Monday, July 21, 2014

Love to Scrap Challenge #34 - choose a color scheme

The new challenge is up at Love to Scrap!  This time it's a color challenge; however, you get to choose the color.  Pick a color scheme to use on a project (monochromatic, two color, only warm colors, etc) and tell us what color scheme you chose.  Our sponsors for this challenge are Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet and Fred She Said

I used the "Snowy Mailbox" image by Delicious Doodles for Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet.  My color scheme is neutral + cool colors.  I actually used very little color on this project, just a little dark green for the evergreen trees and a little bit of blue ink sponged around the sky.  Everything else is shades of grey and brown.  Instead of Copics or markers, I used watercolor pencils for a softer look.  I used two different types of Stickles for the snow, so there's a lot of sparkle on the project, even though it doesn't show up so well in the photo.

One really nice thing about digital stamps is the ability to resize them to fit your project, so you're not limited to just using them on cards or scrapbook pages.  I enlarged this image to fit a 4" x 6" opening in this frame, and plan on using it as part of a table grouping of Christmas decorations. 
Both our sponsors for this challenge at offering $10 gift certificates to their online stores, so link up your project to the Love to Scrap blog for your chance to win!

I'm also entering this in the Sparkles Christmas challenge to create a winter scene.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Scrap & Play Challenge #6 - Summer Hits!

We're celebrating summer with our 2nd July challenge @ Scrap & Play!  Your challenge is to choose one of the songs from this list and use the title of the song OR lyrics from the song somewhere on your project:
For my page, I used "Summer Girls" as part of my title
Patterned paper: Bella Blvd, Lawn Fawn; Cricut Holiday Cakes cartridge, Wink of Stella black glitter pen, sequins, black cardstock
Link up your project to the Scrap & Play challenge blog for a chance to win this month's prize from our sponsor, Paper Secrets!  And don't forget to "like" Scrap & Play on Facebook, and follow our Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Muse challenge #74

Here is the inspiration card for Muse challenge #74, provided by Vicki Dutcher. Aren't the colors just beautiful?

Here is my take on the card.  I used a similar inking/stencil technique for the background, but changed up the color scheme, using Distress Inks in Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, and Fired Brick. The 90+ temps today inspired me to use a warm color scheme, LOL! 
Instead of the black mat, I cut a black frame element from the Cricut Small Talk Frames & Tags cartridge, which also incorporated the sentiment.  I added a little glitter to the words with some Wink of Stella pens, but it doesn't show up in the photo.  Check out all the entries on the Muse challenge blog - it's such fun to see everyone's creations!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tag You're It Challenge #1

There's a new challenge blog called "Tag You're It", where you create a clean & simple style tag or card based on the challenge theme.  The first challenge was inspired by the colors in the logo (green, blue, orange, and white), and the work of the first guest designer, Virginia Lu. She did a fabulous job with the colors and some diecutting!

For my card, I stamped a row of hearts, then lightly sponged the inside with the same ink colors.  The sentiment was stamped overtop in black, then I went over it with a black Wink of Stella marker for a little glitter.  I added a twine bow, some sequins and tiny gems, and an embossed cardstock background.

Stamps: Hero Arts & Heidi Swapp, Ink: Ranger archival black & Hero Arts neon blue, green and orange; Doodlebug twine, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder; Darice sequins & gems

Check out the Tag You're It website for more about this challenge!

A Jingle Belles and Shopping Our Stash challenge

Jingle Belles and Shopping Our Stash our joining forces for a challenge this month.  The challenge is to create a Christmas card using items that have been in your stash for at least a year.

I used some My Mind's Eye Christmas items that I've been hoarding for a few years (since 2009 and 2012 - I had to look up the collections to see just how old they were!).  The chipboard tree and kids are from MME's Colorful Christmas collection, which is one of my all time favorites because of the bright non-traditional colors and touches of glitter.  The paper is from MME's Winter Wonderland collection.  The sentiment stamp is fairly new; it's from Mama Elephant.

So, one more Christmas card ready for 2014 and used up some of my favorite stash goodies!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Love to Scrap Challenge #33 - Anything Goes!

Time for another "anything goes" challenge @ Love to Scrap!  Our sponsors for this challenge at Eureka Stamps and A Day for Daisies.

I used the "Sun Path Border" image from Eureka Stamps on my card.  This image is just so pretty.  A lot of the shading is already in the image, so just a little bit of coloring and a little bit of clear glitter pen was all it took.  The sentiment is an old Irish blessing that I printed in Word, with the image next to it, sized so both would fit on the front of a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card.

This challenge runs from July 7th thru the 20th.  Since this is an "anything goes" challenge, the only requirement is to use a rubber or digi stamp on your project.   Link up your project to the Love to Scrap blog for a chance to win a prize from our sponsors.  Eureka Stamps is offering a prize of five images and A Day for Daisies is offering a $12 gift certificate to their online store.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Two smiling girls

Love this photo of my DD and DGD!  Sometimes a certain 5-year old girl doesn't like to cooperate with Grandma and her camera.....but she did smile for this photo with her mom! :)
I used some stamps and dies from Paper Smooches on this page:  the hearts and sentiment are from the "Needle Little Love" and "FOLKal Points" stamps sets.  The stitching lines on the banner and on the photo border are from the "Stitched" and "Dots & Dashes" dies.  You can see all these items at Paper Smooches.
This page is for the Got Talent challenge to use a doily on your page.  My Scraps & More is sponsoring the Got Talent challenges this summer, with weekly prizes and one grand prize at the end.  It's a lot of fun, so why not check out the My Scrap & More message board and join in!
I'm also entering this page in the Paper Smooches Sparks "anything goes" challenge this week.