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It’s a Blue Tuesday

1 Feb
Now, that is not meant to be a depressing title.  My projects today are a a combined effort for Cheery Lynn Designs and Paper Faces Designs by Therese Travis.   I figured since they both offer things that are not of the same category, there is no “conflict of interest” going on here.
Christina of CG SAYS SOMETHING LOUDLY, came up with our Challenge theme I have followed. A one word theme: BLUE.
  
 
POLKA CABANA NOTE:  
I am dedicating this post to some friends I have made on a different website called, Theme Worx.  I won’t name them by name, since I have not asked persmission. 
When I was given the BLUE challenge and made my card, I looked at here and wanted to name her INDIGO.  I have learned a whole new world is attached to this color, that I never knew existed.  If you have not heard this color used in reagards to personalities of people, it is a very facsinationg subject.  So my card, which is I now refer to as INDIGO, is dedicated to those 2 special people that have shared some very personal and wonderful information with me.
 
This actually turned into quite a challenge. I used nothing but the one Therese Travis Digi Stamp and then nothing else but Cheery Lynn Designs products.  Challenging, yes, but fun too!
 
The way I made my project interesting, without being boring, is with all the different patterned papers in the BLUE scheme.
 
Here is Angel Meggie, all decked out with the help of Cherry Lynn Designs dies and other fun stuff.


Here is a close up of the banner above Meggie’s head. Can you see those tiny bows, and what, are those glass beads hand sewn to those PRETTY PETAL flowers?

Why yes they are.


I admit, I went a little overboard on this card, and I loved every minute of it!

Here is a close-up of the banner, cut from the PENNANT DIE.

 

 I just kept the inside, fairly simple. The phrase reads, “Friend: One who knows all about you and loves you just the same.” Such a true statement.

 

In the corner are a trio of PRETTY PETAL flowers.

Here’s a close-up so you can see their dimension and detail.

On this last picture, before you navigate away from us, look closely at the background papers. I cut the scalloped rectangle using the dies with the same name, SCALLOPED RECTANGLE. Look even more closely, the paper that in under the SCALLOPED RECTANGLE piece, has been pierced with the new PIERCE PLATE. I am having a blast with those and the stitching plates. They make a fabulous look and texture on plain, hum drum cardstock. Lastly, the base of my card(white), is embossed with the BANDANA embossing plate.

 
 
I could have stopped here, but why?  Christine had mentioned these cards called Waterfall Cards.  I showed one the other day that I made for Tiffany Doodles new flower stamp releases.  You can see that card here, and compare the two cards.
 
 
Bear with me as I share many pictures, I am doing this so you can get an idea of how the WATERFALL CARD works.  With this card, I have again used one of Therese’s stamps.  But it is only the Flowers from here Heart Wreath. 
 
 
The WATERFALL card has 4 different images. 
  
 
As you pull the ribbon, each image is revealed, one at a time. 
 
 
After one image is shown and the ribbon is pulled, the previous images cascades and falls behind the image you just viewed.
 
 
Here is the last of the 4 images, the others are all tucked neatly behind the last image.
 
 
Here is a side view, as the Waterfall begins. 
 
 
With such a complex fron, I just left my inside plain.  I did make a tiny little flower and thought it would be neat to incorporate Thereses store name in the flower.
 
 
One last view of this wondrful card.
 
 
That is has been my BLUE TUESDAY for you. Thanks for visiting The Polka Cabana today.
I know that all of us on the PAPERFACES Design Team are revealing a challenge.  I do not have the specifics, but, as soon as I get them I will add them to this blog post.
The Cheery Lynn Designs products used in my cards today are as follows. All products have the link embedded in their product names.
 
Come back again, pretty please???

It’s all about the Veggies!

25 Jan

Ok, you crafty types out there.  What do I have to do to convert you all to loving my friends as much I do?  Which friends you ask?  You know, Bob, Larry, Jimmy, Jerry?  The VEGGIE TALES?  Well, I have such exciting things to share about my little veggie friends.   Cheery Lynne Designs have given the Veggies, their own place to shine.  You will be able to check in with them, and me, weekly to see what mischief we have gotten into.  Please go and visit THE PRODUCE AISLE over on Cheery Lynn Designs. 

