Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Whimsical Designs "ATC" Challenge

Well, I have to admit that this was a new one to me!!

Our challenge this week at Whimsical Designs is to create an ATC project - should be 2.5" x 3.5"
If there is anyone out there who doesn't know what ATC stands for, it is Artist Trading Card.

Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is SK Digis, with a chance to win a $6 voucher to Sonja's store.

I thought I'd tell you a little bit about ATC's.

ATC's are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards, baseball cards, or 21⁄2 by 31⁄2 inches, small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or fiber. The cards are usually traded or exchanged.

Before I created my ATC I browsed Pinterest to get some ideas of what others are creating. I decided to start with a vintage image which I downloaded from The Graphics Fairy. This web site is an awesome source for free vintage and retro images.

I cut a piece of chipboard, to the correct size, for the base of my ATC. I then covered it with patterned paper and rounded the edges with my trusty Zutter corner rounder.

I then attached my image and got to work creating my collage. I used different rhinestones, a vintage charm, jewelry findings, etc to adorn her.

I trimmed the picture with some vintage gold trim. and cut the roses from some vintage paper.

To finish it off I stamped some vintage binder paper with Stephanie's "Unique" stamp from her Whimsical Fun Vol. 1.

What a fun project and I enjoyed expanding my horizons.

Supplies used: chipboard; patterned paper - Dragonfly Duet In Botanicabella by graphic 45; vintage binder paper, gold trim and charm - Jenni Bowlin; rhinestones - BoBunny and Kandi Kane; jewelry finding, vintage rose paper - my stash; stamp - Whimsical Fun Vol. 1 by Whimsical Designs; ink - Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Tim Holtz for Ranger; corner rounder - Zutter; Pop Dots.

If you haven't ever made an ATC before, I hope you'll expand your horizons and join in the fun over at Whimsical Designs!! The DT has some great inspiration for you so please stop by the blog and check it out!!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Sneak Peek - LUFP

I have a little sneak peek of a card I made for Link Up For Pink!

I hope you'll stop by the blog and check it out.

Ladies - Don't forget your mammograms!!! Take care of your girls!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sending A Cup of Comfort / LUFP Challenge #14

Gosh, we are almost to the end of June and a day away from the official start of summer!!! Do you have any plans for the longest daylight day of the year? How about some crafting?

It's time for a new challenge over at Link Up For Pink!

Our sponsor for this months challenge is My Besties, with a chance to win 5 digis!! There will be 2 winners chosen!!!

The theme: breast cancer awareness,
inspirational, healthy reminders, "celebrate more birthdays", you're in
my thoughts, encouragement, etc. and we have both a sketch and a photo inspiration. You can use either the sketch or the photo, or both if you choose.

For my card I used both the sketch and the photo inspiration albeit a little loosely.

My digital image is from My Besties and is called I Heart Cocoa. I printed her on embossed card stock, patterned papers and Copic blending paper. I did some paper piecing and some coloring on her. I also used Pop Dots to pop up her, her dog and her books. Some pretty ribbon by 3 Girl Jam and a cute chipboard button tied with twine finish it off.

Supplies used: card stock - embossed white, white, yellow; patterned papers - Tropical Twist, Orange Pop and Apple Spritz all in Bubblegum Hills by Kaiser Craft; digital image - My Besties; Copic markers; sentiment stamp - Mug of Hugs by Unity; ink - Tuxedo Black by Memento; corner punch - Martha Stewart; corner rounder - Fiskars; ribbon - 3 Girl Jam; chipboard button - my stash; twine - Liz's Paper Loft Boutique; Pop Dots.

I sure hope you'll come and join us in the fun and help us spread awareness about breast cancer. Let's everyone remind our Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Cousins, Sisters, and Friends to get their mammograms!!!! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Whimsical Designs "Getting Patriotic" Challenge

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!!!!!

This week in celebration of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, we are "Getting Patriotic" over at Whimsical Designs. Create any project and use the colors red, white, and blue.

Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is Eureka Stamps with the winner able to choose 5 digis from the shop!!!!

For my card I used #19601 Liberty Balloon Holder, which you can purchase here. I printed her twice, once on Copic blending paper and once on patterned paper for her dress. 

After coloring her and paper piecing her dress, I attached her to a piece of red card stock. I punched two tiny holes, above and below her hand, so that I could run a stick pin through. Now she can hold my sentiment banner attached to a star stick pin. 

My sentiment is from Stephanie's Whimsical Fun Vol 1, one of my favorite "go to" sentiment stamp sets!!!

A couple more sheets of patriotic patterned paper attached to my card base, some "Glory Days" ribbon from my stash, and my image attached with Pop Dots and my card is finished.

Supplies used: card stock - white, red; patterned papers - Liberty Stars, Silver Stars, and Glitter Bursts all from Freedom by Reminisce; digital image - Eureka Stamps; Copic markers; Pebbles chalk; sentiment stamp - Whimsical Fun Vol 1 by Whimsical Designs; ink - Tuxedo Black by Memento; stick pin - Little Yellow Bicycle; ribbon - my stash, Pop Dots

The design team has some fun patriotic projects to spark your creative mojo, so hop on over to Whimsical Designs and lets get this party started!!!!!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sneak Peek - LUFP

I have a little sneak peek of a card I made for Link Up For Pink!

I hope you'll stop by the blog and check it out.

Ladies - Don't forget your mammograms!!! Take care of your girls!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Whimsical Designs "Summer Time Fun" Challenge

Ok, we are kickin' into summer over at Whimsical Designs this week with our "Summer Time Fun" challenge!!

I don't know about the rest of you, but we have definitely hit summer here. Most of last week was in the 90's or 100's. And... it is only the first part of June, EEEK!

Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is Fresh Brewed Designs, with the prize  of 3 digi's of your choice.

For my project I made a cupcake box with a Silhouette Studio cut file. I covered it with some fun "Fishy" paper by Fancy Pants. 
I used the image "Bob" from Fresh Brewed Designs on my tag. I printed him on Copic blending paper,  colored him with my Copics and fussy cut him out. I used double sided, removable tape to attach my tag (after removing the string) to a piece of paper and ran it through the printer. Used my Copics, again ,to color the water. I ran my piece of paper through the printer 2 more times, once with my patterned paper so I could fussy cut his bathing shorts and again with card stock for his visor and waist of the suit.
Attached everything together on the tag, applied a little Glossy Accents to his sun glasses, put my string back on and stamped a sentiment from Stephanie's Everyday Sentiments which you can purchase here.

Off to Starbucks to pick up a muffin and a frap. My little apology gift is finished! And.. No, I didn't really use it, hehe!!! Ate the muffin and drank the frap myself :)

Supplies used: card stock - orange; patterned paper - Fish Farm in Beach Babe by Fancy Pants; Copic blending paper; tag - Staples; image - Fresh brewed Designs; Copic markers; Glossy Accents; stamp - Whimsical Designs "Everyday Sentiments"; ink - Tuxedo Black by Memento; muffin and frap - Starbucks.

The design team has some super "Summer Time Fun" projects to show you, so click on over to Whimsical Designs to check them out!!!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

You Make My Heart Melt

This is my second post for today.

A one layer CAS card I made for the challenge over at Less Is More!

This week is "One Layer Week" over at the blog with "Need For Speed" as the theme.

As I was sitting in my craft room, and the temp outside was reaching 100, I thought, you definitely need to be a little speedy eating your ice cream cone or you'll be wearing most of it :)
Thus my card idea was born. 

Supplies used: card stock - recycled whtie; stamp - Stampin' Up; ink - Tuxedo Black by Memento; Copic markers; font - your choice.

Sequins Happy Birthday

I have a little birthday card to share that I made for the challenge over at Addicted To CAS!

Sequins seem to be all the rage right now, and I thought they would be perfect for the circles challenge. I think they make a fun and festive birthday card!

Supplies used: card stock - white; sequins - Walmart; stamp - Paper Smooches; Ink - Tuxedo Black by Memento

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hip Hip Hooray

This is my second post for today.

This is definitely the time for celebrations in my family!! If you read my previous post, you know that my niece just turned 21. Well, I also have both a niece and a nephew graduating from High School!

I'd like to share the card I made for my niece. My nephews party isn't until this weekend, so no sharing his card quite yet :)

My card is pretty much CAS. I simply attached some Graduation Word Collage paper, cut at an angle, to my white card stock base. My girl graduate was another Silhouette Studio cut file which I cut out with my Cameo. A couple of stickers attached to a white card stock strip and placed across my patterned paper and my card is complete.

Supplies used: card stock - white, black; patterned paper - Graduation Word Collage by Scrapbook Customs; Silhouette Studio cut file; stickers - JoLee's and EK Success.

Sassy 21st Birthday

I can hardly believe it and it makes me feel old but my baby sisters daughter, my goddaughter, just turned 21!!!! You know what they say, time flies when your having fun :)

I'd like to share the card I made for her.

