Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall is coming....

....And oh how I love fall!!! It's my favorite time of the year and I love making fall projects! So, for my DT project for today for My Scrap Chick is a fall banner. Not hard to do at all, just laying it all out, and add to it till you're happy.

I used the basic banner and created a mat layer, found a font I liked and created mat layers for that as well. I put that much of it together, then went on a search for fall bits to add to decorate it.
I chose leaves and acorns and pumpkins...I wish I the smells of fall in my craft room...that would have made making this project all the more fun!
So...let's see some pics. 





 All I really did was inked up edges, used some dimensionals, added a bit of Stickles and white gel pen accents. Then laid things out in groupings till I was happy with it. Then adhered it all down.

I could not get a good pic of these, and ran out of time. But there is a bigger acorn on each end of the banner. Here is a pic of what they look like.


Here's the papers I used from all my digital files. I just really liked the colors in this set.


Hope you like it and will try one of your own! Here's what I used.











Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gatefold Card...

Man, have I ever been slacking!!! I have been making cards, just not getting my blog posts written...maybe today I can get a few finished. 
However....I have been in the hospital so I'll use that as an excuse. My heart has been giving me some issues and needed it checked out. Have some arrhythmia I guess.
Anyhow...here's my card for today.


It is a standard A2 size card. Score at 2 1/8 on each end of the long side. Fold and it should meet right in the center. I cut a few rectangles and a layering piece. Attach the top and bottom one to the left side, and the center one to the right side.
I heat embossed the greeting and added a few stars here and there. The front balloons are on dimensional adhesive.


This gives you a better look at how it closes. I like this style for something a bit different. Can't see well, but added some Wink of Stella to the stars and around the navy pieces.

Hope you like, thanks for stopping by!



Monday, July 28, 2014

Shirley, Goodness, & Mercy Chicks....

I'm up today for posting a DT project for My Scrap Chick. 
As soon as I saw this set, I knew I loved it and knew I had to have it! They are so darn cute!
Anyway, I chose to use Shirley on a card. So here it was I came up with.


I made her at the size she opened to and didn't even look at what it measured. Just cut the pieces then assembled. I created a shadow background and then saw how big she really was! Lol...not terrible....but probably would have sized her down a bit. But I didn't, so this is a 5 x 7 card. Which is fine, but I know most of us do 5.5 x 4.25. So keep that in mind should you make this. Next time though, I'll take her down a bit.

I like the country feel of these ladies so I set to looking through my digital paper files for something that had that country feel to it. And I found some! It is by Carta Bella called Traditions. Very nice selection of papers for a country feel.

 Anyway, now I needed a sentiment. This card could really go for anything as it really has no theme to it. So I chose a sentiment that could really go for any occasion or no occasion at all. Just a whatever card, lol.


So this is the one I chose. It is from a set from Simon Says Stamp. You can get it here.
So that's about it. I added a bit of inking to the edges and some white gel pen accents and called this one done! Hope you like it.


So...get out your supplies and go make a card!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fleurette Bloom Blog Hop...



Welcome to our July Design Team Blog Hop. We have some fun and creative projects to share with you. Hop to the blogs listed below and check out what we have created for you. Be sure and enter to win a $10.00 gift card to the Fleurette Bloom SVG Shop! You have a chance to win at each Design Team Members Blog, just by leaving a comment at each stop of the hop, and become a follower if you are not already! Good Luck! 

How fun is this?! Our first ever blog hop! Stay tuned, cause I'm sure we will have more. We hope you like our projects for you. We did a Summer/Picnic theme. Had fun coming up with a few things to make.

 

When I think of Summer I think of gardens and canning produce. So...I chose to use Mason jars for containers for some goodies. In one, I put some Pixie Sticks for the kiddos. They scream Summer to me! And I know the kids will love them. In the other jar, I put some fun straws to use with fresh made lemonade. I cut some cute dragonflies and attached to a few straws and decorated up around the jars. I mounted them on the circle/scalloped element from the Valentine collection. Papers for these were printed from Bohemian Chic.

 

 For my candy treat bags. I used the files for the Anytime Pillow boxes. I sized it WAY down, mirrored to the top and welded them. Then I cut off everything except the handles, for the topper for my treats. Worked out pretty cute!


Almost every picnic has hot dogs, right?! So I cut some cute boxes to put your hot dog in. I thought they looked super cute and the perfect size! It is a file in the Holly Days collection. And....I printed those adorable papers from the newest paper collection called Summertime Fun. LOVE this collection of cute papers! 



So...here's what I used for my projects.

