Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Color Me! Pansies for Retro Rubber

We have a wonderful summer time color challenge for the next two weeks at Retro Rubber.  Use Purple, yellow and green on your card.  What a fun color combination.  We have a few simple rules:  1)  Use at least one stamp that is more than a year old and in need of inky love 2) Enter no more than 10 challenges including ours. 

The inspirational photo guided me to the exact image I wanted to use for this challenge.   It is one in my collection that has remained on it's wood block for sentimental reasons.  The Pansy image from PSX 1993. 
  • The image is stamped in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossed in Black Detail Embossing Powder.
  • I tapped a bit of Imagine's Fireworks! on my craft mat and water colored the image.  There is a very pretty shimmer to the images.  I used Dandelion, Tangelo, Grape Jelly, New Sprout, and Bamboo Leaves.
  • The left over was used to color the edges of the mat and the base of the card.  
  • The image and the base layer are both die cut with Stitched Rectangles by Elizabeth Craft Design.  
Easy peasy!  Pansies are a favorite flower of mine because they are a happy flower that will reseed in my Central Oregon Flower beds.  Thanks so much for stopping by and to come join the challenge at Retro Rubber!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Double Page for Stick It Down, Soccer Season in one Layout!

I just loved how quick and easy this layout went together with this fun sketch from Stick It Down!

I am working through some events from a few years back and wanted to get all of one Parks and Rec Soccer Season in one layout.  Many soccer photos are best as landscape, so using three photos that are 3 1/2" x 2" took the place of each portrait photo.

  • I stayed fairly true to the sketch, using 3 3/4" circles around the perimeter.  I used Autumn Leaves (blue check with soccer balls and sayings) and two Stamping Station papers, Soccer Typewriter and Soccer Sayings.  
  • The ball soccer balls are ancient Queen & Co Felt Fusion.  
  • The top border is a ribbon from Bobbin Ribbon. 
  • I have a new toy!  A Brother Scan N Cut SDX 225, which I used to die cut the title.  with a little experimentation I used painters tape to keep the letter spacing and applied liquid glue to the letters to adhere them to the layout.  
  • With so much going on already on the layout, I choose smaller embellishments form a Stick-a-bilities set for Soccer.  The colors were perfect!
Always glad to have another layout completed and memory preserved . . . even it if is from a few years back! Have fun with this sketch and come play along with us at Stick It Down!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Christmas in July Retro Rubber teaming up with Double Trouble

Happy July! Here at Retro Rubber, we are starting off this month with a bang (because it’s July, after all)! We are starting our challenge a day early so that we can team with the Double Trouble Challenge!
Our theme is Christmas in July so all you have to do for our challenge is to make a Christmas card using at least one stamp older than a year.
Here’s the cool part: by teaming with Double Trouble you get to play along with their challenge as well! All you need to do is follow their requirements which are super easy and fun!
  • Thing 1 – Double Trouble: Make a square card, scrapbook page, gift box or use squares on your project.
  • Thing 2 – Double Dare: Use a rubber or acrylic stamp older than one year. (Sweet – that’s us!)
  • Thing 3 – Twisted Sister: If you create a beach scene with Santa you can earn an extra chance to be in Double Trouble’s random draw.
Be sure to visit their website – Double Trouble Challenge – to get all the details for their challenge to make sure that you are following their requirements as well!  So here we go! Double the fun! Double the Trouble!
For my Christmas in July card I went with silver, white and a bit of pastel.  I am not a big Santa fan, so didn't have anything to play along with Thing 3.  
  • I started by stamping the Angel by DeNami Designs from 1998.  She is one of my origanal Angel stamps.  The image in stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer on white cardstock and heat embossed with Stampendous Sterling Silver Embossing Powder.
  • The image is colored with Decorating Chalks and gently blended to give just a hint of color.
  • The sentiment is another really old stamp, one from 1992 by Annette Watkins.  It is also stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer on white cardstock and heat embossed with Stampendous Sterling Silver Embossing Powder.
  • Both sections are edged in Delicata Black Shimmer to help them pop off the background.
  • I have a fun new toy . . . the Brother Scan N Cut SDX 225, the background is one of the designs that comes loaded on the machine.  I sized it to 5.25" x 5.25" to fit the front of my square card base and die cut Canson Silver Cardstock.  
  • The 5.5" x 5.5"  card base is also edged in Delicata Black Shimmer,
  • After I adhered the die cut I added the Angel image and the sentiment with dimensional foam tape.  
 I am very pleased with this quick and simple card, and may make a few more for the Christmas Season!  Please do come play along with us at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge and Double Trouble.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Birthday Greetings for Anything Goes at Retro Rubber Challenge

Everyone's favorite challenge, Anything Goes!  Come join the fun at Retro Rubber and enter your project for the challenge.  Remember to use at least one stamp that is older than a year and share how long it has been around.  We also ask that you only enter up to ten challenges including ours.

I used a few inky techniques to create the monochromatic birthday card.

