Wednesday, September 29, 2010

**********Witches in Flight.........JustRite037

JRC_037 Sketch-Stampers DreamInto the Witch's Cauldron I put the Spellbinders Nested Pumpkins, their new Witches Brew set, and JustRite's Witch Way to Treats.  I then added orange and black paper,  a spiderweb of black thread, a bit of May Arts Ribbon, 2 old pearls from my mother's jewelry box, and 4 satin May Arts black bats(ribbon). Stir in glue and pour onto a set of white/orage/pale blue cardstock.  Simmer this concoction  for a couple of hours and by the light of the moon the finished card emerged.  So fun!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

****************Scottie...JustRite 036

JustRite's challenge this week was to make a card using the colors of Black, Dark Red, and Ivory with the added twist of a handmade embellishment.  My personal challenge was to find the right balance of the three colors.  It seems a little black Scottie has been a member of my family "always".  So, with my Mom's comment that our Scotties have been black I was off to create a black,red, ivory colored card.  I first found an image of a Scottie on the internet and adapted it to form my scottie pattern.  Once drawn and carefully cut out, I covered "her" with black Flower Soft.  I then crocheted an ivory colored collar with bedspread thread and tied it around her neck.  Three Swarovski crystals (red and  black) added a bit of bling.  I then stamped and embossed (Zing Black Glitter)  a border from JustRite's Christmas Ornament set. I then cut the border out (both inside and outside) using Spellbinders circle dies. I used a dark red marker to add the color.   A larger Spellbinder circle was used to cut out a circle of black, and a smaller one was used to cut out a circle of  ivory that I'd sponged with red and black ink. Pop dots allowed me to add dimension to the layers and little Scottie was mounted inside using a larger pop dot.    MoJo Monday's sketch  this week was borrowed to provide the layout for the card.  Red and black cardstock pieces were cut.  I machine sewed the zigzag to a red strip and  cut a scallop border on a black strip before placing the pieces on the card that had been covered with a piece of black/ivory paper from Paper Studio.  What next? Well a bit of lace, a couple of red buttons, a black bone brad, a black silk ribbon bow (May Arts), and a liberal sprinkling of dark red Swarovski crystals and I believe this card is ready to be given.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Crackd Glass Purple Flower ..JUGS50

What a wonderful idea....a challenge that encompasses a technique.  I want to play!!! So, after reading directions that explained how to create the cracked glass, it was time to choose a perfect stamp.  The floral posy from JustRite's Plant a Little Love set.  I wondered how it would crack if I used glitter to color the stamped image, so glitter was used to color the flower.  Crack, crack and the flower was ready to use to create a card.  Using a Spellbinders circle I cut out the flower and also cut out a circle on the card front.  The card cover was covered with a piece of purplish specialty paper, with a bit larger circle cutout.  A few Pima flowers, Swarvoski crystals were used to accent the card.  A purple organza ribbon and bow added the final flourish to my first ever cracked glass card.  What I discovered is I like this technique and will certainly do more cards using it.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

****JustRite Snowman tag*Challenge 35

The JustRite Challenge this week, to create a Christmas/Holiday tag challenged me to think a little "outside the box".  Hmmm, a tag for a Christmas package...a box....  I really love the snowman from the JustRite Vintage Christmas set and so it began.  I first cut 3 circles using Spelbinders Circle dies,  On the smallest I stamped the Snowman's face.  On the second I stamped Happy Holidays from the JustRite Merry Little Christmas collection.  The largest "snowball" received a stamp from the JustRite Kaleidoscope Set.  Every Snowman needs a tophat so a piece of glittered grey paper was stamped  "To and From" using the 15pt Special Occasions Front.  The Snowman's cheeks are pink Pebbles Chalk (love the glisten that chalk gives), Everything else was colored using red and green Copic Markers.  A bit of  red/green ribbon I cut and frayed to form a scarf. The "snowballs" were then covered with a good helping (big snowstorm in my craft room) of Martha Stewart's Carrara Marble coarse glitter (I wish the picture show how it twinkles.).  The final touch was a scrap piece of MayArts glittery string  which was looped to make an attachment point.  All that is left is to complete the To/From section and this tag is ready for the waiting package.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Dear Everett

So...I was off to create a card for a very special man in our son-in-law.   Hmmm....he likes the old world map and when I saw this world map postcard from Rubber Necker Stamps, into my shopping cart it went.  They also market fabulous Luna Lights which was used to create the background behind the gold embossed image.  Using Spellbinder's Doodleparts and running the gold cutouts though the Cuttlebug (damask) I created the visual interest on the bottom half of the card.  Then I was off to get a "happy birthday" message.  I stapmed a tiny Happy Birthday (Hero Arts) and placed it inside of  an oval metal frame (Paper Studios from Hobby Lobby I think).  Then using Crystal Effects, I filled up the space inside of the oval until it reached the top,  When dry, I mounted it on a Spellbinder's tag and placed it.   Wishing you a very happy birthday Everett!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Bushell of Apples for Joan's Garden...14

