Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time for a layout!

I love making cards!  All the fun techniques you can try on them.  I love that they're quick, because the canvas is so small, and goodness knows I'm a busy person with all these toddlers running around needing my attention.  Ha.  Gotcha.  No toddlers anymore.  But I still do appreciate a quickly finished project.  

But my first love is still scrapbooking.  So it's time to show you a layout I did a few weeks ago, and am only now getting around to sharing it here!
I made it for the Love is in the Details blog, and wanted to showcase those fun Placemat papers by Jillibean Soup.  I layered a variety of patterned papers behind all the holes in the kraft paper and then popped it up for some added dimension.  I also typed some strips of journaling and tucked them into and over the holes.
As well, I used one of my own chipboard designs from Lasered Edge for the title.  Only thing is, I have many more pics I'd like to use this title for, so I may need to be ordering another dozen of them!
But ok!  How cute and tiny is this little bubba, trying to fit into a camper sink for his bath!!  He's 24 now and cute in a completely different way but these chocolate eyes just melt me!!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Cardabilities Sketch #107

Time for another card sketch!  We have a new one posted today at Cardabilities.  Here's what the sketch looks like….
And here's the card I made for it.  I started by mixing pink and orange Inka Gold with modeling paste and applying it over a stencil.  I tried not to mix the colors too much so you'd see some variation in the colors.  After it dried, I decide it was too stark against the white card stock, so I ended up sponging on color with 4 different Tim Holtz distress inks.  I added a Memory Box die cut, some sequins, a white embossed birthday greeting on vellum and called it a day.
Be sure to stop by the Cardabilities blog to see what the other designers have created.  And to link up your own take on this sketch for a chance to win!!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Uptown Kids...

Hi!  Welcome back already!  I have a new layout posted over at the Love is in the Details blog today!  I know! A LAYOUT!?  When did that happen last??
I used some lovely Authentique paper, did some faux stitching that looks pretty convincing, and played with stencils, molding paste and distress inks.  You can check out the details here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Love is in the Details Card Sketch Challenge

It was my turn to post a card sketch challenge for the troops over at LiitD, and this is what I came up with.  It's hand drawn.  You probably picked up on that yourself.  Cuz you're smart like that, right??  I wanted it to be computer generated like all the cool kids are doing, but I don't seem to know the right words to use, to Google instructions on how to do that in Photoshop.  If y'all can help a girl out, I'd appreciate it mightily!

Here is the sketch: 
And here is the card I made for it:
I used a piece of Authentique Harmony CardMakingStack, which is basically a pad of pre-scored card bases.  Very cool thing.  You pick one and take your card in a direction based on the pattern of the paper.  And that shimmer on the black card stock sentiment?  Wink of Stella Marker!  My FAVE!
I also used a Memory Box Die (Gorgeous Gardenia Outline).  I cut it from watercolor paper, left the inserts in the flower part and watercolor painted it.  
 Thanks for stopping by again today!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Stamptember Fun!

It's Stamptember!  Did you know?

And I was one of the lucky instagramers who was sent some happy mail from Simon Says Stamps to play with leading up to their big product reveal and release!

This week I got a chance to play.  After setting up my temporary scrap "studio" in the one corner of the construction site that is our summer cottage, (and I'm not kidding about being under construction.  We have electricity.  But that's all.  Oh yes, and water does come out of one tap, but it doesn't yet have anywhere to go.  All in good time) I sat down with my inks, stamps and glue.

Here are four cards I made with the Presents and Ornaments stamp set just released by Simon Says Stamp.  And yes, it's a bit early for the whole Christmas card thing, but you have to seize the day.  Or make hay.  Or something!

For this card, I mixed stamped images with 4 different metallic embossing powders as well as two different shades of perfect pearls.  Love that subtle shimmer!
Unfortunately, since I'm gone from home this summer, I don't have all my supplies on hand.  Four large Rubbermaid bins and Mr B might say, this isn't ALL your supplies??  But, nope.  So I was limited to using my Distress inks for this stamp, which aren't really their strength, but with some artful coloring in with a distress marker of the same color, it's all good.
Even though Presents and Ornaments is predominately a Christmas stamp set, I think it will be very versatile for other occasions too!
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cardabilites Sketch #106

Time for another card sketch folks!  

I'm actually up in Canada visiting my folks, so I'm a little proud of myself for pulling this one out of the hat that is my supply travel bag!  In a perfect world I'd have left home more prepared, but as it was, I just threw into the bag, some things that caught my eye and wanted to be played with.  Fortunately it all came together.

Here is the sketch we used:

And here is the card I made.
 Couldn't play without pulling out the watercolor paints and paper of course.  The sentiment is a Lasered Edge watercolor paper die cut that I painted and colored with a silver Wink of Stella Marker.  It's hard to see the glimmer in the photo, but it's there.
And I'll tell you what else!  I didn't bring my sewing machine along with me.  For obvious reasons.  But I still really wanted some stitching on this card, so I poked holes with a needle using a ruler to mark and did some hand stitching back and forth.  Fun, therapeutic and who would know!?
Be sure to stop by the Cardabilities blog to see what the other designers have created as well as, to post your own creation from this sketch.  AND.  There are prizes!!  Three of them!!  So your chances are good!  
Quick like a bunny now!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cardabilities sketch #105

Woohooo!!  Today is the first reveal for the new design team at Cardabilities!  Did I mention that I have the opportunity of contributing to this challenge blog for this term??  Yes, I do!  How much fun is this going to be!!

Here's the sketch for this challenge:

And here's my card!  You know me…don't like to adhere to the guidelines TOO closely; like to mix things up a bit!
I stamped with a text stamp, onto watercolor paper, and heat embossed with clear emboss powder.  Then I watercolored with yellow, peach and red to get this color mix.  The sentiments are gold heat embossed and die cut with the teensiest banner die I've ever seen (from Studio Calico).  The embellishments are a dotted vellum circle, a striped vellum butterfly and a button tied with gold thread.

Heartfelt Creations is the sponsor for this sketch reveal with 3 gift certificates of $30 each going to some lucky winners!!  Is that winner going to be you?  Make sure you getcha self the chance by making a card from sketch #105, and linking it up over at the Cardabilities blog!  As well, be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created with this sketch #105.

Thanks for stopping by today!