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October 25, 2014

Paper craft project no. 288: Thankful tag

2014-10-26 Thankful Tag 613 Avenue Create

Hello and welcome to another challenge week at 613 Avenue Create! It’s Anything Goes again with the optional twist of Bags, Tags, Boxes & More! I used an image provided by our sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps, to create this fun Thanksgiving themed tag. I printed the image on white cardstock. Because I know I’m bound to screw up coloring the image, I printed 4 of this cute girl on the sheet.

I’m still getting used to the Chameleon markers, but I am slowly getting the hang of coloring with them and I actually find them easier to use than other alcohol markers. There is definitely a learning curve involved, but you can’t really overcome that curve without practice! And practice I did — I screwed up coloring on 3 of the 4 images on my sheet (my blending wasn’t right, or my layers didn’t look good). On the last image, I managed to color everything except the hat without any problem. I didn’t want to start all over again so I went back to the other images, colored the hats, picked the one that looked best, fussy cut it, and then paper-pieced it onto the 4th image.

Because I have just the primary set (blue, yellow, red, black, and green) + a couple of neutrals (br2, br5, and bisque) to work with, I had to improvise when it came to coloring the girl’s apron and hat. So to come up with orange, I laid down the yellow first and then applied the red over it. Same thing I did with the tofurkey (I’m not a meat-eater so I’m sayin’ that turkey isn’t a real turkey, okay?) — I laid down the yellow first and then applied light brown (br2) over it.

As for the tag, I blended Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, and Brushed Corduroy before stamping the trendy fall leaves in Memento inks (Rhubarb Stalk, Morocco, and Tangelo) and “thankful“. I also added a black sticker stitch along the bottom. I adhered my Thanksgiving girl to the tag with foam tape and finished the tag with ribbon and jute twine. Here’s a close up of the tag:

2014-10-26 Thankful Tag

I’d like to enter my tag to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #118 – Holiday (mine’s for Thanksgiving); Hiding In My Craftroom #171 – Any Holiday; Sweet Stampin’ – Anything But A Card; and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!


October 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 276: Life loves the passionate

2014-10-01 Life loves the passionate MMCC

This month at The Mixed Media Card Challenge, we’d love to see cards with a vintage theme with or without the optional element (key)! Easy peasy! You ought to check out the blog and see the gorgeous vintage-inspired mixed media cards that the girls in my design team made! After you’re done looking, how about creating one and sharing with us? The challenge is open until October 25 so you can’t say you don’t have time ;o)

For my mixed media card, I started with this beautiful paper with a vintage ledger design from 7Gypsies. I stamped some sunflowers and artsy words (STAMPlorations) and keys (Stampabilities) in VersaMagic chalk inks before sponging Jumbo Java chalk ink all over. Then I randomly applied rub-ons from 7Gypsies before distressing and inking the edges. For some 3D texture,  I added bits of drywall tape and applied rustic hinge Distress paint to blend it into the background. I took two ATCs with vintage designs (The Paper Studio) and did the same thing — rubbed on rub-ons, stamped, distressed, inked. On one of the ATCs, I decoupaged this lovely vintage girl. I have a couple of containers full of vintage images that I had printed at Staples (color laser copy images are great for decoupaging because the inks don’t bleed and the print is smooth and vibrant) and I found this girl — she was the perfect focal image. The sentiment is a sticker (I cut it out) from Cosmo Cricket’s Tiny Text (I love using them in my ATCs!). I found some scrap ribbon (Pink Paislee), doily (SRM Stickers), and die-cut flower (K&Company), so all I needed to do was layer everything and put this baby to bed :o) Oh, the card base I used is 120# (480 gsm) premium heavy recycled taupe brown card stock. I love this card stock!

I’m linking up my card to these fun challenges: Artistic Inspirations #111 – Anything Goes; Card Mania Challenge #56 – Doily; My Craft Creations – Anything Goes; and The Pink Elephant Challenge #270 – Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by!


September 22, 2014

Paper craft project no. 270: Thanks mixed media card

2014-09-22 Thanks mixed media card

Short and sweet post today (because I’m [still] dealing with nasty allergies, sorely lacking sleep, and neck-deep with work I gotta finish). My card is for The Mixed Media Card Challenge – there’s 3 more days left to play and create an autumn-inspired mixed media card. (Click here for our definition of a mixed media card.) We have Add A Little Dazzle sponsoring us this month and I just love their craft metal sheets! If you create an autumn-inspired mixed media card with the optional element (metal or leaves or both), you get a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to use towards products in the AALD Boutique.