  • For the background I inked white cardstock directly with Memento Lulu Lavender then pressure embossed it with Darice's Damask embossing folder.  The raised portions were then inked with Memento Sweet Plum.  I used painter's tape to mask the center portion and inked the outside edges with Memento Grape Jelly.
  • I trimmed strips of cardstock (inked with Lulu Lavender) and then pressure embossed with Cuttlebug's James Embossing Folder set Stripes.  The raised portions were inked with Memento Luxe Grape Jelly  (pigment vs dye of the regular Memento ink) and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Ribbons are typically shiny so I wanted to have that effect for this card.
  • Altenew's Bells and Bows is color layered stamped on white cardstock with Memento Lulu Lavender, Sweet Plum, and Elderberry.  To get the shiny effect the entire bow is inked with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • I die cut Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals from white cardstock and then inked the center section with Memento Lulu Lavender.  The sentiment by Taylor's Expressions: In and Out Birthday is stamped in Memento Luxe Grape Jelly and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The edges are inked with Memento Luxe Grape Jelly.  
  • The layers are adhered together with the bow and greeting raised with dimensional foam adhesive.  
I hope you enjoyed the monochromatic card!  Create your own Anything Goes project and join us at Retro Rubber!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Congrats Bridal Shower Card

It is a busy month for our family this year.  Besides Father's Day and three June birthdays we also have a wedding and a college graduation.  This is the card I made for my niece's bridal shower.  She is a music teacher, so I incorporated that a little bit into the design. 

With a few embossing folders and dies this card came together very quickly using the Mojo Monday sketch from Poetic Artistry.
  • The card base is 5" x 6 1/2".
  • A section of Bazzill Bling in purple is pressure embossed with Sizzix 3-D Confetti Hearts.
  • Silver glitter paper is pressure embossed with Spellbinder Music.
  • Another section of Bazzill Bling is die cut with Elizabeth Craft Design Stitched Circles.
  • Heartfelt Creations Timeless Amour hearts die cuts two hearts to top the circle.
  • Ribbon from my stash is tied into a double bow before being adhered to the front of the card to finish the sketch.
I was inspired by the following challenges:

Until next time . . . thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

PADA Award Winner

Today I am sharing a layout about a stand-out event in my husband's career.  He is an aerospace engineer, and this is one of the first major awards that recognizes his excellence in the field of aviation design and engineering.  He is a long time EAA (Experimental Aviation Association) member and this award is from a subsidiary, the Personal Aviation Design Academy (PADA).

Echo Park's Jack and Jill collection was perfect for this layout.  I love the aviation themed parts of this collection.  I created this layout primarily from scraps left over from previous layouts.

  • A 2" strip of the B side of Travel pattern and 1 1/2" strip of the B side of Plaid pattern span both pages.  
  • I used a single 12" sticker from the Element stickers sheet to create the pop of red across the layout.  With creative placement of elements and a snip of the scissors it goes the distance.  I even had a small section left to add at the bottom of the layout for balance.
  • A journal card with the same print as the Planes pattern incorporated the diagrams of various aircraft in two places. 
  • A 6" x 6" square of the Planes pattern spans the bottom of the layout.   This paper is a favorite and I wanted more of it to show through. 
  • A small squares and rectangles of the B side of Cars pattern creates a visual triangle.
  • A few more elements from the Element Sticker sheet highlight the Dad and Son photo and balance on the opposite side with the compass.
  • The alpha stickers from the set are used for the title and sub-title.
  • Tangerine Quickutz is used to die cut the year for the title and add a bit more red for visual interest.
I really like how this layout came together and preserves an amazing memory for my husband.   Thanks for stopping by and visit again soon!

Monday, June 10, 2019

A Cut Above the Rest Father's Day card

One more Father's Day Card to share with you.  With a husband, a dad, and a Father-in-law I typically make three every year.  This time they were are unique.

I used the same elements as the previous two cards.  The inspiration of different sketches helped me produce all three in about an hour.  All of the papers were from my "experimenting" stash, and worked together perfectly!  The What a Guy stamps and dies sets from Technique Tuesday provided all kinds of inspiration!
  • The saw image is stamped in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with Imagine's Black Embossing Powder.  The image is die cut with the matching die.
  • Kraft cardstock is pressure embossed with Cuttlebug's Wood Grain and Memento Rick Cocoa ink is rubbed over the surface to bring out the embossing.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  Three brads from my stash decorate the corner to match the sketch design.
  • White cardstock is pressure embossed with Cuttlebug's Polka Dots and then rubbed with Kaleidacolor Fresh Green ink.   
  • Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze is inked over white cardstock with a rubber brayer.  The saw image is stamped randomly with Memento Tuxedo Black.
  •  The layers are adhered to the front of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. 
I am entering the following challenges, thank you for your consideration.
Cards4Guyz #221 Father's Day

Thanks for stopping by my little craft corner of the interwebs, it is a pleasure to share my creative projects with you!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Love Beyond Measure

Father's Day is just a week away, here is the second of three Father's Day cards I made earlier this week.  I am glad they are done, as this one needs to go in the mail on Monday!

This is a more clean and simple sketch but uses the same set by Technique Tuesday's What a Guy stamps and die.
  • The tape measure is stamped in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with Imagine's Black Embossing Powder.  The image is die cut with the matching die.
  • Water color paper is inked with Kaleidacolor Fresh Green.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. 
  • Kraft cardstock is pressure embossed with Cuttlebug's Wood Grain and Memento Rick Cocoa ink is rubbed over the surface to bring out the embossing.  
  • The Father's Day sentiment is a Studio G image that is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.
 I would like to enter the following challenges:

Saturday, June 8, 2019

You Are Plane Awesome! Father's Day Card

School is winding down here in Central Oregon and we are getting close to Father's Day!  So it was time to churn out a few Father's Day cards.  I decided to pull out some previous creative scraps and put together some fun cards using Technique Tuesday's What a Guy stamps and dies.

I was inspired by Die Cutting Divas Ch #423, a great little sketch!

  • The plane image is stamped in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with Imagine's Black Embossing Powder.  The image is die cut with the matching die.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Memento Luxe Wedding White on blue cardstock and heat embossed with Imagine's White Embossing Powder.  Then it is trimmed to size.
  • Kraft cardstock is pressure embossed with Cuttlebug's Wood Grain and Memento Rick Cocoa ink is rubbed over the surface to bring out the embossing.  Spellbinder's Hexagons is used to die cut the shape. 
  • White cardstock is pressure embossed with Cuttlebug's Polka Dots and then rubbed with Kaleidacolor Fresh Green ink.   
  • Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze is inked over white cardstock with a rubber brayer.  
  • Blue cardstock is trimmed to 4" x 5 1/4". 
  • The remaining layers are trimmed to fit and adhered to the front of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. 
I am delighted to enter the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope have enjoyed your visit!

Friday, June 7, 2019


I recently played along with a challenge that required using scraps from the layout I had just completed.  This is the companion to the Cousins layout posted yesterday.  It also occurred  the next day in our return trip from Wisconsin.

I used the Fancy Pants Design collection My Family and featured the cut apart cards as journaling elements and embellishments.  I also used the backside of the previous layout as the cardstock base, so the blue-grey still matches perfectly!

  • 1/8" strips are trimmed to frame the layout.  
  • The striped strip is trimmed to 3/4" and then punched with Fiskars scallop punch taking care to line up the holes and scallops. 
  • The focal photo is matted with patterned paper trimmed to 4 1/2" x 6". 
  • The title is Echo Park's Hello sentiment die punched twice to provide a bit of depth.  
  • The layout is adhered together with the paper mitered at the corners to create a clean lines.   
  • The journaling is completed with a Zig Writer in Steel Grey.
Thanks for checking in here at Finding Snippets of Time to Craft.  Recently it really has felt like I've only had snippets to sit in my newly re-organized craft room.  Do leave a comment, I appreciate knowing that this may have inspired you to do some of your own crafting.

Thursday, June 6, 2019


I have a few layouts I have completed recently, and now finally have time to blog and share with you.  This layout features photos from the summer of 2010.  Interestingly enough the paper collection is also from 2010, My Family by Fancy Pants Design!

Since I created two of these double page layouts, I used my paper carefully!
  • The background is Coredinations Distress Collection in the perfect blue-grey color.
  • Patterned papers are trimmed to 3/4", 1 1/4", and 2 1/2" by 12". 
  • The focal photo is matted with 5" x 7" patterned paper.  
  • Various embellishments are trimmed from the card part of the collection.
  • One side is of the one of the patterns is graph paper, perfect for the journal block and the title!
  • All of the edges are distressed with the Edge Distressor tool by Heidi Swapp.  Believe me I had a lot of paper crumbs all over my desk!
  • The title is Quickutz's Diesel font.  
  • The journaling is completed with a Zig Writer in Steel Grey.
Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated!  Come by again tomorrow to see a "companion" page of sorts that uses the same collection.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Happy Birthday for Retro Rubber challenge

Retro Rubber Blog Challenge has a great new challenge to play along with for the next two weeks!

I keep a stash of left-over papers and such from scrapbook layouts, then when I need some inspiration I go through and have selections of papers that are already coordinated!  This also helps when I am short on time, or need a little push to get started with the creative process.  

In this case I used a few scraps from the Fancy Pants Designs Like Father Like Son collection. 
  • One side of Little Tike is trimmed to fit the front of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base.  
  • The other side is die cut with My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles.  This is a die I just had to have during the Black Friday sales last year.  I love the extra little texture it adds to this card without over-powering the patterned paper.
  • Light blue cardstock is stamped in Memento Paris Dusk with Ms. Sparkle & Co Happy Birthday purchased at Joanns in March of 2017.  This simple $1.99 has seen a lot of use!  It is then die cut with a smaller die from My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles
  • I selected three button from my stash and threaded ribbon through one, craft thread through the second, and craft twine through the third. 
This card was quick and easy to create and has a nice masculine feel with the blues and greens.  Please do join us at Retro Rubber and create your own project that includes buttons and bows!  Remember to use a stamp that is at least a year old and include the age, and only enter up to ten challenges including ours.  

