Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Masculine Birthday Card with a fun twist for Retro Rubber

We will have a birthday boy in our house today and I used this Tic Tac Toe board  from our Retro Rubber Challenge as inspiration to create a card for the occasion.

I choose the vertical column of "mode of transport/die cut/masculine" and had some fun!

My son is a plane aficionado and I have several to choose from to create his card.
  • The background uses Memento Sky Blue and Danube Blue inks.  Two stencil edges, Deja View C-Thru Ruler, and Fairytale Creations #3001 Chalk Talk help define the cloud edges.  I used an ink blusher to apply the inks.   
  • Using scraps I die cut the plane with Carta Bella Vintage Airplane die set.  A standard whole punch with trimmed to create a helmet, well because the plane is flying and needed a pilot!  Both the helmet and the prop are colored with Galaxy Marker in Mercury Silver.  These really do work well on dark colored cardstock.
  • The sentiment is from the Technique Tuesday's Chickadees 2.0 set from 2017 and is stamped in Memento Danube Blue.  The paper strip is hand trimmed into a banner.  a small section of silver twine is used to connect the airplane to the banner.
  • At this point I still had space on the card and decided to add a bit more.  Technique Tuesday's Say It Hugs from 2013 is used to create the sentiment stamped in Memento Danube Blue directly on the background and die cut the "Hugs".
  • Everything is adhered to an A7 size card base.  
Enjoy all the cards created by the design team over at Retro Rubber.  Please join us and play along with the Tic Tac Toe Board.  We have a few simple rules 1)  Use at leasst one stamp that is older than a year and tell us how old the stamp is in your post 2) Enter up to ten challenges, including ours!  Hope to see you in our gallery soon.  

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Thinking of You for Retro Rubber Anything Goes

At Retro Rubber we always enjoy seeing all the wonderful creations for Anything Goes, so now is the time to show us your best using a stamp that is at least one year or older!

I had a need to make a sympathy card this winter.  Butterflies symbolize hope and joy during hard times, so I looked up on the trusty interwebs to see what butterflies might be around with snow on the ground.  I found a few and based my color scheme on the Monarch butterfly.

I am a butterfly aficionado, and do have a few stamps and dies to choose from!
  • The butterfly image is Layering Butterflies and Cutting Dies from Hot Off the Press 2017.  It is stamped in Versafine Habenaro, Vintage Sepia, Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer, and Brilliance Coffee Bean.  
  • The embossed background is Snow Flurries by Darice pressure embossed on white cardstock.
  • I used the die to create a mask and placed it on the background then stamped the antennae in Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer.
  • The butterfly is shaped and adhered to the card front with glue dots under the body and dimensional foam adhesive under the wings.
  • The edges of the card base are inked in Vintage Sepia before the card front is adhered.
  • The sentiment is die cut from white cardstock using the Sentiments Four set by Spellbinders.  Then it is inked with Versafine Habenaro.  I used a liquid glue to adhere it to the front of the card.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please do come and play along with us and create your own Anything Goes project, we would love to see it over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!  Please remember to use a stamp older than a year and tell us how long it has been around.  We also ask that you enter only up to ten challenges including ours.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 4, 2019

November Stick It Down Double Page Sketch

Normally I like to use the sketch within the season, but I just happened to have the exact number of photos already printed for this layout that fit this month's Stick It Down sketch perfectly!  So a summer themed boy layout it is!

My photos aren't the exact size, and I moved them around just a bit, but I do love the gears as embellishments!

I had purchased specific patterned paper to complete this layout and the sketch was helpful in stretching the paper over two duplicate layouts, one for each boy's album.
  • Two sheets of American Crafts Bicycles were trimmed in the direction that matched the layout.
  • Core'dinations Light Aqua Plaid was trimmed for the layouts.
  • Craft Smart Embossed Cardstock was a perfect color match and one sheet was trimmed for the layouts.    
  • Using Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Gadget Gears and Spellbinders Donna Salazar Sprightly Sprckets I die cut a variety of gears for embellishements.  I used the Craft Smart Embossed Cardstock, a sheet of coordinating light aqua cardstock from my stash, and DCWV Metallic Silver cardstock to create the gears.  
  • Since the background was white I used the light aqua cardstock from my stash and stamped Recollections Grunge Alphabet with Memento Luxe Teal Zeal to create the title.  My Brother Scan N Cut made quick work of electronically die cutting the letters.  
  • I added the journaling underneath the title, as there was a fun story to go with these photos.  The man who was the biggest "master mechanic" did so just for fun, Dad got in on the action a little too, but Kurt just enjoyed teaching a 10-year-old how to fix a flat!
This layout was a bit time consuming to complete, but once done I am really pleased with the results.  Do give this sketch a try, or one of the other sketches over at Stick It Down.  Thanks for stopping by Snippets of Time to Craft!  

