Thursday, May 29, 2014

Father's Day Challenge

Hola Everyone!

How is your week going so far?  I know many of you are enjoying summer, but it is getting way too warm for me. 

Anyhow, today I am sharing my design team project for Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges.  The new challenge theme is Father's Day.
Now, before I share my project, let me say how HARD it was to refrain from using glitter glue, sequins, or any other sparkly item. :(  Well, let's begin with a detail picture:
My dad is definitely a grill master, so this image is so fitting.  No, that's not a smudge above the fish, it's smoke. :)  Smoked salmon, anyone?

I stamped the little fish on a piece of scrap paper and then hand cut it & placed it on the grill. 
(Supplies: cardstock; pattern paper- Graphic 45; black ink; Brown ink- Color Box; sentiment and image stamps- Fresh Squeezed Stamps, grey color pencil)

So what are you going to create for this challenge?  Let the fathers (dad, husband, grandfather) in your life know how special they are.  Go get crafty and link up here.
And thank you for taking the time to stop by!  I do appreciate it. :D

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fluttering Butterflies

Howdy Folks!

How was your 3 day weekend?  I know Memorial Day just passed, but I still want to take this moment to say THANK YOU to all who have served or are currently serving our country.  You have sacrificed time, family and your life for my freedom.  So I am deeply grateful for you.

Well, I am popping in to share a card.  Here's a detail picture:

I love how the washi tape adds visual interest on the side.  The yellow base is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I like the happy vibe it gives.  :)
(Supplies: cardstock, butterfly punch- Martha Stewart, sentiment stamp- Papertrey Ink, washi tape, black ink, scraps of pattern paper)

Well, dear friends, thank you for stopping by.  It always warms my heart to have you visit. :D

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thank A Teacher

Howdy Everyone!

I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. 

Well, with the school year almost ending {oh, did I just hear a groan from you parents? ;) }, I made another thank you card for a teacher.  This card came together pretty quickly.  Let's get to the pictures. :D

I used black cardstock to create a "chalkboard" and added glossy accents to the heart and the globe.

(Supplies: pattern paper- October Afternoon, cardstock, image & sentiment stamps- Unity Stamp Co., black & white ink, sequins, glossy accents, pop dots)

And let me take this moment to say THANK YOU to any teacher who may be reading this.  May your summer be full of rest and relaxation for all the diligent work you did this year.  I leave you with this quote:

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.   -Chinese Proverb

And thank you all for taking the time to visit my little world. :D

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Purple Surprise

Hello All!

I am stopping by to share a card that I recently made.  While working on my design team technique project for Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges last week, I created a few things that just did NOT work.  But this card was a surprise.  I used clear embossing powder on a black base and got a surprising result- purple!

This is the same card, but the light was hitting it at a different angle. 
(Supplies: cardstock, clear embossing powder, image stamp- Hero Arts, sentiment stamp- Papertrey Ink, rhinestones- Bo Bunny, vellum, round paper punch- Fiskars,Versa Mark ink)

Well, that does for today.  Short and sweet.  Thank you, thank you for taking the time to visit.  :D

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Technique Time

Hello Again!

I am popping in again today to share my design team project for Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges.  The new challenge is to create a technique project (i.e. masking, tearing, inking, embossing, watercolor, weaving, folding, etc.)

I have been really inspired by my teammate, Sarah, to create an art canvas.  Needless to say, I need LOTS of practice, but here is my first ever art canvas:

I cut the flowers with my Cameo and then pieced them together.  I added a bit of glitter glue to the middle.

The techniques I used are tearing, die-cutting, paper-piecing, & embossing.
(Supplies: blank canvas, pattern paper, cardstock, Mod Podge, embossing paste, stencils- The Crafter's Workshop & Prima, butterfly punch- Martha Stewart, glitter glue- Martha Stewart, blue acrylic paint, phrase die-cut -Silhouette Cameo)

This phrase- "Be Yourself.  Everyone Else is Taken," really resonated with me and it reminded me of my high school days.  Let me tell you why.  In high school (eons ago!), my best friend, who is also my cousin, was a very popular girl.  And it was easy to see why.  She was outgoing, cheerful, funny and friendly.  I was quiet, shy, and although friendly, not very talkative. 
So one day I decided I wanted to be like her, so I can be popular, too. :-) So I began being bouncy and chatty and hyper.  But guess what?  It was EXHAUSTING to be her!!! Needless to say, I gave it up after one day and decided I was just going to be ME. :)

Well, dear friends, what technique are you going to try?  Go have some crafty fun and then share with us here.  Thanks again for sharing some of your time with me.  :D

Happy Crafting,

Growing & Growing

Howdy Folks,

I am popping in real quick to share another layout that I created during National Scrapbooking Day.  I followed the advice of Ali Edwards when creating this layout, which is to create a grid under the picture(s) for journaling and embellishments.  Simple, yet genius, also. :)

The layout in my previous post, Kinder Kid, is about my "baby" sister.  Well, here she is again.  All grown up, almost. ;)

She loves the camera now, but HATED it when she was little. :D  (I apologize for the terrible lighting.  It was photographed in the middle of the night.)
(Supplies: cardstock, stamps- Unity & Recollections; flowers- from my stash, marker)
Well, friends, time for me to get going.  Thank you soooooooooo much for stopping in.
Happy Crafting,

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kinder Kid

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday. 

