Friday, March 22, 2013

T!m's Tattered Floral Challenge

Tim Holtz posted a tattered floral challenge recently on his blog. I love my tattered floral die and decided to give this a whirl. I covered thin cardboard with tissue tape and diecut the flowers, then did the same with burlap. I inked, painted, and "sugared" my flower with glitter. The center is a decorative brad. Everything was already in my stash, which was a big plus.

Here's my resulting flower:

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pinterest, anyone?

I have to admit that I've been slow to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon. I've been a member for well over a year, but mostly I pin things to my board and then forget about them. A couple of challenges on scrapbooking boards have generated a new interest on my part in Pinterest, though.

The first March challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog is to use a PIN as inspiration for a layout. I was working with the fun, bright Ready Set Go collection by Amy Tangerine for American Crafts for Scrap That Moment, our local scrapbooking store. I was searching Pinterest for inspiration and came across this layout by Nicole Nowosad on the American Crafts Amy Tangerine board:

I was working with a 6x6 pad, but I made it work for this layout of my two youngest grandchildren:

I cut all of the little cards and the row of houses for my border from the paper; punched the circles and the hearts; and made the tag simply by covering a shipping tag with paper. I love the little quote bubbles that were printed on one patterned paper and made sure I used one for Anna's quote about her new brother: "I will love him and teach him to jump".

Here's a close-up of the little heart embellishment I made:

I used another layout by Nicole, again from an American Crafts Pinterest board, for this layout -- again using the 6x6 Ready Set Go paper pad. I loved her pieced circle and stitching, as well as her title treatment:

And here's my take on it:

Here's a close up of my pieced circle and my "faux button":

Both layouts are on display now at Scrap That Moment in downtown Princeton, IL. I'll be showing a quick tutorial on how I made my circle both here and on the Scrap That Moment blog later this week.

At Cookin' Up Creations, we're also sponsoring a whole month of Pinterest inspired challenges! Join us    on the forum for a new challenge each day, presented by our talented Challenge Team. Each completed challenge gets you one chance in the monthly prize drawing.

Thanks for looking -- have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fun with Soho Garden!

Recently Lynette, the owner of Scrap That Moment -- a beautiful scrapbooking and papercrafting store in our town -- gave me the Soho Garden collection pack from American Crafts. Oh, what fun I've had designing with these fun, colorful papers!

I used Nuts About Sketches' sketch #253 for this one. Just couldn't resist using as many of the patterns as possible! This is my youngest granddaughter, taken two years ago.

For this one, I followed a tutorial by Gina Rodgers, a very talented scrap artist from Australia. I made the background with a template from The Crafters Workshop and Mr. Huey's Mist in Opaque White, then spritzed it with shimmer spray from Tsukineko. I also painted around the pattern blocks with gesso -- messy but fun! The adorable subject is the same granddaughter, taken just last month at her birthday party.

And because I had chosen girly patterns and made girly layouts, I went with the black/white geometrics and added a lovely blue feather-patterned paper from the collection for a layout featuring one of my grandsons. The bird was cut with Cricut's Picturesque cartridge. I used gesso and a Crafter's Workshop template for the background.

And I made two cards:

I fussy-cut the teacups and flowers from the patterned papers. The "buttons" on the second card are just punched circles covered with Glossy Accents.

Thanks for looking -- have a great week!