Thursday, April 19, 2012

Crop Chocolate Challenge #12

Springtime Flower Challenge:  Create a project using a homemade flower.
Click on the link above and pop over and check out all the GREAT entries.
Crop Chocolate products:  MME Kraft Funday, MME Lime Twist, Stella and Rose-Mable trim, Fancy Pants Happy Together trim and button, MM Paper Reverie gems, Distress Stain-Wild Honey, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain, Lush brads, MME Tres Jolie sentiment
Non-Crop Chocolate products:  Alcohol Ink-Stream, Gluber, Muslin, Bottom of plastic bottle, homemade glimmer mist.
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Oh and check out my homemade glimmer mist, recipe courtesy of Pandora over at Crop Chocolate.
IMG_2978 Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

April Crop Chocolate Focus Group Challenge

This month our challenge was to make a project using one of the Crop Chocolate Design Team tutorials. I pick one from October 2011 which was mini album month. The tutorial was done by Scrappy Canuck and her mini album used hand made envelopes. You can see the original tutorial here.  Check back often to see the latest projects the Crop Chocolate Design Team have posted on The Crop.  These ladies have mad skills!!
I thought making these envelopes was going to be a challenge in itself…but with the tutorial I was very surprised at how easy it turned out to be.  I added thin stripes of paper on the flaps to do my journaling.
Clasp Front
I decide to make a winding string clasp to keep my mini album closed but I was also considering a ribbon to tie is closed, maybe next time…
PictureI used coordinating card stock to matte my pictures on (both side) and embellished with stickers from the same paper collection.  I cut and attached small tabs at the tops to make it easy to pull the photos out of the envelopes.
OK, now for the products purchased at Crop Chocolate:  Echo Park Country Drive Collection, Echo Park Little Boy (tree trunk), Lush brads, Jillibean Soup twine, Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Walnut Stain and Pumice Stone, Dear Santa rhinestones, MME Bonjour sentiment.  From my stash:  Tim Holtz dies, Sissix dies, circle punch, American Crafts precision pens.
I have a feeling that I will be making this mini album again and again!  It will be a great way to present photos as a gift!!  You should try it, I promise you won’t regret it!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Crop Chocolate Challenge #11

Today challenge 11 was posted over at Crop Chocolate.
Sketch a Doodle: Create a project using DeeDee's sketch below. Must include masking!
Masking is like a reverse stencil.  You should go over and check out all the amazing entries as the week progresses, click here.
IMG_9042 I decide to do a layout this week and knew right away what picture I wanted to use as soon as I saw DeeDee’s sketch.
DD layout masking
Crop Chocolate product: Slice Cordless cutter and Slice card-Summer, Echo Park Little Girl, Basic Grey Out of Print, My Minds Eye Lime Twist Happy go Lucky and Out of the Blue, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain, Laundry Line Heirloom, Confetti Celebrate journaling card, Distress Stain-Broken China, Basic Grey Bling It.
Non-CC product: Distress Ink-Broken China and Peeled Paint, MS border punch, Fiskars punches-Circle and Heart, TH Banner die, VLVS bubble stamp, Ranger embossing powder.
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Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the masking technique.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Treat card

There is a lady I know through Crop Chocolate, she goes by Scrappy Canuck.  You have heard me mention her before, I think she is super talented and I have learned a lot of things from seeing her work posted on various blogs.  She made a great card that she entered in one of the challenges and I was dying for a tutorial…well here it is HOT off presses, you should definitely check it out, I did!
Treat card
I bought the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers butterflies and I saved the packaging thinking I might just be able to use it…it turned out to be perfect for this project.  I used MME Lush cardstock, EP Little Boy cardstock, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain, Dear Santa rhinestones, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist-Red Nosed Reindeer and Stickles-Cotton Candy from Crop Chocolate.  I also used Sissix Scallop Circle die, Pebbles ribbon, Distress Ink-Vintage Photo, Ranger clear embossing powder, clear stamp, Maya Road chip board butterfly, Ranger mini stapler.
Treat card close up Treat detail
I LOVE this technique!  And if I can do it so can you!!  Thanks Scrappy Canuck for such great instructions…they made this such a fun project that I will surely do many more times in the near future!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Sing a song, Crop Chocolate’s weekly challenge #10

As posted on Crop Chocolate:  ‘Yeehaw! How many times have you heard a song that brings back a memory? Let your favorite song be your inspiration for your challenge this week. And, see if you can use some of those items from your HC (HC is Hot Chocolate and it is a sweet surprise you can order at Crop Chocolate) that you wouldn't normally use. No HC products? No problem, just make sure to use 50% CC supplies.’
I love the group Train!  I also love their new song Drive By!!  It was my inspiration for my entry. 
Drivin by
As the song suggests my car had to move…so I designed a slider that would pull the car across the card.  Since this was my first try I definitely have some tweaking to do to the design.
Drivin by pulled Crop Chocolate product: Echo Park Country Drive, Springtime, Wintertime, Little Boy, My Mind’s Eye Good Day Sunshine, Lush rhinestone, Dear Santa rhinestones, Stickles-  X-mas Red, Liquid Pearls-Silver Pearl, American Crafts precision pen-black and from Hot Chocolate-MM Paper Reverie pearls. Non-CC product: brown card base, Stickles-Black Diamond, Fiskar’s punches-clouds, circles, tree, heart, scalloped circle and Sissix die-car.
Drivin by close up pulled Drivin by car
Thanks for Drivin’ By…

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Surprise Pop-up Card

Today Scrappy Canuck posted a GREAT tutorial for a ‘surprise pop-up’ card.  Her card is adorable and I just had to try it!  You should ‘pop’ over to her blog and see what she has been up to!!
My mother asked me for a birthday card for a dear friend of the family.  His birthday is right around the corner…it was the PERFECT opportunity to try this style card.
Pop up
Products used:  MME Lime Twist Out of the Blue cardstock, Crop Chocolate brown packaging paper, dictionary page, Distress Ink-Spice Marmalade and Vintage Photo, Tim Holtz stamps, grunge board, Momento markers, Echo Park Country Drive alphas, Ranger embossing powder, Darice embossing folder, Stella and Rose Mabel trim, glossy accents, Lush rhinestones and Liquid Pearls-white and silver.
Pop up popped Pop up Close
Now I just need to figure out an envelope…

Monday, April 2, 2012

Bunny cards for Easter

My nieces, 5 years old and 3 years old, have their favorite colors, pink and purple respectively.  So when I started their Easter cards I knew this would be how I personalized them.   These cards were inspired by Tim Holtz’s fuzzy Easter project.
Products used:  Fancy Pants Thinking of You and Echo Park Country Drive cardstock, grunge board, adhesive sheet, wool felt, Tim Holtz Easter Elements die, Tim Holtz embossing folder, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick and Dusty Concord, Stickles-Thistle and Tropical Tangerine, white pom poms, Stamps by Inkadinkado and Rubber Stampede, Fiskers circle and heart punches.
Easter bunnies Easter pin
What is neat about these fuzzy bunnies is that they are removable and reusable pins, cool huh?
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I stamped and embossed the baskets and stamped little Easter eggs.  Then I fussy cut all those pieces to create the Easter baskets.
I think they will enjoy these cute Easter cards don’t you??