Friday, March 28, 2014

Chalk It Up For A Sketch Challenge

My favorite online scrapbook store, Scrapadabadoo, started  new FaceBook group called Scrapadabadoo Crafts. They are having a sketch challenge this week and I wanted to join in on the fun. This is my interpretation of the sketch.

The patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye Chalk Studio. I added some chalk, washi tape, and glittery dots from Recollection. The flower is a cross between my "pretty flower" and my "tattered flower". (I will have a flower video soon for this one. In the mean time you can always watch the pretty flower & tattered flower videos) 

I tried something new. I video taped while I made the card then edited the video and sped it up. I taught myself how to narrate over the video. I ended up with this 5 1/2 minute video  of making this card. It goes by pretty fast, but this is my first time to try this so I think it is alright.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Goodies from Scrapadabadoo

I got another order from my favorite online scrapbooking store before, Scrapadabadoo.
This time it was filled with Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays and some fun scrapbook paper.
The paper from Fab Scraps, French Heritage,  is Fabulous! I told my hubby it was my new favorite paper line but he just laughed and replied that I say that with every new paper line. LOL

Honestly, the pictures of this patterned papers do not do it justice. It is sooo pretty.
Normally, I would hoard this paper and not want to cut it. I forced myself to use some of it. I will admit that I am kind of happy that I did. 

I used my new LSG sprays for the flowers and ribbon. The handmade Open Rose and seam binding were a mixture of Alpine Ice Rose and Autumn Maple Crimson. Both yummy colors! The 3 darker flowers were sprayed with the crimson spray and i made a sort of messy Loose Rose with them. I added some seed beads to the centers. The leaves were actually left overs from another project.

So now that I cut into one of the Fab Scraps French Heritage papers I will be able to use the others soon and not just hide them away in my craft cube...then again...LOL

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Keeping a Low Profile

We all like to layer on the embellishments on our artwork. Especially if flowers are involved. While it looks great, it is a little more difficult to mail. I usually have a large supply of special boxes to mail my dimensional cards. Sometimes we have to scale back and make a card that will go through the mail machines in a regular envelope. (Like when we run out of those special order boxes LOL)

The 2 cards above are bright and cheerful but are not nearly as thick as my regular cards with my Open Roses on them. See for yourself...
 flat flowers

Open Rose

So I have ordered more boxes but until they arrive I will not mind making a few cards with lower profile. They still carry just as much cheer.   :)

Materials used:

Neenah 110 lb exact index cardstock
MME Kate & Co patterned paper- Cambridge Court, "Medallion" 
LSG Cheshire Cat Cherry Starburst spray
LSG Razzleberry Plum embossing powder
LSG Tibetan Poppy Teal
TH distress ink Picked Raspberry
TH distress ink Evergreen Bough
TH distress ink Peacock Feathers
Art Glitter Rain Forest
washi tape
Viva Decor pearl pen
Viva Decor glitter pen
Hug Snug seam binding
(the cards might be flat but a lot went in to making them LOL)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Coloring Flowers and Leaves

I am so ready for Spring to arrive and stay for awhile. I have been using a lot of bright colors in my cards and flowers hoping that Spring would hurry. LOL

For this cards, I used TH Distress Paints in Scattered Straw and Ripe Raspberry. For the background I put the paints on the paper then spritzed it with water to make the colors blend. The flowers were painted then the yellow flowers got an added touch. I spritzed my mat with water to pick up the left over paint from when I paint the flowers and brushed it on the petals.

Here is a 12 1/2 minute video showing the different ways I color my handmade flowers and leaves.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Lindy's Stamp Gang February Color Challenge

Thanks so much for all the lovely encouraging comments on my last post. I appreciate it. 

I have something really fun to share with you. Take a look...

All of the cardstock was white or black. I got those great colors with Lindy's Stamp Gang (LSG) sprays and embossing powders! They are so awesome! I feel a new product addiction coming on . LOL Lindy's products have pigment color and a different color mica powders. When you look at them one way you see the vivid color and then as you turn it you see a beautiful shimmer in another fabulous color.

I'm not sure if you can tell from this picture, but the handmade paper rose was sprayed with LSG Cheshire Cat Cherry. I embossed the ends of the petals with LSG Razzleberry Plum embossing powder.  It is pink but as you turn it you can see the hints of purple. (It is so cool)

I used the luscious LSG Tibetan Poppy Teal for the handmade turquoise flowers and the embossed panel in the background. (it is my new favorite color ever)

I used my diamond edge rectangle cut file for the lacy mat and sprayed the embossed panel with Silent Night Silver. I just love the way the shimmery goodness pools in the recessed areas.

For the leaves I stained the white cardstock with TH Distress Stain in Bundled Sage then heat embossed it with LSG Silver Moon Turquoise. 

The small fringed flowers are sprayed with LSG Creme Brulee Cream and a hint of Cheshire Cat Cherry.

Love it!

I am entering this card in the Lindy's Stamp Gang Color challenge.

Be sure and check out Lindy's Stamp Gang site to see all their yummy products.