Sunday, April 24, 2016

Happy Birthday

Hello! I hope you are having a great weekend! I have a card ready to share today. I was inspired by the current challenge at The Card Concept:

I love the colors and flowers of the pattern in the photo. I went for a clean and layered style for my card. I started with the polka dot background paper and then stamped the flowers and leaves onto the panels. I matted the panels to break up the two patterns. I finished off the card with a flower and stamped sentiment.

The design of my card is based on the Mojo Monday sketch this week:

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Welcome Baby Boy

Hi all! I have another baby layout to share from my older son's book. I think this is the last layout I need to make for his baby book! And he's only 5 1/5!! (*sarcasm*)

I started with this sketch from Scrapbook Challenges:

I had some odds and ends from the hospital that I wanted to get on the page, so I worked the hospital wristbands, and the card that was on his bassinet into the design of the layout. The white peeking out from the navy polka dot paper is the hearing assessment and the sheet that I recorded his feedings on for the first 12 days of his life. (PSA: When adding embellishments, such as brads and grommets, remember that you have a pocket on your page so that you don't put your fasteners through the items in your pocket...)
I cut the word "Welcome" using my Cricut and the Zooballoo cartridge. and finished off my title with a sticker.

I was also inspired by the color challenge this month at ScrapMuch? The challenge was to use at least 4 of these colors:

As you can see, I used midnight sky, laughing orange, baby blue, and pecan shell.

Cardstock- My Mind's Eye
Patterned Paper- Fancy Pants Designs
Chipboard- Studio Calico, Fancy Pants Designs
Rub ons- Art Warehouse
Brads- Crate Paper, other
Stickers-Me and My Big Ideas, Fancy Pants Designs, Pebbles
Gromlets- We R Memory Keepers
Ink- Ranger
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridge- Zooballoo

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Splish Splash

 Hello all! Happy Sunday! I have a new layout to share today. This layout was inspired by this sketch from Scrap Much?:

As you can see, I rotated the banners to accommodate my landscape photos. 

To make my title stand out a bit more, I smeared some gesso over the area and then used the packaging technique to add some splashes of blue Distress Stain and Gelato. I cut the title with my Cricut and the "Makin' the Grade" cartridge.  I outlined the first work with a pen, and used the shadow layer and some cardstock for the second word.

In this close up, you can see why my middle banner isn't banner shaped. I worked with the swirly wave pattern on the page to give the feeling of moving water. The wood veneer piece was stamped with a sentiment and a splatter stamp (I'm really happy with how that turned out. The vellum penguin and the "bath time" phrase by the title were one piece, but I cut them apart to make them work on my layout.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my layout!

Cardstock: My Mind's Eye, Bazzill
Patterned Paper- Echo Park, October Afternoon
Die cuts and Tape- October Afternoon
Wood Veneer- Basic Grey, Adorn It
Stamps- American Crafts, Hero Arts
Ink- Ranger, Clear Snap
Enamel dots- October Afternoon, Simple Stories
Brad- Echo Park
Chipboard- Fiskars
Cartridge- Makin' the Grade
Vellum- K and Company
Gelato- Faber Castell
Gesso- Liquitex
Pen- Sakuura

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Scrapping Everyday Miracles- Birthday Card

Hello! I have a card to share today using the current card sketch at Scrapping Everyday Miracles:

I decided I wanted to used one of the cuts from my "Edge to Edge"cartridge for the front of my card, so I used some cardstock and chose this fun geometric cut. I layered that over a piece of watercolor paper that I had watercolored with some Distress Inks and a water brush. I put my Cricut to work cutting the dragonflies and the bracket piece. The numbers were rub ons. To accent my card, I used some sequins, Liquid Pearls and some Perler bead enamel dots (Perler beads that I melted in the oven).  If you haven't heard about making enamel dots using Perler beads, Google it or check Pinterest! It is so easy and since we have had an influx of beads since Christmas, I figured I would try it!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Stick It Down: April Card Sketch

Hello, I am here to share a card for the latest card sketch at Stick It Down:

I made a baby card for the twin daughters of my husband's cousin (got that? :P). I rotated the sketch 90 degrees to make it vertical so it would fit my tall stamped image. The image was stamped and heat embossed. I watercolor painted it with Gelatos. To personalize the card, I stamped the initials of the girls in the stars. For the stripes, I used a variety of washi tapes and ribbon.  I felt like the yellow background paper needed a bit more, so I stamped some stars on there (they are really hard to see in the photo) with some Versamark ink. I used black ink to ink the edges and make them stand out a bit more.
Make sure you check out what the rest of the design team did on the Stick It Down blog!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Hello My Name Is...

 Hello! It has been a while, but I am back today with a fun layout. I was inspired by the Liftapalooza at Scrapbook Challenges going on now. My layout is based on this layout by design team member Ali:


I was inspired by the paper rolling and the overall design of the page. I started by attaching and rolling the fun arrow paper to by background. I then splattered some ink on my page. I followed that up with the patterned paper strips and photos. 

I used stickers, a brad, rub ons and enamel embellishments from several different collections and companies.

I used a couple of label stickers for my journaling because it didn't quite fit on one.

I had the idea for my title, so I found a die cut piece that looked like a name tag and stamped and heat embossed "Hello" across the top. I used tiny letter stickers for "my name is," and used my Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot to cut out "Trouble."

I was also inspired by the Pick 5 challenge at Paper Issues. Here is the list for this month:

Cardstock- My Mind's Eye, Bazzill
Patterned Paper- Echo Park, Imaginisce, October Afternoon
Chipboard, Die Cuts, Badge, Enamel- October Afternoon
Stickers- October Afternoon, Echo Park, Basic Grey
Cork- American Crafts
Brad- Carta Bella
Rub Ons- Basic Grey
Font- Dear Teacher- Normal
Ink- Tattered Angels, EK Success, Tsukineko
Pen- Sharpie
Stamps- Target
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Software- Craft Edge

Sunday, April 3, 2016

April Calendar Page

Hello! I'm a couple days late with this one, but I have my April calendar page done! I started with this sketch from Stick it Down:
I stuck pretty choose to the sketch. I realized when I got my photos though, that I could have printed them bigger. Oh well! I played lot with bright colors on this one, I guess I'm ready for spring!

I used some die cuts and stickers from the Simple Stories DIY Boutique collection.
To add some texture to my page, I used some fabric trim by Heidi Swapp that I colored with Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron Distress Stains. After I added the ink to half of my trim, I folded it over on itself and sprayed it generously with water to spread the color to the rest of the trim. I think the next time I do out, I will spray the trim with water first because I didn't like how harsh the lines between the colors were on the first half that I colored.

Cardstock- My Mind's Eye
Patterned Paper- Simple Stories, My Mind's Eye, Bo Bunny
Stickers and die cuts- Simple Stories
Journal spots- Maya Road
Stamp- 7 Gypsies
Trim- Heidi Swapp
Ink- We R Memory Keepers, Ranger
Pen- Sharpie
Chipboard- KI Memories, Simple Stories
Glitter Glue- Ranger