Sunday, April 15, 2012

Kennedy House ~ ScrapFIT Reveal Workout #66

What a gorgeous color combination for our Workout challenge at ScrapFIT!! I had so much fun working with these luscious colors ~ sand, mint, and cherry. 

When all the children were still at home we made an annual trip to Salt Fort State Park. While Gary and Joseph would go out fishing, the girls and I would take to the trails. One of the trails leads to the beautiful old stone Kennedy House. There is no road to the house, so the only way to get there was by the trails.

Here is my inspiration layout for you:

Diana, our Creative Trainer, has put together this rigorous workout just for you! Let this color inspiration direct your Layout/Card/Paper Craft project! These colors are a beautiful combo of soft and subtle with a pop! Be sure to join us and stay on your FIT track with our Creative Trainer!

Our Sponsor for this Workout is My Divine Inspiration Etsy Shop

The prize is this wonderful embellishment package:

Be sure to drop by her Etsy shop to see all the wonderful goodies she sells. 


Layered Flower ~ I've enjoyed making these layered flowers lately. The bottom layer is a woven fabric cut on the Tattered Floral Die and inked with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. The next layer ~ the daisy-like green leaves were cut from a kraft color coffee filter. I love the texture in this paper with the miniature dots. They were inked with Iced Spruce Distress Ink. Next comes one of my hand crafted twine flowers created with a thinner hemp cord using my Twine Flower Tutorial. I topped that with two layers of red pearlized paper cut from the Donna Salazar Carnation Creations Spellbinder die set.  I wet the paper and pleated the petals. Then finally the center is a Petaloo flower center.  I cut this gorgeous mint Prima Pearl and Crystal flourish to use part of it here.

Carnation Flower ~ Again I used Red Pearl paper to cut a single flower with the Donna Salazar Carnation Creations die, wet the paper and pleated the petals. Once dry, I inked the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. then folded it in half and in half again to form this carnation shape and layered the piece of Prima mint  pearl/crystal flourish over the folded edge. 

Sign ~ I cut the sign post from a very heavy cardstock using the Spellbinder Elegant Posts die. I painted it with a heavy coat of Gesso, then while wet applied the heat tool until it bubbled up. If the gesso doesn't bubble as much as you want, add more gesso and continue to heat. I tinted the gesso with some brown paint and also applied some Vintage Photo Distress Ink. A photo tutorial for this technique in a darker color can be found here.  I use mini 1/16 inch eyelets in the sign to hang it with chain from my stash. 

Doily ~ My doily was cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. Thanks for loaning me your cart, Mandy!! I then cut a circle of paper for the inside of the doily and distressed, inked and hand stitched the edges. Finally, I applied a couple layers of ATG adhesive on the back edge of the circle and then carefully applied the lace to the edge. 

Tag ~ I used the Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2012 April technique to create my tag using the reflections stamps and an embossing folder.  I created the stick pin with beads from my stash, and the crinkle ribbon was dyed with Distress Stain. I painted the word trinket with red paint and wiped it off leaving the word "Wander" much more visible. 

I hope you have been inspired to join us at ScrapFIT for this fabulous color challenge. Be sure to head over and check out the DT examples and link up your paper crafted project. 

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments

~ Blessing ~

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Card - Bo Bunny Card Challenge Tuesday

Wishing each of you a blessed and joy-filled Easter. 

I have an Easter Card for you that I designed to enter the Bo Bunny Card Challenge Tuesday contest. The challenge is to use a shaped card and a handmade flower. Here is my card:

I posted an earlier version of this card last week, to show the butterfly made with the Tim Holtz March tag technique. I changed out the kraft layer in my flower to yellow and added the stick pin and some more inking. 

Here is a close-up of the flower. 

I have posted a tutorial for the twine flower portion of this layered flower. The other layers were cut with the Tattered Floral die. 

