Saturday, October 30, 2010

Delight in Fall...Another H2H Entry (I think I've lost my mind!)

Well, here it is.  My third entry for this week's H2H challenge.  I haven't played in months and now in about a span of 24 hours, I've created three entries for one week.  The challenge is to use a pumpkin or two.  In going through my stamps again, I found a pumpkin!! One little tiny little pumpkin.  The challenge didn't say it had to be a big pumpkin. LOL

I had two other ideas as well.  One was to use buttons, but I didn't have enough buttons (of the color I wanted, that is) to do what I had in that's scratched.  The other idea I had was using "Grown with Love" stamp set, with the thought of using the circles and leaves to create pumpkins.  I may still do that one...maybe tomorrow...not sure.  I still need to work on my project for my first blog hop and my next two scrap club gatherings, and oh yeah...grade some papers...ugh, so I may put it off until another time.

I almost scratched this card half way through, as it wasn't coming together quite like I had hoped, but I played and fiddled with it and ended up with a card that's growing on me.

I played around a lot with this card.  But basically I hole punched the cardstock to create windows.  I traced six circles onto B&T paper using a metal-rimmed tag, inked (on both sides) & distressed the edges and slightly rolled the paper forward.  I layered (from back of tag to front) pattern paper, hemp, metal-rimmed tag, patterned paper, stamp, and stamped/punched image.  The hemp is adhered to the Cocoa cardstock and then the inside is lined with Smoothie cardstock to cover up the hemp.

I lined half of the inside with a piece of Sunset B&T paper from the Olivia Level 2 paper pack.  The edges of both the Smoothie cardstock and Sunset B&T paper were sponged with coordinating ink.  I distressed the Cocoa cardstock with both an edge distresser and sandpaper and then sponged a little Cocoa Exclusive ink along the edges to create an aged appearance.

I used Fiskars Cloud Decorative scissors to trim the edge (knew those would come in handy again) and then embellished the scallops with Opaques mocha adhesive gems.  As you can tell from the picture, the tags do swivel.  The stamped images were punched out using a Marvy circle punch and adhered to the tag with 3D foam tape.

I wrapped hemp around the fold of the card about three times and used a spiral clip and brad to hold a sentiment tag.  I rolled the "Delight" in Smoothie, Sunset, and Pear Exclusive Inks.


Thank You...another H2H Entry

As I wrote about in yesterday's post, the H2H challenge was to create something with a Halloween theme or use a pumpkin or two (for those of us who don't celebrate Halloween).  My dilema was...I don't own any CTMH pumpkin stamps, so I had to think outside the box to figure out how to create a pumpkin out of something another way.  I pulled out my paper piecing patterns and came up with yesterday's card post.  I then pulled out several of my stamp sets to try and get know, non-pumpkin stamps, yet something that I could create a pumpkin with.  I've got two ideas in my lil' 'ol brain using those that I may try and make today.  I also have two ideas that came from blog of those is also in my noggin'.  The card below was inspired by an idea I've seen in several place using ribbon to create flowers.  I decided to give it a try myself and use the shape to create a pumpkin.  I think it turned out pretty cute...if I say so myself.

I cut two 1 1/2" x 6" strips and one 2" x 6" strip of CTMH B&T paper from the Olivia My Reflections Level 2 Paper Pack and a 6 x 12 piece of Cocoa carstock.  I embossed the the carstock and inked the the B&T paper. 

I hand-cut the stem out of a piece of scrap Cocoa carstock and added some penning detail. I also hand-cut the leaves out of a piece of Olivia B&T scrap, inked the edges with Pear Exclusive Ink and lightly crumbled it before gluing it in place. I then used a spiral clip from the Mini-medley Accent Pewter Embellishment Pack.

I created the pumpkin by gluing the end of Natural twill ribbon to the center of a scrap piece of cardstock and twisting it as I worked around and around...gluing the ribbon down as I worked.  I then sponged some Sunset and Cocoa Exclusive inks on top of the ribbon. 

I wrapped a piece of Cocoa grograin ribbon around the B&T and then tied another piece of ribbon around around it.  On a scrap piece of B&T paper, I stamped "Thank You" in Pear Exclusive Inks.  The stamp is from a consultant stamp set.  I then trimmed the paper and sponged the paper with Sunset Exclusive ink.  I used some of CTMH's newest products...Opaques Mocha Adhesive embellish the sentiment.


Seasons Change...H2H Challenge

Several months ago, soon after joining CTMH, I participated in a challenge over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  With all of the incredibly talented ladies playing, I was pleasantly surprised when my card was selected for Friday Five.    I wasn't able to participate in the following challenges for various reasons...namely school started up again....busy, busy, busy.  I've been itching for a while to try another challenge, so I made a point of making a card today after getting home from school. 

This week's challenge is to create something for Halloween or something with pumpkins (for those of us who don't celebrate Halloween...thanks H2H for thinking of us).  When I first read this challenge, I thought, "Oh fiddle faddle...I'm not going to be able to do this one." I don't own any pumpkin stamps yet.  But after my initial doubt and thinking about how I could create a pumpkin out of a something that wasn't a pumpkin, it finally dawned on me.  I have a binder full of old paper piecing patterns...I found a pumpkin pattern by a company called "Star Gazer Patterns" (I don't think their in business anymore.)  Then I started wondering what papers I could use....well, duh!  My Olivia papers would be perfect!  I traced and cut out the pattern pieces, then sponged the edges with Sunset Exclusive ink.  I then spritzed the pieces with water and wadded them up.  After gently unwading, I lightly sponged Cocoa Exclusive ink over the edges and some of the wrinkles.  Finally, I lightly sanded the pieces with the block from the CTMH sanding kit.   I then played with this and played with that, until I came up with this card.   (Don't you love how creativity works?)

