Back in the groove

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I’ve been away from scrapbooking too long.  Things have “settled” in the studio, most everything has a home, all the boxes have been opened and the contents rediscovered.  It’s time to get busy.  This little girl is a senior and there are four years of band pictures to get into albums.  Being a band mom, there are LOADS of pics!!  So we’re starting at the beginning, going traditional and throwing in some new techniques to get the process rolling.  When I say a “lot” of pictures…an example would be over 150+ for an eight minute routine.  Add in pics from the stands, practices and pep rallys…AND competitions, parades and showcases… LOTS!  I won’t bore folks with every single layout but here’s the first two pages of E’s Band photo album.. (too many to include in her high school album.)

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I haven’t truly cropped for about two years, so I haven’t yet warmed up.  In a sense, I’m relearning the craft.  Should be fun seeing what I come up with, what inspires me and what challenges push me to create these pages for my dd.  Thanks for popping by!

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Tag you’re it…

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Okay I’m back on a roll.  This week’s challenge at Unity is a quick and easy tag. You can view the video how-to on the group page on Facebook.  I love tags, and if you know me, you knew that!  So here’s my take on the tag.  Supplies used: Ranger tag, Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers) Unity stamps (I’m sorry, I don’t know the name of this particular Angie Girl, I received her in a grab bag) washi and some bling.

The point was to grab up a scrap piece of paper and one of your large punches to create your own stencil.  I don’t have any jumbo punches, so I opted for a Spellbinders die.  This is one of the diamonds.  This is fun, quick and easy.  Don’t over think it!!  I say that outta love and experience.  (And the first crap attempt sitting on my desk, I was playing with some Canvas Corp tags.. still attempting to salvage it)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day.

Loving with Unity

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There has been an idea kicking around my head since mid December.  After trolling Pinterest and Facebook, I was inspired.  I also had a photo that was inspiring me, I even had a stamp that “matched”.  But then it was January, too late for Christmas cards.. and now it’s February.  After sorting and browsing my stamps, I discovered I had another stamp that was perfect for my “idea”. (It really isn’t new but..)  So gathered up the supplies: water color paper, versa mark, distress ink refills, water brush pen, white embossing powder and a stamp by Unity.  You’ll stamp the image first, cover with white embossing powder and set it.  Then get your distress inks/refills out and water.  I discovered if you spritz the paper first before laying down your color, it will bleed and find it’s own path.  AND it was cool!   I, then trimmed it down to a 3.5 x 3.5 square, matted with some red Bazzill stash.  Added some cute washie I found at Michael’s and poof done!  Before I knew it, I had eight cards done!

I hope you like it and thanks for visiting!

Bash your stash

I’m getting better everyday.  In an effort to finish those half started, well intended projects, I pulled one out.  It’s a Tim Holtz small folio and it’s covered in a paper line by Michael’s.  Recollections “Memories Documented”.   I bought it with other intentions but that is what happens when you hoard.

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I took the folio and created an hinged page insert technique I learned from Kathy Orta..I didn’t go crazy with fold outs or inserts because this album will only expand so much.  There are only five pages.

In the past there have been problems with the paper cracking or splitting on the folds.  Tim’s tissue tape and washi tapes won’t hold up to the wear.  Paper is too heavy.  After seeking advice and playing, I took a stencil and sponged on some Archival ink in Potting Soil. Then sponged on Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs.  To finish and seal it, I swabbed on Micro Glaze.  Loved how it turned out.  Next time I’ll do the ink technique BEFORE adhering the papers.

Time to start adding the pictures and journal cards.  Hope you enjoyed!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

JANUARY 2017

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Oh my it feels good to create again.  2016 was a very full year and 2017 is shaping up to be just as busy.  We moved again in June 2016, from our rental into our newly purchased home.  It’s such a lovely place, we all have space to stretch out in and a quiet neighborhood to enjoy.  The view from my studio is a little pond and willow tree.  This fall and winter, I get to listen to the geese and watch their antics thru out the day.  I looked forward to unpacking, sorting, purging and all the little things that go with making a house a home.  Instead suffered a few minor set backs and spent the fall stuck indoors healing from a broken kneecap.  Fortunately “Time Heals” rings true and I’m back on my feet and ready to create again.  2017 is bound to be full of creativity, changes and new starts.  With that being said, here’s my first attempt back in the studio.   A little pocket card set for an upcoming swap.  I pulled out the last of my Basic Grey “Figgy Pudding” line and whipped up these little journal cards.  This little bunny fella by Catslife Press  has been waiting patiently for ink and I couldn’t refuse him.  He’s just so cute!    Well that’s it for now.  But it’s only week one of January, maybe I’ll set some new goals for the year like creating (and finishing) something once a week, or dusting off my camera and shoot something.  Who knows but it’s good to create again.   Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

Inspiration

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Sometimes it takes a bit to get the creative juices flowing.  Other times, they’re in overdrive.  This week it’s over drive.  The swap group I play in, had some wonderful prompts and challenges this month.  It was hard only sticking to six themes, since there were so many good ones to chose from!!  The above is the beginning of a fairie themed pocket card.  I’m excited about this one.  I can see this one in my head, but not sure if it’s going to look like it in the end.  We’ll see!

