Monday, May 31, 2010

moment of calm.,,

Hello friends in blogger land! Can I just say the past week has been CRAZY with a good chance of even more CRAZINESS to come over the next month. However, I am happy to say I was able to find a few calm hours to craft today and get my project done for the current Design Dollies "Elements Challenge" . This time, the challenge was to use the color pink, a crown, stripes, 2 (or more) 3D embellies, and lace. I had lots of fun with this one.
Paper: Bazzill, My Minds Eye, Die Cuts With a View, plain white cardstock
Cricut: Home Decor, Pagoda
Ink: Distress Ink, Archival
Stamps: Fancy Pants "In My Words"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Antique Gold
Other: lace, rhinestones
The bird, crown, and leaves were all cut out of plain white cardstock. To color the leaves, I used a blending tool to cover the cuts with two colors of green. For the bird, I mixed Distress reinker with water in a mister and lightly misted.
The crown was painted with CI paint... I couldn't get a great picture of the shimmer because of the cloudy sky... Oh well. IRL it is a sparkly crown!
I used a large corner stamp to add a little detail to the corner of the gold cardstock.
For my 3D embellies, I used rhinestones... *I love those things!*
My ribbon *SURPRISE!* was white. I colored it with a little distress reinker and water.

Well, I gotta get going... there are little mouths to feed, and little hands that need something non destructive to be doing...
Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

shimmery decor

Good morning all! I hope you have all been having a fabulous week!
Once again it is time to share what I have been up to for the Creative Inspiration DT! The challenge this time was to "Go 3d". How fun is that?!!
Now, when I found out about this challenge, I had so many ideas of what I should do.... I decided to keep it simple. A few days ago, I got a call from my sister. She just moved into a new apartment, and was trying to decorate... She told me she had a plate she wanted to use for decor only, but it was too plain. She wanted to know how to alter it.
Well, there are lots of ways.... here is one. *I know this is not a plate, but the same technique can be used*

This started out as a plain glass votive candle holder.

do you remember my post on painting fabric here? Well, you can use the same vinyl stencil technique for painting other things too... I used Cricut "Home Accents" cartridge and my Cricut to cut out the vinyl. After you get your image cut out, cover your "item to alter" with the negative part of the vinyl (this is the part you have left over after you take away the image you cut). All that is left is painting! I used "Onyx" Creative Inspiration Paint. Love that shimmer!!!!
Here it is all lit up. Isn't it pretty? So go grab some CI paint here, and alter to your hearts content! Also make sure to check out the CI blog here for more colorful shimmery inspiration!
Have fun!

Monday, May 24, 2010

seeking serenity

Spring is in the air... schools are almost out for summer... and... snow is on the ground??? Yup. It snowed this morning. How depressing is that?
Oh well... life goes on.

Today's project is :

the inside of the card:
Paper: Bazzill, Coredinations, cheap white cardstock
Cricut: Pagoda, Gypsy Wandering
Stamps: Basic Grey "Swirlie"
TPC Studio "Faith Greetings"
Ink: Memento, Powder Puff, Stazon
Creative Inspiration Paint: Tutu Pink, Winter Frost
Other: Doodlebug glitter, ribbon, Inkssentials opaque white pen

I cut these flowers in pink, then painted over them with Tutu CI paint... *I have totally fallen in love with this pale pink!!!* I inked around the edges in brown. I then stamped a swirl (for a more natural look, I made sure the stamp went off the edge of the die cut) then using a liquid glue with a needle tip I added the glitter. I love the texture and detail this adds

The butterfly is layered... I cut the image out of the blue paper, then glued it on top of another piece of the same blue paper that had been sanded *I love how Coredinations have a color core that matches so nicely... makes tone on tone distressing VERY simple!*

I then cut the butterfly (without the swirly tail) in white and painted with Winter Frost CI for shimmer. *this painted paper reminds me of some of he metallic papers that cost so much...I love it!* A few foam dots behind it give it even more dimension.

Of course my ribbon is painted with CI paint... *I had to make it match, didn't I???* It is hard to really show the shine on ribbon in photos.. in RL it is a very pretty effect *IMHO*
I distressed all around the edges of the front of the card for a little texture.
"Serenity" was stamped with white Staz-on, but I thought it was still to light to see where the "y" goes on to the ribbon, so I used an opaque white pen to trace over the letters. This really helped it to pop.

I hope you have found some inspiration for your next project...
Have a fabulous night!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

just a peek...

Hey all! Want a sneek peek into what I have been working on?
Here ya go!
And yes, I realize that it is not perfect...*especially when it is this magnified...* I am still working on perfecting my technique before I show the whole thing...
Have a fabulous evening!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

bunny hop

Hello everyone!
I was able to not only work in my studio today, but actually get something done!!! *I know, shocker....*
Anyway, the newest challenge over at the Design Dollies blog is to make a project featuring the circus and/or animals. I wasn't having any grand inspiration on the circus end, so I decided to work with an animal.
Paper: plain white cardstock, Bazzill
Ink: Distress ink, VersaMark
Stamps: Penny Black "Garden Friends"
Basic Grey "Swirlie"
Arful Inkables "A Bird's Song"
Martha Stewart "Patterns"
Creative Inspirations Paint: mint, tanzanite, winter frost, rose quartz, garnet, mellow yellow
Cricut: Gypsy Wandering, Accent Essentials
Other Die Cuts: Spellbinder "Label Six"
Embossing Powder: clear, white, black
Other: Enamel Accents, brads, ribbon

This sweet little bunny was stamped with VersaMark, then heat embossed with black embossing powder. I then used Distress ink to water color her in.

