Archive for April, 2009

Cary’s Carnation Dive

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge!  This week, week 29, is To Catch a Thief.  I must say, that I guessed the Sneak Peeks as another Alfred Hitchcock Movie, with Cary Grant, North by Northwest.  A little off, but still feelin’ good about the guess.  

I went with a pretty obscure part of the movie, near the beginning when the manly Cary Grant Thief Character takes a nose dive into a bunch of carnation flowers. Not the best pic, but here’s the inspiration.

Here’s the flowery card.  It’s just the SU Flower Punch & I used dimensionals so some of the flowers were 4 tiers high & some just 1 level.  

Used:  Always Artichoke Textured CS, Purely Pomegranate CS, Regal Rose CS, White CS, Martha Stewart Heart Edge Scallop Punch, SU Flower Punch, Dimensionals, Sizzix Die Cut.

Etching, sure let’s try it.

Paper Craft Planet 3D Challenge!  I’ve actually wanted to try this for a while, but never have.  Challenge 3d10 is Glass Etching!  Thanks, Susanna, for the links & wonderful inspiration!

I popped over to Michaels & picked up some Glass Etching Cream.  It was $20, but I used my 40% off coupon & there’s a bunch left in the bottle.  The Patio Lantern Tea Lite was from IKEA, next door to Michaels :) and was $3.  As you can see I didn’t use stickers, I thought I’d try Painter’s tape.  Hmmm.

With punching you’re own stickers, I found putting the stick side out is less annoying for things getting stuck on the punch.  

Like I said, I’ve never tried this before, so I wasn’t exactly sure what a “thick coat” was.  Off to the garage & quickly while my youngest doesn’t notice me gone, paint, paint paint.  I think I should have made the layer thicker, but I was being beckoned.   I left it a bit longer than it said on the package, but I read on someone else’s blog that it was better to leave it 15 minutes rather than the 1 minute.  I didn’t have a choice, I had to wait 15 minute, other wise I would have had ‘helpers’.

And well this is how it turned out:

So day light lit, it’s okay for a rushed first attempt IMO.

But check it out all lit up!  Hang a bunch of these around the table…much more romantic for a backyard dinner for two.  Try to zone out umpteen kids running around, it’s more calm then.  

Used:  Martha Stewart Butterfly Punches, Painters Tape, Armour Etch Etching Cream,

Glass Thanks

Paper Craft Planet’s Colour Inspiration, pcpcolor16, comes from Glassworks, and thought I’d take a quick break to put something together before the next challenge is up.

Here’s the Stained Glass Inspiration & the Colours we were to use were Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Garden Green, Very Vanilla & Night of Navy.

Here’s the card.  The PP is actually quite glittery with a Green in the light, but I don’t think I got it very well in the photo.  

Used:  Martha Stewart Doily Edge Punch, Lots of Thoughts Stamp, K & Co Blue Awning Double Sided PP,  Pale Plum CS, Perfect Plum CS, Vanilla CS, Night Of Navy Ink, Dimensionals, HA Kidd Esprit Craft Ribbon 6mm Double Sided Satin.

Kristina Werner’s 50th!


Oh my, Kristina Werner has posted her 50th Colour Inspiration.  I must admit when I stumbled on her blog a year a go Christmas Break I was absolutely taken with it.  When she started the Colour Inspirations, I was highly motivated by them (like a bunch of you all are) and I have managed to make something for each one of them.  What can I say, we must vacation at similar times.  Yes, all 50 Colour Inspirations.  Good Grief.  Anyways, I’ve not always been happy with what I’ve made, but I have ALWAYS HAD FUN & adored seeing what others come up with.  Just too much fun!

With that in mind, even though this seems to be a tremendously busy week.  There is no way I was going to miss it.  This card was quick to make & my parents will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary (yes, I was a bit of a surprise to them I’m sure) in just over 6 months … LOL do you think I’ll find the card then?  Man, my brothers & I should plan something.  Put that on the list.  

This card is just some quick sewing followed by some clear embossing in Versa Marking & Tempting Turquoise & a couple of Sizzix Die Cuts.  Simple & Easy Peasy & FUN.

Thanks so much for all the fun!

Used: Tempting Turquoise Textured CS, White CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Corner Rounder, Tempting Turquoise Ink, Versa Mark Ink, Clear EP, Martha Stewart Clear Pattern Stamps, Sewing Machine, Red Thread, Yellow Thread, & Brown Thread, EK Success Edge Puncher, Chocolate Chip Marker, Sizzix Die Cut (Shadow Box Number Set) & Machine, Dimensionals.  

Accordion Photo-Gift Purse

Paper Craft Planet 3-D Challenge, 3d9 is to make an Accordion Folder.  Cool! What a great idea for giving pictures.  Thanks, Adela!  Adela has these wonderful instructions on her blog, which is what I used to make my folder.  

