February 27, 2013

Tsunami Rose Challenge Wednesday #9 - Altered Item

I Love Tsunami Rose's Challenge Wednesday.  This week's challenge is an altered item.  My submission is an oldie, but goodie.  Remember back several years, tin cans and lunch boxes were all the fad.  Still have several laying around.  Well, a couple weeks ago, my Stampin' Up friend Paulette gave me one of their new embossing folders.  Companies are getting smarter and making these folders larger...but, alas, it wouldn't fit in my handy dandy embossing folder storage container!  So I pulled out a tin...did my bling thing to it...and I have a new folder storage system.  

Now take a break from your busy schedule, visit Tsunami Rose's Blog, and enjoy all the creativity you'll find there. 

February 26, 2013

You are my Sunshine

I know my family and friends in Michigan are covered with snow....nonetheless, I wish my 64 degrees would quickly inch up about ten notches.  So for today's post, I am bringing you another card that shouts out sunshine.  And just to be sure, it doubles as a luminary with the help of a battery-operated votive candle inside.

February 24, 2013

Pocket Full of Sunshine

Today I am featuring my Pocket Full of Sunshine.  The denim pocket was made using a technique shared by Crafting with Sue.  It's an awesome (and simple) technique if what you're working on just really calls out for denim!

February 23, 2013

G45 - French Country (Is G for Graphic or Grand?)

Here are some more cards made from Graphic 45's French Country.  These are so much fun and relaxing!  Everything I need is there...great paper...great stamps by Heartfelt Creations...Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest...What else do I need?

February 22, 2013

Graphic 45 - French Country

Hi Everyone,

Welcome! I am glad you joined me for another addition of fun cards - today from Graphic 45's French Country Collection.  Using these paper packs to make a birthday gift for a friend.  Here are the first several cards I made.

If you're hear from the Pimped-Out Showcase - I look forward to visiting your blog and seeing your grand projects!

February 20, 2013

It's a Card - It's a Present - It's Robin's Nest!

This month we are delighted to feature a fabulous set of creations that showcase Robin's Nest Tear Dew Drops.  If you haven't already done so, be sure to visit all postings in the Robin's Nest Blog to see all kinds of fancy uses for this go-to embellishment.  Along with Tear Dew Drops, we are featuring projects using Modge Podge from this month's partner, Plaid.

When I received my first collection of Tear Dew Drops, each time I poured them in my hand, the solid black tear drops (Piano Tear Dew Drops) would just jump out at me and get my mouth to watering .... for .... WATERMELON!  So I knew I just had to go with the obvious with these Tear Drops - a watermelon-themed card.  

Supplies used to complete the card:
I cut ovals from the Olive (7-3/4" x 5-1/2"), Green (6-1/2" X 4-3/4"), and Red (5-1/2" X 4") Cardstocks.  I folded the Olive oval in half to form a wedge of watermelon.  I cut the Green and Red ovals in half - using the second half of the Green inside for my message and the second half of the Red for another card.  I mixed Modge Podge and Red Dragon Embossing Powder and covered the Red oval with the solution and allowed to dry for maybe 15 minutes.  

I then layered all the oval shapes...and topped the watermelon slice with Solid Black Tear Dew Drops for seeds.  Makes a great picnic invitation with a matted sentiment.  What I think is very fanciful is how the design on the Olive Fleur Cardstock resembles the rind of a watermelon!  (Bet that's not what the artist planned!)

Okay, this entire project took maybe 20-25 minutes - with 3/4 of that just drying time!  So feeling a little guilty for designing such a simple project - and with lots of Tear Dew Drops in glorious colors to use - I decided on a bonus project!

If you've been following my blog at all, you have probably figured out by now that I am addicted to Heartfelt Creations - and that green and purple make up my favorite color combination.  For this project, I was inspired by my SALSA friend, Linda Wilson.  At our last meeting, she shared a tunnel card - turned nightlight.  While I've made several tunnel cards...the idea of using a votive light inside was new to me.  Then as I gazed at all the transparent Tear Dew Drops in my hand...there was that aha! moment.

Here is my second project.
Card Front
Card Inside
Supplies used to complete the card:
The completed card is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".  I began with two pieces of Plum Glitter Cardstock cut 11" x 5-1/2". I folded one piece in half - PLUM SIDE INSIDE - for the card base.  The other piece is folded in quarters.  Using a Daisy Patch die, I cut three flowers randomly on the two inside quarters of the last piece.  

