Thursday, March 25, 2010

Big Shot Hair Pins- PPA35

Today at Pals Paper Arts we are hosting an Anything BUT a Card challenge! I decided that I wanted to do something using my Big Shot that doesn't even involve stamps or paper (gasp!). I have a bunch of random scraps of fabric (from the bargain bin at my local craft store), so I decided to make something with a couple of my favorite pieces: a pretty pink cotton, and a chocolate suede-like fabric.

Here are the steps used to create this project:
  • I simply ran the fabric through my Big Shot using the Flower Layers Bigz Die. TIP: I only put through two layers of fabric and I also added a piece of card stock to help it to cut through cleanly.
  • I layered several layers of the fabric to create each flower.
  • A crop-a-dile was used to punch a hole in the center of the flower.
  • A Pretty-in-Pink epoxy brad was used to hold all the layers of the flower.
  • A hair clip was attached to the back of each flower using some hot glue.
  • To distress the flowers and give them more dimension, I folded them up and tied a rubber band around them for several hours.
I WISH I had a little girl to give this to, but all the ones I know are either way too young or too old for this kind of look. But how about this- leave a comment about your favorite way to use the Big Shot and I will randomly choose a winner to send these to!

I hope you will play along at PPA! We have so much fun looking at all the projects that are received. This is probably a good time to mention that this is my last project as a designer for Pals Paper Arts. As many of you know, I recently started a new job and that combined with my family and Stampin' Up! workshops, has left me with little time to devout to this. I absolutely love designing inspiration samples for PPA and am sad to let it go, but I am hopeful that I will be able to create regularly as a participant!

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Stamps: None!
Ink: None!
Paper: None!
Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Layers Bigz Die, Pretty in Pink Epoxy Brads, Crop-a-dile, Fabric, Hot Glue, Hair Clip

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Retired Sets for Sale

Here are a few sets that have retired and I no longer use.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these please email me and we can make arrangements for me to get it to you. I am able to ship and can accept PayPal.

Classy and Fabulous: $8

If you have any questions, let me know!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

PPA34: A Simple Sketch

Well... this last week we have been very busy potty training our 2 1/2 year old son, and let me tell you- it hasn't been a walk in the park. I needed a creative outlet away from the stress of training so this weeks Pals Paper Arts challenge was the perfect starting point.

Here are some tips for this card:
  • It was super easy to come up with this color palette- all the colors are found in the new Shades of Spring DSP (Occasions Mini).
  • I stamped the stem image from Great Friend just on the left side of the focal point. I was able to create some depth by repeatedly stamping without re-inking.
  • The butterflies were first stamped and snipped out and then I used a 2-way glue pen to apply some Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Well hopefully this next week will work better with the "training". Wish me luck and be sure to play at PPA!

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Stamps: Great Friend
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence
Paper: Whisper White, Shades of Spring DSP, Chocolate Chip, Orchid Opulence
Accessories: 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Pretty in Pink Epoxy Brads, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

Thursday, March 11, 2010

PPA33: Happy St. Patty's Day!

Ok, so I am not Irish, and I don't really celebrate St. Patrick's Day but I just couldn't resist. You see, at Pals Paper Arts we are hosting a color challenge using Garden Green, Certainly Celery, and Kraft. Hmm... so who can I give this card to?

A few things about this card:
  • The sentiment and clover images were created using My Digital Studio. I simply scaled back the size and printed it onto Whisper White card stock. The colors are spot on, don't you think?
  • I used the heart image from Hello Again and a stamp-a-ma-jig for the Certainly Celery clovers. Did you know that Hello Again is available for FREE as a Sale-a-bration item?! There is only about 2 1/2 weeks left in Sale-a-bration, so get your orders in now! Every $50 purchase earns a FREE item!
  • Textured Certainly Celery card stock slivers were used for stems.
  • I used the mini heart punch to pop out some Garden Green "leaves". Each one was scored down the center and attached to the card using mini glue dots. Green circle Rhinestone brads were used for the center of each clover.
  • A 2-way glue pen was used to apply the green glitter.

Be sure to submit your "green" creation at Pals Paper Arts!! Each new entry puts you in the running for some fabulous blog candy!

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Stamps: Hello Again
Ink: Certainly Celery
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Garden Green, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Mini Heart Punch, 2-Way Glue Pen, Fine Cosmo Glitter, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, My Digital Studio, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack

Thursday, March 4, 2010

PPA32: Shades of Spring

There's a spring theme challenge going on over at
Pals Paper Arts this week, so this is what I came up with for some inspiration.

I used the new Shades of Spring designer series paper for this card.

Here are some tips:
  • I used my Big Shot and the Petals-a-plenty Embossing Folder with some Orchid Opulence to create the stripe down the center. I also used the the Big Shot to pop out a couple butterflies and the Certainly Celery Scallop circle.
  • The Circle Scissor Plus made for a quick and easy DSP circle for my scallop.
  • The new Scallop Trim and Scallop Corner punches made a fast and easy border for my sentiment.
  • Some Whisper White Organza and a new Pretty in Pink Epoxy brad were the finishing embellishments.
What do you think? Do you feel inspired to create something "spring themed"? If so, head over to PPA to see all the other inspiration cards and to enter your creation!

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Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Orchid Opulence, Lavender Lace, Whisper White, Shades of Spring DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Scallop Circle Bigz Die, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Epoxy Brads, Glue Pad(non-su), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Scallop Trim punch, Scallop Corner Punch, Dimensionals, Mini-glue dots