Friday, August 29, 2014

Andrea's Savvy Challenge: Feathered Friends!

I am so pleased to be a guest designer again for Andrea's Savvy Challenge - this time around, we're featuring Feathered Friends on our creations! Any products at all are welcome :)

Supplies: peacock clip art from Graphics Fairy; Lace from Webster's Pages; Wilton doily; MME paper; Broken China distress ink; Tumbled Glass distress stickles; Basic Grey button; seam binding from stash

I distressed the edge of the peacock panel & then sponged it with distress ink. I also distressed the patterned paper - and sanded a bit on the pattern as well. The lace is stitched along the side, and the bow is stitched to the button as well. They aren't going anywhere ;)

I hope to see you play along with the Savvy Challenge - I'm away so will update you with the details of the challenge deadline when I get back - until then, check out Andrea's blog for all the info you need to play along!

ETA: We're home! This edition of the challenge will run until next Thursday, September 4, and make sure to link up here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Season's Greetings Wreath

OK, one more quick Christmas share before we're off to Grammie's! This one is for Merry Monday's  put a wreath on it challenge. 

Supplies: Basic Grey paper & brad; Martha Stewart branch punch; Peeled Paint distress ink; Stampendous sentiment; pearls from stash

I remember making a card with the same type of design last year, but darned if I can find the picture. Love making the little door :)


Winter Wishes

A quick fly-by before the current jingle belles challenge ends!

Supplies: Prima North Country paper; Stampendous sentiment; Memento Gray Flannel ink; MME snowflake stamps; Picket Fence distress stickles; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; Corner Chomper

A true quickie since we're off to Grammie's house for a couple of days!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Shopping our Stash #166 - ABCs

This week at Shopping our Stash, we're celebrating the start of school with a return to ABCs - we want you to use something that starts with each of those letters! Here are some ideas:

A: ant, anchor, arrow, apple, arithmetic, animal
B: bee, button, bow, bonnet, ball, brad
C: candy, carrot, car, corn, curtain, cow, comet, chipboard, chalkboard

Of course you aren't limited to those ideas, but you DO have to tell us what you've used!

I had a particular stamp set in mind that I wanted to use, but do you think I could find it? NOPE. So then I was stuck. Finally I went ahead to work on something else, and found this paper pad, and it all came together. *whew*

Supplies: Papers from Simple Stories; Buttons from Basic Grey; sentiment from Paper Smooches; Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Simple and straightforward! I let the paper do the heavy lifting. I've gone with 
A- apples, alphabet
B- buttons, black
C - chalkboard

Check out the design team creations & join us before next Monday, September 1st!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #264 - Zap Pow!

Good morning! I am so excited about my Tuesday Morning Sketches card this week - first of all, it has an adorable digi from our sponsor, Zap Pow Designs (LOVE them!) - and second of all, the layout is absolutely perfect!

Supplies: You Octopi Our Heart digi from Zap Pow Designs; Spectrum Noir markers; Dress it Up button; Shaded Lilac & Broken China distress inks; stencil from walmart; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic; Corner Chomper; ribbon from stash 

Of course the octopus has glossy glasses!
The stencil I used is about 3x4 inches, so I moved it around several times & overlapped it to get a more "bubbly" look. I love how it turned out!

Here's the sketch (I rotated it):

This sketch is open until next Sunday, August 31st  hop on over & see what the design team has created for you!

Bonnie (off for August)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Ombre Congrats

A few weeks ago during the Unique Blog Hop I shared a background I created inspired by my nails - well, I finally decided what to do with the piece I had left over :)

Supplies: Dylusions Grape mist; Mr. Huey's white mist; Paper Smooches sentiment; Spellbinders butterfly die; Studio Calico wooden heart; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Versamark; Stampendous Moonstone embossing powder; scrap of Shrinky Dink plastic; purple pearls from stash

Hard to get a good picture of clear elements, isn't it! Once I'd adhered the piece to the cardfront, one of the corners refused to lay flat. I decided to make that an "I meant to do that" element and curled up all four corners, and placed a pearl on the card base in each corner. 

