Saturday, March 31, 2012

WOW! Those are some good eats (Chicago) layout

Another day, another layout to share---it feels really good to get back into scrapbooking again! 

For this layout I created my own background paper using a Crafter's Workshop stencil and some WOW! Embossing powder (Earthtone Paprika) and then I gave the paper a few sprays of white and brown ink.  I actually created my background first and then went searching for some photos to use.  I came across these three food shots from a recent trip to Chicago.  The tones in the photos were a perfect match for my background. 

You can see more great WOW! projects from the rest of my team over on the WOW! blog today :)

WOW! Embossing Powder products:  Suzy West Earthtone collection - Paprika
Papers:  Bazzill cardstock, The Paper Company, Basic Grey
Ink:  Versamark (for embossing)
Accessories:  Crafter's Workshop polka dot template, Maya Road kraft doily, "Mom's Typewriter" computer font, Studio Calico Mr. Huey white spray mist, Maya Road dark brown spray mist, American Crafts vinyl Thickers

Friday, March 30, 2012

Introducing my first Project Life layout for 2012

So I decided to do it this year....Project Life that is.  I may not do a spread for every week but I've been good at journalling and keeping track of everything since January 1 of this year and I'm all ready produce a full album by the end of this year. 

I didn't buy the actual PL kit so instead I'm using divided page protectors from American Crafts (available at Micheals) and We R Memory Keepers that I've been collecting the last year.

So you're probably wondering why I started with February?  Well, mostly because I knew I could fill a double page spread with events from that week and I had a little problem with my photos from January so I have to go pull them off my back up drive....anyhoo......onto my pages.

I incorporated a lot of stamping into my first set of pages since my goal for this project is to use up stuff I have on hand.  It's easy to create your own journalling cards with stamps and scraps rather than purchasing some.  There are some more journalling card examples on the POD blog today to inspire you.

Several of the stamps that I used on these pages are available for a limited time in a special journalling package from Purple Onion Designs ($41 dollars worth of stamps for only $17.00). 

Here's a close up of the left hand page.  The bottom right part of the page is the typed summary of the week. As an accent on that panel I just stamped the days of the week down the left hand side. I added some hand written journalling to my photos using journal stamps and red ink.

Here is my close up of the right hand page.  I inserted our ticket stubs form the basketball game in the top right hand pocket.  I journalled about the game on the computer in the bottom right corner.  I realized after printing that I shouldn't have included the 's on the journalling but hey this is all about everyday life so I opted to leave it as is (and I didn't have another sheet of the same paper LOL!)

Stamps:  Date Me set from Purple Onion Designs, Days of the Week from Purple Onion Designs, Pointing Finger from Purple Onion Designs, Sweetheart Ticket set from Purple Onion Designs, Deluxe Labels from Purple Onion Designs, Circle Scallop label from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Adirondack Red Pepper, Versafine black, Distress ink for edges of some panels
Paper: Lily Bee, Basic Grey, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories: American Crafts felt Thickers, Kaisercraft mini letter stickers, Wilton doily, buttons, twine, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, Dienamics die from MFT (scallops and die on "photoshoot" photo), American Crafts (6 - 4" x 6") page protectors

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hola! and some new Purple Onion Design stamps

Hola!!  I just returned from a week on the beach in beautiful Varadero Cuba and time for me to get caught up on some blog posts.  First up I have a few cards I created with the new release from Purple Onion Designs.  There are a ton of awesome stamps now available that would be great for cards, layouts and Project Life.

For this first card I used the new Instant Film Frame and created some photos using some Stephanie Ackerman stamps.  This frame would be fantastic to use on scrapbooking layouts or for "Project Life" designs.

Next up here is a simple one-ish layer card I created with the new Happy Mail set.  I created the air mail look on the border by inking in red and blue all the way around. 

Supplies (Bear Polaroid card): 
Stamps: Instant Film Frame (white frame) from Purple Onion Designs, Olive & Sam (bears) from Purple Onion Designs) and Post Office (sentiment) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Bazzill cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: Twill ribbon, wood button, twine from The Twinery, Copic markers, Dienamics scalloped die from My Favorite Things

Supplies (Happy Mail Hello):
Stamps: Happy Mail from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Colorbox red and blue chalk inks
Papers: Basic Grey, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories: Air mail twine from Devine twine, button

Friday, March 23, 2012

You're Fur-tastic!

Hello and welcome to another Your Next Stamp Fun Friday.  As always, there are some wonderful design team creations and tips over on the YNS blog.

For today's masculine card, I based the design on March's Sketch for You to Try and used the new Furry Dress Up Fhiona.  I'm not quite sure if I was going for a monkey or a bear but it's cute none the less :)  I made a little flag for my sentiment and attached it with a wood button.  After I had put the card together I found it needed a little something up the left hand panel so I added a row of zig zag stitches with my sewing machine.

