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

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!


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