Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 4: Scoreboards Frame

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Welcome to the 4th week of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop. This week all the designers are showcasing my sweet friend, Eileen Hull's, new Sizzix ScoreBoards Pro Die - Frame & Frame Back w/Stand (#656835). This die is a large die designed to work with the Big Shot Pro. There are several pieces to the set, allowing for a huge number of possibilities.

I opted to make a little wall hanging from the frame. I pulled out lots of fun products from Papertrey Ink, including buttons (in Raspberry Fizz and adhered with my hot glue gun) and stamps from Background Basics: Hearts (for the background - an embossed resist) and Simple Valentine. Since this is cut from matboard, it can take a huge variety of techniques easily.

I popped up the interior framed piece with some foam tape for a fun, dimensional look. You can also see the sweet postage edge on these two pieces. Eileen really put some fantastic details on this die! 

I hope the Americans reading this today have a wonderful holiday with their families. Thanks for stopping by! And as with week's past, you can use the widget on the right to continue navigating through the hop. Be well.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Aqua Wreath

This is one of those cards that I so wish I could show you in person! I had a blast creating this one! So I mentioned a little while back that I'm trying to come up with fun color combinations for Christmas this year, and this is one of them! The Lockhart Wreath Of Gifts is one of Karen's newer holiday images, and as usual, there is a ton of fantastic detail in it.

I started by heat embossing the wreath with black ink and clear powder. I knew that I wanted to watercolor the image with Twinkling H2Os, and embossing the image allows little 'walls' to form - it really helps keep your watercolor where you want (great when you're dealing with such a small area such on this!). I also stamped another wreath on aqua paper with silver embossing powder. I cut out three pieces and paper pieced them into the wreath. Finally, I cut the entire wreath and used foam tape to make it pop off the surface a bit. In real life, this card is so beautifully shimmery - I wish I could show you. This Wreath of Gifts image is so beautifully illustrated that I can barely keep my eyes off of it! I just love it! I hope you do, too!

Have an amazing day! Be well.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Etsy Inspired Challenge with Inchie Arts!

Do I have something fun for you today! Inchie Arts is sponsoring the team at Etsy Inspired, and the fun gals there asked the Inchie Arts design team members to play along. I wasn't familiar with this challenge blog, but I can guarantee that I'll be going back! Each week, they spotlight one Etsy shop (this week is Queen of Arts Cakes; she has two shops here and here) . So once I went in and really absorbed all the gorgeous creations she has, I decided to us this as my inspiration:

Can you believe those are cookies? Aren't they gorgeous? There's no way I would ever be able to eat those - they're just too amazing.

So I started out with a Light Gray Twinchie Square for my base. I stamped Papertrey Ink's Year Of Flowers: Sweet Peas on it using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then went to town with my Copics. The fantastic quality of the matboard used on all Inchie Arts products lends itself beautifully to lots of blending, allowing you to be able to achieve some great shadows and highlights. I used a Copic Multiliner in black to draw in the frame, and a Copic to color the edges of the Twinchie. Here's a closer look:

The note card has some great details, too. The note card itself is from the Inchie Arts Inchie Notes Peach/Pink Set. These note cards are perfect when paired with Inchies, Inchie + and Twinchies. I also added some texture to it by running it through my die cut machine with the PTI Picnic Plaid Impression Plate. It's topped off with a smidgen of Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dots Ribbon (also from PTI).

Stop over to the Etsy Inspired blog to participate in the challenge! It's a fun one that you won't want to miss!

Have a wonderful weekend! Be well.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 3: Fuchsia Flower

Welcome to the third week of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop! This week the designers are showing you their takes on Brenda Pinnick's Flower, Beauty Bloom, Originals Die #655455. Brenda was kind enough to cut these from various materials and send them to us. My combination is fun & funky! The felt is from National Non-Wovens, and the animal print fabric is from Brenda's Couluer Vie Collection with Henry Glass & Co. This color and pattern were definitely a little different from what I would ordinarily choose, but boy, did I have fun with it!

I layered the pieces and gathered them with a little stitching. Then I used a french knot to grab all the pieces together in the center. To highlight the fun animal print, I edged the pieces with Stardust Stickles. Sizzix dies will cut a variety of materials, like those shown here. It's really a great way to bring versatility to your crafting.

