Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers

This week's Crafty Cardmakers Challenge is Summer.  Please feel free to interpret this how you like, coastal scene, summer activities, vacation, as long as it relates to summer.  I am looking forward to seeing all of your creative cards and projects for this challenge.  

I decided to use the cute image from My Favorite Things.  I am a huge fan of Heather Ellis's Pure Innocence stamps.  They always make me smile.

Card Design
Pure Innocence Fun in the Sun Stamp and Die
Concord and 9th Beautiful Words Stamp and Beautiful You Die
Copic Markers
Glossy Accents
Spellbinders Dies
Paper Pieced her swimsuit

I am entering the following challenges:
Glitter N Sparkle Challenge 198 - Summer Sunshine 
Robin's Fetish Challenge Blog - At the Beach
Eclectic Ellapu Challenge - Life's A Beach

Hope you can join us!  Have a beautiful week.
:) Pam

Monday, July 11, 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - Bling it Up

I thought the Bling it Up Challenge this week would be an easy one.  Well, you couldn't tell it by my craft room.  I had everything out and the only work space I had was the floor!  I really wanted to do a mixed media mermaid canvas, but ran short of time.  I thought I could add bling to some cards that I already had in the works, but it just didn't seem to fit.  I spotted these Ikea containers in my craft closet.  They were collecting dust and really were on their way out.  Hmm....this could be fun.  This is the end result.

 I had a terrible time trying to get a good photo.  I finally had to stop trying for a good photo as it was taking longer than it actually took to do the project.

I attached the lace and Prisma flower with Aleene's Super Thick Tacky Glue.  I have used this for years and love it.  It held quite well.  The rhinestones on the second container were connected.  I cut to the circumference of the container and ran it through my Zyron.  Amazing!  It seems to be holding well.  I also used the same method to attach the rhinestones to the shell.  These are so shiny and sparkly.  Love them!  They are a great addition to my craft room.

Please join us for this fun challenge.  Bling is always a good thing!
Have a wonderful week!
:) Pam

Monday, June 27, 2016

Shabby Chic Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers

The challenge this time at Crafty Cardmakers is shabby chic/distressed creations.  We have a wonderful sponsor, Woodware Craft Collection for this challenge.  They are a Yorkshire based family owned business.  Check them out here.  They have an awesome range of crafty goodness.  A big thank you to them for sponsoring this fun challenge.

I decided to alter a bottle.  I did a sisters bottle a couple of years ago.  I thought this one would go nicely with it.

This is a picture of my Grandma, Edith May Demmon when she was a young girl.  She was born in 1891 and lived to be 94 years old.  She was the only grandparent that I was blessed to know, as my other grandparents passed away before I was born.

I have wonderful memories of my Grandma.  She was an awesome lady.  She taught me to knit when I was five and spend hours playing games with me, teaching me Bible verses and poetry.    

I hope that you will join us for this challenge and please check out our fabulous Design Team creations.  Have a wonderful week!
:) Pam

Monday, June 13, 2016

For A Special Man Challenge

In honor of upcoming Father's Day, the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this time is "For A Special Man".  

This stamp is Fiddlin' Frog from Heartfelt Creations.  It was quite the challenge to color as there is so much going on.  I wanted to create the look of moonlight behind the frog. It wasn't turning out how I expected, so it ended up in the trash bin.  The next day, I decided to rescue him and do my best to create a nice card and the result is above.  

Please join our challenge in honoring a special man in your life.

To those that are father's, Happy Father's Day!

:) Pam

Monday, May 30, 2016

Monochrome Challenge

A new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers - Monochrome.  My team mates made some awesome cards.  You can get inspired here.

This is my contribution for the Monochrome Challenge.

The stamp is a Phyllis Harris Design from Unity Stamps.  It is called Head Up, Heart Strong.  I stamped her with Stazon on vellum, then colored the opposite side with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, then attached it to my card using my Zyron.  I love the way the Zyron adhesive is easy to use with vellum, but it does take away a little from the special look of the vellum.  The sentiment is also from Phyllis Harris.

This card will be going to my sister Janice who just celebrated 5 years cancer free!

I would love to see your creations.  Come join us!
Have a beautiful week!
:) Pam

Monday, May 16, 2016

Stitching Challenge - Faux or Real

This week's challenge at Crafty Cardmakers is stitching - faux or real.  I really wanted to do real stitching for this challenge.  I have a small sewing machine that I bought at least 4 years ago that hasn't found its way out of the box!  I didn't have enough time to learn how to use it, so I decided to try to hand stitch a project.  This is the result.

I used a light weight card stock, wrote the sentiment in pencil, then used my paper piercer to add the holes for stitching.  A little embroidery floss and a pearl and my sentiment was finished.  

I will have to admit, the back is quite the mess.  I used a circle punch to cut the sentiment out.  Well, that punch no longer works because it has thread and tape stuck to it and will no longer open.  Yikes!  Next time I try this technique, I will cut out the shape BEFORE I begin the embroidery.  I will probably use cloth or felt.  I could not this time because my needles were not sharp enough to go through the fabric, so paper it was!  :)

The background is embossed vellum.  I attached it to my card using my Xyron machine.  It works great with vellum, just peel it off the sheet very carefully.  The sentiment and die are Simon Says Stamp.

I hope you enjoyed my little 4 x 4 card and will give this challenge a try.  We would love to have you join us.  

Have a lovely week!
:) Pam

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Online Card Classes - More with Vellum

This is another technique that I learned in the Clear and Sheer Class that I am taking at Online Card Classes.  This technique is using your embossing folders with vellum or acetate.  I used a butterfly embossing folder by Darice and mounted the vellum on my card front using zyron adhesive.  I found this worked very well and does not show through.  I went a little crazy and used almost all of my embossing folders.  I love the soft look that vellum adds to cards and the added texture from the embossing really adds a little something special to a card.

Card Design:

Darice Embossing Folder
Paper Trey Ink Mason Jar Stamp and Die
Paper Smooches Sentiment
Spellbinders Corners
Seam Binding Ribbon
Lawn Fawn Scallop Die
DRS Designs Shamrock
Spellbinders Label Die
Avery Elle Dotted Border Die

Thanks for looking. 
Have a great day!