Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Repeat Impressions DCC - Things With Wings

Happy Wednesday!  It's a DCC Wednesday at Repeat Impressions and this weeks challenge was selected by RI RockStar Brenda Turner - Things With Wings.   If you've ever had a chance to look through the RI shop, you know that there are tons of images with wings - birds, butterflies, fairies. 

I've chosen a couple of RI images for my card.  First I used the 5901-M, Wings Negative - I stamped that with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed it with some clear embossing powder.  For dimension, I added RI 107-F Monarch Butterfly.  On the mini doily I added RI sentiment 9313-D Sweet from the Pairings Series.

How many images do you have with wings?   I bet you have a lot, like me.   Bring those out.  Create your card 'with wings'.  Link that card to the RI blog and you will be entered into a random drawing for an unmounted sheet of RI images.  Wendy has quite an amazing selection to choose from.  Go here to see the complete rules. 
I hope you get a chance to play along.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Meljen's Challenge #202 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!!!

I didn't feel well today.  Spent most of the day sleeping or just laying around. I did spend a little time making a card - that's my form of comfort even if I did have to doing it from a reclined position. 

The card I made is for Meljen's Challenge - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!! This image is Meljen's Little Girl Bear Hugs.  She is sooooo cute!

Here is a closer look at this adorable image. 
What a fun challenge and a great way to make my day more comfortable. 
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Project Of The Week - Creating a Polaroid Shaped Focal Point Using Masking

Hello Everyone!  I'm Joyce and I'm thrilled to bring you this weeks Project Of The Week for Repeat Impressions. 

I love the look of all the polaroid style dies and accents that I've been seeing on the paper craft blogs and Pinterest.  I saw that someone had created a polaroid style focal point by masking and inking and I just had to run with it. 

This is a super simple technique that really makes a card look special.  To create a template, all you need to do is cut a square in the middle of a piece of card stock.  I made my opening 3" x 3" but you can make yours whatever size you prefer.  I cut mine with my Cricut but this is something that could be done with a large square punch, a nestabilities or any number of tools we have in our craft areas.  I cut my template into the shape of a polaroid for visual purposes, but you could easily leave it larger - it probably would be easier to work with. 

Apply repositionable tape to the back of a piece of white card stock.  Place that on a piece of scratch paper.  Place your template over the white card stock.  Use painters tape (or some other, easily removable tape) to hold your template in place.

While this is all taped in place, you will need to stamp your image.  I used Repeat Impressions 1601-K Bear Hug.   Such an adorable image and perfect for this project.
I then colored my image with my favorite Copic markers.  For the large bear, I used E31, E33 & E35.  For the little bear, I used E51, E53, & E55.  For the bow in her hair, I used, R22 & R24.  Color your image whatever way your most comfortable - I know Copic markers are not for everyone yet I struggle with colored pencils.  Always use what works best for you! 
Now to create that polaroid look, carefully ink the background of your image.  I used a blue for the upper half and a green for the lower half but any distress ink or chalk ink would work just fine.  The point is to create that square shape to your focal point.  Please be careful that your image doesn't slip as you are inking.  It is easy enough to slide it right back in place and finish your inking.

You will be impressed how cute your image looks when taken out of the template.   Mine doesn't look like I've inked it much at all but it shows up just fine.  If yours does need additional ink, you can slide it right back under the template, line it up and add the desired effect your looking for.  I trimmed the image down to a 1/4" border around the 3 narrow edges and 3/4" along the bottom edge.
It's as simple as that!!! Now all you have to do is decorate your card any way you choose.  I love working with Kraft paper - that seems to be my 'go to' paper lately.   I added just a couple of layers of bright color, tied some twine around the larger bottom edge and added a button.   I popped the whole 'polaroid' and set it at a cute angle. 

I hoped you enjoyed my project.  I had a blast sharing it with you.  Join us every Monday at Repeat Impressions for a new Project of the Week. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Meljen's Challenge #201 - Lucky You! and Guest Design Team Entry

This weeks challenge at Meljen's Designs is a festive one - #201 Lucky You!  I've been following Meljen's Designs for several years now and try my best to sneak in to play along with their challenges.  This is not only their weekly challenge but it is also their Guest Design Team (GDT) member challenge.  Maybe this card will bring me luck and they'll choose me to officially play along with them.  I would love that!!!

What better way to stay with the Lucky You! theme than to create a St. Patrick's Day Card and this  Meljen's image called  Lucky Duck is perfect for that.

Here's a close up for you.  Meljen's images are so fun to color - so simple to create an amazing focal point for your card or project.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I hope you have the lucky week!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Send A Smile 4 Kids - Pastel colors

It's Send A Smile 4 Kids Saturday and we have a fun challenge for you this week - pastel colors.  

As always, we have 3 amazing sponsors:
  • Crackerbox Palace - is awarding one lucky winner, a $15 gift certificate to their store.
  • Kenny K Downloads - is giving 1 lucky winner 3 digital images of the winners choice.
  • Sassy Studios - is giving one random winner 4 digital images of the winners choice.
The image on my first card is from Crackerbox Palace - I love this peeking cat.  So cute.  Add just a touch of color with my Copic markers and that cat image really stands out.

The adorable image on my 2nd card is from Kenny K Downloads.  This spunky girl is rocking out so I added some musical notes to add to the theme of the card. 

Now its your turn to play along.  Create your own pastel colored card 4 kids.  Link that card to the SAS4K blog and you will be entered into a random drawing where you could win one of those amazing prizes from our sponsors.  Don't forget - SAS4K also selects a top 3 which is a huge honor and gives you a badge you can proudly add to your blog.  You can see a complete list of rules here.
Don't forget, SAS4K is a wonderful cause you can read more about it and find out how to contribute here. 
Have a super week

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Repeat Impressions DCC - Flower Show

It's time for a DCC Challenge at Repeat Impressions and Cheri has made an awesome choice - Flower Show.   Love it!!!  Repeat Impressions has an amazing selection of flower images and we finally have temps above freezing around here.  Flowers almost seem like a possibility now. 

For my card, I used RI image 919-I Iris Window.  My mother was an avid gardener in her day and she had a selection of irises in basically every color.  That's the look I was going for on my Flower Show card. 

These iris squares are raised to add dimension. 

Now it is your turn to create your own Flower Show card.  Link it here on the Repeat Impressions blog and you will be entered into a random drawing for a sheet of unmounted images from the RI store.   You can see the complete rules here

I hope there are many beautiful blooms in your future.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What If? Wednesday - Repeat Impressions Sketch Callenge M0514

Today is What If? Wednesday at Repeat Impressions and I'm very excited about today's sketch.

We've all been through it:  you picture a card in your head but somehow the completed project just doesn't turn out like you've pictured it.  Today, I've had the opposite happen.  My card turned out just as I pictured it.  I love when that happens. 

First, I'll show you the awesome sketch we have to work with. 

Now for my card. 
That lovely image is RI 9201-O Cat & Hummingbird from the Beautiful Day series.  The image is colored with my Copic markers and I just had to 'pop' that  hummingbird.  It was just calling to be 'popped', don't you think?  I'm not sure if you can see it or not, but the background of the image is inked to create the faintest cloud affect.  The image always comes together pretty easily but its the embellishments that tend to be a challenge for me.  I knew I wanted to use a wide ribbon, so I started there.  I originally had just placed a knot in it and had adhered it to the card but something was missing.  I wanted to add some 'vines' to match the image so I dug through my stash of dies and found this perfect little flourish.  Now it needed a flower, so I pulled out my trusty bag of hand made flowers that I had purchased at my local Goodwill.  Some crafty person had made fabric flowers and ribbon flowers and even some crochet flowers and it ended up getting donated to the GW. Every so dig out that bag of flowers and find exactly what I'm looking for - just as I did for todays card.  That purple ribbon flower is the perfect touch. 
So, how would you use this sketch?  Pull out your images and ribbons and flowers and show us what you can create.  Link you card to the RI blog and you will be entered into a random drawing for an amazing prize - a $25 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions Store.  You can see the complete rules here - on the RI blog
I can't wait to see what you come up with