Saturday, September 26, 2009

Jingle Jangle Alf - 4 Challenges!

This adorable image is Alf from the Jingle Jangle collection by Magnolia. I am submitting this card for 4 challenges.

Roses On Paper / Stitching of some kind....real or faux on your creation
Simon Says Stamp / Also stitching.....real or faux
Cupcake Craft Challenge / Distressing
A Spoon Full of Sugar / A sketch

I absolutely fell in love with this sketch but when I went to make my card I found it to be a bit challenging. I'm happy with my end results though and so glad I chose to try it. For the stitching challenges I chose to use real stitches by stitching some of the pieces with a straight stitch with my sewing machine. I then distressed my card by tearing some of the edges and then using Ranger Inks to add the extra touch of making my creation look like it had aged. Roses On Paper also has certain stamp lines that they require you to use for their challenges. One they allow is the Magnolia stamps. It is pretty obvious from my blog that I love the Magnolia stamps, especially Tilda but I would have to say the Jingle Jangle collection is my favorite of theirs. I love Alf and Alva the elves. I wish they would make some more images of them. Here is the sketch I used from A Spoon Full of Sugar:

Supplies Used:
Image: Magnolia/ Alf from Jingle Jangle collection
Sentiment: Hampton Art Stamps
Ink: Memories, Distress Ink by Ranger (Tea Dye and Old Paper)
Cardstock: Bazzill
Printed Paper: The Paper Studio
Tools Used: Martha Stewart trellis border punch, SU word tab punch, SU corner rounder, Heidi Swapp distressing tool, Cuttlebug embossing folder
Embellishments: brads and gems from my stash
Techniques Used: Image colored with Prismacolor colored pencils and parts blended with Gamsol. Machine stitching and distressing.
Completed card size: 5 1/2" square

Hope your having a great weekend!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Basic Grey and Pink Elephant Challenges

I set some goals for myself at the beginning of September that I hope to accomplish by the end of the year. While most are not really fun cleaning out closets and other boring but necessary things, one goal I set for myself is actually fun. That goal is to use all the stamps that I bought during my buying spree these past few months that I haven't used yet. This image I used for this card is the first time I have used it and it was perfect for two challenges that I am submitting it for. The first is Basic Grey's embossing challenge. Besides embossing of some kind on your creation you are required to use something from the Basic Grey line. My yellow, orange and orange printed papers are from the Basic Grey Lime Rickey collection. The second challenge is for The Pink Elephant Challenge blog which is a sketch this week. I have posted the sketch below.

Image: Playtime by Stampavie / Rachelle Anne Miller
Sentiment: Heidi Grace
Ink: Memories
Printed and solid papers: Lime Rickey collection by Basic Grey
Cardstock: Bazzill
Tools Used: Spellbinders Nestabilities and Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Embellishments: Ribbon and brad from "my stash"
Techniques: Image colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils and chalks. Dry embossing with embossing folder.
Completed Card Size: 5 1/2" x 6"

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thinking Of You / Bildmalarna

I'm submitting this card for two challenges. The first is a color challenge on the Roses On Paper Challenge Blog. You are to use the colors lavender, soft blue and cream. Your creation must also include either a Magnolia, Greeting Farm, Alota, Belles and Whistles or Bildmalarnas image. The Bildmalarnas line of stamps is something new that Roses On Paper store is now carrying. Normally I do not do well with color challenges and choose to run far away from them. However this color challenge was exactly the colors I pictured this image to be colored in. I apologize for the bad picture. My coloring even looks blotchy but trust me in person it doesn't. The printed paper has the 3 required colors for the challenge. Unfortunately the cream is looking a bit more off white instead of cream.

The second challenge is for Sketch Saturday. I fell in love with this sketch the second I saw it and knew I had to use it. You can see the sketch below.

Supplies Used:
Image: Bildmalarnas
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Ink: Memories
Cardstock: Cream is Wausau and the lavender and blue were purchased at Hobby Lobby
Printed Paper: Penny Lane
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch
Embellishments: Prima flowers, pearls and brad from "my stash"
Technique: Image colored with Prismacolor color pencils and parts blended with Gamsol.
Completed card size: 5 1/2" square

Both Roses On Paper and Sketch Saturday are offering some wonderful prizes for participating in their challenges. Winner is chosen by random. Check it out and check out the DT's cards while your there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Black and White With a Splash of Color!

Over at the Scrap and Paper / Paper Crafts Message Board Forum, where I like to hang out and chat with my crafting friends, we hold weekly challenges to help keep our mojo going. This week it is Tasia's turn to host the challenge. Her challenge is:
To make a card, scrapbook LO, ATC, etc. with the following:
#1 Black and White and one color of your choosing
#2 Sentiment
#3 At least one non-patterned paper

I thought I would challenge myself a bit more and make the sentiment requirement the main focus of my card. Usually I'm picking out an image and grabbing my Prismacolor color pencils to color the image but not this time. As easy as this card was to make, it was that hard for me not to color an image! I love to color. For the exception of the card base, all paper and cardstock is from my scrap drawer. That was an added extra bonus for me. I have tons of scraps and I should be trying to use them more often. Tools I used were the Nestabilities, Cuttlebug flower die and Martha Stewart butterfly punch. I added just a tad of pink with the plaid ribbon, the butterfly and flower centers for my splash of color. Fast, simple and easy but I sure had fun making this card. In fact it has inspired me to pull out some more of my quotes rubber stamps and make some more cards. Wouldn't a set of quote note cards make a nice gift?

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge / Ribbons and Bows

The Just Magnolia challenge called for ribbons and bows. I almost always grab some ribbon for my projects so the challenge seemed easy enough. I chose to use Magnolia's cross stitch Tilda which I colored with my Prismacolor colored pencils and blended with Gamsol. The cardstock is a Georgia Pacific base and the blue is Bazzill. The stripe paper is from my stash and sorry I do not know who makes it. I used my Nestabilities and a Martha Stewart scallop border punch for my tools. Ribbon is by Offray. The sentiment is computer generated. I found this really cute cross stitch font on that I thought was perfect to use for this card.

I had a little bit of scraps left so instead of putting them into my scrap drawer I decided to use them on the inside. I used the same cross stitch font for the inside sentiment as the front. I hope you can see it....clicking on the picture to make it bigger might help if you can't. Completed card size is a 5 1/2" square.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Just Magnolia challenge blog!