Saturday, September 29, 2012

Vintage birthday

This is for Anyone for Anya's Movie and Simon Says Anything Goes challenges.  I decided to make a card inspired by the musical Newsies made in the 1990's with a very young Christian Bale.
The base is kraft with layers of Early Espresso, vintage Graphic 45, Bazzill vintage newsprint, and Prima's Printery papers.  I also used Early Espresso baker's twine, paper flower, Tim Holtz film strip, and vintage buttons with the shank cut off.  The border is Martha Stewart.  The image is TGF's OA Journey, colored in copic, then embossed with a thick clear emboss powder then cracked.  Thanks for looking!  April

Sunday, September 23, 2012

TGF Little Sprouts Challenge, part 2

Here is my daughter's entry for the TGF's Little Sprouts challenge. 

close-up of Sheldon, Penny & Leonard

Maggie is 12 years old and loves nerdy science stuff.  One of her favorite shows is The Big Bang Theory and she made a SMASH page using pics online, some doodles, and made her own Sheldon, Penny and Leonard using TGF's Later Skater Ian, Miss Anya Lounge, and Special Autumn Ian.  They are colored in colored pencil and Leonard's glasses are drawn in with a multiliner. 
Be sure to get your kids and join in on the fun at TGF!  Thanks for looking!  April

TGF's Little Sprouts challenge

So the fabulous ladies at The Greeting Farm have cooked up a little fun for our creative kiddos out in blogland.  TGF is inviting Little Sprouts to show their TGF creations in two catagories - those 9 and under and those 10 and up.  My kids love to make things and have gotten into SMASHbooks as much as I have.  Both of my older two children were all over this as soon as I showed them the challenge. 
First, I have Alex's creation.  Alex is 9 years old and decided to SMASH his hobbies featuring TGF's Karate Ian, Cute Troop Ian, and Soccer Ian.  He colored them with colored pencils and used some stickers I had laying around, as well as doodling, to complete his page.
Stay tuned for my daughter's posting.  Thanks for looking and be sure to add your little sprout's creations to the fun!  April


This is for Simon Says emboss it and TGF's Farm Fresh Friday recipe challenge.  The recipe includes the following: 1) must have a boy, 2) birthday themed, 3) use turquoise, orange, and silver. 
The base is grey from Recollections with layers of Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, and Pumpkin Pie DP from SU's retired Pawsitively Prints.  I used the ticket corner punch on the mat layers.  The white border is punched with SU's scallop border and layered with a strip of Tempting Turquoise that has been stamped with images from the retired SU Extreme Elements set in Tempting Turquoise and Versamark, then embossed with metallic silver powder.  The "hb" is chipboard from Basic Grey and has a scrap of polka dot grosgrain from Michael's tied to it.  The "2u" is from a leftover set I had in my stash.  The image is TGF's OA Surprise and is colored in copic markers.  Thanks for looking!  April

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Flutter Hello

This is for TGF FFF Brights and Mojo Monday #258 challenges.
The base is Whisper White with layers of scrap green from Scrap Around the Block and Recollections.  The border is a Martha Stewart punch and the purple is some $1 ribbon from Michaels.  I cut the scallop and circle from nestabilities, then stamped the TGF Splotchy Background in retired SU Green Galore and Blush Hello in Tim Holtz Distress ink in Broken China.  I mounted the circle on dimensionals before placing on the scalloped circle.  The image is TGF's Flutter Anya, colored in copic with details of Sukura Stardust clear gel pen.  The finishing touches are a few clear skittles bubbles.  Thanks for looking!  April
close up of stardust glitter in hair

Saturday, September 8, 2012

gift card set

I know it's not the brightest colors, but the patterns are cheery, so why not?  The directions for the mini magazine holder was found here.  The holder is made from Old Olive with layers of Blushing Bride and retired SU Pawsitively Prints. 
The card base is Very Vanilla with layers of Blushing Bride, Old Olive and Pawsitvely Prints.  The images are from TGF's Sitting Casual and Sitting Cute.  I stamped them on the matching Pawsitvely Prints DP and paper pieced.  The sentiments stamped on Very Vanilla and are from SU's Whimsical Words.  All stamping is done with Timber Brown Staz-On.  I also made an insert for the pen and matching seals from the pillow stamp and scraps of the DP, then running it through the Xyron sticker maker.  Because they are part of a gift set, I wanted to keep them pretty flat to make mailing easier.  Simple, but sweet.  Thanks for looking!  April

Boo 2 You!

