Friday, November 30, 2012

The Paper Players Challenge #123

I am so happy to come back to participate in the Paper Players challenge. It has been a long time since I have created cards for their challenges. Things got complicated in my life and too many things  going on that I couldn't concentrate on making cards for different challenges as I used to.
When situations in life make you take another path, and you get confused about what you are doing, you forget what you really love to do. I think that it happens to everyone and what's important about it is how much you learn on that detour and when you come back to where your passion is, you do it with much more energy and determination.

I've read that The Paper Players are searching for Guest Designers so I decided to create this card not only for the fun of it but to submit it for the GD position also. I flipped the sketch over because the image I wanted to use fitted better that way.

The stamp set I used for this card is one of my favorites for Christmas, Come to Bethlehem (W 118732 C 120591) which was embossed using the Early Espresso Embossing powder (128980). I love the calligraphy that the sentiment has, isn't that neat? For the distressed background I used the Fancy Fan embossing folder (127751) , the Early Espresso Core'dinations card stock (127848) and the stampin sanding system (129367).

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

FM # 87

Wow, it is amazing how fast the year flew by. Christmas is weeks away  and with that comes the rush of the holiday season. At the Friday Mashup this week, our talented Lisa is our hostess and she would like us to create a project using the inspiration photo or make a tag, or a gift card holder. Hope you get inspired by the creations of the Design Team and participate in this challenge.

I created a gift box and at the same time an ornament for your Christmas tree. You can use it either way. I used the Petal Cone Bigz L (121810) and the Priority Mail hostess stamp set ( W127042 C 127044). On top of the snowflakes I glued a Vintage Faceted Designer Button (127555). The punches I used to cut out the sentiments are Postage Stamp (122344) and Modern Label (119849).

Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Make a project using "the inspiration photo".
  2. Or Make a"Gift project". 
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "project for a gift using the inspiration photo above".

Sunday, November 25, 2012

ABC challenge for Our Creative Corner

Irena is our hostess this week for our Creative Corner Challenge. Her challenge is to create an ABC project which means "A" for Angel, "B" for button(s) and "C" for chipboard.  

Check out the OCC blog to see the Design Team's creations to inspire you. I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery. 

I created an ornament for the Christmas tree. I used the chipboard as the base for the ornament, the angel was embossed with Pewter embossing powder, and the button is on top of the snowflake. Hope you like it! 

Thanks for stopping by!

FM #86 It's a Non Tradition!

For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful one, and for those in other countries who don't celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a great weekend! We are here for another challenge for the Friday Mashup, and this week it is Heidi's turn to be our hostess, and she would like us to use a non-holiday stamp set to create a Christmas card, and/ or make a project with a Messy Technique. Isn't that fun? So roll up your sleeves and see what you can come up with.

Check out the FM blog to see the wonderful creations the Design Team has prepared for you.

Thanks for stopping by!

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Make a holiday project using "Non-Holiday Image(s)".
  2. Or Make a project with a "Messy Technique", such as spritzing, smooching, shimmer painting, or splattering with an aquapainter.
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Holiday Project from Non-Holiday Stamps and a Messy Technique".

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Foil and Alcohol Inks Challenge

Hello dear followers.  For this week's challenge, Sue is our hostess and she would like us to use foil and alcohol ink for our project. Check out Our Creative Corner blog to see the details for this challenge and to get inspired by the wonderful projects the design team has created.

Before I get into my card let me tell you:  Please, Please read the post!  

Total number of Challenges you are allowed to enter is:
 FOUR, including Our Creative Corner!

Last week we had a lot of amazing entries for Sue's challenge "Make your own background" but unfortunately several of them have been disqualified because the entrants had participated in too many challenges. It is a rule that we have made and we have to stick to it. Please follow the rule we have set,  enter your amazing creations and have the chance to be our next Top Talent, where your blog and creations will be spotlighted.

Now back to may card. My foil and alcohol ink has been applied on the ornament.
- First I glued foil in a piece of cardstock.
- Then I ran it through the Big Shot using the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (127751) to emboss it.
- I sponged alcohol inks on top, let them dry and created the ornament.