I painted a few accents (like the flowers) with CI paint. I love how it gives it so much color and sparkle!!!
Using clear embossing powder, I created a tone on tone look for the swirls, then using a blending tool, I inked the edges in a dark blue.

The sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder to help it stand out. *See those cute shiny black dots around the bunny? Those are made with the new Enamel Accents by Ranger.... such fun!!*

These roses have become oh so popular. In all reality, they are very simple to make, yet can add so much! I painted mine with CI Paint, then stamped over it with distress ink. I also inked the edges with distress ink.

Well, have a fabulous evening... I will be back with more later.

PS: make sure to check out what some of the talented ladies over at the Creative Inspirations blog have done with this week's challenge of going 3D! Their stuff will be posted tomorrow (Thursday). Enjoy!

Monday, May 17, 2010

make a wish...

Good morning all!
Over at the Design Dollies blog, they have a challenge to make a project inspired by a nursery rhyme...
Here is a very simple card based on the nursery rhyme "Ladybug, Ladybug"
According to Wikipedia, this is a chant you say when a ladybug lands on you... if it flies away, your wish will be granted...

Ladybug, ladybug
Flyaway home.
Your house is on fire
And your children are gone.
All except one,
and her name is Ann
And she hid under the backing pan.

Paper: Bazzill, Provo Craft, cheap white cardstock
Cricut: Nursery Rhyme
Stamps: 3 Bugs in a Rug "Flower Patch"
Ink: Distress ink
CI paint: Winter frost

For the base of this card, I randomly stamped flowers on plain white cardstock. I then inked the edges with my ink pad directly on the paper.

I painted under the wings with Winter Frost... isn't it gorgeous!!! I love how well it shows up on the black paper!

The ribbon was died using Distress ink to match all the stamping.

Very simple, I know, but I have to throw in some simple projects using few supplies every once in a while for my sis.... love ya Alika!!!! =)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

sweet as icing...

Good morning everyone! Thanks for stopping by. Today is once again my turn to play over at the Creative Inspirations Paint blog HERE. Our challenge was to use the CI paints as "icing" on our embellies... how fun is that?!!!
Now, this post may be picture heavy, but stick with me, I have a little tutorial to go with my project.
So, with no more chatter, here is my project.

Paper: Bazzill, My Minds Eye, Vellum, Acetate, Shrinky Dink material
CI paint: "Rustic Red"
Ink: Distress ink, Staz-on, Memento, VersaMark, Alcohol ink
Stamps: Fancy Pants "Fresh Mod", "From the Garden"
Prima "Music"
Other: Pearl ex, rhinestones, glitter
Inspiration & Journaling: "Don't Quit, Keep Playing" by Ann Woodland

here is my "icing". Those fun little flowers are Shrinky Dink charms covered in the yummy CI paint.
If you stick with me, I'll show you how I did this. *YAY*
This sparkly swirl was made by stamping the swirl, then tracing it with a liquid glue, then coating with glitter. Yeah, I know, it is a little time consuming, but I love the effect.
The music was stamped on to a piece of acetate with Staz-on. I then used Alcohol ink Gold Mixative with a little blending solution to get the marblized shimmer.
A little ribbon, and a few stray stamen I found in my flower stash give the sheet of music a little something extra.
I used a mask and reinker/pearl ex in a mini mister of water to create this "ghost" shape. The gems were clear, but I colored them with a little alcohol ink.

Wow, if you are still with me, thanks! On to the exciting stuff...

Shrinky Dinks!!!
I remember playing with these when I was younger, and since I am still a just a little girl at heart, I still like playing with them. *there is just something kinda magical about watching your shape shrink...*
You can make these little embellies in any size and shape you want to match your project.
You can cut the material with scissors, dies, punches.. I think the cricut can even cut it, but I don't know what settings...
Another fun thing you can do is stamp on it with Staz-on... Try cutting out a stamped image, making a charm with an image, or just jazzing up a cut with swirls...

For today's project, I used two punches. I punched out the flowers, then I used a hole punch to punch out the centers. After they are punched, apply heat with your heat gun. They do curl, but they should flatten out when the entire shape has shrunk to size. I like to hold my punches down with either the cricut spatula , or the cricut hook tool... *any metal will get hot & can burn you!!!! Be careful!!! You have been warned... gee, wish I would remember that little tidbit of wisdom..... hmmm....*
Place your shrunken embellies on the sticky side of a post-it, or masking tape. This is a simple way to hold small items when you are painting them.
Here is one painted... They are hard to photograph... To show the shine, you can't see the color, to see the color, you can't see the intense shine. Just trust me, you can see both just fine in real life. They are amazing!
When I first started experimenting with this technique, I was asked if I paint before or after shrinking.... In all honesty, I hadn't even thought of painting BEFORE since paint usually doesn't react well to intense heating...
Of course, I HAD to try it just to see. Well, the above pict is the result. Fabulous, huh? Both were painted with the same "Sapphire" CI paint. The one on the left was painted after shrinking, and the one on the right was painted before shrinking. Both ways work great! Just depends on the look you want. Painting before you heat will intensify your color, but it won't hurt your shine!

