Tuesday, July 30, 2013

One last Two Peas CHA layout

Finished up one more layout for the Two Peas CHA challenges.  This one is a two-fer, for Challenges #5 - Five senses and #9 - Nine older pieces.

This is actually a layout I have been contemplating for a long time, and it fit in perfectly with the senses challenge.  You needed to create a layout using one or more of the senses as a jumping off point.  Carina is like all kids, what she says and what she means to say are often not the same thing.  We love these 'Carina-isms' and while I'd love to get them all recorded on video, I often don't have my phone/video camera with me, and she is also at that age where she doesn't necessarily want to cooperate with my picture/video taking.  So, I thought I would create a layout to record some of our current favorite Carina-isms.

I'm also using lots of old in this layout.  I have a bad habit of buying tons of thickers and washi tape and not being particularly good about using them.  So I'm redeeming myself with this layout and giving some overlooked supplies the opportunity to shine.

I used Avery Elle's Oh Hello stamp set to create the speech rectangle and I fussy cut around Carina in the photo and off set her a bit to create some dimension/shadow.  That photo totally cracks me up.  It's actually from Christmas and she was looking up at the tree, but it was perfect for this layout.

Oh, and just in case you're wondering what these all mean, here's the key:
ronstront = restaurant
lello = yello
squhlah = squirrel
klidz klub = kidz klub (the childcare at our gym)
Aw, Man = Amen (at the end of the sung 'God our Father' prayer)
fat man! = Batman! (preceded by many na na na na nas)

Have a great day!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Studio Calico - Snippets, CTMH - Slate
Stamps:  Avery Elle - Oh Hello
Ink:  Hero Arts - Soft Granite
Other:  American Crafts Thickers - Journal, Nutmeg, Muse, Delight, Basics, and Lovely, Black 01 Precision Point pen; Misc Washi Tapes; Pilot Envelope Address Writing Gel Ink Pen - Fine

Monday, July 29, 2013

Two more Two Peas CHA Layouts

I was able to finish a couple more layouts for the CHA challenges over at Two Peas.  I have to say that it feels good to scrapbook after a bit of a layoff.  When I get busy with projects/things at home scrapbooking tends to be the things that drops off the plate first.  These challenges have been kind of shot in the arm to get me back in the swing of things.

Anyway, this first layout is for Challenge #2:  Two People - to scrapbook the relationship between two people.  Not unexpectedly I chose to scrapbook the relationship between my two favorite subjects.  When we were in the 'family planning' phase I wanted to have kids two years apart, but we ended up with three years in between and I have to say I think it's kind of perfect.  The girls really do love one another.  They are typical siblings and definitely know how to and do push one another's buttons with great frequency, but they also genuinely love and take care of one another.

I'm using a combination of Elle's Studio's You & Me line and Glitz's Hello Friend collection.  The banner at the bottom was created by punching half circles with a circle punch.  Just put your strip of paper in about halfway and punch.  So easy to do.


I traced the Glitz cloud pieces on some of the You & Me papers to create a shadow for some definition, and used a bunch of different foam thickers for the title.  In the grand scheme of thickers, foam are my favorite, mostly because they ALWAYS stick and don't come off.

My second layout is for Challenge #8 - Eight straight lines.  These photos are from a little 'date' that Ellie and I had last summer during our family vacation.  Everyone else went to a nearby park/beach, but I wasn't in the mood, so I decided to stay back and Ellie stayed to keep me company.  We had a sweet afternoon together, took a walk, played a little, and relaxed a little.

Echo Park's Sunshine mini collection was perfect for this layout.  My eight straight lines are pretty straightforward.  I cut thin strips of the chevron paper, doubling them up and stitching them down to create columns as the basic design element.  A few stickers from the Sunshine collection added just a bit of interest.

That's all for now.  I'm hoping to maybe get one more layout done, but we'll see....

Supplies Used:
Love that you love one another layout
Paper/Cardstock:  Elle's Studio - You & Me Collection; Glitz - Hello Friend 6x6 paper pad
Other:  Glitz - Hello Friend Whatnots; Elle's Studio - You & Me Lil Snippets, Tidbits, and Cut Outs; American Crafts Junebug, Charm, Basics, and Delight foam Thickers, Black 01 Precision Point Journaling Pen; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Sewing Machine; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Date at the Lake
Paper/Cardstock:  Echo Park - Sunshine mini theme; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock
Other:  Echo Park - Sunshine stickers; American Crafts - Delight Thickers and Black 05 Precision Point Journaling Pen; Sewing Machine; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Sunday, July 28, 2013

July Diva Dare

Just a quick post to share my card for this month's Verve Diva Dare.  This month's Dare was to use an inspirational sentiment as well as distressing or a shabby chic element.

I have to say I'm not the greatest when it comes to shabby chic, and I'm not sure that I necessarily achieved that here, but I did distress the heck out of my papers and this is a pretty inspirational verse, don't you think?

I had a lot of fun creating this card.  I love mixing and matching papers, but when I am trying to get a card done in a hurry, the easiest thing to do is just grab a 6x6 pad and let the paper companies do the work for me.  For this card I'm using Glitz's Yours Truly collection.

I decided to go with a really symmetrical, centered look.  All the pieces are distressed, and lots of stitching too.  I like that it came out a little patriotic, and a little nautical.

OK, that's all for me now.  I'm supposed to be making cards for the PC call, but all I feel like doing is layouts.  I think I'm going to go with my gut on this one since I've been slacking on the scrapbooking.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Glitz - Yours Truly 6x6 pad; CTMH - Outdoor Denim cardstock
Stamps:  Verve - Jeremiah 33:3 Plain Jane
Ink:  CTMH - Outdoor Denim
Other:  CTMH - Edge Distresser, Cranberry Grosgrain and Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Sewing Machine

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Grinch

I've done so little scrapbooking lately, I have really been missing it, so I decided to play along with some of the CHA challenges going on at Two Peas.

I pulled out my older Hollyday collection and sifted through the stack of photos I have on my workspace and got going.

This first layout is from this past Christmas.  We watch the Grinch multiple times each year, but the first showing is special with special snacks, lights off, more movie style.  I created this layout for Challenge #6 - Use 6 layers:  I have three layers of patterned paper, one layer of vellum, the photo layer, and then the embellishment layer. 

This was a really quick and easy one to put together.  I added some stitching as well as fussy cutting of the flowers from one of the papers in the Hollyday collection.

This second layout is from several years ago.  We had a pretty large snow storm and in the whole freeze/refreezing process we started getting some leaking in the sunroom windows, so Andrew had to go out and clear off some of the snow from the roof and break up the ice a bit.

I'm entering this layout into Challenge #1 - Use one color.  The challenge said to pick one color, but that you could use neutrals/black/white/gray as accents.  I flipped it a bit since gray was my color, so just a hint of green to add highlights. 

I'm still in a scrapbooking mood, so expect to see some more layouts in the next week.  Hope you are having a great weekend!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  American Crafts - Hollydays collection; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock; Recollections - Vellum
Other:  American Crafts - Hollydays Chipboard Accents, Silver Scene Thickers, Junebug Thickers, and Black Precision Point 05 Journaling Pen; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape and Liquid Glass; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Sewing Machine; Uniball Signo White Gel Pen

Friday, July 26, 2013

Artful Delight Friday - Hop Card and Recap

Today Artful Delight is hopping with Frosted Designs.  All of the projects for the hop needed to include this quote.  When I first heard about it, I was a little nervous since it's a longer quote and I wasn't quite sure how I was going to incorporate it.  Then I remembered, I have a Silhouette!  Problem solved.  This was such an easy card to put together.

I just cut the quote using the Silhouette and then I added some of the Bazzill Card Shoppe colors from the kit under the larger words to highlight them.  The entire piece was then backed with the carnival tent paper from the kit and popped out using foam tape.

You'll want to head over to the Artful Delight blog to get all the details about the hop and how to get into the draw for prizes.  

And in case you missed it, here are the other cards that I created with this month's kit.  I think I say this every month, but they just seem to get better and better.  I love how I was able to create such different cards with just one kit. 

Come on back next week to check out the new kit!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Avery Elle Guest Post - Simply Tags Everday - Love card and Shaker Tags

Hey everyone I'm here to share my last set of projects as Avery Elle's guest designer this month.

Today I created two projects using Simply Tags Everyday.

First, a card featuring the cross stitched heart stamp.  I created a quilted pattern by stamping it multiple times using three inks that graduate in color as you move away from the center.  Then I used the Love sentiment and a couple of the small hearts from the set.  There are so many possibilities with the cross stitched heart, I already have a couple other ideas for patterns to create with it!

Next, some fun shaker tags that also feature the Simply Tags coordinating dies.  To create these shakers I cut the large tag and then used the smaller one to cut a window.  Cut a second large tag, place the original tag on top and lightly pencil in the opening to help with stamp placement, and stamp your sentiment/images.

A piece of page protector was cut for the window, then foam tape was placed around the window - you need to butt the pieces together enough so that the sequins can't fall out.  Place the sequins in (it was lots of fun mixing colors as well as sequin finishes) and then add the stamped tag on as the top of the 'sandwich'.

These were so fun to make, and possibilities/variations are endless.  I could not stop making them except that I was running out of my foam tape!

Hope this gives you some great ideas for using this set.  Thanks so much to Jamie for having me this month.  It was a blast!

Supplies Used:
Paper/Cardstock:  Bazzill Card Shoppe - Waxed Lips cardstock; CTMH - White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps:  Avery Elle - Simply Tags Everyday
Ink:  CTMH - Sorbet, Smoothie, Tulip
Other:  CM - Corner Rounder; Tombow - Mono Adhesive
Shaker Tags
Paper/Cardstock:  Bazzill Card Shoppe - Licorice Twist, Waxed Lips, Juicy Pear, and Candy Necklace cardstock; CTMH - Whiet Daisy Cardstock\
Stamps:  Avery Elle - Simply Tags Everyday
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; CTMH - Cranberry; Versamark
Other:  Avery Elle - Simply Tags Dies; CTMH - Page Protector, Dimensional Foam Tape and Gold Embossing Powder; Sequins - Assorted colors and finishes from Neat and Tangled as well as Artful Delight July Card Kit; May Arts - Black and White Burlap String; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Punky Sprouts Button Love

Hey everyone it's my turn to share over at Punky Sprouts today.

If you follow my blog, you know that we just moved our daughters into the same room.  This has actually worked out pretty well.  They like being together, they've sorted out the whole sleeping at night thing, and we're working on naps.

I thought it would be fun to create some new pieces for their room, and decided to use the new Punky Sprouts buttons as the focal point.

Previously we had several Curious George prints up (helpful/cheap trick for those of you decorating a room - buy a book or calendar and just mount the photos on scrapbook paper and frame - so much cheaper than buying from somewhere), so I decided to replace two of them.

The great thing about this project was that I was able to reuse both the frame (withouth the glass) as well as the cardstock from the original Curious George prints, I just added an extra layer of white cardstock for definition.

The buttons are mounted on two of the pages from the Teenie Beanie album.  I first painted the edges with gesso and then covered them with white cardstock.

Then came the button placement.  After some experimenting, I decided to create two layers of buttons, little ones on the bottom and then the larger ones on top.  They are adhered with Liquid Glass.

I also added a little piece of cardstock with their names written in cursive. 

I love the way these turned out and the girls were pretty excited to have their letters displayed in their room. 

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Supplies Used
Punky Sprouts:  Assorted Buttons, Teenie Beanie Sprout - Available here:  http://getpunkysprouts.com/store/?page/63371/shop-punky
Other:  CTMH - White Daisy Cardstock, Liquid Glass, Bonding Memories Adhesive; Claudine Hellmuth - Gesso; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; American Crafts - Precision Point 01 Pen

Friday, July 19, 2013

Artful Delight Friday - A Twofer

I love the bold chevron paper from My Mind's Eye Kate & Co in this month's Artful Delight kit, so I wanted to create a card using that as a main element.  I ended making two - using just one of the squares of paper. 

For the first card, I used a thinner strip of the paper, fussy cut some of the black and white flowers from one of the Echo Park papers, as well as the sentiment piece which was from one of the journaling cards in at Kate & Co paper.  The little strips of pink and white are also from Kate & Co.  Some of the black twine finished it off.

My second card also features the stamp set in this month's kit, Lawn Fawn's Flutter By.  I embossed and fussy cut the butterfly on both white cardstock and vellum.  The cardstock piece was adhered directly to the patterned paper, and the vellum piece was adhered on top with liquid glass, just on the body and antennae.

I stamped the sentiment on that bright piece of patterned paper and slightly offset it over a vellum piece.  Below is bit of the beautiful lace in the kit.  The lace is much wider, but it's quite stiff and really retains it's shape, won't unravel on you, so I trimmed it down and adhered it with some more Liquid Glass.

Thanks so much for coming by today!  Hope that your week has gone well, we are definitely ready for the weekend here!

