Tuesday, November 28, 2017

9 Months of Growth

Hello all! I have a new layout to share! I hope to be getting to some more creating that I can share soon!

This is a layout documenting my growth through my 4th child's pregnancy (he'll be 5 in a little over a month, but who's counting...). I ended up leaving this layout pretty simple since there are so many photos. I started by cutting a full page background in a similar color to my background. I cut that in half and glued it to the center of my pages. I then took strips of striped patterned paper (which ended up being mostly covered) and added those to either side. I then splattered a few colors of ink over my background. I stamped the little labels for the stats and then wrote them out. The number in my title is a chipboard number, the rest was cut with my Cricut. I finished off the page with some star stickers and enamel accents.

I'm entering this in the current challenge at Challenge YOUrself: use ink or spray and include a photo of yourself. I am also entering it in the November 19 challenge at The Studio Challenges: create your background.

Cardstock- Die Cuts with a View, My Mind's Eye, American Crafts
Patterned Paper, stickers- Echo Park
Chipboard- Pink Paislee
Enamel- Pink Fresh Studios, Bella Blvd
Inks- October Afternoon, EK Success, Tattered Angels
Pen- Sharpie
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridge- Makin' the Grade, Edge to Edge

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Making Multiple Cards

Hello again! I was so busy the last month and a half, I wasn't able to make cards for all of the birthdays! I used some already made ones from my stash and got some help from my daughter for one as well. Once we hit November, I didn't have anything that would work for several events, so I had to crank a bunch out quick one evening.

First up is a set of birthday cards I made for 2 1-year-olds and a 2-year-old. For these, I stamped the giraffe with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink on dark brown cardstock. The balloons we stamped in a coordinating color and heat embossed. I fussy cut all of those pieces before adding them to my card fronts with foam adhesive. I added some stamping in the bottom corner in a coordinating color to add some interest. After stamping the sentiment, I used some twine and tied it around the giraffe's tail before gluing it down on the card front.

Next up, I made two anniversary and a sympathy card using some Altenew stamps. I inked the edges with brown ink and stamped the sentiment in the same color. I added some dots of gold glitter glue on the anniversary cards for some sparkle.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November Calendar Page

Hellooooooo! It's been very quiet around here for a while. I've been busy taking and editing family photos. I also had another wrench thrown in this fall that I will talk more about in the near future. ;) I am here today to share my November layout. I started with the two page sketch from PageMaps from August 2016.

I loved how many photos I could get on this layout and even figured out how to get a few more on than the original sketch suggested. I used Basic Grey "Grand Bazaar for my paper and many of the embellishments. I kept things pretty simple on this one since there are so many photos.

Cardstock- My Mind's Eye
Patterned Paper, flowers, wood veneers- Basic Grey
Stickers- Basic Grey, American Crafts
Sequins- Jenni Bowlin
Liquid Pearls, Ink- Ranger
Pen- Sharpie
Stamps- KI Memories

Sunday, September 24, 2017

October Calendar Page

Hello! I have a scrapbook page to share today. I got my October calendar page done ahead of time this month! As you may know, I am a family photographer, and it gets really busy this time of year. I will be spending a lot of time over the next month taking and editing photos, so I wanted to get this done! I used the double page sketch from Stick it Down:

I started with cream cardstock and added the patterned paper across the bottom. I then cut out the big leaf using my Cricut. I decided to use both the cut and the negative cut. I then splattered some inks on the pages. I added my photos. I dug out a bunch of different embellishments and made a few groupings around the page. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cards- CAS(E) This Sketch

Hello! I have a couple of card to share today, both using CAS(E) This Sketch sketches. First up is a wedding card I made based off of this week's sketch:

The invitation we received for this wedding was black with gold dots, so I decided to work from that for the card. I layered some acetate with gold dots over some black cardstock. I then took a piece of kraft colored paper and used Versamark and gold embossing powder to make the edge gold and layered that underneath. I stamped some flowers on my white card base and then attached the layered pieces. I finished off the card with a die cut "Congrats" that I inked and heat embossed to match the gold.

Next up is a card using the sketch from two weeks ago. 

I was inspired by the changing leaves and decided to try some watercoloring. I stamped and heat embossed my leaves and then painted them in with a generous amount of water. I dropped the color into the flowers and let it spread. I then painted a light coat of blue over the entire background. I finished it off with my stamped and heat embossed sentiment and some gold paint splatters.

Friday, September 8, 2017

September Calendar Page

Good morning! I figured that since we are now over a week into September, I should share my calendar page for the month! 

This month I was inspired by the two page sketch at PageMaps for July. I used a bunch of October Afternoon papers and embellishments from various places. 

I was also inspired by the Tic Tac Toe challenge at Scrap Our Stash:

I did the bottom row: arrow (middle left embellishment cluster), wood grain paper, and circle (patterned paper on left side of page).

Cardstock- My Mind's Eye
Patterned Paper- October Afternoon
Chipboard- My Mind's Eye, Fiskars, October Afternoon
Stickers- Simple Stories, Basic Grey, Fancy Pants, October Afternoon
Flowers- Prima, KaiserCraft
Wood Veneer- Basic Grey, Project Life, American Crafts
Enamel Dots- October Afternoon
Pen- Sakura
Material tape- Making Memories
Ribbon- Michael's
Brads- Doodlebug, Basic Grey 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

You Are Awesome birthday card- Altenew

Hello! I have a new card to share! I made this one for my niece who turned 20 earlier this week. I was inspired by the current challenge at Altenew:

I used the Painted Butterflies set. I started with the block watercolor technique that Jennifer McGuire demonstrated in this post. I used Distress Oxide inks since they are so fun to work with. I stamped the block onto my kraft cardstock background. I dried that with my heat tool and then stamped my butterflies. I picked up on the pinkish purple in the inspiration piece and used that for my butterflies. For the sentiment, I ran the same pink ink over white cardstock and dried that with the heat gun before silver embossing my sentiment.  I added a bit more sparkle with the silver sequins.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Week 35

Hello! I am back today with my photos for the From Moments to Memories 52 Week photography challenge. This week's prompt was easy, since it is what I do and I had a shoot this past weekend: Portrait! The shoot was a newborn shoot, but her older sister needed to get in on the fun since she will be 2 soon.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Weeks 30-34

Well, here I am again, waaaaay behind. I have 5 photos for the last 5 prompts to share.

Week 30- Reflections
We spent last week with my husband's sister's family in Illinois. One of the first nights we were there, I noticed the sky was beautiful and it was super still so the pond in their backyard had a perfect reflection in it.

Week 31- Transportation
I struggled with this prompt the most and I'm not loving this photo for it, but I decided I needed to move on! While we were in Illinois, we went to Legoland. This is my husband and daughter on one of the rides there.

Week 32- Clouds
This photo was taken the same night as the first one in this post, just shooting in a different direction.

Week 33- Morning
A couple of weeks ago, the kids, my parents, and I went to the Arboretum. It rained that morning, and throughout the day, leaving lovely drops on the flowers and plants.

Week 34- Wildlife
The kids and I went to the zoo yesterday. This white cheeked gibbon was howling away while we were there and I managed to catch this shot of it.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What Does the Fox Say?

Hello! I have a scrapbook page to share today! I am not usually inspired by product, but product inspired the title of this page. 

I started with the scraplift challenge at Paper Issues:

I loved the block style of the layout and that I could get several photos on one page. I was also inspired by the Tic Tac Toe challenge at The Studio:

I used the diagonal from the bottom left to the top right. I used papers and wood veneers from Basic Grey's Grand Bazaar. There is a fox motif running throughout the collection that made me think of the song from a few years ago, so I decided to use that as my title for this school page. 

I embellished my page with a border sticker, stickers, wood veneer, wood tags, enamel accents and liquid pearls.

