Friday, March 28, 2014

Playing Around

I went to the Memories Scrapbooking Expo in Columbus, Ohio last Friday and spent lots of money. It is so much fun to see all of the fun stuff there. Leslie Turner invited us to participate in the Bombshell Stamps challenge: Bombshell Bingo. The bingo I used was Paint, Purple, Ribbon, Dies, and Butterflies.  I used several of my newly purchased items to create this easel card:

Red Letter Journals never disappoint at the Expo. They have a great display. Their prominent feature is the products by USArtQuest. Every year Sue Rothamel comes and does tutorials on her products. This year she was demonstrating something I had never seen before. It is called Dicrofibers and is pictured in the above photo. I fell in love with them and had to buy the kit. She showed us different things to do with them. One of the ways to use them is to stamp on them. I had to try it. I did not have the same kind of ink she used (which was black Versafine). After trying Memento and Stazon (which did not work) I went to my last resort which was Black Soot Distress Ink. It kind of worked. You ink the stamp, lay the fibers on it, cover it with the special parchment paper that comes in the kit and then heat it with a medium hot iron. The fibers kind of melt together and the stamp transfers on. I think it would have worked better had I not heated it twice before. You can see the image in the picture, but it was not as clear as it should have been. It is a very neat product though, and can be purchased on their website. I bought their paint kit also and used it on the card as well.

This pretty little girl is called Gemma Spring Flower Gumdrops. She is a Lacy Sunshine creation and can be purchased here. This is a progressive challenge. If you use one of their images, you can get a free image for the next challenge. Check them out! I colored her using Copics and Wink of Stella Glitter pens. I also used copics on some of the flowers and the metallic ribbon (originally silver).

The butterflies are a stamp and die set from Hero Arts and Sizzix. I added glitter with my gellyroll Clear Stardust pen.

I made my own tag using the Tilda Lace Die across the top and cutting the paper in a curvy shape. I hot glued the big butterfly from the stamp and die set to it.

See the white clusters? I made them myself using a flowersoft stem, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, and USArtQuest mini Prills.
I know this is a lot of pics, but this is a very busy card! I didn't think I was going to get it finished in time. Thankfully I did.
The paint for the bingo is on the outside scallops of the base and the embossed sections of the frame.
Dies: Hero Arts/Sizzix stamp and die set #657773 (butterflies and dogwood blossoms),
          MB Victorian Frame #98535, Spellbinders 5x7 Detailed Scallops, Tilda Lace Die, and
          Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Eyelet Squares
Punch: EK Success
Stamps: Rubber Cottage (Sentiments) and the butterflies from the Hero Arts/Sizzix set
Ink: Memento Grape Jelly, Distress Black Soot and Worn Lipstick
Copics: E0000, E00, E11, RV00, RV02, RV04, V12, V15
Pens: Wink of Stella Fine Glitter Pens: Purple, Pink, Clear and Gellyroll Clear Stardust
Flowers: Ashland Floral Essentials (from Michaels)
DP: The Paper Studio Blanc Boutique
USArtQuest items: Dicrofibers, Acrylic Paint, Mini Prills
Here are the links to the challenges I am entering: Sparkle (Used Wink of Stella Glitter Pens and Clear Stardust Glitter Pen as well as sparkly metallic ribbon)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello Little Butterfly

The current challenge over at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog is Clean And Simple. Here is the card that I created:

It is featuring "Hello Little Butterfly" Tilda colored with copics and popped with foam tape. The DP has butterflies on it. I don't remember where the sentiment came from but I cut it out and layered it over the image with foam tape. I added distress stickles to the lace and butterfly wings and rhinestones for bling. Jute twine is used over the DP.

Here is a link to the challenge: CAS Welcome Spring Show some skin Butterflies (There is a small one on Tilda's dress)

Thanks for looking!

Love to Scrap Challenge #26 Buttons and Bows

This biweekly challenge theme over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog is "Buttons and Bows". You must use both on your project. Again, we have two sponsors:

Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet ($10 gift certificate)

Fresh Squeezed Stamps ( Friendly Folk stamp set)

My image is from Stitchy Bear and is by Ike's Art. I used a packet of images called Holiday Mini Pack ST PATRICK's DAY. It is made up of all of the images that you see (5 in all). St. Patty's Day is just around the corner and I thought it would be fun to play with this image. I chose to do another CAS card:


I used my Wink Of Stella pens on the shamrocks and Stickles on the eyes for some glitter. The images are colored with copics. The ribbon is from Annabelle Stamps. I used alcohol ink on clear buttons and then covered them with gold stickles after I glued them down. The pot has coins in it, but I thought using the buttons as coins was a way to get them on there. I don't remember where I got the DP. I think I bought it my local scrapbook store, but don't remember the brand.

