Saturday, October 16, 2010

Anything BUT A Card! Challenge--3rd Saturday of the month

Hi, all you Inspired Crafters out there! I thought it might be fun to have an ABAC challenge once a month, in addition to cards and scrapbook pages. This month I challenge you to use glass (or clear plastic) to create SOMETHING. There are a ton of amazing ideas out there for using glass or clear plastic. The first pic shows a magnet, made by stamping and coloring a small image with permanent inks, adding a dollop of Crystal Effects, and squishing one of those clear glass jewels from Michaels down on top.
The second pic shows a clear glass ornament. You cut a circle of transparency plastic to fit in your ball, stamp an image with Staz-on and color with permanent markers. Roll it up, insert in the ball, add glitter and Voila! Tutorial found HERE. One helpful tip is to leave a notch of plastic sticking up at the top to stick up inside the opening and hold your clear plastic circle upright. Another cool thing to do with these glass balls is to pour in some Future Floor Wax, swirl it all around to coat the inside of your ball, and then pour in some colored glitter--HERE is a link to some adorable Halloween ones. This is great if you like to create your holiday decor around a specific color scheme.
I have had good luck with glass etching. The above example is made using a Krafty Block from Hobby Lobby and my Cricut and a vinyl stencil, but you can also heat emboss a stamped image on the glass, then etch (SCS has a great tutorial on this HERE). You can find cheap glass items at Dollar Tree and Wal-mart. You can buy glass bricks from Lowe's, but then you have to have a glass drill bit to drill a hole in it--much easier to use your 40% off coupon to buy a pre-drilled one at Hobby Lobby. Etching cream can be found at Mike's or Hobby Lobby. It's pretty easy to use, although smelly. The important thing to remember is to stick your stencil down really well so that the etching cream doesn't leak under. I also found some glass frosting spray paint type stuff at Lowe's today. I haven't tried it yet, but I will, and I'll let everyone know if it's easier or not.
You could apply a pretty rub-on to an empty wine or frappucino bottle. HERE is a cool link. If you don't want to mess with glass, you can use clear plastic. The plastic boxes that PTI packages their stamps in are perfect for this--very sturdy. Maybe you could make a clear cover for a bound mini book, or use your Nesties to cut out a shape and then stamp a design on it. The possibilities are almost endless!
Please use Mr. Linky below to add your project. You have until Friday November 19 to upload your project. I will randomly draw a winner to receive some awesome blog candy--this year's PTI anniversary set, Round and Round. If you upload to an online gallery, please use the code ICCABAC1--thanks!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Christmas Card Challenge #7

Hello Folks! I'm excited to share with you my sketch for this months Christmas card challenge. There are two parts to this months challenge. First, obviously is using the sketch. I also thought it would be fun to add a color challenge as well. White on white cards have always been one of my favorites. There is just something about the clean and crisp look. So, my color challenge to you is to create a white ( or cream or linen) on white card using this sketch. 
Or you can use just the sketch or just the color challenge.

Please remember to post a link back here and to use code ICCOCT10 when posting to a gallery.
Looking forward to seeing what you create!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

october scrapbook challenge 21...

happy saturday, peeps! time for another scrpbook challenge. the sketch came from sketch inspiration, # 143. supplies: bazzill kraft and everything else is cosmo cicket "lil man".
i wish you all a fabulous weekend! we are off to a make up soccer game.
don't forget to link up your AWESOME creation here on mr linky so we can all go check it out and leave you some love!! you have until october 31st to link it up, so get going and find some pics to scrap. this is the perfect lo to clean out your wallet and update all those old wallet photos of your kids. anyway, that's what i did...i really like scrapping these little photos.
take care, chris
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Inspired Crafters Sketch Challenge #10 for October

Hello Friends,

Welcome to Inspired Crafters. It is time for our Friday sketch Challenge for the Month of October. You have until November 3rd to submit your entry for this Challenge. You can combine this with any other challenge, but please do mention our name and give credit to our sketch.

Here is the sketch,

We are very excited to have Sankari Wegman as our Guest Designer for this sketch.


Here is our mini Interview with Sankari,

IC Blog: Something about yourself:
Sankari: Hi Everyone, My name is Sankari Wegman and I am so excited and honored to be part of the sketch challenge today! I am totally and unabashedly addicted to all things paper crafting related :) I started stamping and blogging almost 2 years ago and feel so blessed to have met such incredible bloggers and artists around the world who inspire me everyday with their creativity. I live in the midwest with my DH and two children and when I am not in the craftroom, currently I am trying to finish my PhD and also I teach a couple of courses at the University.

IC Blog: What is your must have stamping tool and accessory?
Sankari: My must have stamping tool is a corner chomper (love that it chomps through sheets of cardstock and chipboard all at once) and my must have stamping accessory are my liquid pearls (I am slightly addicted to them ;)

IC Blog: Any current trends that are inspiring to you
Sankari: One trend that is inspiring me is the pennant craze - I love cutting things out and so its fun to cut out little pennants and attach them to your card - it creates an instant celebratory tone to your card :) 

IC Blog: What patterned papers are you creating with lately
Sankari: I am a huge fan of Cosmo Cricket and just recently, I got hooked onto Echo Park paper - how cute are those designs!?! I also love Bo Bunny and My Mind's Eye and well lets face it - I will never say no to any paper - so pretty much everything!

IC Blog: What tips can you share with our blog readers
Sankari: I love using sketches and so one thing that I do is to keep a little notebook by my craft area where I can quickly draw a sketch that inspires me when I am surfing blogland. I also write the URL by the sketch so that in the future I can refer back to it.  Sometimes when I feel stuck, I will pull out the sketchbook and suddenly I might have an idea. And if you write the URL, then you always know where you got that sketch from and you won't have to surf around looking for it :) I know I will be keeping this gorgeous sketch in my notebook for the future! Thanks so much for letting me play along today!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

And without further ado, here is her gorgeous card!!!
Thanks so much Sankari for joining us and for such an inspiring card.

Here is my card for this sketch,

I will be back with another post with the prize for this sketch.

Please submit a direct link to your project (not your main blog link) via inLinkz below. You have until September 29th to submit your projects. If you are uploading to public galleries, please use the keyword ICC10 so that we can check out your projects and get inspired.