Saturday, February 21, 2015

Valentine's Card

I know...a little late posting.  I only made one card for Valentine's Day and it was for my Mom.  

***My Mind's Eye Lost & Found: Union Square***

I was inspired by a card that I found on Pinterest.  I used my Martha Stewart heart punch, inked the edges with red and popped them up with dimensional adhesive.  The baker's twine is also from My Mind's Eye. I pre-printed a font onto the card base,  This font is Bleeding Cowboys.  And's supposed to be smudgy!

Pinterest inspiration:
Valentine card ideas #EasyNip

Is it sad that I didn't make a card for my hubby or my kids?  Maybe.  But no one seemed to be very distressed by this.  On a side note, the only card I received was from my Mom.  I'll post a photo of that next time.  Yes..  She makes cards too.

Monday, February 16, 2015

You 2 Make My Heart Complete

A new layout for Scrap Our Stash!

***Echo Park Head Over Heels collection***

Here is the challenge:
Create a layout inspired by the sketch and color palette. You must use (3) or more colors from the palette and the ONLY other colors you can use are, BLACK, WHITE or KRAFT

As you can see, I followed the sketch pretty closely.  The bigger part of the challenge for me was the color palette.  I really like these colors but have limited supply in my stash, especially when it comes to the more pastel tones.  This collection from Echo Park worked fairly well (although it brought in a little gray which was not in the palette or the guidelines....).  I would have loved to have worked with the green but it just wasn't happening.  Oh well.  Maybe next time.

I used some white mist on the background kraft paper.  In hindsight, I think I would have liked a little more.  I recycled a coffee sleeve and punched a few tiny hearts to scatter around.  I also punched some larger hearts from the same washi tape that I used in strips at the top of the page and under part of the title.  One of my favorite tricks for using washi!

I'm entering this layout for the word challenge at Creating with Paper and More.  I am using the word "heart".  Although it's not actually spelled out in my title---I think it's very clearly implied!

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog today.  Please be sure to check out Scrap Our Stash.  See what other DT members are creating and play along yourself.  You just might win!

Monday, February 2, 2015

We're Finally Here

Still working on those Disney photos...

***Echo Park My Life collection***

I am again inspired by a design/sketch from Susan Stringfellow.  You can find the actual inspiration piece HERE on her blog, Creatively Savvy.  I really love her non-traditional Disney layouts.  She uses regular papers that are not Disney themed to create fun and beautiful pages.

I pulled small elements from my stash to spell out WASHI---which is the latest challenge at Scrap Our Stash.
 W - washi tape (of course!)
A - arrows and assorted alphabets
S - stars
H - hearts
I - ink pens in black and white for outlining

I love using the little enamel dots to make mini mickey heads!  Isn't it cute?

Many of you know that I am a self-proclaimed inker of all things that hit my scrapbook pages.  Did you happen to notice that I didn't do hardly any inking on this one?  I think the only things I inked are the cardstock embellishments.  However, I can't leave paper edges undefined.  So I distressed with scissors instead.  A different look.  Makes the edges a little bumpier and harder to adhere things nice and flat.  But, a girl's gotta change things up once in awhile, right?

Okay...your turn!  Link up your layout to Scrap Our Stash using elements that spell out WASHI for your chance to win this month's prize!  I hope to be visiting your blog soon!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January Birthdays

I realized that I didn't really share any of the cards that I made last year.  Trust me, I made plenty!
Anyway, this year I will try to share more.

I just made two yesterday for upcoming birthdays this week.

One for the man that is Opa to my boys...

***Carta Bella Boy Oh Boy***

And this one for their Grandma Lela...

***Fancy Pants Park Bench***

Sketch design came from CAS(E) this Sketch! #43.  It's an old one from 2013.  The bottom card is the one I made first and it has the same orientation as the original sketch.  The top card I ended up turning on it's side about half way through.  I decided I wanted to create a tag with the sentiment that I had already stamped.  In order for it to look right, I needed to change the orientation to horizontal.  I was really glad that it still worked out!

I am entering these cards at Red Carpet Studio.  Challenge #86 is The Two Faces of January and what you need to do is use items in twos.  I used two pieces of patterned papers in each card.

