Friday, June 28, 2013

Big Smile Layout


Today I'm sharing my layout for the latest Inspired Blueprints sketch- #100! bt's a great sketch this week and I had lots of fun using it on this layout:

I scrapbooked some older photos of Zoey with this one- these are from her first roller coaster ride at the county fair!  She loved it!

I created my own kit at the beginning of summer and these papers and embellishments are from it.  Have you ever done that?  I love putting papers from different companies and lines together!  It is one of my favorite things about scrapbooking!

The letter stickers are by Jillibean Soup and Simple Stories.  I added them to a pretty October Afternoon label to create my title.

I added my journaling on a couple more of those fun labels surrounded by little journaling stickers from Simple Stories.  I think I have papers from Echo Park, Jillibean Soup, Jenni Bowlin, October Afternoon, Pebbles, Inc., Simple Stories, American Crafts, and Webster's Pages.  I told you I like to mix them up! :)

The team created some really great layouts with this sketch- pop over to the Inspired Blueprints blog to check them out!  Thanks Lis for another great sketch!!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Christmas Layout (just a little out of season!)

Hi There!  How many of you scrapbook out of season?  I definitely do!  Hee!  It usually takes about 6 months before I even fathom scrapping pictures.  That's why I'm just now getting around to these photos!  This layout features pictures of my family opening up gifts on Christmas this last year:

We didn't take too many photos and yes, they are not very good!  I blame that on the fact that my girls woke up at the butt crack of dawn to see what Santa brought them!  I swear it was before 6am!  They usually don't get up so early but as they get older, the idea that they can catch Santa in the act has them up at all hours!  I don't know that I'm ready for them to grow out of that yet though...

My sister picked out the cute Echo Park Dear Santa kit for me as part of my Christmas presents so of course I had to use it to scrapbook these photos!  I cut out the little owls and tree to use as my embellishments along with some kraft tags by Maya Road and teal twine from The Twinery.

These foam thickers look great over the red glitter paper, don't they?

I really love how this page turned out, even with the not-so-perfect photos.  The owls are so us and I'm sure the girls will love to look at this in the future!

Well, hope you have a great day!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Washi Tape Card Set

It is my turn to blog over at the Teresa Collins Design Team Blog!  Today I'm sharing three cards and focusing on one of my favorite products Decorative Tape!  Check out what I made:

I created a layered look with the tapes on this one.  I layered one piece horizontal then one vertical, ect. until I filled the background up with washi.  Layering them like this gives it sort of a woven look.  I stamped a sentiment on a circle punched out of one of the fun patterns from the Stationery Noted line.  I added a couple decorative brads from the He Said She Said line along with a bit of linen thread tied in a bow to finish off the look.

This technique looks great as a scrapbook layout background, too!

For my next card, I pinched bits of the washi as I layed it down to create a tabby textured background:

I varied the placement of my tabs as I worked but kept them all the same size.  To finish this one off, I punched another circle out of the same patterned paper and added a bit of the red tape.  I added the chipboard sentiment next and then a couple of brads, all from the He Said She Said line.  I wrapped the card with a bit of linen thread and added the circle on top of it.

Don't you love that saying?  I couldn't help but us it!

For my last card, I used the mosaic technique, cutting off bits of the tape with my scissors.  The scissors give it a straight edge that resembles tiles:

I stamped my sentiment on the patterned paper from the Stationery Noted line and then embellished it with a die cut banner, a chipboard banner, and a few black epoxy dots.  I finished off this look with my linen thread tied in a bow over the banners.

Don't you love how all the tapes look together?  The collections all work so well with each other!

Since these cards are all about the techniques, I thought I'd make a quick video for you visual learners! :)  Bear with me though- I'm a beginner videographer...

I hope I've inspired you to reach for your decorative tapes the next time you want to try a fun background technique!

Supplies Used:

Teresa Collins Designs:
Stationery Noted 6x6 Designer Pad, Stationery Noted Epoxy Dots, He Said She Said- She Said Decorative Brads, He Said She Said- She Said Die Cut Accessories, He Said She Said- She Said Chipboard Elements, He Said She Said- She Said Decorative Tape, He Said She Said- He Said Decorative Tapes, Stationery Noted Decorative Tapes, Far and Away Decorative Tapes, Memories Decorative Tape, Summer Stories Decorative Tape
Sentiment stamps, ink, cardstock, circle punch, linen thread by Stampin' Up!; Mists by Studio Calico

I had lots of fun making these cards!  The video had me nervous though... don't you hate the sound of your voice on camera?  I sure do!  And, now you know how dorky I really am! :)  Yep!

