Friday, January 31, 2014

February Calendar Page

Hello!  I have been busy this week scrapping and have a few projects to share over the next few days.  First up is my calendar page for February.  I used sketch #300 from Nuts About Sketches: 

I actually REDUCED the area I used for photos from what is suggested on the sketch.  For whatever reason, February tends to be a light photo month for me, so I didn't have many photos to include.  

I used two different colored cardstock bases because I wanted the blue, but I only had one sheet of that color.  I also figured I would be covering most of the the left hand page so the color wouldn't matter much.  Audrey at My Scraps and More had posed the challenge to use a geometric pattern and an organic pattern on a layout.  I did this in a couple of ways.  I used a floral paper that I cut into squares and rectangles on the left hand page.  I see the gingham pattern on the bottom of the layout as a geometric.  I also used a flower cut to back my title.  

Cardstock- Bazzill and American Crafts
Patterned Paper- Fancy Pants and Cosmo Cricket
Stickers- Heidi Grace and Fancy Pants
Felt- Fancy Pants
Chipboard- heidi Swapp
Tape- Bella Boulevard
Ink- Ranger- Tattered Angels
Glitter Glue- Ranger
Pen- Sharpie
Punch- Martha Stewart
Cartidges- Cindy Loo and Holiday Cakes
Thread- Coats and Clark

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jumping for Joy

I completed a layout!  Woot!  It is nice to have time to just work on some stuff that has been waiting for a long time!  

 I considered making this a two page layout because there were so many photos, but was able to fit them all on one page and still had some room for some fun!  

The banner border is a Heidi Swapp resist piece.  I used a paintbrush to add the color with different colors of mist.  The green and blue weren't exactly the colors I was looking for, so I rubbed inkpads over those to get them to be the color I wanted.  

For the title, I used Sure Cuts A Lot and my Cricut to cut the word "jumping."  The word "for" was done using rub ons, but I decided it didn't stand out enough, so I outlined it with black pen.

I was inspired by the 1/3 Free for All Friday challenge at My Scraps and More: use three fonts on a layout.  I enjoy using different fonts, so this was pretty easy for me.  I used three fonts in my title and then another one for the rub on on my main photo.

Cardstock- The Paper Company
Patterned Paper- My Mind's Eye
Trim- Heidi Swapp
Gems- Michael's
Ink- Luminarte, Tattered Angels, October Afternoon, Clearsnap, Tsukineko
Rub ons- October Afternoon, Making Memories
Buttons- Fancy Pants
Twine- Target
Pen- Zig
Chipboard- KI Memories
Sticker- October Afternoon
Software- Crafter's Edge
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Font- Wild Monkeys

Monday, January 20, 2014

Card Catch Up

I have a couple of cards to share from the last week today.  They are both for males, so they are both more masculine.

The first is a first birthday card for my son whose birthday we celebrated last weekend.  I used last week's sketch from Retro sketches.

My youngest is a busy little boy who is into everything, so I went with a monkey theme for his card (and cake).  I cut the monkey using the New Arrival Cricut cartridge.  I used the markers to make the outlines first so that it would stand out a bit more.  As you can see, I rotated the sketch.

My second card was for my brother whose birthday was Wednesday.  I used a sketch for this one, but I cannot remember where I found it.  I've had that license plate paper for so long, I finally decided to use it again.  The pennant is a stamp from a set I bought from the Archiver's tag sale last week.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Cardabilities #90- Happy Birthday

I have another card to share today, this time a birthday card for my mother-in-law.  I'm still using those scraps, but today I used a sketch from Cardabilities:
I dry embossed my background cardstock and then rubbed a blue metallic inkpad over the raised portions to make them stand out a bit.  I edged the patterned paper pieces with the same ink.  

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully I'll have some layouts again soon!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Mojo Monday #237- Thank you card

I'm back today with a card.  I am busy editing photos so I will have some new ones to scrap, but in the meantime, I will be sharing a few cards.  As you can see, I am using up scraps from my January calendar layout.

Today's card is a thank you card that I made using the current sketch at Mojo Monday:

I stuck pretty close to the sketch.  I edged the patterned paper with blue metallic ink that matched my cardstock.  For the little flowers, I stamped them and used Stamp N Bond to attach the glitter.  I then fussy cut the flowers and attached them with a bit of glue.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

January Calendar Page

Well, I'm only a few days behind so far this year, I hope it isn't an indication of how the rest of the year will go!  I did finish this on Friday, so it isn't as bad as it appears.  :)  So, here is my calendar page for January:

I used a PageMaps sketch:
As you can see, I rotated the photos on the right hand page and put three square ones int he middle row.  I used a combination of a lot of products and manufacturers on this one (as you will see in the materials list).  

I used some more of the Stamp N Bond (which I talked about here) for the title of my page.  The January journaling spot has a calendar printed on it, but I didn't really need that visible, so I was going to cover it with number stickers.  I couldn't find any number stickers that were the right color, so I went to Plan B, which was to stamp the numbers and cover them in glitter.  :)  I dressed it up a bit more with a feather and a crocheted flower.

I made several embellishment clusters around the page with fussy cut doilies, crocheted flowers, brads, gems and glitter "splatters".  For the glitter splatters, I simply took some glue, made various sized dots and sprinkled glitter over it.

I also was inspired by the My Scraps and More challenge for the 10th day of Christmas: use a family photo and include a heart on your page.  The photo in the top left is from the day my youngest was born; our very first photo as a family of 6!  For the hearts, I used heart rub on borders on the bottom of the title block and above the top left photo on the right hand page.

Cardstock- American Crafts, Bazzill
Patterned Paper- Bazzill, Michael's, Autumn Leaves
Journaling Spot- Jillibean Soup
Stickers- October Afternoon
Rub ons- American Crafts
Stamps- Wordsworth
Ink- Tsukeniko, Ranger
Adhesive Powder- Stampendous
Glitter- American Crafts
Brads- October Afternoon, Echo Park
Pen- Zig, Sakura
Tape- My Mind's Eye
Feather- Bella Blvd.
Flower and gems- Michael's
Trim- The Robin's Nest
Sketch- Page Maps

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy Birthday Card

I have a new card to share with you today.  I made this one a few days ago for my sister-in-law's birthday.  I wanted to play a bit with stamping and vellum, and this is what I came up with. 

I started by stamping the "Paint Print" flowers on the card base using three colors of ink.  I then trimmed a piece of white vellum to 1/4" smaller than the card.  I dry embossed the vellum to add some texture, and then attached it to the card front.  The present was cut using my newest Cricut cartridge, "Holiday Cakes" and I added some sparkle to the bow using Platinum Stickles that I picked up recently.  They are so pretty!  I used a strip of washi tape, attached the present and sentiment.  I did a little stamping on the inside as well, but I didn't get a photo of it.  :(

This was a fun card to make and I am thinking I may need to get some more vellum so I can play with it more!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Scrapping Everyday Miracles: January Challenges

Scrapping Everyday Miracles is back with our regular monthly challenges, but our schedule has changed a bit.  ALL of the challenges will be posted on the 1st of the month and you will have until the 21st to upload your project.  On the 28th, we will announce our winners.

Each month, there will be a theme challenge, card sketch and layout sketch.  For January, I used the card sketch.

I created this card quite a while ago for a friend's new baby.  I started with the turtle chipboard and built the color scheme around that.  The brackets were some plain chipboard that I inked with dark brown ink.  I edged everything with the dark brown ink as well.

You can check out what the rest of the team did and get details on the other challenges by heading over to the Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog.  Thanks for stopping by!