Sunday, May 17, 2015

WWW Snackdown 2015 NSD Challenge


I am finally finished with all the challenges for National Scrapbooking Day over at the Cricut Circle Message Board. This challenge was so much fun. Leave it to my crafty friend Jenny, to come up with this cool challenge. We needed to create something with a food theme.

I used a couple of pictures my niece sent me from last year when Kaylee had her first ice cream cone. I had wanted to scrap these for the longest time. I used my Explore, some fun cuts and a font from Design Space, some embellies from Jillibean and my stash. The ice cream paper is from a Recollections stack I picked up last summer. The mat paper is from October Afternoon, and the rest of the papers are from my stash.

I was planning on also entering this into another challenge where we are supposed to add some sewing to a project, but my attempts at sewing was a total disaster. I went with some faux stitching on tags for that challenge. There are some sewing machine dots on the layout on the scalloped border. I went through 3 machines to get those. LOL! I wanted to use my Janome machine that my Mom got me for paper, but the foot pedal was awol. I dragged out the big Singer, proceeded to have trouble with the bobbin and then broke the needle. Finally I dragged a little battery operated machine that is so old it was made by Provo Craft. Anyone remember those?

Here is my layout:


I adore my great niece, so I have been loving creating layouts for and about her.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Illuminate Your Creativity: National Scrapbook Day 2015 Challenge

I managed to complete another challenge! There are still a few left, but I really want to finish them all to show support to my crafty friends. This was from Joyce, and she was wonderful enough to even supply us with the base of the luminary. All we needed to do was either make a face for it ourselves, or  Joyce also supplied one for us that we could use. I used a fun paper that has been in my stash for years. The colorful umbrellas added some whimsy to the luminary.

This was one of the easiest challenges ever! I found a card in design space on Artfully Sent that was originally a get well card. I used the slice feature to cut half the card out so that I only had the girl and some rain drops left.

When I was assembling it, I put the image on upside down, (naturally, LOL) so when I tried to peel it off, it had a small tear in the luminary. I used some ribbon to cover up the tear.

Here is how it turned out. I love these and will be creating more.





Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

National Scrapbooking Day Challenge: Ready, Set, Emboss!


Perhaps a better title for this post would be "adventures in embossing" because that was what this challenge turned out to be for me. It was quite an adventure. LOL!

This challenge was to use an embossing technique on a project. My crafty friend, Erika, over at the Cricut Circle Message board gave us plenty of great ideas to use. Her blog is linked to her name, it is well worth the visit. I really loved her technique of using an embossing folder and adding some paints to it, then not running it through a machine, but just pressing down to emboss the design on a piece of paper. So I had to try this out.


For my 1st attempt, I used my Explore to cut a tag with Water Color Paper. I used an Anna Griffin Border Embossing folder, Red Color Shine Spritz by Heidi Swapp, Sunshine Yellow Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber, and Gold Metallic Pain Dabber. It looked really nice, until I dropped Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink on to the center of the tag. I had the Copic Blender ready to blend, except, it was totally dry. :-(
So, I tossed that one.

 I cut another tag, and tried to get the same effect but it didn't emboss quite as clear. That was ok, it still looked fine. I stamped a pair of glasses from American Crafts #Good Times Stamp set using embossing ink. Then things got really hairy. I was originally going to use glitter red embossing powder, but after holding the heat gun there for an eternity, the red sparkle rubbed right off. I re-stamped the glasses and tried black, but that also didn't take. I re-stamped it again and tried fine detail black embossing powder from Recollections, but it wasn't taking after heating it for what seemed like 10 minutes. I switched from the Ranger Heat gun and tried the Martha Stewart heat gun, and it finally melted the powder. The only problem? This is what it looked like. YUCK!!!


I stamped the glasses again, embossed it using the MS heat gun and the fine detail black powder and it looked great! I didn't realize how awful the first pair looked until the second pair was stamped. I cut the bottom of the tag off. Problem solved. Ha-ha!


 I added a border from Pink Paisleee that I painted orange and added orange stickles. I embellished it with the word read that I altered from an October Afternoon journaling card using spritz paints, stickles and paint dabbers. I had the red Hash tag in my stash, and added some enamel dots and triangles. I like it!




This was fun and messy! Thank you Erika for a great challenge, now I have a cool bookmark for my summer reading!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

National Scrapbook Day 2015 Challenge: Let's Get Sketchy

Hi Everyone.
Today I am sharing a layout for another NSD challenge. I loved this challenge because it is a sketch challenge. My crafty friend Jenny K. has challenged us to use this sketch for inspiration. It is from Pagemaps.

Here is my layout:


A close up:


And here is Jenny K's Sketch:


After several attempts to slant my picture and main area of the page, I gave up. LOL! I used some embellishments from my stash and the rest is paper from a Martha Stewart Birthday Stack. I used gold thickers for my title.

I am really enjoying all the challenges from the Circle this year.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Monday, May 4, 2015

National Scrapbooking Day 2015 Challenge: Crafting With Negative Nelly

I am working on some of the fantastic challenges from National Scrapbooking Day over at the Cricut Circle. The challenge I finished today was issued by my crafty friend, Sara. Sara has challenged us to use the negative of a cut on a project. Stop over at her blog to see an adorable layout featuring her little girl.  I have to catch up on so many pictures of Kaylee's 1st birthday party, so this is the perfect opportunity to get those pictures out and put them to good use!

I used my Explore to cut some mustaches from Design Space to make the background for this layout. I "Mustache" you, how sweet is this little guy? This cutie pie is Matthew, Kaylee's cousin. He was a good sport and posed for pictures with some of the photo props I had for the party.



The craft paper is from Craft Smith, I used the plain back side of the cardstock to cut my mustache mat.

Instead of placing the cut mustaches behind the negative, I used pop dots and popped some up for dimension. I used DCWV Cork Paper on the background and layered everything on brown cardstock. The embellishments are from my stash. The cork stickers are from We R Memory Keepers.

I enjoyed this challenge, it really got the creative juices flowing.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen