Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Leaves with Glitter

This is a tag I created for our current challenge...FALL. I had the idea to cover the leaves with glitter and I love the way it turned out. The paper is from the Authentique Glowing Paper Pad. It's chocked full of all those orange, brown and black colors that are all around this time of year. The base tag was colored with Distress Ink so I could match up my colors as I wanted. The kocha/brown seam binding ribbon added the final touch to my tag.

So are you inspired to make a Fall card? I hope so...and be sure to link it up to our Beary Scrap challenge could win a $20 gift certificate, so why not?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tag Fall Is It

Now that Fall is here I can't wait to see all the pretty colors that come with Fall. I can say I am not looking forward to the cold weather tho. Today I made a cute little tag using Fall colors and themes. The added Design Team challenge was to add Glitter.

Card recipe:
Background Paper from Summer Days 6x6 Paper Pad
From stash:
Pumpkin Sticker
Spellbinder Dies

Have you made your
Happy Fall Y'All
project yet?
Enter your project ---HERE--- at
The Beary Sweet Challenges

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

So Long Summer!

A couple of weeks ago, we took one final trip for the summer. It was a beautiful, warm weekend - and we finished it off with a paddle boat ride. I'm actually glad this summer is over - and am looking forward to many wonderful things this fall and beyond!

I used the Mischevious Papers from My Mind's Eye (although this certainly isn't a Halloween layout!) I inked all of the papers with Distress Ink. My flowers were stamped on vellum with the Sweet William set from Our Daily Bread Designs. Then I lightly sprayed them with Helmar Vellum Adhesive, and sprinkled them with glitter. My epoxies were all made with the Epiphany Crafts Studio, so that they matched my patterned papers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 26, 2011

She's Batty!

Hello and happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. The Husband and I went to a crab feast Sunday. Love love love the taste of Maryland blue crab but don't feel the same about crab picking.

This week the design team is showing a few more samples for our current "Happy Fall Y'All" challenge. This has been a fun one for us! In this final stretch, the DT's extra "challenge" is to add glitter to our projects. Oh yea, this is a stretch! Haha - just kidding! Really, the challenge should have been to abstain from the glitter.... hmm... that gives me an idea for future challenges. *grin*

I'm still on my Halloween kick. This week I pulled out the My Mind's Eye Haunted papers with the delicious velvety texture.

The bat lady illustration is from the magical internet. I truly appreciate sites like The Graphics Fairy which share vintage and antique images. The flocked background is MME's "Harlequin" paper and the while swirl layer is found on the B-side of "Halloween Checklist". [Yes, I'm showing my age...]. Other layers are made from Bazzill Basics.

The bat background was stamped with Distress Ink in Black Soot, then each bat was covered with Rock Candy Stickles. This is one of those cards that looks much better in person - the bats are pretty cool if I do say so myself! *ahem* I used a blend of Dusty Concord and Black Soot Distress Inks on the edges, then sewed them together. All embellishments are from my stash, including really cool web ribbon that Patricia sent as a RAK last year. I've been hoarding it with 12" left for the next project!

Thanks for visiting today! You still have a ton of time to enter your fall-themed project in our challenge. You could win $20 from The Beary Scrap!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Buttons & Pumpkins

I have absolutely loved looking at all the stunning fall projects this way by our DT Ladies and also have been completely wowed by your challenge entries in our current Beary Sweet Challenge, "Happy Fall Y'All." Keep it up! You have an entire week still to enter and we'd love to see what gorgeous autumn creation you are working on.

Our challenge this week was to add buttons to our Happy Fall projects and I decided I wouldn't add just a button or two, but a whole barrel full!

Or at least an entire pumpkin full! The center of my card is a pumpkin made from buttons.

