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Steampunk Dragonfly

Steampunk Dragonfly

Steampunk Dragonfly

Good morning!! I’ve had a few days off work, and am trying to catch up with my blogging – of course, I’m trying to catch up with everything else, so it’s a lot slower going than it should be!!  The card I have here features the image Steampunk Dragonfly by Ching-Chou Kuik.  It’s been some time since I’ve done anything steampunk, because, frankly, it scares me!! Lol.  I colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils, adding some metallic accents on the gears and bolts of her outfit, and drawing in the crackly background.  After die/fussy cutting the image out, I matted it on a piece that I’d cut with some edging scissors to look like a big cog.  The  background uses a technique that I learned in grade 2 (I think…..it was a long time ago, as I’m turning 50 in a few weeks!)  We made pencil holders for our Dads for Fathers Day, using masking tape to cover the item…then it was a can, now its a piece of cereal box….then inking it to give it a faux leather look.  I’m allowed to use heat guns now, so I sprinkled some embossing powders on this to give it even more texture.  I added the chain pieces, some metal roses, and the gears to finish this off.  Here is a picture of the original Father’s Day project!

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I’d like to enter the card in the following challenges:

Scr@p Cards Challenge – #98 Things With Wings

Morgan’s ArtWorld - #13 ATG

A Perfect Time to Craft – #7 ATG

Digi Choosday – Week 27 ATG

Crafty Gals Corner – #130 ATG

Birthday Elegance

Twisted Elegance

Birthday EleganceHi there :) Today I have my first twisted easel card!! I don’t believe I haven’t made one before, as I love the look!  I used the stunning Camellia image from Aurora Wings, and colored it in my all time favorite color combination. I just purchased the lattice die, part of a set – Butterfly and Lattice – from Sizzix. I can tell that this die will be getting a lot of use!! I dug through my flowers, and didn’t have any that were the “right” shade of red, so I touched a few up with my markers :)  I arranged the flowers over a die cut fluorish by Cheery Lynn.  I wasn’t sure what to do for a sentiment, but came across the “enjoy” in my stash, and paired it up with the Happy Birthday, that I inherited from my mom’s stash when she died….the set that it comes from is probably close to 50 years old!!

I’d like to enter the following challenges with this card:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog – #50 My Secret Garden

Power Poppy – Frame It Up

Incy Wincy – Black & White plus One Other Color

Double D – Flowers Galore

Crafting When We Can – Black & White with a Splash of Color

Steampunk box lid

Steampunk Box

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Well, I went through my craft room and found such a load of alterable items, that I decided to actually DO something with one of them!! I recently won the Steampunk Owl image from Aurora Wings, so figured it would be a great focal point for a steampunk trinket box.  The image is different that the ones I usually use from Aurora Wings, and I don’t do steampunk often, so this was a bit of a challenge for me.  I colored the image with my SN markers, adding a few metallic touches with gel pen; then I fussy cut it out.  I got realllllly messy preparing the box, painting, adding some pumice sand texture, stamping some metallic clock faces, then I dug out some metal accents, distressed them.  When everything was in place, the image seemed a bit bright, so I added a few drops of metallic black paint to my matte finish Mod Podge, and slathered it on.  I dabbed some copper and gold pigment ink on the high points of the pumice sand, then gave it another coat of plain Mod Podge to seal everything.  I love the rustic look of this box….I just wish that the photos showed all the detail better!

Steampunk box 2Steampunk box frontSteampunk box sideSteampunk box lidI would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog - #48 ATG

50 and Fab

50 and Fabulous

Good morning!! Today, I have a card made with one of KennyK’s fabulous images. Foxy Mama can be found here.  I’ve entered it into the February challenge on the KennyK Facebook Group. Anyone that enters their ATG challenge qualifies to receive this month’s freebie…”Scarlett West“.

