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Thursday, May 30, 2013

CRAFTER'S CAFE CHALLENGE BLOG - DT CALL

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DESIGN!  WELL......
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SITUATION OF CARD MAKERS
We would love to give you the opportunity to design for us.  The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog is having a DT Call.  The initial term is six months with an option to remain after that term expires.

We have some exciting new changes coming up starting in July We are starting out with a Design Team Call NOW that will run for two weeks.  We will be keeping some of our current crew and adding on a lot of new folks.  This will be a six month commitment. 

Here's a little more info:

REQUIREMENTS:
1.  Must be able to post two cards per month
2.  Must be able to leave comments on 10% of the entries (a number will be assigned to you)
3.  Must be able to take very good pictures of your creations
4.  Must have a current blog on which you post at least once per week
5.  Must be able to use Yahoo Groups or be comfortable enough with a computer to find your way around
6.  Must not be one to start or stir up drama (this has never been an issue in the past)
7.  Must be able to speak and understand English.
8.  Must know how to have fun!

BENEFITS:
1.  You will receive two images a month.  One from each of our sponsors for your weeks.
2.  You will have a link to your blog added to our challenge page.
3.  You will work with a great group of crafters from whom you can get and share ideas.

THE PLAN:
We will start with a blog hop in July to introduce our new teams.  

THE BIGGEST CHANGE OF ALL:

In July, We are becoming a WEEKLY challenge blog!!!

HOW TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE NEW DT:
Leave us your name and a link to your blog in the Mr Linky link!  Once we have made our decisions we will contact you with an offer to join the team.  Please be sure your contact information is available someplace we can find it on your blog.

REMEMBER THE CALL ENDS ON JUNE 12TH.  SERIOUS APPLICATIONS ONLY, PLEASE!

Monday, May 27, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY!! - The Outlawz Greetings Challenge - Vintage Masculine B'day Card

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

Today is my husband's birthday and this wonderful tutorial by Tammy Tutterow was just the inspiration I needed to create a different, fun card for the most important person in my life!


The background on this panel was created by painting on the stripes using Tim Holtz Distress Stains.
The muslin should really have a few wrinkles, but I added too much glue and then had the brilliant idea of running it through my Big Shot (which removed all the wrinkles) (sigh).  Actually, I liked the texture that was created by the textured cardstock beneath the fabric.

Tammy uses a Tim Holtz "Cabinet Card Frame" for her sleeve, but since none of the logos at the bottom of the frames were appropriate for my project, I simply made my own using a piece of  6"x12" Bazzill Textured Card Stock.  I scored the CS at 6" and used 1/4" Scor-tape to seal the sides.

My husband vowed he would retire at age 50 and, true to his word, a week after his 50th birthday, he retired.  In the 15 years since his retirement, we have owned and operated two businesses, served as leaders to our own Congregation and were able to care for our first Grandson from birth until he entered Pre-K (My husband is not fond of day care centers).  So this sentiment "Live The Life You've Imagined," just seems to fit perfectly for my MAN!  The Umbrella Man represents the protection my DH has always provided for our family.


I was out of batting (for backing the muslin) so I used Cross Stitch fabric instead.  It works well.   I was glad I could use the Eureka Gift Box digi to create a holder for the gift card! A piece of the painted muslin creates the belly band for the tag! (as you can see the belly band has the original wrinkles)

I had a wonderful time working on this project for my hubby!  I love the simplicity of this design and will use it many times throughout the year, I am sure!  Thanks for stopping by!
Hugz,  Chana

Supplies used:
CS:           Bazzill Textured
Tag:         Tim Holtz- Tag #8 - Manilla
Dies:         Tim Holtz- Postage Frame and Gadget Gears
Stamps:     Tim Holtz -Visual Artistry; Pink Paislee - Nantucket; Hero Arts-Newspaper; Eureka Digi
Misc:         Tim Holtz - Enameled Tag, Ranger Distress Inks and Paints

Challenges Entered: (I'll Be Back)
CardMania - Spots and/or Stripes
Cards For Men - Dad
Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Vintatge *********
Anything Goes Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Creative Challenges 2 - For The Fellas
Die Cuttin Divas - Shape Card (Must Use A Die Cut)
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch
Lady Anne's Challenges - NanaVicky Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door -Always Anything Goes
Great Impressions Monthly Challenge - Celebrations
Crafting By Design - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions Challenge - Use Something not normally used in card making




Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 - May




Hello, Crafty Peeples!
I decided to go ahead and make the May tag even though I did not have the Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs or the Word Bans.  Since I am quite sure I would never win one of these challenges, I am really just trying out the techniques with whatever supplies I have on hand.  I did order the Remnant Rubs because I like the look and may want to use them on a future project.  To see Tim's Tag, click here.

