Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Beachy Happy Birthday for Retro Rubber

We have a fun theme, Life's a beach! to play along with at Retro Rubber for the next two weeks.  Please join us and create your own project for the challenge.

My summery theme is a shell inspired birthday card.  I wanted a little texture so I added a bit of burlap to the center of the card.

The shells are from about 1999 or 2000, a set I purchased at the Portland Stamp convention.  I didn't write down the date or manufacturer, so I am not able to share that information.  I used several neutral colors of cardstock and each shell is stamped in a different color of Versa Magic including:  Red Brick, Pumpkin Spice, Aspen Mist, Sahara Sand, Gingerbread, and Jumbo Java. One shell is stamped in Brilliance Moonlight White and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I think I achieved a nice array of realistic shells.  Each shell is fussy cut.

A sheet of vellum is torn with a deckled edge ruler and then adhered to a section of light blue cardstock with four brass colored brads.  The sentiment is from It's Your Day by Hero Arts 2013 and is stamped in Versa Fine Majestic Blue and heat embossed with Iridescent embossing powder.   This layer is adhered to a Kraft card base.  The burlap ribbon is adhered to the vellum layer then the shells are adhered, some with dimensional foam adhesive.

Please join us at Retro Rubber with you own summer theme on your card!  We have a few simple rules:  please use at least one stamp older than a year, enter no more than 10 challenges, and of course no back-linking.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Happy Birthday layout created from Altered Kit Club Q

Neva here today to share a layout created from the June's Club Q Altered Kit.  I really liked the combinations of papers in this kit and thought it was perfect for the photos of my son's birthday.  The greens from the Secret Garden sheet matched the wrapping paper in the photos.  The reverse side of the Secret Garden sheet with it's multi-colored jellybeans was a great compliment to the brightly hued photos. 

 Often many parts of the Club Q kits are pre-cut, other papers come as whole sheets.  In this case I used the Altered Kit from June as is with one sheet addition.  The section of Sonata 103 wasn't as large as I liked it for the layout so I used another sheet from my stash.  All the other pieces are used in dimensions included in the kit. 
  • Sonata 103 is trimmed to 6" x 12", and the right side section is trimmed to 6" x 7".  
  • All the edges of the papers are inked with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Capri Blue.
  • The layout is adhered together with each of the inked edges on all of the pieces showing.  
  • The enamel dots are added in a triangle to balance the design.
  • The remaining section of Sonata 103 and the piece from the kit are used to create the stamped embellishments.
  • The Happy Birthday sentiment is die cut from Spring Showers 104 left over from another layout.  

If you have every wondered how to stamp a layered stamp that has a matching die cut, here is the method I have found to get it right the first time!

  • Die cut the image from cardstock first, then place the whole section into a stamp positioner.  
  • You may use re-postionable painter's tape on the reverse to hold the die cut in place, (not shown).
  • Stamp the outline first, I used Capri Blue for the cake.  Look from directly above the image down through the acrylic stamp to line it up with the die cut.
  • Allow the stamp positioner to pick up the stamp then stamp the image.
  • Repeat for each of the layers.  The frosting on the cake is stamped in Key Largo.  I stamped different sections and was able to complete the cake in three phases.

This is the finished version complete with proper number of candles.  Also shown are the enamel dots and one of the stamped sentiments.
  • The candles are stamped with the method above and then the flame is colored with Island Orange and a Fantastix brush tip.  
  • The sentiments are stamped in Capri Blue and the edges are inked with the same color. 

  • Each of the stamped sentiments have a small piece of twine from the kit tied around one end.
  • A smaller tag is hand cut from Sonata 103 to match the shape of the tag from the kit.  
  • Two pieces of twine decorate the top of the tag.
Quick Quotes Products
June Big Altered Club Q Kit
Sonata 103
Powder Puff Chalking Ink Capri Blue, Key Largo, Island Orange

Other Products
Cake2stamp and die, patterns4cake by The Stamps of Life
Happy Birthday Framelits Drop-Ins 661830
Brush Tip Fantastix by Imagine Crafts
Teal Zig Marker

It was so fun to use the Altered Kit for a layout that was perfect for my son's birthday.   Thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes today!


