Monday, January 19, 2015

PGCB #72 Cork

Recovering from Christmas this year kicked my butt. I think the main problem is that my whole family cycled through the flu and it has taken me a long time to want to craft after all of that craziness. I'm glad to be back in the groove and I hope to have more fun stuff to share with you.

For the newest Paper Girl Challenge we want you to use cork on your projects. I fell in love with this moss heart and decided to work that into my project. It's super simple but it's really fun. I used cork Thickers but had to hot glue them onto the heart to get them to stay.  It's going to be part of Valentine's grouping in my front room soon but since this is the first project this is all I have for now.

Make sure to check out all the other Paper Girls projects on the blog and get crafting!

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Paper Girls Challenge #70 - Ornaments

 Thanks to a Russian blogger and Pinterest I knew exactly what I wanted to make for the ornament challenge! I fell head over heels for these ballerinas made by Stariy Chemodan's tutorial. The tutorial is all in Russian granted but I was able to glean enough information from the many pictures she posted that I was able to recreate some of my own. These lovely ballerinas are made from wire, napkins, sewing thread and watered down glue. I only had white napkins so I made use of my Mister Huey's Mint Julep ink and also Dylusians in Vibrant Turquoise for the aqua ballerina, and Dylusians in Bubble Gum pink for the pink ballerina.
 I made these with my 11 year old daughter and she had fun doing this. She didn't have enough patience for making the body but she loved dying the napkins and dressing the ballerinas up.
One last look at the pink ballerina. Visit the Paper Girls Challenge for more handmade ornament inspiration. I hope everyone gets lots of crafting time in this busy season!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SSInk: December Daily

It's really fun to compare how everyone's December Daily's are looking over at SSInk. I like to take a fairly simple approach just to make sure I complete the book and don't get overwhelmed. That's why I like using the Stampin' Up Project Life supplies. I bought the Hello December inserts and the Hello December Accessory pack just to simplify getting the supplies together this year. I love the red and gold foil alphabet stickers included and the cute wood chips and sequins. I'm really excited to keep putting this book together.

Above is my cover page that you see right as you open the book. I like having a family picture shown so you can see the change in everyone's growth each year.

I came across an idea to approach the December Daily through an alphabet rather than numbered by day over at RetroHipMama. Since this is my third year doing a December Daily I thought it would be fun to mix it up and go with a word or words that go with each letter of the alphabet this go round. I look forward to sharing more of the pages as I work on it. I will be printing more pictures soon and have my next few pages ready to post. Ta Ta for now.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Paper Girls Challenge #68 - Make a Thank You

I'm hosting at The Paper Girls Challenge blog today and I thought I'd have a little fun with the challenge. Thank You's are usually something we generally need to send out quite often, but some of mine sometimes have a hard time making it to the mail box. So, I thought I'd add an extra component to the challenge. I wanted people to make a Thank You but also post who they sent it to. This one is on its way to my mom. She really helped out a lot when I was moving and I thought it would be fun to surprise her with a card in the mail, even though we live in the same town.

Hop on over to see the rest of the Paper Girl's creations and link up your card too!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Paper Girls Challenge #67: Mixed Media

In September I was lucky enough to go to a scrapbooking retreat in Salt Lake City. I got to meet up with Michele Duffy one of my fellow Paper Girls design team members and we worked on our Mixed Media challenge projects together. It was so much fun chatting and she let me try her Gelatos by Faber Castell. They were really easy to use. I loved how easily they blended for the background. I also used them inside a stencil for the "Brush Your Teeth" part. The rest of the stenciled portion was using the Faber Castell india ink pens. Loved those! The ink easily went over the gelato background and didn't bleed through the stencils.

This sign is going to be framed and put up in my kids' bathroom as a reminder to be consistent with their teeth brushing. Ha Ha.

Make sure you link up your project at the Paper Girls Challenge blog. Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 20, 2014

PGCB #66: Anything Goes!

