GCD Theme: Jewelry (9-30)

Hi all!

Teri here, and I’m back yet again at the GCD Studios blog.

Heidi challenged us this month to make some kind of jewelry.

I came up with this necklace here.

What is pretty cool about this neckace is that the base of it is all Chipart chipboard. Ok, well, other than the ball chain. 😉

The oval is a piece of Chipart chipboard. I covered it with patterned paper from the Homespun Chic collection and sealed it up with Mod Podge.

The tag on top of it is chipboard, too. I covered it with aluminum tape I got at the hardware store. You can similar tape in the Electrical department.

 Then, I used the Chipart tool to spell “soar” on it and add a few flowers at the top. Once I did that,  I lathered on a coat of pink paint and Mod podge. Once dry, I sanded it with a nail file to rough it up.

The bird is also chipboard. I used the Chipart tool to add a couple designs to it. I painted the bird pink, let it dry and then roughed it up with a nail file.

When finished, I poked a hole through the whole thing and hung it on a chain.

I think this would make a really fun pin, too. Instead of a chain, tie a ribbon to the top of it and glue a pin back on the back of it.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

I’ll be back again soon!


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Go-to Challenge: Basic Grey (9-29)

Hi everyone!

I’m taking a break from Technique Week and  the World Card Making Day count downtown to share the results of the most recent Go-to Challenge.

In case you are just tuning in, the Go-to-Gals team up each month for a challenge. We pick one manufacturer who has products we dig and challenge each other to see what we can come up with.

And we’d love it if you’d like to like to join in. Post a project and share a link to it through one of our blogs so we can see it.

We decided this month to play with Basic Grey’s products this month.  We all dig Basic Grey like no one’s business.

Basic Grey to me is a great producer of more artsy type papers. Even though I’m not so much an artsy card maker, I feel a bit artsy cool when I cut into a piece of Basic Grey paper. Just something about it. Anyone else ever feel that way?

Enough chit chat. Let me show what I came up with.

Meet today’s card.

I used Basic Grey’s Curio collection  and Basics collection for this card.

I finished it off with a few stick pins from Jenni Bowlin and some ribbon from my stash.

Be sure to check out the blogs of Betsy, Maren, Kim K., Kim H. and Jess to see what they did for the challenge.

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

Be back later.

PS… CHECK out the Paper Crafts blog today. I’m over there and giving away all these goodies to three people (cough cough… Lawn Fawn… cough cough… Technique Tuesday… cough cough… Zva Creative… cough cough… Stamp It! Cards).

Technique Week: Crepe Paper Ruffles

Hello all!

Technique week continues here.

Today, my blog is all about crepe paper. Crepe paper ruffles, specifically.

First, meet today’s card.

See the ruffles? Yeah, that’s what I am talking about. 😉

They are pretty much the easiest thing ever to make.

Here’s what you need:

* Crepe paper (yep, the cheap rolls you can find in the party aisle of most box stores work well for this)

* Sewing machine

* Thread

And that is it. 🙂

Here’s what you do:

1. Start with a piece of crepe paper.

2. Place crepe paper in sewing machine.

Start sewing and bunching up the crepe paper as you go.

3. And woolah. The end result? A pretty lot of crepe paper ruffles to use on all your crafting projects.

If you just aren’t to making your own crepe paper ruffles, check out Etsy. You’ll find some great crepe paper ruffles already made for you by Etsy sellers.

That’s all for now. Be back tomorrow with another technique.

PS. Don’t forget to check out the Paper Crafts blog today. Kim Hughes has a great giveaway today for World Card Making Day. Oh yeah, and check out the Paper Crafts magazine fan page on Facebook. The editors have all kinds of cool stuff going on there this week. In fact, I heard a rumor that a certain Go-to-Gal is launching a pretty cool challenge on Friday for World Card Making Day. 😉

Zva Creative September DT Blog Hop (9-27)

Hi all!

The Zva Creative girls are ganging up together again today for a blog hop to share a project made with some our favorite Zva products.

I’m excited to be along for the ride, and I hope you will join in.

The Blog Hop begins at Kim’s blog. She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on 5 of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package …YAY! Those blogs will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it’s important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts now and runs through midnight EST on Tuesday, September 28th, and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 29th on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well (linked above).

We will do our best to notify each winner, but it’s best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday…plus, you never know what kind of inspiration that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post…you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer’s blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

Enough chat. Meet my project for the hop (and today’s card). 🙂

The leafy stem is one of my favorite new products that Zva introduced at this summer’s CHA trade show. They did this one, as well as a few other single leaf and leafy stem embellishments. I layered paper underneath some of the leaves here and just let them pop off the card. I think it makes the card look a little more 3D.

I also added some solo Zva crystals around the leaf to add a bit to the look.

That’s all for now so it i’.s time to send you to the next stop on the hop.

That stop is the blog of the super fab, extra fly Wendy McKee. You can get to Wendy’s blog by clicking here. Take it away, Wendy. 🙂

I’ll be back again later.

