Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Cutting Edge Challenge #4!

Hello Sweet Friends!

It’s been another crazy week around here, but I had a chance to create a project for the next Cutting Edge Challenge, so I’m a happy girl!!

Look at that darling project made by Jean Manis!!  I so love Jean’s whimsical design eye, as well as her precision.  It just makes this straight light girl very, very happy!  I was inspired by the film strip as well as the red, white and black color palette – here’s what I created!

CEC4 - I Reely Love You

Can you see how I was inspired by Jean’s card?  I pulled out a stamp set and coordinating dies  from My Favorite Things that I’ve had for EVAH!!  I was so happy to finally get a chance to use it!  I die cut the film strip frame from black cardstock and adhered it to the card front with foam tape.  I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I die cut the film reel from some shimmery silver paper that I had in my scrap bin twice, and adhered them together with foam tape, then adhered them to the film strip.  Easy PEASY!!  I’ve listed the products that I used below!

We’d love to have you play along with us! If you click on through to The Cutting Edge Challenge Blog, you’ll find lots of information, including:
  • The two Winners of the last challenge, as well as the Top 3, are being announced;
  • The second half of the The Cutting Edge Design Team is sharing their samples for the challenge, and they are pretty fabulous;
  • The rules and regulations of the Challenge are listed; and
  • The InLinkz link-up tool for you to link up YOUR project!

The challenge closes on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM EDT, so what are you waiting for?!  You can find everything you need to play along HERE.  We can’t wait to see what you create!!

That’s it for me today, sweet friends!  I’m headed to one of my favorite brick and mortar stamp stores to help a friend with a stamp demo.  Oh, and there’s a sale going on so no doubt I’ll be bringing some goodies home to add to my stash!  BONUS!!  LOL  I sure hope that you have some great plans ahead for your weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Runway Inspired Challenge #64–You Are Amazing!

Well, hello!!

This is going to be another one of those “drive by” blog posts.  We are in Portland, Oregon visiting our youngest daughter and son-in-law at the moment, so there’s not a lot of time to chat today!  But I wanted to pop in quickly to share the next Runway Inspired Challenge!

RIC64 Graphic

There are so many things that are inspiring about this dress!  I love the soft pleats, and the lovely and subtle color palette, as well as the gorgeous contrast from the black lace insert.  Here’s what I created for the challenge:

RIC64 - You Are Amazing

I chose to go somewhat clean and simple, and try a new-to-me watercolor technique.  It’s called the Whitewash Watercolor Technique, and it’s demonstrated beautifully HERE.  Basically, you heat emboss the lined image with white embossing powder, then paint the inside of the image with a water brush and white pigment ink.  Once that’s dry (I heat set mine with my heat gun), use the water brush and the dye reinkers to watercolor the images.  This is such a FUN technique and one I’ll use again!  It’s great because you can get that “watercolor look” on colored cardstock because the white pigment reinker acts as a foundation for the water and dye reinker – it doesn’t soak into the cardstock and get lost!  Oh, and I also noticed that the cardstock did NOT buckle, bend or pill as I thought it would.  So fun!!  I stamped the lacy circle image three times consecutively to create a scalloped border, and then trimmed it out with my scissors.  I’ve listed the products that I used below.  Oh, and I was inspired by THIS card that I loved by Shari Carroll.

Please click on through to the Runway Inspired Challenge Blog to see the winner’s from the last Challenge.  There are some GORGEOUS samples from my other sweet teammates there to inspire you all, as well as the InLinkz linky tool for you to link up YOUR answer to the Challenge – we’d love to have you play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  It truly means the world to me!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Cutting Edge Challenge #3!

Hello Again!!


I’m back today to share the sample I created for the latest Cutting Edge Challenge!!  Check out this GORGEOUS project created by Lisa Addesa.  I was so inspired by the amazing white space, and the rainbow colors!  Here’s my answer the Challenge:

CEC3 - Smile

Fun, right?!  I have no idea what made me think of polaroid pictures, but I’ve been dying to use the Precious Polaroid dies from My Favorite Things that I’ve had for a while now!  Aren’t they so dang cute?  I cut them out of white CS five different times and then punched out some colorful vellum and adhered that behind the Polaroid openings.  The rainbow panel was trimmed out using the Stitched Mat Rectangles as well as the Stitched Border curve die.  The sentiment was die cut from the same rainbow paper, and then stacked onto four other layers to give depth and texture.  I’ve listed the products I used below.

Please click on through to the Cutting Edge Challenge Blog to find out the winner of last week’s challenge (as well as the Ellen Hutson $25 Gift Certificate).  You’ll also find some GORGEOUS samples from my sweet teammates, the rules of the Challenge, as well as the InLinkz linky tool for you to link up YOUR answer to this week’s challenge!  I so hope you’ll play along!  You have until Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM EDT!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I’ve got a busy weekend happening around here!  Our grandsons are here for the weekend, and then we’re headed to Portland on Monday to spend some time with our youngest daughter and son-in-law.  AND it’s gonna be a hot one in Seattle – WOOT!!  Hoping you have some lovely plans for your weekend!!

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