Anyways, thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, June 21, 2013

The Sky's The Limit!

Good Morning!

Today I wanted to share a fun card I made recently using the fun Blue Skies set by Lawn Fawn!  I love  hot air balloons!  Here is what I made:

I used the Vintage Bliss collection 6x6 pad by Simple Stories for this one.  I paper pieced the balloon together and stamped the clouds directly onto the background.  To give it a little dimension, I colored around the outside edges of images with my cool shadow Copic marker.

This is such a fun stamp set!  I can't wait to use it again!

Well, I'm going to keep this short today- thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Fun Camera Card


Today is the first day of summer break!  The girls are so excited and I am so ready for it!  We have a bunch of things planned this summer and I've been looking forward for it for months!  Something else I've been looking forward to was seeing the card I'm sharing with you today in print!  It was published in CARDS Magazine's June issue:

When I saw the issue, I was so excited!  The card looked great in print and it even had a two-page spread!  Hee!  Pretty exciting for me anyways!

For this card, I started with that cute camera stamp from the Perpetual Bliss set by Paper Smooches.  I stamped it onto the patterned papers and onto white cardstock.  I cut out the lenses and paper pieced them onto the patterned cameras.  I colored them using Copic markers and highlighted them with inks.  The papers are from the Seen & Noted line by Pebbles, Inc.  I used their 6x6 pad so that the prints are just the right size for paper piecing.

Well, I better get going- I know the girls will be up soon and ready for a day of swimming!  I can't wait!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Teacher Cards

Hi There!  Well it's Tuesday!  It's also the last day of school for us this year!  It's amazing how fast the school year went--  I can't believe that I'll have 1st and 3rd graders in a few months!  Today I wanted to share a couple of the cards I created for my girls' teachers this year.  I am so thankful for the staff at their school!  We have had a great year and I've seen my girls grow so much!  I know a lot of it has to do with school and especially their teachers!

For these cards, I used Lawn Fawn's A Good Apple set.  I love how the mini chalkboards turned out!

This one is for Zoey's teacher.  He is so great!  For this, I used Simple Stories 24/7 line.  I kept it simple to let the sentiment shine!

Here is Natalie's teacher's card:

I used Pebbles Inc. Lakeside collection.  Again, I kept it simple!

I had lots of fun stamping these little chalkboards!  Of course, both girls said "Mom, you know we have white boards at school, don't you?"  lol!  Times have changed!  Maybe I'll try a white board next time! Wouldn't that be cute with neon embossing powder?

Well, hope you are enjoying your day!  I'm going to get these kids to school and then run my errons!  Happy last day of school! :)


Monday, June 17, 2013

A New Inspired Blueprint Today!

Happy Monday!

Over the weekend,  a new sketch went up at Inspired Blueprints!  It's a fun one, too!  For this layout, I used some photos from my last trip to New York City- I went up last July with my mother-in-law:

I've been to New York a few times since we've moved to the East Coast but this was Cindy's first time visiting!  We had a great time playing tourists in the big city!

I used papers from the Urban Traveler line by Simple Stories.  I painted over the background with gesso before I added my embellishments and photos.  I love these thickers!  Silver, glittery, foam thickers might just be my favorite!

I'm glad I got to scrapbook these photos because the day is so memorable-- thanks to another great sketch by Lis!  To see what the other design team members did with the sketch, pop over to the Inspired Blueprints blog!  They really worked their magic with this one!

Well, enjoy your day!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

DC Tourist Layout

Living in the DC metro area, we head up to the city quite often to check out the sites!   I have my favorite places I like to take people and there are also so many places I still want to visit.  For this layout, I used pictures from last summer when I took my inlaws and nephews to check out a few places.  We went to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence and to the Old Post Office.  The Post Office is one of my favorites because you can go up to the top of the tower- there is a great view of the monuments and National Capitol building.

I used the He Said She Said line by Teresa Collins Designs for this layout.  The colors were perfect for the gray and blues in the photos.

I love this fun paper garland!  It is such a great embellishment and it's pre-sewn so you don't have to worry about doing it yourself- lol!  I am not such a hot sewer!  Below, you can see I used it with a pretty doily and decorative brad and a couple of those fun epoxy dots, too!

This layout was inspired by a sketch from the 28 Days of Sketches- Round 2 Class I took in May.  I kept my design pretty clean and simple but still used lots of patterns- I don't think I can help it!  Hee!

Well, hope you enjoy your day!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Happy 4th Card


Did you have a good weekend?  I did!  I taught classes at Scrapdoodles on Saturday and yesterday was my anniversary!  We spent the whole day outside hiking and relaxing... it was pretty nice!

Today I want to share a fun 4th of July card I made!  I used the new Happy 4th set by Lawn Fawn:

Don't you love those fun fireworks and stars?  I used Stampin' Up! inks in Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Real Red for them on my background panel.  I stamped the rocket and both sentiments with Versamark and heat embossed them using white powder.  I embellished with a few clear rhinestones and a bit of red twine from The Twinery as well.

It's still a little early for 4th of July cards but I know with school ending soon, my stamping time will happen less and less!  Lol!  I am really looking forward to summer break though!

Well, hope your week is off to a great start!  Thanks for stopping by to see my card today!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Badlands Layout

Hello There!  Today I have a layout to share with you!  It's one that was inspired by the class I took recently, 28 Days of Sketches- Round 2.  This one is based on sketch 13.  We visited the Badlands on our cross-country trip in 2010.  It was such a great trip and our day spent at the park is such a fun memory!  I took a ton of photos there but most weren't the best. :) Luckily this sketch lets me keep them small!  Here is my layout:

I have used the heck out of this line- it's Seen and Noted by Pebbles, Inc.  I used scraps from my 6x6 pad for all the little squares.  The colors are really fun!  I had some older left over aqua Thickers that I used for my title and I embellished with a little washi tape and enamel dots.

I decided to go with some computer journaling this time.  My handwriting was really bugging me on the day I made it!  Does that ever happen to you?  I usually like to hand journal but not on this day!

My 28 Days of Sketches class is winding down and I'm happy I ended up with 16 layouts done!  I still have half the sketches to work with when I'm ready for some more scrapping- who knows when that will be lol!  I'm back making cards now! :)

Well, thanks for letting me share this fun layout with you!  Hope you enjoy your day!


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Some Teresa Collins Designs Cards

Good Morning!

I am sharing some cards over at the Teresa Collins Designs team blog today! Since I had a little extra time before dinner, I thought I'd share them here, too! :) I had a card making marathon last week and got so many done! Here are a few showcasing the He Said She Said line:

I started this card by cutting lengths of the garland and adhering them to the left side of the card. Next, I stamped my sentiment onto vellum with Versamark ink and heat embossed it using white embossing powder. I adhered it to the card front using the green washi tape and to add a little stability to the vellum, I added the scallop and red patterned strip to the edges. Lastly, I embellished it with the pretty red enamel dots.

I am such a fan of white heat embossing- especially on vellum! Just be careful when you're heating it up- it melts so much faster then on regular cardstock!

My next card is a clean and simple design. I used the banners from the She Said die cuts sheet to draw your eye straight to the happy sentiment:

To create this card, you'll need a white card base. Cut a white panel of cardstock the same size as your card front (5.5x4.25") and emboss it. Cut a bit off the top digagonally and adhere it to your card front. Add your banners next, overlapping them just a little. Stamp your sentiment on to gray cardstock with Versamark ink and heat emboss it using white powder. Add it to your card over the seam between the embossed panel and smooth card front using dimensional foam dots. Last, add a length of twine, finishing in a bow directly above the sentiment. Let the tails hang underneath the sentiment strip.

This one may be simple but I love how it turned out! The twine and embossing add texture while the banners and diagonal lines add interest.

Card number three has a modern shabby chic look to it. I've added a little garland from the Memories line on this one:

For this card, I started by stamping the hearts from the She Said stamp set onto the kraft background using Versamark. Next, I splattered some shimmer spray over the top of them. When it was dry, I adhered a doily folded in half to the front. I stamped the sentiment in brown ink and added two banners from the He Said She Said- She Said die-cut sheet. Next, I added the garland, adhering it only on the two aqua pieces so that it hangs loosely on the card. I finished it off with the linen thread, wrapping it around the card front twice and finishing in a bow.

The best part of this card is the movement of the garland- it hangs over the edge and is such a fun element!

