Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Clear It out Challenge week 2

As promised I have another card for the Spring Challenge!

This week I used a Digi Darla image called Pansy Pots. Continuing with the Anything but A Rectangle" theme and spring colors, I cut apart a very old embossed card and made it an easel.  I had a lot of fun coloring the embossed parts with my Dusty Concord Distress Ink Pad. I took 2 4-petal  Prima flowers and made the pansy with an old plastic rhinestone in the middle.  When I was cleaning out a basket in my room, I came across a sheet of 3d butterflies that have been  there for at least 2 years, this yellow one was perfect to make the easel stand up. Of course tissue/washi tape is a fairly new addition to my collection, but much of it is still at least a year old. And the little metal "Spring" is a snap!  So it is SEVERAL years old as well. I will admit the crocheted butterfly is new.  But the thread used to make it is probably 5 years old. (Want to make your own?  I found this lovely instructional video (I did not make this video but it's really cool!) here

 I just love using up old stash!  Don't you?

So now it is your turn!  Show us what you can do with Spring colors in any shape but a rectangle.  And don't forget to share a link to your project with us on the Clear It Out Challenge Blog.  You have 1 week left!

(By the way, since it is after midnight while I am typing this, please comment below and let me know if you found any typos or I'm not making sense in this post.  Thanks!)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Clear It Out March Challenge #2

This challenge, we have 2 wonderful sponsors!

Digi Darla has generously returned to sponsor another challenge.  And Limited Runs Digital Stamps is joining us for the first time.  And two sponsors means...Two Prizes!!! The theme is Anything but a Rectangle. So get your Spring Color Stash out and show us what you can make. 

My card this week is using an image from Limited Runs called Morning Glory.

As Simple as it looks, a lot of technique went into this card.  Want to hear the story?  Of course you do... Why else are you here right?

Once upon a time (a couple weeks or so ago), in my studio, I was looking through my stash for things to purge.  I love doing that because I almost always find stuff I had forgotten about.  This time, I found these glossy paper fans.  One of my favorite things to do with glossy paper is resist.  So I pulled out my Ranger Clear Resist Ink, A Stampin' Up floral background stamp and a couple springy colors of Tim Holtz Distress Stain.  Dusty Concord and Honey.  After I dried the stamped image, I used my craft sheet to put down some stain, and here's where the problem started.  Instead of being patche of the 2 colors, I got one color of green.  And when I tried to use the Dusty Concord by itself, all I could get was a very interesting teal.  (Guess I get to buy another Dusty Concord).  So I decided the green didn't look too bad for spring and would work for the inside anyway. Especially with this Vellum quote from DCWV on top & a little purple striped washi tape (Trendy Tape from Queen & Co).
What  do you think?

  Since I couldn't use purple distress stain, I used my Milled Lavender Distress Ink pad over the Clear Resist Ink on the front.  A yellow brad coated on top with Glossy Accents and Yellow Flocking made the center of the flower at the bottom and holds the 2 halves together. allowing the back to rotate & "open".  A few of my favorite Copics for the image, a bow of twine and Voila.  All the same, I look at the front and it feels like it's missing something.  Any Ideas?

But that's not the end of the story...You get to make a fun shaped card in spring colors too! To be eligible for one of the prizes is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

 1. Check out our rules and challenge specifics, Here
 2. Play with paper & stuff from your stash
 3. Post a link to your project on the Clear It Out Challenge Blog.

I can tell it's going to be a fun challenge! I have another fun shaped card with a Digi Darla image to share next week...so check back in!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Green Challenge At Clear It Out

It's the second week of our Green Challenge and I have a card to show you. 

Our Wonderful Sponsor Bugaboo is back!  This image is called BBFF Boys.  I'm sorry I don't have a better image of it.  My trick for getting a good project photo at night is to take it in the bathroom because I have fairly good light there. Unfortunately, I left it in there and it got wet, so I couldn't take another photo because the card is ruined :-( I may be able to salvage it by coloring another image of the boys and replacing it (The black printer ink ran), but I can't today so this will have to do.
This K & Company embossed plaid is one of the first papers I bought when I started scrapbooking 12x12 in 2004(ish)! I found a 6"by 12"scrap in my green drawer and it was perfect for this challenge! 

Are you inspired to make something using your green supplies?  If so, make sure you link it up on the Clear It Out Challenge Blog.

 Also a little note: Please check the rules!  We've made a few clarifications and posted the rules at the top of the blog.  We've had to redraw a few times since people weren't following the rules.  This makes us sad :-(  We want you to have every opportunity to WIN.