Fleurette Bloom
Summertime Fun Digital Paper
Bohemian Chic
Valentine Be Mine
Holly Days
Anytime Pillow Boxes
Moonbeams & Fairy Dust

So, there's just a couple things that could dress up your picnic table. Could have come up with a lot more, but time ran out, lol! Hope you got a bit of inspiration today. DON'T FORGET to leave your comments for your chance to win the gift card giveaway.


 Enter to win a $10.00 Gift Card to the Fleurette Bloom SVG Shop!
Just post a comment on this blog post
and become a follower of this blog
(if you are not already)
It's that easy!
A winner from each blog on this hop will be selected.
So, you have multiple chances to Win!
Thanks for hopping with us and good luck


Have fun on the hop! I know you will love what you see. I am the final blog, but if you didn't see the rest, you can start at Fleurette Bloom.

Fleurette Bloom
Ilda Dias
Courtney Lega
Kristin Courtney 

 Chantel Schroeder-Groenewald
Cheryl Hoogenstyn Becker




Sunday, June 29, 2014

Happy 4th of July...

I love to have a little something hanging on my front door. I almost always have something of some sort. And I dare say most times, it is with some sort of rosette. I LOVE them!!! Any, I always to to have it season specific. So, being it's July 4th next week, and I am a very patriotic, proud to be American, kind of girl....I made something patriotic. I hope you like.

It is my day over at My Scrap Chick, so the elements I used are from their store. The list will be at the end of this post.
I use digital papers, so I can always print what I need when I want...and never run out. So I went through what I have and chose All American Summer by Dani. You can find it here. I printed what I needed, then set about cutting.


I first started by making the rosette in the center. I had miscalculated and it wasn't as large as I wanted it. Being that I hate to pitch something out, I set about to see how I could save it. I figured I could just add the rosette to the center of a couple of mats. So I found a scallop circle that would work, then sized a plain circle accordingly. 


I chose to use the 4th of July element from MSC. I sized the pieces together to look right for the center of my rosette. If a star didn't have a mat, I made one. I printed my papers, cut my pieces and assembled the emblem. I noticed this file didn't have the "th" and seemed a bit odd to me, so I simply chose a basic font and made my own. Now I think it's perfect!  I inked all the edges and used some white gel pen, and my Wink of Stella glitter brush. I tied some twine and added a few stars. 


I cut a few extra stars and wound some wire around a pencil to make some "springy" things, lol. I added the stars to the ends of the wires, and hot glued them in place behind one of the layers. Then I added some Stickles glitter to sparkle them up some. I like how they kind of look suspended above. Gives a bit of movement. 

So, there you have it. Another project I saved from the trash can. lol!  I ended up actually liking it better with the extra layers under the rosette. 

So...here's the list of what I used.


I hope you got a bit of inspiration today, with my project. How about getting some of your supplies out and make one for yourself....or a gift for a friend....or the hostess of your holiday picnic? I know you'll love it!

Happy Crafting!!!




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Strawberry House....

I'm up this week for a DT project for My Scrap Chick. Since we just had the strawberry festival in our area, I thought it was a perfect time to do something along that theme. 
Since I am known to be a bit rebellious, and I color outside of the lines, my strawberry probably doesn't like any you've ever seen, lol. Any, I hope you enjoy!

I know what you're probably thinking. I over-saturated this pic. Nope, really didn't! The colors I chose, are really just about this bright. So, I told you...non traditional! But I like it, I think it's just really fresh. 
I opened the elements in my Silhouette software, and laid it all out as it should be. Then I created a shadow layer . I used that shadow layer, flipping one and then welding them together for the card base. I third one I glued on top to cover over where the fold is. Then it was just a matter of putting the pieces where they were to go. 


I use lots of foam squares to add dimension. The little windows and doors are popped up, as well as the biggest strawberry. To set it a bit more in front of the smaller one. I used the tiniest black gems I could find in my stash, and scattered them around for the "seeds".


I pulled out a bit of twine out of my stash and tied little bows on the stems of the strawberries. And finally, I got out the white gel pen and did some doodles here and there around the card. 

So, just because something is "supposed" to be a certain color, doesn't mean it has to be. We are creative, after all....right?! No one said you had to do it a certain way, that's the fun of creating! So, think outside the box, this is Summer time, after all....and you should be using bright fun colors!

I hope I gave you a bit of inspiration today, and I hope you'll stop back again, to see what's next!



Monday, June 16, 2014

Inlaid Watercolor.....

Sorry, I think I'm addicted! I had recently found Distress Inks for a crazy good price, so I really stocked up....I mean really, lol! Having all those colors now, it has been so much fun playing around with the trend in watercolor look on cards. This piece was about headed to the trash can, but I was persistent and ended up picking some darker shades than I started with. And suddenly, it just sort of started to come together. I pulled it out, and saved it! And it actually looks pretty good. 


