Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Belli Challenge #75 - Shirleys2Girls

It's time for another Belli Challenge! This week's challenge is to create a card, scrapbook page, or project using Halloween colored glitter or bling. Our sponsor this week is Shirleys2Girls, who provided the Belli design team with this digital image of Mazie. This is the first time I've used a digital image, so this was a good challenge for me! Please be sure to check out what the other Belli Challenge girls have done with Mazie!

I printed the image on Cryogen White paper using my ink jet printer and colored her using Copic markers. The sentiment is from Stampin' UP! and I colored directly on the stamp with brown, purple and orange markers. Both images were cut out using Nestabilities and I used an orange marker to outline the image while it was still in the die. I also added some glitter by going over portions of both images with Copic Spica pens.

The glittered background papers are from Best Creations' Trick or Treat collection and the bat in the corner is from May Arts' Satin Cutouts collection.

For the inside of the card, I used another Stampin' UP! sentiment, a scrap of the Halloween Stripe paper from the front of the card and another ribbon bat.

To play along with us, create a card or project using Halloween colored glitter or bling. The lucky winner for this week's challenge will receive a Halloween Stamp Set from Shirleys2Girls!

We can't wait to see what you come up with. If you post to SCS or PCP or any other online gallery please use keyword CBC75 so we can find it. Don't forget to add a link to your project using Mr. Linky on today's post on the Belli Challenge blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Thanks for your warm hospitality

Happy Monday! Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

This is a card I made for Scrap Chic Boutique using some new patterned papers I recently received. The piece with the cherries and the strip with the pies are from Webster's Pages' Sweet as Cherry Pie collection and the woodgrain background paper is called Woodland and it's from Basic Grey's new Eskimo Kisses collection.

The Pie in the Window stamp is from Lockhart Stamp Company and was colored with Copic markers. I added some Flower Soft (Sweet Pea and Spring) to the flowers in the window box. You can't tell from the photo, but there is also a piece of acetate behind the curtains to make it look more like a window. I thought this sentiment, from Papertrey Ink's Quilter's Sampler set was perfect with the pie in the window.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Fair winds and following seas

Greetings! Sorry I've been MIA this week. I was out of town for work and had planned to post a few things, but it turned into a really busy week and I was just too pooped at night to even think about it!

I made this card for my brother's 50th birthday, which was 10 days ago. He is having a party tonight to celebrate, so today seems as good a day as any to post the card since I couldn't post it on the actual day. The stamps are from Papertrey Ink's Out to Sea set, the polka dot paper is from Papertrey Ink's Bitty Dot Basics Paper set and the Compass Rose paper is from Graphic 45's Transatlantique collection.

The Compass Rose image was stamped and embossed twice using Versamark ink and American Craft's new ZING! Glitter embossing powder. The fist image was cut out using a Labels Three Nestabilities die and the background was airbrushed using two colors of Copic markers. The center portion of the second image was cut into four 3/4" squares and matted on black inchie squares, which were then placed on top of the first embossed image.

My father was a doodler and one of his favorite things to doodle was a Compass Rose. When I saw this Compass Rose stamp and the Compass Rose paper, it just seemed like the perfect combination for a card for this milestone birthday. There was only one problem - my brother didn't remember that our dad used to doodle Compass Roses....Oh well, I tried!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Krafty Kat Knick Knacks

I have mentioned here before that I am in a stamp group called the Krafty Kats and each month one of us puts together a kit of paper and embellishments for each of the group members. We use the supplies in the kit to make as many projects as we can before our next get together. At each of our monthly get togethers, we 'show and tell' what we've all worked on since the last time we got together.

This month it was my turn to put together the kit. The environmentalist in me has been frustrated by all of the Ziploc bags we use each month to package all of the embellishments in, so I decided to make something we could re-use each month for our embellishments.

I selected one of the papers from last month's kit (Chatterbox Beach House Light Stripe), my Just Rite Stampers Trompe Script font and six acrylic boxes that some of my Papertrey Ink stamp sets were packaged in and made a matching set of six 'Krafty Kat Knick Knack' boxes for us to use and re-use. The photo shows the altered box, with the embellishments from this month's kit.

For the label, I stamped the small Cat Face image from Make an Impression stamps in So Saffron ink from Stampin' UP!, then I stamped the Just Rite text on top in Night of Navy ink. I cut the labels out using a Labels Four Nestabilities die and then used a So Saffron marker to color the outer edge. I finished it off by adding the dots with a navy marker.

Hope this gives you some ideas for re-purposing some of the packaging that comes with your stamping supplies! Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Belli Challenge Wednesday - #74 Fall or Halloween theme

This week's Belli Challenge is to create something with a Fall or Halloween theme. We have a great sponsor for this challenge - Creative Cuts and More. Creative Cuts & More is a leader in the die-cutting industry. They have a huge variety of bags, boxes, cards and shapes, that are offered in chipboard, acetate, felt, foam, shrink plastic, velvet paper and name-brand card stock including Bazzill Basics, Bazzill Bling, Stardream, Curious, and DoubleMates. They provided the Creative Belli Challenge design team with our choice of die cuts, and we all had a lot of fun playing with them! You really need to check out some of the other girls' projects - they're terrific!

For my card, I selected the Arch Window card in orange Bazzill Textured card stock and the Velvet Paper Witch on Broom die cut. I started by adhering a layer of acetate on the inside of the window (which makes it hard to get a good photo....), then I placed the moon and witch where I wanted them and adhered them to the shimmery blue paper background. The background was cut a little larger than the acetate sheet and adhered behind it. The moon is a 1 1/2" circle cut from Papertrey Ink Gold card stock. For the sky background, I used a sheet of Slate Blue Millennium Paper from Japan from Marco's Paper (sorry, I can't find it on their site, so they may not carry it anymore).

For my sentiment, I used a stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps, but only stamped the first line of it for the card front. I cut that out using a Spellbinder's Double Ended tag die, and airbrushed the background of it using a pale yellow Copic marker. The black pearls are from Kaisercraft.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the second line of the sentiment and cut it out using a Stampin' Up! word window punch, then layered that on a piece of the Millennium Paper that was cut out using the Modern Label punch from SU!. I stamped the second sentiment, from Repeat Impressions, directly on the card liner.

To add a bit of shimmer, I went over the sentiment on the front and the 'Ride it!' on the inside with a Pitch Black Copic Spica pen.

Be sure to go to the Belli Blog to view all the great projects for this week's challenge. While you're there, check out the prize that our sponsor, Creative Cuts and More is providing for this week's challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Many years ago, a group of my mother's friends nicknamed her Rose, because she always comes up smelling like a rose! As a result, I have amassed a collection of card making supplies that have a rose theme. For my mother's birthday, which is today, I made this very rosy card.

The roses are from a sheet of 3D decoupage flowers that are die cut in successively smaller layers. They come in black and white with silver or gold accents. The sheet I used had the silver accents and I colored them with a combination of Copic markers and chalks. The paper has a glossy finish, so the Copics don't blend well, but adding the chalk on top while the alcohol from the markers was still a little wet helped to smooth out the stroke lines a bit.

This shot gives you an idea of how the different layers are stacked up.
The patterned papers are all Stampin' UP!'s Bella Rose collection, the sentiment stamp, striped ribbon and crocheted flowers are also from Stampin' UP!.

For the envelope, I used the same papers, but stamped the smaller rose from SU's A Rose is a Rose set (see, I told you I have a lot of rose-themed supplies!), cut it out and popped it up to fill in a white spot on the patterned paper.

It's a bit over the top, but hopefully she'll like it!

Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Harvest Pumpkins

This is another card that was made using the Chatterbox Botanico papers from our last Krafty Kat kit. The main image is from Papertrey Ink's Vintage Picnic set. The basket and napkin were each stamped on the green patterned paper and cut out.

The pumpkins were stamped on the orange polka dot paper and cut out. I colored the leaves and stems with Copic markers and assembled my little scene on an ivory panel that was cut using a square Nestabilities die. The square was then attached to a polka dot panel that was cut using a Labels Three Nestabilities die. The rest is pretty self-explanatory, I think.

Hope your week is going well! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sending Well Wishes!

Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend! Ours was very productive, but unfortunately my productivity was not in my craft room.

All of the supplies for this card came from our last Krafty Kat kit. The flower image is from the Flowers Cotton Scraps from Crafty Secrets. The patterned paper is from the Chatterbox Botanico collection and the sentiment is from Cornish Heritage Farms' Script Essential Expressions set.

These Cotton Scraps are great for making quick cards - just cut the fabric image from the sheet, fray the edges a bit, adhere it and you're done! I used my Stampin' UP! eyelet border punch for the bottom edge of my mat and then layered the sentiment on top and affixed it with a couple of silver brads.

Sending you well wishes for a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Belli Challenge Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another Belli Challenge! This week's challenge is to use apples or pencils (back to school theme). The 'back t0 school' thing hasn't been part of my vocabulary for longer than I care to remember, and I had this apple paper in my stash, so I opted to make a card using apples!

The wheelbarrow of apples is from Gina K. Designs' Whimsical Autumn set and was stamped and colored on rustic white paper two times and the wheelbarrow portion was stamped once on Stampin' UP!'s wood paper. The wheelbarrow was cut from the wood paper and adhered to the rustic white paper. The apples were cut from the second sheet of rustic white and mounted using dimensional foam to give them a little depth.

The apple paper is from Die Cuts with a View, the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Vintage Picnic set and the green apple silk ribbon is from May Arts. I cut one of the apples from the paper and adhered it to the top of my bow.

To see what the other Belli Girls have created, please check out today's post on the Belli Blog. To play along with us, create a card or project using Apples, Pencils or a Back to School Theme, and share your link with us using Mr Linky over on the Belli Blog. We can't wait to see what you come up with. If you post to SCS or PCP or any other online gallery please use keyword CBC73 so we can find it.

Thanks for stopping by!