Saturday, April 30, 2011

Be Creative Video

I came across this video on how to make a quick pennant. Thought you would enjoy watching it as well. ENJOY!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Serene Spring

This week Enfys, is the leader for our Polkadoodle challenge theme. Our challenge was to create a project using any shade of blue, aqua and purple but, we had to use all colours. I used embellishments to capture all the required colors in this card.

The digital paper is from the Double Sprinkles of Kraft CD by Polkadoodles. The digital felt flowers, fiber and antique brads add dimension without bulk. You can download these elements for free by clicking here.

The main stamped image is from the 'Serene Spring' stamp set by Stampin Up. I colored the image with Copics and added Crystal Effects.

To play along in this week's Polkadoodles 'color theme', simply make a project and post it to your blog or another on-line gallery and link it to the Polkadoodles Challenge Blog. Prizes are waiting to be won!

Challenges I participated in: Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes, Paper Cutz - Anything goes, Stamp Something - Things with wings.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Craft Tip #9:Stamping on Transparency

Stamping on a transparency or acetate adds new texture and exciting dimension to your project. Create stunning works of art or unique projects with just a few different supplies added to your material list. Unleash your creativity and welcome all the new ideas that will flood your mind after adding this to your growing list of stamp techniques.

Click here to download a handout on how to stamp on transparencies.

Monday, April 25, 2011

For You Gift Bag

So today, I have a project using a lunch size paper bag. Rather then doing a card this time, I decided that it would be fun to do something 3D. Here's a gift bag featuring the sentiment 'Just for You' from the Hip Hip Hooray stamp set by Creative Vision.

Using a lunch size paper bags, add some solid and pattern paper, stamps and embellishments a you have just made a wonderful gift bag. This project is very fast and simple to do. Hope you have a fantastic day!

Challenges I participated in: Karber Challenge - Something Cute, Little Claire's - Animals, Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Add A Tag to your Project

Stamp: Hip Hip Hooray
Paper: HL
Other: SU Square Lattice embossing folder, SU small/large tag punches, ribbon, silver twine, Polkadoodles (digital bear)

Friday, April 22, 2011

April Showers Brings May Flowers

I created my card using the digital papers from Polkadoodles Wonderland CD. The digital flower element and sentiment is from the summer collection on the Polkadoodles Sundae of Seasons CD. I used pink and white liquid applique on the flowers to provide more texture.

Challenges I participated in: AiFactory - Flowes in bloom, C.R.A.F.T. - Flowers, Creative Card Crew - Spring, Paper Shelter Challenge - Nature inspired

To play along in this week's Polkadoodles 'three pattern paper', simply make a project and post it to your blog or another on-line gallery and link it to the Polkadoodles Challenge Blog. Prizes are waiting to be won!

Stamp: Polkadoodles Wonderland and Sundae of Seasons, Paper: HL & Polkadoodles, Other: Liquid applique, SU Scallop Oval punch, clear effects, ribbon, beads

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Craft Tip #8: Rubbing Alcohol

Just a quick tip...rubbing alcohol cleans a myriad of mistakes. acrylic paint, alcohol ink, most inks, in fact can be easily cleaned up using rubbing alcohol. I keep a bottle handy to clean up my work surface.

Here are some links to great videos on using alcohol in your craft projects.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Happy

Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Today's card features the sentiment 'Happy Birthday Happy' from the Hip Hip Hooray Set by Creative Vision.

I also wanted to create two backgrounds so I combined two pattern paper together along with flower cut outs with pearl centers. Talk about simplicity making an impact!

Challenges I participated in:

Pile It On - Use a rubber stamp (no digis), Baby Bud - #6 Flowers My Grafico - Anything goes, A Gem of a Challenge - Pearls and/or swirls, Crafty Calendar - April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers

Recipe: Stamps: Hip Hip Hooray set, Paper: HL, Other: Scibbles Swirle die, Cricut 'Bloom' cartridge, pearls, ink

Saturday, April 16, 2011

What's Shakin Mini Book

Welcome to this month's Special Edition Creative Vision's Design Team 5 Blog Hop.

There will be random prizes awarded to bloggers who post comments. Be sure to become a Creative Vision blog follower, if you are not already, in order to be eligible for those prizes.

Today we will hop hop hop our way to each member's blog as they showcase their collective talent with our hop theme - Anything But A Card

I have created a mini book to share with you out of one 12x12 piece of pattern paper.

First, gather a single12 by 12 sheet of pattern paper to make this mini book with four pages and measures 6 by 3 inches. I featured the new Creative Vision stamp set 'What's Shakin' through out the mini book.

Top view of the four pages.

The the mini book insert measures 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches. Inserts can be accessed from the top and side of the mini book.

Close up of the mini book inserts.

Backside of the mini book. Video on how to create a mini book for yourself can be found here.

Following the hop Laura will give away a few SHOPPING SPREES! YIPPEE!

Well! On with the hop....





