Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dresses for Success

Just got my advanced copy of the Winter 2015 issue of Stampers'Sampler and HAPPY DAYS!!!---Four of the cards I submitted were published.  The cards were all designed for the Dress Template Challenge.   It takes a bit of persistence and quite a few submissions to actually get designs that the editors find worthy of appearing on their pages.  It's very exciting and reaffirming to see my work published in a national magazine. 

                                                               Dressed for Amour
The editors seem to like black and white cards.  I went with a French theme on this card.

 Stamps: Close to My Heart
 Ink:  Memento: Tuxedo Black
Accents  Michaels Eiffel Tower Rhinestone sticker, Black & White dotted organza ribbon, Cuttlebug          embossing folder
Paper:  DCWV
Directions: Cut dress from white dotted paper.  Attach black belt, collar and bow.  Dry emboss white background.  Attach Eiffel Tower sticker.  Stamp “Amour” and cut freehand from white, then black paper.

                                                           Dressed for Love
Supporting my Black & White Theory, they published another of my cards.
Stamps: Close to My Heart
Ink:  Memento: Tuxedo Black
Accents:  Michaels Hat rhinestone sticker, Darice embossing folder,     handmade flower from seam binding
Paper: DCWV
Directions: Cut dress from black dotted paper.  Attach white belt and flower, buttons.  Dry emboss white background.  Attach hat sticker.  Stamp “Love” and cut freehand from white, then black paper.

                                                                I Want It All
"I want it all and I want it delivered" is a fun stamp.  For this card my color palette was based on the colors of the shoe and purse brads.  The lace pattern in black was pre-embossed pattern paper from DCWV.
Stamps: Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps
Ink:  Memento: Tuxedo Black
Accents: Purse & shoe brads, black half pearls, tiny rhinestone flower, ribbon, Anna Griffin embossing folder by Cuttlebug
Paper: DCWV
Directions:  Dry emboss white layer.  Cut out dress and add belt and buttons.  Stamp sentiment and lady with black ink.  Cut freehand from white and layer onto pink and black layers.  Attach ribbon.  Add purse and shoe brads.

Steampunk Dorothy
I decided to think outside the box with this Steampunk design.  I redisned the bodice of the dress to reflect Dorothy's original design and added a gear buckle.
 Stamps: Stampendous
  Ink:  Memento: Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink-wild honey 
 Accents:  Gears and cogs, red Stickles
Papers: DCWV
Directions:  Stamp shoes onto red cardstock and fussy cut.  Add cog and rhinestone gems.  Cut dress from blue checked paper (modify neckline).  Attach belt with gear buckle.  Free hand sleeves and bodice to create white blouse.  Stamp gears and cogs on background paper with wild honey ink.  Stamp sentiments and cut out freehand and layer onto red cardstock.  Add gears and cogs and a few red Stickles dots to bottom left.

Thanks for stopping by.......................................Paulette

Monday, December 15, 2014

Golden Thank You

I created this card for the December Stack-a-holic Challenge on the DCWV Diary Blog.  The sketch for the challenge is:

I used the DCWV Stardust Matstack for my paper choices.  All the dies I used were from Spellbinders. The "THANK YOU" stamp is by Studio 112.  Some golden bling completes my design.

Thanks for stopping by.............................Paulette

Monday, December 8, 2014

Welcome, 2015!!!

Welcome, 2015!!!  This month's challenge on Unruly Paper Arts Reader Quest is to use fireworks and the colors in the photo below:

I used some handmade black paper with silver accents for the paper and added some rhinestone bling.  The numbers are from a Bo Bunny set stamped on glittery DCWV papers from a holiday matstack.  

Looking forward to an exciting 2015........Paulette

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

The December Reader Art Quest on the Unruly PaperArts blog has the theme "Santa Claus is Coming to Town.  I painted my wooden sleigh with glittery acrylic paints in gold and silver.  The Christmas scene was cut out of German scrap.  I decoupaged the scrap onto the sled and added various colored and sized gems.  I topped the tree with a Dresden trim star.  I added some gold braid as the reins of the sleigh.  Using a Spellbinders label die, I cut out a tag and attached an embellishment from K & Co.

Still time to get busy with your Christmas Craft projects...Paulette

Monday, November 3, 2014

Give Thanks

 I entered this card in the October DCWV Stamp-a-holic Sketch Challenge.   The card was selected to be in the Top Ten.  A drawing was held and I was selected to win a prize.  I'm doing the happy dance today!!!

This is the sketch I based my design on:

I used papers from the DCWV Autumn Melody stack.  The layers were outlined with a gold leaf Krylon pen.  I added rhinestone leaves and gems.

Our beautiful leaves have all fallen here in the Midwest...the weatherman is threatening a visit from Jack Frost.

Here's hoping your autumn were warm & colorful...Paulette 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Glorious Monarch

This card was inspired by this month's Unruly PaperArts Reader Art Quest.  The colors and the photo below are the source of inspiration.
The photo of the monarch is a re-purposed index page from a 2013 calendar.  I used an Sizzix embossing folder on the background.  The yellow flowers were created from punches and the orange flowers were cut from an Ellentina die.  You can find the Unruly PaperArt Quest HERE.

This week the Fall foliage color is at peak here in Madison.  The colors are glorious...
Enjoy our beautiful Fall season......Paulette

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I've Been Published in the Latest Stampers' Sampler!!!

 Just got my advance copy of the Oct/Nov/Dec 2014 issue of "the stampers' sampler."  I submitted a series of cards for the angel template challenge.  They published 3 of my cards!

This one is my Steampunk Angel.  I used wire mesh for the wings, a bunch of gears and some embossing folders.  I used a clock stamp by Rubbernecker on the gown.

I called this one "Our Hearts Have Wings."  The paper is from a DCWV and the stamp is by Hampton Arts.  The sentiment was heat-embossed with gold embossing powder.  The head is a pearl and gold button.  The heart is a gold charm and the trim is a gold sticker

This card I called "Words."  I used the same Hampton Arts stamp and embossing technique to stamp the sentiment.  The head is a gold heart charm.  The wings and trim on the gown are German scrap from the Paper Dreams Factory.  The paper is from DCWV.

The photography in this issue of the magazine seems to be rather poor quality---faded or poor lighting.  My photos are not that good either---I had put my camera in a "safe place" and then couldn't remember where it was.  These photos were taken with my phone.