Friday, March 28, 2014

Ahoy Mateys- My Scraps And More Sketch #74

It's Friday, which means it is time for a new sketch at My Scraps and More!  This week, we got to work with this great multi-photo sketch by Tammi:

I made this layout about a birthday party for one of our friends' kids that our girls got to go to.  

It was a pirate themed party, and while I know there are some cute pirate lines out there, I don't have a ton of use for them, so I made do with what I had in my stash.  The wood grain made me think of the planks of the deck of the ship, the boats, some splatters, and of course, the skull and cross bones.  The splatters are a stamp that I stamped in Versa Mark and then used navy embossing powder.  I included the invitation on the page as well in a pocket that I created using adhesive between the blue and brown layers.  I let the top poke out as a design element.

The skull and cross bones are from a grunge board set.  I painted it with white acrylic paint and then rubbed a little Versa Mark on it, sprinkled on the silver embossing powder and heated it. I ran out of space on my first journaling tag, so I needed to find another that coordinated.  The one I found was the right color, but had a snowflake in the corner, thus the piece of tape. ;)

To make the appearance of water for my fussy cut boats to sail on, I tore some cardstock and then dry embossed. To ground these clusters further, I used a strip of tape.  Besides the sketch, I was also inspired by the 3/3 Mix It Up Monday challenge at My Scraps and More.  The challenge was to use the color blue, a punch ( I used a border punch across the top), and do some fussy cutting.

Cardstock- The Paper Company, Bazzill
Patterned Paper- October Afternoon, Provo Craft, Echo Park
Embossing Folder- Spellbinders
Rubons- We R Memory Keepers
Journaling Card- Echo Park
Sticker- October Afternoon
Tape- My Mind's Eye
Stamps- Hero Arts
Ink- Tsukineko, Prima
Paint- Liquitex
Grungeboard- Advantus
Punch- EK Success
Pen- Zig
Embossing Powder- JoAnn Crafts

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Going Wild!

I completed a two page layout this week, using some photos I STILL hadn't scrapped from 2010.  This page chronicles some of my oldest daughter's adventures at the zoo that year.

I was inspired by the 3/13 Throwback Thursday challenge at My Scraps and More. The challenge was to use vellum and a collection that is at least a year old.  I have lots of paper that is at least a year old, but my vellum stash is more limited.  I chose to use Fancy Pants "Hopscotch" for my collection.  I had to add a little paper and some stickers from a Close to My Heart Page kit that I picked up a couple of years ago.  

The title was cut using the "Tear Drop" and "Zooballoo" Cricut Cartridges.  Some tape and pre-cut banners helped create the lines in opposite corners.

To highlight my main photo, I matted it, and then used a mask and sprayed some white ink.  I also splattered a little green ink for some interest.  For the butterfly trails, I used some dimensional fabric paint.  To finish off the cluster, I used a few colorful brads.

Cardstock- Bazzill
Patterned Paper- Close to My Heart, Fancy Pants Designs
Vellum- Creative Memories
Stickers- Close to My Heart, Fancy Pants, Designs, October Afternoon, Die Cuts With a View
Tape- Bella Blvd.
Brads- Basic Grey, Doodlebug Designs
Pen- Sakura
Mist- Studio Calico
Dimensional Paint- Duncan
Ribbon- Michaels
Mask- Studio Calico
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridges- Zooballoo, Tear Drop

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 3-16-14

Do you see that?! ^^^ I'm doing a scavenger hunt post!  I haven't done one in a VERY long time.  I've been trying the last few weeks to get back into it, but this is the first week I have been able to pull 5 photos together.  Yay!  So here we go!

Here is my youngest looking out the door at his brother and sister playing in the yard.

The temps finally "soared" into the forties this past week and so the kids had a chance to play outside.  Here are my boys doing some very "important" work with their shovels in the snow and water. ;)

Nick was having fun tonight dropping blocks into the open block container and then dumping them out on his head.

 Look Up
Another shot from our time outside.  We got a lot of snow this winter, which left snow mountains at the end of our driveway.  I did crouch down to make it look more impressive though.

We have lots of stuffed animals around these parts and they are usually spread randomly throughout the house.  Here is one on the living room floor with a few other random toys.

Friday, March 14, 2014

My Scraps and More Sketch #72- Happy 4th Birthday

It's Friday which means a new sketch at My Scrap and More.  This week we had this great multi-photo sketch to work with:

I decided to scrap some photos of my daughters at a friend's birthday party a few years ago.  

I was inspired by the 3/5 Word Up Wednesday challenge on the boards which was to use a number in your title.  As you can see here, I used the number 4.

I also decided to use my Cricut quite a bit for this one.  Since the party was Tinkerbell themed, I decided to go with large flower embellishments.  For the lines in the large pink hibiscus, I drew them using my Versamark Pen and then rubbed coordinating chalk over the marker.  For the smaller purple flowers, only the Versamark Pen was required. In the centers of the flowers, I simply put liquid glue on the flower and sprinkled on the glitter.

I had some white Close to My Heart chipboard swirls that I colored by brushing on some spray ink and then rubbing a bit of green Gelato on it to better match the color in the papers.

Make sure to head over to the My Scraps and More sketch blog to see what the rest of the team has done!

Cardstock- Bazzill and The Paper Company
Patterned Paper- We R Memory Keepers, Die Cuts With a View, American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket
Sticker- Fiskars
Cricut Cartridges- Holiday Cakes, Storybook
Chipboard- Close to My Heart
Ink- Colorbox, Tattered Angels, Faber Castell
Glitter- American Crafts
Stamp- Stampin Up
Pen- Sakura, Tsukeniko
Chalk- Oriental Trading Company
Sketch- Tammi Bennett

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Happy Birthday- CAS(E) this Sketch #67

I have a card today to share.  It is a birthday card for my husband's grandfather, he turns 90 on Tuesday! My card was inspired by this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch.

I started with some wood grain paper and added a strip of neutral patterned paper across the bottom.  I chose a neutral paper for the tags as well.  I inked the back one using Distress inks in Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, and Weathered Wood to give it a sky feel.  To create the lines, I used a torn piece of paper and placed it in various places and angles on my tag and inked off the edge.  To add textured to the background of my card, I used a mask and some modeling paste.  After the paste was dry, I inked it a bit with Weathered Wood, Chipped Sapphire, and Walnut Stain inks.  I colored my image with colored pencils.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March Calendar Page

I'm back today with another layout, this time my March calendar/ Project 12 layout.  I used this great Nuts About Sketches sketch:

Again, I ran into the issue of not having cardstock that was the right color, so I pulled out the white and made it the color I wanted. I stopped at my local scrapbook store this week and picked up a set of gelatos.  I chose the metallic ones because I love to add a little shimmer and they had the most variety of color in one pack.  For this layout, I used the blue and the green.  I took the blue and scribbled heavily across the bottom of my cardstock and thinned it out as I went up the page.  I added just a touch of green to get my color closer to the color of my patterned papers and photos.  Then I sprayed it generously with water and brushed the color up the page with a foam brush.  Most of it was covered by my photos and patterned paper, but you can see the color on the bottom and between the rows of photos.

I combined a couple of My Mind's Eye lines for this layout: Collectable and On the Bright Side.  I was also inspired by a recipe challenge at My Scraps and More to use 3 of the same embellishment, 2 tags and a piece of twine.  I made the tag behind my title by cutting a rectangle, rounding the corners and punching a hole in it.  The tag on the lower left I cut using my Cricut.  For the twine, I cut a piece into multiple pieces to decorate my tags. I added a few enamel dots, brads and tape.

The sheen from the gelatos is really hard to photograph, but I tried here.  Hopefully you can see that it adds a bit of shimmer to my layout.

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper, brads, enamel dots, tags- My Mind's Eye
Tape- Target
Ink- Colorbox
Gelatos- Faber-Castell
Twine- Pink Paislee
Cartridge- Cricut Classic Font
Pen- Zig
Stickers- October Afternoon

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Laughter is the Best Medicine: Scrapping Everyday Miracles March Challenges

Ah!  It is March already!  February just flew by! I am somewhat thankful for this, because, here in Minnesota, it has been a loooooong COLD winter and I am ready to get to the months where there is at least a chance of relief!

With the first of the month, comes 3 new challenges at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.  Our main theme challenge this month is "Laughter is the Best Medicine" and our verse is Psalm 126:2 "Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

We also have two Page Maps sketches to choose from, a card sketch and a layout sketch.  I have a card to share today based on the card sketch.

I made this card for a friend who had a baby.  The stork cut is from the Cricut Holiday Cakes cartridge.  For the ground, I tore a piece of paper and used it as a mask.  With an ink blending tool, I inked the bottom of the panel with Wild Honey ink and then,  concentrating on the top edge, I used Mowed Lawn ink. 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my project!  Make sure you head over the Scrapping Everyday Miracles and check out what the rest of the team did and join us in the challenges!