Monday, February 23, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge

The February Designer Drafts Challenge is up at the Paper Smooches Stamps SPARKS Challenge blog.

The rules indicate that the sentiment can be placed anywhere on the design.  I decided to go with a more literal approach and tried the best I could (with the Paper Smooches stamps I have) to create a card representative of the sketch.

I am very green when it comes to card making and my stash of stamps, inks, embellishments and paper is very modest.  With that though I do own three sets of Paper Smooches stamps.  Market Fresh, Hot Concoctions and Healthy Vibes.

First thing I did was stamp all the images and then scan them to create offset cutouts using my Silhouette machine.  Then I colored the images I wanted to use.  Admittedly, I had thought about making a shaker card (go big or go home right) but that was not working out in the direction that I had hoped for.  

Opted at that point to go with something simple yet a crafty as I need to do a lot of masking in order to create my sentiment.

As you can see from the picture my original sentiment was "I love you more than venti coffee".  This was made from using two sentiment pieces from the Market Fresh (I love you more than coupons & the "c" from check this out), one from Hot Concoctions (venti from need to venti) and one from Healthy Vibes ("fee" from feel better soon)

Once I put all the pieces together on my card I decided that I did not like the sentiment at all so I set out to make a new one.  I only ended up using two stamp sets (Hot Concoctions & Market Fresh) for my new sentiment.  I like it and I think it flows better.

Simple and sweet.  I put both of the cups up on foam tape along with the banner to add some dimension. I know that the top left hand area is screaming for something, but like I said I wanted to do my best and make a card with a more literal approach at the sketch.

The to go coffee cups, heart and mustache are from the Hot Concoctions stamp set.  The card base is 4.25 x 5.5 and is from a random assortment of blank cards (along with the polka dot paper) that was given to me.

Til Next Time
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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Valentine Photo Props

Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  Okay next weekend actually.  Our local homeschooling group is having a party for all the kids.  As a special piece for the party and a total surprise I am creating a photo booth for the kids to enjoy.  So last night I spent 5 hours....yes 5 hours making up photo booth props.

I used 4 different design files from the Silhouette store.  Three of the designs are from Lori Whitlock, Valentine Photo Prop, Valentine Photo Prop, Valentine Photo Prop.  The final design I used is from Silhouette,  Cupids Bow.

I cut all of the props from Silhouette chipboard and then again from basic colored cardstock.  I used Mod Podge to glue the two shape pieces together and then added another layer of glue on top of the cardstock and sprinkled it with glitter.  I used bamboo skewers for the sticks and taped them on to the props using washi tape.

My end result:

I am still on the fence about whether or not to add a stick to the cupid's bow.  Ultimately, I think the kids will have fun making photo memories of the party.  Now to work on the backdrop.

Til Next Time
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