Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Blankies Layout

Hello all, I am finally having some time to do some scrap layouts.  Not usually a single page gal, I choose a single page sketch for these precious photos of my boys almost 10 years ago!

I am like many scrapbookers, and have a huge stash of patterned papers.  I found a few that are almost vintage to create this layout.
  • My Mind's Eye Lime Swirl from 2006, and Magnolia from 2008, and Art Imaginations Blue Scroll from 2005 all coordinated together.  
  • Wanting to go a bit mixed media I splattered some Fireworks! in Bahama Blue and Summer Sky on white cardstock.  After it was dry, it was die cut with Spellbinders Cascading Stars.  One of the things I like about this die is you can use all the parts!
  • The title is die cut from a light blue cardstock using an installed font on my Brother Scan N Cut DX.  
  • A few bits of ribbon from my stash are tied into bows.
  • Everything is mounted on Core'dinations Distress Collection Blue cardstock.
  • The final embellishments are Spiegelmom Scraps Southern Blue Bells sequins.  
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tic Tac Toe for Retro Rubber

We have a very fun Tic Tac Toe board for our second challenge of the year at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.   We have very simple rules to play along.  1)  Use at least one image that is more than a year old and share with us how old it is 2)  Enter only up to a total of ten challenges.

There are so many ways to use these fun elements!

I had need for a sympathy card and choose the diagonal to include punch and patterned paper.
  • The base patterned paper is from a very old Provo Craft paper slab.
  • Stampendous Encouraging Words from 2007 is used to stamp the main image in Versa Magic Tea Leaves.
  • A strip of paper is punched on both sides with EK Success Edger punch.
  • Green cardstock from my stash is used to back the elements.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Memento Luxe Northern Pine. 
  • The layers are adhered to an A7 card base.
Please check out the challenge and come play along with us!  We would love to see your wonderful creations at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Berry Blaze Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards aren't typically cards that I keep on hand, as I like to make each one specifically for the recipient.  For this card I pulled out glossy cardstock that had Kaleidacolor Berry Blaze brayered over the surface to create an ombre effect.

  • One section is stamped with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress and a very old Ink Links Butterflies image and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
  • Another section is pressure embossed with Elizabeth Craft Designs Berry Branch.
  • The sentiment is from the Unity Stamp Company . . . beautiful life, blessed memories set.  It is stamped on vellum with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
  • To create a textured look I gently pressed the card base into the Kaleidacolor Berry Blaze.  I am pleased with the end result!
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Winter Birthday card for Retro Rubber

Time to get back into the swing of things over at Retro Rubber Challenge blog.  Our first challenge of 2020 is "it's Cold Outside!"  In our part of the world we are in the mid 30's during the day and freezing temps over night. 

I have a family member who has a January birthday so it was perfect to create a winter themed birthday card for him.

It is hard to tell in the photo, but the trees do have a bit of shimmer to mimic a light frost of snow.
  • A very old stamp in my collection, a tree by Ann-Ticipations from 1996 is the featured image.  It is stamped in Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer which also edges the image.
  • The trees are outlined with Zig's Wink of Stella, which is very subtle.
  • The sentiment is from Hero Art's "It's your day" from 2013.  It is stamped in Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer.  The ends are trimmed with Fiskars Art Deco Corner Edger to create a unique banner look.  The edges are inked Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer.
  • Judikens Extra Fine Grove Corrugated Sheet is wrapped with Darice Natural Hemp cord and tied in a knot.  
  • All the layers are adhered to a A-6 size card base.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please do visit the rest of the Retro Rubber Design Team's blogs and leave them a little love!  Enter the Retro Rubber challenge with your own Winter Themed project and remember our simple rules:  1) Use at least one stamp that is more than a year old and needs a bit of inky time 2) State how old your image is 3) Enter only up to 10 challenges including ours.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Thank You in Blue

You know how sometimes you have a new stamp and you just have to use it?  My new Triple Step Thank You from Concord & 9th is that stamp and die set that earned the distinction of "I wanna play with it now!"  I created a few cards with the set and played around with several colors of Memento Ink.  These are my two favorite versions.

  • For both versions I set up my stamp platform so I could stamp several of the main Triple Step Thank you.  I used Memento Inks in Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, and Paris Dusk.
  • Wink of Stella added a bit of shimmer and sparkle on the letters of the sentiment, it is hard to photograph without bright sunlight and we are a bit short on that here in Central Oregon!  Currently it is snowing.
  • The same three inks are used with the sprinkles from Concord & 9th's Sweet Sprinkles set.  I varied the order of the colors and stamped the design across the card.
  • Craft twine is wrapped around one edge and tied in a bow.
  • The Thank you sentiment is mounted with dimensional foam adhesive.
  • The card base is inked with Bahama Blue and an Ink Blusher.
  • The base layer is adhered to the front of the card.

  • The background is created with Lifestyle Crafts Tide embossing folder.  The ink is applied directly to the embossing folder and the white cardstock is pressure embossed.  only the recessed sections of the cardstock pick up the ink for the most part.  This is a really quick way to create a background, although your fingers do get a bit inky!
  • For this version the card base is inked with Summer Sky.
 Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed New Year!

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sympathy Card for a dear furry friend

I've been hunkered down out home for what seems forever!  Not much crafting, but plenty of celebrating birthdays and holidays!  Unfortunately a little bit of illness too.  Now that we are in the new year of 2020 it is time to play with paper.  Sadly the necessary cards to be made are related to losses, in this case a dear furry friend of the feline persuasion.

My stash does not contain any cat related stamps, so I went to the old paper collection by DCWV called Pet Stack.  It had many dog related papers which are used more frequently in my scrapbooking.  I used the Paper Craft Crew PCC365 sketch for my inspiration.

  • The papers are trimmed to fit the sketch and adhered to the card base.
  • Unity Stamp's  . . . beautiful life, blessed memories stamp set provided the sentiment.  It is stamped in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with detail black embossing powder.
  • To finish the card Echo Park Enamel Dots are adhered.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Hoover Dam Double Page layout for Stick It Down

Hello everyone!  So glad to be back into the swing of things and crafting!  We have a great set of sketches to start the new year and decade over at Stick It Down.  Go check them out!  This is the double page sketch for January. 

I am really loving how it worked so well with photos from my recent trip to Las Vegas, where we drove over to tour the iconic Hoover Dam.  I actually ordered some of the photos taken at the Dam . . . that would feature different backgrounds.  You can only order the photos in this size so it was perfect for this sketch!

 Hoover Dam was built in the era when Art Deco was the style.  All of the art and interior motif was incredibly well preserved Art Deco, a testament to a great aesthetic!

I started with paper purchased at ScrapbooksRus in Las Vegas, Scrapbook Customs Old Antique and Old Antique Words.  The title was printed for me, yeah!    To keep with the Art Deco theme I choose Spellbinders Moroccan Accents and Moroccan Motifs and die cut grey and blue cardstock embellishments.   To trim the corners of the grey cardstock journaling blocks I pulled out the ancient Fiskars Nostalgia Corner Edger.   A little journaling and the layout is complete.  Now to print and scrap all the other great photos I took during the tour!

Thanks for stopping by and please do come play with our sketch this month.  It is really a quick and easy sketch to complete over at Stick It Down