Sunday, January 31, 2010

a new blog "Scrap The Art" has a design team call

"Scrap the art is a bi-monthly challenge dedicated to pulling your artistic ability to new heights. Just to clarify you don't need to paint anything. Unless of course you feel moved to paint. You can take inspiration from the painting in any way you feel. Shapes, colors, layout, theme etc. We welcome you to join along and we look forward to seeing your wonderful creations."

i answered the call for designers and raven at Scrap The Art commented on my blog
"Hey Helen its Raven with Scrap The Art. Your work is amazing. We would love it if you were interested in taking a guest designer spot",
so i replied "guest designer spot??? if you think my creations would qualify me for the title then i say yes!!! thanks for the invite, provide details when they are available! can i mention this on my blog in advance?"
and raven said "Oh absolutely. Brag all you want. You're work is awesome. If you could just don't tell anyone other than family of course what the first challenge is going to be."  so... i'm bragging!!!



i have once again combined the pdss sketch challenge and the Christmas club challenge. the theme for this weeks challenge is    NON TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS
you can interpret this challenge however you wish, it could be non traditional colours or images, etc.

so i selected the bowling pin paper as it reminded me of snowflakes! i embellished it with shiny black buttons to mimic the idea of bowling balls. i cut out one of the "snowflakes" and popped it with glue dots and used a "holiday season" sticker in the centre.

i tried a second card, this time in non traditional colours-pink and green, non traditional images-waves as the blowing winter wind; flowers as the clouds and snowflakes as well as a non traditional sentiment-"scatter joy". it is hard to tell but i have popped the centre of the scalloped oval and the frame with glue dots, added green pearls, "joy" stickers and a pink and white striped border strip. 

Sunday, January 24, 2010

cuttlebug baby carriage

a co worker and his wife have had a baby and i wanted to do something extra special, as i had made their invitations to their wedding a few years ago. so i was looking around at the cricut message board and found this  cute and some's needful things baby stroller. i did not have any instructions so i searched further and found scor-pal the baby carriage, it is not the same dimensions as the stroller but with a few adjustments a gift card will fit in it. so this photo is just a prototype, and as i have to do laundry now, the adjusted size carriage is on hold.  again, i was able to use special scraps and an alphabet sticker!


for the Christmas challenge, there are 3 gingerbread men cork "cookies" and for the pdss sketch challenge, there is a sentiment " a very merry Christmas to you" on the card but it is not showing up in the photo very well. once again, i have used scraps from my stash! 

i just checked for the winner at  susie and vikki's Christmas club challenge and discovered i was in the top 3!  that's encouraging!

usings scraps, stickers and ribbon bits

i have a goal to use more of my scraps, stickers and ribbon bits before i purchase any more. over at the circut message board, greenbuggy has issued a rak/challenge to make something for yourself. so i have created note cards from scraps from my stash and stickers i remember purchasing from michaels $1.50 bin and bits of ribbon from my ribbon jar. all of the items have been in my studio for a loooong time!!! glad to have this challenge to motivate me!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Susie & Vikki's Christmas Club

Susie & Vikki's Christmas Club

"We found it hard to make all our Christmas cards/projects on time last year so we both vowed to make a card or project a week through out 2010 and thought you might like to join us in the way of a weekly challenge. This way when it gets round to Christmas we will be prepared and have more time to enjoy the pre Christmas fun instead of rushing to make all the cards we need

We have done this to give you an incentive to get ahead with your Christmas cards/projects and join in the weekly fun."

christmasclub challenge-1-snow
here's my entry using scraps of christmas papers as that is a goal for myself...i have also added a cuttlebug embossed snowflake that reads "cool". i think this card could also be used for a winter time birthday of which i have many to create.
i hope to keep up to this challenge of creating at least one Christmas item each week!  i imagine when the temperatures are blazing in the summer, this may be a refreshing break.
think snow!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

my first entry to a sketch only entry to a challenge

my first entry ever! and my batteries needed charging, still dead, andrew gives me two batteries, not correct type of battery, open my flashlight, take the batteries, viola!  the creation of the card itself, did not require that much work!