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I decided to use a rub on sheet I picked up (2 years ago) at Big Lots for $.25.  I also found another el cheapo rub on sheet in my stash and decided that the "birds on a limb" would look pretty cool so I added them to my tag.  Because these rub ons varied in color and letter styles, I thought they would add lots of interest once the stains and inks were applied.  

One really cool element of this TH tutorial is the methodology used to make images appear to be either above or below the rub ons.  Image stamped onto the tag and then wiped down with a soft cloth seem to receded beneath the rub ons.  To make the image appear on top of the rub ons rather than wiping the ink down, you use your heat tool to "raise" the image.  

To give the tag a  bit of a patina, I mixed a small amount of Tim Holtz' Metallic Distress Paint to my Distress Stains.  I used Tarnished Brass, Brushed Pewter, and Antiqued Bronze.  I absolutely love the way the "birds on a limb" rub on resisted the stains and the neat way the butterfly image appears beneath it.  

The Umbrella Man appears to be above some elements and beneath others...sweet.  I was also pleasantly pleased to find in my stash, a strip of Washi tape with all the right colors.   I found the little gear brad while looking for something else and I also found the little screwhead brad that fit perfectly in the middle.  I luvvvv my stash! :D)

If you are surfing for creative ideas, TH's 12 Tags is a wonderful place to visit.  Some of the tags are just phenomenal.   Tomorrow I will share a project that I created using a tutorial from one of Tim's favorite designers.

Thanks for stopping by,
Many mega hugz,
Chana

Challenges entered:
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013
Anything Goes Challenge-Always Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Paris - Haute Couture

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

I have another RSD image for your and this one is a Freebie over at Rick's  Sparkle and Glitter Site.  If you would like to have this wonderful image and enter a project in Rick's monthly Freebie Challenge, click HERE.

I am using this Card for two challenges Rick's Freebie Challenge and The Outlawz Greetings Challenge.
 Image: Paris Hi Fashion Hat Lady
by Rick St. Dennis
I wanted to create dimension with this project, so I used a piece of heavy plastic to separate my layers.  The Colored Crinoline and image are adhered to the top of the plastic, while the postage die and wooden ticket are attached to the back side.


Supplies Used:
Die Cuts: Spellbinders' Grand Labels Twenty-Three;  Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Postage Frame
Rubber Stamps: Unity Stamp Company's "LOVE in an INSTANT" (May 2012 Kit of the Month)
Embellishments:  Prima Wood Tickets; Bo Bunny "Weekend Market Trinkets"
Crinoline
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Seedless Grapes, Scattered Straw, and  Black Soot.   Ranger's Archival Jet Black

Challenges Entered:
Sparkle and Glitter Monthly Freebie Challenge - Must use Rick St. Dennis Freebie
Fashionista Challenge - Shabby or Vintage
Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes




Monday, May 13, 2013

It Is Well With My Soul - Outlawz Greetings Challenge - Anything Goes

Hello there, Crafty Peeples!

This week the Outlawz Greetings Team has decided to let everyone's imaginations run away with them, so, we have our monthly ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE!  Our sponsor is Mr. Rick St. Dennis and I decided to use another one of the images Rick gave me as a gift.

Image "Kaualani" by Rick St. Dennis

Supplies:
Cardstock:  The Paper Company "Kraft Cardstock"
Flowers/Leaves: Prima Romance Novel Collection
Wooden Clock:  Prima Romance Novel Collection
Designer Paper: Prima 
Romance Novel Collection
Wood Banner: Prima Wood Trinkets
Stamp:  It Is Well With My Soul - Our Daily Bread Designs
Embossing Folder: Couture Creations "Diamond Trellis

Sunday, May 12, 2013

613 Avenue Create - Make A Shaped Card - "Isn't She Lovely? Isn't She Beautiful"

Hi, Crafty Peeples!  How would you like to win 3 Free Rick St. Dennis Images? 


