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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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Scrapbook Layout: How my blog got its name

Tracy over at Mercy Tiara has a challenge (with a lovely prize package) going at her blog.  The topics can be a) how you started scrapbooking, b) how you got your blog/screen name, or c) your favorite crafting goodies.  You had to use thickers, wood veneer, layering, and handwriting.  I thought this challenge was very fun.  For once, I had to go find photos to fit my story instead of starting with the photos and going from there.  I decided to tell the story of my blog name.

The journaling reads: Half of my adult life has been spent in the Air Force in some capacity: US Air Force Academy, AF pilot, AF Reserves.  However I have always had a passion for crafting as well.  When I chose a name for a small jewelry business and then when I started a blog recently, I chose Blue Yonder Designs.  This refers to the Air Force Song's 1st line "Off we go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun."

This layout is doing double duty, as I am enrolled in Lisa Day's 28 Days of Sketches: Round 2 at Big Picture Classes.  I used the Day 3 sketch for this.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

PTI Make it Monday #113

I was excited to see the most recent Make it Monday challenge over on Nicole Heady's blog this week.  Just by coincidence, I had pinned a scrapbook page that she had done because of some beautiful stamped butterflies that had been decorated with Perfect Pearls, but had no idea how she did it.  This week she showed us how!

I have had a set of 4 metallic Perfect Pearls for years and only knew how to make a mist a la Jennifer McGuire so far with it.

I really liked the technique of "lifting away" the pearl sheen and tried that first.  I cut out my image panel and covered it with Versamark ink.  I then applied the bronze-colored Perfect Pearls to the whole thing and wiped away the excess.  I used two different leaf images from Leaf Prints to ink  with Versamark and lift away the pearl.  It is very pretty in real life, but hard to photograph.

My second card is a little more straight-forward.  I used the Mat Stack 1 Collection to stamp an image and sentiment, then used my gold Perfect Pearls to color it.
I will share a third card using a two-toned approach tomorrow.  It still requires a little tweaking.
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pattern Play Day 5

Well, I sure have gotten to dig into my older 6 x 6 pads while participating in this class!  Today I used the Basic Grey Max and Whiskers collection that I have been hoarding.  The topic was paper manipulation and I tried the quilted strip technique.  I CASED Kristina Werner's card because I liked it.

The airplane and cloud are from Taylored Expressions and the sentiment is an old one from Stampin' Up.  I loved watching the pattern transform as I placed down the strips.

I think that is it for the Pattern Play class.  It was fun to make myself actually participate at the time of class instead of watching the videos and planning to make cards "later".  That never seems to happen!

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Pattern Play Day 4

Day 4's lessons were all about ways to alter your patterned papers.  I chose to try the whitewash technique with some die cut Papertrey Ink leaves using the Basic Grey Archaic 6 x 6 pad.

I added some distress stickles to the green leaf in the upper righthand corner and white embossed the sentiment.

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Pattern Play Day 3

Now for my Pattern Play Day 3 cards!  When mention of large, bold, hard-to-use patterns was made, I immediately thought of this piece of paper in the Basic Grey Blush collection.  It has beautiful colors, but I knew I would never use it.  Enter the Pattern Play class!

I took part of the page and mounted it with breaks on my card.  I then fussy-cut the bird (on the same sheet of patterned paper) and used it as an embellishment on top of the baker's twine.  Voila!  Paper used!

I really loved the layout used by Debby Hughes on the butterfly card and used the basic sketch to make my own with some Echo Park 6 x 6 A Walk in the Park patterned paper.  It looked unfinished until I added the enamel dots to the flower.

Day 3 is a wrap!  Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, March 22, 2013

Pattern Play Day 2

I am back with my Pattern Play Day 2 cards!  I love the resist technique and learned it in the very first Online Card Class that I took. 

I decided to challenge myself and try a shabby-vintage style, which is very difficult for me.  I stamped the Medallion stamp from Stampin' Up on some text paper from a My Mind's Eye Lost and Found 6 x 6 pad, embossed it in clear, and then inked it up with tattered rose, victorian velvet, worn lipstick, and tea dye Distress Inks.  I added a bit of crocheted lace, some seam binding, and a tag and tiny hearts from the Tiny Tags set by Papertrey Ink.

I am also uploading this card to this week's Make it Monday #108 challenge at Papertrey Ink, since it is also an inked background challenge.

In addition to the inked background technique, I played with paper piecing.  I used the Year of Flowers: Daffodil set from Papertrey Ink.

That wraps up Pattern Play Day 2!  Thanks for stopping by!


Pattern Play Day 1

I really love the Online Card Classes with Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire.  I am enrolled in the Pattern Play class that started on Monday and I am determined to actually try the techniques that I am learning!

Day 1 included a set of cards by Jennifer McGuire that layered various die cut patterned papers in different ways.  I immediately thought of my Spellbinders Dalia nestabilities that I have never used.  I paired them with some 6 x 6 papers from the Basic Grey What's Up collection and a teal sheet from the Heidi Grace Sunshowers 6 x 6 pad.

The first one uses copic inking between layers.

The next ones were both raised, one with Stampin' Up dimensionals and the other with some thicker dimensional squares.

The third example is my favorite: using a white border around each layer.

And finally, one in which I inked the edges of each layer with some Chai distress ink from Papertrey Ink.

I hand-cut and scored the banners on each card and stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts set Everyday Sayings.

That's it for Pattern Play Day 1!  Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, January 18, 2013

Make it Monday #100

This is what I made for the latest Papertrey Ink Make it Monday challenge.  The task was to make an envelope that would hold an oversized or bulky card.  I really liked the way Dawn McVey decorated her glassine bag.  I didn't have one, so made my own out of vellum.  The bird houses are paper-pieced from the Bird Watching set.  They sit in a sea of 3-dimensional flowers made from a Stampin' Up punch.  The envelope has a tag from Tiny Treats: Birthday.

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