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July 30, 2014

Paper craft project no. 231: Celebrate one layer card

2014-07-31 OLC Celebrate TO

Hello, everyone! It’s been awhile. I haven’t been able to craft as much this week and last week. For one, my craft area looks like a tornado went through it. I started re-organizing and cleaning it more than a couple of weeks ago but I’ve yet to make noticeable progress. (If I were being graded on it, I’d get an F.) For another, the allergies decided to come back. They’ve been on and off this last couple of weeks (mostly on than off) and making my life miserable. I’ve re-acquainted myself with my anti-histamines, decongestants, and inhalers — they’re my best friends right now. I really thought that once spring was over, I wouldn’t have to see  them until next February. (The cost of living in the valley where we’ve got terrible air and a host of pollutants!)

Since I couldn’t really craft all that much because of those two things, I’ve been taking my revenge on the machines at the gym, namely the rowing machine, exercise bike, elliptical, and weights, and working out for a couple of hours every day. Oddly enough, it’s what’s helping clear up my congestion and allowing me to breathe easily. That, and walking at least 3 miles every day. (Fortunately, we have a long driveway and 10 laps around it is the equivalent of 1 mile.) On a good day, I’m able to log a combined 25 miles. On a bad day, it’s a pitiful 12 miles. The good news is I’ve lost 8 pounds the past 2 weeks, and close to 20 pounds since the middle of June when I decided to walk more and exercise more. My clothes are now baggy (I’ve dropped 3 sizes) and soon I’ll have a good excuse to go shopping for new clothes ;o) If it weren’t for these darn allergies, I’d be dandy.

Aaaannnyywaaayyyyy…I hope I haven’t lost you yet or made you fall asleep. I’m coming to the real reason for this post: it’s time for a new challenge at Time Out!  This week is our theme challenge that has a little twist.  The challenge theme is CELEBRATIONS and the optional twist is BUTTERFLIES. Pretty easy! Any kind of celebration is perfect. Enter a project with butterflies in it and you’re in the running to win the stamp set of your choice from our sponsor, which happens to be STAMPlorations, the little stamp company that my hubby and I own. And if you use a STAMPlorations stamp in your entry (with or without the twist), you also get the chance to win the stamp set of your choice. While winner and top picks are voted by the design team, the winners of the sponsor prizes are randomly drawn so everyone has an equal chance of winning. Do stop by the Time Out blog and check out what my lovely teammates created. We’re joined once again by the super talented Sarah of Funky Fossils Designs.

For my project, I went with a one layer card. Actually, I started making a layered card with patterned papers, die-cuts and all, but in the middle of it, it just wasn’t looking right so I scrapped it. (I really suck at making cards with real layers.) Once I resolved to make a one layer card, things fell into place and I felt so much happier. (I really am a one layer card girl.)

STAMPlorationsBloomSketches5x7August2014First, I masked the bottom portion of my card base (100# classic white premium heavyweight card stock) and sponged the upper portion with Distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, and broken china). I stamped the daisy several times (masking the blooms as I went along) in coffee archival ink. The daisy stamp, by the way, is in the new 5″ by 7″ stamp set called Bloom Sketches that’s coming out this August (see sneak peek on the right). The 4 flowers in the set are ones I have illustrated, and there are 3 more of my flower sketches coming out in September along with some pretty cool Christmas stamps that I drew and designed as well. (There’ll be sneak peeks and full reveals of the August/September stamps–plus projects featuring them–on the STAMPlorations blog over the next few weeks.)

My card has the twist too: I stamped a few butterflies (from the Vignette: Artful Flutters) with coffee archival ink. To give it a shabby/vintage-y look, I randomly stamped grunge and text backgrounds (from the Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds and Vignette: Live Love Laugh sets).

For the bottom, I masked the upper portion then repeatedly stamped the scripty “celebrate” (from the Sentiment Builders: Celebrate) in tide pool shadow ink (Hero Arts). I stamped the sketchy “celebrate” (from the same stamp set) and the brush stroke underneath it (from the Vignette: Celebrate Artsy set) in jet black archival ink. I finished the card by adding diamond stickles to make the main sentiment sparkle a bit. And that’s it. The card’s done.