I will still be with the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog and will continue to have new things, there, to entice with all of the Cheery Lynn Designs dies.  THE PRODUCE AISLE will be for the VEGGIES only and anyone they care to include:) 

This week, I have a lot to share with you, so grab a V-8 and keep scrolling.  The owners of Cheery Lynn Designs wanted to have some of the Veggie Tale characters to ship to the BIG IDEA studiosBIG IDEAs, do you know who they are?  They are the creators, the geniuses behind VEGGIE TALES. 

Ok,  back to my story, it kind of goes like this:

Cheery Lynn Boss A to Boss B = Let’s send some of the Veggie Tale Characters to BIG IDEAs and they can assemble them to see what they look like

Cheery Lynn Boss B = Oh?

Cheery Lynn Boss A to Boss B = Maybe you could assemble them and mail them off to BIG IDEAs?

Cheery Lynn Boss B = ***Snickers***

Cheery Lynn Boss B to Boss A = How about I ask Jeannie, if she could make some cards or something to send their way?

There you have it, the reason behind today’s and some upcoming creations I have done.  The second I was asked to do something for BIG IDEAs, I knew I wanted to do a family portrait.  I had quite the problem, getting all these guys to cooperate for the picture, but finally we got some good shots!  (Kidding, this is a paper pieced Family Picture)

On this picture, that measures 11 inches wide and 8 1/2 inches tall, I used ALL of the Veggie Tale Dies.  You can view the whole gang(dies) here.  I also used, Picket Fence, Mountains Border, Scallop Circle and some new plates that are called Stitching Plates.  I had so much fun making this. 

I can see this framed and hanging in a baby’s room, a daycare, a church nursery a newlywed gift that says “{insert last name} EST {insert year}.”  I can see something like this used for many different occasions.  They are cute, colorful and HAPPY!!  Here are some more pictures.

Left side of portrait:

Right side of portrait:

A little closer up to see the detail.

I love using rhinestones on my projects and my favorite supplier is: Rhinestone Hue’s on Etsy.  She got my addicted to rhinestuds, which she mostly sells on EBAY.  On this portrait I have used BOTH the studs and the stones.

Her Etsy store: http://www.rhinestonehues.etsy.com
Her Ebay store: http://stores.ebay.com/Rhinestone-Hues

Before putting this portrait together, the Veggies had a photo shoot individually. 

BOB


LARRY

MADAME BLUEBERRY

JIMMY GOURD

JERRY GOURD

JEAN CLAUDE & PHILLIPE PEA


PA GRAPE

Not pictured are Archilbald Asparagus and Jr. Asparagus.  They must have been out helping LARRY BOY or something!

After I got them all individually pictured, I decided to do some magic with them.  By extracting them from their white background, I was able to turn them into .png files. Now I can use them digitally.  Here are my examples.  This first example  is my .ning page header.  Again, the Asparagus’s are missing..oops!  I used 2 digital kits by STUDIO FLERGS on this banner.

 

 

Last, is my new profile picture for some different sites I am on and THE PRODUCE AISLE.

 

So, there you have it!  My long-winded post.  After playing with these guys, digitally, it sure does get my brain thinking of the many possibilities with my paper creations.  You know that ALLADIN song “A WHOLE NEW WORLD”?  That is what I am thinking.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Please visit us in THE PRODUCE AISLE often, we will continue to make you smile!

Are you READY??

22 Nov

It is had to fathom that Thanksgiving is in what? Four days?  Yikes.  I hope you will still visit me on the bloggy here!  Tomorrow late I will post my 2nd installment of PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE ME!!  Tomorrow I will introduce you to Jamie!  Talk about a talented one!! Wait till you meet here!!

This is a quick post for me new buddies over at PAPER ISSUES.  This is a new Team I am with and they have such a FUN, FUN blog.  Go visit.  You will get so much inspiration there.

I have made a Thanksgiving themed card..well because it is in FOUR DAYS!!!  I have used one of my Favorite Person’s Digi Stamp.  Therese Travis is the artist on this.  Be sure to visit her blog at http://theresetravis.net/.

You can also find the link to her Etsy store to buy some of her FABULOUS digi’s for yourself!!

So, my new buds at PAPER ISSUES..here is a little something for you!!

Ok..for this evening..THAT’S A WRAP!!  I know you will miss me..BUT, I will be back tomorrow!!

