Monday, December 5, 2016

PGCB #117 - Snowmen



I started the December Daily project back in 2012, I totally loved it and hope to continue for the foreseeable future.  Right before Thanksgiving I pulled out my December Daily albums from the last four years to inspire this upcoming album, only to find out I really dropped the ball. In 2014 I had a total of 5 pages complete including my cover page. In 2015 I did absolutely nothing!! Unless... you count shopping for supplies. I was aghast. Anyway, I decided to pick out pictures and I have a few kits of Project Life cards from Stampin' Up to help me get this done quickly. I did the journaling in Photoshop while choosing the pictures and resizing them. The kit I used for embellishing these pages is Winter Wonderland by Simple Stories. I had a lot of pictures for these days so I really didn't go all out with a fancy card or pocket. 

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Monday, November 21, 2016

PGCB Challenge #116 - Grateful

I've been reorganizing my crafting area. Two years ago we moved from a house where I had the luxury of a room dedicated to all of my craft supplies. We moved rather last minute and everything just got crammed into boxes haphazardly and it's never been the same since. So for the last month I've been going through and rediscovering some of the fun collections I've accumulated over the years. Don't be surprised if you see some older collections in use.

I took a break from organizing to remind myself why I have all of this stuff. It wa a joy to put this one page together after all the hours of sorting. I added a semi-hidden journal card because one of my goals is to make sure I'm really recording fresh thoughts about things that have recently happened. I look and see how my family is growing and I know that these times are fleeting. The sketch is Poppy #4 from Scrapbook Steals. And our Paper Girls challenge is Grateful, fitting for Thanksgiving this week here in the US.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Challenge #115 - Tag You're It

This challenge is perfectly timed for me to make some tags for Christmas. I am planning a surprise for my sister's kids this Christmas. They recently moved across the country and since they will be in a place somewhat different and probably not fully adjusted this year, I thought it might be nice to give them something to look forward to. I devised a 12 Days of Christmas, just small silly gifts or little treats but something to open each day. And.... I needed tags for the envelopes. I pulled paper from my 6x6 stack collection and had one by Basic Gray and one by Crate Paper that did the job.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

PGCB #113 - Splish Splash

 This challenge gave me the opportunity to pull out one of my favorite Unity stamps Fishy Philosophy. I went for a watery look adding lots of water drips and added sparkle with Wink of Stella. This was really fun to create this scene. I may have gotten a bit carried away with the details but that's why we craft right??
A little side view to show the sparkle better.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Paper Girls Challenge #110 - Color inspirtation

 The challenge this week is a color challenge, this is the inspiration photo I was working with while creating my card.
This card is actually something I came up with for a wedding reception I went to recently. The bride studied art and I know she loves bright colors. I decided to pull the bulk of the colors in with my new favorite product - Ken Oliver color burst (Lemon Yellow, Chartreuse, Ultramarine blue). I sprinkled some over a sheet of B&W floral scrapbook paper from My Minds Eye Jubilee line and spritzed it with water. The large flowers in the front are from Mama Elephant Organic Blooms. I stamped the flowers and watercolored them with my SU ink pads and cut them out when they were dry.

It's hard to tell but I actually layered one extra flower on top of the left flower to pop it up a bit and there are a sprinkling of tiny pearls on there that leally don't show in the picture but I felt it added a little more of the wedding touch. I hope the bride loves it, I sure had fun making it.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

PGCB #104 - Inspiration Picture

This Challenge from the inspiration picture was a good opportunity to get out my mixed media goodies and create something that looked a little like graffiti. I don't usually go this route for my scrapbooking so it's fun to stretch my usual style. The paper came from We R Memory Keepers and I painted over the bottom half with Gesso before applying some of the Ranger texture paste mixed with Ken Oliver color splash pigments over stencils. I liked how it mixed easily and it spread well. If you try this, I'd make sure you don't wait too long to remove the stencil from your paper because it will start to stick. So work quickly,,  Afterward I spritzed the paper with Dylusions spray ink in Orange and fuchsia to continue with the tone transition like in the inspiration picture.   Then it was just about finishing of the page with embellishments. I thought it worked well with this picture of my daughters and my Mom painting canvases.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

PGCB 103 - All About the Ladies

We all know Mother's Day is just around the corner. And since my Mom doesn't read my blog I thought I'd post the card that I made her for Mother's Day for this challenge. I stamped my new favorite image from the Stampin' Up Occasions mini catalog Birthday Blooms in Tim Holtz Wild Honey and used my Koi watercolor paints to paint in the image. K Werner did a awesome tutorial here if you want tips on how to get this effect. I'm definitely going to play with this a lot more.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

PGCB #102 - Fancy Folds

 Today I'm hosting at the Paper Girls Challenge blog and I wanted to show you this fun card I made for the Fancy Folds Challenge. It's called a Pinwheel fold card and the great part about it is that you can use it without an envelope if it's a hand delivered card or attached to a gift. And bonus, it takes no time at all to make!

This is a view of the card open. It would be really easy to slip a gift card into also. The full tutorial by Dawn Olchefske is posted at SplitCoast Stampers. Definitely check it out.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

PGCB #101 Mixed Media

This challenge took a little bit of time to get into the right mindset to work on but once I was in the zone I had a lot of fun. Here are the products I worked with: 12x16 Canvas, Gesso, Dylusions Ink spray, Mixed media paper, Ken Oliver's Color Burst and Gel Medium

I learned a few things while working on this so I'll share my process. I primed my canvas with Gesso. After that was dry, I spritzed my paper with Dylusions spray ink. I absolutely love this stuff. Seriously, the pigment is so concentrated it only takes a little to get a saturated color. I used London blue and Lime green. The rest is paper, I custom dyed my papers for two reasons. #1 I just really wanted to play around with these powder pigments more and #2 I wanted the variations in tone were desirable for the look I was going for. I proceeded to glue everything down with Gel Medium which is amazing. Throw away your Mod Podge now.  LOL The main thing I found out was that the Gel Medium picks up the Dylusions spray pigment. So, if you try something like this put a coat of Gel Medium over the tip and let it completely dry, then work on the rest of your canvas.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Paper Girls Challenge #100!! - Paper Girls

I cannot believe that The Paper Girls are on their 100th post! It blows my mind. It has been such an honor to work with these awesome ladies for this long. So this card is to all of the Paper Girls I've worked with over the years and to all of the people who participate in our challenges each month. You are all so awesome!! XXOO