This week at Avenue 613 Create, we are challenging you to make a shaped card.  Because of all the wonderful Decorative Dies, shaped cards have now become more and more popular!  Rick St. Dennis gave me this awesome image as a gift! I had several ideas on how to present this image, and, as usual, my final design does not reflect any of those ideas.  Ah, Creativity, thy name is Uncertainty!

 "Sunflower" by Rick St. Dennis
I don't use a lot of crystal, but I have lately been drawn to the wonderful border bling at Want2Scrap.  I was so disappointed that I had spent my craft budget for the month by the time I found out W2S was having a 50% off sale.  I like to keep a fairly large inventory of pearls and rhinestones on hand.  Sometimes just flipping through my inventory, I will be inspired

The Center Step Cut is the perfect easel for many of the Fancy Dies.  Not only do they provide wonderfully decorative edges for your frame, but also you can layer them, insert fabric/textures behind them, and you can use different orientations.

Supplies:  
Designer Papers:  G45 A Ladies' Diary, My Mind's Eye - Indie Chic "Saffron" 
CS-Bazill - Textured Peach, The Paper Company Kraft CS Sheets.  
Embellishments: Prima Flowers - Engraver Collection;  Brads: Bo Bunny - Timepiece; Ticket: Prima Wood Tickets - Cherished Moments
Large Tag:  Office Depot Regular Item Tag (Distress Paints: Tarnished Brass, Brushed Pewter, Antiqued Bronze; Small Tag: G45 A Place In Time (the tag was swiped with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink)
Violin/Script Stamp: LaBlanche Stamps. (The image was stamped on a piece of Neenah Classic Cream CS using Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then tapped lightly and randomly with Vintage Photo DI
Bling: Want2scrap Beautiful Bling-Chevron, Stickles
Fabric: Cheesecloth

Challenges:  
LacySunshine Challenge - Anything But A Square
Scrappy Frog Challenge - Free Choice (Anything Goes)
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Lots of Layers
Fashionista Challenge - Vintage or Shabby
Lawnscaping Challenge - Bling
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Step or Easel Card
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Stampotique Designer's Challenge - Anything Goes
Stamp n' Doodle - Anything Goes





Wednesday, May 1, 2013

When Pigs Fly - Esmeralda

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

Today I have another tag and another wonderful Rick St. Dennis Image.  Rick is sponsoring our challenges this month at the Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.  Here is the actual address: http://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com .   I know some people think that with the demise of The Crafter's Cafe, the team also went away, not so, mon ami!  We are here and would love to have you join us.   Our current theme is "For Mother's Day or For a Woman."  

I am still experimenting with mixing acrylic and distress inks to create painted backgrounds.  This one actually looked pretty cool and I considered stamping on it, but I wanted to use Esmeralda for this challenge.  Once I had her colored, I knew the two of them (Tag and Image) were just meant for each other.


Normally, I apply a sealant to my painted backgrounds, but that tends to smooth them out just a little, and, also to darken them.  I wanted this background to remain grainy and bright.  I knew I wanted her dress to be lavender, the yellow and green came by the move of the spirit!

Materials Used:
Image: Esmeralda by Rick St. Dennis
Tim Holtz Tag #8 - Manilla
Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Tim Holtz Distress Stains, Decoart Acrylic Paint
Copics
G45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe (When Pigs Fly and Decorative Border)
Want2Scrap - Zig Zag Bling
Cousin's Jewelry Basics - Vintage Peace
Copics
Cheese Cloth

Thanks for stopping by!
Hugz,
Chana

Challenges Entered:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Happy Mail (No special Occasion)
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Anything Goes
Whimsical Designs - Bling
Bearly Mine Challenges - Anything Goes
Celebrate The Occasion - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Bling
Deep Ocean Challenge - Favorite Color Combination
Digital Tuesday - Distressing
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Twisted Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes
LEJ Designs Challenge - Anything Goes