Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Birthday

I made this cute card for Marlene's Birthday Challenge at Squigglefly #SFC124 this week.  I used 2 separate digi images.  The first being Birthday Cupcake and the second Birthday Medley.  I love how these images can be so easily cropped and adjusted to different needs.  The papers were by The Paper Studio "Birthday extravaganza" and they have lots of bling.  It was easy to match up my Copics to match these great colors.  After coloring I highlighted the digi image with my glitter pen to add some "glitz" to the image and pull it all together with the glitter paper.

On the inside of the card I cropped the candle image from the cupcake image and added some text in MS word to finish of this fun card.

Wishing you much scrappiness and a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Deck the Halls

Christmas is right around the corner, and I found some great digi stamps at Squigglefly to get in the spirit which made this week's Squigglefly challenge SFC 123 - No Patterned Paper a no-brainer for me.  I've been wanting to try this technique, and this was the perfect opportunity to try it because of all the great digi downloads I found at Squigglefly, and it is a project great with plain or patterned paper.  There are many circular-type digis like this one at the Squigglefly Store, so you'll have lots of fun picking out different ones and making an array of ornaments or wall hangings or whatever your mind can conjure up.  I made this ornament by using a scoreboard.  I know there are several companies out there that make these boards.  I started with an original Scor-Pal with 1/4 inch scores, but things have progressed since then, and I have now upgraded to the Martha Stewart Scoreboard with 1/8 inch scores, which gives me so many more options.

This is made by cutting 2 strips of 12"cardstock whatever width you want.   Just remember that when you're finished, it will be double that height when arranged into a circle so keep that in mind when designing.  I then used a punch along the long edge all the way down one side of the both strips.  The next step was to score the strips horizontally. Your scores will go from the unpunched top of the edge of the strip to the punched edge of the strip every 1/4". Once both strips are scored, attach them to each other with adhesive to make one long strip and start folding the scores marks into a fan shape.  When I was done with that, on the unpunched edge of the strip I added adhesive to the front and back of that edge and started folding (which helped keep it together) until I ended up with a circular shape as shown and attach where the ends meet to create a circle.  To keep it flat and in place I added I a large circle (smaller than my image) that I ran through my Xyron.  I added these circles in the center on the front and back of the circle to hold it in place temporarily until I added the colored image.  I prefer adhesive to glue as it holds quicker and better and isn't as messy.  After coloring the stamped digi, I cut it out and added ribbon pleats to the back.  I used adhesive on the ribbon to hold it as I attached the ribbon pleats to the back of the colored image.  The last step was to adhere the stamped image circle to the the scored circle fan and attach a ribbon hanger on the top.  This was a lot of fun and would be great fun to do with kids too.   You can decorate both sides, which makes them great for window decorations or ornaments.  I love to accent mine with a glitter pen to give it a little bit of bling.  

 There's a really cute hot chocolate digi at Squigglefly that would be adorable on a cellophane baggie filled with hot cocoa fixings and one of this fans with that digi stamp.  The possibilities are endless.  Wishing you much Scrappiness!