I placed the flower on a piece of Sticky Back Canvas that I die cut from another Sizzix die, the Baroque Movers & Shapers die. The canvas was a little plain on its own, so I stamped it with Papertrey Ink's Background Basics: Retro (LOVE this set! I reach for it all the time!), then placed it on some Raspberry Fizz cardstock that was machine stitched around the edges. The card base was cut from PTI's Vintage Cream.

This Beauty Bloom die is such a gorgeous, layered flower. I think there are so many possibilities with it and will definitely be adding this Beauty to my collection!

Thanks for stopping by here on the Hop. All the projects will be up by noon eastern today and you can use the widget on the right margin to keep hopping, or you can refer back to the Master List on the Sizzix Blog for a complete list of participants. Have a wonderful day and be well! ~ Jenn

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Have you fallen in love with Papertrey Ink's November release yet? I have! As usual, it's tough to pick a favorite, but I thought I would start out by showing you a card I did with the new Banner Builder. I adore this shape - I've been longing for it in a die, and look! There it is!

This card is for the Beav's best friend. I needed to keep it relatively flat since we were mailing it, so there aren't any pieces popped up on this. It features Orange Zest and Blueberry Sky (both the boys' fave color combo). In addition to the Banner Builder stamp set, I also used Fresh AlphabetBirthday Basics and Birthday Bash Sentiments. I strung the banners on Enchanted Evening baker's twine for a textured, fun look. I'm really pleased that it turned out so well.

Make sure to check out the rest of the new releases! I'll be back with more of my takes on them over the next while. In the meantime, have a great day! Be well.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Time for a Lockhart Lovely!

Good morning, blog friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I have a new image from Lockhart Stamp Company to show you today. It is the Angel With Gift, and she is just lovely!

The Lockhart angels were the very first images I noticed when I discovered Karen's stamps.  I remember so clearly, it was a card that Ellen Hutson created for Paper Crafts magazine several years ago. What a difference a bit of time can make, because now I'm not only fortunate to be creating with Lockhart stamps, I'm also fortunate to have both Ellen and Karen as friends. But I digress...the angel images are so beautifully created. Karen must spend so much time creating them because there is so much detail on them. The hair, the details on the dress, it's all just amazing!

I should probably also let you know, sweet blog friends, that I'm just not feeling red & green for Christmas this year. I like red, I like green, but I think I'm feeling a little complacent about the two together for the holidays this year. So consider this fair warning, I'm going a little astray with the colors this holiday season! ;) (The red and kraft paper is from Jillibean Soup.)

This image, and the other great holiday images from Lockhart Stamp Company, are already in your local stamp shop. Hurry to go get it before they're gone!

Have a great day & be well.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 2: Present Pop Up

Welcome to Week 2 of the Triple Play Blog Hop. This week we are all showing our takes on Karen Burniston's fantastic Twist Cube. If you're not familiar with Karen's dies, this is a great introduction. She is an engineering marvel, yet makes it foolproof! Take this beauty - look at how it looks 'squashed'.

And this is how it looks popped-up! Isn't that fun? Here are the details on what I used - the gold cardstock is from Die Cuts With A View, and I stamped it with Background Basics: Christmas from Papertrey Ink. (The ribbon, button and baker's twine are from PTI, too.) Karen Burniston has made a great video showing step by step instructions on how to assemble this, too - perfect if you're a visual learner like I am. You can view the video here on Karen's blog .  You'll be amazed at just how easy it is! They look great placed in a card, or (as I plan to do) hanging on the Christmas tree. (Just think - you can send an ornament in an envelope!)

Hop along and enjoy all the amazing creations! You can view the full list of participants on the Sizzix Blog, or use the Triple Play Widget on my right margin. Thanks for stopping by.

Be well. ~ Jenn

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 1: Lil' Red Schoolhouse

Welcome to the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop! I'm so honored to be included in my 3rd Sizzix Blog Hop, and this one is the best one yet! 60+ very talented designers are participating (don't worry! You have a week to go through them!); for the next couple of months, we will be each showing you our individual takes on a particular die on Thursday. Three die designers, Eileen Hull, Karen Burniston and Brenda Pinnick have come up with some fantastic dies to showcase.

