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Monday, August 1, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu....It's a man thing for the Purple team

Good day! Can you believe it is August already? Yikes. The challenge for the purple team over at Eclectic Ellapu for this month is "it's a man thing." I don't know about everyone else, but I tend to struggle with masculine creations. With that said, I am super happy with how this came out!
To begin, I used a piece of water color paper and mixing green and brown brushos, I painted the background of the main image panel....after I got the colors the way I wanted them, I let it dry. Next, I spritzed the panel with water to add interest. I am too impatient to wait for things to dry so I used my heat gun. I stamped the wheat in versamark and embossed in champagne. I framed the image with white and then black cardstock. The larger panel is a piece of dp from Tim Holtz. I had originally planned to use the opposite side of that dp...it has musical notes. However, I put the glue on that side like a ding-a-ling. This side works, too! To finish, I embellished with brown embroidery thread and a wooden button. The sentiment is from Unity Stamps.
I hope you can take the time and check out everyone's creations here and check out the Pink team's theme, too...which is floral.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu~July life's a beach

I am on the purple team over at Eclectic Ellapu and for the month of July our theme is all about the beach.  This is actually a napkin that I dolled up with rose red, elegant eggplant and island indigo. 13 of us went to Belize in June. We rented a house and had the time of our lives. About a month before we went, my husband and I hosted a get together to finalize details of our trip. I bought these napkins. I sponged rose red on two of the shells and for the coral, I used the eggplant marker and traced over  the top....then using a damp tissue, lifted and softened the colors....getting it to bleed some. The edges were sponged with island indigo. To use the tissue, I peeled it until it was only one layer....and added it to a piece of encyclopedia paper that I glued onto white cardstock. Some island indigo ribbon and a bit of burlap for the beachy theme. The sentiment is from Unity's empowered words.
Head on over to Eclectic Ellapu and play along! We'd love to see your creations!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu~~~June weddings

Our June challenge for the purple team over on the Eclectic Ellapu blog is weddings. I don't ever keep wedding cards stockpiled because I like to make them resemble the invitation. This one was difficult for me because pink is a lot like red when you're working with the ink....it gets EVERYWHERE! 
I took pink passion and rubbed it on the bottom side of the rose EF and then ran it through my cuttlebug. I like that it looks a bit distressed. I ran another piece of vanilla paper through the rose ef for the base. Some lace, and a vintage button to embellish it with. The sentiment is from SU! Warmest Regards~it was stamped in burnt umber and punched out with the modern label punch and is put on dimensionals.

Eclectic Ellapu also has a second challenge this month and the theme is midsummer.  Please check out our challenge blog for more details on the challenge and to view the other cards that the design team member have created inspire you. 



Sunday, May 1, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu Design Team

I am proud to announce that I am now a member of the Eclectic Ellapu design team...the challenge for May is anything goes.
I must admit, I have my days mixed up.....I've been off a day for about a week now!!!
I made this card for a neighbor girls' graduation from high school. Tis the time of year to get the grad cards made!
I used a Kaisercraft paper pad~6 1/2" square called Kaleidoscope (LOVE it)
I embossed with this fun embossing folder and then added Inka Gold in green to the raised areas. Some gorgeous May Arts lace and my sentiment is an itty bitty from Unity called Dream Big. The sentiment was stamped with versamark and embossed in olive and then punched out with the modern label punch. I love using designer paper in my creations.
Head over to the Eclectic Ellapu blog and check out the other designers and please play along!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Endure SCS sketch challenge 589

I made this for the sketch challenge over on SCS
I used some Tim Holtz dp and got down to business. The butterflies were punched out with MS trio butterfly punch...the opposite side that image was stamped on. The image was stamped in burnt umber and then chalks were used to color it in. To set the chalk, I used Smooch pearlized top coat. Ran the paper through CB with tulip ef and then put Inka Gold metallic rub on it in silver. Rhinestone trails were added for the butterfly and the sentiment is on dimensionals.
MariLynn and I challenged one another to do the sketch and lace, dry embossing, chalks and punch/punches.

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

GIU Blog Hop

Hi there and Happy Sunday!!!
Can I just say......

This morning I am third up in the Growing in Unity Blog hop. I was the GIU gal in early December. Our criteria for this hop is pretty open...use your favorite Unity. Well, I can pretty much say that ALL my Unity is my favorite. What led me to Unity in the beginning....long, long ago... their sentiments. So, I've decided to showcase a Donna Downey set called She. I made a card for each sentiment and these creations will go to my daughters. Not too embellished so that they can be mailed easily. 
All the designer paper is from scraps as I am trying to purge!
My first card is also showcasing the December 2015 KOTM called Crazy, Tragic, Magic Life

Below is the hop order....comment on the gals below as well as Unity's blog!

                                                          Amanda Rhodes
                                                           Corrie Wagner
                                                            I am third in line!!!!

                                                     Katie "Sallie" Schneider
                                                        Natalia Cazals
                                                       Kapree Clark
                                                        Deirdre Smith
                                                       Sheryl Kemper
                                                       Cynthia Olheiser
Unity Blog

                                        Head on over to Sallie's blog next. Be sure to comment as there will be two winners!! Don't forget to comment on all of our blogs as well as Unity's blog
                                          Thanks so much to Unity for being the bomb!
Not sure why the blurb above won't center, I give up on it!


Friday, December 18, 2015

Mountain Plains Crafters and a Graphic 45 challenge

Over at Mountain Plains Crafters, we're holding a Graphic 45 challenge from the 18th to 20th. There will be a prize!
Head over to MPC's blog and comment to be eligible to win! Our challenge was to use a metal embellishment and die cuts.
Here is the prize!

Check out my craftiness below!!!

For this card, I used the gorgeous designer paper from Once Upon a Springtime Classic Collection. I used the tulip embossing folder and then added Inka Gold to the embossed area. The sentiment is from the same collection and it is layered with a piece of copper metallic card stock and put on dimensionals. Next, I added a little stamp from the same dp as well. I used some copper ribbon and distressed it by heating it up...definitely one of my favorite things to do. Lastly, I used the SU! butterfly embosslit die with the dp for my butterflies...difficult to see but there are 3...one by the fairy, one on the right bottom corner and a little one on the top.

My second project below is for my daughter Bailey for Christmas. She is on the right. The other chickadee is my younger daughter, MacKenna. Any who, I used Graphic 45's An ABC Primer Collection( polka dots) and Once Upon a Springtime. The butterfly, photo corners and middle box of the three boxes are stickers from G 45's Graphic 45 Staples stickers....love them for shadow boxes! Before gluing the paper into the boxes, I sponged around them with a bit of black. For our challenge we needed to use metal on a project and I fit that in with the metal arrow embellishment. The words were computer generated, sponged on distressed antique linen and sponged edges with black. I matted the photo with black, used some lovely flowers and some bling rhinestone flourishes. The first picture taken is when I thought I was done...however, I had to show my fellow dt member, MariLynn and of course, she had the best advice.....Inka Gold and some pearls...also, for the sentiment which I computer generated, she recommended using 3 different fonts...I did. So there you have it, the finished product! I don't know what I'd do without MariLynn to bounce ideas off of. I thank you, gf! It's amazing how the littlest changes can make the biggest difference!!!!
Have fun and comment over at MPC (and here if you'd be so kind)