I glued vellum squares behind each flower hole.  Then glued this piece to the Plum side of the other cardstock - placing glue only on the first and last quarters.  

I then stamped a variety of daisies on the inside - embossing them in silver.  (Remember for overlapping daisies and adding leaves, use a mask to cover any daisies already stamped.)  I randomly added stamped leaves from the Delicate Asters set (love this leaf!) and embossed those in green. 

For the front of the card, I randomly stamped and embossed three green leaves on the left side of Silver Glitter Cardstock (4-1/4" x 4-1/4").  

I matted the Silver Glitter Cardstock with Olive Fleur Cardstock - then with Spring Green Glitter Cardstock - then with Olive Fleur Cardstock - lastly with Plum Glitter Cardstock (all glued to the front of the card base, of course).

I used the flowers cut from the inside and three leaves cut from Olive Fleur Cardstock and randomly placed them on the stamped leaves (cut flowers and leaves roughed up to add dimension).  I finished off the front with Neon Purple Mini Dew Drops for flower centers and Rose Hips Tear Dew Drops.  

I also added randomly placed Neon Purple Mini Dew Drops inside the card.  The finishing touch - Rose Hips Tear Dew Drops on the Vellum flower petals to reflect light when used with a battery-operated votive light.

Though the following pictures and video are rough, here is an idea of what the card looks like when lit with a battery-operated votive candle.   

For some reason, I wasn't able to post the video here, but you can view my Facebook video here for an idea of how this looks lit up.

Design your card to match the decor of your friends' homes, and this just may be a card that is never put away!  So visit the Robin's Nest now, as all Tear Dew Drops are being featured this month and are 20% Off.

February 19, 2013

February 17, 2013

A Place in Time - March

Graphic 45's themed papers are so much fun, and "A Place in Time" is no exception!  Today's blog features five cards made using the March papers and Petaloo International flowers. Petaloo embellishments are a great addition to every floral lover's collection of flowers.

February 15, 2013

Scraps to Treasures - Sketch Hop

Welcome to Scraps To Treasures' February Hop. This month Scraps to Treasures are featuring cards and layouts based on a sketch. Sketches are fun and useful for those in a hurry, gives you a guide to go by when you get stumped for ideas. The sky is the limit with a sketch since it is your creative mind showing how you have interpreted it.
Our hostess is Lucy at http://www.love2createitall.com/  Today our hostess  is giving away some blog candy! To be entered to win this fabulous prize, you must:

1. Follow ALL the blogs in this hop

2. Comment on ALL the blogs in the hop
3. Head on over to Lucy's FB fan page at https://www.facebook.com/LucyK.CTMH and give it a like. If you come back to Lucy's blog and leave a comment saying you did so, get entered in for a second chance.

Here is what you can win:

This is a How-To Publication from Close to My Heart that features 16 two-page layout patterns, 2 single-page patterns, as well as 12 different card patterns.

If you arrived here from Robin's Blog (Scrap and Chat), you are right on track. If not, head over to see our hostess Lucy at http://www.love2createitall.com/ and make sure to hop through all the blogs and comment for a chance to win blog candy.

I chose to follow the card sketch.

And my version: I dipped into my green scraps for the card and a strip from the August Place in Time (Graphic 45) - the oval is cut from a post card image from the March Place in Time (Graphic 45)...topped off with a couple Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. The next stop is Robin's blog (Cut One Designs by Robin). Be sure to hop everyone's blog for some more creative ideas from our talented group (the full line up is below)

Here is your full line up for easy navigation:

Lucy ~ http://love2createitall.com
Lissa Marie - www.somanycrafts.com
Cicily http://pinkdalmationscrapper.blogspot.com/
Tahi ~ http://tahisscrapcorner.blogspot.com
Robin S. - http://scrapandchat.blogspot.com/
Camille - http://shortonideasaz.blogspot.com/
Robin C. -http://cutonedesignsbyrobin.blogspot.com/
Pam ~ http://mzlavr2.blogspot.com/
Paula - http://preciouspagesbypaula.blogspot.com/
Liz - http://tryin2craft.blogspot.com
Ellen ~ http://cardmonkeyspaperjungle.com/
Kathryn ~ www.creationswithkathryn.com

Be sure to check back next month to see what The Scraps To Treasures Team has to share!

February 12, 2013

Pop-Up Valentine

Hi Everyone,

Today I am bringing you a pop-up Valentine - full of creative inspiration to get your mojo jump started.