Monday, April 27, 2009

My Time To Color Challenge 01

Another challenge done today! This one was really fun! It was a color challenge - we had to use the following colors, but I also used the bag as an inspiration to the design of my project.

I'm posting two photos, but the lighting is not very good on either! Sorry about that! (and I just noticed that I forgot to crop the second picture!)

My project is an altered journal - which is just a journal/notebook that I made my own cover for. I love these as gifts! I used my Pina Colada Simply Scrappin kit again (retired) because it had some of the colors and the flowers matched the design on the bag. One of the flowers is a rub on and I mounted some of the stickers on turqoise cardstock to pull in that color.

I used Craft ink for the background flourishes with clear emobossing powder. It didn't show up as well as I hoped on the dark cardstock, but it still worked! I also used chipboard letters that I colored with my Sharpie markers (LOVE my sharpie's!) and spelled out the "journal" on the front. It's hard to see in the pics, but I added a little bling to the center of all the flowers. It adds just enough sparkle to the project -- but then again, I don't think you can ever have TOO much of bling! {wink!} I like how some of the flowers are off the edge of the book. This is a great tip to do when you're doing a "collage" or lots of randomly placed images; it really makes it look balanced. Just fill in the space that you need and trim off the excess. If you look closely, you can see that the excess that I trimmed off the top left red flower, I added to the bottom left edge, so nothing was wasted!

That's it for today! I will have another project to post tomorrow, so remember to check back! Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Blogger's Challenge - this week Alter It!

This week was a fun challenge! We had to alter something - there were some very creative ideas! I have saved these little plastic jars forever, intending on doing something with them, and thanks to this challenge, it finally got done! There was originally spices in them that came in a "Chili Kit" that we got for Christmas one year. Here's the front view:

Here's a view showing the top and the front of the jars. I used Stampin' Up!'s retired Pina Colada Simply Scrappin' kit, some chipboard letters and some Sissix die cuts to decorate them.

Here's the top view. As you can see, I ran out of ideas of what to put in them! I have Brads, Buttons, Clips and one empty one until I decide what to put in it -- any ideas??

Here's a little side view of the pretties that are in the jars! Wow, I had a lot of rhinestone brads!

I'm throwing out a challenge to all of you to alter something - we all have things that we've saved wondering "what could I do with this?".......right? Well, time to do something with it and email me with your altered item and I will post pics of them all. Maybe I'll even have a prize for my faves!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I'm So Excited! My Timeless Template Challenge 01

I am participating in the "My Timeless Template Challenge" - the very first one! I have been an admirer of Lauren's work for quite some time and am excited to participate! I used the "For Keep{sake}" template for my project. The challenge was to use bath products for inspiration. I made my own bath salts for the project. I just googled "homemade bath salts" and came up with lots of different websites. It was easy! Here's my project:

I love this little penguin image! I did little individual packets for single use using some small ziploc baggies. Here's a close up of the baggie:

I used the ribbon to make her little hula skirt. I trimmed off the edge so I was able to fray it up to the middle stitched part. I gathered it using mini glue dots and then trimmed the frayed part to fit the image. I used little strip of rhinestone stickers around the waist to bling it up a bit! Speaking of bling - I cut out the flower and her bikini top from an extra stamped image and glittered it, then layered it on top to give it some dimension. Cute, huh?!

I wrapped the ribbon around the lid and added the little "Relax" tag. It was a fun project! Now......who do I give it to??!!! Hmmm. Have to think about that one! Here's another view - of course, it looks much better IRL! I was bummed that I didn't have a rhinestone flower brad (that's on the top) that matched the color better, but I still think it works!

That's it for today! Stay tuned for my Blogger's Challenge to be posted tomorrow! It's an "Alter It" challenge. Have a great day!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #95 - Color Challenge

This week's challenge was to use the following colors on a card: Always Artichoke, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, and Sahara Sand, and a neutral if you wanted. I, like everyone else that I've been reading, had a hard time working in that Sage! I kind of masked it a lot with other ink colors to try to make it "blend" a little better!

I started out with an Artichoke base and layered the top half with Sahara Sand, after I ran it through my wonderful Big Shot on the Damask Texturz plate. I did use a sponge and kind of "rub" a little chocolate ink on the Sand to kind of dirty it up a little and make it a little less stark. Then layered the bottom half with the Sage. I used a few different stamps from the "Wanted" set to make my own background paper. I used both Arthchoke and Chocolate ink on it - if you click to enlarge the picture, you may be able to see that better.

I stamped the horse image from the "Wanted" set on Vanilla using the Sahara Sand ink, and then stamped the saying from the "Best Wishes and More" set with Chocolate ink. I made the dust from the running horse by using a piece of scratch paper and making a template using different sized circle punches and then sponging Sand ink while moving it around a little. Here's what my template looked like:

Then I tied some of our yummy 5/8" Chocolate grosgrain ribbon around with a little lasso (our natural color hemp twine) tied in the knot.

I think that's about it! It was a fun challenge and I'm looking forward to the next one. Now that we're all moved and settled - notice I said "settled" and not "organized"!! - I think I'll be able to play a lot more. I also have my own stamp room now too!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Love You Much!

I really like this set. It has some fun images and it coordinates with that great "Heart to Heart" punch! It's just one punch - but 3 different hearts. Cute! This is a close up of the detail on the front of the card. I stamped the hearts image in Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss and Pink Passion and used the punch to punch out the image, but I only used the largest hearts on the project. *Little punch tip: when using a coordinating stamp and punch, always stamp image first and then punch out the image by turning the punch upside down and centering it, and punch! I used the rectangle punch on the Kiwi Kiss squares and threaded the ribbon through. That ribbon is really great! It's reversible - Kiwi Kiss trimmed in white on one side and White trimmed in Kiwi on the other side. I popped up the squares and the hearts using the Stampin' Dimensionals. I love those! They are a great price, so you should always keep some on hand to add that little WOW factor to any project.
This is the whole front of the card. I punched through the Kiwi Kiss and the Chocolate Chip layer to show the stamped image on the inside of the card.
This is a close up of the detail on the punch out part on the front of the card. I did the tone on tone look by stamping the image using the same color ink as the paper. Of course, the versamark pad would've worked too.
This is view of the open card showing the punched out part on the top and the stamped image on the bottom. This was a very simple card to make. I love those that look more complicated than they are! (Supply list below)

Stamps: Love You Much
Papers: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Pink Passion, Whisper White
Inks: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Pink Passion
Tools: Rectangle Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Kiwi Kiss/Vanilla Satin Ribbon