Monday, July 27, 2009

Fred She Said New Release!


Hi all! I have been MIA lately because of a recurring problem with my once removed gallbladder again. The almost constant nausea and pain have not been favorable to be in a creative mode which hasn't made me very happy. I have been to the Dr. and the ER with the problem and now have another Dr. appt. to get a referral for a specialist!!!!! I have done some research on the issue and hopefully will get to the bottom of the problem once and for all!
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But, I have finally finished this card! I used the newly released Little Miss Bitty digi stamp from Fred She Said. She is so cute and there are several versions of her to color and embellish for a project. Cute Little Miss Bitty has these cute flowers to go with her many ensembles! They are quick and easy to color and cut out. I printed her and her flower garden out onto 90lb watercolor paper and watercolored her with my Tombow markers. She is popped up on dimensionals. I accented her and the flowers with a Sakura pen and glitter to make it sparkly! Quilled leaves were added to finish the flower garden border.
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Check out Fred She Said for new digi stamps and a great tutorial by Tracey on making super fun background paper with digi stamps (which is free!!!). Spread the Fred! I will be posting the Custom Quilling DT projects tomorrow and will have another Fred She Said new release coming up! If you make a card with Fred She Said digi stamps or have a quilled project to show off, post a link in the COMMENTS below, I'd love to see them!
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Shalom,
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Sonya
Comments and project links always welcome!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Firefly Glow in the Dark CPS124

Hi all! I must have bugs on the brain because I saw these little fireflies in a Fred She Said flower digi stamp! This blue and green color combo are ones that I have been wanting to play with for a while now. I started with the Whirly Foldy Flowers digi stamps and cut out one petal and center for the bodies of the fireflies. Then I colored them in with my prismacolors and OMS.
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To bling them up they are outlined with a Sakura pen then glitter dots added. The wings are two hearts punched out of green velum, a slit cut to "separate" the wings, glued at the points, folded and a glitter swirl added for sparkle. I wanted these little bugs to really glow so I added glow paint to their bottoms. Now with a little charging in the light they will really glow in the dark like real fireflies! My grandkids are going to love it! Good thing I bought extra glow paint!
The design was from Card Positioning Systems and is for their challenge #124. If you are not familiar with CPS they have a weekly challenge for great card design sketches at their site. If you get stuck for a layout design drop on over and browse through all of the past sketches and look at all the links for the current and past challenges. The DT has examples to get your creativity going. Post a card that you have made from one of their sketches and enter for a chance to win!
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I am working on another card to post for another challenge so, off to clean off my table so I have room to make more cards!
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Shalom,
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Sonya
Comments welcome, tell me how you like the little buggers!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Ladybug Surprise Card

Hi all, another very hot day here in Houston! It is late afternoon now and I just finished another card just in time to get out of my craft room which has west windows! To hot to work in there now! This is a card that I have had on my list to do for a bit. It features a ladybug cut with my circle Nesties and has quilled spots and antennae. The wings open up to reveal a surprise sentiment, "What's Up?". The edges of the ladybug wings are inked and pierced.
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I used one of the designs of Whirly Flowers from Fred She Said and left them white except for the centers. I had to have some bling, so I glittered them a bit along with the leaves. They are really sparky IRL, the picture never seems to show that off. These flowers are so easy and fast to cut out and there are many coloring options.


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Since there was not a suitable place to put a bow because the wings had to open, I added the little bit of ribbon ruffle at the sides of the ladybug. The inside of the card was decorated with red, black and white mats embellished with small ladybugs. A short post for today, have a great Shabbat!
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Shalom,
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Sonya
Comments welcome, I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sunflower Wall Hanging