Thanks for stopping by.

PS… Don’t forget to check out the Paper Crafts blog today. The Go-to-Gals are counting down to World Card Making Day on Saturday with card ideas and fun prizes. I hear Cath has some surprises up her sleeves, too, for Moxie Fab World this week. 🙂

I’m also celebrating here with this week. I’ll have a card and technique tutorial every day this week. For today’s, check out the post below this one.

Technique Week: Colorful Wood embellishments (9-27)

Hi guys!

Saturday is World Card Making Day, and I thought it would be fun to have a little card-a-riffic fun here on the blog this week!

Every day this week, I am going to share a new card. Along the way I’m going to share a technique with you.

So sit back. Relax. And get ready for some card technique-y fun. 🙂

Today, I’m going to show you an easy way to give wood embellishments a bit of color.

First, meet today’s card.

See that star? It started out in the world plain and borrrrrr-ing. Then, I gave it a little color.

Here’s what you need to do this technique:

– a few wood shapes (The star you see here is one from the Wood Crafts section of my local craft store. They make all kinds of shapes – hearts, snowman, stars, trees and much more., In fact, the shapes routinely go on sale for 4 for $1.)

– a couple bottles of spray mists

– a paper towel

– paper to protect your work surface

– Paper Glaze. Car Wax also works well. 🙂

Here is what you do:

1. Set wood shape on protected work surface. Spritz with light colored misting spray.

2. Spritz shape with a few more sprays until the colors suit your tastes.

3. Set paper towel on shape. Remove excess mists from shape.

4. Rub shape with paper glaze. This protects everything and also helps bring out the color. The glaze I am using here is Micro Glaze from Judikins. I’ve also used car wax before. 😉

5. Buff off excess glaze with a paper towel.

6. And woolah. You are good to go.

I want to add that if you don’t have any Micro Glaze, you can also use Ranger’s Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze from Judikins on your wood shape. Applying those will result in the shape having a glossy finish. You also will also probably need to let your shape dry for a few hours.

That’s all for now.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card and technique.

Blogs for Boobies reminder (9-23)

Hi everyone!

Just a reminder that today is the last day to take part in the Blogs for Boobies event organized by the gang at Skipping Stones Design.

All of the gals on these blogs have created projects with Skipping Stones Design stamps.

Kim – http://paperhugs.typepad.com/paper_hugs/
Kandi  – http://kraftykandikrafts.blogspot.com/
Sharon  – http://paperfections.typepad.com/
Amy – http://pickledpaperdesigns.blogspot.com/
Jennifer – http://www.thebuckstampshere.blogspot.com/
Amy  – http://tsurutadesigns.blogspot.com/
Tammie – http://alwaysinking.blogspot.com/
Rae – http://simplyrae.blogspot.com/
Wendy – http://papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/
Sarah – http://sarahmartina.com/blog/
Lea – http://leascupcakesandsunshine.blogspot.com/
Teri – That’s me!
Deb  –  http://withastampandasong.blogspot.com/
Kimberly – http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/
Gladys – http://www.gladyschia2010.wordpress.com/
Jen – http://iheart2stamp.com/
Maile – http://mailebelles.blogspot.com/
Heather –  http://skippingstonesdesign.blogspot.com/
Barb – http://barbsboys123.blogspot.com/
Becky – http://lifeasathreeleggeddog.blogspot.com/
Megan – http://meganhoeppner.blogspot.com/
Kim – http://kimberlykesti.typepad.com/
Ashley – http://ashleynewell.blogspot.com/
Angela – http://sparkleandbling.blogspot.com/
Ann – http://stampwithme-ann.blogspot.com/
Shannan – http://withfeathersandsequins.blogspot.com/
Belinda – http://cadnileb.blogspot.com/
Brenda – http://sweetpapertreats.wordpress.com/
Jennifer – http://justjingle.blogspot.com/
Teresa  – http://enjoythevasunshine.blogspot.com/
Wendy – http://paperinkandsmiles.blogspot.com/
Jodi – http://stampingalatte.blogspot.com/

Through 8 p.m. Mountain time tonight, you can check out their blogs and bid on their Blogs for Boobies projects. 100 percent of all winning bids will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

And, as a reminder, here’s the card I made for this special event.

You can bid on it by going to  my original Blogs for Boobies post here.

Skipping Stones Design is also donating $2 of every stamp set purchase made through midnight tonight.

Just to tantalize your taste buds, here are a few of my SSD favorites. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

Be back later.

Today’s card (9-19)

Hi everyone!

Meet today’s card.

The sentiment is a peek of sorts. It’s from the coming soon Studio AE stamp set by Ali Edwards from Technique Tuesday. The set is only available to Studio AE members.  

The cattails and bird are from Technique Tuesday’s Growing Wild set. I stamped the cattails on tan cardstock with green ink. I gave them a little bit of fuzz with  flock from Doodlebug.

That’s all for now. Be back later.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