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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 22, 2014

Paper craft project no. 287: Believe you can one layer card

2014-10-23 OLC Believe you can TO

Guess what? Two weeks have flown by so it’s time for a brand new challenge at Time Out Challenges! This time around, we’re getting inspired by this phrase: Birds of a feather flock together. Use the entire phrase as a starting point, or just pick one or two words — your call. Your project can be anything you like, not just a card. We’d love to see your Inspired by Words projects so don’t be shy about adding them to the TO gallery/linky! This time we’ve got the super-creative Jill V. of My Life in Paper guest designing, and you should see her awesome take on this fortnight’s challenge! And my lovely TO teamies created beautiful projects as well…come see our project parade, be inspired, and play along :o)

I went with a one layer card and focused on “feather” in the phrase. Sounds pretty simple, right? Not entirely. This is attempt #3 because the first 2 attempts were stamping disasters.

Attempt #1: I dropped the acrylic block with the inked feather stamp right smack in the middle of the card just as I was stamping the last feather. I blame it on the tripod for when I’m shooting videos. I leaned over too far and I hit my forehead on the protruding bar for attaching my video camera. That’s what I get for being too lazy to put the thing away when I’m not shooting videos. Stunned me silly (I saw stars) that I dropped the block onto my card :o)

Attempt #2:  To transition from one color to the next, I inked the feather in two colors. So when I was transitioning from orange (tangelo) to red (morocco), it wasn’t after I had stamped the darn feather that I saw that I had switched the two colors. I gave myself an imaginary face-palm as soon as I realized my mistake. No one to blame but me for this goof-up, because I refuse to be sensible and do a test stamp on scrap first. DH has suggested that many, many times before, and each time, I give him a cheeky response: “I stamp dangerously,” and he’d roll his eyes. I know he’s right, but then I think I’m allowed to have my own method of madness…and again, I stamp dangerously ;o)

Linking this autumn feathers card to the following fun challenges: One-Layer Simplicity #8 – Turning to Fall and Crafty Sentiments – Use a Sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies: Stamps – Vignette: Trendy Feathers, Typografia by STAMPlorations; Inks – Memento Tuxedo Black, Dandelion, Tangelo, Morocco, Rhubarb Stalk; Stenci – The Crafter’s Workshop; Paper – Neenah

October 15, 2014

Paper craft project no. 283: Hello one layer card

2014-10-16 OLC Hello TO reminder

Hello! Popping by to share a card I made to remind you that there’s still a week left to play with us over at Time Out Challenges.We’re CASE-ing the talented Heather Telford and giving our project our own twist. I took inspiration from the colors in Heather’s card and went with a fall-themed card.  My twist? I did a one-layer card :o). I stamped the fun leaves from Trendy Leaves in various Memento dye inks: cantaloupe, tangelo, morocco, and rhubarb stalk and finished it with a simple sentiment.

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: Simon Says Monday Challenge – O is for… (mine is a one-layer card); One Layer Simplicity Challenge #10 – Turning to Fall; Virginia’s View Challenge #8 – Clean and Simple (entry #5); and Everybody Art Challenge #296 – Leaves.

Thanks for stopping by!


October 15, 2014

Paper craft project no. 282: Thanks a bunch

2014-10-15 Thanks a bunch TCCCB

At The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge blog this week, challenge is to use an image with a hat. Stop by the blog to check out the projects my teammates created. Rick St. Dennis is sponsoring us this week.  I used an RSD image (Isabella with gardening friend): printed her out on cardstock, colored with Spectrum Noir markers, and fussy cut. On my card case, I stamped the leaves in various autumn colors. The sentiment and black stitches are from SRM Stickers.

I’m entering my card to these fun challenges: Virginia’s View Challenge #8 – Clean and Simple (entry #4); Addicted to Stamps and More #117 – Make Your Mark; and Cards und More #117 – Leaves.

Thanks for stopping by!


October 12, 2014

Paper craft project no. 281: Hello, autumn CAS card

2014-10-12 Hello autumn CAS card 613 Avenue Create

Hello! It’s time for a new challenge at 613 Avenue Create! It’s Anything Goes this week with the optional twist of CAS. We’ve got two awesome sponsors: Melonheadz Illustrations and The Stamping Boutique. Stop by our neighborhood to see the beautiful projects my teammates created. We’d love for you to come play with us as well!

