Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Creative Card Crew Challenge 90 - Clean and Simple (CAS)

Even though this Creative Card Crew challenge is a CAS challenge, it was probably one of the more difficult for me to tackle. I wanted so much to add layers of patterned paper and embellishments, but I stuck with a simple colored image from the Floral Tea Set digi set from Imagine That!
I decided to step away from my Copic markers and try my hand at colored pencils. I'm not sure I achieved the look I was going for, but I don't think it is too bad for my first attempt.

I layered the image panel on a piece of DCWV pink glitter paper and then popped that panel up on a piece of Basic Grey cardstock from Stampin' Up. 

That's it, clean and simple. Now for your chance to participate and possibly win some free digital images of your own.

This challenge is sponsored by the fabulous Kris of Imagine That! Go there to see lots of cuteness!

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Prize: 3 Digi's

I want to add a little note to say I will be posting tons of mini album and cards for sale in the "For Sale" section of this blog. I'm also moving my craft room (just can't make my current space work) to a smaller room in my main living area. So I will also be posting some destash items there as well. Keep you eye out for some crafty goodness.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Creative Card Crew Challenge #89 White on White

Our next challenge over at Creative Card Crew is White on White. You can use only white with no image or have the image be the only color on the card. I chose the latter.

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I began by printing this beautiful Sabrina image by Saturated Canary on Copic X-Press It Blending Card. I colored the image using Copic Markers. Since the image only had a couple of dots for the nose, I tried a new technique that indicates the bridge of the nose with the light coming from in front of the image. I even impressed my self, it wasn't as hard as it looks. I really like the results.

I embossed the base card using a Cuttlebug folder that has clean strips. I cannot find the name of the folder anywhere. If I do, I will link it below.

I die cut the image using Spellbinders Twenty. I used various dies to cut all of the other components (see supplies list below).

I used the flower dies from MFT's Blueprints 5 to cut multiple flowers. I stacked them and added a pearl brad from The Paper Studio. 

Honestly, I was a bit intimidated by this challenge. I've never attempted a one color card. These types of cards rely on texture to make them pop. I'm not sure if my first attempt was the best, but I love it.

Please join us for the White on White challenge over at Creative Card Crew. Until then, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

Dana Desmond

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Creative Card Crew Challege #88 Teen

Creative Card Crew challenge #88 is a teen theme. At first this challenge threw me. I had no idea what to do for a Teen project. It seems all my teen does is text, listen to music, and play video games.

Then I ran across the ElenaK digi image and decided this is perfect; heavens knows my son would give anything to be a Rockstar.

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Prize: 3 Digi's

I began by printing the image and coloring her with Copic markers and adding accents with my Sakura Gelly Roll pens. I fussy cut the image and set it aside while I assembled the rest of the card.

I used patterned paper from the Hey Kid paper stack by Pink Paislee. For the background, I used Ranger's Clear and Gold Embossing Powder and the Rockstar stamp set from Inkadinkado. I highlighted the sentiment with my Signo Uni-ball gel pen.

I used a EK Success punch and backed the open spaces with Scor-pal tape. I filled the star-shaped holes with gold embossing powder and heated it to create an "enamel" feel to the "stage."

I adhered all of the paper components to a purple card base and popped the image p off of the "stage." I finished the card off by adding faux stitching with my Signo Uni-ball white gel pen.

I look forward to seeing your interpretation of the Teen challenge. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

Dana Desmond

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Good Day, Designer Collaboration at Pixel Scrapper

Today is one of the most fun at Pixel Scrapper--COLLABORATION DAY--!! Collaborations are when all designers create kits that all collaborate together, using the same theme and color palette. You get slightly varied styles that all work together. I have created several very different layouts using elements from the Good Day Collaboration Bundle.

The first one uses mostly elements from Marisa Lerin's portion of the collaboration. It is very bright, but uses a limited color palette of mostly yellow and pink. The open flowers remind me of crocheted doily centers. I think they work very well with the pictures.

The next layout mostly consists of elements from Melo Vrijhof''s kits in the collaboration. Her style for this kit is more free-flowing watercolor images, with many different colors. I love the 4-square watercolor block background. Kelli's dress in the picture is completely covered in sequins and when the light hits it, rainbow spots of light reflect on every surface around her. So I wanted to being that though together using all of the rainbow papers. The gray border paper from the kit just keeps the focus on the photos and bright colors without letting your eye wander around the page and get lost.

These layouts feature only two of the many talented digital artists who participated in the collaboration. As you can see below the bundle if loaded with every type of  scrapbooking element you could ever want. 

I love this kit so much, I'm going to being working on a hybrid project for it, similar to the mini album project using Already There that I posted yesterday. I will do my best to make sure the video quality is much better this time. (I was going to promise and decided maybe that is a bit too strong. I'm not that confident in recording skills yet.)

If you want to be able to play with these wonderful images, head over to Pixel Scrapper. You will definitely have a blast finding fun ways to use them.

Keep coming back to find more projects made with this awesome collaboration. Until then, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,

Dana Desmond

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hybrid Mini Album using Already There Digi Kit

I made this mini album using the Already There digital kit by Violet Irisonva. This kit can be found at Pixel Scrapper. As you can see it has tons of inspirational quotes and lots of real estate for photos, journaling, and memorabilia.

First, I apologize for the poor video and sound quality. I'm still learning, so it will get better. I still wanted to share my latest project.

All the papers and elements of this kit are separate digital files. I first created the base pages (the ones that say, "Place Photo Here") in Photoshop Elements 10. I printed them on my Epson Workforce 7520 on heavy cardstock.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to print and cut the other loose elements I show you at the beginning of the video. I embellished each page a bit more with the loose die cut pieces.

I made pocket pages out of the 4 x 6 journal cards that come in the kit. All of the tags were created using the leftover papers I had printed.

One of the best parts about using a digi kit to make physical projects is that you never run out of a design or element you like. You also get to choose what type of paper it is printed on. I printed this on heavy cardstock, but when I decoupage, I use regular copy paper. So digi's are perfect for any application.

I have tons more mini albums made using traditional scrapbook paper that I will be sharing in future videos. I might even talk in them.

If you like anything you see, let me know. I make custom albums of all sizes as well.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,
Dana Desmond