50 and Fab

I colored this image with my SN markers, then started having fun with my new star border die, from Frantic Stamper.  I did the inlaid die cut technique, using Silver mirror and glitter papers. For the sentiment, I used my Paisley and Chalkboard Fonts (I think) Cricut cartridges. I sprinkled a few of the leftover stars around for some extra zing.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Digi Choosday – Week 8 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG week of Feb 21

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #317 ATG

Inky Chicks – #79 Happy Birthday

Crafty Creations – #335 ATG

Cut It Up – #116 Birthday Cards

Over the Moon

Over The Moon

Hey there!! It’s time for a new challenge over at C.R.A.F.T.   Our theme is Love/Valentines/Anniversary this time around, and we have

All Dressed Up stamps sponsoring us.  Try to make some time to check out the LOVEly makes of my fellow DT members :)

Over the MoonI used the sweet Over the Moon image from the sponsor. I colored it with my Prismacolors, with touches of Wink of Stella on her dress and veil, then decided to use the background technique from the latest monthly pencil class over at Kit and Clowder. The colors are way different than what’s used in the class, but that’s the nice thing, the techniques can be applied to any project in any color.  The papers are some that I just purchased a while ago, when some of my friends and I went on a road trip to the only scrapbooking store in the area.  I took the metallic bits from the paper pattern, and used some gold mirror cardstock to mat everything and to cut the Mr. and Mrs. with my Cricut.  Some gold ribbon and a rose finish this card off…..the layout was inspired by this sketch:

over at Tuesday Morning Sketches :)

I would also like to enter this card into these challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog – Week 400 -Let’s Celebrate!

Tuesday Throwdown – ATG #327

Third Birthday Bears

Birthday Bears

Hi there!!! It’s time for our first challenge of 2017 over at Come and Get It Challenges :)  Appropriately enough, the theme is “Anything New”.  This gives you a chance to show off some new crafty stash, a new technique…..well…anything new!!! Annnnd, it gives you the chance to win a $15 voucher from the ever popular Bugaboo Stamps!

Third Birthday BearsI was given the adorable Scene It Birthday Bears to use on my card.  Other than the new digi (colored with my SN markers), I also used a new stencil in the background….inked with distress inks; new ribbon, and a new fold  :)  I perked the card up a bit with some blue glitter on the number 3, and some balloons, that I cut with my Cricut, then added Glossy Accents to.  Hope you like it, and that you can join me and the fabulous design team in our Anything New challenge!! :)

Grateful

Grateful

Well, I guess it’s officially fall now!! The calendar does not lie :)  It’s also time for another challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  This time our theme is Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving.  That pretty much allows for anyone’s taste in cards :)  Of course, we have some super sponsors, and this time, they are:

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GratefulI was given the Long Tall Cattails image by DRS Designs.  I bounced around a few ideas in my head, but things really started coming together for my plans for this card when I saw this color combination over at

Cupcake Inspirations.

My orange color in my card looks way redder, thanks to the joys of photography :P  I printed the cattails up, and colored them black, to give them the silhouette effect.  I fussy cut them out, and covered them with Glossy Accents to give them some dimension and shine.  For the background, I played with one of my favorite background techniques, that I discovered a few years ago.  For this, you use some fusible webbing (from your sewing stash), I just used pieces of fusible hem tape.  I heated the paper enough for the web to adhere, then sprinkled embossing powder on it.  I did this multiple times, alternating dark purple, orange sparkle and forest green (actually called “Pond Scum”) embossing powders.  When the web and embossing powders are heated together, the web separates and makes some beautiful effects :)  I cut a window in this, matted it in a dark purple card stock, and layered it on a piece of black, which I had stamped and embossed the sentiment on in the orange embossing powder.  After adhering the cattails, I added a few black baubles for balance.

Butterfly Get Well Card

 

 

 

get well

I made this card for a dear friend of mine who is stuck in the hospital. She likes different techniques, so I had a bit of fun with it. I stamped an Inkadinkado butterfly image 6 times on acetate, then carefully heat embossed 3 of the images with pearl embossing powder, and 3 with gold embossing powder. Then I cut them out and layered one of each if the colors, bending the wings for added dimension. The background is chocolate brown card stock, which I heated, then attached strips of fusible hem tape to. I heated the hem tape, t hen sprinkled gold and pearl embossing powders on, and heated again. I love the look of molten metal this technique gives. I uses some Jolees vellum and paper flowers, which I dressed up with gold bling in the centers. To finish off, I punched a bunch of tiny pink flowers, inked the edges of the card with gold ink, and added a piece of the embossed background to the inside of the card so it would peek through on the front.  I realize that this card meets the criteria for the Bingo challenge on the Butterfly Challenge blog. I used the middle horizontal line of the bingo card pictured below.

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