Thursday, March 31, 2011

{Another} Double Sketch Challenge

This time it's Color Throwdown #135 aaaannnddd Mojo Monday #184
(Wow this is my second blog post in one week!)

I got a masculine vibe from the color scheme, so I took the opportunity to make a card for the upcoming birthday of a male family member. (Hope he doesn't read this blog before I give him the card!) 

My two favorite parts of the card: 
-The background paper that I made by laying down a paper star and sponging black ink around it, kind of like a stencil. 
-The little circle, I spray painted red and on it used another star as a stencil. But this time I used a paint brush and cream colored acrylic paint. I then added the, now black, paper star that I originally used to create the background paper.
I also like the staples because it gives the card an edgy touch :)


Monday, March 28, 2011

Double Sketch Challenge...

So TWO challenges in one this week...
Color Throwdown #134 aaannndd Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #40

 I was happy when I saw the sketch was banners!!!... love them.
This is my rendition...

Pinwheel close-up

I think the pinwheels give the card a whimsical feel :) 
I'm the kind of person that hates throwing away pretty stuff I find. It just makes me sad to see pretty paper "die" (lol). I keep it in hopes of being able to reuse it at some point. So it gave me much joy to recycle the lovely orange leaves that came in a wedding invitation I was sent recently. They fit perfectly with the color/design scheme. I used ink, pattern stamps,  and acrylic paint for the finishing touches. 


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #38

I can't wait for summer and garden season! Wishful thinking was the inspiration for this birthday card, along with a great crafter Ronda Palazzari. I LOVED the 3D paper pear she made and wanted to try making something similar. Her's is better haha. But I am happy with mine :) I'm sure that my bestie was happy when I gave it to her too.

I used paper from a Martha Stewart Crafts paper pad and several Delicate Patterns stamps by Hot Off The Press



Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Bit Of Sunshine In Mid-winter

This was the beautiful winter scene outside my front window... almost made me like winter. Almost. 
Fighting seasonal depression up here in the Northeast feels like an uphill battle. That I often lose. (Oh well, cant win them all.) However one of the bright spots to this season  is the birthday of my son.  I had a couple of projects to make for the occasion. 1} a pinata 2} a cake. 

 1} At first I was just going to buy a pinata, but the ones I saw at Wal-mart cost around $15! Too much. I very often look at over priced items and say to myself, " Psshhh! I can MAKE this!" (Even about things like outdoor furniture and shoes. Bad?) I just hate buying stuff I know I can make.  So I made mine out of a pizza box. It was pretty easy, but a little time consuming. 

Of course the pinata was in the design of a soccer ball. I started by cutting the pizza box into two circles. Then I cut the rest of the box into 2 inch strips that I hot-glued to the circles. Next I covered the whole thing in tissue paper. To make the sides of the pinata a little frilly I cut strips of fringed tissue paper and glued them all along the sides. I then printed out a picture of a soccer ball and pasted it to both sides. To add a festive touch I attached colorful ribbon to the bottom and curled. The finishing touch... candy! Done.

The pinata full of candy and trinkets.
I was sad to see it hit to smithereens...
2} Then came the cake, yum! I was inspired to make a sort of  Rainbow Cake. But, I thought that maybe doing a legit rainbow cake would be a lil too girly. So I only used 4 colors and called it a tye-dye cake, lol! Anywaaaay, it was another very easy project. I split the store bought cake mix into 4 bowls and used gel food coloring to make the colors I wanted. Then I took a measuring spoon and dumped the different colors on top of each other. 

Before baking.
Most of people in my family are not big fans of regular cake frosting. So I attempted to make a whipped frosting at home. It was a disaster! A bad recipe I guess. So I had to run to the store and buy the frosting that comes in the tubs. I modified it a bit by adding some half and half. It came out very good, more smooth and light than usual frosting. I think I will do this every time I buy frosting. The cake tasted soo good.

Half-eaten piece. Wish I had this right now! mmmm