Saturday, October 11, 2008

TECC37 Challenge Card

I couldn't wait to share this week's submission for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge. I was leafing through one of the new scrapbook magazines this past week, and there was a section of a bunch of cute cards that had interesting "openings." I decided to give it a try with this week's sketch. You can see the original sketch at

My card has 2 circles on the bottom half, opening downwards, and the bird circle and twill ribbon circle open upward, with a piece of velcro holding the whole thing shut. Cardstock is Green Galore, Gable Green, and Regal Rose. Stamp set is Pun Fun and Itty Bitty Basics, and DP is Basic Gray and Making Memories. The "Celebrate" sentiment is from a $1.00 clear acrylic stamp from WalMart. The twill is all from Taylored Expressions. I love each one of those colors, and I was so happy when they all matched so well with that Basic Gray paper. The bird is outlined with the Stardust pen, and finally, there is some pink FUN FLOCK on the bird wings and tail, purchased from EclecticPaperie!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Birthday Fun for Brenda!

I had so much fun making this special "ensemble" for my sweet friend Brenda for her birthday this week. I really enjoy it when I am able to work on a project over a longer period of time and come back to it for a few days instead of rushing through something (and then thinking of how I wish I would have done something differently after it's finished.) This is one of those flavored coffee tins, covered in paper and rick rack. The little worm and flower are done with shrinky dinks! (Shrink Art?) The paper on the card and the tin are from American Crafts.

The paper on the gift bag are from the "Porcelain Prints" DP pack from SU, retired last year, and is paired with "Wild Wasabi" and Rose Red. The little oval label at the top of the bag are surrounded by little 1/2 inch circle punches. I wanted it to kind of look like a flower, but I didn't have a scalloped punch that would work, so I invented my own scallopes! Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 03, 2008

A New Spin on TECC36

This week's Taylored Expressions cupcake challenge layout ( immediately made me think of a spinner card. I'm not exactly sure why, but when I saw that circle shape on a diagonal, I just HAD to make a spinner! Since it had been a long time since I had made one, I went back to the SCS tutorial and it was just like riding a bike. Quite easy, and it all came back to me. Just make your "slot" before putting the whole card together, put a dimentional in between 2 pennies, then another dimentional on top of the "top" penny with your image that you want to spin, and then insert that spinning penny mechanism into your slot, and then finish your card. You also have to remember to attach your top layer to the bottom layer with a thick layer of dimentionals, too, in order to give the pennies room to "move." Here's the complete SCS tutorial:

The DP is from Die Cuts with a View Retro pack (I don't think I'll ever run out of that pad.) along with SU Old Olive and Cool Caribbean. The soccer ball stamp is from a retired SU set called "Sporting Goods." Some white brads in the upper corner, and some white gel pen faux stitching, as well as the word "SCORE" stamped with snap-stamps finish it up. I think the green stripe layer needs something added to it, perhaps the name of the person I'm giving the card to, or the name of their soccer team if they're on a team.... Like "Go Eagles!" Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend!

I'll be back tomorrow to share a 5x7 camping card for a special friend's birthday.