To start with I found a pumpkin pattern, (you can get your own copy by clicking here), traced it onto Bo Bunny Double Dot Burnt Orange cardstock and cut it out. Then I used Tacky Glue and adhered all shades and sizes of orange buttons to my pumpkin. This is a little tricky and I found it worked the best to just put glue on a small area, find buttons to fit and then move on to the next area, adjusting as I went. Once my pumpkin was dry I could then mount it to my card.

For my card I used some of the awesome new papers from Authentique's Glowing line. I love all their 6 x 6 paper pads, make sure to check out these new arrivals in the Beary Scrap store. I made my sentiment by applying letter stickers, inking over the top with an ink dauber and then removing the stickers.

Supplies Used:
Bo Bunny Cardstock-- Burnt Orange, Coffee, Clover
Authentique Glowing 6 x6 paper pad
SEI Windsor paper-- Farleigh
Seam Binding-- Key Lime
Color Box Fluid Chalk-- Chestnut Roan
Pink Paislee Expressions Whimsies Alphabet-- Chocolate
Fiskars Border Punch
Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue
Lots of miscellaneous buttons!

I hope the beautiful fall colors and weather find you wherever you are and continue to inspire you to create this weekend. Happy crafting!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall into Sunflowers

Have you gotten your Fall card entered in our challenge yet? If not you better get on the stick. It' that time of the year to create fall creations and the best part is you might just win a $20 shopping spree with your entry. Be sure to link yours up here , we'd love to see your work.

This weeks card was created using Authentiques Blissful Collection. Colors a little to bright for Fall colors...just ink your paper up with some Distress Ink and you'll be good to go.

The handmade sunflower was made using Spellbinders dies, tools, glue and some patience. Granted it took a little while to do, but really it's so stunning you only need one to set your card off, so what's a little time, right? Oh and remember if it can fit in an ain't a card, LOL.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Clock Is Ticking Towards Fall

How many people love the beautiful colors of Fall?
Well our new challenge is Fall.
Use your inspiration from anything that happens this time of year or even from the colors. I choose this week to pull the colors and even a Fall theme.

I picked up this cute clock from Kaisercraft Beyond the Pages Desk Clock in the Things to Alter.The Beary Scrap Store because I thought it would be a really cute item to alter and it was. My papers are from Country Drive from Echo Park. The picture frame paper is from my stash. I added some Pumpkin Seam Binding on each end. The end opposite the clock is left open to add pictures, just untie the ribbon and add pictures and tie back up.
I used Fabri-Tac Glue to glue down the papers and a hot glue gun to add the mulberry flowers from my stash. I used Glue Dots to hold down the Seam Binding, the Glue Dots work best to hold the Seam Binding down because no glue can seep thru. I inked all the edges with Colorbox Ink and also Distressed Ink. I added some Stickles around my clock frame that I cut out with Spellbinders. I used cute leave brads for my numbers and some Red Pearls for some of my other numbers.

Now lets see what inspiration you can pull from our
Happy Fall Y' All!
Challenge and enter your project ---HERE---

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Happy Fall Y'all from Gini

I think it's really here! Fall, that is! My very favorite time of the year. I haven't seen any leaves turning yet, but the air is crisp, and has that wonderful fall smell to it.

If you love fall like I do, then our current Beary Scrap challenge is an easy one for you. We want to see your autumn inspired projects. Easy, huh? And one lucky winner will walk away with a $20 gift certificate to the Beary Scrap!
Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket, doesn't really sound like it would lend itself to fall projects, but when I started looking at it - it really was full of rich oranges, reds and green - perfect for this time of year. I inked the edges of all of my papers with a little distress ink ( Rusty Hinge). My flower was stamped from the Sweet Williams set from Our Daily Bread Designs. And I had a cute little button in my very special button drawer, just waiting to be my flower center.

I hope you will come play along with us! You have until the end of the month to upload your creation.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Halloween Kitten with Vintage Buttons

Hiya crafty folks! Happy Monday to you. i don't know about *your* neck o' the woods, but Autumn has arrive here in the Mid-Atlantic region of the States. Along with this blissful season comes fruit flies. *sigh* But we won't talk about that...

