Friday, October 31, 2014

Christmas Candy

This month's challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenges is Christmas Candy and was chosen by me.  I used peppermint candies in bright red and green colors.  This one is one of the brightest cards I have made.  The ribbon border is made of crepe paper and the Merry sentiment is holographic.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Marianne Design and she is graciously giving away 2 dies or 1 die and 1 stamp.  I will choose a winner at the end of the month so be sure and stop by and show us your Christmas candy card. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

For the One You Love

The new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges is to create something for the one you love.  I chose this romantic, vintage bird image and added lace and a punched border from Martha Stewart.  I used distress paint on the edges and an antique copper corner filigree that we carry in our store, Dry Gulch Beads.  The bird image is layered on a diecut that I cut with my CraftRobo.  The pearl gems finish it off.  Be sure to stop by Ruby's to see the other Design Team creations and to show us what you make. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tim Holtz October Tag of the Month

I have been quite the slacker when it comes to creating the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014.  I decided I just had to create this tag for Halloween.  I did not have the exact materials that Tim used for his tag, but I had enough materials that were close.

I started off embossing the tag with an old Halloween folder and then inking with various spray inks.  I used black soot distress ink to highlight the spider web and the edges.  I found an orange pumpkin on a vintage postcard.  I used dimensional liquid embossing to create the face.  Once it was dry, I used a black soot distress marker to color the face. 

For the BOO sentiment, I used Tim Holtz alphabet stickers on wood rectangles that I found at an antique store.  I was fresh out of spiders, so I inked up an embossed grunge board skull.  I added three charms from our store to the door knocker.  The bat and pumpkin were patinaed by my daughter, Catherine.  The charms can be found at Dry Gulch Beads.  I used twine at the top.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stitched Halloween Card

The new challenge at Alphabet Challenges is "S" for stitching.  I whipped out my little sewing machine and used green thread to stitch around the edges of the papers.  Orange spider web ribbon edges the side of the card and black gems make the card sparkle.  I added a shiny spider web sticker from Jolee's to finish off my spooky card.  Stop by and show us your creation using stitching.

Friday, October 17, 2014

October Color Design Challenge

Design with color and inspire your creativity!

Welcome to the

Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge!

Use our colors to inspire your creativity! Post your project using the color palette above. Your design will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to Dry Gulch Beads.

Anything can be created for this challenge, including; finished jewelry pieces, headbands, wearable pendants and pins, handmade cards, lampwork beads, cuffs, etc.
All creative techniques may also be used to create your projects, like seed-beading, sewing, metal-smithing, paper crafting, leather work, painting, etc. The sky is the limit! Show us how creative you are with our color palette.

For this challenge, Dry Gulch is offering a $25 gift certificate prize to the winner.
The judges will be looking for adherence to the color palette, creativity of the project’s design and effort. You may purchase and use Dry Gulch components in your project, but that is not a requirement to win.

Entries for the Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge may be turned in from now until midnight CST, Friday, October 31, Halloween, 2014.

Juliette Smith

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pretty Flowers

The new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges is to use anything you have been given, received as a prize or anything that came with a magazine that you purchased.  I chose to make a message card using beautiful K & Co. flowers that my sister gave me.  The sentiment comes from a 12x12 paper stack and the ribbon roses are layered over vintage lace.  Some day I will make a card that doesn't use lace!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Round and Rectangle

The new challenge at Alphabet Challenges is Round/Rectangle.  I chose a rectangular shaped card and background paper and a lace (lah-say) circle.  I added gem stickers and ribbon and a chipboard shape.  I layered paper lace made with a MS punch over vintage cream colored lace.  Stop by and see what the team has made to inspire you for this challange.  We would love to see your creation.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cards for a Boutique

I just completed an order for my cards that are heading off to a boutique in Ft. Worth, Texas named Daisy Rose.  This store is filled with silks, lace and flowers so each card had to be loaded up with lots of embellishments.  Some cards were given a facelift and some are brand new.   I hope the Daisy Rose customers love them!