Monday, March 16, 2015

Paper Girls Challenge #76 - Shakers!

Good morning, everyone!  Today I am up on the Paper Girls Challenge blog with my very first post!  The theme this go-round is shaker cards.  If you have followed me at all, you know that I am completely digging this trend.  You can see other examples here, here and here.

Intimidate by shaker cards?  I was, too, until I saw a video on how easy they are.  I thought I would do a quick tutorial on how to put one together.  Here we go!

Here are the supplies you'll need:   

I did some stamping and pre-cutting, but you get the general idea of what you need. I used a piece of acetate for the window, but you can use any kind of clear plastic or even vellum. Don't have sequins?  Try using small die cut shapes and/or coarse glitter!

First I adhered the piece of acetate to the back of the window piece: 

Then I flipped it over and attached the frame and die cuts:

Next, I flipped it back over and attached the foam adhesive.  You can use whatever you have.  Foam squares work but just make sure to line them up right next to each other so the tiny bits don't fly out when you shake the card.  (This is why I didn't suggest fine glitter above.  I used foam squares and glitter together and the glitter still managed to seep out, even though I thought I had them close enough together.) 

For the final step, just add your sequins, beads, etc, remove the backing from the foam tape, and then stick the card base on top.  SUPER EASY!!

Here is the final product:

I hope this inspires you to play along with the Paper Girls challenge this round!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Until next time...
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Friday, February 27, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog - CFC 137: Springtime Melodies

Welcome back!  It's time for another fun challenge over at the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog!  You guys did an AMAZING job with the watercolor challenge!  I was blown away by the gorgeous creations that were posted.  Can't wait to see what you all create for the next round!  Speaking of which, here's the theme:

For this month's challenge, create something musically themed with spring colors.  I couldn't decide how to interpret springy colors, so I made two cards.  Here is the first:

For the first card, I thought about how flowers start blooming and the grass gets green again.  This is my first attempt at creating a bokeh background.  How did I do?  :)

Here is my second card:

This card was inspired by lots and lots of pretty flowers in a garden.  I used four different distress ink colors with a mask to create the bold frame.  I embossed the sentiment using my shimmery silver embossing powder. There is a fun surprise inside this card:

I used the musical note from Love Notes and stamped it on the inside of the card, using my shimmery silver embossing powder again.  I thought it was a cute touch.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see what you create!

Until next time...
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Paper Girls Challenge #73 : Love/Anniversary

Good Morning, friends!  Today I am back with another Paper Girls Challenge!  This week's theme is Love/Anniversary.  Good timing, with Valentine's Day coming, don't you think?  :)  Here is the card I made:

And here is a close up:

First, I stamped a frame from Paper Smooches' Flirty Frames set using Versamark, then I used clear embossing powder to set it.  Next, I wet the entire frame area using a clean brush and water, then dabbed different colors of pink watercolors around the frame.  Once it was dry, I die cut out the frame, then backed it with some acetate.  I surrounded the acetate with foam tape to make it a shaker card.  I used a scrap piece of watercolor paper and used more pink watercolors to color the entire area.  Once that was dry, I used my Mama Elephant Confetti Creative Cuts die to cut out a bunch of hearts.  To the hearts, I added some different colored pink sequins and some clear glass beads.  The sentiment if from Paper Smooches' Good Gabs set.

I love how this card turned out.  Simple, pretty, and fun!  I am also submitting this card for this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes!

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...

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Friday, January 30, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 136 - Watercolor Love

Good Morning!  Today I am back to tell you about a brand new challenge going on over at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog! 

This month's theme is Watercolor Love and if you have followed me for a while, you know this challenge is right up my alley!  You can go big and bold or soft and subtle but no matter your style, watercolors always add the perfect touch to cards.

