Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sparkely sparrow

My take On the cuttlebug sketch challenge CB120

I've been kicking around the idea of coating a bird in glitter since the first sighting of so tweet chipboard in the new catalog. But then again I dream of covering everything in glitter :) what can I say once a girly girl always a girly girl. I did however encrust this birdie in a pale pink glitter first only to decide that it was to washed out looking, so little birdie got re-glued and coated in this chunky pink, much better. Coloring chipboard with markers is so cool, it looks dark at first but don't worry it will dry nice and even. I hope you like it!
pixie pink CS, pink pirouette CS, tea party DSP, so tweet chipboard
jumbo brads, corner rounder, photo corner punch, cuttlebug folder, SU markers

Bold Baroque

Have you ever waited for that brown truck, jumping to the window each time you heard any and every noise outside, knowing it has that preciuos cardboard box, and inside are the stamps, papers and accessories you so have longed for! That was me, I confess. I had to get ink on this stamp and fast!

Not quite navy is stamped then embossed on Bella blue DSP the edges sponged with close to cocoa. My little square chipboard pieces are also covered with Bella blue and inked with chocolate chip and embossed with clearEP, the result is very dimensional.
I dyed white ribbon with not quite navy ink, and heat set with my heat gun, this is a great way to have custom ribbon colors. This beautiful clip was a gift and came in a set, of several different colors lucky for me it was a perfect match for my card.
Tomorrow is another fun filled day with the Hen house girls check back to see what I come up with.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rubberband Roundup!

Life is good. I jumped in on the SCS technique challenge for monday,it really "streched" me beyond my boundries.I would not have thought of this technique on my own. You take several rubberbands and wrap them around a block wood or acrylic will work, then ink them up with embossing ink,I used versamark. Apply emossing powder and sponge on additional colors.
The embossed areas will resist the sponged inks. This color combo is also a stretch for me,Im not usualy a groovy guava fan but it works so well with chocolate chip and so saffron. I totaly love this sale-a-bration stamp set from stampin'up! polka dot punches, and layerd my flowers for a raised look.Dimensionals are truly one of my most used products. I colored my flowers with guava ink using my blender pen.
The chocolate chip flower centers were coated with crystal effects for shine. and popped up with dimensionals as well. I hope you try the rubberband roundup its so much fun to see how it will turn out!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cupcake Invasion

It Seems everywhere you look cupcake craze has taken over. Im not immune to the affliction in fact I have long deamed of opening a cupcakery with my girls, the 3 of us side by side up to our elbows in fluffy buttercream. But until that day arrives I will have to settle for sweet sparkely confections made of paper and and bits of ribbon. These were inspired by an article in papercrafts magazine. Below are the instructions to create your own.

Cut a small disposable coffee cup to 2 1/4" with low temp glue attach a foam ball,I used a 3" ball here. Cut a 12 x2 1/4" stip of paper and run through crimper, with sticky strip attach to cup, this will be your cupcake liner. Punch several 3/4" circles out of desired designer series paper. For mine I chose 3 different papers.

Begin attaching your circles with hot glue from the bottom working your way to the top, overlapping slightly.Push brads into paper and foam to create "sprinkles" and attach trim around edge. Paint on glue with paintbrush and sprinkle dazzling diamonds shaking off excess.
Stamp cherry from simple birthday thanks, apply glue and coat with red glitter, let dry and cut out color in the stem with choc. chip marker. Place 2 glue dots to back of cherry and attach a toothpick, insert into top, repeat and enjoy! wouldnt these be adorable place settings?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Yellow Happiness cuttlebug challenge

Yellow is such a happy color, the color of warmth and sunshine.So saffron is my all time favorite yellow(don't be jealous barely banana) you are umm...2nd banana.
I just got this embossing folder and could barely contain myself from ripping it open right on the spot, visions of chalking over the raised image with my SU pastels were dancing in my head. So I was thrilled to jump in on the cuttlebug challenge,
Im shameless really I will look for any reason to play.
More mustard was used here over so saffron, and on my oval tag. happiness stamped in black classic ink, matches with my layers stiched on top of swiss dots of very vanilla.
Ahh happiness is.... different things to different people, but for me its getting my fingers inky!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

DC091 SCS Challenge

Shooting Stars
Mondays demo challenge was to make a card using a crimped envelope. I LOVE stars and of course had to have this sizzix die cut stars#2 15.95 in the stampin'Up! catalog.

Kiwi kiss and baja breeze were used for my stars then sponged with chocolate chip ink using a sponge dauber. I had a few close to cocoa buttons hanging around from another project and placed them on with a glue dot . A little linnen thread, and a few dimensionals, are just the right accessories.

This is a standard size envelope, sealed closed then cut the top off. Run it through the crimper and make a card that will slide inside. The insert is a 4" card with wish stamped in choc. from define your life. I also stamped versa mark with the dots from big bold birthday around the edges.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Metal Mouth Scrapbook Pages using multi media

This double page layout is an example of using what you have on hand! I placed pieces of fabric scraps behind 2 of the photos to add texture and interest. My color combo of basic black and soft sky textured cardstock is complimented by reds, and greens. I had many of these items in my sticker and embelishment stash and just looked for items that would work with the theme. I did search hi &low for embelishments that had to do with braces, in the end I found 2 sticker pages at Michaels. It came out great and Im sure she will be happy (someday) to look back at those metal mouth days, I figured if I spend 7,000 on something Im scrapin' it darnit!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Four square !!

