…on Instagram!

Yup, you read that right.  I’ve joined Instagram!  I’m having some technical difficulties (my laptop doesn’t want to behave), but I want to share this news with you.

You can follow me at tracy.carrig and look for this lovely picture of moi 🙂

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Wish me luck on this laptop nonsense. *grumble grumble*

Happy scrapping!

…trying new things with SDC 159…

…and liking the outcome so far.

First off, I will say this – I’m not a bow person.  I’m not a pink, frilly, glitter person.  I’ll add touches here and there, but I won’t go crazy.  So for the current Stampotique Designer’s Challenge is bows.  Yeah, I saw that and I’m thinking, what the heck can I make?  Granted I’ve got loads of ribbon and fabric, but I was stumped for a little bit.

Then I saw the first project by Gay Peplow, and loved it!  Not only did it inspire me for the album I’m making for some friends, but the laced ribbon also reminded me that a bow comes in many different forms.

I’m experimenting with different sizes.  I’ve done layouts, cards, started delving into tags, and now ATCs.  I was making a canvas and had paint leftover, so onto a couple ATCs.  Here’s the one I’m entering into this challenge:

“All Sunshine and Happiness” (and a bit of snark :P)

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I started with some patterned paper I didn’t like and turned it over and covered it in the fabulous blue.  I also did some swipes/mark making with a deep orange, some neon yellow (they look green, which is fine) splatters, black paint through a HS honeycomb stencil and some doodling with black sharpie and white-out pen.  I’m not a huge flower person, but this is a funky, different sort of flower.  The flower bud is a pattern block stamp with black pen doodling around it (leftover from a previous project that was never used).  I added the alpha stickers and colored them orange, and outlined them with my white gelly roll pen.  The “sunshine and happiness” are from a stamp set that I stamped onto white cardstock (after checking it would fit) and cut it out, then doodled around the frame.  I also used my super fine point black Copic pen for the doodling.  For the lacing, I used one of the strings that come on those manila office tags, used my hole-punch, and laced it through.

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This will also be up for sale in my Etsy shop soon, so check it out!

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…showing some love…

…and enjoying playing…

Several items in my Etsy shop need a refreshing. I’ve remade cards before, and you almost couldn’t recognize them.  So here’s a sneak peek at another one that’s gotten a facelift.  Some elements have stayed, but altered. 😛  I had fun playing with my gesso and Tim Holtz Distress Stain, as well as my Tattered Angels spray in black.  The bird is a stamp image that I cut out of altered patterned paper, then, added the black pen and a touch of red and blue distress stain to help it match the card.  I also used distress stain in the bottom flower layer (it was brown, but I made it a great shade of blue.

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So click the link and feast your eyes!

And now to show some more love to my hubby.  I love ScrapFriends blog, everything about them.  The challenges are fun, their design team is super talented, and their tutorial posts and videos are so awesome!  Anyway, that being said, I’ll admit to have a tough with the current ScrapFriends Colour Challenge.  Not that I don’t like the colors, perse, but I’m not the hugest fan of brown.  Kraft, I dig, but brown can turn me off at times (but I love chocoalte, go figure!).  Thankfully, the design team did some awesome work and I was struggling to make the layout work.  Then I saw Miae Rowe’s take on the colors.  It reminded me that I can use the colors however I’d like.  And her texture was so cool!

So I started anew with different photos as well as Creative Scrapper’s Sketch Challenge, flipped the sketch, and got to work.

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I love my hubby, I love his brain and how it works (fantasy writer, sword and sorcery type, check him out here).  And I love movies, and the Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly movie A Beautiful Mind popped into my head, as did my homemade texture paste (recipe here).

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Now blue is hubby’s fave color, and the patterned paper (from DCWV Tattered Time) worked great.  I like how the letters are upside down (complete accident, by the way), since hubby’s created his own world, so outside the box a little. 😀  I had already done a bunch of stamping with white paint and had my layers put together, so I snipped a little off to make them fit better on the layout.  The ticket you see above is by Amy Tangerine (the changed the pink lines to black with a pen).  The bottle cap was plain, so I finger painted the top blue, and when dry, spread a little matte medium to seal it.  I also wanted to use cogs and gears, but I don’t have many, nor a die-cut machine to make some.  So, I improvised.

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It took awhile, but here’s what I did.  I grabbed some paper flowers and cut all the petals to cog length, then snipped the sides to make them look more cog-ish 😛  Then I painted them with blue paint and edged them with ColorBox brown ink for a worn look before covering them with some mod podge.  Once dry, I added a touch more brown and I had 3 small cogs to add!  The tag you see above is from a loaf of bread, with a “masking tape” word sticker and some pen outlining.  I had also stamped onto packing from K&Co. and cut out the images as tabs that I spread around my layout.

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I used foam white glitter alphas and small alphas from Simple Stories Destinations line, and outlined the foam letters with my white pen.  The corrugated cardboard has also had an interesting trip.  Leftover from another project, I ended up with a big quote shape.  After playing with different techniques and mediums, I  painted the whole piece blue with a white outline, then cut it into strips, one for each letter.  You might also be able to see the layers underneath.  More texture paste, blue paint, and silver magic mesh that I coated with matte medium, then went over with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad in denim.  There’s also some blue pen doodling on the brown button.  My journaling is on above and below the photos, which are of my hubby’s giant binder that he uses for editing.  Now you can’t read anything in the photos, and yes that’s intentional.

Anyway, enjoy and happy scrapping!

…cuttin’ a rug…

…and saying thank you, with two new cards in my Etsy shop.

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I was playing with my messy stuff (i.e. gesso and spray ink), and decided it would make a nice card base.  I also experimented with braiding ribbon.  The title letters were adhered, gessoed over and then outlined in black pen.

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A card to celebrate, grunge style!  I applied dark blue acrylic paint through my Heidi Swapp honeycomb stencil, then played with my stamps, Archival ink, sprays and paints.  All of it resulted in this card.  Really loving the distressed, grungy feel to this card.

Hop on over to my Etsy shop to see them in all their glory!

Happy scrapping!