Saturday, January 24, 2015

HIMCR #184 - Any Holiday

HIMCR #184 - Any Holiday!
This year we've decided to change our weekly challenge line up. This year every fourth week is going to be Any Holiday! Perfect for those of us that need to work on Christmas cards through out the year or perfect for those of us that need to scrapbook old pictures from ANY HOLIDAY!!!

The sponsor is A Day for Daisies!

The giveaway is a $12 Gift Certificate to A Day for Daisies!

I made 2 cards this week, I used some of my Japanese crafting supplies that my kids in Tokyo sent me.

I added the background hearts to my paper via my eBrush and a heart stencil that I made.
The papers behind the cupcake images are crafting papers from Japan. The ribbons and butterflies are from my stash, I colored the wooden butterflies with my eBrush. I used my Spellbinders scalloped circle dies to cut the circles, I used the biggest die on the solid papers, the next size down for the Japanese papers. I also added an Action Wobble to the, "Love Tart" because Miki loves the way they wobble.

 After I colored the images I used some Fantastic Glaze & Glue to add a little dimension to the, "frosting" and sprinkled the pink one with pink Tinsel Glitter and white glitter on the blue one. The pinkish color on the blue one is from an attempt to just color the, "frosting" but I didn't like the result.

Here are the insides, the washi tape is from Japan, the sentiment and heart stamps are from my stash.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Love is in the Air

When I first choose this Printable I really didn't know what I was going to do with it but I think that it's super cute so I wanted to work with it. Love is in the Air Cocoa Envelope

A few days after getting the file I received a package from my kids in Tokyo which contained several packages of Japanese crafting/origami papers, stickers and chocolates filled with cognac and apple brandy. This beautiful print was perfect for the Printable and a Valentine card was made.
I love the Eiffel Tower stamps on this print as well as the vintage postcard look. I did downsize the cocoa envelope a little to fit on the card. The swirl bling is from Zva Creative and the hearts are from Queen and Co., I added a piece of twine to the fold and the card was done. The Love is in the Air cocoa envelope can also hold a gift card, book of love coupons, etc.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sketch N Scrap #72

I haven't had much time to enter any challenges lately but when I saw this sketch over at Sketch N Scrap I decided that I would make the time and use the pictures that I took of our New Year's snow storm.
I really love the double page layouts and I had plenty of pictures to use. I had a hard time deciding which one to use.
The top picture is our front porch, on the bottom we have our view out the back, can't see much of the view due to the very, very low clouds that day. The last picture is looking down our street, completely snow covered.

Top picture is the sunrise over the mountains out back on New Year's Day, on the bottom is another view out the back and the icicles that formed on our bamboo shade that we use during the summer.
Spectrum Noir markers
Cuttlebug snow embossing folder
Snowflake brads (I cut the prongs off and adhered with Glossy Accents)
Imaginisce jewel setting tool and jewels
Close to My Heart Assorted Edges stamp set
After running the vellum through my Cuttlebug I sprayed it with Spectrum Noir marker #TB3 using my eBrush
I also used a mask, eBrush and Spectrum Noir marker #IG2 to add a little color to the title and subtitle.
I did my best to follow the sketch to the letter but also did a few little changes to it.
I used Cricut's Southwest Font for my title and subtitle.
Entering into this challenge:


Saturday, January 17, 2015

HIMCR #183 - Color It!!

 HIMCR #183 - Color it!
Just use whatever you use to color an image!
The sponsor is 2 Cute Ink

The giveaway is 2 images from 2 Cute Ink

Image from 2 Cute Ink
Cardstock, green, cream, patterned - mine came from the kids in Tokyo
Colored pencils
eBrush - Tombow markers - green #173, orange #933, yellow #055, peach #873
Mister Huey's Circle Graph Mask
eBosser and Delicate Dots embossing folder
Sentiment stamp
Foam pads
I printed the image twice, cutting one out and covering the remaining image, covered with Mister Huey's Circle Graph Mask and went to work with my eBosser and markers. I cut the circle down after coloring it.
Color the image, I used colored pencils.
Add some color to the vellum using the green marker and eBrush then run through eBosser with Delicate Dots folder.
The card base measures 5 1/2" w (when folded) x 5 1/2" tall, cover card base with patterned paper then layer with vellum panel and image panel, I used foam dots to adhere my image to the vellum layer.
I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of vellum then layered onto a layer of cream and adhered to card with foam dots.
Add a piece of twine to the fold and some jewels to the corners.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bouquet of Valentine Wishes

I choose the Valentine Clowns Collage Sheet from Ewe-N-Me Printables to work with: Valentine Clowns Collage Sheet

You get 6 different images in 2 sizes for a total of 12. I used the larger images for this.
Once again I had to use my newest toy, I used my eBrush to color the wooden sticks I used and to decorate the jar.
I cut the stencil using clear acetate and my Cricut.

