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Black with one other color

Our challenge this month was to create a card or project using black and one other color.  I tend to be a three color girl, so I had to put my mind to this one.  Aha!  Mirror card stock!  This will give it the bling I like and some lovely shiny thing to look at.  So I used my Gina Marie Designs die and die cut using black card stock. I carefully glued it onto a piece of mirror card stock, popped a bow on it using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool, added a quick sentiment and done!  There are two challenges using mirror card stock -- one is embossing on it (you need to use ample powder on it) and the second is photographing it.  I had to take a pic at this very odd angle in order to reduce mirror image (that would be me holding the camera).  All in all, it was a quick and simple card to create.  I hope you enjoy it.


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Colors of Fall

Ahh, Fall - the most wondrous time of the year -- at least here in New England it is!  So crisp and bright with God's colors in stunning hues.  When I think of Fall I think of Sunflowers -- maybe a little late in the season for them, but it evokes that thought.  

So I thought I'd create a Block Step card for this months project.  I created a template so that it would fit an A2 size envelope, so this is a little smaller block card.  But it carries a big impact with that lovely Sunflower in the front.  I love texture, so I placed a few squares of burlap in back of the flower and then created a burlap bow using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool.  Then I placed the sunflower on top of it all.  I also created a honeycomb look using a Tim Holtz die on mirror card stock.  These were then placed on the front of the card and on the backplate.  After adding some leaves, I finished it of with some swipes of copper Pan Pastels giving it a slight shimmery look.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did in creating it.

This is just one card I'll be teaching in Tennessee next month.  So if you are in the Sevierville area, join me at Your Scrapbook Superstore for this amazing class.  This is only ONE of the projects in this class.  You can see all my class projects on www.toomuchfunpromotions.com and click on Sevierville, TN at the top of the page and scroll down.







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Back to school

Hello bow makers!  It's that time again for Simply Create Too's challenge and I have a cutie for you this month.  The theme is Back to School and since I really have no stamps that lend themselves to this theme, I did the next best thing -- I winged it LOL!  The iconic apple made an appearance in the form of Sizzix Classic circle dies.  I simply punched 8 circles, folded them in half, wrong side out, and glued each one to the other forming the apple shape.  I then hand cut some leaves and embossed a flourish stamp over them for more interest, added a stem and mounted the lovely apple on layers using the stitched line by Lawn Fawn.  I then white embossed a lined notebook page by Impression Obsession on the largest yellow layer.  Using my favorite tool, the Craft-Dee BowZ, I created a sweet single loop bow with yellow gingham ribbon.  Lastly I wrote out #1 Teacher and tucked it inside the apple.  It goes to show that you don't really need stamps to convey a feel or theme for a card.  Hope you enjoy!



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Red, White or Blue


What better way to celebrate the "Red" than with a sleeve for a bottle of red wine?  This is my project for Simply Create Too's challenge this month.  Topped off with a fantastic bow made on the Craft-Dee BowZ tool, and you have a gift all wrapped!   No card or bottle bag or fancy wrapping paper -- this says it all!






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Buttons and Bows

Hello bow makers!   Well this challenge from Simply Create Too was certainly up my alley this month. It's Buttons and Bows and I decided to really shake this up a little.  I generally do not create patriotic cards (simply because I only own one stamp lol!), but this one just popped into my creative mind.


What I did was to create three wire flowers (I was originally trying to create a star, but couldn't quite figure it out.  Stay tuned - that's just another challenge for myself!).  I lined each flower with a combination of card stock and ribbon and some Glossy Accents.  Two of the wire flowers have buttons in the center and I added multiple 1" bows to the centers of two of the buttons.  In case you are wondering, ALL this was created on the Craft-Dee BowZ tool!  Yes, the wire flowers as well as the silver bows in the center.  I layered some patriot paper on red and blue card stock and finished the entire look by creating a multiple layered satin bow at the bottom.  

So if you own a Craft-Dee BowZ tool -- experiment!  If you don't own one yet -- you can certainly order one online - just click on the Paypal button.  It's as easy as that!






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Thank You card/project


Our challenge inspiration card this month is a Thank You card.  I decided to keep it as clean and simple as I possibly could.  Those who know me, are laughing because CAS is not easy for me.  But here's my sweet little thank you.  I used a pretty pattern paper (source unknown) for the hot air balloon and simply stamped clouds in the background.  Although you may not see it in this picture, I did go over the clouds with clear Wink of Stella.  And of course, the crowning glory is the three little 1" bows on the balloon.  Those bows, of course, were created on the simple to use Craft-Dee BowZ tool!  I love it because every bow is exactly the same!  I rounded all corners and foam mounted the balloon layer onto my card base.  This die is by Intricutz.




