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Thursday, April 28, 2016

PCC #142 and a Washi Wednesday Challenge.

Hi everyone! 
PaperCrafters Corner has 3 challenges going on right now. 
Needless to say I've been getting crafty today. :)

The weekly Magazine Monday challenge is, as usual, awesome!


Looking at this cover reminded me of something that was very popular in the scrapbooking world. Serendipity squares. To make them you ripped up scrap paper and then glued it to a backing paper. After that you just cut the paper into squares, mat them, add them to your card or layout.
With the popularity of washi tape I decided to try the technique with washi tape. No glue, less mess.
I picked 3 wider music themed tapes and started ripping. But no squares this time. I double matted the serendipity strip and added the Unity stamp.

I also added the washi to the envelope.
Which leads me to the next challenge.
This week, for Washi Wednesday, there's a challenge to decorate an envelope with washi tape.
Decorating envelopes isn't something I do. Well, rarely do. I started going through my cards that I used washi tape on. I could easily make matching envelopes for them.....

Here are my cards with their newly created, matching envelopes.

Both of these challenges end on Sunday, May 1st. I hope to see your entries!
If you want to see the other PaperCrafters Corner challenge (I did say there were 3) scroll down or click here

Taking a chance

Hi everyone!

Stephanie at PaperCrafters Corner has a very fun challenge going on inspired by Take A Chance Day. Who knew there was such a thing?

There are 3 rules to this challenge:

"You must use paper 
You must ‘take a chance’ – try something new to you, something you’ve never done before You must share the results in a comment here, regardless of how what you tried turns out"

I knew exactly what to do. Watercolor ATCs. A long time ago I bought a bottle of  Daler Rowney art masking fluid from Walmart. I had almost bought it several times and finally took it to the check out. Once I got it home the only times I touched the bottle was to move it. 
Today...I USED IT!

 I tried it with a Delta stencil

 I used it to cover a stamped image

I 'painted' some lines with it

I added it to my stamps and stamped with it too.

Once the fluid was dry (it only takes a minute or two) I started playing with the watercolors.

These are the finished ATCs. All the stamps are Unity.

What did I learn?
1. Care must be taken when using stencils if you want a clear image. 
2. If covering a stamped image make sure the ink is dark enough to see. I used light yellow. 
3. When painting with masking fluid don't expect precision. The fluid is like trying to paint with glue.
4. If using it on your stamps be careful about the design of the stamp. It can be hard to get the fluid out of small spaces. 

Although this experiment didn't work exactly as planned...well defined lines.....I still love the end result! 

So thanks Steph for the push!
 I really hope you play along.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Design Memory Craft Challenge

Hi Everyone!

This month's challenge at Design Memory Craft is about "creating something that relates to the new and young". 
For my project I took something old and gave it a new life. I also used the color green because in the spring everything is new again. Plus, it's my favorite color. 

Step 1-create the background with Gelatos

 Step 2-Add some texture and shine with Texture Luxe and stencils

Step 3-Embellish with computer parts

Close-ups

Saturday, April 23, 2016

PCC #141

Hi Everyone!

This week's inspiration from PaperCrafters Corner is fabulous!
Take a look.


I picked the pink flowers to create my cards. 


I used a section of the scrap piece of Maggie Holmes paper from the first card to make the second. I also used some of the washi tape I bought from Dollar Tree last week on both cards. The stamps are Unity and the butterflies are Spellbinders. 

Are you going to play this week??
Have a great week. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

PCC #140 pencil caddy

Hi Everyone!

This is week #140 over at PaperCrafters Corner


Isn't this a fun inspiration? I love all the colors of umbrellas. 
I don't know about you but I love the adult coloring book trend. My problem was that I had my colored pencils in a few different containers. So using this week's inspiration I made myself a caddy from a cracker box and paper towel rolls. 



I cut the box into 2 sections, 4" from the bottom and 2" from the top. I used the leftover to make the dividers for the 2" section. I cut and squared up the paper towel roll and glued them into the 4" section. 
Since I wanted to use washi taped I glued white paper around the outside after I glued the two sections together. I also makes it a little stronger. 
The final step was to wrap the caddy with washi tape. 
Now all of the loose pencils have a home. :) There's even room to keep the sharpener!

Since today is only Tuesday you have plenty of time to join in this week's challenge. I hope to see your entry!

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

PCC #139

Hi Everyone!

Quick post today. 


I was so inspire by how the colors are on the side buildings. It reminded me of a washi tape from my stash.


I added the sentiment using Spellbinders Sapphire dies in grey like the title on the inspiration. 
Super quick. I really need to use more washi tape. I have LOTS of it. 

