Monday, July 21, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Challenge #12 - Who's the Boss?

Good morning everyone and welcome to Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Challenge #12 - Who's the Boss! Show some embossing on your project.  You can use dry embossing or heat embossing.  You can use an embossing folder or a stencil.  You can emboss with embossing paste or embossing can even create something with ultra-thick embossing enamel.  You probably have some sore of embossing apparatus in your hoard! So pull them out and put them to use!

I used an embossing folder from Crafter's Companion for the white card base and then on the blue, I used the same folder and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  It gives my card a totally different look.    I used seam binding colored with a Spectrum Noir marker for the bow and a little bird image from my stash.  I love how my card turned out.  It was very easy to make but I think it packs a punch.

Our sponsors for this month are Crafter's Companion and Spectrum Noir

Crafter’s Companion US brings you the products to make crafting a little bit easier, including the Spectrum Noir coloring system, the Ultimate Pro, and more! Crafter’s Companion produces a full range of tools to create cards and other paper craft projects. Their mission is to make their innovative, award-winning tools accessible to crafters around the world at fantastic prices.
Spectrum Noir is the revolutionary coloring system brought to you by Crafter's Companion. The range combines affordability with versatility across a vast color spectrum, deigned specifically for the crafting market. Spectrum Noir wishes to make both alcohol marker and pencil coloring achievable for colorists at all levels of confidence and ability.

Here is a picture of the prize  you could win if you play along in Challenge #12!  How great would this be to win?

Below is a list of the design team members and you can click on their names to be taken to their blogs. Go visit and see what they have created for this challenge and leave them some love.  We all love hearing from you!

Now go get busy and emboss something.  Blog about your creation and then link up at the Craft Hoarders blog.  We can't wait to see what  you do!

Supply List:
White and Aqua Card Stock
Embossalicious Floral Frenzy 6" X 6" Embossing Folder
Spectrum Noir Marker  (BT4) For coloring the Seam Binding
White Seam Binding
White Embossing Powder
Crafty Secrets Image

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WOYWW #267

Good morning everyone and welcome to Wednesday.  I'm here to share with you the top of my desk this morning so you can see my shame!  Each Wednesday I take a picture of my desk and blog about it and then link to Julia's Blog so the world can see!  We then can visit each other and see what we have going on in our worlds!

I know, I know...this is so not my desk!  But oh yes it is because there is that little punch that has been there for the last three weeks!  Oh my shame! I've been working on a few projects and this is what happens.  My ATG the pink!  Some digital images I've printed off  getting ready to color and on top of those a Spellbinders die and some Crafty Secrets sheets that I'm going to work with!  I've also been working on a couple of cards and need to put several things away!  As you can see the actual space I have left to work on is very tiny!

So there you have it.  If you would like to join us you can head over to Julia's blog and all the specifics are listed at the top of her blog.  So.....I've shown you show us yours!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July Crafty Secrets Challenge: Summer Fun

Well this is a new twist for me I know, but I just had to play in this challenge over at The Crafty Secrets Blog.  The theme is Summer Fun and I made this little note card using a digital download (Birds and Blossoms) from Crafty Secrets.  The deadline is tonight so I'm just scooting in under the wire!

This picture reminded me of a bird in plants near the ocean and the colors just scream summer to me.
I am relatively new to Crafty Secrets and I'm become a fast and true friend of all their images and stamps.  Why don't you play along too as you still have a bit of time before the deadline!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Playing with Utee

Good morning everyone!  I have had a crazy couple of days but am about to get back on track.  And suddenly it is Friday and I'm looking back and don't know where my week went. This is one week that I feel like I didn't accomplish anything.

I spend quite a bit of time watching videos on YouTube and I came across one using bits of UTEE leftover from other projects and stamping into it.  So of course I did have some pieces in a jar and I pulled them out, piled them onto my craft mat and went to town.  I pulled out a couple of colors of my Pearl Ex and when the UTEE was melted I took a wooden skewer and swirled purple and blue green through the clear UTEE.  You don't want to mix too much so you can keep the colors and not wind up with a brown blob; just a bit.  Once I was happy with the look, I used a retired SU stamp inked with Gold Encore ink and pressed it lightly into the UTEE.  The gold ink helps the stamp to let go of the UTEE so you don't hurt your stamp.  I'm not sure what the name of the stamp set is but it is from 2006. It has been in my hoard for quite awhile.  Can you see the dragonfly?  I love this set and have used it several times over the years to make cards.  I mounted my piece on a piece of black cs edged with a gold marker.  Everything is pretty simple after that, just mounting onto different pieces of cs.

OK that does it for me this morning.  Hope you are looking forward to the weekend!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WOYWW #266

Good morning everyone.  It is Wednesday and the day I get to share with you the top of my desk.  If you would like to become one of us and show off your space, just pop over to Miss Julia's blog and she has all the directions listed there.  She is the weekly host and owner of this little bit of wonderful nonsense and we all love that she does this for us.  I have become so addicted to this weekly visit I don't know how I'd manage without it!

I have been playing with some colors this week trying to get motivated to make another project.  I'm struggling a bit and hope to be inspired as I move through the participating blogs today.

Do you use seam binding?  Here is my large roll and I used the Spectrum Noir marker to color...any alcohol marker will work for this so you can color your ribbon to match your project.  I colored mine then spritzed it with water and scrunched it up and now it is dry and ready to go on a project.  I've also playing with embossing powders so I have out my Versamark ink pad and my embossing powder.  My brayer needs a good cleaning so it is front and center.  The tool with the piece of chain on the end is a pair of tweezers that I've had forever.  They work so well when I'm working with flowers and I just can't give them up.  They look terrible but still do a fine job.  Oh and one more little embossing buddy.  The little pillow that you rub over a project and it helps keep the static down to a minimum and therefore your embossing powder goes only where it is supposed to.  Can't live without that little cutie!

Well this is it for me.  I'm off to check out the other blogs and see what you are all doing.  Come join us....I've shown you show us  yours!

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