Hop to Stop

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I’m joining fellow paper crafters on the Hop to Stop hosted by Becca Cruger to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence.  I’m a little late to the hop but there are still a couple of days left.  I saw the hop information on my friend Vicki’s blog (http://stampsmiles.blogspot.com/) and wanted to join in. One of my BFF’s was a victim of domestic abuse years ago – her ex-husband even spent many years in prison because of his abuse.

Hop to Stop Coneflowers

My card today features a digi image from Power Poppy – they have such great floral images.  These cone flowers were printed onto Crafter’s Companion SNUSP (Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock), my go-to CS for Copic coloring, which is what I did here. I paired the purple flowers with plaid paper and a Grape Jelly card base from My Favorite Things. I am going to give this card to my friend “just because”.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Have a Spooktacular Halloween

Monster Bash

BOO! I couldn’t resist these little creepies (aka Monster Mash) from Lawn Fawn. Aren’t they fun?! I paired them with MFT’s Grave Situation stamps and dienamics to create this spooky scene. I created the background Halloween sky by using blending tools and Distress Inks in Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Wilted Violet. I then splattered a little water and white Gesso with a small paintbrush to get the splotchy look. The headstones and little monsters were colored with Copic markers then arranged to create a fun scene. I just love it!

This week, I’m participating in SCS’s Mix-Ability MIX196 challenge and Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge which was highlighting Lawn Fawn products. Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Halloween!

 

Monogram It!

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Falliday Fest continues on Splitcoast Stampers and today I am hosting a challenge called Monogram It!  Participants are asked to create monogrammed cards or gifts. This little monogrammed box is what I made for my challenge example. I started with a plain little chipboard box (about 3 1/2″ square) that I covered with decoupage paper.

Box

Mod Podge was used to adhere the decoupage paper to the box. I folded the flaps over on the bottom and added a piece of felt to finish it. On the top, I folded the edges over into the inside of the box.

Bottom felt  Completed bottom

For the top, I used a piece of coordinating paper that was cut to approximately 6″x6″. I placed the box top in the center and used a pencil to trace the box top so I’d end up with even flaps.

measured top

Before adhering to the box top, fold the corners in to where the pencil lines intersect.

folded corners

I started by adhering the paper to the top of the box, then started folding over the sides. When I got the corners, I folded the flaps under again so they’d lie smoothly when I folded them over.

top flaps

After I had all the paper on and it was dry, I added a chipboard letter that was painted with Anita’s craft paint (#11192 Macaroni Yellow). Once the paint had dried, I added rhinestone flourishes to add a little bling. There is also a row of rhinestones along the perimeter of the box top.

Top of box  FF16jacqueline

These personalized boxes make for a cute gift or it can even be used as the packaging for a gift. I hope you’ll check out my challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and join in the fun. I’d love to see your creation added to the gallery.

Happy Falliday’s

Falliday Fest began this week over on Splitcoast Stampers. It’s a new week-long community challenge fest which replaces our previous October fest, Hope You Can Cling To. So far, it’s off to a good start…lots of fun challenges, tutorials and even a few surprises. Falliday Fest runs from October 9 through October 22 but you’ll have until October 31 to get all your challenges completed and posted. There’s going to be some great prizes too. Exciting!

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One of today’s challenges was to make a Joy Fold Card.  It’s a unique card that’s fairly easy to make and adds a lot of interest. It’s fun to decorate too because there are so many extra flaps which create little spaces for “hidden messages”.

FF16bejoyce inside

For my card, I used a mixture of pattern papers and stamps by My Favorite Things and Stampers Anonymous. Check out my gallery for a listing of supplies used. And, you can find an easy to follow tutorial (along with many other great tutorials) on Splitcoast Stampers here. It’s not late to join in the fun. Hop on over and check out Falliday Fest.

More Party Pooches…

 

Party Dogs

Hi there. I have another birthday card to share…seems like I’ve had quite a few birthdays in September. This one was made for a dear family friend who is like a brother to my Dad – therefore, I guess, he’s kind of like my uncle. Anyway, Alan is an animal lover so I thought he’s get a kick out of these little partying pups from the Hero Arts Party Time (by Lia) set. As soon as I saw this set I knew I wanted to make a card with the dogs licking the cupcakes. Even though they appear to be chocolate cupcakes and I know dogs are not supposed to have chocolate. Anyway, they’re imaginary cupcakes with imaginary Copic chocolate frosting so please don’t report to PETA.

So, as I was saying, I used many stamps from the Party Time set to create this little party scene. I masked and stamped multiple balloons so it looked like they were all hovering around the ceiling. You can see where I even colored some to look as though you could see through them. This is achieved by coloring the overlapping part of the image(s)  with a little of the color of the object behind.

Here’s a close up view of what I’m talking about…

Balloons close up view

On the last blue balloon, I colored a little yellow piece on the lower left section following the outline of the yellow balloon that was behind it. And, on the first yellow balloon, you’ll notice the little section of red behind it. The red balloon is a little more opaque so it only slightly shows a little of the yellow balloon through. If I wanted to make all the balloons opaque, I would have just colored the balloons more solidly rather than overlapping the colors. I chose colors that matched the striped paper on the bottom portion of the card.

The entire image was colored using Copic markers. I added a few clear sequins to enhance the party atmosphere – maybe these dogs have one of those bubble machines at their party! You never know.

Have a super fun day and thanks for stopping by!

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