Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thursday with AiFactory

So Tuesday's with AiF has now moved to Thursday's and over at the AiF Challenge Blog, a color challenge will be up on Tuesday (wait...none of that made ANY sense!). Well, we'll figure it out as time goes along. I really like the colors Angie gave us to work with and the digistamp we are using is super cute!! She has got to be my new favorite.
With the new year literally around the corner, I think we can all take a lesson from Yoga Girl. She is so at peace. You know, I took pilates and yoga at the university and loved them both. I told myself "I hope I continue this even after the semester" but I never did. Even got me a mat and a book.
First some details: some paper is PTI, some is "cheapy" CS, CS from Glitter Mat Stack, digital image is AiFactory, colored with copics, used stamp-a-ma-jig to place letters from $1 Target bin, nesties and dots folder in Cuttlebug. Hope I didn't forget anything.

This card fits the following two challenges:
My vacation is just about over, so I'll be back to regular posting soon! So for more info on this adorable digitalstamp, just click HERE and you can find info on the new release and how you can win this stamp for free.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's blogs for more inspiration. --->

Design Team Call

Ever want to be on a design team? Well, from my experience, they are really fun and it's a great way to learn new techniques and really challenge yourself. AiFactory is currently having a DT call. Check out the challenge blog for more info if interested and I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Last Minute Gift Ideas with AiFactory

It's Tuesday and that means challenge day over at AiFactory Challenge Blog. For Challenge 17, we're using a super cute clip art set perfect for scrapbook layouts, tags, and cards. To enter this challenge, simply show us your gift ideas! Here is mine:

I made four of these for Bean's teachers. They are really good to her and she talks about them with affection...I know she's only 2 1/2, but she really does express herself well. Anyway, these are sort of like little wallets having two pockets, a writing area, and a place for a gift card.

Here's an inside view. On the right, I used one of the clip art images from AiFactory, and will write a small note to each of the teachers. The left side holds the gift card, and the slots contain the Ghirardelli chocolates.

Details: The cardstock is cut at 5.5" by 8". Using my scor-pal, I folded the long end 1/4", then folded again in half and glued in place (you have a flat tube). Then I scored the middle at 4", placed my ribbon using just a little adhesive, then sewed down the middle (the ribbon is now held in place and two pockets are formed). I forgot to mention I made two cuts to hold the gift card BEFORE gluing together. So now just add candy, gift card, embellish, and tie shut.

Other deets: Ellen Krans cardstock, Ghirardelli chocolate/caramel candy, Stampin' Up's Cute & Curly with coordinating punch, AiFactory clipart, ribbon, Firebrick Red Ranger Ink, glue.

I hope you will join us for last minute gift ideas over at AiF. Don't forget to check out the rest of the super talented DT blogs and leave them some love. Their links are to the right ------>

How to Wrap a Belt

Use LOTS of GLUE!!

Yup, inside this package is a full size belt for my DH. I used a cute graphic from Lettering Delights, and printed two round peppermint candies on white cardstock. I glued the candy circles to cardboard and snipped away to make it look seamless...not sure if I'm making sense here.

I rolled up the belt and put a rubber band around it to hold it in place. Then I used plain white paper to wrap around the belt a couple times and tucked the remainder of the paper inside. I used lots of glue to stick the candy circles on, one on each side. Cellophane wrap to top it all off! It came out too cute if I may say so myself. Just a few more days to go! As usual, I'm running late for everything!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

7 Days to Go

This happens every year! I'm not done with Christmas shopping. I ran out of Christmas cards and need around 20 more...where does the time go? Anyway, here is one I made last night:

First, the details: paper from unknown stack, $1 ribbon from Michael's, digi-stamp from The Character Cafe, sentiment stamp from Stampin' Up (Short & Sweet), copics, chipboard snowflakes (made using cereal box & glitter CS, cuttlebug, & die), pop-dots.

At first I wasn't sure about this little guy. I wondered "how do I color snow?", "could I do him justice?", "I know so-and-so can color him so much better than I ever could." Well, he's grown on me and I had to give him another try. I really like him. He is so super sweet. Even with the pink heart buttons, he's still a boy ;)

Now, for the challenges:

So here's one more card to send out this year. I can't believe I don't already have enough. Bean wasn't afraid of Santa this year, so we have a pic to send out with cards!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Today is AiFactory day and we were given an adorable medical clip art set and Erin decided that clean and simple was the way to go. Well, when I saw all the cute elements - doctor, ambulance, nurse, etc. - I couldn't resist making this card:

The paper is PTI. When making CAS cards, I really feel the quality of the paper is important. There are some things you can get away with using less expensive cardstock, but CAS is not one of them.

The font is CK Solid from Scrapnfont, image from AiFactory Store and the rest is fairly straight forward.
So I'm still working on Christmas items....OK, no I'm not. I'm thinking and giving myself anxiety about all the things I should be working on. I don't get it. I have a list of things to do but I'm not doing any of it! I need help! But if/when I do finish my projects, I will share them here.
Anyway, head on over to AiFactory Challenge Blog to enter this weeks CAS challenge. Also, please show the rest of the DT blogs some love. Their links are to the right---->

Friday, December 11, 2009

Blue Angel

I know she's a fairy, but in this card, this lovely girl is playing an angel. Today is The Character Cafe day! The new releases at the store this month are amazing. There is something about the passion in her eyes...her face so innocent.

I had a vision in my head of exactly what I wanted to do...but everything seemed to go wrong. I attempted to stamp and kept making a mess. I went outside the lines with my brown copic only to find that my blending marker was dry (I don't even know where to get a refill!). I cut small...cut again....crooked. I printed the sentiment and didn't even think to center it. Why am I telling you all this? Because I don't ever want anyone to think I get what I want on the first try...and I read a post on someones blog that was the best advise ever: it's just paper. If it doesn't turn out, toss it and start over.

Other deets: copics, glitter glue (star on the wand), sewing, miscellaneous papers, image from TCC, $1 ribbon, pop dots.

This card is for the following challenges ( left my list at home, so I may edit this tonight):

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mermaid in Blue

I haven't been able to participate in the last few Softpencil challenges, but found a little time last night. I absolutely love this mermaid image. She is just adorable! I colored her with copics and added yellow glitter glue to her hair and light blue to her necklace.

This is a closeup of the image. I used my nesties to cut her out, and also to cut a piece of blue. I used my 1" circle punch and attempted to make waves. I adhered my waves with 3D dots for more dimension.

I know I haven't been posting much lately, but I have several (unfinished) projects in the works for Christmas. Some sewing, jewelry, and altered items - I'll share them as I finish them up.

More deets: kraft, copics, cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder, round nesties, ribbon, patterned paper from unknown stack.

Inside Sentiment: Swimming By To Say HI!

This is for the following challenges:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tag You're It!

This week the AiFactory DT have made tags using some great AiFactory Store frames. When I saw this chandelier, I fell in love and immediately knew what I wanted to do. So here is my tag:

What I did: opened word, opened a text box and inserted a pic, sized to the desired dimension, printed on plain white paper, lined up my dictionary page (on the white paper printout) and taped in place with regular scotch tape, ran the paper through the printer again.

To finish off my tag, I got off-white ribbon and ran a loose stitch on top (using my sewing machine), pulled one thread to create the ruffle. I taped the ruffled ribbon in place and ran another stitch - sewing the ribbon to the kraft. I added my layers, used Tea ranger ink on dictionary page and ribbon, added a brad, used ranger alcohol inks to color the white brad, added a white piece of CS on back for personalization, added shear ribbon and hemp to tie.

I hope you like it and will join us this week at the AiFactory Challenge blog. Just make a tag, upload it using Mr. Linky for your chance to win a free digi stamp. You will have until next Monday night to enter.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

8th Hop of Christmas with Character Cafe

On the 8th Hop of Christmas TCC gave to me: 8 yards of Ribbon!

Wondering where the other hops are so you can sing the whole song yourself and enter to win all 12 hops of Christmas? Then start this super hop at The Character Cafe! Follow the blog hop from the start, sing our little song (to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas) and enter to win all the goodies from all 12 hops. One lucky person will win just in time for Christmas.

The blog hop is to celebrate the 12 new digital stamp releases over at The Character Cafe. Here is one of the new stamps: Angel Emmeline

I colored her with copics, and used embossing powder on her sash, collar, and wings. She is cut out and popped up using 3D dots. For those of you new to digi stamps, let me assure you they are super easy to use. Just open the image in Word, resize to any dimension you need, print out using your ink jet printer. The ink does not smear with either copics or pencils with gamsol.

Here is more information about the hop and rules for the blog candy (and this candy is TOO good to pass up!):
  • Leave a comment on all the blogs along the way
  • Let us know your favorite image at the end of the hop (1 entry)
  • Become a follower at Character Cafe (if you're already a follower, state that in your comment for your entry) (1 entry) (you can follow me too - no extra entry, but I wouldn't mind some love)
  • Post about our blog hop and candy on your blog, or your favorite forum (5 entries)
  • Refer someone (have them tell us you referred them in comment section) (1 entry per referral)
  • Post your creation using the FREEBIE digi (located at Character Cafe) on your blog or gallery (5 entries)

Also, I will choose one comment at random to win the Angel Emmeline image. So you have 12 chances (each hop will have a different image) to win a new digi stamp.

So follow the rules for LOTS of entries to win the grand prize!

In case you get lost along the hop, here are the 12 hops of Christmas:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday with AiFactory...On Wednesday

I'm a little late with the latest challenge over at AiFactory. I have a reason, but I won't bore you with the details. I'm excited to show my all occasion card:
So I showed this to my DH and the first thing he said was "the strip of dots is crooked." I said "don't say that!" Sure enough, it was, but thank goodness I was able to easily fix it. I attempted a 10 minute card, but with the strip correction, it was more like 15. Now, 10 (0r 15) minute cards do not include cleanup.
I LOVE it! I really do. I went for a clean and simple layout. I wanted to show off the papers and stamps.
Here are the deets: digital paper from AiFactory (printed on 80lb white cardstock), cardbase is PTI, stamps are Pendant Park from Stampin' Up (just got these and love them), Peeled Paint Ranger ink, brown chalk ink.
I hope you will visit the rest of the AiFactory Design Team for more inspiration.
Also, to join in this weeks challenge, make something with digi papers! That's it. Super easy. Upload your creation using Mr. Linky over at AiFactory Challenges for your chance to win. Also, just a little FYI - the AiF Store is currently having a 50% off sale - just in time for Christmas!
^^^^^^^^^^SIDE NOTE^^^^^^^^^^
Just want to share that THIS CARD made "Super Six" over at Card Patterns and that THIS CARD made "Top 5" over at SPCC.


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