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Friday, May 1, 2015

Cupcake Card

The April Schedule of Contents is up at Unruly PaperArts.  This month the theme is MMM---mosaics, masterboards, Mother's Day, or words that start with em because their pronounced as m--such as embossing and embellishments.

This month's Reader Art Quest is all about food.  Be sure to link up your creation directly to the Unruly PaperArts blogozine HERE.  Please visit UPA for all the samples both today and again mid-month.

Here is my design team creative contribution.  Happy World Baking Day!!!!!  And I did some dry embossing to go along with the MMM-em theme!


The Paper Studio cupcake embossing folder
Stampin' Up gumball green cardstock
Me and My Big Ideas MAMBI cards (base is yellow greeting card)
STAMPlorations Cupcake stamp set
scrap of yellow cardstock
Stampabilities Nestabilities circle dies
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Ranger wild honey Distress Marker
Copic Sketch Marker YG03 yellow green
KandCompany Party Adhesive Chipboard (lemon, lime slices)
ribbon leaves from stash

Using this card to enter these challenges:

STAMPlorations Bi-Weekly sketch #32 due May 1
STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes challenge
The Crafters Cafe:  Challenge #114 Food and/or Drink

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Altered Puzzle Challenge Starts Monday

Even though I'm still finishing up our altered playing cards, I'm excited about the new challenge from Claudine Criner.  We're going to alter a 24 piece puzzle!  Details are at Claudine's Art Corner. In addition to the blog, there is a companion FaceBook page.

Claudine's Art Corner

Our first week is all about preparing our puzzle pieces.  My puzzle is a fifty cent find from the thrift store.

I worked at the kitchen table, forgetting to bring along the box cover.  So my first exercise was a mental one to put the puzzle together without a photo of it.  If my three-year-old granddaughter can do it, so can I!!!!

I flipped it over and marked the pieces on the back, to help with assembly when we're done.  Perhaps here is where I note that my puzzle has 25 pieces!!!! And that when flipped over, the numbers actually are in reverse, so another mental exercise to remember that when the time comes.....

Then I went outside on the deck and sanded with what I had on hand.  This was my second exercise of the day--this one physical.   I wiped up the dust with a baby wipe and was suprised to see how much color was on the wipe!

After applying 2 layers of gesso, I'm ready for Monday and anxious to see what Claudine has in store for altering our first two pieces.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Birthday Scrappy Page

I finally decided on a scrapbook layout size.  I went from 6x6 to 8x8 and settled on 6x8.  This size gives me some page protectors with pockets for journal cards and 4x6 photos.  Whew!  I can easily alter the two pages I've already done for the new size.

Here is a new 6x8 page which I made for some challenges.  It is totally digital.  I will digitally add the photo of my grandson when I get it and then print the page out to place in the book.  He had a baseball themed birthday party.

Digital Credits:

Imagine That! Digis by Kris:  Baseball Papers, Baseball Boys collection: basaeball and boy--both pre-colored for easy use!!!

Kris Breach participates in Pixel Scrapper where I've been introduced to many fine digital artists who share their work.

The following items I found at Pixel Scrapper:
Janet Scott: Baseball word (top left)
Sheila Reid: Brick background--this will be replaced when the actual photo is inserted (but how awesome is this paper?)
Brooke Gazarek: MVP card

I cropped and layered 3 of Kris' baseball papers for the background.  I layered the boy on top of the baseball and added shadowing for dimension.  Then I added the MVP card and baseball word and layered behind the brick paper.  I added my own computer generated text.


Aud Sentiments Fifth Birthday Celebration: Challenge # 129 Happy Birthday sentiment or number 5 due April 21 I'm #96 x
Come and Get It Challenge (new to me) Things that Start with B due April 25. I'm #43 x
Crafty Boots (new to me) Red, White and Blue due April 26.  I'm #14
Imagine That!  Use Any IT image--winner drawn every 10 entries.  I'm #14

Friday, April 17, 2015

Get Well Card

A get well card:

black card
ivory card stock
scrap of  Rusty Pickle School Daze patterned collage paper for the background
STAMPlorations number stamp
STAMPlorations Blossom Overture stamp set:  label and sentiment
Memento ink pads: Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug
baker's twine
Stampabilities Nestabilities label dies
black paper clip

Entering These Challenges:

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge #89 Use a Diecut due April 30

STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge # 31 due April 17

STAMPlorations April challenge:  STAMPS AND NUMBERS

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

Spring Flowers Card

A card I made for some challenges:

Stampin' Up Mixed Bunch flowers stamps and matching punch
Rubber Dance Art Stamps sentiment
Ancient Page amethyst ink pad
Stampin' Up Purely Pomegranate ink pad
Heidi Grace cardstock pad
Color Blok lilac cardstock (card base)
EK Success one inch circle punch

Entering These Challenges

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge  Three of something--  3 flowers My tip: to add dimension and focal point, layer flowers, adding a different color flower for contrast;  put a flower center on a foam dimensional, curl up the focus flower.  #62 closes April 27

Shopping Our Stash Challenge: 197 Lost and Found
I totally forgot about a pad of Colorbok cardstock until I rummaged around looking for some lilac paper.  I had used all the pink in the pad 2 years ago for a scrapbook for my granddaughter. #25 closes April 20

Curtain Call: Inspiration Challenge April 15 Bouquet #18 closes April 25

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Think Spring

Springtime Colors is the latest challenge up at My Artistic Adventures challenge blog.  After this challenge, we'll be taking a break for the summer.

I'm posting a quick and easy tag using MAA pink shabby chic tags and vintage pink baby girl collage sheets found in Heather Hudson's Etsy Shop HERE.

Other products used:
Ranger Distress Inks pads and markers:  tattered rose, spun sugar, vintage photo, tumbled glass
Scallop and circle punch

Be sure to visit the MAA Challenge Blog for details, inspiration from the design team, and the link up for your own creation.

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