This summer, I’d been looking for a stamp of a soda bottle. Vintage-inspired products are popular, and when I saw five-and-dime themes, I thought I’d be able to find such a stamp. I didn’t have any luck, though, and I put it in the back of my mind until I saw the color challenge Two Peas in a Bucket cooked up for its online event that celebrated the Craft & Hobby Association‘s summer show. The colors were this:
This combo, from The Perfect Palette, asks, “(W)hat’s not to love about how these shades of yellow are playing off these shades of teal and gray?” Indeed. I thought of glass-bottle green, and again of having a soda-bottle stamp. Well, if I couldn’t find a stamp (digital or otherwise), I was certain to find clip art.
And so I did. It was solid black, and I wanted gray with a dark-gray outline on a bottle-green background. A bit of time in Adobe Illustrator, and I had the soda bottle the way I wanted it.
The shades of yellow made me think of lemons. My trusty Slice helped me with that. I added glitter cardstock, sparkly embellishments and a touch of white pen to my creation. I threw in a toothpick with a pennant, and my sweet concept was complete. This card didn’t win, but I really enjoyed crafting it for my first color-combo challenge.
Neon colors are making a comeback, and it’s nostalgic for me. I loved the bright colors as a kid in the ’80s (neon blue was my favorite). When I see neon hues, I’m reminded of big pieces of jewelry, even bigger hair, shoulder pads and odd fashion all around. A-ha’s “Take on Me” plays in my mind, and I think of, like, Valleyspeak, you know?
Hero Arts held a challenge in July. The company offered three concepts for entry: a summer theme; a project featuring a technique that creates paper flowers; and a color theme of neon pink, neon orange and neon yellow. At least one Hero Arts stamp had to be used on each project.
The day I stumbled across the challenge, I had purchased a new Hero Arts stamp and really wanted to use it and neon colors for the contest. With a few days left to enter and ’80s hits running through my mind, I created this card, which also has a summer theme.
I had a lot of fun making this card, especially the “talk bubbles.” The best part? My card is one of the winning projects! I’m so excited!
When Paper Crafts magazine announced a July gallery contest on its blog with a theme of summer shapes, a few ideas ran through my mind. Beach balls, flip-flops, the sun, popsicles …
Mmmm, popsicles. Almost as good as cupcakes. I liked the idea of making a popsicle-shaped card. It would be colorful and have a bit of sparkle. My crafting sidekick, the Slice, can die-cut an ice pop, but not card-sized and not in a form that would fold into a card. I searched websites for digital stamps and clip art, but saw nothing I liked. I wanted a double-stick version, with a bite shape at the top. I’d have to create my own template in Adobe Illustrator.
A little time, a little bling and lots of glitter was all I needed for this card … and two jumbo craft sticks, supplied by a friend (because 150 sticks per package is a bit much for me). You can see my card and other contest entries on the contest’s Flickr page.
My template and a few 2-inch popsicle shapes I also created are available here. Have fun!