunities, as well. 
We love being inspired by your pretty cards submitted to our challenges.
You have until February 14 to submit your pretties!




My card is 8.5" x 5.5" and uses the following die cuts:

Scrapy Land Products Used:
5x7 Detailed Scallops
Fancy Tags One
Carnation Creations
Bitty Blossoms (leaf)
Configurations - Lattice Arched Adornment
Dandelion Clocks
One of my promises this year is to use stash items. This beautiful Stampin Up! RIOT OF PETALS image has never seen ink - and the stamp is long retired. How awful is that? But at last she received a little ink and embossing powder. Now she will be happy for a while until I bring her out again!

DO YOU HAVE ANY OLD VIRGIN RUBBER IN YOUR STASH?

Image Close Up: The bottom 2 inches have been cut off the image:


The individual flower petals are "colored" with SNS Starfire ultrafine glitter.


Tip: Hold brads with tweezers. Heat brads with embossing tool, then dip while hot into the Gold Detail EP. Repeat and dip again. Heat one more time and dip into Starfire glitter. Briefly heat one last time. The brads are now a molten, distressed gold, darkened a little by the glitter:


Create the frame without using a plain rectangular die on the inside of the decorative frame die:


TIP: Glittering Vellum: After painting PPA on the vellum leaves, they were dredged in the SNS Starfire glitter. The wet vellum rolled into tube shapes. Upon drying the vellum relaxed to its original form. Even though the leaves have a slightly translucent quality, the glitter camouflages the adhesive when adhering the leaves to the card base.



BUILD A FRAME:

A Sakura Glue Pen (Quickie Glue) was used to "color" the petals of the mums a little at a time, and Starfire glitter was dredged on top. I wish the photos would pick up the glitteriness. It's really pretty!


The white centers to the gold flowers were also dredged with Starfire Glitter.

Now it's your turn!
We always look forward to seeing your beautiful projects at:


Scrapy Land Products Used:

  • Spellbinders 5x7 Detailed Scallops, Fancy Tags One, Carnation Creations, Bitty Blossoms (leaf)
  • Sue Wilson Configurations - Lattice Arched Adornment, Dandelion Clocks

Other Products:

  • Images: Stampin' Up! Riot of Petals (retired), sentiment by Penny Black
  • Paper: Gold glossy, Gray, White, Gray vellum
  • Sparkle N Sprinkle: Detailed Gold embossing powder, Starfire Ultrafine glitter
  • Gray Tombow marker to outline the gold embossed image
  • Embossing Folder - Craft Essentials EFOB0010 Basket Weave

Challenges I'd like to play in please:
  1. Crafty Cardmakers #156 Use Dies or Punches (used 6 diff die sets) 2/7
  2. Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges #156 Monochromatic theme 2/12
  3. Crafting With Friends #13 Anything Goes 2/12
  4. Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges (Feb) Use EP and Glitter (Detailed Gold embossing powder, Starfire Ultrafine glitter on every petal of the white mums, on the vellum leaves and in the white centers of the die cut flowers 3/1
  5. Glittern N Sparkle Challenge #173 Embossing (dry or heat) - Used Craft Essentials EFOB0010 Basket Weave EF on gold background and gold flowers. Used gold EP on the large mum image and sentiment. The brads were dipped into Gold EP and then again into the glitter to create a unique finish) 2/7
  6. The Crafter's Cafe #142 "Monochromatic" 2/15
  7. The Crafting Musketeers #34 "Monochromatic" 3/1
  8. Ruby's Rainbow Challenges #122 "Anything Goes" 2/17 (JFF "shout out")
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamping Hugs,

Monday, February 01, 2016

Kissing Frogs {Crafts Galore Encore}

Hello, dear crafting friends!
Welcome to the second challenge of 2016 at Crafts Galore Encore Challenges!


The Rules to the Challenge are so easy! 
Just create your project (using any crafting medium) according to this month's theme with up to 3 entries, and link your blog posts directly to the linky on the CGE Challenge site! That's it!
Three adorable images are the prize!
This month's challenge theme is easy-peasy - 
"Anything Goes Using a Digi or Stamp".



Our Sponsor this month is: 
Sherri Baldy "Besties" Digit Stamps
I absolutely could not stop the little girl in me!

     My card became girl-i-er...

          and girl-i-er...   and girl-i-er...

               no matter how many times I tried to stop! Yikes!


