Thursday, April 24, 2014

Saved Paper

One of the things I tend to save for the perfect occasion is paper.  Of course, paper is the thing I have the most of and the thing I least need to save!

Now in my defense I will say that I come from a fabric world.  In decorator fabrics, you can usually order a fabric for 2 to 4 years before it is even discontinued some even longer.  In paper, 6 months and that's about it.  You may be lucky and find an older collection you love still in stock somewhere but with the dwindling number of local scrapbook stores that gets even more unlikely.

Still how often am I likely to go hunt up an old collection?  No, that isn't really the reason.  I just keep thinking the perfect project will come along or it would be a crime to punch out one little circle from a full sheet.

In this case I was saving 2 pieces I'd bought on sale of all things.  These are Valentine papers I bought for the B sides but they were just so pretty I kept hoarding them.  Well, I suppose I did finally find the perfect fit - this Valentine photo of Jaime getting a surprise treat at work.

One of the pieces was chevron and a great choice for doing accordion flowers or rosettes.  There is a link up in the video to my video on making those flowers and the steps are covered quickly in this video as well.

Video at YouTube:

Here are a few closeups of the chevron paper at work.

The chevron on the upper left and the one in the right photo are the same exact cut just a different fold.  I hope chevrons never go out of style as the are so versatile.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Alcohol Ink Cards

Hi!  I just returned from a visit with my best friend, Karen.  We had such a good time as always.  And we got in a ton of crafting time over the long holiday weekend.  It rained so we just stayed in and did mixed media canvases and played with all kinds of products.

She has the Ranger Alcohol Inks and I'd never used them.  We first tried some on transparency film.  These are my cards with some of our experiments.  We also did some backgrounds on glossy paper, but I don't have those finished up yet.  We discovered that the stamping on top must be done with permanent ink or it never fully dries.  

I do have a scrapbook video for this week but it isn't edited yet so hopefully later in the week.  Got a bit of catching up to do after being out of town.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Guess what the Easter bunny brought?

When I was a little girl, after church one Easter Sunday and my friend Sandra was showing off her new doll.  "The Easter Bunny brought it!" she told me.  Easter Bunny?  I knew about Santa Claus who brought me toys at Christmas, but gifts at Easter?  from a rabbit?

In the car, I announced loudly from the back seat that I was going home to check under my pillow to see what the Easter Bunny had brought me.

I raced into the house and down the hall to my room.  I found a pack of chewing gum.

I was happy with it.  I don't remember being disappointed that Sandra got a doll and I got gum.

What I found out a few years later was that my Mother had panicked and rooted around in her purse to find the only thing she could possibly pass off as a gift from the 'Easter Bunny.'   Somehow she beat me in the house to get to my bedroom before I did.

After that year, the Easter Bunny brought really nice stuff!

This gift arrived a few days ago via Fed Ex not the Easter Bunny.  The Silhouette Cameo is an early birthday present from my parents.  I'm having so much fun with it!  The cuts are crisper and more precise than my Cricut.

I had the SCAL - Sure Cuts a Lot software that was originally sold to work with the Cricut.  You can't buy it to work with the Cricut anymore but having it entitled me to a free upgrade to a version that works with the Silhouette. So between the Silhouette software and SCAL, I have a lot of cutting options.

The card above uses Miss Kate's Cuttables for the clouds, sun, and butterfly.  I got the arrangement from this video by Christina Thomas I was watching on learning to use the Silhouette.  I did my version as an Easter card.  The grass is from the Silhouette store and I use SCAL to create the eggs.

I've also cut several things for layouts for my next project coming along in just a couple of weeks.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have a happy Easter and find all the eggs!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Close Encounters

Cabin fever can inspire all kinds of creativity and maybe a little competition.  The cardinals were so pretty at my bird feeder during one of our snowy winter days yet they would not let me take their photo.  I complained that after putting out fancy bird feed (they refuse to eat the Walmart kind) they could at least let me take their photo through the window.  Did not work.

I went on up to my scraproom and a little later, Lenny showed up with the camera and several great photos including the closeup.  I was still determined so I finally 'snuck' up on them by staying to the side and snapping a photo of a group of them just as the snow was tapering off.

The page shows our two best photos.  I cut thin black frames from black cardstock to make them look like professionally framed photos.

