JAS Challenge No. 50...This Challenge has been Neutralized

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Good morning Crafters and Scrappers!

Are you ready for this week's Just A Scrappin' Challenge? This week's challenge is a color challenge, or more precisely what colors not to use. Challenge number 50 is to create a card, layout or project without using the colors WHITE, BLACK, BROWN or GRAY.

Ok, at first I was all over this challenge. I chose to create a card and was doing just great until I looked at the finished project and thought, "I am missing something?" And I thought, "Oh, to much open space. A doily would be great!" And it was the perfect touch. It was not until I had the doily in place did I realize it was WHITE! Ugh! And it was too late to remove it and spray with glimmer mist. Next time, right?

However, please stop by the Just A Scrappin' blog to check out my fellow DT members. I am sure they neutralized this challenge. See you next week.



Card size 7 x 5 1/2

Paper: Authentique, MME, Stampin' Up, Recollection, Teresa Collins, Echo Park
Cartridges: Flower Shoppe
Dies: Papertry Ink
Jute: American Crafts
Brads: KI
Doily: Wilton
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug (Rosa)
Ink: Stampin' Up
Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers
Wooden Butterflies: Recollection

Deconstructed Sketch No. 98

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I have been wanting to try my hand at sketches for sometime and found a wonderful blog dedicated to sketches...Deconstructed Sketches. This week's sketch provided me with the perfect design concept for a Mother's Day card I needed to create. I loved the multiple layers used for the design sketch and really enjoyed incorporating layering into my card.



Card Size: 7 x 5 1/2

Paper: MME (Follow Your Heart), DCWM (Mariposa), Recollection
Cartridge: Elegant Edges, Artiste
Chipboard: MME
Jute: American Crafts
Flower: Recollection
Glitter: Stampin' Up

My Craft Spot's Monday Madness #95: Anything Goes

First, Happy 36th Birthday, Patrick! (my FABULOUS and oh so HANDSOME husband)

I love a challenge where anything goes. This week, My Craft Spot's Monday Madness Challenge #95 is to create a paper project of your choosing using any crafting goodness you can imagine.

I chose to create a masculine birthday card for my husband who turned 36 on Friday. Creating masculine cards has always been a challenge for me. I have a measure of difficulty coming up with interesting and usual focal points for my masculine cards. However, I came across a great blog post at Papertrey Ink, which listed some do's and don't's when creating masculine cards. First, no ribbon or frilly things (a given). Along with several do's: twine, buttons, brads and masculine colors. Also, clean lines and symmetry really work for me.

For this card, I utilized multiple layers to add dimension and varying focal points; bold colors and patterns; and a vintage stamped image to complete my creation.

My husband absolutely loved his birthday card. Practice makes perfect...



Card Size: 5 1/2 x 5 1/2

Paper: Crate Paper (Party), Stampin' Up, Recollection
Cartridges: Artiste (square)
Jute: American Crafts
Stamp/Brads: Stampin' Up
Letters: Recollection
Tage: Crate Paper

JAS Challenge #49: Sweet Baby of Mine...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Good morning Fellow Crafters and Scrappers,

Last week, we had a wonderful turnout at Just A Scrappin'. Thank you for jumping right in and sharing  your awesome cards, layout and project with us. This week at Just A Scrappin' we are welcoming all things new, especially our precious little ones. This week's challenge is to create a new baby or new pet card, layout or project using any colors of your choice.

This was another great challenge for me since a dear friend of mine is due to have a sweet, baby girl at the end of May. My friend decorated the nursery using an owl theme, so my card is in keeping with that motif.

Please stop by the Just A Scrappin' blog to check out the other projects, cards and layouts by my fellow DT will be glad you did.

Happy Scrapping,



Paper: Crate Paper (Emma's Shoppe), MME (Lime Twist), Stampin' Up, Recollection
Cartridge: Cindy Loo
Cuttlebug Folder
Tim Holtz: Stickles & Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
Twine: The Twinery

I love Challenges with Just A Scrappin' and Papertrey Ink

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Good morning Fellow Crafters and Scrappers,

Last week's Just A Scrappin' Challenge was fabulous. I would love just a little bit of sun out here in the mid-west, so this week's challenge is perfect for me. The challenge is to create a card, layout or project using spring colors.

I love challenges because they push me to learn new techniques and to think outside of my comfort zone. I recently discovered Papertrey Ink's "Make It Mondays." This particular challenge has been a great asset in helping me to grow as a card marker using the tools I have on hand, but have somehow pushed to the back of my crafting space. This week, watercoloring embossed images. I did not have watercolor markers in my crafting arsenal, so I substituted with Stampin' Up watercolor pencils.

I hope you enjoy both of these challenges. I know I did.

Happy Crafting,



Paper: Basic Grey, DCWV, Recollection, My Mind's Eye
Cartridges: Elegant Edges (border)
Papertrey Ink:  Sentiment Stamp and Die
Watercolor Pencils/Embossing Powder: Stampin' Up
Wooden Veneer Butterfly: Recollection

JAS Challenge #47: Here Comes the Sun...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hello fellow crafters, bloggers and scrappers,

Thank you for joining us last week for the Just A Scrappin' easel card challenge. It is always nice to change your card base once in awhile to keep things fresh and interesting. This week's challenge is "Here Comes the Sun." Participants are encouraged to create a card, layout or project featuring the sun.

I have to laugh at this challenge's design theme, especially given the fact I live in the mid-west and we are experiencing snow flurries...please sun come out and play. Lately, some of my cards have featured sun die cuts and I did not want to use one for this challenge. Instead, I opted to use scrapbooking paper featuring the sun for a pleasant creative change. I layered the image with plain, white vellum, and then stamped an image with sentiment on top.

This was a new creative endeavor for me since the vellum has been in my scrapbooking supplies for some time. I even had to research how to adhere the vellum without using brads, ribbon or some other type of embellishment to hide the adhesive. I will write the crafting community is awesome about sharing their creative experiences. And my fellow crafters where correct, photo spray adhesive is awesome! I was even able to purchase a $15 can for $5 (Michaels had their Recollection's brand on clearance).

I think the finished card turned out better then I had imagined and I was introduced to a new product and adhesive tool. All in day's work.

Please stop by the Just A Scrappin' blog to visit the work of my fellow DT members.

Happy Scrapping,



Paper: Studio Calico (Take Note), Recollections, SU
Cartridge: Elegant Edges (border)
Vellum: SU
Stamp/Sentiment: Unity&Co

Cardz TV Challenge #128: "Don't Quote Me"

Monday, April 1, 2013

Hello Fellow Crafters, Bloggers and Scrappers,

I saw the latest challenge at Cardz TV and knew I had to play along. Several weeks ago I purchased a cute stamp from Unity Co that just begged to be used. I created this card using the Joy Fold, which makes the sentiment the center focus. I then completed the stamp with a little shading using my Stampin' Up water color pencils, and added black twine to fasten the card together.

I hope you enjoy the sentiment as much as I do.



Paper: Authentique, Recollections
Twine: Hobby Lobby
Sentiment/Stamp: Unity Co.
Watercolor Pencils: Stampin' Up