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Monday, April 25, 2011

Butterfly Wishes

Welcome to another challenge at Craft Your Passion Challenge Blog This is my fourth and final post for this challenge blog as their GDT member. It has been fun. I love their challenges and the wonderful images that I was given to work with. The challenge this week is "Show Us Your Layers." I love the look of layering on cards. I think it makes for a finished product. Here is my entry:

As you can see, I just couldn't stop with a card but crafted a bookmark too!  I used a crimper for the gold CS and a cuttlebug embossing folder for the checked DP. I have to say that most of this project was made from my FDPS (Forgotten DP Stash.) I ran the digital stamp off on Checked DP then put this paper into the Cuttlebug folder to emboss. Once it was embossed, it was cut to the desired size and the corners were rounded using a corner rounder.  You can find a tutorial for this technique on Splitcoast Stampers.The little fence is a new Martha Stewart punch. The circle sentiment says "Happy Mother's Day." A little bling was added to the middle of this circle on the card and bookmark. On the bookmark, the ribbon was attached between the gold and black CS and between two circle sentiments. Notice the brads wrapped with baker's twine at the bottom of the bookmark. This also was a new purchase of mine:) This project has a lot of layers and embellishments but it really is a simple project to do.

CS and DP from my stash
Image: CoCoDingo's image
Sentiment: Free digi stamp
Ribbon: Michael's
Other product used:
Paper crimper
Martha Stewart fence punch and scalloped circle punch
Twine: Baker's twine

I hope that you are inspired to make a card with layers. It is a great way to use some of those precious DP scraps. When you have completed your card and/or project you can click  HERE  to enter. Thanks for stopping to view my latest project. Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow this blog.
Happy Spring!!

Butterfly Wishes...

I am entering this project into the following challenges:
tuesday throw down: Polka Dots
ambers crafts and stuff: Ribbons and Bows
flutterby wednesdays: Use a butterfly
crazy challenge:  Use three different papers
hippity with ippity: Spring/summer
make it monday: Anything Goes
the shabby tea room:  Butterfly Wishes!!
alys sunday challenge:  Use Baker's Twine (Used on the bottom of the bookmark)
catered crop:  Spring, digital butterfly, twine, brads
creative cowgirls challenge:  Spring/Mother's Day

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Mini Scrapbook

While browsing at Michael's, I spotted these white cardboard eggs and they just called out "Mini Scrapbook to me:)  I have been wanting to make a unique mini book and these were perfect for a darling little girl's first Easter. My friend, Liz and I had a great time discussing how to complete this project. I was pleased how it turned out. Can't wait to add the pictures that her parents will take during this upcoming weekend. I have included a few of the decorated pages. Depending on the pictures, I plan on leaving a few pages blank for her mom to journal. I think I can include 8-10 cropped pictures in this scrapbook.
Some of the decorations on the eggs look a little crooked but it was the was just the photo!!

 This is the last page and it will be for journaling.
DP: Some were from my stash and my friend, Liz chose some from her pastel stash to complete this project.
Stickers: Michael's... Alphabet stickers: The Dollar Tree
Images: I wish I could give all the artist credit but they were not signed and I downloaded them before I started putting the site or artist's name with the download.
Ribbon: Michael's
Notebook Rings: Office Max
Small Eggs: Spellbinders Nestabilities
Modge Podge was used to adhere the DP to the cardboark eggs

I hope you have enjoyed viewing my first mini scrapbook. Perhaps I have inspired you to craft one of your own. Splitcoast Stampers have so many ideas to choose from.
Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow this blog.
Happy Easter 

I am entering this project into the following challenges:
card cupids: Pastels
2 sisters challenge blog: Ribbon, Pearls, Flowers
crazy 4 challenges: Create an Easter Gift
ellephantastic challenges: Anything but a square or rectangle
our creative corner: 3D Easter Project
bearly mine-challenges: Inside Out: decorate the inside of the project too.
top tip tuesday: Open Challenge

