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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 20, 2014

Paper craft project no. 285: Poinsettia holiday card

2014-10-20 Vintage Poinsettia Christmas Card

Happy Monday, friends! Can you believe October is coming to a an end in 11 days? Where’d the month go? Anyway, it is time for a new sketch challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. Here’s the sketch:

Pretty simple, huh? Lots of possibilities in that one. Joining us in this challenge as guest designer is Leslie of The Crooked Stamper. You gotta see her awesome take on the sketch! Then there are the STAMPlorations girls and their projects — come check them out because we have a wonderful array of projects that are sure to inspire! We’d love for you to come play with us! You don’t have to use STAMPlorations stamps to play, but if you have them, we get really happy to see projects featuring our stamps :o)

For my card, I went with a Christmas card with a hint of vintage. This is one of those cards where I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. I started with a Pink Paislee paper with a vintage Christmas design — trimmed it to size, die-cut an oval in the middle using a Lil’ Inker die, embossed with a Sizzix poinsettia EF, distressed the edges, and sponged with bright green shade PanPastel and VersaMagic gingerbread chalk ink. I stamped the Christmas block in VersaMark ink before sponging it with permanent red shade PanPastel. Next I stamped the poinsettia on a pre-cut diecut of the stamp in Memento tuxedo black ink and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. I toned down my DP background by laying a piece of white vellum on it before adhering the poinsettia using foam tape. I thought about adding a sentiment but decided against it since my background already had text in it. I simply finished the card by spattering antique bronze Distress paint because I thought the vellum was looking a little boring :o)

My card is also a reminder for The Mixed Media Card Challenge — we’re looking for vintage-inspired mixed media cards this month, with key as an optional element. The challenge closes on October 25 so there’s still time to play with us over there! Don’t think you can do a mixed media card? It isn’t as hard as you think! Here’s our definition of a mixed media card as it pertains to our challenge.

Linking up my card to these 3 fun challenges: Festive 48 – Week 41 (Any Christmas Card Goes); Sister Act Card Challenge #79 – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes; and Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper October challenge – Anything Goes (I used PP from the City Sidewalks pack by Pink Paislee).

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful week!


September 25, 2014

Paper craft project no. 272: Glad tidings

2014-09-25 Glad Tidings - A

It’s my turn to do a spotlight project at STAMPlorations, and this time I have two Christmas cards to share. These cards are quick and easy to make — the kind of cards I like to make for when I know I need a LOT of them. I used stamps from the September releaseHoliday Sketches: Christmas Flower, Vignette: Christmas Block, and Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year — as well as VersaMark watermark ink, ColorBox Midnight Mix’d Media Inx Chox, DCWV textured card stock, PanPastel Colors, and stickles. Check out the photo tutorial for these cards here.

I’d like to enter my cards to the following fun challenges: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Stencils & Stamps (I went with stamps); Addicted to Stamps and More #114 – CAS; ABC Christmas Challenge – S for Something Festive; Deep Ocean Challenge #87 – At Least One Flower; Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long #29 – Use Lots of Layers [I’ve got 4 layers — which, for this one-layer girl, is a LOT! ;o)]; and Crafting by Designs – Get Ready for Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by!


September 24, 2014

Paper craft project no. 271: Merry merry merry Christmas OLC [with video tutorial]

2014-09-25 Merry merry merry Christmas OLC wm

Hello! It’s time for a new challenge at Time Out Challenges! For the next couple of weeks, we’re doing the ‘Theme Challenge with a Twist”. This time around, we’ve got a really, really, really hard theme and twist. It’s so hard that I don’t think you guys are going to want to play…The theme: STAMPING! The twist: APPLES! Told you it’s a hard challenge ;o) Pardon my witty sarcasm [or is it sarcastic wit?], friends. I haven’t been exactly bouncy these last couple of weeks due to allergies [I’m starting to feel better, though]. Anyway, I’d really love if you’d play with us at Time Out. If your project has the twist (apples), you could win a stamp set from our sponsor, Avocado Arts. And we’ve got a super-creative guest designer joining us: Loll of Stamping with Loll! So I hope you’ll stop by the blog and see the projects that Loll and my teammates made! :o)