Here is the finished stencil, I used blue painter's tape to hold it onto the jar while I painted it.
I wrapped a length of tulle around the top to hide the tracks for the lid then I added a piece of pink rick rack.
I adhered my whole page of images to the back of an empty cereal box to add a bit of stiffness to them, then I cut them out with my trimmer. I added some Glossy Accents to a heart on each of the images then I adhered the images to the sticks with my hot glue gun.
I cut out some scalloped hearts to put on the sticks after adhering the sticks to the backs of my images.

I filled the jar with some iridescent Easter grass, added my images and I was done.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

HIMCR #180 - Super Scraps Saturday

HIMCR #182 - Super Scraps Saturday!
Just use Scraps!

The sponsor is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps


The giveaway is 3 digitals images from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Colored pencils
Bling is from Zva Creative
Action Wobble
My son and his beautiful wife sent me the printed paper, the sent me several different packages of Japanese crafting/origami papers. I used colored pencils to color the image.
No sentiment as yet because I don't know what I'm going to use it for yet. If the kids do come down with the chicken pox I'll probably send it to them.

Friday, January 9, 2015

12 Months of Note Cards

I couldn't decide if I wanted to make birthday or note cards, then I looked at my stack of correspondence that I SHOULD be answering I went with note cards using this very file: Altered Calendar Hang Tags  You get all 12 months in this file.

Since I am still learning how to use the eBrush I got with my Christmas gift card I wanted to incorporate it in the project so I pulled out the masks that I have had for a couple of years but never used before. I really like the rick rack/zig zag look so I started with that mask. I also decided to go with a newsprint paper because the rick rack on these are layered on to newsprint paper.

I laid the mask on my paper and held it into place using blue painter's tape (this stuff is GREAT!! I've had this roll for quite a while but never used it before). I find that the eBrush is very easy to use, changing colors is no big deal and I don't have the overspray that you get when you use the spray bottles, no more going outside in the wind trying to add a little color to my paper.

I really like the way I had a couple of different zig zag options to add a little extra to my note cards but I got tired of zig zags and used different masks on the remainder of the year.

I like the zig zag pattern the best then the diamond shaped mask, not real nuts about the circles, which do you prefer?
As you can see, I punched the hole at the top of the tag and added a matching piece of twine and a piece of twine up the folded side. On the zig zag patterned paper I also added a piece of matching paper that I ran through my Cuttlebug with a zig zig edge folder. I adhered the tags to the card using foam tape.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Snow in Arizona

We moved to northwest Arizona in July of 2012. That winter we had a light dusting of snow one day, last winter we had NO snow then on New Year's Eve Day we woke up to this mess:

3 pictures from this one this hill is hidden by the clouds

What happened to that hill?

It snowed ALL day New Year's Eve Day, all of the pictures under this one were taken on New Year's Day. You can't even seen the mountains in the previous pictures because of the clouds.

This is a cactus that I planted over the summer.

We had 6" of the wet, white mess fall from the sky. We moved here to get away from this kind of weather. The snow is almost all gone now and we should be almost 70 degrees on Wednesday when this posts.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Personalized magnet

This is my second post today, for my HIMCR #181 project please click here .

This magnet goes with the shaker card that I posted the other day.

Once again I used my new eBrush to decorate the magnet, I even made my own stencil. Funny thing, I made 2 stencils, one out of cardboard and one out of clear acetate. They both cut and performed well but after I cleaned off the acetate stencil I lost track of it.

After cutting the magnet and stencils using my Cricut I used my circle mask to add a little bit of background, when that dried I used the stencil I made to add his name. I used Spectrum Noir markers to decorate it.


HIMCR #181 - Use Pinks

HIMCR #181 - Pinks!
Just use some pinks

The sponsor is Hiding in My Craft Room!

The giveaway is TBA!
I ran into this design online last week and decided to give this Vertical Step Card and decided to give it a try.

 The base directions and template are at the end of this post. After I cut the card base and made my steps, I cut the letters with my Cuttlebug as well as the stars, cake and vellum envelope.
The flowers are from Queen and Co., I picked them up at the 2012 Great Lakes Mega Meet, I added a center with my green Stickles. I did make a mistake with the layering and rick rack, I should have layered the papers and added the rick rack before adding to the card base.
I also added some green and white Stickles to the cake.
The pink bling swirl is from Zva Creative.
The butterflies are from Melissa Francis (from the same Mega Meet), I used my green TomBow marker and eBrush to color them.
These directions are from a non English speaking blog, the translation is from Google.