Monday, January 30, 2012

A Little Steampunk Love

I made a little steampunk love card using CS Designs' digitals.  The image is one of their Expressive Hearts.  I started first with a mat of designer paper on a basic beige card.  On top of that I put a square layer of solid designer paper.  Next came the image which was colored with Copic markers and finally a birdcage cut with a Tim Holtz  accented with small brass brads.  The CS Designs' sentiment completes the card.  I had a little fun with this one. 

You will find this card and other Expressive Hearts on the CD Designs' blog "Art with No Boundaries".  Go have a look.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Challenge #34 - "Birds of a Feather"

There are so many bird images around so everyone should enjoy this challenge.  Let's see what you might have--an eagle, owl, cardinal, blue bird or even a stork?  Don't forget you can have a flock of birds too!  You can use a stamp, a digital, or a one-of-a-kind bird that you create  yourself.  Also, if you don't like birds, you can use only feathers!  The list is endless so let's see what is in your storehouse of creativity.

In the meantime here are some projects from the Design Team.

For this card I cut out two of the birds that Alpha Stamps has on a sheet of embossed birds.  I looked at them for a long time before I could decide how I wanted to use them.  I started with a card base and put two different designer papers on as a mat.  I also used sone paper lace I made with a Martha Stewart punch on the background mat.  I had this yellow flower for a while now, but had not used it so I thought this would be the perfect embellishment.  Now what to do with the birds.  I decided to make a nest for one of them with rafia paper.  Next I placed on bird on the nest and another flying in to her.  As a final touch I put the saying " A Chattering Bird Builds No Nest".  This was the perfect sentiment.  It too came from Alpha Stamps. 
I put up a couple of views this time as I wanted to show off my nest!  I am also entering this in Gingersnaps Creations' GC#132 "Soft Yellows and White" challenge.
I've made my tag with great bird images from a Dezinaworld Collage Sheet. The background of the tag is 4 different coloured Distress Inks direct to the card. I've added some little stickers to make the sentiment and some fibres at the top to finish it off!
"Time to Fly"
For this challenge I created a practical piece of art....a luggage tag!
I used a laminate sample as my base and protected the tag with acetate sheets. The back of the tag has all the important ID information. For more details and a picture of the back, click over to my blog.
Hi everybody, Valerie here. I have made a tag with a mini tag on it, using images from Crafty Secrets, which has been decorated with pink ribbon, lace, roses, and a feather.
This is such a wonderful theme giving a feeling of spring. I made a card with My Minds Eye paper which made such a brilliant base. After layering the patterend papers I stamped the edges with Artemio stamps before positioning the printed feather image from the Graphics Fairy which I put into a wooden frame. The finishing touches are a die-cut stamp from Whiff of Joy and flowers from Prima Marketing.

Jenn made an arch using an image from A Day for Daisies, sentiment is a digi image from CS Designs.
My collage card features various designer papers, borders and stickers.  I am a huge lover of our sponsor Alpha Stamps and own many delicious images from the company but when it came time to do this project I realized I didn't have any bird images.  I'll have a great bird project featuring an Alpha Stamp image next week.  For this week the lovely peacock postage stamp comes from Stamp Zia.  Birds are wonderful creatures and are great fun to create with. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!
My challenge is being sponsored the next two weeks by Alpha Stamps.  They have a wide assortment of collage supplies beginning with beautiful cardstock to detailed images and wonderful one-of-a-kind embellishments.  If you want something special to use in your artwork, I am sure you will find it in their online store.    Thank you Alpha Stamps for your sponsorship and they have offered a wonderful group of items for the winner which will be chosen by random generator.  Whether you are a beginner or an advance crafter you have a chance to be my next winner!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happiess Is....

Here is a card I made for Digi Darla's "Happiness Is..." challenge. It will be ending soon, so drop by and enter. This cute image is one of her digitals. It is colored with Copic markers.  The card was embellished with a very dainty ribbon.   The sentiment was computer created.  I had to pick this image as my youngest daughter is expecting at the end of March. I hope you like.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Black and White Tag

Here is a tag I made using black and white papers and cardstock.  The two shapes on the tag were cutouts in the cardstock for a previous project.  I underlay the printed paper the the webbed cardstock in the cutouts.  The stripped tree and the sentiment are from CS Designs Digital Stamps.  It was difficult to show, but the tree is filled with diamond Stickles.  The final touch was the  use of a black and white polka dot and a white ribbon.