I went with the theme and skipped the twist and made a one layer Christmas card. This one was quick to make: under 8 minutes. I’ve been enjoying my PanPastel Colors and using them in my projects (I’ve got a couple more to show tomorrow). For this card, I stamped the poinsettia (Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower) several times with VersaMark watermark ink, masking as I went along and then colored the entire card with magenta and magenta extra dark PanPastel to create a sort of reverse emboss resist (I think) — the colors are darker on the areas with the watermark ink and lighter in between. The sentiment is from the Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year .

Here’s a video of how I made this card. It’s really short (2 minutes, 16 seconds), in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by a fun and playful rag-time ditty (courtesy of Kevin McLeod of Hope you enjoy it :o)

You can also watch my video directly on YouTube here.

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: Crafting from the Heart #37 – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Stamps or Stencil; Stamps & Fun = Creativity #217 – Self-Made Background; and Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra for September.

Thanks for stopping by!


August 28, 2014

Paper craft project no. 248: Happy everything mixed media card

2014-08-27 Happy everything mixed media card-A

Hello! Today is my turn to share a spotlight project over at the STAMPlorations blog. Here’s the mixed media card I made with stamps, chalk inks, Twinkling H2Os, gesso, gel medium, and gift wrapping paper. Check out my spotlight project post for the step-by-step photo tutorial featuring stamps from Bloom Sketches and Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds.

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; Crafty Girls Challenge #25 – Anything Goes; Aud Sentiments #114 – Any Sentiment Other than a Birthday; Delightful Challenges – Layer It; Dream Valley Challenge #89 – Flowers; and Cute Card Thursday #336 – Anything Goes.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great Thursday :o)


August 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 243: Have a holly jolly Christmas

2014-08-18 CAS Have a holly jolly Christmas

It’s time for a new sketch challenge at STAMPlorations! We’ve got the awesome and super-creative Carol of Just me: c guest designing this time around. You have got to head over the blog to see the fabulous sketch-inspired projects the STAMPlorations girls created. We’d love for you to join us too! Here’s the sketch:

I took some liberties with the sketch as you can see :o) I decided to take some of the new STAMPlorations holiday stamps for a spin (they come out in September and you can preview them here) by combining 3 of the sets (Vignette: Christmas Block, Holiday Sketches: Christmas Bells, and Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year). I stamped the Christmas block stamp in VersaMagic chalk ink (aegean blue) on the left then sponged with the same color for a tone-on-tone effect. On scrap cardstock, I stamped the Christmas bells, colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, fussy cut, and adhered to the card base with foam tape. I picked words from the Sentiment Builders set (there are 28 words to mix and match) to form my sentiment then stamped them in VersaMagic chalk inks (red magic and midnight black). I finished the card by rounding the bottom corners.

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: My Perfect Life – Festive 48 Any Christmas Card; Stamping Sensations – Anything Goes; Crafty Calendar August Challenge – Anything Goes; and Crafting by Designs – August Anything Goes Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


July 17, 2014

Paper craft project 225: Hello you one layer mixed media card

2014-07-16 OLC Hello you - 01

Hello! Today, it’s my turn to do a spotlight project over at the STAMPlorations blog. Because I love one layers and mixed media, I combined both to create this bright and happy card. I’ve got a photo tutorial there showing how I created it too so I hope you’ll come check it out!

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Crafty Girls Challenge #22 – Anything Goes; Creative Moments Challenge #47 – Anything Goes/Use One Flower; Penny’s Challenge #186 – Anything Goes; and A Girl Who Crafts – Anything Goes July.

Thanks for stopping by! Make a great day!



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