Monday, November 26, 2012

TT's 15

My niece Taylor, the little girls call her TT, is turning 15 this week. This card is for her. I followed the sketch at A and T Emerald Faeries. The image is called Danielle with Laptop by Mo Manning. Colored with Prismacolor pencils. The patterned paper was a Silhouette fill pattern, which I have never tried doing before but it was so beautiful and I loved the colors so I filled a square with the patterned 'paper' and then used the internal offset feature to add a 1/4" smaller square inside. I changed the solid line to a dashed one and then changed the line color to navy. I printed both the patterned square and my faux stitching out on the printer. Amazing. Custom patterned paper. The flowers and leaves were also Silhouette files that I cut out of patterned paper, used a Bo Bunny brad for their centers and lifted off the page with pop dots. I used a pink grosgrain ribbon with silver sparkle polka dots on it (didn't photograph very well) and 1/4" loopy blue ribbon. Of course I colored her up to look like Taylor and her tabby (although I think her cat has a bit more gray, but I think I'm close)!
I would like to share my card at:
Crafty Ribbons Challenge use at least 2 ribbons, closes December 6th,
Stampin' For The Weekend use some texture, closes December 7th

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Princess Card

Well, it's started. My Kaylee got invited to 2 birthday parties last weekend. One on Saturday and one on Sunday. Now that she's started school I think this is going to happen a lot. Honestly, I don't know how I'll afford it if she gets invited to 25 birthday parties this year. And how many presents do 5 year-olds really need? So we said no to the Saturday party but I felt guilty so I sent a card and little gift anyway. The Sunday party was for her new best friend, the little girl she plays with at every recess, so I knew there was no way we could miss. I also wanted to meet her parents too since my Kaylee talks so much about their daughter (and I'm sure they felt the same way).
This card was for the Saturday party that we missed. She was having a Princess party. I overlapped 2 scalloped ovals in my Silhouette program and used the weld feature to join them as a card. Here's a TIP: I used the 'draw a line' feature to draw a line where the fold would be. I then changed the 'line style' to dashed. This created a perforated edge with which to fold my card! I used white backed, glitter cardstock as my card base. The clock was a Silhouette image that I printed onto pink cardstock. The carriage was another Silhouette image cut out of pink glitter sticker paper and black cardstock. It looked so sharp! I realized the sticker paper was going to stick up above the card, so I cut the same shape again out of pink cardstock and stuck the pink glitter paper down to that so that there wouldn't be any exposed sticky paper. Cinderella Honey is a digi stamp from Sassy Studio Designs. I colored her using my Prismacolor pencils. I used Diamond Stickles on her cape and DecoArt Snow Writer as the trim on her cape. Heat set crystals add the bling to her skirt, headband and her earring. I popped her off the page with pop dots. The little flowers were from Michael's and the leaves a Silhouette file.
My inspiration came from a card by Dilyana Kupenska and I just love the way it turned out!
I would like to share my card at:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ for a child, closes Nov. 25,
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges birthday card + 3 of something (flowers, leaves), closes Nov. 27,
Crafts and Me Challenges circles, closes Nov. 28,
Moving Along With The Times lets go dotty, closes Nov. 29,
Top Tip Tuesday kids and teens, closes Dec. 4,

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Winter Craft

I promised the girls that on the first snow day I had a special craft planned for us. Well today we woke up to snow, and lots of it. It snowed all day today in fact. However I was supposed to go to town for lunch. So naturally our craft did not go smoothly. First I used a Silhouette cut file to cut the hanger and leotard out of black and pink vinyl. However, the vinyl did not stick to the canvas. Then we tried cutting them out of black and pink cardstock, which I ran through my Xyron sticker maker. That seemed to help stick them to the canvas. I painted Kaylee's palm with pink Tempra paint and stuck it down onto the canvas. When we lifted her hand, the leotard came up with it. Arrrgh. I sent Kaylee in to wash and painted Abby's hand. I stuck Abby's hand down and her leotard lifted up too. Kaylee came back clean so I sent Kaylee to help Abby wash while I tried to stick the leotards back down. They both came back clean so I painted each of their other hands, stuck them down, and went with them to wash. That's when I found my good hand towel with hot pink paint on it. I now had a 1/2 hour before I had to leave for town, was not ready, and still had to paint their hands again with the light pink paint. It was then that I called in reinforcements. Grandma and Grandpa were supposed to be coming to babysit so I called and asked how soon they could get here. They came right away. Grandpa was put in the bathroom to help with hand washing. Grandma was given the task of trying to rinse the paint out of my hand towel. I painted the girls hands with light pink acrylic paint because I didn't have any other colors of Tempra paint. I made it town on time. When I got home, I added some ribbon around the waists. I then used Elmer's Craft Bond foam glue to try and stick the leotards and hangers down better. That also seemed to work. Once the girls got up from naps, Kaylee suggested adding flowers. I let them choose their colors and used the Elmer's Glue to stick them on as well. It was then I decided I should also stick the ribbon down. I used small pieces of Skor-Tape under the ribbon behind the flowers. I think I have now used every adhesive imaginable on this craft ;o) I used a paint pen to write the girls names under their dresses. On the back we wrote the date and their ages. They sure look great!!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Parlour Is Closed

This is my last post as a DT member at The Poodles Parlour. Jacqui is the extremely talented designer of The Digi Garden images and has decided for personal and health reasons to focus on her designing and to shut down the Challenge Blog. And good for her. We all need to take a little more mental and physical health time these days. But I sure will be sad to see our time as a team come to an end. Be sure to visit the girls and drop a kind word.
The theme for this last challenge is thank-you/Thanksgiving. I chose Emily's Harvest, a Digi Garden image, and followed Shell's sketch at Come and Get It Challenges. I colored Emily with my Prismacolor pencils. The wreath of leaves was a Silhouette image. I embossed the purple paper and mat using CuttleBug's Baby's Breath embossing folder. The sentiment I chose especially for Jacqui, was a quote attributed to Sir Winston Churchill, and I thought it spoke so well to her talent. And to say thank-you to her for having me on her Design Team.
The sponsor this fortnight is Di's Digi Downloads. You can link up 3 entries and my favorite part of being on a Design Team is visiting your inspiring works!

I would like to share my card at:
Twist Of Faith Cards Harvest/Thanks Giving, closes Nov. 6,
Sassy Studio Designs thank-you/Thanksgiving, closes Nov. 8,
Crafting For All Seasons falling leaves, closes Nov. 14