Monday, September 5, 2022

Preserving memories using mixed media!

Encorporating photos in a mixed media project, is an excellent way of keeping a memory fresh, and at the same time show it off to others. This photo collage was inspired by a CraftStash live hosted by Marta Debicka, Drop of Sunshine, on Sunday August 28th. In addition to being inspired by her, I have used papers from her latest digital paper collection "Goodbye Summer". I started out by gluing ripped patterned paper onto canvas. I then decided I wanted copper to be the main background color, so I heat embossed copper embossing powder onto both the paper and the canvas that was showing through. I cut the photos out using a round die, and made each of them a frame of copper metallic paper. Like Marta, I cut out some extra circles for additional decoration.
I wrote the name of the place and the date directly onto one of the elements using word, and printed it out. I then added some butterflies from the collection, as well as some gems, and considered the project to be done. However, the more I looked at it, the more I thought something was missing. So I decided to add a few handmade foamarian flowers and die-cut several leaves from the same copper metallic paper that I had used on the frames and circles. THEN, I was happy enough to call it done.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Cards made with Scraps Challenge

Every week there is a scrap card challenge in one of the Facebook Card groups I belong to. The name of the group is Drop of Inspiration, and it is run by Marta Dębicka, or Drop of Sunshine, as she calls herself. For each challenge she makes a short video in which she draws two colors and a style/technique, which lays the foundation for the challenge. She also posts a video where she shows her own cards using same said colored scraps and technique.
I have far from participated every week, but I just wanted to post my makes so far. This week the challenge was just to use red and gold. I made two cards, both 6"x6" and both with paper flowers.
Last week the challenge was to use pink and brown, as well as inksprays. I loved this challenge, as I really like pink and brown together, and I have a ton of inksprays that I hardly use.
The card above is made for the gold and silver scrap strips challenge.
This is the card I made for the monochrome black and grey challenge, using either strips, or texture pastes. Since last week was all about strips, I went for the texture pastes for this one. And I added a red heart for a splash of color.
The color for this challenge was white, and the technique was irisfolding. As I had never done irisfolding before, I considered skipping this one, but then I thought; "why not give it a go?". I looked up irisfolding, and found several patterns that I could try, but ended up deciding on a ghost, mainly because I could make it in the challenge color, white.
This last card called for pinks/purples, black/grey and punches. I don´t have a whole lot of punches, however, I do have some flowers and butterflies. Here I went with a butterfly punch, and created a wreath of butterflies in all the colors of the challenge.
This type of challenge is a good way of using up some of the scraps you have, and at the same time expanding the way you think about what type of card to use a given technique on. And once in a while you even learn something new.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Card Maker of the Year 2022

Every year, the Practical Publishing Company arranges a competition amongst crafters to choose 4 crafters who will get the title "Card Maker of the Year". In addition to huge prizes, the winners will be featured in the magazine "Simply Cards & Papercraft", and they will earn a spot on the Papercraft Magazines Design Team, meaning they’ll be commissioned to create projects for Simply Cards & Papercraft, Papercraft Essentials, Die-cutting Essentials and Creative Stamping! In other words, the winner´s papercrafting careers will change in the blink of an eye. Here are this years lucky winners.
I decided to try my luck, without having any expectations of being one of the lucky ones. So, a few weeks before the deadline, I created my entries, and sent them off in the mail. Two of the entries can be cards, while the third should be a different kind of papercrafted item.
For my two cards I made a Z Fold card, using papers from Graphic 45 - the three photos above, and a shaker card - below.
Then, for my third project, I decided to make a one page (12"x12") interactive mini-album. I called it "The Little Book of Samples". Since it has a many pages all holding some sort of sample, it takes a lot of photos to show everything! Please excuse all the photos below!🫣
Thanks for looking!😊

Preserving memories using mixed media!

Encorporating photos in a mixed media project, is an excellent way of keeping a memory fresh, and at the same time show it off to others. ...