Tuesday, December 6, 2016

SHOPPING OUR STASH #281 - Pretty Packaging



Good morning friends and welcome! We have a fun challenge starting today at SHOPPING OUR STASH: Pretty Packaging! We'd like to see your gift, or gift card, packaging. Think altered boxes, bags, tags, anything that would hold a gift or gift card. I bought a package of white pillow boxes a couple years ago, and so that's what I used for my project:


Yep, I made two! I used strips of patterned paper and snowman stickers  I've had in my Christmas stash for years. Once I adhered the patterned paper to the pillow box, I die cut two sizes of ovals, and a scalloped frame. Stuck the sticker on the white oval, glued the scalloped frame to it, then that to the black oval. Then used a few foam squares across the back of the oval to adhere to the pillow box. Lastly, I tied on some twine. Super easy and fun to make!

I hope you find some time to play along this week at Shopping Our Stash! Also, since it's a new month, we have a new Guest Designer! Welcome Beth! (a.k.a. Myoriah!) We are thrilled to have you join us this month! 

For more inspiration, do check out what my teammates came up with for this challenge, visit their blogs and leave them some bloggy lovin!

Just a reminder: We are looking for Guest Designers now! If you'd like to be considered for January, simply leave a "DT" after your name when you link up! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a great day!





Supplies:
DP: Colorbok; MME
CS: scraps
Accessories: Bags & Boxes by Deluxe Co. - pillow boxes; GC; Simon Says Stamp - Frames die; SB - Classic Lg & Sm Oval Nesties; Cloud 9 - stickers; Martha Stewart/MME - twine
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Just Us Girls #372 - Word Week


Hello and welcome crafty friends! It's Word Week at JUST US GIRLS! Nancy is your hostess this week and she challenges you to add a Christmas tree to you card or project! Here's my card:


 Here is the inside:

I apologize for the not so good pics. Life got in the way this week, and yesterday was the first time I got to play in my craft room all week. I was running late and lost daylight by the time I finished my card. The good thing was that I got to try out a new (to me) stamp set for the first time. The tree is my first layering stamp set, and I think I'm going to be needing more of these! LOL! Soooo much fun to play with! 

I hope you get a chance to play along this week at Just Us Girls! For more inspiration, check out what my teammates have created and leave them some bloggy love. Also, since it's a new month, we have a new Guest Designer! Welcome Theresa Gregory! Looking forward to seeing what you create with the JUGS team! 

Just a reminder: If you are picked as Chic of the Week for any of our December challenges, you'll be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of January! Good luck and happy crafting!


Supplies:
Stamps: Hero Arts - Layering Christmas tree, Merry Christmas Message
Ink: Memento - New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa; Ranger DI - Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Iced Spruce; Colorbox/Susan K. Weckesser - Kiss
DP: HOTP - green paper; American Crafts - red glitter
CS: Taylored Expressions; Darice
Accessories: MISTI; Spectrum Noir markers - GB5 & IG2; Recollections - Red rhinestones, star rhinestones
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SHOPPING OUR STASH #280 - Paper Strip Art



Hello friends and welcome! This week at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we are going to help you use up some of those paper scraps you are holding on to, by using the BARGELLO TECHNIQUE! Here's the card I came up with:


 and the inside:

The great thing about this technique is that there are so many patterns you can make from it! Think about it: cut up 4 or 5 different papers, change out the design per card, and wah-lah! Cool cards and you used up some of that hoarded paper stash!

We hope that you find some time to play along at Shopping Our Stash, and we look forward to seeing all of your cards in the gallery! For more inspiration, do check out what the Design Team came up with. Also, this is Cornelia's last post as Guest Designer with the SOS Crew. Thank you so much for joining us this month! You have an amazing talent and we hope to see more of your works in our gallery in the future! 

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you all have a great day!