The Tim Holtz watercolor paper was cut using a die from My Creative Time, found here. I had in mind for this to be a guy card, and liked this die that is sort of an argyle feel. It is from Simon Says Stamp, and found here. I got brave, and cut my watercolor piece apart!!! I then used the same die and cut it in white...same watercolor paper as it's quite thick. Then, I put the puzzle pieces back together. The Happy Birthday die is found here. Some pieces of this die are SUPER TINY, so be careful to save them...you'll want to put them back in. I had some trouble with "birthday" and couldn't get it all pulled out to inlay the white. Part of it ended up actually glued on top. But it didn't look too bad and at this point, I wasn't throwing it out!


I then had the bright idea to do the sentiment the same way. Well...I didn't think about the fact that I now had one layer of thick watercolor paper AND the backing piece it was all glue to. Needless to say...it did not cut all the way through. Once again, I feared this was head for the trash. But...I persisted and got enough pulled out to fit the tiny cuts put back in. It's not perfect, but no one will probably even notice. I then went over those white pieces with Wink of Stella glitter brush, found here. Finally, I added foam tape to the back of the card front and attached it to a 4.25 x 4.25 card base. 

Moral of the story....don't give up on something you've got a lot of time invested in, sometimes you can save it, and it ends up better than you thought! I think this will def pass for a guy card.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Watercolor Happy Birthday....

So....I used to hate watercolor, till I started playing around with it, and practicing!!! All I ever got out of it was a mess. Now, I am learning to go in layers, drying in between. I am getting a richer coloring, and layers of tones. I think I will def be doing this for awhile!


These balloons were cut using a set of dies from Simon Says Stamp, you can see them here. I used my Distress Inks for coloring these. I smooshed a blob of the colors onto a clear acrylic stamping block, and used my brushes to water it down, and start to add it to my Tim Holtz watercolor paper, found here. I should mention, I stamped the sentiment first off and embossed with white embossing powder. It came from this stamp set, here. And yes, I did cut my stamp apart. Some of you can't imagine doing that, but this way, it is way more versatile. And you can line them back up as they were, and no one will know the dif!


I pulled out some twine from my stash...Doodlebug.... and tied tiny bows at the bottoms of the balloons. I liked how Jennifer McGuire left her balloon tails hang down beyond the edge of the card...so I copied, lol!
I also added several sequins to each balloon. Love that added sparkle they give. I used My Multi Medium Matte and you can find it here.
I used foam tape under the balloons, as it got a bit warped from the water coloring. It helped to keep it flat as well as adding dimension.

Hope you like my card for today! Stop by again some time and see what I've been up to.

Happy crafting!


Friday, May 30, 2014

32nd Edition Release Blog Hop...


Welcome to the 32nd Edition Release Blog Hop!
"My Birthday Month FREEBIE"



Since this was Emma's Birthday month, she wanted to do something EXTRA SPECIAL for this release! She is giving away this FUN new "Social Media Dies" to the FIRST 150 shoppers! YEP, you heard that right, this set will go to the FIRST 150 shoppers for FREE! You do NOT have to add it in your cart, Emma & her shipping crew will automatically include it in your pkg, ONLY to the first 150 shoppers! IF you happen to come through AFTER the 150th shopper, no worries because this will be available for sale! 

Emma, knows there will be questions on whether YOU made the first 150? 
AFTER the 150 shoppers come through, then you will see this set available for PURCHASE along w/the new release items! 


***BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY***

For our blog hop giveaway, Emma is giving away a $50 gift card to the "My Creative Time" store to ONE LUCKY winner! ALL you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the better chance you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case "YOU" are the lucky winner! 


***SALE ALERT***

ALSO, DON'T FORGET our sale that is starting RIGHT NOW! Use the code: MAY2014 to receive 20% off your entire purchase! Sale ends on June 6th @ midnight PST

Welcome! You should have arrived here from Veronica.  

Yea!!! It's blog hop day! I have seen so many awesome things this week and it has been a lot of fun being back on Emma's team....even if only for this week. This team has put together some super cute stuff. And for me today, I have a shaker card to show you.
In case you couldn't tell by my blog name, I love dragonflies! Even have a tattoo of one on my foot! So, of course, I chose to use that die. Let's get to it.
 

I don't usually pat myself on the back, but I absolutely love how this card came out! So, first off...I played around with watercolors after taking an online card class.  I cut the dragonflies from that, and it sort of became the color theme for this card.

I cut the scalloped large circle first, then chose one of the other circles that would give me the size frame I wanted and cut that. Then I began to stamp a floral wreath all around, using shades of lilacs and greens. Had to see, but used Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to add a bit of glitz and gloss to some of the flowers.