Have a great, and hopefully warmer, week!

Friday, April 1, 2016

PCC 138

Hi Everyone!

I hope you had a great Easter. It was busy for me. We picked up my daughter from school on Saturday....a 200 mile round trip. Because she had to be back kinda early on Sunday we had a very early dinner. More of a brunch. Then another 200 mile round trip to take her back. And I was sick....flu, bronchitis? Who knows. I'm still not back to normal yet. Which is why I made a simple card this week. 
First up is the inspiration from Papercrafters Corner


Isn't this a cool image?
And here's my card


I used the pastel colors on kraft to create the background. I didn't even have to cut the squares. I had them in my stash from and old QVC kit. I have lots of little squares in solids and prints that I really need to use. Anyway...the butterfly is from the Unity January '14 kit of the month. The Happy Birthday comes from an old Making Memories magnetic stamp set. It's been a while since I even looked at that set. 
I think that's one reason I keep doing these challenges (besides the fact that they're fun) I keep finding myself using supplies that have been sitting unused and unloved. 
While I still had the squares out I decided to make another card. I used Spellbinder dies to cut out the thanks from some of the squares.

I can tell I'm not fully well because when I glued the letters down I didn't notice I put them on upside down. OOPS! I cut off the card front and added it to another base. This time being careful about the direction. :)

Well, I hope you all have an awesome week. Hopefully I'll be back to better health soon. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

PCC 137

Hi Everyone!



The inspiration piece is beautiful. You can make so many creations with this image. I chose the number 3 and the red flower.


I just bought this Art Impressions stamp set and really wanted to use it, Number 3....3 ladies....Works for me! I used my Spectrum Noir markers in reds and pinks to color it in. 
Although it took me two tries (the StazOn black kept bleeding) I still had fun with it. 

Have an AWESOME WEEK!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

PCC #135

Hi Everyone!

This has been a very distracting week for me. 
My Florida sister is in town. 
My daughter came home for spring break. 
I need to get financial aid forms filled out.
Our cars need work done on them. 

Soooooo, my card this week for the PaperCrafters Corner challenge is a simple and quick one.
First up is the inspiration.


I was drawn to the red with the print and the 3 columns.


Off I go. Pack lunches, put away groceries.....
Have a great week!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

PCC #134 & a fun technique

Hi Everyone!

I don't know about where you are but today was a BEAUTIFUL day!! 

And this week's PaperCrafters Corner challenge was also beautiful!
Are you playing?


I started out wanting to use the flowers as inspiration but I kept being drawn to the clothes. 




I stole hubby's foil tape a long time ago but never used it. Until now. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and colored the roses with my Spectrum Noir markers. I also used them on the stamp and sentiment mat. 

I really love how this card turned out so I made 2 more.


For this card I colored the foil with the markers the I embossed it using a Spellbinders Impressabilities. It's kind of like a metal stencil. After embossing, without removing the impressability,  I took a cotton ball and a little rubbing alcohol to remove the visible color. I love the end result. 


I did the same thing with the Spellbinders butterfly die cuts. I covered two scraps of cardstock. One I embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The second one I colored with purple Spectrum Noirs. I then used the rubbing alcohol to blend the color. Once the Spellbinders butterflies were cut and embossed I again used an alcohol cotton ball to remove the color. It's finished with a Unity sentiment 'inked' with the marker. 

I finally finished the afghan I was making for my daughter from another mother. 


I already know she loves it since I posted it on Instagram. 

And, finally, thank's to my daughter I have a new addiction.


These are called Tsum Tsums. They're packages in mystery bags and you don't know what character you get......unless you can guess by feeling them. ;)

Whew! That's it for me. Dinner, made by my son, is almost ready. 
Have a GREAT WEEK!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

PCC challenge #133

Hi Everyone! 

I finished my cards early for this week's challenge at PaperCrafters Corner.


I just HAD to go with those bright colors!


Paper, ribbon, Unity stamps, Spectrum Noirs, and a LifestyleCrafts (aka WRMK) embossing folder. 

I would really LOVE to see YOU join me in this weekly challenge. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

RAK day with PaperCrafters Corner

Hi everyone!

Did you know that today is 
RANDOM ACTS of KINDNESS DAY?
I didn't either....until I saw Stephanie's post on Facebook. She also has a challenge on the blog. It's super easy....craft a RAK. http://papercrafterscorner.com/ has all the details.
For the RAK I made 2 cards.

The first one is for a family friend that just had a hip replacement due to hip dysplasia. She is my daughter's oldest friend. Literally, since birth. While catching up on scrapbooking I came across a photo that I've been meaning to give to her. So....this challenge came at the perfect time. 


