Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Love Story Challenge and Giveaway

Happy Valentine's Day!

I have a special layout for you for a challenge I'm hosting.  Leave a comment below for a chance at a prize and get an extra chance by playing along with the challenge.

Here's the challenge:

Create a page telling a love story - just not your love story with your significant other.

Make your page about another relationship, maybe parent/child or you and one of your siblings.

Or you can do as I have and create a page to tell someone else's love story.

My page is about my aunt and uncle who were married 72 years.  They married just a couple of months after Pearl Harbor and only a few days before he was deployed.  The built their life together back here in North Carolina as dairy farmers, parents, and active members of their church.  My aunt was a remarkable woman and I was blessed to have them in my life.

The circle of hearts die cut shown above and in the video is available here in SVG format:  Hearts Joined In Circle  Ungroup the design to get to the heart in the center.  That is the one you can cut 8 times to create the hearts to fill in if you wish.

You don't have to use the cut file for the challenge.  Though you may take up another part of my layout and that was to use non-traditional Valentine colors.  I used Authentique's Nestled 6x6 pad which is actually a fall collection.

So have fun creating a page to tell use a love story and share a link to your page in the comments.  I look forward to seeing them!

Here's the video at YouTube:

And here is the love themed giveaway prize for one lucky winner:

Prize contains 1 6x6 pad from Prima called Something Blue, Stampin' Up! Washi tape (remember this from my shopping video), Silver foam letter stickers, 1 1/2 yards gray chevron ribbon and one Valentine stamp.   The stamp is from my collection but all other items are brand new.

Giveaway details:  The giveaway is open to anyone who wishes to leave a comment.  You may leave one additional comment with a link to your challenge project for an extra chance to win.  Giveaway chance closes at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday February 20, 2016.

Randomly chosen winner will be posted on this blog by Sunday the 21st.  Check back to see if you have won.  The winner must email me by the following Wednesday.  If I don't hear from the winner, I'll draw another commentor.

While you are visiting, check out info on the Sketchbook here.  40 scrapbook sketches for only $6!   I have 3 on-line self-paced scrapbooking classes one also on the classes page.  Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Card Party

(Background stamp on book paper and stamped with Stampendous stamp)

(Gelli printed background using 3" and 4" round plates) 

(Some fun with an older Stampin' Up! set and Echo Park paper)

Two of my friends came over this week to make these cards.  We also did a Stampin' Up! order.  They let me share their purchases also in this shopping video:

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine Project

I have  a little Valentine project for you.  I'm going to use this as my card for my husband.  It would be great for home decor.  Or with minor modifications, you can use the steps for any type of banner.

Here's the process video on YouTube:

The hearts used for this banner are left overs from another layout coming your way next weekend.  Stay tuned for that special Valentine page process video and a little giveaway :-)  

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Saving a Custom Background

Some things don't work like you planned.  I truly don't remember what I was trying to create when I did the watercolor background that ended up on this page.  It was a long time ago and I hung onto it.  Eventually I had these photos that were perfect with it and finally I've turned it into a page.

I used the 2015 Sketchbook to find a sketch so I didn't have to start from scratch on the arrangement.  I had more time to spend on the chipboard elements.

Here's the process video:

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Off We Go

We have my dear husband here playing with the little ones on a very warm August morning.  His daughter looks on.  They are trying out everything with wheels they are allowed to operate.

For the page, I've used Simple Stories So Rad papers and a little gelli printing. In the video you will see me make a few gelli prints that aren't quite what I'm looking for.  That's one of the things about gelli printing, you never quite know what you are going to get.  It's fun though and those cast-offs from one project may work perfectly with another.

Also for this page, I've used a 2 page sketch from my new 2015 sketchbook for a one pager.  There are 9 2 page sketches in the book and many can do double duty for one page layouts as well.

Here's the process video:

Check out the sketch as part of the sketchbook available here.

Note:  In the video, I mention that BasicGrey is my favorite paper company.  I was so sad to learn last night that they are exiting the papercrafting business!  They have a couple of new lines but nothing after that.  So sad that yet another great company is leaving us.

Thanks for watching!

Monday, January 25, 2016

2015 Sketchbook is here!

My collection of sketches for 2015 is here!  This year, I have 40 sketches in one ebook for only $6.  Honestly, 2015 was a very challenging year as we worked through many medical issues, mostly with my husband and my father.  So I did not get as many process videos and sketches completed as past years.  This is why there are fewer sketches and a lower price.  I think this is an especially good selection as nearly 3/4 of the sketches use or could use 4x6 photos and there are 9 two pagers!

All the sketches are contained in one document and organized by the number of photos suggested for each sketch. One photo, two photos, up to 11 photos per layout!  Each page also contains a link to the process video created based on the sketch so you have a years worth of handy scrapping tips right at your fingertips.

Each page in the PDF shares:
  • A sketch to scale
  • Sizes of several elements on the page including the photo sizes used
  • Suggestions for substituting the number or size of photos and other elements
  • A link to a process video in YouTube based on the sketch.
Both single page and double page layout sketches print at 6" square so it is very easy to measure any item on the sketch and double the measurement to find the exact size for a 12x12 page.

I have again included an index for the number of photos and a supplies index.

Here's a preview:

The 63 page PDF is $6 (US) and available for immediate download after payment through PayPal.

Click here to go to the Sketchbook screen for purchasing.  Thanks so much for your supportive comments and thumbs up throughout the year!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Pumpkin Roll

For this holiday themed page of my stepdaughter's dessert, I used some new Christmas papers and everything else is from my stash.  Most of it has been with a very long time.

For the title, I used stamps so I could so the 'o' in roll with a roll shaped stamp.  For the embellishments I added some Stickles to give them a little extra color.

All of the processes are in the video:

And here is the sketch:

The 2015 Sketchbook will be ready in just a few days!  Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Create your own Sunshine

I love this quote I found on Pinterest:

"Some days you have to create your own Sunshine."

Isn't that the truth?  Many days, it's been literal too here as we have had so much rain.  I'm posting this on a sunny day though and am planning a walk to take advantage of the warmth.

For the pages, I wanted to do some gelli prints on lighter weight paper.  I've used book paper and some thinner designer paper.  For the house, I used some mixed media techniques similar to those in Christy Tomlinson's Behind the Art class.  She demonstrates on canvases.  I highly recommend her class for learning about all types of paints and media.  It's very thorough.

The flowers were stamped and the colored with Faber Castell Pitt Brush markers.   The page is an update on one from my older art journal which I share in this video on YouTube:

Thanks for visiting today and I hope your day brings you some sunshine as well.
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