Saturday, October 29, 2011

Scallop Pocket Gift Card

Happy Saturday! Did you get to sleep in today? It's actually cold here this morning, but it will warm up into the 70's this afternoon - beautiful!

Have you ordered your 3D and Fun Folds cd yet?? See the "Buy Now" button over on the right side of my blog? Click on that and you'll be able to buy your copy of this great cd filled with 70 brand new techniques. In addition to the step by step techniques, you'll also see some gorgeous artwork for these techniques to inspire you.




If you have never seen a TJ CD, here is a real example from the Fancy Folds and Motion CD (the format is the same, but ALL of the techniques are different!) of the Vertical Accordion Card:
http://techniquejunkies.com/Vertical_Accordion_Card.pdf

Here is the Christmas project I promised to share with you: Scallop Pocket Gift Card. This is perfect for putting any kind of gift card inside. Just pick some papers to match the gift card and you've got the perfect presentation to give to your loved one.



Won't that be a great gift to give away for Christmas? Order your 3D and Fun Folds cd today and you'll have plenty of time to make these gift card holders for this Christmas. Have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Christmas Double Easel Card

Hey folks! I've got some awesome news for y'all! The new 3D and Fun Folds CD from Technique Junkies is ready for purchase!! See the "Buy Now" button over on the right side of my blog? Click on that and you'll be able to buy your copy of this great cd filled with 70 brand new techniques. In addition to the step by step techniques, you'll also see some gorgeous artwork for these techniques to inspire you.

This is one of several projects that have been keeping me so busy lately. I'm excited to share some of the samples that I created for this cd. What I am sharing tonight is the Double Twisted Easel Tutorial.


Isn't that a cool card? It's actually much easier than it looks - just follow the steps in the tutorial and you'll have your own card made lickety split! Just click on the "Buy Now" button (upper right side of my blog) to order your cd.

This chipboard star was painted with some gesso first, and then I used some yellow Sunshine Creative Inspirations Paints to make this chipboard star all shimmery.


For this cute scene, I colored the image with Copic markers first, and then I went to town with several Creative Inspirations Paints. The star at the top of the tree is painted with Sunshine, the red Christmas lights and the holly berries are painted with Garnet, the blue bulbs on the ground are painted with Denium, the tops of the blue bulbs are painted with Antique Silver, and the copper bands going around the barrel planter are painted with Antique Copper. Isn't that shimmer nice and festive? :-)


Check in with me this weekend as I share some more of the projects I created for the new technique cd. Some will be SO perfect for those Christmas gifts that you'll be giving to your loved ones in less than two months. :-)


Stamps: Christmas Tree Bear & Beary Christmas - I Brake for Stamps - use code SAVE10HOLLY to save 10% off your order
Creative Inspirations Paint: Sunshine, Garnet, Denium, Antique Silver, Antique Copper - use code SAVE10HOLLY to save 10%
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
CS: Black, Red, White, dp (Recollections)
Other: Copic markers, holly leaf punch, red bling, chipboard star, gesso
TJ Technique: Double Twisted Easel - 3D and Fun Folds CD

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Belli Challenge #129 - 1234


Good morning! This is my card for this week's Belli Challenge. We are doing a unique twist this time - it's called 1234. Basically you use a certain number of certain items so they fit into the 1234 group. For example, you could use 1 ribbon, 2 brads, 3 stamps, and 4 sheets of paper. You decide what embellishments go with each number.

For my card, I used:

1 - stamp (The Blessing of Peace from I Brake for Stamps)
2 - die cuts (Labels 17 - Spellbinders, Holly Flourish - Cheery Lynn Designs from Classy Cards n Such)
3 - flowers (Wild Orchid Flowers from I Brake for Stamps)
4 - sheets of designer paper (Season's Greetings - Echo Park)

My background is a technique that I created called Collaged Circles. If you are a subscriber to the Technique Junkies newsletter, you can look up the tutorial to see how to create your own background. :-)


Isn't that a fun challenge? You could have all kinds of combinations. Why don't you give it a whirl? We'd love to see what you come up with! Check out what the other Belli Girls created over on the Belli Challenge blog and then share your creation(s) with us. :-)

When you go shopping at I Brake for Stamps, be sure to use this code - SAVE10HOLLY - to save 10% off your order. You can use this for your entire order, whether it is stamps, Wild Orchid flowers, 6x6 papers, or even Creative Inspirations Paints. Have fun shopping!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I Brake for Challenges #12 - Halloween

Hey folks! Today's challenge on the I Brake for Challenges blog is to create a project with a Halloween theme. I pulled out this cute Vampire Costume Bear from I Brake for Stamps to share with you today.



How adorable is that?? I colored the bear with Copic markers and I used the Copic Texturizing technique from Technique Junkies to give his fur a "furry" appearance. His vest and his "wings" are painted with shimmery Onyx paint (Creative Inspirations Paint) and I used a gold glitter pen to color in his medallion and the stars.