Some Bunny Loves You

This image was given to me by Lauretta @ Craft Your Passion Challenge Blog as I am a GDT member this month. I have used this image earlier in the month to craft an Easter Treat Bag and just wanted to use it again to make an Easter Card for my husband's aunt who turned 85 today. She loves receiving my handmade cards and I love making them for her. This is a versatile image that wouldn't have to be just Easter but any spring time occasion. I am trying to use my forgotten paper treasures (stash) because I have such an accumulation of beautiful DP. I just ordered some Baker's Twine and am loving it too. I am a great fan of paper piecing, as you can tell!!

Image: Lauretta
DP: FPT (Forgotten Paper Treasures)
Colored: Copic Markers
Twine: Baker's Pink and white twine.
Buttons: Vintage
Distressing: CTMH ink
Card Base: Michael's

I hope that you enjoyed viewing my card and that I have inspired you to use a technique new to you. Please feel free to comment and/or follow this blog.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
alys sunday challenge: Use Baker's Twine
creative inspirations challenge: Easter
scrap-creations1: Use a digital image
tuesday throw down: polka dots
incy wincy designs: Bright and Bold
a spoon full of sugar challenge: Let's Celebrate-Easter
ladybugs crafts ink challenge blog.: Anything Goes
sweet stamps blog: Use a Frame
kaboodle doodles: thoughts of Spring/Easter

Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Treat Bag

This is my third project as guest design team member for Craft Your Passion Challenge Blog. Our challenge this week is: You've been spotted: use dots! I was given this darling image and decided to use it to create an Easter treat bag.

This is a simple project to make. I used a small white bag sandwiched between two rectangular DP pieces.  The bottom half of the DP was embossed. I cut out the image with a Spellbinder die then colored her,  paper pieced her dress and distressed the edges. The handle of the treat bad is a Stampin Up punch. Ribbons, flower, pearls and a sentiment was added.

Image: Lauretta's @ Craft Your Passion
Michael's: Flowers, ribbons, pearls and small white bags
Sentiment: G Stamps
Colored: Copic Markers
Embossing: Cuttlebug embossing folder
Spellbinders: Oval cut out with image
Distressing ink: CTMH
 I have to admit that I saw a similar treat bag somewhere on the internet. However, I did not save it and couldn't find the source. Please let me know if you know the original source and I will post it.

I hope I have inspired you to create something with dots and enter your paper craft into our current challenge. When you have completed your project, just click HERE to enter.

I am entering this paper craft project into the following challenges:
the angel company: Paper piecing
die cut dreams: It's Easter Time
incy wincy designs: Bright and Bold
lexis creations: Anything But a Card
wood ware usa; Die cuts/punches
crazy 4 challenges: Create an Easter Gift

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Special Award!!

I was so surprised and pleased to receive two E Mail from
 two blogger friend. Leanne  lives in Pakistan and is relatively new at blogging. She is a delightful artist. You can visit her blog HERE. Anniebee is another avid crafter with dreams of designing in the future. Wait until you see her work:HERE!!
This is the Versatile Blogger Award that both of these ladies sent to me:

The story goes that this blog award has the purpose of bringing to light bloggers who are creative, make wonderful creations, but have less than 300 followers. And the rules ask that you...

