Thursday, 23 March 2017

hashtag Christmas

no, you're not seeing things

I made two hashtag Christmas cards using the fun
"Elfie Selfie" digital stamp by KennyK Stamps
I linked them both in the same post, so when it came to entering them in challenges I could only link one, so this short post comes with some more pics.

All the details about these cards can be found HERE.





Southern Girls - Challenge #156 - Use A Die Cut with Team Lou

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge

Our awesome sponsors for this challenge are ...



KennyK Stamps FREEBIE blinkie
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Today I have used the fun "Elfie Selfie" digital stamp by KennyK Stamps, one of our generous sponsors this fortnight.



I placed the image panel on my Silhouette Studio mat and adjusted the film strip cut file to fit perfectly.  I cut the film strip out of black cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.

I coloured the image panels with Copic markers, adding Stickles to the trims on Santa's hat and clothes, then smothered them with "Snow" glitter.





I die cut a bundle of alphas using my Sizzix Big Shot and Kaisercraft Uppercase Alphabet dies, so that I could make a variety of hashtag sentiments from #ELFIESELFIE and #HOHOHO to #SANTA and #SANTASELFIE 

The patterned paper panels are from the Kaisercraft Holly Jolly 6 1/2" paper pad, so I made my card bases 6 3/4" square to fit the sheets perfectly.  The size worked perfectly with the 1" alphas I used to make the hashtag sentiments too.

   

*** INGREDIENTS ***
KennyK Stamps - digital stamp - Elfie Selfie
X-Press It A4 Blending Card
Copic markers - skin / bodies - E50 E51 E01 E04 E93 E0000 E000 E00
Copic markers - eyes - B23 B26
Copic markers - hair - "0" C00 C0 C1 C3
Copic markers - hair - YR 24 YR27
Copic markers - hair - E30 E31
Copic markers - hair - E23 E25
Copic markers - clothes - R24 R27 G46
Copic markers - presents - Y06 Y08 YR07 YR09 B23 B26 BV02 BV04
Copic markers - background - B0000 B000 B00
Sizzix Big Shot
Kaisercraft - decorative dies - Alphabet Uppercase
Kaisercraft - 6 1/2" Paper Pad - Holly Jolly
Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine
Silhouette Design Store - cut file - Design ID #12558 - Film Strip by Jamie Koay
Frosted Lace Stickles - added to the trims on Santa's hat & outfit
WOW! - glitter - Snow - added on top of the Stickles to give a solid white finish
Martha Stewart Scoreboad -  to score the back panel to make the top fold
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue - to adhere the top "fold"
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue - to adhere the sentiment
and adhere the image panel to the film strip

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Sending a big Thank You to KennyK and Krafter's Cart for sponsoring
Challenge #156 - Use Die Cuts with Team Lou with us at the Southern Girls.

I hope I have inspired you to create something with die cuts and look forward to seeing your project shared in the challenge gallery.

Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Crafty Gals Corner - Challenge #115 - Anything But A Card

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #115 - Anything But A Card

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The sponsors for this challenge are:

KennyK.
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Prize: 3 Digital Images

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Prize: $15 Gift Certificate

Nikki Burnette


Prize: 3 digital images

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Today I have used the "Total Drama" Retro Girl Drama Queen Postcard digital stamp from KennyK Stamps, one of our generous sponsors this week.

We have several milestone birthdays coming up this year and I thought this image would make some fun bottle tags.



I coloured the images with Copic markers (details below).
I masked the images and borders (with X-Press It Mask It) then coloured the backgrounds with Distress Inks (details below).  The inks are so vibrant



I cut the bottle tag base using my Silhouette Cameo.  I used part of a purchased file and welded it to a rectangle to suit the image dimensions.


... I have to confess that I used a delicious bottle of red wine vinegar for the photo shoot.


*** INGREDIENTS ***
KennyK Stamps - digital stamp - "Total Drama" Retro Girl Drama Queen Postcard
X-Press It - A4 blending card
Copic markers - skin - E50 E51
Copic markers - hair - Y02 Y04 Y06
Copic markers - blouse - B23 B26
Copic markers - lipstick, nails, pearls - R46
Distress Inks - mini - Squeezed Lemonade,Wild Honey,
Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon & Barn Door
Mini Ink Blending Tool - round
Mini Ink Blending Foam - round 

