Sunday, April 23, 2017

Birthday card- Fusion

Hello again! I have another card to share today. This time it is a birthday card inspired by the sketch and inspiration photo from Fusion:

I made two cards like this, one for my mom and one to save for later. I started by stamping the roses on vellum. I again used the Vintage Flowers set. After I had stamped everything and the ink was still wet, it didn't look great. I left it alone for several hours and when I came back, the ink was dry and the flowers looked beautiful! Patience pays off! I used grey cardstock for my background. I added some texture to it with a striped embossing folder. I finished off the card front with a stamped and heat embossed sentiment on coordinating cardstock and a couple of stick on pearls.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

First Communion Card- Mojo Monday #493

Hello again! We are gearing up today to celebrate my second daughter's First Communion. I made a card for her using the sketch this week at Mojo Monday:

I used my Cricut and the "New Testament" cartridge to cut the chalice.  I heat embossed one layer. For the topmost layer, I used a gold Gelato and a water brush to give it some shimmer. I finished it off with gold Liquid Pearls. The host is simply a circle with a small cross drawn on it. I used some vellum for the background and a strip of velour ribbon. An embossed sentiment finished off the front of the card.

Here is a closer look at the chalice. I am really happy with how the different golds turned out.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Retirement card- Sketch Saturday #459

Hello and happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week! We are gearing up for a big celebration here, but I wanted to share some cards I made earlier this week. I used this sketch from Sketch Saturday:

I made a retirement card and a Father's Day card. We have so many birthdays and anniversaries in our family in June and early July, I decided to get a bit of a head start and make a card with the same design. 

I stamped and heat embossed the image on some cream cardstock. I then watercolored the paper with some yellow ink. To make the clock face glossy, I colored over it with my Versamark pen and heat embossed it with clear powder. I did this two more times to get the desired thickness and shine. I then inked the edges of the piece. For the background, I stamped a plaid stamp in a subtle shade to add some texture. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed as well. I matted all of the pieces on dark brown and finished off the card with some gold ink splatters.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Birthday Card- Rainbow Challenge

Hello and Happy Easter! He is Risen! I have a fun spring birthday card to share today. I used the Altenew Painted Butterflies stamps for this card. I pulled three shades of each color to stamp the butterflies. I then blended Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink onto the card. I splattered a little water onto the ink for some added interest and texture. I finished it off with a heat embossed sentiment.

I was inspired by the current challenge from CAS-ual Fridays: Rainbows.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

First Birthday Card- Stick it Down

Hello! Welcome back! I have another card to share today that I made for my niece who turns 1 today! I started with this inspiration photo from The Card Concept:

I coupled that with this sketch from Stick it Down:

And I came up with this. When I saw the different shades of purple, my mind immediately went to Alcohol Inks. I cut the balloons here from some acetate with gold foil polka dots. I then used purple alcohol ink and blending solution to color them. I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink to stamp the background. I hit that with a mist of water and splattered some turquoise ink on the background. I then attached two of the balloons directly to the card and two I popped up with some white craft foam cut into the same shape. Some twine strings finished off the card.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Shower Card- Altenew Inspiration Challenge

Hello all! I have a card to share today that was inspired by a new (to me) challenge. This month Altenew has an inspiration challenge:

The colors for this challenge are beautiful and I need to make a shower card for a wedding where the colors are navy and gold so I felt they worked pretty well. I used the Vintage Flowers stamp set. I found three shades of blue and two of green. I used Versamark and gold embossing powder for the outlines to add some elegance. I finished off the card with a stamped and heat embossed sentiment and a couple of strips of ribbon across the top of my card. 

52 Week Photography Challenge- Weeks 12-14

Happy (holy) Good Friday to all of you! I've fallen a few weeks behind on the photography challenge, but I've finally put together the photos for this post.

First up is Week 12, which was Far Away. My kids decided to play a little soccer at the park with another kid who was there.

The Week 13 prompt was Black and White. This one is from a newborn shoot that I did a couple of weekends ago.

Week 14 (which I am a few weeks early on) is Light. This shot is from the same night at the park as the one above, but I tried shooting into the sun and I thought this one turned out pretty cool.

And, for my own reference, the list:

Friday, April 7, 2017

April Calendar Page

Hello all! I am (finally!) here with my April calendar page. I, once again, didn't plan ahead very well and ended up scrambling into the new month to complete it. I started with last month's sketch from Stick it Down:

I had planned to follow the sketch closer, but when I edited and printed my photos, I didn't double check my sizes and orientations, so I ended up with different sized and shaped photos than what the sketch called for. I went with it and made what I had work with the sketch. I splattered some spray ink on my background for interest. I used some Distress Stains and water to color my pieces for the "Just Add Watercolor" collection. A few patterened paper scraps and some acetate die cuts were scattered around the page. I cut my title with my Cricut. 

I was also inspired by the Take 5 challenge at Paper Issues:

I used yellow, numbers (on my photos for the dates), stars, cardstock, and buttons.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Two Cards- CAS(E) this Sketch #215

 Hello! Welcome to a new week and a new month! I am so excited that it is April! The days are getting longer and warmer and the world is starting to green up!

I have two cards to share today, both inspired by this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch:

First up is a Baptism card I made for my nephew. I started with a mask and used Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and an ink blending tool. I then spritzed the ink with a bit of water to add some more textures. I cut the cross with my Cricut and the New Testament cartridge. I pressed each piece into Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with silver powder before attaching it to my card. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and finished off the card with a piece of silver rick rack.

Next up is a springy birthday card. I stamped a script background stamp on my card base with pale blue ink for some texture. I then stamped the stems and flowers. When I first stamped the yellow flower on the card, I wasn't happy with how it looked, so I stamped it on some scrap cardstock and fussy cut it and attached it with some foam tape. I did the same for the flower center for the pink flower. I finished off the card with a stamped and heat embossed sentiment.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Birthday- Sketch Saturday #455

Hello and happy Monday! I have a card to share today. I started with last week's sketch from Sketch Saturday:

I got a chance to go to my local scrapbook store (which is about 20 minutes away) and I picked up a few colors of the new Distress Oxide Inks. I decided to play with those a bit on my card. I started by blending Faded Jeans into the background cardstock and then used a wood grain mask and Iced Spruce on top of that. I then sprayed and splattered water over the background for some more interest and texture. I stamped the reindeer on a scrap piece of cardstock and used watercolor pencils and a water brush to color it. I used the water brush and some more of the Faded Jeans ink to paint the sky. I stamped the sentiment and then snipped a bunch of pieces of ribbon to place next to my image. 

I am also entering this in the CASual Fridays No Dies Allowed challenge this week.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Spring

I'm on time this week, woot woot! The prompt for this week was Spring. It is still pretty gray around here, but I noticed that my chives are starting to poke out of the ground. We also had some rain this morning, so I got out there before it all dried up and captured some water droplets on the chives.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Christmas Joy

Hello! I hope your week is going well! I have a layout to share today. I started with this sketch from Creative Scrappers:

I used the sketch for the left hand page of my two page layout and made it work with the size and shape of my photos. I then realized that the photos that were left over could be shaped into a Christmas tree shape and it echoed the step pattern of the papers on the left hand page!  I started the page with a mask and spray ink and placed it in a few page around my layout. I then matted all of my photos on various patterned papers from Shimelle's Christmas Joy collection. I loved the circle paper and decided to fussy cut a bunch of the circles to spread around my page. Some are attached with regular adhesive and some are attached with foam adhesive for some depth.

I was also inspired by the March 1 challenge at Colorful Creations, which was to use the color scheme below and ink.

I was almost done with my layout when I decided the brown wood circle needed a little something. I pulled out a snowflake stamp and stamped it with Versamark and then heat embossed it in silver.

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper- American Crafts, October Afternoon
Brads- Basic Grey, October Afternoon
Mask- Studio Calico
Ink- Tsukeniko, Heidi Swapp, Tattered Angels, Clearsnap
Embossing Powder- JoAnn Crafts
Glitter Glue- Ranger
Stamps- Lil Davis Designs, Hero Arts, KI Memories
Tape- My Mind's Eye
Badge- October Afternoon
Die Cutter- Prove Craft
Software- Craft Edge
Font- 2Peas Platform Shoes
Pens- Gel Writer, Sakura

Sunday, March 19, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Books and Green

I am a week behind on posting photos for the From Moments to Memories 52 Week Photography Challenge. I just didn't have anything last week for the prompt books. This week a got a shot of my oldest daughter (who is a complete bookworm) reading a book.