Joan's Garden challenge was to use the colors brown, red, and green with pearls and lace - and, oh yes if you have a Heartfelt Creation stamp.... Well, I just received my very first purchase of a Heartfelt Creations rubber stamp - the pumpkins. Hmmm...over-ripe red pumpkins? under-ripe green ones? just didn't seem to be the thing. of the great things about these stamps is that the set also includes a few little extras....Sooo, I cut red and green squares, embossed the vines on each, taped them together into a larger square and ran the whole thing through my cuttlebug (dmask).  Then, I took a piece of brown cardstock and covered it in a piece of lace fabric.  I used  JustRite stamps to create the oval and frame.  The bushel basket of apples was colored using Copics and touched up with a bit of Crystal Effects.  Brown pearls were afixed around the oval frame.  This piece was then mounted on the red and green squares and the whole thing was then mounted on the lace and framed with a bit of red ribbon and anchored with 4 of the brown pearls .  A red ribbon was used to secure the "Blessings" embellishment  below the squared piece.  The final task was to mount this on a folded piece of brown cardstock.  I hope this card makes you feel "Fall/Autumn".

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

***********The Halloween Ball with MoJo155

The Halloween Ball
With regrets I know not where I downloaded the vintage Halloween image.  I'd had it stored on my computer for awhile and remembered it when I saw this MoJo challenge.  It seemed perfect for the central image.  Anyway, I printed and cut it out and began the work of creating a card.  Coordinations cardstock, pumpkins cuttlebug folder, a piece of Graphic 45 paper, a couple pieces of May Arts lace ribbon, and a piece of black cardstock was used to create the card "base".  To make the tag,  A Jewel It pumpkin from Outlines Rubber Stamps was stamped on black card stock, embossed in gold  and  covered with Crystal Effects. Once dry I applied the Swarvoski Sun jewels. then threaded it on the sparkly ribbon.  Do you feel Halloween coming?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

.........Faith, Hope, and Love is JustRite 034

  Faith, Hope, and Love
And the greatest of these is Love....This card was made for my parents who continue to give me so much of their love.  One of the ornaments in the JustRite Christmas Ornaments collection became the primary image used in this card.  I colored th ornament bows with red Copics then how much fun I had swooping and swirling the glue and shaking on gitter.  While they were drying, I cut out tiny ovals using Spellbinder's Ovals and using  2 of JustRite's fonts (15 pt and 50 pt Special Occassions) the words Faith, Hope, and Love were stamped.  It was easy to make them glittery by writing over the words using Copic's a Spica marker.  Layers of paper (one which was run through the Cuttlebug) , using a Martha Steward scallop punch,  tiny pearls, a bit of crocheted lace  and a shiny silver ribbon were used to enhance the glittery ornaments.  All combined to finished card was created,.  I put my faith in the One who is greater than I, my hope that all things good find each of us; that everyone has someone to love. 

Saturday, September 4, 2010

***JustRite Decoration for Christmas*** 034

Speaking of decorating the tree for Christmas....this glittery JustRite challenge inspired me to create an "invisible" ornament within an ornament. First, using Stazon ink, I stamped the ornament (JustRite Christmas Ornaments Set) on acetate.  Such a lovely intricate design to color with glitter!  When dry, the invisible ornament was placed inside a clear plastic ball.  The seam was trimmed with gold braid.  Glittery beads were strung to tie a knot at the top of the ribbon hanger.  The next step was attaching a perfect little bow. Finally, was taking a picture that would show at least a little of the glittern effect...and oh how it glitters in the light!  With the lights of the Christmas tree behind it, it should be very pretty.  (Unfortunately I don't have my Christmas tree up yet actually test it out!  To be given as a gift, I also made a coordinating card with the following  original verse inside: 
 "This Christmas Ornament, Glitters in the light,  To bring you joy,   And  give you delight!"                        
I wish you joy & hope you enjoy this challenge entry..                                                                                                                                                            

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

....A Witch and Bats...Oh My!... JustRite033

This morning I was attempting to clear up (note I didn't say clean up!) my workspace from completing my entry into this weeks JustRite Challenge and saw the Cricut tree cut out that I had made to use (but never did) in a previous challenge.  Rather than continue with my cleaning...oops, I mean clearing activity I allowed myself to be distracted.  First the tree, then the sketch that was propped up against the lamp and another card was in the making.  I just love the JustRite's Witch Way to the Treats set so once theWitch was flying across the moon...the Witchin' You a Happy Halloween from the Celebrations Demi Prases Set was a perfect to add around the moon.  (I really does show up better on the real card...a photographer I am not!) A wisp of fog, some texture on the tree (flower soft)  and then I was ready to tackle the squares.  Trick or Treat (Witch Way to the Treats) was stamped on silver paper then mounted on gold.  Then I looked for something different to make the other two squares. about twisting black wire into a spiral square seemed to work and voila, the card is done!