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Sending a big Thank You to KennyK Stamps for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #115 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 407 - Anything But A Card
CCC Digi Creations - Challenge #69 - For The Girls
Colour It!  Create It! Show It Off! - Anything Goes, celebrating their 1st Birthday
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Challenge #126 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #469 - Celebrations
Fabrika Fantasy Challenge Blog - Challenge #7 - For The Girls
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge Blog - Challenge #231 - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - Happy Birthday
Morgan's ArtWorld - Challenge #5 - Include A Sentiment
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge #321 - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Paper Crafting Challenge - Week 10/11 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #235 - Congratulations or Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Challenge #112 - Anything Goes with option of Distress Edges
the edges of my tag are distressed ... with Distress Inks

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Crafty Gals Corner - Challenge #114 - Use Buttons

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #114 - Use Buttons

The sponsors for this challenge are:
All Dressed Up
Prize: 2 Digital Images

Cute as a Button 


Prize: 3 Digital Images

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Today I have used the Sewing Susan digital stamp from Cute As A Button, one of our generous sponsors this week.




I coloured the Sewing Susan image and scene using Copic markers.


I'm thrilled with how this card turned out and have some more pics to share,
hope you like it too.

front view

close-up of the image panel

and lucky last pic ...

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Cute As A Button - digital stamp - Sewing Susan
X-Press It - A5 blending card
Copic markers - skin E50 E51 E01 R22 YG05 YG17
Copic markers - hair - E51 E53 E55 E57
Copic markers - clothes - R20 R21 R22 R24 R27 BG34 BG18
Copic marker - tape measure - BG34
Copic marker - sewing machine - C00 C0 C1 C3 C5 C7 R20 R21 YG23
Copic markers - sewing table - E53 E55 E57 E59
Copic markers - bolts of fabric - E42 YG17 YG03 BG18 YG23 R20
Copic marker - background E0000
Copic Multiliner - 0.03 Black - to highlight around the pearls of the necklace
Uni-Ball Signo - white pearls - broad white pigement ink pen 
Kaisercraft - button border - 12x12 Humble from the Secret Admirer Collection
Kaisercraft - dotted panel - 6 1/2" paper pad - Storyteller Collection
lace - to make the doily
Kaisercraft - decorative die - Mannequin
Kaisercraft - paper blooms - Fire Red
Kaisercraft - mini paper blooms - Fire Red
"tape measure" ribbon
scissoer charm
embroidery floss
Fiskars round punches - to make the decorative button with four holes

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Sending a big Thank You to Cute As A Button for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #114 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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A Gem Of A Challenge - Challenge #189 - Use 3 or more B's
I have used buttons, a bow, bolts of fabric, a bit of blue and a bouquet of blooms.
CCC Digi Creations - Challenge #69 - For The Girls
Color It!  Create It!  Show It Off! - Anything Goes, celebrating their 1st birthday
Creative Corner Challenges - March 3, 2017 - Girly Fun
Creative Moments - Challenge #113 - Anything Goes with optional twist "Winter Blues"
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #468 - For Mother / Ladies Only
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - Week 11 - Anything Goes
Fabrika Fantasy Challenge Blog - Challenge #7 - For The Girls
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge Blog - Challenge #230 - Use Some Green
In The Pink - Challenge #114 - For A Special Lady
Morgan's ArtWorld - Challenge #5 - Include A Sentiment
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Penny's Challenge #320 - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Challenge #128 Humor / Puns
Polkadoodles Paper Crafting Challenge - Week #10 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #234 - Thank You Cards or Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Challenge #112 - Anything Goes option Distress Edges
Simon Says Stamp Blog - Work It Wednesday February 2017
Make something with the word or color GREEN in it.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: For A Special Lady / Girl
Time Out Challenges - Time Out's 3rd Birthday - Theme - Love and/or Friendship
optional twist "Spotlight Stamping"

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #113 - Polka Dots and/or Stripes

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with

Challenge #113 - Polka Dots or Stripes

The sponsors for this challenge are:

My Besties
Etsy / Store

Prize: The following 3 images

Lemon Shortbread
Prize: 3 Digital Images

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Today I have used the Cell Phone Cindy digital stamp from My Besties ( Etsy / Store )one of our generous sponsors this week.

My card has lots of dots, from Cindy's dress & shoes to the accent panel & black pearls.  It has lots of stripes too, hidden in the patterned paper of the background, a combination of white & yellow stripes and groovy striped arrows.



I printed Cindy on X-Press It Blending card and coloured the image with Copic markers.

I trimmed the panel down, matted it with black cardstock and assembled my card with matted patterned paper and a matted sentiment.  Each of the panels have a 1/16" black mat.

My card is 6 5/8" square.
Yes, I know it's an odd size but I really liked the patterned paper and decided to use it all.  It is from the Kaisercraft 6 1/2" Shine Bright paper pad.

The odd size meant that I had to join two pieces of cardstock to make the base.  I scored the back panel to make the top fold then adhered it to the front panel using strong book binding glue.

*** INGREDIENTS ***
My Besties Etsy / Store - digital stamp - Cell Phone Cindy
X-Press It - A5 blending card
Copic markers - skin - E0000 E000 E00
Copic markers - cheeks - E01 E02
Copic markers - lips - R83
Copic markers - hair - E30 E31 E34 E35 E37
Copic markers - clothes - B0000 B21 B23 B26 B28 Y26
Copic markers - cell phone - C00 C0 C1 R28
Kaisercraft - 6 1/2" paper pad - Shine Bright
American Crafts - textured cardstock
Miss Daisy Stamps - digital stamp - Friends In You Heart Sentiment
Kaisercraft - pearls - black
Martha Stewart Scoreboard
Helmar 450 Quick Dry - to adhere the layers
Helmar Acid Free Professional - to adhere the top fold

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Sending a big Thank You to My Besties ( Etsy / Store ) for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #113 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Color It!  Create It!  Show It Off! - Anything Goes, celebrating their 1st Birthday
Colour Crazy Challenge - Week 9 - Anything Goes
Hiding In My Craft Room - HIMCR #291 - Spring Colors
Inkspirational Challenges - Challenge #129 - Word Prompt "connect"
My Besties Art Spain - Challenge #10 - Anything Goes 
Carnival + Packets of Chocolates or Candies
My Besties Aussie's Challenge Blog - Anything Goes + option "Easter"
My Besties Brazil - Challenge #20 - Carnival with Shine, Glitter & Bright + My Besties
My card is filled with bright yellow & blue, with shining pearls.
My Besties Dutch Girls - Anything Goes + option "Animals"
My Besties France - Challenge #61 - Anything Goes
My Besties International Challenge Blog - Anything Goes + option "Color of Green"
QKR Stampede - Challenge #233 - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Challenge #111 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: For a Special Lady/Girl
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #284 - Circles / Dots and/or Stripes
Time Out Challenges - Love and/or Friendship + optional twist of spotlight stamping



Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #112 - Use Ribbon

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #112 - Use Ribbon

The sponsors for this challenge are:

Scrap N Dipity

Prize: 3 Digital Images

Lacy Sunshine


Prize: 3 Digital Images

AMB Illustrations


Prize: TBA

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Today I have used an image from the super cute Christmas Bird Stampsdigital stamp set from AMB illustrations, one of our generous sponsors this week.


I placed the digital image on my Silhouette Cameo mat, traced it then added an offset to make a cut file that would give a border around the image.  I made a little rectangle and welded it to the offset to make a fun shaped tag.  I placed the image inside the tag and added some pretty AMB illustrations digital patterned paper, printed the sheets then cut them out for colouring.  I cut a bundle of blank tag shapes to adhere to the coloured panels, so that the bleed from the colouring was well hidden.

I adhered the back panels using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive.

I die cut the sentiments and adhered them using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

It was fun rummaging through my ribbon stash getting different colours for each one.
Shock, horror, I even had to bring out the iron to smooth out the folds!

My tags are 6 1/2" wide and 3 1/2" tall.


   

   

 

PS - I have to confess that things did not go as smoothly as I made it sound.  I originally printed the images on X-Press It Blending card and even with trying all the tricks I have learnt, I just could not get the Cameo to recognise the registration marks.  My compromise was to print them on heavy cardstock, knowing that my Copics would not blend as well and that I needed to be extra careful to not saturate and have the colours bleed.  I was surprised and quite pleased with how well this cardstock performed but a word of warning, it is very "thirsty".

*** INGREDIENTS ***
AMB illustrations - digital stamp - Christmas Bird Stamps
AMB illustrations - digital paper - Pink Whales Digital Papers
X-Press It - A4 blending card
Quill 200gsm A4 cardstock
Copic markers - feathers - Y11 Y13 Y15
Copic markers - beak - Y15 Y17
Copic markers - legs - YR21 Y17 YR23
Copic marker - eyes - B23
Copic markers - hats / ornaments
pink - R81 R83 R85

blue - B91 B93 B95
green - YG01 YG03 YG25 YG67
orange - YR61 YR65 YR68
Sizzix Big Shot
Paper Smooches - Christmas Words Dies
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive - to adhere tag layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue - to adhere the sentiments
assorted grosgrain ribbons

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Sending a big Thank You to AMB illustrations for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #112 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
  I do hope you get creative with your ribbons and join us.  

PS - don't forget the 30 Day Coloring Challenge is happening now too.
I have linked my tags for day one.
Want to learn more?  Read all about it HERE.

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):