Hello Friends!!! Wow, another post! Well this time it's a Christmas Stampin All Year Long Challenge!!! This week our sponsor is Softpencil and if you play along, you may have the chance to win a $10 voucher towards Softpencil's Etsy Shop!! The challenge at CSAYL is the last challenge for 2010 and it's a super easy one!!! It's "anything goes". . .meaning you can create any type of card you want! Well, I can definitely do that and you can too so come play along with us this week!!!
Just a short detail about my card. . .the snow was created using "Scribbles Puffy Paint" and I heat embossed it to puff it up! That's about it!!
Okay. . .so come play along with us this week! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Hello Friends! Hey there's a lot going on today!! It's crazy!!! Well first of all Pink Cat Studio is release 5 new images and you get a Black Friday bonus if you purchase at least $5 of PCS digital images or rubber stamps. The bonus is 6 free digital images . . .you can see the images below. WOW!!! That's an awesome sale, I tell ya!!!
Pink Cat Studio is also having a contest/challenge. . .visit the Pink Cat Studio blog for more details!!! You may have a chance to win 10 Pink Cat Studio digital images! Yay!
I'm not going into much detail about my cards. . .just that I colored the images with my Copic Markers. . that's about it!
Sorry for the short detail about my card but I gotta run! It's Black Friday shopping day!!! Gotta get hopping and shop till I drop!! Whoohoo!
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you have a fabulous weekend!!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Hey, hey! It's Crazy 4 Challenges time! This week's challenge is a prize challenge. Our sponsor for this week is Wink Wink Ink, one lucky person will randomly be chosen from all the participants and will win $15 of digital stamps from the Wink Wink Ink store.
Cindy Haffner has again given us a fun challenge this week. All you have to do is add circles to your card/project. You can have circles in the stamped image you use, circle designer paper, circle dies, circle punches, circle embossing folders etc. Have fun! Stop by C4C and check out the super cute cards the design team created or stop by the designer's individual blogs:
* Frances Byrne
* Jessie Rone
* Joanne Grzelak
* Joycelyn Pelkey
* Angela Wood
* Silke Kittmann
* Tammy Hershberger
Okay, I cheated a little . .I didn't color the image. . .I printed the "colored" version of the image. I know . . .I was too lazy to color an image but hey, it worked out pretty nicely. It actually looks like it was hand colored rather than a print version.
I did add color to the cheeks by rubbing pastel to rosey it up a little. My card overall was really quick to make because I didn't color the image my self. Nowadays, I just don't have the time to sit and color an image. . .it sometimes take longer than I would like and well, sometimes you just gotta improvise.
Anyway. . .hope you'll play along with us this week! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Hello Friends!! Well it's Thursday and that means it's Pink Cat Studio Digital Stamp Release time again! Yay! This week it's all about gingerbread man/woman. . ..and you know what? They are stinkin' adorable! Be sure to stop by the Pink Cat Studio blog and check out the oh so cute cards created by the design team!
I'm going to be brief today! I've got lots of things to catch up on but here's a little info about my card. I colored the images with my Copic Markers and all the designer papers on my card is by Basic Grey.
Honestly, I'm in a creative slump paper crafting wise this week so when I'm in a slump, what do I do? I create something simple. . .LOL! I just used a small paper bag and wrapped designer paper around it, then tied a bow at the top and added a tag! Simple. . .I kinda like that! It makes life really easy.
I'm still working on my snowflake afghan. . .it's taking me forever to finish! It's more work than I anticipated but the good news is that it is almost done. I just need to connect 16 more snowflakes together. . .I already connected 17. . .. can you imagine? Hopefully, if I'm diligent this week, I should be done by this weekend. I can't wait to show it to you. . .I like how it looks so far.
Anyway, that's it for today! Hope you're all having a wonderful Thursday!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thank you for all your wonderful comments regarding my Creations by AR projects posted last week Wednesday! I do have a winner of a Creations by AR templates. . .via Random.org. . .the winner is #14 which is Lana of Sweet Peas Paper Creations. Congratulations Lana, please contact me at email@example.com for instuctions on how to claim your prize.
Posted by Maria at 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Hello Dear Friends! Gosh, I can't get over the fact that in about a month or so it'll be Christmas and in less than 2 months, a new year! It's unbelievable how quickly time has flown. I always get excited about this time for the Holidays and especially the new year. . .I love starting over. . .and doing it all over again!
Anyway. . .enough of the unnecessary commentary! Guess what! Today is Crazy 4 Challenges time again and Cindy came up with the most do-able challenge this week! What's the challenge? Well, all you need to do is create a Christmas card! Heck, I can do that! No problem!! LOL! Be sure to stop by Crazy 4 Challenges and check out all the beautiful. . did I say beautiful? Yes, BEAUTIFUL Christmas cards the design team created or stop by their individual blogs. . .hope you'll play along this week!!
* Frances Byrne
* Jessie Rone
* Joanne Grzelak
* Joycelyn Pelkey
* Angela Wood
* Silke Kittmann
* Tammy Hershberger
Are you getting tired of my shabby chic/vintage style cards? Sorry. . .but it's my current obsession so you'll probably have to put up with it for the time being! LOL! I decided to alter a chipboard by running it through a Sizzix die, then applying acrylic paint in white and pink, apply tissue paper over the wet paint, stamped the snowflakes, and finally heat emboss the tag with an iridescent glitter embossing powder. FUN stuff, I tell ya'. The rest is basically decorating the card using DCWV designer paper, snowflakes by Jolee's Boutique, adding the Making Memories ribbon, pearls, and lace. . .that's it!
Anyway. . .that's all for today. Hope you all have a fabulous Saturday!!!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Hello Friends! It's that time again! Christmas Stampin All Year Long challenge time! Yay! How are you all doing with your Christmas cards? Are you ready for the holidays? I have a good stock this year because I started early this year and basically created a card every week since February!
This week our wonderful sponsor is "In Style Stamps". . .yay! Their images are so darn
cute. . you need to stop by to take a look at what they have to offer. If you play along, you have a chance to win 4 In Style Stamps digital images! Whoohoo!! Be sure to stop by CSAYL and check out all the awesome cards the design team created.
This week's challenge is to add something striped on your card. . .well, I decided a striped ribbon is perfect for this challenge. I have a ton of striped ribbons! It's one of my favorite designs. I colored my image with Copic Markers. . the ribbons are adhesive ribbons by "DCWV". . the card stock is by SU in Real Red and Wild Wasabi and the chipboard tag is by Making Memories.
Okay. . .be sure to come along and play along with us! That's all for today. . .:)
Hope you have a wonderful Friday!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Hello Friends! Hey Creations by AR has a fun release today! How fun is that. There are two cutting file/template designs being released. The first one is a "3D Fireplace Card" and the other a "Totally Tote-able" box. Be sure to stop by Creations by AR and the design team individual blogs!
There's a contest going on!! You can win a Creations by AR template by commenting my post and you have more chance to win by commenting the other designers post! Good luck!!
The contest ends on Sunday, November 14th 6:00 pm PST so be sure to comment my post so you'll have a chance to win the cute templates!!
My first project is the "3D Fireplace Card". It's sort of like a diorama card. . it collapses and it can be inserted into an envelope! How fun is that? Well since I've been doing a lot of vintage/shabby chic projects lately. . .I decided to create a shabby chic fireplace! LOL!
I did create a matching box using the "Totally Tote-able" Box. Isn't it adorable or what? Although it's not a Christmas theme, I used the same elements similar to the 3D Fireplace. . it can work as a gift set. I really had fun creating this box. I used vellum for the body to create a transparent appearance. The large flowers are by Prima. . .love, love them!!
Here's a close up of the stockings. . .I used K&CO designer paper. . .I love the vintage look!
Anyway. . .that's it with today. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Hi Friends! Happy Tuesday. Lately, aside from making vintage style cards, I've been working on simple cards that takes about 10 minutes to create. Do you have stamped images that you've colored or stamped but never used. . . well, I have a lot of them. For one reason or another, I just decided not to use them but stored them for future use.
Well, in this case, I was experimenting with a shimmery paint and stamped a few images image using the paint. I'm assuming I didn't like them initially and stored them away. As I was digging through my pile of scrap items, I found the images and decided to use them.
This card took about 10 minutes to make because there isn't much layering to it. I stamped the flourishes, added a bit of Scribbles Iridescent Paint to the image, stuck the already stamped motif, added a lace and cardstock, and sponged the edges. That's it. It went really quick.