That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Just Run

Time for the latest challenge at Scrap Our Stash

*** Studio Calico Here+There collection***

The mid month challenge always includes a sketch and this one is provided by guest sketch artist Bev Code.  I kept the vertical and hozontal lines of the original sketch design.  You'll notice that I added an additioanl photo but made them narrower so they basically cover the same amount of space.  The title also remains beneath the photos although I shifted it to the right.

Our sponsor this month is 17turtles.  If you are not familiar with this Etsy shop, it's owned by Juliana Michaels who creates some fabulous cut files for use with your die-cutting machine.  We were lucky enough to get to work with some of her cut files for this challenge---Yay!

Just Run Digital Cut File | Perfect for all your craft projects including paper crafting, scrapbooking and more.Run Run Run Digital Cut File | Perfect for all your craft projects including paper crafting, scrapbooking and more.

I chose these two files.  I figured I could get a lot of mileage from these with all the running that I do. I had a lot of fun using them on this page!
The stash part of the challenge is to include sequins.  I used sequins to represent raindrops supporting the theme of my page.

Now it's your turn.  Create a layout based on the sketch above and don't forget to use some sequins.  Then upload to the link on the right sidebar at Scrap Our Stash.  That's it.  You'll have a chance at winning a gc to 17turtles for some fun cut files!

I am entering this layout into the following challenges:
Red Carpet Studios challenge #85
Use stars and something new (new cut file!)
Rochelle's Tic-Tac-Toe challenge
Top row---sequins, 2+ photos, die-cut

Monday, January 12, 2015

CREATE---January issue!

Yes.  It's that time again...the latest issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine is live!
The creative team has grown---by A LOT!---which means there is even more inspiration and variety and creative styles for you to enjoy!  

Here is the beautiful cover featuring the amazing works of Allison Davis.
You can see the entire issue at this link right HERE

I have a couple of projects featured in this issue.
First up, is a layout.  The assignment was to showcase die-cuts.  I used three different cut-file images on this page: hot cocoa mugs, snowflakes and mittens.

I went with black & white photos this time.  The reds and blues in the original photos would have never gone with these papers (they were very bright and primary).  

I dabbed Stickles on the corrugated letters with my fingertip to give it them a little sparkle. 

I combined two die-cut files to create these adorable mugs of hot cocoa. I grabbed some snowflakes from one file and sized them to fit on the mugs, creating a wintery-warm-cozy feel.  I used a glitter pen to draw the steam coming off  the hot cocoa.

I used the mittens to reinforce the wintery-warm-cozy theme.  The original file had a paper cut for the tether between the mittens.  I decided to replace it with twine to make them more "real".

My journal spot.  A little washi, vellum and wood along with a label.  Nothing fancy...just simple.

Second, I have an altered notepad.  The assignment: create a different item with the tag sketch provided to us.

I rarely create something just for me so this was kind of fun...makin' something girly!

A little machine-stitching always adds a nice finished look.  Not something I do everytime...just when I want that little something extra...and have time.  Love the look of notebook paper and also flashcards.  HAD to include them both on the cover!  

I have really fallen for the banner strip trend.  They are so easy to create and use just about anywhere.  I love mixing the patterned papers and creating the different sizes and then layering them up.

Alright.  Now that you have seen what I created for the magazine, click on THIS LINK and soak in all the scrappy goodness to be found within!  The creative team has been expanded to over 30 members which means more projects for you to see!  And in case that's not enough to entice you, the featured manufacturer this issue is Jillibean Soup.  Their design team has been busy crafting fun projects using their gorgeous products.  So come on, check it out!

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Magic Starts Here

Happy New Year and welcome to the first challenge of 2015 at Scrap Our Stash!
They are changing things up a bit with the coming year and adding some different challenges to get us to use our stash.  
First up, a recipe or alphabet challenge of sorts...we are challenged to use items in our stash that begin with each letter in the word TWINE.

Here is how I used my stash to create this layout:
T - twine
W - washi tape

I - regular ink on the edges of all my papers and photos, also spray ink for the background
N - negative cut from the mickey punch to create a tag
E - eyelet on the tag

I am diligently trying to get through these photos from our trip to Disneyland in 2012.  Someday, they WILL be done!
Design inspiration came from Susan Stringfellow.  She does tons of Disney layouts and I often get inspration from her pages.  The one that inspired me can be found HERE.

Now it's your turn.  Stop by Scrap Our Stash over the next few weeks to see what other design team members are creating with this challenge.  Then get busy and create your own.  Don't forget to link up for your chance to win a fabulous prize!