Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Very Merry UnBirthday to YOU!

I put some of my QuicKutz to use and made this fun pull out card. I learned how to make this card several years ago when I was in Not Your Ordinary Bookclub.

It's a pop up card, so when you pull the bottom of the navy strip, the top pops up to reveal this candle with the tag that reads "Wishing you a..."

then the inside of the card finishes the sentiment with "...Happy Birthday."

Basic Gray Lime Rickey (and a strip of Two Scoops)
Martha Stewart white opaque pen
Fun Foam
QuicKutz used:
Cake REV-0159-S
Candles REV-0156-S
Happy Birthday REV-0157-S
QuicKutz Club Tab - QC-0015
QuicKutz Club Tag - QC-0016

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hello Friend - Basic Grey Challenge #1

Okay, unlike my last post, this is the real deal! I actually used Basic Grey paper and a Basic Grey Brad for this card so it fits the challenge.

We were to make a card using mostly Basic Grey product and we were to follow this sketch.

I used Basic Grey Eve Collection for my paper and an Eve brad in the middle of the flower.

The flower is cut from actual sewing patterns using 3 different sized scalloped circles. I attached them through the center and then crinkled them and spritzed them with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sherbet and Scarlet. I got the idea from Annabelle at Bits and Pieces.

I also spritzed the BG pink paper with some glimmer mist so it coordinated with the flower. The BG letters, flourishes and the leaf were all covered with Ranger Crackle Glossy Accents.

Paper: Basic Grey Eve
Cardstock Base: Bazzill
Brad: Basic Grey Eve
Letters and Flourish: Basic Grey Eve
Ribbon: May Arts
Flower: Sewing Pattern, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

Sunday, August 9, 2009

How Oar You? and Happy Camper

I decided I wanted to try and do the new and improved Basic Grey Challenge. They posted this sketch for us to follow for this week. The only rules are that it needs to be a majority of BG product.

Well, somewhere between me printing off the sketch last night and waking up this morning, it took on a life of its own. I ordered a bunch of Cosmo Cricket paper a few months ago and they sent me some fun little packets of paper scraps, ribbon scraps, and a few chipboard elements. I already used the Halloween stuff in a card in an earlier post, but I had a packet left with camping stuff from their Mr. Campy line. I was baffled by this packet as I couldn't think of what kind of card you would give to someone who was going camping. And on top of it, one that uses chipboard oars. Who uses chipboard oars?

I went to bed with this sketch in mind and that packet of goodies (even though I knew it was supposed to be a Basic Grey card, I couldn't get that little packet of CC camping stuff out of my head.) Guess what? Sleeping on a problem sometimes works out! I woke up this morning with a card all worked out that I can give to anyone, anytime!

Here it is!

For the wood grain (it's hard to see in the picture) on the oars, I stamped the black chipboard with clear embossing ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder, then covered with paint and once it was partially dry, I wiped the paint off the embossed areas, leaving the paint in the areas that were raw chipboard. I learned this technique from Tim Holtz, but saw my friend Susan use it on these very same oars on a layout she did.

Now, I have to go back to my room and make a Basic Grey card to fit the challenge so I'm in the running to win some prizes.

Awhile back I also decided to copy an adorable camper that my friend Susan made. When I say copy, I mean! Mine is almost exactly like hers, so click the link and check it out! But I love it.

Here is my Happy Camper birdhouse made with Mr. Campy and a camper birdhouse from Michael's.

Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket "Mr. Campy"
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ribbon: Cosmo Cricket
Chipboard: Cosmo Cricket
Font: QK Chicken Noodle (limited edition)
Stamp: Hero Arts Wood Grain
Ink: Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Paint: Adirondack Paint Dabbers (Espresso and Butternut)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Soarin' Over California

This one I think I'm just going to leave as is. It turned out a little busier than I was planning, but I was having so much fun making propellers and cutting arrows that I just couldn't stop.

All the pictures here were taken without a flash, and the CM said I could take them (unlike the first time I rode the darn ride and they chastised me for taking pictures without a flash.)

The tag, gears, and propellers were cut with QuicKutz dies using QK self adhesive metal and painted with Ranger crackle paint in Shabby Shutters and Fired Brick colors.

The small propeller is a QK flower and the large propeller is the handle of the hammer (cut 3x) I made the centers by punching circles from the metal and cutting to the center, then folding it back on itself to form a cone.

Paper - Cosmo Cricket "Get Happy"
Ranger Crackle Paint - Shabby Shutters, Fired Brick
Metal Sheets
Gears 0340
Hammer 0443
Flower 0376
Tag REV 0015
Embossing Folder GBP-REV-003
Arrows (Archiver's Exclusive) C-0049
Dots Border CC-BDR-007
Squares & Dots Border CC-BDR-013

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Ticket 2 Drive

These are some pages I have in the works. I usually don't post them in this state as I like to go ponder them, then go back and add some additional embellishments or things I have from my stash, but sometimes you just have to call it done, you know?

I was inspired by this layout from Two Peas in a Bucket and turned it into a two page layout with a different theme. After it is all said and done, I like the original better than mine, but it was fun to take something and try to change up the theme a little!

Anyway - here is one two-page layout that I just finished for Autopia.

I wrapped metal wire around the circles instead of the string in the inspiration piece.

Instead of the buttons used in the inspiration piece I used metal charms are from Karen Foster and I cut off the top loops and sanded down the edge so they didn't look like charms.

Journaling about our fun "Girl's Day" at Disneyland.

Cosmo Cricket - Get Happy paper
Karen Foster Charms
Tim Holtz Journaling Ticket
QuicKutz Zelda Grand for title
Black Soot Distress Ink