French Flair!

I love that the French inspired art is all the rage these days, in fact I couldn’t resist picking up the summer in Paris Cricut cart last month! I must say I am not a fussy intricate die cut design type of girl (I like my die cutting fast and easy) but seeing the Eiffel tower on the cart I knew it would be great to cut from acetate and use as a mask as I did on the tag on this card.

Stamps: Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Stampin up, Paper: DCWV, Tag: Lindsay's stamp Stuff (freebie)

I’ll warn you cutting transparency film will toast a sharp blade so I keep my oldies around for this purpose, best of all I can keep it and use again and again! This card is for my sister who saves my cards and scrapbooks with them and since she visited Europe 2 years ago and is still working onย  her album this is perfect.

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Rosie D’s (burgundy, pink, cream), Clearly I stamp (thankyou), Stamp & Create (stitching) and Stamping w/dragon (3 buttons and transparency: I used transparency as an ink mask)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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OSA Theme Challenge: Haiku

I was thrilled to find out that the Oriental Art Stamp Challenge was Haiku this week, I looked at websites trying to find a poem to use and none fit the bill so I wrote my own. I’m not a poet but I do like the way my card turned out:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Ink: Ranger, Staz-On

Stamps: About Art Accents, Ink: Ranger, Staz-On

here is the inside of the card

here is the inside of the card

I like how you can see parts of the poem when the card is closed, kind of eartheral.

I like how you can see parts of the poem when the card is closed, kind of eartheral.

I used leftover plastic packaging that some of my daughters Christmas presents came in last year…I remember them well because they were very expensive dolls that each of my girls wanted (they peed on a potty you see, why anyone would want such a toy I do not know) so they each got one and they rarely play with them. At least I am getting good use from the packaging LOL! I cut a piece of plastic 10″x6″ and scored it in the middle with my Scor-Pal. This stuff is very thick so scoring is a must! I folded it and dabbed it with alcohol ink. Stamped the Chinese woman and butterflies (both from About Art Accents) with black staz on and sprayed the inside of the card with shimmer spray. After that was dry I painted the geisha (from the back if the plastic) with gold alcohol ink. I added hot glue drop colored with red alcohol ink as a finish. Also a bit of copper string to gussy up the inside.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A “Clearly Cool” Blog Hop with Creative Cuts and More!

Don’t you just love the monthly bl0g hops with Creative Cuts and More? I love to see what the rest of the Design Team Divas have in store, and it’s fun to win prizes along the way! If you have jumped into the blog hop here be sure to start at the beginning by visiting the Die Cut Diva blog. This month’s theme is acetate (clear plastic), it is one of the trendiest products around and you can get nearly all of the die-cuts that are available at CC&M cut with this stuff (I’m talking hundreds folks!) Here is what I made with die cut acetate:

Die cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Ink: Ranger, Stamp: Inkadinkado, font: DB boho Frames (lettering delights/scrapnfont), jewels: Doodlebug

Die cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Ink: Ranger, Stamp: Inkadinkado, font: DB Boho Frames (lettering delights/scrapnfont), jewels: Doodlebug

We are not talking flimsy transparencies here, Creative Cuts and More offers various thicknesses of acetate such as a medium thickness perfect for these Purse bags:

Cute acetate bags from Creative cuts and more, they come clear, I colored these with Alcohol ink ;)

Cute acetate bags from Creative cuts and more, they come clear, I colored these with Alcohol ink ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is a closer look:

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acetatebox2

To color the bags I used Ranger Alcohol ink (this stuff should be a staple in every craft room!) to dab color to the inside of the acetate bags before assembling. Tip: Instead of buying an ink applicator and felts I made my own by taking a small wooden block (you can get a pack of small wooden child’s alphabet blocks from the dollar store or snag one from your kids toy box ๐Ÿ˜‰ and then I glued Velcro (the rough hook side) to the 4 flat sides of the block.ย  I bought white felt at the craft sore when it was 10/$1 and cut it into 1″ย  squares and they will stick to the Velcro block and you can have 4 colors going at once and your fingers stay clean holding onto the remaining 2 sides!

Hook 3 stars together to make a cute wall hanging!

Hook 3 stars together to make a cute wall hanging!

I also used alcohol ink on the wall hanging. I used 2 sizes of star die cuts and punched holes with my crop-a-Dial before adding eyelets and fiber to hook them together. Tip: Use the larger sewing eyelets that come in two parts and the back side of the project was look just as good as the front. They are called 1/8″ eyelets but they are larger than the scrapbook ones, they fit the hole made with the larger punch on the Crop a dial perfectly.

I printed the frame on an inkjet transparency, you can use regular dye based markers and ink on them, for regulare acetate and trancepariencies try solvent inks and markers!

I printed the frame on an ink-jet transparency, you can use regular dye based markers and ink on them, for regular acetate and transparencies try solvent inks and markers!

The pretty clear transparency frames featured on these projects I made by printing on an ink-jet transparency right on my home printer. I used the font DB boho frames and DB Boho Banners. The Believe stamp is by inkadinkado and I stamped with regular dye based ink (stampin up) on the transparency. Tip: If you want to stamp on regular acetate or a regular transparency use Solvent ink such as Staz-On or plain old acrylic paint. I used my famous “hot glue dew drops” (another great used for alcohol ink!) to embellish these pieces as well as some Doodlebug adhesive jewels. Ready to shop? Here is a coupon for 16% off over at Creative Cuts and More: acetatebloghop0809.

Ready for more clear creations? Then hop over to Stephany’s blog to see her awesome acetate!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

I just started watching the show “The Lazy Environmentalist” and it got me to thinking…”Can I be even greener in my crafting?” Here is a card I made with some thick plastic packaging:

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper: K&Co., Die Cuts: Cricut

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper: K&Co., Die Cuts: Cricut

I used the cute Sock Monkey set from Stampin Up, stamped it with SU! basic black on Georgia Pacific Cardstock and water-colored him, with M Graham co. paints. The paper is by K&co (there are the cutest sock monkey patterns in there!) and I cut all the shapes out with my Cricut and accent Essentials cartridge. Now that’s some Chic Trash! Happy Crafting!

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