Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Craftwell’s Cake Inspired Challenge


This month, Craftwell asked the Design Team to create a card inspired by a cake.  So I took to Pinterest to pick my cake!

I picked this cake because of the ombre effect.  This is definitely a new trend and I love it, so I had to duplicate it.


To create the ombre on my card, I started with a piece of watercolor paper and my Distress Ink re-inker in Picked Raspberry.  I started at the top with a water brush and worked my way down to get the bright pink at the top all the way down to the pink washed out at the bottom.  I then decided to use a similar effect on the flowers that were cut from book print using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die.  I got a good amount of re-inker on my water brush and I started to with the bottom layer.  Without re dipping my water brush I worked my way all the way to the top layer.  I stamped the sentiment onto the watercolored panel and then embossed it with a Sizzix embossing folder.  I really like the contrast between the subtle modern texture on the panel versus the more vintage look of the flower.

Love that this challenge just goes to show you that inspiration can be found anywhere!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Revisiting an Older Stamp Set


I have several stamp sets, and one of the things that I have been doing lately is re-visiting the ones that I already own.  I especially like to play with the ones that had coordinating dies.  Just love this look and using the dies in the eBosser is just so easy, that I can’t help but want to cut things with my dies.



This stamp set is from Papertrey Ink and is called Button Boutique.   They made the card die and also button dies to go with the stamps.  I cut out the card from a light green cardstock and also from an olive green cardstock.  I then cut the buttons from a thin piece of chipboard to give them plenty of dimension when sitting on the card.  The largest button I also die cut from a piece of the dark orange cardstock and stamped with PTI’s Background Basics Medallion and then layered it on top of the chipboard button.  The smaller two buttons, I stamped directly onto the white chipboard. 


On the light green card, I purposely poorly inked up my stamp so that I could get a distressed look to the button card.  After that I had to figure out what to do for a background.  I decided to go to my old books and pulled out a page.  I cut it down to size and then used a PTI Edger die along the bottom edge.  Then I used a die that I haven’t used in a long time along the top which is the PTI Banner Borders die.  I mounted all of this to a piece of cream cardstock and then instantly wished that I picked a different color…oh well sometimes that is just how it happens.  The sentiment is also from the Button Boutique stamp set.


I just love how the eBosser can cut a piece of chipboard and then turn around and also cut the border die that is embossed with the polka dots without changing up the sandwich.  Amazing! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Getting Ready Early!


I recently went through a bunch of my pictures and realized that I had one card that I had created for the Craftwell booth at CHA in January that I had never posted.  Fortunately it is a Father’s Day card so that means that since we are all starting to look forward to Summer time, it is perfect for me to post now.


The first step with this card was to stamp my background onto the Craftwell embossing folder (it is called Perseverance) and then quickly embossed it.  This allowed me to stamp only the debossed sections while leaving the embossed section plain.  This folder is one of those that is great to create that vintage look and you can definitely use it to emboss smaller sheets of paper and pick out which section works best for your project. After my stamping and embossing, I started to get messy and play.  I used a paint dabber and roughly smeared paint in some sections.  I did not go heavy handed with it so that the stamped areas would show through.  The created a whole different effect because once I started applying Distress inks with my ink blending tool, the paint resisted the ink.  Definitely a cool messy look.

Once I was happy with the background, I cut out the Hanging Sign and Hardware with the Tim Holtz die using Grunge paper.  I used the Rusted Metal technique on the hardware and applied Distress Inks to the sign.  The sentiment was created with my Dymo label maker.

This is one of those cards that I had a lot of fun creating and just getting messy.  What I love about doing this, is you never know what you are going to end up with!  Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring No Sew Scarf


Spring is upon us and that means it is time to brighten up everything!  That includes our clothes and accessories and that is what I did today.


This scarf is a no sew scarf that I made from a t-shirt that I had that had a stain on it.  The stain was in the part of the shirt that was not used, so it was an easy decision to get out my scissors and start cutting.  If you want instructions on making the basic scarf, this is the tutorial that I used.  In this tutorial, you see there is a part of the scarf that needs to be bound up with a piece of the hem that was cut off of the shirt.  It is on that part that I attached some felt that was cut out with my eBosser and some fabulous thin metal dies.  I used felt in shades of green and blue and I started with a pale blue and cut out a scalloped circle with a Sizzix Framelets die.  Then I cut out a green and blue felt from two different flower dies from the Beautiful Blooms die collection from Papertrey Ink.  The really fun flower on the very top of the flower is cut from a yellow green felt using My Favorite Things Loopy Bloom die.  All of the felt that I used was 100% wool felt and cut very nicely with these thin dies. 


Happy Spring everyone!

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