Saturday, June 5, 2010

Come play along with our sketch challenge!

The Beary Scrappy Gals have enjoyed sharing with you our takes on the sketch for our latest challenge. I am so excited to show you my card - I really love how it turned out! I want to invite you to play along for your chance to win a $20 gift voucher from the Beary Scrap. It's an awesome sketch, so what are you waiting for?

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Magnolia Ballerina Tilda
Paper: Basic Grey Nook and Pantry (on sale now!), Bazzill, Core'Dinations, glitter paper
Medium: Copics, Diamond Stickles, Distress Ink - Tattered Rose, Glimmer Mist, Smooch
Tools: MS punch, Cricut ( Love Struck), Cuttlebug embossing folder, sewing machine
Embellishments: Mulberry flower (Watch for these soon!), lace, tulle, key, Basic Grey bling, glitter brads

Stampin Sisters in Christ - Hearts
Quirky Crafts - Girly Girl
Creative Inspirations - Sewing
Shabby Tea Room - Dear to My Heart
ABC - "V" vintage
Delightful Sketches - texture
Cuttlebug challenge - color challenge
The Pixie Cottage - metal (my metal key)
Your Next Stamp - border punch
Charisma Cardz - flowers
Colour Create - Baby pink, pastel blue
Pixie Dust - punch it out
S2G - blue
Just Magnolia - pleated lace (tulle)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ribbon Weaving

I promised I would be back to share with you how I made my ribbon woven panel - so here it is, my Really Reasonable Ribbons Tutorial. When you have beautiful ribbons, even if it is just a short piece, you want to be able to use them - and this is a great way to use lots of ribbons that you like at one time.

You will first want to gather ribbons with different widths, textures and finishes - but make sure you like the way they look together. I used some of the ribbons from last month's ribbon club and then added a few more. ( Pink velvet, Light pink gingham, Brown with pink stitches, dark brown grosgrain, sheer square print)
I knew I was going to make a panel to fit a card sketch that I was working on - and that I wanted it to be 3 x 5.5. I cut my vertical ribbons at about 7 inches, and pinned them onto my Bazzill Piercing mat. This made it really easy to line things up and keep them straight, since this board has inch markings on it. When you pin your ribbons down, lay them so the right side is facing down. On some ribbons, this won't matter, but like for the velvet, it would make a big difference.
For my horizontal ribbons, I cut them at about 5 inches long. Then I started weaving each ribbon over and under the vertical ribbons and then, would pin each ribbon down to keep it straight and taut. As I pinned the ribbons, I angled the pins away from the center.
I had a piece of cardstock cut to my 3 x 5.5 size. I covered the entire back with a large piece of scor-pal tape, and carefully laid it on the weaving. Then I added more tape around the edges, so I could fold the ends of ribbon over and attach them.
You can then treat this how you would any paper panel - add a mat to it, add embellishments ( I put a clear sticker on mine) or whatever your heart desires! You can try this method with different shapes, etc! I would love to see what you come up with.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

You're the Treasure!

You know I love Kraftin Kimmie stamps! So I just wanted to share this card that I made for a few challenges. I used Genevieve - I love her Steampunk style. My background is not DP - I stamped it using a great stamp from Flourishes - Antique Map. I colored the background with Distress inks. This was a fun card to try some new techniques!

Kraftin Kimmie - Rough it up
Tickled Pink Stamps - sketch
Shabby Tea Room - Dear to my Heart
Stampin Sisters in Christ - heart
ABC - V - Vintage
Delightful sketches - texture
Cute Card Thursday - no DP

In Style Stamps sketch challenge - May

I have a very girly card to share with you today that I made using the sketch from In Style Stamps. Please be sure to come back here on Thursday, and I will have a tutorial for you on making the ribbon weave layer for this card.

This stamp is called Vickie - I think she is just so elegant. You know what's kind of funny? I have a suit almost identical to this hanging in my closet. I guess I'm drawn to the same things whether it's clothing or stamps.

Remember, I'll give you all of the how-to's here on my blog on Thursday, for my Really Reasonable Ribbon tutorial - so be sure to stop back then!

In Style - Sketch
Stampin Sisters in Christ - heart on card (charm)
Quirky Crafts- girlie girl
Opus Gluei - I can see clearly now (clear swirl stickers)
Delightful Sketches - texture
Simon Says - pink, brown, green (so there is just a tiny bit of green around the flower)
Cute Card Thursday - No DP
Oh Alice - Swirling
Sweet Stampin - Pimp your card

Relaxing at the Beach

I was not scheduled to participate in the Really Reasonable Ribbons first challenge, but it's just so exciting, I jumped in and made a card too! The theme for this first challenge is to make something masculine and use ribbon. One lucky winner will get to choose $10 worth of ribbon. I love this jute ribbon, and think it is perfect for a manly or beachy card - and mine is both. You have 2 weeks to get your entry in.

For my card, I followed the sketch at JustRite Stampers. You had to use a circle on this sketch. I really wanted to use my new By the Sea set, which is oval, not round. So, I stamped it out, cut out a circle using my nestablilities, and just continued coloring the image to the new borders. I paper-toled the umbrella and sand pail to add more depth to the design. The wave border was cut out using my Cricut.

JustRite - sketch
One Stitch at a Time - Use something new
Paper Sundaes - Kraft and blue
Stamptacular Sunday - Life's a Beach
Crafty Creations - Your favorite stamp
Pixie Dust - Round and Round

Monday, May 31, 2010

Masculine Cards with Karen's Doodles

Normally, I am kind of stumped at the thought of a masculine card, but have you seen all of the new, fabulous manly designs that Karen has added, just in time for Father's Day? They are all so fun! So with that said, you need to join our challenge this week for a masculine card. Remember, every week, we draw 3 winners, so you have a really good shot at winning some Karen's Doodles goodies!

Also, don't forget, there is still time to play in the PCP sketch challenge that Karen is sponsoring. It's a really fun sketch (you can see mine on the post below).

For my card, I used Mr. Fix-it Grandpa. I even tried to construct my card more masculine than normal - I taped my layers down using Pink Paislee decorative tape, stapled on my sentiment, and wrapped red floss around my mat. Don't you agree that Daddys can fix anything? I am so blessed to have the best Daddy ever!

Be sure to hop over to Karen's new store, and check out all of the goodies. Thirty of her most popular images are now available in red rubber!

The Town Scrapper - sketch
Simon Says PCP challenge - masculine
Delightful Sketches - texture
Creative Inspirations (Wed) - distress
S2G- Masculine
Just Us Girls - Dry embossing
Stamp, Scrap, Doodle - red, white, blue
Crafty Pad - Masculine
Cuttlebug Spot - Dads and Grads