Supplies:
Stamps: Bugaboo - snowman digi; Simon Says Stamp - Oh Dear; Hero Arts - Merry X-mas
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: Recollections - Believe
CS: Crafter's Companion; Darice
Accessories: Prisma Color pencils; GC; SB - Std. Classic sm Oval Nesties; MFT - Single Stitch Line Oval Frame; Cuttlebug - Labels and Such die; printer & computer; twine from my stash; Westcott - hole punch; Marvy Uchida - cherry red marker
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & Thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, November 26, 2016

SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS #73 - U is for UFO (Unfinished Objects)



Hello snarky peeps and welcome! Our new challenge at the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS is called U for UFO - UnFinished Objects. That's right, time to look on your desk or work tables at all those bits and pieces of stuff laying around, neglected, and finally USE them! Got paper scraps? Dies you cut but decided not to use? Images stamped but yet to be colored? Here's the perfect challenge to find them a home on a card or project! I have a couple piles of unloved stuff on my desk: a container of paper scraps, off cuts, stamped images and dies I cut but didn't use, etc. I also have a container of panels I made with various inks/paints/powders and die cut panels I never used.

See?

It's pathetic, I know. So I riffled through the bits and pieces, and found a snippet of gold glitter paper and a die cut oval from red card stock. I found the back panel in the other container. So that's 3 things I used for my card:


 here's the inside:

Can you believe I've had that sentiment stamp for about a year, and I think this is the first time using it?! What is wrong with me! LOL! I die cut a smaller oval for the sentiment and colored the holly with Prisma Color pencils. Found some holly stickers in my Christmas stash and added them to the corners, stamped the inside sentiment and my card was done! 

Now it's your turn! You know you have a pile (or two, or three) of unused stuff taking up space on your desk. Now's the perfect time to use some of it! Just remember to tell us what those UFO's are and link up at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! For more inspiration, please do visit the blogs of my Sisters and our newest Guest Designer, Sue, and leave them some bloggy lovin! Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!


I'd like to enter this at Time Out Challenges #71 Christmas with glitter/shimmer












Supplies:
Stamps: Riley & Co. - Deck the halls; Hero Arts - Merry Christmas
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
DP: scraps
CS: Bazzill, scraps
Accessories: GC; Sm. Classic Oval Nestie; Prisma Color pencils; Cloud 9 Designs - epoxy holly stickers; sharpie pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & Thin 3D foam squares

JUST US GIRLS #371 - Photo Week



Hello and welcome crafty friends! Vicki is your hostess for Photo Week at JUST US GIRLS, and she's picked this fun photo for you to be inspired by! I realized when starting to make my card that I must have used up the last of my silver foil paper some time ago, and never replenished it. So it was purple foil and silver glitter papers for me.


 And the inside:

I die cut the snowflake frame out of the purple foil 3 times, then traced the frame onto the silver glitter paper and fussy cut. I used an embossing folder on the card front, then stamped the sentiment in silver ink, and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. The inside sentiment was stamped, and I went over the edges of the panel with the silver ink before adhering. 

I hope you find some time to play along with our photo challenge this week at Just Us Girls! We'd love to see your take on the picture! For more inspiration, please visit the blogs of my teammates and our Guest Designer, Cecile, and leave them some bloggy love! Thanks for visiting!


I'd like to enter this at 
Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge - Christmas to die for



Supplies:
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Christmas Bell Medley; Hero Arts - Merry Christmas Message
Ink: Brilliance - Starlite Silver; SSS - Lavender
DP: DCWV - Foil Stack; American Crafts - Silver Glitter
CS: Taylored Expressions; Darice
Accessories: GC; SSS - Holiday Frames die; Cuttlebug - Musical Flourish EF; Stampendous - clear EP; heat gun; Fiskars - corner rounder
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D & Thin 3D foam squares; Scotch - scrapbooker's glue

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

SHOPPING OUR STASH #279 - Warm and Fuzzy



Hello and happy Tuesday to you! This week at SHOPPING OUR STASH, it's all about Warm and Fuzzies! For example, a fireplace, hats and mittens, hot cocoa, cute fuzzy critters, etc. Here's how I interpreted the challenge:


 Here's the inside:


I thought a cute fuzzy mouse tucked all warm into a stocking fit the bill. I stamped a few more stocking images onto the card base, and used a punch for the paw print border. That red paper is fuzzy too. I found a sheet of this velvety specialty paper by HOTP. It's the same material that red Christmas bows are made from! Score!

