Monday, December 15, 2014

LTSCB Challenge 44 "When Nature Calls"

Hello. Welcome to another challenge over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog. This should be a pretty easy challenge to participate in, so we all hope that you will join us. The theme is "When Nature Calls". Your project must contain some kind of stamping (digi or rubber) and something from nature-plants, animals, water anything you can think of. Our sponsor is:
Prize: $10 gift certificate
Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet 
I chose the image called Winterville. It can be found here. It is a lovely image. I was pressed for time so decided to do CAS. I really like how it turned out. Here it is:

Leaving most of the image in its original black and white, I added color to the pines and clothes using a nib and distress ink. I then framed it with the large die from the Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles set. I had to cut out the inside of it since it makes a mat. I popped it up with foam tape. Silver ribbon and snowflakes from a Martha Stewart punch complete the layout. I stamped a simple sentiment in red and added stickles to the trees, roofs, and a little ground of the image. I also added stickles to the snowflakes. The inside is just flip of the outside.

I hope you like this and I hope to see your work on the LTSCB blog challenge. This is the last challenge of the year. You have until Dec. 28th to enter.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

I am entering the following challenges: Snowflakes and Ribbon

Monday, December 1, 2014

Magnolia Nativity

Hi everyone. I tried so hard this past week to get this finished for the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog's Christmas blog hop challenge, but alas I did not make it. My foot is slowly healing and I am able to get around some now, so I wanted to give this a try. I thought I had until Nov 30 at midnight, but guess not. Anyway, it fits in with the current challenge of anything goes, so I can still enter it for a chance to win something great. I love Magnolia images! Here is the picture of my big project:

This is made using paper mache tissue boxes that I bought at a nearby craft store. I spray painted them with cream colored paint and covered them with decorative paper from Timbergrove. I used Lace Tape to cover the place where the paper joined. I used all of the nativity collection images. I forgot to write them down before I left to go to the library, so I will have to add them later. On top of the end pieces are plug in electric candles. I added a taper hanger and poinsettia ring to them. The star is an ornament I found at the same craft store. I wanted something smaller, but there was not a lot to choose from. The snowflakes are the small doohickey die from the snowflake kit. I cut them out of grunge paper and painted them with sea glass acrylic paint. I then covered them with gloss PPA and sprinkled them with clear microfine glitter. I added a rhinestone to the center of each. The letters were painted with ivory acrylic paint and distressed with the sea glass. I added frantage and microfine clear glitter also.

I used copics to color the images. I also added stickles and Wink of Stella clear glitter brush to give them some sparkle. I used a Tim Holtz jump ring to attach the angel to the hanger. The images are mounted to grunge board to add thickness and make them more sturdy. I also cover all paper and images with glue and seal for added protection.

Bear with me. Here are lots of closeups:

This is going to be a Christmas gift for my mom. She collects nativities.

Here are the challlenge links that I am entering:  Use a die  Christmas Anything Goes Anything Goes Favorite Magnolia image Vintage (I feel this qualifies due to the color of the DP and the Lace) Christmas Tic Tac Toe (Snowflakes, Stickles, Doohickey die) Anything Goes Fall/Winter Gift (make a gift or use Maggie image with present) Christmas  Magnolia only Christmas theme

I hope you like this. It took days and hours to complete it. I was very happy with the way it turned out.

LTSCB Challenge 43 "Shape Shift"

It is now officially the start of the Christmas season, so for this challenge over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog I chose to make a Christmas Card for our Shape Shift Challenge. No square or Rectangular cards allowed and your project must contain some kind of stamping.

Our sponsors for this challenge are:

Prize: 3 images of choice to winner

Lacy Sunshine Stamps

Prize: $12 gift certificate (equal to 3 images of choice) to the shop at
A Day For Daisies

I chose to work with a great image from Lacy Sunshine called Flurry. I also used the red digital paper from the Garden of Fairies Paper Pack 2 from Stitchy Bear that I used in the last challenge. Here is what I came up with:

Isn't she lovely? I colored with copics and added stickles and snow tec. The snowflake punch is Martha Stewart and I used silver glitter paper that I bought at Michaels. The verse is printed on the computer. The saying is two different stamps from Stampin Up. I don't know the brand of glitter twine. I bought it at the Memories Expo in Columbus, Ohio. My card shapes are done using Lifestyle Crafts dies from the Label It Kit.

I hope you will join us for this fun challenge. Be sure to check out the other DT Blogs for more inspiration. You have until Dec. 14th to enter.