Today's Tip:  To create a masculine card I usually start with my papers.  For this card I used some older Chatterbox papers in a plaid theme.  I find that if the majority of  your papers are masculine in theme/colour then you can get away with adding some more feminine embellishments like the ribbon bow I added.

Stamps:  Furry Dress Up Fhiona set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Chatterbox, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Wood button, Copic Markers, twill ribbon
Sketch:  March SFYTT

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WOW! Wednesday embossed cards

Here are a few more cards I created using the double embossed technique I showed you in this video.  The backgrounds of both cards were Cuttlebugged (hee, is that a word LOL!?!?!) and then embossed with some WOW! Embossing powders.  For both cards I added some distress ink around the edges to add some more shading.  Both are simple cards but as you can see having the embossing really adds a lot of texture to the design.

WOW! Embossing Powders: Suzy West Pantry collection - Pepper
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
Papers: Making Memories kraft dot cardstock, Georgia Pacific white cardstock, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories: wood button, twill ribbon, Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folders (wood grain and swirls), Tim Holtz Alterations die (bracket shaped), twine, Wilton doily, Pebbles Inc. rubon sentiment

Monday, March 19, 2012

I love you to the moon and back and then some....

Time for another MFT card on Monday.  For today's card I used another one of my Pure Innocence stamps (Bedtime Story) ---- I just love the sentiment that comes with this set!  To colour the lamp and bedspread I used my colourless blender pen to create a plaid pattern.I also used my Copics to tint the flower.   Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Pure Innocence Bedtime Story set from My Favorite Things
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, My Mind's Eye
Accessories:  Prima flower, metal clips, Offray Ribbon, Copic Markers, Dienamics scalloped border die, Fiskars scalloped border punch
Sketch:  MFTWSC59

Friday, March 16, 2012

Top 'o the morning!

Dia dhuit (an Irish hello)!  Time for another YNS Fun Friday post--be sure to stop over to the YNS blog for more projects and tips from the design team.  Today I'm sharing a St. Patrick's Day I created with the cute "Erin from Ireland" stamp from Your Next Stamp.

I have a few tips to share with you today.

Tip 1:  Don't worry about having a sentiment on the front of every card you make.  In my case I could use this card for St. Patrick's Day, Good Luck or just a greeting card.  You can add your sentiment to the inside when you're ready to send it out.

Tip 2:  As you can see I created a monochrome card.  How I usually approach this type of card is to pull papers, ribbons and embellishments in the colour family I'm working with (in this case green).  Then I group them together until I get a group that coordinates and discard the extras.  In my opinion the colours don't have to match exactly but you do need to try stick to the same tones or pull tones in through the design.  So even though the shamrock paper I chose didn't really match the background paper, the shamrocks do coordinate thus making the paper "work" with my design.  Then I was able to chose the green flower that matched the shamrock paper and my image's dress.  I also used a neutral beige to pull the colours together.

Stamps:  Erin from Ireland from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, Basic Grey, DCWV, Making Memories cardstock, DCVW cardstock
Accessories:  Prima flowers, Offray crocheted flower, twine from The Twinery, wood button, Spellbinder's die, Fiskars border punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Copic markers, Stickles

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Video Tutorial Tuesday on the WOW! blog

Today over on the WOW! Embossing powder blog, I'm sharing my first ever video tutorial.   Hope you'll stop over to the WOW! blog and let me know what you think --- be nice it's my first video LOL!

And here's a look at the card I completed using the items I created in the video.

WOW! Embossing products:  Suzy West Candy Counter collection:  Cotton Candy (blue), Sour Lemon (yellow)
Inks:  Versamark for embossing, Colorbox red chalk ink for colouring chipboard
Papers:  Wilton doily, white Georgia Pacific cardstock, Jillibean Soup patterned paper
Accessories:  Maya Road chipboard, paint, Viva Decor pearl pens, Stickles, SRM Sticker, Offray ribbon, Prima flower

Monday, March 12, 2012

Hope you perk up soon!

After "springing forward" this weekend, I sure could use a few giant cups of coffee this morning! 

This is a card I created for one of the Wednesday MFT sketches over on Splitcoaststampers.  I have to admit that when I saw the sketch, I wasn't feeling the love for those wonky panels.  However, I stuck with it and I'm pretty happy with how my card turned out.  I cut out a Starbucks logo from one of my cup holders as an accent.  The background was embossed and then I used some white ink to make it stand out a bit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: A la Mode Miss You a Latte set from My Favorite Things
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Joann Essentials white pigment ink
Papers: October Afternoon, Bazzill cardstock, K and Co., The Paper Company
Accessories: Wood button, Dienamics first place ribbon die (for sentiment), Starbucks logo cut from cup holder, wood button, twill ribbon, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder, Devine Twine, Copic Markers
Sketch:  MFTWSC57

Sunday, March 11, 2012

YNS March release blog hop: A tooth fairy pouch

Hi friends!  Welcome to the Your Next Stamp March release blog hop.  You should have arrived from the super duper talented Susan's blog.

