Thursday, October 6, 2011

Robin's Nest in Bloom

I love flowers any time of the year, and fall colors are some of my favorites. So here is a card perfect for this autumn season. The bold stamps that I used are from Wendy Vecchi, and were really fun to stamp on patterned papers from the Robin's Nest. Don't be afraid to alter your patterned papers - There's a whole new world waiting for you if you do!

Winter Retreat Dew Drops
Distressed Honeycomb
Fleur Tropicana
Red Snowflakes (back side)
Stencil Green

Stamp and Show: Wendy Vecchi style

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Flower Soft Fall Fun

Flower Soft has such great color mixes - but sometimes I need to mix my own to get the right match for my project. To make the mossy, autumn forest floor, I started with Vintage Christmas and added Burnt Sienna and Earth in the Ultrafine. It really matched my papers from Best Creation perfectly, with this combo. For the center of my flowers, I added just a tiny pop of Sunshine Yellow.

CPS - sketch
Serendipity: Autumn

Clean and Simple for Fall

If you know me, you know, I'm really not a clean and simple kind of girl. But yesterday, my sister helped me get my garage cleaned out - and it felt so good, I was just in the mood to make a CAS project to celebrate - lol!

I love these trees from the Summertime Fun die set from Cottage Cutz. And, I think they look great dressed for fall too! After I assembled my trees, I added Autumn Flower Soft for my fall foliage.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mark's Finest Papers: Dots
Wee Memories: Technique

Creative Paperclay - How cool!

I have a really cool product to share with you today - it's called Creative Paperclay, and it's just like the name implies, it's a modeling clay, made from paper that dries to a hard but light weight material. There are just so many great ways that you can use this clay - my mind is just racing with ideas.

When I am making any kind of mixed media project - I'm all about layers. I want someone to look, and wonder how did she do that? So, if you noticed the really interesting medallion on my card, it started out as just plain, white Creative Paperclay.

I began by rolling out the clay, to about a 1/4" thick. I inked up a stamp from JustRite's Bon Voyage set, and stamped into the clay, with a firm but even pressure.

I allowed the clay to dry for several hours, so it was set, but still pliable, and I trimmed it to my oval shape. Then I allowed it to dry completely before starting the coloring process.

To add colors - your choices are unlimited. I sprayed mine with mist first to get a nice, solid base color. Then I added Smooch inks, Viva Decor gold, Distress Stains. I put small amounts of Stickles in some of the deep grooves, and smeared this thin with my finger. I let this dry completely. And I could have stopped here, but decided what if....?

So for my final step, I covered the medallion in Sakura Crystal Lacquer. This added some much depth. I love how it turned out. I ended up using my piece on a card, but it would be awesome for jewelry, home decor, tassels - it's so versatile!

And the final project!
If you would like to see all of the great modeling products that Creative Paperclay offers, be sure to check out their website. And to see what the design team is up to - be sure to follow the Creative Paperclay Blog.

Mojo Monday: Sketch
JustRite: Fall Festival

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Free for (F)all - Anything Goes!

I know, I's too early to be thinking about Christmas, but I wanted to make a card to show off some of the great Christmas papers that Kimm has gotten in at the Beary Scrap. For the next two weeks, our challenge is really easy - anything goes! So we would love to have you join in, and have your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Beary Scrap!

My card was made using the gorgeous and vintage My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Christmas paper pack. You know, I am a huge fan of the Lost and Found line - and this newest addition will not disappoint. I inked the edges with my trusty Distress ink. I added Epiphany Crafts 25 round epoxies to either side of my die cut to balance everything - and tied it all off with a seam binding bow. My ruffes were made with Tim Holtz tissue tape, and really added some nice dimension.

Ellen Hutson: Holiday Card Challenge
Card Patterns: Sketch

Monday, October 3, 2011

Scor-Pal Designer Challenge - Sweet Treats

Welcome to October! And that means a new challenge from the Scor-Pal DT. This month the theme is Sweet Treats. The challenge is open to interpretation -sweet images, packages for sweets, however you are inspired. Please be sure to add your entries over at the Scor-Pal blog, for your chance to win a fantastic prize. And speaking of prizes...

Already have a Scor-pal?? Already a Fan??
We'll then you have a chance to win a KINDLE!

All you have to do is create a project between now and Oct 31 and either post it on your blog and link it up on the fan page or post the image directly to the Scor-Pal Fan Page.
All entries will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle. You can enter as many times as you like but each project must be newly created.

For my Sweet Treats project, I made a Candy Corn container. This was really easy to make - and would be great to hand out a great treat for those very special trick-or-treaters. I found a candy template online - and just cut out two of them. I added Basic Glitter papers from Best Creation to add the right colors. Then I made a 3" square box, using my Scor-Pal. I glued the candy corn to the front and back - attaching with Scor-tape. I punched holes at the top to add my ribbon and tag (stamped from JustRite's Autumn Blessings) - Now, all I need is a little candy, and I'll be good to go!

JustRite: Fall Festival
Simon Says: Anything Goes