Thursday, August 30, 2012

Color Me Beautiful Design Team

I'm going to be on another design team and I'm really, really excited!  Now I need to purchase some Stampin' Up cardstock in order to meet the color challenges.

The first challenge was to use:  Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade

Here's my first card using:  Basic Grey and Perfect Plum.  I didn't have the Lucky Limeade, but loved the purples with the bright green.  I used the closest I had to it for this first challenge.

I used the patterned Basic Gray paper for the background and it may be a little darker than I hoped.  I made this card in under 30 minutes.  I didn't think I'd have another opportunity to make another one before the 1st so I rushed through.  I'm going to take a breather and then give this challenge another stab.  I don't hate the card, but it looks like I rushed it.

The new challenge blog is Color Me Beautiful.  Check it out for continuous Stampin' Up color challenges.

Ok.  I didn't love the first card I made with the color challenge so I made a new one using mostly ink.  this is called the Tie Dye Technique.  First take a light ink (I used Pale Plum) and ink in a circular motion on a sheet of white cardstock.  Then do the same thing with a medium color ink (Perfect Plum) on top of the large light circle but just a little bit smaller.  Lastly add a small circle of dark color ink (Rich Razzleberry) Again all ink should be applied with a sponge and a circular motion.  Then take either a small paint brush with water or I used the self watering brush from Stampin' Up and lightly draw a circle where the colors meet.  So the area between the light/medium inks and the medium/dark inks.  This creates the tie dye look.  After that I used the itty bitty dots in silver ink to dirty up the remaining white cardstock.  Mat this with green and Perfect Plum cardstocks.  The "ribbon" is a strip of Basic Gray cardstock folded and adhered to the front.  Add two flat back pearls and a sentiment and viola!

Scraps and Stash

Here are a few of the borders that I made using only scraps and items from my stash. 

I glued strips of blue scraps to a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of white cardstock and then cut them into 1 1/2 inch strips.  Adhered them to a 2 x 12" border.  All the punched shapes (including the letters) were found in my container that I hold random punched things.  Layered circles to make these cute "flowers" and bird.  The bag of jelly beans were from a card candy swap and so were the birthday presents and pinwheel on the "Party" border.  These were all made for a Use Your Scraps/Stash swap I signed up for on Splitcoast Stampers.

Love, love, love using scraps!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ornament Challenge???

So I'm surfing the internet and I come across these...
once again. more.ideas.than.time.
and I must make some!  Here's the link for instructions.  I'll post with my version of it soon.  I have some of these "jewels" and I can't wait to try...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Baby Girl Diaper Cake

Hey, my first baby girl diaper cake.  Diaper cakes make great party centerpieces and are so easy to make and personalize for any theme.

I entered this project on the Decorate to Celebrate blog.  Check out the website for great ideas and challenges.

This one was made in two days.  I really lagged on getting this one done, but it still turned out cute.  I probably should have eliminated the background mess on these photos, so please look past all that stuff :)

Carly came up with the banner idea for the top.  I had them tied on some sticks and then thought the spoons would be a great idea.  Luckily they had some in pink at the dollar store.

Cricut cartridges used:
Just Because Cards (for the sentiment)
Walk in My Garden (for the two different ladybugs and leaves)

Stampin' Up! pennant punch for the banner
Paper:  I always forget the name of the paper line but I had this paper forever.  It was purchased from Costco at least five to six years ago.  The variety is so great and there was so much in this pack.

Hello??? Anyone There...

I guess I've been M.I.A. for awhile.  You'll be happy to know that I've been busy crafting just not posting.  Our A/C broke and with triple digits, it's been way too hot to spend time in the craft room or on the computer.  Both are upstairs.

I have been making a lot of cards and trying new techniques.  I'll post more photos later of those.  In the meantime, we've had a surgery, Robert's move, a small class-like reunion for Kenny, Carly's birthday and a baby shower in the past few weeks.

Kenny's the one in the middle!

Carly's banner that she made...  Can you believe my baby's 19?  Where has the time gone?