Thursday, February 25, 2010

PPA31: An Inspiration

Aren't these colors awesome together? I was inspired by this photo from Pals Paper Arts (PPA31):

This card was a cinch to create:
  • For the background, I used a piece of Whisper White and attached several Little Leaves die cuts (using my Big Shot and the Sizzlit). I used Dotto Removable adhesive to attach them so that I could run the sheet through my Big Shot (again) for a custom texture (for full details on how to do this, please visit this post).
  • I flipped the sheet over and colored the raised leaves using a blender pen and some Old Olive ink.
  • The berries, from Berry Christmas, were added using Rose Red ink.
  • I used dimensionals to attach the bird and sentiment for some added interest.
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Stamps: Berry Christmas, Wings of Friendship
Ink: Soft Suede, Rose Red, Old Olive
Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red, Old Olive, Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Silicone Rubber, Texturz Pad, Dimensionals, Blender Pen, Felt Fusion Flowers, Silver Brads, Scallop Edge Punch, 1" Stitched Rose Red Grosgrain, Mini Glue Dots

Thursday, February 18, 2010

PPA30: Keep it Simple Sweetie!

At Pals Paper Arts we are hosting a KISS Challenge. That is, Keep it Simple Sweetie!

I really struggle with holding back a bit for more simplistic cards. I tend to like a lot of layers and embellishments. For my card, I turned to the Dots & Designs Rub-on's for both the focal point and patterns.

Some tips for this card:
  • I use the same process for rub-ons that I do for Decor Elements. Basically this means that I rub the image while it is still attached to the backing sheet before applying it to the card stock. I also carefully peel the transfer sheet away from the rub-on at an angle to allow for an easier transfer.
  • I used a 2" square piece of a window sheet for applying the flower image. A slightly smaller piece of Very Vanilla was placed behind it to make it pop. I used some vintage brads to attach the window sheet so that I would not have any adhesive showing through.
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Stamps: With all my heart
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Dots & Designs Rub-ons, Window Sheets, Dimensionals

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Sketch Challenge at PPA!

At Pals Paper Arts we are hosting a sketch challenge!

My mother-in-laws birthday is coming up so I decided to use the sketch to create my card.

Here are some tips:
  • I used the birthday sentiment from the SAB set, Whimsical Words. I used SU markers to fill in each word a bit differently.
  • My big shot came in handy when creating this card. I used it along with a Texturz plate to create the Certainly Celery background, and I also used it with the Big Bold Cupcakes sizzlits.
  • Dazzling Diamonds glitter was applied with a 2-way glue pen to create frosting.
  • Pretties Kit flowers were dyed using Melon Mambo ink. Yellow glitter dots (non-SU) were used for the centers.
You will want to make sure to participate this week at PPA! We are giving away some great BLOG CANDY!!! To qualify all you need to do is participate.

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Stamps: Whimsical Words
Ink: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Melon Mambo Patterns DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Big Bold Cupcakes Sizzlits, Pretties Kit, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Grosgrain, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds, 2-Way Glue Pen, Stampin' Up! Backgrounds I Texturz Plates, Yellow Glitter Dots (non-su)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

MOJO Monday 125

This week I had a little extra time so I decided to take part in the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.

Our friends' little girl is turning one this weekend and this is the card I came up with for her. She is very girly-girl so purple and pink immediately came to mind!

Here are some tips:
  • I pretty much followed the sketch to a "T". The only variation was the tab just below the circle. I don't have the curly label punch, so to create a similar look, I ran some card stock through my big shot with one of the frames on the Matchbox Bigz XL die.
  • A little texture was added to the whisper white panel using a polka dot embossing folder and the big shot. To create the curve, I simply traced the edge of a container on the backside and snipped it out.
  • Both circles were created using the Circle Scissor Plus.
  • A little bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter was used for frosting on the cupcakes.

Well off to finish my hubby's Valentine's day project! Hopefully I will have it ready to post in the next few days!

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Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red
Paper: Sending Love Specialty DSP, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Pretty in Pink Striped Grosgrain, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Matchbox Bigz XL die, Circle Scissor Plus, Glass Cutting Mat, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2-Way Glue Pen, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Thursday, February 4, 2010

PPA28: Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, and Basic Black

I am excited to share today's card with you because it incorporates one of my favorite color combination's: pink and black! At Pals Paper Arts we are hosting a color challenge using Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, and Basic Black.

Here are some tips for this card:
  • I really love the Night and Day DSP (Holiday Mini Catalog) but I don't actually own it. I used My Digital Studio to print off the pattern onto some Whisper White card stock.
  • The flowers from Fifth Avenue Floral were black heat embossed and filled using a blender pen, Melon Mambo, and Pretty in Pink ink pads. Each flower was attached using dimensionals.
  • I used the backside of Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain and a Pink Pirouette button (retired- In Color 2008) to add some final touches.
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Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, A Beautiful Thing
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Versamark
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Silver Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain, Pink Pirouette Button (retired), Blender Pens, My Digital Studio