Friday, April 29, 2016

Double cards for Paper Ala Mode's anything goes challenge

Hi everyone!  Well, this week's Paper Ala Mode challenge is Anything Goes.  It's especially fun for me because we are being sponsored by two companies that I absolutely love - Eureka Stamps and Diana Garrison (Crooked Little Studio).

My first card was a fun one to make.  It's a center step shaker card!  I always think shaker cards are fun.  The image I used is called Sheep Pair.  I computer generated the sentiment, but Eureka Stamps has a lot of fun sentiments to go with their images.


Here's a closer look at these cute sheep.


The image I used from Diana Garrison is called Dragonfly Garden, but I can no longer find it listed in her store.  It's been one of my favorites since I first ran across her art work.  If you love it as much as I do, I'm sure you can contact her about it through her Etsy store.  I used lots of glitter and sequins on this one!


Come play with us this week and show us what you're working on!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mixing It Up at Paper Ala Mode

Hi everyone.  The Paper Ala Mode challenge this week is Mixed Media.  This simply means to use more than one medium on your project.  For instance, don't just color with water colors - mix it up and add some markers, pencils, pens, ink, glitter, embossing powder...

It's the perfect excuse to really play with all of your craft products!  If you go to the Paper Ala Mode challenge this week, you will see some stunning samples by the design team.  You can tell everyone enjoyed getting out all of their supplies.

The sponsor for our challenge this week is A Day For Daisies, and I chose this adorable Sweet Dragon for my card.


I used markers to color the image, and stamps for the grass.  I added dots of glue down his back and then added glitter for both texture and sparkle.  I used gold foiling flakes for the spots on the dragon.  His wings were printed out on acetate and then glittered.

I wanted there to be movement to his wings, so when I cut them out I left little tabs, and then I cut slits on the dragon to insert the tabs in.  This lets this flutter about freely.  I also added some different sequins to the background.

This is an easel card, so I cut the sentiment out with a cloud die and popped it up on a foam dot to hold the card open.    Here's  a close up so you can see the wings, glitter and gold flakes on the body better.

I am also entering this card into the Fantasy challenge going on at Digitally Sweet.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

To have and to hold shaker

A co-worker of mine is getting married in June, and I wanted to make a unique card.  I've always loved shaker cards and I found a cute idea while looking around the internet and came up with this.


The ampersand was printed and cut out six times to build up some room for the shaker fill.  I used little gold and clear beedz and holographic hearts.  I just made the score lines with my scorepal.

I hope you're having a fun weekend!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Paper Ala Mode - Case A Card

Hi everyone!  The Paper Ala Mode challenge this week is to CASE a card from someone in the Outlawz gallery.  I have always loved casing cards because it gives me a jumping off point.  We are being sponsored by Star Stampz and I chose this cute Balloons and Ice Cream image.  You can see the card I chose to CASE by clicking HERE.


I made a polished stone background with alcohol inks on Yupo paper and cut the image out.  I added some white dots to the girl's dress and hair bow with a gel pen.  I hope you will come and play with us.  There are a ton of great cards to choose from!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Birthday card stash


Just wanted to share another birthday card I made for my stash.  I hope you are having a great week so far!  


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Cash Candles

Hi everyone!  I hope you didn't get fooled too badly yesterday.  I had fun playing silly tricks on my boss and co-workers.  One little trick didn't get discovered and is still awaiting a certain someone!

I wanted to share this card I made for my boss's daughter who recently turned 15.  I usually give her a gift card to a bookstore because she loves to read, but this year I just gave her cash.  I hate just folding up bills and sticking them in a card - I have to make it a little more fun.


I found a candle flame shape online and just cut them out and colored them and then covered them with glitter.  She loved it.

I'm off to do my grocery shopping for the week.  Here's this week's menu for those who are interested.

Beef & broccoli with rice
Tuna sandwiches and baked potato
Bacon cheeseburgers and oven baked fries
Lemon butter fish with green beans and noodles
Lasagna with garlic bread
Smothered pork chops with mashed potatoes and peas
Steak bites with roasted carrots and spinach

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Paper Ala Mode says Run For the Border

Hi all!  Today's Paper Ala Mode challenge is to use borders on your project.  We are being sponsored by Crafts and Me.  They are a company I was unfamiliar with,  but I was really impressed with their selection of images.  I chose to use April Shower.  



I paper pieced the umbrella and used chalk for my sky.  Everything else was colored with copic markers.  I even made the little flowers with my copics!  I used some glossy accents on the rain drops.  For my borders I used a small thin metallic thread to border the image, and then I punched a lacy border out of vellum to print the sentiment on to and ran it horizontally across the image.

I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed Easter weekend.  I will be spending it with my grandson and his family.  I am excited to bring him a little Easter basket and a magnetic chalkboard I made him.