I stitched a couple lines on the bottom of my kraft card stock to give the illusion of a floor. I used some wonderful number dies I just rec'd from Paper Smooches to cut out the #21.

I wanted to make it a shaker card, so I covered the back side of the punched out 21 with a piece of transparency. Then framed it, very close to the numbers, with foam tape and poured in some seed beads. I then attached  a green card stock base to it.

My sassy little gal with the sunglasses was cut on my Cameo with a Silhouette Studio cut file.

Some alphabet stickers and a rub on complete the title.

Supplies used: card stock - kraft, green, yellow, peach, red, brown; patterned paper - Crawford in Darling Dear by Studio Calico; vellum; transparency - Staples; Silhouette Studio cut file; alphabet stickers - SEI; rub on - EK Success; foam tape - Staples; seed beads - Mill Hill; number dies - Paper Smooches; sewing machine.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Herd It's Your Birthday

I just love a play on words! It's so fun making cards that have a twist. I think there seriously needs to be a book out with all the puns and plays on words in it to use as a reference. I would have so much fun using it :)

Here is a little birthday card I made using a little play on words and a couple of my Cricut cartridges.
I designed the sentiment in my Print Shop program. A cute little wood veneer cow really adds to the scene.

Supplies used: card stock - kraft, vanilla, green, red, 2 shades of tan, brown, black; patterned paper - BoBunny; wood veneer - Studio Calico; Country Life and Elegant Edges Cricut cartridges; fonts - Signboard and Great Vibes; Pop Dots.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sneak Peek - LUFP

I have a little sneak peek of a card I made for Link Up For Pink!

I hope you'll stop by the blog and check it out.

Ladies - Don't forget your mammograms!!! Take care of your girls!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Whimsical Designs "Vintage" Challenge

This week over at Whimsical Designs we are going "Vintage"

Our challenge this week is to create a project with a vintage feel. So get that shabby chic mojo flowing and come and join us with your old fashioned creation.

Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is Scrapping Memories and the winner will receive 5 files of their choice!!

For my card I picked some papers by Authentique and 7 Gypsies. I sewed some lace to one of the papers and did some inking, some layering and some more sewing. I topped it with a vintage frame by Melissa Frances and put a pretty little epoxy sticker by SEI, tied with a bow, inside the frame. Added a couple vintage buttons tied together with twine. For the finishing touch I stamped one of Stepahnie's sentiment stamps from her Everyday Sentiments set.

Supplies used: card stock - blue; patterned papers - Clean and Clear from Fresh by Authentique, Orchestra by 7 Gypsies; ribbon and lace trim - Michaels; Vintage Frames by Melissa Frances; twine - Liz's Paper Loft Boutique; epoxy sticker in Lovebirds by SEI; stamp - Everyday Sentiments by Whimsical Designs; ink - Tuxedo Black by Memento and Cocoa by ColorBox; sewing machine.

Now please head over to Whimsical Designs and take a look at all of the beautiful "Vintage" creations the design team has come up with!!

Also take a look at the Book Of the Month challenge we are starting this month!!! If you like to read, this will be a fun challenge for you:) Hope you'll join us!!!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Whimsical Designs Book of the Month!!!

Whimsical Book Of The Month Challenge
We are really excited about a new challenge that we will be having over at Whimsical Designs. For all of you who love to read and craft this challenge is for you because we are combining both.

Here is how it will work:
-the first Monday of each month we will be announcing the book we will be reading for the month and what the prize is for that challenge
-you will have a month to read the book
-you will then create any type of crafty project inspired by the book or part of the book
For the month of June we are going to be reading Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson:

On July 1, the new book we will be reading for July will be announced, DT inspiration projects will be posted, and a linky will be included so you can upload your book inspired project for Run, Alex Cross. You will have two weeks to link up. One random winner will be chose, one radom and announced the following Monday.
This month our prize is $50.00 worth of Copic Markers. The winner chooses the colors!

Exciting right! It is always fun to start something fun and new. We do want to hear from you though. Please head on over to the Whimsical Designs Blog and leave a comment letting us know what kind of books you like to read: i.e. do you have a specific author or genre you prefer? Have any of you a created a summer reading list? If so what is on it??

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sneak Peek - LUFP

I have a little sneak peek of a card I made for Link Up For Pink!

I hope you'll stop by the blog and check it out.

Ladies - Don't forget your mammograms!!! Take care of your girls!