Sunday, February 06, 2011

Love Banner

Love Banner~
for Valentine's Day
I just loved the font on my Elegant Cakes Cartridge, and I knew I wanted to use it to make a "Love" Banner for Valentine's Day.  Hubby and I got married on Valentine's Day, so it is always a double celebration at our house~  I wanted it to hang on my fireplace screen, and be super girly-girl and foofy as my mom would say.

Since I had this project in the back of my mind for a while, I was so glad to finally get it done for this week's challenge at Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog.  Our theme this week is ~Love~.   Come check out everyone's inspired projects!

Now back to my ~Love~ Banner~  Here it is in front of the fireplace :)

I used the Birthday Bash Cartridge to cut out the background layers of my banner.  All of the papers are from the K and Company ~ Brenda Walton Sweet Talk collection.  I found it for $2 at TJ Maxx.  How could you go wrong with that?  I used multiple banner layers and foam tape to give each pennant depth.

For the "L" I used various ribbons, lace, flowers, and bling that I had in my stash.  The banner is three layers, the scallop 5" , the regular 5", and then a smaller cut of the regular 3" -- all from Birthday Bash.  The "L" is the shadow and regular script cut from the Elegant Cake cartridge.  I stamped the background of my regular pennant cut with Tim Holtz's script stamp, and then embossed it with white embossing powder.  The flowers are from Making Memories and Recollections.  The bling is from Kaisercraft, and the ribbons and pearls are from Offray and the $1 collection at JoAnn Fabrics.  The small heart charm on the L was a gift (it says made with love).

 I used the same basic cuts list above for the "O".  I also cut the lock and key from the Sentimentals Cartridge.  I added gold metallic gel ink to the lock and key to give it sparkle. The key is attached using red and white bakers twine. I had some doilies that I purchased at Walmart a couple of years ago for $0.10 after Valentine's Day, so I took two of them and sprayed them with Cherub Pink Glimmer Mist and Shimmerz Baby's Breath Spray. I added faux stitching around the doily using my white gel pen, and then I added seed pearls to the centers of the flowers on the doily with Glossy Accents.  I made the rolled roses from textured cardstock, and then air brushed them with my Copic Markers.  The tickets are from an old roll of raffle tickets, and I aged them with Distress Inks.  The tag and felt flowers were from Making Memories.  I dressed them up with some seed pearls I had left over from a sewing project.  I adhered them one-by-one using Glossy Accents.

Again, the "V" started with the same basic cuts.  I used some pearls from the $1 section at JoAnn's as an accent, and I added them using Glossy Accents.  The bird on the small pennant is from the Tim Holtz collection, and I stamped it with Versamark, then embossed it with super fine black embossing powder. The small pearl accents were cut from a pearl spray I got at Michael's.  I used part of it here, and part on the "E" I made the flowers with textured cardstock, and then sprayed them with my Copic Air Brush System.  The crown and wing accents are from Making Memories.  The heart paper clips was a gift, and the bling is from Kaiser Craft.  The silk flowers are from Heidi Swapp.

Last but not least my E.  I used some more pearls from the $1 section at JoAnns.  The dress form was cut from the Forever Young cartridge.  I layered it with the shadow.  Before putting them together, I stamped the dress form with the Tim Holtz script writing stamp, and embossed it with white embossing powder.  The special event ticket is from Making Memories, and the pearls are from a pearl spray I got at Michael's.  I cut it apart to make it fit the way I wanted on the "E".  The flowers are from Recollections, and the ribbon is offray.

To hang it up, I cut strips of Offray ribbon and pearls in various lengths and colors.  I threaded one ribbon through the banner holes, then twisted the rest of the ribbons together around main ribbon to make it more "froofy"  LOL.  If I ever find my mini-clothes pins, I will cover and decorate those and use them, too.  I know they are in my craft room somewhere!

I forgot to mention my project also meets the challenge over at Party Time Tuesdays.  They are doing a love/cupcake theme challenge this week.  It is hard to see in the photos, but my background papers have cupcake accents on them.  I added so many embellishments, they get a little lost in the photos!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Scrappy Frogs Challenge - Cupcakes!

Now anyone who knows me even just a little bit knows I {heart} cupcakes!

I saw this challenge, and I knew I wanted to try out my Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge!

The papers are from K & Company, Die Cuts with a View, and Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

I cut each layer for the cupcake, and the background.  I wanted the wrapper to "pop" off of the background, so I cut out the layer then painstakingly cut small pieces of foam tape to go on each little strip to make the top layer stand out.  I inked the edges for a little more dimension.

I cut the frosting layer on an angle for some added interest.  The heart topper is cut from DCWV glitter paper in pink.  I highlighted the heart with my Sakura Puffy White pen.

The inside is an Inkadinkado stamped image colored with my Copic Markers.  I stamped the image on Neenah cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

The embellishments on the front are from my stash.  The heart brad was from a $1 bin at Big Lots.  The heart stick pin is homemade.  I took a quilting pen and glued a pink heart button on top with Gorilla Glue.  Of course, I took the button shank off first~  I let it dry, then tied a bow using DMC floss.

The sentiment is a combination of Michael's $1 stamps and Papertrey, Ink stamps.  Both stamped using Neenah Cardstock and Memento Ink.

Come check out all of the other cards posted at Scrappy Frogs and join us for our fun challenges!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Sentiment Card Challenge

We often design beautiful cards and then struggle with sentiments.  I know lately, I have really been struggling to design at all.  The stress of real life can really get in the way of crafting. 

I enjoyed throwing myself back into designing for this week's challenge at Scrappy Frogs!  The challenge was to include the sentiment on the face of the card. 

I have a real love for the Magnolia line, so I used my beloved Copic Markers to color one of my favorite images.  I had some really old but super cute papers from Cherry Arts (I don't think they are even still around), and I know they would look great with the colors I chose for my image.

The flowers and buttons are from Making Memories, and that cute little border punch is one of the new ones that hubby got me from the Martha Stewart line.  He really spoiled me with crafty gifts this Christmas!

I hope you enjoyed this card, and please hop on over to Scrappy Frogs and join in the challenge.  :).

Happy New Year, everyone!

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