Monday, June 21, 2010

Crafty Secrets Design Team Technique Challenge!

Well, today marks my first official challenge as a new member of the Crafty Secrets Design Team. Our esteemed leader Vicki and our Crafty Secrets boss-lady and owner Sandy have challenged us to create a project incorporating a tutorial...what fun!! It was really difficult to choose images and papers to work with because there are so MANY fabulous papers and vintage images and stamps and things, and Sandy has been so very generous sharing her delightful product. So, instead of doing just ONE project, some friends and I got together and did SIX! (lol)

We decided to create little treasure boxes, and spent the day happily crafting together, so you'll see several different results here. You might want to scroll down and look at the finished product so the steps will make sense to you.

This project meets the following challenges:

Zoe's Challenge # 1 (nice and girlie)
Charisma Cards (all about the bling)
Aly's Sunday Challenge (flower power)
It Takes Two (create a card and something else to match)

First step, we used square chipboard coasters (mine came from the "Old Fish Factory," a great little restaurant in Lunenburg Nova Scotia). I painted mine pink, although it's not essential to paint them, as you'll be covering them with paper anyway. I just didn't want the dark colours showing through the pretty papers.

Next, we made little "drawers." You can either use a matchbox as a template, or, if you're lucky enough to have an electronic cutter, you can cut them with that. Using the matchbox template, choose complementary colours cardstock, and cut four of each piece.

Score and fold each piece, along the outlines of your templates, and begin gluing them together, using clamps to ensure good adhesion.

The little drawers will look just like the drawer of your matchbox, of course.

Next, punch a hole in the centre of each for a drawer handle.

We used Tim Holtz Hitch Fasteners as our handles.

Next, we glued the finished boxes on top of one of the coasters like this (sorry for the rotten image here, but at least it gives you the idea)

Next, we covered the top coaster with lovely Crafty Secrets patterned papers, and glued the coaster on top of the drawers like this:

We all chose images from Crafty Secrets Creative Scraps, and glued them inside the drawers, just as another little surprise for the recipients. Then we created a small easel card with complementary papers and images, and glued that to the top of the completed treasure boxes.

Here are some smiling faces of new Crafty Secrets fans! (I'm behind the camera) We had a WONDERFUL day together. I thought it was hilarious that we all chose the same image for the outside of our easel card!

Please DO stop by to visit the blogs of all the other designers for some beautiful eye candy and fabulous tutorials! Here are the links to their projects:

And here are links to the delightful vintage images and stamps from Crafty Secrets!

There are so MANY great new Crafty Secrets releases. One of my very favourites is the Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps set. Here's a link to a previous post where I used these on a set of *ahem* irreverent greeting cards. I just LOVE these images and sayings, and I know I'll be using them often!

Ooohhh, one last thing, DO stop by the Crafty Secrets blog too...some fun stuff happening me, you will NOT want to miss it!

THANKS for stopping by today, hope you have a great one!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I love BIRDS!

Today, Impression Obsession designers are challenged to create a RED card; the theme for Wednesday Stamper is "I love;"
the Charisma Cards theme is BLING (can you see all my glitter?); the Creatilicious challenge is a layout and stitching (real or faux). Here's my card, with one of my favourite Impression Obsession bird stamps and some hand stitching (there are several other GORGEOUS bird stamps similar to this one: here and here and here and here ).

YOU can enter the challenge too! Head on over to the IO blog for details...and how to win a $25 gift certificate for those luscious IO stamps!

Take a few minutes to see what the other designers have created...pure eye candy!
Wishing you a WONDERFUL day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Paint and foil

Quick post today, as I'm spending the day volunteering at our local sick kids' hospital...always such a highlight of my week!

Today's Cuttlebug Challenge is to use paint; Three Muses and Cas-tastic want to see buttons; over at Sisterhood Challenges, we're celebrating children; at Wednesday Stamper, the challenge is "I love" (this stamp!), and for the Pick Three Challenge, I used green, an image with a hat, and tin foil. I used a favourite Art Journey stamp for this card, created two rolled paper frames from an old book page, sprayed them with glimmer mist and stamped the image on a distress inked background. I Cuttlebug-embossed a foil background, painted over that with acrylic paint, then sanded it lightly. The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts.

Thanks for visiting today! I wish you a day of contentment, doing whatever you love to do.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

LOVE these little birds!

This bird image is one of my favourite new images available at Crafty Secrets; it's a Creative Scraps sheet titled "Birds and Blossoms." The corner swirl stamp is from Clear Art Stamps. The sentiment stamp and music stamp are both from Quietfire Design. I created this card to meet several challenges, as usual:

Play Date Cafe: use pale peach, peach and yellow
Cas-tastic: use a sentiment as a focus
Charisma: use flowers
One Powerful Hour: use a favourite colour that you don't use much in paper crafting(mine is yellow!)
Tag Tuesday: create a tag with music
Pick Three challenge: I used an image with a hat, stamped a swirl, and used yellow
Sew Many Challenges: use any three embellishments and a charm ( black corner charm at the top left)

Over at Tuesday Taggers, they want us to use texture. They have a nice little prize on offer too, from Tanda Stamps. I used Dreamweaver stencils with embossing paste and metallic gold leaf for this Asian card of love and happiness. The Creatilicious challenge is Asian.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. I wish you a lovely weekend, doing whatever makes you happy!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Happy Room Bliss!

The challenge over at Created by Hand today is"circles and connections," and over at Sew Many Challenges, anything goes! I found some funky papers to use for this one! ;) Over at Stamp Something, the challenge is to use some designer paper, some ribbon, a bow and a tag. The C.R.A.F.T challenge is to use blue and green. The Charisma Cardz challenge is going around in circles, and at Pixie Dust, it's"going round and round."

I started playing in my Happy Room today, and I'm having SO MUCH FUN working with these new Crafty Secrets images and stamps. I'd planned to do a card or two, but once I scanned all the challenges, I decided to keep going.

The fifties retro images are fabulous, and the sentiments just crack me up! So here's what I've done today. Some of the sentiments are Crafty Secrets paper scraps, and I supplemented those with others I typed myself.

Over at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog, these colours are being used along with Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders, which I used for each card. Over at City Crafter, the challenge is to do something with buttons and bows.

Over at Crazy Amigo, the challenge is "friends," and at Sunday Stamper, the challenge is "wings." Here's a card I did for a friend's birthday, glittering my goddesses wings and stamping some butterflies.

Over at Alphabet Challenge, they want to see eyelets. It's been a long time since I used those! ;) The little flowers are handmade from polymer clay. I thought they were a nice retro touch.

Over at Pile it On, challenge # 21 is "eat your veggies!" I used some designer paper from the Crafty Secrets Pastels paper pad for this one. LOVE those papers! There are quilting papers, striped and dotted papers, papers that look like old wallpaper, and the COOLEST papers that look just like a chenille bedspread my parents had on their bed!

Over at One Stop, the challenge is pearls and swirls.

Okay, that's it for today. THANKS for visiting!