Friday, April 29, 2011

Jingle Belles 18

This week I'm honored to be guest designing for Jingle Belles. I've loved playing along since the beginning (though recent weeks I've been a little late with getting there). So here's my prompt, I’ve loved playing along with Jingle Belles and each week looking through my Christmas crafting supplies I realize I have lots of random embellishments that I bought during after Christmas sales that don’t necessarily match up with patterned paper, but I still adore. So I thought why not make a card with just embellishments and no patterned paper and my challenge was born.
Looking through my Christmas embellishments I decided to play with these Maya Road rub-ons which I have a hard time using with patterned paper because of the color palette. I thought they would really stand out on the silver cardstock and added some gems from Studio 18 to accent the rub-ons. The background, sentiment and snowflakes are all separate rub-ons combined to create the design of the card. I know you all have fabulous and gorgeous embellishments that can shine without patterned paper so take this as an opportunity to use them.
I can't wait to see everyone who plays along in my no patterned paper just embellies challenge!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Kreaxions Window Frames

Happy Friday! As April is quickly coming to an end I hope you've gotten a chance to play along in a few of our challenges at the Kreaxions Just Imagine blog. I recently got to play around with the circle templates to create the window effect which is another big way that Kreaxions punches stand out to me. No where if my collection of die cuts can any device create this unique window element. I think this element is especially great for stampers because it really adds a lot of interest yet can become a rather neutral background that shows off the stamps. One my card I feel the stamped sentiment becomes the focus due to the beautiful frame. So all you stamp lovers out there I urge you consider getting the circle templates and positioning pieces to add to your Kreaxions punches to really high light your beautiful stamping designs. Also Punch 913 used in the card is a great all purpose stamp for this technique.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge 12

This weeks' challenge at Die Cuttin Divas is to make a card for mother's day with flowers and flourishes. It shouldn't be too challenging since most women appreciate the beauty of flowers and flourishes. I created this card for my grams for Mother's Day. I used the Tinkerbell and Friends cartridge and Cuttlebug die. Papers from Cosmo Cricket's Pixielicious. So take this chance to get those mother's day cards done and share your creation with us!

Playing Along Some More

By now you know all about the Kreaxions challenges happening this month. Bev has issued a challenge to use handmade flowers on a card. I love the ides of making my own embellishments and so I used some scraps from Punch 306 to create the tiny flowers on this card.

Create a project featuring handmade flowers and using a punch. Then you can use InLinkz on the blog to post your creation and be eligible for the April prize. You get one chance at the prize for using any punch and two chances for using any Kreaxions punch! Use this link to post your creations.

Playing Along

Happy Easter! On my last post I let you know about the Kreaxions challenge I am hosting this month but all the DT members are hosting challenges and I thought it would be fun to play along. Bev has issued a monochromatic challenge and I will admit I was pretty intimidated because that usually means mixing lines and you know I tend to stick to coordinating products (its my challenge even). But I needed some more easter cards and I had this little chick already cut out so I went with it.

The fun background the chick is placed on is created using the star template. I traced it once for the background and then I traced it again and punched it with Punch 306 to create the doily effect. I've also created this for the Pile It On use a rubber stamp challenge and the Easy Craft Projects Easter Challenge.

Create a monochromatic project using a punch. Then you can use InLinkz on the blog to post your creation and be eligible for the April prize. You get one chance at the prize for using any punch and two chances for using any Kreaxions punch! Use this link to post your creations.

Kreaxions Challenge

I love working with products that are meant to be worked with together. Some may say its less creative, but for me this hobby is about having fun with great product and if I don't win any 'most unqiue' contests I'm ok. The Kreaxions products are all designed to work together and that makes creating a fun card element so easy to do. I simply cut two circles of the same size with the cutter. I use the star template and Punch 913 to create the fun bold red accent and it will layer onto the other one seamlessly. No guess work or recutting involved.

So based on my card today I am issuing a challenge on the Kreaxions blog. Create a project using only the papers from one coordinating collection. You can use InLinkz on the blog to post your creation and be eligible for the April prize. You get one chance at the prize for using any punch and two chances for using any Kreaxions punch! Use this link to post your creations and I can't wait to check them out.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Jingle Belles Catching Up

As I've mentioned before I recently got a full time position working at an elementary school and on top of going to school "full time" i.e. 4 classes, I've been feeling a little stretched. However the kids have off this week for Easter so now is my chance to get ahead on some school work, relax a little with the family, and even get some crafting done. So here I am with three cards to catch up on the Jingle Belles challenges.

First up the Jingle Belles Batman Smells challenge. This was actually the last card I made and the only what that I really like from today. It was clear that my mojo needed some time to kick in.

This next card is for the current challenge, Christmas cards to DIE for. I kept it really simple using a precut die cut, a rub-on sentiment, and a touch of bling.

This last card is for the Ghost of Christmas Present challenge I tried to use up some fun stickers I had. I love how stickers look in the package but they don't always end up as cute as I hoped. But hey its a fast card that is flat for mailing.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge 11

This week at Die Cuttin Divas we have a fun and easy challenge. Simply use a tag die cut as the focus of your project. I cut this diploma tag from A Child's Year and paired it with paper from The Boyfriend Line. I'm thinking this would be a great gender neutral graduation card. Can't wait to check out what you've made for the challenge!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge 10

It’s time for a new challenge at Die Cuttin’ Divas!This week our challenge is to use at least 2 different cuts from two different cartridges. My cuts are from A Child's Year and George and papers are Cosmo Cricket. We'd love to see your take!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge 9

Die Cuttin Divas has a new sketch up! I love these sketches because it means any one with any die cutting system can play along no matter how small their die cut collection is. For my card I played with the brand new Cosmo Cricket Salt Air collection and my turtle was cut from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. I started a new job today even though I've still got a few weeks left of school. So if my posts are a little sparse I'm probably busy or exhausted or a mix of both. But the new job is a challenging but positive opportunity so I welcome the additional stress it might mean.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Kreaxions Circle Cutter LO

Using lots of circles on a layout can make for a really fun playful look. Unlike with most punches the Kreaxions Circle Cutter allows you to cut a variety of sizes with just one compact easy to store tool. I used my circle cutter for the pictures as well. Circles are especially fun with water layouts because they remind you of bubbles. So whip out some photos from the pool last summer or maybe those embarrassing tub photos that are oh so cute to parents and play with circles on your layout!