Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Crafters Of Faith Monthend Challenge…

Good morning, friends.    Crafters of Faith is a group of Christian bloggers that met and bonded on SplitCoast Stampers.   Every month, on the last day of the month, we post a card with a theme chosen by a member of our group.  This month’s theme was chosen by none other than me.  Here is what I challenged them with ….

2013 is here! What a great time to clear out the old to make way for the new:

  • For this challenge, I would like to see you use both old stash and new stash to create your card/project.
  • To add a little fun to the challenge, I'd love to see you try a new technique -- something you've never done before. You can check out google, youtube, or even the SCS forums and galleries for inspiration!
  • Make sure you tell me what's new and what's old and post a link or give a little description of the technique you used.
 
For this challenge, I made a shaker card.  This is something I’ve always wanted to try but never have yet.  I thought this was a great time to give it a go. 
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I thumbed through my old stash of paper and found the heart paper used here (Sizzix Little Sizzles Watercolors paper pad).   I coupled that with some new pink cardstock from the Michael’s Recollections line of cardstock and embossed it with an old Cuttlebug swirls folder.   I adhered some new ribbon across the middle to cover the seam.

I used my Cameo to cut out the frame used for the shaker part of the card and tried a new technique to create the holes around the edges.  This is done by using the text on a path and typing a period with a point size of 72…enough to go all the way around the edge.  I used my sponger to apply some pink ink around the outside edges of the frame.

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I used an old stamp that I’ve never actually used before but had it sitting in my stash (Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps: Doodle Birds by Tia Bennett).  I picked it up at a scrapbook store garage sale a couple years ago for a couple of bucks.  I know some of you might cringe to hear this but I cut the stamp up so that I ended up with only the word love .  Then I colored the stamped image with Bic-Mark- Its.  

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You can piece the stamp back together again on a stamp block if you want to use it as a whole. 

I used some beads that I’ve had on hand from my jewelry making days as the “shaker” item.

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There is one other trick I discovered when making this card that I want to share with you.  The best way to make the “well” to hold the shaker items in is to line the outside of the hole with strips of Glue Arts NEW 8.5 x 11 sheet of U-Cut-It Foam.  It works great! Thanks to Lesley Langdon for this great tip.

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I added a bow to the top using American Crafts Elements ribbon to finish of the front of the card and then went to work on the inside.  Take a look…

 

 

 

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Here are the two tutorials I used to help me to create my shaker card.  Notice near the end of video #1 how she is shaking her card in order to get the beads unstuck from the edges of the pop up dots she used.  This is why Lesley’s tip of using Glue Arts U-Cut-It-Foam (see video #2) is such a great idea!  The edges of the foam strips are not sticky so the beads won’t stick to it.

http://www.simplypamscreations.com/
http://lesleylangdoncreative.blogspot.ca/

I hope you enjoyed my card.  I have so many other new techniques that I want to try so that I can share them with you.  I wish I had more time, sigh.  To take a peak at the cards made by the other girls in the group, check out the links on my sidebar to the right, near the bottom under Crafters Of Faith.

Enjoy the day!

25 comments :

  1. Gorgeous Sharon and I love the new technique you have tried. They do say nothing ventured nothing gained.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  2. Wow, Sharon! You were able to use so many different techniques! Your card turned out so well. I love it. Thanks, for a great challenge this month.

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    1. Thanks, Tami. I'm glad you liked the challenge. Thanks for stopping by to take a look.

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  3. How cute is this! Your colors are stunning, love the ribbon you used and that is such a great technique! The inside is just as beautiful as the outside.
    Hugs,
    Marsha

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    1. Hi Marsha, thanks so much for your kind comments. Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my card.

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  4. I'm with you, Sharon - I have a huge list of "to try" things this year! Your shaker card is super adorable! What a festive card for the gorgeous month of love up ahead of us :) What a cute stamp, too - fun post, my friend!

    Thank you for an awesome challenge this month! So blessed you are a COF sistah! Love you!

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    1. Hey, Kel :-)
      So much to do, so little time, eh (thought I'd throw my Canadianism in there for you). Glad you liked my card. I need to make the rounds shortly. Think I'll have some dinner first though. Later, my friend.

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  5. Love your card Sharon! I have done this before but it's been a LONG time....thanks for the reminder! Your card is just too cute & I'm lovin' the frame! Thank you so much for a wonderful challenge this month!!!!!

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    1. You're welcome, Jackie. Thanks for stopping by. I'll pop by your blog shortly to see what you've done.

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  6. Love your card, and thanks for this challenge. It forced me to try some new things that I don't usually take the time to do!!

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    1. Hi Liz, thanks so much for stopping by. I look forward to seeing your card as soon as I make my rounds (after dinner) :-)

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  7. Sharon--thanks for an awesome challenge this month! I love your card and I have never made a shaker card yet. I think cutting your stamp apart is OK--and it works great for you card.

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    1. You're welcome, Barb. You should try a shaker. It's fun. I'm thinking of giving this card to my hubby for Valentine's but I'm not sure if it's too girly, lol.

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  8. Super cute shaker card, Sharon! Thanks for the fun challenge!

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    1. Thanks for playing along MaryRose. And thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Superb!
    I love this technique! And how you made the dots....genius!

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    1. Thanks, April. I love my cameo for this kind of stuff!

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  10. Beautiful card, Sharon! Thanks for the fun challenge this month! Hugs, kadie

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    1. Hi Kadie, glad you liked the challenge. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Sharon, I loved your theme for this month's challenge! It's been such fun to try new techniqes... and to see everyone's creations. WOW! Like your shaker card! It is such a beauty!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Jeanette. Glad you enjoyed the challenge. Thanks for playing along.

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  12. Oh Sharon, I love this card...I tried this once before a long time ago I may have to try it again. I loved the challenge you issued this month and I love your amazing creation....great job....

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    1. Hi Carol, you should try it again. It's lots of fun. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Holy Toledo, Sharon!!! This looks incredible! It sounds as if it took a lot of time and planning, but the end result is sooooo worth it! Thanks for taking the time to explain everything you did, that's very helpful! Love this card!

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