Sunday, August 25, 2013

Farewell Stamp-a-Faire 2013

Whew!  What a weekend!!  I had a great day yesterday working on my cards.  I was able to finish up the last two today.  Yeah!!  (Top Chef . . . Top Chef . . . Top Chef)  I would love to win Top Chef for being among those who completed all the challenges.

Well, that is it.  Stamp-a-Faire is over.  I go back to real life.  Maybe life will bring me back to my blog more frequently.  Who knows?  Thanks for stopping by.

Here is a look back at all of my projects.  I am going to leave these on top of my desk for a few days.  It brings me such joy!

This has been so fun.  Thanks again for all the comments and kind words.  It means the world to me.

Sweet Sugar Coated Embelishments

Yes!!!!  My final challenge . . . completed!!!!  I used Danielle Flanders technique.  So cute!!

Everything you see if from Papertrey Ink.

Now, I am channeling my inner "Top Chef".  I have never won anything from Papertrey Ink after all these years.  My whole family is praying that I win.  :)  Hey, I am not above a little supernatural advantage.

Thanks for following along and peeking into my creative life.

Gallon Quart Pint Challenge

I am back to share my Gallon Quart Pint Challenge card.  These sorts of challenges really are a challenge to me.  But, I tackled it head on and am excited about the results.  I wanted to go outside my normal.  I really love Pinefeather.  It is such a beautiful color.  It was nice to use it outside of "holiday" type projects.

For my card, I chose Pinefeather as my gallon color.  Simply Chartreuse is my quart color.  And my pop of color or pint is Raspberry Fizz.

Products used:  Card Stock, dies, stamps, and ink: Papertrey Ink; Embossing Folder: Quickutz; Jewels: Jewelry isle of Hobby Lobby

Thanks for looking!  I have one more project left!  Yes!!!!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Limited Ingredients Challenge

Ok, ok.  I said I was done.  I was cleaning up and about to walk out of my craft room when this little number hit my brain.  So, I stayed and made it.

I really did use limited ingredients.  I have learned to let go.  In the past, I would try to cram several things into my card . . . another color, another element.  I would wind up with cards I just wasn't very happy with.  So, I let go and see what comes.

Thanks for stopping by all day today!

Whipping up Scent-sational Cards

I am back to continue playing along with Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-Faire.  Dinner was great.  The company was excellent.  The kids are in bed.  :)

Here is a card that I am going to give to my son.  We enjoy having hot cocoa together.  He is such a great kid.  He will love this!

Well fellow crafters, I am most likely done for the day.  I will be back tomorrow to finish up the last 3 challenges: Gallon, Quart, Pint Color Challenge; Limited Supplies Challenge, and the Sweet Sugar Coated Embellishments challenge.

Happy Stamp-a-Faire!

Custom Accents from the Oven

This was so fun!!!  I have never, ever in my life done a shrink plastic craft.  It was a total hoot!!

I admit that I was a bit worried when I peeked into my oven and saw this.

All the pieces were warped and turning into balls of ruin.  Then . . . all of the sudden.  They began to flatten into these cute little pieces of fun.

I loved making this super colorful and fun card.

I die cut a the largest star in the Seeing Stars Die Collection in matte.  I bought the inker type of alcohol ink so I couldn't stamp.  I don't own any other inks outside of PTI and a few tool inks like Watermark.   I used two of the biggest flourishes from Fancy Flourishes in clear.  I did a take off of Dawn McVey's idea to just keep them clear and add some glitter.

I am about to take a break and go have dinner with my wonderful husband.  I'll be back later to finish up the rest.  Six challenges down and four to go!!!!

Sprinkle of Salt

This is by far my favorite challenge today.  I don't know what it is exactly.  Then as I was making my card . . . I gasped.  The results are truly stunning.  I wish my camera owuld capture just how beautiful this really is.  I am almost shocked this is my creation.  (Well, ummm, my creation almost completely copied from Nichole.)

Here is my card with the salt only.

Here is the salt and color.  Beautiful!!!

And here is how it turned out:

My favorite card today by far.  Thanks Nichole.  So fun!!

Mixing Mists to Match

Errr.  I thought I had a Hawaiian Shores refill.  I had something all planned out.  I had a hard time changing my direction.

It was weird when I started putting the ink into the alcohol.  My clear bottle turned orange.  And it still is orange.  Isn't that strange?

Thanks for looking.  All products are Papertrey Ink.

Rolled Dough Designs

Whew!!  One word . . . miserable!!

Yes, that is my miserable mess.  This is what dried overnight.  Not a happy camper.

But, it isn't my first hiccup and probably won't be my last.  So, I moved forward.


And finally squeezed these out.  Literally.  All over my desk . . . again.

But, I was super happy at how cute they are.  So, I moved forward some more.

I am going to gracefully put this challenge behind me.  I will revisit it another day.  But seriously, ain't nobody got time for that.  :)

All supplies are Papertrey Ink.  The clay is Paper Clay.

Tea Staining Techniques

I am working on the Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire projects.  Last night in the wee hours, I put a small strip of white muslin in a pan of boiling water and tea.  I got up and put it in the dryer this morning - very skeptical.  I pulled it out and was amazed.  I think if I do this again, I will apply some of Melissa's techniques for getting various shades and colors.  I just pretty much pushed mine down in the tea and it came out pretty much the same color.  But in the end I was so pleased with the results.

I used the Frilly Flowers dies for the flower.  The background was embossed with the Guide Lines impression plate with the Angled Labels as a mask.  It is stamped with Guide Lines II and Mat Stack 1 collection stamps.  I finished the flower off with a Berry Sorbet button for just a pop of color.  

Fun technique.  Thanks Melissa!

Breakfast Bake and Take

I am blogging all day (and probably tomorrow and early Monday) about Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-Faire 2013.  It is a fun day of crafting, learning, and hanging out in my craft room.

Here is my contribution to the color and sketch challenge earlier this morning:

Ahhhhh, it feels good to be back in my craft room making some goodness.  I was so tired and so uninspired this morning.  But, I finally have myself in gear.  This card took WAY too long, but I love the results.

Thanks for following along with my Stamp-a-Faire 2013 journey.  I should also point out that we are having internet dropouts.  Oh the joys of living in the country!!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Stamp-a-Faire 2013 - I am ready!

I was putting a video together to show you my preparations.  I have been working all day to get my craft room cleaned up, cook, clean, and all the other essentials that a mom of 3 has in a day.  I am tired. It is late.  When I loaded my video clips into iMovie, I couldn't resist.

We moved into our home less than 3 months ago.  So, needless to say . . . my craft room is very much neglected.  :(  I haven't really been able to do anything in it.  Ok, very little.  I am looking forward to "breaking it in" tomorrow morning and all day.

Thanks for watching!  I will be back all day tomorrow sharing projects and such.

Here is a little peek where I will be all day: