Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SketchMania #38!

Keep an eye out next week for this March's winner and our new sponsor!!

Here is April's first sketch:

and the examples:

(with a card!!)

(with TWO digital layouts!!)

Please post a link to your blog post using Mr. Linky :) you have until April 30th for this sketch - any links posted after that will not be considered for the prize :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

New Design Team!!

I'm so excited to share that I've made the design team over at Viva Las Vegastamps!!!

You won't believe the fantastic product this company has to offer. Tons and tons of images for your picking in whatever form you'd like; wood mounted, foam mounted, or just plain ol' rubber for your own mounting!! They've also got some odds n ends like stamp pads and TH Grungeboard... but if you purchase anything from them I'm telling you now to throw in a few rolls of their MIRACLE TAPE. it is the best, most fantastic, durable 2 sided tape I've ever worked with. It's very similar to a carpenters tape in durability and strength, but nice and thin like a scrapbookers tape. B.E.A.UTIFUL.

(also, if you find yourself adventurous they've got surprise boxes and sell stamps by the pound!!)

BLOG(where I'll be contributing twice monthly) --- STORE(you'll browse their stamp collection for HOURS)

Be on the lookout and I'll share some gems I've found throughout the place.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spread Your Wings

I got the gorgeous Gabrielle line from CropChocolate to do my current chocolatier submission out of, and I absolutely fell in love.

I decided to do an altered frame.

I'll never get over scrabble tiles and a label maker as words/titles. I think they're so fun. and the papers in this collection totally scream me. gorgeous browns, tans, turquoise and coral with splashes of white. And all the butterflies are so pretty.

I made this larger butterfly using a SU die, the Bobunny papers, distress ink, alcohol ink, feathers, stickles, and floral beads.

After tons of scanning, photoshopping, printing, cutting and layering I had the look I thought I was trying to achieve. The frame is nice and deep, so it provides a great sense of depth in the piece..

There's type of vintage shabby chiq paper crafting I've been striving to accomplish, and I'm just not quite making the target, yet. Oh well.. this is still a nice piece!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SketchMania #37

This week's sketch:

and here is Jenn's take:

Please post a link to your blog post using Mr. Linky :) you have until March 31th for this sketch - any links posted after that will not be considered for the prize :)

Sorry about SketchMania

I cannot get anything to upload right now, beats me why. Maybe it's blogger - I'll try again this afternoon - stay tuned for SM!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SM #36

Welcome to This week's SketchMania!
Our prize this month: $10 to Barnes N Noble, and $20 to! - it does seem as if we have more participants when there's a link system involved, so we'll keep going with this way to link! If you have any suggestions that don't cost, feel free to make them! :)

I'm loving what everyone is doing for the linked dots in Sketch #35!!!

Last month's prize winner has been notified :)

Here is #36:

and the examples:




Please post a link to your blog post using Mr. Linky :) you have until March 31th for this sketch - any links posted after that will not be considered for the prize :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Viva Las Vegastamps! Dt Call

Jennifer Bliss shared that Viva Las Vegastamps is having a design team call, so I thought I'd throw my name into the pot! You can find all the info on their blog.

The two projects I'd like to showcase are...

A card made based off one of my weekly sketches for SketchMania. The stamp is a gorgeous collage piece from Inkadinkadoo which I stamped on a piece of old music sheet. I used tons of distress ink and powder as well as a piece of recycled corrugated cardboard packaging. The papers are KaiserCraft, which I also used to make the flower. That's a JilliBean kraft card base, TH film strip, a pearl bead and zebra wire. The pin is made with more pearl beads, a brown bead and a head pin. Tons of handmade embellishments, vintage and a perfect interpretation of my style!

and a tag made in honor of Tim Holtz's 12 days of tags. (funny they're both christmas!) I started with a manilla tag, inked it with a script stamp using StazOn ink, and distressed the edges with ink and powder by ranger/TH. The lantern (distress ink and powder) and the mistletoe both come from a set of Inkadinkadoo stamps, and the mistletoe has been colored in using stamp pads and diamond glazed for a shiny gem like effect. The large 25 are numbers from an alpha set by Art Blanche, and they've been embossed with distressing powder. I tied a piece of vintage ribbon around the edge and knotted some raffia at the top! LOTS of stamping and stamping techniques in this little ol' tag!

good luck to everyone who's entering!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fly Away - 3D wall art

Who doesn't love butterflies? SERIOUSLY? they are so peaceful and gorgeous.

here are some butterflies I've been making out of aluminum pop cans. I've arranged this set into a wall hanging.

I will be sending a ton of these to the designers over at ReadySetCreate who are featuring UmWowStudio products in an upcoming issue! and keep your eye out on the etsy store for some of your own to purchase!

I've made these gorgeous winged creatures out of pop cans, as mentioned before, and adorned them with wires, beads, gems, faux antenna, pearls, glitter, and even have a couple laying around on my desk made out of fabric with lace accents! The frame is some random one picked up from a friend, it started out as this nice sandy color and I just dry brushed white acrylic over it. The butterflies are stamped from a Stampin' Up Die. I'm going to enter this wall hanging to Simon Says Stamp and Show.. challenge.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SketchMania #35

Welcome back this week!!

Our prize for this month's sketches is an anonymous donation and consists of a $10 Barns n Noble Card and $20 Amazon Gift Cert!! Free for you to use on whatever you like =)

Here is the sketch and a couple of examples from our new gals!!



We're trying out a new link system... let me know what you think!

Please post a link to your blog post using Mr. Linky :) you have until March 31th for this sketch - any links posted after that will not be considered for the prize :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Goodies (butterflies, fabric flowers...)

Here are some new goodies I've been making to go up for sale!! as soon as I have a good collection of both completed and photographed they'll be up!

let's start with the flowers:

A bit of a new style for paper flowers:

I love these fabric flowers and can't wait to have tons of them lying around in all sorts of complimentary sets:

and these butterflies look great in the picture... but they're GORGEOUS in person!!

what do you think?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Give Aways..

Check out Practical Scrappers and Pink Paislee - they've teamed up to give away a prize pack!!

and don't forget to check out the great work they've featured using Pink Paislee projects!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

SketchMania #34

Good Morning everyone!!! I would like for you all to welcome 2 new designers to SM; Kylie and Jennifer!! Both have amazing works and gorgeous blogs where you can comment on their own personal work (as well as their SM posts) so be sure to visit them (and the rest of the girls too!)

I was so impressed with the sheer generosity of everyone who applied that I'm inviting a few back to be guest designers in the future, so be sure to check your mail ladies!!

Here is this week's sketch and couple of examples:





Sarah Michelle:

Please post a link to your blog post using our sketch in the comments section below :) you have until March 31th for this sketch - any comments posted after that will not be considered for the prize :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ready For Adventure - CC Monthly Sub

Here is the layout I did for this month's
CropChocolate DT submission
with the theme (Travel/Vacation}
(I also made it fit for SketchMania #34 so keep your eye out!!)

Gabe's first out of town trip!! Five weeks old.

I made ALL of the flowers and the butterfly(stay tuned for these great additions to the ETSY shop as well as many other fun goodies!!)

CC Products used: EP's Little Boy, EP's Walk In The Park, EP's Merry Christmas, and Fancy Pants random papers set.

Non CC products used: muslin, beads, foil, alcohol inks, distress inks, pearls, buttons, stickles, big shot, tattered florals die, zebra wire, cheese cloth, don juan cricut cartridge and floral beads.