I added some gems to the bodies of the dragonflies.Aren't those sequins pretty?!


I cut a strip of paper wide enough for the sentiment I chose. Then I carefully figured out where on the scallop frame piece it should go to be straight, and then cut the edge with that die, so it perfectly matched the frame. I glued the left edge down and used a foam square on the other. Added a few tiny pearls.

I then cut a piece of acetate cut with the scalloped die and glued it right to the back or the card front. I then did two layers of foam tape to pop it up enough for the sequins to move freely. My trick to not get the sequins sticking to the sides of the foam tape is this. I put a small bit of baby powder on my work surface and carefully brush the sides of the foam tape, all the way around. This way the sequins won't stick and will shake freely. 

I cut a circle shaped card base using my Cameo slightly larger than the scalloped piece. I put a small pile of sequins down, and carefully set the frame piece over top, taking care to center it. Then pushed down good so the bound was tight. I finished if off with a bit of white gel pen accents.

Want to try this for yourself? Here's what you will need.

Pretty Butterflies & Dragonfly Dies ~ New Release
Live, Love, Laugh, And Be Happy ~ New Release
Bunch Of Fun Circle Dies ~ New Release

Have fun playing with whatever you decide to get from this release...it's all wonderful!!!




July 4th...

As Americans, we all love to celebrate our freedoms...and rightly so! We all love picnics, parades, and fireworks. So, in preparation for that, I've put together a goody box filled with some fun.

I used the number five box from Caddy Essentials over at My Scrap Chick. This is a really great set to have, perfect for giving any little gift or treat. I sized the box as big as it would fit on the mat. 
I printed out some fun digital paper and cut and assembled. 


So, here we have a "HOT" box of fun. Hot Sparklers, hot Pop-It's, Hot Tamales. And of course, with adult supervision only! Even the Hot Tamales...man them things are hot! Anyway, I used the stars from the flag in the Patriotic Family set. To get the open star, I layered one smaller one over a larger one and made a compound path. Then I sized one bigger and one smaller. As well, I cut a red, white and blue star. I accented them with some Stickles. Tied on a bit of twine and called it done.


When I printed my papers, I printed both sides, as when you fold up and assemble, if you don't use double sided paper, it will just be white. And that's ok, just not the look I wanted. I cut some panels of left over paper, and attached to the sides. The title was just made by selecting a font, and then creating a shadow layer for it. I used foam squares to add dimension to that and a few of the stars. 

I hope you like this and it gives you some inspiration to make something similar. Here is where you get what you need.


Don't wait too long, the holiday will soon be upon us! These would make fun take home gifts at your picnic for the holiday. The kids will love them! Fill with whatever you like, age appropriate of course.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sneak Peak Day 4...

***Sneak Peek giveaway!***
We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner! For example, the set we are showcasing on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday & the sets we are showcasing on Thursday, Emma will announce that winner on Friday in her video!
ALL you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the better chance you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case "YOU" are the lucky winner! 
For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even instagram it! #mycreativetime!
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE & let's start spreading the word!
Here we are at the last day of Sneak Peaks already. And you guessed it another card from me to show you. I cannot take credit for this idea though. I saw Jennifer McGuire do this with dies from Simon Says Stamp, and when I got the release from Emma, I knew right off I was going to try this. And I LOVE how it turned out! I hope you will like it too. And give it a try yourself.
 

First off....I love these bright papers! So summery! First off, cut and fold for an A2 sized card. Make a very faint pencil line in the center of the card front, from top to bottom. Line up the center of your butterfly dies on that pencil line, going vertical as well. Line up that pencil line with the bottom edge of your cutting plate so that part that hangs off won't cut. Here is a link to Jennifer's video to show you how.
Once you have run it through your die cutting machine you can score on that line then erase any of it that might show.

Once you have scored and folded it back on itself, you can cut your butterflies out of patterned paper and adhere. I added some tiny pearls to the bodies. I cut some very thin strips of the same papers and glued along the bottom edges.
I thought this sentiment just said all and nothing else was needed! This is a very simple card but one that will wow the recipient. I love how it came out and you could do this same thing with lots of dies.


I thought that writing on the front would really mess this up if someone wanted to leave it sit out. I created a panel for the back of the card that you could write your message on. Plenty of space and won't yuk up the front. 

So, there you have it...a simple, but very pretty card. Here's what you need to recreate it for yourself.

Pretty Butterflies & Dragonfly Dies ~ New Release
Speech Bubble Sentiments ~ New Release

Hope to see you for the blog hop tomorrow! Happy Crafting!