Thursday, April 26, 2012

Celebrate Paper Pieced

I had to whip a birthday card for a coworker so decided to use the Young Crafters Unite Challenge of no coloring. 

I knew what image I wanted to use and decided to paper piece it with the Lawn Fawn Bright Side collection (which I looooooooove!).  So here it is:

It was a little tedious fussy cutting some of those pieces but I love how it turned out. :D


PAPER: Lawn Fawn Bright Side; Recollections Naturals; Neenah Solar White
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
STAMPS: Cupcake Kiki LaRue; AmyR Birthday Sentiments
OTHER: Stampin' Up Top Note Die; SU! Floral brads, Fancy Label Punch, Ribbon Punch

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Paper Smooches Sparks DT Call

I spent this weekend working on a little something for the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Design Team Call.  The call requires you to make something NEW using one of their past challenge inspiration photos.  I chose to use the Distressed Ocean photo from the February challenge:
When I played along with this challenge the first time around I made an acetate card with an ocean theme (you can see that card here).  This time around I decided to use a page from a clear mini album to make a tag.  Maybe the clear materials remind me of water :-)

I have a fondness for the little gnome from the Forrest Whimsy set and the reason I decided to use this photo is because I immediately thought that he'd make a great little pirate.  Pirates are ocean-y and dirty so I thought it'd be perfect for the distressed feeling of the photo.  I also wanted to do some complicated layer on an image and thought now would be a good image to use.

So without further adieu, here's my finished project -

I took a page from this mini album I've had for ages and alcohol inked it with the colors of an old map.  I used a Sharpie to add a few dots and an x (to mark the spot!).  I stamped the "to" and "from" from Word Salad and a parrot from My Peeps.  I didn't have any ribbon that matched the colorings so I used the same alcohol inks to dye a piece of white ribbbon.

As for my complicated layering of the little guy.... it wasn't so much complicated as tedious, but I love how it turned out!  I stamped him on a piece of scrap paper and used random colors to figure out my layers (that's the blue/green/purple guy in the pic below).  I figured I needed 7 layers so I stamped him 14 times so I'd have duplicates if I messed one up.  I colored the images based on the crazy colored image.  For my own reference, I grayed in the pieces of the gnome that needed to be cut on that particular image so he'd layer nicely.  With all of the coloring done, I cut them all out.

Once all of the pieces were cut, I glued them all together.  I didn't use any dimensionals since I wanted him to stay flat but still have some depth.  I think this picture shows the it really well -

He's actually quite sturdy, I'm thinking he might make a great Christmas ornament - a happy little elf or Santa!  (Hmmm... must try that out ASAP!)

Here he is attached to the tag with his little parrot friend -
As I mentioned, I cut out 14 of these little guys in case I messed it up somewhere along the way.  Luckily, there were no mess ups, so I ended up making two tags -
So that's my submission for the Sparks Challenge DT Call... wish me luck.


PAPER: Neenah Solar White
STAMPS: Paper Smooches Forrest Whimsy, My Peeps and Word Salad
INK: Memento Rich Cocoa; Ranger Alcohol Inks in Latte, Caramel and Ginger
OTHER: Ribbon from stash, Clear Mini Album from Scrapinators
Skin E02, E11, W1, W3, R00, R01
Hat R37, R39, R59
Pants E29, E35, E37
Shirt/Boots C3, C5, C7, C9
Beard C1, C3, C5, W1
Bird R20, R32, R35, YR21, Y38, YR15 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ribbon Embossing

This past Friday, Danielle Daws posted a video tutorial on embossing on ribbon (check it out here).  I loved how it looked so had to give it a try.  Then I saw the lastest inspiration photo for the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge
and I knew exactly how I wanted my card to look...

The inspiration I got from the challenge photo was text only and the color pallette - blue, orange, black, and white.  I loved how it turned out that I ended up making two more cards with different sentiments:


Lastly, here are all three together:

I can't wait to try more ribbon embossing!


PAPER: Neenha Solar White
STAMPS: Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler and Good Gab; Hero Arts Newspaper Background
INK: Versamark; Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie
OTHER: Zing Black Embossing Powder; Heat Gun; Ribbon from stash; 1/2" Corner Chomper

Monday, April 9, 2012

Nuts For You!

I just got in a few new Some Odd Girl sets that I purchased, so I HAD to use one of the new sets for their latest color challenge.  Their inspiration picture is this adorable nerdy bear note card from MyZoetrope's Etsy shop:

One of the new sets I got was Nutsy Kaylee.  I love the little squirrel in the set so had to use him :)

I colored him using my Prismacolor pencils (trying to get more practice with them!).  The sentiment is stamped in a teal/aqua ink.  To add the pink, I had a couple of different ideas, but wanted to keep the card pretty simple so opted for some stitching below the sentiment.  Then I used my scoring board to score two lines across the bottom and up to his tail on the left side.  To finishi it off, and balance the score lines a little, I rounded the top right corner.

I'm also playing along with the following challanges:



PAPER: Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake
INK: Stampin' Up! Indigo Island, Memento Tuxedo Black
STAMPS: Nutsy Kaylee by Some Odd Girl
OTHER: 1/2" Corner Chomper, Stampin' Up! Scoring Board; We R Memory Keepers Floss; Embroidery Needle; Paper Piercer; Stampin' Up! Mat Pack; Prismacolor Pencils

Friday, April 6, 2012

Im the SOG Spotlight!!

I have a couple of cards that I'm working on to share this weekend but I had to pop in to share that I am the Some Odd Girl Spotlight this week. :). I had a huge smile on my face when I read that post then saw the card I shared in my last post Check it out here.

Have a happy Easter weekend!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Birthday at the Beach

Quick post this week! - My Grandmother is an April Fools Day baby.  Here's the card I sent to her:

I colored Beach Babe Kaylee with my Copics aand fussy cut her.  I die cut the waves from some alcohol inked paper.  I used a scallop circle and dabbed ink around the edges to create the clouds.

Since I did some coloring, I'm playing along with the current Lawnscaping Challenge:

Have a great week!


PAPER: Neenah Solar White, Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight, glossy paper
INK: Memento Bahama Breeze and London Fog; Ranger alcohol inks; Copic markers
STAMPS: from the dollar bin at Michael's
OTHER: Waves die from MFT