Saturday, February 1, 2014

OCC Stenciled Day 4 Project

Last day of class!  I tried Jennifer's technique of using embossing powders on top of embossing paste and ended up with a really unique texture.  I have a flame stencil from Crafter's Workshop that I thought would look good with some added color on black.  The big mistake I made was not using any powder on the black paper to begin with.  I had the biggest embossing powder mess that I had to painstakingly brush off the areas that I did not want embossed! 
Anyway, I heated the powder before the paste had dried and did get the bubble up effect which looks really cool on this card.

What a fun class this was!

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OCC Day 3 Projects

Today was all about using pastes to add texture and dimension.  I recently got a new stencil from Simon Says Stamp called Falling Snow because I have loved all of the wintery projects that I have seen made with it.  However, it also kind of looks like confetti to me, which is how I used it here.  I took Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste and colored three globs with it using some Stampin' Up re-inkers.  Then I randomly spread the colored paste over the dots to get a multi-colored effect.  The dots look shiny in real life.

I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge, since this is the first time I have used my new stencil.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

OCC Stenciled Day 2 Projects/MFTWSC161

Here are my projects for the Online Card Classes "Stenciled" class for Day 2.  I started with trying my hand at watercoloring within a stencil using the Tim Holtz star stencil.  I used blues in an ombre pattern.  I am not too happy with the watercolor paint that I have.  The lighter colors don't seem to show up at all.  I may need to invest in some higher quality paints.  I cut the panel down and used the My Favorite Things card sketch for the week to finish off the card using the MFT stacking star die-namics as well.


The second project was done using the tracing technique.  I followed Kristina's basic sketch and substituted a Valentine's theme and colors.  I added some glitter tape in place of her dashed lines and then felt the card was more balanced if I placed it on the other side as well.

Now on to Day 3!

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

OCC Stenciled Day 1 Projects

It's been a while since posting, but I have not really been participating in challenges or classes for a long time. 

This month, however, I signed up for the latest Online Card Class: Stenciled.  I have a few stencils and rarely use them, so this was a great reason to start.

I tried a couple of the techniques from Day 1 - sponging and heat embossing.

For the first card, I basically followed the same card design that Debby Hughes created.  I used an old checkerboard stencil that I turned 90 degrees.


For the embossing technique, I used a Christy Tomlinson vintage lace stencil/mask and sponged Versamark over the interior.  The design was quite intricate, so not all areas received the ink, but I still think that it looks pretty with the warm distress ink colors.  I also tried using tissue paper behind my sentiment like in Laura Bassen's card.  I still can't get myself to embrace the new "thread nest" touches that I keep seeing everywhere, though!

That's it for Day 1.  Off to play with Day 2 content!
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Mojo Monday 300

Talk about last minute!  I have just a few hours until the deadline to enter the Mojo Monday sketch challenge for #300!  They have some great prizes and a really great collection of cards entered.

Here is the sketch:

I wanted to try making a card without stamping being the main attraction.  I used some My Mind's Eye papers and paper pieced part of the pattern to make it more dimensional.  I added a little bling in the form of yellow rhinestones in place of three of the berries. 

This card ended up being a bit of a challenge since I wanted to incorporate so many patterns.  You should see the mess of trial and error on my desk!

I'd better get this linked up!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

I was a winner!

Back on National Scrapbooking Day (May 5th) I had a few minutes here and there throughout the day to follow some of the activities on various blogs.  Scrapbooks and Cards Today Blog was holding an hourly giveaway from various sponsors to post commenters (as well as beautiful projects to go with them!).  Well ... I actually won!  I couldn't believe it when I saw my name in the list of winners.  I was the recipient of the Fancy Pants Trendsetter collection.  That's right - the whole collection!

Look at the goodies that showed up just a couple of weeks later in the mail:

Everything came wrapped in this ribbon with a "congratulations" card.
Here are all of the pretty papers.

The stickers and flag diecuts.

All of the embellishment packs.

Even two pieces of corrugated paper.  I've never used this.

I may use this collection to document our recent trip to Florida.  One day was spent at the Edison and Ford Estates learning about these famous inventors' lives.  There are quite a few vintage elements in the embellishments that highlight old telephones, clocks, typewriters, etc.  The colors also remind me of all the colorful houses in the area.

Thanks to Fancy Pants and Scrapbooks and Cards Today! Go check out their Summer 2013 on-line magazine issue for some scrapbooking inspiration!

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Make it Monday #119

I absolutely loved this week's Make it Monday over at Papertrey Ink.  The flag style banners introduced by Dawn McVey were so fun.  They were a perfect excuse to pull out my 6x6 paper pads and I made 2 different cards, one feminine and one masculine.

On this first one, I used the beautiful My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Tangerine collection.  My PTI addition was the place card and butterfly from Places, Please and the sentiment from the Tiny Treats: Birthday Stamp Set.  This will be my birthday card to my niece.

My second card uses Basic Grey Marrakech papers and a Jillibean Soup Happy Birthday label.  I also added some white enamel dots from the My Minds Eye Kate & Co Oxford collection.  I think they are the first ones I have seen in white.

This card is for my son.  I can't believe he is 12 already!  His birthday is today, but he is currently at Boy Scout summer camp. We celebrated Friday, but I sent a care package with this card so that he has something to open on his actual birthday.  I put some money in it so that he can get himself an ice cream treat at the Trading Post!

I kept my cards very close to what Dawn did on her examples.  However, I have seen some wonderful variations in the Make it Monday #119 gallery.  Go check them out!

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