Saturday, August 30, 2014

C4C251: A Hearty Thanks

Hello – I’m back with another post. I had a lot to share this month and next month is looking just as busy. :)

I missed out on playing along with the ladies at Crazy 4 Challenges last week. Had a bit of last minute illustrating work to do. But I’m back this week to join in the challenge to make a project using the provided inspiration piece. Here is my take:


And here is a look at the inspiration piece. I was inspired by the soft colors and the distressed container in the photo. You can find all of the details on the challenge and more inspiration on the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog.


(Photo Credit)

I used the Woodgrain Backdrops set from Lawn Fawn for the background, hearts, and sentiment. First I colored some watercolor paper with Sakura Koi Watercolors and once dry I stamped the hearts, creating 2 of each color. I then cut them out using a pair of scissors. Next I stamped the woodgrain background in Soft Granite Ink (Hero Arts) on Taffy cardstock (Bazzill Card Shoppe). Trimmed to size, round the corners and adhered to a white card base using foam tape. It was a bit too strong in color, so I dry brushed white acrylic paint here and there. The hearts were adhered in place with foam dimensionals. I used two foam dots on some of the hearts so that they are even higher than the others. To bring it all together I mixed more of the white paint with a bit of water and spattered here and there. For a final touch a handful of white sequins were added.


Hope you enjoyed my take on the challenge this week!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Quilted Hello

Hello fellow crafters -

I have a no-stamping card to share with you tonight. Instead of stamps I used a bunch of dies to make this sewing themed card.


A few details: I created a background by piecing together a bunch of hexagons and then die cutting with a circle die. I stitched this piece onto a piece of die cut black cardstock. For the main sentiment I die cut a "hello" from cardstock four times and adhered them all together into a stack. Once dry I attached to the card front and finished with a thick coating of Glossy Accents. But before that I embellished the hexagon panel with jute, twill ribbon and a few sequins.


Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Red, Marshmallow (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Turquoise, Black (MFT), Happy Go Lucky designer (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Honeycomb Frameworks (Sizzix), Quote Tag (Paper Smooches), Circle and Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Glossy Accents (Ranger), White twill ribbon and ivory jute (May Arts), foam tape, sequins.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I’ve got an idea

Hello crafty friends -

I have a fun set of tags to share with you today. They feature the recently released Smarty Pants stamp set from Taylored Expressions (one of the sets I illustrated).


Each tag features a different critter from the set. The critters were stamped in black and colored with Copic markers before cutting out. I also stamped the light bulb image four times, colored and cut them out. The light bulb was also stamped on the designer paper before adhering the cut out ones in place. Added Glossy Accents to there glasses for another fun touch.


Cut out some blooms from cardstock using the Bloomin’ Stacklets 2 and then stamped a sentiment on each one. Assembled the pieces using a lot of foam tape, added designer paper, jute and embellishments.

Here are close ups of all four tags (first is the fox):


Drowsy cat needs a power nap:


Wise owl is prepping to give a lecture:


Mr. Rabbit has a bright idea.


Hope you enjoyed these tags. Let me know which is your fave critter. I’m curious to know!

Stamps: Smarty Pants (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Marshmallow and Icy Mint (Bazzill Card Shoppe), designer, black.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Archival Jet Black (Ranger), Copic markers.
Accessories: Bloomin’ Stacklets 2 (Taylored Expressions), Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen, natural jute (May Arts), foam tape, Corner Chomper and jumbo eyelets (We R Memory Keepers), Baker’s Twine (Whisker Graphics), Glossy Accents (Ranger), rhinestones.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Project Pea Blog Hop: Tackle Anything

Hey sweet friends -

Welcome to our Monthly ProjectPea Blog Hop!!

Each month we challenge our fabulous team of ProjectPea Designers to create FUN & CREATIVE projects that are sure to make you look at your stamp sets with brand new eyes!


Our team has pulled out all of the stops with a variety of projects that will spark YOUR creativity. Click through to each of their blogs (listed at the end of my post) to see the FUN they have dreamed up. Leave a little blog love for the team and one lucky commenter will WIN a $15 Gift Certificate to the SPD Boutique.

For my project I decided to create a small mini book of to do lists… or rather “to tackle lists”.


To start I cut some chipboard 5.5” tall and about 6” wide. I used a Sizzix On the Edge die to add the scallops. I then finished trimming the covers to the same size. Next I covered each cover with designer paper and sanded off the excess, used some small files to get into the nooks and crannies.


To decorate the cover I used the Great Catch stamp set and embellished with some enamel dots, a bit of designer paper, washi tape, and a flair badge.


On to the inside… I designed some “To tackle list” pages in Adobe Illustrator and printed them (4 per page). I cut them down to 5.25” tall by 4.25” wide. Once all of the pages were trimmed I punched the cover and pages with the Bind-it-All and assembled with 1” brown o-rings. Added a pad of Post-its to the inside cover and attached a flag clip to be used to mark the current page.


And a close up of a page.


Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed my little project this month. For more inspiration check out the rest of the Project Pea team:

Stamps used: