Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #238

It's the fifth Saturday of the month, which means you have the chance to go back through the Sketch Saturday archives and choose one for your inspiration this week!  I used Sketch #295.  It went well with the stamp I used from Santoro called, If Only.  Santoro is a UK stamp company; I found the stamp eBay and knew I had to own it!

We have a new sponsor this week, Drawn with Character.  Take a look at the Sketch Saturday blog to see what the other gals have in store for you this week.

Card Challenges:
Creative Knockouts #65 - All that Glitters
The Pink Elephant #278 - AG
Sister Act #85 - AG
SOS#179 - Something free ("thanks" die)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November - ProjectPea Blog Hop

Back for my second post for today. . . 
Scroll down if you are looking for the 
Southern Girls 100th Challenge Post.

Welcome to this month's ProjectPea Blog Hop!  

Each month the ProjectPea crew is challenged to create fun and creative projects that are sure to inspire you to look at your stamps sets with new eyes.

I thought these stamp sets and dies would be perfect to use for decorating candles.  These are 3" x 3" candles I bought from Michaels.  Once I got started, I had a hard time stopping.  In this process, I discovered you can heat emboss the tissue paper!  The embossing stands up to the heat gun when putting in onto the candle!!  Whole new worlds opened up to me!!
Stamped tissue paper 

Start with a piece of white tissue paper a little smaller than the candle.  In this case, I used 2.75" x 9".

Waiting for the heat gun!!

When I create a backgrounds stamp like these, I use my Fiskars Compact Stamp Press.
It helps me get the stamps on the block straight and then stamp straight!  Once you have the tissue paper stamped or colored, you'll need your heat gun to adhere the tissue to the candle.

Hold your tissue paper taut against the candle and move back and forth with the heat gun.  I always start in the middle of the paper with my heat gun and then move to the ends.  The candle melts a bit under the heat - that's what keeps your work on the candle.  It gets hot at times, so you have to watch your fingers!

Half of the candle is already on the candle; the other half is next to be heated!
Let's take a closer look at the specific projects. . . 
The left candle is a vanilla one and the one on the right is white.

I started with the candle on the left.  It's simply stamped using the Sweet Treats Christmas stamp set and Cherry Cobbler ink.  Then I  started to wonder about using embossing powder.  The candle on the right is heat embossed with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.   The images are more defined on the embossed candle.

The Lost Without You stamp set gave me new ideas to try.  I stamped the shepherd and then embossed him with gold embossing powder.  I found if I used my Copics to color him on the back, the embossing powder didn't ruin my markers!!  
The side I colored on (the back)
Colored and shaded

The finished colored candle
This is the image embossed in gold

One of my shepherd candles uses gold embossing for the image and the sentiment background.  The colored candle has a brown sentiment background. Both candles look wonderful!

And then, I had one more idea!  I used the Layered Treat Labels stamp set and the Layered Treat Label Sugar Cuts Dies.  How simple is this?!?  I just made a sleeve from some corrugated cardboard and used score tape to attach gross grain ribbon and then popped out the tag.  It's embellished with a heart from the die set, 2 red rhinestones, and a little ribbon.  Bam - you're done and set with an adorable gift ready to give!   

Our Blog Hop is a fantastic opportunity for you to WIN a $15 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own!

Please visit each of our design team members listed below and leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win!  Good luck and enjoy the inspiration! 

Southern Girls - 100th Challenge Celebration

Both of the Southern Girls teams are coming together to celebrate our 100th challenge today!
Lacy Sunshine and Retail Girl are sponsoring.

This is a digi from Lacy Sunshine called, Gemma Gumdrop.  She was begging for some fun colored hair and lots of sparkle, which I did with Stickles on her hat, the gumdrops, shoe bows, and the white streaks in her hair.

Hope you will play along and celebrate our 100th Challenge.  Take a peek here and see what the rest of the DT has created.

Challenges Entered:
Pile It On #48- Upcycle/recycle (bow and twirl die)
Love to Create - Color Challenge
The Pink Elephant #278 - AG
Part Time Tuesdays #191 - AG

Monday, November 24, 2014

SugarPea Designs - SugarSketch #16

Back again with Sugar Sketch #16 for Sugar Pea Designs!  I used a few of November's new release products for this card.  I stamped the one of the Layered Treat Labels and used red embossing powder and the matching Layered Treat Label Dies.
The Sweet Treats Christmas stamp set finishes the card off.

I used kraft colored ink to stamp the "HAPPY christmas" sentiment in the background of the circle, stamped the holly leaves 3 times and layered them to give dimension.  Three red rhinestones are added where the berries are on the stamp.  It's hard to tell from this angle, but the die cut tag is mounted with pop dots on the band of paper underneath it.  The background paper is created combining the "HOLLY jolly" sentiment with "christmas" and the bitty snowflake.  I used white embossing powder for the background sentiment.  A snowflake EB folder was used to give dimension to the kraft card back.

