New challenges every two weeks and open to YOUR interpretation - all art forms are welcome!
Come and play with us!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Nothing like a nice snowstorm to get you in the spirit of the season!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
How do our OG ladies spend the holidays? Part 1 of who knows how many?
Kristen is not only ready for Christmas, but good grief she is already tearing into the new year with lots of lovely cards!!! Check out her blog! I don't know how she does it with all she has on her plate but she does beautifully.
Her tree is so pretty and happy and I want to eat all of these cookies, right now, all I need is a huge glass of milk and a little alone time (ha ha). (you think I'm kidding? Oh no!)
Our friend Fia from the Netherlands has also been a busy lady and isn't her tree beautiful? Oh my gosh, it looks so pretty and velvety, I love it and she has a proud helper here in her photo - her son Jaimie who appears to be eating his veggies because he is growing like all get out! Such a cutie!
Take a look at this gentle and elegant tableaux for her home, I love the natural elements and especially the peaceful dove nestled in the display.
Our friend Marni has been very crafty also and has made this gorgeous golden wreath. Silly Marni, she's asking where to hang it? Why, my home, of course! (LOL)
Casii not only has an idea that is so affordable and cute, you have to try it! I want to! Also, she has the sweetest, most original Christmas music that plays on her blog. You'll just smile and smile.
So keep those photos and links coming, we love to see them and share them to let us all enjoy the eye candy and creativity!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
A taste of Christmas goodness - vintage style
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Challenge # 35 - Holiday Bliss
We are offering this challenge:
Extra credit will be given for posts with pictures of family fun. You don't have to put your family in the pictures. We want to see what your family does for fun during the Holidays.
This challenge will last ALL MONTH LONG.
Be sure to come back and visit us each week though. We are going to have some give aways and treats.
Jana here: We celebrate Christmas and a few birthdays between now and the first part of January. I love the excitement of the girls getting prepared for their holiday activities and their birthdays. Yup! ALL of them have birthdays in the coming weeks.
(I had planned to post a picture of our activity this weekend. It is late and I am tired. So, unfortunately, you are going to have to wait. I know, it isn't fair. You wait all week for more, and I keep you waiting. I promise I will put myself in time out. Straight to my room right after this posts. Check back later in the week for pictures.)
We have a Blog Candy Winner!!!!!!
But we're also sending a little treat out to the other entrants as well to say thank you for playing with us here at the Opus Gluei!
So, we're going to need mailing addresses for Dayna, Katie, and Jessica G - please send your info to email@example.com
A recap of our Sweetie Pies entries will be posted tomorrow (Wednesday) so please stop by and take a look at the sweetness!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Challenge #34 - Sweetie Pie
This is Rosemary, here to show you a sweet little card that I made - some pop dots, punches and a bit of glitter makes this look good enough to eat! Now I need to go and find some real chocolate before I eat this card!
I made these little goodie bags to put in the drawers so I could send some of these adorable Gingerbread Cookies.
Gotta love Pepperidge Farms. Next to them are Mike and Ikes and Mint M&M's. Love all of these Sweets.
This one is going to my friend and her daughters. I opened a few of the drawers so you could have a peek.
I really hope they LOVE them. Cause I sure do.
***We interrupt this theme with an important message***
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Let's see what you artists cooked up last week....
She might or might not be a good cook, but she makes a wonderful card.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Challenge # 33 - Naturally Inspired
More of the greys and blues here. With a bit of "sunshiney" brightness in the butterfly. Which also symbolizes the renewal of the earth with all the rain. We did a lot of reading, thus the printed patterned paper. I pulled out a scrapbook kit that I have from Cocoa Daisy and went to town with it. I made two of these. (don't know why I didn't make four. you know, one for each of the sets I am making for Christmas. just happened I guess????)
And this last one was made with bright cheery colors. I love this little monster and decided it was time to ink him up. I stamped him on the printed paper because we were all reading like monsters this past few days. hehehe You can't really tell, but the hearts are punched out of velvet ribbon, cuz I figured that a monster would have a fuzzy heart. This little guy is paper pieced. I stamped him once on the printed patterned paper, once on the blue background square and once on white cardstock. Then cut out the horns, his body and his hands. I used my Copic markers for the first time on this card. (before I cut) Kind of chicken of me, since the area to color is so very tiny. But I have to say that I am HOOKED on these markers. Even the little bit I did was SO smotth and easy. His horns are shaded. I have never done shaded before. I am going to play more tomorrow, if I can get away with it. I only made this one. I don't think that the recipients of the greeting cards would really use this one. I could be wrong. But, we will never find out.
(Supplies used are so darned varied that I hesitate to mention any of them. If you want to know a specific item, just leave a comment and I will try to figure it out. I am not really good at keeping track of what I use. I have no desire to be published or chosen for a design team, so it isn't a priority for me. Maybe in the future, but not today.)
NOW get out there and get inspired naturally.
(not necessarily "naturally", it's up to you though)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Challenge #32 - Hey Hey Good Looking - What Ya Got Cooking?
So, this week you have a lot of leeway in considering how to fulfill this theme and your only limitations are those you impose on yourself. Do you use food motifs on your cards? Do you enjoy cooking for family and what do you like to make? Just a few ideas to throw out there!