Today I am stopping by to share another layout.  I created a Project-Life type of layout, minus the pockets.  I haven't jumped onto the PL bandwagon, but I like the journaling cards and the concept behind it.

This layout is about my "baby" sister's Kinder graduation & it came together fairly quick and simple.  Always a good thing. :)  She's now finishing her junior year, so I am extremely behind.  Yikes. :-/

(Supplies: cardstock, stickers from my stash & Heidi Swapp, machine stitching,  embellishments- from my stash)
I'm so glad that she adjusted to Kindergarten and had a great year, because the first day was tough for her.  Poor thing was so nervous that she puked on the way to school. :(
Well, that does it for me today.  I always appreciate you stopping by. 
Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

BRRR..., Baby!

Happy Wednesday!

How is your week going so far?  I hope you're enjoying it!

Today I am stopping by to share another NSD (National Scrapbooking Day) layout.  Creating layouts tends to take me a LONG time, but it was soooo freeing to follow Cathy Zielske's wisdom (part of the star line-up at Big Picture Classes)- that my layouts DON'T have to be 12*12.  So with that in mind, I cropped my paper to 8 1/2* 11 and used a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.

Here's the end result:

It's hard to see, but the paper behind the pictures is a "winter" paper.  It has snowflakes.  But I thought it was fitting for these pictures.

(Supplies: cardstock, pattern paper- from my stash & Webster's Pages, banner punch, stickers- from my stash, machine stitching)

There you have it. Quick and simple.  And the best part was documenting these cutie pies, because I've had these pictures in my "scrap-now" pile for oh, maybe months. :-/

Well, dear friends, I thank you for spending some of your precious time with me.  See you soon. :D

Happy Crafting,

Monday, May 5, 2014

4 Generations

Howdy All!

Happy Monday!  Well, how many of you were able to participate in National Scrapbooking Day (NSD)?  This was actually my FIRST year ever participating and I completely enjoyed it.  I joined Big Picture Classes during their event and learned quite a bit from their star line-up.

So today I am sharing a layout I created during NSD.  I used the sketch for the current Unity Be Inspired Challenge and a tip from Maggie Holmes (part of the star line-up), which is to use neutral scraps behind the picture.  Simple tip, yet profound.

Let's begin with some detail pictures:
I colored the bird house and added some glossy accents.

(Supplies: pattern paper- Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, & from my stash, stickers, image & sentiment stamps- Unity Stamp Co., colored pencils, ink- Gray Flannel by Memento, glossy accents)

Well, that does it for me today.  I'll be sharing more of my NSD layouts throughout the week.  Thanks for sharing some of your time with me today. :D

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Earthly Angels

Hola Everyone!

Today I am popping in to share my project for Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges.  It's a Mother's Day challenge.  Create a project that uses the word "mother" in your native language.  Yes, I should have used "mama."  :/  My original title was going to be "Mothers are Earthly Angels in Disguise" but had to reduce it due to limited space.

I created a layout using pictures of my mom when she was younger.  The original pictures are teeny-tiny and one was torn, so I did my best to edit, correct, & resize the pictures for my layout.

Let's begin with some detail pictures:
See that tiny vial?  I added "wishes" that I want for her life, such as peace, health, & joy.

I used alphabet stamps & stickers to create the title.

Hidden journaling.

The word strips on the sides are some of her characteristics. 
(Supplies: cardstock, pattern paper- from my stash, ribbon- Celebrate It, embossing paste, flowers- Recollections, stencil- Prima, butterfly stamp- Recollections, Perfect Pearls in Sour Apple- Ranger, cork vial- Tim Holtz, charm- Charmalong, stickers- from my stash, alphabet stamp- Hampton Art, "Beauty" stamp- Unity Stamp Co., tag, typewriter) 

So what will you create for this challenge?  Go get crafty, link up here, and check out my teammates and guest bloggers projects while you're there. :D

I would also like to add this project to the following challenges:
Use Your Stuff- flowers
Avenue 613- Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by. :D

Happy Crafting,