Monday, July 25, 2011

TBS DT: Pretty In Pink

Hi folks! This week the Beary Scrap design team is showing more samples for our Beary Sweet "Closet Inspiration" challenge. I've been a little worried about my *ahem* dullness-on-hangers, but guess what I found in my closet? Pink! A pink sweater with a cream strip down the sleeve, to be exact. It's a favorite although I can't imagine donning a sweater these days!

Anyway, here's what came of my pink and cream inspiration:

I used Stickles and Glossy Accents on the hand to make it pop.
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Witching Hour

Boo! Eek! It's the witching hour and little girls should be snuggled under the covers and fast asleep. Although this little one is wide awake as the spirits escape into the night!

I've been working on this off and on throughout the week. I like the end result but know I need a lot more experience with collage work. I don't think it will include a lot of cardboard, though. Have I told you about my cardboard/newprint/kraft paper phobia? The texture... oh, the texture freaks me out! This was a challenge for me folks. *grin*

The base of this wicked and weird collage is corrugated cardboard, on which I layered an embossed scrap of kraft paper, a grungeboard rickety house and the man on the moon. Why is he smiling? Or is that a smirk... hmm.

There are a lot of Tim Holtz products here: halloween stamp, Regal Flourishes embossing folder, Rickety House die used on Grungeboard and Grungeboard numbers (covered in Black Soot Distress ink refill then dried with a heat gun - the effect is cool). I've also used the small game spinners as clock hands, Vintage Photo Distress Ink on edges and Rock Candy Distress Stickles to highlight the embossing. The little girl and moon are vintage images, and the acetate clock face is Heidi Swapp (I think... or maybe Jenni Bowlin?).

I painted the cardboard with matte ivory acrylic paint and then distressed with sanding paper and ink. The Rickety House was painted in glossy black acrylic - I would have used matte if I had it, but, y'know.

That's it for the details, I think. Oh! The branch is a leftover Prima vine, the smoke coming from the chimney is peacock feather and the gauze is natural cheese cloth.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

TBS DT: Closet Inspiration

Happy Monday to all my crafty friends! This week the Beary Scrap design team is showing you new inspiration for our current "Find Inspiration In Your Closet" challenge. When I stood in my closet I was struck by how... er ... boring my wardrobe is these days. I wear a lot of black and khaki and don't go in for the fun and funky detailing you see on a lot of fashion these days. (Oh boy do I sound old!) In lieu of the fancy stuff and avoiding the flowery knickers in my girly drawer (for your sake, really), I decided to love all over my purple and green plaid linen bathrobe. Hey! It's not as dorky as it sounds!

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I adore Prima floral papers and was happy to find a few that coordinate with the ol' cover-up. :) The bird and cage were made using a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die. The bird from a scrap of Prima paper and the cage from really thin cherry wood paper.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

TBS DT: Happy Birthday

Hey there crafty folks! I hope you had a great weekend. This week the Beary Scrap design team is showing more samples for our current Sketch Challenge & Blog Candy. On Thursday our next Guest Designer is sharing her first project with us. I can't wait to see what Lori Leng of Pinkcloud Scrappers will show us first! At the end of the week Jamie will usher in a new challenge and we will announce our winners on Sunday the 17th. We have a busy week in store for you!

I've gone whimsical and cute for this week's project. I knew I wanted to color my new Balloon Kaylee stamp and went poking through my papers to find a good match. Lo and behold I found the cutest My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup papers. I forgot I had them!

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I combined 2 lines from My Mind's Eye - Alphabet Soup for the papers and Tickled Pink for the ric-rac and brad inside the big flower. I love how these 2 lines coordinate!

Kaylee is layered and I'm still decided whether to use Star Dust Stickles on either the headband or balloon. It seems needed up there, but I'm not sure which to do. What do you think?

Oh, and the "Happy Birthday" stamp included with Kaylee will go on the inside panel.It's just, um, not quite finished. :)

Challenges, Please
  • Some Odd Girl (7/13) - Bright and Blinding (Er... I'd say this is vibrant, but maybe not blinding...)

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That's it for me! I hope to see you at our challenge, going on through Thursday night!


Monday, July 4, 2011

TBS DT: Sketch and Christmas in July

Hello crafty friends! I hope all our American readers are having fabulous Independence Day celebrations. Today we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  July 4, 1776 was a monumental day in the history of the newly formed United States of America. Today we celebrate with parties, fireworks and pools. It's one big birthday party for the nation. Happy birthday!

So, with that said... at The Beary Scrap we're in the midst of our July Sketch Challenge. The design team is shaking it up a bit by adding a Christmas in July theme to our projects. Notice how that happens to go with our Christmas in July blog candy? Hey, we planned it right!

Of course, I'm ignoring the fact that I'm posting a Christmas card on July 4th...  but can't red and green be considered national colors, too? *grin*

This is Magnolia's "Tilda with Fir" and happens to be the stamp included with our challenge blog candy. Isn't she adorable? This is a pretty simple card made with papers that really seemed to do the designing work for me. They are from a Webster's Pages 6x6 pack. See the background paper? I used the front of the stack for this layer. Underneath the plaid layer is the "petit papers" logo - it's like getting an extra sheet in an already fabulous paper pad!

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy 4th and an Etsy sale!

Hi folks - hope everyone is having a fun weekend so far! As I type this I can hear fireworks going off at the ball park. So much fun!

Just a quick note that I have a bunch of new decorative pin sets and stick pins in my Etsy shop. This weekend you can use coupon code JULY10 for 10% off your order.

Happy weekend!