The shaped card was cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge by Close to My Heart. Thanks Mandy for letting me use it!! I cut the base card with white card stock and then cut the scalloped circle from Bo Bunny Barefoot and Bliss Word. The yellow layer in my flower and scalloped mat for my sentiment inside the card were also cut from this paper. I used snippets of Bo Bunny scraps I had in my stash for the butterfly and leaves. 

This was my first time at color work. I used the Berol Prismacolor Pencils and blending pencil. 

I went to my bead stash to create the stick pin. My former craft hobbies come in handy for scrapbooking! 

The leaves were cut with the Spellbinder Foliage dies, then crinkled and inked for dimension. 

If you're interested in participating in an online crop, head over to Scrap-Friendzy to see the great challenges that are being posted. The crop starts today with three challenges, and there will be 2 more challenges posted each day through Thursday. You'll have until April 15 to complete your paper craft projects to have your name in the hat for the Hippity Hop Crop grand prize and til the end of the month to be entered for the Girlfriend of the month prize and honors. I'll be posting this card as the inspiration for my challenge today. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a blessed Easter. 

~ Blessings ~

Sunday, April 1, 2012

ScrapFIT Reveal ~ Priceless Memories

When I saw this oh so fun challenge in ScrapFIT Workout #65, I knew I my inspiration would be the rich masculine colors. This fabulous Weekend Market paper by Bo Bunny worked so wonderfully as a backdrop for these early fishing photos of our son, Joseph. The vintage scale and rulers are so perfect since he weighed and measured all of his big catches.

For this Workout use the photo below for inspiration. You can gather inspiration from the colors, the time period, the style, you can use anything about this photo that inspires you!

This Workout is being sponsored by Diana at My Divine Inspiration Etsy Shop

The winner of this Workout will receive this wonderful set of embellishments from My Divine Inspiration.

Be sure to hop on over to ScrapFIT to see what our fabulous DT did with this challenge. 

Here are some close-ups and details for my layout. 

I used another of my twine flowers. Did I say in a previous post that these are addicting?? This time I used a fine hemp cord to create my flower for a more wispy effect. Because the dark twine faded into the rich dark background, I created a back drop by cutting layers of Kraft Glassine paper with my Tattered Floral die. I then stamped a script image onto the flowers using StazOn Ink and heat embossed to set the ink into the glassine paper. I finished up by inking up the edges. I used open layering in this section with the fish net and crystal flourish. My tutorial for the twine flowers can be found here.

I went to a scrapbook expo last weekend and picked up some wonderful chipboard pieces by Creek Bank Creations. I painted the raw chipboard, stamped with a script image, and then inked the edges. You can't really see it in the photo, but I mixed some metalic paint into the brown to give just a little shimmer. 

I learned this fabulous polymer clay tile technique from a tutorial over at Gabrielle Pollacco's blog.  Polymer clay is an inexpensive way to create wonderful stamped, paper covered, or in this case sticker topped tiles. The unused clay stores well without drying out until your ready to use it for your next project. Notice that I used old rusty screen pieces for my photo mats. 

I hope you've been inspired to Workout with us at ScrapFIT. I can't wait to see what you create!!

Thanks for dropping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Easter Card

I've been wanting to try out the butterfly that Tim Holtz demonstrated on his March tag and was finally able to locate some Antiquities Cement Embossing Powder last weekend and created one for this Easter card. This is also my first attempt at color work. This photo was taken tonight to post on Tim's blog, so sorry about the photo quality. I will take and post another photo when I can get a good day shot. 

The butterfly is such an amazing technique. I really enjoyed doing it (once I was finally able to locate the embossing powder.) I'm pretty happy with my first attempt at this technique. I'll be making more of these! 

The shaped card was cut on the Close to My Heart, Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. My friend, Mandy let me use hers this afternoon. This cart has some amazing cut images on it. 

For my color work I used Berol Prismacolor Pencils and a blending pencil. The fussy cutting around this image was a bit of work with my scissors and the inner parts with a craft knife. 

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments. 

~ Blessings ~