Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Chalkboard Card

 Hi friends!! I have a fun fall card for you today!

This project features one of the latest trendy techniques. I'm talking about the chalkboard craze. Most people create chalkboard art by double stamping with white ink onto black paper, but did you know you can create the same effect without stamps? I created mine with the Silhouette Cameo by typing fall words in different fonts and arranging them on the fancy label. I printed the image and then cut out the label with my machine. While creating the image, I intentionally left spaces between words so I could fill in the gaps with Eyelet Outlet brads and bling. Then, I used Eyelet Outlet washi tape and ribbon to decorate the card base.

There is an excellent video tutorial on how to create a chalkboard card using the Silhouette here

Silhouette Cameo

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Back At It Again

I had so much fun playing in the CASE Study challenge a couple weeks ago that I decided to try it again. This time, we are casing a gorgeous card by the September muse, Kathy Rascoosin.

Here is Kathy's card:

I pulled my inspiration from those vibrant colors and that big purple flower. I love how the vellum adds a different texture, so I played off of the vellum as well. Here is my version:

Because I chose to add a sentiment, I couldn't use the blue and white chevron ribbon (although I have some and I love it!!) Instead, I used a little blue and white twine and placed it on the stem.

The flower is from Close to My Heart and the sentiment is from Hero Arts. The paper is from the Lime Twist collection by My Mind's Eye.

Now that I'm only on one design team and my kids are both in school, I've been able to make more time to enter challenges and guest design, which is why I'm throwing my hat into the ring. Wish me luck! I would be so flattered to be among such talent!!

If you're interested in playing along, go to the CASE Study Challenge 157 and enter your creation based on Kathy's lovely card.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Card from a Nonslip Rug Pad?

Yes. I seriously made a card using a nonslip rug pad that looks like this.

Why? Because Cath challenged us Moxie Fabbers to create a card using this as the Trigger Target. When I first saw the picture, I thought "Oh, cool!" However, my next immediate thought was "That looks like a hard one." Followed by "Challenge accepted!"

Here's where the nonslip pad comes into play. I wanted to create a similar texture as the target with colors overlapping colors. I've seen cards and multi media projects that used drywall mesh. I scoured the house for drywall mesh. We didn't have any. But we DID have the rug pad with a similar mesh pattern. That'll do!!

First, I cut a couple small strips, then I cleaned the heck out of the rug pad. (Did I mention it was used? Ick!) After it dried, I placed it on my card front and taped it down with low tack tape. Then, using my Tim Holtz blending tools, I applied ink on top of the pad. I overlapped areas using the same colors as the target. It created a similar effect. You can see colors on top of colors just like in the target.

Next, I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts on top of the design and added my signature bling. It's pretty funky and definitely outside of the box!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things

Remember when I guest designed for the Lawnscaping Challenge last month? Well, this month I'm playing along! The theme is These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things - use your favorite supplies to make a project.
Not only did I use some of my favorite supplies, but I used a favorite little spot in my neighborhood. We have a park that backs up to our street. Our neighbors are gracious enough to let us cut through their yard to get to the park. (Otherwise, we would have to walk a few blocks to get to the official entrance.) Anyhoo, there is a stand of trees in their yard and hidden amongst them is this adorable gnome garden. How fun is that!?! Every time I take the kids to the park, I have to stop and look at the secret gnome garden.

In addition to the gnome garden, my favorite things used to make this card include:

  • Lawn Fawn Gnome Sweet Gnome
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Eyelet Outlet Brads
  • Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol Oil
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

I'm Baaaack!

Hi crafty friends. It's been a little while since I posted. To tell you the truth, I considered giving up my hobby. I was recently burned by someone in the industry. Someone I used to consider a dear friend. I'll spare you all the gory details, but I was angry. I was hurt.

I decided that I wasn't about to let one person steal my joy. Therefore, I ventured into my craft space, tapped into my creative side and made a card for the CASE Study challenge. I kind of forced my way through it, but I did it. And I am going to keep doing it. I love to create. I do it for my own enjoyment. My hope is that with every project I create, the hurt will go away a little more until it's completely gone.

I want to encourage anyone out there who has felt hurt or betrayed to keep going. Don't give up. Don't let anyone steal your joy.

Today, I decided to share my joy with the CASE Study Challenge. The fabulous Jennifer McGuire is this month's muse and here is the card we're CASE-ing:

As you can see, I drew inspiration from the sketch. I love the diagonal banners. Some are raised, some are not, giving it enough dimension to add depth and intrigue. I also love the bold sentiment in the middle of the card.

I'm using Arrows & Elements from Reverse Confetti. I'm loving this set. I can't wait get more stamps from Reverse Confetti. Jen does such a great job!


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