Monday, September 3, 2012

A "Model" day!

I was thrilled to see that
is to add a handmade clay embellishment
to your project! 
To say that this was a real challenge is understating it!
I had to dig deep and consider my PI products to come up with something I felt would be acceptable and POSTABLE!
I am very particular what I put on my blog.  I have to truly be proud of the project.
I think this is pretty cool...
I used Fima clay to make clouds by rolling the clay out very thin, and then cutting around my Papertrey Ink "Clouds" die with an X-acto blade.
Peeling off and laying them on foil, I baked them for 30 min at 225, watching the whole time to be sure they didn't burn or yellow. I had made some Lo Mein noodles years ago, and the slight brown tint worked for those...but not so much for clouds.
They didn't come out perfectly white. They had picked up some teensy pieces of glitter and dust from my scrap table, and the few little lines from rolling them out with a glue bottle! LOL!
But all in all, not bad. They still resemble clouds...and IRL you can see that they are two seperate clouds, one popped up higher and thicker than the other.
The sentiment is from PI's , "Up Up and Away".
I think this is one of my Top 3 favorite projects this month.
Oh wait, it's only the 4th of September!  LOL!
Again, I was in search of something to challenge me and this was it!
Thanks, Papertrey Ink!
What I could do with another couple of sets!  LOL!
papers; DCWV, and KaiserKraft
Fimo clay
Stampendous embossing powder

The Craft's Meow sketch challenge!

I always love an excuse to pull out my
and the fun sketch this week was just that opportunity!
Here's my card:
I thought about coloring the image from the
"Let it Snow"
stamp set, but decided that simply heat embossed in dark blue to match the pattern paper was all the little birdhouse needed!
The Craft's Meow store is having a sale right now, and oh, how I am tempted!
Better go have a look see!
Pattern Paper;  DCWV, "Bouquet de Fleur" 

Skipping Stones Designs Challenge!

My entry for the Skipping Stones Design sketch challenge this week:

Paper; DCWV, Bouquet de Fleur
Stamps; SSD, "Always Here" and "Beautiful Botanicals"
Ribbon;  Maya Road

More delicious embossing....

On my card today, I used the adorable image from
Christine Haworth
"In Trouble Again"
I think you'll agree that this little guy is just too cute for words.
The challenge at Crafter's Companion this month is
Stripes and/or Dots,
so this is how I put a vintage twist on my entry.
I loved the background on the image enough that I grabbed a piece of the tan cardstock that I used as a card base, and altered it to serve as a
background "brick mat" on my card.
If you want to see how this was done, I will be Guest Designing this month  at
Crafter's Companion (yippee!) and they, and I, will be posting another card and tutorial on this technique on September 17th!
Here you can see the shimmer on the "wall" and the way it entirely changes
the look of the plain cardstock paper.
It also gives it the feel of vinyl.  Cool, eh?
And with an image that adorable,
I needed an extra special sentiment for the inside.