Tuesday, June 29, 2010

AiFactory Card - Metal Embellishment Challenge

AiFactory is sponsoring the Charizma Design Challenge this time. Visit their blog starting on July 1, 2010 and check out the great prizes!


The digital art stamp is lovely -- it is from AiFactory and part of the Monthly Kit Club. The dress is from the "after midnight" series. Click here to find the link. I am really big into "line." The lines of fonts, the curve of a shape, the silhouette if you will. I have had my eye on this digital stamp for quite some time. You could paper piece or use any sort of colouring tool. I decided to keep it simple. I really like the contrast of the font with the curves of the dress form and the background paper. I hope you enjoy!

The pattern paper is from American Craft, the sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts and the rose is a metal embellishment from Making Memories vintage findings. I also used a red Spica pen on the finials and a Copic marker to do a bit of shading on the inkjet print out. Tag punch from Fiskars and red/gold ribbon from my stash.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Shape it Up – Challenge 41

This week’s challenge was to create a card in a non-traditional square or rectangle shape. We are playing with a new set called “
Daddy’s Rock Star Digital Collection.”

I got out the Silhouette and attempted to make a cut out card using the rocker girl image. I had some file cutting challenges with the mirror of the outline. I cut the rocker girl out just fine and colored her with Copics and my new favourite Spica Glitter Markers. I used some ultra glittery paper from Target as the background and cut the card out by hand using my Tim Holtz Tonic scissors. I have read that glitter paper will seriously dull your digital cutting blades and didn’t want to risk it.

My card for the challenge – the star shape is from the Silhouette Store. I did the print and cut and colored again with the Copics. The inside image is also a print and cut from the same set. I used the red bling to glitz out the star. The paper is Red Chrysanthemum from the from Martha Stewart’s Winter Garden paper collection.

Be sure and stop by the
AiFactory site and sign up. They have recently moved to a self-hosted site. You will find new content added daily.

Now for the challenge! You too can create a non-traditional shaped card. (Try a circle, star, triangle or any other shape.) Submit the card at the
AiFactory Challenge Blog and enter to win a gift certificate to the AiFactory digital image store. There are freebies available to try out and I encourage you all to rock this challenge! Posting at another Papercraft Planet then tag your card with AIF041.

Visit the other Design Team Members – They have Rockin’ Great Cards!
PS: I bought a three-month AIF Club Kit Subscription at AiFactory for $10. I am really happy with what has been offered and terrific digital images are great. Plus the price is right, quite a bargain for your downloads vs. buying them individually.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Distress It - AiFactory Design Team Challenge No. 40

Hi everyone,

I decided to give the distress it design team challenge a try. This is the weekly challenge for AiFactory and while not assigned to my team "b" group I got to play with the art too.

I tried my hand at distress inks, alcohol inks, transparencies, core-dinations paper, embossing and sanding. I also tried my hand at a card and have posted it here too. I am a bit on the fence about the results; however, the best part of participating in a challenge is being hands on with techniques you have only seen demonstrated... and of course you have the supplies but need to just open them!

Here is my tag -- it is attached to a bottle of porter made by my friend Tina and her husband.

The porter style brew is labeled Double Dachshund and the challenge art is great for father's day. As we have no human kids and just doxie fur babies I used the paw print texture plate and tried to make the colouring a bit brighter than traditional distressed colours. The ink I used to stamp on the transparency I Ruff You is Staz On.

Here are my double doxies.

This is my card attempt -- I used some more of my new goodies... I am on the fence with this one too... Tim Holtz clear stamps and Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Check out the new site at AiFactory and sign up. The digital clip art is available at the store.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next week for a new challenge.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Just Bee-Cause Card and Video - The Cutting Cafe

Here is a new video for the Cutting Cafe I am using a really cute set called "Bug Sentiments" that includes a number of cute sayings set up to use your circle cutters. I discovered I already owned a number of stamps that fit this set perfectly! I made Mr. Bee's body and antennae fuzzy!

I am using a set of stamps from Sizzix.com, Copic Markers, Spica Glitter Pens, white gel pen and yellow Bic Pens. The highlight is the Fun Flock with the Quickie Glue Pen. I resized the images in Adobe Illustrator. They come as PDF files and you can print them bigger or smaller out of Acrobat but I wanted a bit more control to fit my punches and the area that the stamped image would be placed.

Enjoy and stop by the cutting cafe. -- No bug themed stamps in your stash you say, don't let that stop you -- there is a coordinating set of printable images called "Cute Critters" and I have included the link.

Click the image below to enlarge the graphic.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

AiFactory Challenge 39 - Lets Get Moving

Here is my AiFactory Challenge No. 39 Card
The Theme - Lets Get Moving
(Sorry if you got notice of this post numerous times...
I had some image linking and html issues that tested my patience.
All is well now.)

We each got to select from the clipart and the theme was to make a card with some sort of moving parts. Like a pop up or shaker card.

aifactory challenge no 39 lets get moving

I tried my hand at the suspension card. There are great YouTube video tutorials.

I used a white gel pen for the sentiment on the front. Hero Arts I Love You stamp on the inside. I used my Quickutz Cookie Cutter circle dies to make the "port holes" and printed the tug boat using Adobe Illustrator. I used the "reflect" command on the AiFactory Clip Art image so that it would be facing right and left. (You can do similar command to get the same results in Photoshop too.) That way, when I hand trimmed it they fit together. Overall it came together pretty quickly. Enjoy!

Sample of the image reflected so you can make the graphic point right or left.

Here is the full image of the original art - you can pick it up from AiFactory store for only $4.99.
Think of all those very special Father's Day Cards...

Don't forget to visit the AiFactory challenge blog to enter your Lets Get Moving project and see what you can win! Your image doesn't have to be this AiFactory image, check out the new freebies and pick whatever you would like. (Check out this link to some great AiFactory freebies.)

Upload your project to the challenge blog - labeled number 39 so that we can all admire what you’ve created. You have until Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 10:30 pm EST to be entered to win the digital of the week.

Thanks for visiting! Remember Lets Get Moving!

Looking for some creative inspiration?
Check out the other team members creations! Please visit their blogs.


PS: There is a new program starting at AiFactory -- a monthly subscription.
Very reasonably priced and terrific digital images... check out the link and subscribe now.

Monday, June 7, 2010

AiFactory Pop Up Freebie

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