Friday, June 29, 2012

Crop Chocolate Challenge Entry Thread

 *****NOTE***** Challenge Deadline can add your link for your
challenge project until 9am MST Friday July 6th (10am CST and 11am EST).

This thread is to add all my challenge photos for the Crop Chocolate "Left Behind" Crop!
We know the gals at the Spring Fling are having a great we are having a great
time here at home so we're with them in spirit!  If you'd like to participate in the crop too,
you can find the post with the Mr. Linky and details HERE.

Challenge #1: Something that reminds you of Spring LO

This one was done with MME....Lime Twist paper and die cuts from
from CC.  Also used Doodlebug button and brads from
CC as well.  The thickers and twine are from my stash.

Challenge #2: A LO in 1 hour or a card in 30 minutes

This came together SUPER fast....because I used die cut
sheets from the jumbo pack from CC.  The circle, flowers,
absolutely you, "you are love" and the strip on the left all from
those die cuts!  Brad in the center of the large flower is a bazzill
brad from CC (Thanks Lucy/aka Haf2Scrap!) and then a few
pearls from Recollections.  DONE!

Challenge #3: A project with something found in nature

This one is made with EP Paradise Beach (all the papers,
the fussy cut flowers, and the large flower sticker).  The
flower centers are Doodlebug brads (all CC).  I used
Recollections pearls and a "Happy Birthday" sentiment
from Skipping Stones Designs.

Challenge #4: A project with a handmade item (NON-paper)

All papers are from EP Paradise Beach and Hello
Summer.  Flower is made from felt, using fringe scissors.
Stamp from Waltzingmouse, pearls from Recollections.

Challenge #5: American Flag Inspiration project

(I used EP Dots & Stripes, Bazzill blue cardstock, Doodlebug buttons,
Mariscino Twinery Twine, MM alpha and xmas red stickles (all CC).
Challenge #6: my challenge....I already posted that!

Challenge #7: LO with "getting there" travel theme

This LO was done with MM Panorama--stripe and car paper,
die cuts and journal box.  Also MM Passport canvas tag.  Used
MM copper letters and Sassafras Lass alpha, solid brown and
green paper from EP Paradise collection all from CC.  Twine and
Spellbinders die used also.

Challenge #8: LO of everyday moments

Used EP Pride & Joy collection, Bazzill cardstock (from CC) brads and
alpha from stash.

Challenge #9: Project with a pinwheel on it

(I used EP So Happy Together, and a MM brad...twine from stash)

Challenge #10: Independence Day project

Card made with EP and FP papers, button is Doodlebug, brad
is MM Panorama...all CC.  4th is a Stamps of Life stamp, twine
from Trendy Twine (blueberry).  Distressed with Black Soot Ink.

Challenge #11: Project using 3 different alphas

More EP Paradise Beach here...including the cute bike!
Aqua alpha is from EP This and That, rose alpha from
Paradise Beach, and "2" from a Thickers pack (that was
my stash).  The buttons are Doodlebug, and twine from
my stash.

Challenge #12: Project using alcohol inks

Sailboat Blue alcohol ink on piece of acetate....fastened
to card with BG brads.  Airplane and word "plane" from
Imaginesce stamps, clouds with liquid pearls, and doodles
with black pen.....all from CC (at least I thought the blue
ink was...but if not, I'm still at!). Other stamp
was Stamps of life....I masked to remove the words and
stamped in "plane" instead.

I'm going to try to make a new project for each challenge.....but one project for
up to three is allowed....we'll see how it goes!

And so an update....WOOOHOOO....I DID IT!  TWELVE projects for
TWELVE challenges!   Hope everyone is having as much fun as I did!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Feeling Left Behind? Then Join the Hop!

We are hoppin' this weekend in honor of those left behind
from the Crop Chocolate Spring Fling!  This hop starts
officially at 10am (MST) on Thursday June 28th, and all
projects are due to Mr. Linky by Thursday July 5th at
9am (MST).  You can use the same project for up to
THREE of the challenges!  Lots of fun prizes, I've got
candy (see later in my post) and so do lots of the others!
Crop Chocolate is also donating some fun stuff too.....

Some things up for grabs:
$10 Crop Credit, "Homemade" EP mini Theme paper,
"Blue Jeans" paper pack by Doodlebug and some Distress Inks.

So now let's get down to business!  You should have hopped
here from Beth's Blog HERE....just in case here is the blog hop
order if you just popped in:
Scrappy Canuck
by belle
scrapaddict-laura ----Yep, You're Here!
Haf2scrap (guest of centralnyscrapper)  You are here

And now, my challenge....