I found some chipboard letters to spell out "boo!" but they had a glossy white finish on them. So I peeled off that glossy paper and then painted the raw chipboard with the same shimmery Onyx paint. You can see the wonderful shimmer in this picture:


There are more fun Costume Bears over at I Brake for Stamps - a witch, a pirate, and a princess to name a few. Pull out your Halloween stamps or order these Costume Bears, then create a project and share it with us over at the I Brake for Challenges blog. We'd love to see your Halloween projects!

When you go shopping at I Brake for Stamps, you can use this code - SAVE10HOLLY - to save 10% off your order. This is good for anything in the store, including stamps, Creative Inspirations Paint, Wild Orchid flowers, and 6x6 papers. :-)

Stamps: Vampire Costume Bear from I Brake for Stamps
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
CS: Basic Gray, Black, White
Other: Copic markers, gold glitter pen, black organdy ribbon, chipboard letters
TJ Technique: Copic Texturizing
Creative Inspirations Paint: Onyx

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Belli Challenge #128 - Wisteria Girl


Today's Belli Challenge is to use Flower Soft, felt, or chunky glitter on your project. I wanted to play with this Sweet Blossom girl from I Brake for Stamps, and the Flower Soft was the perfect embellishment for this image. This girl is a brand new Sylvia Zet stamp from IBFS, and the challenge over on the I Brake for Challenges blog is "Girl Power." Two challenges in one card - too cool! :-)

I colored this Sweet Blossom girl with Copic markers, and then I used the Wisped Frame technique from Technique Junkies. I added some Lavender Flower Soft to the areas where the flowers were. The seam binding is hand-dyed by sponging the wisteria ink all over it.

Check out the challenges I've listed below to see the gorgeous samples. We'd love to have you play along with us!

Belli Challenge - Flower Soft, felt, or chunky glitter
I Brake for Challenges - Girl Power


You can use my coupon code - SAVE10HOLLY - when you go shopping at I Brake for Stamps. You can use this on stamps, shimmery Creative Inspirations Paint, Wild Orchid flowers, anything you see in the store. Have fun!


Stamps: Sweet Blossom - I Brake for Stamps
Ink: Wisteria, Black
CS: Wisteria, White, Lily Kate dp (Basic Grey)
Other: sponge, Lavender Flower Soft, Copic markers, circle die, Eyelet circle die, butterfly punch, pearl, seam binding, corner rounder punch
TJ Technique: Wisped Frames

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rogue Challenge #4 - Toile Bookmark


I just saw the new challenge over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog, and you know I had to play along. :-) For this challenge, we have to have a tag and a quote on our project, so I looked around my studio to see what I could do.

I wanted to try a new technique from Technique Junkies called Back to Back, but never really got around to it. So tonight, I decided to go ahead and give it a shot. After I created my background with this technique, I decided to cut this out with the new Tim Holtz tag die (rule #1 of the challenge). I looked through my Rogue stamps to see which quote I wanted, and this one from the Relish Reading set is so perfect for a bookmark.

I stamped the quote (rule #2 of the challenge) on kraft cardstock and then cut it out with scissors. The flower was cut from white cardstock and I sponged the purple inks on it, with the darker ink on the very edges. While my sponge was still loaded with purple ink, I dabbed it over some white seam binding.

Why don't you check out the challenge and play along? There is an awesome prize for one lucky winner, so give it a shot! :-)

Stamps: Relish Reading (Rogue Redhead Designs), French Script (SU), Bella Toile (SU), Twill (SU)
Ink: Kraft, Wisteria, Dusty Concord distress
CS: Kraft, White
Other: seam binding, sponge, button, linen thread, Rose Creations die, Tim Holtz tag die
TJ Technique: Back to Back

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Exciting New Release at IBFS!!!!

Guess what?? I Brake For Stamps is now offering the gorgeous Wee Stamps in rubber from artist Sylvia Zet!!!

These beautiful stamps are perfect for this week's challenge over on the I Brake for Challenges blog. It's all about Girl Power, and the design team has had a blast playing with these new Wee Stamps for this challenge.

I played with two of these cuties, and the first one is this adorable Sweet Blossom. I colored her with Copic markers and I used the new Stacked Nesties technique from Technique Junkies. I also added some of the Wild Orchid flowers (Aster Daisies) that are available at I Brake for Stamps.




For my second card, I used this beautiful Silver Fairy stamp. This is colored with Copic markers, and then I used some Creative Inspirations Paints over her hair and her wings. The die cut flourishes are painted with Silver Frost paint for a shimmery accent, and some tiny little jingle bells are dangling from the hand-dyed ribbon.


The wings are painted with Fairy Dust - a shimmery translucent paint. It's perfect for angels and fairies and butterflies. I've used the Silver Frost paint on the hair and the tiny jingle bell on the end of the wing. You can see the beautiful shimmer here:



I just love these sweet little girls! This Girl Power challenge runs for two weeks, so you've got plenty of time to order these Wee Stamps and enter your creation in the challenge.

When you go shopping at I Brake for Stamps, remember to use this code - SAVE10HOLLY - to save 10% off your order. You can use this code for anything in the store - stamps, flowers, paint, anything! Have fun!