Products Used:

Big Eyed Girl - Sherri Baldy "Besties" Digit Stamps
     All the dies are from Scrapy Land,
          Glitter is from Sparkle N Sprinkle,
               Pretty flowers (etc) are from Lavish Laces (Etsy),
             

This little "Kisser of Frogs" was so fun to color! It was only natural to glitter-fy her!
Glitter on her dress,
Glitter on the edges of circle,
Glitter on the leaves,
Glitter on the flowers
Lastly,
glitter on our unsuspecting German Shepherd!


Computer-generated sentiment because...

Life becomes full of Love when we fully embrace it - 
-all of it - 
even the hard times!


Next, I made a flat 6" x 6" card for mailing purposes.
Not my normal color choices,
it is in ultra neon bright colors, but still in pink and green.


Only her petticoats are glittered! She looks electric!
Distressed edges are sewn with three layers of stitching.


Now it's your turn to play!

Products Used:
  • Image: My Besties IMG308
  • Sentiment: computer generated
  • Sue Wilson Dies: Italian Decorative Frames Circles, Italian Corner Border Tag, Dandelion Clocks
  • Spellbinders: (1st card) Grand Big Scallop Circles, Grand Labels 23 (frame), Petite Scallop Long Rectangles, Long Rectangles, Grand Circles (2nd card) Diamondessence, Grand Stately Circles
  • Memory Box (1st Card) Cascadia Butterfly Trio, Leavenworth Butterfly Trio, (2nd card) Fuchsia Sprig 98303
  • Sparkle N Sprinkle Green Iris Glitter G1068, Starfire Glitter G1017
  • Fabric Flowers, Silk Flowers, leaves and Lace from Lavish Laces (Etsy)
  • Recollections rhinestone hearts
Challenges I'd like to play in Pretty Please?
  1. A Gem of a Challenge #161 In The PINK - LOTS of Pink plz - 2/4
  2. Crafty Cardmakers #156 Use Dies or Punches (used 11 diff die sets to create the circles and other shapes - the specific dies are listed in the Products Used section of my post) 2/7
  3. Allsorts Challenge Blog - #348 Bring on the Bling (both cards are loaded with glitter, but the first card has blingy heart rhinestones across the bottom of the easel card, very sparkly-glittery flowers and leaves, her dress is all glittered except for the petticoat, the two large green flowers have crystal-green brad centers 2/3
  4. Crafting With Friends #13 Anything Goes 2/12
  5. My Besties UK Challenge (Feb 1) Anything Goes with buttons or brads (brad centers in the green flowers on the first card, 3 buttons sewn into the CS on the 2nd card) 3/1
  6. 613 Avenue Create #161 - Anything Goes Using Something From Your Stash - my promise was to use lots of my stash this year (Card 1: used old green negative frame around outside, old green ribbon roses, old green crystal brads, old flowers and leaves, old pink heart rhinestones. Card 2: used old buttons and designer paper) 2/7 
  7. Eclectic Ellapu: (Feb 1) "Love Actually - Anything to do with Love" This little kisser of frogs is seeking her true love. She is surrounded by hearts in the first card, and the sentiment is bordered with pink heart rhinestones - and still hopeful in the 2nd card LOL holding her little crowned frog prince) 2/28
  8. Scrapbook Stamp Society #84 Anything Besties with Option of Heart (1st card has hearts circled around Besties from a Sue Wilson die combined with a Spellbinders scallop die) 2/14
  9. Elliebelle's Creative Moments Color It Up Linky Party - Anything Goes as long as it is Colored #3 - 2/12

Stamping Hugs,

Whimsy Moon and Fairy Darcee {Our Crafty Corner}

Greetings Crafty Friends!

Today is my first post for the Our Crafty Corner Challenge!
It begins this morning and continues until the end of the month.


OCC is a month-long challenge, beginning the first Monday of each month.
Every month's theme: ANYTHING GOES


My card features quirky little Fairy Darcee enjoying a lovely evening with her friend Whimsy Moon
offered by this month's sponsor My Stitch Back In Twine digitals.

My Stitch Back in Twine: 
Fairy Darcee
Whimsy Moon
I am using two of the My Stitch Back In Twine digital images in my easel card.

It is night time, and the moon is casting a beautiful glow for Fairy Darcee!



The little shooting stars and crescent moon brass charms have been coated with Silver Pearl Embossing Powder from SNS - in real life, the cosmic shimmer shows up - sorry it does not show with the photos.

I used a few of the flowers on the bottom (right side) of the digi image and added them to the other side of the image, to the little mushroom, and even put tiny ones at the ends of her braids!



