Monday, January 19, 2009

Mini-VSN creations

This weekend (Friday and Saturday) was the first of the Heartbreaker VSN's 'Friday Flirtations' (with a challenge each Friday), and the Crush mini-VSN (which had 12 challenges). [Note: If you're wondering what a VSN is, check out {this thread}]

I got to play a little bit, and completed the Friday Flirtation challenge and 3 of the mini's challenges, but wasn't able to upload the photos until today. The challenges are all FABULOUS, so if you missed the VSN, I'd recommend still trying out the challenges! I'm definitely going to try to finish up the rest this week.


Here's the first, a 'scrapling' for the Friday Flirtation 'Castaway Love'. (Scraplings are created from the strip of paper that gets cut off when you trim a standard A2 card down to a 4 1/4" square, so they're typically 4 1/4" x 1 1/4")
Aren't they so cute? I started with an Old Olive scrapling base, and stamped Distressed Dots in Old Olive ink for the background. Then I stamped 'love ya' from Mix-up of Cuteness onto a Whisper White scrap, and cut, embossed, and stenciled it with my new Labels 1 Nestabilities dies. (I sponged Apricot Appeal into the center of the label with the die still in place to get that white edge). I attached it to the card, along with a paper blossom and button from the Chloe's Closet paper line, and tied on a strip of Apricot seam binding, knotted with yellow embroidery floss.


This was the first challenge of the actual mini VSN...'Save the Date'. The challenge was to make a 'save the date' card. Since I don't have any weddings or showers coming up, I decided to use my birthday as my 'event' (though it falls on a Thursday, so I probably won't actually have a party on that day! *wink*):
This is the 4 1/4" square Old Olive card that my scrapling was generated from! *grins* I stamped the background with a cupcake from Ginormous Sweet Cupcakes, then rummaged through the scrap bin for the rest of the card. I punched the edge of a Tempting Turquoise scrap, and wrote the 'save the date' sentiment at the bottom with a ZIG writer. Then I added a scrap of retired SU! DP, and a strip of Whisper White, stamped with 'party' in the lower right corner, and with the 30*30 theme spelled out with felt Thickers. I doodled around the Thickers with the ZIG Writer, and scraped the edges across my Tempting Turquoise pad for some extra definition, then added it to the card, backing it with foam tape. To finish off the card, I tied a scrap of ribbon around the fold.


This challenge was to create a card using the Burned Batik technique. I used it for my background paper, and used Distress Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany for the inks. (The Fired Brick is actually a spray I made using a Mini Mister, and filling it with a dropper full of reinker, a small scoop (maybe 1/4 tsp) of Perfect Pearls, and water to fill the easy way to make your own 'Glimmer Mist' in any color combo you want!)
I matted the Burned Batik background with Whisper White, then adhered both to a Cranberry Crisp A2 card base from the scrap bin (yes, this WHOLE card is made with scraps!!). I tied a strip of brown twill around the card, added a piece of Chocolate Chip, and then the 'love' hearts from Beautiful Life mounted on foam tape (stamped with Aged Mahogany and rock-n-rolled with Chocolate Chip ink and cut out). Last, I spelled out 'you' with some foam Thickers.


Ever do something that makes your head just a bit bigger? This card seriously made me feel like some sort of card-making genius! *grins* The challenge this time was to add a soft element....check it out:
I know, you're thinking "it's cute, but where's the genius?", right? Well, the sheep is made from a top from Ginormous Sweet Cupcakes, stamped onto fleece and cut out! Isn't that cool??? I love it when I get to use a stamp in a whole new way!

This card base was from my scrap fits in a business-sized envelope. I added a 'hill' cut from some Urban Prairie DP, and then built my sheep on top from the fleece cupcake-top and some scraps of black DP (from the Urban Prairie line), cut to make the legs and face. I added a jet black rhinestone for the eye, and stamped the little sun from the December KOTM onto yellow DP (also from the Urban Prairie line) and cut it out and adhered it to the card base. I added a jumbo eyelet at the bottom of the card, and tied some white grosgrain through it, and then added the '{love} ewe' using white
chipboard Thickers.

Here's a close-up of my cupcake sheep *grins*:
I hope you have a fantastic week!! Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies used (scrapling):
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White CS (SU!)
Ink: Old Olive, Bordering Blue (SU!)
Stamps: Mix Up of Cuteness (Unity Stamp Co.)
Other: Chloe's Closet Blossoms and Buttons (Making Memories), Labels 1 Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); Apricot seam binding (Martha Stewart Crafts); yellow embroidery floss

Supplies used (30*30):
Paper: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White CS, retired DP (name unknown) (SU!)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive (SU!)
Stamps: Ginormous Sweet Cupcakes, Mix Up of Cuteness (Unity Stamp Co.)
Other: scalloped border punch (Martha Stewart crafts); Playroom felt Thickers (American Crafts); black ZIG Writer; foam mounting tape (3M); grosgrain ribbon (unknown)

Supplies used ({heart} YOU):
Paper: Cranberry Crisp, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip CS (SU!)
Ink: Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick Distress Inks (Ranger Industries); Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Stamps: Beautiful Life, December KOTM (Unity Stamp Company)
Other: clear embossing powder (Stampendous); Perfect Pearls, Mini Mister (Ranger Industries); brown twill (Martha Stewart Crafts); Remarks 'Rootbeer Float' Thickers (American Crafts); foam mounting tape (3M)

Supplies used ({love} ewe):
Paper: Chocolate Chip CS (SU!); Urban Prairie DP (Basic Grey)
Ink: Ruby Red (SU!)
Stamps: Ginormous Sweet Cupcakes (Unity Stamp Company)
Other: Jewelry Box Thickers (American Crafts); jumbo eyelet (SU!); white grosgrain (By the Spool); craft fleece (Michael's)


Melinda aka Passionfruit said...

these are just the coolest things yet. I especially like the "scrapling"! I always learn something new from you, Kiwi! Thansk! Now I am off to make something with a scrapling...

lori vliegen said...

you always have the BEST ideas! i love the dimensions on those scraplings...i'm going to try that! and...stamping on fleece... you're a genius! :)

p.s. i'm having a give-away today...make sure you put your name in the hat! :)