Friday, October 25, 2019

Fremont Street Experience

When in Las Vegas, taking in the craziness that is Fremont Street Experience is part of the fun.  I had read about Fremont Street Experience and wanted to see the lighted dome . . . little did I know this was not the only aspect of Fremont Street that people went to see!  I was advised by a local to wear shoes . . . as it is usually crowded and dirty, and to be prepared to see all kinds of characters!

We went right as the light shows started, but it was not as crowded or crazy.  We got the tame version, which was fine by me and my husband.  We saw many other street performers, a few that were not suitable for my scrapbook pages.  Notice the blue circles on the street, those are scheduled assigned spots where the performers can stand.

I used purple cardstock as a base to match the purple in the printed Old Antique Words by Scrapbook Customs for ScrapbooksRUs.  Two different colors of grey cardstock are used to complement the colors.  I trimmed 1 1/4" strips and die cut the edges with Spellbinders Classic Bracket.  Not much of the strip shows from behind the photos on the right side, but I wanted more of the printed paper to show.  Sizzix Thinlits by Jen Long Just a Note font is used to die cut both titles.

With so many photos I decided to keep the embellishments to a minimum.  I am pleased with the outcome of the layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts here at Snippets of Time to Craft!  Have a blessed day!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Around Las Vegas

Two more pages, not actually companion pages, but they will reside side by side in the album.  If we had more time we would have hiked in Red Rock Canyon, but as it was we just drove by, so two scenic shots.  There will be another layout about the craziness that is Fremont Street, but our photos at the iconic Las Vegas landmark were perfect for the next layout.

The background papers are Old Antique by Scrapbook Customs for ScrapbooksRUs.  By the way if you have not had the opportunity to shop at Scrapbook Customs I would highly recommend their products.  I have a stash of custom papers that I will use for scrapbooking my kids high school graduations.  They also have many awesome custom sport papers.  You will notice the the color of the title influences the overall color of the paper.  Both sides have the photos double matted.  Red Rock has a journal block, and the mats on the Fremont St. trimmed a bit larger to include room for journaling at the bottom.  

Thanks for stopping by and checking in with Snippets of Time to Craft!  As always your comments are appreciated!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Las Vegas Sights!

My husband and I recently traveled to Las Vegas for my Kodiak High School All Class Reunion.  We are not gamblers or drinkers, but we did enjoy seeing the sights and eating great food!  One of our stops was to a BRICK AND MORTAR local scrapbook store, ScrapbooksRUs.  I was able to find great papers to scrapbook our trip.  They are all custom papers by Scrapbook Customs that ScrapbooksRUs carries in the store.  The owner knew immediately we were from out of town and greeted us by saying "Where are you visiting from?".  The give away?  My spouse was with me as we came in the store.  Thank you dear husband for going to the scrapbook store with me!

I had too many photos to fit on a double page layout, but not enough to create another page or two.  So lift up the flap and see six more photos!

There were lots of colors in the Vegas Sights print, so I choose from those to complement the photos.  The Vegas Sights is two sided, and the B side is featured as the strips along the A side.  The yellow cardstock behind the Las Vegas Strip die cut is fussy cut to trim it down (literally) in size.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Retro Rubber Sketchy time!

You are going to love all the versions that the Design Team has created for the sketch over at Retro Rubber!  I know that my card came together really quickly once I decided the theme.  Do come and play along with our challenge and remember we have two simple rules.  1)  Please use a stamp that is older than a year and indicate the age of the stamp 2)  Enter up to ten challenges including ours.

As I thought through my initial concept I zeroed in on a pine cone die and embossing folder I had in my stash.  Fortunately one of my earliest purchases was a pine bough from American Art Stamps back in May of 1997.  It is fun to use it again in a mixed texture project.

  • I stamped the pine boughs in Versa Color Tea Leaves on cream cardstock and fussy cut the images.  (My Scan N Cut is buried by plants right now . . . we are painting the interior of our home and all the house plants ended up on my desk in the craft room!)
  • Brown cardstock is die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Circles and Spellbinders Standard Circles Small is die cut from cream cardstock. 
  • Happy accident!  The brown cardstock that I used to die cut the circle was from my scrap bag and was the perfect size for the front of an A-2 card.  I just happened to die cut the circle from about the center without thinking and I could still use the rest of the piece for the front of the card!  This cardstock was pressure embossed with Elizabeth Craft Designs Pine Cone embossing folder, then the surface is lightly sanded to bring out the embossing.
  • The pine cones are die cut from red-brown cardstock and rolled into shape.  
  • The remainder of the red-brown cardstock is trimmed to make the banner shape behind the circles.  
  • With all the texture in the background I decided it was best to use a die cut sentiment, so a Stamps of Life Die set, Framelites Drop-Ins 660143 had the right size of Happy Birthday.  With a little creative trimming I had a great little sentiment.  
  • All the layered are adhered together a a bit of twine is tied in a bow at the top of the pine boughs.
I think that this fall themed birthday card is perfect for a man in my life, as my husband's birthday is right around the corner!  Thanks for stopping by, it is a pleasure to read your comments!