Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy Easter

Happy Easter -  I hope you will stop by the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today to see how I made this fun project.  It is a challenge issued from me, to me.  Make an Easter Bunny without using a bunny die.  A complete tutorial including all dies used can be found by clicking here.


See you there,

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Happy Sunday

Hi friends,

Just a quick stop today to share a tag I made awhile back.  A friend was here the other day and we were talking about tea cups.  It made me think about this tag. Enjoy and have a great day.


I've linked my supplies below and, as you will see, I used lots of great dies from the latest release at Elizabeth Craft Designs featuring Joset Designs.

See you Thursday for a tutorial on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog,
S@ndy
 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March Paper Pros Challenge

 
Hi friends, it's the second Tuesday of the month and that means the Paper Pros are having a  casual challenge featuring Pop it Ups.  These fun dies are designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. 
Our challenge this month is  Pi (Greek letter “π”)
 The symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
For the challenge this week we were asked to create cards that feature circles and/or pies!
  
Today I have a birthday card to share and I hope "ewe" enjoy it. 
 
  




Start with a herd of sheep using the Snowball Character Die.
 

Because I wanted to use 3 sheep I made my card 5" X 7", shown in the striped paper.  Mat the front panel with one black and one coordinating paper.  Cut the 3 holes using a circle die.

 
The rings around the holes can be easily made by combining 2 different sized circles.  Cut the 3 rings and add to card, using the Happy Birthday Pop it Ups, cut the words.
 
 
For the inside, use the Lucy Label Pop Up to hold the remaining 2 sheep.  Add a little grass and lettering and "Bingo"  You have a fun card to celebrate a birthday.
 
To see lots more great ideas and techniques for Pop it Ups, click here.
 
Have a wonderful week,
 
 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Play Day for Me

Hi friends, 

Just a quick stop today - I have been playing in the studio and decided to join in a few challenges that are currently going.
 
For the Simon Says Stamp Challenge they want us to make our own background.
For Creative Carte Blanche, Its All About The Numbers.
For Emerald Creek Dares says -Splatter Some Fun
And Mixed Media Monthly says - Buttons
 
 I did a big chipboard tag with several tags added for a colorful and playful creation.


This was fun for me because I could just do as I pleased and that is just what I did.  For the main focal point I used a printed canvas from Dylusions.  I used the colors in the canvas as my start.  I must confess I did some stash diving and came up with some tags that were just laying around. After adjusting the colors a bit - they were perfect. 
 
 
I found this tag that was rather too orange for me and sprayed it with Memories Mist, Iced Coffee.
 
 
The background was made by putting some embossing paste through a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil.
When that was dry, paint was added.  It is hard to explain this process as we all go at it in a different way but I used several colors.  Some of the paint was wiped away before it dried to reveal the stenciled numbers.
 
 
After much playing and decision making on which embellishments to use - everything was glued in place.  In order to add the splatters, the main image was covered and then the splattering began.
 
 
I used some Media paints, some Tim Holtz Grunge Board elements and the end of a ticket from my idea-ology stash, some of Tim's Remnant Rubs and a star button.
 
Thanks for stopping by -
Enjoy your day,

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

It's In The Box

Hi my friends and welcome to another Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge.  This month we were challenged with the title, It's In The Box.  We are to make something with one of the wonderful box dies from the new release.  I used the Lantern Box for my project and went with "Party Lights".  If you stay tuned until the end, I will be showing you several more ways  to use this great die.  
 

For our challenge today we are giving away “a box die of choice”  to 3 winners. The winners will get to select which box die they would like to receive from the following dies: Star Pillow Box, Triangle Treat Box, Lantern Box, Bonbon Box or Pillow Box with Handle.
To enter simply leave a comment on this blog post below and answer this question: “Which is your favorite box from the January 2017 collection?”
We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.
The winners will be announced on Friday, March 10 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog

Here's how to make a party light.


Begin with the Lantern Box die and cut 2 pieces.
Poke all the decorator pieces toward the back as shown in fig. 1.
Gently pull off excess pieces, then turn to right side to reveal design as shown in fig. 2.


Find and fold all crease lines. the die will make the lines for you.


Add Clear Double Sided Adhesive to tabs and join together.


Fold bottom panels up to form box.  Add glue or tape to hold in place.


Add battery operated tea light and close top.  Add embellishments.

Some other thoughts using the same die -


This one is decorated for Valentine's Day but any holiday would make a cute gift box.
The sweet little red heart came for the Oval Pull Card.


Masculine cards and gifts are always a challenge but here I've added some gears from the Clocks & Gears die and the Steampunk Charms die along with some great paper from Through the Lens.  My team mate, Sanna, has shared some other great masculine boxes on the challenge post here.


How about this idea for a place holder at your next dinner party?


A great way to give a small gift for anyone having a birthday.

Have a creative week,
S@ndy

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Anniversay Celebration at A Vintage Journey

We are celebrating our third anniversary over at A Vintage Journey.   All Aboard - to see what the Creative Guides have made for the occasion.  Simply Click here.

This time around we were challenged to make anything we like.  I made a tag in anticipation of Spring with some bright - yet vintage colors.   Nothing says spring like the arrival of flowers. Enjoy!
 
 
The challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Tag You're It.
I will be adding my tag there as well.
 
While I'm at it, I'll add this spring tag to the challenge over at Frilly & Funkie.
They are having a Welcome Spring Challenge.
 
Here are some highlights -
 
 
I made my own tag by cutting a strip of manila cardstock 3.75" X 12".  I placed the tag top through the Dotted Scallop Circle die, from Elizabeth Craft Designs, as shown above and ran it through my die cutting machine.  After the top was created, I trimmed the tag to 7" long.
 

Using Distress Ink with an ink blender - color was added.  I used Abandon Coral, Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron.

 
When the color was what I wanted, I ran the tag through my machine with an embossing folder designed by Karen Burniston called Trendy Tiles.

 
Next the flowers were cut using the Lacy Poppies die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Then they were colored using Copic Markers and a little shimmer from A Wink of Stella.

 
For the ribbon I colored some Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon using the Twisted Citron reinker.  To do this, drop some reinker on a craft mat, add some water to the ribbon and the ink.  Dip the ribbon into the ink until it is colored.  Dry with a heat tool.
 
Now all that is needed is to assemble -
 
 
Enjoy your weekend,