Thursday, May 31, 2012

CC Challenge #15 - Homemade

The requirements for this week's challenge was to "Create a project using something that you've made yourself, rather than buying from a store (ie: Twine, Washi Tape). Make sure to include 3 different colors in the project." On this card, the "something homemade" includes two items. The ivory lace flower, and the pearl center used on the flower. The pearl center is a new technique I learned. It is actually created with 6 small pearls of the same color, one larger pearl of a contrasting color, and strands of "mini" pearls (3mm) that you can cut to your desired length. These mini pearls should be a color that contrasts with the 6 small pearls. To see a video on how to create these go HERE . One thing that I did that was different from the tutorial, was I used "Glossy Accents" instead of a glue gun. The jury's still out on which method is better.

For the card, I also used Spellbinder's Nestabilities Labels Twenty-Five with some black cardstock to "frame" the word "Giggle", along with some pop-dots to give it some dimension. On that frame, I added a Tim Holtz metal LEAF, along with some of his tissue tape across the bottom of the card. I finished it up using 3 of the MM Bravissimio pearls along the upper left side, and finally adding the "smile..." in silver Thickers, which connects to a quote on the inside of the card!
I really liked how the colors of the subtle old rose pattern in the background paper lent itself to a more "old-fashioned" look, complimented by the white color of  the Giggle phrase, the 3 pearls, the ivory homemade flower, and the metallic leaf. While the dimension of the pearl center added some different color interest, along with a smooth, tactile feel, to the card.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Make It Monday Linky Party - #90 ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Challenge -  Challenge 41~ Bingo
Get Hippity with Ippity - Challenge 21 ~ Flower & Leaves

Thanks to all who stopped by today and left a comment.
 Hope you have a wonderful day,

Saturday, May 26, 2012

CC Challenge # 14- Blue and Brown

The Instructions for this challenge were to Create a project (LO, card, home decor - anything goes!) using blue and brown as your main colors.  For this card, I decided to try something called "Iris Folding". The word which is kind of covered up by the date stamp is "Perspective".

 Project made with MME Paris & Co. Paper, including the four different patterns (7 strips of each) that make up the Iris Folding in the center. Flowers made from Paris & Co. Paper. Also used Bravissimio Pearls, glimmer mist,Viper adhesive. Non CC used: Spellbinders Dies for flowers, Prima Pearls, Glimmer Mist, Anna Griffin Template, JoAnn's Embossing Powder.
The Iris Paper Folding is designed to give an outcome with the appearance of a camera shutter lens. The papers are cut to @ 6" in length, about 1" wide.  Next each paper strip is scored lengthwise down the middle and folded. After this step is finished, place each patterned paper in separate piles, to keep them in order.  Using the reusable template, you begin  to lay the papers in a pattern, overlaying each strip according to the template. When you have finished this, you will notice that a pattern has emerged, with each pattern paper making up a "sub-pattern".  Next, you cut out a shape to your liking out of a different sheet of paper, and this will serve as the front of the card, with the Iris Folding appearing in the center of your cut out shape.

I then created the three flowers from a Spellbinders die, and adhered them in the upper corner of the card, and further embellished the card with some Prima pearls, and a short quote "it's all perspective". The quote is kind of a play on the shutter lens shape of the Iris paper folding in the center of the card!  If you have any questions about this technique, feel free to leave a comment with your contact info. and I will get back to you! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Paper Girls Challenge

Now, I know it isn't Christmas time, or even close to Christmas in July, and so you are probably wondering why these pictures are posted here at this time.  There is a contest going on over on "The Paper Girls Challenge", and one way to "gain" an extra chance at winning the Contest Prize is by posting a link to your blog where you have posted an ATC you made. An ATC is an "Artist Trading Card". Think of it as a  baseball card for Crafters. They are created to the same dimension of a baseball card, by individual crafters, and traded or "swapped" between said crafters!  And here are two Christmas-themed ATC's which I created, and thought I would post for this contest :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

CC Challenge #13: Create a project using the following recipe: Spring themed. Must contain 3 folds somewhere. Use 2 DIFFERENT paper lines.

A very quick card I made last night, for a cousin's wedding I will be attending this weekend. Products used: MME Paris & Co., and BG Little Black Dress Patterned Papers. Prima Pearls, BG Chipboard and Spellbinders "Floral Burst Cut-Fold-Tuck" Die to make the large "flower".