This week the design team is sharing samples using our new theme challenge "Happy Fall Y'All!" We're adding a little extra challenge to use buttons on our projects. I'm not a button user, I'm a button hoarder. I love vintage buttons and managed to force myself to use three vintage glass beauties.

The paper is Authentique's Blissful 6x6 layered on Bazzill Basics orange and ivory. The vintage image is printed on textured paper and enhanced with Glossy Accents on the wording and Rock Candy Distress Stickles on a bit of the pumpkin. Sorry it's not easily seen in these photos; the sun was setting and working against me. The black rhinestone swirl (ooh, could that be a kitty tail?) is Prima Say it in Crystals Black.

 Luckily for my vintage button fetish, I have three cards of these black beauties. : )

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you get a chance to enter our Fall-themed challenge before September 30th. There's plenty of time to play with us!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

BSC #33 Winners!

We want to extend a huge "Thank You!" to everyone who played along with our September Sketch challenge! We absolutely loved visiting your blogs. Thanks so much for your support!

Our winner of the $20 gift voucher to The Beary Scrap is...

Congratulations Donna! Please email Kimm and she'll set you up with a voucher to go shoppin'!

We would also like to congratulate our Beary Sweet Top 3:

#1 Mary D
#2 Katie Tate
#3 Donna Walker

Ladies - thank you so much for joining us! Please take our Top 3 badge from our sidebar for your fabulous blogs!

We hope everyone checks out our Beary Sweet Sketch Challenge #34! You could win a $20 Gift Voucher to The Beary Scrap just like Donna. Come check it out!

The Beary Sweet Design Team

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Fall Y'All!

Well, it's Friday and it's also time for a brand new Beary Sweet Challenge! Our new theme is Happy Fall Y'All and I'd have to say, this is a piece of cake for me because I LOVE FALL. I love the cooler temperatures and the crisp scent in the air. I love harvest time (and I do live on a farm! :)), back to school, football and the beautiful fall colors! I chose to focus on some of those colors for my card this week:

I saw this idea for a strip of circles on a card here and was so excited to try it! What a simple, classic and cute idea. So here is how I did it:

1. Cut a strip of paper 3 inches wide by 5 7/8 inches long (so it will fit on a 6 inch card base).

2. Punch 16 circles from coordinating paper and ink all the edges. I used a 1 1/4 inch circle punch and the beautiful papers from Scenic Route's Sonoma line-- these are so perfect for fall, love them!

3. Begin glueing the circles onto the cardstock strip, starting at the bottom and overhanging the edges and overlapping the circles as you move up. I laid all the circles out on the cardstock without glue first to get the feel of where they should go.

4. Continue until you have used all 16 circles, the top ones will hang over the edge quite a way, that is fine!

5. Turn the whole thing over and trim the edges of the overhanging circles so they are even with the cardstock strip. Then ink around the edges of the whole piece.

There you are! The strip of circles is finished and ready to adhere to a card. I zigzagged stitched mine to another piece of cardstock 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 and then attached that to my 6 inch card. My word is a custom made vinyl applique that was actually for another project but has just been sitting around my work table and fit here perfect!

Supplies used:
Scenic Route Sonoma papers (a seriously good price, check them out!)
Bazzill cardstock
Bo Bunny Double Dot-- Coffee
ColorBox Fluid Chalk-- Chestnut Roan
Misc. jewels
1 1/4 inch circle punch
Vinyl wording

I can't wait to see your Fall creations, make sure to enter them in our new challenge for your chance to win!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beary Sweet Challenge #34: Happy Fall, Y'All!

Scroll down for Lori's lovely card! 

Welcome to our Beary Sweet Challenge #34

The design team sends out BIG thanks to everyone who joined our BSC #33 - we are so thrilled to see each and every one of you play along! We'll announce our random winner Sunday, September 18th. Thank you!

