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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pretty Pink Party


I am sharing with you some party favors/decoartions that Brandy made last fall.  I am woefully behind in sharing photos as I found a bunch stashed in the digital files.  I'm hoping to get these photos edited and shared with you in the coming days.

Brandy used some printed acetate with coordinating bright cardstock papers and her We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Punch Board to make these pinwheels.  She also used their Pinwheel Attachment Kits to finish these pinwheels.  The punch board does most of the work for you, though there is a bit of fussing with attaching everything together to create the final pinwheel.

However, don't they look bright and festive in a colored vase for the party?!?







Of course, the birthday girl's present needed one of these pinwheels as a decoration.  Paired here with a fantastic wrapping paper, the colors create a bright look that is certain to please any young lady on her big day!


Lastly, Brandy used her Cricut to cut these butterflies, gluing two together to a toothpick to create beautiful butterfly cake topper.  Tell me that this isn't a wonderful finish to a lovely cupcake and fabulous decorations for a party.  We hope that this inspired you.  Decorations don't have to be costly or time consuming to be pretty!

I'm linking this up over at the City Crafter Challenge blog for their challenge - Fantastic Plastic since Brandy used acetate in her project.  Come see the wonderful projects folks have made.

I'm also linking this up with the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge : Ray of Sunshine since I think this very much looks toward summer!

Word Art Wednesday's Challenge #219: Anything Goes






Saturday, February 6, 2016

City Crafter Challenge 297 - Fantastic Plastic


This will be my last card created with the acrylic trading cards as a part of the City Crafter Challenge blog.  The challenge this week was to create a card using plastic - I chose acrylic.

On this card, I used green and silver alcohol ink applied to the backside with a Ink Blending Tool to create the mottled effect.  I then stamped the front of the trading card with Black Archival ink using a background stamp.  I once again went shopping in the ScrapBox and found some bits of lace and flowers that seem to work with my color scheme.  The patterned paper is adhered to a card base with a little Distress Ink on the edges to add depth.

If you haven't already, you should consider joining the fun over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog.  You have until Monday evening to join the fun.  The theme this week is Fantastic Plastic and the inspiration photo is:



Thursday, February 4, 2016

City Crafter Challenge 297 - More Fantastic Plastic

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As I mentioned earlier this week, I have been playing around with my acrylic trading cards and decided to make a set of cards with a few different techniques.  On this card, I used blue and silver alcohol ink applied to the backside with a Ink Blending Tool to create the mottled effect.  I then stamped the front of the trading card with white ink.  The photo makes it tough to discern, but in person this card has a lot of wow factor.  I went shopping in the ScrapBox and round the metal pieces (a kind of staple really that you press through the patterned paper), the paper flower I dyed with alcohol ink and the twine.  The patterned paper is adhered to a Tim Holtz metal card which creates a nice frame for my card.

If you haven't already, you should consider joining the fun over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog.  The theme this week is Fantastic Plastic and the inspiration photo is:



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

City Crafter Challenge 297 - Fantastic Plastic


Good morning!  I get the distinct pleasure of being the guest designer over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog for the entire month of February.  I've been working at a feverish pace to come up with some cards inspired by this week's challenge which is Fantastic Plastic.  Hostess Kirsty picked this photo to inspire us:


The theme requires that you use something plastic on your project – eg acetate, shrink plastic, friendly plastic.  In my case, I used an acrylic trading card.  I applied orange alcohol in to the backside of the acrylic card.  Once the ink was dry, I then stamped with black water based ink.  After a short pause, I used a soft cloth to wipe off the water based ink.  The water based ink picked up the alcohol ink off the acrylic and acted as a resist for the alcohol ink.  This Clear Scraps technique video demonstrates this quick and easy technique.

I sure had a lot of fun with this challenge.  I still have my tools out on the workbench, so I'm going to try to carve some time out to make other examples inspired by the photo.  Why don't you hop on over to the City Crafter Challenge Blog and join the fun?


Monday, February 1, 2016

Online Card Classes - Watercolor for Card Makers Intermediate Techniques


Brandy is taking the Online Card Classes - Watercolor for Card Makers Intermediate Techniques.  As we've previously found, the classes are informative and packed full of techniques.  I'm sharing with you some of Brandy's homework in freehand watercoloring.  We'll leave the techniques to the instructors, but just to say that the cost of the class is $25, but you have lifetime access to the videos and information.  Brandy has some innate talent, but I can attest to the fact that I've been able to learn some of these more artistic things and you can too.


This panel is intended to be roses - quite well done, don't you think?  Stunning all by itself.  If you haven't taken a online class and have always been interested in Watercoloring you should stop by and check them out at the link above.  Interactive access is available until 2/5/16.  This portion of the class allows you to ask questions of your fellow crafters and the instructors.  After that point, the interactive nature is closed, but you still have view access to all the questions and answers in the forum, the gallery of inspiring work from your fellow classmates and the instructional videos.  It is well worth the price of admission.

I'd just note that neither Brandy or Andie are affiliated with Online Card Classes.  We're simply fans with the "crafting bug infection" and we like to spread the news about these kinds of resources from our small part of blogland.  Happy crafting to you!