Saturday, November 29, 2014

C4C264: Squared

Hello Crafty Friends -

Hope you are having a great weekend. If you are looking for a bit of inspiration to kick start your mojo we have a great challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges. Since today is apparently Square Dance Day, Frances is challenging us to use squares. Make a square card, use a square died, it is all good and you get bonus points if you incorporate dancing.


I didn’t incorporate any dancing… unless you want to imagine someone dancing inside the little houses on the buttons. ;)

For today’s cards, I used a couple of buttons I created and paired them with a bit of fake pine trim.


A bit of designer paper die cut with a scallop square nestabilities and some pearlescent cardstock and I was all set. Most difficult part of this card was twisting the pine trim into a circle.


For more inspiration and all of the details on the challenge, head over to the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello and a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are all having a wonderful day. I’ll be sitting back and relaxing until the family gets together later today. My mom is doing the cooking so I just have to stay out of the way… although I did bake a couple of apple pies last night. Nom nom nom.

I don’t have a turkey project to share with you today but I do have one featuring a very prominent guest here this year… the snowflake. My hometown has been buried under 50+ inches of snow already this year. Which is crazy. And record breaking… by 10s of inches. And more *guests* are arriving as I type this. lol.


A month or two ago I bought a 1” button maker and I’m finally getting into creating my own designs, printing them, and making little flair buttons for my projects. For this first project I created a snowflake on a chevron background.

I wanted the button to be the focal point so I kept the rest of the tag very simple by just adding a die cut snowflake (Make a Snowflake), a simple sentiment (Mischief Maker Ice, Ice, Baby), and just a touch of washi tape. The base tag was die cut using the Build a Tag 1 set.


And snowflakes always bring friends…


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! :)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Warm Thanks

Hello Crafty Friends!

How was your weekend? I was a busy bee working on some projects around the house and spray painting a bunch of stuff. I did find some time to play with a couple of Mama Elephant stamp sets that the Inspiration Emporium is now carrying.


I used the Cup of Wishes stamp set for the main image. I paper pieced the mug from a scrap of Fancy Pants designer paper. I don’t drink coffee but I picture this mug full of yummy hot chocolate.


For the background I repeatedly stamped a border from Sentimental Borders multiple times in Aquamarine Archival Ink.

For embellisment I added a but of jute, a touch of washi tape, and a few crystal stars.


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 card.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

C4C263: Hello, world!

Hello, crafty friends -

It is time for another challenge from us crazies at Crazy 4 Challenges. Yesterday was World Hello Day… So for our challenge this week let’s create a card that says “Hello”. You can find all the details on the challenge and more wonderful samples HERE.


For my card I skipped the stamping and instead used some dies (Poster Graphic Alphas from TE) to spell out “Hello.” Embossed a strip of cardstock with the Zig Zag embossing folder and added a bit of skinny washi tape and designer paper. Finished with a few lumpy rhinestones.


Have a great day! I’m excited to start a 10 day vacation today. Woot… whatever will I do with so much time. :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CC3C: Jolly Christmas Card

Hello Crafty Friends -

There are still a few days left to play along with the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge to use a Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Pocket. And before I forget, there is an awesome prize this week from the Inspiration Emporium.


I used the cabinet card pocket to hold a tag with a sentiment… just followed the instructions in the book. Then I did a bunch of decorating with some of my favorite embellishments. I had a crackled heart left over from a prior treat bag project so I started with it and sprayed it with Barn Door Distress Stain Spray to add color.

Next I tied a word band in place with a piece of white ribbon that I colored with Peacock Feathers Distress Stain Spray and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.


Added some film strip ribbon – one of my all time favorites. Then added some remnant rubs here and there.

I die cut a tag and embellished the top with a small piece of folded over designer paper and a number brad. Sponged all of the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.


To finish the tag I added another remnant rub. No stamping on this project… shocker! For a final touch I added a few sequins.


Such a fun project. I’ll have to alter a few more of this pockets. :D

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

C4C262: Jolly Holly Days

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is the third Saturday of the month with means it is time for a sketch challenge from Crazy 4 Challenges and Frances has a fun one for us.


Take a gander at the sketch:


I think I included all of the elements of it in my card, plus an extra little bit here and there!

I used two Lawn Fawn stamp sets: Snow Day and Deck the Halls. The tress were stamped in Fern Green Archival Ink and I stamped off once for the lighter green one. The little bunny was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers. I stamped a little heart multiple times in Red Geranium Archival Ink.

The pine boughs were stamped on kraft cardstock in Silver Delicata ink. Delightful glimmer but definitely need to speed up the drying with a heat tool. Stamped a sentiment on top using Jet Black Archival Ink.


I die cut a couple of circles from light blue cardstock (embossed with a SU! folder) and designer paper (Etcetera from Fancy Pants) using a stitched circle die from MFT. After assembling I embellished with a peppermint button (my design) and some little clear crystal rhinestones.


For more fun samples and to see all details of the challenge head over to the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog. We’d love to have you play along with us. :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Most Wonderful Time

My Inspiration Emporium teammates, Shelly and Yvonne, have been creating some amazing takes on the Tim Holtz November Tag. I just couldn’t resist all of that grungy cardboard goodness so I had to play along too.

I don’t have any of the Texture Fades die/embossing folder combos so instead I used the Circles Movers and Shapers to cut an opening in the cardboard and created a shaker. The cardboard was sponged along the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and I added some additional texture using the same color and the Speckles Layering Stencil.


The opening was lined with a piece of acetate and after adding a foam tape border I added a variety of sequins: silver stars, small satin gold cupped, and clear flat. For the backing to the shaker I used Distress Paints to color a piece of white cardstock. Once dry I peeled the backing from the foam tape and adhered the painted piece in place.

I applied several colors of Alcohol Inks to Glossy Cardstock and then stamped the small tree image from the Mini Blueprints 6 stamp set. I trimmed each tree and added a small glittery enamel dot to the top. The trees were attached with foam dimensionals.


Next I painted a plastic word and dried. I was careful using the heat tool so that the plastic wouldn’t warp or shrink (been there done that before). I used some white twill ribbon and ivory jute to tie the word in place. Finished up the sentiment with a few label letter stickers. For a final touch I added a couple more enamel dots here and there.


More foam tape was used to attach the main panel to a white card base. I’m loving all the texture. How about you?

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