…back for show and tell…

… with my “Wheres the mail?” layout.

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This was my entry for a few challenges, which you can check out here.

I did A LOT of stuff with this page.  At first I used all my paint dabbers to make a polka dot pattern and then used the same dabbers and my distress stains to make thick stripes.  Well, I didn’t like the stripes, so I used gesso to cover them, as best I could.  At least the gesso toned it down, which helped.  Then I used some of my spray inks on the top to give a nice touch of color.  I normally don’t use 4 x 6 photos, but it’s the only size I could print at home, so I printed out two copies, then angled and layered them before matting them on several patterned papers from DCWV Rockstar, Amy Tangerine, We R Memory Keepers WhiteOut, and Simple Stories Documented.  I also had a leftover frame and striped patterned paper that I dyed with red Distress Stain.  I also used my yellow Distress Stain on some polka dot paper, then used stencils to make several die-cuts of stars, arrows, and circles.

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On the background I also layered different paper tapes and some ribbon, as well as adding some matte medium to attach a nest of different colored embroidery thread.  I had used my red and blue Distress Stain on two yellow polka dot flowers.  I’m not a big flower person, in a sense, so on a whim I trimmed off the tops of the petals, leaving me with a bunch of mini scallops and two pentagon shapes.  I laid out the petal tips to make a scalloped border (part of the sketch).  The red and blue paper ribbon is patterned paper that I applied Distress Stain to and had been sitting around.  So I added some stickers/embellishments and layered under a green vellum frame.

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I also added some twine in spots, as well as a couple embellishments from Amy Tangerine (love her stuff!).  The postage stamp is a sticker from Simple Stories Documented.  I had played with my sprays and liked it so much I cut out a square to cover the center of the stamp.  I had a polka dot die-cut circle that I stamped “etc.” onto and adhered it to my layout.  The yellow camera die-cut was yellow and pink, but I covered the pink with white paint, and added some feathers, and a die-cut arrow.  I also had a strip of white fabric with brown polka dots.  Once again playing with my Distress Stains, I made it into a rainbow piece under the photo.  I also used my striped cloud stamp with paint to make my cloud die-cuts.

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Phew!!  I think that’s everything 😛  This is what happens when you have a lot of varied supplies and play! 🙂  If you have a question about anything, let me know!

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…even creative while sick…

…yeah, I was nursing my poor hubby with his flu, and though I got my flu shot, I seem to be one of those people that if they get even a whiff of a cold, I get hit with bronchitis.  I won’t bore you or gross you out too much, but take a cold with a stuffy nose and add the stuffiness to your lungs as well, complete with a smoker’s cough.  Not fun.

But, as I said, I have been busy creating stuff.  Card mostly, but I’m going to be doing some layouts soon.  In the meantime, I wanted to share two cards with you, my lovely readers and scrapbook junkies 🙂

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Yes, I know it’s winter holiday themed, and I hate the Christmas stuff being out way too soon myself, but I wanted to make some for the upcoming season.  So here’s one that I made with a white cardstock base, a couple different patterned papers that I distressed and inked/gessoed; the music paper is way old!  Come to think of it, so is that semi-circle piece peeking out from under my tag, though not quite as old.

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I also had some older winter-themed stickers and chipboard that I really wanted to use.  I used a black American Crafts pen on the edge of the chipboard teal bow, and gesso on the ornament.

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I also had some hexagons I had cut out, added the letters too, and gessoed the edge of the letters and hexagon, but didn’t like that, so I added gesso to the rest of the hexagon surface.  I had some leftover burgundy paint, which I added to the edges.  Much better!  I added a couple buttons with baker’s twine centers, and some light-grey thread, along with a leftover scrap of blue ribbon with gesso splatters and bakers’s twine, and called it done!

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Originally I had three hexagons, but I couldn’t fine the third.  Course, when I cleaned up, I found it (*headsmack*).  Oh well, the card works without it.

As I mentioned earlier, this card is posted to my Etsy shop.  Feel free to pin it, post it on FB or Twitter, and show me some love!  Or, of course, buy it!

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…really loving this album…

that I made for the Punky Scraps August Challenge, which included a color combo and a mood board.  This challenge also came with a twist – use chipboard!

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Now my aunt LOVES flamingos (no, she doesn’t have the one on her lawn and no, she’s doesn’t live in the South.)  So hubby and I have gone to a few zoos, some more than once.  I got into the habit of taking a photo or two of any flamingos we saw.  So when I saw the colors, I immediately thought of a mini album of the photos I’ve taken.  Here’s where things get interesting…I’m fairly certain I’ve taken more than the four photos shown here.  However, being that a lot of hubby and I’s stuff is packed up, including most of our hard copy photos, I could only find four.  But, no matter!

