Friday, October 24, 2014

Winnie & Walter: Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop

Eeek, I'm so in love with these Pretty Pink Posh sequins, that I totally went overboard. Just wait, you'll see ...

I knew I wanted to pair up the traditional metallic red sequins from A Christmas Mix, and these really neat reds with a more matte finish from Raspberry, so I covered a 2" punched circle with them in a random pattern and made a sequined Christmas ornament. The cap of the ornament is a gold metal sheet from Add a Little Dazzle that I drew on with a pencil and cut out. It doesn't leave any marks, but does a great job embossing when you have a soft surface underneath, like a bound notebook.

The gorgeous curved AND stitched edge on the bottom is from the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Border Dies #1.

Something about the floating ornament didn't sit well with me, so after moving it around the card I settled on the bottom left corner, overlapping the seam between the white cardstock and the gray woodgrain. To play up on the sexy curve at the bottom, I curved the sentiment around the top of the ornament. And no, I didn't use a cut file to get that classic Winnie & Walter sentiment. What?!? Hmm, perhaps some dies are in your near future!! You didn't hear it from me though [wink]

Here's my first attempt another version of the card. I loved combining the Studio Calico papers, and REALLY love the way the Winnie & Walter sentiment "seasons greetings" from A Tree for All Seasons looks like it was part of the patterned paper. The different-sized gold sequins were awesome to use as well. I think cards generally look more balanced with a mix of sequin sizes.

Now you're off to the amazing Laura Sterckx's blog to see her latest creation! Prizes are involved too, so as you're filling up with inspiration (have you seen the names on this list?!?) be sure to comment along the way. You could come away with a big Pretty Pink Posh or Winnie & Walter prize pack. Good luck!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fusion: Indecisiveness Strikes Again

Welcome to another fun Fusion Challenge! I really loved the colors in the inspiration photo ... that yellow-orange (instead of a pumpkin orange) for Halloween is so fresh. And a touch of gold. Stamps are Winnie & Walter Moonlight, and the edge die is Pretty Pink Posh Edgers #1.

It was a little tedious, but I'm glad I cut out the gold-embossed spider. And did you notice the spider web is made of delicate dots? They look fab embossed in gold on vellum.

I also like to emboss sentiments right on top of another embossed sentiment.

So here's where my indecisiveness comes in. This is actually the first card I made (the black area is different). I had a lot of fun using all the different Moonlight stamps! But then I started second-guessing myself ... was I having TOO much fun?! That's when I panicked and went for the card with the cleaner design on the bottom. I dunno, do you all like the cleaner design at the beginning of this post?

Here are some fabulous cards by our design team!

WinnersWill be chosen by all of our teammates in two weeks. We each will choose one favorite. The winners will be announced at 4 am (PST) in two weeks!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Metallic Sheets: CAS-ual Fridays and Add a Little Dazzle Hop

Hi Folks! I've been blessed with some good, quality time in my craft room recently. There are lots of posts coming in the next week or so, starting with this collaborative blog hop between the CAS-ual Fridays design team and the Add a Little Dazzle design team. So much fun!

We received a generous package of metal sheets (thanks Add a Little Dazzle!) and have had fun seeing what they can do. I've got two projects to share. First up is a little "scrunch and go" number that could easily be for a man, woman or child ...


Sounds easy, and it is! For the most part. For the background I just cut three strips of the metal from different colors, scrunched them with my hands, loosely flattened them back out and mounted them on chipboard. What an effect! I wish you could see how it sparkles and shines with the slightest movement of the card (makes sense with all those different angles achieved in the highly technical scrunching process).

 The tricky part comes with the sentiment. I wanted something to sit on top of the scrunched metal, and be clear enough to show off all the sparkle. Cardstock and vellum were out, leaving acetate. Stamping on acetate would have resulted in a hard-to-read sentiment, so I turned to heat embossing. Anyone tried heat embossing acetate before?! If so, let me know your secret! Keeping the acetate from curling into a little ball is difficult! I had good luck with the process for the following three reasons:

1) I used a thick acetate (from a plastic silverware package I saved);
2) the section of packaging I used had a seam along the top edge (which I later cut off), keeping the material more stable while embossing; and
3) I moved the heat embosser VERY QUICKLY across the acetate before any serious curling occurred. 
Quite honestly I was amazed it worked. Any scratches that were on the packaging originally, or any stray embossing powders are more difficult to see since the background is so busy and shiny. The sentiment is stamped from the Shenanigans set.

The next project uses a die cut with the metal sheets.

This card uses the Sleigh Bells set for the bell (stamp and die), and the Snowflake Splendor set for the sentiment. The tinsel is from Paper Source (half off after Christmas last year!) and is wrapped behind the chipboard I used to pop the panel up. Since the tinsel is somewhat bulky in the middle, I cut a channel in the chipboard so that the whole thing lies flat on the card, no gaps.

Did you know that you can heat emboss on these metal sheets? They hold their shape amazingly well! Also, one trick I learned to keep the die cut metal smooth is to put a piece of chipboard underneath before sending it through the die cutting machine. This prevents the metal sheet from looking like the bottom of your cutting plate (don't know about yours, but mine is totally trashed!)

Now, let's talk prizes! You must leave a comment on all blogs (including company blogs) for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs!   You have until Sunday, October 26th midnight (MDT) to enter. The winners will be announced on both company blogs. 

Here's a list of all the places on the hop today (also see Day 1 and Day 2 if you're interested)!

Thanks so much for looking!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Card Candy Swap!

On World Card Making Day my wonderful, crafty friends hosted a Card Candy Swap. Have you heard of this? No? Me either! It's a great idea ... you make some embellishments (typically coordinating), package them up all nice and pretty, and then swap them with your friends. It's like going shopping, only you don't need to bring your wallet!