This page uses a lot of stamps for the background and the embellishments.  The little birdcage which looks a bit like our feeder is from Hobby Lobby back in the crafting department.  I got about 6 different ones for $2.  I painted over with a bit of white craft paint so it would match the white and gray color scheme.

Here's the video on YouTube:

and here is the sketch:

This page was done back in March.  I just hadn't gotten it posted yet.  I am still on my 'using stuff I've been saving kick' however I am also working on my next project - an e-book - to be out in just a few days so I haven't filmed as many process videos.  The e-book will have a video with it also.  It is a project very near and dear to my heart so I look forward to telling you about it in just a few days.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

True Scrap Pocket Pages

Hi!  Hope everyone is getting a good start to the week.  I have a deal I wanted to share with you.

A few months ago Lain Ehman hosted her first Pocket Pages classes.  The classes are now available for individual sale at a discounted price of $9 per class through April.

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I have not taken any of these as I don't do that much with Pocket Pages, but I wanted to make you aware of this deal.

I'm running a bit behind this week but will have a new Process Video up probably by Wednesday.  Also if you are a recent sign up for my newsletter, I'll send you a copy of April's this week.

Hope you have a great day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

More Dots Wanted

We have a map in the house with little pins in it for all the places we have visited.  We haven't added a lot of points in recent years though we did go to Michigan last fall.  Both of us would like to change that so I did this page to celebrate a few of the places we have been and remind us to get out there and travel!

One of our habits is to take a long walk on our first day in a new place - and get lost.  Of course we don't plan to get lost but it has happened so many times it is expected.  Oh, that would make a good page, too.

I put dots on this map with a permanent marker and that inspired the title.

The map is created using Crafter's Workshop Mini US stencil and several different craft paints.  I matched the paint to October Afternoon's Travel Girl papers.  I match things close but not perfectly.  I think mixing paint is fun.  I love seeing what you can get.  This time I used a light tan rather than white to lighten colors and it dulled them just enough to match the papers closely.

Some Washi and a few stickers from the collection finish it off.

Here's the video on YouTube:

And here's the sketch:

Do you like to travel?  Where in the world do you most want to go?

Don't forget May Layout A Day starts in just a few weeks.  Get a lot of scrapping done.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easy Masculine Birthday Card - Video

Guy cards can be the most challenging, can't they?  I have all these flower stamps and papers that just scream girly.  My husband loves flowers but I don't think he wants them all over his birthday card. So for this card, I used a new stencil from Crafter's Workshop called Stripes Explosion and some more masculine colors of rust, navy and green.

Some wood veneer pieces are dressing up the center of each 'explosion.'

This card went quick!  I can tell you how fast it was because the video is real time with no edits.  I made two of these for my stash.  Maybe one of them will be my husband's birthday card this year.

This size fits into #10 business envelopes.  I buy the linen resume type though I'm not sure how many people actually mail in a resume anymore. Still they have them at the office supply store.

Here's the video at YouTube:

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Triple the Mist, Double the Stencils and tons of fun

Three mists, two stencils and such a fun background to create.  I love seeing the colors come through.  This background starts with Crafter's Workshop Ring Doily stencil and a plain piece of ivory cardstock from Hobby Lobby.  I did not film this one, but have lots of process photos.

The layout photo I'm using is of my best friend Karen and me.  I wanted to convey how we have some differences yet still see so many things the same way.  Starting with the left side of the layout, I applied some ink over my stencil to start.  The mist I will be using is fairly light and I needed a stronger depth of color.  A layer of Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze ink adds color and then an overspray of mist blends the color and adds shine.

Here is the left side of the layout after misting.

 Next I used the same Ring Doily stencil on the right side with Mary Mary mist from Studio Calico.

For the last misted layer, I switched to the Crafter's Workshop Byzantine stencil and gold Heidi Swapp Colorshine.

After everything was very dry, I trimmed down and distressed the edges of the ivory cardstock.  I've sewn it to some pattern paper for a little bit of color on the edge and for stability.

For the word "Best," I stenciled my cardstock before cutting with the Navajo stencil and some Victorian Velvet distress ink.  It just adds a little more interest to the letters cut with the Cricut.

The rest of the page has some Maggie Holmes vellum pieces for Crate Paper and some gold rhinestones I picked up at Hobby Lobby in the jewelry department.

I think the background gives this great photo taken by Karen's husband a pretty palette.

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