5.31.2010

Emu Apples



Sacrebleu!!! Can you believe that it is the last day of May?

June is my favorite month, not only is it the official start to Summer, but it also my wedding anniversary and my birthday month :) Sweet!

This week at Practical Scrappers we have another great challenge for you: Transparencies, Vellum, Acrylic Accents. I found this to be quite the challenge. I couldn't find vellum or transparencies in my stash, uhmmm.. or acrylic accents... This was a toughie for me for sure!

Of course, yesterday while cleaning through all my supplies, I found a great sheet of acrylic "paper" that would have done the trick just right!! Too late now though...

Our sponsor this month is Squigglefly.

I used "Baby Elephant," isn't he just the cutest!?!?


I ended up using some RAK acrylic pearly thingies that were given to me by another PS design member, Tanya. Thanks Tanya - I couldn't have done this challenge without you :)



Card Ingredients: Recollections Light Blue Argyle paper; Bazzill and Recollections cardstock; Squigglefly image; Copics; Fiskars Elegance border punch; Gelly Roll white pen; Dashes, Dots & Checks ribbon; Nestabilities square; Dress It Up button; RAK acrylic bits; twine.

Happy Monday - see you all in June ;)
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5.28.2010

"Melty Flowers" Tutorial

*****It's so easy, even a caveman can do it*****

Happy Friday all!! Tonight I have a tutorial to share with you. It is a more in-depth "melty flower" demonstration. They are just so gosh darn cheap to make!!!!


Please bare with me as my photos are not very clear as it is gloomy, gloomy, gloomy out!!

Step 1 - 3 (click on collage to make larger)
Step 1 - I used four mini silk flowers. MUST have acrylic/nylon in them!
Step 2 - use an old brad to keep together. A nice pearly one will melt (I learnt from experience LOL)
Step 3 - hold down flowers from moving. I use a paint brush end. Plus you don't want to burn your lil fingers!




Step 3 - 6 (click on collage to make larger)
Step 3 - blow the heat gun towards the centre of the flower
Step 4 - squish the flower after heated while it is still warm. Gives it more "oomph"
Step 5 - finished heated flower




Step 7 - 8 (click on collage to make larger)
Step 7 - pull the flowers apart. Makes them a bit fluffier as they can stick together
Step 8 - use a decorative brad to put it all together. Viola! Finished!



The end result:


I am so excited to share this with you! My flowers are SO cheap to make, they are from a mini flower lie from the dollar store. But also, they are pretty simple to make too!!!

I also just got my new Nestabilities Labels Eight in the mail today and just had to use them!!!


Card Ingredients: Bazzill and Recollection cardstock; Nestabilities Labels; Stampendous! stamp; Stampin' Up! Purely Pomegranate ink; dollar store flowers; Recollections pearl brads and gems.

Well what was supposed to be a couple of hours turned into an all night project - I am going to bed!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope I have made my tutorial user friendly :)
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5.26.2010

Davidson's Plum

Happy Wednesday again! Can you believe it is the last week in May?!?

Today is another Sweet Sketch Wednesday. This week we are sponsored by Roberta at Prairie Fairy Digital Stamps:


The winner this week will choose 5 single images of their choice!!! How awesome is that?? You must go check out Roberta's work - it is just SO uber cute!!!

I used "Gerry's Birthday," isn't he adorable??


Arlana has another wonderful sketch for us all to follow:


I thought this would make a great boy's birthday card!


Card Ingredients: Bazzill cardstock; Prairie Fairy image; Craft Smart Periwinkle Blue ink; Copic and Le Plume markers; Gelly Roll white pen; Nestabilities oval; Cuttlebug Spots and Dots folder; Dress It Up buttons; twine.

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Also don't forget about this.....

June 9 - 15

That's right! TWO weeks until Blog Hopping time!! Be sure to tell all your friends and remember to play along as there will be 12 prizes plus a grand prize. PLUS, I am getting together some fun blog candy for the anniversary to give away to one lucky winner as well :)
I can't wait!!

Happy Wednesday ladies!! Thanks for stopping by. I hopefully will get a chance to make another card before the weekend but I have been pretty busy around the house and yard - in case you really want to know my life schedule ;)
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5.25.2010

Crab Apples

Happy Tuesday all!

This week at SPCC we have another great color challenge for you.




I thought this would be a great summer-y color card:






Card Ingredients: Bazzill and Recollections cardstock; K&Co drink cardstock; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder; Celebrate It ribbon; Recollections gems; Dress It Up button; twine.

Happy Tuesday! See you again tomorrow!
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5.24.2010

Bearberries

Hello Victoria Day (in Canada)! The weather sure hasn't cooperated with the long weekend - we have had icky cold, rainy weather all weekend - pooie! I was able to spend some time indoors redecorating our living room, so it worked out in the end.

So this week at Practical Scrappers our challenge this week is Tulle/Fabric/Felt. Come on over and play - we have a great sponsor this week: *Wink *Wink Ink. The winner gets to choose 3 digis of their choice!!!!

