Getting Cricky Simple Sunday Color Challenge

Usually we do a theme for the bi-weekly Simple Sunday Challenge over at Getting Cricky, but this time we deviated from the norm and decided to go with a color challenge instead.  This is the first color challenge I’ve actually participated in…GASP, I know…I know.  After this one though, you can bet I will do this again more often.

So, the challenge this time around was to use orange and black with at most…one other color.  I chose to use purple, orange and black.  Common colors you see together this time of year right?  Probably not like this though:

I just couldn’t force another Halloween/Fall project right now.  I was over Halloween before it began (it’s so NOT my thing), I don’t have many Fall moments that need scrapping, and if one more person tells me “Happy Fall Y’all”, I just might have to vomit.  Seriously.  Anyway, the stamp I used comes from this set:

Here’s what else you’ll need if you want to re-create this card, or one like it, on your own:

Supplies Needed: 
A2 Card Base
Fundamentals 2 SD Card
Orange mat cut at 4 x 5.25
Scripture Sayings stamp set
Ink (Versafine)
Embossing folder of your choice
Manual die cutting machine (I used my Grand Calibur)
Flat-backed pearls
Adhesive (Tombow Mono Adhesive, Pop Dots and Elmer’s Fabric and Craft Glue)

Using your eCraft, cut Image 6 and 8 from the Butterflies category on the Fundamentals 2 Card at 4.5 inches.  I cut two of Image 6, one in orange and one in black.  I cut one of Image 8. then cut the body off of my orange butterfly and glued it to the front of the black Image 6 cut.  I then glued my Image 8 to the front of this piece making a thicker more durable butterfly.  I was careful to only glue the two bodies together so the black wing layer could lift a bit adding dimension.  While this piece was drying, I took a Cuttlebug folder and placed it over 3/4 of my orange mat and ran it through my Grand Calibur.  Mayunnnnnnn does that thing EVER give you a beautiful deep impression.  Anyway….next I added ribbon toward the bottom, stamped my sentiment, added some purple flat backed pearls and that was it.  Be sure to head over to Kristal’s blog to see the rest of the DT projects,  link up your own, and find out what awesome gift Kristal is giving away this time. I can’t wait to see what color you will choose to mix with orange and black for this challenge.  We love seeing what you come up with!


Craft it forward!!!!!

I got the most incredible email today.  ScrapbooksEtc  has selected one of my cards for their Craft it Forward campaign.  If I am selected as the winner, the charity of my choice receives $500 AND I get a matching prize.  I will be donating my $500 to the Bradley Angle House.  As you know, a $1k donation gives 24 families a chance at recovery.  The more families we can help, the better.  The card they chose is:

It’s beautiful right?  I think so…please show your agreement by clicking here to vote for this project.  Please be sure you hit VOTE and not just like.  Thank you in advance for your continued support of my cause!

Unity Canvas

Not to be confused with the concept of a unity candle lol.  A fellow crafter whose work I heart severe created a 5 x 5 canvas for her Music Monday challenge a few weeks ago and I loved it so much I a: immediately bought the stamp set she used to make her canvas b: went out and got some canvas of my own and then c: went through withdrawals until I could get all of my scrappy stuff unpacked to finish the project.  I was so inspired by Angelica Suarez’s project (which you can see here) that I even decided to host a Home Decor Blog Hop next month.  Yes, Angelica will be participating!  And now…my Angelica inspired canvas:

Do you like it?  I do and I guess that’s what matters most huh lol?  Now…let’s talk about how I did it shall we?

Supplies needed:
Canvas size of choice (here I used a 10 x 10 I think…maybe 8  x  8 )
Paint of choice (I used some purple acrylic paint I have in my stash)
Accent/Background paper (dimensions vary based on canvas size…I used Tickled Pink 6 x 6 stack I received as blog candy…4 inch squares)
She Said Stamps from Unity (I purchased mine here)
Black Stayzon Ink (got mine from Archiver’s)
Lace (got mine from Joann’s)
Mod Podge
Glitter ( used some super fine glitter I got in an eBay lot…Art Studio I think and you can’t really see it)
Foam Brushes (one for paint one for Mod Podge)

Okie doke…here’s what I did with all those supplies.  First you paint the canvas and let it dry.  Then I cut and adhered my accent paper.  I chose the papers shown from the Tickled Pink paper pad by My Mind’s Eye because one I was itching to use it and two, though it says PINK I thought it was red and it would match my living room decor perfectly.  We have decided to decorate the living room in purple and red…my oldest daughter’s favorite colors.  It’s our way of keeping her with us till she be really be with us again.  Originally I was going to make a square of the two papers in the middle of the canvas alternating the patterns but then after I got the first square down I decided to go a different route.  Next you want to stamp your phrase/image with Stayzon or something pigment based and heat set if you want to stamp directly to the canvas like I did.  Now…if you are smart, you’ll mix your glitter with some Mod Podge and water and brush a couple of coats over the canvas to seal it all BEFORE adding your lace/ribbon.  I was not very smart at midnight last night but hey it worked.  Once your canvas is dry, using your stapler, staple your lace or ribbon where you like it and you’re all set!  Be sure to check back here April 22nd – 24th for my Home Decor Blog hop featuring more home decor ideas like this!

Interactive Birthday Card

Last week sometime (no I’m not sure when), Cristina from Crafting With Cristina had another challenge at her blog.  We were to create an interactive card.  I’ve only recently started making these and really enjoy them.  Here’s what I created (sorry the pictures are bad):

I followed the instructions here, but used the Martha Stewart punch Deco Fans across the top border (one panel will have to be trimmed to make the slide work), Spellbinders Lacey Squares, Creative Memories Paper Flowers, flat-backed pearls, button and bling (sorry I forget who the makers of them are).  The sentiment on the front is from my favorite stamp maker Verve and the interior stamps are just random stamps I have in my stash, hoard, collection (sorry I don’t track who makes everything I have).  All solid color paper is Colorbok (from Wal Mart).  The patterned paper I used is from my “vintage” (Queen of Enabling knows this is code for ugly) stack by K & Company.  For more specific supplies and instructions, please view the video.

A box full of kisses

Ok so over at Crafting With Cristina, there’s a Valentine’s Day challenge.  Make any project you want EXCEPT a card with a Valentine’s Day theme.  I decided to use my Wrap It Up cartridge and this is what I came up with:

Window Side

One side of box

Top of box

Once the Zip Dry is totally done drying (well it probably is by now actually) I’ll peel off the “extra” glitter on the top.  I filled it with chocolate chips and am going to make a coordinating card that says something fun about how I shrunk my kisses down to fit more in the box or something corny like that.  Time to go do the responsible thing and turn in the homework that’s due tonight.  I’ll be back with recipe and instructions later.

Emma’s Throw Back Thursday Challenge

The challenge was to use one of the paper doll cartridges and embossing.  Either heat or dry…my attempt is below.  What you can’t see is how it wobbles…I made my own wobble-thingie (that’s a word I added it to my dictionary just now) for the doll and it’s so cute.  I’d video tape it to show you but alas my memory card is MIA…no more videos for me for a while.

More details to come…need to get this posted so I can get it put on Emma’s Blog and then get a homework assignment completed.