Tuesday, January 29, 2013

World Map

Just a short post...

City Crafter Challenge Blog's challenge this week is It's a Small World.

I have this really nice map background stamp from Just Rite that I bought a while ago but hadn't used. I didn't realize how much I didn't like the word 'Travel' on the image until I tried using it. But, I fixed that on the birthday card for my husband. I just tore off most of the word and added Happy Birthday instead.

I coloured with my Copics, and distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Walnut Stain. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches (it is my favourite Happy Birthday sentiment.)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Friday, January 25, 2013

First challenge at Muse...

I have had quite a busy week and almost forgot that I have several birthday cards to make for this weekend. I was at school for the morning, so I've only had a little bit of time to work on them today. I took my inspiration for my first card from the new Muse Challenge Blog. It is their first challenge and I'm excited to be able to enter.
The beautiful inspiration card is from Amy Kolling:

I love her beautiful yellow flower. This inspired the card that I made for my sister-in-law. I used the poinsettia die from MFT to create the flower. I first stamped a damask pattern (IO) onto Neenah Solar white cardstock with Versa Magic Thatch Straw. I die cut them and distressed the edges with Walnut Stain. I then decided to add another layer of stamping to the flower. I used another IO stamp and Antique Linen  ink to have a subtle layer of writing on top of the damask print. I die cut the leaves from Echo Park patterned paper (sorry, I don't remember the name of the 6x6 pad).

The sentiment is from Paper Smooches - a set I got just before the holidays. I really like the 'happy birthday' font and size. It is hard to see the yellow in the photo - poor lighting on this cold, snowy day.

Please check out this new challenge blog! The current challenge ends at noon (EST) Saturday, so you still have a little time to enter!

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bear Hugs

This week at CAS-ual Fridays, the challenge is to create a clean and simple card with a long edge and short edge - not standard size.

I made my card 2.5" x 5".

Have a great day!

Edit: I was a Contender for the challenge!! :)

Stamps: Paper Smooches, Lawn Fawn
Paper: Neenah
Doodlebug Twine

Monday, January 14, 2013

Honorable Gnome from Lawnscaping - Make it Shine challenge

Shortly before Christmas, I received my prize from Lawn Fawn (from a previous Lawnscaping Challenge). I was so excited to get it! I had to test it out right away. I made two step cards - the second one with more layers and gingerbread men/girls. :)

Since I used my flickr account to post the card and enter the challenge, I didn't really go into much detail about how I made it. Unfortunately, I can't remember the site I was at for the tutorial on it....I had planned to make the blog post right after the holidays.

I started by cutting and folding the step card, using Neenah solar white cardstock. I cut two sets of hills for each of the front two folds. I adhered the larger hills to the step card with scor-tape, and then popped up the smaller hills on dimensional foam. I frosted the edges of them with Martha Stewart glitter embossing powder. The back panel is another piece of Neenah cardstock that I stamped with my IO snowflake stamp and heat embossed. I used Tim Holtz distress inks for the sky (Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans). I coloured the images with Copics and trimmed the trees with a white gel pen.

To get the texture on the gingerbread house, I coloured the main part of the house with Copics and then stamped it with my Penny Black Paisley stamp - that I had misted with a little rubbing alcohol. Once it had dried, I coloured the rest of the house.

I created a gingerbread person for each member of my nephew's family. I just love this stamp set - it is so fun to use!

I was so excited to see that I had been chosen as one of the Honorable Gnomes for the challenge.

The current challenge at Lawnscaping is Let's Party! They are celebrating their 2nd birthday! The challenge ends on January 16th. I have many birthday cards that I need to make for January and February, so hopefully I can have one done in time to enter the challenge!

Have a great night!