Posts tagged ‘Creative Moments’

November 6, 2014

Paper craft project no. 297: 4 cards = Shery loves doilies!

I’m a one layer card girl at heart, but I gotta say that the doilies from SRM Stickers had me hooked! Once I started using them, I couldn’t stop at just one card. I hope you’ll come check out the SRM Stickers blog where my cards are featured today.

Exhibit A: Simple But Elegant

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Love by Shery - #cards #doilies #stickers

So this is card #1. I thought I’d do a simple card first and because you know me and layers…we don’t go along well! (Besides, I had to channel my inner Nonni for this batch of cards. That girl can be the poster girl for doilies because the cards she makes with them are simply gorgeous…like this one here.)  I used an SRM White Heart Lace Doily. I thought it was perfect to use for a love or wedding themed card. I placed the doily on the bottom left corner of the card, trimmed the edges, and rounded the corner. I was after a clean look so I kept the design uncluttered and simple using the white stitches in the Sticker Stitches/ChristmasStickers by the Dozen/Wedding, and Fancy Sentiment/Love.

Linking up card #1 to these fun challenges: Creative Moments #55 – Anything Goes/Celebration and Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes.

Exhibit B: Clean And Graphic

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Card #1 got my me all happy that I decided to step it up a bit on card #2 and add a little layer. I also wanted a clean and graphic look, so I stamped a newsprint stamp on my card base in brown ink and adhered Sticker Stitches/Christmas on either side. I adhered the labels with the fishtails in the Labels by the Dozen/Bright Blank then adhered the 4″ white lace doily on top and trimmed it to the edge of the card. Next, I took a large 2.5″ white scalloped circle punch piece, added a sentiment from the Fancy Sentiments/Thanks, adhered it onto the doily, and trimmed. I finished the card by adding black stitching from the Sticker Stitches/Black.

Linking card #2 to these fun challenges: The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #89 – Thank You and Word Art Wednesday #157 – Anything Goes.

Exhibit C: Clean And Simple for Fall

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As for card #3, I decided to create a fall-themed card so I went with fall colors of yellow, orange and red. I stamped the newsprint and leaves on the card base and added black stitching from the Sticker Stitches/Black. I layered two scalloped circle punched pieces (2.5″ and 2″) and added a sentiment from the Sentiment/Fall. I cut a 4″ white lace doily in half, folded each half, and adhered on the back of either side of the layered punch pieces.

Linking card #3 to these fun challenges: Shopping Our Stash #176 – Leaf Me Alone! and Fresh Brewed Designs – Fall Colors

Exhibit D: Freestyle Collage

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And now we come to card #4. This is the card that took me the longest to put together. I spent 45 minutes auditioning the different elements and I kept bugging DH and showing him different looks. Being the ever helpful husband, he gave encouraging comments (“That looks pretty, dear.” “I like the color of that butterfly.” “I don’t know what that thing is that’s sticking out, but I say keep it.” “How much longer are you going to take? It looks great already. I’m hungry.”) accompanied by glazed, helpless looks. The 6″ white lace doily was the perfect background for all the diecuts I found in my stash. First I stamped a newsprint background stamp in black ink on the card base and then added white cross-stitch stickers from the Sticker Stitches/Christmas around the edge. I adhered the doily, trimmed it, and then added black cross-stitch stickers. I went through my stash of diecuts and just layered the different elements onto the doily. I used a label from the Labels by the Dozen/Black & White and adhered it on the card base. I finished the card by adding a sentiment from the Sentiment/Thinking of You.

Linking card #4 to these fun challenges: Crafting by Designs November Challenge – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Good ‘ol Days (the diecuts from K&Company that I used have been in my stash for at least 4 years); and Mod Squad Challenge – Grandma’s Attic (Doily).

Hope you enjoyed my little parade of cards. And I’d love it if you could stop by the SRM Stickers blog. There are oodles and oodles of fabulous projects and inspiration there! Thanks for stopping by!

~Shery

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September 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 269: Dream Believe Imagine mixed media block [with video tutorial]

2014-09-18 Dream Believe Imagine Autumn Mixed Media Block-wm

My projects the last couple of weeks have either been with an autumn or Christmas theme. Because I am so done with summer! :o) Anyway, I have a container full of wood blocks in varying sizes and this week, I dipped into that container and got a little crazy with them. Here’s wood block #1 (it’s 7″ tall, 4 1/2″ wide, and 3/4″ thick). I’m not so much into layers and embellishing, and this mixed media autumn block is just that — simple and without a lot of layers. Designer or pattern paper is wonderful to use as a background or base, as it’s an easy way to create texture without a lot of work. You can simply layer paints and other media over it, and depending on how you apply your paints, you can have the pattern showing through. (I used paper with a newsprint and grid pattern and you can see the pattern showing faintly through the layers of paints, inks, and stamps.)