Judy Guest Designer


Friday, April 15, 2011

Live, Life, Love

Let's Live, Life and Love! My card and sentiment was created from the Love & Cherish cd. Not sure if you can see from the photo but, I dressed up the Bride and Groom. The bride's wedding dress was embellished with dazzling glitter. The grooms top hat and over coat was embellished with black glitter.

Challenges I participated in: Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Glitter & shine, Pixie Dust Studio - Say it out loud (include a sentiment), Creative Craft World - Weddings/Anniversaries.

To play along in this week's Polkadoodles 'Tie the Knot' theme, simply make a project and post it to your blog or another on-line gallery and link it to the
Polkadoodles Challenge Blog. Prizes are waiting to be won!

Stamp: Polkadoodle Love & Cherish CD
Paper: HL & Polkadoodles
Other: Glitter (clear and black), Punches (1 and 1 1/4 circle), SU Scallop Heart Punch

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Craft Tip #8: Sharpening Punches

Punched out shapes are excellent additions to your stamped art. Ornaments and embellishments can be used for accents, and are especially eye-catching when cut from metallic paper, brightly contrasting colored paper or paper that has been inked and heat embossed with sparkle powder. The corners of cards or layers can be rounded or punched to add elegance.

I know we've seen at least one of these ideas, but here are a couple of new ones: Punch through waxed paper several times to lubricate the blades. When the cuts from the punch are no longer as clean, punch through very fine sandpaper several times to sharpen the blades. If the punch is sticking or tearing the paper, you can also punch through aluminum foil in addition to the waxed paper and sandpaper.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Enjoy the Journey

I needed to make a quick card for a co-work who is taking a new job. This is called a Tri Fold Card using a 4 x 12 piece of pattern paper.

Inside View

I used the turtle image from the SU stamp set called 'It's the Thought.' I colored the image with Copics. This card is perfect for all those small stamp images you have sitting around. Below is the video where I learned how to create the base of the card.

Challenges I participated in: A Spoonful Of Sugar - All Creatures Great & Small, Karen's Doodles Netherlands - Anything Goes, Make it Monday - Anything Goes, Woodware USA - Anything Goes

Monday, April 11, 2011

Birthday Girl

Happy Monday! I woke up early today with another busy week ahead of me. I had a fun time over the weekend creating a monochromatic project to share with you.

I wanted to create a card which is different than the standard card size. This card is 4 x 8 which I embossed with the Swiss & Dot embossing folder leaving a small space smooth. This smooth space allowed me to stamp and emboss the sentiment 'Birthday Girl' from the Hip Hip Hooray Stamp set by Creative Vision.

Challenges I participated in: Allsorts - Anything but a Square, Crafty Catz - 1E - Embossing, Fairy Tale - Happy birthday

Recipe: Stamps: Creative Vision, Paper: HL, Other: EK Success stickers, Spots & Dot embossing folder, silver cord

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Craft Tip #7: Mulberry Paper

Here's a tip on what to do with all that mulberry paper you have sitting around. Mulberry paper is often used as an accent or part of a layered effect in collage, scrapbooking, rubber stamping and other paper arts. I love the lightweight feel to it, but I also love strong color. Here's a perfect way to marry the two.

Stamp and heat emboss with clear embossing powder onto it. Add a couple colors of watercolor paint and let dry.

Easy peasy, lots of eye popping color, and if you want to go back to old school, you can even tear a nice feathered edge. Perfect for cards and other small projects.

Click here for a printable tips and tricks sheet using Mulberry paper.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Hip Hip Hooray

It’s Monday once again…. and it definitely came to soon. I had a wonderful time this weekend and the weather was great. So for today’s card, I decided to work again with a sentiment from the Hip Hip Hooray set by Creative Vision.

I stamped the Hip Hip Hooray circle sentiment and then punched it out using a 1 inch circle punch. It fits perfectly into a bottle cap. This week I challenge you to create a project using bottle caps.

Challenges I participated in: Crafty Hos' - Girly Birthday card, I Did It Creations - Anything Goes, Little Claire's - Any Celebration with Spring Theme or Colours

Stamps: Hip Hip Hooray Set by Creative VisionPaper: HL Other: SU Pink Passion ink, Good Old Values Glitter and Foil Sticker, Bottle Cap, 1 inch circle punch, silver eyelets, MS Scallop Edge Punch

Friday, April 1, 2011

Heated Pearls

Hello everyone. I'm excited to share a technique with you today. The background of this card was created using a technique called heated pearls.

To create the background mix school glue and bronze Pearl Ex powder together and then stippled mixture onto the glossy paper which was brayed with purple ink. Heat set the mixture once it is applied. As you heat set the mixture bubbles will start to appear. The digital element I used for my focal point is from Polkadoodles All Around & Everywhere cd. Click here for a link to a tutorial on heated pearls.

Challenges I participated in: Craft Us Crazy - Easter/ Spring, Delightful Challenges - Flowers, Lili of the Valley - Spring, The Rubber Cafe - Spring Flowers.

To play along in this week's Polkadoodles no printed background paper, simply make a project and post it to your blog or another on-line gallery and link it to the Polkadoodles Challenge Blog. Prizes are waiting to be won!


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