Supplies Used:  Artful Delight July Card Kit; CTMH - White Daisy Cardstock, Dimensional Foam Tape, Liquid Glass; American Crafts - Zing White Embossing Powder; Versamark; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Recollections - Vellum

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Avery Elle Guest Post - Papel Picado - Mid Hunt Snack

I've got another Avery Elle guest post for you today, and I'm showcasing Papel Picado again.  

My last Papel Picado project was bright and bold, today's project is a much different look at the set.

I pulled out some old Easter photos, and by old, I mean last year's Easter photos (haven't even printed this  year's yet...).  Each of the banner pieces was stamped in second generation to get a softer color/feel.  Then I added some twine to 'tie' the pieces together.  

On the bottom of the layout I fussy cut each of the banner pieces and overlapped them a bit.  Avery Elle actually has a set of dies that would have made this process so much easier....they are on my list of things to get!  I stitched the bottom layer of banner pieces onto the page and then added stitching to each of the popped out pieces before adhering them.

The papers and tags are from Elle's Studio and I added some enamel dots as accents too.

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Elle's Studio - Serendipity; CTMH - Dotty for You, White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps:  Avery Elle - Papel Picado and Oh Yeah!
Ink:  CTMH - Hollyhock, Smoothie, and Honey
Other:  Elle's Studio - You & Me Tidbits and Mixed Journaling Tags; My Mind's Eye - The Sweetest Thing Honey Enamel Dots; The Twinery - Buttercream Twine; Simple Stories - Sn@p Alpha Stickers; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape, Liquid Glass; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Christmas in July - Believe

Sharing another Christmas card today. 

I used one of my very favorite Christmas sets on this one - Close to My Heart's Glory to God set.  I love the silhouette images in this one and when I'm making holiday projects, this one stays on my workspace as I'm always reaching for it.

I also used the sunburst from Market Street Stamp's Shine On set and The Craft's Meow's Merry Best set for the sentiment.

Really simple one layer card, and not my normal Christmas card, but I like the modern/graphic edge to it.

Hope your week is off to a good start.  Not a bad first day back for me.  Come back tomorrow as I'll have another Avery Elle guest post to share.

Supplies Used:
Paper/Cardstock - CTMH - White Daisy and Black cardstock
Stamps:  CTMH - Glory to God; Market Street Stamps - Shine On - The Craft's Meow - The Merry Best
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; Hero Arts - Neon Yellow
Other:  Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A great week!

We just got back this evening from a family vacation/wedding.  So I'm way behind on my commenting/visits, but this should get better this week!

My younger sister got married in Vermont yesterday, and we took the opportunity to add a little family vacation on the front end of things.  This was the first time we had taken a vacation just the four of us, so we weren't quite sure what to expect, but it was so much fun.  We didn't do anything crazy/spectacular, just lots of little visits to smaller sites/venues, and that was just right. 

Thought I would share a few photos from our trip with you guys:

It was Vermont, so of course a visit to the Ben and Jerry's Factory was in order - Ellie hamming it up in the original flavor lab

Carina making friends with Rosie the calf at Sugarbush Farm

Impromptu stop to check out this stream and throw rocks

A little basketball

Meeting their newest cousin

My camera crazy girl

More Ben & Jerry's at the Rehearsal Dinner

Flower girls ready to go (mine are on the right)

They did a great job!

 The bride and groom with my parents


Love this photo!
Me and the sibs

And my favorite family shot (by Lake Champlain in Burlington)

Hope you guys had a great week/weekend!  Back to real life!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Artful Delight Friday - Believe in your dreams

This month's kit includes some Teresa Collins Summer Stories glittered papers including this gorgeous damask piece.  The glittered pattern is supposed to be the vertical edge of the paper, but I think that on it's side it resembles florals/foliage. 

I love the look of glittered paper, but it is a huge mess.  My solution:  Modge Podge.  Since it dries clear, you still get all that great glitter, but once you paint the modge podge on, it traps the glitter and no more mess!

The butterfly was embossed in gold on vellum and then colored on the back side.  I stamped two so that I could great a 'whole' dimensional butterfly.  I added some glitter accents and painted the wings with Modge Podge too.

Have a great end to your week and a wonderful weekend!

Supplies Used:  Artful Delight July Card Kit; CTMH - Gold embossing powder and Liquid Glass; Modge Podge (matte); Tombow - Mono and Vellum Adhesive; Spectrum Noir markers; American Crafts - Wow Ultrafine Glitter in Copper