I am entering the following challenges: North Pole (Wintery things found at North Pole-I used snowflakes) Winter (must use dies) Anything Goes

Monday, November 17, 2014

LTSCB Challenge 42 "Say it in Color"

Welcome to another challenge at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog. This time around we want you to say it in color using any color except black or white for your sentiment. Our sponsors are:

Prize: $10 gift certificate
Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet

Prize: $10 gift certificate

I have been at home all month recuperating from foot surgery. I can’t drive myself anywhere. Do you know how hard it is to blog when you don’t have internet at home? Needless to say I did my project incorrectly the first time and had to do a quick chane to fit the theme. I totally forgot that we were supposed to use a color other than black. I had to redo my sentiment. Black StazOn did better on the vellum, but it didn’t fit the theme. Instead, I used a blue from Close to my Heart.

I worked with a set of digi papers from Stitchy Bear called Garden Fairies Paper Pack 2. I chose this pack because two of the papers had adorable fairies on them and I wouldn’t need to use another image. I made an easel card using the papers from this pack. I made a larger image for the outside and then made a smaller one for the inside. I printed the paper with the fairy on glossy paper because the image looked sharper. The other papers I printed on regular cardstock. The butterflies were cut out of scraps of the glossy paper using a stamp and die set from Sizzix. The grass was done using alcohol inks on white scraps of glossy paper and cut out with a Magnolia Doohickey Grass die. I found the flowers on clearance at Hobby Lobby and attached them to the grass with hot glue. I colored pearls with alcohol ink and attached them to the center of the flowers also using hot glue. The sentiment was done on vellum. I would have done the birthday greeting in blue also had I remembered what the challenge was, but I wasn’t going to waste the paper or redo the card. Here are all the pictures.

Easel View of front:

Closeups of front:


Hopefully I will be able to drive soon and get back to normal, avoiding this mistake in the future.

We hope that you will join us for this challenge. I look forward to seeing your work.

Monday, November 3, 2014

LTSCB #41 "Bling it On"

Welcome to a new challenge over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog. This time around we want to see Bling on your project. I love Bling-the more the better. I love glitter-so this is perfect for me. Our sponsors are:

Prize: 3 images to winner

                          Prize: $25 gift certificate to online store (good for digital and rubber stamps)

The Paper Nest Dolls

I am working with a digi image called Pumpkin Topiary from Scribbles Designs. I colored it with Ink Tense watercolor pencils. It is a Halloween digi, but I turned it into something I can use for Thanksgiving since Halloween is over. It has a couple of bats on it that I changed.

Here is the card I made:

For my bling I used Rhinestones, Stickles, Wink of Stella glitter pens, and clear Glitter Embossing Powder. The EP is on the tag. I covered the whole tag with it. I turned the bats on the original image into leaves that I then covered with green glitter glue-it's like stickles, but a different brand. I also used white Shimmer Sheets to cut out my die cut doily. Shimmer sheets is a very strong, thick paper. Even using my vagabond I had to run it through about 12 times to get it to cut through. Then I had to take a craft knife to cut the places that didn't go all the way through. It has a great look though-shiny and slick. The DP is from the Fall and Halloween 8 1/2 X 11 paper pack by DCWV. The tag was made with an old tag making kit that I have had for years. I attached a piece of burlap ribbon using the Tim Holtz tiny attacher. I had to staple each side seperately because of the thickness of the ribbon. The sentiment stamp is an old one by KC Andrews. Her shop has been closed for some time, but you might be able to find it somewhere. It comes in a set with a lot of scriptures and is very nice.

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge. I would love to see your bling! You have until the 16th to enter.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Midweek Magnolia Celebrations Challenge

As I sit here typing I should be sleeping. I have to get up at 6 to get ready to go the local surgery center for surgery on my foot. Needless to say this will be short and sweet. I really enjoyed Midweek Magnolia's 100 Special Celebration Blog Hop. They have some great prizes offered and I want to join. Here is my entry. It isn't my best-I really don't like the way the flowers turned out. This card is going to my church to be read as a thank you for everything my friends are doing. I have lots of people praying and some women are bringing meals since I have to be off my feet. I just really appreciate all of them so much and am so blessed to have them in my life. I used Happy Easter Tilda because she looks like she is really celebrating life. The sentiment was done on the computer and cut out using a Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Tag. The paper heart doily was inked with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

I am entering the Midweek Magnolia challenge at this link: Special Celebrations

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Tags

Hi all. I got a couple of freebies that go with Halloween challenges. I'm not much into Halloween and don't need cards, so I decided to do a couple of tags that I can later use as scrapbook embellishments. The first one uses Lacy Sunshine's Eleanor and Pickles Ve Vant Candy. They are a very cute duo. I inked my tag with distress inks and stains, sprayed it with homemade glimmer mist (perfect pearls mixed with water), and started stamping. Here is what I came up with:

I popped my digi up with foam tape. She is colored with Inktense Water Color pencils. I added some bling to her glasses and put Crystal 3D Lacquer on the lenses to make it look glassy. I did the same thing to two of the potion bottles and the fly's wings.