Hi all! This started out as a card and because of the size of the flower I decided that I would make it a wall hanging instead! If you have ever had a job you know that there are some bosses you just can't please no matter what you do! I made this for a friend that is having a hard time at work and I wanted to send her something that would cheer her day. I used Tracey's digi stamps Dahlias and printed them out onto yellow, orange and red cardstock. I love to make floral punch flowers and using FSS digi flower stamps is a great alternative to using punches, if you do not have any, for the petals! With this digi stamp set you get several sizes of dahlias, two petal shapes and leaves.
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The petals of the flowers were cut apart easily and quickly giving me plenty of elements to make this sunflower. And the great thing about FSS digi stamps are that they can be resized to fit your project, so you have many design options! The petals were inked with orange on the yellow petals, raspberry on the orange petals and tea dye on the red petals. I cut out a brown Nestie scallop circle for the center of the sunflower and stamped the sentiment in a white ink. It didn't have the pop I wanted on the dark cardstock so I went over it with my white gel pen then added piercing and a gold gem. Next I cut out three Nestie circles, each one larger than the next to place my petals on, each color on a separate circle. Yellow glitter was added to the yellow petals to jazz it up a bit.
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The first four petals were placed at 12, 3, 6, and 9 positions to start. Then I filled in the spaces between these four petals completing the layers and gluing the petal layers on top of each other. Then I added the sentiment center of the sunflower with two dimensionals stacked.
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It might be hard to see in the picture but the brown layer is a metallic DP. A ribbon "stem" and "leaves" were placed under the flower with orange brad accents. My friend loves anything frilly and wants to redecorate her apartment with feminine frills and doilies. So, I cut the yellow card stock with a Martha Stewart border punch that looks like a doily. I added dots to it to further "frill" it up. Then I added the ribbon hanger so she can hang it in her cubicle or on her wall at home. Tomorrow I am having a class on floral punch here in my home for a few friends, I'll post their creations tomorrow!
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Shalom,
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Sonya
Comments are always welcome!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Custom Quilling Design Team!


Hi all, I have been waiting to tell some exciting news and now I can! I was asked to be on the Custom Quilling Design Team for the summer! What an honor to be asked, and to work with Denise, the owner of Custom Quilling and also one awesome quiller (check out her gallery on CQ home page), and Sue, my DT partner, whose creations are fantastic! Sue and I used the Custom Quilling kit for July that can be found here to create projects from the supplies in the kit, just click on "CQ Monthly Kit" on the left sidebar and then click on the "July Monthly Kit". Sue has designed a beautiful hydrangea box and several other amazing quilling projects. I think that I was having a "more is more" trend and packed as much into each project as I could! lol!
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The July Kit features hydrangeas designer paper and coordinating sticker sheets, embossed card stock + more CS in beautiful shades, Flower Soft, shaded eyelash trim, quilling strips in Hyacinth and Celery, flat back rhinestones, card blanks plus more! I made three card packed with design elements and still have enough supplies to make many more projects.
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You can see the DT projects Sue and I created using the July Kit in the July Newsletter here along with new items featured in the store. The picture above is a peek at one of the cards that I made with the kit. The Custom Quilling Newsletter also has an article in the Quill News section on "Beads for Life". See how a bit of paper can change a life!
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Later I will post the projects from the CQ Newsletter, but for know click over and check it out!
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Shalom,
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Sonya
Comments are always welcome!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sweet Pea Fan Card

Hi all, here is a card that I have been wanting to make for a while now. We have a cloudy overcast sky here today maybe we will get some RAIN!!!! But, that is why the picture is not as bright and the colors are washed out, that is ok if we get the rain! The paisley Nesties had a fan look to them and I had thought that I could use them that way. I am not entirely pleased with the way the card came out so I will have to try again to see if the design that I envisioned can actually be done. Let me know what you think! Here are the details. The Nestie paisleys, standard and scalloped were used to make the fan "blades". I punched the flower motif on each blade and then layered the light pink onto the darker pink scalloped paisley so that it would pop.
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Then I pierced each scallop, added glitter to the flower but in the punched shape and a small pink crystal. To assemble the fan I pierced a hole for the brad at the bottom of each blade using the first one over the next for placement. The fan is held together with a pink teardrop crystal brad. The flowers on the fan are miniature sweet peas that I punched out and watercolored with Twinkling H2O's on coffee filter paper. Leaves and tendrils were added along with a gold tassel, light pink grosgrain bow and tucks behind the tops of the blades.
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Instead of a sentiment I used my brand new Just Rite Monogram stamper and stamped it in a raspberry ink embossed with clear embossing powder and had pink crystal accents. The monogram was cut out with round classic and scalloped Nesties and popped up with dimensionals.
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The designer paper is a patterned vellum that I think is so pretty! The same floral corner punch used on the fan was used to punch the corners of the velum and had the same crystal accents. I will have to try again to see if I can actually execute this design the way I wanted it to. Tomorrow I will have a card made with Fred She Said digi flowers used in a different way, stop by and see!
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Shalom,
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Sonya
Comments are welcome, let me know what you think of the fan card, so I can get the design right!