If you stopped here from the SugarPea Blog, Welcome!  If you've yet to see what the rest of the DT has done with the sketch, you can check it out here.  Play along with any stamp set you like, but if you use a Sugar Pea Designs Set, we'll increase your voucher to $15!  Upload to your blog or any other gallery using keyword:  SPDSS16 so that we may check out your beautiful work.  Add your link to the linkup on the SugarPea Blog.  You'll find our current challenges on our side bar.
Sweet Treats - Christmas
Layered Treat Labels

Sugar Cut Die - Layered Treat Label

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #337

Bugaboo Stamps is the sponsor for this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge and the sketch comes to us from our gal, Deb!  Bugaboo's digi called Morning Coffee is featured here.  I am a coffee drinker, and luckily most mornings I am not as desperate as this gal is for her shot of caffeine!  I heard a bit of coffee trivia on my way home from work this week.  Did you know that a cup of light roast coffee has more caffeine than a cup of espresso?!?  Apparently the longer the beans are roasted, the more caffeine is cooked out of the beans.  Hmmmmm - maybe it's time for our gal to switch to a lighter roast!

Stop by the Sketch Saturday Blog to see what the other gals have for you this week and then play along with us.  Take a look here for the details about our DT call, which runs through November 30th.

Challenges Entered:
Little Red Wagon #264 - Layer it Up!
Digitally Sweet #115 - Opposites
Creative Fingers #57 - AG
Catch the Bug - Photo Inspiration (The button on my jeans after Thanksgiving dinner; how I feel the next morning after all of the fun, food and hosting!)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crafty Sentiment Designs' New Release - "Blog Hop - Day 1"

Welcome to “Crafty Sentiments Designs’ "November New Release Blog Hop!"             

We are so excited to have you join us today! At each stop of the hop we hope you will be inspired by the creativity of the Design Team from “Crafty Sentiments Designs”. You are sure to find many wonderful projects that will be at the top of your crafting lists! If you happened across this post out of order, please head to the Crafty Sentiments Designs’ blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

Here is my project for this hop:
New release:  "Roses Are Red"

Now how about some Blog Hop prizes?!?
3 of the new rubber stamps release will go to 3 different hoppers. In order to win you will need to leave a comment each day on all of the blogs.

What do you need to do to be eligible for these amazing prizes?
1. Become a follower of each blog in the hop, if you aren't already for the 4 days of the “Blog Hop New Releases”.
2. Leave some comment love at each stop for the 4 days of the  “Blog Hop New Releases”.
3. If you do both of the above, check back here at the “Crafty Sentiments’ blog” for the winners on 28th November !

Now for the blog hop lineup for today:
Cathy (me)
I hope you have enjoyed the first stop on our wonderful hop! Be sure to head on over to the other stops for more inspiration. Comment and become a follower to be eligible for the prizes!

Good luck!

Challenge Entered:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SugarPea Designs November "Winter Wishes" Theme Challenge

This month's theme challenge from SugarPea Designs is "Winter Wishes".  I'm in the mood to make Christmas cards, so I stayed with the Christmas theme and used the Sweet Treats - Christmas stamp set and the Layered Treat Label Dies for my card.

I used white embossing powder on each of the designs on the bottom border, the tree, and the sentiment panel.  I cut apart two sentiments to create assemble the warm Christmas wishes on my card.  The sentiment is inlaid into the embossed background and the tree is popped out on top. The bottom border has Washi tape in the background before the circle die is used to to cut the windows.  The picture doesn't show that each of the image windows is embossed with the circle die that comes with the Treat Label set. Red rhinestones from my stash finish off the card.

November Challenge Theme:
"Winter Wishes"
Layered Treat Labels - Sugar Cut Die

Sweet Treats - Christmas 
Play along with any stamp set you like, but if you use a Sugar Pea Designs Set, we'll increase your voucher to $15!  Upload to your blog or any other gallery using keyword:  SPD10 so that we may check out your beautiful work

Add your link to the linkup on the SugarPea Blog.  You'll find our current challenges on our side bar.

Challenges Entered:
Love to Create #142 - Make It for Christmas
Sister Act #83 - AG

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #336

It's Saturday and that means a new challenge you at Sketch Saturday with A Day for Daisies sponsoring us.  I just love the lines and flow of ADFD images.  This one is called Fairy Bug Sky and I decided to use her to create a Christmas card.  I ended up fussy cutting her and mounting her on pop dots to give her dimension.  I decided not to add any other embellishments to keep the image and all of the red the things that your eye takes in.  I used Stickles on her wings, and heat embossed the PTI sentiment.

Take a peak at the rest of the DT inspiration here.
Hope to see your work in the gallery this week!

Challenges Entered:
Sprinkle and Sparkle - November
Little Red Wagon #263 - Shades of ?
Creative Moments #55 - AG/celebrations
4 Crafty Chicks #220 - Fairies
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #78 - favorite holiday
Sister Act #83 - AG

Friday, November 14, 2014

SugarPea Designs - November Sweet 2 Repeat

It's time again for our Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop! Our Pod Squad of designers are geared up to inspire you with even MORE creative possibilities featuring the newest SugarPea Designs stamps and dies from the Holiday 2014 release.

My card features the Lost Without You stamp set and the Gift Tag Sugar Cuts Die.  I knew the shepherd image would be perfect as a tag, so that's where I started.  I die cut a second tag and then inlaid each of them into the striped paper.  I've been crazy about the inlaid technique and use it whenever I can!  The sheep are fussy cut - two are stamped on kraft card stock, shaded with Copics and curls made with my white gel pen.  The shepherd was stamped on stone-colored card stock and then colored with Copics.  His white robe is shaded with B000 and colored over with Wink of Stella.

Our Blog Hop is a fantastic opportunity for you to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own!

Please visit each of our design team members listed below and leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win!  Good luck and enjoy the inspiration!