Sunday, February 7, 2016

Let's Get Sketchy - February Week one

Playing along today with the week one February sketch over at Let's Get Sketchy.  Here's the sketch by Brenshevia Baker:

And here's my take on the sketch, using some Pink Paislee Christmas papers.  This may not look like a Christmas photo, but it was taken at the start of our mini-vacation to Gatlinburg, TN in December.  You can tell the grandkids are excited! 
Check out the Let's Get Sketchy website, where you can find inspiration and sketches every week!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Scrap Our Stash February Stash Challenge

The February Stash challenge is up at Scrap Our Stash, and it's a challenge to be inspired by this book cover:

February Stash Challenge
I was inspired by the background lines radiating from the bracket shape of the moose antlers, so when I found this die cut overlay Cricut image, it seemed like a perfect choice for the background of my page.  I also stayed with the blue, red and white color theme, with just a touch of gold here and there.
Photo is of my DD and DGD from one of our outings to the local ice cream stand last summer.  The overlay is from the Cricut Edge to Edge cartridge. 
Be sure to check out the challenge at Scrap Our Stash!

Jingle Belles "bling on the holiday" challenge

The current challenge @ Jingle Belles is to add some bling to your holiday card.   For my card, I stamped the image with Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with gold glitter embossing powder for a lot of sparkle.   I added a little color with watercolor paint, and then added some red gemstone holly berries.  It doesn't show up so well in the picture, but it's very sparkly in real life. 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stuck?! Sketches - January challenge #2

Here is the second sketch challenge of January from Stuck?! Sketches:

I loved the off-center design on this one, with the row of photos and then the circle embellishments.  Here's my take on the sketch. 

Seems like I always end up with tons of photos of the kids opening gifts on Christmas, but not too many of us grownups, so thought I'd scrap a few of these.  Papers are from Pink Paislee, with some scraps from Simple Stories, and a few stamped embellishments.  You can check out the sketch and layouts at Stuck?! Sketches.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Rockin' around the Christmas tree with Jingle Belles

The current challenge @ Jingle Belles is to use a Christmas tree on your card. I found these cute wonky Christmas trees in Cricut Design Space and decided to use them on a card.

I added a little glitter pen to the trees, stickles to the snow, and then a few clear seqins for some sparkle.   The sentiment stamp is from Cas-ual Fridays Stamps, and was part of the Holiday Magic Stamp of Approval set offered by Catherine Pooler.  I've been scrapping some Christmas photos, so it's nice to do a card while all the holiday papers and stamps are already out.  Be sure to check out all the great cards over at Jingle Belles!

Freshly Made Sketches - challenge #220

I loved the simplicity of this sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  It's their sketch challenge #220.

Here's my take on the sketch, using some stamps from Technique Tuesday and the Hero Arts pink to red ombre ink pad. I like the way you can use small stamps with the ombre ink pads to get three coordinating but different hues. The sentiment was stamped with grey ink for a little softer look since there is so much white and pink on the card.  A few tiny rhinestones were added for some sparkle.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Creating foiled embellishments with vinyl and your Cricut

I love the look of the foiled embellishments that are so popular now, but don't want to invest in a special machine to create them.  Here's a look at creating foiled embellishments using your Cricut (or other diecutting machine), adhesive vinyl and foil sheets.

For the samples, I used decofoil from iCreate (ThermoWeb) and Ranger's foil sheets, both of which I found at Hobby Lobby. 
I used some images that are in Cricut Design Space and cut them from pieces of Cricut vinyl left from previous projects.  In some cases, I mirrored the image before cutting, so the word would be right side up when the foiling was completed.  The following photo shows the vinyl image, after cutting and weeding.  What would normally be the right side of the vinyl is facing up, and the adhesive side of the vinyl, which will end up being the right side of the project,  is down.

I carefully lifted up the image from the backing sheet, and placed it on a non-stick craft sheet, with the sticky adhesive side up.  Then I laid the foil on top of the vinyl piece, with the right (shiny) side of the foil facing up and the backside (usually dull silver or grey) against the sticky side of the vinyl.

The photo below shows the back side of the foil....I know it's a pretty silver color, but it really is the back side, LOL!

Turn the piece over so the right side of the foil is facing up and rub the foil with your finger to adhere it firmly to the sticky side of the vinyl. 
 Peel the vinyl from the back of the foil and you have your embellishment.  Here are a few examples:

You can adhere the pieces to your project with liquid glue, micro glue dots, or Glossy Accents.  Here's a page with some of the foil pieces made this way: