Monday, January 19, 2015

Live Love Laugh Canvas

It's time for another challenge over at the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog. This time it is Anything Goes. We have 3 great sponsors this time who are giving away some great prizes. They are:

 Prize: 3 images to winner

 Prize: $25 gift certificate to winner 

 Prize: 7 images to winner

I am on Team C, who is working with Bugaboo images. I chose the Live Laugh Love Rose Block from their great selection of images. I like to do things other than cards for anything goes challenges so I chose to do a quick 6x6 canvas. Our local scrapbook store owner discovered a new product for us to try. It is called Decor Attitude and is just one of many such products by Craft Attitude. It is kind of like a transparent film. You just copy your image from your computer using your printer and adhere it to your project. This image was just black and white with no coloring. You have to print a mirror image so that it is backward on your film. I printed it onto cardstock and colored it with Prismacolor pencils and Gamisol. I then copied it onto the film. I wasn't sure how it would work, but it did just fine. I chose the "best" setting for my copy so that it would turn out as dark as possible. When it is printed, you have to trim it because the sheet is 8 1/2x11. I then took the canvas and covered it with Tim Holtz music note tissue paper. I used the Glue N Seal by inksentials to adhere it. After it dried, I used acrylic paints by USArtQuest (mixed with their transparent glaze so that it was see through) and covered the tissue paper to create a background. When that dried I just used the Glue N Seal again to adhere my Decor Attitude image and WaLa a finished canvas. To snaz it up I covered it with PPA (also from USArtQuest) and sprinkled microfine glitter on the leaves and roses. I also added some stickles, rhinestones, and dewdrops. The edges of the image did not adhere as tightly as I wanted so I used liquid glass from CTMH to glue them down better. Here it is:

Unfortunately, you can't see all the glitter and the color of the background is a little washed out. As you can see, the image copied onto the Decor Attitude perfectly. It sounds like it took a lot of time, but it really didn't. The most time consuming thing was the coloring. Everything dried very quickly-even without the heat gun.

We hope that you will join our Anything Goes challenge. Just click on the picture on the right sidebar to go to the LTSCB site. We have a great DT who have created wonderful things to inspire you. You have 2 weeks to enter.

I am entering the following:

Once Upon a Time with Ohh La La Creations

This is my final creation as a guest designer for Ohh La La Creations. It has been a joy to work for them and showcase their fabulous products. This Challenge is entitled Once Upon a Time. Since I love fairy tales and fantasy this was a fun one!

I chose to work with the White Rabbit products found on their Kiddiwinks CD. Again everything was precolored with coordinating papers. It makes it so easy to make a quick and wonderful card. At first I was going to do a belated birthday card because anyone who has seen Disney's Alice in Wonderland knows that the White Rabbit says "I'm Late, I'm late for a very important date!" I thought that would make a fantastic sentiment to go with the image.

Instead, I chose to do a spin on that saying and go with a party invitation instead. It says "Don't be late for this important date". I made an interactive card by placing my rabbit on an action wobble. The lighting is bad, but here is the card:

The outside:

 The inside:

The envelope:

This Rabbit comes as a decoupage sheet for layering. Everything was printed from Word. I cut out the full image and then layered the image of the head and arms over it to add dimension. Then I used some of the other images on the inside of the card and the envelope. The mat for the front was done using Cricut Cartridge Lacy Labels. It was cut at 4 inches. I then mounted the action wobbled rabbit onto it. The sentiment was done on Word. I inserted heart shapes, filled them in with the colors I wanted and inserted a text box for the words on the red heart. Then I just printed them, cut them and layered them. I covered them with my Wink of Stella Clear glitter brush. It wasn't glittery enough for me so I covered everything with Liquid Glass from CTMH and sprinkled Tim Holtz Stickles Rock Candy Dry Glitter over it. I wish you could see all the glitter. I also used Wink of Stella on all of the red hearts on the images and on the red layer of the mat.

For the inside I just placed a text box over the paper and typed what I wanted. I think it turned out pretty nicely. I was pleased. I tried to upload a video to show the action wobble, but it would not upload. I have never done a video before, so maybe I just don't know to upload it. It seemed to be easy, but would not work. Oh well.

I hope that you will join us at Ohh La La Creations for this fun challenge. Enter your spin on this great theme for a chance to win some images.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Guest Designer for Ohh La La Creations

I was so thrilled and honored when I received an email from Anne Campbell, coordinator of the Ohh La La Creations Challenge Blog asking me to be a guest designer for the month of January. It is not something I get asked to do very often, so of course I said yes.

This challenge is called "Words to Inspire" I was given some fabulous items to work with. They also offer some great freebies on their shop site. I decided to do 2 cards for this challenge.

I needed an encouragement card to send to someone. I figured what better words to inspire than those of encouragement. For this card I chose the free Birdhouse image (which I popped with foam tape), blue diamond digi paper, and bird insert. I also used a flower digi paper that I was given from the Say it With Words CD that they sell. Here is the card:

The thing that I love about these images is that they are precolored. I spend so much time coloring images. It was nice not having to do that. They also offer coordinating papers so that you don't have to try to find things that match and spend time searching through all of your paper. If you're like me you have a bunch LOL. I just had to print and cut. I used Stickles to bling up the image. I added some ribbon and made a pin for extra bling. I chose to add a dragonfly charm because there are dragonflies on the inside of the card between the birds.
Here is the inside of the card.

I copied the free insert onto Microsoft word and sized it to fit on the top half of an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of cardstock. Then I cut the cardstock in half and had an instant A4 size card. Then I just had to cut the other printed papers and adhere to the front. I made a smaller image, cut it out and adhered it to the inside of the card. Then I again added Stickles to it.

Digital papers: Ohh La La Freebies and Flower Bouquet from the Say it with Words CD
Ribbon: White satin ribbon inked with copic R32
Punch: EK Success punch on white cardstock that was then inked with R32
Stamps: KC Andrews (no longer in business but might on ebay or somewhere), and Rubber Cottage "Someday Will"
Inks: Close To My Heart Blue and Distress Crushed Velvet
Embellishments: Rhinestones, Stickles (various colors), Corsage pin to which were added beads, spacers, a jump ring and dragonfly charm.

I know this is a long post. Bear with me please. I made another card using an image and papers from the Marriage portion of the Say it With Words CD that was graciously provide to me. If you saw my last post you know that my Vagabond is broken. I hate not being able to die cut things. So I took out the one Marianne Design die that I own and ran my finger over the cardstock to make impressions. Then I tediously cut out all the tiny pieces with a craft knife. Boy was my hand tired! I used scissors to cut around it. It is not as nice as a die cut would be-but here it is:

 The image and papers are all from Ohh La La's Marriage portion of the Say it With Words CD. This time however I used a premade 5.25 x 5.25 inch square card. I had to adhere the insert to the card after I printed it out. When I folded it all together it didn't match up perfectly so I had to trim it. The image is rectangular. I just cropped it to the size I needed and cut it out using my Creative Memories circle cutting system. I then put it on the "die cut". I used a Wink of Stella gold glitter pen and a Gellyroll Clear Stardust pen to add glitz to the arrows on the papers. I love the glitter specialty papers from Michaels. Since I used a silver glitter ribbon, I used the silver glitter paper to go with it. I use Staz On Black to stamp because I am not sure if other inks will smear.
Delicata Gold Ink went on the inside sentiment.To make the bow I just cut a piece of the glitter ribbon and folded the ends to the middle. I gathered it and used a piece of silver metallic ribbon to tie it together in the middle. I attached it with glue dots. A white pearl pen made the dots on the die cut. The stamps are from Fiskars and Stampin Up.

I hope that you will join us in the "Words to Inspire" Challenge. You might win some great digis. Click Here
to go to the challenge blog. Check out everyone's great designs and enter for a chance to win.

I am entering the following challenge:

The first LTSCB 2015 Challenge: Steampunk Birthday Card

Happy New Year to all of you! I am soooo excited to share this card with you-I absolutely love it! First things first though. This is the first challenge of 2015 over at the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog. We want to see you use something on your creation that begins with at least one of these letters: L T S C B. This challenge runs from January 5th to the 19th. We have 3 great sponsors, so you have 3 chances to win. Our fabulous sponsors are:

Prize: 3 images to winner

Prize: $25 gift certificate

Prize: $10 gift certificate

Team C (my team) got to work with Stitchy Bear images. I chose Steampunk from BB Kakes. This artist has a lot of fabulous images to choose from. This particular image comes as a 3 pc set, which is great because it lets you choose the whole image like I did, or just the frame or girl individually. I think the frame would look great with different things like robots and airplanes for some great guy cards.