Monday, January 23, 2012

More Birds

Here are the Design Team's creations for the second week of "Birds of a Feather" challenge.  We really want to see what you can create.  So go to the top post and submit your entry.   
I  created my card with a scrap of paper on which I had previously done an embossing and webbing technique.   I had used gold webbing and blue embossing mixed together.  For the card I started with a cream cardstock base, and on it I placed a part of a French music sheet.  On that I put the scrap of webbing cardstock at an angle.  On top of that is a bird image from Alpha Stamps.  I just love the bird collage sheet from Alpha Stamps  Finishing touch to the card are a couple of flowers resembling those in the image.

Jenn made an ATC.
I've used a great collage sheet from Lisa's Altered Art to print onto my simple little tag and have then overprinted with the bird quote. I've stapled some fibres to the top to finish it off - it's nice and flat so would make a great bookmark!
Birds are the best and Alphastamps offers so many fabulous images to work with. The bird image and the text here are from Alphastamps. The rest of the embellishments are stash items. You still have a week to play! Please join in.
I had a such a great time making this tag! So pretty and so easy! The image and wording are from our sponser...Alpha Stamps. I took a white tag and laid strips of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape onto the tag. I lightly distressed the tape with Victorian Velvet and Tattered Rose Distress Inks. The metal bird and leaf embellishments are also from Tim. The roses are those wonderful resin pieces and they went perfectly with the image. The ribbon is seam binding colored with Spun Sugar Distress Stain
The focal point for my card is a wonderful image from this month's sponsor Alpha Stamps. I love the tranquility and the colours of the image. Not to distract from the image I kept the surrounding features to a minimum. I stamped some lettering (Kaisercraft) on a square white card. The edges of the image are distressed with gold ink and then layered on black  card. To give a little bit more depth I added some German Scraps and a little bling.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Winter Card

Here is a card I made a couple of weeks ago which I never posted.  It is a graphic from Dezinaworld of  two girls in the snow with a large muff.  The graphic had a lavendar tint to it so I put it on  a lavendar piece of cardstock to bring out the color in the image.  The small flower is from an unknown rubber stamp I borrowed from a friend.  I did not stamp the entire image as I wanted just a part of it in the corner.   As a final touch I used two brads on the upper right side.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Art

The sentiment on this card says it all.  "My Art Has Opened Many Doors".  This is so true.  Even though we haven't met in person,  I have made so many friends through posting my so-called "art" on my blog and participating and hosting challenges.   I feel closer to some of you than my local friends and most of you leave such kind comments on my blog.
This card uses a digital from  CS Designs.   It is one from Chris' "Express Yourself" series.  She is also having a sale of Buy 2 and Get 1 Free.  It will end on January 31, so hurry  over to  her site.

In the background is a graphic of a door that I have had for a while so I don't remember where I got it. I used some small flowers as an embellishment and put them in increasing sizes to emphasize the 3D effect of the background.  The digital image is showing off her art, a cut heart on a ribbon.

If you have a chance, drop by to CS Designs' blog Art with No Boundaries and enter her challenge "Express Yourself".

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Winner for Challenge #33 - "Let it Snow"

As most of those who enter my challenges know, I notify the winner of each challenge.  However, in this case the random generator picked #18 Tinchen.  I am unable to contact her as there was not a link to a blog.  If Tinechen will send me an email at and give me her last name and her email I will see that she gets her prize.

Tinechen, you have until noon Friday (US CST) to contact me.  If I do not hear from you a new winner will be chosen and contacted.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Challenge #33 - "Let it Snow"

Happy New Year everyone! My new Design Team is starting off the new year right with a familiar theme. "Let it Snow" They are showcasing some great images from Dezinaworld. The images are from a newly released sheet. Aren't they beautiful?

I thought this was the perfect image for a wall hanging.  My picture doesn't show it, but the canvass is completely covered with lace.  I first made a wash of Gesso and acrylic paint and then applied the image.  Afterwards,  I completely covered the background with lace.  The word "snow" was from an embellishment that I found at Wal-Mart.  It was a border, but I cut it apart and used on the word with a couple of snowflakes. 