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hooray Monsters for Retro Rubber Sketch

We have a great easy to use sketch for our challenge at Retro Rubber for the next two weeks.  We have a few rules to play along:  use at least one stamp older than a year, enter 10 or fewer challenges, and the usual no back-linking.

You may use the sketch as you like as long as we can recognize the sketch.  My contribution deviates a tiny bit as the stars are part of of the front panel.

First I stamped the Monsters4celebration by Stephanie Bernard and The Stamps of Life on white glossy cardstock with Versa Mark Dazzle and heat embossed them with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  A few spritzes of Fireworks! in Lulu Lavender, Bahama blue and Rose Bud finish the background.  I like how they are peeking around the corners of the card.  The center sentiment panel is punched with EK Success Star Border and backed with Paper Studio Glitter Paper.  The sentiment is also from the Monsters4celebration and is stamped in StazOn Azure.  StazOn Jet Back edges all the layers.  Monsters2 also by Stephanie Bernard and The Stamps of Life is die cut from white cardstock, glitter paper, and black cardstock.  The white background of the die cut needed a tiny bit of definition so I edged it with the brush tip of a Dual Tip Memento Marker in Tuxedo Black.  The monster's tongue is colored with Fireworks! Rose Bud.  The layers are adhered together and the monster is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.

I hope to send this card soon as it is a soon as we hear that a job offer has come through for our daughter.  She is a recent college graduate and we wanted a fun congratualatory greeting to help her celebrate.

Please do join along and use this great sketch to create your own card!  Join us over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Crazy Boy Fun for Quick Quotes

Hello Quick Quotes fans, Neva here to share a layout of recent events from our part of the world.  A few sheets of the Far and Away collection was a great background for this fun two-page spread.  I had partials of a several patterns, and was able to create two copies, one for each of the Crazy Boys' albums. 

To create the background:
  • Each sheet is trimmed to 2" x 12" to start.
  • The patterned strips are laid on the white cardstock background and the photos are placed over the top to determine the length of each strip.
  • The strips are trimmed to between 9 3/4" and 11".
  • Each strip is inked with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Deep Sea.
  • The strips and photos are adhered to the layout.
  • One of the sayings from Far and Away 500 Quotes and Phrases was absolutely spot-on for this layout and is trimmed to span the two pages before adhering below the photos.

I have this great die cut set that allows you to create skateboards and helmets among other things.
  • First I ran the white cardstock through a Xyron to make it easier to make stickers from the tiny pieces.
  • A few of the pieces are removed and placed on different recycled backing sheet to ink with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Baby Blue, Capri Blue, or Cool Gray.
  • Other pieces are left on the original sheet and are colored with a Fantastix and the Powder Puff Chalking Ink.

The helmet has 12 individual pieces, and the skate boards have 8 and 9 pieces!  Time consuming, but pretty cute when they are done!

To create the title:

  • White cardstock with Xyron adhesive backing is die cut.
  • When the surrounding paper is removed the ink will also cover the edges of the letters.
  • The letters are inked using an Ink Blusher with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Barn Board.  The color nicely balanced the sentiment across the bottom of the layout.

Close ups of the title.  I am a mother of boys, and those of you who also have sons will appreciate the journaling!
  • A length of hemp cord is threaded through the holes in the title letters and wound around the rest of the letters, then adhered with rolled glue dots at strategic points.  A perfect representation of the rope in the photos!
  • The bicycle is stamped in Cool Gray and is fussy cut.  When adhered the bicycles are grounded on the photo and journal block.
  • The journaling is printed on white cardstock and then edged with Barn Board before adhering to the layout.
My boys really enjoyed seeing this layout of their recent fun together.  I hope you enjoy creating your own layouts with bits and pieces of collections you have on hand!

Quick Quotes Products
Far and Away Paper Collection (sold out)
Far and Away Quotes and Phrases
Powder Puff Chalking Ink Baby Blue, Capri Blue, Cool Gray, Deep Sea, Barn Board

Other Products
Sports 4" x 4" die set by Quickutz
Zelda Grand by Quickutz
BMX stamp set by Stamping Up
Hemp Cord #36 by Darice
Sticker adhesive by Xyron
Fantastix and Ink Blushers by Imagine Crafts

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your summer activities!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Quick Quotes with Red White and Blue!