I have one more for you! For this one I used the He Said She Said- She Said die cut flowers as my focal point:

To recreate this card, start with a textured white card base. Cut a panel of the black print from the Summer Stories 6x6 designer pad and matt it with yellow cardstock. Adhere it to the center of your card front. Create your tag out of the blue flower journaling card found on the He Said She Said- She Said die-cut sheet. To make it into a tag, just cut off the top corners. Add a strip of patterned paper over the words and adhere the tag onto the card front. Choose a flower from the He Said She Said-She Said die-cut flowers and adhere it to your card using dimensional foam adhesive. Punch a circle out of a coordinating patterned paper and add a brad to it before adhering it to the center of the flower using another dimensional foam dot. Finish it off by embellishing with green epoxy dots, a pretty coral button, and your sentiment.

I love how the tag and flowers look over the black patterned paper. They really pop!

I enjoyed making these cards so much! I really love the He Said She Said line- the colors work so well together!  And, now that I've been looking at them all again, I am wishing I had time to have another card-making marathon!  :)  There's always tomorrow!

Well, thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
Teresa Collins Designs:
He Said She Said- She Said 6x6 Designer Pad, He Said She Said- He Said 6x6 Designer Pad, Summer Stories 6x6 Designer Pad, He Said She Said- She Said Decorative Brads, He Said She Said- She Said Epoxy Dots, He Said She Said- She Said Die Cut Accessories, He Said She Said- She Said Decorative Tape, He Said She Said- She Said Clear Stamp Set,  He Said She Said- She Said Decorative Buttons, He Said She Said- She Said Die Cut Flowers, He Said She Said- She Said Garland, Memories Garland
Sentiment stamps, ink, cardstock, doilies, scallop punch, embossing folder, linen thread by Stampin' Up!; Mists by Studio Calico; Baker's twine by The Twinery; sticker sentiment by SRM Stickers; sentiment stamps by Lawn Fawn

Monday, June 3, 2013

A little Mosaic Madness for your birthday

Who's excited about the new Stampin' Up! catalog??  I am! :)  I am still finishing up my list of must haves and will be ordering later this week!  Until my goodies come, my friend and demo Keisha let me borrow a few of her new goodies!  I made this card with them over the weekend:

I used the new Mosaic Madness set for this card. On a white cardstock panel, I stamped the border to vertically to look like banners. Next, I added cardstock banners in the same colors. Lastly, I added the sentiment from the new Banner Greetings hostess set and embellished it with rhinestones, linen thread and crochet trim. I matted my panel onto Marina Mist cardstock using dimensionals and adhered it to a white cardbase that had been embossed using the new Modern Mosaic embossing folder.

There are a lot of great stamps in the Mosaic Madness set!  There is even a punch to match!  It's on my list for sure!

If you have a list and would like to add to my party, I have an online hostess code you can use- I'll be finishing up my order late on Wednesday, June 5th. If you order, it will go straight to your house so no need to worry about second shippings or anything! I love this online party thing! To shop my party please head to Keisha's store. Enter this JTA3WWV9 into the hostess code box when you check out.

Well, hope you are having a great day!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I made today!


Sunday, June 2, 2013

A Spooky Layout with Inspired Blueprints

Hello!  I don't usually post on weekends but I see that the latest Inspired Blueprints sketch is live!  Sketch #96 was so fun and I really enjoyed working with it!  I chose to scrap a photo from last Halloween of Natalie in her costume- I know!  A little out of season! Hee!  Here is my layout:

Natalie loved her costume last year! She knew exactly what she wanted to be- a Halloween Butterfly Fairy! :) We made the ruffly tutu and found the wings at a second hand store. I painted her face and added a little color to her hair to finish off the look. She must have felt like a real fairy because she flitted all over the place that day! What fun memories!

I have a few bits and pieces of Halloween supplies in my stash from the last few years of teaching classes at Scrapdoodles. I think the orange is from Teresa Collins Designs and the starry black background is from October Afternoon. The silver glitter paper and newsprint is by Stampin' Up! The jewels are by Prima and the medallions are by Jolee's Boutique. October Afternoon also made the label sticker and black washi tape. I cut the title out with my Cameo.

To create the cloudy look to the background, I sponged some white pigment ink around and rubbed it in good. I was really going a dirty chalkboard look but with all the stars in the background, it turned into clouds instead! :)

The team really did great with this sketch! Be sure to pop over to the Inspired Blueprints blog and check out their work along with the original sketch! Don't forget to add your take on the sketch to their online gallery as well!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

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