Tuesday, October 29, 2013

JustRite Friday Challenge #108: Sketch

Needing Christmas cards, I thought this JustRite Friday Challenge #108 would be the perfect time to knock another one out, following Sheri's fabulous sketch!

Think this card is pretty simple construction-wise, so I'll simply list the 'ingredients' used below. Any questions, just comment and I'll be happy to reply and thanks for stopping by today!!!

Paper: Papertrey Ink's Vintage Cream and Pure Poppy CS; October Afternoon's Holiday Style 8x8 Paper Pad
Stamps: JustRite's Christmas Antique Labels One and Just Because Set (retired) for the From Our Family tag
Dies: JustRite's Vintage Labels Four and Antique Labels One and (retired) Nested Sentiment Dies

Saturday, October 26, 2013

My Sheri Crafts Challenge #122: A Little Comfort

Our current challenge @ My Sheri Crafts is a simple (but important) one: to create a card that brings 'A Little Comfort' to it's recipient(s), either a sympathy card or simply Thinking of You!

I did a new take on my favorite simple sympathy card previously created here in black/cream, making it instead in shades of cream/light brown sugar. I started with a Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream CS base, added a DCWV light brown shade of textured CS and finished it off with PTI's Fine Linen CS. On that I stamped/embossed my BG vine stamp also from PTI's With Sympathy set) and embossed with American Crafts Brown Sugar Zing EP -- LOVE this color. I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set onto a Petite and Scalloped Oval by first using VersaMark Ink and adding American Crafts Brown Sugar ink on top and heating with my heat gun until dry. A few pearls were added below my sentiment and cream seam binding bow at the side for an understated sympathy card. Always good to have a couple of these in our stash, so I hope to see your version of "A Little Comfort" posted soon for our challenge @ My Sheri Crafts!!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sew, Sometimes I Craft Without (#6) . . .

paper -- and oh my, did I ever LOVE making this ADORABLE little Penny Lane Jacket by Liberty Jane Clothing -- it is my FAV, at least at the moment, but I'm sure it will be a top FAV for years to come!

I purchased Linen fabric for this little beauty and I'm sooo glad I did, as it is just sooo sweet!!! I used what I believe to be a tiny piece of vintage fabric, probably from my Mother's stash from many years ago and just love that it went so well with the linen, IMHO!  Ohhh, what I would make IF I only had more of this sweet little flowery print -- sigh!
I've also used some possibly vintage buttons, but who remembers where all those buttons come from?! Molly is modeling for us today, wearing her Peplum Top and Skinny Jeans (also from LJC), but this top is not quite ready for 'prime time' yet. I absolutely LOVE that sweet green fabric that I found at my local Wal-Mart of all places and I'm ever so tempted to make myself a top from it -- that's how much I like it!
The first Peplum top I made is a bit too snug on my original/plumper American Girl dolls. The added 10% is a bit too much though, so more tweaking will happen as I just adore this top and will get it's fit perfected soon. When I do, you know I'll post it!  ;~)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

JustRite Friday Challenge #107: Easel Cards

Card Open w/all 3 Layers
Easel cards are the theme this week @ JustRite's Friday Challenge -- something I've only done once or twice before, but they're a really fun way to create a card that's a bit more unique! I decided to make it a real 'challenge' and create a triple-easel Valentine's card basically following this video.

For my card I've used various Spellbinders' heart-shaped dies (Nested Hearts; Lace Hearts) and Labels One to create my Valentine's Day card using gold CS and red/gold sparkly DP as well as JustRite's Winter Words, Ooh La La French Fills and JR Grand Sentiments for my three sentiments. With the above-mentioned video, I think what I did is self-evident, except to say that I added Viva Inka Gold Metallic Rub to my largest heart, the key from the Lace Hearts die cut in Spellbinders Red Foil and several red gems.

What a FUN challenge and although it took a bit longer than I'd hoped to finish, I LOVE the result!
Card Folded Flat for Mailing
Largest Heart

Medium Heart

Smallest Heart

Saturday, October 12, 2013

My Sheri Crafts #121: Nighttime!

My Sheri Crafts 'nighttime' theme this week reminded me of a pair of owls that had taken up residence in our former Phoenix neighborhood. We lived very near the Indian Reservation there also and since our older, established neighborhood had lots of big  trees and some 2-story homes it attracted owls. Sitting atop the chimney of our next-door neighbor's house, the male would have a conversation with Mrs. Owl! It was always a joy to fall asleep listening to them, almost like he was guarding the area, though I doubt the smaller critters he was hunting felt very safe!

Several variations of 'toilet paper or paper towel roll' owls can be found online at Pinterest and a friend sent the Bazzill blog link where a mutual friend shared hers. They are so fun and a great creative activity for kids as well! Using SEI's older Madera Island CS I covered both rolls. Then you simply fold down the back and front at the center to form the ears. Mr. Owl has wiggle eyes, while Mrs. Owl's are made with pearl brads and stick-on enamel dots. I used a Spellbinders' leaf die to cut wings from CS/felt and  beaks were hand cut from velvet paper. The possibilities are endless for embellishing your owls, so just let the creativity flow and have FUN!!! Hope to see your version of 'nighttime' posted over @ My Sheri Crafts!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

JustRite Friday Challenge #106: Color Inspiration

Wasn't sure I'd find time this busy week for the JustRite challenge, but I managed in the nick of time to get a card done. Didn't think I even liked it, but my hubby LOVEs it!!!  ;-)  I do think I captured the required colors pretty well?!
I used JustRites' Birthday Vintage Labels Four stamp set, Grand Large Labels die for my purple BG piece, followed by Majestic Labels Twenty-five (green & orange layers) and topped it all off with JustRite's own Vintage Labels Four die cut for my stamped birthday wishes. The elegant BG swirly stamp was stamped in VersaMark & embossed with black embossing powder that contains orange glitter. It doesn't show very well in my photo, but is really striking in person! A2 Bracket Border die cuts in the same orange striped vellum, a big bow and a few purple gems finish it all off.
I know the perfect person to give this card to, who LOVEs purple, always a win-win when you're following a color inspiration challenge!!!  ;-)
EDITED to add:  Still 10 minutes before challenge closes, so I've added a 2nd close-up now of my glittery orange stamp! Okay, 3:54 PM & I'm DONE -- LOL!


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