Wednesday, May 14, 2014

You and Me- Anniversary Shadowbox

     Spring has arrived and I have loved each and every day the past week!  Loving planting flowers and just being outdoors.  I am stopping by to share a 25th Wedding Anniversary Shadowbox that I was commissioned to make.  I am loving making these 8x8 shadow boxes.  As you know, the 25th anniversary is a "silver" one so I was asked to work with those gray, black and white colors.  For my image, I selected a truly versatile digital stamp called "You and Me" by Tiddly Inks. Because I had to get this gift to the recipient by this afternoon, I took these pics with my Iphone. I think you can still see all the details!.
  My image is colored with copic markers- C1 and C3 and Colorless Blender for her dress and W7, 5, 3 and 1 for his suit. The dress is embellished with lots of Decor Art Glamour Dust.  (Had a bit of a "gunking" issue with the E's used for the hair and skin but I cleaned off the nibs more frequently to prevent the blobs and shine that can come with using them a lot.)  I stamped some floral images from Stempeglede off the edges of the image with Pumice Stone distress ink and also distressed the edges of all the papers and images with it.
     I began with a white 8x8 Shadowbox that I purchased at Joanns.  Next, I had a hard time finding any design paper in paper pad format with the colors I needed, so once again, I turned to the fabulous Rasberry Road Designs and got an immediate digital paper pad download of their Happily Ever After Paper Set (while you may not see it in this picture, has delicate script and faded doilies throughout) and the Happy Anniversary Paper Set (Word Collage design paper).  I love the word art paper with all the phrases associated with love and marriage!  Each paper set has coordinating paper, label and embellishments to go with them so do check them out!
Digital Paper Tip:  If you are worried about what paper to use to print out these digi papers, let me share what I do and a tip someone in blogland shared. I will either use digital cardstock (sold at Craftworks) or HP Brochure paper. The cool tip I read was to use the WHITE BACK of a one-sided piece of design paper that you don't like or won't use. Cut it to the size your printer takes (usually 8.5 x 11 inches) and voila! You have a beautiful design paper and on the paper weight and feel you like with your printed papers. Also you can import these papers into Photoshop to change colors or contrast and size them to your needs.
 

    The beautiful white and taupe roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The white lace and gray rhinestone crochet trim are from Live and Love Crafts.  I computer generated the sentiment as per the recipient's request.  Cheesecloth and pearl embellishments are from my stash.  Here is a close up...

  Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a great week!  Thanks also for your kind comments.  I will be entering this project in the following challenges: 



Saturday, May 3, 2014

7 Kids College Fund plays with Sugar Pea Stamps

   What a beautifully sunny Saturday morning here in New York.  After this winter, there is such a huge appreciation for days like this! Hope everyone has some fun and relaxing plans for the weekend. Today, I am posting my last card for 7 Kids Challenge Fund. It has been wonderful working with Tab and the 7 Kids Design Team, and I am grateful to have been a part of such fun challenges!  I have shopped at 7 Kids Challenge Fund store for years...Tab has the latest and greatest products at great prices and super fast shipping! Stop by and check out the latest CHA products!

     Today, the Design Team at 7 Kids College Fund has teamed up with Sugar Pea stamps to promote the newest clear stamps called "The Bean Stalk" collection,  now available in the store.  Before I share my card, let me tell you that Tab is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to the store to one lucky winner. Just head back to the store blog HERE and link up! While you are there, you will see the rest of this new stamp collection featured on all the design team cards- and all in one place! No need to hop around.
     For my card, I selected "One Big Hoppy Family". This is such an incredibly versatile stamp set- it features images and sentiments that work for Easter, Spring, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Family!
      My image is colored with copic markers.  Parts of the image are coated with Glossy Accents, Shabby White Frantage and Deco Art Glamour Dust. The design paper is from Maja's 6x6 paper pad- love, love, love Maja papers!  The flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts.The beautiful lace is from Live and Love Crafts. I just love working with these Spring colors!
 Thanks so much for stopping by. Please visit the other Design Team members' blogs to get a look at all the other stamp sets from  Sugar Pea stamps. Each design team member has a fabulous creation for you that features one of the stamp sets. Don't forget to head  back to the store blog (link above) for a chance to win the gift certificate... leave some love for the design team while you are there!  Have a great weekend!  As always, thank you for your sweet comments!

I will be entering the following challenges:
Cut it Up- Mother's Day
QKR Stampede- Mother's Day
Savvy Handmade Cards- Butterfly  
Die Cut Divas- Use a die cut and one embellishment
Crafting at the Weekend- Anything Goes
Red Rubber Inspirationals #118- Mom
 Stampin Royalty- Mom


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