Saturday, July 16, 2016

Love Is Everything digi kit


Three projects I made as part of the design team



facebook timeline cover






printable card front








 scrapbook page


What a beautiful new vintage kit at
Scraps-N-Pieces.com,
Love Is Everything !









KIT CONTENTS: 

12 Cardstock - 12X12 300dpi
5 Antique Frames
18 Distressed Patterned Papers - 12X12 300dpi
60 Unique Elements
Antique Metal Flower Pin
Bead Scatter
Butterfly
5 Buttons
Heart Charm
Doily
3 Ephemera 
6 Flowers
3 Frames
Glitter Scatter
7 Greenery
2 Grunge
2 Hearts
Key
Key Hole
5 Leaves
Metal Heart
Metal Leaf
Pocket Watch
7 Ribbons
Safety Pin
Sequin String
Staple
String
Swirl
2 Tags
Trim
Word Bit










Friday, July 15, 2016

Frosty Blue Christmas Card





The challenge at 

The idea that immediately comes to mind with that color palette
is snow. I wanted to do something different though. 
I decided to make a silver Christmas tree,
reminiscent of the old aluminum Christmas trees! 



I used silver embossing powder on a pine branch image that was stamped with Versamark ink.

The ornament image was stamped with a an old Frost color Kaleidoscope ink pad (there are three shades of blue on it, difficult to tell in the photo) onto glossy white card stock. I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and punched it out with a coordinating paper punch. It is mounted on a pop dot / dimensional.

I carefully added thin lines of diamond Stickles on the swirls of the ornament.

Light blue ink was used on the background stamp. NOTE:  The background stamp was an afterthought because I thought it looked too empty, too much white and "off balance" to me otherwise. I should have stamped the background first rather than after embossing the branches. The branches would have been lined up better with the main sentiment on the background stamp.

The stamped piece is layered onto silver metallic and medium blue card stock then adhered to a pale blue textured card stock base.

Silver edged white organdy ribbon and narrow polka dot light blue ribbon are tied into a knot then hot glued to the top of the ornament to finish it off.

Thanks for looking =)


I'm also entering my card in the July Challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge extra July anything goes

Anything Goes at Through The Craft Room Door


7/22/2016   EDITED TO ADD:
My card was chosen as an Honorable Mention at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown !


Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Crafting Challenge Blog Coming Soon !






I am thrilled to announce that I am part of the design team for a new all crafts challenge blog debuting August 1st , Love To Craft Challenge Blog !!! Stop by to meet the design team and to sign up to follow us.

Below is some information as posted on the blog home page:

 Love To Craft Challenge Blog is a new all-crafts challenge blog launching on August 1st! We're the sister blog to Love To Scrap Challenge Blog! We're low key and laid-back, and we're playing just for the shear FUN of it! We want to inspire and be inspired! We want everyone to join in and have an opportunity to show off what you're working on, no matter what it is!

We welcome any and all kinds of family friendly handmade creations - from cards, tags, ATCs and scrapbook layouts  - to 3-D projects, mixed media canvases and altered projects - and even knitting, crocheting, quilting and jewelry-making! Whatever you're working on, we want to see it! :)

Our challenges will go live at 6:00 AM EST on the 1st day of every month and run until 6:00 PM EST on the last day of the month. Winners and Top Picks will be chosen by our design team and announced on the 15th of the month following the close of each challenge. 

You may enter our challenges up to five times (as long as each project is different) and you may combine our challenges with as many other challenges as you'd like! The more the merrier! :)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Triangle Santa Christmas Card In July



Seeing all of the holiday movies being played on 
a certain TV channel got me to thinking that I ought to 
check out a couple Christmas card challenge blogs
that I participated in last year. 
Although I don't send out very many,
it's a perfect time to start working on Christmas cards :) 


52 Christmas Card Throwdown, I knew what I wanted to make.
I finally got around to making it. 








 I lightly blushed the cheeks with chalks / pastels.

Eyes were made with a marker.

Hat pom pom is a 1/4"circle punch. A tiny pom pom or jingle bell would be fun to use!

Die cut circle has real stitching and the edges are distressed.

Embossing folders from Cuttlebug:
Divine Swirls
Herringbone
Christmas Countdown (I think that's the name)

The edges of the kraft card base are lightly sponged with brown ink.









Pattern I drew on scrap paper to start.
I cut it apart and traced onto card stock scraps.
The pieces were hand cut with scissors then pieced together
onto a larger scrap of card stock. I trimmed around it
 then adhered it to my card front with dimensionals / pop dots. 








I was inspired by this image I saved long ago.
At the time I thought I'd use the idea to make ornaments
out of fabric scraps to give as gifts.
I never got around to it.......




Thanks for looking =)


I'm also entering my card in the following challenges:

Christmas Cards All Year Round - July Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - vintage or anything goes

Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes




EDITED JULY 15, 2016:
My card was chosen as an honorable mention !


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Digital Card for a Boy


Printable all digital card front





 matching printable all digital inside of card








I'm excited to share today's project, 
a 100% printable card I created !

Why I am I excited about sharing it ?
I won the image by participating in a recent challenge!
I then challenged myself to color it in digitally.
A challenge it was since the image was 
just a flat jpg image, ready to print.
I wanted to color it in digitally so I could
enter the card in the newest challenge at
This may not fit the true "travel"theme
the challenge coordinators were thinking, though.
I'll make a digital scrapbook page to share
later in the month that is travel themed ;)



This is the jpg image I won from
AJ's Race Car.


(I altered it slightly, not intentionally,
just happened with my trying to color it digitally)


Although I am getting decent enough at making digital 
projects with digital kits and My Memories software,
I want to learn how to use Photoshop Elements.

Using Photoshop Elements 14,
I managed to muddle my way through making a copy of the
jpg into a transparent png to use for my colored image.
Yes. that was time consuming and it is not an exact 
copy of the image, but it worked well enough. 

I used the jpg image as bought as my background layer.
I then colored it in on a couple of other layers 
(this is all new to me, trial and error!!!).
I was pretty proud of myself for figuring out
how to lightly blush his cheeks, too.

Once I was happy enough with the coloring,
I put the transparent png image on top to
get the details back in to the image. 

It was then saved as a jpg and imported into the
My Memories Suite software along with elements
to create the card. 
Aharoni font was used for the sentiments,
italicized on the front.

They were then saved as a jpg to share here.


I do have a lot to learn about digital coloring,
but overall am pretty proud of how this turned out :)





In addition to entering this 100% digital card in the 
I'm entering it into the following challenges:


Thanks for looking !



EDITED TO ADD: