Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Summer Fun- Stick It Down

Hi all! I have a new layout to share today! I was inspired by the single page sketch this month at Stick It Down:

The patterned paper that I used for my background had the green and yellow spot in the bottom right corner already on it. I decided to make a couple more on the page using Distress Stains. I then took a pink gelato and scribbled a bit and went over it with a baby wipe to smear the color.  I then layered my photos over that once it was all dry. I ended up just embellishing the page with die cuts and stickers from the Pebbles Fun in the Sun collection. For the title, I used an already made enamel word and found some bigger chipboard letters and painted them to match my layout. To add a little dimension, I used a wood veneer and a couple of plastic embellishments from Elle's Studio.

Patterned Paper, die cuts, stickers, enamel dots- American Crafts
Wood Veneer and Plastic shapes- Elle's Studio
Chipboard- Multicraft Imports
Ink- Ranger
Gelato- Faber Castell
Pen- Marvy
Glitter pen- Zig
Paint- DecoArt

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Playing With Inks- Cards

Good morning! I have a couple of new cards to share today. I didn't do these for any particular challenge, I just played around with some inking techniques.

First up is a card that I used Yupo paper and alcohol inks on. I used an inking tool with felt and swirled my color to create the background. I then stamped and heat embossed the flowers. I have to say that heat embossing on Yupo paper is a challenge because it is a plastic paper, so it will melt and warp with heat. I had to move quickly and then I placed it under something heavy to flatten it as it cooled. I finished off the card with a sentiment stamped and heat embossed on cardstock and a border punched strip and ribbon.

I started both of the cards below by blending Distress Oxide inks on white cardstock. Then I took a background stamp and misted it with water. I pressed the panels onto the stamp and with water did the rest! I used my Cricut to cut out the boy and finished off the card with a stamped sentiment.

Monday, January 8, 2018

In The Beginning

Hello all! I have a new layout to share, and it comes with an announcement! First up, here is the sketch that I was inspired by:

Here's what I came up with:

These are ultrasound images from October. We will be welcoming Baby #5 in May! This is part of the reason my blog was extra quiet and the weekly photography challenge fell by the wayside this fall. I was SO TIRED! Fall is also the busy season for family photography, so I was focusing on getting photos taken and edited and everything else didn't happen. 

Anyway, about the layout. I used Bella Blvd. papers. I decided I wanted some interest on my cardstock background, so I brushed some gesso on and then smooshed some red ink and splattered some green ink over that. I used embellishments from lots of sources to finish it off.

Cardstock- My Mind's Eye
Patterned paper, enamel dots- Bella Blvd.
Stickers- Bella Blvd., Basic Grey, Elle's Studio, Fiskars
Gesso- Liquitex
Buttons, Inks- October Afternoon
Paper Clip- American Crafts
Pen- Sharpie
Brad- Making Memories
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Software- Craft Edge
Font- Alako Bold

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January Calendar Page

Hello all! I have my January calendar page to share today.  I was inspired by the December double page sketch at Stick It Down:

To be honest, I struggled quite a bit with all the white space on this sketch, so I made the photos bigger and added snowflakes to my background. I made my background with a mask and spray ink, concentrating the color on the outer edge and keeping it light as it went towards the center of the layout. I then layered on patterned papers and photos. To fill in the center, I used my Cricut and cut a bunch of snowflakes in a couple of colors. I also used my Cricut to cut my title. To highlight my title more, I dipped a paintbrush in the spray ink and mixed it with a bit of water and then brushed it below my title with the page upright so the ink would run. I like that it looks like icicles. I finished off the page with some sequins and brads.

I am also entering this in the Scrap Our Stash Challenge:

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper, Journaling card- Moxxie
Stamp- Lil' Davis Designs, Stampin Up
Ink- Heidi Swapp, Ranger
Pen- Sharpie
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridge- Holiday Cakes
Software- Craft Edge
Fonts- CK Ali's Writing, Betty Noir
Brads- Basic Grey
Button- Michael's
Rub On- American Crafts

Quick Birthday Card

Hi all! I have a quick birthday card that I made last week to share today. I used some leftover scraps of an old Fancy Pants line and layered them on the card. I stamped the two smaller banners on patterned paper and fussy cut them and added them to the card. Super quick and easy!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Warm Winter Fun- Sketches in Thyme

Hello! I have a new project to share, a layout! I was inspired by this sketch from Sketches in Thyme:

I stuck pretty close to this sketch because it worked well for the photos I had already printed out! The big snowflake was cut using Sure Cuts A Lot and my Cricut. I then sprayed and splattered the whole page with white spray ink. I layered on my patterned papers and title. To embellish the page, I found some snowflake rub ons (which I used up!), and some DIY Thickers that I added glitter to.

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper- Moxxie
Letter Stickers- American Crafts
Letter Die Cuts- Creative Memories
Pens- GelWriter, and Sharpie
Glitter- American Crafts
Rub ons- Fiskars

Last Christmas Cards!

Hello, I have a couple more Christmas cards to share today. These were also made for my kids' teachers and were inspired by this month's sketch at Stick it Down:

This card stayed really close to the sketch. I used my Cricut to cut the layers. The green layer was one piece that I cut apart and cut slits into. I then curled the sections up to create some dimension. I decorated the tree with some Liquid Pearls for the star and ornaments.

For my second card, I used the same design. I started by stamping the star and dot background in white on a kraft cardstock panel. After that dried, I stamped and heat embossed the tree. I finished off the card with a stamped and heat embossed sentiment and some Liquid Pearls on the star.