The flower is made with a Tim Holtz die and was cut partially from glitter paper and partially from blue cardstock.  Behind the flower are some blue and silver ribbon loops.  Finally I finished the wall hanging with just a couple of snowflakes cut from glitter paper.
I've altered a drink coaster with Gesso and paint and stippled blue paint through some sequin cut out to make the background look like snowflakes. I used some textured pink paper and little "Winter Wonderland" tab also from Dezinaworld plus some pink braid to make a little hanger and finish off the bottom.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a very good start into the New Year! I had the pleasure to play with some wonderful images from Dezinaworld, this month's sponsor at the Cheerful Stamp Pad. These two girls look so sweet together with snowflakes swirling around them. To continue the snowflake theme I used a 'giant' cardboard snowflake as base. It is glittered with Stickles Star Dust and layered with musical note paper (Kaisercraft), a little rosette made of crepe paper and the image which I glittered around the edge with Stickles as well. The final touches are some blings and a printed sentiment on some patterned paper (CosmoCricket) cut with Nestabilities labels.
Living in northern Michigan's snowbelt, I love to decorate with snow items after the Christmas decor comes down.  I wanted something I could hang on a pegboard so I came up with this little piece.
First I cut the frame out of chipboard using my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot program.  I painted it white, added crackle paint and sparkly Stickles.  I then cut acetate snowflakes which I pounced pearl alcohol ink over.  I attached them to the frame using 3-D ScrapDots.  The large snowflake has a clear gem in the middle and all the flakes have Liquid Pearl details.  The photo was printed on cardstock, matted and placed behind acetate.  I stamped "Snow" on top of the acetate and finished with a beaded hanger.
I love Dezinaworld images and there is such a great variety of treats to choose for your art.  I loved the pinks in this image so I set it off with pink and silver papers from the Paper Temptress.  I kept it simple since this lovely image is so special.
Hi - I'm Jenn, and I decided to stick with the "Let it Snow" Christmas carol as my theme, so I used some musical DP from My Mind's Eye.  I printed my sentiment and image on Very Vanilla cardstock and roughed them up with brown ink and Log Cabin Smooch Spritz to maintain that vintage look.  Vintage brads were the final touch.

I am thrilled to have Dezinaworld as my sponsor for my  first challenge in 2012.  The majority of the images that the Design Team has used in the above creations are from the image sheet that they just released.  Go to their site and check out all of their wonderful images.  I am sure you will find something there that is perfect for your next project.  They  will be furnishing a very nice prize for the winning entry which will be chosen by the random generator.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ocean ATC

Here is a little ATC I made for Jenn's "Ocean" theme challenge at Wicked Wednesday.  My image and sentiment are both from CS Designs.  The image has a watery look as I made it into a waxed image.   I can just see her looking out a glassy  peephole.

Monday, January 9, 2012

More Warm Ladies from Dezinaworld

We are beginning the second week of "Let it Snow"  The DT has made a few more inspirational pieces.  Now we want to see what you create using snow as the theme. All of the women dressed to keep warm are lovely digitals from Dezinaworld.  The challenge will close at midnight on January 15 so you have plenty of time to enter. 
 I decided to make a collage tag.  I  had started the background of this tag about a month ago and was hestitate to finish it as i didn't know what else I wanged to do.  This girl with her sled was the perfect answer.  A couple of punched snowflakes was the final touch.
I love this "Winter Warmers" set from Dezinaworld and could not resist making another piece with it! For my ATC I also used a Dezinaworld background called "Fur." I used some Tim Holtz tissue tape, a lacy border and a little blue snowflake from a border set by K & Company. Please join the fun!

Another delightful image from this month's sponsor Dezinaworld - I used it to create a little card. The base is A6 white card which I layered with patterend paper from BoBunny. After attaching the image I added a doily, a strip of patterend BoBunny paper and a corner embellishment for the image. Buttons, small satin ribbon, big bold letters covered with Star Dust Stickles and little glitzy snowflakes are the final touches for the card.
I've used another beautiful image from June's "Winter Warmers" collage sheet along with a background which is also from Dezinaworld. I've sponged "worn white" paint over the entire card to look like snow!
I made a tag using the foil/acrylic paint embossing technique Tim Holtz demoed in his recent "12 Tags of Christmas". On top of that is a foiled chipboard frame that I glued Diamond Dust glitter to. I printed this cutie with her sled on cardstock and mounted it to the frame behind a piece of acetate. A foil rosette, fabric brad and vintage tinsel top the tag. Painted and stamped bingo markers spell out "Snow". The bottom of the tag is finished with sparkly lace and more tinsel.
Hi you all. I have made a tag from patterned paper, covered with a piece of blue sparkly gauze. I have kept to snowflakes for the decoration and 2 little TH houses. The whole tag has been framed, to make it look like the view through a window!

This is Jenn - I made a simple little mini card, sprayed my cardstock with Cherry and Bubblegum Glimmer Mists, added some pink pearl stickers and pink ribbon, and kept it simple.  

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Thank You Card

I love the images from Dezinaworld, my sponsor for the current challenge. Their images are so versatile. You can do so much with them. This lovely lady wears a victorian hat with many feathers. I did not use any particular technique for this card as the image is the main focal point.  

I made this card for a special friend as a thank you for giving me a large pack of kraft-colored cardstock for Christmas.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Here is a little ATC I put together for Wicked Wednesday's ATC challenge Happy New Year.  The brass hands on my old "clock" show wear as they have been around a lot.  The olive in my drink is a green bead that was the  perfect size.  I printed out my tiny calendar and  used a Bingo marker to mark the day.  Happy New Year!