Two things of note occured this weekend:
1) I orgranized my freezer (I now have beef, pork, chicken, veggies, etc all separated out and easier to find)
2) I made a card, I actually tipped my toes into stamping, for the first time in a while.
I used a felt cut out I had (these were ornaments I found at Target) and thought they would be perfect for card making.
I used a kraft panel, on a kraft folded note and red ink for the sentiment. Easy peasy!
I'm playing along again - all month- with Splitcoast Stamper's Hope You Can Cling To card drive and challenges. There are lots of great prizes! Last year I completed all the challenges - this year I hope to again!
This card was created for HYCCT1103 "Real Men Wear Pink" to create a masculine card and incorporate pink into your creation. I dug into my fav Cosmo Cricket "Wanted" stash (I had a few sheets that were on the cutting table and undamaged in the hot water heater incident).
This is the last of the Etsy challenges! Its been soo fun, I loved to play along! A huge thanks to Ashley and De, and everyone else who has been a part of EIC, for providing so much inspiration! My card features a watercolored background in bright colors, a stamped sentiment from Unity perfect for a wedding, and some embossed butterflies handmade from aluminum foil!
This challenge featured the Etsy store: Homes and Weddings, featuring unique designs in wire for tables, vases, placecard holders, wine bottles & glasses - perfect for a reception or even your next dinner party. My inspiration came from this:
Thanks again Ashley, for providing such fun for all of us!
Its an etsy inspired type of day! I am jumping in quick to get in EIC138 featuring the Etsy store of Bear Creek Design! OH MY! These little needle felted creations are the cutest and they have kits! If you've never tried needle felting (one of my fav hobbies besides papercrafting!) you can get started inexpensively with one of their kits.
I was inspired by the flower needle felting kit to make these sweet flowers!
Cardstock: So Saffron (SU) with First Edition dsp (also SU), watercolor paper
Stamp: Friends till the End from PTI
The image is embossed and then watercolored with several SU reinkers. The whole thing is glazed in Gel Gloss medium. A bit of ribbon from my collection completes it.
Some of my all time favorite Unity stamps (the sentiment is from a previous KOTM and the butterflies are newer Unity). I stamped them in Kraft (or Crumb Cake) and Kraft cardstock (both from SU, and placed one of these pretty butterfly chipboard stickers from Recollections on it for a quick and easy card.
I'm headed to Orlando today and the theme parks with one of my dearest friends who is here visiting! Have a great weekend!
I'm playing along today with two challenges - Etsy Inspired Challenge #123 and a little challenge on Facebook for those of us not going to CHA (The Craft and Hobby Association trade show).
For Etsy Inspired: I headed over to Nanny's Room this week for my inspiration. You are going to LOVE these original artwork pieces and handmade items. Nanny's Room creations are made with watercolor and colored pencils, and they are miniature in size [2 1/2" x 3 1/2"]. You are going to love all these vibrant colors, I sure did - these are STUNNING! I am in love with the incredible colors in her artwork and pendants.
For the FAcebook Challenge (see my Facebook page for me info) Play 2 - this uses the colors of CHA - Candy Apple Red, Honey and Aqua.
I embossed on water color paper with a Papertrey Ink's stamp set (black ep) and then watercolored using my reinkers in Riding Hood Red, So Saffron and Pacific Point. I used Golden's GEL medium over the top of the watercolored piece - its a great product you can get it in gloss, semi or matte and it adds texture while sealing in your project. And what I really love about it - it dries! It really dries! Modge Podge always stays tacky here in Florida - I assume that there is just to much humidity.
Stamps: Friends Til the End (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Lemon Tart (PTI) CS, Basic Black CS and watercolor paper
Reinkers: Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Pacific Point & Bliss Blue (all SU)
Other: Images were stamped with Versamark and embossed in fine black embossing powder
Nothing like a case of mid-week grumpies! But in this case, they're the cute Grumpies. Have you seen these before? They are stamps from Smeared Ink <---- just click to go check it out and they are available in digital or unmounted rubber stamps. There are several sets, I think this is from the original "Lil Grumpies".
Cardstock: Kraft, Rich Razzleberry, White and First Edition dsp (all SU)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry (SU) and black Stazon
One of the saddest occasions to make a card for, the death of beloved pet, this is for a friend.
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, with First Edition dsp from Stampin' Up!
Ink: Tuxedo Black from Memento, Broken China from Th Distress inks sponged on edge
Stamp: With Sympathy-Loss of a Pet from Papertrey Ink
Accessories: silk ribbon
So, after weeks of searching - I haven't found a stamp that says "focus". I'm thinking about making my own stamp - but if anyone knows of a stamp with the word "focus" - please let me know!
In the meantime, I created some simple word art and printed it on this new Stampin' Up! paper called First Edition. Its creamy and well, quite dreamy, with vintage looking text and a few graphics in simple vanilla and black.
I cut the paper down to the glass tile size (its 1.5 x .75 in) and I used a copper bail on it. I didn't have any matching ball chain, so I took some of my silver chain and used my Adirondack alcohol inks in Caramel, Butterscotch, Ginger and Terra Cotta. The end result? This chain with several mottled golden coppery colors on it (and a bit of silver peaking through here and there).
To color the chain, I let it pile up, then dropped different colors, when inked - you can always go over it in more colors. I then moved it aside to dry. When working with alchol inks, if you don't like the color - you can remove it by adding some isopropyl alcohol or the Adirondack alcohol blending solution. If you missed any areas, just repeat.