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Finally Friday - Happy Birthday Balloons

Hi all! Gosh, I’m glad it’s Friday. Aren’t you? I even had a short work week. I’m just ready to catch up on some sleep this weekend. :)

I’ve noticed that I buy certain types of stamp sets because I think they’re so SO cute and then never use them. Usually they’re the type with a little character on them or the ones that require coloring with inks or markers or whatever. Not sure why I don’t use these as often. Hmm. Anyway, this little stamp set by Hero Arts, Wonderful Birthday, has been patiently waiting to be used and this week I finally broke it out.

Stamping on Patterned Paper

I stamped the main balloon on some patterned paper. I did this on last week’s Finally Friday card with the sentiment as well. When you stamp onto patterned paper you have to be super careful about not picking a busy pattern, especially when you’ll be stamping words. The basic rule is this: one of the two elements (either the paper or the stamp) needs to be less dominant. So, you could have a busy pattern like small flowers and then stamp a solid heart. That would work. Or, you could take a subtle striped patterned paper and stamp a detailed flower. One or the other, never both.

Also, you need a contrasting color for the stamped image. In both my examples, I used white embossing. The white stands out on the pattern. Embossing really helps with this because you can get a strong, clean contrasted image.

Anyway, for the rest of today’s card, I used a bunch of Hero Arts chalk inks (Punch, Cerulean, and Grass) and paper from Cosmo Cricket’s Garden Variety 6×6 pad. :)

CHALLENGE: Create either a birthday card, or stamp onto patterned paper. Upload your creation to the TwoPeas gallery and your card will appear at the bottom of this week’s Finally Friday page!

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Finally Friday - Hugs (Hybrid Card)

Good morning, all!

For this week's card, I decided to try out a bit of hybrid cardmaking. Hybrid means that it's a mix of digital and paper. In this case, I printed out the cloud and flowers (from this kit by Holly Brook Jones) and the blue gingham patterned paper (from a Jen Martakis kit). Then I cut them out and combined it with cardstock, traditional patterned paper, a stamp from Hero Arts, and a button.

Also, in the video, you'll see how you can use a regular word processing program like Microsoft Word to open and print digital elements.

CHALLENGE: Create a hybrid card. Upload your creation to the Two Peas gallery and select this Finally Friday challenge and your card will appear below on this page.

Watch video below | Watch at YouTube

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10:00 Challenge w/Nichol Magouirk

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining me for the last hour of the crop tonight!

 

For this challenge, I created a card sketch, and all you have to do is create a card based on the sketch. You can omit certain things, add to it, use digital elements to create a hybrid card, etc. Just use some element from the sketch to make a card.

 

And...if you aren’t looking to make Valentine’s cards: consider adding an anniversary greeting, a thank you greeting, replacing the hearts with stars for a birthday greeting, etc. In other words, make the sketch work for you!

 

Be creative and have fun!

 

 

Here's my sample:

 

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9:30 Mini Challenge w/Nichol Magouirk

Time for a mini-challenge!!!

 

For this mini-challenge, create an accent using a doily. You can use patterned paper with doilies, punches (i.e. Martha Stewart), stamps (i.e. Hero Arts new lace stamps), digital kits with lace/doily designs, create your own from die cuts (i.e. Silhouette) or use an actual doily! :)

 

P.S. The doily does not have to be Love/Valentine themed. Any theme will do. :)


 
Have fun!
Nichol
 

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9pm Chat/Challenge w/ Mary MacAskill

Good evening, Peas! Welcome to the third challenge of the evening!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I decided that we need to use hearts! Heart stickers, stamps, die-cuts, punches, whatever you have, as long as it has hearts. Make a layout, a card, an embellishment. Whatever you like. BUT, here's the catch...it has to have FOURTEEN HEARTS.

These can be 14 different hearts or fourteen of the exact same puunched heart. So long as there are 14 hearts, you have met the challenge!

Here's mine:

I can't wait to see what you all come up with! And be sure to check the box when you upload your project so you are entered in the challenge.

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8pm Chat/Challenge w/Jen Jockisch

Hi ladies! Jen J. had something come up and is unable to post her challenge and chat for this hour. She is going to try really hard to get here later though. :)                       

Her challenge is called the "Jen's Rules" challenge. She would like for you to create a one page layout using.... 

  • paint
  • cardboard
  • glitter and/or something shiny
  • staples
  • multiple photos

Here are some special instructions from her.....

"Please tell them to get as funky as they would like, and to really have fun and just let go. I've found that for me, when I can actually stop worrying about if other people will like it or how it will look and just do what feels right I make my best pages." :)

 

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7pm Challenge w/Jen Martakis

Good evening croppers!!! Welcome to the first chat/challenge of the night! For my challenge....you are to create a layout about love....it can be about a person, a place, an object...anything. There are no supply requirements and you don't even have to have photos if  you don't want them.....But.....you do need to do some journaling....it can be simple or lengthy - I just want to read about what you love! Have fun!

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Before I started creating this week's Finally Friday card, I sat at my craft desk and sifted through products that I wanted to use. I was envisioning bright colors, possibly hot pink, lime green, and chocolate. But when I saw this muted, pastel combination of products, it intrigued me even more. Just goes to show that it's best to "go with the flow" and design from your gut. :)

I ended up using patterned paper from My Mind's Eye (Life Stories for the kraft card base, and Be-Loved for the pale yellow polka dot pattern), American Crafts chipboard Thickers, and a variety of buttons from BasicGrey and SEI. A bit of an eclectic spattering of different products, don't you think? :)

CHALLENGE: Create a card with a pastel color palette. Have fun with it! Simply upload a creation for this challenge to the TwoPeas gallery, select this Finally Friday video when you upload your image, and your creation will be linked up the challenge and appear at the bottom of this week's Finnaly Friday page.

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