I have never worked with a steampunk image like this. I am not usually comfortable working with them although I have always loved the creations that others have done. When I saw this image I thought that it would be perfect for this challenge. I have a lot of fun Tim Holtz products that I could use. Here is what I came up with:

I believe that this is called a gatefold pocket card. I really love how it turned out. I did run into a serious problem: MY VAGABOND BROKE-AHHHH!!! Those of you who die cut a lot can understand just how devastating that was. Stupid me forgot to take out the shim when I tried to emboss something on my previous project. That caused the rollers to break:( Luckily I have a friend who owns the local scrapbook store. She let me use her vagabond and cuttlebug to cut and emboss my gears. Whew! Now I just have to get my vagabond shipped to Sizzix for repair or replacement.

Back to my card. I copied the image twice. I colored one of them (the girl and gears) with copics a cut them  out. I used a Wink of Stella clear brush to glitter it up. I also used stickles on the feathers, arrow of necklace, and purple gear. Silver Liquid Pearls on the gears gave some added dimension. I glued Tim Holtz mini gears over the ones on the hat using CTMH Liquid Glass. I had a key that was made with mod melts. I used silver alcohol ink to color it (original color was white). I also used used the silver and gold alcohol ink to make the gears on the hat look metallic. I cut a slit in the brim of the hat and layered a Tim Holtz timepiece over the clock on the image. I put spinners on it for hands and attached them with the brads that are included with them. I then used the liquid glass to attach a piece of Tim's lace chain over that part of the image. I applied the liquid glass to the lenses in the glasses as well for a realistic glass look. I used a black Wink of Stella pen to go over the outline of the frame on the other image. It wasn't glittery enough so I went over it again with the brush pen. Once I had all of that done and it dried, I popped it over the other image with foam tape. That was the long part LOL.

I cut a 6 X 12 piece of brown cardstock for the base and scored it at 3 and 9 for my folds. The clock paper is by Bobunny and I think it matches perfectly. It is a 5.5 inch square and is the pocket for this card. I only put adhesive on the sides and bottom. The silver and brown lined glitter paper is from Michaels. I had to kind of guess at how to cut each piece. The nice thing was that I could cut one 2.5 inch strip and use the diagonal to form another section. I only had to make 2 cuts for all four of the pieces. one strip made 2 panels with some left over. I used Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets dies for all of the accent pieces. I've had this set for a long time, but had never used it until now. It has 6 different gears and I used 5 of them.

The gear on the front is actually 3 of the gears. I cut them out and layered them on a piece of acetate. I stickled the embossed parts. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz set Simple Sayings. I cut out the frame and popped it up with foam tape after the stickles dried.  I glued the gears to the left side panel only so it would open. The gears on the inside are attached with Tim Holtz mini clips and brads.

The last thing on this image is the panel inside the pocket. Since I didn't have my vagabond, I couldn't just run the embossing folder through. This one is from Cuttlebug. I saw on someones website that they had used a rubber mallet to put just parts of a folder on their cardstock. I pounded and pounded but just could not get it to show up enough. I went over it with a rolling pin, but that didn't work either. Finally I got out a paint brush and went over every part of the indented part of the folder. That seemed to work the best. Once I got it good enough, I distressed it with Vintage Photo. I placed a piece of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape along the bottom and distressed the edges of it also. The sentiment is a birthday greeting by Purple Daisy. I attached a piece of Tim Holtz Silver Tinsel Twine using a staple from his tiny attacher.

Wow!!! This was a long post. Sorry. It was a very detailed card that sounds like it took forever to do, but really didn't (or wouldn't have if my vagabond was working). Did you catch all of the L T S C B products? I highlighted them because there were a lot LOL.

I hope that this gives you some ideas of things to use on your own creations. We would love to have you join us.

I am entering the following challenges: All that Glitters Make it Sparkle Anything Goes  Use 2 printed papers, 3 brads/buttons, and ribbon New and sparkly (new image)