This week's prompt was green. It's pretty brown around here, but we found some green at the zoo earlier this week and a white cheeked gibbon that was only too happy to pose. ;)
And the list again (honestly, it is so I don't have to go back very far on my blog to find the next prompt):

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Birthday Girl

Hello! I have a layout to share today! I was inspired by the challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug: Birthday Bash. I used a couple of cuts on my layout. First, I used the flower background cut from "Edge to Edge". I layered that over a piece of white cardstock that I had colored with Gelatos and water. I used a few bits and pieces of patterned paper, but not a ton, because I had lots of photos to fit on the page. I also cut the title piece using the "Storybook" cartridge. I used the inner part of the black frame for my embellishment cluster on the right edge of my page. A few fussy cut polka dots, stickers and chipboard pieces finished off the layout.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock- American Crafts, Bazzill
Patterned Paper- Simple Stories, My Mind's Eye
Stickers, Chipboard- Simple Stories
Gelatos- Faber Castell
Journal spot- Maya Road
Pen- Zig, Sharpie
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridges- Edge to Edge, Storybook

Friday, March 10, 2017

School Time

Hello and Happy Friday! I have a layout to share today. I made this layout for my older son's scrapbook. I was inspired by this sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:

I loved the four circles and stuck with that, but put photos on all of them. I added captions to my photos as my journaling. For the background, I used a Heidi Swapp mask and some spray ink on cardstock. I used lots of OLD stuff on this layout. the stickers are from an old BoBunny school collection. The chipboard is from an old Fiskars set. The current challenge for Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge is to use chipboard and something old from your stash, I definitely did that here! It always feels good to use some of that stuff that has been sitting around for a while.

Cardstock- My Mind's Eye
Patterned Paper- October Afternoon, We R Memory Keepers, Echo Park
Vellum- Crate Paper
Stickers- Bo Bunny, Basic Grey
Chipboard- Fiskars, My Mind's Eye
Brads- Basic Grey, Carta Bella
Enamel Dots- October Afternoon
Mask- Heidi Swapp
Ink- October Afternoon, Ranger
Pens- Sharpie, Gel Writer

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- From Below

I'm posting this a little late again this week. I had ideas for this prompt, but the opportunities didn't arise for me to take the shots I had in mind. So I started thinking about what I could take a picture of in my home. I've done the inside of my fridge. We have a couple of ceiling fans that I considered, and then I noticed the light fixture in our entry and decided to work with that.
Not too bad for last-minute, after the deadline...

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Golden Birthday Party

Hello all! I have a new scrapbook layout to share today. There are so many great sketches out there these days, but most are single page sketches and I have lots of photos which requires two page layouts. I decided to use one of those sketches for one of my pages and making the second coordinate. 

For my layout today, I started with this sketch from Lasting Memories and the prompt that the page be about a birthday celebration:

I used the sketch for my left hand page.  I stuck fairly close to the sketch, but used larger, non square photos. I also moved the title because I wanted a longer title. 

I started my layout with cardstock and used a mask and Distress Ink to create the dots on the background. I then layered on some patterned paper and my photos. The current title challenge at Paper Issues is to use bling on your title, and since this is a page about my daughter's golden birthday party, I used some DIY Thickers and gold glitter. I then decided to add some gold ink splatters in a couple of areas of the page. I embellished my page with various pieces from several companies that I have had in my stash for quite some time.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest work!

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper- Echo Park
Mask- Ranger
Ink- Ranger, Heidi Swapp
Tape- My Mind's Eye
Stickers- American Crafts, October Afternoon, Bo Bunny, Michaels, Echo Park
Pen- Gel Writer
Stamps- Stampin Up, American Crafts
Glitter- American Crafts
Bow- American Crafts
Embossing Powder- Stampendous
Buttons- Oriental Trading, Daisy D's
Fonts- LD Flutter, Ruth Script
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Software- Craft Edge

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Depth of Field

I'm a little late posting this week because I had a couple of photos sessions over the weekend, so I have been busy editing those photos. My photo today is from one of those sessions, a newborn session of my newest nephew. My depth of field is pretty shallow here, with the eyelashes of his left eye in focus but his other eye and bum out of focus.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

March Calendar Page

Hello! I have my March calendar page to share today! Once again, I was inspired by the two page sketch at Stick it Down:

I stuck pretty close to the sketch, but figured out a way to squeeze a few more pictures in: I used a photo behind my title, and divided the large photo into 5 photos. I used Echo Park Country Drive and lots of odds and ends for embellishing my page.

