Friday, September 04, 2015

My Favorite Things, Sketch #244

This was fun! To create the dark, cloudy-like background, I used a color wash of black soot distress ink on watercolor paper. I used Distress Sprays in Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot for the splatters, then added a few sequins.

The bat and sentiment are from the Birdie Brown, Witch Way is The Candy sets. Bat is colored with copics and heat embossed with clear powder, then attached with foam tape over the top of my washi tape layers.

Link up here to participate in this week's sketch challenge!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Sock Snowmen

When Grace was here last week we made these adorable sock snowmen. Such a cute idea and so so easy to do. Great tutorial - click here. I used one pair of socks to make these guys. Depending how you fill them and adjust them you can make the different sizes. They are so adorable!

Grace has decided to make a smaller one that she will heat in the microwave and keep in her pocket on her way to school this winter. What a great idea!!!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

My Favorite Things, Color Challenge #28

One of my favorite color combos, which I love using for winter projects, but works for pretty much any season. Here I used the My Favorite Things Watercolor Flowers stamp set to create these pretty blooms, and the leaves and stems are from the Scribble Roses set. I created the sentiment using Birthday Wishes and Balloons. There is still time to play along with this challenge. See the link below to link up to the Card Challenges blog. :)

Click here to go to the Card Challenges blog

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

My Favorite Things, Sketch #243

This week's sketch challenge at My Favorite Things. I sort of strayed just a bit from the actual sketch, but it was the inspiration for my card, and that's the idea anyway, right?!

Click here for link-up and details for the sketch challenge:

I used the inside/outside diagonal rectangles by My Favorite Things to make the frame for my shaker as well as the mat behind it. The adorable clouds, moon, and sweet kitty are from the Birdie Brown set, Witch Way is The Candy stamps and dies. The dimension on the clouds is made with Liquid Applique, and the moon and black cat are heat embossed over copic coloring. Fun techniques for added texture.

I used some adorable tiny Halloween buttons from my stash along with seed beads and sequins for shaker filler.

Thanks for coming by the studio! I hope I've inspired you to play along with the challenge or to get crafty. :)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Melonheadz Back to School Challenge

Soon, the kidlets will all be back in school, if yours aren't already. Here in Washington state, most schools start after Labor Day, so the kids have a few more days left of summer. Today's new challenge is school-related. I chose to use the adorable Backpack Kidlettes and Lunch Ladies (for the apple) sets for my card today.

In addition, I used the Write On and Love to Learn stamps and dies by My Creative Time.

I love back to school and still have a blast shopping the supplies every fall. LOL Is it weird that I love a brand new 24 pack of Crayola crayons all for myself.....?

Happy back to school, all you moms! Enjoy every free minute you have once the fall routine is in full swing again. :) And used some of that free time to play with me and the rest of the Melonheadz Design Team and link up your project here!

Friday, August 28, 2015

My Creative Time Alumni Guest Designer post

Hello and happy Friday!! It's been a while since I've posted for the My Creative Time Alumni Team, and I'm so glad to have a couple of fun projects for you today. In the descriptions I've provided links to each of the products I used in my cards for easy access to the My Creative Time Shoppe if you'd like to check out today's featured products. 

My first project is this card using the We're Better Together stamps and dies set. Super cute coffee and donuts set. The label for my sentiment is from the Thankful Heart set. 

Do you recognize some of the older MCT sets I've used with them? I stamped the coffee sleeve with the burlap background stamp from the Build a Banner set, then stamped over that with the coffee beans from the You Are Perk-fect set. Twine, teensy button, foam tape, and glossy accents "perk up" the cute die elements.

Then I made this baby card with coordinating envie for hubby's niece who is expecting her first baby in late November. The sweet baby giraffe is from the adorable Hello Baby set. Holy cuteness, I can hardly stand all the adorableness!!

I used the onesie die to create the actual gift enclosure card and the giraffe to embellish both the card/onesie and....

...the matching envelope.

 The inside message, as well as the stars and teeny feets, are also part of the Hello Baby set.

Thanks for checking me out on Alumni Guest Designer day! :) Come back soon! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Kimberly's Birthday Hop!

Hi Everyone!!
Welcome to Kimberly’s Birthday Facebook hop! Today, Kimberly is celebrating her Birthday
and reaching 500+ likes on her Facebook page! There will be giveaways, trivia and a craft challenge!

For my project, I made a shaker card. But I didn't stop there. I also put together this adorable mini birthday banner and cupcake toppers to match. The cupcakes are lemon cake with lemon filling, frosted with cherry icing and crystal sprinkles. SCRUMPTIOUS! 