Create a card using a journal box and bling of any kind....
glittery brads, rhinestones, pearls, stickles, glitter....
all apply! 

If you are curious as to what I mean by "journal box"
it's what you write your journaling on a scrapbook page
normally....Echo Park collections have AWESOME
options--but you can use any (Fancy Pants, MM, etc).
Here is a pic of the journal boxes included in the EP
So Happy Together kit as an example:

 Do remember, that at least 50% of the product used
 must be from Crop Chocolate! 

 Here is my example:

This is the Echo Park So Happy Together collection, the flowers
are fussy cut and all have bling centers (from the MM Paper Reverie
collection you can WIN) and some Recollections bling swirls.  The
inking and stamping was done with Black Soot Distress Ink.  The
journal the rectangle in the center of the card framed in
black....makes a beautiful simple card, huh??

So now it's YOUR turn......

when you complete this challenge, please link into the Mr. Linky
below (by Thursday July 5th 9am MST).  I will have an awesome prize
by random draw for one of the participants in my challenge.

I will ALSO have a prize for someone that leaves a comment on my
blog on this post during the hop (please make sure you are a follower!). 

So next up....hop on over to Darlene's Blog (aka mom2tayandbay)!

Play along! Link closes Thursday July 5th at 9am MST!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Beautiful Color....

As I've shown the last couple of days....I'm so inspired by color!!
And I was really inspired by the original color combo over at
JustRite so much.....that I decided to make a second card to
enter in their challenge:

And here it is:

My "Recipe" for this card:
JustRite Stamps: Greetings from Paris (fleur d' lis and cafe Paris) and
Vintage Floral Labels (background behind on the apricot cardstock)
Spellbinders Dies: Labels 13, Labels 4 and Labels 22
DCWV Mariposa mat stack (aqua background/mini butterfly/cut out butterfly)
AC cardstock (Aqua, Orange, and Apricot colors)
Distress Ink (Ripe Persimmon and Evergreen Bough)
Recollections Rhinestones
Organza ribbon from stash

I really liked the simple elegance of this one....decided to stop here and not
add more flowers or pins, etc.

Remember to take time for some inky fun today!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Challenge Yourself.....

Participating in challenges is a great way to "think outside" the
proverbial box.  You combine colors, or patterns you wouldn't
normally think of to make something uniquely your own.

I've got myself a little collection of Just Rite stamps....truly love
them....and I just found out they have challenges!  This week's
Friday challenge (#75) over there is:

I truly found this color combo STUNNING!  I plan on using
it again....but the result this time is here:

What I used for this card:
JustRite Vintage Florals Labels Set
Spellbinders Labels 13 (they are compatible with the above stamps!)
Spellbinders Lacey Circles
Spellbinders Ironworks
AC cardstock (Aqua)
Core d'nations Sunset (Apricot)
MME Be Amazing 6x6
Zing embossing powder (Apricot)
Iced Spruce Distress Ink
Sizzix Texture Fade folder (Damask)
Maya Rd. Stick pin
Websters Pages Lace (Aqua)
Organza ribbon and beads from my stash

If you would like to check out the JustRite blog and play too,
you will find them HERE.

Hope you enjoy some crafty goodness today!

Friday, June 22, 2012


So much can be said with just a simple smile :)

And with a gorgeous, yet simple color palette too,
like this one from the Play Date Cafe:

Now that things have calmed down from my DS's graduation
I can play with some of the challenges out there!  This Challenge
#137 over on the Play Date Cafe blog (HERE) served as
inspiration for a clean and simple card, with big impact:

I used the new chevron stamp from Stamps of Life, the Smile 
sentiment is from them as well.  Black and White twine and 
a button from my stash finish it right off.  Inks used....Star
Spangled Blue from CTMH and Black Soot Distress Ink.

That's it for today's   

So how about it?  You could play at the "Cafe" too....or
just create something for fun.  Go have some inky fun!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Don't Blink.... summer this way for you?  One blink....and a week
is gone!!  We took my DS to his college orientation this week,
got another DS off to a camping weekend with scouts....and
DH off on a trip to Nebraska....add, DS's bday and Father's
Day....and a week is outta here!....WOWZERS!!

