Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Textured to Perfection Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

                                                 During our recent short trip to Newport Beach, I had an opportunity to paper craft.  We typically spend every waking hour taking trips to the beach and relaxing back at the condo.  My idea of relaxing is some ink on my fingers, paper scraps clinging to my pants, and a beautiful card as the outcome.  These three cards were made for the Textured to Perfection Challenge that is currently being sponsored at the Moxie Fab World blog. 

The first is a Thank You card.  The light green cardstock card was spritzed with yellow, green and blue Glimmer Mist to match the stensiled butterfly image that was spritzed onto some cream linen.  I frayed the edges of the linen and used some blue twine create an accent.  The Thank You comes from a foil rub-on and I'm not sure I'm pleased with the picture, but I think it works in person. 

The next card is a Happiness card.  For this card I used a cream cardstock to make the actual card.   Using a Close to My Heart boarder stamp and the Cranbury Close to My Heart pigment ink, I stamped the board and immediately smudged the edges with a sponge dauber. The linen was once again spritzed with pink Glimmer Mist.  The Happiness stamp was inked with the same cranbury pigment ink and stamped onto a piece of linen adhered with a foam square.  The pink twine is adhered with a glue dot.  The picture of this card does not do it justice by making the image look crooked.  In person, I think this might be the best of the three.
Green being my favorite color, I do like this last Thank You card.  The green cardstock card was once again spritzed with Glimmer mist, this time only using the golden yellow and the green mist. I think this stenciled image turned out the best of the three. As I have worked with the linen and the Glimmer Mist I find there is a tension between the amount of mist applied and the distance from the linen.  Different images and different cards demand different looks.  Additionally, the mist itself seems to have varying intensities with the lighter colors creating less drama, but sometimes requiring less mist to acheive a look.  The butterfly embellishment comes from the K & Company Adrianna collection I recently posted about.  The pink patterned paper was sanded on the edges and a silver Thank You rub-on was added.  The twine is wrapped around this handmade sentiment and adhered using a couple of foam squares.   

I plan to enter these cards in the Moxie Fab World contest.  We'll see how it goes, but it certainly does a body good to take time, relax, and do something that is enjoyable.  My bonus is getting to hold the outcome of that time and send these cards to deserving folks who are really quite helpful.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

i-rock... OK, Not Me But My Bling Does

Brandy and I recently signed up to attend Embellish It!'s Play All Day Event here in Mesa, Arizona.  We hope to share more on our fun filled 14 hour day of paper crafting at some point (much of it is a secret as we were both working on our Christmas cards).  Even so, a fun off shoot of signing up for the event was to get Embellish It!'s spam emails.  I know that doesn't rightly sound good, but trust me, everything turned out good.  Embellish It! recently teamed with other providers to launch a new blog called My Craft Channel.  They feature daily webisodes of tips and tricks for paper crafting and more along with what they are calling the Featured Buy.  Normally, I am not a sucker for these types of tricks.  However, I've been secretly longing to join the ranks of those that i-rock.  Brandy i-rocks.  I, sadly, had not ever i-rock'ed.  Until now that is...

This fabulous i-rock kit was a steal at $20 plus shipping and contains all that you see in the picture- the i-rock tool, crystal bling in 16 different assortments with over 3000 individual pieces, patterned bling and even a denim tote to make your first project out of.  If you are interested in the inspiration, the tips and tricks, or an excuse to sort through amazing deals on supplies, I'd recommend you check them out.  I image myself bling-ing everything from here on out.  It's now official, i-rock!