Thursday, July 11, 2013

At The Beach - Challenge 5

Our Challenge for July is ...

At The Beach !!

Here are some inspirational photos from our team ...


  Kathy E

All you need to do is link up below.  It is easy !!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Challenge 4 - Red, White and Blue

Hi Everyone !

Things aren't quite the same without our little shop, are they.

This month our challenge is Red, White and Blue !!

Here is an inspirational photo ...

Along with a general patriotic theme, we also have ....


Hopefully, one of these will "spark" your interest !!

AND from our creative team, we have the following ...





Our challenge will be open until July 1st !

Friday, May 3, 2013

Challenge 3 - Vintage, Mother's Day

Hi Everyone !  Our creative team is back with May's challenge for you.

Our theme this month is

Mother's Day

Here is what our team has for you this month ...





All you have to do to play along is to link up a photo of your work below !  It is real easy, and lots of fun !!

Hope you will join us this month !!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tuesday inspiration

Hi Everyone !  Jan here today with a tag, using Faber Gelato and some recycled material.

The background on this tag is a manila tag covered with some adhered tissue from an old Butterick wedding dress pattern.  I used Faber Gelato "crayons", which look like crayons when you smear them on a project, but with a tiny bit of water, blend perfectly.  For those of you who find alcohol inks difficult to work with, these are perfect, and very clean.

Do you ever shop at Goodwill ?  You can find patterns there for about $1, and can also use this tissue for a cute (and very different) gift bag stuffer.

Karen still has some of these Faber Gelato crayons left - stop in her shop, everything is marked down !!!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Challenge 2 - Asian

Hello Everyone !

Welcome to April's Challenge !  This month our theme is Asian.

Here is a lovely inspirational photo for you ...

You may use any kind of Asian theme you choose !

And here is our Design Team's interpretation ...






Link up your entry below.  Karen still has some Asian paper available, pop in and see her if you need some for your entry !

Thursday, April 4, 2013

March Challenge Winner !

In March we featured our very first challenge, which was themed GREEN.   Our design team had a fun time with that one !!

Our winner was ...

We hope to have a winner's button by next month for our winner to display on their blog sidebar.

Our new challenge will begin tomorrow, with an Asian theme.  Our design team has been working hard to make something really special for you,  so check back tomorrow for our next challenge !!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Monochromatic cards and projects

Hi Everyone !

Hope you all are enjoying our gorgeous weather, blue skies, and lots of blossoms and tulips !

Spring brings thoughts of lots of colors, but today we are going to feature a couple of cards that are just one color.

Monochromatic cards are so easy, and so much fun to make.  Plus, they always look like they are so put together.  Today we usually think of neutral colors as black, white, cream, maybe even grays and browns.  Add one single more color to it, and you have a monochromatic project.

Here is one example using purple, with some cream/brown neutrals ...

with just a shade of green...

Another one, using brown, with black and cream neutrals ...

And here is an all blue one,  with kraft as the neutral.

One thing I love to do with single color cards is to add some inking.  The Ranger/Tim Holtz distress ink pads are great for this, as you can find them in so many colors.  This blue one for example has the Tim Holtz Broken China (blue) inked along the edges.

One last card ...

This card is actually an "illusion", as it gives the impression that the black is a frame.  Actually it is just a torn piece of black card stock, with purple paper and the heart on top.  The illusion is due to the edges of the purple paper, inked with Black Soot (again Tim Holtz distress ink).  But it looks just like a shadow box, with the heart recessed into it.

Try using just one color on your project - I think you will be pleased with the outcome !!