I created a fun CAS autumn card using a couple of images by Melonheadz (The basket of apples and “autumn” are from the Season Fall Deluxe bundle). I printed the images, colored them with Spectrum Noir markers (and used my white PITT artist pen to add some highlights), and fussy cut them out. On my card base, I stamped the leaves (from the soon-to-be-released Trendy Leaves set by STAMPlorations) in Memento inks (Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Potter’s Clay, and Morocco) and the bold “hello” in Memento Tuxedo Black then mounted my images using foam tape. I finished the card by rounding the two bottom corners. (I’ve found that I just cannot live without my corner rounder punch!)

Hooking up my card to these fun challenges: Virginia’s View Challenge #8 – Clean and Simple (entry #3); Happy Little Stampers October Sketch; and Crafting at the Weekend #6 – Anything Goes.


Thanks for stopping by!


October 8, 2014

Paper craft project no. 280: Thanks mixed media card

2014-10-09 Thanks - TO

It’s time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges. This time around, we’re doing CASE with Your Own Twist. We CASE a card by our featured designer and then put our own twist — it’s that simple. This time around, we’re CASE-ing a card by the awesome Heather Telford! Heather is one of my favorite card-makers. In fact, she’s one of the first card-makers I started following when I started my blog over a year ago. Below is Heather’s beautiful card. Check out the blog to see what the rest of the Time Out girls created for this challenge. We have the lovely Carol of Just Me: C as our guest designer.

Below is Heather’s beautiful card that the Time Out girls CASEd for this challenge:

Looking at Heather’s card, I’m guessing she used the watercolor stamping technique for the leaves — wet-on-wet and then stamping again once the previous layers are dry — and then sponging ink over the area. So I was inspired to create a similar card with an autumn feel and doing some watercolor stamping and layering. I used Memento inks, Distress inks, and VersaMagic chalk inks for stamping. I gave it my own twist by adding a couple other media: Brusho powders and Inktense blocks. Instead of a die-cut sentiment, I went with a stamped one.

On watercolor paper, I watercolored different Distress inks (mustard seed, barn door, spiced marmalade, faded jeans, and broken china). Next, I stamped some leaves (from the upcoming Trendy Leaves set by STAMPlorations) in Memento inks, first spritzing with water before stamping to get a painted/watercolor effect. Once the first layer of leaves is dry, I stamped over them again (without spritzing water) slightly offset. I sprinkled some Brusho powders over the area, sprayed a bit more with water and then tilted the panel to spread the colors. Stamped the leaves again until I was happy with the look. I stamped the sentiment in black and then took the red and orange Inktense blocks to create spatters. I matted the panel on green textured card stock before mounting it on my card base.

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: Crafting Musketeers Challenge #18 – Autumn Colors; Ladybug Crafts October Challenge – Autumn and/or Halloween; Shopping Our Stash #172 – Fall/Autumn Colors; Addicted to Stamps and More #116 – Anything Goes; Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Use Watercolors; and Cards in Envy – Autumn Leaves Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!


October 5, 2014

Paper craft project no. 278: Follow your bliss

2014-10-04 OLC Follow your bliss

WCMD 2014 LOGO web 300x264 World Card Making Day Link Up!

I made this one layer card Saturday night, when it was still World Card Making Day. (Because I’m such a slow-poke these days, I didn’t get to post right away.) Thought I’d take some new stamps for a test drive. To create this clean and simple card, I simply inked up two leaf stamps in various Memento inks (cantaloupe, dandelion, tangelo, morocco) and stamped them on one side of my card base, and then stamped the sentiment in tuxedo black ink.

The leaves and sentiment are two of several STAMPlorations stamps coming out in November. (Previews of the new stamps will be on the STAMPlorations blog this week.) Like the leaves? They’re from the Trendy Leaves set, and the set was actually DH’s idea. A couple of months ago, when I was brainstorming for stamps to design, DH said that since Trendy Feathers is one of our most popular sets, we ought to come out with a Trendy line. And so we came up with a list of Trendy [insert word here]; Trendy Leaves is one of several that will be coming out in the next 6 release months. As for the sentiment, it’s one of 7 from another new line, Typografia. I love typography and fonts so I decided to come out with a line that features my love of combining fonts and what better way to do that than to turn inspirational quotes into stamps :o)

So what were you up to during WCMD?

I’m linking my card to the following challenges: Virginia’s View Challenge #8 – Clean and Simple (entry #2); Addicted to Stamps and More #115 – Photo Inspiration; Less is More #192 – Color Challenge (Autumn’s Bounty/Autumnal Shades); and Allsorts Challenge #279 – Autumn.


Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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