The second card is for my daughter. She has been wanting to take a few photos back to school but always forgets to pack them. I decided to be a nice momma and send them to her. 


Both cards are already out for the mail carrier so I don't forget to send them. 

Thanks Steph for a much needed challenge! Just the kick I needed. :)

I'll be back later this week for the week 133 Magazine Monday challenge. I hope to see an entry from you there!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

PCC 132. My Valentine

Hi everyone!
Happy Valentine's Day!

The PaperCrafters Corner challenge for this week is perfect for creating a Valentine.


Red, white, and black are my favorite colors for cards.


I bought a new Darice branch die. I thought it would be cute covered in red hearts. I used 2 different heart punches and Spellbinders alphabet dies.
Quick and easy. :)

I'm still working on the afghan for my daughter's friend. The center is finished. Now I'm working on the border. Hopefully it will be done soon.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A crafty week

Hi Everyone!

I can't believe I'm this late (for me anyway) getting the card I made for PaperCrafters Corner Magazine Monday Challenge #131. I'll show you what I've been doing after the challenge.


I do NOT like snow unless it's photo. SO I DO like this inspiration piece. 
I thought it would be simple.....watercolor a background and stamp the trees. Nope. it didn't stamp well in multiple colors. It took me 3 tries to stamp the trees. Here is the final result.


I had started a crocheted afghan that was made in squares that are stitched together. Each square took me a whole day to make. It called for 30 squares. It was not fun. Not at all. Mainly because it used a reverse single crochet which is done left to right. My hands did not like it. Why keep going if it's not relaxing and fun? So.....I started a new afghan for my daughter from another mother. Otherwise known as my daughter's best friend.


This will be the center. The border is something new for me in that it's done by itself and then stitched on to the center. My hands are much happier with this pattern. 

I've also been working on my project life type album.


When I first started scrapping this way I wanted all the journaling printed. As a result I wasn't getting far. Now I'm using my own handwriting and the pages are getting done. And that's whats important. I have 14 years that are mostly complete. One more year and I'm at the point where I got my first digital camera. Now a new nightmare starts. Getting all those photos PRINTED! 
One step at a time. One step at a time.

So there you have my crafty week. 
Have a great week! I'm going to crochet while hubby watches the game.....even though the STEELERS aren't playing. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

PCC week 130

Hi Everyone!

I love this week's inspiration from the PaperCrafters Corner Magazine Monday challenge


You would think with all that color I would have a very colorful card. 
Nope. 


I was drawn to the black and white around her eyes. The birds are a Spellbinders Sapphire die. The stamp is Unity.

Are You Going To Play This Week?? 

Friday, January 22, 2016

PCC week 129

Hi everyone!

Are you getting snow where you are? We're getting anywhere from ...2 TO 3 inches north...4 TO 7 inches south in my county. So who knows?
So I'll be CRAFTING!

This week's PaperCrafters Corner challenge is so colorful!
The internet/computer is being temperamental today so here's the link:
 http://papercrafterscorner.com/blog/papercrafting-challenge-magazine-mondays-week-129/

And here's my card


I chose the watercolor flowers as my inspiration. I used Unity stamps, Kuretake watercolors, and vellum.

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Using SCRAPS

Hi Everyone!

This week I finally decided to sort through my cardstock scraps. I had them in large ziplock bags by color and the were getting all bent up. I went to Dollar Tree to find something, anything to store my scraps. I ended up getting medium sized manila envelopes. Not the best solution but I'm planning on put lots of the scraps to use. I should throw out a lot of them but I just can't! I mean, I just got the Spellbinders Sapphire dies and they're small. :)

So......on to a few cards I made with the scraps.


I started my sort with the red/pink scraps. To make this card I glued the strips into a piece of copy paper and embossed it. I used Unity stamps, Spectrum Noir markers, Darice and Spellbinders Sapphire dies to complete the card. I'm entering this in the Unity monthly challenge to use red and pink. Also the Spectrum Noir monthly challenge.


This woven card started out like this:


I taped strips of white card stock to a piece of junk mail. Using the mini circle Gelli plate and Dylusions paints I made my print. The Spellbinders sentiment finished off the card.
I'm entering this in Carolyn Dube's challenge to use something that would have been thrown away. 


This last card was started a long time ago. At least the embossing. I wanted to try something different but I didn't know what. I pulled out some gloss varnish and started painting the raised area just to see what it would look like. I liked it! Once it dried I added the Spellbinders and gems. 

Have a GREAT WEEK!