1. Thank the person who sent you this award.
2. List 7 things about yourself.
3. Send this to 15 bloggers

1.  Thank you, Leanne and Annibee. I am touched by your kindness;)
2.  Seven thing about myself:
  • I am a retired elementary school teacher
  • I love traveling anywhere, especially with my husband
  • We have four grandchildren, who we adore
  • I love paper crafting. I have learned so much since being on several design teams.
  • I am taking a break from design teams this summer so that I can spend time doing other things
  • I am Vice President of the Board of Directors for our local YWCA and volunteer @ My Sister's Closet (a shoppe for gently used women's clothes.) I enjoy meeting all the people and helping them choose affordable outfits. I also love dressing the mannequins!!
  • My daughter and I share this blog. However, she has little free time right now to post...maybe this summer???
HERE are the 15  deserving bloggers that I am sending this award to:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Barbara: TWO BY TWO

We want to thank all of you who participated in our Anything Goes Challenge, last week at Craft Your Passion. I am not sure if it was a record of entries for them but it was for me. I still have a few visits to make! This week our challenge is Use two of something. Here is my take on Two by Two:

I have used two pink ties, two butterflies and two dimensional elements on this card.
This card is called a tri-step card.

I have seen several examples of this tri-step card but had not tried one before. It really is quite simple. For directions just click HERE. Follow direction then just have fun and decorate! The CS and DP were actually from several completed projects. I was able to coordinate them for this card. The image was colored with copic markers then I colored another skirt, popped it up for dimension and added stickles to the waist. The shoes were also colored then black stickles were applied. A light gray copic marker was used for the girl's shadow then I sponged the background of the image with blue and green stamp pad ink. After the flowers were colored with a bright pink copic, the centers were touched with a Gelly roll glitter pen. I colored the grungeboard with bright pink copic markers also then covered most of it with a gold leafing pen. The butterfly on the upper right has been cut off the side of the image and repositioned. It was also layered.

Michael's- CS,DP, Ribbon, Flowers
Dimensional Elements: Tim Holtz, Ideaology grunge board
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
Stickles: yellow & black
Copic Markers
Stamp Pads: CTMH
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Image: Coco dingo
Sentiment: free digi stamp, author unknown
Gelly Roll pen

I hope that you are inspired to craft a paper project or card with two of something;) When you have finished, please click  HERE  to enter the latest challenge at Craft Your Passion.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow this blog.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
woodware usa: Anything Goes
catered crop: I used: Polka dot DP, Stamping ink-blue and green, ribbon, gold leafing pen ink, swirls, ribbon
dream valley challenges: Things with wings
paper sundaes:  Childhood Memories
dutch dare-card challenges: Spring Has Sprung!
ambers crafts and stuff: Try something New (Card Design & Grungeboard dimensional elements)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Barbara: Exciting News

Craft Your Passion has asked me to be a guest designer for their blog for the month of April!!! I am so excited to be a part of this delightful team. I will be participating in their challenges and my projects/cards will be posted on their blog. I will also be commenting on some of the entries.

This is my first project: An envelope bag.
 This is called an envelope treat bag you can find the directions HERE. It is amazingly simple because Angie is so thorough in explaining directions. I thought this was a perfect holder for a package of flower seeds. I added some Easter grass and sandwiched the seeds in the bag.I paper pieced the image, added ribbons, swiped the scallops and the sentiment. Finally, I added the butterfly.

Image: Lauretta's
DP: Michael's
Embossed with Cuttlebug Folder
Ribbon: From my collection of treasured ribbons
Sentiments: Spring-G Stamp, Flower- TLC

The Theme this week at Craft Your Passion is Anything Goes. I hope I have inspired you to create a special project/card and enter their current challengeHERE. The details about this challenge and the winner's prizes are also listed on the main blog.
Thank you for visiting my blog. Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow this blog.

I am entering this paper craft into the following challenges:
cooking it up with katie: sparkle, shine, shimmer (you can see the sparkle if you enlarge the image:)
aifactory challenges: bright as day
craft us crazy: Easter/spring
delightful sketches: Flowers
moving along with the times: More than one fold (the folds are on the sides of the envelope and the bottom)
pixie dust studio pixie challenge: Fluttering Wings
the rubber cafe: Flowers
stamp insanity: Feeling Edgy
incy wincy designs: Show a pocket
stamping vacation: You name the challenge: paper piecing and must use a pocket
sparkles forum challenges: Springtime