Today I'm up on Cutter's Creek blog, with a project for
the upcoming 4th of July holiday....or just general decor if
you love Americana (which I do!!).  All the directions can
be found on the Cutter's Creek blog HERE.  But I started
with this $1 sign from the dollar store (you can see where
I started inking in the upper right corner):

And after some Tim Holtz Tissue tape....several layers of
Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.....a layer of Rock Candy
Distress Paint (gotta LOVE that 4oz jar!!) and then yet
another coat of Distress Ink (this time Walnut Stain), and
a coat of spray sealer for good measure the result was

I did add a metal reinforcer sticker and then restrung it with
twine you see in the first pic.  Just LOVE the way it turned
out....looks truly like an old piece of Americana art!

Do you love to alter inexpensive finds?  If you've never
tried it....hope you found a little inspiration to try it today!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

It's All About The New....

This post...yep....all about the new....

New product, new techniques, and new artwork, of course!

First up is this LO:

And page two:

This was made with the new Authentique Fresh collection....I am lovin' this one!
It's made in a new style I'm trying.....I want to get a lot of pics scrapped, but 
really like the one photo embellished this LO is the best of both 

And I used something else "new" to me....this May Arts net ribbon....this stuff is
FUN!  Here is a close up that shows the detail this ribbon adds to the page:

It really reminds me of the beach....a perfect accent on this LO.

Next up in the "new" something I've just started trying.....mixed media art.
And yes, another "new" (did ya think I was kidding when I said that's what 
this post was all about? one is the Tim Holtz Distress Stains.  
These are one of those items that have sat there, on my shelf, all lonely and
neglected.  Until a challenge project pushed them into my mind, and I thought...
what a perfect time to crack open the seal on those lil' guys!  I will warn you...
they are addicting!  The color saturation is "da bomb"....and they glide on like
"butta"....excuse me,  my Chi town roots are  

The finished project is one of my faves ever, I gotta admit:

Another first.....stamping on canvas....the stamps are a Unity SOTM kit
stamped in Memento Cocoa Brown on the canvas, and Vintage Photo
Distress Ink on the sentiment.  The lace ribbon I wove the crinkle/seam
binding ribbon thru is May of my wins from their many contests!

The background was made on a 6x6 piece of blank white cardstock.  The
clouds were put on first with an Adirondack Snow Cap paint dauber:

Next the lighter stains...Peeled Paint and Broken China are layered in:

For more depth....a second layer of darker stains was layered on ( I used
Faded Jeans and Forest Moss):

And then to really blend it together, and fill in a few more (but not all!) of the
white spaces:

And once more the finished, decorated canvas:

Not bad for a first mixed media project....

So any firsts for you lately in the artistic realm?  A new product?  Technique?
A new tool?  If not....hope I've inspired you to try one today!

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Feminine Touch....

I'm very blessed to have time to spend in the hobby I love.....
paper crafting, of course!

I tend to really "mix it up"....I like to do a lot of different styles,
not because I don't have a style that is "me"....but because I
love the "artistic" of it all.....the ability to be a different type of
artist every time you create.  Just like actors are villains one
day, and the romantic lead the next.....I think we can do the
same with our paper crafting!  

So in the interest of I've gotten in touch with my
"feminine side" and done a truly girly, lacy card!  It's actually
an idea I've had for a bit.....and funny, but it fit right into two
online, the Doilies and Lace Challenge at
Moxie Fab World....find it HERE.   The doily....I used one
as a stencil....the me is the effect it gives once it
is stenciled!

And the finished card:

I used a doily, and used Adirondack Snow Cap paint dauber to "stencil"
it....and brushed out around the edges for a softer look.  I spritzed the entire
card with Marshmallow Glimmer Mist.  and tied the soft seam binding bow.
A handmade stick pin, prima roses, and some pearls finish it off.  The stamps
are Skipping Stones (the flowers) and Waltzingmouse (the sentiment).  The
distressing was done with the TH distressing tool, and Vintage Photo ink...
I made the "window" by hand cutting a circle....then cutting slits in the card
to roll the paper back.  And the PP behind is from MME. 

Now this is also spot on to the sketch that popped up over at SFYTT on
Jen's blog HERE.  And here is the June 2012 sketch:

So that's that for today....will have a lot of fun goodies up tomorrow....
hope you can stop back by and say hi!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Mixin' It Up....and Winners of All Kinds!

This post is not my typical....that's for sure!....LOL.

I'll start with the winner of my blog candy from the Father's Day Hop....
Holly B and Kathy R.....I'll be contacting you both about your prizes!!

And the winner of the Trendy Twine from the Practical Scrappers
post was one Cathy Derouche!!