Monday, June 3, 2019

Redwood Shores for SID June Double Page Reveal

This is such a great sketch for the month of June.  Come have some fun with us at Stick It Down!

This time last year I visited the San Francisco Bay area with my husband.  He was speaking at a symposium, and I took the opportunity to explore the area around the hotel by walking around the Redwood Shores Lagoon.  It was a lovely walk.  I modified the sketch a bit by using five photos instead of four, with the center photo being one that could straddle the two sides of the layout.  I also had some fun with the diagonal pattern paper.

The colors of the photos worked perfectly with the Euphoria collection by Basic Grey that I loved so much I bought all of the embellishments too!  A few are included in this layout.
  • A trick for making diagonal strips for your layout is to cut the paper on the diagonal, rather than trimming straight 1 1/4" x 12" strips.  for this layout I measured down 3 1/2 inches from the top edge and trimmed the diagonal.  Using a paper trimmer I cut 1 1/4" along the same diagonal to create the strip.
  • All the strips are trimmed with this measurement to keep the them parallel for the layout. 
  • The green pattern needed four strips to complete the line across both sides of the layout.
  • The pink pattern needed three strips for the layout.  After adhering the stripe I trimmed the excess from the back of the layout.
  • The blue strip was actually from a scrap and started as 1 1/4" x 12".  
  • The darker pink pattern used one strip.
  • The patterned paper is adhered to Bazzill cardstock.
  • I selected a few Euphoria Chip Stickers and Rub-ons to complete the embellishments. 
  • Each of the photos has a small journal strip caption from Coordinations cardstock.  Zig Writer in Orchid was used for the journaling.

Stick It Down is a monthly challenge that includes sketches for double page layouts, single page layouts, and cards.  Do come join the fun!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Flower Fun with Retro Rubber Tic Tac Toe

We have another fun Tic Tac Toe board for you to play along with us at Retro Rubber.  Just a few rules to follow, use at least one stamp that needs inky love and is more than a year old (tell us the age please), and enter no more than 10 challenges total.

I choose the vertical row: Ribbon or Twine, Flowers, Embossing.  I was experimenting with several different colors of Tsukineko's Delicata inks to create a shimmery card. 

  • Different portions of the Wild Rose set by Technique Tuesday (2016) were stamped on to coordinating squares of cardstock.  
  • The coral squares are stamped in Dark Brown Shimmer and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  
  • The white square is stamped in Celestial Copper and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • The black square is stamped in Shimmer White and heat embossed detail white embossing powder.  
  • The card base is inked with Dark Brown Shimmer and a large Ink Dauber.  
  • A square of white cardstock is trimmed to 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 and inked with Celestial Copper.  
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Copper is flicked over the card base and backing cardstock.  
  • The sentiment is stamped in Celestial Copper and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • A small hole is pierced at the fold and gold twine is wrapped around the card.  A double looped bow is adhered over the knot.
  • The layers are adhered together with dimensional foam adhesive.  
 Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please do come and play along with us at Retro Rubber, we look forward to seeing you in our gallery!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Flowers for Spring at Retro Rubber

I don't know about you, but I love when the spring flowers are blooming.  We have a few in our flower beds, and also some of our trees bloom as well.  It is all lovely!  Retro Rubber's Challenge is to use flowers in your project!  Check out our simple rules 1) Use a stamp that is older than a year and tell us how long you have owned it and 2) Enter up to ten challenges including ours.

I've enjoyed playing with layering stamps in different ways and using Altenew's Vintage Stamp and die set from 2014 was perfect for this challenge.  I used glossy cardstock as the dye based inks are more vibrate when layering stamp colors.  Starting with the lightest color first gives the layered depth to the color.

  • The flowers are stamped on glossy cardstock in Memento Elderberry, Sweet Plum, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, and Lulu Lavender then die cut with the matching die.  
  • The leaves are stamped on glossy cardstock in Memento Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, and Pistachio and die cut.
  • Kraft cardstock is die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles.
  • A background layer is trimmed to 4 3/4" x 6 1/4".  I used an Ink Dauber to ink the edges in Lulu Lavender to have a perfectly matching frame.
  • Ink a section of glossy cardstock with Lulu Lavender and die cut with Echo Park Sentiments Enjoy die.
  • Adhere the layers together to an A7 Kraft card base.  Select a few flowers and leaves to adhere with dimensional foam adhesive to add a bit more dimension.
Thanks so much for joining me today.  I enjoy reading your comments if you are so inclined to share with me how I've inspired you!  Please join our challenge at Retro Rubber and have some fun creating!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Stick It Down May Reveal Jumping on the Tramp

We have a really fun sketch for May at Stick It Down!  I knew that this sketch would be perfect for a sequence of photos taken by my Mom of my boys on the trampoline.

My version moves the photos apart just a smidge to highlight the triangle shapes. Most of the photos lined up so closely that the sky from one photo blended into the next, so the small separation works really well.

  • I started with yellow cardstock and three patterns from Me and My Big Ideas Boy collection.  
  • Just a little tip to help you get the triangles to fit together well and closely match the sketch.  First print the sketch design in a Word Document 6" wide.  It is easy to measure and size up the sketch because the ratio is 1 to 4.  In the sketch the edge of the triangle is 1 1/4", so my photo edges are 5".  (1.25 x 4 = 5)  I decided where I wanted the center of the photo on my 4" x 6" prints and placed them on a cutting mat.  Each photo is then cut on the diagonal 2 1/2" from the center point.  
  • Once the photo sequence is placed on the background I then measured the distance and matched it with each of the patterned paper strips.  
  • The Best Buds is actually a ribbon that fit the theme and color scheme perfectly.  
  • Before adhering the patterned papers I splattered the two corners with Danube Blue Fireworks! spray.  
  • Blue cardstock is used to die cut the title with Quickutz Zelda Grand.  
  • The same blue cardstock is die cut with the star pennant from Spellbinders Pennant Trio.
  • Red cardstock is die cut with the heart pennant from Spellbinders Pennant Trio.  
  • Searching through my embellishment stash I found a star paper clip and some heart paper clips.  Bits of craft thread are tied into small bows around part of the clips before they are adhered to the layout.  
  • Journaling is done in Zig Writer Blue.  
Please do come join us at Stick It Down.  We have sketches each month for double page layouts, single page layouts and cards.  We have a ton of fun, and would love to have you play along!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Anything Goes for Retro Rubber, Just a few Butterflies!

We have everyone's favorite challenge for the next two weeks at Retro Rubber, Anything Goes!  So have a little fun and share your projects with us.  We have a few simple rules 1) Use at least one stamp that is more than a year old 2) Tell us how old your stamp might be 3) Enter no more than 10 challenges including ours.

I decided to play around with some of my supplies and create a butterfly themed card.

  • I placed the Mini Flutterby stencil by Crafter's Workshop over a piece of white cardstock and spritzed it with Fireworks! in Lilac Posies and Lulu Lavender and let it dry.
  • The edges are inked with Elderberry Memento Luxe and heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing Powder.
  • To create the butterflies I stamped the Layering Butterflies by Hero Arts from 2015 in several Memento colors:  Elderberry, Sweet Plum, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly, Bamboo Leaves, and Pear Tart.
  • The images are die cut with the matching Frame Cuts.
  • The outer edges of the butterflies are inked with the corresponding color to the butterfly body.
  • I pounced Versa Mark ink over the images and heat embossed them with Iridescent Embossing Powder.to give the lots of shimmer and shine.
  • The butterflies are adhered to the card front with glue dots under the body and dimensional foam adhesive under the wings.
  • The sentiment from the same set is stamped in Elderberry Memento Luxe and heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing Powder.
  • The card front is adhered to the card base with dimensional foam adhesive.
Thanks so much for stopping by and do come again soon!  Play along with our challenge at Retro Rubber, we love seeing what you create!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Celebrating Baptism and Father's Day

We had a fantastic weekend a few years back and this is the second layout in the series to document the time.  I had another Baptism related embellishment in my stash that I picked up for free several years back.  This title and the many colors in the photos lead my color design choices.

I found a heidi swapp collection in my stash I don't remember purchasing or using on a layout.  A few sheets were gone, so that added to my confusion.  At any rate it was a good starting point. 

·      Several complementary patterns are trimmed from the Dreamy Collection (American Crafts).  The pink is 3/4" on both sides.  The geometric pattern is 3 1/2" on the left and 2 1/2" on the right. The pastel pattern is 6".  I wanted the blue die cut to have contrast verses being on the blue background cardstock.
·      The Baptism die cut is by Laserline.
·      Another pattern is ued to trim the frames for the 4" x 4" photos. I statred with 5 1/8" squares and used the We R memory keepers Frame Punch Board set at 3/4" borders.
·      To finish the title I pulled out a sentiment set I've had since the late 90's, Dream Ink's Words & Phrases 34 pt Dauphin.  Using a stamp positioner I stamped the phrase in Versa Color Smoke Blue around the die cut.
·      I used a scrap to print the journaling so the story would fit in a smaller space.
·      I had a few more patterned strips left so I decided to trim them to 7/8" and span the bottom of both pages to tie the layout together.  This is a duplicate layout set, one for each boys' album, so this was also a factor in my design choices.
·      I didn’t feel like the layout was complete, so I searched high and low for something to finish it off.  Finally I found a embellishments by stamping crosses and die cutting from the Jillibean Soup by Hampton Art. 
·      Looking through my Bible Journaling supplies I also found the Paper Smooches set Have Faith and Religious Words.  All the finishing embellishments were stamped in Versa Color Smoke Blue on coordinating papers from the collection.  The smallest cross is fussy cut.  The Blessed sentiment was perfect because that is how we felt on that day!
·      To add a tiny bit more, sequins by Spiegelmom Scraps collections 50’s Sock Hop, Southern Blue Bells, and Grape Juice were glued into place.  Yippee, now if finally looks “done”!

Initially I was stumped in the design process but stuck to basic design principals to create a layout that I like.   The small amounts of pink from the collection are picked up in the geometric pattern to apply the ounce quart gallon principal. The pink is the ounce, the greens the quart, and the blues the gallon.   Creating a visual triangle with the finishing embellishment added to the impact. 

Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

My Baptism Layout

Here are a few pages that commemorate a special event in our boys lives.  Less than a year after the boys came home from Russia we received news that their God Parents were coming to visit us in Bend over Father's Day weekend.  What a perfect time to plan their Baptism!  We had a full weekend of celebrating both at church, in our home, and out in nature.

A few years back I found some give-away items at a crop and snagged a few sets of of Baptism related stickers made by Karen Foster Design printed in 2005 aptly named Baptism.  The colors turned out to be perfect for the photos, and thus guided my choice of papers.  Two colors of Craft Smith Cardstock were selected along with one pattern from Provo Craft Slab III and one pattern from Hot Off The Press. 
  • A strip of blue cardstock 2 1/2" x 11 1/2 was pressure embossed with Darice's Crosses,  which had a narrow slot to move the paper through to get a mostly continuous pattern.  A little secret here, I covered the area that didn't match with a strategically placed sticker!
  • The embossed pattern is backed with patterned papers.
  • Three crosses are die cut from white cardstock with Spellbinders Crosses Two.  Two are also pressure embossed with the pattern on the dies.
  • The right side of the layout has one pattern trimmed to 7" x 8" inches.  I choose to not extend it all the way across the page to allow large die cut cross to shine.
  • The blue cardstock is trimmed to 8 1/2" x 12, and patterned paper strips are layers behind the cardstock.
  • Another secret, I gutted the one edge of the blue cardstock for the blue journaling blocks.  I had longer story to share, and it best fit by word processing and printing onto the cardstock.
  • Brads are added to the baptism stickers.  A few already had holes to be embellished.
  • The baptism stickers and crosses are adhered to finish the page.
Know that I appreciate you stopping by and viewing my blog.  I enjoy sharing the creative process with all of you!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Rainbow time!

We've been having an extraordinarily rainy spring here in Central Oregon so this challenge for Retro Rubber is perfect because I've seen a few rainbows recently!

I have a wonderful stamp and die set from The Stamps of Life by Stephanie Bernard that was released in July 2017.  Perfect for this challenge!  Once I had the stamps on my stamp positioner I decided to stamp more than one rainbow and make a series of rainbow themed cards.  The rainbows that are more pastel are the second stamping from one inking.  I like both versions!

  • All of the cards have the black outline stamped first.
  • Each color of the rainbow is stamped into position.  Memento Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Danube Blue, and Grape Jelly were the colors I choose to stamp the rainbow.  
  • The clouds are die cut from white cardstock and inked with Versa Cold in Smoke blue with a touch of Delicate Sapphire Blue that was left on the large Ink Dauber from a previous project. 
  • The clouds are adhered over the black outline image with dimension foam adhesive.
The following were completed for this card.
  • Light blue cardstock was die cut with Sizzix Card, Regal Stand-Ups to create the easel card.  
  • Light yellow cardstock was trimmed to fit the inside.
  • Gingham ribbon from my stash is adhered, along with a knotted bow.
  • Sayings4rainbows set provided the sentiment which is stamped in Memento Danube Blue. 
  • A few sequins from Spieglemom Scraps Southern Blue Bells were added to create a little sparkle.

This card is a second stamping for the rainbow colors.
  • The card base and front are die cut from white cardstock using the Sizzix Card, Scallop with Banners.
  • I sponged in a small amount of Versa Color Baby Blue behind the rainbow.  The edges of the card base were also inked.
  • Bakers twine from my stash is threaded through the top lace holes and a bow is added.
  • The sentiments are from Penny Black Spiritual Snippets released in 2017, and are stamped in Danube Blue Memento ink.
  • The layers are adhered together.

This card is also a second stamping version.

  • The card base is die cut from blue cardstock using the Sizzix Card, Scallop with gifts.
  • The card front also uses the Sizzix Happy Days Drop Ins Sentiments and is die cut from light yellow cardstock.  
  • A few gold sequins by Advantus Corp from the Mixed Sequins set finish the card.

The last card in the rainbow series.
  • The card base is the interior of the Sizzix Card, Scallop with Gifts and is die cut from white cardstock.
  • The sentiments are the Sayings4Rainbows set and are stamped in Memento Danube Blue.
  • A bit of Versa Color Baby Blue is sponged behind the rainbow before it is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.
  • A few dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops and the final touches.
I hope you enjoyed my series of Rainbow cards, they were a blast to create and make each one a little different.  Please let me know what you think, comments are always appreciated!  Remember to create your own Rainbow inspired creation and post it over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  We have a few simple rules:  1)  Use at least one stamp that is older than a year 2) Tell us how long you have had it in your stash 3) Enter up only up to ten challenges including ours.  Thanks!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Climbing On Smith Rock

This is a layout that commemorates a really fun day for my older son.  It was also I day where I took probably 100 photos and decided to narrow it down to just five!  These photos were perfect for the sketch we have for this month at Stick It Down:

I wanted really subtle patterns to allow the photos to shine, so I dug through my old Provo Craft Slabs and found a selection of twelve different papers that coordinated. 

  • The papers were trimmed to fit the sketch design in varying diagonals.
  • In the photo on the far right, I used two arrow veneers to mark the locations of my son at the top of the pitch and his guide midway up the pitch. 
  • The journaling was printed and added as an embellishment. 
  • I die cut 4 layers of the state of Oregon using the Quickutz Oregon die.  Gelly Roll White pen by Sakura is used to mark the spot.  
  • SEI En Route is used to stamp the compass in Memento Tuxedo Black then is die cut with Spellbinders Standard Circles Small. 
  • A slide and rub-ons from my stash create the final embellishment.  
Please come join us over at Stick It Down.  We also have a single page sketch and a card sketch to play along with each month!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Pond is COLD!

Remember the time when . . . in this case the kiddos wanted to swim the the irrigation pond at our new home.  As the title suggests it was very cold, and this was about the only time they used it as a swimming hole!

I love shopping my old stash and this is a perfect example of some fun paper choices I have available.  I also feel good when I use up some of the paper I've collected over the years!
  • The background is DCWV blue cardstock chosen to match the water and colors in the coordinating papers.
  • All the patterns are from a paper stack by My Minds Eye.  I am not sure of the name.  At one point MME would print the same patterns on paper that they had released on cardstock.  The stacks were available at Michaels.  This is a duplicate layout so each pattern was trimmed to 6" x 12" before I designed the page. 
  • The the corners are rounded on the layers.  
  • The title is Quickutz's Star Mini and Diesel Classic and is die cut from brown cardstock. 
Another layout complete from a few years ago . . . I have a few years to catch up on and am glad my scrapping mojo is going full force.  I am also thankful that I have a stash to shop from because the only way I can acquire new collections is by shopping online, there are no LSS in my area anymore.  Only the big box versions, which are good for cardstock selection, but not so much for new releases.  Have a wonderful day, we are finishing our spring break here and are thankful for slightly warmer weather!

Friday, March 29, 2019

Fishing at Wizard Falls

This was a fun layout to create, one that used old school die cuts from my stash.  

I had some really sweet photos of the children's fishing day at Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery.  I remembered I had a rod and reel in my die cut stash from back in the day when we would buy die cuts . . . before all of the chemical etched dies came on the market.  The trees were most likely die cut from a steel-rule die at a Local Scrapbook Store.  Remember when we would buy the paper and stand at their die cut station and die cut multiples for future use?  That time is finally now, about 18 years or so later?  
  • The water and shore is trimmed and punch with the EK Success bubble edge punch.  
  • I used Square Pastels to add dimension and depth all of the cardstock.
  • Delicata Silvery Shimmer is used on the reel part of the die cut.  
  • White craft thread is adhered to the back side of the rod and adhered with rolled up glue dots to the page.
  • The title was rather long so I decided to print it out on vellum to be adhered to the layout.  (I made a duplicate of this layout, one for each boy's album.)
  • Journaling is written in Zig Chocolate Dual Tip pen.
My husband really likes the whimsical wonky trees and the fishing rod and reel.  It is one of his favorite layouts for the month.  I hope you enjoy my stepping into an old style layout!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Softball on the 4th

This layout is from the first Fourth of July we celebrated in our new home.  We actually have a softball field in our backyard.  Now we mostly use it to graze two steer in the summer.  But this is proof that we have played softball on our property!

The photos didn't really call for a red, white, and blue theme so I went with a patterned paper that featured stars in many colors.