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I grabbed stuff from my stash in the color combo, and also went along with the mood board.  To make the album, which is about 4″ square, I folded my patterned paper and used my trimmer to make the two page layout base.  Folded them in half, applied gesso and purple glitter glue in different patterns and spots, the used my paper piercer and a needle threader to poke 3 sets of holes and thread baker’s twine through.  I also added a  Hambly clear border sticker to random sides of the page break for another accent (inspired by this album made by Riikka).

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So in addition to my chipboard pieces (the green flower in this photo), I also used washi tape, patterned paper, some die-cuts, baker’s twine, ribbon, clear border stickers…

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alpha stickers, pieces I cut from a teal knit doily (it’s peeking out from the left side of the photo)….

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tags, a photo frame sticker, and embroidery thread, (that’s a raw chipboard flower that I colored with craft marker in the lower right corner), part of a fabric swatch (on the cover), a metal American Crafts button (also on the cover), and a paper doily.

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I really loved making this album!  Hope my aunt likes it just as much!

Happy scrapping!

…adoring how this layout turned out…

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Another layout featuring my little imp, hehe.  I wanted to enter this into a couple more challenges, but alas.  (I gotta stop taking out EVERYTHING for a layout, cuz then I feel like I have to use it all, which I don’t think is physically possible).  Anyhoos, I bought the background paper many moons ago because hubby and I love zoos and the little guy earned the nickname of “monkey” from the first sonogram.  Every time the technician was going to get a measurement, he’d move.  We actually had to go back a second time to finish the measurements.

So these are more photos taken during an impromptu Labor Day photo shoot.  I went with black and white photos sine the background paper was so busy.  I actually cut out the monkey, then glued the background paper onto white cardstock and gessoed the center part, glued some ribbons, and added more gesso.  The center rectangle and photo frame die-cut are from Fancy Pants Little Sprout collection.

The title consists of Font Buffet Anastasia rub-on alphas (including a lowercase “m” turned sideways since I only had one “e”) and a chipboard uppercase “M” in Weathered Wood color that I colored with my Tim Holtz Distress Marker Tumbled Glass.

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Really Reasonable Ribbon #70 – Mother’s Day and ribbon

Shopping Our Stash #97 – Text or Letters

My Scraps & More Sketch #24

…giving a teaser peek…

I made this layout, featuring my adorable munchkin, using a challenge sketch, and even though the challenge is over and I missed the deadline, I still adore the layout and the photo…I’ll do the full reveal later, so make sure to check back!  I only used two sheets of one patterned paper from the Whiteout collection from We R Memory Keepers.  I got a ton of it for an awesome price and saw that it worked out perfect for the sketch.  So here’s a peek and watch for all the rest to follow!!

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Happy scrapping!!

…really glad…

..to have my advertising projects done, yay!  In case you didn’t know, I teach scrapbooking classes (or, well, I’m trying to) at my local craft store.  And to get more people interested, I thought, why not some touch inspiration.

Behold, my altered tag :

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Among my supplies:

Teal glitter

Baker’s twine (pink and blue)

Butterfly die-cut (for the shape)

Stamps (Chinese background, Chinese lantern, four different alphas, and Amy Tangerine for the pencil)

Colored pencils (the color the lantern)

Black pigment ink

 

… and my altered bag

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To say I used a lot of supplies is an understatement, but they included

7Gypsies Fabric tape

Simple Stories journaling die cut

Assorted chipboard, ribbons, and buttons

Jolee’s France-inspired tag

Baker’s twine

Prima flower and leaves in fall colors

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge

Once Upon a Time paper pack

VersaMark white pigment ink

 

So hopefully my work is not for naught and people will be inspired to take my classes.  Fingers crossed!  What do you think?

Now to get to that layout challenge I’ve been itching to do…hehehe

Happy scrapping!

my ScrapMuse is…excited

…excited and ecstatic!  I’m posting two layouts, both are for one or more layout challenges, and one’s a really long time coming.  And so (yeah, I’ve said this before, and I’ll admit, I love it…maybe it’s the theater lover in me :P), without further ado…

For Creative Scrappers #240

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For Creative Scrappers #239

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Thanks for looking! and happy scrapping!

my ScrapMuse is…happy

 

 …happy, I got two projects done!

So as promised…the full reveal of the layout that I made starring (the only two I could find) my baby bump pictures, entitled “If You Must”

first, to refresh your memory, some close-up detail shots

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And now…

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“if you must”

I used a lot of different things, old and new, on of my favorites being the Tim Holtz Grungeboard (“i”, “y”, “m”) and the small square art paper I mounted on corrugated cardboard before adhering.

And, since I am also teaching scrapbooking/papercrafting classes (e-mail me if you’re interested), I made a nice little tag to help me promote said classes in-house.  I got inspired from another project I saw in a stamping magazine from the UK.

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Again, I used old and new stuff, including 4 different stamp alphabets, an Amy Tangerine stamp for the pencil, and baker’s twine (I love that stuff :P)

 

Like what you see?  Leave a comment!  I’d love to hear from you, wherever you are!

 

Happy scrapping!