Stamps used: Studio 490 Art Gone Postal set (mesh background although not very visible) and Art Rules (Head); Tim Holtz wood mounted collage stamp (I don't know what it is called) and sentiment set (trick or treat), Studio 112 Clear mini stamps (bottle, frog, fly)

I did not use the whole collage stamp. I just want the 13 and the crows and some background. I did not get enough ink on the crows evidently because they don't show up at all.

I used a Tim Holtz charm fragment and put embossing glitter on the back of it. I then stamped a 31 using Black StazOn. I went over it with black soot distress marker because it just wasn't dark enough. I pinned it to the ribbon using a trinket pin from Tim Holtz. 

It is being entered into the following challenge: Halloween Anything goes with ribbon or trim Fall color challenge Fall/Autumn Halloween Halloween

My next tag uses the freebie from Sherry Balding found Here. She is called Nellies Pumpkin and is colored again with Inktense pencils. The challenge at My Besties Challenge blog is Bling it up. My foundation is still done using just the distress inks and spray. I didn't use so many background stamps though. I gave this one a different twist, hand-drawing a spiderweb then using Inkssentials Enamel Accents to make it pop. Here it is:


The spider is made using a button and jute twine. I threaded the twine through the buttons holes so they wouldn't show. I then hotglued the other legs onto the back. His eyes are made with the Inkssentials Enamel Accents. I think he's cute for a spider. I added a fly from the above stamp set. The bat is a freebie over at Scribbles Designs found Here. I colored him with Wink of Stella Glitter Pens. I liked the 31 on the first tag, so added it here doing the same technique. This time though I put it on the tag with a Tim Holtz memo pin. I also added a small piece of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape and part of a bling swirl from Want 2 Scrap (I cut it in half). A Tim Holtz reinforcer in on the hole of the tag. I also used stickles for extra bling.

I used Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon on both tags, inking them up with distress stains on the top tag and inks sprayed with water on the second tag. I then crinkled them into balls and dried them with the heat tool. I don't think they turned out too badly.

The second tag is going into the following challenge: Anything Goes and Pencil Coloring Halloween using green, black, purple, or orange as a main color Anything goes with a bestie  Spooky (I think that the darker colors and creatures make this tag a little spookier than the other one)

LTSCB Challenge #40 "Seeing Dots"

Welcome to another challenge over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Dots. For this bi-weekly challenge we want to see Polka Dots somewhere on your project. Our sponsors are:

Prize: 2 images of choice to winner
Doctor Digi

Prize: 3 images of choice to winner
Lacy Sunshine Stamps

Here is my creation:

I chose the image Gnome Sweet Gnome by Dr. Digi’s. I needed a fall card, so I made a fall scene using copics to color the image. For the leaf inside, I covered white cardstock with Tim Holtz Tissue Paper and used his Tattered Leaves Big Die to cut it out. I then inked it with Distress inks. I sewed the leaf charm onto the bow. For the word “Y’all” I had to use a “Y” from the word you and the “all” from Fall.
DP: Paper Studio and DCWV Sweater Weather 6x6 pad
Stamps: Digi stamp Gnome Sweet Gnome, Fiskars Border-A-Plenty leaf border, Words from an unknown company (I can’t find the package), Just Right Cling set Hanging Around (inside sentiment)
Dies: Magnolia Doohickey Tilda Lace Die and Tim Holtz Tattered Leaf Big Die
Misc: Ribbon, leaf charm from Bead Treasures Gilded Age Timeline, Flowers from Paper Studio Spare Parts Brown, Gem Glitter Paper Flowers

We hope that you will join us for our Seeing Spots challenge. Just click the link on my side bar to go to the challenge and to see some great creations from the rest of the design team. You have until Nov. 2nd to enter.

I am entering the following: R for Rectangle or Round (lots of rectangular pieces and Round dots) Anything Goes with Sentiment (its small but there) Fall or Halloween

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October Mingles Card

This is the card that I made for the October Mingles over at the Magnolia-licious Yahoo Group. The theme was Christmas or non-traditional Christmas colors.

I used the sketch for this week’s Mojo Monday challenge. I don't know what the image is. I received her as a RAK. I colored her with copics and used snow-tex on the fir of her coat and hat. I chose to make an easel card this time around. The paper used is from an old Christmas stack that I have had for years. I really need to use my old paper. My paper supply keeps piling up and I really need to thin it down. The red piece of cardstock was ran through a snowflake embossing folder. I then lightly ran a white inkpad over the raised surfaces to highlight the snowflakes. The green pieces of DP were inked on the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink to make them stand out more against each other. The snowflake on the inside and the hidden tag were made using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I gave the snowflake a light coat of crystal 3D laquer and sprinkled it with micro fine glitter. I then covered it with a thick coat of laquer for dimension so that it would look like an epoxy sticker. I tried using a border punch, but it didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. I used snowflakes to cover up my goofs. That’s the nice thing about embellies-you can put them wherever you need themJ.

I am entering the following challenge: For a Friend (I hope this counts since I am sending it to a friend) Christmas in October