Patterned Paper, stickers, wood veneer- Basic Grey
Washi tape- My Mind's Eye
Die Cuts- K and Company
Pen- Sharpie
Enamel Accents- PinkFresh Studios, EK Success
Liquid Pearls- Ranger

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Kid Birthday Cards

Hello! I have a couple of cards to share today that I made last week for two kids that are special to me and my family. 

First up is a card I made for our goddaughter, who turned 4 last week. I was inspired by this sketch from Stick It Down:

For my background, I was inspired by a technique that Jennifer McGuire posted a couple of months ago using watercolors and plastic wrap. I used Gelatos painted on with water for my background. I cut the balloons using my Cricut and then backed them with black cardstock to make them stand out against my colorful background. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed. I finished off the card with embroidery floss strings for the balloons. 

Next up is a card I made for our nephew who turned 3 using some scraps from a recent scrapbook layout. I had printed my journaling on strips and so there was excess paper cut off of each strip. I used those scraps and wove them together to make a grid for my background.  I cut out the dinosaur using my Cricut. I hand cut the banner for the sentiment and stamped the sentiment onto it. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

August Calendar Page- Stick it Down

Hello! I have my August calendar page to share today! I ended up using the June Double Sketch from Stick it Down:

I used October Afternoon's Summertime collection for my papers and much of my embellishment. I typed up my journaling and cut it into strips, one of my favorite techniques for these month in review layouts. I moved the bulk of my journaling to the top left corner because there was more space there. I finished off my layout with some die cuts, buttons and enamel dots.

Cardstock- Michael's, Bazzill
Patterned Paper, sticker, die cuts, badge- October Afternoon
Rub Ons- Making Memories
Enamel dots- Simple Stories, October Afternoon
Buttons- October Afternoon, Oriental Trading Company, American Crafts, other
Ribbon- Michael's, Fiskars
Pens- Sharpie, Uniball Signo
Font- Calibri

Friday, July 21, 2017

Disney On Ice- Scrap Our Stash

Hello! I have a scrapbook page to share! I've had these photos sitting for a while and finally felt inspired to scrap this photo-heavy layout. The technique for this month's Try It Tuesday challenge at Paper Issues was to paint scrape. I used some gesso and teal metallic paint where I was going to put the photos of my daughter and the title and journaling. 

To embellish this layout, I was inspired by the Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe challenge:

I used the left column: number (there are numbers on the tickets), chipboard, and striped paper. 

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper- Moxxie
Paint- Liquitex, Martha Stewart Crafts
Glitter Glue- Ranger
Ink- Stampin Up
Flowers- The Paper Studio
Paper clip- Fynmark
Chipboard- Sandylion
Brad-Making Memories
Stamp- Fancy Pants
Pen- Sharpie
Software- Craft Edge
Fonts- Elsewhere BRK, Waltograph

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Week 29

Hello! I am here today to post my photo for week 29! This week's prompt was Close Up/Macro. It has been raining off and on here all day. After the most recent shower, I grabbed my camera and headed outside to see if I could get some photos of my flowers with water droplets on them. I was successful! Here is my photo:

Here is the list of the prompts if you would like to play along:

Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy Happy Birthday- Fusion Card Challenge

I have another card to share tonight. This one was inspired by the current challenge from Fusion Card Challenge:

I needed to make a masculine birthday card, and I thought this was a great place to start. I used a mask and Distress Ink and inked my card base in coordinating colors. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed. I then put all the pieces together. I finished it off with a metal brad and some twine to make it look like a sign.

Thanks So Much- Stick It Down Card Sketch

Hello! I have a couple of cards to share today! First up is a thank you card I made last week based on the July card sketch at Stick It Down:

I started by stamping the flowers and butterflies on my white card base. My original plan was to do a very basic card with the stamped background and a sentiment on  some vellum, but after I finished the stamping, I felt like the card needed more, so I went looking for patterned paper that would go with the colors I had stamped. This is not the usual order I do things, but it wasn't too hard. I found two papers that worked a some ribbon and attached them to my card front. I finished it off with a stamped sentiment.