Here is the card I created:

First, I traced the HeartBoard Fri-Die onto watercolor paper so I had a general idea of the size of the biggest heart.  Then I used a clean brush and applied water to the entire area within and around the heart.  Next, I dabbed pink watercolor paint randomly within the heart and just let the water move it around.  Once it was dry, I used the die again to cut out the hearts, then I adhered them together on the front of the card.  The simple sentiments are from Love Notes.

I just love how this card turned out.  It can't get any more clean and simple than this, right?  :)  I hope you'll play along with us this month and I can't wait to see what you create!

Don't forget that Fri-Dies are 20% off right now until February 1st!  Be sure to check them out!!

That's it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Scrapbook Steals Feature!

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Good morning!  Today I have the pleasure of being featured over at the ScrapbookSteals blog!  I got to play with today's steal, which are super fun Kaisercraft Beyond the Page signs.  I got to play with the #relax and #me signs.

For the first one, I wanted to make a decor piece for my craft room.  I tend to take life a little too seriously at times, so this would be the perfect reminder to just take a step back and breathe.  I decided to paint it with a teal color, then go over it with white, then distress it.

Instead of just painting over the teal with the white, I decided to try a crackle finish using plain 'ol Elmers glue.  I didn't put a thick enough coat on, though, so the crackle wasn't as obvious as I would have liked.  Once the whole thing was dry, I took a fine sand paper and hand distressed some of the front and edges.  When I was finished, I tied a bit of burlap string to the pound sign.  You know how if you want to remember something, you tie a string around your finger?  That was the effect I was going for with the burlap string.  So in essence, this sign says "Remember to Relax."  :)

For the second sign, I thought it would be fun to show all of the things that make me, me.  My family, friends and hobby all add happiness to my life, so I wanted to make them the stars of this project.

To get the tiny pictures, I created three different collages in Picasa, then sized them to 4x6.  Once I had those printed, I cut the pictures out of the printed 4x6 photos.  It took about 50 pictures to cover the front of this sign.

I used Mod Podge to adhere the pictures to the sign.  Once they were dry, I used an exacto knife to cut around the edges of the sign.  That way, nothing had to be too perfect when I put it on, because the edges were going to get cut off anyway.  I also used a little sander to sand some of the corners where the knife wouldn't reach.  Then I covered the entire front with more Mod Podge to seal everything and prevent the pictures from falling off.

I love how this turned out.  I can see my girls, my family, my friends and even some of my favorite crafty projects when I look at this.  My heart is full.  <3 p="">   
Thanks for stopping by today!

Until next time...

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Paper Girls Challenge #72 - Cork

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Happy Monday!  Today I am back with this week's Paper Girls Challenge.  The theme?  Cork.  Cork has been one of my favorite trends as of late.  It's up there with wood veneers, sequins and enamel dots.  :)

Here is a layout I made more than a year ago, but never shared.

I made this layout right after we adopted our cute little puppy, Brody.  He was curled up in a tiny ball under my craft desk sleeping.  Gosh, he was a cutie!  ANYway, I used cork alphas and embellishments on this layout. 

And since I can't seem to make anything without enamel dots, I thought it would be fun to splatter some Mister Huey's ink and then throw some into the fun mix.  I love how it all turned out!

That is all for today!  I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge!

Until next time...

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Runway Inspired Challenge #75

Happy Monday, everyone!  I've got a sickie home from school today so I thought I'd take some time to play with a challenge.  Today I am playing along with Runway Inspired Challenge #75.  Here is the inspiration photo:

And here is the card I made:

I was inspired by the bright pink fabric and the silver detail at the top of the dress.  First, I embossed this beautiful pattern using Versamark and my favorite silver embossing powder.  Then I stamped the sentiment onto the small strip of paper and then backed it with grey cardstock.  Next, I took a scrap piece of super thick cardstock and stamped it directly with Versamark and then covered it with the same embossing powder.  Then I die cut the "sparkle" sentiment and adhered it to the strip using Glossy Accents.

I am not one to be super flashy, so this card is very different for me, but I just love how this turned out.   

That is all for today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...
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