Thursday, March 28, 2013

All Smiles

This week is just zipping along!  I am going to be so sad when the kids go back to school.   We've been having so much fun.  Today Nick has a friend over and we are all going to see the kid flick, Croods in about an hour.  Looks really cute.  But while I have a minute (the kids are playing a Kirby game on the Wii right now), I wanted to share a layout I made over the weekend.  I used a gorgeous sketch over at My Creative Sketches.

I just love this picture of Lara and Nick.  It was taken on their first day of school.  The paper is from Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook collection.  The butterfly, most of the flowers, and bling are from Prima.  The white flowers were created with the Itty Bitty Blossom dies from Spellbinders.

Thanks for stopping by :)  Enjoy your day!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Clean Break

It's Spring Break in my neck of woods and we started the break off right by driving to our friends' house in Las Vegas for a visit.  As soon as we got here, my friend Stacy and I went to a crop at a local Scrapbook Store.  The first layout I made was of when Nick broke his wrist falling from Monkey Bars at a local park.  For some reason I have had a hard time scrapping these pictures (they are about 4 years old)!  Armed with a sketch challenge from Get Creative, here's the layout I made.

I used really old paper and stickers from Reminisce for my layout, as well as brand new stamps that were just released for Crafter's Companion.  The stamp set, Aging Beautifully, has all kinds of distressed images that add various texture looks, but keeps your projects non bulky.  I used a cracked paper and corner stamp on my layout, though my favorite on this set looks like burlap.

Hope you week is going well.  It's in the 80s here, so we are off to the park :)


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Just for the girls

A fabulously chic new stamp collection is being launched next week over at Crafter's Companion.  This collection is sexy, smart, and all about the girls.  Here's a sneak peak of one of the stamps.  There are six stamp sets in all.

I colored my stylish gal with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers GT1, GT2, TN3, TN5, TN7, FS1, FS3, FS6, IG1, IG2, CR1, and CR2.  I also applied Diamond Stickles to her dress (except the part that is under the table).  To get the muted peach color on the table I colored it with CR1 and then colored right over the CR1 with IG1, and IG2.  The paper is from DCWV Coral Couture Stack.  I cut out the matching flowers and butterfly from the same paper.  The sentiment reads, "Girlfriend we've got it all...Looks, style and each other".

You can check out all the other cool Frou Frou sneak peaks in this saucy collection over at Crafter's Companion USA blog or Facebook page.  Some of them will seriously crack you up.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Patterned Paper play

Hey crafters.  I am taking another fabulous online class thanks to my way too generous bff, Stacy.  She just spoils me rotten!  This time she signed us up for Pattern play.  There are about 4 different videos of different ideas every day.  Jennifer McGuire showed us how to make a fun nesting hearts card for day one that really looked cool.  I didn't have the dies or stamps she used but was able to make something very similar using my Cricut.

To create my layers of hearts, I used the scalloped heart image in the Birthday Bash Cartridge.  It took me a while to figure out how to cut out the shapes so that they would nest together perfectly, but I finally figured out that if you place the needle exactly where you want the center of your card to be and then press, "Center Cut" on your Cricut, it will return after cutting to this same spot over and over.  Bear in mind I have the original Cricut, so it may be different with the newer, fancier model.  I cut the scalloped heart at 2, 2 1/2, 3, and 3 1/2 inches on my four patterned pieces of paper.  I also cut out 4 black hearts at 4 inches to highlight the hearts on the card.  Then I just mixed and matched the hearts, using all the pieces show below.  I mounted the paper onto premium white card stock.

The banner was cut from the Happy Haunting Cartriges.  I cut four of those out on premium white card stock at 1 inch.  The sentiments were stamped from the Swalk Winter Celebrate and Popcorn the Bear Just For You stamp sets.  After stamping the sentiments, I then inked up the edges of the banners with Antique Linen or Festive Berries distress ink and popped them off the page with Double-Sided Adhesive Foam Squares.  Here is a close up of my cards.  

Pretty cool idea, right?  Online classes are such a great way to learn new card making ideas.  Which one do you like the best?  I think the olive green one is probably my favorite.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, March 18, 2013

Creating envelopes with leftover paper (stash buster!)

One of my New Year's resolution this year was to create envelopes for all the cards I have made over the last year or so. It's so much easier to give cards away or send off if you have a 5x7 or 6x6-inch envelope ready to go.  But I didn't want to go out and buy a bunch of white 12x12 card stock to create them.  And then I had an idea.  I have a large stack of papers that I really like, but don't coordinate with anything else and I've just never gotten around to using them.  Since many of these scrapbook papers are one-sided, they are perfect for envelopes.

To create my envelopes I used my Crafter's Companion Envelobox Creator board.  I used it on top of my Ultimate Tool, though you can use it by itself as well.  To create my 6-inch by 6-inch cards, as well as my 5-inch by 7-inch card, I start with a 9 1/2-inch square piece of paper.  These makes slightly larger flat envelopes so that even my bulkier cards fit in them.

To create a 5 x 7 envelope, you will butt your paper up to the very first lip in the center of the board.   You will make a score line across the paper along the G line.  Immediately turn the paper 180 degrees, and score the opposite side of the paper along line G as well.

For the 3rd score line, turn your paper 90 degrees and score that side along the K line.  Once again, you will turn your paper 180 degrees and score the opposite corner along the K line as well.  

Once you have scored all four corners of your paper, you will fold down all the score lines with your burnishing tool.  

There is a very small area on each side of the paper where the folds intersect.  Cut each small triangle out.

Next you will apply adhesive along the bottom two sides of the envelope, as shown.  I cut up some Red Liner Tape for my envelopes because the adhesive is incredibly strong.  

Then just fold up the bottom and you are done; quick and easy envelopes with a really cool interior.   To create a 6 inch by 6 inch envelope, you will follow the same steps, with the exception of scoring all four sides using the I line.

Guess it's time to pull out my address book and start mailing some of these off now...

So how are your New Year's resolutions coming along?  I'd love for you to share :)

Enjoy your day,


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Shark Bait

Happy Sunday!  Today I have a really fun two page layout to share with you.  I took the pictures last Summer at Golden Nugget's pool in Las Vegas.  They have an amazing pool that has a HUGE tank right next to it.  The tank is full of sharks and tuna.  With a huge glass wall between you and the sharks, it a fabulous and safe way to swim with sharks ;)  They also have a 30ft water slide that goes through the tank.

I used Let's Scrap two page sketch challenge, as well as Quick Quotes' Rosettes challenge to kick start my layout.  All the paper, with the exception of the sharks, was cut with Quick Quotes paper and chalked with their Very Berry chalk.  The "Looking Good" quote is also from Quick Quotes.  Here's a close up of page one.

Here is a close-up of page 2.  To create the Rosettes, I used my Boxer board to score my paper strips in 1/4-inch intervals.  The sharks, fish, and waves were created with Life's A Beach and Birthday Bash Cricut cartridges.  The journaling along this page reads, "Swimming next to the shark tank at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. - Summer 2012."

I am entering my layout in the following challenges:

Paper Crafting Journey - Anything but a card
Totally Gorjuss - Anything Old (Cricut cartridges)
Hotshot Craft - Anything but a card

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!


Friday, March 15, 2013

Crafter's Companion March Vintage challenge

It's Friday!  With the weekend almost here, you might want to give Crafter's Competition March Vintage Challenge.  You could win a nice little online shopping trip for yourself in you do.

For my vintage project, I used two stamps from Sheena Douglass' Wouldn't It Be Lovely 2 stamp set.  My dad LOVES betting on the ponies, so I made this with him in mind.  After stamping the stamps with Tuxedo Black Memento ink , I colored them with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (FS1,3, TN 1, 2, 3, 5, EB1, EB2, EB4, EB5).  I think "aged" my paper by tearing them, as well as running a razor blade along the edges.  I also inked them up with Antique Linen and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.    The "button" were made from a punch and I gently added some twine to them.  Finally, I finished the card with a metal key and some ribbon bow.

Thanks for taking a look.  Have a wonderful weekend :)


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cub Scouts

Today I decided to pull out some of Nick's Cub Scout pictures that I have been putting off scrapping.  Boy pages are so much harder for me than girly ones.  Even layouts with both Lara and Nick, I will add some flowers, ribbon, or bling too.  But Cub Scouts layouts should be more manly... don't you think?

Because I'm so behind with Nick's Cub Scout album, I decided to find a sketch that hopefully had multiple pictures on it. When I saw the Sketches In Thyme sketch challenge with six pictures, I thought it was perfect.  I also went by another challenge that I've been wanting to play with, It's About The Boys to see what kind of boyish inspiration they had there.  Their challenge this month is to use something that is at least a year old.  So that was perfect for my layout too.  I don't think K&Company even make the stickers and paper I used on this layout anymore.  The only thing not old on my page is the adhesive I used and a couple of the pictures :)

Enjoy your day!


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Happy Birthday to you

Today was a lazy day with the kids.  We watched the 1961 version of the Parent Trap.  It's still such a cute movie 50 years later.  I also made this card (on and off on the kitchen island) along with some cupcakes.  My kind of day :)

I hadn't ever made an all white monochromatic card before, but my friend, Stacy, made such a beautiful one a couple weeks ago, I wanted to give it a try.  You can see hers here.  I began by using an ultra glossy, Luxury Centura Pearl card stock.  I embossed the background with  Embossalicious 8x8 Flower Power Embossing Folder.   I also die cut and embossed the 3 squares and leaves from Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Labels One and Shapabilities Foliage.

The "Happy Birthday to you" sentiment is from Stamp-It Australia Sentiment Swirls stamp set.  Because the paper is so very glossy, I stamped it in Jet Black StazOn Ink and set it with my heat gun.  I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Feeling Sketchy - card sketch
Party Time Tuesdays - Die Cuts
4 Crafty Chicks - To "Die" for
Craft Us Crazy - Anything goes
Loves Rubber Stamps challenge blog - Anything Goes

Don't forget to change your clocks tonight :)


Friday, March 8, 2013

Start everyday with a smile

Happy Friday!  I started off the weekend right, with a new scrapbook sketch.

This sketch is from Sketches with a twist.  The "twist" is to use washi tape on your layout.  The washi tape I used along the sides is actually part of a Disney collection, but the circles in it worked perfectly with the layout.  I've had it so long I don't know who makes it.  Coincidentally, one of Lara's pictures I used was from a visit to California Adventure.

The paper, rub-ons, and brads are from MME.  I love the saying, "Start everyday with a smile" that is printed along the bottom.  Lara is the HAPPIEST MORNING PERSON I know.  She just wakes up happy.  It's awesome.  

I painted a couple chipboard circles red and stamped them in white with on of the smaller stamps of Sheena Douglass' Silhouette Garden, as well as cut out a few out of matching paper.  All the circles were outlined with black pen.

 I used a Dylusions stencil and white paint for the flower pattern in the upper left hand corner and the small, random, white circles.  The bling and pearls are from Recollections.  

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  I really appreciate it :)

I am also entering my layout in the following challenges:

Hotshot Craft - Anything but a card
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything but a card
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes (with extra option of making Mom's day card or card for a woman)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Your Wings Exist, FLY.

One of my all time favorite designers, Sheena Douglass, has a brand new set of stamps to her A Little Bit Sketchy collection that will be available at the end of the week here.  Here's a little sneak peak of one of them :)

Are those wings just luscious! And I LOVE the sentiment.  So inspirational.  To create my card, I stamped my the two wings onto vellum paper with Jet Black StazOn Ink.  Then I cut out the wings and colored the back of the wings with Spectrum Noir alcohol marker EB1.  I went over each wing twice for make sure I had a little bit more color.  Then I painted on a couple of thin coats of Chandelier Glimmer Glam.  Once it was dry enough, I put the wings under a thick book to straighten them out a little as they tended to curl up while drying.

Next I inked up a chipboard heart with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  I noticed that the ink tended to come off on my hands when I touched it.  To fix this and to add another layer of glitter and sparkle, I sprayed the inked up heart with Iridescent Spray and Sparkle Varnish.  This not only added an array of beautiful sparkles to the heart, but also sealed the distress ink into the heart so It would not come off when touched.  Look at all that sparkle and texture!  Oooohhh :) Cool stuff.

For the background of my card, I stamped the sentiment, "Your Wings Exist, FLY" to another sheet of vellum, again with Jet Black StazOn Ink and adhered the vellum to black card stock.  I completed the card by laying down the wings and centering my chipboard heart over them.

So what do you think?  I'm very excited about this stamp set, as well a stamp set that is full of feathers, and another that mimics mixed media backgrounds.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  As always, I really do appreciate all your comments and feedback.

Have a great day!


Sunday, March 3, 2013

What's on your bucket list?

Happy Sunday!  Since my girl is feeling under the weather, I spent a leisurely morning in pjs scrapping a layout for Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge.  They have the coolest challenge going on right now; scrap your bucket list or something you've done on your bucket list.  How fun is that?!  Having just finished a 5K Color Run a couple of weeks ago, it was the perfect time to scrap those photos.  These are my favorite pictures from the event.  I walked the 5K with my best friend, Stacy, her three oldest children, and my son, Nicholas.  It is such a fun, laid-back event, that I really recommend it to anyone who wants to do one.  And it's totally fine if you don't run.  Most of the participants didn't, in fact.  The mess factor is seriously cool too.  It felt so great finishing one and crossing 5K off my bucket list.

What's totally ironic is that my hands were just as colorful and messy when I finished my layout as when I finished the color run.  To create all these fun colors, I used picked raspberry, rusty hinge, salty ocean, and mustard seed distress ink and applied it to my Pink Paislee Mist-able paper, chipboard letters,  and tissue paper and Heidi Swapp Color Magic canvas stickers and banners.  I noticed on the Pink Paislee Chipboard, the distress ink would rub off if you touched it, so I sprayed the letters with Spray and Sparkle Iridescent varnish.  It sealed the colors while adding some glitter and shine to them.

I also added some washi tape from K & Company and Prima, along with black and grey rhinestones for a little color contrast.  As a side note, when I showed my layout to my son, his response was, "I look awesome!"  Kids are so funny.

So what's on your bucket list?  Have you updated yours lately?  If not, it's a great time to dream big and scrap those ideas over at Another Freaking Scrappy challenge.  The challenge doesn't end until the 15th so you have plenty of time to enter.

I am also entering my layout in the following challenges:
Simon says stamp - Anything goes
Come and get it challenges - Anything but a card

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your day.