More flowers from the fairy base are also sprinkled on the computer generated sentiment:


The White Labels 46 border and Whimsy Moon are "halo'ed" with SNS Sparkle embossing powder:


In fact, there is NO GLITTER on my card!
It is all SNS embossing powders that contain glitter!
(the leafy blue background panel, the wings and clothing of the fairy, the halo around the moon, and the green base on the bottom of the easel card!
The charms have been embossed with Silver Pearl Cosmic EP to remove the brassiness.


Now it's your turn to link up to the 
Our Crafty Corner Challenge!

Products Used:
  • Images: My Stitch Back in Twine Fairy Darcee, Whimsy Moon
  • Sparkle N Sprinkle Mediterranean Star embossing powder, Pear Star embossing powder, Sparkle embossing powder, Silver Pearl Cosmic embossing powder
  • Spellbinders Triple Tear Circles (moon), Labels 46, Decorative Labels 46
  • Copic Markers, Moonlight White Brilliance ink
  • Crafter's Companion Die'Sire Star of Wonder and Regency Swirls embossing folders, 
  • Martha Stewart Laurel Leaf Punch ATP and Doily Lace Trim Deep Edge Punch
  • Moon and stars charms which have been heated with Silver Pearl Cosmic EP
  • Gold metallic thread
  • Apache Quote computer generated, Corner Punch by EK Success

Challenges I'd like to play in please:


  1. Sketchy Colors #264 (shown in photo above - blue, green white) 2/7
  2. Crafty Cardmakers #156 Use Dies or Punches (used 3 diff die sets, a corner punch by EK Success, A deep Edge trim MS punch in the bottom portion of the card, and a leaf MS PATP on both top and bottom - the specific dies and punches are listed in the Products Used section of my post) 2/7
  3. Allsorts Challenge Blog - #348 Bring on the Bling (loaded with glittery embossing powder, top- her wings, dress, white frame, and aquamarine leaf punch panel. bottom is loaded with same around moon and green panel. The charms are also covered with a mica embossing powder) 2/3
  4. Crafting With Friends #13 Anything Goes 2/12
  5. Lacy Sunshine's Color 'n Craft Anything (Jan 24) 2W "Anything Goes" 2/5
  6. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #26 Anything Goes 2/5
  7. 613 Avenue Create #161 - Anything Goes Using Something From Your Stash - my promise was to use lots of my stash this year (used old charms heated with very old EP, 2 six-month-old virgin Crafter's Companion embossing folders, old neon green cardstock) 2/7 
  8. Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenges #173 "Embossing - dry or heat" Lots of both kinds of embossing on this card (three top panels are dry embossed, the Martha Stewart punch around the page leaf panel is heat embossed with Mediterranean Star EP, the fairy's dress and wings are embossed with Sparkle EP, the 3 charms are embossed with Silver Pearl EP. The bottom of the card - green panel is embossed with Pear Star EP, the charm is embossed with Silver Pearl EP, and the moon is embossed with Sparkle EP.) 2/7
  9. Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges (Feb) Use EP - (Moon and stars charms have been heated with Silver Pearl Cosmic EP, Mediterranean Star EP on turq leaf panel, Pear Star EP on green panel, Sparkle EP around moon and on fairy's wings and dress) 3/1
hugs,

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Special Note of Appreciation

Hello, dear friends.

In the Paper Crafting World, there are several "levels" of expertise, styles, and techniques.
One thing I have discovered, the on-line Community is often "very small" these days.

My heart soars 
when visiting other people's blogs. I thrive seeing their (your) cards and projects.

It's a pleasure
     watching individual styles evolve,
          sharing experiments tried and proven,
               and marveling over what each person most enjoys doing.

But what is very touching~

     is the support the Crafting Community offers to one another.

My heart melts when
   I see pretty finished products.

BUT

     I become downright sappy when reading some of the heartfelt comments left on other blogs (as well as my blog).

  • Very talented individuals lavish appreciative and encouraging comments to beginners, inspiring newbies to try even more techniques. 


  • Younger crafters encourage many older crafters, whose methods may be "out of style" and whose abilities may be waning.


  • Skilled individuals share knowledge with those who are struggling.


  • Some bloggers share personal problems or insecurities, fearfully yet openly. I see encouragement to those bloggers in the form of sincere words from others who possibly never know what their kind "morale building" has done for a wounded heart.


Kindness is everywhere, 
even when crafters are stretched out and "maxed out" with their time.

A hearty thank you to:

commenters and blogging friends for taking time to visit blogs and share their heartfelt, sweet wonderful words which bring a little sunshine in the lives of others.

No act of kindness is ever wasted. 
It flows forward in ways we never see.

Thanks for letting me be a bit sentimental.

Love,





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