Note: To have foil in the front and on the back I glued two pieces of ornament (back to back) together and then I glued them to the base the way it is on the card. 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 16, 2012

FM #85

Hi there! So glad to be here with you for another challenge at the Friday Mashup. Leaves, that is the theme for this week's challenge, and because Thanksgiving is next week, Rita, our hostess, thought that it would be nice to mash it up with a Thank You card. I think that everybody is thankful for something, so let's get creative and prepare a project for this challenge. Check out the wonderful creations that the Design Team has created to get you in the Thanksgiving mood.

I created my card by painting with watercolors. I just added some colors to a wet piece of watercolor paper. When it was dry I added more color but this time with a brush I gave shape to the trees. As you can see there is no defined lines, they are blurry shapes giving the look of trees in the background. Once it is dry I stamped the letters from the French Foliage stamp set ( W120845 C 121166).

In another wet  piece of watercolor paper I poured some colors. When it was dry, I cut the leaves using the Bigz Die Autumn Accents which I run through the Big Shot. I stamped the acorns from the Wonderfall stamp set (W128084  C128087) on a piece of designer paper, cut them out with the scissors. The Thank You sentiment was handwritten using the Stampin' Dazzle marker (128979).

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Make a project with "Leaves".
  2. Or Make a project saying "Thank You".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Thank You project with Leaves".

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Make your own background for OCC

Hello dear followers! Today I bring you my card following the challenge at Our Creative Corner. This week you have to make your own background without using any designer paper. Our talented Sue is the hostess for this week's challenge. Go to Our Creative Corner blog to look at the details of this challenge and to get inspired by the amazing creations that the design team has created. I love them all!!!

My background was created using distress inks:
- First I clear embossed the bird and branch where the bird is sitting.
- I then stamped the branches in the background.
- After that, I used different distress inks to give color and cover the whole background. When I got the desired effect, I placed inked cardstock between newsprint and ironed over the paper to remove the embossing powder from the image. I removed the cardstock from between the newspaper while hot.
- When it was cool, I flicked some water over the image to give that spotted look. Because I removed all the embossing powder, the bird looks like it is in the foreground while the rest of the card stays in the background.
- I stamped the sentiment in a funny way by just cutting the cardstock in an irregular way, which makes you look at the sentiment without distracting so much from the background.

Hope you like it! I had a lot of fun creating it!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 9, 2012

FM 84! Hey Hey Boss Man!

This week's challenge for the Friday Mashup blog is to create a project using dry embossing and/or Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray & Basic Black. Holly hosts this challenge and the photo inspiration she picked for this challenge is gorgeous. I love how those colors go together, and that picture inspires me to create any project. It is amazing how Autumn can enhance all those colors in nature. I love it!
Check out the wonderful creations the Design Team has come up with to set you in a creative mood!

For the card I created for this challenge, I used the Fancy Fan embossing folder (127751) to create the dry embossing in the background. Then I stamped the image from Wonderful Winterland (W123817 C123819) with StaZon (101406), and color it in using SU! markers. I added the glitter with Dazzling Details Cherry Cobbler (125585) and Clear (124117). To cut the image out I ran it through the big shot using the Label Collection Framelits (125598). For the strips on the side I stamped the images from Border Banter (W128927 C128930) and cut each of them out. The sentiment is from Winter Memories (W127934 C127937). I added pearls (119247) as a final touch.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Stamping!

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Make a project with "Dry Embossing".
  2. Or Make a project using the colors " Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey & Basic Black".*
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project with "Dry Embossing & The Color Combo".

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Silhouettte Challenge for Our Creative Corner

"Silhouette" is the theme for Our Creative Corner challenge this week. Marcy is our hostess this week and she took the time to look up some definitions about what a silhouette is, which you can find here. Check out the wonderful creations that the Design Team has prepared for you to get inspired, so let's be creative!

Happy stamping!

FM# 83 Everything's Coming up Rosettes

This week's challenge is hosted by Amy. You have to create a project following the sketch and/or add a
rosette. You can create rosettes with paper, ribbon, using dies, punches.. there are lots of possibilities. Get inspired by the Design Team  checking out the FM blog. Hope to see you in the gallery.

Happy stamping!

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Make a project "using the Sketch".
  2. Or Make a project with "Rosettes".
  3. Or"Mash it Up" and create a project with the "Sketch featuring Rosettes".