Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Eclectic Ellapu February 2017 Challenge

After a long Winter Break, Eclectic Ellapu is back with an "anything goes" challenge!

This was a special make for me; it is my first completed mixed media canvas, and it is a personal ode to a place where I have spent the majority of the last two years.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu December 2016 Pink Team Challenge

Me, ambitious? Never! ;) ...says the lady who made FORTY of these Christmas cards! I got the buckle idea from something I saw on Pinterest years ago, and had a fun (and eventually tedious) time making these paper belts & buckles. This also made great use of the button stash that I just had to buy as a kid, and am still working my way through.

Do you have a great Christmas make? Join in Eclectic Ellapu's December "Anything Christmas" challenge!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Can I CAS?

Clean and Simple (CAS) cards have not really been my strong suit. I find my eyes are most frequently drawn to complicated, heavily embellished or multiple layer projects. My inspiration boards on Pinterest definitely corroborate this! I started this batch of birthday cards during a crafting evening with friends, so I did not want to spend hours designing a card; I wanted to get crafting! So I tried my hand at CAS.

While I accomplished my CAS goal, these cards still took hours... although a lot of that was drying time after playing with making my green, yellow, and blue Brushos fireworks streaks!

Entered in:
613 Avenue Create Challenge #191 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiment Challenge #168 - Anything Goes + Sentiment
Crafting From The Heart Challenge #135
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - November Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers #176 - Explosion of Colour
Crafty Catz Challenge #346 - Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - November, Anything Patterned Paper
Create and Inspire Challenge #55 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #120 - Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenge #52 - Birthday
Glitter N Sparkle Challenge #214 - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge #38 - November/Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Simply Papercrafts #40 - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #256-257 - Anything Goes

Monday, October 31, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu November 2016 Pink Team Challenge

In a near ode to Portlandia, November's Eclectic Ellapu Pink Team challenge is to "put a bow on it." Bows are not a frequent guest in my crafting, but one found a welcome place in my Thanksgiving door hanger. 'Tis the season for holiday crafting!

This project included a bit of stamp masking, some ink blending & sprays, gelato stenciling, background stamping, sentiment embossing, mounting on painted cardboard, and, of course, a raffia bow.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu October 2016 Pink Team Challenge

My design team project for Eclectic Ellapu's October challenge pushed my crafting boundaries a bit. That's what challenges are for, right? This month's challenge theme is "shabby chic", so I tried my hand at shabby chic for the first time. I had some good technique inspiration to apply to my project by way of Pamellia over at My Little Craft Things, whose work has drawn my eye since the first time I saw one of her projects.

My two most used supplies on this card? Crackle paste and white acrylic craft paint. So much white acrylic paint! Only the pearls, tea-dyed lace, and rafia were left untouched by the white paint.

{crafted while listening to Annalisa Tornfelt's "Ride a Unicorn Sideways" and "The Number 8"}

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Eclectic Ellapu September 2016 Pink Team Challenge

Over at Eclectic Ellapu, the Pink Team's September challenge is the theme "Gifts". If you want to join in, make something with a gift-giving image/sentiment, make gift packaging, or make a gift!

My Design Team project is a gift that also has a gift theme, because really, every day is a gift. Once the invincibility of youth gives way to recognition of our mortality, this sentiment gains depth. With the idea that each day is a gift in my mind, this month's project took shape: a daily gift of one of my daily gifts. Thus, my tea book was born: seven pages of tea, one each day as a gift and a small way to reach across the miles to share a cup of tea with my friend.



Supplies used:
  • upcycled cake box
  • Lemon Chiffon Apple Barrel acrylic paint
  • Sea Green and Yellow Brushos
  • Memory Box Texture Drip Rings stencil
  • Golden Semi-Gloss Regular Gel
  • Tea Dye Distress Ink
  • Prima Marketing Bloom (Paige) stamp
  • Versamark and Ranger super fine black embossing powder
  • Twinkling H2O's from the Autumn Brilliance, Passion, and Holiday Sparkle sets
  • stash paper
  • Beacon 3-in-1 glue
  • plastic page protectors and We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool
  • green embroidery floss

{crafted while listening to Mystic's "Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom"}

Monday, August 15, 2016

"To Read a Book" Postcard

This handmade postcard was a project for Postcrossing and a great excuse to play with some newer supplies. A book lover who likes handmade cards = a perfect recipient of my first postcard attempt!

I had some kraft postcard 12x12 paper on hand, so I gessoed it and started playing with gelatos, Brushos, and Twinkling H2Os. Not until after I water-sprayed the Brusho powder did I remember that gelatos are water reactive, and I was really wishing I had some fixative spray on hand. Lesson learned! Fortunately, it was the kind of creative accident that does not detract from the end result. The focal stamp is from Papertrey Ink's "All Booked Up" stamp set.

Does anyone else here have a love of reading? What book is a particularly loved "old friend" of yours?

{crafted while listening to "The Number 8" by Annalisa Tornfeldt}