Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Pink Designer Post

Hello everyone!

For our March My Pink Designer Post, this was our challenge:

Spring is in the AIR!!!! Let's welcome Spring with the colors YELLOW, GREEN & BLUE. You may use other colors but must have Yellow, Green and Blue somewhere in the project. You must also have some type of Butterfly in your project.

We were also asked to use one or all of the following sets:  Buggy Punnies, Tweetie Hoo Puns, Happiest Moments or More Punny-licious.

And here is the layout I created for this month's challenge. I tried to make the pictures a bit bigger this time.  I *hope* it worked.  But just in case, I left the very last photo "clickable".  That way if you need to, you can increase the size.  You can let me know which method works better in seeing the details of everything. :)


For each flower in the corner of my page:  Using the Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge, cut out the same flower in various sizes (starting at 2 1/2" and going down 1/4" each time).  Then, layer on top of one another. I used another cartridge for the centers of my flowers (to replicate what was in the patterned paper). 


For the shutters, I used one dark piece of brown cardstock.  I then adhered three lighter brown strips on top (about 1/4" wide for each one). The "nails" were made using the My Pink Stamper Everyday Occasions set. Then, I went over each circle with a brown Bic Mark-It to make them a little less perfectly round (to give it a bit of a distressed feel).


And some of the sentiments:


(The flowers on my patterned paper did not have centers, so I stamped some using the circle from the My Pink Stamper Everyday Occasions set.)


And again, the final page...

(click on image for a larger picture)


Recipe
My Pink Stamper Happiest Moments 
My Pink Stamper Punny-licious
My Pink Stamper Tweetie Hoo Puns
My Pink Stamper Buggy Punnies
My Pink Stamper Everyday Occasions
Echo Park Patterned paper (for background and shutters) "Just Dandy" from the Country Drive Collection

Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge - flowers (4) @ 2", (4) 2 1/4", (4) 2 1/2"
Walk in my Garden Cricut Cartridge - flower center (4) @ 1 1/4" (one for each flower)
Flower petals - heart punch then cut in half
Create a Critter Cartridge - frog cut at 2 1/2", chicken cut at 2 1/4", egg, cut at 2 1/4", and butterfly cut at 1 1/4"

EK Success Paper Shaper flower punch
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw)
Bic Mark-It Markers
Shutters and window box were paper pieced by hand. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Check it out!

Hi Everyone! I have a project I can't wait to show you.  You'll see it next week during our monthly My Pink Designer Post.  I hope you'll stop by.

BUT, today I have something else very exciting to tell you.  My sweet, talented friend Maria (who has also been the Head Designer for My Pink Stamper) is featured on Donna Downey's blog today.  In fact, she has several BEAUTIFUL projects that I thought you all might like to see....including a gorgeous muslin wreath that would make an amazing Christmas gift idea.  So, I thought I'd share the links so you can check them out...and be sure to leave her some blog love! :)

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Have a fantastic weekend! xo

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pinkalicious Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!  I hope you had a great week.  Are you ready to Hop along with us?  It's going to be so much fun! :) If you are coming from my friend, Tracy's Blog then you are in the right place.

Our theme this month was:
 St. Patrick's Day!  Think Green!  Show us a card, layout, mini book, party idea -- anything!

For my project, I used the My Pink Stamper Happiest Moments stamp set. This set covers a wide variety of special occasions and seasons.  It's one I turn to a lot for my card making (or scrapbooking) needs.


And here is my card, along with a quick tutorial.  I hope you like it.

(Click on any picture for a larger image)

One thing to note on how I made the shadow portion to my pot:  I cut overall image out of black cardstock at 2 1/2".  But when I made my gray layer, I cut that portion out at 2 1/4".  Oh, and I cut a few extra gold coins for my card... just to make it a bit more layered.  I wanted my Leprechaun to have something to get EXTRA excited about. LOL!

How to make the cloud background

1.  Using the Create a Critter cartridge, cut out several clouds ranging in size from 1/2" to 1".  Place these aside - we will be using them as "masks" for our background.

2.  Next, decide where your diecuts will go on your card and place those also aside for now.  

3.  Stamp your sentiment on the lower right hand of your white mat. 

4. Stamp the same white sentiment on an additional piece a scrap piece of white cardstock.  Then, cut around it using your scissors.

5.  Using repositionable adhesive, layer your second stamped sentiment over the one on your card.

6.  Again, using a repositionable adhesive, adhere clouds to your white background (leaving space for the diecuts where ever you like).

You should now have something that looks like this: 


Next, with some ink and a piece of foam, pounce ink all over the white portion of your card.  I used the Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Stormy Sky along with the Ink blending tool.   

(**If you want, you can do this step before adhering the white mat to your card.  I just placed some scrap paper around it, so as not to get ink on the outer portions and it seemed to work fine.**)

Now your card should look like this:


Don't worry if there is more color in some areas than others. A sky is supposed to have different variations in color.   That is exactly the look we are going for! :)

And finally, remove the clouds diecuts and the stamped sentiment.  This should be the final result:

 
And there you have it - a background you created yourself! 

Now add some pop dots to your Cricut cuts and place them on your card.


One quick tip:  After piecing my Leprechaun together, I realized his cheeks weren't quite the color I wanted.  So, I used a copic marker and changed the color.  This is a great way to use your markers if you happen to find yourself without the right shade of cardstock.

Recipe

Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge -  Pot of Gold cut at 2 1/2 , Leprechaun cut at 2 1/4
Create a Critter - Clouds cut at 1/2", 3/4" and 1"
Bic Mark-It makers for outlining Cricut diecuts
EK Success Paper Shaper punches - stars and four leaf clovers
Stickles - Crystal
  Copic Marker R32
 Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Stormy Sky

Your next stop on the hop is my other sweet friend Roberta

And when you are done hopping, please be sure to go back to My Pink Stamper and play along with us! 

 Here is the entire list again, just in case you might have missed someone along the way. 

Have a fantastic weekend and thank you so much for stopping by! :)

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