Quick Quotes manufactures a number of wonderful patterned papers that can be mixed and matched to create a seasonal layout such as this one for Fourth of July.  Neva here today to share with you a clean and simple design that combines several different collections to create a Red, White, and Blue layout highlighting our fun with fireworks.

 Since the color of the fireworks in my photos were deep red I choose to go with Earth Wind Fire collection to pick up the red.  For the blues I selected Far and Away and Secret Garden patterns.  (A little secret here, I often make doubles of layouts, one for each of my boy's albums, so I plan ahead with what paper I have on hand to ensure I can complete both layouts!)
  • Earth Wind Fire 108 is trimmed into two sections, 7" x 12" and 5" X 12". The wider section is on the left.  The edges are inked with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Barn Board.
  • Secret Gardens 105 first trimmed to 6" x 12".   Then trimmed to 7" x 6" for the left, and 5" x 6" for the right.
  • Earth Wind Fire 105 is first trimmed to 3" x 12".   Then trimmed to 7" x 3" for the left, and 5' x 3" for the left. 
  • Three sections of Far and Away 104 are trimmed to 1/2" x 12" then into 5" sections and 7" sections.  The edges are inked with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Deep Sea.  The edges of the other papers are hidden so they don't need to be inked.
  • The papers are adhered to white cardstock.
  • You may notice that the most of the seams between Earth Wind Fire center section and the other papers are covered by the photos.  This is helpful if the papers don't quite line up perfectly.  Looks like a design decision right?
  • The title is die cut from white cardstock, at first I planned to change the color with ink.  I decided that the white title was great against the red background, so white it is.
  • The journal block is created on the computer and printed on white cardstock.  The edges are inked in Barn Board.

A few of the close up of the simple embellishments created from Earth Wind Fire 500 and 600, and Farmhouse 500.  Appropriate sentiments for a family gathering on the Fourth of July.  The edges are inked in Barn Board for the red embellishments and Deep Sea for the blue embellishments.

I hope that your family had a wonderful Fourth of July and you have some fun photos to scrap with some great selections from Quick Quotes.  Besides the papers shown here, there are some amazing page kits for the July Club Q.  Go check them out and have fun creating memories!

Quick Quotes Products
Earth Wind Fire 108, 500, 600, 105 is out of stock
Far and Away 104 out of stock
Farmhouse 500
Powder Puff Chalking Ink Deep Sea, Barn Board

Other products
Etched Alphabet by Spellbinders

 Thanks for stopping by!  Neva

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Retro Rubber goes Red, White, and Blue!

The challenge this month for Retro Rubber is to use Red, White, and Blue on your project.  It does NOT have to be patriotic, as you can tell by my submission for the the design team.  Check out the other DTer's contributions as well!

I decided to make a birthday card using a floral and butterfly motif.  I do like how it turned out, nice and cheery!

The flowers are both from the Bella Brush by Fancy Pants Designs from about 2004.  It was a large 12" x 12" sheet of acrylic stamps in a slightly grungy style.  The flowers are stamped in Memento Luxe Danube Blue and Love Letter.  The edges are inked with the same.  The sentiment is by Taylored Expressions In and Out Birthday from September 2014.  To finish the card I punched butterflies with my old Martha Stewart punches, I've had these from about 2000.

I think this a bright summery birthday greeting.  Create your own Red, White, and Blue card and share it with us over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  Our rules are simple: use at least one stamp that is older than a year (needs a little inky love), enter 10 or fewer challenges, and no back-linking. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Senior Season for Stick It Down Double Page Sketch

This month the Double Page Sketch for Stick It Down uses a ton of photos!

Yes, this was perfect to highlight the great plays from my son's Senior Soccer Season.  I couldn't narrow it down to the 15 photos, so I added a few more.

I started with Scrappin' Sports and More! Soccer Distressed cardstock.  The photos on the left are backed with Darice Red Large Dot cardstock.  The cardstock behind the mat is Stamping Station's Soccer 14612.  The titles are die cut using Echo Park's Tomorrowland alphabet.  The final embellishment is several Karen Foster Soccer Sports Balls.    By the way his team colors are red and black.  He is number 8 on the team and played the stricker position, often double or triple teamed.  Our sketch for this month made it super easy to put together a great layout for my son's high school scrapbook.

Please join us over at Stick It Down and enter your own layout.  We also have a single page layout and card sketch every month!