The only 2 things I did differently was to use a velcro sticker for a closure & secondly I made a mistake in aligning the middle divider … ooops.  It bugs me, what can I say, but I used Terrifically Tacky Super Tape & it’s totally permanent.  

The Ribbon is from Martha Stewart & is a perfect match for one of my fav colours, Sage Shadow.  Not Blue, Not Grey, Not Green.  Love it.  

The ribbon is just tucked in between the CS pieces with Super Tape.  It’s not going anywhere.  

And well, that’s it.  Here’s the photo-gift purse/Accordion Folder:

Used:  Sage Shadow CS, Martha Stewart Herringbone 9/16″ Cloud Twill Tape, EK Success Edge Punch, K & Company Dimensional Butterfly Stickers, K & Company Double Sided Paper (4.75×6.75″) Sera Sera, Velcro Sticker, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (used in Sizzix Machine), Coluzzle Book Template (for Edge of Purse).

Fun with Filters

So on to another Two Peas Digital Challenge:  Create An Art Effect Using Filters In Photo Shop.  I decided to go with the “Cut Out” Artistic Filter (Number of Levels: 7, Edge Simplicity: 5 & Edge Fidelity: 2) with some pics of Malcolm on his Axe … 

Used from Two Peas:






AL WORN Machine Type Font

Attempted Iris

Woo-Hoo!  Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #28, The Lion King!  Haven’t seen this in ages, but trust me I have seen it many, many times & also have read MacBeth, so I think that I’ve got it covered!  

I must admit I did some searching for what others have done with animal cards before I started mine for this challenge.  I saw this Iris Folding idea & well ya, that’s what I cased.  To be fair, it was difficult to case, as I didn’t have a pattern to follow so it looks like this on one side …

& this on another (because I don’t know how to do proper Iris Folding & I can cover the back) … 

Like I said I’m sure this is not a proper pattern but there ya go.  Not a mailer ;)  

Thanks for the fun challenge, ladies!  

Used:  Yellow Textured CS (unknown), Martha Stewart PP, SU Sizzix Tulip Die Cut, Scallop Edge Punch, Friendly Forest PP (Colorbox), TAPE, Exacto Knife.

Selected Boxes

Sande Krieger, over at Two Peas, has a new Photoshop tutorial.  This month her tutorial is on Selection Tools & Extractions for cropping photos on your Scrapbook Pages.  I have cropped photos before, but she shows the short cuts, the easy methods, well all methods so you can choose which tool you like using best.  Love those tutorials & quite look forward to the 10th of each month for a new tutorial.

The gray trim on the bottom is a reworked frame from the Two Peas Digital Pink October Freebie.  (SFreeman_2Ps_PinkOctober_Frame).    Here’s my project with the new knowledge from Sande’s Lasso Croppin’ tutorial:




tiaBennett_found_LAopposites_tia_2ps_ made blank





Wendy LP Type Font

a Year in Cards, April

Here’s April’s A Year in Cards Class from Two Peas.  The discussion board is here & Kristina Werner’s Tutorial is here.  Just some fun quick cards to make.  

Here’s my take on one of her cards.  It’s a bit different, not on purpose, but when I went to score the card, I made it crooked & it was driving me bananas.  I just trimmed it & stuck it on a straight card.  It looks better with the little squares as dimensionals, rather than my adjustments, but there ya go.

Used:  Friendly Forest Color Box PP, Sahara Sand CS, Labelicious Stamp Set, Ridinghood Red Ink, Creative Memories Square Punches.

Sizzix Time

Paper Craft Planet has it’s 3-D challenge, 3d8.  This weeks challenge was to create some wall art using Sizzix Die Cuts & Patterned Paper.

I also used the Coluzzle to cut out a bit oval out of, well, cereal boxes, actually.  I thought it would be good for me to have a reminder to work on my patience and that is where.  One of the biggies I struggle with … any body else have 3 children?????   Love ‘em dearly but oh my word, even as I write this post, I have stopped 8 times.  There are days when I am learning my lessons on waiting for things to happen.

Nothing really tricky about it, but boy were my hands gluey after putting this together.

The Martha Stewart Ribbon is just stuck on with that red-peel super sticky tape.  The Tulip Flourish is from SU Sizzix & I just broke it apart to put some of the flourish on top & some at the bottom.  


Used:  Spring Silhouettes DSP, Martha Stewart PP, Decorative Accents & Biz Tulipe SU Sizzix Die Cuts, Sizzlits Script Alphabet Die Cuts, Making Memories Embellishments & Brads, Glossy Accents Glue, Cereal Box for Chipboard, Sticky Tape, Martha Stewart 7/8 Double Faced Satin Ribbon in Putty, Vanilla CS, Baja Breeze CS, Oval Coluzzle.