Mock Up time…

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It swap time for me again.  I’ve signed up for several themes and each time I swear I’ll only sign up for three.  But the group I play in always has such cute themes and ideas.  How can one resist??  One of the swap themes is Beach.  Now the ladies always provide inspiration pictures for us and this months was fabulous.  Warm sandy beach, cool waters.. it’s very serene.  It pulled me in.   Everything was ready to rock and roll, pulled up the details one more time and caught “please use the color palette shown”.  Uh oh.  So I quietly put my papers away and scratched my head.  Now what?   Well go to Pinterest and look for inspiration!!!

Here’s what I found browsing pinterest.  This blog called A Window to My Scrapping World.  Rachael Funnell created a beautiful layout using Kaisercraft paper line “Sandy Toes”… and then she made a TAG.  The tag is what really grabbed my attention.  She layered her papers and embellishments so nicely.  Not to mention the texture and color.  This is what I wanted to achieve, so printed my copy of the the color palette, dug out my stencils, dies and what few scraps of Sandy Toes that I had.  Pulled out the cut little picture embellishment by Paper House and the rest is history.

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It’s time to get back to work, there is tweaking to do to this.  Not to mention, four-five more swap themes to complete.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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!

Pocket Page Swaps

PP9It’s the latest and the greatest!!  It’s a what?  It’s something my LLS is doing with their regulars so I thought I’d give it a whirl.  It’s a simple concept, you need a pocket page.  Right now, the pages used for baseball cards is go-to product to have on hand.  We were encouraged to use our scraps, left overs and bits & pieces.  Many out there follow a format shared on Janette Lanes blog but there are not real rules.  Once complete, you fold it and it fits into a #10 mailing envelope.  I’ve enjoyed it so much I’ve done two now.  The above is my second and is currently enroute to Texas to once of my scrappy friends.  The first, I don’t want to spoil the fun for my recipient.  So, I’ll follow up with a pic later!

PP8Now in the swap group I play in, we too did a pocket letter swap.  But we changed it up.  Since many of our members enjoy the Project Life format, it was decided to use page protectors we’d have on hand, 12×12 dimensions.  So the cards are actually bigger.  3×4 and 4×6 are the actual dimensions.  My swap partner is from Texas.   HOW FUNNY and cool is that, considering I just moved from Texas in June.  The hand written letter is hidden in a fold card.  For me, I don’t think I want people reading something that could have potential of being highly personal or confidential.

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I made two 3×4 cards and reconstructed one glassine pocket to hold some goodies.  The fourth pocket, I slid some cute little Tim Holtz charms and chalk board tags into.  Seeing things “float” in the pockets really goes against my nature so I did my own thing.  I hope my partner forgives me!

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On my 4×6 cards I did “hidden journaling” (it’s the left card) and on the right card I played with white ink and white embossing powders on dark papers.  I feared the watercolor pencils wouldn’t be vibrant enough, but was happily surprised.

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I also tried to build as many layers as I could, using inks, stencils, embossing paste, fussy cutting, veneer cutouts and pop-dots.  I really LOVED these last two cards and I think I’m gonna need to recreate them for a personal project!

Well it’s time to clear the deck for the next challenges.  Thanks for stopping by!

Washi Rolo’s WHAT?

Recently I had the pleasure of taking a class on How to Make Your Own Washi Tape at a local scrappy store, Soul Sentiments, LLC. It was such an enjoyable afternoon, making some new friends and learning new techniques.  [WR6] [WR7]

I brought my new art home and put away my gear.. and it sat.  I tend to save things for that “perfect occasion”.  When I was invited to a friends swap group, not only was I honored, I thought to myself… “Oh maybe I can play with my washi!” So, I have two options; I can cut them to width of washi I desire and adhere with Score Tape or…… create outside the box.

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I applied my new “washi” to some 2×3 business card Rolodex cards.  Who knew that swapping Rolodex cards would be so popular and fun?  It’s quit addicting! I had fun creating and building my embellishment to create this card.  I pulled out my manila tags, stamps, inks, embossing powders and started to play.  Some things worked, other things reacted differently from what I expected.  Those pieces are stashed away for another project.

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After much trial and error, stamping, inking and just plain playing I finally figured how I wanted my “rolo” to look like. But I don’t think I’ll reveal the finished product yet.  My swap isn’t due until the 1st of September and I don’t want to ruin the reveal.  So enjoy my journey and peeks! Thanks for stopping by! 😀

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Pocket Cards

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First day with no errands, no band practice, no running.  It’s been an enjoyable afternoon playing with some projects.  I recently joined a group that does Pocket Card swaps.  Oddly, I don’t actually scrapbook using this style but I adore the cards and use them on page layouts or incorporate them into mini-albums.  The theme for the this swap is Pamper/Spa which works well with my Stamping Bella stamps!!  This stamp is called uptown girl Sabrina loves the spa.  It’s so fun to color, but it’s a bit of a challenge for fussy cutting!!  Well, there’s much more work to do before this card is finished.  Pop back by to see the finished card!  😀

Bumpy Starts..

There I was all gun ho on a new blog, filled with good intentions of being dedicated and attentive.  Yeah, well I am consistent at least.  Spent the last week getting the eldest registered and ready for her Junior year at a new school.  Will spend next week doing the same for the youngest.  In between, school shopping, family reunions, family time, parent meetings, well checks and your day to day living stuff.  BEFORE all the crazyiness started I did finish one itty bitty project.  I’ve been following another blog: Tammy Tutterow and her tutorial series; Background Basics; Medicine Cabinet Mixed Media.   They are fabulous.  I’ll admit, I’m still hung up on the first tutorial; Toothbrush Painting.  I love this technique and the more I play, the closer I get to obtaining the look I desire.  I absolutely love the look of old metal distressed with aged peeling paint, you see it on buildings and equipment.

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