Blessings to all…Therese..thank you again for allowing me create with you sensational art!!  I do adore you!!

This is HOW I DO THIS!!!!

9 Nov

When I first heard of Digital Stamps, I thought, hmm, don’t think I will ever use those.  But, I have seen the light, so to speak and NOW, I REALLY love them.  This is a tutorial I created for my friends over at THE LOLLIPOP PRESS BLOG.  I am using one of the new lines for November called Dapper Man.  You can purchase this fabulous kit, here:   http://www.thelollipoppress.com/

Digi Stamps with Digital Papers – Hybrid Project

Today I will show you the technique I use for making a Hybrid Card.  Hybrid meaning, I have used a DIGITAL stamp, with DIGITAL paper on a NON-DIGITAL card.

To start with, I printed out all the patterns I wanted in the card on 3 ½ x 5 pieces of paper.  The paper I am using is from the new November line called DAPPER MAN.

You can see from the above picture that I also printed my Digi stamp on the papers.  I have 10 copies of the stamp and 1 with no DIGI stamp for BACKGROUND layering.  Here is a closer shot so you can see all the patterns and all the printed images.

Usually when I am doing a card or project this way, I usually print out my DIGI image on WHITE paper and use that one as my BASE.  You can see my BASE in the middle of this image.

Grab all you supplies or have them close at hand.  Here are most of the basics I used.

You will also need some ink and sponges for shading your pieces.

Additionally have your card base and envelope chosen with some nice coordinating ribbon.  I am using some older Stampin’ Up! Ribbon, I have no idea if they still sell this pattern.

Now it is time to decide what paper you want to be what piece.  Here are all my pieces cut out and ready to go.

You can see how small some of the pieces are, I have put a dime in the picture so you can get an idea of their size.

Note to self:  Even though you might be tempted, do not throw your scraps away, not matter how small they are.  You never know when you might have misplaced a small piece.

After all your pieces are cut out..start sponging and shading!

2nd Note to self..when you are done…sponging…wash the ink off…you are next going to be working with WHITE paper.  (I give you this advice from experience!)

It is time to start assembling.  Look at your image and try to see the image in LAYERS.  What will go on the bottom, some pieces work best on top, some on the bottom, it just depends on your image.  Here, the wings will be my bottom layer.

Do not worry if there is a small gap.  Sometimes your printer can do strange things…you just fill in the white space with a skinny sharpie and these gaps will go away.  My stylus is pointing to the gaps I am talking about, which will not be visible in the final product.

At this point..you just keep adding your layers.  It is like putting a puzzle together.  I love this!

Ok, here is little ELVIE all dressed up in her DAPPER DAN duds!  He is ready for spot on the card!

Here is the card all assembled with some more DIGI paper and some coordinating ribbon and buttons.

Now, add a nice phrase on the inside, and you have got one great looking, one of a kind card.

I hope you liked this technique.  I want to thank Therese Travis of http://www.etsy.com/shop/paperfacesdesigns for allowing me to use Fairy ELVIE in this project.

If you have any questions..just leave a comment!  If you love this card..it will be in my ETSY STORE later today!

Ta ta for now!!

Another GIVEAWAY! Everyone wins!!!

18 Oct

Ok readers!  I am here to share some things again!

I will post the winner of the ABC creation in a later post today..but for now let’s look at some more of THE LOLLIPOP PRESS’s fabulous kits!

This one is ONE of my favorites.  It is called BFF!

 

 

These kits will be available for purchase as soon as the GRAND OPENING happens.  For now, I am lucky enough to play with the kits.  The perks of being on a DESIGN TEAM!!  Here is a digital page I made with this kit.

Later this week I will show you some HYBRID projects made with the same kit!  But for now…what do you think?


 

Can you tell made the little banner from pieces of the paper from the kit.  Another trick I learned on the JESSICA SPRAGUE website!  So today’s giveaway is for all who request.

It is the Word Art I created for this page that says “SLEEPING BEAUTY.”

 

Here is an example of what it looks like with a background paper(not included) in the back.

Just leave a comment that you’d like to have the MONDAY FREEBIE and it is yours, for personal use only.  This will remain free through this FRIDAY, October 22, 2010.  After Friday, I will put it in my ETSY store!

It is in a .png format and you will need a background paper, other than white for the sparklies to show up!

Have a great day and look for another post from me later today!