Sunday, March 16, 2014

Vintage Tag and Graph' It Marker Blog Hop Winner

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Happy Sunday To You All! Today I would like to share a vintage style tag I made a while ago for the CreateExchange FB-group February tag swap. It reached it's destination in Australia last week so I'm able to share it with you here now.

But first I would like to announce my winner from the Graph'It Marker & Whimsy Stamps combined challenge. The prize is a 3 pack of Graph' It markers! Without further ado here is the randomly drawn winner:


Congratulations Sweety!
Please contact me with you snail mail address at cocoacrafts(at)gmail.com 

Ok now onto my project for today. The February theme was to create a vintage style tag using burlap. This is what I came up with:


No colored image on this tag though. Instead I used a Whimsy Stamps sentiment as my focal point. It's from the Vintage Seed Packets 2 sentiment set. Stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa onto kraft cardstock. Design papers I used are from Pion Design. I used dies from Whimsy Stamps - Lace Doily Corner 1 , Mini Lace Doily Corner & Picket Fence; Tim Holtz: Picture View & Butterfly Border; Memory Box: Chloe Stem; Marianne Design: Butterfly. The zipper and white resin heart are from Prima and the fountain pen nib is from Tim Holtz. Flowers are from WOC and handmade rolled roses using a Memory Box die. The pearl swirls I used are from Want to Scrap. Lace and burlap are from my stash, I think I got them at Walmart.

Here is a close-up on the details:



And here's one more artsy shot :-)



Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week!

Hugs,



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

So Sweet! - New Whimsy Clear Stamps

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Hello Everyone! Today I have a card to share made with the brand new 'Clearly Whimsy Stamps'! These are highest quality photopolymer clear stamps! 


Usually I'm not a big clear stamps fan but these are AWESOME! They stamp crisp and clean like red rubber! No ink pools building up on the stamp surface and they really do stick to your acrylic block and not falling off! They are nice and sturdy and don't feel like 'Jello' and are stretching out like a bubble gum. 

The designer and artist behind all this gorgeousness is no one less than my Whimsy DT-Sister Simonne Clay - SC Designs. Brilliant design job Sem!!
This new line features more simple designs perfect for all the CAS creations. As much as I love doing embellished cards I also enjoy creating CAS!

For this card I used Sweet As Candy - Sweet Lables and  Sweet As Candy Sweet Images. I've stamped the candy images using Memento 'tart pear', 'dandelion', and cotton candy on smooth white cardstock. I've colored them in using Copics and added Glossy Accents and Stickles to make them pop.


Whimsy Stamps has put together a DREAM TEAM of crafters to help launch the debut clear release and there's a blog hop going on with fab prizes So make sure you read all about it here on the Whimsy Inspirations Blog!



Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hearts Forever - First UK Doobadoo Challenge

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Hello Everyone and welcome to the first We Do Doobadoo Challenge! This fortnight it is all about hearts and stencils! Please see the challenge blog for all the challenge details!

If you've never heard of Doobadoo it is a Dutch brand which offers the crafting world the most intricate and amazingly versatile craft products including Detailed Masks, Stencils and Templates, Intricate Laser cut Paper Art shapes and much much more! 
We will be coming here every fortnight with some fabulous inspiration on how to use these great products - and it will be a joy because the whole design team have fallen in love with this stash, we just can't get enough! You can see the UK stockists on the challenge blog HERE

Join our Facebook group here for extra inspiration with these wonderful products. 

Here is what I came up with:

I've made a bottle hanger using the bottle hanger template. I used card board hearts which I embossed with shabby white Frantage and the paper laser art hearts were distressed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. In my flower arrangement I also used paper laser art leaves and paper laser art fern. The leaves and fern were colored with Graph'It markers. Papers used are from Pion Design. Sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps.

Hanger on the bottle:

A close-up


 Here are the Doobadoo products I've used. You can buy them HERE


Hearts
Leaves Dutch Doobadoo Polyester Envelop Stencil Bottle Hanger 



I like to enter the following challenges:

Delicious Doodles - Anything but a card (Friday)
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything goes (Friday) Top 3 Winner - Thank You
Left of Center - Die cuts (Friday)  Top 5 winner - Thank You

Loves Rubberstamps - Anything goes (Tuesday)
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes (Tuesday)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes (Tuesday)
Craft my life/All Crafts Challenge - Anything but a card (1st Monday Month)

Hugs,



Friday, March 7, 2014

Male Colors at Graph'It Color Challenge

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Today starts another Graph'It Color Challenge. This fortnights theme is 'Male Colors'
Here is my inspirations card for the challenge:

Image is from LOTV as is the sentiment. Train die cut is from Whimsy stamps. Papers and buttons are from Basic Grey.

Graph'It Colors I've used:
Skin: 4115, 4155, 4180, 4135
Hair: 3190, 3140, 3120
Shirt: 7290, 7270, 7250, 7220
Pants: 3210, 3245, 9400
Package: 9400, 9401
Tag: 4110, 4120
Silver Graph'It Shake to outline the train die cut. 


I'm entering the following challenges with my card:

Cute Card Thursday - What a Gem (Thursday)
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes (Thursday)
Loves Rubber StampsAnything Goes (Tuesday)
Paper Crafting Journey - Make it manly/boyish (Thursday)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see your creation soon over at the challenge blog!

Hugs,



Friday, February 28, 2014

Graph'It Coloring Challenge Inspiration & DT News :-)

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Happy TGIF Everyone!! Today I want to share some denim coloring inspiration for our ongoing Graph'It Marker Coloring Challenge

I also have some exciting news to share :-) I made the 'We Do Doobadoo UK' DT and we are starting off a brand new blog with challenges on March 8th! Dutch Doobadoo is a Dutch based company which has fantastic versatile products from paper & cardboard laser art cuts to fabric, stencils, templates and also soft board die cuts. These products are so much fun to work with, can be altered in any way and are perfect for any style! I used some of the fab products on my card today, please find more details below!


It's also a first time for me coloring one of these sweet Tiddly Ink images. They are just too cute and super fun to color! I colored her using my Graph' It markers and you'll find a list of all markers I've used below the next photo. DP is from Bo Bunny and the sentiment is from LOTV. Flowers are WOC as well as the corner metal embellishment.
As I mentioned earlier I used some of the Doobadoo stuff on my card. The Whimsy Country Heart was cut out from Doobadoo denim fabric and I then added Stampendous Fran-Tage shabby white. The hearts and crown are Doobadoo cardboard, and the leaves are paper laser cuts. I also altered them by coloring, adding Stickles, Gesso and Fran-Tage.


Graph'It Markers used:
Jeans/Denim: 9100, 9101, 9102, 9103, 9104, 9106, 7130
Skin: 4180, 4155, 4115 Cheeks: 4135, 4145
Hair: 3180, 3170, 3130, 4180, 4155, 4115
Red: 5210, 5220, 5250, 3180
Yellow: 2110, 2105, 1130, 1150
Grass and gravel: 8280, 8290, 3230, 3210, 3290, 3270, 3245
I've also used the Blender 0000 and the Graph'It Shake Silver Glitter Pen



I'm entering the following challenges with my card:

Tidly Inks - Primary Colors (Tuesday) - featured on Fabulous Inky Friday, THANK YOU!!!
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes (Friday)
4 Crafty Girlz - Anything Goes (Thursday) Made the Top 3, THANK YOU!!!

Cute Card Thursday - Springtime (Thursday)
Deep Ocean - Just for a girl (Tuesday 11th)



Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Hope to see you over at the Graph'It Marker Coloring Challeng blog.

Hugs,



Thursday, February 27, 2014

Simple Notecard

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Welcome to my last GDT posting for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. Thank you so much for having me and it was a pleasure guest designing with these adorable stamps!

For my last card today I used the second butterfly available on the Dragonflies 2 clear stamp set. My project with the other butterfly from this set can be seen HERE.

Quick 'How To' : Card measures 4.5" x 5.5", cut from plain white 110lbs cardstock. I then cut another plain white layer 4.25" x 5.25". Adhere washi tape. Add flower and secure with pearl brad. Adhere layer with foam tape to card. Stamp butterfly with black ink onto white cardstock. Now stamp the butterfly again right on top of the just stamped balck image using embossing ink. This is easy as it is a clear stamp! Heat emboss with clear fine detail embossing powder. Cut out butterfly. Adhere to card using  foam tape. Stamp the little antennas right onto the card and embellish with 2 small pearls. Stamp sentiment (also from the Dragonflies 2 clear stamp set) onto white cardstock and cut it out; adhere to card with foam tape.


