Saturday, May 8, 2010

...Bring May Flowers

Spring has definitely sprung here in NC! Flowers are blooming all over the place, so this week's theme at The Beary Scrap, (April Showers) Bring May Flowers, just makes me happy!

I used one of TBS's exclusive patterns for this adorable Tear-critter, Charlie Chick. I wanted him soft, like a new-born chick, so, I used the light yellow and apricot mulberry papers. He is so soft and fluffy in person - makes me want to pet him! My papers are all from Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry line (which happens to be 35% off right now!), backed with Bazzill.

The flowers were punched out using a MS punch, and I added silk ribbon for the centers, and some stickles for a little bling. My hidden tag, is actually cut from Spellbinders Fancy Tags.

I did most of my favorite techniques on this card - distressing, stitching, glitter - oh my!

Don't forget to link an entry into our first challenge - May flowers. I know you would love to win that prize! This challenge runs through May 14th at 11:59pm EDT. The prize winner will be chosen by and will be announced along with our "Beary Sweet Top 3" on the 17th. The winner will get a fabulous $20 gift voucher to The Beary Scrap along with free shipping!

I'll look forward to seeing you next time!

Midnight Madness: sketch
Crafty Pad: Ribbons
Alota - flowers
Lexi's - animals
Creative Card Crew- April Showers Bring May Flowers
Spoon Full of Sugar - Furry Friends
Delightful Sketches -punches
Stampin Sister's in Christ - stitching
Creatalicious - Wings and flowers
Crafty Cardmakers - distressed

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kraftin Kimmie- sketch challenge

I just got Amelia from Kraftin Kimmie, at a steal of a deal from The Beary Scrap! All of her Kraftin Kimmies in stock are 25% off! Woo Hoo! So, expect to see more KK from me in the weeks to come! The paper that I used, Mairzy Doats, by Dream Street Papers, is also on sale at TBS (are you getting the idea there are lots of great bargains to be found?)

Here are my challenges:
Kraftin Kimmie - sketch
Paper Sundaes - red, yellow, green
Pile it On - Boyish colors
Pixie Dust - Kraft
Clearly Delightful - use blue or green on your main image

Really Reasonable Ribbon Thursday

Today is Thursday - which will be my day to post for Really Reasonable Ribbon Ramblings. Many of you left comments that you love learning to make ribbon flowers, and so do I! Today, I am going to share with you one that I adopted from a turn of the century millinery book.

I used some of the ribbons from this month's ribbon club - which are all in lovely pinks and browns. This is such a great and fun deal - you get a coordinated group of ribbons (10-15 yards) for $9 including shipping.

So, back to the tutorial! I used the pink and brown polka-dotted grosgrain ribbon for my flower petals and the sheer looped brown organza for the center of the flower. I cut 14 pieces of pink ribbon, each 3.5" long.

I then tied a single knot in the center of each piece.

I glued the ends together (using Beacon 3-in-1 glue - my favorite for ribbon), to form petals.

I punched a circle out of a sheet of scor-tape (another product I love for adhering ribbons). I used this sticky circle to start laying down my petals. As I filled in the gaps, there was not enough scor-tape showing to hold the petals, so then, I glued the rest down.

I put a glop of glue in the center of the rosette, and just swirled the brown organza in a circle to form the middle of the flower.

Then, to adhere my flower to my card, I just pulled off the liner paper from the scor-tape, and stuck it on my card.

I also used the wide brown crocheted ribbon on my card. I love using wide ribbons as a replacement to a layer of paper on a card sketch.

I'm looking forward to sharing inspiring ideas for using ribbons. If you have any suggestions, please leave us a comment.

Stamp Something: Sketch
In Style Stamps: Mother's Day
Basic Grey: Picture inspiration (I was inspired by the chunky letters)
Crafty Pad - Ribbons
Scrapmasters Paradise Color Combo - Pixie Pink, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip

Stamptacular Sunday - Lady on card
Alota - flowers
Crazy Challenge - bling
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Paperplay - stamp + bling

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sweet as Cherry Pie

I just got some of the cutest Pure Innocence stamps from MFT's - and just think they are adorable! I made the fabric flower using a scrap of Waverly fabric, that looks just great with this new paper from CTMH. I really love these colors together!

Here are my challenges:
Sketch Saturday - sketch
One Stitch at a Time- children
Alota - flowers
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles - celebrate spring
Sophsticat - card for a child
My Partner in Crafting Crime - anything goes

Monday, May 3, 2010

Anything But A Card

Anything but a card challenges have never been my favorite thing - but this week, I embraced it and made two projects for Karen's Doodles Joint Blog Challenge (which means that all of the groups are combined this week for the same theme).

My first project is a Treasure Box for a Princess. I used the lovely new image Pretty Princess and tried to make this a spot for a little girl to hide those very special treasures. So, it is a bit over the top girly - but rather fun.

My second project will help gear up for spring - a decorated flower pot. I printed Karen's Butterfly and Bee (which is free to all of her PCP group) - onto Grafix Rub-on paper. So, I was able to transfer the design directly to the pot. I colored it lightly with my copics. The rub-on does leave a bit of whitish area in the spots that are not colored, so I just dabbed on more white paint to blend that area in.

So, are you proud of me for making 2 Anything but a Card projects? We can't wait to see the creative things that you come up with this week!

Challenges -
Digital Tuesday: Anything but a Card
Spoon Full of Sugar - 3-D Something
Copics Color Challenge - (box) B02,BV02, YG03
Pink Stamper - Critters(flower Pot)
Pink Stamper - Something Springy (box)
Copic Creations - Coloring on other surfaces