Friday, December 30, 2011

Love Him

Today's layout is for the fun challenge at Prairie Fairy Fridays!  The challenge is to make your project with Sparkly wings!  Prairie Fairy has so many fabulous fairies that this is so fun!  I used Fairy Love for this layout.  I adjusted the colour to make it match the tone of the layout too.

Now, if you don't do any type of digital crafting, feel free to skip the rest of this.  :)

I've been taking digital scrapbooking classes at Jessica Sprague's Site and I've been learning so much!  This week I learned about Photoshop Actions.  So this layout uses tons of actions!  I downloaded some free actions from Pioneer Woman that are just so awesome!  For the layout, I used French Summer and French Market papers available at Jessica Sprague.  Most of the embellishments are from the Sweet Heart Collection also at Jessica Sprage.  The frame is actually kind of cool.  I took a journal box from Basic Grey's Urban Culture Collection.  I erased everything from the centre, just leaving the frame.  Then I changed the colour and added a pattern for some texture.  Then I added a border around it.  The drop shadow on that is much larger than on anything else because I really wanted it to stand out.  I really love how it turned out!!!  Of course, the challenge was to make something with sparkly wings, so I used some digital Glitter Spills.  I made sure to go in and erase any glitter that was outside of the wing or covering up some of the lines in the wing.  I think it added the perfect touch.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas 2011 Layout

There's a new challenge today at Prairie Fairy Designs.  The challenge is to do something Christmas themed but to use no red of green.  The beautiful digital stamp on the right page is The Nativity by Prairie Fairy Designs.  So I put together this layout using Sweet Serenity by Cabana Girl Designs and various other elements from my Jessica Sprague classes.  The sketch is one of the two-page layouts from Sketch Support.  Isn't it great?

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Tag 6

Okay, seriously, I think this is one of my favourite Christmas cards that I've made this year!  The cute image is Lilli Claire - Warm Wishes by Tiddly Inks.  I coloured her with Copic Markers.  This card is another of my projects inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.  This one is inspired by Tim's Tag 6.  I painted the metal frame with craft paint and then sanded it after it dried.  I love how it turned out!  Here's a closeup:

Also, this is for the new Ways to Use It Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  The challenge this week is to use something digital.  A digital stamp, digital paper or some other digital element.  I hope you get a chance to play!

I'm also entering this card in the challenge at Inspiration Emporium.
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Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Tag 5

Today, I'm going to catch up a little.  I'm getting behind on my cards inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.  So this one's inspired by Tim's Tag 5.  I used the technique that Tim used where he put alcohol ink on some plastic (I used plastic packaging) and then stamped on it.  The stamp is from Stamper's Anonymous Urban Tapestry.  The background is from Tim Holtz's Seasonal paper pack and the greenery is from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Autumn Splendor die.  I coloured three pearls with Copic Markers for berries. 

I'm entering this card in the challenge at Inspiration Emporium.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Tag 4

This card is inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas.  It's Tim's Tag 4 that I was trying out techniques from.  I just love this crackle technique!  I tried it out on a grungeboard butterfly from one of the grungeboard packages (I can't remember which).  I used different colours since I wasn't doing a Christmas card.  Here's a closeup of the butterfly:

I'm entering this on Tim Holtz's site as well as at the Inspiration Emporium blog.

Stamps:  Urban Tapestry by Stampers Anonymous, Spring Solitude by Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Paper:  Very Vanilla Stampin' Up! Cardstock, Vintage Photo Coredinations Cardstock
Accessories:  Distress Stains:  Shabby Shutters, Picket Fence and Brushed Corduroy, Tulle, Ribbon from TAC, recycled packaging, Vanilla Acrylic Paint, buttons, Grungeboard, Ranger Rock Candy Crackle Paint
Tools:  Tim Holtz Sizzix Scrollwork Die, Heat Tool,

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Tag 3

I'm continuing on with my projects inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas!  Today's card is inspired by Tim's Tag 3.  I really didn't have the tools to do the techniques that Tim used so I decided to simply CASE his project.  I pulled out every Christmas sentiment stamp I own and stamped a collage with them.  I have no clue why the red looks pink in the photo, but it is red!  I then added some twine, ribbon and a star clip for embellishments. 

I'll be entering this project in the contest on Tim's blog as well as on the Inspiration Emporium blog.

