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:


Monday, August 25, 2014

SPDSS10: Ready, Set, Blow!

Ready for something bright and cheerful and happy? I am sharing a card for this week’s sketch challenge at SugarPea Designs: SPDSS10 using my favorite set Blow Me Away.


Here is the sketch, I rotated the sketch 90 degrees, counter-clockwise:


The little dragon was colored with Copic markers and highlighted here and there with a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen.


Used a bunch of fun embellishments from my collection on this one: wood tag, flair badge, sequins, and jute. The designer paper is the Jubilee – Wild Berry 6x6 pad from My Mind’s Eye.


If you play along with our sketch challenge there is a wonderful prize.

You just need to follow a few little rules:

  • Play along with any stamp you like - but if you use SugarPea Designs, we'll top your voucher up to $15!
  • Feel free to rotate/flip the sketch, or exchange any shapes for what works with your design, just make sure the sketch is recognizable!
  • Combine our sketch with any other challenge(s) (except another sketch!)
  • Upload to your blog or other online gallery using keyword: SPDSS10 so that we may check out your beautiful work Add your link to the linkup on the SugarPea Blog. You'll find our current challenges on the sidebar.

For my take on the sketch I used the following set, Blow Me Away:


Saturday, August 23, 2014

CC3C9: Winter Wonderland

Hello crafters -

I’m playing along with the latest Compendium of Curiousities 3 Challenge… and it’s not a last minute project. The challenge this time is to use Sizzix Alterations Framelits (page 63 of the book). You can check out all the details of the challenge HERE and I just want to mention that Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring the challenge with a fabulous prize.


I used the Snowman Blueprint Stamp and Framelits set to build up a wintery scene. I used another cloud diecut to create the sponged sky in the background. Along the bottom I spread some Translucent Embossing Paste and then sprinkled it with Rock Candy Distress Stickles Glitter. To color the snowman I used Sakura Koi Watercolors.


Once my scene was created I changed my mind from creating a card to decorating a Burlap Panel. First I covered the panel with gel medium and added some tissue paper. Once dry I used a paintbrush to apply Dina Wakley Ruby Media Paint. I also applied some white paint to a wordband and removed the excess with a paper towel.


I finished with some Remnant Rubs and a few white sequins.


Coupon Alert!  If you are shopping at the Inspiration Emporium you can use coupon code fatcatstamper for 10% off your order. Pictured below are links to some of the products I used to create this project.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Decide what to be

Hello crafters – Only one more work day left in the week and I’m excited for it to be the weekend. I have a to do list I should tackle but I might procrastinate a bit and spend some time in the craft room. I have some new stamps that just need to be inked. How about you? Any fun plans for the weekend or do you have a new favorite product you just can’t wait to use? Recently I added the Sakura Koi Watercolors to my collection and used them to create the watercolored background on this card:


Some details on the card: Stamped the arrow border from Doodled Borders (Taylored Expressions) in Versamark on watercolor paper and heat set with white embossing powder. Repeated until the piece was completely filled with arrows. Then used Sakura Koi watercolors to add a rainbow of color. Once dry I layered on black cardstock.


Stamped a sentiment in black on vellum and wrapped it around the main panel. Finished with a few glittery enamel dots and some baker's twine.


And that is it for me tonight! I’ll check back in tomorrow with another work to inspire you!

Stamps: Doodle Borders (Taylored Expressions), Chalkboard Greetings Too (MFT)
Paper: watercolor paper, vellum, Black Soot (Core'dinations), Marshmallow (Bazzill Card Shoppe)
Paper Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Ink: Archival Jet Black (Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko), Sakura Koi watercolors
Accessories: white embossing powder, heat tool, black baker's twine (The Twinery), corner chomper (We R Memory Keepers), glitter enamel dots (My Mind's Eye), foam tape.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SPD08: Thinking of you

Hello – have a sweet card to share with you today for the latest SugarPea Designs challenge.


The challenge is an easy one this month: anything goes!


  • Play along with any stamp you like - but if you use SugarPea Designs, we'll top your voucher up to $15!
  • Combine our challenge with any other challenge(s)!
  • Upload to your blog or other online gallery using keyword: SPD08 so that we may check out your beautiful work
  • Add your link to the linkup on the SugarPea Blog. You'll find our current challenges on the sidebar.


For my card I used the Twinkle Twinkle Stamp Set and paired it with Life Emporium designer paper from Teresa Collins. I went with very soft tones as I colored the scene with Copic markers, leaving a lot of white space. For embellishment I used Peach Fizz Vintage Seam Binding and some pretty sequins (flowers and large pink ones from Teresa Collins).


Here is a look at the full set:


For more details on the challenge and links to more samples, head over to the SugarPea Designs Blog.