Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Shopping Our Stash - Heavy Metal

Hello, Crafty Peeples,

We have a fun challenge for you this week at Shopping Our Stash.  We want you to use some kind of metal (real or created) in your project.  It is also a great opportunity to break out some of the Rocker Dudes and create some fun Man Cards!  My post is a bit late.  I have had a few technology glitches.

I created my "metal" playing card using Tim Holtz's "Poker Face Set" embossing Folders.  I applied duct tape to a scrap piece of card stock and embossed it with the King of Clubs.  I applied  Jenni Bowlin "Spiced Tin" Acrylic paint and wiped it away with a paper towel.  That was followed by a coat of Jenni Bowlin "Fountain Pen".

The Metal Medallion is by Fab Scraps.  The Silver and Black Charm is from my stash!

This is one of those challenges that is open to so many interpretations.  I look forward to seeing your take on Heavy Metal!   Thanks for stopping by!   Hugz,  Chana

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog- Create A Shabby Chic or Vintage Project

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

It has been a while since I worked with one of Rick St. Dennis' images, so it was fun to work with Briana!  I have always liked this image and although my design did not turn out exactly as I envisioned, I am still pleased with the result!  Hope you like it, too.

I guess I must be going through a swiss/polka dot phase.  I am using them a lot lately.  My gray dotted Washi tape came in handy and played beautifully off the brown swiss dotted paper.

 I was scrounging around in my miscellaneous buttons jar looking for a button large enough to cover the magnet I used for my closer when I came across this cool brown wooden button.  I already knew I wanted to use the saffron jute ribbon, and the four elements came together like a charm.

This cool ticket is from Vectoria Designs.  My printer was nearly out of ink, but this still printed great and actually I was excited about the faded look.

Challenges Entered:
7 Kids College Fund - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge - Keep It Simple
Fab n' Funky Challenge - Spots or Stripes
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes
Timeless Tuesday Challenges -  A Lotta Polka Dots

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Through The Craftroom Door - Always Anything Goes

Good Morning, Crafty Peeples!

Welcome to another fun week at Through The Craftroom Door!  We are always "Anything Goes" so  we would love to see where your creativity takes you this week.
Our Sponsor This week

I purchase all of my Copic supplies from Oozak.  Rusty consistently has the best prices and not just on Copics, but on a large selection of crafting supplies.  If you have not visited Oozak lately, you should stop by and check out the new items.

I was delighted when I realized that this week I would be able to use a little stamp that I got from Crafter's Companion.  I have used some elements of the set before, but never the main image.  It is also nice to have the chance to work with rubber for a change.

Thanks for stopping by!  I look forward to seeing your project in the Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door!


Shopping Our Stash - Create Your Own Embellishment

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

This week's challenge from our team over at Shopping Our Stash should have great appeal to all crafters.  Creating our own embellishments is something that each of us has been forced to do, mostly out of sheer necessity.  So, what a great chance to do it just because...

I chose to create this faux metallic medallion.  I die cut medallion, pressed it into a Versamark watermark pad, coated it with silver embossing powder and thenheat embossed.  I repeated the process but this time, before the melted powder cooled, I pressed a floral rubber stamp into the center to create my design.  I decided not to get too involved in an image for the front of my project since the focal point is supposed to be my embellishment.  The silhouette is a TH stamp 
The Sunflower Stamp and Sentiment on the inside are from Unity Stamp Company's Itty Bitty Stamp Club.  The backing paper is actually the backside of a piece of scrap wallpaper.  I just rubbed Tim Holtz Vintage Photo DI across the surface.  The texture of the paper created a really cool (IRL) look.  It looks like a piece of brown silk.  The wall paper is a silk paper.
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will join us this week at Shopping Our Stash!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

National Random Act Of Kindness Day - 613 Avenue Create

Hello, Crafty Peeples,

Over at 613 Avenue Create we are celebrating National Random Act of Kindness Day (RAK).  As usual, our challenge is Anything Goes w/ Optional Twist and our Twist this week is create something for  your mailman, a neighbor, favorite waitress, etc.

This card is going into a bundle that my SIL is taking to her church.  They use them for birthdays, get well, etc.  My SIL always holds some back for the members to take for their personal use. 
This fabulous image is from  Art By Miran
 The wonderful lace is from Prima.  They stopped making it four years ago, so I use what I have sparingly.  The green ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The Flower and Foliage Stem are from Petaloo.  The Printed Designer Paper is from My Mind's Eye  Lost and Found - Market Street
The card base is Neenah #80 CS - Classic Crest Baronial Ivory. The Green Card Stock is Bazzill

Would love to see your creations in our challenge!  Thanks for stopping by!  Hugz, Chana

Challenges Entered:
Scribble and Scrap - Always Anything Goes

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Inky Impressions - February New Release Day

Hi, Crafty Peeps!
It is New Release Day at Inky Impressions Stamps.  
How's this for a cute image!
 My thoughts were that this was a card for a child, so I decided to use primary colors!
 I added the "Giggles" Sentiment to keep the card fun!
Did not really care for any of the block printed get well sentiment in my stash, so I went with the script.  My grandson has been writing and reading script (cursive) since pre-k so I assume most kids are learning that as opposed to manuscript these days!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you will visit the Inky Impressions Challenge Blog and The Inky Impressions Inspiration Blog (I design for this one).

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Oh, Shiny! - Shopping Our Stash

Hello Crafty Peeples!
Well this week at Shopping Our Stash, we are giving you the opportunity to get rid of some more of that shiny, glittered and glitz paper that you purchased for your Christmas Cards.  So we want you to create a project with elements that Shine, Shimmer and/or Sparkle!

I am not a Shine, Shimmer, or Sparkle kind of designer, so this was a real challenge for me.  I decided to keep the glitz to a minimum and my little heart strip stamp from Unity Stamp Company was the perfect image for CAS design.  I stamped it with Versamark and then heat embossed with Stamp n' Stuff Transparent Red Glitter Embossing Powder.

 The Victorian Grunge (digi) paper is by Vectoria Designs.  This was another item that was on an easel on my cutting table.  I printed it to use with a project using a Rick St. Dennis Image, but that design took a left turn in my brain and this beautiful paper no longer worked.  It does work wonderfully here as an element of this focal grouping.
The Swiss Dotted DP is from the Authentique "Seasons Autumn" Collection.
The plain brown CS is Bazzill and the red base CS is Neenah "Red Pepper" #80 CS.  The Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon

 I felt compelled to add one more glittered element, so, the two glittered hearts on the inside front cover.

Thanks for stopping by!  Can't wait to see your Shiny Projects in the Challenge!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Love Is In The Air - The Outlawz Greetings Challenge

Hello, Crafty Peoples!

I'm back with a quick post for The Outlawz Greetings Challenge Team!  I don't celebrate Valentine's Day and this year is the first time I have created so many cards for this holiday.  This is the last one! YAY!  I was running out of ideas.  Our Sponsor this week is:

The curved border base and inside papers have been on my cutting table for about a month.  I cut it for another project but it didn't really fit the challenge.  Whenever I do that, I usually leave all the elements in place and put it on an easel on my cutting table.  This way, I am forced to look at it every time I use my Big Shot to die cut.

I was really, really stuck for an idea even after I colored the image.  When I was cutting the heart layers, I looked at the base sitting on the easel and thought the image and the base would make a good marriage.  I am trying to deplete my stash so I decided to use this sentiment even though the color is not an exact match.

Decorating the inside of my cards is definitely helping to reduce my stash!  Sometimes the inside looks better than the outside!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will join us at the Outlawz and play along in one of our 7 challenges.

Challenges Entered:
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes
Inky Chicks - Use a Cute Animal Stamp

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Love Is - Inky Impressions Rubber Stamps - Inspiration Blog

Hello, Crafty Peeps,

Today I have a very simple Valentine's Day card to share with you.  Continuing my theme from last Saturday's Inky Impressions post, working with Sentiments.  The sentiment I am using this week works perfectly as the focal for a card without images

Originally, I planned to use a masking technique to add glittered hearts to my card base.
  My supply order was delayed due to the nasty weather, so I had to find another solution.  This lovely heart paper came in a 400 piece Authentique Paper Kit as a gift for purchasing other Authentique products. The solid red layer is Neenah "Red Pepper" #80 Linen Cover.

I love the font used on this Inky Impressions Sentiment.
The image is 3"H x 2"W and centered on the page before printing.
The sentiment is printed on a piece of 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Neenah Solar White #80 Linen Cover and die cut  using Spellbinders' Marvelous Squares.  The addition of this small heart (Spellbinders' Classic Heart)  adorned with a snippet from one of my pearl flourishes, completes the focal grouping.

I left the inside very plain, opting to use only one glittered heart.  This leaves lots of room for someone to write a long loving message to their special Valentine.

I don't celebrate Valentine's Day, but as Always, I hope you have found some inspiration here. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Book Is Like A Garden - Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
So often I hear crafters complaining about Anything Goes Challenges, so since this is my week to host and post, I chose a recipe that I hope will appeal to those designers who are looking for a challenge.
We have a fun recipe for you to follow this week at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.
Our Sponsor this week is:

One (1) Ribbon
Two (2) Designer Papers
Three (3) Die Cuts
Four (4) Pearls or Rhinestones

Here is my DT Inspiration Easel Card
 I was intrigued by this sentiment when I saw it at Squigglefly.  I wasn't exactly sure what I would do with it, but given the recipe, I knew I could make the sentiment the star and not a supporting element.
I was tickled to find that I had a perfect place for my Rhinestones!

(1)Fiber Ribbon, (4)Rhinestones, Pearl Brad and Flourish, (2) Designer Papers and (3)Die Cuts.

The starting point of this design was actually the clock die cut.  I originally cut and colored this for my Valentine project HERE but the color did not work with the final design concept.  I put the clock in my scrap bin and it happened to land on top of a piece of green Bazzil Card Stock.  I really liked the colors together and from there, the design began to take shape.

I found these wonderful papers in my 6x6 Paper Pad Library.  Funny story, the pad is another one that I bought twice and I am glad that I did because the papers are just so soft and pretty.  I used the scraps to make my miniature book.  The ribbon will be tied before I give this to the recipient.  
I left it open to show the pages inside.

I worry a lot about maintaining balance on my projects.  Not just with the elements, but also with the integration of color.  Once I made the decision to leave my sentiment white, I knew I would have to balance that by adding white elsewhere in the design.  There are subtle white paint streaks in the paper, but they do not photograph well.  The white resin bird was a happy find in my Prima embellishments bin, as was the white Prima flower. The pearl flourish with the tiny pink flowers, provided added continuity and cohesiveness to the design.  Preserving the little fairy in the corner of the paper also carried on the Garden theme and eliminated the need for any more embellishments.

Card Stock: Bazzill Basics - Textured Stock
Designer Papers:  Prima Marketing " Nature Garden Collection"
Dies: Marianne Designs "Clock Works"
Spellbinders: "Labels #4"
Resin Dove: Prima Marketing "Shabby Treasures"
Rhinestone Border: Want2Scrap
Flowers:  Petaloo (Rust); Prima (White)
Fiber Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Misc: Pearl Brad (Recollection); Pearl Flourish (Zva Creations)

Hope you Like this Creation!  I'll be back to add some challenges!   Please stop by and play along with us at the Crafter's Cafe where we encourage you to SIT, RELAX, CREATE!
Hugz,  Chana

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Shopping Our Stash - Something Valentiny

Hello, Crafty Peeples,

This week at SOS, we want you to create something Valentiny!  Yes, this does leave a lot open to interpretation, so your creative mojo can run wild!  Here is where my mojo took me!

 The original sentiment for this cards was "a true love story never ends" but I did not like the way it looked when I stamped it on the heart.  Since I had already committed to the clock and newsprint, I spent 45 minutes looking through my rubber stamps for a sentiment that worked.  This Forever Stamp was in the second stamp bin and, thank goodness, it was the first stamp I touched.  The minute I stamped it onto my scrap paper, I knew it was the ONE!

 I really love Tim's Cabinet Cards and I am glad that he has created one with a smaller footprint,  These large ones require a lot of embellishing.  When I want a cabinet card, I usually make it myself in a smaller size.  It is great that now I can get Tim's with the cool graphics.

Decided I wanted to leave my Roman Numerals in tack, it looked so cool.  The most difficult part of this design was finding the right embellishment to bring balance.  Nesting one of the roses in cheese cloth in the upper right corned was perfect.  I did not make a tag with this cabinet.  The newsprint paper is a glossy stock and the effect(in real life) is pretty cool.

Cabinet Card:  Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Frames
Designer Paper: DCWB The Haberdash Stack
Dies:  Marianne's Craftables "Clock Work"
Memory Box "Cupid Heart"
Memory Box "Twirled Heart"
Fibers, Ribbon and Flower:  Really Reasonable Ribbons
Misc: Ink- Tim Holtz DI "Vintage Photo", Momento "Rich Cocoa"

Through The Craftroom Door Challenge

Hi, Crafty Peeps!
  Sandi's Samples is our sponsor this week  over at Through The Craft Room Door Challenge.  
I decided to work with her cute little gum ball machine digi!  
I really wanted to color the machine red, but I am pretty maxed out on pink and red right now, so I went with yellow!  Please join us and if you are not a current subscriber to the Through The Craft Room Door Magazine, now is the perfect time to sign up.  You will have access to interesting tutorials, fun projects and over 100 free digital images!

Don't you just love this cute little Gum Ball Machine Digi?  Every time I go into Big Lots, I threaten to buy one and DH just drags me away.  When I was coloring the hearts, I was thinking about those little candy hearts that come in a box.  I really couldn't remember the colors.

This wonderful designer paper comes from the Echo Park 6"x 6" Happy Days Collection.

 I was delighted to have a chance to use my bottle cap.  
It is one of those items that I purchased more of than I could possibly ever use.

Tried to keep the inside simple but tied back to the front!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you to see your projects in our challenge!
Hugz,  Chana

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Thanks Beery Much - Inky Inspirations

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
Well, we certainly had a few exciting days here in Altanta!  Lots of snow and ice!  Today it was like Spring outside.  We have a saying, "if you don't like the weather in Atlanta....wait a minute!"  Hope the weather is better wherever you live!   This post is for the Inky Impressions Inspiration Blog. 

Inky impressions Stamps has some of the most adorable images and quite a few great sentiments! Stop by the store and check them out!  I really love the Lili images.
I am using  "Lili With Berries"  and the "Thanks Berry Much" Sentiment

I really like the idea of making the sentiment the star of the show sometimes!  I am on a mission to use all my scraps, and I wanted to use this really cool piece of chevron card stock.    

Using solid coordinated card stock, and leaving my sentiment white,  I created a deconstructed bow tie.  This simple focal draws the eye away from the bold chevron design and identifies the sentiment as the point of interest.

I placed the image on the inside and pretty much left everything plain.  I love this image!  I was drinking a blueberry smoothie while coloring her, so naturally her basket ended up full of blueberries.

One of the other things I want to focus on this year is making cards that I can actually mail or that I can mail without paying an arm and a leg for postage.

 This designer paper is very bold.  Normally, it would compete with your image unless you covered it with another matting layer or layered images and lots of embellishments, which I did not want to do.
 Paper is a powerful design element.  I wanted to work with this paper's design rather than have it work against me.
Images don't always have to be on the outside of your project.  Trying using them on the inside.  I think the person who receives this card will be pleasantly surprised by the cute little image on the inside.

Thanks for stopping by!