Monday, August 22, 2011

Back To School Challenge

Can you believe that it is already time for Back To School?  Here in Gresham our summer weather just began about 3 weeks ago.  We are hoping the warm dry weather will continue into fall around here.

Anyway, this weeks challenge from Heart 2 Heart is anything related to Back to School.  Again I have the privilege of being a guest designer this week and I have created this cute little Backpack Box.

I made one of these a couple of years ago as a present for my daughter's teacher.  They are so cute and fun to make.  You can fill it with Chocolate candy - who doesn't need a little chocolate to make it through the day?  I was excited to make this using the new CTMH Typeset papers (X7139B).  I found the original template created by Mary Arima at Split Coast Stampers.  Click Here for the template.

I also used some chocolate grosgrain ribbon and two wooden buttons.  I used some velcro for the closures, but if you have the small magnetic closures that would work even better.  To give the Juniper Cardstock some texture, I stamped the linen background stamp from CTMH's D1477 Universal Backgrounds stamp set.  I used Juniper ink and dabbed on some Chocolate ink to the stamp before stamping onto the paper.

If you have time between shopping for school clothes, supplies, and getting that last minute vacation in join us for the challenge.  Be sure to post your artwork, so I can see what you have created!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hot Hot Hot

This week the challenge at Heart 2 Heart is Hot!  Anything that reminds you of the hot hot hot of summer.  I'm thrilled that they picked me to be a guest designer this week and I had fun creating my brightly colored card with the cute crabs singing Hot, Hot, Hot!
For the background I used the backside of the Fanfare paper pack stripe that is in Sunny Yellow.  Then I used a strip of black cardstock and my corner rounder to make a scalloped edge.  I stamped the cute crab from the Down By the Sea C1451 stamp set using Pear Ink, Cotton Candy ink, and Sunset Ink.  I mounted them on the same color cardstock and popped them up with 3-d foam tape.  I added the bracket image on the yellow background by stamping with Yellow Ink on top of the background paper.  Then just to make it even hotter I added Bitty Sparkles Z1263 to the scalloped cardstock and a little Stardust Glitter Gel Z1313 to each crab belly and Liquid Glass Z679 to the eyes to make them glossy.
Be sure to post your Hot creation on the Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog so I can see your wonderful artwork.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!