Cardstock- American Crafts, Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper and Stickers- Echo Park
Tags- K and Co.
Chipboard- Studio Calico, American Crafts
Gems- Michaels
Flowers- Bazzill
Wood Veneer- Basic Grey, American Crafts
Buttons- October Afternoon
Stamp- American Crafts
Ink- Stampin Up, Ranger
Pen- Sharpie
Tape- Pink Fresh Studio
Twine- Pink Paislee
Punch- EK Success
Liquid Pearls- Ranger

Monday, February 20, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Red

Hello! I am back with my photo for the week. The prompt for this week was "red," which should have been easy, with it being Valentine's day and all, but it wasn't.  My photo doesn't have a true red, but maroon instead. I took my youngest to the local sports dome for "tot turf time" this past week. There are three inflatables, this being the biggest. He had a blast running from one to another and bouncing around inside. Here he is with one of his friends after climbing the wall inside and getting ready to jump down on the other side.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hi all! I know I'm a little late with this post, but better late than never, right? I am sharing the card I made for my husband for Valentine's day. We don't really do gifts (although my husband did bring home flowers after he told me he didn't get me anything... anyway...), but I do like to make a card for him. For my card, I started with this sketch from Stick It Down:

I tried a technique on my background that involved stamping with Versamark and then blending Distress Inks over it, but it didn't work. I wanted some texture to my background, so I stamped with water on my Distress Ink background to produce some faint images.

I cut the birds using my Cricut and stamped the sentiment. To add some sparkle, I pressed the pink heart in Versamark and sprinkled glitter embossing powder over it.

Thanks for stopping in and have a great rest of the weekend!

Christmas Fun

Hello! I hope you are having a good weekend! I have a new layout to share today. I used some photos from over 5 years ago to make a Christmas layout for my daughter's book. I started by pulling out some coordinating patterned papers. In this process, I discovered I am much more drawn to Christmas paper with non-traditional colors, especially for my girls' pages. I laid out my photos and then layered pieces of patterned paper underneath. I used a 3x3 card, along with a piece of patterned paper to fill in the gap in the top row of my photos. I personalized the card with a stamp of my daughter's initial. The Mix It Up Monday challenge at Paper Issues is to use embossing powder. I used a specialty embossing powder called Stamp N Bond which gets sticky when heated and then I added loose gold glitter to it. I love the sparkle the glitter gives and I love that I can add it to stamped images using this product! I also heat embosses with red powder for my journaling circle. To make that into an ornament, I added a washi tape top and a gold cord string. I used various embellishments for the clusters around my layout. 

Here is a closer look as some more of the stamping and glittering. For my title, I cut the word "Christmas" with my Cricut and used letter stickers for the word "fun". A piece of ribbon and rub on add some interest to the title area. I finished off my layout with dots of pink Liquid Pearls.
The week 3 challenge at Lasting Memories is the scrapbook "celebrations of love". Christmas is definitely a celebration and I love my daughter! :)

Cardstock- Die Cuts with a View
Patterned Paper- October Afternoon, Gossamer Blue
Chipboard piece- Making Memories
Letter Stickers- Echo Park
Ribbon- Doodlebug
Embossing Powder- JoAnn Crafts, Stampendous
Glitter, Rub ons- American Crafts
Ink- Ranger, Tsukineko, Color Box
Stamps- Hero Arts, American Crafts, Autumn Leaves, Fiskars
Pen- GelWriter, Sakura
Font- Quiggly Wiggly
Badge, Brad- October Afternoon
Liquid Pearls- Ranger
Tape- My Mind's Eye

Monday, February 13, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Lazy Days

Hi all! I hope you had a great weekend! I have a couple of photos to share this week for the prompt. First up is one of my kids playing/watching video games from the weekend. 

My second photo is from the zoo today. I got lucky and caught the tiger yawning.

Here is the list of prompts again, in case you are interested in participating!