  • I had two sheets of Star Struck from the Shabby Princess Collection from Bo Bunny Press 2007.  The pattern had an obvious direction for the stars.  I wanted to make two duplicate layouts, so one sheet I trimmed on the horizontal axis (all 3" x 12"), and the other on the vertical axis (2 1/2" x 12" and 3 1/2 x 12".  Viola, enough patterned paper for both layouts!
  • Digging through my stash of old Provo Craft Slabs I found coordinating papers from Slab II, Slab III, and Slab IV.  The yellow pattern is 6 1/2" x 11 1/2", the green is 5" x 12" and the blue is trimmed to back four of the photos.
  • The cardstock from DCWV and is the backing frame on the right and the base of the layout.  
  • Both cardstocks are used to die cut the title using Quickutz's Tangerine with Shadow font.
  • I also have giant Ric Rac from my stash (unknown origin) that was a perfect finishing embellishment.  Fortunately there is enough synthetic fiber in the Ric Rac to singe the ends to keep it from from fraying. 
This was a fun day that included a BBQ and lots of laughter.  Thanks for checking in, and every comment is fun to read!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

We Love Our Puppy

Typically I am not a single photo on a layout type of scrapper, but this photo deserved it's own page.  My four-year-old son had his face painted at a local street event and wore the paint for the rest of the day.  Once he got home I snapped this adorable photo.  The challenges over at Rochelle Spears and Scrap Your Stash were a great fit for this layout.

I have about 6 inches of Provo Craft light weight paper in my stash that I dug through to find all of the coordinating patterns and colors.  Once that was done the layout came together quickly, that is the beauty of using a sketch for inspiration!

  • All three mats that back the photo are trimmed to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".
  • The striped pennant is 2 1/2" wide because that is the largest size that fits into my new Paper Studio Pennant Punch.
  • Rings are die cut with two sizes of Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Small.  They are about 4" in diameter.  I use Zig glue to carefully adhere them to the layout.
  • The tag is also 2 1/2" wide because I have another punch by Paper Studio punch that punches tag tops.  To finish the tag I punch a 5/8" circle and adhered it to the tag before punching the center whole.  It is finished with a ribbon bow, made from ribbon out of my stash.
  • I searched through my pet embellishments to find a few things to create the cluster.  KI Memories made Lace Cardstock titled Dirt Treats that I had sprayed with a few different Tsukineko Walnut Inks from the Spritzer Workstation (Eucalyptus, Terra Cotta, and Walnut) to make a background for another layout.  I still had the "mask" in my stash.  I trimmed a small corner to be the base of the cluster.
  • A Coluzzle template allowed me to cut the perfect size heart to layer over the top.  
  • Two paw print die cuts from my stash topped the cluster.  
  • With the dark background it was time to pull out the white sticker letters.  Swirly White by Creative Memories spelled out the title. 
  • I used my first try at the Coluzzle heart to journal and finish the layout.
Thanks for checking in here at Finding Snippets of Time to Craft, I hope you are finding snippets of time to craft in your neck of the woods! 

I was inspired by the following challenges:  
Scrappy Friends March--I was inspired by the love, circles and the puppy images in her layout!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Get Well Wishes for Retro Rubber

I always enjoy using Tic Tac Toe boards to create cards, there are so many options to work with and be inspired by!  Retro Rubber has a fun Tic Tac Toe for this challenge.

I decided to use the Punch or Dies, Leaves (on the flowers), and Ribbon or Twine. 

  • I stamped the Technique Tuesday image from 2016, the Wild Rose stamp set, in Delicata Black Shimmer and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. It was then die cut with matching die.
  • I colored on a craft mat with Memento Markers in Morocco, Tangelo, Pistachio, and Olive Green. Then I picked up the color with a Niji water brush to color the image.
  • The sentiment shape is die cut and inked with a large Ink Dauber with Memento Cantaloupe.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Morocco.
  • The two backing layers are die cut with Spellbinders Floral Ovals and Petite Ovals Large.  These were inked with a large Ink Dauber in Cantaloupe and Pistachio. 
  • The edges of the card base with are inked with an Ink Blusher and Pistachio for a soft edge effect.
  • The layers are adhered together with dry adhesive and dimensional foam adhesive.
  • To finish the card I tied a double looped bow from orange craft twine, added an extra set of tails,  and adhered to card with a glue dot.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please do play along. We have a few simple rules.  You must use at least one stamp the is one year or older.  Please limit you challenges to ten including ours. Hope to see you in our gallery.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Fourth Grade Memories

If you have been scrapbooking for awhile like I have, you undoubtedly have a few page kits in your stash.  I've made it a goal to use up these wonderful gems, and here is an example that features a kit from embellish it! from 2013 with a few changes.

  • The kit features Simple Stories 24/7 including Red Tweed Calendar, Good Stuff, and Journaling Card Elements.
  • The Journaling Card Elements are trimmed apart and used as embellishments through the layout.
  • Cast Away Lazer Cork "Memories" was part of the kit, as were the mini film strip, twine and buttons.  I used the twine on one of the journal card elements that is cut apart into journal strips.  I also added some red craft thread to the buttons for little bows.  I don't like empty button holes!
  • The additional title words are DCWV Cork Stack die cut with Quickutz Frankie.
  •  Another plus of journal cards?  They can be used to journal a layout!
This kit was designed for four photos, but with a little creative use of the journal card elements I was able to pull off a cohesive layout.  Another layout complete for my son's album!  Thank you for leaving a comment when you stop by, they are always encouraging!