I have two options to share with you on my approach to this theme:
The first is a simple card. The checked paper makes me think of a tablecloth and the circles for the center are reminiscent of a diner plate. So, here's one sassy take.
The other take I have is this link to my personal blog where I talk about food and Thanksgiving. I am hosting Thanksgiving for the first time in years (although I've cooked at all the interim ones) and I'm excited but a bit behind the eight ball when it comes to being prepared! Oh well, it will all work out!
I took a bit of a different approach. I journaled about cooking in an album I am creating which is all about ME. I took an online class where we were to document ourselves using the alphabet. Sounds really silly. And to some it might be. But to me it was difficult to seperate my likes/desires/habits from those of my family. It seems as though most of my time is spent taking care of others and catering to those others' needs/wants. I am still working on finishing this project. My goal is before the end of the year. Sort of like a Christmas gift to myself. (Click on the photo to see what I wrote.)
So, let's see what YOU cook up!
Here's who accepted the Tom the Turkey challenge last week!
Divya Rao submitted this really great card for the challenge - she made Tom look so darn cute! I love a tall card and the image lends itself so well to different formats! This is a fun card!
We also received another absolutely adorable card from Jess - check out the googley eyes on Tom and the beautiful coloring on his lovely feathers! Also notice how she used Tom's hat! She has a great eye for composition on her cards doesn't she?
Our buddy Electra used Tom to remind us to have an attitude of gratitude for our blessings. He looks very resplendent in his feathers and T is for Thankful!
and last, but certainly not least, a card from our benefactress of this adorable image - Miss Kristen and her take on Tom in card form - fun, fresh, and just a little sassy. That's our Kristen as well!
So, take a break and take on our challenge - we'd love to see what you make of it!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Who Played With Us and Our Apple Theme?
Miss Electra also made us a project using our crispy delicious theme; she made this layout that has lots of color and textural appeal - makes me want to take a walk around an orchard and soak in a little more autumn!
One of our new friends, Alma7, made the cutest little shaker box with apple cutouts inside. She was also nice enough to let us know that apples are a symbol of the Jewish new year and we're really glad the theme had a broad appeal.
and another of our new friends to the Opus Gluei blog, Katie, made this gorgeous little beauty sitting on her apple and being all cute - isn't that edging great? Also, it's a gift bag - that's a great idea for using card sketches in a different way!
Thanks to each of you for participating, we love seeing your creativity and hope you enjoy the variety of themes! We try to be a little different but it only works because of each of you taking time to play along! THANKS SO MUCH!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Challenge #31 - Tom the Turkey
Thank you so much Kristen.
(Look good? I LOVE THEM, they look so darn cute says Rosemary stopping in to say hey)
Hi everyone! It's Rosemary and my take on cute ol' Tom here is to print him out on a neutral colored cardstock, color him in (using ye olde Crayola crayons - which I think gives him a cute playful look), and then fussy cut and adhere to a tag on a bag of autumn candy mix. A little tag printed out and glued on and then some ribbon and voila - a cute little treat bag!
Let's see what you can do with this sweet little guy.
Our recap of last week's submittals for the theme "Apples" will be on Wednesday.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Challenge #30 - You are the Apple of My Eye
Electra made a beautiful fairy with all the elements; swirls and pearls and bling (OH MY)!!!! Love the feminine touches!
and then Electra comes back with another entry! It is spooky but I have to admit I really like the colors - and it is reminiscent of The Shining hotel.
Kristen, that crafty gal, loves Halloween and decorates with a lot of personal flair and unique touches sure to "scare" up some fun - for her Opus Gluei submittal she shows us some realistic looking bones to go into her Halloween pantry!
Irit Shalom doesn't celebrate Halloween in Israel but you wouldn't know it by her submittal. She created a really cool card that has all sorts of cool touches - I love the cauldron and I think painting the haunted house in crackle paint is a great idea - as is the button full moon!
Jessica made a great card; so much to love!!! I love the expression of embarrassment on the dog's face! Yep, what they do for love of their humans. The colors just pop and the design is fantastic - I am never so clever with my cards but I'm getting inspired! I'm going to have to consider Copic markers, those of you who use them make such cool projects! Fran came back for this challenge and brings a sweet card with two very cute and mischievous kitties playing about the pumpkins. The embossed background is perfect and makes the image pop! Welcome back, Fran!
Here are first time Opus Gluei submittals - Welcome - we sure hope you come back for more challenges with us!
Another cool blog and an even cooler name - Black Dragon (spooky eh) - is submitting here for the first time and she's made a scary ATC - somehow, I think the lady is going to escape the ghoul (I'm an optimist that way) - in fact, I think she's calling her flock of bats to carry her away! (okay, I'm the one hiding under the covers at scary movies on tv, I admit it)
Now, you have to love a blog named "Krazy's Place," that's just a given. Then you get to see all the great projects she does. For her first submittal to an Opus Gluei theme, she's created a Halloween card that just says FUN! I love the little touches - she used the Martha Stewart border punch I used a little while ago, and the Cuttlebug embossing folder of the cobweb that Chat Noir used - and isn't it cool how we each make them our own in our projects? Love those brads too!
And another new first time submittal to Opus Gluei from Alma7 who made a card of a sweet trick or treater who is too cute to spook!