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Use stitching/real or faux

Happy April, crafters!  This month our challenge over at Simply Create Too is to use stitching real or faux.  Well, since my sewing machine is buried in the closet somewhere, I did the next best thing.  It was fun to get back into the technique and I found it rather soothing to do.  It also gave me the opportunity to try my hand at watercoloring with a fun stamp set by Rubbernecker Stamps.  I have started quite a collection of their fun stamps using Color Burst and/or inks.  This one is done with Color Burst and I love this technique as no two images are ever alike!  I framed the flower with faux stitching and topped it off with a sweet multiple loop bow to bring it all together.  I hope you like it!










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Use Be Funny/Make Joke

Hello crafters!  This month's challenge is a little different and required a bit of thought on my part.  Then I remembered this funny vulture by Impression Obsession and decided that the image plus the sentiment says it all LOL!

I created a tag using Ranger's Kraft tags and stamped the sentiment first and embossed it.  I then stamped and embossed the vulture to the side so he would look like he was hanging on a branch from the side of the tag.   I colored him in with a combination of markers and Gelly Roll pens and lightly shaded around him using an embossing pen.  I then used a Tim Holtz background linen stamp to fill in the background and finished it off by distressing the edges with Smoky Shadow ink.

Last, but not least, I created a single loop bow using some fabulous woven ribbon.  I tucked a few strands of narrow orange ribbon within the bow before tightening it just to add a bit of color and pick up the orange from the vulture.  I have to laugh every time I put this combination of sentiment and image together.  Hope you like it!


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Use red or pink


This month's challenge was to use all pink or all red.  I do love pink and just received a new color card stock that I wanted to try.  It's called Lovely Lady by PTI.  Matching it with a pretty retro flower background was perfect.  I had seen this new curtain fold recently and decided to try it.  It has a certain wow factor (depending on what your color combinations are) and is super simple to make.  I think I especially liked it because it was a five minute card!  On this card I felt that the plain pink curtain fold needed something so I ran it through an embossing folder then added lines around the edges with a white gel pen.  The final addition of a twill bow and gem pull it all together.  I don't usually use twill for bows, but want to give it a go.  Hope this inspires you!



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Something New

Our challenge this month is "something new".  Well, lacking an imagination, I immediately thought "baby!"  Little girls are very special (since I have ONE grandchild and it's a 'she' - LOL!)  I created the background using a Cover-A-Card by Impression-Obsession.  The images are from an unknown source (Translation:  I've had them so long I don't know where I got them).  I used a narrow button border embossing folder for the top and bottom of the card to fill in the empty space that the Cover-A-Card didn't fill in.  Two sweet bows, created on the fabulous Craft-Dee BowZ tool accented the card perfectly.



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Let it Snow!

Okay, remembering the worst winter ever in NE this past year, let it suffice to say that snow is not my favorite topic or word!  However, I will get past that and have created a card for the Simply Create Too theme this month which is Let It Snow!.

Breaking from the traditional A2 card, I've created this sweet little layered round card with scalloped edges.  To achieve the shadow of the snowflake, I simply took the negative space, centered it on the circle and inked it in with a dauber.  This created a shadowed background for the actual snowflake.  To finish off the card, an elegant figure-eight, multiple loop bow was created and popped into the center of the snowflake.  I then added a blue gem to create more interest.  You could always glitter the snowflakes for additional interest.  This was such a simple and quick card to make.  Hope you enjoy!




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"Baby It's Cold Outside"

Since prepping for so many classes to go on the road, most of my themes have been Christmas or cold weather related.  Here's a fun little pop open box that certainly evokes a chill with the snowflakes.  Once constructed, I ran some blue card stock thru a snowflake embossing folder, ran a white ink pad over the raised areas and affixed the pieces to the outside of the box.  I created the shape at the top of the box using a labels die from Spellbinders.  Next were die cut snowflakes using glitter paper.  Last was the crowning glory of a seam binding multiple loop bow created on the Craft-Dee BowZ tool.  I added a pop of blue ink to the center of the bow to create more interest.




Above is a picture of the box popped open by squeezing the sides which pop right back when released.


Supplies used:
Impression Obsession large snowflakes
Blue Sky Memento ink
Spellbinder Labels die (# unknown)
Craft- Dee BowZ bow making tool


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AUTUMN SPLENDOR

As we enter one of the most spectacular times of the year in terms of beauty and God's eternal hand in all things wondrous, I created this Fall card.  Actually, this card is going to my wonderful Aunt/Godmother who is turning 100 incredible years old in just a few weeks.


I used an Impression Obsession die for the background lattice work.  Then using Distress inks in all the gorgeous Fall colors, I completely covered a piece of white card stock then die cut all the leaves using Papertrey Ink dies.  I love the mottled look once they were cut out.  After arranging them on the card, I used  Stickles to give the leaves a little sparkle.  Those green fuzzy things you see sticking out are  a used, dyed dryer sheet cut into little squares and scrunched in behind the leaves.  It just needed an extra something and that dryer sheet was calling me.  Yes, I colored it using watered down Distress Ink in Olive.  Lastly, I used some twine and created a multiple loop bow on my Craft-Dee BowZ tool for the finishing touch.  

