Thursday, May 31, 2012

Penny for your Thoughts…

This weekend I made six cards…I like them all but there was one that stands out as my favorite.  It was inspired by my friend centralNYscrappers post using the Sissix Framelits-Chandeliers.  You should pop over and check it out.
This one is made using the Sissix framelits I got over at Crop Chocolate.  A couple of other things I used on this cards came from CC:  Echo Park Apothecary Emporium, Teresa Collins Thankful, Slice Cordless cutting machine, Slice card Paper Reverie, Viper Snaketape, Laundry Line trims.  Other items:  Unity Stamp, Distress Ink-Pumice Stone and Black Soot, Black cardstock, black card base, embossing powder, dictionary page, pop dots.
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You might have noticed I did some masking on the top half.
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And added some depth with pop dots.
I really like this one…I am not sure I will be able to give it away.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Viva Las Vegastamps Link Up Blog Hop

I got the cutest stamp over at Viva Las Vegastamps designed by Mary Vogal Lozinak, it is called Braids Lady.  VLVS is having a blog hop with their design team and has invited others to link up projects that have been done with stamps by this talented designer.
I am happy to share a wall hanging I did using my stamp a one of my favorite color combinations this year; pink and orange.
HangingI used various products purchased from all my favorite places.
VLVS:  Braids Lady and Chicken Wire stamps
Crop Chocolate:  Echo Park Be Mine, MME Happier, Viper Snaketape, Lush rhinestone and buttons, BG glazed brads, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain and Spiced Marmalade
Oh My Crafts:  Wood design-ticket, twine
From my stash:  MME Miss Caroline, MS Glitter Paint-orange sorbet, Momento marker, beads, wire, modeling paste, wool felt, TH Tattered Florals die, Ranger distressing tool, clear alpha stamps, pink ink, Ranger clear embossing powder
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Close 4Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will leave a comment, who doesn’t love to comments?!
I hope you are having fun hopping around all these great project the VLVS design team are sharing!!  All I can say is WOW!!
Leave a comment and become a follwer to be entered to win some fun blog candy.  I will announce the winner Tuesday May 29th.

Sunday, May 20, 2012’s Design Team Call

Those of you who visit regularly hear me talk about Crop Chocolate often.  Crop Chocolate is my favorite place for scrappy supplies and most importantly inspiration and camaraderie.

Recently there was a call out for the new design team, the term is July-December of this year.  I took a giant leap and submitted projects to be considered for the team.  Now, you have seen a bunch of my projects posted here and a lot of them are for various challenges but this was so different because these projects would be judged based on the criteria determined by the fabulous folks over at Crop Chocolate and selections made to fill 10 spots on the team.

I would like to take this opportunity to say that the current design team has some SUPER talented ladies on it and I have learned so much from their projects and techniques.  THANK YOU ladies!!  I will continue to look forward to seeing what you are up to.  You can check out their work over at The Crop.

OK so two projects had to be submitted; one that showcases you as a crafter and one that is ‘out of the box’.  We also had some questions we had to answer; ‘why would you be a good addition to the design team?’ and ‘what inspires you?’  All has been submitted and selections have been made but first I would like to share my projects…then I will tell you if I made it.

This is my ‘out of the box’ project, an altered box that is about 9”x12”.  It was a wooden box I picked up in the after Christmas clearance for a steal and always had big plans for.  This is a bigger project than I would normally do and has many layers so work was done on it and then I had to leave it to dry, etc.  I am the type of crafter that likes to sit down to work on a project and finish it in that sitting so this was a huge lesson in patience for me!


About seventy-five percent of the supplies were purchased from Crop Chocolate.  Honestly, if you haven’t checked them out you should.  I get the most amazing deals on these beautiful items!!

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My project that showcased me as a crafter was my Spring ATC for a swap organized by a current member of the design team, JeepMama.  Pop over to her blog and see what she has been up to, you WILL NOT be disappointed!  Scrap Addict’s Attic

I will have a post with more details regarding this ATC and the swap very soon so I hope you will stop back by!

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So what do you think of my project submissions??  I hope you will leave me a comment.

And now I won’t keep you waiting anymore… I AM A CROP CHOCOLATIER!!!  I was selected to be on the team and I cannot tell you how THRILLED I am!!  I am so excited and a little intimidated by all the talent I have to live up to.  We have got some big shoes to fill but I can honestly say I am up the the challenge…I just hope I live up to it!

Thank you Crop Chocolate for selecting me and thank you Amber for being such a great pleasure to work with!!

Come back soon!!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Grand Challenge-The Kiss

"Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together that they can't see anything wrong with each other."  Merging two companies can be a challenge--when you become so close that the challenges are one and shared, they disappear and results are produced. That was deep huh?

Buy a Wood Designs Chocolate Kiss... mmm, chocolate... at Oh My Crafts and decorate it however you'd like. A winner will be chosen by a panel of judges from the entries.   You must enter at least 3 pictures of your designed kiss (step by step) by June 5, 2012 to be eligible.

2 Please pop over to Crop Chocolate to see all the entries.  There is some extraordinary talent shared over on the Crop Chocolate web-site!!

So without any further adieu…here are the details.

After I choose my paper and had a pretty good idea of what my design was going to be I set out some of my supplies.  I traced my paper for the back and cardboard for the front, cut it out and attached it.  I also wired some beads and a Hershey’s kiss charm I had in my jewelry making supplies.  It was PERFECT for this project.





Now might be a good time to list the supplies I used, then I will continue with my step by step photos…

OMC product:  Wood design kiss

Crop Chocolate products:  MME Lush and Lost and Found cardstock, cardboard box from my last CC order,  MM foam stamps, Zing embossing powder-metallic silver, Distress Stain-Vintage Photo, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain, Slice cordless cutter, Slice design card-Bravissimo, Fancy Pants Happy Together button, FP clear stamp, Distress Crackle Paint-Clear Rock Candy

Non CC products:  VLVS rubber stamp, Mod Podge, wire, glass beads, artist paste, pewter kiss charm, muslin, buttons, hemp twine, glassy accents, silver accent powder

OK, back to the details…you can see from the photos the basic steps I took to complete my kiss.  I would like to mention here that this was a huge lesson in patience for me…I had to wait hours between each layer and for those of you who know me know I don’t love waiting.  I am happy I did though because otherwise I would not have had the results I did.

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Begin 3When all of the layers were dry I embellished according to what I had designed in my head…this is where you never really can be sure what you will end up with.   I am a visual person so I lay everything out before I glue it down.  It might interest you to know I actually did a trail run with the paste…bwah ha ha ha, another thing I don’t usually do.  I guess you could say this project was full of lessons!!  And boy was I glad my idea translated to paper, hmm, I mean wood.

OK, so here is a little more on the finished kiss…

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The front and the back.

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I would love it if you commented and let me know what you think!!  I appreciate you stopping by.  :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

For my Mama

I have been having a really hard time actually giving away the different projects I have been working on.  This one though, was made especially for my mom for Mothers Day.  I was also able to submit it for my focus group challenge over at Crop Chocolate.  We had to do a project that had a piece of fabric used on it.

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This is an 8x8 canvas. 

Crop Chocolate products: Teresa Collins Noel, Distress Stain-Broken China and Wild Honey,Distress Ink-Walnut Stain and Broken China, MME Lime Twist, Viper Snaketape, MME Stella and Rose Hattie boy trim, Distress Crackle Paint-Clear Rock Candy, Riley Blake fabric square, Lush brads, FP Happy Together buttons, BG Bling it, MM Paper Reverie butterfly.

Non CC products: Cameo I cast in Amazing Mold Putty mold with paper clay, Sissiz 3D flower ide, TH ticket die, Glossy Acceents, Graphic 45 stamp, Twinery twine, Momento marker, Maya Road chipboard shapes, wool felt, paint.

IMG_3199The cameo you see here was made with paper clay in a mold I made using a cameo I found and Amazing Mold Putty.

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My mom sews quite a bit so this will be perfect hanging in her sewing area.  I think she really liked it.  Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Honeymoon, challenge 8

The best part of the wedding??? The Honeymoon!
Create a mini album for a honeymoon or vacation that you’ve taken or are getting ready to take.  Please click here to see some other great work.
I just took two quick trips to Wilmington, NC to visit my dearest friend who was working there for six weeks.  They were two amazing long weekends filled with extraordinary experiences.
My mini album is 7” x 7” and bound with my Zutter Bind-it-all, one of my favorite new tools.  The pages are made with recycled brown craft packing paper from one of my Crop Chocolate orders that I cut to size and sewed together.  This was inspired by a fellow Crop Chocolatier, Michele, who is on the Design Team.  Check it out over at The Crop.  The ribbons in the binding were inspired by yet another extremely talented CCer, D2.  You should definately see what she is up to by clicking here.
Crop Chocolate Product: CC brown craft packing paper, MME Kraft Funday, MM Autumn Splendor frame, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain and Shabby Shutters, WeRMK Orange Ink,Prima flowers, MM brads, Lush rhinestones, Stella and Rose Mabel trim, American Crafts Precision pen, BG Micro Mono Alpha stickers, Dear Santa rhinestones, Twinery Maraschino Cherry twine, So Sophie ticket, Stickles-X-mas red, Tres Jolie journaling card, Alcohol ink-citrus Non CC Product: cardboard, Twinery twine, Distress Ink-Black Soot, Tim Holtz tiny tabs, filmstrip dies, Sissix film die, Prima gem flourish, Tim Holtz tickets, binding tape.
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The pull out on this page was inspired by a great project my friend Scrappy Canuck did, pop over and check it out.
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This album is a great remembrance of tw0 great trips with my dearest and bestest friend.  It is actually the first thing I have made for myself in a super long time, and I am very happy with how it turned out.  What do you think?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Challenge 5…with this ring

With This Ring…Include buttons or other embellishment in a shape {or} letter – ie heart, linked wedding rings, circle, R, A, etc.
I have never been a lover of buttons but since I started shopping at Crop Chocolate I have been expanding my horizons and I love what I have been doing with them.
Take a look at some of the other amazing projects here.
Crop Chocolate products: MME Lush, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain, MME Lost and Found trim, MM buttons, MM Paper Reverie Gems, Dear Santa rhinestones Non CC Prima flowers, brads, stampabilities stamp, vintage scrabble letters, fiskars heart punch.
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What do you think an appropriate occasion would be for this card??