Sunday, July 8, 2012

Kenny K's Krafty Krew's Annieversary Blog Hop

Hi, crafty people! Today, we at Kenny K's Krafty Krew have something very special for you. Both Teams A and B are joining forces to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the challenge blog! Kenny's Design Team, which was formerly known as Kenny K's Krafty Girlz, as you have probably heard by now, has 2 male members this term, one on each team. How awesome is that?! We have tons of inspiration for you.  Don't forget that there's a new challenge starting today too! To reward one very lucky person, there's a huge prize package for one crafter who completes the hop, leaves a comment on each blog stop and creates an entry for the challenge. If you haven't seen it yet, take a look at the list of prizes on the Krafty Krew Challenge blog. My jaw dropped when I saw it! It's such a fabulous award, I wish I could participate! LOL

Now, let's get this party started!!! If you have arrived here from Amy's blog, you're headed in the right direction. If you're just visiting or if you have arrived here from anywhere else, you can hop along with us by starting at the beginning, guest designer Donna's blog.

The complete blog list is shown below. In case you get lost along the way, you can always come back here and follow the links to get back to where you left off.  Believe me, you won't want to miss a single stop on this hop! The designers on both teams are incredibly talented so you'll get all kinds of ideas for all those birthday cards you'll be making.

Now, without further ado, here is my card.

The image I used was "Lady Raven" and I colored her with Copics.

The patterned paper is from DCWV's The Colorful Life stack.  I love this paper.. it's very artsy without the hassle of creating it yourself!!

I printed the greeting as well as the inside sentiment from my computer.

Here's a detailed closeup of Lady Raven.

Finally, here's the inside of the card.

And here's the complete list of stops on the hop.

                          Annie <--- you are here

I hope you have enjoyed your visit.  The next stop on your little journey is Janette's blog. Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to leave comments on all the designer's blogs.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

7 Girls and a Smoking Gun Team post at WOW Embossing Powders blog

Whew! What a title, huh?  Well, the WOW design team is quite large and as such, it's broken down into smaller groups of 6 or 7 designers.  My group was originally called 6 Girls and a Smoking Gun but we recently added a new team member, Donna O'Leary, so of course our name had to change to include her. Each Saturday one of the teams is showcased on the WOW blog and this is our week.

Please visit the WOW blog to see the lovely projects my talented heat-gun-toting teammates have created.  Here is my project. I have included lots of pictures to show all the detail of this little balsa wood box.

First thing I did was to cover the outside of the box with patterned paper from K and Company.  I used Mod Podge for this purpose.  As the paper is a heavy grade, I gave the box a couple of generous coats of the adhesive and also brushed it onto the paper itself so it would bond well to the wood surface and not peel off or bubble up when the box is opened.

After allowing it to dry completely overnight, I sanded the edges with my Tim Holtz distress sander to smooth them and get rid of any overhanging paper. I braided 3 lengths of gold elastic cording together to loop over the button closure.

The crocheted and Venice lace were glued to the underside of the flap  and the fancy trim on the topside using Aleene's Quick Grab Tacky Glue. the self adhesive flat-back pearl strip was then added .

I used 3 kinds of ribbons - a very narrow pink satin, a 1/4" cream organza and the 3/4" black and white stripe, with which I made 2 separate bows and tied them together with a 6" length of the striped ribbon.  This multi-strand bow was attached to the flap with Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue.  I also used the Beacon glue to adhere the rose on top of the bow. The leaves were coated with Versamark and embossed with Metalline Green powder.

The flowers started as white mulberry paper by Recollections that I colored with Copics to coordinate with my color scheme and added flat-back pearls for centers. The butterfly was punched from a piece of patterned paper and the edges embossed with WOW Bubble Gum embossing powder. 

This flourish, which I stamped and embossed with Primary Ebony powder prior to covering the box added the perfect feminine element to the design. I added a few heat set crystals to the curlicues using my i-Rock.

I removed the button from the flap and coated it with Primary Ebony powder and heated it with my heat gun then stamped the little daisy in Versamark and embossed it in Metallic Gold Rich Pale Regular powder.  I added a rhinestone for the center.  Finally, I used E6000 adhesive to attach the typewriter key letters, spelling the word "LOVE" on the flap.

I hope you like my little box.  It's approximately 6" long and is the perfect size to hold a pair of those small reading glasses and sit on a bedside or end table.  Don't forget to see all the beautiful home decor items created by my teammates on the WOW blog.

That's all I have for you today. Thanks so much for stopping by. As always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated.  Until next time...

Happy crafting!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A new challenge at Saturated Canary

Wow! This week has really come and gone very quickly. Perhaps that's because we celebrated a holiday right in the middle of it. Well, today marks the start of another new challenge at Saturated Canary and I'm still pinching myself at being selected as a guest designer for the  entire summer!

The theme of the latest challenge theme is "Bling it Out!" and I have done my best to comply!  In the event that you have been living under a rock and are not familiar with Saturated Canary or Krista Smith, the delightful artist who created this sweet image, you can find her digi stamps for sale in her shop.

As you can see, it's a very feminine card, all pink and frilly and decked out in pearls, rhinestones, lace  and ribbon and even a pink polka dotted butterfly.  The image is called "Priscilla Pie" which I colored with Copics.  I used WOW! Embossing powder in Bubble Gum Pink on the butterfly as well as the Happy Birthday sentiment on the inside.  The dot over the "i" is a heat set rhinestone.

 I know how busy summer months can be with the kids out of school and all the warm weather activities but I hope you'll find time to play along in the challenge with us.  I'll be back this weekend with another new card.  Until then,...

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!!

Hi, everybody!! If you live in the U.S., you are probably celebrating our nation's independence in some fashion today. Many will go to the lake or the beach. Others will spend time with family and friends over barbecue and cold beer. As for me, I'm spending the day crafting! Later, I plan to pack some boxes and do some cleaning and when everything is done, I'll fall on the sofa and watch television this evening.

Today, I have for you a parade to commemorate this important holiday!! I made a card for Independence Day with one of the adorable new images from Krista Smith at Saturated Canary. It is called, quite simply, "Parade". I thought it was the perfect thing for today.

Isn't this the cutest thing evah? I paper pieced the cute little girl's top to add a little more dimension. This is one of the digi stamps in Krista's latest release. If you haven't seen them, you must go here and have a look! They are a delight to color... so much so in fact that I have already colored every single one of them; some twice! I'll have a bunch of new projects to show you as soon as I get them all made.

This coming weekend, there will be a lot going on at Kenny K's Krafty Krew. In addition to a brand new challenge hosted by Team A (that's my team!), the new design team will host it's first blog hop and all of the designers from both teams will present inspirational projects in celebration of the 2nd anniversary of Kenny K's Krafty Challenges! Wooo hooo!  And you should hear about the grand prize!!! You won't want to miss this one, folks!

Okay, I'm already late getting this posted so I'll stop here and get back on my other projects.  Please have a safe and happy 4th and if you're anywhere besides the U.S., have a lovely Wednesday! Until next time...

Happy crafting!