These cards are for our selfie theme.  I think many of us “collect” items, stamps, dies  that reflect our other hobbies and passions.  Cameras are one of mine, so it’s not surprising to see my “stash” grow to reflect it.  These cards were inspired by another blogger who used these fabulous stamps by Stampotique.  The artist is Daniel Torrente and his little kid sketches are a favorite.  The card on the left is for the swap and the card on the right will be “bonus” cards or perhaps hostess cards.  I dunno yet!

Sometimes you have an idea in your head but when you get it down on paper, it doesn’t work.  That was the case with the picture on the right.  It wasn’t working.  So I set it aside to work on something else.  Then I picked it up again after watching of all things, The Big Bang Theory.  (Our family is sadly addicted)  But yup, you guessed it, they were up to “shenanigans” and I was ready to roll!

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This Rolo fell together.  I used a stamp sentiment from Unity Stamps.  Lately they’ve become an addiction, between their facebook page and blog…there’s so much inspiration.  And their weekly challenges are perfect to get your creative juices flowing.  This older paper from DCWV has a lot of glimmering gold, which led to the butterfly die cut.  After using ink techniques by Tim Holtz, I rubbed gold shimmer wax on the wings.  It didn’t match what was in my head..then I saw another challenge.  It was Tim Holtz’s tag of the month challenge.  He used gold foil to accent a piece.  THAT’s what I wanted.  It doesn’t photograph well, but I used the foil sheets and randomly “gilded” the wings.  LOVED!!

So that’s it for this week!  Thanks for stopping by!  Wow, what is this 2-3 weeks in a row?  Getting better at this!  😀

Rainy Days…

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Playing over at Unity {Show & Tell} again.  This weeks challenge was to use one of the many wonderful Unity Girls stamps.  Harmony Girl spoke to me the first time I saw it, she had to come home.  Who could pass up her umbrella and fabulous “wellies”?   As usual, I mixed up challenges.  It’s a new year of Monthly Tags at the Tim Holtz blog, so I used his February technique challenge and mixed it up.  🙂

Inspiration comes from all over and Tammy Tutterow had once used seed beads on one of her projects.  Well gee, I have some of those stashed somewhere…. after dabbing some Glue n Seal and pressing some seed beads into it.  POOF!  Rain!

Most of the Unity Girl stamps have their own sentiment but I was suffering from an ear worm.  So the Carpenters “Rainy Days and Mondays” became a part of my tag.  It seemed fitting for the tag.  You have until Thursday, March 3 to get your entry in if you’d like to play along over at Unity.  Or pop onto Facebook and browse their gallery, there are some wonderful creations over there!

 

Day late… not bad.

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Challenges and prompts.. are kinda my favorite thing.  Lately I’ve been on a Unity Stamp kick.  The stamps are fun, detailed and perfectly sized for most of the projects I like to work on.  Last week Unity challenged us with a kraft & red color theme.  OH YEAH.  These challenges are perfect because I usually add my own “twist”.  Like do the challenge but only use the clutter, scraps and chaos on my desk.    So “Java Friend” was already out.  And there were some Ranger kraft tags waiting to be put away….  and well this little tag was created.  If you enjoy Unity check out their facebook show & tell page herehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/434773279941105/ 

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Another fun prompt I worked on this week was a chick, bunny themed pocket card swap.  The goal was to create a blank journal card and a matching tag.  Oh tags are sooo much fun.  But the challenge was I don’t really own any chick or bunny stamps.  So I tried digital stamps.  These cuties are by a woman on Etsy.  I wasn’t expecting them to be already colored but it was okay.  After resizing them to my needs,  I printed them and set to fussy cutting them out.   The Prima papers were just right for showing the little bunny off.  The only foreseeable problem is my printer is inkjet, so if these cuties get wet… they’re going to smear.  So be advised, use a laser-jet or color photo copies at your favorite copy store if you’re going to add an mixed media elements to your work.

Three day weekend for the girls starting now, so time to get back to the real world.  Thank for stopping by!  🙂

 

Let’s see if I can create a new habit!

 

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Okay, it’s Wednesday and this blog has been “empty” for a long while.  So going to attempt to post once a week and Wednesday seems like a good enough day for new posts.  My online friend introduced me to ROLO’s, which are altered Rolodex cards.  Each month a group of wonderful women create challenging swap themes.  February included “watercolor”.   Alfie by Unity Stamps arrived earlier this month and he needed ink so bad!  So using watercolor pencils, Alfie was brought to color!   I really wanted to push the watercolor challenge, so brought out the distress inks, mini-spritzers and craft mat.  I spritzed and dipped white card stock creating a background.  Once dry, I used another Unity Stamp, stamping in black ink and embossing with clear embossing powder.  Then, it was time to fussy cut.  Alfie’s heart was colored with red Wink of Stella and topped with Gel du Soleil (which sets in UV light) sprinkled with iridescent stars.  I really like the Gel as it seems to set harder than other glossy products.

Well that’s all for now.  Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!