It's the 15th of the month, which means it's time for our new challenge. Whoo hoo! This time we're challenging you to make a project with a Fall or Autumn theme.

Happy Fall, Y'all!

It can be anything related to the season, from holidays to family rituals to school activities. You could even just use gorgeous Fall colors. The sky is the limit!

This challenge runs through September 30th at 11:59pm EST. One entry will receive a $20 gift voucher for The Beary Scrap. How cool is that? 

We will announce the random gift voucher winner and our "Beary Sweet Top 3" on October 4th.

Here are the simple, standard "rules" to play - PLEASE READ:
  • Become a follower if you aren't already (don't forget this one - it's disqualified a few folks already!);
  • Link your challenge entry post (not your blog "home page") or your online gallery submission with our Inlinkz frog below.
  • Link back to this challenge post (not just our blog "home page") on your blog
  • Only one (1) entry per person. In fairness to all players, if you enter this challenge more than once all second, third, etc. entries will be deleted without notice. Links to projects/cards posted before September 15th will not be eligible.
Additional information:
  • Feel free to combine with other challenges;
  • All NEW project types are welcome as long as they follow this sketch challenge (cards, scrapbook layouts, etc.);
  • International crafters can play, too!
Thanks for playing along with us - we really appreciate you!

Susan, Gini, Patricia, Jamie, Lori and Kimm

Ushering in the Season...FALL

We have a new challenge and you're going to love it....HAPPY FALL Y'ALL! I adore the season of fall, it's my favorite. To me it's like everything is getting ready to go to sleep for the winter. The colors are so deep and rich and, love, love. Can't you just smell the crisp air, the apples baking in the oven with a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon and see the leaves starting to fall to the ground. How could that not give you warm fuzzies all over.

I used the new Authentique 6 x 6 paper pads (Glowing and Blissful) for this card. I inked it up with a bit of distress ink to give a bit more aged look and to blend with the Fall colors I was reaching for. That's the nice thing about distress ink...if your paper isn't quite what you want it to be in color or that thing up.

Have a great week and remember to jump in the challenge for your chance to win!  


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Creepy Sketch Challenge

It's time for another look at our sketch challenge for
The Beary Scrap
This one I had a lot of fun with and I really like how it came out, OK I personally love how it came out. The challenge for the design team is to make it not Girly, well other than the flower I think its more creepy than Girly atleast thats what Im going with, lol.

Card recipe:
Other Items from stash
3D Spider, Wings, Dollie, Spellbinders Die, Stampin Up Die, Martha Stewart Punch.

Now you only have just a few hours to still enter our challenge and enter your card ---HERE---

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

All Things Grow Better With Love

You've just a few days left to play along with the September version of the Beary Scrap sketch challenge. This week, the designers are adding their favorite embellishments to their creations as well as using the sketch. I had to use handmade flowers, pearls, die cuts and ribbon! You know I couldn't get by with just one! The papers and stickers are from Echo Park's Victoria Gardens. I added some Viva Decor Pearls around the sticker, to jazz it up a little. The Pine Needles Distress Ink, was the perfect shade to ink my paper edges.

So what do you think our new challenge will be on the 15th? Any guesses? I know it's one you will have fun with!

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Sketch and A Snake-Oil Salesman (Updated!)

Hi folks! Happy Monday to you. I hope you had a nice weekend. Husband and I took a train up to NewYork to see a Broadway show. I love New York and all the hustle and bustle. I'm not going to take up your crafty time talking about the 9/11 anniversary, but I want to share one little experience with you.

As we sat in Penn Station to come home Sunday morning we could hear a pipe and drum band marching by outside. It was 8:35am and up until that moment the Amtrak station was full of the normal buzz. One by one, I could see the recognition of that sound dawn on my fellow travelers. I don't believe there is a sound more profound than a bagpipe, and a band can tear at the fibers of your heart while celebrating life, love and liberty. (Ok, I'm Scottish... can you tell?) The train station fell silent for a bit as we listened. It was a rare, truly poignant moment.

