Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Canoe dig it? Atlantic Hearts Challenge Sketch

Good morning, it's that time...for a new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge.  I recently organized my 6x6 paper pads and ran across this awesome stack of outdoorsy papers.  I found the perfect embellishments and sentiment to go along with the canoe paper.


Here is the sketch as you can see I turned it to compliment the canoe orientation.



Ingredients:
Kraft and ivory card stock
The Paper Loft 6x6 Huckleberry Pond papers
Scrappy Moms Happy Campers sentiment
Stampin Up punch and Close to Cocoa ink
Creative Memories paddle stickers
wood embellishments

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge


Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to play along at Atlantic Hearts Sketch 

Alicia

Monday, March 30, 2020

Dreaming Tree Simply Stripes bag for Bitten By the Bug 2 Box or bag challenge

It is time for a new challenge at BBTB2. Bitten By the Bug 2's Easter Bags, Boxes or Baskets challenge will be open for the next two weeks.  I have used another Dreaming Tree SVG for my project.  I received the Handy Handbags bundle free with a $10 purchase.  What a great deal!  This project wasn't as difficult as it looks.  I find watching the assembly videos really helps as Leo the owner gives you some great tips for completing each project.


I used Quick Quotes Spring Showers papers with a green shimmer card stock base.


.The front pocket is a versatile detail.


I used a magnet to keep it closed.


The pocket is the perfect size for a gift card.


I used a paper that was not uniformly patterned for the sides.  One side is more white washed wood and the other has more flowers.





One of Leo's tips was to fray the "tassels" which I did before rolling and adhering.


I also embossed the metallic copper cuts to add more detail.


A view of the back of the bag.



One last look at this project.  I can't wait to make another bag in the bundle.


Ingredients:
Dreaming Tree Striped Purse 
Bright Green shimmer card stock
Quick Quotes Spring Showers paper collection
Quick Quotes Powderpuff chalking ink
American Craft yellow textured card stock
metallic copper card stock
Darice 12" flourish embossing folder 
Brown metallic pearls
glue dots and red lined tape

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to play along with Bitten By the Bug 2's Easter Bags, Boxes or Baskets for the next two weeks.

Alicia

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Texture techniques for Lasting Memories challenge blog

Today is my final appearance as guest designer for Lasting Memories challenge blog and the final challenge of the month is Texture.  I added plenty of different textures on this layout I created for a friend.  First of all I began by heavily editing the photo to highlight the bride.  I erased the color then sampled the deep purple flowers and added a little color back into the photo.


Although this was not the flower technique challenge I could not resist adding a big beautiful purple and lavendar flower to this purple layout.  Even the leaves have a purplish hue to them.  I stamped a piece of lavendar paper to create a frame.  It wasn't perfect so I added a layer of textured fiber over the mat and under the photo.


Here is a photo from the top left corner.  I also added a very light lavendar fairy type fiber across the top.


And the bottom right.  As you can see there is lots of texture and dimension to this layout.


I used some of the negative velvet triangles from the border to create layered elements.  I spent a lot of time adding all the pearls and bling along the edges of the frame.


Ingredients:
The Paper Loft Snow paper (background)
Provo Craft Texture Amethyst paper (largest mat)
velvet and glitter paper
gems, pearls, flowers, leaves and brad
The Robin's Nest Dew Drops embellishments
Cricut Songbird frame and Close to My Heart Art Philosophy border
Sassafras Lass Trims N' Things stamp
Stampin Up Eggplant envy
Creative Memories Family title sticker from Black & White collection
die cut
fiber

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:



Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to play along with all the techniques challenges this month at Lasting Memories challenge blog.

Alicia

Friday, March 20, 2020

Tim Holtz Old Jalopy Masculine Birthday with Sketch N Scrap

This month is my dad's birthday.  I made him this masculine card with Tim Holtz dies.  I was going through my stash and this blue card stock was already paired with this patterned paper.  I went a step further to grunge up the blue paper with a background stamp and embossing powder.  I also inked all the edges to further distress the card.


Here is the Sketch N Scrap sketch I used.


I stained the screw head brad with Ranger alcohol ink to match the patterned paper.  I layered the die cuts on top of a border of paper tape and twine.  I used a glue dot behind the knot to keep the twine in place.