My second card wasn't based on any challenges, I just played a bit with a new technique. I started by spreading Distress Stains in Abandoned Coral, Picket Fence and Mermaid Lagoon on an acrylic block. I sprayed that generously with water and then pressed it onto my water color paper panel. I ended up doing this a couple of times to get the saturation that I wanted. I printed my sentiment on vellum and immediately heat embossed it with silver powder. I added some die cut stars and stamped stars to the front of the card to finish it off. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

52 Week Photography Callenge- Weeks 24-28

Holy smokes, I really let this one get away from me! I'm here to post my photos for the prompts from the last MONTH!

Week 24- Food- Part of the reason it has taken so long for me to post this is this prompt. I just photograph food! Except the cakes that I decorate... This past weekend was my son's birthday so I decorated this cake for him with a Chima Lego character, Laval.

Week 25- Summer- Around here, one of the surest signs of summer is playing in the water. Two weekends ago we got to go play in a friend's pool for the afternoon.

Week 26- Rule of Thirds- We went to the Children's Museum last week with family. This is my nephew playing with these lights that light up when wet.

Week 27- Freedom- Fireworks are big on the 4th of July so they have become associated with freedom. Also, Minnesota used to be much more strict about the fireworks that people could have, so the fact that we can enjoy our own fireworks is a sign of freedom.

Week 28- Sun- While this photo was taken inside, I love the back lighting from the sun coming in the huge windows of this room in the Children's Museum.

There you have it! I hope I can make these posts a little more regular again!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stick It Down- July Double Page Guest Designer

Hello all! I earned a spot as a guest designer for Stick It Down with my May double page layout. On Friday my July page went up with the new double page sketch for July!

I usually use red, white and blue for my July spreads, but this year decided to go for fun, bright, summery colors. I didn't have two pieces of the same patterned paper to go over the two pages, so I made my own with cardstock, a mask and spray ink! I like the subtle pattern that creates. This page is pretty busy with all the photos, so it needed a very basic background. I cut the banners from an older Simple Stories collection. I also used some stickers and chipboard pieces from the same collection. I realized that some (even older) Basic Grey rub ons also when with the colors of my layout, so I added those as well. I typed and printed out my journaling and cut it into strips.

Cardstock- American Crafts, Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper, stickers- Simple Stories
Chipboard- Simple Stories, KI Memories
Rubons- Basic Gray
Mask- Crafter's Workshop
Font- Tall Paul
Ink- Heidi Swapp

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Hello! I have a card to share today that I made last week. I started with this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:

I was also inspired by the photo at The Card Concept:

I used a fairly clean, mixed media style for my card. I was inspired by the shutters behind the bouquet, so I used an embossing folder on my background panel. I also loved the black and white pattern on the handle of the bouquet, so I used a background stamp and black ink on my white card base. The rose was stamped using an Altenew set. At this point, I noticed the feathers in the photo, so I used a feather stamp and fussy cut the feathers to tuck behind my rose. I finished of the card by stamping and heat embossing the sentiment on some white vellum and making some dots of black glitter glue.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Weeks 22 and 23

Hello! So much for staying caught up! I have two of my photos here to share for the last couple of weeks.

First up is week 22: Eyes. We took a family vacation to the Black Hills last week. I had seen an article about a photographer who photographs weddings by photographing images reflected in people's eyes (I'm not explaining that well at all...). I wanted to try to get the reflection of Mount Rushmore in my daughter's eyes, but the lighting wasn't right. There were some pretty cool clouds that you can see in her eye though.

Next up is Week 23: Friends. My kids can be the best of friends and get along great and then other times, not so much. They had lots of opportunities to play together over the course of our trip. Here are three of my kids climbing the dunes in the Badlands.