Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Shopping our Stash #191 - Not So Heavy Metal

Now here's a fun dig-through-your-stash challenge from us at Shopping Our Stash this week - use your oldest metal embellishments! For me that would definitely be eyelets - the last time I purchased any was at least 5-6 years ago, and I still have enough to last me until the apocalypse. Maybe not in every colour but just about! It's been so long since I used them that I had to dig through my drawer to find my eyelet setter (one of the cats has claimed that drawer as her resting spot while I craft...and usually before resting she has a paw through to see if there's anything she can pick up & drop on the floor).

Supplies: Cars & sentiment from Unity; burlap stamp from Market Street Stamps; Brushed Corduroy distress ink; papers from MME; eyelets

Super simple! The most time-consuming part of the card was finding the eyelet setter.

So what metal pieces do you have lingering in your stash?   join in with the SOS crew: 

And you have until Monday,March 9th to join in!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #290 - DRS Designs!

Happy Tuesday! This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we have a terrific sketch from Jenee, and DRS Designs is our sponsor. They've generously provided the design team with our choice of images, and with winter still giving us the stinkeye here in Nova Scotia I couldn't resist something silly and summery!

Supplies: Hula Pig and Don't Sweat the Petty Things sentiment from DRS Designs; papers from Kaisercraft; Spectrum Noir markers; Timeless Twine; classic small circle Nesties; googly eyes

That pig's face! Love it!

Here's Jenee's sketch:

This challenge is open until next Sunday, March March 8th- hop on over & see what the design team has created for you! 


Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Cat on a Scooter? Why not.

Emily on the Paper Smooches DT shared a project a while ago with Chubby Chums riding Spiffy Scooters, and I cannot find it - but that was my starting off point for this card!

Supplies: Paper Smooches stamps: Chubby Chums, Spiffy Scooters, Nine Lives; Spectrum Noir markers; Wink of Stella clear glitter pen; Memento Tuxedo Black & Gray Flannel inks; Tumbled Glass distress ink; Wplus9 banner die; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

The cat's eyes and the scooter are coated with Dimensional Magic for shine (the scooter's lights were coloured with Wink of Stella first for glitter & shine). The little puffs from the scooter are stamped with Tumbled Glass & the edges of the panel sponged with it as well. The scooter sentiment says "scooting by to say hi," but I wanted to make this a birthday card, so I used washi tape to mask off the 'hi' while inking the sentiment. And then while flipping through my PS sentiments for Happy Birthday I saw this...double pun? Oh yaaaaaah baby!  

I may have giggled to myself a few times while making this...I had fun :)
I'm entering over at Paper Smooches SPARKS for Anything Goes week one, and Simon Says Stamp's Anything Goes. 



I haven't used this Stampin' Up set in ages, so when I saw the prompt for Merry Monday was Stars, I thought I'd get it inky.

Supplies: stamps from Stampin' Up; Versamark; Pirate Gold EP; Corner Chomper; yellow rhinestones from Dollarama

And just for fun, one of my favourite songs at the moment:


Friday, February 27, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Coffffffeeee....the elixir of life! I just refilled my cup and am ready to share the card I created for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!


Supplies: Paper Smooches stamps; Paper Cottage collection from Basic Grey; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Distress inks in Vintage Photo and Tumbled Glass; classic small oval Nesties; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

I was going to make the whole cup glossy, and then I thought naaaahhhh, just the little heart :) Make it pop! 

The rather-perfectly-named challenge Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards has this great sketch that I wanted to play with again. 

There's all the information you need at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog, and check out the Facebook page too :)


The Challenge Sketch

For whatever reason, if there's a butterfly on a sketch, I end up going with a butterfly. I know you can change the shapes, but butterflies...they make my crafty heart happy! Here's my card using just the sketch from the current Challenge at Always Playing with Paper:

Supplies: all papers from Basic Grey; smidge of pink vellum; Wplus9 banner die; classic small oval Nesties; Spellbinders butterfly die; Lawn Fawn sentiment; Memento Tuxedo Black ink

You'll see in a few hours why I had this paper pad out to play...and just kept playing :)

I had another card started with the colours, but as usually happens I made a left turn and kept going :) 

Inlaid Die Technique...oh my!

You know those crafty ideas that sound so great before you get started, and once you're halfway through you're questioning your sanity & wondering what the heck you were thinking? Yeah, this card.

Supplies: Memory Box floral die; two colours of kraft cardstock; Paper Smooches sentiment; Antique Linen distress ink; Corner Chomper

Swear to peanuts, the sentiment is legible in real life. I wanted it to be tone-on-tone, and the camera just wouldn't cooperate nor would my editing software. (ya gets what ya pays for). Everybody and then some seems to be using this inlaid die technique all over the place, and famous last words I thought ohhhhh how hard can it be? Some of those pieces are really little. I said some bad words. I picked lots of little pieces off my shirt after they magically flung themselves away from the paper. All that said, OHHHH EMMM GEEEE look I did it! (possibly never again). 

I was inspired to try this lunacy because of the Kraft Journal's challenge to create a CAS one layer card. I did have to trim my card & place it on a white base because crooked sentiment. Keeping it really real this morning ;)


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thank You!

A second card for the Stamp Smiles Geometric challenge, and using the sketch from The Paper Players!  My oldest shaped stash besides my circle punches are my circle Nesties, and here they are.

Supplies: Memory Box leaf frond die; small classic circle Nesties; Wplus9 banner die; sentiment from PTI; vellum; patterned papers from AC and Bo Bunny; Peeled Paint distress ink; button and burlap thread from stash

My circle Nesties were the very first ones I bought - probably about eight years ago. I use them nearly every single day! 



I worked in a donut shop as a teenager, and ohhhh I still love donuts. Completely irresistible! I've seen this sentiment from Simon Says Stamp around blogland and love it, so I printed it out myself on the computer.

Supplies: Donut digi stamp from Tiddly Inks; computer-generated sentiment (wording from Simon Says Stamp); Spectrum Noir markers; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic; chocolate liquid pearls; 1" circle punch

I 'iced' the chocolate donuts with Liquid Pearls, and glossed the rest with Dimensional Magic. When they were dry I punched them out with my 1" circle punch that's been a trusty craft companion for....ever.... :) 

I'm entering this at Vicki's Stamp Smiles Geometric challenge (that ancient punch!) and also at Curtain Call - Donut Delight. Inspired by the donuts & by the layout as well!

ETA: dangNABBIT missed the deadline for Curtain Call too. I need to keep better track!!


A Colour Challenge? Whoa.

I am colour-challenge challenged...I start out with good intentions and then usually make a left turn somewhere, but darn it, I stuck with it this time for the Just Us Girls colour combo - paired with the sketch from Fusion. 

Supplies: papers from AC; flower stamp from PTI; sentiment from Stampin' Up; Picked Raspberry distress ink; Memento Gray Flannel ink; Labels 5 Nesties; buttons from stash


ETA: I missed the linky for Fusion AGAIN (like the third time in a row...lol)