It is going into the following challenge: Ready for Spring! (I am soooo ready!) Green color challenge Welcome Spring with Ribbon  Use Buttons  Buttons, Ribbon, Twine, or Brads (use 2)

Come join us at Love to Scrap. The challenge runs until March 30th!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mojo Monday #335

Hi all! I needed a birthday card for my niece and ran across this great sketch at Mojo Monday:

Here is what I came up with:

The image is called Bashful Buttons and Bows Boo and is from Lacy Sunshine Stamps. I love her because she is so easy and quick to color.

This is a CAS card using just cardstock, a small strip of DP, the image, a sentiment and a button laced with jute. I hope you like her.

Here are the challenges I entered: Challenge 28 Use spring colors (I hope these are spring colors) Sketch #335 (this is their monthly prize contest)

Candy Winner

I just realized that I need to announce the winner of my February Candy Giveaway. There were 21 lovely comments and Mr. Random chose the following one as the winner:

#16 Margreet          Congratulations!!

Please email me with your address so that I can get your gift out to you.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Love To Scrap Challenge #25 "Back it Up!"

It's time for another challenge at the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog. This challenge is called "Back it Up" Make your own background and you can't use decorative paper. Our sponsors are:
Bugaboo Stamps (7 images to winner)
Eureka Stamps (5 images to winner)

I literally agonized for days over this card:( When I found out that I had to create a background using no decorative paper and no image with scenery I was like "How do I do this?" I have seen incredible backgrounds at Floral Fantasies. She uses Pan Pastels and makes gorgeous background scenes. I thought maybe I could use my Gelatos, but since I have never even attempted it before, it did not turn out so well. It isn't totally awful, so I used it anyway, but it is not what I was going for. Once I decided on that, I had a difficult time figuring out my details and embellishments. I could only stand to do a little at a time. Here is the end product:

This image is from Bugaboo and is called "Unicorn". My granddaughter will be having a birthday in March and since she loves everything horsey, I figured this would be the perfect image. I found out that she is having a princess party, so it worked even better. She is cut out and popped up using foam squares as is the grass (cut using Sports Mania Cricut Cartridge). It did take a long time to cut around those flowers. Normally we are not to use another image on our creations. We do not want to take away from our sponsor's images, but what is a princess party without a princess? I thought I would tuck one out of sight on an inserted tag:

I do not have a princess stamp, so I had to get creative and turn Happy Spring Mini Tilda into a princess by giving her a fairytale princess hat. It is actually a birthday hat cut from the Plantin' Schoolbook cartridge. I just altered it a little.

I cut another bigger hat to use on the inside of the card. All in all, I am pretty pleased with this card.
 I think that you may get a laugh out of this:
I had left the card out because I was working on it. My granddaughter (Keianna) found it and grabbed it right up. "OOOHH! It a unicorn! Is this mine?" she said. I asked her if she thought it should be hers and her reply was a definite yes. I told her that just maybe it could be her birthday card. She put it down on the table, looked at me and said, "Thanks! You are really good at this!" She is only 3. My mom and I got a chuckle out of that.
That said, here are the products that I used:
Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Eyelet Rectangle dies
Cricut Cartridges Plantin' Schoolbook (princess hat), Sports Mania (grass), and Art Philosophy (Tag)
Gelatos in Blues and Greens
Pearl Mist made using water and Perfect Pearls White
Copics: RV21, RV23, RV25, YG25, YG63,BV13 (Unicorn and Flowers) E000,E00,E11, YG11,
              YG03, YG17, Y11, Y13, Y19 (Tilda)
Magnolia Doohickey Firs dies
Paper Doily
Embossing Folder
1/8" Ribbon by Offray
Flowers from a regular spray bought at Michaels. (I have found that they are a lot cheaper and just as nice.)
Stamps: Magical Birthday Wishes is from the Scrapbooking Queen. I believe the set is called "The Queen's Birthday". The other one is from
I hope you enjoyed this card. I know that Keianna will. LOL! Have a great day. I hope you join us at Love to Scrap!
Challenges entered: Use your stash (I think the only thing new was the unicorn) Let it be Spring