Simple cards make for great gift set gifts. Create a box for them or just bundle them up and tie a ribbon around them.
I made a few more quicky cards which I'll share on another day. I'm still working on my crochet snowflake afghan. I'm about 75% done. I haven't found time to concentrate on finishing it because I've been busy making cards. It's hard to do both with the same intensity. I'm trying not to feel frustrated about it because well, I start to get annoyed that I can't finish my projects so I'm just going with the flow and creating freely when I have the opportunity and not feel pressured to finish my projects immediately.
Anyway, that's it for today. I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Hello there, Friends! It's another vintage/shabby chic style card! I'm having a blast creating them. I guess because it's new to me and well, it's fun doing something different. I have a few more that I created . . .again, I'll post them tomorrow or some other day. I stopped by Pottery Barn the other day and saw a lot of inspirations. . .gosh, aren't all the stuff on this table so pretty or what? Looking at it makes me want to create more shabby chic/vintage creations. . :)This card focal thing is the tag. . :) I again, like yesterday's project created it using a tissue paper technique to give it a shabby chic appearance. The rest of the card was basically layering different elements such as the crochet lace, organdy ribbon, and adding the snowflake buttons.
Here is a close up of the tag. When I have the chance, I'll create a tutorial on how to create it. Just a last note, the designer paper is by K&Co. Not sure the brand of sentiment stamp. . .it's an unmounted stamp that I have and I didn't note the maker of the stamp when I unmounted it.
Here is the altered tin I created using a Prima container. I basically used the same elements to alter the tin.
That's it for today! Hope you all have a blessed Monday!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Hello there Friends! Happy Sunday to y'all!!! Last week I attended a boutique event . . .I think that's what you call them. It's where people display their home business products at various places, such as a restaurant or someone's home. Anyway, Toni of "FIVE" (her blog). .a paper-crafty buddy I met through a friend, had a display of shabby chic and vintage style stamped products such as cards, bags, etc.
Believe it or not but she is one of the only few paper crafters I know in my town. I know a few "knitters/crocheters" but not much paper crafters which is sad. LOL! Whenever I meet new people in town, the first thing I'll ask them is "do you have any hobbies?", "do you stamp or paper craft?" and most will tell me "no". . .then I'll tell them " do you want to try it. . . I love paper crafting, we can get together and I can show you what you can make and if you want I can teach you to make cards and other stuff". . .believe it or not, most are not interested. WHAT? Their biggest reason is I'm not artistic or crafty or I don't have the time. .. *sigh*. They like to eat out though. . .so I just settle with eating out with them. It's frustrating sometimes.
Anyway back to the boutique event. . .sorry. . I tend to get side-tracked when I write. Well, Toni had a lot of really cute vintage style items and they inspired me. I loved them. I've seen a lot of them on other blogs but they're more inspiring when you see them in person. They're so pretty. I fell in love with them!! Toni made such pretty stuff.
So. . .I decided to make a few cards. I actually made more but I'll share them on another day. I have a ton of lace that I bought a few months back and if you've seen my cards for the past month or so, I've included lace in most of the items I've created but none were really vintage or shabby chic in design.
This first card I made is really simple. I stamped the sentiment with "Tim Holtz distressing ink", added lace and a tied a bow with the lace, then stuck a regular sewing pin with beads added to it. That's basically it. . .not much else.
This next one is pretty busy! LOL! I started piling on stuff. . .which I tend to do! Anyway, do you see the doily? Well, it was a doily I had crochet for a table runner I'm creating but I made a mistake. I used two different colored crochet thread. . .which tend to happen when you crochet in dim lighting. Well, rather than unraveling the doily, I decided to use it for my project.
I actually created the tag using a "paper tissue" technique. I'll see if I can create a tutorial . . .it's actually pretty easy and a fun technique. All you do is cut a chipboard with a die to whatever shape you want, paint the chipboard with acrylic paint and while it is still wet, stick a tissue paper on to it. You then stamp your image and apply Versamark ink all over then heat emboss it with clear embossing powder. That's it! It looks a bit like epoxy after it dries. Again, when I have a chance I'll create a tutorial.
Sorry for the long post. . .I'll share more vintage/shabby chic stuff tomorrow.
Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!!