Friday, November 29, 2013

Freestyle Fridays

A few weeks ago Regina did me a huge favor and knowing her love of vintage, ribbons and buttons, I sent her this card.  Hopefully by the time she reads this it will have arrived.
I picked out the DSP first, in this case, Everyday Enchantment, and built it from there.  I thought Strawberry Slush would make a great base and by the way, you hardly see it used.  The die from Dress Up was cut with Very Vanilla and using a dauber I applied Early Espresso.  I actually "sewed" the buttons from the Artisan Embellishment Kit with Linen Thread.  A first for me!  To make the thread thingy (I have no idea what it's called) I used a dog bone die and cut off the edges.  I tried to had cut one and it came out all lopsided and that just wouldn't do.  I then wrapped some linen thread around that.  The sentiment is from the Another Thank You Photopolymer Set.  Also added some non-SU crochet trim.  I got the original idea from a mini thank you card I received from placing an online order from a die company last year.  It's been sitting on my craft table all this time waiting to be replicated. 
Thank you Regina for helping me acquire a much loved necklace.  I couldn't have done it without you! 
********REGINA'S MISSION********
As mentioned above, Strawberry Slush is hardly ever seen in cardmaking.  Maybe it's because the sun is setting sooner?  Not sure.  Anyhow, Regina, your mission this week, and as always, if you choose to accept it, is to use Strawberry Slush AND ribbon.  Now get those ideas flowing and get creating :)
See Ya Next Week!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Freestyle Fridays

Regina is up this week and she's done it MDS style.  I'm grateful for that because I haven't clicked on that icon in months.  Must do something about that this weekend. Thanks for the reminder Regina!

The mission was to use Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake.  From the looks of this sneak Regina has completed yet again another successful mission.  And I see that she used the crown that she loves so much.  For complete details check out her blog post here and you'll also get to see what was in the muslin bag that I sent her that I kept a surprise until it arrived at her house.    And please, don't forget to take a moment to leave Regina some love.  Regina, I'm delighted that you are pleased with your gift.
See Ya Next Week!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Freestyle Fridays - Regina's Birthday

Regina celebrated a birthday last week and true to form I missed the party.  The pictures below are what she will be receiving sometime late next week and I didn't want to keep her waiting much longer.  Let's start with card, and, YES, its square. 

Crumb Cake and Baja Breeze were really calling me for this one.  I got the idea and sketch off the Sizzix blog a few weeks ago.  The only embellishment that was not handmade is the butterfly one.  I thought it added color and a bit of drama the minute I saw it in my embellishment drawer and just had to add it.  I used the texture plate Pattern 1 quite a bit and did a lot of distressing.  The heart was made with two different punches using Baja Breeze DSP and Crumb Cake.  A little Crumb Cake daubing was done on the DSP.  The center is from a daisy punch with a Jewel Rhinestone added in the middle.  The flower on the lower left was made with Baja Breeze and Baja Breeze DSP.  I happen to have blue coral buttons and what's a birthday card for Regina without a button....  I little twine was added in the middle.  To make the solid Baja Breeze a little more texturized I used a mat and a stylus by circling the punch out and adding more pressure to the stylus as I went around in the circles.  It was great to see it take shape this way and how the petals popped up a bit. 
The birthday candles in the lower right were made with a punch.  The banner was cut with the Framelits Bitty Banner that was adhered with foam tape.  The sentiment was stamped with Early Espresso Craft Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The paper is Crumb Cake DSP. And, of course added a little rhinestone to that.
If you are coming from Regina's blog post what you saw was this:
the little bag that accompanies the card.  This is a muslin bag that I stamped on the Birthday Candle (form a wheel that I always take apart and apply foam to it).  The Happy Birthday is from a hostess set from days gone by called Warmest Regards.  It didn't like the plain cord on the bag so I pulled it out and threaded in Baja Breeze Seem Binding by attaching a diaper pin and threaded in that way.  A couple of heart charms were tied to the ends.
As for what's inside - that's a secret until Regina receives it.  I want to spoil the whole thing.  Besides, I didn't think to take pictures of it. 

********REGINA'S MISSION********

Regina, your mission this week is a color combination.  Yup, crumb cake and Baja breeze.  Give it go, you may like what you come up with.  I know I will (wink). 
For those of you in the States that like to shop online for Christmas gifts have a look at Regina's Scentsy blog on the right hand side of her blog.  There's some really reasonable priced items there that you can get for your family and friends.
See Ya Next Week!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Freestyle Fridays

Regina's mission this week was to use material.  From the looks of the sneak that she sent below it appears that Regina has used the Stampin' Up Tag A Box with plenty of details and embellishments.

Only Regina could bring such a project to a high level with only 1 product idea.  Is that embossing I see on the side of the box?  Creative indeed.  See for  yourself at her post here.  You'll be just as amazed as I am with her never ending talent.  And, please, let her know that by leaving her a little comment.  It takes under a minute. 
See Ya Next Week!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Freestyle Fridays

Did you all survive Halloween?  Are the Christmas decorations up yet in the stores near you?  Crazy!
A while back a friend of mine celebrated her birthday and I wanted to create a little something different and out of my comfort zone.  This is what I came up with.

I started by choosing the material and matched the colors with it as best as I could.  I ironed on sticky back paper to the material then cut it through the Big Shot using the Stampin' UP mason jar die.  The green is Pear Pizzazz and the pink is from a stack of paper I bought at Costco oh so long ago.  The balloons were made with a die from Lil' Inkers that I first stamped using Versamark and clear embossing powder.  The pink paper has quite a shine to it.
I used silver and white crochet thread to have the balloons float out of the jar and attached them with dimensionals.  When I first used the sticky back paper (heat and bond I believe it is called) I actually placed it on the iron board on the wrong side so now my board has quite a shine to it.  No matter, I purchased it especially for crafting at a thrift store for $5.  I will eventually need a new cover for it but that's what happens in craft room right??  And, the card is square, 5 x 5 just to make Regina proud of me :)

*******REGINA'S MISSION********

So for your mission this week Regina, you are to use material.  I know you got some in that store of yours.  Glue it, die cut it, use it as a background..... You know what to do. 

Let us know if you would like to join in on these missions.  Would love to have you come along for the adventure.

See Ya Next Week!