Now it's your turn to play along at Shopping Our Stash! Just link up your warm and fuzzy card or project so we can admire it. While there, please do visit the blogs of my teammates, and our November Guest Designer, Cornelia, to see how they interpreted this challenge, and leave some bloggy lovin!

Just a reminder: We are looking for Guest Designers! If you'd like to be considered for December, simply add a 'DT' after your name when you link up! 

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great day!


I'd like to enter this at: Naughty or Nice challenge #33














Supplies:
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps - Stocking Mouse digi; Paper Smooches - All Yule Need, Joyful Greetings
Ink: Colorbox/Susan K. Weckesser - Ice, Kiss
DP: HOTP - Red Suede
CS: Taylored Expressions; Crafter's Companion; Darice
Accessories: PrismaColor pencils; GC; SB - Modern Stationery nesties; EK Success - Paw  Prints edger; computer and printer
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, 3D foam squares; Aileen's double sided tape

Saturday, November 19, 2016

JUST US GIRLS #370 - Color Week


Hello friends and welcome! At JUST US GIRLS, Ina is your hostess this time around for Color Week! She's picked TEAL, PURPLE, and GOLD as your go to colors. Here's what I made:



here is the inside:

I'm using some new craft goodies I recently purchased: that beautiful frame die and Magenta Nuance dye powders. I cut a square of mixed media paper with vellum, brushed it with water, sprinkled a bit of the purple and turquoise powders, then spritzed it with more water and watched the magic happen! I dried it with my heat gun when I liked the pattern, then repeated the process one more time. The die was cut from bristol paper, then I painted over it with gold acrylic paint. Because I'm crazy like that. And besides, it looks really cool! (IMHO)

 Love this new die, it debosses as it cuts! So pretty!


I hope you get some time this week to play along at Just Us Girls! We'd love to see what you make with these colors! For more inspiration, please visit the blogs of the design team and our Guest Designer, Cecile, and leave them some bloggy love. 

Remember, that if you are picked as Chic of the Week for any of our November challenges, you'll be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of January! Good luck and happy crafting!

I'd like to enter this at:

 




Supplies:
Stamps: Hero Arts - color layering Christmas Tree
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Teal Zeal, Elderberry; Colorbox/Susan K. Weckesser - Shimmer
CS: Strathmore - Mixed Media paper with vellum; Canson - Bristol paper; Bazzill; Darice
Accessories: Magenta - Nuance dye powders in turquoise and purple; GC; Amy Design - Wintertime frame die; Delta - Metalic 14K Gold acrylic paint; MISTI; paint brush; water spritzer; heat gun
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Scotch - foam tape and scrapbooker's glue




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SHOPPING OUR STASH #278 - Front and Center



Welcome friends! We have a new challenge starting today at SHOPPING OUR STASH - Front and Center. What the heck does that mean? Well, we all have bits and pieces of crafty things on our desks/tables that we started to use, then didn't. So those things are just sitting there, staring you in the face, looking forlorn, begging to be put to good use! Here's your chance. That is what we challenge you to do - to finally use those things! (Just remember to tell us what those things are! LOL!) Here's the card that I made:


 here's the inside:

So, these are the things on my desk that I finally used: I made that background panel 2 years ago, using Jessi's Faux Faux Patina tutorial. I made 4 panels total, one I used here, and another one here. I still have one more to use. (she says shaking her head) I also had three of those frames already die cut (I used the inserts on other projects), and lastly, I had the sentiment die cut in red card stock, but never used. I simply cut one more from red card stock and another one from foil stock. those were stacked and glued over the back panel. I used a tiny red rhinestone for the dot on the 'i' in the word Christmas, because there was no way I was going to try and glue three of those dots together! (Plus, I threw them out, so...) Another stamped sentiment finished the inside. 

 (shimmery/foil paper is really hard to photograph. Here's another angle)

So, got a bunch of unused, discarded items on your desk? (You know you do) Here's the perfect time to use them! Be sure to link up your card or project at Shopping Our Stash so we can see it. (and again, please tell us what the items on your desk/table are!) Looking for more inspiration? Then please visit the blogs of my teammates and our Guest Designer, Cornelia, and leave them some crafty love! 