This month's releases include a cute new Tooth Fairy Ellie stamp set and a totally cool new dress up Fhiona stamp and die set. Today I'm sharing a canvas pouch I made (yep, I actually SEWED some fabric instead of paper LOL!) to keep those pearly whites in while waiting for the tooth fairy. 

I stamped my Ellie image onto a piece of canvas using Palette Noir ink, heat set it with my heat gun and coloured the image with my Copics.  I find the type of canvas I used was pretty good to work with and didn't give a lot of marker bleed but you have to use a light touch and don't get too close to the stamp lines.  Then I die cut the image and matted it onto a piece of die cut felt with some fabric glue. 

The bag itself was fairly simple to put together: I just folded a piece of canvas in half, stitched up both sides and turned it inside out. I folded over the top edge and sewed it and then covered it with some white lace to hide the stitches (hey, I didn't say I was GOOD at sewing LOL!). I stamped the sentiment onto a manila tag and attached to to the bag with some ribbon. It can easily be tucked inside as shown below.

I designed my pouch to hang over a doorknob or similar.  I figured that the Tooth Fairy would be less disruptive to the little sleeping ones that way ;) I created the hangers with some twill ribbon and sewed them onth the back of the pouch by hand.

As you can see from this close up I stamped the tooth onto some white paper and attached it with fabric glue. (I found that the tooth didn't stand out well with just the canvas.)

So, here's what you need to know about today's hop.  You have until Tuesday, March 13th at midnight (EST) to hop along to all the designer's blogs (see links below).  Leave comments along the way for your chance to win the hidden blogger prize.

AND if you comment on ALL the blogs, leave your name on the Mr. Linky on the YNS blog.  Karen is offering up some great prizes again this month.  The winner will be posted on the YNS blog on March 14th.

There are also some hop specials in the YNS store and don't forget to check ou the fabulous YNS Bargain Bin while you're there for more deals.

THANK YOU so much for stopping by and I hope that I've inspired you to use your stamps for something other than cards.  Next up, hop on over to Amy's blog.
Here's the blog hop order in case you get lost along the way:

Stamps:  Tooth Fairy Ellie from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Palette Noir
Accessories: Canvas fabric, Offray ribbon, twill ribbon, wood button, Copic markers, felt, lace trim

Friday, March 9, 2012

Smile, it's YNS Sneak Peek Friday!

Hello and Happy Friday!  Today I'm sharing a little peek at one of the new March releases from Your Next Stamp.  Meet Tooth Fairy Ellie.  Isn't she cute?  She also comes with a cute little poem about the Tooth Fairy.

Today's Tip:  try dressing up letter/word stickers with pearl paints.  For my card I used a KI Memories "smile" sticker and covered it with Viva Decor pearl paint.  It does take a little practise to get an even application of the paint but it gives a really unique look to your card.

Stop on by the YNS blog to see more peeks from the design team. And come on back on Sunday for the release blog hop where you can win some wonderful prizes.

Stamps:  Tooth Fairy Ellie from Your Next Stamp (available March 11, 2012)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Making Memories kraft cardstock, Neenah cardstock, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Lace trim, Offray ribbon, Prima flower, KI Memories sentiment sticker, Viva Decor pearl paint pen, Copic Markers, Wilton Doily, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A few MFT Birthday cards

Hello!  I'm a bit behind on sharing some of my recent creations, so for today's post I'm going to share two birthday cards that I created for the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club sketches on Splitcoaststampers.  The two cards are quite opposite in design---one clean and graphic and the other with a hint of vintage.

This first card is an owl themed card I made for my Godson's first birthday. I wanted to keep the card child friendly (e.g. no embellishments than can come loose) so the card is relatively simple.  To add interest to the card without using embellishments I used foam adhesive to pop some of the elements and it's difficult to tell but the cardstock I used is also textured.

Stamps:  By the Numbers stamp and die set from My Favorite Things (music note background, sentiment and die cut "1"), First Place Award Ribbon Stamp and Die Set from My Favorite Things (star circle and tail where sentiment is stamped)
Ink:  Palette Noir, Ranger Distress Ink (Broken China, Tumbled Glass)
Papers:  Georgia Pacific cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, Jillibean Soup papers
Accessories:  Spellbinder's die
Sketch:   MFTWSC56

For this second card I watercoloured my image (a technique that I love but never seem to do enough of!!).  There were lots of layers on the sketch so I added a darker mat around the top panel to make it stand out a bit.  I used some distress inks and twill ribbon to add a touch of vintage to this card.
Stamps: Pure Innocence - Something Special Just for You (image) from My Favorite Things, Pure Innocence - Birthday Princess (sentiment) from My Favorite Things
Paper: Watercolour paper, My Mind's Eye
Ink: Staz On Jet Black, Ranger Distress Ink
Accessories: Twill ribbon, watercolour pencils, Stickles
Sketch: MFTWSC58