Ingredients:

  • designer paper/pattern paper (The Paper Studio)
  • gel medium, gesso, modeling paste (Liquitex)
  • stencils (Plaid, The Crafter’s Workshop)
  • mustard seed, spiced marmalade, and barn door Distress Paints (Ranger)
  • midnight and sparrow Mix’d Media Inx Chox (ColorBox)
  • black Stamper’s Big Brush and white PITT artist pen (Faber-Castell)
  • tiny text stickers (Cosmo Cricket)
  • Bloom Sketches, Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds, and Vignette: Artful Flutters stamps (STAMPlorations)

This is one of those projects where it’s a lot easier for me to show rather than tell. So I’ve got a video showing how I did it from start to finish. It took me me about 45 minutes to create this mixed media block, but I managed to edit the video down to just under 8 minutes. The video is in my signature style: in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart. (If you don’t hear any music, it means YouTube isn’t done adding it.)

 You can also watch my video directly on YouTube here.

 

I’m linking my project to these 4 fun challenges: Virginia’s View Challenge #7 – Pattern Paper; Crafting for All Seasons #86 – Colors of Autumn; Creative Moments #51 – Anything Goes/Fall Colors (entry #3); Simply Create Too # 70 – Fall/Autumn (3rd entry); and Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #4 – Color Challenge (I used orange, red, and yellow — colors found on the lovely inspiration photo).

   

My project is also a reminder that there is still time to join in the Mixed Media Mojo challenge, where we have a fall theme + use paste (embossing paste, modeling paste, texture paste, etc.). The linky is open for 12 more days so plenty of time to come and play with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Shery

September 12, 2014

Paper craft project no. 262: Hello one layer card

Happy Friday! Ready for a weekend of relaxation? I sure am :o) I want to share one more card, though, before I call it a week. For this one layer card, I used stamps from the Bloom Sketches set. On felt attached to an applicator tool, I put drops of Adirondack sunshine yellow and sunset orange alcohol inks and then pounced it onto my card base. Then I stamped the sunflowers. I finished by stamping the sentiment several times in VersaMark jumbo java chalk ink to create a border. Simple, happy card :o)

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April 23, 2014

Paper craft project no. 177: Mom one layer card

2014-04-22 OLC Mom TO
It’s a brand new challenge at Time Out Challenges and this time, it’s CASE-ing a card and putting your own twist! We are CASE-ing a card made by the uber-talented Virginia Lu from Yes, Virginia. We couldn’t have a better card-maker to get our fourth challenge started! Here’s her card that I CASE-d:

I was inspired by the flowers in her card, the colors, and the layout. And my twist? Well, it should be a doozy — I OLC-ified her card! I love the texture created by the twine, embossing, button, and sequins in Virginia’s card so I put my own twist by giving my background flowers some texture. To do that, I used the stamp kissing technique! I inked up a texture stamp (from the Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds set by STAMPlorations) then stamped my solid flower stamp (from the Chocolate Chalet set by Fiskars) on it before stamping the flower onto my card base. Rinse and repeat, throw in some sponge dabbing and voila! I ended up with a background that looks kinda shabby-cool…and one I really, really like so I’m a-gonna be making another card using the technique with a video tutorial in my usual style. As for the text in my card, I mixed and matched different phrases from the MOM stamps. I had originally planned on using just one color of ink for all the phrases and a different color for the word MOM, but then this card here by my teammie Nonni inspired me. Since this is a CASE challenge anyway, I added another twist and CASE-d an element in her card. Oh, and I added some sparkle on the word MOM by putting on Crystal stickles :o)

So how about it? Wanna CASE Virginia’s card with your own twist? If you need more inspiration, take a look at the other cards my teammates created. You’ll see their CASE of Virginia’s card and their own twists!

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My card fits a few fun challenges: (1) Crafting by Designs – April Showers May Bring Flowers (use a flower or flowers); (2) Simon Says Wednesday – Clean and Simple with the optional One Layer (I could be skating on the edge of “clean” here but my card really is pretty easy and simple to make); (3) Creative Moments #41 – Anything Goes/Spring; (4) Word Art Wednesday #129 – Anything Goes; (5) Party Time Tuesdays #169 – Anything Goes; and (6) Crafting from the Heart #15 – Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Shery

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