Sunday, March 29, 2015

Creme Egg

Just in case you haven't noticed -- shaker cards are quite the rage right now -- and I've fallen head over heals onto this trend!
About once a month, I go to "Stamp Camp" with my local Stampin Up demonstrator.  At the last one, she had sample cards made with "marbled" eggs.  She said the paper was made with the shaving foam technique -- just google "shaving foam marbled paper" and you'll find a bunch of tutorials.  At the As You See It Challenge - it is try something new.  
So this is the new technique I wanted to try and make a giant marbled egg  (and a few small ones).    It was just a bit of a mess to create the paper - but so much fun.  I would suggest doing this in your kitchen --  not your carpeted craft room floor  :)  I used Spellbinder ovals to cut the egg(s), and the "window" of the shaker.  I added some border stamps for interest on the egg.                                                                      
The chicks are from a Lawn Fawn set.  I colored them with a bit of watercolor paints.  The sentiment is from a $1 set. 

I used the sketch from Fusion Challenge
I took the colors from Colour Q  challenge -- so Eastery.
I'll also put this into Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes 

And of course onto Darnell's NBUS Challenge - Where you need to use Never Been Used Stuff -- the paper has been in my stash for a while -- along with scissors I used to create the grass border -- both never been used.  
As always -- thanks so much for looking.  I hope you have an enjoyable Easter.  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Wishes come True

My grand-niece, Drea, will be celebrating her 4th birthday next week.  Like many girls her age, she is all into fairies and princesses.

After seeing these 2 cards: Rainbow and this card by JJ Bolton

I was inspired to use Fairy Sweet by Sugar Peas - to create my card for Miss Drea.

It took me quite a while to figure out how to get the divided shaker areas that would also not have a closed covered edge.  I don't have the fuse tool to seal plastic.  So I used lightweight overhead projector transparencies; and scored it 1/8 " apart to make one side.  That made the top fold, then did the same thing to make the side fold.  I used 1/8 " scor-tape to hold it down along the curved "walls".
I'm not sure I'm making any sense -- but my hubby said it took way too long to make!!  It didn't take too long to make . . . but it did take long to figure out HOW to make it -- 3 failed attempts before I was somewhat satisfied.  It didn't get as close to the edge as I wanted, but I'm happy.

Sugar Peas happens to have as their current challenge to Shake That Thing

The colors came from Creative Colors Challenge - a great palette of colors to choose from.  I used Inktense pencils, and watercolored the image. 

Addicted to Stamps has "Anything Goes"

And Jo's Scrap Shack challenge is for "Special Birthday".  Drea is a very special little lady to me.

And the last challenge, but certainly not the least,  I'll put this in, is Darnell's NBUS Challenge #4
The stamp is new and never been used.  The cloud stencil (really a mask set) is from Great Impressions -- I've had it a long time, and also never been used.  But I do like how easy it was to use.  And it is still available here

As always, thanks for looking.  Hope you are enjoying your first few days of spring.  I hope Old Man Winter gave his last shot last night.  Woke up to 5 more inches of snow this morning!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

It is right around the corner -- I bought some corned beef today for a family dinner next Sunday!  I personally don't care for it too much, but everyone else does!!  Oh, and the mustard  . . . according to my hubby it's all about the mustard.  This is one time he likes to go food shopping -- down the mustard aisle!!  And he picks up about 3 jars of different ones -- Heaven forbid we don't have the meat to mustard ratio correct  :)

Anyway -- about the card.

I used one of those foam shapes they sell for children to decorate.  And I traced it onto some plastic, cut it  out and voila  . . . a home made stencil.  I pulled out all my $1 sets from years ago and puzzle pieced them into the shape.  Before taking off the stencil, I sponged some ink around the edges -- and done!

I'm putting this into the following challenges:

1. One Layer Simplicity - words-words-words.html - you can't use any image stamps --

2. Curtain Call Challenge - LUCKY 

I am thrilled that you selected my card as one of your show stoppers.  Thanks so much!

3. Happy Little Stampers - CAS - sponging

4. Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge - "just a hint of clover"
and last but not least
5. Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - I love their name!  The challenge is:

After looking at the card again, I may go back and add some sequins  . . . gold perhaps, and wink of Stella too.  Every card needs something shiny!

Happy Saint Patrick's day to you.  May you always have good luck!