Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Freshly Harvested

Good morning on this beautiful day. I know a lot of you are still getting snow & that nasty cold stuff but here in sunny, warm Tucson, AZ it’s been 80 most days for quite awhile. I must say I’m loving it !!!
My card today is for the  “A” team challenge #105 at “The Paper Shelter” for the theme "anything goes". I hope you'll grab your crafting supplies & join us for a chance to win $30 to spend at the their shop if you use one of their images or 3 images of your choice if you use any other image. 
I’ve used one of the new digi images called “Freshly Harvested” & I think she’s just adorable. She reminds me of several of my grand daughters out picking a few veggies or a pretty bouquet of flowers they’ve grown. For my pretty background paper I printed out a sheet from their digi pack called “Distinguished” & chose my Copic colors from it to color up this sweet little girl.
Copics used :
Hair Y000 - Y00 - Y21
Scarf & shorts - BG75 - 72 - 000 
Top & Basket - E44 - 43 - 42
I used some new Cheery Lynn flower dies on this card & am really enjoying playing with them. They are so simple to turn a plain piece of paper into some lovely flowers of many different kinds & any color you need to match your project.
I chose to make 2 different sizes of the Fringe flower out of cream card & then swiped a little tan ink on the tips to make it go with the Coffee Filter Daisy I made to match. This was the most fun flower I’ve ever made. I was telling my daughter, Theresa I didn’t have any Flower Soft for the center of a Sunflower I had made so I had an “AHHA” moment and used what I had at the time, Fresh Coffee grounds. I put a little glue in the center of the flower & then added coffee grounds & it works great !!! I’m SURE it’s not acid free but then I do this for fun so once in awhile you just do what you gotta do, right !! While I was telling my daughter about the coffee grounds I used for Flower Soft she suggested I try making a flower out of a coffee filter. Hummmm, certainly worth giving it a try so I grabbed a couple clean filters, poured a little coffee in a bowl, crumbled the filter up & let it sit for a few minutes then turned it over & let it dry. Did it a couple more times till it was the color I wanted & it had some nice lines of darker colors on it. After it dried well I straightened it out & used the Cheery Lynn Daisy Strip die to cut the flowers & then just off set them a bit & popped a pretty pearl brad thru it to make it secure. I love how it turned out & think they make great accents on a project. I was on a roll & had the coffee grounds out & was using more filters & made a fresh pot of coffee to soak more filters for flowers. 
My husband looked over & grinned & asked if there was going to be any coffee left for breakfast.. I saved him a little !!! hehe

Here’s a close up of the adorable little gardener out harvesting & one of the Spikey flowers I made with another Cheery Lynn die from the “Build a Flower” #1 set. I LOVE these flowers, you just run the die thru a couple of times & you have enough to make several flowers using the different layers it cuts out. It also cuts a lot of different leaves but the one I used with this flower is another new Cheery Lynn die, a Flourish Leaf Strip that cuts & embosses 5 or 6 leaf branches out at a time. I also used a couple of Tiny tags nested together & a cute little bee but then decided the bee looked out of proportion with everything else on my card so pulled it off & then to my dismay it pulled a big chuck of my pretty designer paper that I had printed off.
Soooo I did what us card makers do & tried to cover up my mistake … Should have just put a couple of flowers on & called it good cuz after I started gluing flowers & little dragonflies & tiny pearls on it became toooo busy but by then it was too late. I was not about to try taking those off so like my daughter, Bridgette says, “it is what it is” … It’s just a card & I did have fun making this & do love these sweet little Paper Shelter digi images they give us to play with …
I’m always so pleased to know you stopped by.
Hugs, Janie

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Easter Wishes

Today is my 1st post as a Design team member for “The Paper Shelter”  & I must say it’s a happy day for me !!! This group of ladies have gone above & beyond help to welcome a “newbie” on board. Shirley, our A team leader is a jewel !!! She’s been so patient & helpful to me & I’m sure I’ve been driving her to drinking with my endless questions!!! If all goes well this will post TOMORROW morning (the 14th) as it’s supposed to & I won’t be a day early. Fingers crossed !!!
My card is for the A team Challenge #103 – “Easter” … Hop on over & see what my DT sisters have made for your inspiration …
I hope you will join in our challenge this week where the prize is $30 to spend in the Paper Shelter store if you use one of their images or 3 digi's of your choice if you use any other image…
The Paper Shelter has so many great images to choose from. I’ve picked this cute little “Sweet Gardener” for my Easter card … Not exactly an Easter image but with the cute little basket in her hand I’m sure she’s on her way to hunt a few eggs & with the “Easter Wishes" sign I think it works quite well. I added a couple of tiny chain links so the sign even swings.  I saw this sign used by Paula awhile back & thought it worked perfectly on this card.  I love using stamps & dies different ways than they may be intended. She’s cut out with a Spellbinders Floral Ovals die.
The lamp post & sign are Marianne dies #LRO191 & the tiny flower on the bottom of it is from a Cheery Lynn build a flower embellishment #2 die. The spikey flowers I made with a strip of paper & a Cheery Lynn Fringe die & inked the edges. LOVE those dies !!! I got them from Darlene at Dutch Paper Crafts
Finished off with a little “Loopy Bow”, a WOC rose, a few pearls & called it done !!!
Hugs, Janie