Whew. If you’ve read this far along, I truly appreciate it! My next posts won’t be this verbose. Goes to show I should try to not take a week off from blogging or I end up talking my head off! :o)

See you tomorrow — I’ve got a short post, as it’s my turn to share a spotlight project over at the STAMPlorations blog and I’ve got a couple more one layer cards made for that.


7 fun challenges:

Addicted to Stamps & More #106 – Anything Goes
Divas by Design – Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesdays – Things with Wings (I’ve got butterflies in my card)
Crafting from the Heart #29 – Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion #224 – Flower Power
Through the Purple Haze #52 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #82 – Anything Goes (Optional: Sentiment)

July 20, 2014

Paper craft project no. 228: Celebrate your success CAS card

2014-07-18 Celebrate your success 613 Avenue Create

It’s anything goes (with the optional theme of “party time!”) at 613 Avenue Create this week! We’ve got 2 fabulous sponsors: Sassy Studio Designs and Oak Pond Creations. Do check out the blog to see the awesome projects that my teammates created! I hope you’ll play along too!

For my project, I used the fun hide n seek ladybugs digi from Oak Pond Creations. I printed it out on cardstock, colored it with Spectrum Noir markers, and then fussy cut. With some masking, I stamped my brush strokes (Vignette: Celebrate Artsy from STAMPlorations) in Memento inks (pear tart, bahama blue, and rich cocoa). I stamped the sentiment (Sentiment Builders: Celebrate) in black. I used foam tape to adhere the colored image in the center and added some sequins (I found them in my disaster craft area stash!). I finished my card by rounding off the two bottom corners.

I based the design of my card on CAS(E) This Sketch #85. The code word at Addicted to CAS this week is “celebrate” so I’m entering my card there too. And while I’m at, I’m entering my card to Addicted to Stamps and More, where the challenge is CAS (Clean and Simple).


Thanks for stopping by!


July 1, 2014

{STAMPlorations blog hop} HB2U one layer card

2014-07-01 OLC HB2U

The STAMPlorations birthday blog hop is almost over! If you haven’t yet, check out the cards that the STAMPlorations design team and 5 awesome guest designers made. If you comment on each of the stops on the hop, you could win a stamp set…or the entire July release (6 stamp sets).

It’s easy and quick to make birthday-themed cards (or any celebration-themed cards for that matter) with big and/or artsy sentiments. And that’s exactly what I did in this one layer card. I stamped the sketchy “celebrate” sentiment in different Memento dew drop ink colors and then sponged the background. I stamped the grungy Hb2U in tuxedo black and the brush stroke in bright blue (both stamps are from the Vignette: Celebrate Artsy set). And the card is done!

Hope you enjoyed this extra project I made for the hop! I’m offering the Subway Art Builders: Create stamp set as a prize to one lucky crafter who leaves a comment on my blog hop post, which you’ll find HERE. You will also find links to all the designers participating in the hop there to make blog-hopping easy for you. But in case you get lost along the way, all you need to do is go back to the STAMPlorations blog hop post.

Thanks for stopping by!


June 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 208: Cherish you forever one layer card [with video tutorial]

2014-06-17 OLC Cherish you forever

It’s time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges and this time, it’s CASE…with your own twist! We’re CASE-ing a card by the talented Donna Mikasa. We also have Marzena joining us as guest designer. Check out the projects by my teammates, our guest designer, and even Donna herself and see how we CASEd Donna’s lovely card!

As for my card, I went with Donna’s color scheme, the tone-on-tone (watermark) stamping, and the gold embossing. My twist? I did the water stamping technique using a stamp (instead of using a stencil as a stamp), used a stencil as a stencil to create the subtle honeycomb watermark, and did an OLC-ified version. The flower stamp is one I illustrated (currently my favorite stamp – I’ve been using it on my cards lately) and the sentiments are from the new set from STAMPlorations (Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments). I used gold embossing powder by Stampendous and the reversed chicken wire stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop.

I’ve got a video tutorial showing how I did the card from start to finish. It’s a short video (4 minutes, 5 seconds) — in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart (just like my other videos).

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-06-17 OLC Cherish you forever-cu

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Cards und More #108 – One Layer Cards (my second entry); Crafting from the Heart #23 – Always Anything Goes; Stempelgarten #26 – Floral DreamsOne Layer Simplicity #6 – I’ve Been Framed, and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!


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