Thursday, July 30, 2015

4 Crafty Chicks #257 - AG

It's my last post as a GDT member for the 4 Crafty Chicks.   It's been fun to be on the team and I wish them well.  I know I'll continue to enter their challenges!

The fifth Thursday of any month is a"Crazy Egg" or anything goes challenge for the Chicks, so this one should get your creativity revved up.  I decided to do a little something different and tried one of the watercolor techniques for my card.  I dug out an SU!'s long-retired stamp set, Petal Prints and inked up the open daisy with Daffodil Delight (at the center), Melon Mambo (middle), and Antique Linen Distress Ink (tips), spritzed with water and pressed!  Sounds easy, right?!?  I was in my craft room for hours getting this right!  Placement of the flowers around the sentiment, masking, color combination!  One of those cards that took a whole lot longer than I thought.  I kind of works that way, doesn't it??  I'm pleased with the results, though.  Love the look of it.

Stop over at the 4 Crafty Chicks to see what the DT has for you this week.  See you in the gallery!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Online Card Class - Day 2

Just here to share some of the fun going on in my craft room this week.  I'm taking the Jennifer McGuire & Kristina Werner's Online Card Class called Background Check.  I've found my sweet spot from today's ideas and my new best friend is Versa Mark ink!

My favorite sample is this one.  All of the vibrant colors are super-delicious! This is from a 6x6 pad - one of those pages that I typically cut into strips and use the sections I like best.  (You can see what I mean in the photo below.)  Now- I have a new use for those pages.  I can't wait to use this on a card!

Take a peek at the same background stamp on two other patterned papers:

The one on the left looks ready for fall!  It's a green dot on white background with chocolate chip ink.
The paper on the left is a text paper with different words written in a variety of colors.  At first, I tried a green ink on top and then Blushing Bride on the bottom.  I didn't really like them and was about to pitch the page, when I thought to just use black on top of the other two colors - it's a keeper!  Love this technique - super easy and quick!

My last sample to share uses Versa Mark and glossy paper.  Thanks to Jennifer,  I have a way to used the glossy paper in my stash (untouched for 6 years).  Another super-easy technique.  The biggest issue is choosing an ink color! (This one is Pear Pizzaz.)  It's in need of some more playing, but I love the technique!  I could be making polka dot paper rather than buying it!!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #371

Happy Saturday, Sketchers!  We have a new sketch from Deb this week to jump start your creativity.  Sketch Saturday is being sponsored by The Paper Shelter, with a $10 credit to their store to the challenge winner.

My card uses an old Papertrey set called, Warm Happiness.  Stop over at the Sketch Saturday blog and check out the DT creations, then play along!

Challenges Entered:
Little Miss Muffet #116 - AG
Aud Sentiments #136 - AG+ sentiment
Southern Girls7/16 - Get Messy with Ink or paint

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Day for Daisies #127 - AG

The A Day for Daisies DT is working with two of Tammy's new releases over the next two weeks.
 My card features one called, Birds in Little Hats.   I love listening to songbirds - as a matter of fact it's one way I relax over a cup of coffee in the morning, but I don't really color birds.  This was an easy way to get started!  These were so quick to color and came out cute!  I used an MFT die to cut around them and a wood grained eb folder for the background.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.   Check out the blog here and then head to The Shop to buy!

Challenges Entered:
Through the Craft Room Door 7/21- AG
Dream Valley #111 - Embossed
Shopping Our Stash #211 - Destress (listening to songbirds)
Top Tip Tuesday 7/21- Bingo (embossing sentiment die
Fab 'N Funky #269 - No Patterned Paper
Cute Card Thursday #383 - Pets

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Creative Knockouts - Paper Piecing

I loved this Creative Knockouts challenge!  I decided to use neutrals with a pop of color.  This little crab is an oldie from Amuse Studios.  I bought it a while back with the sentiment - and this is the firat time I've inked it up - probably because I'm never crabby (Although my DH would likely disagree - LOL!).  I masked the crabs stamped in PTI's Soft Stone, paper pieced one from scraps for the color pop, added some Frantage (maybe more than some!), and added the sentiment.  Come and join our Paper Piecing Challenge.  The DT has fun inspiration for you here!

Challenges Entered:
Through the Craft Room Door - AG
Dream Valley #111 - Embossed (heat)
CASology #156 - Line
Addicted to Stamps and More #154 - CAS


4 Crafty Chicks #256 - Sun, Sand and Sea

What says summer better than the smell of sunscreen, sand between your toes, and laying on the beach?!?  I am a water baby.  It's where I go when I want to relax and find peace.  Unfortunately in MN, the closest we get to the feel of the ocean is Lake Superior - and there is nothing much warm about that water!!  I don't mind - at least the waves crash on the beach.

The 4 Crafty Chicks have a Sun, Sand, and Sea Challenge for you this week.  I added some sand and sea to create a scene for this Little Umbrella image from Mo's Digital Pencil.  Come and play with the Chicks in the summer fun this week!

  Challenges Entered:
Through the Craft Room Door 7/21 - AG
Digi Choosday #29 - All About the Girl
ColourQ #300
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #95- A Day at the Beach
Crafting by Designs 7/22 - Summer Holidays

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sketch Saturday #370

Bunny Zoe is sponsoring this week's challenge at Sketch Saturday. There's going to be a new grandbaby in our family next March, so Alex's sketch was perfect to create a card congratulating my son, DIL, and their two other children.  We are all thrilled for them.  The stamp set, I'm Here from Amuse Studios was great fun to use for this quick card.

Hope you will play along with us. Check out the other Sketch Saturday DT creations  here.

Challenges Entered:
4 Crafty Chicks/ - CAS
Sister Act #115/ - AG
Not Just Cards - July AG
Crafting from the Heart #68/ - AG
Word Art Wednesday #192/ - Family Friendly