Monday, September 28, 2015

On Your Wedding Day- CAS(E) This Sketch #142

Hello and happy Monday! I have a card to share that I made over the weekend for a friend's wedding. I was inspired by the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch:

I started with a piece of watercolor paper for my card front. I stamped a flower stamp over the entire piece with Versamark and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then sprayed the paper generously with water. I took a paintbrush and pressed it onto some Distress Ink pads and then touched the color to the paper. I spread the color using my finger.
While that dried, I cut some hearts with my Cricut . I hand cut the banner for my sentiment and then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and gold heart. I popped up the heart with the gold heart accent with some foam tape.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

October Calendar Page

Hi all! I hope you are having a fabulous week! I got a chance to scrapbook this week and have my calendar page ready for next month! I started with this sketch from Stick it Down:
This sketch challenged me a bit as I like to line my photos up, but I eventually figured out how to make it work. 

I started by finding this flower cut that had openings  for the petals and filled the openings with patterned paper.

I then stamped leaves on my background cardstock using a very old Stampin Up set that I absolutely love. I also cut some leaves from patterned paper to add some dimension. 

Once the layout was assembled, I decided it needed a bit more so I added the sequins with the leaves. I am also entering this in the Scrapping Everyday Miracles Birthday Crop challenge #2, which was tic-tac-toe. I chose the diagonal from top left to lower right: 3+ photos, patterned paper, and a sketch. Finally, Paper Issues has a challenge going on right now called "How 'Bout Them Apples" which includes making a layout about fall. Since this layout is about October, it is definitely about fall!

Cardstock- Bazzill, Michael's
Patterned Paper- Jillibean Soup, October Afternoon
Ink- Ranger
Stamps- Stampin Up
Thickers- American Crafts
Chipboard- October Afternoon
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Software- Crafters Edge
Fonts- Queen Empress, Garden Dingbats, Plants

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Thinking of You

Hello all! I have a card to share tonight and I am excited to say, "Fusion is back!!" They took a break over the summer and I really missed the inspiration, but they are back and check out this amazing inspiration!

I started with the yellow background and used some watercolor paper for the background of my card.  I sprayed the paper with water, then scribbled with a yellow Gelato, and softened the color into the water. I decided the color needed a little more depth, so I sprayed again with water and then added a couple of blots of Fossilized Amber Distress Stain and mixed that in using my finger.

I also loved the peacocks in the inspiration piece.  I had to think for a moment, but I then remembered that October Afternoon Woodland Park collection has some peacock motifs, so I pulled that out. I fussy cut the peacock from a piece of patterned paper. I then went over all of the dark blue areas with a VersaMark pen and sprinkled it with glitter embossing powder. I cut the sentiment panel with my Cricut and Storybook cartridge. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment. A piece of ribbon and a few sequins finished off the card.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Celebrate- CAS(E) this Sketch #140

Hello! I am busy editing photos from a recent shoot I did, but I wanted to jump on today and share this card I made for my husband this past weekend for his birthday.

I started with the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:

The stripes across the bottom looked like paint stripes to me, so I decided to go in that direction and use alcohol inks. To make my foil background, I used some regular aluminum foil and adhered it to some white cardstock. I then used a q-tip to swipe the alcohol ink stripes. After the ink was dry, I dry embossed the piece. To finish it off, I die cut the sentiment and added some blue gems.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fun at the Fair

Hello, Happy Sunday! I am here today sharing a layout I made this week.  I was inspired by Got Talent Challenge #3 at My Scraps and More. 

The challenge was to use at least 6 different patterned papers. I pulled out these photos from the county fair a few years ago and was immediately reminded on the quilts that you often see at fairs and decided to go that direction with my layout. I cut 2x2 inch squares from seven different patterned papers and then created a border around my page with them. After they were all attached, I used my sewing machine to add stitching between each square. I added the photos and then did my embellishing. Since all the patterned papers made the page kind of busy I didn't do a ton of embellishing, just a few clusters to draw your eye around the page.  

Cardstock- Bazzill
Patterned Paper- October Afternoon, Jillibean Soup
Stickers- October Afternoon, Basic Grey, Simple Stories
Chipboard- American Crafts
Brads- October Afternoon, My Mind's Eye
Enamel Dots- Simple Stories, October Afternoon
Tape- My Mind's Eye
Rub Ons- Crate Paper
Pen- Sakura
Tin Pin- October Afternoon

Monday, September 7, 2015

Chalk Art- My Scraps and More Sketch #113

Hello! I have a layout to share that came together very quickly this weekend.  It started with this fun sketch by Audrey at My Scraps and More:

I was also inspired by Got Talent Challenge #4 which was to start with a piece of plain cardstock and not use any patterned paper, only ribbon and washi tape for the background. As you can see, the sketch worked well with this challenge. I started by spraying and splattering my cardstock with yellow and pink spray inks. After those were dry, I went to work with some washi tapes. I wanted to add some dimension, so I used some ric rac as well for my background.  I used some stamps and chipboard letters for my title and a variety of embellishments around my page. 

Cardstock- Bazzill
Tape- October Afternoon, Target, Bella Blvd.
Inks- EK Success, Tattered Angels, Tsukineko
Brad- My Mind's Eye
Epoxy Stickers- October Afternoon, EK Success
Rub On and Stamps- Autumn Leaves
Tin Pin- October Afternoon
Chipboard- KI Memories
Stickers- Cosmo Cricket
Pen- Sharpie, American Crafts
Die Cuts- K and Co.
RicRac- Michaels

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Happy Anniversary- Stick It Down September

Hello again! I have another card to share today, this time an anniversary card. For this card, I was inspired by the September card sketch at Stick it Down

I used a the same alcohol ink technique as I used on yesterday's card for the purple pieces on this card. These pieces were already cut, so I just inked them up. This time I used just the purple with pearl mixative for the squares and silver for the hearts. The background of this card is a scrap from a layout that I misted months ago, but it fit my color scheme. After I had the card front put together, I placed in on the card and it needed a border, so I used painter's tape and taped of the edges and used some Dusty Concord Distress Ink and a blending tool to create the border.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Happy Birthday- Cardabilities #130

Hello all! I am here today with a card I made this week for my niece's 18th birthday.  I was inspired by the current sketch at Cardabilities: 

I was also inspired by Tim Holtz's tag for September. He used some alcohol inks and swirled them on Glossy Cardstock. I had to try the technique. I used blue, green, and purple inks, along with the silver mixative. I feel like the purple and green got a little muddy, so I may stick to two colors next time, but it turned out pretty cool anyway. The rest of the card came together pretty easily. I tore the piece of patterned paper and used purple chalk on the torn edge. I punched the border from another piece of patterned paper. I stamped and heat embossed the flower and sentiment and then cut them out.