Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Chicks


The new two-week challenge starts today at Sugar Creek Hollow and this time it is appropriately called EASTER.  We want to see vintage or shabby chic projects that depict Easter.

We have a talented Guest Designer joining us for this challenge.  Her name is Nicola but you probably know her as Paper Profusion.  Please make her feel welcome and head over to her blog to see her wonderful creations.

I made a little card after I found this adorable vintage Easter postcard online at Mambeenoe.  Don't you just love their Easter bonnets? 

I started with some white card stock from Staples for my blank and then added some paper from a pad called Picadilly by Basic Grey that I distressed with my scissors and then inked with some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink by Ranger.  A coordinating paper from the same pad was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Victoria and inked with more Frayed Burlap.

Next I added some lace and a strand of pearls from my stash.  After distressing and inking the image, I mounted it on some white crepe paper that came from Dollarama.  The pearl flourishes are also from Dollarama and the large oval crystal gem is from a David Tutera bridal collection that I got on clearance at Michaels.

The flower is made of a large flower by Recollections, a ribbon flower that I made with organza from Arton Bead Supply and a white rose from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons  - Flower Power
Cute Card Thursday - Easter
It's All About The Vintage - Shabby Chic
Fairies Challenges  - Shabby Chic or Vintage
Penny's Paper Crafty - Flower Power
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Easter
Artistic Inspirations -Easter Animal/ Anything Goes
Card Mania  - Easter
Lexi's Creations - Easter
Victorine - Easter

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flights of Fancy


How quickly two weeks can pass because it is already time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time Trace is our hostess and is calling the challenge FLIGHTS OF FANCY.  She wants us to make vintage or shabby chic projects showing birds, bees or butterflies.

I made sure I had all the bases covered and included at least one image of each in my creation.  The calendar says it is spring and even though it isn't very warm yet where I live, the massive piles of snow have just about all melted, I saw three fat robins in the back yard the other day and heard lots more birds chirping away so the timing of this card is perfect.

This time I made a card and here is how it went together.  First I started with a piece of Recollections card stock for the blank and then added some Pion Designs paper for the background.  I distress the edges with my scissors and inked them with some Spiced Marmalade DI.

I added a strip of Venise lace and next came some burlap and then a piece of corrugated cardboard that was roughed up a bit and highlighted with some Gesso.

The image came from Old Design Shop online and before I added it, I distressed it and inked the edges with more Spiced Marmalade DI.  The butterfly was a gift from a fellow crafter.  I made the nest from some hemp and added some Melissa Frances pearl stickers as eggs.  The feathers came from the dollar store.

I created the flower from Tim Holtz Colorcore card stock using a Marvy Uchida punch.  It has been inked with more Spiced Marmalade DI and a brown pearl sticker added as a centre.  The leaf is made from a scrap of Tim Holtz Colorcore card stock and the Tattered Leaves die.  After I added some veins to it, I inked the leaf with some Forest Moss DI.  Finally I added some fun buttons.

I hope you will pop over and check out the work of my Frilly team mates and then create something and enter it in the challenge.  The winner will earn a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters will have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Simply create a new project and follow the instructions for linking it.  Don't forget to include a link in your post to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog post.  Remember, you can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Catered Crop - Put A Bird On it
The Squirrel and the Fox - All Creatures Great and Small
Crafty Calendar - Things with Wings
A Little Bit Crafty - The Birds and the Bees

To purchase these items used to create my card, pop over to The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Step X Step at Frilly and Funkie

A couple weeks ago I promised you I would walk you through how I made the collage card for my Mother-in-Law's 92nd birthday.  Well today is the day so pop over to Frilly and Funkie to see what I did.  Here is a reminder of what the card looked like before I sent it out west.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Layers at Sassy Cheryl's


I told my friends at Sassy Cheryl's that they should be careful not to fall on the floor because I have actually managed to get a card made for the current challenge at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog , which is all about LOTS OF LAYERS.

I started a different card and coloured an image for the first time in probably 4 months but then I tried to get artsy and ruined the image so I had to scrap that effort and start again.  I was checking to see if I had anything else printed and found an image that was already coloured - bonus.  I had done it when I visited my friend Ann English last May and she let me use her Copics - not my usual medium but with her expert guidance I got something worth keeping.

From the bottom up, here is my card:

I started with some Recollections card stock for the blank (this card is a 6" square).  Next I added some green patterned paper from my stash for the background.  Next came a couple of Provo Craft papers (also from my scraps) and then a band of white card stock that was punched with a Martha Stewart edge punch.

I added three rows of ribbon from Michaels and some Recollections pearl stickers.  The flower is made up of a white Prima flower and a couple of coloured flowers from Dollarama.  I added a button from my stash and some baker's twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Next I fussy cut around the image before adhering it.  Voila, lots of layers.  I decided not to add a sentiment because I am not sure how this card will be used. 

This is not my usual style of crafting since I normally do vintage or shabby chic so I struggled with this.  Even though I absolutely love these Sassy images, my pea brain can't seem to combine my style with her wonderful images.  I will keep trying though now that I have more time since I am officially retired again.

I don't know what this image is called and I can't find it in the Sassy Cheryl Stamp Store but that could be because I didn't look hard enough.  If it isn't there, not to worry because Cheryl has lots of other fabulous digis, including a set of twins that just arrived and are adorable.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sassy Cheryl's -Lots of Layers with a Sassy Cheryl Image
That Craft Place - Buttons
Left of Center Challenges - Ribbon and/or Flowers

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Best Friends


It is time for a new two-week challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow and this time we want you to MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND.

Thanks to Cathi O'Neill of our Design Team, for this challenge we are pleased to welcome a new sponsor coming to us from Australia.


The folks at Molossi have a wide variety of products and you can see what they have to offer when you check out the challenge post at Sugar Creek Hollow.

They are providing a wonderful prize pack for one random winner.  Look at all the goodies you could win.


Here are the details of my card from the bottom up:

I started my card with some Bazzill card stock for the blank and then I created my background.  First I tore all sorts of papers from an old book, some scraps from my stash and some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap.  I used some Ranger Glue and Seal to glue the torn papers to a piece of cream card stock and then gave them another coat on top..

Then I stenciled over the whole piece using a Moroccan Lattice stencil from Heidi Swapp and some Olive Archival Ink from Ranger.  I then covered the whole piece with Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom  and Red Geranium Archival Ink.  The final step for the background was to use a Tiny Circles stencil from TCW and Wendy Vecchi Gold Embossing Paste.

Next I took some corrugated card stock from Michaels, inked the edges with Ranger's Vintage Photo Distress Ink and distressed it a bit with my scissors.  On top of that I added a panel of net that I picked up in England and then wrapped some satin ribbon from Fabricland around all of these layers and made a bow on the side.

The next layer is a piece of cream card stock that I embossed with a script folder from Cuttlebug and then inked with some more Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The Friends Forever text is computer generated and the image is part of a Darkroom Door collage stamp provided by our sponsor appropriately called Friends that I stamped using Coffee Archival Ink from Ranger and then inked with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The lock and key are chipboard pieces provided by our sponsor that I rubbed with Onyxite and Rose Quartz Treasure Gold wax paste to get a rusty look.  Finally I added the lace flower, also provided by our sponsor but I took the liberty of swapping out the pearl and crystal centre that it came with for something that fit a little better with my colour palette so I hope they won't be upset.  Even though I didn't ask for permission, I am asking for forgiveness :)

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Challenges and candies - Embossing
Craftyhands - Shabby Chic
Fussy and Fancy - Shabby Chic
Red Rubber Designs - Very Vintage
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Vintage
Stampotique Designers Challenge - Vintage

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Time for Change


The new two-week challenge at Frilly and Funkie begins today and is called TIME AFTER TIME.  Nancy is our hostess and wants us to make vintage or shabby chic projects that focus on time and clocks.

I hope you will share your projects with us to be in with a chance of winning a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie or a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Remember, to enter you must create a new project, link it using the linking tool and make sure you add a link in your post back to this challenge. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning.

I have been seeing a lot of art journals lately and decided it was something I might like to try but I thought before I tackled a journal page, I better find something I could use as a journal and then make it pretty. 


I started with this sketch pad, removed the cover and altered it to the piece you see above.  I started by giving it a couple of coats of Gesso.  Then I sponge painted it with some acrylic craft paint but the colour was really bright and not a good match for the papers that I wanted to use with it so I then inked over the paint with some Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender and Bundled Sage Distress Ink.

Next I added some torn papers from the Maja Autumn Basics paper pad using some Glue and Seal to adhere them and to coat them before I gave them a light coat of Gesso.  I also added some bits of drywall tape.

The next step was to use some embossing paste to add some clocks and also some little dots.  I used my Cameo to cut a large flourish from Grunge Paper and then cut it cut it in pieces and added it to the base after I sponged it with Milled Lavender Distress Ink.

Now it was time (no pun intended) to create the word art for the quote and frame it.  I chose the quote because it referenced time but also because I thought it would make a great jumping off point for my journal since I have never kept a journal.

The frame was cut from light chipboard using my Cameo and the flourishes were cut from Grunge Paper, which cuts much easier than chipboard - it really cuts like butter.  I added the flourishes to the frame and then gave it a coat of Gesso.  Then I added some Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and finally some Blood Orange Fresco Finish paint that I wiped off with a baby wipe.

The quote was added on top of a doily and a clock that I found on the internet.  Another clock was added to the left of the framed quote.  The third clock (at least a half clock) was cut from Grunge Paper and then I added Gesso to it and then Bundled Sage Distress Ink.

Next I added some strips of lace.  I added some narrow satin ribbon and pearls to the lace on the top right.  Next I cut a filigree ornament in half, covered them with Picket Fence Distress Stain (it takes a couple of coats with heat drying in between) and then clear embossed them before adding them to my cover.

The final step was to add the flowers.  Two flowers were made from the Maja paper with a couple of punches and then I added some pearls as centres.  The big flower is a flower from Recollections that I inked with some Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and added a big floral button for the centre.  The little flower on the right is some crinoline cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die that I dyed with Milled Lavender Distress Ink and added a pearl for a centre.  The big two-layered flower is a strip of fabric from my sewing cupboard, folded in half lengthwise and then gathered.  It has been topped with some organza ribbon that was gathered and then I added a big pink button from my stash.

Now I need to tackle a journal page and while I don't when that will happen, I know exactly what I want to say in it so stay tuned.

I would like to enter this altered journal in the following challenges:

Inky Chicks - Use Some Lace
Top Tip Tuesday - Metal or Faux Metal
Through The Purple Hazel - Bingo (Flower(s), Sentiment/Greeting/Doily)
Love to Create - Bingo (Pink, Lace, Flowers)
Anything But A Card - Use Two or More Stencils (Clocks & Dots)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered Art Only 

The following products used in the creation of this project came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique: