Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Birthday Card ~ Bo Bunny Card Challenge Tuesday

I tried my hand at something a little different. We're having a Sketch-A-Thon at Scrap-Friendzy. I created a card sketch and a birthday card for our daughter who enjoys a fun and funky style.

I used the card challenge at Bo Bunny to use the following items on her card: ribbon, at least two buttons, patterned paper with dots, and chipboard. 

Here is the card sketch I posted on Scrap-Friendzy - my first. 

I enjoy dabbling in a variety of styles, so it was fun 
to create a card based on our DD's fun style.

One of the things I enjoy about using Bo Bunny Products is the ability to mix and match from different lines. For this card I used six Bo Bunny Products from six different lines: 

Bo Bunny Paper
Love Shack ~ Shimmy
Flower Child ~ Harmony
Paradise ~ Lingo

Bo Bunny Embellishments
Vicki B. ~ Buttons
Gabrielle ~ Layered Chipboard
Garden Girl ~ Noteworthy

Other Products
Black Cardstock - Stash
Distress Inks ~ Broken China, Rusty Hinge, Black Soot, Aged Mahogany
Clearly Better Ink ~ Black
Happy Birthday Stamp - Stash
Ribbon - Stash
Scotch ATG Tape Runner
Fiskar Craft Knife
Fiskar Self-Healing Mat
Martha Stewart Ruler
Boss Kut Gazelle

Ribbon ~ The color of my ribbon was too light and too blue, so I used a foam makeup wedge to rubb Broken China and Evergreen Bough Distress Ink into the ribbon to get just the right color. The dots acted as a resist and stayed perfectly white. 

If you decide to try a card with my sketch, I'd love to see it. Leave a note and link in my comments and I'll hop right on over. Better yet, come on over to Scrap-Friendzy and join in for the Sketch-A-Thon fun!!

Thanks for stopping by ~ I treasure your comments!

~ Blessings ~

Sunday, January 15, 2012

God's Serenity ~ ScrapFIT Workout #60 - It's the Simple Things

It's time for a new Workout at ScrapFIT. I hope you'll join us in creating and posting a layout for:

Sometimes it's the simple things in life that mean the most! Show us what simple little thing means so very much to you! Is it a picture your child drew, a family heirloom, a special recipe, a book - we are dying to know!

Here's the layout I created to provide some inspiration. My parents live on charming Westville Lake, and my mom took this gorgeous photo one morning with the rays of sunshine peeking through the mist rising from the lake. The simple beauty of God's creation is awesome!!

Be sure to head on over to ScrapFIT to see the fabulous inspiration by the FITgirls.

The winner of this Workout will receive this amazing collection of goodies sponsored by Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits.

Boys Rule is a monthly scrapbook kit club for those who love to paper craft boy subjects. Cool embellies are paired with handsome papers each month that you will love to play with and includes exclusive embellies with each kit . . . all different and very unique. It's fun to create when you have a complete kit that is designed for the memories of dirt, grunge, and smell things!

I tried some new techniques on this page that I'll be posting later this afternoon, so  be sure to stop back by for some close-up shots and technique details. 

Thanks for stopping by, I treasure your comments!

~ Blessings ~

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New FITgirl Team Announced at ScrapFIT

It's official. Sara at ScrapFIT has announced the new team of FITgirls.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to return for another term along with:

Returning FITgirls:

Sara Zenger - Head Coach/Owner

Missy Whidden - Weekend Warm-Up Coach

Sheila Burns - Step Class Coach

Our New FITgirls:

Starting February 1, these talented scrap artists will inspire you to keep in tip-top scrappy shape. Hop on over to ScrapFIT to enter one of our fabulous Workouts.

~ Blessings ~ 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Love Never Fails ~ ScrapFIT Workout #59 - Inspired by the Music!

I have to admit, I was a little stumped when I saw this challenge, but then I remembered Joseph and Rachel's engagement photos included some of Joseph in his Cleveland Browns jersey and Rachel in rival Steelers jersey "battling" it out.

ScrapFIT Workout #59 ~ Inspired by the Music!
 - Love is a Battlefield

I love 80's music and we are working out with Pat Benatar this week! Her song "Love Is A Battlefield" is your inspiration for this workout! I can't wait to see how this makes you move! Your can find the lyrics here.

I hope you are inspired to put your scrapping to the music and join us for this fun Workout. Be sure to hop on over to ScrapFIT to see the inspiration by our fabulous DT!!

The winner of this Workout will receive this amazing collection of goodies
sponsored by Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits

Boys Rule is a monthy scrapbook kit club for those who love to paper craft boy subjects. Cool embellies are paired with handsome papers each month that you will love to play with and includes exclusive embellies with each kit . . . all different and very unique. It's fun to create when you have a complete kit that is designed for the memories of dirt, grunge, and smelly things!


My metal, eyelet, and wire work was inspired by Misty at Perfectly Imperfect - Thanks for the inspiration, Misty!!

Metal Work ~ The metal work was created with aluminum tape from the hardware store - in the piping section. I adhered it to a piece of cardstock then placed it over foam. With craft metal working tools, I doodled random images into the metal then ran a couple different metal roller tools over it to give the dots and lines. Once it was sufficiently distressed, I used Ranger alcohol inks with the felt tool to apply rust, terra cotta, caramel, and espresso to the metal strips. (If you have crafting metal in your stash that is large enough - that would work as well. Of course with this distressed look - pieced together metal strips would work just as well.)

Eyelets and Wire ~ I randomly set eyelets into the outer and inner papers - 9 on each outside edge and 8 on the inside edges so the wire would share an inside eyelet at each corner. I had this old rusty scrapbook wire in my stash and knew it would be perfect here. I cut each wire a little longer than the span between the eyelets and bent each end underneath to hold it in place. I wanted a random grungy look, so I also bent most of the wires a bit to avoid a stiff look. 

Punchenella ~ I like to use what I have on hand, and a friend had given me this length of iridescent punchenella with square holes. The design was perfect, but the color not so much, so I ripped the punchenella to give rough edges and then painted it black with craft acrylic paint, Voila - transformed into the perfect grungy accent. 

Altered Flowers ~ I had these wonderful charcoal Petaloo Flowers, but they weren't quite dark enough, so I inked two of them up with my pumice stone Distress Ink, to get the color I was looking for and removed the bright green leaves from the bottom. 

Layered Vintage Buttons ~ I have a collection of vintage buttons  inherited from my mother-in-law and picked up at yard sales. I applied black alcohol ink to a couple silver filigree buttons and  then sanded for the raised details to stand out. I used glue dots to adhere them over larger black buttons. The black buttons were old and used with wonderful wear marks/patina on them - if they were new, you could sand them randomly to give then some "age." I also included one large black button with wonderful detail without the layered metal button. If you don't have vintage buttons in your stash, fabric stores like Joanns hae a nice collection of buttons that should work with a bit of distressing. 

Dictionary Page ~ Take a look at the upper left corner of the layered dictionary page and you will see the word "battlefield" ~ a nice little tie-in for this fun Workout. I have an old unabridged dictionary that lost its cover, so I can find just the right page for my projects. I inked the page to age it and rubbed the torn edges with some black soot Distress Ink. If you don't have an old dictionary laying around (one of the benefits of being a home educator - LOL!) you can do a Google image search for dictionary pages and print one up to use on your layout. 

Misting/Stamping ~ Although my background paper has a grungy feel, I wanted even more, so I misted and then stamped with several grungy background stamps using pumice stone distress ink. Then, with the darker black soot, stamped my focal images of 1 Corinthians 13 and the grungy heart image to which I added in my handwriting "Love Never Fails" to finish out that verse and bring home the focus of this page. 

Authentique ~ Glowing - Music Notes
Idea-ology ~ 12 x 12 Paper Stack - Lost and Found

Around the Block ~ Flair - Big Metal Brads
Pixie Press ~ Antique Charm Collection - Rusty Metal Wire
Idea-ology ~ Keyholes, Gears, Word Sticks
Petaloo ~ Canterbury Rose - Charcoal, Canterbury Collection - Holiday Leaves, Gilded
Punchenella ~ Thanks Mandy!
Black Lace x 2 ~ Stash

Technique Products
Aluminum Tape ~ Shurtape AF912 (from hardware store)
Stripped Cardboard ~ Found Objects Stash
Glitz ~ Clear Stamps - Distressings
Recollections Rubber/Wood Stamp - Script
Prima ~ Clear Acrylic Stamp - Brick 3
Visual Artistry ~ Clear Stamps - City Central
Cloud 9 Design ~ Rubber Cling Stamps - 8 x 6 Love Phrase
Ranger Distress Inks ~ Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain
Ranger Alcohol Ink ~ Ruse, Caramel, Terra Cotta, Espresso
Smooch Spritz ~ Log Cabin
Zig ~ Writer - Pure Black
Eyelets ~ Stash

My journaling was inspired by the Bird is the Word Challenge to use the word Wonder. "It's a wonder they found love despite the Browns ~ Steelers rivalry."

One more important reminder. The Scrap-Friendzy Sketch-A-Thon starts today. If you're looking to get a jump start on your 2012 scrapping, come on over and join us for a sketch every day in January along with RAK's, and games. The girlfriend with the most pointz at the end of the month gets a prize package and will be featured as the "Girlfriend of the Month" during the month of February with the opportunity to create a challenge for our February theme. I hope you'll come on over and join us!!

Thanks for dropping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~