Good morning! There's nothing better than an anything goes challenge. This is one of my all time favorite pictures from this summer. I love the looks on Elliott's cousins' faces as he nonchalantly eats his jello. So I did something I don't often do on this page. I punched right into my background paper. I love the extra look of a layer without bulking up the page. I had added some images to my picture with A Beautiful Mess app before posting it to Instagram. I really lucked out that these My Mind's Eye papers matched so well with the colors I chose for the accent images. Anyway, I can't wait to see what all of you make for this challenge! Create away and link up at The Paper Girls Challenge blog.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SSInk: Soot Stamping Tutorial

I'm super excited to share a tutorial with you today over at the SSInk blog. I'm showing how to do soot stamping and I have to say Fall Fest is the perfect stamp set for this technique! So head on over and see how it's done!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SSInk Blog Hop: Pumpkins!!

Welcome to the SSInk October Blog Hop!  As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number #5 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Darcy at Dj's Stampin' Place
. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

 One thing I think of in October: Pumpkins. How can you not? Instead of making a card with Pumpkins on it I decided to go with a box. I was thinking about it and I decided to see if someone came up with a pattern to make a hexagon type box with the envelope punch board. Yup. Someone sure did. Thanks for making that thought a reality! You can view the pin here. I figured that if I made the box out of orange patterned paper and tied it off with a green ribbon it would resemble a pumpkin. The best part of this idea is you can easily use this for Halloween or Thanksgiving. Have I mentioned how much I love my envelope punch board??

Here are a couple more boxes I made from the same paper pack Confetti Celebration. Some quick notes about this project: I went with a color scheme from the paper pack, Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay. (I know Bermuda Bay is technically a shade of blue. But it's a greenish blue. ) I didn't have ribbon to match this project. So I dyed some white seam binding with my reinkers. My fingers are orange and blue now but it was totally worth it!

Stamp Set: Chalk Talk
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Tangelo Twist
Paper: Confetti Celebration DSP
Card Stock: Whisper White
Accessories: Chalk Talk Framelits Dies, White Seam Binding, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Envelope Punch Board

Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Jennifer at Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  2. Cynthia at Ink-A-Doodle Creations
  3. Diana at Stampin' Fun with Diana
  4. Donna at Organized Chaos
  5. Darcy at Dj's Stampin' Place
  6. Erica at Stamping Starlette
  7. Tonya at Stamp with Tonya
  8. Bree at Craft-Somnia Momma
  9. Kim at Stamping with Kim

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

SSInk: Bokeh Technique

oh boy! This Technique is so much fun. I had a brainstorm to use it with the new Festival of Trees stamp set. The Bokeh look was perfect for the look of snow falling. I added some glitter to some of the circles, unfortunately it doesn't photograph very well. I added a layer of vellum embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder. I love how it repeats the look of the Bokeh.

I hope you enjoyed this card. Check out the other girls' cards at SSInk for even more fun ways to get the Bokeh look.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SSInk: Watercolor Wednesday

Happy Wednesday to you! I have another watercolor project to share with you along with the other ladies at SSInk.

This camera was one of those stamps in the catalog I just had to have. I'm so glad I picked it up. I see a future Project Life card in my future. Anyway, my son had a birthday earlier this month, he turned 14 and I thought this camera works well for a masculine theme. I chose chevron ribbon and the Arrow embossing folder for extra texture and stole the arrow clip out of my Everyday Occasions card kit for that extra little something.

I love painting from the ink from my ink pads. One thing is that the top side of the inkpad makes the perfect palatte to blend the ink with water. I love Aqua Painters also because of the constant access to water without the fear of spilling water on any of my precious papers at my desk.

Stamp:  Snapshot, Boys Will Be Boys
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, So Saffron, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Smoky Slate
Card Stock: Pacific Point, Watercolor paper
Accessories: Arrows embossing folder, Black Chevron ribbon, Arrow paper clip (Everyday Occasions Kit)