Thursday, April 17, 2014

DC Memorials

I'm still scrapping photos of when Monica came and stayed with me! I had some photos that I LOVE from the Korean and Vietnam war memorials and so I blew them up and cropped them to my fav parts of the pics then added minimal embellishing (for me anyway) and did lots of journalling (look at my crooked journalling, LOL).

The Stickers and letters are from Chickaniddy Crafts and the other pages I've done from Mon's visit include items from Chickaniddy Crafts and Elle's Studio (and a sticker from Pink Paislee) and the February  kit from Scrapbook Circle "Hello Today" (which is sold out.)
I'm working on putting together a pocket page from the rest of my phone photos from her trip to go alongside this layout in my album. I thought I had printed all the photos I needed, but I found I need to print a couple more so I think I'll have that page to show you on Saturday. What are you working on right now? I've been playing with a lot of stamp techniques, but I haven't really made anything, just playing with techniques on scrap paper.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Comic Book Influenced minibook

Since I decided that I was going to start posting things in my Etsy store again, I decided to pick up a Recollections Paper Pad that I've been eyeing with no idea whatsoever what I would do with this much paper. I made the cutest little minibook that would be great for documenting time at some con, fav comic book store, or a superhero themed party (kid or adult). Here are the pics:

I've also completed a layout that I'll be sharing with you later in the week and I hope to get at least one more layout finished while I'm here. The only thing I don't like about scrapping at a petsitting client's house is that ALL my paints and things aren't here... but actually I find that it helps to have less things to choose from. That's the beauty of kit clubs and scrapping from a kit, it gives you some set things to choose from and you can just start there and GO! ( adding bits if you "need") them, but otherwise you know it's all set to go together. Ok, off to walk some dogs before I go to work!

(also if someone like American Crafts had this paperline out earlier and someone knows the name of it, can you tell me?)

The link to my Etsy Store is in the sidebar, but the direct link to this book is here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Entering Lawnscaping Challenge number 79!

I have been away from home petsitting and ITCHING to try out some of the techniques I learned at TRUESTAMP 2014. OH my goodness! I was so glad I was not within reach of my stamping supplies while I was participating, but all the good new things I want to try out (and buy...LOL). LOVED that event. If you like online classes I highly reccommend!

Anyway the challenge this time over at Lawnscaping is Try a new Technique.

The Lawn Fawn gang of Kelly Marie and Chari taught a class at TS2014 highlighting interactive cards. I used the technique shown by Kelly Marie to make this card for a very special and "cardworthy" person who has a birthday coming up.

Here is another pic of the card lying flat... it's hard to get good photos of shaker cards...

I used Sharp backdrops to clear emboss the background onto watercolor paper and used various mists to do a soft wash of colors for the background (the front piece of paper is actually green but it is so light it doesn't really read green in the photo). Then I stamped out the hats from Hats off to you and colored them with the same mists used in the background. The banner is from Home Sweet Home and the sentiment  is also from Hats off to you. I used the Technique of using Matte Medium to form the twiddly bits at the top of the hats... and the poofs as well. Then I used Stardust Stickles to add a hint of glitter. The sequins came out of a pack of Lawn Ornaments that I had bought in December and I used the white and green ones, along with some seed beads from my stash in my shaker. The shaker is the actual front of the card and I am SO happy at how it turned out. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Working away... mixed media AHOY!

So an additional canvas and added it to my Etsy shop.
I used Art Anthology Sorbet paint to adhere the paper to the canvas. Then using my favorite Rebekah Meier stencil by Crafter's Workshop, added some black gesso and acrylic paint for the painted butterfly. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer mist to paint some Prima Paintables paper and punched some butterflies with my favorite butterfly punches by Martha Stewart. I added some lacy pearls by Prima then trimmed my Thickers so they'd be short enough to fit on my sweet little canvas. I LOVE how this turned out, and I'm loving working in this 3x3 mini size.

TFL... Link to my Etsy store is over at the top right.

Have a fab day!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Atta Boy

So I dug into my stash of UFO (unfinished objects) and decided to take a stab and finishing this baby boy album. I think it turned out super cute... so I listed it in my Etsy shop. Thanks so much for looking and if you want, you can buy this one.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jen McGuire Inspired!

I have some favorite inspirational people that I like to watch to learn new techniques, or how they may use techniques the I already know, but in new ways. Jen McGuire posted this video last week:

I LOVE distress ink and this technique inspired me to get out some Lawn Fawn and Paper Smooches stamps to see 1. What did I already have in my own stash that would give me a similar card and 2. What would other images give me? So here is what I came up with: (the chevron paper is from the Sketchbook Collection by Amy Tan... using my stash you see :)!

Paper Smooches Calico and Chit Chat

Paper Smooches My Peeps and Chit Chat

Saturday, March 22, 2014


I love my Cameo! Let me state that and get it out of the way first. That being said, sometimes you need to do a practice cut. I find that when I'm working on a 3d object and it's going to take my whole special piece of paper that it works better if I cut one to practice with that it goes smoother and I don't mess up my "special" paper. The silhouette store has a 50% off sale right now so I'm using that to my advantage (um or I was buying up shapes I wanted until I had to go buy 4 new tires this week... sigh). Anyway I picked up a few CUTE purse shapes by Samantha Walker and went about trying to cut out my fav with some paper that I had been hoarding... making the special lovely hoarded paper turn in to...

So I pulled out a sheet of paper that I liked, but simply hadn't used yet as opposed to having hoarded it in my stash for a few years... took a deep breath and cleaned out my blade (sometimes that sucker holds on to a piece of paper and can't cut like you want it to... it's just maintenance, she was trying). Then I got to this lovely: 

Simply ADORABLE! Now, what to do... ok so def when I make it again it will have the buckles either out of a metallic paper (I have some from Chickaniddy Crafts that would be perfect). And a few other accents like brads or something to make it even more lifelike. OMG it's so cute. And what to do with them, well Easter is coming and some birthdays are coming up. It is adorable and will sit on the palm of my hand. I shrunk the file just a tiny bit so that all of the pieces fit comfortably on a 12x22 sheet of paper, I wonder how big I can get it...This purse is about 5 inches long at the bottom and a bit over six inches tall at the top of the handles. This paper is by Fancy Pants. I hope you like, I've made some cards inspired by a recent Jennifer McGuire video that I'll be sharing next week and I'm off Sunday and Monday this coming week (because I work today) so hopefully I'll be inspired to make something wonderful to share with you. Hugs everyone and I hope you have a lovely day. What are you making this weekend?