Saturday, November 30, 2013

Scrapping Everyday Miracles- Christmas Challenge!

This month we have a Christmas project challenge going on at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.  I decided to make a layout for my younger daughter's album with photos from a few years ago. 

 Some of the photos had weird lighting and so I couldn't get them to look right in color.  I decided to print them and a few others with clashing colors in black and white.  That left me with photos that had pinks, blues and purples in them; very non traditional Christmas colors.  

I used a combination of an older BoBunny collection and Recollections "Peppermint Twist" from last year.  I stamped the background cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed it in blue to match the papers.

I also had these banner pieces already cut from a previous project so I stamped and heat embossed the snowflakes on them as well.  

Make sure you go to Scrapping Everyday Miracles and check out what the rest of the team made.  And then make your own project and share it for a chance at a great prize!

May you have a blessed Advent and Christmas season!

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper- Michael's, Bo Bunny Press
Stickers- Bo Bunny Press
Punch- EK Success
Ink- Tsukineko, Ranger
Embossing Powder- JoAnn Crafts
Brads- Bo Bunny Press
Glitter Glue- Ranger
Pen- Sakura
Floss- DMC
Stamps- Hero Arts

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thank Yous

Ah, the last of my creative back log!  I made a couple of Christmas thank yous a few weeks ago for some very special people involved in a group I help lead.  

The first is for child care workers.  I had planned to have the entire Holy Family on here, but Jesus was so big, I ended up just using him.  For the background,  I stamped snowflakes with Versamark Dazzle and the sentiments with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  Baby Jesus was cut using the Cricut and the A Quilted Christmas cartridge.

For my second card, I stamped the snowflakes with regular Versamark and sprinkled it with white embossing powder.  The candles were cut using the same cartridge as above and the sentiment was cut using Sentimentals. This cut includes pieces for the berries and flames, but rather than dealing with tiny pieces, I decided to use Liquid Pearls.

Monday, November 11, 2013

November Calendar Page

Among all of my card making, I did make a calendar layout as well.  While it wasn't done by the first of the month, it has been done for a while now.

I used a two page sketch from Nuts About Sketches.

I used mostly Simple Stories' Harvest Lane.  These papers are so fun and pretty!  The dark red paisley is a really old sheet of Bo Bunny Paper.  Isn't it great when you can pull out some old stash to use with some newer stuff!?  I fussy cut the banners on a 4x6 card and tucked the photo of my son under the banners (top right photo).  I felt like the top left needed something, so I stamped some swirls.  To add a bit of dimension, I put stickers on pop dots throughout the page. 

Cardstock- Bazzill
Patterned Paper- Simple Stories and Bo Bunny
Stickers and Transparency- Simple Stories
Buttons- Bo Bunny, Oriental Trading
Pen- Tsukineko
Stamp- Stampin Up
Ink- Color Box

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Cardabilities- Masculine Birthday

My brother-in-law's birthday was last weekend, so I made a card for him using the current sketch at Cardabilities:
I started by stamping the leaves with Versamark and sprinkling them with copper embossing powder.  To add some more texture to the top of the card, I used a speckle stamp and dark brown ink.  The leaf was cut with the Cricut and the Doodlecharms cartridge.  I inked it with some Wild Honey Distress Ink and then I rubbed some Distress Stickles down the center.  I inked the edges of my pieces to make them uniform and attached them to the card.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Mojo Monday- Happy Anniversary

My parents' anniversary was yesterday and so I made a card for them using this week's sketch at Mojo Monday:

In my theme of wanting to play with my supplies, I stamped the flowers using Archival ink and then colored them with watercolor pencils.  I blended the pencils with a water pen.  The black pennant is Core'dinations cardstock that I dry embossed and then sanded.  I added the rub on to the tag and attached the ribbon and flowers.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Unscripted Sketches- Birthday Cards

I have two more cards to share today.  Today's cards have a few things in common: they use bright colors, they are both birthday cards, and I used Unscripted Sketches for both of them!  

For my first card, I used this week's sketch.  For the stamped circles, I used my Stamping Gear.  I inked the edges with the same color of ink.  The pink strip is Bella Blvd. washi tape.  I stamped the sentiment and gift with Versamark and used blue embossing powder.  The bow on the gift is pink ink and clear embossing powder.

I wanted to play with inks a couple of weeks ago when I made this card for my daughter.  I stamped the balloons and "Happy Birthday" on Glossy Cardstock with Resist Ink.  I then used my blending tool and some Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks to color the piece.  The background is some scraps of patterned paper.  The gift was stamped on a pink scrap and heat embossing in white.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I Feel the Love Project- October

Hey there!  I have some crafty projects to share today!  I know, it's been a long time!  I have made quite a few cards, I just haven't had a chance to get them posted.  I will be sharing them over the next week or so.

First up today, I am sharing a couple of cards I made for the I Feel the Love Project.  The assignment for October was to make Thanksgiving cards for the residents of Chancellors Village which is a senior community.  

I wanted to play a bit with some of my supplies for this one so I pulled out my Distress Inks, some watercolor paper and clear embossing powder.  I rubbed the Wild Honey Distress ink pad directly onto the entire card front.  I misted it a bit to blend the color more evenly.  Once that was dry, I stamped the leaves with some Versamark ink and one of my favorite stamp sets, Stampin Up!'s Autumn Leaf Prints.  I then sprinkled clear embossing powder over the stamped leaves and heated.  I then took my ink blending tool and blended Forest Moss, Walnut Ink, and Barn Door over the card.  The heat embossing acted as a resist keeping the leaves yellow.  I misted it again, and this time, used an eyedropper to add some larger splotches. 

Once that was all dry, I attached the ribbon sentiment and embellishments.  For the top card, I used a premade sticker.  For the bottom one, I cut the leaf using my Cricut and the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 11-3-13

Wow, can you believe it is November already!  My photos for this week revolve around our festivities on Thursday and Friday.

Dress Up
Here are my kids in their Halloween costumes.  We had Spiderman, Tinkerbell, a bumble bee, and wedding Ariel.

We had a party at our place on Friday.  I made these Rice Krispie treat pumpkins as one of the foods.  There is a Reese's peanut butter cup in the middle.

We carved pumpkins last weekend.  When I say "we", I mean my husband and I.  The kids got to pick the designs and we carved.

This was our punch from our party. We used dry ice for the smoke and made hand shaped ice cubes using gloves.

Here is my oldest in her costume with some pumpkins.  This is the first time we've done the spray hair color.  It turned out pretty cool!