art play is *NOT* a luxury!!!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
art play is *NOT* a luxury!!!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
on the other hand, this photo from i can has cheezburger TOTALLY cracked me up the other day. i think it's the spelling. if they had just typed the ordinary words, it would still be funny...but somehow the "kitteh speak" almost seems to give the cute little guy a voice, rather than just a caption. plus, seriously, how can you look at that little face and NOT smile?!
i do hope all of YOUR "moovin roks" turn out to be turtles!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
*because YES, it is tuesday; a fact that those of us who worked on the holiday yesterday feel no compunction about reminding you, so just keep those, "oh i'm very tired today because i had sooooo much fun yesterday while you were working!" stories to a minimum, ok? thanks.
Monday, May 25, 2009
ok, so not to be mushy (or repetitive...i know i've mentioned it before!) but i *LOVE* our president. last year, for the first time in my adult life, i felt 100% excited and enthusiastic about a candidate...which was very nearly cool enough on its own...and then he actually WON! since i may never be this politically content ever again, i want to savor the next four years.
as soon as the word "HOPE" and the idea of obama met inside my cranium, of course i knew i wanted to use that iconic campaign poster. since i was downloading the image, it seemed easier to fit the words on digitally, and then make a "flipside" to match.
this is what's FAB about a year-long journaling project, you can have a page with your to-do list right next to one which records a completely historic national event. go 52Q!!!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
luckily, then, it is in fact the papercrafty variety of cupcakes i wish to discuss today! because i've got some NEW ONES, and they are *fabulous*!!! see, the prize last week at 2sketches4you was an amazing--and amazingly generous--selection of files from the cutting cafe. not only was i given the entire package the design team received, i was also allowed to *choose* some files, too! how cool is that?! (hint: it is very very cool indeed...but also quite hard b/c the cafe's selection is awesome!)
i got some neat patterns for making pillowboxes...and these astoundingly cool shaped sweets cards (which would, amongst other things, make the best thank you notes EVER, imho!) and obviously i could not resist these adorable cupcakes, which come formatted with fun greetings as A-2 cards so that you needn't even cut them out--just print, fold and color!
for this card, i did cut mine out, however; in fact i paper-pieced them with--if i do say so m'self--rather cool results! but i'm getting ahead of myself, as usual. first, let's look at laura davis' glorious sketch 26 from this week at 2S4Y:
*NOW* we can see my paper-pieced cupcakey card. unusually for me, i used papers that were all from the same line; i finally got to properly break out my making memories 6x6 "sabrina" pad. boy oh boy does it streamline the production process to have18 coordinated patterns in the perfect size for card-making!!!
Friday, May 22, 2009
i have to confess that this is not the most literal sketch-to-card translation i have ever done, but i feel like "the bones" are there...and i hope the "unscripted" folk will understand. having said that, i am fairly pleased with the finished product, which is a rather funky anniversary card for my (rather funky!) aunt and uncle. :)
(patterned paper & pink border sticker: basic grey; kraft cardstock: bazzill; chipboard & cardstock diecuts: k&co; eiffel tower stamp: hero arts (stamped on a page from a vintage french dictionary; rhinestone flourish: prima; acryllic stickers: heidi swapp; rub-ons: creative imaginations; inks: colorbox; pens: sharpie & zig; adhesives: tombow monoadhesive runner, uhu gluestick, 3m foam tape)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
hey, i know--let's make ♥SHAPED CARDS♥ instead! yeah! then we can enter them in the new CAARDVARKS challenge, which starts today and ends at midnight on june 3rd. we'll have to make *NEW* cards, of course, but they can be any shape we want them to be...just not rectangular or square. so we could make something basic that's round or triangular...or get really fanciful and make...oh...i dunno...maybe a ♥GIANT CUPCAKE♥ or something??!?! nahhhhhhhhhhh...mebbe not...i mean, afterall, who'd be that silly??!?!
...apart from ME, obviously...
however, i did make the giant tri-fold cupcake you see in the post above, in one GIANT piece, in pretty much one shot. since nothing remotely like this will ever happen again, i'm sort of proud. mind you, there was quite a bit of cheating involved. i mention this in the spirit of fairness, and also to cheer up anyone else who is as NOT-engineer-ish as myself: there's almost ALWAYS a way to cheat...and that's where the right brain comes into it's own, baby!!!
1. trace small cupcake onto scrap paper. scan & enlarge cupcake 280%. print two copies onto index stock & cut out.
2. trace giant cupcake onto a folded sheet of 12x18" index stock so that the cupcake top overlaps the bottom by several inches. make sure to allow for a hinge of several inches at the top and bottom folds. cut out.
3. decorate inside and outside of cupcake with coordinating patterned papers. allow one sheet on front and one sheet on back to overlap each hinge for reinforced strength.
4. use letter stickers to place greeting inside card. adhere basic grey magnetic closures on the inside of top and bottom portion of card so they line up and hold the card closed.
5. cut an additional cupcake top from decorative stock-weight patterned paper. use a large prima crystal flourish to trace "icing swirls" on back. pierce swirls and handstitch with needlepoint yarn. add layered flowers and decorative brad to top of cupcake. mount panel to front of card. (see pictures of finished card in post above.)
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
whichever YOU are today...i hope you have a rather fabulous tuesday!!!
Monday, May 18, 2009
i started out with my genuine, used, crumpled, green-postie-note "to-do" list from a random day that week, but sadly it met with a little accident when i thought i could adhere paper to both sides of the playing card and only cut out once. (HA!) i probably should have photo-ed the result, because it was kind of hilarious! you know that i rarely take a "do over" on personal projects, but this one really was just a bit too helen-keller-meets-edward-scissorhands for my taste, so i decided to start again, from the beginning!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
as does miss laura. in fact, i've yet to come across a person involved in any way with 2sketches4you who is not indisputably cool. which is why i was extra-specially happy, after a bit of a sad absence from said fabulous challenge site, to able to do *BOTH* sketches this week! so without further ado... (because i cannot wait to show you this!) ...may i present:
Friday, May 15, 2009
of course i was dying to take it for a test drive, so dug out my old favorite marah johnson "love struck" embellies (still a big fave in these parts!) and made an anniversary card for my sister-in-law and her husband.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
ok, so lemme see if i've got this right: you get to make any type, size, or theme of papercrafting project...and...you're meant to use the stuff that's all over your work table and in your junk bowl, rather than clean it up??!? does this challenge scream, "LAUREN" or what??! :)
i had a BLAST with this, partially because at the moment i am so stressed and overbooked that i have not had any extra time lately for "art play". and see, it turns out, in my case..."art play" is NOT a luxury. (note to self: MAKE time!!!) i had a whollllllllllllle bunch of clutter on my table...including a couple of pre-covered atc's, already cut-out stamped images, punched shapes and paper scraps...so i was spoiled for choice!
i started out with a monsta atc. when in doubt, i go with monstas, cupcakes or birds. there were no cupcakes or birds on my table, so the choice was clear:
the other blank atc card had a map on it, so why not add the eiffel tower, eh? (technically, it's a map of moscow, but let's not get bogged down with silly details!)
(pages from a russian atlas & a french dictionary; hero arts stamp; prima flower; doodlebug sequin; mambi gem; colorbox & ranger inks)
lately i am loving the *negative* shapes left when i use my paper punches; this butterfly was just the right size to go in the 1 1/2" scallop frame. i mounted the "window" on foam tape for a little more dimension. i don't know what i will do with the result, but it's kind of cute, right?
for the last one, i cheated just a teeny bit; the folded scrapling-sized transparency was not on my table, but everything else was, and when i remembered i had it i snuck to my scrap file and grabbed it up.
(hambly transparency; scrapbook wizard & craft secrets patterned paper; hero arts stamp & gem; gin-x coaster; colorbox ink; zig pen)
thank you rosemary and jana for a fun evening--i'll be back! :)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
so if you're reading this, and in the mood to get an award, please accept one of the above! enjoy them separately, or together...pass them along, or keep them all for yourself! but no matter what you do today, be sure to have a very...
happy tuesday, darlings!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
you cannot tell from the (even crappier than usual--sorry--but it was a dark & rainy day) photo, but the star, the strawberry and the chipboard alphas are all glitter encrusted. i could get photos where you could tell the glittery bits by the big honkin' glare-y light bounce...or ones that were a bit dark and made all the papers look plain and dull. i went with the latter. believe it or not, this was a no-brainer! :(
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
i made it for last week's hero arts' challenge--"MAYFLOWERS". although it turned out more vintagey than stamp-based, i actually have worked in *3* HA stamps; admittedly in pretty subtle ways: the large prima flower is stamped with the houndstooth background & clear embossed (an idea stolen from my new lovely blogging friend brit--thank you, ma'am!); the flower's center is stamped with the text stamp from the artistic windows set; and the swirly green vines are stamped with the flourishes from the same set and also clear embossed. all of these details are much more obvious in real life...but i still think it looks ok in the photo.
(background from a vintage garden planning book; layered flowers under the prima are ones i drew and cut out; patterned paper: basic grey, prima, jenni bowlin & dena; diecuts and tiny gems:k&co; inks: colorbox; other: vintage millinery pearls, marvy butterfly punch, zig pen; adhesives: tombow monoadhesive runner, uhu gluestick, 3m foam tape)
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
our sponsor this time is unity stamp company. they were kind enough to supply the design team with some of their fabulous unmounted rubber. the focus is on their cool--and quite beautiful--quotations. here is mine:
in addition to the product itself, i absolutely ♥LOVED♥ the package my stamp came in...that neat kraft envelope with the brown scalloppy frame which displayed the stamped image. as soon as i saw it, i started to think about how i could incorporate *IT*...as well as the stamping...into my design. here's what i did:
i peeled the label off verrrrrrrry careful and then cut out the scalloppy frame. it already had a cool faux sewn border, so i pierced the dotted marks and stitched along them using needlepoint yarn, et voila: i had the perfect frame for my quotation. then i made a card to hold the frame...then i accented the stamped flowers with gems and tiny paper blooms and a few teeny punched butterflies...and then i added an extra embellishment or two...just to be on the safe side!
and yes, since you've asked...i am still REALLY into those little dangly charms and tags. so i had to work one of those in, as well. i thought the center of a stacked flower would be a pretty good place, and i am pleased with the result. and thus, another challenge--and the second half of my mother's day cardmaking requirements--are met!
head on over to CAARDVARKS to see the rest of the awesome DT cards...details and pics of the prize...and if you haven't checked out the posts from the gala READERS' WEEKEND yet, you have a real treat in store!!!
Monday, May 4, 2009
you probably remember that last week i showed off the awesome monsta stamps the amazing GINA (of tyggereye art) sent me...i was frankly not sure anyone could ever make *ANYTHING* half as cute as gina's ATC's...but i had to try.
i planned to use some fun (old!) sassafras "scrumptious" diecut tags; you know the ones they are bright blue & white & pink & red...and really cute "pop art" designs--hearts and apples and things--the perfect vibe for a couple of adorable monstas to express their happiness in a new home, right? well, that's what*I* thought, certainly, but before i could make such a card, the monstas SOMEHOW got into my marah johnson "rock star" stash...and they absolutely REFUSED to be on any card which did not reflect their cool new image.
so, without further ado or additional fanfare... (it only encourages them, you know!) ...may i present, for the first time on any stage...ladies & gentlemen:
ahem...the lads would like me to mention that they'll be hanging out backstage after the show...cute girl monstas between the ages of 18 & 25 are invited to join them... (valid i.d. or parents' permission required) ...alternately, chihuahuas between the ages of 3 & 7 are welcome...hmmmmm...i don't like the sound of this...i think i'll just go check on them...
Friday, May 1, 2009
nope, as is customary on these occasions, the winner shall be picked randomly from the comments made on this post between now (friday may 1st--happy may day, btw!) and midnight on sunday (may 3rd). but i seem to have gotten just slightly ahead of myself. let's start over, shall we?!
if you are here as part of the CAARDVARKS gala reader weekend, may i extend an extra-special
i'm so pleased you stopped by and hope you are having a lovely time! be sure to come along to CAARDVARKS on tuesday to check out the new challenge, it's a good one, with a prize you will *love*!
speaking of PRIZES, let's talk about the candy now, ok? first off, you might be thinking, "hey lauren--why is it called the FRENZIED SPRING-CLEANING blog candy giveaway?" i'm so pleased you asked! it's called that because, while 10% the things in the photo are current product bought (on sale, mostly) with a view to being blog candy; the other 90% have been gleaned from a recent, long-overdue, clearout of my stash. everything here is in "brand-new" condition: it's unused... it's full sheets... it's unopened packages...but...most of it is *OLDER* product. so in other words, if you are a strict "latest-and-greatest" sort of supply person, this will probably not appeal to you!
there are LOADS of stickers, a whole bunch of rub-ons, a couple of little clear stamps, some prima flowers & paper birds, a box of heidi swapp colored pencils, a cute chipboard mini-album that's shaped like a house, some iron-on thingies, a set of unopened (but the plastic's yellowed with age, and i have NO IDEA where they've come from) hero arts flower-border stamps which may have come over with the pilgrims on the mayflower...
lemme sum up: there is A LOT of stuff here, and i think it all reallllllllllllly wants to come and live at your house!!!
tell me your LEAST favorite challenge--one that you just COULD NOT figure out how--or maybe WHY--to do it! was it too specific? too "far out"? too vague? spill the dirt...but in a NICE way, ok?!