Ingredients:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Gadget Gears and Movers & Shapers Mini Gear dies
Tim Holtz Sizzix Movers and Shapers Mini Old Jalopy
Impression Obsession grunge stamp
Stampin Up Sprinkles of Life sentiment stamp
Momento black ink
Stampin Up Baroque Burgundy ink
Stampin Up punch
7 Gypsies paper tape
brad stained with Ranger Raisin alcohol ink
Versamark ink
Judikins Detail clear embossing powder
black and ivory shimmer card stock
patterned paper, fiber paper and twine from my stash
Quick Quotes Powderpuff chalking ink
washi tape

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:










Thanks for stopping by

Alicia



Thursday, March 19, 2020

Creative Memories and Retro Rubber Challenge sketch

And for my second entry in the Retro Rubber Challenge this week.  Another pack in the stack on my desk...this time it was a card kit from a swap group received years ago.  The paper that was in the kit was not exactly what I saw with the waves so I pulled out this ancient wave paper from Creative Memories.  


To complete the card I followed these steps:
  • Cut the background paper to 4 1/8"x5 3/8"
  • Stamp sentiment on white card stock
  • Die cut sentiment
  • Stamp images on embellishments
  • Ink all edges
  • Layer die cuts adhere to background paper
  • Add washi tape at bottom edge of die cuts
  • Add stamped embellishments on top of washi
  • Add sentiment



Ingredients:
Creative Memories Wave paper
Our Daily Bread Designs Count the Waves sentiment (over 3 years old)
Prima Seashore Mini-2 sets (several years old)
Stampin Up Midnight Muse and Tempting Turquoise inks
Quickutz Nesting Lace Rectangles
Quick Quotes Blue Moon Powderpuff Chalking ink
wave die cuts from my stash
washi tape and embellishments

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by

Alicia

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Tim Holtz Vintage Globe die and Retro Rubber Sketch

 It feels so good to actually have time to just PLAY! I am ahead on my design team projects and have time on my hands.  I was intrigued by the latest sketch from Retro Rubber Challenge so I made a couple of versions.  Here is the first. 


 I have been cleaning and rearranging, when am I not?  I have some papers and elements in piles as the first ideas for cards this paper managed to make it to the bottom of the stack.  Its from Quick Quotes and so old I don't remember the name of the collection. So that is how I began and here is the sketch that I used.

RRCB 130

I started with a some die cut compasses but the pieces ended up being a little too big.  I searched my database of creativity and found this globe!  I am not sure I have ever used it.  I cut it three times in silver, blue and green.  I cut away the blue layer of "land" and inlaid the green land.  I cut away all the blue but the globe and layered on a silver cut.


The sentiment is one stamp and I sliced it and matted each word.

Ingredients:
Quick Quotes designer paper
Tim Holtz Sizzix Vintage Globe Die
Stampin Up Forest Foliage ink
Close to my Heart Pack Your Bags sentiment (purchased 2018)
misc card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:





Thanks for stopping by!

Alicia

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

My Mind's Eye Bluebell with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

It's time for a new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge.  I love how I used up several scraps from this My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell collection.  I used a a pretty universal thank you sentiment to complete this card.




Here's the sketch.


A close up of the cluster.



Ingredients:
My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell 6x6 paper
Tim Holtz Saying Stuff sentiment
Quick Quotes Powderpuff chalking ink Amaretto

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com/2020/03/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper-march.html until 3/31

 Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to play along at Atlantic Hearts Sketch 
challenge.

Alicia

Monday, March 16, 2020

Spring Equinox with Bitten By the Bug 2 and Double Trouble challenge

Hello and welcome to our latest challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 Spring Equinox.  The planet marks a seasonal change in the coming week depending on where you live on this planet you may or may not be seeing the signs of Spring bud.  This time around create a spring inspired project.  And for a twist...BBTB2 has collaborated with Double Trouble Paper Crafting Challenge Blog for this challenge. They have several layers to their challenge and I have shared their post below and encourage you to play along with one, two or all three of the layers of this challenge.  I personally played with all 3!


Here is the Double Trouble post:

WELCOME to Challenge #52
Let the Troubles Begin 


"Die-lirious and Punchy"
THING 1:  Trouble Maker

says, "I'm feeling Die-lirious and Punchy!  Include at least one Spring item on your project made with  punches, dies, cutting machines and even fussy-cutting (i.e. hand punches, die cutting machines, Cricut, Silhouette, Scan & Cut, scissors, etc).    


You can stop here...

OR, you can choose to use Twisted Sister's Optional Twist below. 
THING 3:  Twisted Sister
says, "Winter is behind us and Spring is just around the corner what many believe to be the best season of them all!  Hope I'm not bugging you; but it's time to put some sweetness in our projects and why not include a bee, the makers of honey, or their honeycombs.    


This is an OPTIONAL TWIST but you will be awarded an additional chance in Double Trouble's random draw if you include this twist in your project.


 THING 2:  Double Dare
says, "Bitten By the Bug is a challenge that usually requires cuts from your Cricut machine, however, we were able to CUT a Die'al." 
For this challenge Bitten By the Bug is accepting the use of hand punches, die cutting machines, but NO fussy-cutting! Besides using a Cricut you are free to use Silhouette, Brother Scan and Cut or other similar devices. Be sure to tell us in your blog post what you used.  

So, if you have used a Spring theme and at least one cut from any of these machines, you can click on Bitten By the Bug "Spring Equinox" Challenge and enter your project.  You don't need to use Twisted Sister's optional twist to enter and you will still earn an additional chance at the Double Trouble Random Draw.

Now for more of my project.  I ended up cutting the box twice hence two completed.  I decorated each one with bees from the Sentimentals cartridge and Tim Holtz Tattered flowers shaped and attached with a brad.  This particular box also has a beehive from Sentimentals.


The box open.


The second box doesn't use the beehive cut.  Instead I added more flowers.


The second box in the open position.


Shaping the bees and flowers really add a lot of "life" to the box.

 

Products used:
Cricut cartridges Box it Up and Sentimentals (bee and hive)
Tim Holtz Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Tattered Flower Garland
Quick Quotes Secret Garden papers
Quick Quotes Powderpuff Chalking ink Midnight Confessions
American Craft yellow and gold textured card stock
black card stock
gold

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:






Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to play along with Bitten By the Bug 2 Spring Equinox challenge and I dare you to play along with all the elements of Double Trouble.

Alicia

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Over the Rainbow Flower challenge with Lasting Memories

It's time for a new technique challenge at Lasting Memories challenge blog where I am guest designing this month.  Today's technique is to use pressed flowers or flowers.  I actually did find some pressed flowers for this challenge.  They are in the orange row. But how did that handful of orange flowers turn into this layout?  When I found this rainbow photo from our Red Rocks trip sitting on my desk the inspiration possessed me to do the rainbow spray.  I had pinned this technique on Pinterest once upon a time maybe with buttons.  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try it. 


I had so much fun sorting flowers and organizing the rainbow.  I added gems and brads to the center to many of the flowers to add more layers and dimension.  The actual pressed flowers are orange, the flower furthest right, there are three in the row.  




This photo is a great one.  We were partying in the upper parking lot and I noticed the rainbow.  I walked to the edge of the parking lot to get a better photo.  So many folks were taking pics I started to volunteer to snap the shots.  Finally I got my husbands attention and he walked over to get OUR photo taken.  I encouraged everyone in our party to let me take rainbow photos of them as well.  Great day!



Ingredients:
Paper Pizazz Clouds paper
textured card stock
flowers, brads, gems from Prima, Recollections, The Paper Studio and many others

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:








Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to play along all month long at Lasting Memories challenge blog.

Alicia

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Red Rocks stitched layout for Lasting Memories

Time for a new challenge at Lasting Memories challenge blog use stitching or faux stitching.   I found an old kit that was pre stitched.  The variety of brown and tans worked great with my photos from a trip to Red Rocks in 2019.  This kit came with the tags, mats, fiber and extra matching card stock.  I did add layers of pattern papers and stickers from an old Creative Memories kit.


It is so much easier to look at each page individually but nothing beats seeing them together (above) even if its a smaller image.


The mat was stitched beautifully!



Page two has more photos and layers of the great pattern paper.





Ingredients:
Memory Stitches Vine kit including papers, tags and fibers
Creative Memories Natural Impressions papers and stickers
EK Success Border Punch Double Dotted Line

I would like to enter this into the following challenge:


Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to play along all month at Lasting Moments challenge.  The entire month is dedicated to using techniques.

Alicia