The challenge got me thinking outside the box this week. I don't use a lot of fabric (unless you count ribbon), so it was a toughie! How did I come up with this (I got asked this question). Seriously, I looked around my craft room - saw an old lei in a clear container (that was boughten for a bridal shower) and thought to myself - I have to find a away to make this work. I had no other fabric LOL!!!

I am uber excited how my card turned out this week:

Such a super easy card to make. All you need is:

~ Hawaiian lei (I bought it from the dollar store)

~ heat embossing gun
~ old brad (to hold it together that won't get ruined by the heat gun)

I took approximately 5 large flowers and 4 small flowers (cut smaller by me). Don't worry about cutting perfectly, when heated nothing matters ;)


Heat with embossing gun. I heated the large ones and the small ones separately. Point the gun into the flower to melt them inwards - gives them a nice "poofy to the centre look." Because the flowers are made of acrylic, they melt quite easily! Once you have them melted to the desired amount, take out the old brads. Squish the small bunch on top of the bigger bunch and replace with fancy brad:



Imagine how many flowers you can make with one lei!!!

I have to worn you though - they DON'T come out soft and fluffy. They come out crunchy because you are essentially melting the plastic substance of the flower.

Card Ingredients: Making Memories paper; Bazzill cardstock; dollar store flowers; Recollections pearl brads and gems; heat embossing gun.

Happy Monday - see you all again tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your long weekend if you get one :)
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5.20.2010

Acai Berries

Good morning everyone! I hope the week has been treating you all well. It is a dark and gloomy day out there and oh, now it is raining. Spring sure can bring a mixture of weather! I am so excited for May Long Weekend (aka Victoria Day here in Canada). Hopefully it won`t be raining out like the weather forecast says it will...

Today's Challenges: 1. Papertake Weekly - Say It With Flowers

2. Saturday Challenge - Metal


3. Simple Doodles - You are on my mind

4. Sketch Girl has this great sketch:



Card Ingredients: Bazzill and Recollections cardstock; Bugaboo image; Craft Smart Orange ink; Cuttlebug Spots and Dots folder; Copics; Nestabilities oval; Primas; Making Memories brad; Stampendous! Kaleidoscope embossing powder.

Happy Thursday!! Have a great start to your long weekend coming up (if you have one).
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5.19.2010

Zucchini Zucchini

Hello Wednesday! And welcome to another Sweet Sketch Wednesday! Come join us! I know you won't be disappointed - would I lie to you??? ;)

This week we are sponsored by Sally-Ann from DigiStamp Boutique (again!). She has been such a big supporter of SSW. I use a LOT of the DigiStamp images and love them so much! Thanks Sally-Ann for creating such stinkin' adorable images to work with!!!


The winner this week will receive TEN images of their choice - how AWESOME IS THAT!?!


I loved Arlana's sketch this week so much that I just had to made two cards for it!



I used Spike for card #1, he is a new release for the month of May:

Birthday Spike - ain't he a cutie?



Card Ingredients: RAK paper; Bazzill and Recollections cardstock; DigiStamp Boutique image; Copics; Gelly Roll white pen; Primas; Celebrate It ribbon; Dress It Up button; twine.


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And I used Maxwell for card #2. Unfortunately my Sand Copic refill was still on order at the time and I had to use what was left of the marker. He is a little streaky but still came out okay :) Maxwell was a new release for the month of April.



Graduation Maxwell - what a sweetie!



Card Ingredients: K&Co Citronella paper; Bazzill and Recollections cardstock; DigiStamp Boutique image; Copics; Sugar & Spice ribbon; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder; Craft Smart Black ink; Dress It Up button; Recollections gems; twine.


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Also don't forget about this.....

June 9 - 15

That's right! It is almost Blog Hopping time!! Be sure to tell all your friends and remember to play along as there will be 12 prizes plus a grand prize. PLUS, I am getting together some fun blog candy for the anniversary to give away to one lucky winner as well :)

Happy Wednesday ladies! Enjoy your week!!!! Thanks, as always, for stopping by! See you all soon.
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5.18.2010

Yammers

What a gorgeous Tuesday morning - it is 6 AM and already 14 C (57 F). We have been really blessed with some beautiful Spring weather. All my apples trees are blooming and when you go outside it smells so delish!

Over at SPCC Sam has another wonderful and bright color challenge. But first, BIG NEWS... Scrapmaster's Paradise is EXPANDING! We now have an online community. There is a lot of stuff coming very soon so be sure to head over and check it out! We are having a Design Team Call as well! You can get to the forum through Sam's blog by clicking here! The DT Call can be found by clicking here!

I am so excited! There really is going to be a huge transformation and I can't wait for it to be started! I have been with SPCC for 7 months now - Sam was the first person to give me a chance at being part of a design team. Thanks so much Sam :)

Alright, where was I?!? Right, colors!



I don't know why, but these colors work SO well with each other!



Card Ingredients:
My Mind's Eye Home and K&Co Wild Saffron papers; Recollections cardstock; Fiskars Elegance border punch; EK Success corner punch; Celebrate It ribbon; Dress It Up buttons; twine.

Happy Tuesday and have a wonderful, warm, and sunshiny day!! See you again tomorrow!
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