This is for Mojo Monday #257 and Pixie Dust Studio's Boo challenges.
The base is Old Olive with layers of retired SU halloween paper, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black.  The border is Martha Stewart's web and the image is mounted on a scalloped circle from nestabilities.  The image is PDS Pixie Boo and is colored with copics.  The ghosts were colored a second time, but out, frosted with clear glitter for a more translucent look and mounted with dimensionals.  Pixie has a orange satin bow.  The ribbon is a satin checkered ribbon from Michael's.  I hand wrote the sentiment and trimmed the notch, before curling the end.  Thanks for looking!  April

Friday, September 7, 2012

Good Witch or Bad Witch?

This is for Pixie Dust Studio Halloween challenge. 
The base is kraft with layers of basic black and 7 Gypsies Venice papers.  I distressed and ripped the top layer for interest.  The strip is a scrap of matching paper and mounted on a piece of black that is punched with the Martha Stewart web border, then wrapped with some jute twine.  The base layers are sprayed with Silver Foil smooch spritz.  The clock is made with the Tim Holtz weathered clock die and is spritzed with Emerald smooch that has a golden sheen.  The image is PDS Good Witch or Bad Witch with it's matching sentiment, colored with copic, and cut with nestibilities classic circle.  I inked it in Tim Holtz distress inks in burlap, tea dye, and vintage photo.  It is mounted on a scalloped circle, before being mounted with dimensionals.  I also cut a second pair of the shoes and coated them in red glitter.  (Gotta pay homage to Wicked and The Wizard of Oz, of course!)
close up of shoes
So, I finished it, and then found these great vintage die cuts from K & Co...oh yea, the bike!  Yea, I added it then had to go back and take another picture.  I am not sure which I prefer, but it looks good both ways.  Thanks for looking!  April

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

White Out!

This is for TGF's FFF White Out and Simon Says Put a Stamp on It, and Deconstructed Sketch #67 challenges. 
The entire card is made with Stampin' Up's Whisper White cardstock.  I used several layers mixed with Cuttlebug's domino and Swiss Dots embossing folders for texture.  The tag is hand cut and stamped with TGF's Sitting Casual embossed with black powder.  I added a white eyelet at the top of the tag.  The sentiment is from Michael's dollar bin and embossed with black powder, then mounted with dimensionals.  Super simple, but dramatic.  Thanks for looking!  April

Pixie goes to School

Like all parents, I am doing the happy dance cuz my kids are all officially in school...even the baby of our family!  This card is for Pixie Dust Studios Back to School challenge.
The card base is snow white with layers of black, sunny yellow, and brick red.  I used my new brick embossing folder that I tapped with Whisper White craft ink to fill in the grooves.  The border punch is from EK Success.  I decided to go "green" by using scraps of school paper and a die in my odds and ends bucket.  The journal tag is from a school self adhesive die set I got on clearance at Michael's and the sticker is a left over from the Preschool stickers I have.  The image is PDS Pearl of Wisdom, colored in copic with touches of white gel pen.  I wanted to give her a funky, Magic Schoolbus kind of teacher.  Thanks for looking!  April

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Baseball SMASH

I just love baseball!  I don't seek out the games, but if I stumble on my favorite team playing, I'll watch.  I also love baseball movies...from Eight Men Out to A League of Their Own to The Sandlot, I love them all.  This is for Anyone for Anya's "Anything but a card" challenge.
I started the SMASH page by cutting dies from Cricut's Sports Mania cartridge.  I cut "Baseball", the ball, and grass under the player's feet.  The nifty thing is, I cut one I decided was too big, but ended up using it as a stencil to ink onto the page.  It was a neat way to add texture without adding bulk, as my poor book is already busting at the seams.  I added a subtitle in gel pen on the title and printed posters of some of my fav baseball movies.  I also added a quote from Walt Whitman and tucked my favorite monologue from Bull Durham into the pocket.  The quote is printed on a self stick school tag set and used the SMASH labeller.  I cut the title off the top of a sheet from the Quotes SMASH pad for the title on the pocket.  The MVP list is my favorite movies/characters/teams of baseball and is from the Entertainment SMASH pad.  The Braves & Dodgers emblems I found online....the Braves are my favorite team and the Dodgers were the first baseball game I ever went to see and it's where I grew up.  Last, the character is Catcher Anya from The Greeting Farm and is colored in copic, with a few details of Sakura Stardust clear gel pen.  Thanks for looking!  April