The first die that we are showcasing is one of Eileen's new Scoreboard dies. It is the new 3D house for the Sizzix Big Shot Pro and it is designed to work with matboard and chipboard, for a sturdier creation (you can use it with paper, too, though!). For my project, I decided to keep it simple and create a fun gift box for a teacher. Making a little red schoolhouse was easy with some red and brown acrylic paint. For the roof detail, I simply drew in shingle lines with a Copic marker.

I then added a flagpole (which is one of those fancy fork-like toothpicks painted white). The flag, an apple for the teacher, was created with Papertrey Ink cardstock and the stamps were from Papertrey's Teacher's Apple.

I used hot glue to adhere one side of the roof piece, but then I left the other side open. I thought it would be fun to let it open and close, so I used some magnetic tape along the inside. I think this would be so cute filled with candy or even a teacher's survival kit of hand sanitizer, a small tissue pack and a little bottle of headache medicine. The possibilities are endless with this fun die!

There are two ways to proceed on the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop. The first way is to use the blinkie tool on my right margin; this fantastic widget (developed by the amazing Jen Goode! Thanks Jen!) allows you to go back or forward to the people next to me on the list. The second way to navigate through the blog hop is to go to the Sizzix Blog for a complete list of participants. Take your time & enjoy! The talent that has been assembled is amazing!

Be well.

Sizzix Supply List:
Sizzix ScoreBoards Pro Die - House, 3-D by Eileen Hull

Sizzix Little Sizzles - 12" x 12" Mat Board Pack

Sizzix Big Shot Pro

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

This yummy goodness is on its way to my mother-in-law, whose birthday is later this week. The cupcake image is one of Lockhart Stamp Company's newest images, the Cupcake with Bow. Isn't it cute? It is tough to tell here, but I put Rock Candy Distress Stickles on the frosting portion - it looks so fantastic in real life, just like a sugar-coated frosting!

The image was stamped on White Inchie+ squares. I used Memento ink, then colored them in with Copics. I outlined each Inchie+ square with a light Copic, too. Once that was done, I added the Stickles I mentioned above, as well as Liquid Pearls on the bow's polka dots. Adding details like this really make your image pop! (And these great matboard squares can really take what you want them to!)

The sentiments are from Lockhart, too. They're classics and should be in everyone's Lockhart collection! It was fun to be able to pair them up like this. I popped up the strips with the sentiments with foam tape so that they would be on a similar level as the Inchie+ squares.

I hope this inspires you to create a fun birthday card! After all, you never know when that next birthday is going to sneak up on you! Be well.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Papertrey Tuesday

Hi & welcome to my poor, neglected blog! :) Lots of fun happening in the Ellefson household these days - sorry for the absence! I wanted to show you a quick baby gift that I did up recently. Hubby was over in Germany recently, and a colleague that he was meeting with had a baby a bit early (like the day before hubby was leaving!). I like to keep kraft wrapping paper on hand for gift 'emergencies' just like this! Luckily, my husband ran out on his lunch break for the gift and dropped it off with me. Kraft paper to the rescue because you can stamp it to create whatever occasion you need! For this ensemble, I pulled out Star Prints and Inside & Out: Baby and got to work!

The card was completely inspired by this card by Geny Cassady. When I am tight on time, I am not at my creative best and the design process is my largest time-grabber, so the PTI gallery is a great resource. Geny's fun card really jumped out at me! Thanks for the inspiration, Geny! (Tons of PTI goodies on this - just give me a shout if there is something there that you have a question on!)

Here's a closeup of the package detail, too. I used the Seeing Stars Die Collection and the Polka Dot Basics II Impression Plate, along with the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages. The grosgrain ribbon is a roll of wide white that I had on hand - doesn't it look great stamped?

By the time hubby got home for dinner, this fun ensemble was already packed in his suitcase. Only you & I need to know just how quickly it all went together (definitely keep that little gem to yourself because I looked like a rock star!) ;)

Have a wonderful day! Be well.