Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hero Arts Challenge

Good evening my fellow crafters,

I know it's been a few weeks since my last post, work has been seriously getting in the way of my crafting fun.  I have to admit working 10-13 hour days really zaps one's creative juices.  However, I came across this challenge by Hero Arts...

and decided to give it a try.  So here is my entry...

This is an older Hero Arts stamp, plus I only used a part of it.  Here are the details of how I created the card.  First I embossed the front using a Cuttlebug embossing folder, along with the Sizzix Embossing Diffuser.

Depending on what part you use it will not emboss certain areas of the paper.  Here is a look at the inside so that you can see how it works.

What I did was lightly trace the shape of the diffuser, then masked off around it using Post It Notes.  Next using Rich Cocoa Memento ink, I stamped the stamp in that area.  Next I put the card front into the embossing folder, applied the diffuser and ran it through my Big Shotz.  Next I used Copic markers to lightly add color to certain areas of the image.  I did this lightly so that the marker wouldn't go through to the inside of the card.  Here are the colors I used...

 Next to make the image pop, I added Class A Peel stickers around the image and also in certain parts of the embossed areas.  Then I added Stickles to the colored parts of the image.

 So once again, here is the finished card, along with the inside.

 I hope you find some inspiration in my creation, take care and happy crafting!

Jodie - AKA The Caffeinated Crafter!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

What's New & Happening

Guten Tag my fellow crafters,

I know it's been a week or so since my last post, work has been crazy busy.  I have had some free time to work on projects, and this little darling is my lastest card.

I created the background a while back and decided the colors and glitter lent themselves beautifully to a mermaid card.  She is from Sweet Pea Stamps, Oceanessa, from Elizabeth Bell.
I colored her in with Copic markers, numbers BV02, B12, B14, B16, G12, 100, C1 and C3 to be exact...

Next I added a dash of sparkle with my Wink of Stella glitter pen in order to carry through the glitter from the background onto other aspects of the card.

I then added my bits & baubles to give dimension to the card...

Then finally I finished off the inside...

Here is the finished card once more.  I hope you can find a hint of inspiration to create your own masterpiece.

Take care everyone and happy crafting...

Jodie - AKA The Caffeinated Crafter

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wacky Wednesday

Bonjour creative crafters,

Hope you all are having a great hump day!  I'm trying to keep my word about each week tackling something in my "Ongoing Projects" drawer. 

This week I'm talking about organization, specifically ink pads.  In this short 5 minute video I show you how I go about organizing my inkpads.

Please keep in mind this system is what I do, this is what works for me.  You may have your own developed system and I'd love to hear about it, just send a comment.  Below is the link to the video...

Inkpad Organization

Hope this gives you some ideas, take care and happy crafting!

Jodie AKA The Caffeinated Crafter

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Terrific Tuesday

Greetings fellow crafters,

I'm a little tired today, work was pretty hectic yesterday.  I think my coffee mug says it all...
I did manage however, to create a new video on how to use Molding Paste.  Here is the link if you want to check it out...

Molding Paste

I'll be posting the finished project later in the week, along with an update on my "Ongoing Projects" drawer.

I hope everyone has a fantastic day, take care and happy crafting!

Jodie - AKA Caffeinated Crafter

Monday, June 2, 2014

OWH Sketch #227

Hi Fellow Crafters,

Hard to believe we are in the month of June already, half way through 2014 plus in 3 weeks the final season of True Blood starts!
Below is my entry for the sketch challenge that they are having over at Operation Write Home.  Great Impressions stamp company is also donating part of the proceeds of four of their stamp sets to Operation Write Home.
Now this first one is more of a masculine card, particularily due to the colors. 

I kept the bling down to a minimum, basically just some brads, but I did pop up parts of the front and finished the inside of the card.

This next one is more feminine, plus has more bling to it.  This one would not be sent to OWH due to the glitter that I added to the embossed paper.

Also with this one the inside is finished as well.  I've started doing that lately, it seems to add a bit more punch to the cards.

I hope you enjoyed these two cards, have a great week and happy crafting!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 3

Bonjourno fellow crafters,

I trust everyone is having a great weekend.  I wanted to post my entry for the above mentioned challenge of Tim's latest book, Compendium of Curiosities #3.  The challenge is being hosted by Linda Ledbetter and there are fabulous prizes being offered for each challenge.  Be sure to drop by the blog for more details...

I'm going to make her into a wall hanging, so I'm going to punch 2 holes at the top, thread some ribbon through and voila, fabulous wall art.  Most of the details as to how I created her are below.

I first started with a piece of mat board, cut to 5 1/4" by 4".  Then I used molding paste with stencils to add texture, then while the paste was still wet, I sprinkled glitter into and let the piece dry.  Once dry, I added the two colors of Distress Paint.  I'll be posting a video later on in the week to show how I got these results...

Now the challenge part was to create tea roses from one of Tim Holtz's dies, Tattered Pinecone.  I used cardstock with a pearlized finish, but any cardstock would do...

Next once the roses were dry, I wanted to bling them up a little, so I added Distress Glitter to them using the quick dry tacky glue.  I used a foam brush to swipe glue onto the tops of the flowers, then dipped them into the glitter!

Here is the final piece one more time...

Here is a closeup of the roses, plus I added glossy accents over the writing to make them stand out a bit more.  The stamp is from PaperBag Studios and she is one of my favourite images.  The butterflies were cut out using a Martha Stewart punch!

I hope you can find some inspiration from my piece and happy crafting!

Jodie - AKA The Caffeinated Crafter