Just a reminder: We are looking for Guest Designers! If you'd like to be considered for December, simply add a "DT" after your name when you link up! Super easy! 

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great day!


Supplies:
Stamps: Paper Smooches - Christmas Sampler
Ink: Memento - Lady Bug
DP: DCWV - Foil Stack
CS: Darice
Accessories: GC; Paper Smooches - Christmas Words dies; Simon Says Stamp - frames; panel made 2 years ago; Recollections - rhinestone
Adhesives: Scotch - Scrapbooker's glue; SA by 3L - tape runner


Saturday, November 12, 2016

SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS #72 - Z is for Zentangle



Good morning snarky peeps and welcome! This fortnight, the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS is really going to challenge you - we want to see your ZENTANGLE creations! Don't freak out. If the Sisters can do it, so can you! I started out wanting to make a card, but it morphed into a mixed media plaque:







I started out with a recycled piece of cardboard, and punched a couple holes in the upper corners. Covered it with gesso, and once dry, stenciled the gridlock pattern randomly. When that was dry, I painted the entire thing with brown paint, then added copper and bronze paint here and there. (IRL this is pretty shimmery) While that dried, I traced large chipboard letters (so large, I couldn't fit everything on a card, thus the change to mixed media plaque), then set about zendoodling and fussy cutting them. I stamped Sherlock's head and die cut. I covered the letters and Sherlock's head with Matte Medium. While that dried, I found a small texture stamp and stamped around the edges on the plaque. I used Matte Medium to glue all the letters and Sherlock onto the plaque. I added some gears and a fleur-de-lis here and there, and finished with some wire to hang. 

Need more inspiration? Then do yourself a favor and head on over to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog to check out what my Sisters and our Guest Designer, Jessa, have created to wow and amaze you! You won't be disappointed! Have some fun and play along!


Supplies:
Stamps: Riley & Co. - Sherlock; American Crafts - textures
Ink: Staz On - jet black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Crafter's Companion, scraps
Accessories: Making Memories - chipboard letters; recycled cardboard; Sharpie - fine tip black marker; Plaid - Russet stencil gel; Delta - copper and bronze metallic acrylic paint; ARTplorations - Gridlocked stencil; Golden - gesso & matte medium; Dreamweaver - embossing paste; pallet knife; sponge brush; Tim Holtz - mini gears; Jolee's Boutique - fleur-de-lis; Fiskars - hole punch; Darice - wire; GC; SB - Lg & Sm Classic Oval nesties; Ranger - Glossy Accents

JUST US GIRLS #369 - Trend Week



Hello crafty friends! This week at JUST US GIRLS, Bobby is your hostess, and she's picked METALLICS as your prompt for Trend Week! Here's my take on the challenge:


 here is the inside:

I started by stamping and heat embossing the holly leaves in green EP, coloring and die cutting them. Next I stamped the fa la la and heat set it in gold EP. Adhered the sequin trim, and popped the panel onto my card base. I used a few of the sequins to act as berries for the holly, then adhered it over the sequins with foam squares.

Now it's your turn. Break out that embossing powder, the sequins, those metal embellishments, etc. and make something! Be sure to link up your project at Just Us Girls so we can admire it! For even more inspiration, check out what the Design Team and our Guest Designer, Cecile have created and leave some bloggy lovin! 

Remember that if you are chosen as Chic of the Week for any of our November challenges, you'll be in the running to be our Guest Designer for the month of January! Have fun and thanks for visiting!


I'd like to enter this at Freshly Made Sketches #262











Supplies:
Stamps: Paper Smooches - All Yule Need; Simon Says Stamp - Tis the Season; Hero Arts - Merry Christmas
Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Lady Bug
CS: Crafter's Companion; Darice
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; Stampendous - Azurite & Champagne EP; heat gun; Sequins gifted to me by my friend Cathy
Adhesives: Scotch - foam tape; SA by 3L - 3D foam squares; Recollections - red tape; Ranger - Glossy Accents
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