Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Colouring on Black

Hello everyone,

I hope you are well!  Just popping in quick to share a couple of card toppers I created.

I love the look of colouring on black - I think the contrast is so stunning.  For a step by step tutorial showing how these were created and a supply list, grab a cup and head over to my Technique Tuesday post at Scrapbooker's Paradise.  I hope you enjoy it :)

Hugs & Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

For the Boys

Hello everyone,

A new challenge starts today at Creatalicious and I am sad to say that this will be my last challenge on the design team.  I have had such a great time on the team and this was a very difficult decision.  However, life has gotten busier as of late and only promises to become even busier in the fall, so I had to make room for other commitments.

This time our theme is 'for the boys.'  Those masculine projects can be sooooo difficult, but we all need them from time to time, so hopefully you are inspired to join in.  We have a fantastic sponsor this month - Stamp Fairy will be providing a $10 gift certificate to one lucky winner.

My hubby is a big football fan, so I wanted to make him a card related to football and his favourite team (the 49ers).  I found this free cut file/pattern at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons that was just perfect.  I made my own logo to match the team's as closely as I could and on the flip side, put his number.  He loved it so much, I don't think I will ever have to make him another card - just change the number every year lol.  The best part is that my son was able to help me make it - he loves pressing the buttons on my cricut.

Here is the front:

And the back:

If you haven't already, pop over to Creatalicious to see the beautiful projects the team has made - they are sure to impress - and then come play with us :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I appreciate each one.

Hugs, Dawn

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Winter Animals

Hello everyone,

The night air has already turned crisp and the leaves are starting to change colour on some trees in my neighbourhood... sigh.  It feels like summer just started and it hasn't even been a very warm one.  Hopefully it makes a late come back.

A new challenge starts today at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and our fun theme for you this time around is 'Winter Animals.'  I was rustling through my stash trying to decide what papers to use, when I came across some cute DP with a little winter scene on it.  After that, this card practically made itself.  I usually put in so much more effort with my cards, and it kind of felt like I was cheating, so I compensated by adding tonnes of glitter to all the snowy bits on the image.  The glue I used gave a dimensional effect - I think it turned out cute.


Paper - Bazzil, CTMH (retired) and Creative Imaginations (probably retired)
Other - loads of glitter, my favourite ribbon ever from Stampin' Up (got it in every colour!), Martha Stewart punch, green gems by Kaiser, and Amy R Snowman Sayings sentiment

I hope you will pop on over to Christmas at Sweet Stampin' to see the beautiful cards the talented team has made and then come play with us!  It is absolutely wonderful to already have a stack of Christmas cards prepared :)  Of course, there is a fab prize up for grabs too - Quixotic Paperie will be providing one lucky winner with a £10 voucher to their online store!

I would like to enter my card in the following fun challenges too:

ABC Christmas Challenge - P is for...  Polar bear, penguin, punch
Christmas Card Challenges - optional theme of evergreen trees
Holly Jolly Christmas - Glitter Galore
Jingle Belles - Home for the Holidays

Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate each one!



Friday, August 9, 2013

Put on your shades...

Hello everyone,

And happy Friday!  A new Playing in Paradise sketch challenge starts today at Scrapbooker's Paradise.  This month's sketch was designed by the talented Selena and the team has come up with some gorgeous creations to inspire you.  I hope you will pop over to take a peak and join in the fun!  This month's sketch is really a layout sketch, but I always like to represent the card makers so I turned it into a card anyway :)  Of course, you can make anything you can dream of as long as it uses the sketch.  

Did you get your shades on yet?  Consider yourselves warned :)

In a post a while back, our super talented and creative Pam demonstrated a technique using glitter that produced a really neat effect.  After reading it, the gears started turning and I wondered if it could be recreated using thin dies.  This was only my second attempt and I am very pleased with the result.  I started with a very thick (important) cardstock and Sookwang adhesive sheet trimmed to the same size.  Remove one side of the protective covering from the adhesive sheet and stick the adhesive to your super thick card stock.  Then place your thin dies cutting side down on the protective covering of your cardstock- adhesive sheet - protective covering sandwhich and tape them where you would like them to be with a low tack (eg. painters) tape.  If you don't stick them down, there is a good chance they will move on you as the protective film is quite slick.  Run it through your die cutting machine without (important) using a shim.  If your card stock was thick enough, it will only cut through the protective film and not all the way through the card stock.  You can then remove the protective film, one piece at a time and cover/burnish with glitter.  Repeat until all your colours and pieces are complete.  I would recommend starting with the darkest colour and work your way to the lightest.  Also, keep a vacuum handy as this can get pretty messy.  I also used the vacuum to clean my project in between colours - worked like a charm, but use a really soft brush.  I hope that all made sense :)  Clear as mud??


Paper - White shimmery card, off-white shimmery card, super thick white card
Sentiment - Winged Greetings by C.C. Designs stamped on shimmery white card with black Stazon
Other - silver twine, shimmery brads, mini scalloped edge scissors, scoring board (for folding rosettes)
Sketch - 

Thanks for stopping by :)  Come and play!!  I'm looking forward to seeing your creations.



Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Drozy's Darlings Altered Journal

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well!  It is my turn for the 'Wild Wednesday' post over on the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog and today I altered a journal and decorated it with a super cute Drozy's Darling by C.C. Designs.  Admittedly, the only thing wild about it is how late I stayed up to finish it...  I hope you will pop over to my post here to see the complete project and full list of supplies.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs & happy crafting,


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Winner of My Favourite Stamp!

Hello everyone,

Just popping in to announce the winner of my current My Favourite Stamp giveaway.  Thank you to everyone who entered!  Again, I asked hubby to pull out a name and this time he drew:

Congratulations Ira!  If you can e-mail me with your complete mailing address, including country, I will get your new stamp in the mail for you as soon as possible.

A big thank you to everyone who supports my blog through your visits and comments and by becoming a follower.  I haven't been a great blogger lately; this summer has been very busy but I hope to do some catching up on the weekend.  With all the great new releases for summer CHA, there is bound to be a new favourite soon and a new chance to win.

Hugs & happy crafting,