Shaker card filled with sequins, tied with twine and teeny cupcake button. Pattern papers are by Kaisercraft. Mat dies, jar lid, sentiment and "sweet" word die by My Creative Time.

The jar shaker was so much fun to make. I used a stamp by Peachy Keen Stamps with Staz-On ink on a sheet protector, then sealed it with my WeR Memory Keepers Fuse tool. Love that thing!

 Cupcake toppers.

Mini-banner cut on my Cricut. The letters and stars background on the pennants are from My Creative Time, Fun Pocket Sentiments and Chalkboard Birthday.

Oh, and p.s. The blue cupcake plate - I made that from a clear, glass plate and matching goblet I picked up at the Dollar Tree. Spray paint is one of my favorite things ever! I love that stuff. :) 

Be sure to head over to facebook (links above) for the hop! There will be lots of fun, giveaways, and challenges too. See you there!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Got out the Bind it All

It had been way too long since I used my pretty pink Bind it All, but I had this idea, inspired by the fun find of a friend (say that ten times fast! LOL) and had to crank that baby up.

A couple of trips to the thrift store and I came back with some adorable children's books that had seen better days. They each have significance to a particular grandkid, I picked them out specifically. Olivia's nickname is Mousie, Mila loves piggies, Feliciano has (at least used to have) a fascination with dinosaurs, and Emmy loves bunnies.....perfect! I took those poor little books and gave them new life as custom spiral notebooks. I think the kidlets will love them. I sure had fun putting them together. Aren't they so cute!?? :)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Melonheadz - hand colored image

This week's Melonheadz challenge is to hand color your digi image. I know a lot of you already do that, and I do a lot too, but this time you must! LOL No cheating and using colored digis for this project.

I used this adorable school boy from the School Subject Kidlettes set and made a little alteration. Can you see what I did??

...besides putting him on a wobble, that is. ;) Isn't he too cute? Feliciano, grandboy #2, cannot sit still for one second. I think this wobble boy is perfect for him!

Ok now maybe you can see better what I did to alter this already adorable image.....if you haven't guessed, I added lines and holes to the notebook paper! SO CUTE!!!
Thanks for coming by to check out the newest challenge. Hope you can join me and the team and share your own hand colored image for this challenge. :)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Favorite Things, Sketch Challenge #241

The new challenge sketch is up on the Card Challenges blog. I decided it was the perfect sketch to use this adorable school theme set by Birdie Brown for My Favorite Things called Class Act. Super cute and fun images!

I love this sweet little school girl.

The dies are so much fun but I took it to another level by cutting the shapes from shrink film to create custom shaker filler. It's one of my favorite ways to use small die shapes! The shape you cut will shrink to approximately one-third its original size. (Be sure to color your images before you shrink them.) Here you can see the custom shapes I made. 

The inside message. I used the circle cut-out from the shaker window to tie it all together.

But I didn't stop at just shaker filler. I thought the tiny apples were so cute I decided to make them into earrings. Eeek. So cute!!!

And then I had another idea.....backpack charms!!!!! Here you can see the difference in size from the original die cut from paper compared to the shrink charms. The girls will love these. :)

More info on this challenge here: Card Challenges

Products used:
My Favorite Things, Class Act stamps and die sets
My Favorite Things, Gift Card grooves dies (earring holder)
My Favorite Things, Lucky Stars dies
My Favorite Things, Cross-stitched Circle dies
My Favorite Things, Diagonal stitched Rectangle dies
My Favorite Things, Black Licorice Hybrid ink pad
Gold cardstock, copic markers, clear embossing powder, clear acetate, foam tape
shrink film, sequins, Smarties candies (shaker filler)

Sunday, August 09, 2015

My Favorite Things, Sketch #240

Fun and simple sketch from My Favorite Things Card Challenges this week. See product list below for details and store link. I'm pleased with the result!

I used the adorable Adventure Calling stamps and dies sets for my card. The sentiment is from the Giraffe Girl Pure Innocence set.

My Favorite Things Card Challenges

Products used:
My Favorite Things, Black Licorice Hybrid Ink Pad
My Favorite Things, Plaid Patterns 6x6 paper pad
My Favorite Things, Fishtail Flags STAX dies
My Favorite Things, Blueprints 22 die set
My Favorite Things, Adventure Calling stamps
My Favorite Things, Adventure Calling dies
My Favorite Things, Giraffe Girl sentiment stamp
QK square die, PTI cloud die, copic markers, foam tape, fun foam


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