Saturday, July 26, 2014

Paper Crafter's Corner Magazine Monday #60!

     These days it seems I have so little time for one of the things I love most, i.e., PAPERCRAFTING!!!  So when I sit down at my craft table it is great to have an immediate goal.  Paper Crafter's Corner provides that every week.  Thank you, PCC!  I love Magazine Monday challenges.  Just wish I would have found you sooner.
Magazine Monday Inspiration #60
I took my inspiration from the umbrellas, as you can see from the magazine cover.  I used a graphic I downloaded from the Graphics Fairy and added a kind of beachy background, a computer skill I had to relearn!  That became the focal point of my card.  I thought the dotted paper from DCWV resembled rain drops, and I added a few Rain Dots to those.  I hope you can see them.  Then some black layers on a kraft card, a bit of black embroidery thread and a small button.  It was just the paper therapy I needed this week.  :o)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 59

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 59 Inspiration Piece (image)
Magazine Monday Inspiration
     This week's challenge at PaperCrafter's Corner was indeed a challenge!  I really wanted to do a 3-D effect using a die cut.  I recently viewed a tutorial on that technique, but could not, for the life of me, find it.  Then I remembered an idea I had for using the Die-Versions Rocking Chair die.  I used the ideas of a neutral background, pops of color and a black heading from the inspiration piece.  I like the result so much I may have to make a few more to send out to some special people.  I'm thinking it could even be a birthday card with a sentiment stamped inside.  :o)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

PCC's Magazine Mondays--Week 58

     Time for another challenge from PaperCrafter's Corner!
     I think the Disney movie Frozen is the biggest hit in a long time for little girls.  I hear them singing several aisles over when I go shopping.  My 4-year-old DGD (dear granddaughter) is no exception!  She knows all the songs beginning to end and thinks she doesn't have to wear shoes on a chilly evening, "because the cold doesn't bother [her] anyway!"     Next week she is going to a Frozen themed birthday party.  She and her little friend, Ava, love princesses, dress-up and especially Elsa and Anna.  So I made a birthday card using inspiration from this week's challenge. 
     I liked the partially painted picture and mimicked that.  After I printed the picture with Sequoia's and Ava's heads, I printed it again in lightened gray-scales and added parts of that to my card layer.  The biggest problem I had was trying to splatter a little big of reinker on the second layer.  I thought Distress inks were water soluble, but I have them all over my hands, and they're not coming off!  LOL!
The picture is 4x6 layered on a 5x7 card.  That's just a tiny, tiny pencil from my embellishment stash.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

     A quiet house on a holiday!  Perfect! 
     I "accidently" found two copycat recipes for See's candies this week.  I knew I shouldn't, but I had to try them.  Delicious and super easy.  I got that out of my system and won't do them again until Christmas.  Then I'll be sure to get chocolate sprinkles to add to the top of the "Bordeaux." 
     I decided to gift a friend with a little box of chocolates (so I don't eat them all!).  I love that with the Scor-Pal, I can easily make a box or bag.  Once I decide on the dimensions, it only takes a minute to decide how large I need my cardstock and where to put the folds and cuts.
     For this one, I cut the bottom 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 and scored 1" in on each side all the way around.  I made the top 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 and again scored 1" from each side.  I die cut the star from the center and taped cellophane behind it.  A Fiskars Border Punch was used on the top piece before taping it all together.  The cardstock was double sided, so I just flipped my star over and used it for a tag. 
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 57 Inspiration Piece (image)
     I'm entering this in PaperCrafter's Corner's Magazine Monday Challenge, my new fave challenge!  Here's the inspiration for this week.   I went with the patriotic colors and, Steph, did you notice I used the negative space again?  :o)

     I've never entered the Scor-Pal challenge, but realized I could do a twofer this week.  I do love my Scor-Pals, yes, Scor-Pals, plural.  I bought the newer one with more grooves, but can't part with the original.  I'd love to have a Scor-Buddy, too, just because it's so cute.  The Scor-Pal challenge is "More Than One Score" Challenge #6 - Colors of Your Country/Patriotic."   This is a monthly challenge that runs through the end of July.
      Hopefully, my links will take you to both of these challenges.  Thanks for looking.