Tuesday, September 21, 2010

IHP DT Challenge: Treats & Tablescapes

This month the i {heart} papers design team was challenged to create a project that could be used as a treat or as part of a table setting.
I had been wanting to do something with the clever new Chicken Girl Design Witch Eye Brew image from the September release, so that was my starting point. I needed some kind of candy that resembled eyes, so I went to the drugstore to poke around; I thought for sure one of the candy manufacturers would have some kind of candy eyeballs out for Halloween. Well, maybe they do, but not at my drugstore. But I did see the starlight mints, and my mind started spinning -- they looked like bloodshot eyes!
eyes-for-you-treat A couple of punched circles glued onto the wrappers, and they sure were! Now, what to package them in? Something clear so they would show through…
Out came my pillow box die, and I started looking for some heavy acetate sheets. I didn’t have any that I thought would be heavy enough, but I did have some of the acetate card boxes that Kate is now selling in the store. Perfect! I got 2 pillow boxes out of 1 card box. A strip of i {stick} papers holds the box together – the ends are just folded in.
I printed the image out on some Copic Blending Cardstock, sized to fit a 2” wide piece, so I got 4 across the page. Isn’t it cool how you can do that with digital images? It’s colored, of course, with Copic markers. I used more i {stick} papers to hold the image onto the box.
How spooky-cute is that?!!! And really quick and easy!
Go see what the rest of the design team came up with:
Have yourself a madly creative day!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Playing Along with OCL

With my newly rediscovered mojo calling to me, I decided to play along with the OCL (Our Craft Lounge) design team for their weekly sketch challenge. I just got this new set and couldn’t wait to use it.

i_see-olivia_f Something just called out to me when I saw this fortune teller chick. I had to have this set, Crystal Clear, and apparently lots of others did too, since Kate seems to have run out of it. However, if you go to her site and request it, she’ll re-order it. Here’s the inside of the card:

i_see-olivia_iI pulled my colors from the oh-so-delicious Olivia 6x6 pad from Basic Grey, which as of this moment Kate does have in stock! The base of the card is PTI Ripe Avocado, with a layer of Melon Berry. The ribbon is black Glimmer Ribbon which Kate also has in stock. You can’t tell from my crummy picture, but there’s lots of sparkle in it! She also carries the Nestabilities that I used to cut the image out. Isn’t cool how I made it look like the fortune teller was inside another crystal ball?

OK, gotta go try and clean up my stampin’ space a little so I can keep the groove going!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

I found it!!!

My mojo, that is. As I suspected, it was buried beneath the layers of stamping detritus that was heaped on my table. Once I had a (relatively) clean space in which to create, it was easy to fall back into the swing of things. Perhaps this will teach me to straighten up after myself. OK, who are we kidding?

Anyhow, I’ve been quite prolific over the last couple of days, but I’ll start out by showing you this simple card. It was inspired by something I saw in one of the Paper Crafts magazines, but I have since forgotten which one.

happyday1Please forgive the crappy photo. I have the hardest time getting aqua colors right on the computer, and no amount of image editing seemed to do the trick.

I used paper from S.E.I.’s Happy Days 6x6 pad for instant impact. This paper is soooo pretty – you can’t see all the shiny, glittery accents on it here, so you’ll just have to trust me. The strip with the little white stars is also from that pack, and I ran over the edges with a glitter pen to mimic the glitter in the larger piece. Kate at i {heart} papers has the pad with some custom-made matching buttons.

The greeting stamp is from Papertrey Ink’s Enjoy the Ride set, which you’ll see more of in the coming days. The double punched borders are made with one of the SU! border punches. The cardstock used is PTI Dark Chocolate and Vintage Cream.

I will be back tomorrow with more stampin’ goodness!


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Still here…

My mojo has gone mysteriously missing – I think it’s buried under the mess on my table. I haven’t been able to sit down and create lately – with one exception. This is a card I made for my very wonderful stepmother for her birthday this past week. It uses the special PTI set, Four of a Kind, that was given out at the CHA Supershow in Chicago (with purchase, of course!).

krysBD10 I used the rock’n’roll technique on the larger flowers, inking them first in Summer Sunrise, then rolling the edges in Pure Poppy. The flower centers are embellished with Sage Ultra Fine Flower Soft. The background panel (Ripe Avocado) is embossed with Diamonds and Dots folder; I think it looks a little like a trellis for the flowers. Both the Flower Soft and folder are available from Kate at i {heart} papers.

The greeting and punched oval are from my Stampin’ Up! stash.

One of the many things I’m hoping to accomplish this long weekend is clearing off my table. If I find my mojo under that mess, you can expect to see more posts in the near future!

Happy Labor Day, my friends! Have some fun!