Here's the photo of my nails that inspired the background (and no, they don't look like that

This card is perfect for the current Keep It Simple! challenge of Ombre - first time I've played along there in a while :)


Savvy Strawberries & Stitching!

A triple threat challenge from me this morning - I've combined the inspiration photo of strawberries from Andrea's Savvy challenge, the sewing challenge at ALBC, and the Last Days of Summer challenge at Open-Minded Crafting Fun. 

Supplies: Sentiment from PTI; Mowed Lawn distress ink; Sew Easy; paper unknown

I took this strawberry paper out when Andrea first posted the challenge, and here it is the end of the month before I could decide what to do with it! Better late than never. I am definitely loving my Sew Easy lately - I'm  a little addicted to one of the patterns, and forced myself to try a new one here. 

Here's the strawberry photo from Andrea in case you have a card up your sleeve before the deadline tomorrow:
strawberry field from Flickr via Wylio


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - K is for -

I think kraft is one of those colours that you don't really appreciate until you start playing with it. I doubt anyone thinks to themselves "Self, kraft is like theeee best colour, I love it!" (ok, maybe just me) but think about it - you could make a card for anything with kraft, and it would be appropriate. You can dress it up, dress it's like the little black dress of crafting. So the Snarky Sisters want YOU to use some kraft! 

I've got two cards for you - I was DETERMINED to make a snarky card this time around, dammit, and then I forgot & made a cute card. I went back & snarked, and I feel much better now :)

Supplies: Stella - F*@k-up Fairy digi from Bugaboo Stamps; Spectrum Noir markers; Stardust Sakura glitter pen; Sew Easy

Who better than Stella to bring the snark? 
I used a bit of glitter pen on her wings, and outlined her with the lightest pink marker I have to help her pop (not because I went outside the lines a little and was trying to fix it. Nope.)

I'm popping my Stella card in over at Naughty or Nice challenges - and I think I'll be making a few more of these cards, because I can think of a number of people who have the F*#k up fairy visiting lately :)

And here's my not-snarky card:

Supplies: patterned kraft from stash; sentiment stamps from Paper Smooches; Brushed Corduroy distress ink; gem from stash; Wilton doily; clip art & sentiment from Crafty Secrets

I used a scrap from the edge of the patterned paper for the sentiment - I'm running low on kraft and have a few different colours of it. Easy matching! I also went nuts distressing & rolling the edges of the patterned piece & the photo. 

You've got 2 weeks to link up (by September 5th) - and stop by & say hello to my sistahs:

Barb (off this round)
Lynne (off this round)

And we are super pleased to have HAZEL with us this week as our guest designer! She got her Stella on too :) 

*if you're interested, I posted some updated tattoo pics earlier - here*

Black, Gold, and Silver!

*if you're interested, I posted some updated tattoo pics earlier - here*

A quick & easy card for this week's Merry Monday colour challenge. 

Supplies: black shimmer paper from Colorbok; tree stamps from MME; sentiment from Stampendous; Versamark; Pirate Gold & Moonstone EP from Stampendous



Watercolours & Embossing

Last week I found myself sewing buttons on nearly every card I made - this week my embossing tool got the workout. I challenged myself to play a little more with watercolours - in my case, using glimmer mists - and I used a familiar layout with a favourite stamp set to do that.

Supplies: stamps from Flourishes; Versamark; Black Detail EP; Tattered Angels glimmer mists - Turquoise Blue and Key Lime Pie; green rhinestones from Dollarama

Using the glimmer mists as watercolours is fabulous - not only are they sparkly, and they blend beautifully, but they are already the right consistency for painting. No errors of too much/too little water! After the panel dried, I trimmed it down to card size & adhered it directly to the base, and added a few gems. Ta-da! 

Entering this card in two challenges -
Creative Card Crew - Embossing (wet or dry)
little red wagon - Confetti