Monday, September 29, 2014

MDSM84 Flapper Girl

What a fun challenge this week on MDS Monday!  Create a (heritage) page with a vintage feel and/or vintage photo.

I pulled out my grandmother's old passport to create this page. I can only imagine what this trip must have been like!

Here's the sketch for this week -

MDS Elements: World Traveler, Vintage Overlays, Adventure Awaits, Beau Chateau, Fan Fair DSP; Font: Bodoni MT Poster, Traveling_Typewriter.

Friday, September 26, 2014

FM179 Inky Spooky Tree

This week, Avery brings us a fun technique challenge for the Friday Mashup, Ink Blowing.

I played along with Mix-Ability Challenge #76, Finger Painting, as well.  After creating a background on watercolor paper, I tried my best to make a tree with ink blowing.  I mixed reinkers with white acrylic paint and dabbed some flower blobs onto my tree.  :)

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project with "Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry & Basic Black". 
  • Create a project with the "Ink Blowing Technique".  Link to technique here.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Project using the colors above & the Ink Blowing Technique".
Stamps: For All Things; Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: White acrylic paint, Watercolor brush, Straw, Dimensionals.

Monday, September 22, 2014

MDSM83 Freeforming Text

Time for another MDS Monday challenge.  This week Cindy has us using the freeform tool to create text around photo corners.  Fun!

These are photos of Missy's first running race.  In fact, first race ever.  She needed some encouragement, but she is an old pro at racing now... mostly bikes.

Here's Cindy's sketch -

I have a hint for you with the freeform.  I found the lower two corners were a little difficult to get the text right-side up.  Here's a couple screenshots of how I managed mine -

First under the "FREEFORM" tool on right, click "Add Line". From there click the line and choose "Insert Point".

Grab the right point and pull it up over the middle point to create a backwards "L".  This point will be hidden from view under the window header, but it will still work.

This method will work for the lower right corner.  For the lower left corner, start with a vertical line.

MDS Elements: Be Yourself, Top Notch Woodcuts, Very Vanilla Textured, First Edition DSP, Lemonade Stand DSP, Fan Fair DSP, Love Letter DSP; Font: The Skinny, Arabic Typesetting.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Control Freaks BOO to You! Blog Tour

Welcome... It's time to hop along with the super fabulous Control Freaks group!  This month's theme is, as you might guess, Halloween!  I'm a big fan of Halloween, so I had to play along.  You've probably arrived here from Debbie Henderson's blog.  Her projects are always so beautiful!

I was very attracted to the Note Tag punch in the Holiday catalog, so I had to think of a way to use it.  I just love little candy holders, so here's a new quick-and-easy nugget holder.

Start with 1-1/2" strips of cardstock, stick the paper into the back of the punch to only punch the upper edge.  Then score 2-1/4" and 3-1/4" from the punched edge to create the nugget holder.  You can fold the holder and make a little pencil line to mark where the next upper edge punch should go.

Grab some nuggets, decorate, and you're done!  There are tons of fun stamp sets in the Holiday catalog for decorating!

Stamps: Merry Everything, Fall Fest, Ghoulish Greetings, Tee-Hee-Hee; Paper: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Whisper White; Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Black Stazon; Accessories: In Color Sequin Assortment, Old Olive & Tangerine Tango Two Tone trim, Note Tag punch, 1/8" punch, Fall Fest framelits, Bitty Banners framelits, Big Shot.

I challenged myself to make a project with the Tee-Hee-Hee stamp set, and the little pieces of the witch's outfit just said dress up to me.  My daughter loves interactive cards, so this is a greeting card for a child, who can then position the pieces on the card as he/she likes (think Colorform).

To make the pieces repositionable, I applied Tombo liquid glue to the back of the pieces and let dry overnight.  I put the "stickers" on a piece of Window Sheet.

Here's an example of the stickers in place with the swinging doors open...

... and closed.

I had the help of my e-cutter to cut out the frame pieces.

Stamps: Tee-Hee-Hee, Hardwood BG; Paper: Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla, Window Sheet; Ink: Old Olive, Hello Honey, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Mini Silver brad, Linen thread, In Color Sequin Assortment, Sponge, Simply Scored, e-cutter, Dimensionals.

Now it's time to jump over to the Judy DiScipio's blog to check out what lovelies she has for us. 

FM178 Sweet Moments

Tara's challenge this week on the Friday Mashup is vellum and stitching.  Stitching?  I've got this!

I used the new Four Feathers bundle from the Holiday catalog.

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a Project using "Vellum". 
  • Create a Project with "Stitching (Sewing or Faux)".
  • or Mash it up! and create a Project with "Vellum and Stitching".
I had help from a fun As You See It color challenge a few weeks back and this week's Sunday Stamps sketch.  Isn't this a yummy color combination?

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Stamps: Four Feathers, Remember This; Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla, Vellum, Kaleidoscope DSP; Ink: Strawberry Slush, Blackberry Bliss, Versamark; Accessories: Strawberry Slush baker's twine, White EP, Feathers framelits, Big Shot, Sewing machine, Thread, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Elegantly Eclectic & More

After returning from vacation, I needed a quick club card.  Have you seen the Kinda Eclectic samples from Convention?  Just lovely and perfect for club!

This set has a mixture of images, all with a vintage feel, perfect for a collage.  All the projects I have seen with this set are quite stunning!

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic; Paper: Old Olive, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Moonlight DSP; Ink: Old Olive, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Crumb Cake, Black Stazon; Accessories: Linen thread, Elegant Butterfly punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.

Hostess Promotion - Listen up future hostesses!  Host a party, workshop, or private class totaling $300 or more, and receive the fabulous free hostess set, Good Greetings.  This offer is available through October 31.  Book your event now!

Weekly Deals -
Gold 1/8 Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
Gold 1/8" Ribbon
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Happy Hour Wood Stamp Set
Price: $29.95 $22.46
Label Card Thinlits Die
Label Card Thinlits Die
Price: $32.95 $24.71
Sweetheart Punch by Stampin' Up!
Sweetheart Punch
Price: $15.95 $11.96
Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine
Price: $2.95 $2.21
Wooden Elements Embellishments
Wooden Elements Embellishments
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Write Stuff II Digital Kit - Digital Download - by Stampin' Up!
Write Stuff Ii Digital Kit - Digital Download
Price: $9.95 $5.97
Yippee-Skippee Wood Stamp Set
Price: $18.95 $14.21

Monday, September 15, 2014

MDSM82 Flower Child

Tara brings us a sketch and challenge right up my alley for this week's MDS Monday, lots of white-space (or vanilla-space) with a pop of color.

It is a good thing that MDS is on-the-go crafting, because I have had a heck of a time sitting down and getting my pages done.  We wrapped up the mountain biking season and vacation, and now we start right into the cyclocross season.  We have double weekends for the next four weekends.  I'm already tired.  Anyway, here's a page I whipped up on the way to Saturday's race.  I took Tara's sketch pretty literally and focused on the photo.

Papa always wants to get rid of the dandelions, but Missy and I happen to like them!

Here is Tara's sketch -


MDS Elements: Textured Very Vanilla card stock, Paper Daisies, Taffeta Trimmings, Designer Rosettes, Basic Pearls, Downtown Grunge frame; Font: Beachman Script.

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