Friday, July 8, 2011

Hello (Vintage) Kitty

Hello bloggers,

Hope everyone had a swell week!  I first of all want to extend a huge thanks to the new gals who have started following my blog!  I am so glad to have you along!

A quick post today as life is a bit hectic at the moment.  It is Friday and time for a brand new challenge at Crafty Catz!  This week, the lovely Dianne is hosting and she has chosen a vintage theme.  So, this week we would love to see vintage cards.

Our wonderful sponsor this week is Robyn's Fetish, who kindly provided the team with a digital paper pack for our cards.  The pack included patterned papers as well as coordinating coloured solid papers, which is great for adapting the papers to whatever you happen to need for your project.  For my card, I used a patterned paper as the base, and then stamped and embossed on a coordinating solid for the next two layers, respectively.  Here is what I came up with:


Cardstock - Bazzill and Stampin' Up
Papers - Digital pack from Robyn's Fetish
Stamps - Stampavie - Hello! from Lawrence collection; Tim Holtz - Urban Chic; sentiment from Hot Off the Press - Labels and Frames
Ink - Stazon - black; Distress inks - tattered rose, pumice stone, antique linen, walnut stain, milled lavender, dusty concord
Other - circle punches for flowers, pearls, cream lace from Kaiser, Marvy tag punch, brass butterflies by Vintaj Natural Brass Co., foam spirals from Magnolia, Stampin' Up antique brad, glimmer mist by Tattered Angels, Tim Holtz Fancy and Floral Frames embossing folder, ribbon from stash.

If you are looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out the wonderful vintage cards my teamies have created.  I hope you will be able to join us this week and look forward to seeing your projects!

I would also like to submit this card for the following challenges:

Stamptacular Sunday - seeing double (two butterflies, two spirals and two sets of pearls)
Charisma Cardz - all about flowers
Craft us Crazy - Christmas in July and/or vintage
Papertake Weekly - anything goes

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I really appreciate your comments; thanks for taking the time to leave them!  Have a great weekend!



Friday, July 1, 2011

What's Up?

Hello bloggers,

Happy Friday!  Hope everyone had a great week.  Before I tell you about my card or this week's challenge, I want to send a huge thank you to my new followers - I am so glad to have you along! 
Onto this week's new challenge at Crafty Catz - it is the lovely Carol's turn to host and she has chosen the colours of summer for our challenge.  Digital Delights, our sponsor for this week, has provided us with some cute images to play with and I chose Scrubby Ted for my card.

True to life, this guy got the gorgeous eyelashes - so not fair!  I coloured him with pencils and cut him out.  I made a background on watercolour paper to look like a setting sun (distress inks rusty hinge, spiced marmalade, pine needles and broken china) on a sandy beach and glued him over top.

Other materials used:

Cardstock - Bazzill
Papers - Inque boutique (from a few years ago) and Imaginisce (Splash dance)
Other - surfboard is paper covered chipboard (Inque boutique for both); pearls; sand; flowers - are cut from Straight from the Nest Cricut cartridge, distressed, inked with vintage photo and misted with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Bronze; sentiment is computer generated.  Think that is it.

The artsy view:
One lucky randomly selected winner will receive 3 digital stamps of their choice from Digital Delights.  I hope you will be able to join us!  If you are looking for more inspiration, please check out the wonderful creations of my fellow teamies - they are sure to get your mojo going!

I would also like to enter this card in the following fun challenges/linky party:

Craft Us Crazy - Red, white and blue and/or summer
Papertake Weekly - Sketch
Make it Monday - Anything goes
Stampin' for the Weekend - My favourite things (some of mine are beaches with soft white sand, making my own flowers, flourishes, pearls and designer papers)
Top Tip Tuesday - T is for ? (I have a Teddy bear, Three flowers, Tim Holtz distress inks, and the colours Tangerine and Turquoise, oh - and the teddy is also holding a Towel! and I just noticed I also have Three designer papers too)
My Tip: To make your own dimensional flowers, mist your die/punch/electronically cut flowers with water until they are quite moist.  Crumple them up to give them texture and then gently un-crumple them, leaving the amount of 'wrinkling' desired.  Shape them gently, curling the petals up or down.  Allow to dry thoroughly and then layer, add center pieces and/or glitters/mists.  The dried flowers will have wonderful texture and will be very firm, keeping their shape very nicely.  Now, hopefully I remember to add Tip by my name! :o)

Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I so appreciate them and it gives me the chance to visit your blog too!