Enjoy the Moments That Make You Smile – Layout for STTG’s 3D Sketches Challenge

I just started a group that I’ll be hosting at STTG called 3D Sketches. Each month on the 14th, I will post a new sketch with a list of 3 products and/or techniques. To enter the challenge, simply create any paper based project (layout, card, mini-album, altered piece) and incorporate at least 1 of the twist items. Then upload your entry to the STTG gallery with the tag provided by 11:59 pm EST the 13th of the following month for your chance to win a $20 e-gift certificate to the STTG Store! Here’s my example for the first challenge:

Materials:

Graphic 45 ABC Primer pp
G45/Core’dinations Core Impressions
American Crafts ribbon
ribbon from my stash
Prima flowers
Dusty Attic title piece, flourish and foliage
Acrylic Paint

Adhesives:

Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

To check out the sketch we’re using for the first challenge, the challenge details and other dt examples, please visit the first challenge post in the 3D Sketches group at STTG HERE. Thank you! 😀

April projects for Paper Secrets

Each month, Paper Secrets offers a variety of challenges that are posted on the first and due by 11:59 pm Pacific on the last day of the month. There is always an exclusive layout sketch challenge created and hosted by the talented Rochelle, a card sketch challenge created and hosted by Joyce, and 2 other challenges that vary in type/theme. For April, Nicolle is hosting the manufactuer/brand challenge and has selected Authentique as our featured company. 😀

For my final month on the Paper Secrets Design Team, I selected an “Inspired by Spring” challenge. To enter, your card, layout or altered project must include 3+ handmade flowers (any technique of your choosing), pastel colors, and something in your title, journaling or sentiment that has to do with Spring. Here are my examples for the challenges (except the manu challenge…my example for that one will be posted tomorrow, since I combined it with my GDT example for the The Paper Variety‘s Card + coordinating envelope challenge):

Materials:

Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime pp
Webster’s Pages Wonderfall pp (for one flower)
October Afternoon Modern Homemaker button
Kaisercraft pearls
Dusty Attic laser cut chipboard alphas
Webster’s Pages storyteller alphas

Adhesives:

Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Zap Dots (foam adhesive)

Tools:

Lucky 8 punch

Materials:

Echo Park Victoria Gardens pp
EP Victoria Gardens diecut stickers

Adhesives:

Helmar Premium Craft Glue

Tools:

Martha Stewart Punches

Materials:

Authentique Miracle Boy pp
SEI Ribbon
Jo Ann’s Craft Essentials self adhesive ribbon
K&Co Grand adhesions rosette

Adhesives:

Helmar Premium Craft Glue

TFL!

Graphic 45 Christmas Past – Toilet Paper Roll Tag

The current Graphic 45 challenge on their blog is to create a holiday tag using their product and post it on their facebook wall labeled “Holiday Tag Challenge” before December 15, 2011.

My favorite type of tags to make utilize empty toilet paper rolls that have been flattened to create a sleeve and decorated, then a more simple tag (even a plain one) is inserted into the “pocket” to slide out with your to and from, sentiment or message. For my entry, this is the type I made.

I started by flattening an empty roll, and painting the edges roughly in slightly diluted white acrylic paint. I then cut a rectangle of G45 Christmas Past paper slightly smaller than the face of the sleeve I created, and inked the edges with Distress ink. I then took the image in the center of one of the diecut frames in the same collection and fussy cut the tree out of it. Distress inked the edges, then dabbed the candle flames with Distress Stickles in Rock Candy, traced the gold strands with Stickles, the red ornaments with Stickles and the pearls with Liquid Pearls and set aside to dry.

I then fussy cut the Santa image from the Victorian Greetings sheet and applied a very light coating of Liquid Pearls to the fur details on Santa’s hat, coat and boots. Using the tip of the bottle, I mottled the surface while wet to give it more texture and more realistic furry appearance. I dotted the red elements of the holly on Santa’s belt and the toys with Stickles and set aside to dry.

The sentiment which reads, “Compliments of the Season,” is a diecut tag from this collection, so all I did was punch it out of the page, ink the edges in Black Soot Distress Ink and apply a dot of red Stickles to the holly berries on each side of the sentiment.

I used Helmar Premium Craft Glue to adhere the gold rectangle of paper to the tp roll, and the tree to that base. I then attached the sentiment using Helmar’s Clear Zap Dots since it provides a touch of dimension, but not as much as the foam Zap Dots. Santa is propped up with a layer of foam Zap Dots. With the sleeve complete, I lightly distressed the inner tag with a touch of Distress ink and tied a red sheer ribbon on it that has just a touch of shimmer.

Here’s how it turned out:

TFL!

Fun and Games – Layout for My Creative Sketches

My Creative Sketches is having an amazing 3 month long contest with prizes each month and a huge prize at the end! Each month there’s a sketch. All you need to do to enter is create a layout based on the sketch then link it to their post using the appropriate inlinkz tool before the deadline. You are then entered for that month’s prizes. Then at the end of 3 months, create a single post that includes all 3 of those layouts and post to the correct inlinkz tool to be entered to win the grand prize…a 3 month subscription to their fabulous Limited Edition Kits!

The first sketch, featured a large circle element. Though I considered using a diecut, cutting my own circle or even using a paper doily, I decided to go with the gorgeous crocheted doily that Marivic sent me in my August prize kit from Berry71bleu. I thought it was perfect since it also reminded me of Christian’s softly woven blankets. 🙂 I adhered it using the incredibly easy to use, Helmar V2 adhesive spray. I also used most of the letter tiles and the cutie wood bingo piece that were included. Here’s what I came up with for the sketch:

Materials:

Graphic45 ABC Primer papers
Bazzill cardstock
Doily, letter tiles and game piece from Marivic/Berry71bleu August prize kit

Adhesives:

Helmar Quick Fix adhesive runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar Zap Dots
Helmar V2 spray

The current sketch for the My Creative Sketches challenge:

TFL!