Let's start with the basics. For each set of Card Candy I made four embellishments:
  1. vintage bottle cap (found at a flea market for only 10 cents each!!)
  2. small felt bow (MFT Beautiful Bows die)
  3. Phone dial layered with various materials
  4. large felt bow

Each element I varied slightly, but tried to stay within the same basic color/pattern scheme. The bottle caps are backed with punched circles and/or PTI Sketched Stars die. The circles are punched out of 2 double sided pieces of paper so I had four different patterns to play with.

The felt bows have different colors for the three main parts (loops, band, tails). And the phone dials are all cut from a piece of patterned paper (Pebbles, From Me to You) and layered with different elements, like embossed vellum, cork, stars, fancy brads. 


 It was pretty late at night (because of course I was doing this at the last possible minute) but I was awake enough to get really excited about how they were turning out! They looked so neat together : )

Now, they need to get all packaged up.

I used some patterned papers for the base and/or the strip running down the middle. Here is where the sketch for the current Fusion Challenge comes into play, only the sentiment is on top:

The flap on top of the Card Candy uses the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders die to finish the edge. Old alphabet letter stamps spell out "CARDcandy" and are embossed in white. The Tim Holtz tiny attacher works perfectly to close the flap.

Here they all are! My husband's comic book mylar bags ended up working well to package the candy. So what exactly do you do with it?!

The point is that you could take a basic card base, stamp a sentiment on it, and then add bits of your Card Candy to get a finished card. 

This one may be a bit plain, but hopefully you get the idea.

Here are some pics from the party ... it's so fun when it's time to gather around the table and see what everyone brought!

We all take turns explaining what we brought, how we made it, what you could use it for, tips we learned, etc. Maggie made these awesome hat pin embellishments. She starts with a boutonniere pin that already has a pearl on the end, adds some glossy accents to the shaft of the pin, and slides the beads on. It's amazing that they are held on the pin that way! We always learn a ton of things at these parties!

Then it's time to go down the line picking out one package from each lady's pile. The pretty, bright flowers on the right were made by the hostess's 9 year-old daughter. She's adorable!

Our co-hostess even organized a Halloween card make-n-take for us! She's amazing. She had just finished making 150 wedding invitations on her Silhouette with a crazy amount of scrolling detail that must have taken ages to pick out the pieces. Whenever you think you're the craziest one spending all this time and money on your crafting passion, it's nice knowing there's someone who's just a little bit crazier than you!

I'm linking this to the Winnie & Walter contest link-up for what I did on WCMD. Don't forget to enter your photo for a chance at an awesome prize, or any one of these other AMAZING prizes:
Hope you all had a wonderful World Card Making Day! Thanks so much for looking!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Winnie & Walter: World Card Making Day CHALLENGE!


Happy World Card Making Day!
To celebrate, some of us on the Winnie & Walter team are heading up challenges throughout the day. Yes, there are prizes involved! No, you do not need to use W&W products. Are you ready?!?
My challenge for you:
Use one stamp on your card in an unexpected way.
 Use a sentiment for a background, an image for a sentiment, parts of a stamp to cover your card base, the sky's the limit!

Head over to my post on the Winnie & Walter blog to enter your card (there's a spot at an upcoming card class at Online Card Classes up for grabs!!) While you're there, be sure to check out the other challenges and prizes to celebrate this fun day!

Here's a sneak peek at one of the cards for this challenge. Hope to see you in the gallery!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Winnie & Walter Feature: Stamp a Sentiment as Background

Hi folks! I've got a card up on the Winnie & Walter blog today if you want to check it out. I had fun using one of the small sentiments as a secondary sentiment, and that tiny star stamp that I just adore ... it's soooo cute!

Hope you have some fun, crafty plans for World Card-Making Day tomorrow!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fusion: Halloween Card-Turned-Refrigerator-Magnet

Hi all, and welcome to another Fusion Challenge! I typically run, quickly, from floral cards because I have a much harder time with "pretty," so this huge sunflower scared me for several days. I had to abandon the photo and just go right for the sketch, which gave me an excuse to play with the Papertrey Ink Rustic Wreath die that I haven't used yet. Right away I think Darnell would be pleased with me using NBUS!

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)

This card, as you may have guessed from the title of this post, has a dual use. The wreath can easily be removed from the card and go directly to your refrigerator as a holiday magnet. Here's how:

I backed the wreath with patterned paper over the chipboard base, and glued a thin, disk magnet to that. Were I to make these again, I would use two magnets so it's stronger, and so you have more control on hanging the wreath straight. Then I took a thin magnet (I always save the promotional magnets from realtors, politicians, insurance companies, etc.) and adhered that to the card base. Now you can just stick the wreath where ever you want it on the card. And, more importantly, remove it for later.  

 For the wreath I used four layers of the PTI Rustic Wreath Die, flipping some upside down so the leaves face a different direction (just saw this from Laura yesterday!) I also bent about every other leave up to give it more dimension. Since it's for Halloween, I like that the individual leaves don't show too much for this wreath. This is also the first time I've used the small bow from MFT, AND the sentiment, which is from the recent Winnie & Walter release. More NBUS!

Here's the Halloween wreath in action, on the side of my refrigerator

And here it is on the REAL side of my refrigerator. The one that's not clean! Let's face it, this may just be an excuse to show off my collection of adorable babies in our family!! It doesn't hurt that their parents all use Tiny Prints for announcements and parties. The quality of their paper is amazing!

You may not have noticed, but I removed the black felt bow from the magnet when I had it on this side of the refrigerator. The more white space the better with all these cute babies stealing the show!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you get a chance to check out the Fusion Challenge and perhaps link up a card!