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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!


August 17, 2014

Paper craft project nos. 241 and 242: Be merry and bright / Smile you

2014-08-17 OLC Be merry and bright

I sure have been cutting it close several times these last few days! I’ve got cards for a couple of challenges that end in a few hours. First up (above) is a one layer shaped card I made for the current Virginia’s View Challenge #6 – Shape Card. My month wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t create something for this wonderful challenge hosted by the fabulous Virginia Lu. I got a tad ambitious with my card (I made 5 attempts) and grew frustrated with each attempt (there was always something in it that I didn’t like) but I persevered and ended up with a card that so impressed the hubby so it was worth it!

To make this card (it’s 7 inches wide and 6 inches tall), I stamped my poinsettia (from the Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower set) several times on watercolor paper to make a Christmas wreath then I fussy cut around the outer edge of the stamped images and did the same to the back of the card. I watercolored the poinsettias with Memento inks, then went over them again with Inktense blocks for the darker colors. I also painted a bit of persimmon and sweet alfalfa Twinkling H2Os over the flowers and leaves to give them some shimmer — hard to see in the photo, but the poinsettias shimmer beautifully! I stamped my sentiment in VersaMagic chalk ink (midnight black). My Christmas wreath still looked a little flat to me so I took a white Faber-Castell PITT big brush pen and traced some of the flowers and leaves to give it a 3D frosty look.

I’m also entering this card to 3 other  fun challenges: Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas #190 – Favorite Things (watercolor paper is my favorite card base; I love Inktense blocks for watercoloring; Twinkling H2Os are my newest faves; and the poinsettia stamp has become my favorite stamp); Sweet Stampin’ – Christmas in August; and Addicted to Stamps and More #108 – Holiday (entry #2).


2014-08-17 CAS Smile you

As for my second card…I created it as a last-minute entry to the Clicking Cameras challenge over at Moxie Fab World. I initially thought the challenge was over since it said the deadline was midnight August 17 (as in a minute after 11:59 pm, August 16), but the linky’s still open. On cardstock, I stamped and colored a retro-ish camera image (one I’d drawn and turned into a stamp) with Memento markers and fussy cut it before mounting it onto my card base with foam tape. I paired it with a couple of bold sentiments (from the STAMPlorations Boxed Blooms set). I created the background by stamping one of the square stamps in the Graphic Squares set in 3 different VersaMagic chalk ink colors (red brick, pumpkin spice, thatched straw), I rather like the the autumn/masculine feel of the card. I gotta say I was inspired by this gorgeous card by Deepti, so this is sort of a CASE of her card. (And because I used squares, I’m entering this to the current challenge at Addicted to CAS (#45 – Geometric).

I’m entering my camera-themed card to these other fun challenges: Sister Act Card Challenge #70 – Anything Goes; Sisters of Craft – August Anything Goes Challenge; and Cute Card Thursday #334 – Clean and Simple.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by!



June 16, 2014

Paper craft project no. 205: You make me smile one layer watercolor card [with video tutorial]

2014-06-15 OLC You make me smile
We have a new sketch challenge at the STAMPlorations blog. And we’ve got another returning guest designer, Deepti of Dee’s Art Utopia. You’ll have to check out the blog to see how she and the STAMPlorations girls interpreted the sketch. And, judging by the inspiration projects, two of the July stamp sets appear to be favorites :o) We’re gearing up for another blog hop because STAMPlorations turns one year old this month! (There’ll be prizes on all stops in the hop, so follow the STAMPlorations blog if you don’t want to miss the hop!) Here’s the sketch:

For my DT project, I went with an artsy one layer card. I stuck with a simple color palette (Pale Ochre archival ink and Dried Marigold distress ink by Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black, and yellow and green Inktense blocks by Derwent). I used stamps from the May release (SENTIMENT BUILDERS: HappySENTIMENT BUILDERS: Thank You, and SUBWAY ART BUILDERS: Dare), a new release (Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments), and a soon-to-be-released (the flower stamp, which is one of several that I illustrated). I used the same watercolor stamping technique I used in this card I made the other day — only this time, I made a video tutorial. It’s a shorty — just under 5 minutes — and I demo how I created the  soft watercolor background — it’s really simple! And yeah, it’s in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart :o)

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-06-15 OLC You make me smile-cusmall

I’d like to enter my card to the following challenges: One Layer Simplicity Challenge #6 – I’ve Been Framede (my third entry); Keep It Simple #42 – Splatters (my second entry); Just Us Girls #245 – Watercolor Stamping (my second entry); Crafting at the Weekend #2 – Anything Goes; and Sweet Stampin’ – Say It With Flowers.


Thanks so much for stopping by!


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