I Made this set of 2" blocks for my Husband David, This Valentines will be our 21st Anniversary.And it gets harder every year to find a gift for him. This year I chose to make something from the heart.

Each side has a different look, all unified by the chocolate chip,close to cocoa, and very vanilla color scheme. a little splash of riding hood red for some spice! These colors match my house so they will be right at home, and displayed all year.

Trust me when I tell you there a lot of four letter words...not all of them are "romantic" so if you make this project , be creative if you run out of "good" words!

I used matte modge podge to apply the designer paper & the chipboard letters. Gold embossing powder gives these blocks a shimmery touch. Just right for a little bit of bling.

The cakeplate was an antique market find, Im not sure how "antique" it is but it took a while to clean the delicate lace edge. I printed the word LOVE onto white cardstock and punched out with my scallop circle punch, layered it on a 2" black circle got out my handy dandy cropadile (best tool ever) and inserted these pink textile gromments leftover from a sewing project, ran some ribbon through the lace and threaded the letters under the stand. It came out so pretty, and greeted my friends with a message as they walked into the room.
Yes Those are real bottle tops!
Dont be timid about recycling interesting objects to give them a new life, punch out some cardstock circles, add some hardware and presto twisto youve got yourself a cool new element for any project!
I really like the look of a multi media project, so many textures and colors, it begs to not only be looked at but to be touched as well. I think you could make a many blocks as you can find words for, just grad your dictionary...remember that big heavy book filled with definitions, you had to open it and search for a word,no keyboard attached! Those were the good old days.

I hope these four squares have inspired you to take another look at blocks, these are all grown up but ready to play. Visit me again soon, Easter time is coming and this bunny is gonna' get hopping!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A new Take on Take out!

Im hosting this thursdays meeting of the Hen House Crafters, and I have to tell you Valentines Day is my 2nd favorite holiday. I love all the glitter, and chocolate, the hearts and chocolate, and did I mention chocolate?

Well my guests will be in for a suprise when they see all the Valentines day treats I have planned for them. This sweet take out box is filled guessed it chocolate. These boxes got a major makeover, and are a snap with the sizzix heart die, and a dry embossing folder. The best way to emboss the hearts is to cut them first and then put them in the folder. Use some dimensionals to pop them up

and layer them slightly to the side so they hang off the box a little. I stamped the love twice, once in going gray, then in real red I punched out the "o" and stuck it on with a glue dot. The handle is the real star of the show, its 2 of the largest heart sandwiched together to make the sweetest handle.I cant wait for the girls to see them! do you think they will be so grateful one of them might share her chocolate with me?
These really were easy once I decided on a design, I put them together assembly line style, but even doing one is a snap!

Try one...but be warned in 30 minutes you will be hungry to make another, its always that way with "take out"

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Its Thursday, and that means it was a fun day with the Hen House Crafters!! Here is your project of the week!

It is one of the splitcoast layout challenges, I couldnt wait to get my pack of good morning sunshine DSP, It is so pretty in person, so happy! Im eagerly awaiting my so tweet chipboard, and will be scheduling a class using it. If you are in the central Fl. area and want to attend a class email
Have a Happy Day!! Keep on stampin'
This is my second project for this week, a great card that fits in the Stampin'Up! small open ended envelope.It is cut with rectangle scallop nestabilities. The colors from our retro fresh style are so fun and happy, these are summer sun, and kiwi kiss, and the spring flower die is from good morning sunshine DSP. I used the sentiment from best wishes and more to create a stem.

To create the leaf shape made out of the sentiment from best wishes and more, ink couldn't do portion of stamp wit stampin write marker, and stamp next to the "stem", clean stamp thoroughly. with marker ink up the without you portion and carefully line up the curve to create a leaf shape! Repeat if needed.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Inspiration is everywhere.

Going somewhere, and By land &, so much were used to make this thank you set that I will be giving the happy new mommy.I matched the embroidery to Stampin'Up! inks old olive, choc. chip and pumpkin pie.The wheels were punched out and attached with glue dots.

It all started when I found this "toot"cute sleeper at Target, I had to have it. It became the spring board for the whole gift ensamble.

This project encompasses many of my passions. Embroidery, stamping, sewing, and most of all baby gifts!(did I mention shopping) we will discuss that some other time!
Noah was born 4 days ago, and I can't wait to see him in this car covered sleeper. I hope this quilt becomes his favorite blankie.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Altered Ice cream container

Do you recognize this container? Its a container most women have a personal love affair with, yep an Ice cream box. just scoop, rinse and decorate. Its perfect for valentine goodies. I used one sheet of retired DSP to cover, added a sweet tag from Marcella K, and popped a couple of chipboard hearts on it. I reccomend using a strong adhesive such as sticky strip. The candy heart is from sweetheart candyII(retired). Dont you just love the spiral punch?

As adorable as the container is, the lid is just a teaser for what lies inside, I think little Brooke will be very pleased with her gift.

Love Ya! 1999 used here along with a rhinestone brad. I did hand cut out all those hearts, but it was so worth it dont you think?

Project of the week, Demo swaps.

This is my swap for our demonstator get together in January. It looks like a lot of work but it was easy, in fact I made it the morning of our meeting! The stamp sets used were always, sanded background, upsy daisey, and swirly wheel. the small tag punch, square punch, and sizzix buttons die cut. inks and papers used: Vanilla , kraft, basic gray, black, chocolate chip, celery, cocoa,creamy caramel.All supplies are from Stampin' Up!