So this week the design team is wrapping up our September sketch challenge and late in the week Lori and Jamie will ring in an oh-so-timely theme challenge. As a way to spice up our final sketch samples Gini, Patricia and I are including our favorite embellishments. How easy is that?

Update: I added swirls of the Prima Say it in Crystals black rhinestones - love the effect!

I've used 3 favorites on today's card: lace, sewing and decorative pins! Haha - why chose just one when there are so many? The papers are from Authentique's "Glowing" 6x6 pad, and the image is one of my favorite vintage finds. The skeleton is a bit of a snake-oil salesman, isn't he? I have a whole collection of these Antikamnia Chemical Company calendar images (in full-color; black & white seemed perfect for this card, though). They really are quite amazing!

Card Recipe
Thanks so much for visiting today! There is still plenty of time to get your September sketch challenge project entered (by midnight EDT Wednesday) - you might win a $20 gift voucher to The Beary Scrap!


Friday, September 9, 2011

Trucks are not Girly, Right?

Happy Friday everyone! Here is my attempt at something "not girly"-- I agree with Lori, I love to put flowers, bling, ribbon and lace on everything-- it is hard to come up with something not girly. But I think my masculine birthday card based on our current sketch came out pretty well-

While trying to decide what to do I had a sudden flash of this green pickup that I had seen on the Country Drive from Echo Park stickers and knew that would be the focus of my card. There are a lot of colors in this paper line but I stuck with just red, green and blue for my boy colors.

I popped up my pickup truck with some foam squares and then filled up the back with "Happy Birthday" strips. I couldn't resist putting just a little Stickles glitter glue on it for some detail and a few green hearts off the same sticker page as the pickup. (Hearts can be on a guy card, right?)

Have a great weekend and be sure to enter our sketch challenge for your chance to win!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Girly Card? NOT!

This week the design team wanted to take the challenge sketch but add a little twist, try to do the sketch and not make the card girly.  I really didn't think it was a big deal until I started trying to make the card and realized, yeap, I'm girly. 

I used Echo Parks "For The Record"...which was my attempt at using non-girly paper, LOL.  I'm not sure if I pulled it off 100% or not, my female personality comes through no matter if I want it to or not.

Be sure to join in the challenge...there is still plenty of time.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Beary Scrap's New September Sketch Challenge

It's the first of the month and you know what time that is..Time for a new sketch  challenge from 
The Beary Scrap

This was another fun sketch to do and I hope to see your project entered for a chance to win.
Card recipe:
Background paper from Echo Park Country Drive
Monty the Moose made with an Acrylic Paper Piecing Pattern
Mulberry Paper
Fabri Tac Glue
Flowers made with the Retro Flower Punch
Stickels & Colorbox Ink
Dollie and Dragonfly from stash
Mats cut with Spellbinders

Now you can enter your project ---HERE---

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Thinking of You

It's time for our latest sketch challenge at the Beary Scrap, and I think you are going to like it! It's not a complicated sketch - just one that is open to so many possibilities.

I decided to go all out Shabby Chic for today. So of course, that calls for some wonderful, weathered pink papers. Authentique's Uncommon line was just perfect! Awhile back, I had bought some printed muslin, that looked like it had been stamped with vintage writings. I used a square of this, after fraying the edges for one of the components of the sketch. I gathered crepe paper on my sewing machine, and added a little seam binding over the top, for another layer. The bow is a 5-loop bow, with a snippet of antique lace, and a reclaimed button. I stamped my sentiment from Vintage Floral Labels from JustRite, using black Memento ink. Then I stamped the pattern from Friendship Blooms over the top, with Versamark Ink, and embossed it. Then I misted over the entire thing. I used a wonderful frame from Melissa Frances (that I distressed a bit), to set the whole thing off.

I hope you get a chance to play along with our sketch. One lucky winner always walks away with a $20 gift certificate to the Beary Scrap!
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