And next up.....another winner....was me!  I was one of the big winners
over on Courtney Walsh's blog in her Sweethaven Summer Challenge
contest.  And Courtney....even in the midst of a huge move....managed
to get me out my prize pack.  And oh, what a prize pack it was!!  It
was so amazing, I wanted to make a quick video thank you to Courtney!

Now I'll apologize up front....I'm a video newbie....and my DS is my
cameraman.....we gotta work on some's kinda shaky and
a bit grainy.....but hopefully we'll get  But good or bad, it's
just meant to say a huge THANK YOU COURTNEY!!  For your
generosity....and as I said in the video....can't wait to read part 2 of
the Sweethaven Summer story!!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day today.....and I'll be back with some projects
later today, too!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Twine Time!! (And a GIVEAWAY!)

Today I am the "feature" over at Practical Scrappers!!  I've been on
their Fresh Face Designer team and having a blast!  They have
an amazing talented set of designers over there...if you have not
checked them out....take a look!!  The project I have up today is
this stacking box set:

I wanted to showcase my love of twine!  It's my favorite "go to"
embellishment!!  It can be used in SO many ways!!!  If you pop
over to Practical Scrappers HERE, you can see the details on
how I used the twine for this project....easy, but WOW does it
make the project!  And better yet....if you visit them over there....
Lesley at Trendy Twine was a complete sweetheart, and donated
a twine prize pack!!  You could win this:

You only have to pop over to Practical Scrappers and leave a
comment, become a follower on their blog (HERE), and then
go to the Face Book page for Trendy Twine...say "hi Practical
Scrappers Sent Me" (or something similar) and like their page!
Not to tough to win 60 gorgeous yards of twine!  And their
twine is so different, with the dark and light color twisted with
the white or cream....or even the yummy "Chocolate Cupcake"
twine in my project, that is pink and brown!! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Father's Day Blog Hop Time!!

Welcome to the Cutters Creek Design Team Fathers Day Blog Hop! If you
just came from Deanna's Blog, you are in the right place!  If you just happened
upon my blog today and you want to hop from the beginning, and play for the 
Grand Prize you can start from the Cutters Creek Design Team Blog and check
out Chris' great project! The objective for our Blog Hop this weekend is to 
inspire you to create something beautiful for all of the “Fathers” in your life! 
We have a bit of everything, from cards to gift ideas to layouts about our fathers!

And without further ado, here is my project:

This is a Dad's "coupon book" that you can fill with whatever type of coupons
would fit the "Dad" in your life!  This could also be used for a teacher, a Mom,
a new Mom (baby gift), etc--The Echo Park This and That Graceful would be
wonderful for those options!!  Cutter's Creek has or can order most of your
paper crafting needs!!  You can find them HERE.  And now, to continue with
the project..... 

The inside of this booklet has 4 additional pages, here's the first:
 And the second:
And the third:
And the fourth:
I used the Echo Park (EP) This and That Charming collection, and each page was
made using different techniques.  The cover, I used Black Soot and Vintage Photo
distress ink, and then used a journal box, and stickers from the EP kit.  Page two,
I used Distress Stain in Vintage Photo "lightly" leaving some streaks, then ran it
thru the cuttlebug with a woodgrain embossing folder.  I added extra Black Soot
and Vintage Photo to make the embossing "pop".  The gears are a Donna Salazar
Spellbinders die set, and I altered the plain paper with espresso Adirondack 
paint dauber, silver paint dauber, and then more of the inks.  The right side is
from the kit and all the "words" are from my computer and then inked up.  Page
three, is also using Distress Stains...Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, and Broken China,
and I dabbed on lettuce Adirondack dauber and snow cap dauber first before I
went over with the stains. The other items are EP also.  The fourth page...same as
the other "woodgrain" page, except I used a heavier hand on the stain.  The last
page is done much like page three, I just did not use the paint daubers.  

Additional items....I did use my distress tool, and some stick on "brads" and an
EK sucess paper edge punch.  The ribbons on the binding ring are white seam
binding I dyed using Glimmer Mist in Deep Plum, Olive Vine, and Sugar Maple.  

Hope you enjoyed this little project, and hope you enjoy the hop!!  And I will
have a little "something" to give away here on my blog, so make sure you are
a follower, and leave a comment....but in addition, there is a Grand Prize!!

Now for the details about the Grand Prize I mentioned at the beginning of my post.  
To qualify you must leave a comment at every stop along the way. Comments 
should be made by Midnight, June 3rd. We will use to select a winner
so be sure to check back with us on Monday to find out if you have won!

Don't forget to leave a comment here before you hop along to Fran's Blog

Thanks for hopping by!