So, grab your cute jars of paint, give them a shake, and play!

Remember to click on over to see what other members of the DT have to share HERE. And leave them some love.. after all, we all like to feel that we aren't talking to ourselves. =)

Monday, May 10, 2010

o.d. of cricut...

Good morning all!
Today's project may need to come with a warning... Caution: Cricut overload area!
*is there such a thing??*

The story behind this page.... If you will recall, I was given a Gypsy for my B-day... ever since, I have found I use my Cricut a LOT more. Well, a few nights ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't get back to sleep. Now, often when this happens, I pull out my Picross game... for some reason puzzles relax me... This night, however, I decided to pull out my Gypsy... This LO is the result. I counted... out of curiosity... with all the layers, there are close to 70 die cuts on this LO... My E got quite the workout! hehehe
Paper: Bazzill, My Minds Eye, cheap white cardstock *love this stuff!*
Cricut: Gypsy Wandering, Nursery Rhyme, Home Accents
Stamps: Fancy Pants "In My Words", Inkadinkado "Letter", Basic Grey "Different Strokes", Martha Stewart "Patterns"
Inks: Memento, Distress ink, Alcohol ink
CI paint: Burnt Clay, Fairydust
Other: ribbon, Pearl ex, eyelets, gems

Close up of right page...
close up of left page...
All the flowers and leaves were cut out of plain white cardstock... this let me color them how I wanted after they were cut instead of knowing exactly how many of each color I wanted before hand. *this is probably the most "planned" LO I have ever done... but I didn't want to think ahead enough to plan out flower colors ahead of time.....* I then stamped them with different background stamps to give them some interest.
The gems began clear, then were colored with alcohol inks. *I went a bought a nice stash of the clear gems because I can easily change the color to fit my needs... just like the white cardstock, the white ribbon, the plain brads... you get the idea*
The butterflies were painted with Fairydust CI paint.. They ended up having a tinge of orange to them because I didn't clean my craft sheet well enough before mixed the paint with a little water on it... I think it looks kinda cool with the slight tinge... I also inked around it, and dotted around it to help define it on the page since it isn't a very big contrast from the background papers.
The ribbon was painted with Burnt Clay CI paint.
Well, I hope you enjoyed your daily dose of Cricut... and sparkles...
Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

rain or shine

Wow! It is already Thursday!!! Crazy how fast the week flies by!
In honor of the rain we are supposed to be getting, here is my project for today.
Paper: white cardstock
Cricut: Nursery Rhyme, Lyrical Letters, Gypsy Font
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Letter", Autumn Leaves "Swirls"
Ink: Distress ink
Other: Perfect Pearls w/water, acetate

I started off stamping the "Letter" stamp on the white cardstock. I then covered the whole card front in "Wild Honey" distress ink.

the mask
Here comes the fun part...
I cut the child out of acetate with my Cricut. *yes, you can cut acetate, and it works fabulously... use a good sticky mat though...*
I then covered the back of the cut with a temporary glue. You now have a custom made mask!!!

I then stuck my mask down, and inked around it. *there is a great tutorial on how to use masks here. Just scroll down until you find the video named "Masks". (all the other videos are great too!)*

Because I used Distress ink (which reacts very fabulously with water) when I flicked water mixed with Perfect Pearls, I got this great shimmery rain effect. Pretty cool, huh.

Speaking of shimmer.. Here is the inside of the card.

The letters were painted with Creative Inspirations paint "Antique Silver". You can really see the shine in this picture.

Quick tip: When ever you are inking or painting small things like letters, use the sticky part of a post it note. It will hold your pieces in place while giving you something to hold on to. *I learned this tip from the amazing Jennifer Mcguire. You can check out her blog here.

Want more shimmery goodness? Team A over at the CI blog have posted some wonderful projects. Go check it out!

Well, I'm off for my adventures of the day. Have a fabulous day!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

melon thanks

Hello all!
I thought I would share a fast project with you today. These have become very popular, and because they are so quick and easy, they make the perfect little gifts for all occasions.

I really don't know what brand of paper I used... I literally just pulled from my stash of scraps.
The topper is made from one of the cuts on Gypsy Wandering, but any shape would work that can be folded in half. I used glue dots to attach the top on one side, and the ribbon is punched all the way through the front, bag, and back. The saying is a Clear Dollar Stamp set "Thoughtful Notes".
The watermelon cut from Preserves cartridge. I covered the top layer with glue and sprinkled with glitter to make it all sparkly.
Now I know I should have used the sour watermelon candies, but I was making this as a sample and I only had Sweetarts.
These make great party favors, thank yous, and sweet little "thinking of you" gifts. I am planning on making a bunch more of these.