I used Close To My Heart B&T papers, cardstock (specifically Bamboo, Colonial White, and Barn Red), and the exclusive "Timeless" MyAcrylix stamp set from the Olivia Workshop-on-the-Go.  I used the flourishes from the corner stamp of  "The Present" MyAcrylix stamp set  along the bottom and around the torn sentiment opening.   (I LOVE THIS SET!!!)  I then inked the edges of the Bamboo cardstock background and around the sentiment opening.
I used Pear, Topiary, and Cocoa Exclusive Inks on the leaves.  I had fun creating the little vines by wrapping thin strips of Topiary cardstock around the needle portion of my piercing tool.  Speaking of the piercing tool, I used it to pierce holes to create windy swirls.  
I stamped the flourish border from the WOTG "Timeless" stamp set in Bamboo ink on a piece of Colonial White cardstock and then stamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) in Topiary ink.  I then inked the edges using a sponge tool and Bamboo ink, trimmed it and added two brads from the Mini-Medley Accents Pewter Collection that I had left over from the Passages WOTG kit and adhered it with 3-D Foam Tape. 

Before I adhered the Bamboo piece down onto the card, I sanded the area (in two directions) that would be under the "window" and then stamped the sentiment in Topiary Exclusive Ink

MATERIALS/SHOPPING LIST (All materials are Close To My Heart, except the Star Gazer Pumpkin Pattern)...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My drugs of choice...

No offense to anyone, but all I got to say, is thank God I'm not a drug user, smoker, or big drinker (like one a month...maybe), because I have such an addictive personality that I hate to imagine what my life would be like if I had gone that route.  I get so addicted to certain activites that I can't get anything else lately working on videos for YouTube...why?!  LOL  I'll do this for a while, then I'll move on to making cards, or scrapbook pages, or fiddling with the computer, or playing an online game, or trolling blogs, or shopping (though it's easy to cure yourself of that one when you're broke), or scouring my kitchen for food (hence, I joined Weight Watchers two weeks these are my drugs of choice.  I guess I can't get into to much trouble with most of them. However, I'm sure my husband would love it if I would get addicted to cleaning or cooking.  Well, I'm sure that there's thinks that even drug addicts won't do!

Here is the latest addic...I mean, video that I made describing how to use the rolling technique, two ink colors, and alphabet stamps to create a gradient look (like I created on my "Beautiful Day" layout.  I also demonstrated how easily you can use MyAcrylix stamps to stamp words around circular items.  I currently have, I don't know, six? ideas in my head of videos I want to do.  Ha!  We'll see how that goes. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New YouTube Video

Just finished up a video to show the accordian fold that I used in the layout I created for my Scrap Club this month. I'll be showing some of the other techniques I used once I get the videos edited.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday's Scrap Club Creations

Scrap Club just wrapped up a few hours ago.  Everyone was pleased with the projects using the Olivia Workshop-on-the-Go.  They also enjoyed learning some new techniques, especially the faux stitching.  The first time I remember seeing faux stitching was on Tresa Black's UStream Channel (also on her blog, Fabulously Artsy).  I don't own a sewing machine and hand-stitching large areas...well, let's face it, that's just not happening, so I absolutely love faux stitching.  They also learned how to create an accordian fold element/border, sand, dry emboss, and create a journal pocket.  We also practiced some old (previously learned) techniques, like second generation stamping, random stamping, sponging, rolling and direct-to-paper inking. 

"Beautiful Day" - Inspired from the "Performance" Sketch on page 48 & 49 of CTMH's latest How-To book called "Magic"
Techniques used: Faux stitching, sanding, second generation stamping, sponging, accoridan folds, random stamping, rolling, hidden journaling
My Acrylix Stamps used: Building Block Alphabet, The Works Alphabet, The Present 
Papers Used: Olivia Level 2 Packet (included in WOTG kit)
Tools used: Texture Tools (foam tool), Sanding Kit, Martha Stewart Score Board, Magic Technique Highlights & Template DVD (with "Magic" How-To Book), Piercing Tools, Corner Rounder, Fiskars Paper Trimmer
Exclusive Ink Colors used: Smoothie, Bamboo, Topiary, Sunset, Pear and Barn Red
Embellishments used: Shimmer Designer Brads (included in WOTG kit), Colonial White Satin-trimmed Sheer Ribbon
Adhesives used: 3D Foam Tape, Tombow Mono Adhesive

"Fall" layout from the Olivia Workshop-on-the-Go Instruction Guide (minus photos/mats). 
Techniques used: sanding, second generation stamping, stippling
My Acrylix Stamps used: Friendship Alphabet Large, Timeless (only available in the Olivia WOTG kit)
Papers Used: Olivia Level 2 Packet (included in WOTG kit)
Tools used: Texture Tools (stubble tool), Sanding Kit
Exclusive Ink Colors used: Cocoa and Smoothie
Embellishments used: Shimmer Designer Brads (included in WOTG kit)
Adhesives used: 3D Foam Tape, Tombow Mono Adhesive

Want more ideas using this Workshop-on-the-Go and/or the Olivia Level 2 Paper Pack?  Just click here or here.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

A fun way to use scrap ribbon...

Here's a layout I did for a challenge on Two Peas in a Bucket.  I was inspired by a layout that used a few pieces of knotted paper strips along a center seam.  Instead of using paper strips, I used a ribbon and a LOT of it.
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