Sunday, July 31, 2011

CCC #85 - Holiday Anything Goes!

 Super-simple and quick card - but cute!  I love Halloween, so I'm never worried about having too many cards or Halloween crafts.
Wild Card and Happy Hauntings carts.  Bazzill Basics cardstock.  Witch's Potion Purple Starburst Spray by LSG. Black Soot Distress Ink.  PSX stamp.  Bats embossing folder by Sizzix.  Finished card measures 4.25"

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Feeling Fruity: Less Is More Blogspot Challenge

Summer fruit has been quite the theme here at the end of July.  (Check out my other submission from the week here.)  This is my LIM submission for the week.  I'm also entering it the "Lazy Summer Days" Free For All Friday challenge at StampTV.  It was sooooooo hard not do color in those oranges!  But I did my best to keep it to a minimal, graphic design without coloring - whew, a tough order.

Offray ribbon.  Hampton Art Stamp (1996), Bazzill basics cardstock.  Colorbox black ink.  UTEE.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Haunted Design House: "Out! Out, damn spot!"

Oh what fun!  I've found a new challenge blog and I love it!  
"Out! Out, damn spot!"
You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece
that is covered in spatter, splatter, drips or drops.
It doesn't have to be bloody. There are plenty of other creepy,
drippy, gooey, and oozing things that can go SPLAT!

Well this is nothing like the "Dexter" card I helped my husband's son make - that was splatters galore!  But this was still in the "drippy" category so I thought it'd suffice.  There's some awfully talented artists posting their art on this challenge blog, so I hope mine stands up to the blog's high standards.

The background is a "soot" technique.  I learned how to do it by watching this video on StampTV.  Thanks GinaK!  I used cheap-o 4x6 photo paper which doesn't "soot" up so much, and can burn, brown, and curl really easy!  Its just that I wanted the paper quick and easy - no searching for chromecoat and cutting it to size.  Instead of off-stamping, I made the cut with the Happy Hauntings cart, designed on my Gypsy.

After last Christmas I was pretty much out of any deep red ink sprays (my fave are LSG) so I mixed the remaining acrylic paint I had with some LSG that was in a mini mister  sorry I can't tell you the color.  This is how I got a drippy enough medium to roll down the fangs of my smokey-eyed ingenue.
A real "Dexter" moment!
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Round or Square? Use it!

Over at Mojo Monday, they had this fun sketch.  I've kinda been into circle cards lately so I thought I'd give it a go!
This sketch and the entries on this blog are a challenge for me in that the style is more layered and "fussy" than I usually do.  But that's the fun of a challenge, right?  I tried really hard to stick to the sketch, even though I wanted to leave some elements out. Because I mounted the butterfly on yellow cardstock, it came out really blue even though its more green in the packaging.  C'est la vie!

Here's my take on the square card, using similar supplies.  In addition to Mojo Monday, I just learned about this other challenge on Use It Tuesday:  make a project with two hoarded items.
My first hoarded item from my square card is the black ribbon.  I honestly don't have that much ribbon (you crafters know who you are), but this particular remnant spool is from when I made my wedding invitations.... almost 3 years ago!  I've got other black, so this spool had to go!

My second hoarded item is the 28 mm Imaginisce brad daddy.  I only have a few of these ultra big brads, so I use them sparingly.  Why - so easy to get more!

As for the round card, I have a problem getting rid of "bling" type embellishments.  I only have one of my narrow drawers from my Workbox dedicated to this type of embellishment - and its overflowing.  I can't help but always buy more.  I MUST thin the pack here!
Last but not least, I purchased this fancy-schmancy yellow pleated trim some time ago for some awesome project - and have been looking at it ever since.  Never used.  Just taking up space.  Time to get some on a project and move on!

Thanks for taking a peek, and I sure appreciate your comments!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"Thanks a Melon" Treat Box

This week's theme over at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog was "Melon Time."  The idea was to create something featuring a melon, or summer fruit. Although the sentiment is not unique, the little treat box is sure to be appreciated.  No one in mind right now who to give it to, but I just get to keep it on hand for a time when a quick treat stuffed inside will let someone know they are appreciated. 

T,B,B & M, and Accent Essentials Cart.  Momento Lady Bug ink.  Bazzill Basics & DCWV cardstock.  Paper Accents tag.  Michael's ribbon.  Black Viva Decor Pearl Pen.  Finished box size is approximately 3 7/8" tall, and 2 1/2" wide, cut on my Gypsy

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Ribbons, buttons, and a sweet treat for summer.  What could be more enticing on a card at this time of year?

Card is 6 1/4"x 4 1/2".  Bazzill Basics cardstock.  Lacy Labels, T,B,B&M, and Stretch Your Imagination carts.  Michaels ribbon. Distress inks. Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray.  Button.

This week I'm trying a combo of challenges...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Circles...continued: "Less Is More" Challenge

This week's challenge was so inspiring at the Less Is More Challenge Blog: Circles.   I couldn't help myself with just one entry.  Two more popped into my head and had to make it to paper!

This tag features the Inkadinkadoo clear stamp set "Circles & Dots."  I stamped it with Versamark on my tag (neutral cardstock cut with Plantin Schoolbook cart).  I went over the flower portion with my bronze Viva Decor pearl pen.  I'm still getting the hang of it, it reminds me of cake decorating in that for consistency you need to practice with pressure, ink flow, ect.  Then I went over the "stem" with Prismacolor pencils and inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The stickers are Heidi Grace.

Here's just one more CAS card using the circle theme.

I used my Cuttlebug embossing folder "Boo To You" to emboss the Halloween circle images.  I then punched them with a 1 1/2" circle punch and went over them with ink.  Papers were inked and layered, sentiment stamped.  The punches were raised up on foam tape.  Fun, easy, and perfect for my Halloween stash!
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Circles: "Less Is More" Challenge

Mother Nature had it right when the bumble bee was created.  Black and yellow are a great combination.

  Like most CAS challenges, when things come together quickly - it just works.  It took no time to put together the card base, cut, and ribbon.  Can't say the "congrats" was as easy.  Probably 3x longer to do the one sentiment, and I'm "meh" about how much I like it.  But that's the fun of crafting, trying new things to see what works!

  When its all together, I'm probably pushing the boundaries of the LIM challenge design rules, but I just love this cut for the circle design, so here goes...

Bazzill Basics cardstock.  Paper Lace and Wild Card carts.  American Crafts ribbon. Distress Ink in Black Soot.  Black Stickles.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Shades of Blue: "Less Is More" Challenge

So many options with this week's challenge from the LIMette gals.  The theme: shades of blue.  Here's my take using the "Graphically Speaking" cart and a simple stamp with glitter.

Happy 4th to you!

Treat Bags, 4th of July

Treat bags filled with goodies to take to a neighbor's bar-be-que.  Super simple & fun.  Holiday theme is from "A Child's Year" & "Graphically Speaking."  Duck fan bag was found items from a scrapbook kit, re-purposed.  Yummy fun! 

Happy birthday America!