Sunday, January 25, 2015

You Have to be my Friend...

This is my second post today. I wanted to enter CASology's Challenge for week 130 - Friend.  I've had this stamp for years and have never used it. I bought it with my best friend in mind.  We have been friends since we were 9 years old. Now we're grandmothers together, so you know this sentiment is oh so true!

I used water color paper and embossed it with dots. Then I wet the paper and painted it with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.  I stamped the sentiment in Hero Arts Orange Soda ink. The flowers were cut with a die, but I don't know what it is. I inked the edges of the flowers and added a bit of bling. All paper is from my stash.

I'm also entering 4 Crafty Chicks #230 - Best Friends and Uniko Studio Challenge #17 - Love & Friendship.

613 Avenue Create #108-Anything Goes-Option Create Your Own Challenge

Our super fun challenge this week at 613 Avenue Create has the option to create your own challenge using this chart:

Bugaboo Stamps, Poppyseed Graphics and Toad Stool Printables are our sponsors. You'll love seeing what the DT has made using our sponsors' images. And you definitely need to check to see if you won a prize in last week's challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

613 Avenue Create #107-Anything Goes-Option Winnie the Pooh Quote

We have a fun challenge this week at 613 Avenue Create.  Today is Winnie the Pooh Day so we invite you to use a quote from the friendly little bear.

(click on sentiment, then right click and save as)

Our sponsors are Fitztown and Sammi Stamps. I've used Sammi Stamps Snowflake Cocoa. You'll want to see what the rest of the team has created. And you'll want to see who won prizes last week, both from our challenge and our Block Party.

I colored the cup with Spectrum Noir Markers. The DP and steam are NBUS.  I'm entering these challenges:  CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge-January; Darnell's NBUS Challenge #3 (my third entry); and Addicted to Stamps #96 - Winter.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Spray Mist and Distress Ink

Hi, Ya'll! It's another cold winter day here in Georgia - 43 degrees.  We've had a lot of fog this week and some rain also. But I'm not complaining because it's not snowing. I had to make a sympathy card. I decided to try something new - color spray. I got some Recollections spray on clearance several months ago. I've never used it before, but I like it. I also used some Distress Ink and water colored a piece of Tim Holtz Water Color Paper from which I cut the sentiment using a Nestie. Since the spray and Tim Holtz paper were NBUS (Never Been Used Schtuff), I'm entering Darnell's NBUS Challenge #3 for the second time. I'm also entering Virginia's View Challenge #11 - Clean Slate for the second time. Also, I'm entering Simon Says Monday Challenge - Inky Background, Stamplorations Inks and Stamps, and Happy Little Stamper Watercolouring.

I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

613 Avenue Create - 1,001 Techniques & BLOCK PARTY!!!

We're celebrating at 613 Avenue Create - it's our second annual Block Party. Yep, two years of creating with you and our fabulous sponsors.  Come to the party!

We want you to use as many techniques as you'd like on your project. We even have some suggestions for you:

The challenge is to use as many techniques as you can on 1 project.
Below are some suggestions, but you may use any techniques you want!

 *click on a link to go to the tutorial 

 *Paper Piecing  
Paper Sculpting/or Paper Tole
paper piercing (poking holes)
tea bag folding
dry embossing

  Color Blocking  
Die Cut Stencils 
*Inlaid Die Cuts  
*Paper Pleating 
*Partial Die Cutting

*Ink, Spray & Smash 
 *Layered Gesso Background 
*Pearl Ex - heated pearls
*Salted Background  
*Sanded Pencil Background  
*Wax Paper Resist  
*Wrinkle Free Distressing
*Bokeh Technique  

hand made flowers
shrink plastic 

 *Loopy Felt Flowers  
*Rolled Paper Flowers  
*Perfect Pearls Embellishments 
heat embossing
*Stamping with Bleach  
*Die Cut Stamps
*Kissing Technique  
*Masking - basic 

Copic coloring

  *Pencils & Gamsol 
  *Coloring with Distress Inks
*Direct To Paper (DTP)  
*Distressed Alcohol Markers  

*Distressed Glue
 *Acrylic Distress 

  *Tent Topper
   *Acetate Card
  *Card with Bookmark
*Never Ending Card
*Diamond Fold Card
*Slider Card  
*Swing Card

We have some amazing prizes for the challenge and the Block Party!  There's a special page for our Block Party Contest and Prizes. Click over to get this party started!!!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Feel Better

Brrr! It's cold as all get out here this morning.  With the wind chill, it's 10 degrees...I hope you're enjoying better weather than we are, but I know a lot of you are not. Try to stay warm. I'm posting a feel better card for a friend who's just a bit under the weather. It's a quick and easy card:

The cascading hearts are from my new Confetti Stencil from Heidi Swapp. The stencil also has hearts and dots. I used a dobber and Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  The tea pot is from a Graphic 45/Hampton Art/Sizzix stamp and framelits set. I stamped it on paper from my stash and popped it up. The sentiment is PaperTrey Ink. I added sequins from my stash.

Since the stamp/die and Distress Ink are NUBUS (Never Been Used Schtuff) that I've had for over a year, I'm entering Darnell's NUBUS Challenge #3. I'm also entering Virginia's View Challenge #11-Clean Slate and Simon Says Monday Challenge (Old & New). I've told you the old, the new is the stencil. I just bought it about a week or so ago. I'm also entering Just Us Girls #275-Trend Week Stencil.

Monday, January 5, 2015

613 Avenue Create #105-Anything Goes Option Create Matching Envelope

Our first challenge of 2015 at 613 Avenue Create is, of course, Anything Goes. Our twist is that you have the option to Create a Matching Envelope. A matching envelope is the frosting on the cake of the presentation of your card. Our sponsors are Lacy Sunshine and Scrapper's Delights. Here I'm using Lacy Sunshine's Honeysuckle Rose - isn't she darling?!

I colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers.  Everything is from my stash. I splattered the cardstock with Broken China Distress Ink,  I have something to say about that - it wasn't easy! I have watched blogger after blogger on YouTube squish a distress ink on her craft sheet, add water, dip in a paint brush, and creatively splatter cardstock.  But when I gave it a try, the splatters didn't come. Then, when they did come, they didn't hit the cardstock. Finally, success of sorts. All in all, a whole lot of effort for some little spots on paper. End of that story.

I dusted the image, cardstock and envelope with chalk so they weren't bright white. I added some sequins for a bit of sparkle. The flower on the envelope is a small Sizziz die cut. I'll be back later to enter some challenges.

And don't forget our 2nd Annual Block Party starts next week. It will be awesome!!

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Thank You for a Friend

Happy New Year, All!  I'm back with a simple thank you for a friend.  She's a line dance sister of mine. I made this card for the group to give her.  It's CAS and easy to make:  patterned paper background, scalloped oval Nestie die, embossed CTMH sentiment, some die cut hearts, and a pre-made sparkle die cut border. Put them together and BAM!  It's done.

I'm entering these challenges:  CrazyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - January; Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog - Anything Goes; Die Cut Divas-Anything Goes; and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Anything Goes.