The following two photos show the embossed effect. It adds nice textures and shine to the butterfly and make it pop:




A view from a different angle:


I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Less is More:  Metal  - My metal piece is the pearl brad I've used in the flower center (Friday)
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday:  Less is More w/ no coloring (Tuesday)
Loves Rubber Stamps: Washi Tape or Faux Washi Tape Design Team Favorite - Thank you!!


Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Smile Because It Happened!

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Happy Sunday! Today I have a card to share with actually no colored image. I only used a sentiment from Whimsy's *New* Cup of Joy sentiment set.


Other Whimsy products used are Heart Boarder die and Notables 6 die. The flourish die is from Memory Box and the fancy label behind the sentiment is from Spellbinders. ppaers are Pion Design, Flowers are WOC and all the other embellies are from my stash. To add some bling I used my beloved Stardust Stickles :-)

Close-up on the flowers and sentiment.


I'm entering the following challenges:

The Hobby House - Anything goes / must use at a product carried by THH - I used Stardust Stickles (until 27th Feb)
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything goes (until 24th Feb)
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes (until 24th Feb)

If you want to win some Whimsy goodies you still have a week to join us in our FB inspirations group challenge. Come on over and let's have some fun!

Hugs,



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Enjoy Every Moment

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Hello Everyone, it's Thursday and time for another Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Guest Designer creation. Once again I used the beautiful and versatile Dragonflies 2 clear stamp set.

I stamped one dragonfly onto designer paper and embossed it with Frantage shabby white embossing powder and also added white Gesso around the edges. The second drangonfly was stamped onto cream colored cardstock using Pistachio Memento ink. I've added Gesso again to achieve a little vintage look. Both dragonflies were cut out using the matching Dragonfly Die. 
Other dies used are from Memory Box, flowers are from WOC and the rolled rose is handmade using a Memory Box die. Sentiment is also from the Dragonflies 2 clear stamp set. Designer papers are from Pion Design and the lovely lace is from Live and Love Crafts. Furthermore I used a pearl string and Stickles glitter glue for some bling.

Closer look on the dragonflies and the sentiment.



I am also entering the following challenges:

7 Kids College Fund - Anything Goes  (til Tuesday)
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Anything Goes  ('til Wednesday)
Delightful Challenges - Add a Flourish (til Tuesday)

Thanks for visiting me here today and have a wonderful rest of the week!
Hugs,




Friday, February 14, 2014

With Lots Of Love - Graph' It Challenge & Giveaway

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Happy Valentines Day! Love and Florals is the theme of this weeks Graph'It Color Challenge. It is a special challenge this week as the Graph'It DT is teaming up with the Whimsy Digital Team for a joint challenge!

That means if you follow both themes (love and florals) you can enter your card into both challenges and are eligible for both blogs prize drawings! So make sure you visit both teams challenge blogs!

But that's not all! As it's a special challenge this week we will give away the following prizes this week:
1. Our overall Random winner will receive a 12 pack of Graph'It markers worth £30
2. Each of our GI team members joining in the challenge will be giving away a pack of 3 (three) markers worth £7.95 BUT you must leave a comment on each blog to be in with a chance of winning! Each teamie will choose a winner from their blog comments.

For more details please visit the Graph'It Color Challenge blog!

Now onto my card. I used Cute Cupid from Whimsy Stamps Crissy Armstrongs Digital Collection. Awww isn't he adorable with his chubby cheeks, arms and legs?

The DP I've used is also from Whimsy and it's the newly released 'Love is in the Air' paper pad. Sentiment is from LOTV. Dies used are Whimsy Shapeology dies Eiffel Tower, Country Heart, Lace Doily Corner 1 and Heart Border. Flowers are WOC and ribbon is from my stash and Live and Laugh Crafts.


Graph'It markers used:
Skin: 4180, 4155, 4115, 4135, 4145, 6110
Rose & Heart: 8110, 8120, 8140, 8160, 5210, 5220, 5250, 3170
Hair: 1250, 1230, 1210, 3180
Wings: 9400, 4110
Scarf: 1230, 1210, 9400
Outline: 9100, 9101, 9102
Blender Pen 0000
 


Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment on my posting here to be in for a chance to win some Graph'It markers!

Hugs,



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