Here's a pic of the card inside.  I didn't want to make it too bulky, but it really needs something tucked into the center of the leaves.  I can't leave well enough alone.



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"Anything Goes"

Gotta love "anything goes" -- it makes it simple - any colors, any themes, etc.  So my second project for the August challenge is a Quatrefoil card using my new favorite Color Bursts.
I used my Color Bursts to create the shades in the flowers.  Once done I mounted them on my Quatrefoil die cut which I had previously mounted to fun foam for added dimension.  All the intersecting parts of the quatrefoil were embellished with liquid pearls for a more elegant look.  It needed a little something more so I created channels around the entire quatrefoil using my score board.

The crowning glory with the flowers is the sweet bow tucked in there.  It needed a pop of color on the bow, so I simply used my finger daubers with a lavender ink and popped it in the center of the bow.  




A close-up of the bow.




SUPPLIES USED
Craft-Dee BowZ bow making tool
Hug Snug ribbon
Heartfelt Creations flowers
Quatrefoil by Papertrey Ink
Impression Obsession leaves
Fun foam






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"Anything Goes"

Gotta love "anything goes" -- it makes it simple - any colors, any themes, etc.  So my project for the August challenge is a simple multi-folded card using a Prima Doll.  I don't know why I love this stamp, but I do -- it can fit many occasions.  I decided to perk this project up with the different folds.  When folded flat, this card measures 5x7.  I'll include a picture of it opened all the way.  Wouldn't this make a great Thanksgiving card by changing up the colors?

This card has a monochromatic theme using three different patterns of paper.  When closed, the Prima doll peeks out of the card.  Adding some additional dimension in the form of a sculpted paper flower, some tiny mulberry flowers and a yummy multiple loop bow (Craft-Dee BowZ) topped by a sweet little punched butterfly brings this card all together.





And just to get your creative juices flowing, here it is in a totally different color!


SUPPLIES USED
Craft-Dee BowZ tool for bows
Heartfelt Creations flower die
Impression-Obsession:  flourish (includes hearts)
Prima Doll
Copic markers
Dimensional Pearls in white
Designer Paper:  Papertrey Ink
"Hugs" die:  Papertrey Ink




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"Get Ahead for Christmas"

In keeping with this month's theme for Simply Create Too, I decided to try my hand at this pop-open box that has been sitting in my pile of things to do.  I love, love creating boxes of all sorts -- but the most fun is decorating them.  There are so many possibilities.  So when this theme came along, I grabbed my instructions for this box and the rest, as they say, is history.  It's a hexagonal shape that pops open and closed.  I just love it!

Using different snowflake dies from Impression Obsession and an embossing folder, this was a quick and fun project.  Topping it off is a sweet figure 8 multiple loop bow created on the Craft-Dee BowZ tool to add just the right touch.  The box still pops open because I only attached the bow to the front flap.  I used a Framelits die to shape the flap.  If I wasn't so lazy, I'd have located my snowflake punch tucked way in the back of the closet with all my Christmas tools, it would have taken on a totally different look.  Try it!  Experiment!  Oh the combinations you can come up with!




SUPPLY LIST:
White and blue card stock
Darice embossing folder
Framelits label die (for box flap)
Impression Obsession snowflakes
Wink of Stella (clear)
Color Box white pigment ink
Crystal clear glitter
Pan Pastels for bow
Craft-Dee BowZ tool for bow

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Welcome to my post for Simply Create Too.


 I am so excited to be a part of this design team so that I can use some of my paper crafting skills. 

 The theme for this challenge is masculine. I chose this project because of the more masculine colors that I used on this card.

  This is called a stair step card and although it has a bow, I think it fills the bill for an apt birthday card for a guy.  You be the judge.


This is a front view of the card (sentiment is on the back side).


And here is a top view showing the stair steps.


SUPPLY LIST

Memory Box corner die
Flower punches (brand unknown)
Stickles by Ranger
Ribbon:  seam binding tape
PTI decorative card stock
Craft-Dee BowZ bow making tool

Thanks for taking the time to comment and I'll see you in a few weeks!

Donna




4 comments:

Gail said...

This is fabulous. I've never seen a fold like that and think it's GREAT! I think this is a great guy card and I know my husband would love it. Ribbon is not just for girls! :) Hugs, Gail

Barbara Bruder said...

Donna what a cool stairstep card. Perfect for a guy.And yes bows can be for guys as well. Congrats on your DT spot over at Simply Create Too.

scrapsugar said...

LOVE these cards, how gorgeous!! Question for you - where do you usually purchase Papertrey ink and ImpressionObsession dies? From the companies directly or are they sold at a retailer? Just wondering so I know if you have to pay shipping on each site or there's an easier way to get a hold of them :D thanks!!!

Vicki robertson said...

It seems this is the only place to comment on these projects and I must do that! Wow, Donna! I love each and every one of these cards. Each has it's own special details that make it fantastic!