Stamps:  All Holidays, The Snowflake Spot, Short & Sweet, Sincere Salutations, Punch Pals by Stampin' Up!
Paper:  Vintage Photo Coredinations Cardstock, SU Very Vanilla and Kiwi Kiss Cardstock
Ink:  SU - Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Tempting Turquoise, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Accessories:  Twine, SU Ribbon, Star Metal Clasp, SU Rhinestone Brads, Vanilla Craft Paint
Tools:  Tim Holtz Sizzix Cracked Texture Fade, Tim Holtz Sizzix Autumn Splendor Die, SU Cutter Kit

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Tag 2

In case you missed the first Christmas Tag Post, I'm making cards inspired by techniques that Tim Holtz is using during his annual 12 Tags of Christmas!  Last year I think I only made one card based on the tags.  This year I'm trying to do something for every tag!  There's an added bonus of a prize if you link your project to that day's tag on Tim's site!  Also, you can play along with the 12 Tags of Christmas at Inspiration Emporium!

So this card is inspired by Tag #2.  I know, it looks completely different.  I really wanted to be making my own projects with just a few inspirations from each tag.  So for this, instead of a canvas reindeer, I made canvas roses.  I cut them out of MFT's Mini Rolled Roses Die and then inked the edges.  After they were rolled, I added some Crystal Stickles for some sparkle.  The third item in the flower cluster is a button from Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Accoutrements - Fanciful package.  I just LOVE it!  I wanted to incorporate the white stain from Tim's tag so I used some Symphony Tissue Tape and stained it with Picket Fence Distress Stain.  I also wanted to include the texture of burlap that Tim put on his tag.  I dyed mine green with Tattered Angels Apple Glimmer Mist.  I pulled a few of the edges off to put under the flowers and put the rest under the image.

Other notes about the card.  The image is Druscilla by Tiddly Inks and she's coloured with Copic Markers.  As a happy surprise, the challenge at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog is to make an "Oh-la-la - Sexy Card to Warm Things Up"!  I added sparkle to her wings and to the flower in her hair.  The background paper is Basic Grey and the cardstock is Stampin' Up!

Here's a closeup of the flower cluster:

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas - Tag 1

Starting on December 1st, Tim Holtz started his 12 Tags of Christmas.  I just love learning all the new techniques!  This year, I've decided to do a card inspired by each and every tag.  They won't all necessarily be Christmas cards, but they'll be inspired by the techniques Tim uses.  As a bonus, I get to link my card to Tim Holtz's site to enter for a prize! So here is my first card inspired by Tim's First Tag.

I didn't have the pine cone die that Tim used, so I used MFT's Mini Rolled Roses Die.  I think the pine cones turned out okay.  I also used the technique that Tim used on the background.  I don't have a snowflake embossing folder so I thought this Swiss Dots Embossing Folder would be the closest thing to snow.

I'm going to enter this card in a challenge over at the Inspiration Emporium blog.  There's prizes there too!  : D

Stamps:  Snowy Wishes and Snowman by Tiddly Inks
Ink:  Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Paper:  Tim Holtz Christmas Kraft Resist Paper, Core-dinations Tim Holtz Cardstock, Staples 110 lb White Cardstock
Accessories:  Pool and Top Coat Smooch, Rhinestones, Button, SU Early Espresso Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder, Ribbon from Wal-Mart
Tools:  MFT Mini Rolled Roses Die, Tim Holtz Sizzix Autumn Gatherings Die, SU Tab Punch, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Sanding Block
Copics:  Hat-BG05, BG02, BG01, BG000; Mug-E35, E34, E99, E21; Carrot-YR18, YR15, Y17; Leaves-YG95, YG03, YG00

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Saturday, December 03, 2011

So Happy Layout

(click on the photo to see it larger)

I'm so excited because I've actually managed to do some digital scrapbooking this week!  I'm still working through my Digi In Deeper digital scrapbooking class at Jessica Sprague.  I'm learning so much!  I've created this layout for the Sketch Challenge at Basic Grey.  Here's the sketch:

All the digital supplies are from Basic Grey's Sophie Collection, with the exception of a few brushes.  Aren't those flowers gorgeous?!  I just love them!

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Friday, December 02, 2011

Sweet Birdie

There's a new challenge today at the Fairy Fun Fridays!  The challenges is to Beat the Winter Blues!  So we're making blue winter cards!   This Bo Bunny Snowfall DP has such fabulous blues and browns in it, I thought it would be perfect!  This cute snowman is called Little Birdie and is available at Prairie Fairy Designs.  I coloured him with Copic Markers and added some Crystal Stickles to the pom pom on the end of his hat.  My wonderful friend Michelle sent me the wooden snowflake.  I added some rhinestones to it to make it sparkle!  I hope you get a chance to participate in the challenge!

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