Monday, August 31, 2015

SAF 2015: Red Carpet Challenge

I had so much fun participating in Stamp-A-Faire 2015.  Thank you Papertrey Ink for all of the hard work and beautiful designs you put forth throughout the year.  I truly enjoyed participating in this event and look forward to many more to come.  

Pins + Needles Challenge

Patterns Challenge:

Mix + Match Challenge:

Threads Challenge:

Bridal Challenge:

Runway Inspired Challenge

 Make it Work Challenge (to fix the runway challenge)

Friday Night Fashion Show

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SAF2015: Make it Work Challenge

Time for Papertrey's Make it Work Challenge.  I love the idea of this challenge.  How many times have you created something you're just not happy with?  It happens to me all the time.

I chose to rework the card I posted for the Runway Challenge.  I wasn't happy with the way it turned out and I just wanted to do something 'more' to it.  Below is my rejected card:

I think I just needed to walk away from my crafting table for a bit.  While this card will never make it to my favorites pile, I don't dislike it like I once did. 

I changed things up by rounding off my corners, adhering the bottom of my vellum, stamping black ink over the previous fine linen, and adding a few pearls and rhinestones on top of my vintage cream twill. 

It's a little more feminine, I think.

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Supplies can be found here.

SAF 2015: Runway Challenge

Hello, again!  Up now is a card for Papertrey's Stamp-A-Faire Runway Challenge.  Let's just say this card won't be making it down the runway anytime soon.  I don't know what it was about this challenge but I didn't pull it off the way I wanted to.  Perhaps I can rework for the 'Make it Work' Challenge.

I was inspired by the photo below:

I love, love, love the soft elegance of this beautiful gown....absolutely stunning.

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Papertrey Ink:  Brushed Blooms Stamps and Dies, Sweet Blush Ink, Spring Moss Ink, Fine Linen Ink, Vintage Cream Cardstock, Classic Kraft Cardstock, Vintage Twill

Other:  Vellum, Embossing Powder

SAF 2015: Mix + Match Challenge

Hi, there!  Just finishing up some projects for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire 2015.  This card is for the Mix+Match challenge.  I chose to try Betsy's technique using 3 or more patterned papers.  Enjoy!

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Other:  Ribbon, Patterned Papers

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SAF 2015: Pins + Needles Challenge

Happy Sunday! Today's project is for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire 2015 Pins and Needles Challenge. This was such a fun challenge as there were so many variations on the theme. I was inspired by Melissa Phillips' tutorial on how to use trinket pins.

Such a great way to enhance your projects.

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Graphic 45:  A Time to Flourish
Other:  Rhinestones, Tulle, Ribbon

Saturday, August 29, 2015

SAF 2015: Threads Challenge

Here's a quick take on Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire Threads Challenge.  I chose my design after watching some techniques Danielle showcased in her video. 

I don't think I will ever tire of PTI's Make it Market Mini:  Halloween Pin-Ups Kit.  I simply adore these little guys...

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Other:  Baker's Twine, Versamark Black Ink, Orange and Yellow Gelatos

SAF 2015: Patterns Challenge

Hello, again!  Here with project #2 for Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire Patterns Challenge.  I'm a tad behind on the challenges but thankfully we have plenty of time to craft our designs. 

I chose Melissa's Go-To sketch for my inspiration.

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SAF 2015: Bridal Challenge

Hi, there!  I hope everyone is having a fabulous start to the weekend.  Today, I will be participating in Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire 2015 exciting!  Up first is the Bridal Challenge.  For this challenge, we are required to create a design using all white.  The only exception is we can use a neutral color for our sentiment.  Below is my take on the challenge. 

I chose to use different patterns, textures, and shades of white to create my tag. 

After cutting the larger heart from burlap paper, I covered it with several coats of snow white acrylic paint.  I really like the rustic feel it provided and thought it went well against the backdrop of lace.

I heat embossed white hearts on the smaller tag and used Classic Kraft Ink for the sentiment.

Don't forget to drop by and check out some of the Design Team's amazing projects.  There are so many fabulous submissions from today's participants and I am sure they would love for you to visit, as well!

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 Sizzix:  Heart #3 Die, Tag-Scallop Combo
Other:  Prima Handmade Flower, Burlap Paper, Lace, Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon, Adhesive Pearls

Friday, August 28, 2015

SAF2015: Friday Night Fashion Show

Hi, there!  It's time for STAMP-A-FAIRE 2015 over at Papertrey Ink.  I am so excited as this is my first ever stamp-a-faire event.  I have no idea what to expect but am sure it will be loads of fun.

To kick off tomorrow's festivities, we were asked to alter a white shirt and share our creation.  I couldn't help but use my little guy as the prop for this shoot. 

Let's just say I have a newfound respect for all photographers.

When I first sat Jack down, he was a tad confused about what the heck I was doing...

So, he decided to flee the scene (notice Dad's arm)...

Of course, he had to let Dad know how uncool that was...

And fuss at the photographer (me) for not saving him...

Dad swooped in with tickles...

A few more because the first set wasn't enough...

And I got VERY lucky and snapped this :)

Thanks for stopping by!  I look forward to seeing all of your amazing projects this weekend.  Have fun!


Other:  Gerber Onesie, Versamark Ink

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Papertrey Make it Monday #222 Die Cut Kissing

Hi, there!  Time to play along in Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday Challenge.  Betsy highlighted the 'kissing' technique using die cuts as opposed to two stamps.  Did anyone else find this challenge, well, challenging?  Let's just say my attempt did not go off as seamlessly as Betsy's beautiful card.  She is simply amazing!

Betsy recommended using a solid stamp against an intricate die cut to get a clear image to shine through.    As I started digging through my stamps, I realized I had very few solid images (perhaps this was my problem) and the ones I owned were too small to implement the challenge well.  So, I grabbed this raven stamp as it is the largest solid image I own.  I used it to 'kiss' PTI's 'Boo' die from the newly released Pumpkin shaker shape.  It came out pretty clear except the tiny little exclamation dot...I promise it says "boo" not "bool."

I then applied the technique to Tim Holtz' Branch tree die using PTI's Polka Dot Background Basics II.  I think it gave it kind of a weathered look. 

A little german glass glitter...

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Tim Holtz:  Spooky Stuff and Trick or Treat stamp sets, Branch Tree Die

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge

Hi, there.  It's time for Papertrey Ink's Monthly Blog Hop again and this month's inspiration photo does not disappoint.

August Blog Hop Inspiration

Don't you just love those rich, vibrant colors?   I couldn't help but think of Fall weather.  We don't have a lot of colorful leaves where we live in Arizona and since I am from the east coast, I miss that magical time of year tremendously. 

I used my Gelatos to color the leaves before heat embossing in gold.

I love how the colors change in different lighting...

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Tim Holtz:  Tattered Leaves Die, Falling Leaves Stamps

Other:  Gold Embossing Powder, Versamark Black Ink, Jute Twine, Gelatos