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.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Two Cards- Mojo Monday

I have two new cards to share today that I created from this week's Mojo Monday sketch (the last one!):

I made two masculine cards with this sketch. I stamped the background panels with Versamark ink and sentiment stamps for the birthday card and definition stamps for the Father's Day card. The patterned paper is bits and pieces for a 6x6 stack that I have almost used up. For the sentiment panel, I stamped the background image, dried it and then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment. I finished off the card by inking the edges of the sentiment panel and the card.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Anniversary- CAS(E) This Sketch and Altenew

Good morning, I have another card to share. This time I made an anniversary card inspired by this week's sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch:

This month's color and image inspiration from Altenew also came into play:
June 2017 Inspiration Challenge – White On White Focal Point

I was inspired by the technique in this post by Jennifer McGuire to make the flowers. I have to say, this technique was very challenging. I had trouble getting clean images because the stamps slipped on the vellum. Then I had trouble with not leaving enough space around the edges so I had to restamp some images a few times. So, while I am pleased with the results, this isn't a technique I will be trying again soon!

I stamped the leaves directly on the background along with the sentiment. Unfortunately, the sentiment smudged when I did the pick inking, so I stamped the sentiment on vellum and heat embossed it before layering it over the smudges sentiment. I finished off the card with some pink ink splatters.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wedding Card- Sketch Saturday #466

Hello! I have a card to share today. I started with this sketch from Sketch Saturday:
I used a few different patterned papers for my background. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and image on vellum. I used a few shades of blue ink and smooshed in on the back of the vellum. I finished it of with Liquid Pearls.

I was also inspired by the current challenge at CAS-ual Fridays which is to use patterned papers.

Finally, I am entering this in the current challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge which is to make a project for a wedding.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Weeks 20 and 21

Hello! I'm finally posting my photos for weeks 20 and 21, which means I am caught up! I'm thinking this week's prompt should be fairly easy, so I should be able to post my photo for this week this weekend.

First up is week 20, which was Something Old. I struggled a lot with this one. We spent Monday at my sister-in-law's dad's house on the lake and that's where I was able to take both of these shots. I believe this piece was once a baby crib, but I may be wrong. They have put a piece of plywood across the bottom to make it a bench for when they want to sit around the fire.

This was also shot at the lake house, this time on the dock by the lake. The prompt for week 21 was leading lines. I used the railing and the siding to lead to eye to the little flag.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Birthday Card- Fusion

Hello! I have a new card to share today! For this card, I was inspired by the sketch and inspiration at Fusion:

I loved the chalkboard look of the inspiration picture, so I started with black cardstock. I dry embossed it with a polka dot embossing folder and then took a white ink pad and swiped that over the raised areas. I used Distress Oxide inks to stamp the cupcakes. I spritzed those with water to activate the ink and make it lighter. The sentiment was cut with the Cricut. I finished the card off with a piece of shimmery ribbon and some glitter glue.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Two More Cards...

I have another pair of cards made from the same sketch to share. This time I used this week's sketch from Sketch Saturday: 

First up is a sympathy card. I used some bits and pieces for this card. Patterned paper and an embossed piece of vellum are used for the background. I made the banners from various patterned papers. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed. A sticker arrow and glitter glue and liquid pearl spots finish off this card.

For my second card (a birthday card for my 21-year-old niece) uses a piece of patterned paper and foiled transparency for the background. I borrowed a set of stamps from my daughter for the feathers. The white one was stamped and fussy cut. The red one was already cut, and I just stamped on it with a feather with a similar size and shape.

Birthday and Anniversary Cards- Same Sketch!

It's that time of year where I am cranking out cards as fast as I can because our families have lots of birthdays and anniversaries. Sometimes that means I make a couple of identical cards, this time I made two with the same overall design, but different stamps and papers. I started with this sketch from CAS-ual Fridays:

Here are the two cards I made:

First up is a birthday card for my niece who turns 5 on Monday. I stamped and fussy cut the butterflies and used a dot of glue to attach them to my card front. For the sentiment, I stamped the colored circles first and let them dry. I ran my anti-static tool over it and then stamped in black, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The circle was attached with foam tape for dimension. I finished off the card with a bit of glitter glue on the butterfly bodies and a couple of ribbons across the bottom.

Next, I have an anniversary card that I made for my in-laws. I was inspired by this week's inspiration piece at Inspired by All the Little Things:

I was mostly inspired by the colors in this piece. Again I stamped the images and fussy cut them. For this card, I then pressed each circle onto a Versamark pad and then sprinkled it with clear glitter embossing powder. I popped up the heart for dimension.

52 Week Photography Challenge- Week 19

Hello! I am finally back with another installment of my weekly photography challenge! I am a few weeks behind again, and I only have one photo to share today. I'm hoping I can catch up this weekend!

The prompt for week 19 was "birds". I had the opportunity to go to the Arboretum yesterday and this family of geese was hanging out by the irises. They were pretty tame as they didn't seem bothered at all by the people walking by, including the 3 first grade boys with me.

Monday, May 22, 2017

June Calendar Page

Hello! I'm here to share my June calendar page and I even finished it early! I started with the two page sketch from Stick It Down:

I stayed pretty true to the sketch, but I split a few of the photos in two to get more on the layout. I used a 6x6 paper pad for the patterned paper pieces. After I attached them, I used my sewing machine to zig zag stitch over each seam. The rest of the page was embellished using stamps! I pulled out several flower stamps, stamped them on white cardstock and fussy cut them. The title was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed before being fussy cut. I attached some of the flowers with foam adhesive to give them some dimension. I finished the flowers off with Liquid Pearl centers.

Cardstock- American Crafts, Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Patterned Papers- American Crafts
Stamps- Stampin Up, American Crafts, Autumn Leaves
Ink- Stampin Up, Ranger
Buttons- Oriental Trading 
Liquid Pearls- Ranger
Border Punch- Martha Stewart
Pens- Signo Uniball, GelWriter
Thread- Coats and Clark